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Weekend roundup

March 5-8

El Pintor Painter’s Punch at Gate: Bar Centro

Festival of Women Authors, L.A. Marathon, Women’s “HERstory” Cocktails and more … Check out the top Los Angeles weekend events for March 5-8.

Edited by Alicia Luchak.



Festival-of-Women-Authors-photo-courtesy-Literary-WomenFestival of Women Authors
Mar. 7. Support women authors at the Literary Women of Long Beach’s annual festival at the Long Beach Convention Center. Guest authors are Casey Cep (Furious Hours), Catherine Chung (The Tenth Muse), Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing), Whitney Scharer (The Age of Light), Madhuri Vijay (The Far Field), Karen Thompson Walker (The Dreamers) and Elaine Weiss (The Woman’s Hour). Tickets include coffee, breakfast pastries and lunch. Registration starts 7:30 a.m., event 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100 admission, $15 parking. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. literarywomen.org



Modern Well-Being Day
March 7.
Treat your body and mind to a day dedicated to wellness, fitness and self-care. In partnership with Local Mercato, Los Angeles’ second annual Modern Well-Being Day will be full of hands-on workshops, ear seeding, mindful meditation and workouts from dance cardio to yoga. Plus, learn from the experts at lessons like “Ayurnedic Nutrion” and “Women: Know Your Normal.” High-performance bites and beverages will be served along with a nutritious lunch prepared by the Griffin Club’s chef. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Non-members $90, members $75. Griffin Club Los Angeles, 3084 Motor Ave., Culver City. Tickets



L.A. Marathon
March 8.
Established in 1986, the city’s famed race is still going strong, attracting thousands of runners from around the world who take on the “Stadium to the Sea” course. Register to run or celebrate with the athletes at the Finish Festival in Santa Monica. 6:30 a.m. Registration $230. Starting point: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 213.542.3000. lamarathon.com






The Ace Hotel Women’s “HERstory” Cocktail 
Now Available. 
In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the Ace Hotel is serving up a special cocktail to raise money to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center. For the entire month of March, you can treat yourself to the Mary Pickford, named after the famous old Hollywood feminist, who happens to be one of the hotel’s founding members. $1 from each drink you purchase will go straight to the Women’s Center—so why not treat your friends to a few guilt-free rounds? 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233. acehotel.com



Cafe del Rey x Heal the Bay’s Collaborative Dish 
Now Available. 
For a limited time only, Marina del Rey’s harbor-side restaurant Cafe del Rey is teaming up with nonprofit Heal the Bay for a delicious sustainable dish. For the rest of the month, enjoy crispy Arctic char with potato nest, blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes, white asparagus, icicle radishes, a fried quail egg and herb vinaigrette. Fifteen percent of the profits will benefit Santa Monica-based organization Heal the Bay to draw awareness for sustainability and ocean-friendly lifestyle practices. The collaboration will wrap up with a seafood and wine dinner on March 31. $32. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395. cafedelreymarina.com



The Roaring ’20s at the Front Yard
Now Available. To celebrate Prohibition’s 100th anniversary, the Front Yard at the Garland hotel has mixed up some modern twists on classic Prohibition-style cocktails. The special menu is full of fun sips like the Yuzu Whiskey Sour, Grapefruit Ramos Fizz, Lavender Bee’s Knees, Pink Negroni and Grasshopper. $9 each. 4222 Vineland Ave,, North Hollywood, 818.255.7290, thefrontyardla.com 





El Pintor Tequila Takeover
March 5-7. Gate: Bar Centro’s master bartenders are teaming up with El Pintor’s star craftsman Guillermo Barroso Arnold (the “world’s second certified maestro tequilero”) to guide guests through an interactive tasting event. The unique experience includes six different tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails, using the distillery’s four distinct blends, along with optional ceviche pairings. 7:30 p.m. $120 per person; $75 for ceviche pairing. SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. More info  




Urban Plates Brunch Menu
Launches March 7. Attention health fanatics and brunch lovers! The new
Manhattan Beach location of clean and casual SoCal eatery Urban Plates is now serving weekend brunch. This Saturday and Sunday, the health-food favorite is unveiling a dozen new quality-sourced menu items like organic eggs Benedict, gluten-free French toast (pictured), smoked salmon toast and doughnut bites. Just like the rest of its menu, all of the brunch dishes’ ingredients are unprocessed. Plus, you can sip on mimosas made with organic orange juice. Served 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2650 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 424.350.0393. urbanplates.com





Man of God
Opening March 3. 
This feminist thriller follows four girls on a mission trip to Thailand who seek revenge when they discover their pastor has been violating their privacy. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. Tickets





Cirque Du Soleil: Volta 
Through March 8. 
This critically acclaimed production from the famed circus troupe celebrates differences and is inspired by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports. Check website for schedule. Tickets start at $60. Under the Big Top, Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 877.924.7783. Tickets





Escape to Margaritaville 
Through March 8. 
Get away from it all in Margaritaville, where you’ll hear both original songs and beloved Jimmy Buffett classics—including “Fins” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise”—throughout the musical comedy. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300. Tickets





Revenge Song 
Through March 8. 
In this world premiere Geffen Playhouse commission, the Vampire Cowboys lend their superhero style and punk rock attitude to the real life of Julie d’Aubigny, a queer 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. Tickets 




Photos: El Pintor Tequila Takeover credit Krystal Thompson Photography. Festival of Women Authors courtesy Literary Women. Modern Well-Being Day courtesy the Griffin Club. L.A. Marathon courtesy @LAMarathon/Facebook. Ace Hotel Women’s “HERstery” Cocktail courtesy the Ace Hotel. Cafe del Rey x Heal the Bay courtesy Cafe del Rey. The Roaring Twenties at the Front Yard courtesy the Garland. Urban Plates Brunch Menu courtesy Urban Plates. Man of God courtesy @geffenplayhouse/Facebook. Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville photo by Matthew Murphy. Revenge Song courtesy @GeffenPlayhouse/Facebook

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