Run, don't walk to see Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant at MOCA Pacific Design Center. (Cesar Arredondo)
With St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, the pints have already started flowing with drink specials happening at bars across the city beginning today. From the re-opening of Tom Bergin’s to Rock & Reilly’s and King Eddy Saloon, there are plenty of neighborhood pubs where you can raise a glass, but if you’re looking to take in some other adventures over the weekend, here are my suggestions.
Friday, March 14
ArtNight Pasadena (Citywide)
Sixteen of Pasadena’s cultural institutions invite you in for a free evening of art, music and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. Take a look at the Art Center’s Ray Eames exhibit, be mesmerized by the dance company at Lineage Performing Arts Center or stroll through the Norton Simon permanent collection. Then, grab a bite from some of Los Angeles best food trucks (Kogi, Heirloom LA and Border Grill, among others) who are donating 10 percent of the evening’s sales to a future ArtNight event. Free shuttles are running from venue to venue all night long, so just grab the first parking spot you see and hop on one.
VaVoom – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus @ El Rey Theater (Miracle Mile)
If you’re a fan of Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and never miss a Lucha VaVoom event, then this show is for you. Promising a night of mayhem, music and thrills, this rock ‘n’ roll circus features performances by characters from the famed Mexican wrestling and burlesque troupe, all presided over by Stewart “The Ringmaster.” He and his band are set to provide musical goodness, and I expect the evening will turn out to be much like Stewart’s latest music video [LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc6u-WzdpY8] for the first single from his Lucky Numbers album, “Every Single Night.”
Gala Flamenca @ Valley Performing Arts Center (Northridge)
Once the guitars and handclaps begin, there is no escaping the passionate intensity of flamenco. When the dancers take the stage, forget it, give into the power of the Spanish artform. Under the direction of Ángel Rojas, some of the world’s best flamenco artists – Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya and Jesús Carmona – set the stage on fire with dazzling choreography, vocals and the brilliance that is modern flamenco.
Outfest Fusion @ Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
HBO presents Outfest’s LGBT People of Color Film Festival, which aims to bring together a diverse population through shared culture experience, with screenings happening throughout the weekend at the Egyptian. The schedule begins with director Daniel Armando’s What It Was, focusing on a successful Latina actress who is dealing with the death of her sister and the end of her marriage. Then Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington and newcomer Julian Waler star in Patrik-Ian Polk’s coming-of-age drama Blackbird. There are also shorts programs, a gala party and an achievement award presentation for honoree, actor/comedian/writer Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty,” Broadway’s “M. Butterfly”).
DJ Shadow @ Echoplex (Echo Park)
The special guest for this TeamSupreme event, when a producer picks two samples and a BPM then passes the files to different DJ’s to make a beat, is none other than NorCal’s Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow), whose 1996 debut album, Endtroducing…, is still in rotation of our household’s playlist. Feel all the week’s frustrations flow from your body as his beats soothe your soul.
PaleyFest @ Dolby Theatre (Hollywood)
Calling all TV maniacs, this is your chance to see some of your favorite stars live on stage during the annual TV fan festival. Taking place through March 28, there are events with at least one show you love. There’s tonight’s event with the cast of “Orange is the New Black,” a farewell to “How I Met Your Mother, a “Lost” 10th anniversary reunion and panels with cast members from “Mad Men,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Veep,” “American Horror Story: Coven” and several other beloved shows.
Saturday, March 15
Fridamania Women’s Day Festival @ Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) (Long Beach)
Organized in support of the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibit on view through June 8, the museum celebrates the contributions of women to art, movement and music all day today. With free museum admission, you can browse the exhibition of over 200 images from the artist’s personal collection and take part in the many activities they are offering, from folkloric dance and Cumbia music to a Frida look-alike contest and the digital display of pieces from other women artists.
Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor’s Actor @ Aero Theatre (Santa Monica)
American Cinematheque pays tribute to the amazing actor with this series of some of his best films. Tonight is a double feature that begins with Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, in which Hoffman played a boom mic operator for porn films alongside the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy. The evening wraps up with 1998’s Happiness from director Todd Solondz with Hoffman, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dylan Baker, Cynthia Stevenson and Jane Adams. Other films in this series that runs through March 27 include Punch-Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Magnolia, Synecdoche, New York, Capote and The Savages.
Sunday, March 16
Jacob Hashimoto’s Gas Giant @ MOCA Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
Thousands of paper sheets are used to transform the space into an entirely different environment at the hands of the New York artist. Hashimoto uses traditional Japanese kite-making techniques and painting to create the three-dimensional structures of this third and final edition of Gas Giant – its first L.A. presentation and the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in California. Each installation is breathtaking and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated, so make sure to head over the Pacific Design Center before Gas Giant is over on June 8.
Arthur Hoyle @ Book Soup (West Hollywood)
One of my favorite places in all of California is the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, and Miller’s years spent in the Central Coast area are the focus of Arthur Hoyle’s new book, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur. Hoyle recounts the events of the literary great’s life, quoting from Miller’s correspondence during the years from 1944 to 1961 when Miller wrote The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, married and divorced twice, raised two children and painted watercolors. Discuss the book with the author at 4 p.m., then have Hoyle sign your copy of the wonderful new biography at Book Soup.