Kings of Leon ride the "Mechanical Bull Tour" to the Forum on Friday. (Dan Winters)
Whether you’re rooting for UCLA, another Pac-12 school, an underdog or your alma mater, I know all you college basketball fans will be glued to the television for most of the weekend. You can be a little social, though, and there are several restaurants and bars offering March Madness specials (in addition to plenty of TVs so you don’t miss any games), including Bludso’s Bar & Que. If you’re not into b-ball or just need a break from the on-court action, there are plenty of other ways to spend your time the weekend.
Friday, March 21
Bob Saget @ Club Nokia (Downtown)
While it’s been almost 19 years since “Full House” left the air, sitcom fans are bracing themselves to say goodbye to another beloved show with Bob Saget, who provides the voice of the narrator in “How I Met Your Mother.” With coarse stand-up routines and an in-your-face appearances in “Entourage” and The Aristocrats, Saget has shown the world he can go bolder and more vulgar than any of his family-friendly roles allowed him to. He delves even deeper into his dark side with his publishing debut, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian (available April 8) and its support tour which hits Club Nokia tonight.
Musink @ OC Fair & Event Center (Costa Mesa)
The seventh-annual music and tattoo festival is being presented by Travis Barker and takes place over three days this year. Over 300 of the world’s finest tattoo artists put their finest pieces on display, and there are daily tattoo contests in categories like best back piece, sleeve and music-related. Friday’s musical lineup includes Love Canal, the Vandals and Descendents. Saturday features Rittz, the Transplants and Tech N9ne. Soul Search, Strife, H2O, Judge and Gorilla Biscuits perform on Sunday.
Noir City @ Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
If you love Hollywood’s classical film noir period, then this 16th annual festival of the genre is for you. The festivities begin with a Dan Duryea double feature of Too Late For Tears and Larceny this evening and continue through April 6 with screenings of films like Born To Be Bad, Caged and It Always Rains on Sunday. There is a big closing weekend party on April 5, when you’re invited to don your vintage best, dine, drink, dance and see Tom Neal and Ann Savage in Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour.
All-Star Chef Classic @ L.A. Live Event Deck (Downtown)
This three-day event is like experiencing all of your favorite cooking shows happening in front of your very eyes, with an incredible lineup of culinary talent on hand. There is a French Masters Dinner tonight at 7 p.m. featuring Trois Mec chef Ludo Lefebvre cooking alongside his mentors, Alain Passard and Marc Meneau, and special guests such as Iñaki Aizpitarte in the All-Star Chef Classic’s own Restaurant Stadium. Saturday afternoon celebrates women in the industry with a five-course lunch created by Dominique Crenn, Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton, Naomi Pomeroy and Waylnn Lucas, while the art of grilling is the focus of the nighttime event that includes Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Jon Shook and Ricardo Zarate, among others. The weekend wraps up with a Farmer’s Market bang, with seasonal dishes prepared by the likes of Wylie Dufresne, Jennifer Jasinski, David Myers, Vinny Dotolo, David LeFevre, Josiah Citrin, Graham Ellit, Ben Ford and more.
Kings of Leon @ The Forum (Inglewood)
The four Followills released their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, last September and bring its eponymous tour to Los Angeles tonight. If you haven’t already become enamored with the singles “Supersoaker,” “Wait for Me” and “Temple,” once you witness the Nashville group perform them live, you most surely will. Silver Lake’s Local Natives warm up the crowd with songs from their latest, Hummingbird.
Saturday, March 22
Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship @ Santa Anita Park (Arcadia)
Go ahead and try to look at the photos on the event’s site without salivating. It’s impossible. The West Coast’s top pit masters gather for this annual competition for $15,000 and the chance to represent California in the big national event. Get a taste of their best barbecued offerings, take in some live music, arts and crafts and bet on a horse race or two.
Strange Talk @ Club Nokia (Downtown)
The convergence of a former classical violinist and a club DJ/producer, Melbourne’s Strange Talk layers dreamy vocals, synth beats and organic instrumentation for a sound all their own. Songs like “Cast Away,” from their debut album of the same name (out April 29), are futuristic, incredibly infectious and danceable.
Sunday, March 23
L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments @ Chinese American Museum (Downtown)
With all of the hubbub over the Sriracha factory shutdown earlier this year, the spicy condiment has never been so popular. While there is always a bottle of Sriracha in our refrigerator, Tapatio is another of our most frequently used hot sauces. Either way, both have a definite impact on Los Angeles’ culinary landscape, hence this exhibit featuring curated work from artists like Daniel Gonzalez, Trinh Mai, Eye One and Henry Taylor. Running through July 12.
Lights Camera Cure @ Avalon (Hollywood)
If you still need to work off all those beers you consumed on St. Patrick’s Day, this dance marathon is a great way to do it. It’s not too late to sign up to partake in the six-hour dance party to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and treatment. There are several musical acts performing live, as well as DJs to spin out tunes and keep you moving throughout the day. You don’t have to be the best dancer to participate, just be ready to have lots of fun.
Los Angeles Seafood Festival @ Placita Olvera (Olvera Street)
Do you go nuts over a good ceviche? Perhaps, a plate of fresh oysters is your thing. Whether it’s a bowl of chowder, poached salmon steak or heaping pile of fish and chips you crave, this fest has you covered. Aside from the plethora of seafood dishes, there are carnival games, crafts, musical acts and all kinds of exhibits to check out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.