LAist's Ultimate Guide To March: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm and John Slattery star in 'Mad Men.' Film Independent has a two-night salute to the show. (Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm and John Slattery star in 'Mad Men.' Film Independent has a two-night salute to the show. (Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

From the LAist blog:

We found a number of notable happenings in March to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

All Month

FILM: Throughout March, the New Beverly holds a Tribute to the Films of the 1990s. We took a peek at the great lineup that includes: Magnolia, Chungking Express, The Object of Beauty, Speed, Rush Hour, Cutthroat Island, True Lies, Heat, Ed Wood and so many more. All films are screened in 35 mm, and tickets are only $8.

March 5-8

FILM: The 4th Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival lets the inmates run the asylum at Cinefamily. Comedians pick the films to screen, and they also then perform, do the intros and participate in post-screening Q&As. Scheduled to appear/films are Will Forte (MacGruber), Paul Scheer (Ghostbusters), Lauren Lapkus (Big), Sacha Baron Cohen (Klown), Kumail Nanjiani (The Descent), Doug Benson (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Chris Hardwick (Fletch).

March 6-15

TV FEST: PaleyFest returns to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 6-15. The TV fan festival features screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. On the schedule this year are Homeland, Scandal, The Good Wife, Girls, Glee, Jane the Virgin, Arrow, The Flash, Outlander, Modern Family, Teen Wolf, AHS: Freak Show and a Comedy Central salute featuring Key & Peele, Broad City, Kroll Show and Workaholics. General admission tickets for the public start at $30+ fees.

March 7

MUSIC: Eat Your Art Out 8: Next Stop, The Twilight Zone is an annual fundraiser for the Angel City Derby Girls, held at Titmouse Animation Studios in Hollywood at 7 pm. More than 100 artists are contributing art including Dave Pressler, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Dave Crosland, Yelley and many others. Expect a night of live art, music, food trucks, a bar, and silent auction. Admission: $5.

March 11-14

CHEF SHOW: The All-Star Chef Classic returns to L.A. Live for a four-day culinary experience that showcases some of the world's best chefs in a stadium-style arena. Six unique events include: a Masters Dinner Series with Sven Chartier, Mark Hix, Ludo Lefebvre and Nancy Silverton and a Grill & Chill with chefs Josiah Citrin, Suzanne Goin and David LeFevre and several other events. Ticket prices vary, but start at $125.

March 13-14

LEBOWSKI FEST: Calling all achievers: The two-day Lebowski Fest hits LA March 13-14 with an evening of live music and a 35mm screening of The Big Lebowski at the Saban Theatre with the Kyle Gass Band on the first night. The bowling party with costumes, trivia and other contests at Fountain Bowl follows on March 14. Tickets: $25 each night.

March 14

FILM PARTY: The Theatre at Ace Hotel screens the cult horror film Leprechaun (remember, this Jennifer Aniston’s film debut). The night also includes DJs, dancing and boozy Irish drinks. Tickets: $10 for general seating; $35 for reserved seating and two drink tickets. Doors at 7 pm and the screening begins at 8:30 pm.

March 21-22

SHORT STORIES LIVE: The public radio series and podcast Selected Shorts comes to the Getty for a weekend of “Tales after Dark.” Hosted by Robert Sean Leonard, the weekend features stories set after dark with readers Sean Astin, Wyatt Cenac, Jane Kaczmarek, Christina Pickles, Anika Noni Rose, Liev Schreiber, Kirsten Vangsness and others. Saturday programs at 3 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets $20.

March 21

ALTON BROWN: TV personality and food expert Alton Brown has two shows at the Pantages on March 21. The live talk show features comedy, a multimedia lecture, live music and "extreme" food experimentation and puppets. At 3 pm or 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$79+ fees.

March 21

MUSIC + COMEDY: Spaceland presents A Benefit for TIOH (Temple Israel of Hollywood) with the musical comedy stylings of Tenacious D on March 21 at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $65-$75+ fees.

March 22

MUSIC: The Airborne Toxic Event presents an audio-visual live concert experience at the Tower Theatre on March 22 at 7 pm. The band performs its synth-driven album Dope Machines in its entirety as well as music from the band’s past three albums. Tickets: $39.50+ fees.

March 22, 23

MUSIC: Of Montreal plays two shows in Los Angeles—first up, the band plays an all-ages show the Regent with Yip Deceiver at 8 pm. Tickets: $18-$20. The following night, the band plays Largo at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

March 22

CICLAVIA: Metro presents CicLAvia: The Valley on March 22 from 9 am to 4 pm. The popular open streets event takes over 5.5 miles of Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. Bike, walk, skate—anything without motorized transportation—and see the East Valley sites including the NoHo Arts District, Campo de Cahuenga, the Studio City Farmers Market and the Sportsmen’s Lodge. Free.

March 26-27

MAD MEN: Just before Mad Men begins its final hurrah, Film Independent at LACMA presents a two-part tribute to the show. A Tribute to Mad Men, Part One on March 26 at 7:30 pm features a screening of a classic episode selected by show creator Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm, and its followed by a discussion with the two. The second night of the tribute features two episodes and a conversation with Mad Men cast members. 7:30 pm on both nights. Tickets are free, but night one is already stand-by only.

March 24-Aug. 16

ART: The Skirball Cultural Center presents the exhibition, Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, with more than 20 photographs by L.A.-based photographer Robert Landau. The works capture the rock billboards that lined the Strip for almost two decades, from the promotion of the Doors’ debut album in 1967 to the birth of MTV in the 1980s. Free.

March 14-29

THEATER: The African American theater company, the Towne Street Theatre, celebrates Women’s History Month with its 8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival at the Stella Adler Theatre. The festival features 10 plays with women-centric themes, focusing on topics from marriage and relationships, to motherhood, cancer, aging and rape. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Tickets: $20; $15 for seniors and groups of six or more and $10 for students.

March 28-29

BINDERCON: BinderCon Los Angeles takes its name from the ”binders full of women” political faux pas to bring together women writers and women in publishing and media together at UCLA. Guests and speakers include poet and critic Claudia Rankine and Katie Orenstein of the OpEd Project; Cherry Cheva (writer/producer The Family Guy); Jane Anderson (screenwriter, Olive Kitteridge teleplay); Joy Press (Los Angeles Times), Alynda Wheat (People Magazine) and Zadi Diaz (YouTube Nation), among many others. Tickets: $125-$300.

March 22-28

COMEDY FESTIVAL: iO West hosts the 2015 3rd Annual Los Angeles Scripted Comedy Festival from March 22-28. Held on three stages, the fest features comedy shows with celeb headliner and judges as well as other competitions and writing workshops for performers. The focus on scripted comedy includes isketch, solo, variety, storytelling, stand up, podcasts, talk shows, pilots (live reads and filmed), video shorts and short films. Ticket prices vary.

March 26-29

FILM FESTIVAL: TCM Classic Film Festival is the place to watch classic films on the big screen and meet and network with other old film lovers. The 2015 festival theme is History According to Hollywood. Sometimes cinema tends to bend history and filmmakers may twist the facts to suit their needs. Films include: Apollo 13, 1776, The Apartment, Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Roman Holiday, The Sound of Music and Return of the Dream Machine: Hand-Cranked Films from 1902-1913, among many other screenings and seminars. Passes from $299-$1,649; individual tickets: $20 for most screenings and events.

March 28

BOOKFEST: The Music Center presents Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest from noon to 5 pm. It’s the city’s only book festival that focused exclusively on the local creative community. All activities, performances and readings are organized under the theme of “Cite Your Source,” exploring “where we come from and how it can be communicated.” This year, Bookfest partners with The Music Center's Artizen Lab, an online platform that gives people the opportunity to share their creative ideas to challenges.