March is here, and it starts with a bang. So many events are on deck as we step into the month that marks the official beginning of spring. It only makes sense that you kick off a new season with a full list of events. Here are just a few ways for you to take advantage of what this city has to offer.
Ad Hoc Fried Chicken
235 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Fried chicken is a guilty pleasure that many Angelenos enjoy, and Bouchon is offering a one-night special menu to satisfy the craving. Set at a price tag of $36 per person, sit-down diners or take-out lovers can grab a plate of buttermilk fried chicken, salad, roasted cauliflower and gravied biscuits. Call the restaurant for a dinner reservation between 5 to 10 p.m. or to place an order to go.
Ceci N’est Pas
Robert Berman Gallery
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Ave, Suite B7/C2
Los Angeles, CA 90404
If you have long wondered how France and Los Angeles have built cultural and artistic connections over the years, now you can find out with ease. “Ceci N’est Pas” is a five-month installation put together through the collaboration of the Cultural Services of the U.S. French Embassy, Institut Français, Alliance Française of Los Angeles and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, just to name a few. Lauren Marsolier’s work is entitled “Transition” and depicts the division between mental comprehension in relation to the real life events of our fast-paced world and changing times. Marsolier’s art will be up through March 30, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1154 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
It’s the middle of the week, and you’ve been hit with an itch for a sweaty dancefest. The Echoplex has just what you need–a night of reggae, dancehall, dub step and more to get you moving. Resident DJs include Tom Chasteen, Roy Corderoy, The Dungeonmaster and Boss Harmony. To attend, you must be over 21. The evening starts at 9 p.m., but entry is free before 10 p.m. and $7 anytime afterwards (cash only). Make sure you have a few extra bucks on hand to grab a drink and Two Boots Pizza at the bar if all that moving works up an appetite.
Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft
Craft in America Study Center
8415 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The second installation of this exhibit, Food as Subject for Craft, continues through April 6. Various artists have devised expressive visuals of what we would normally consider purely edible as a way of showcasing just how pervasive food has become in so many facets of today’s culture. The structure, gluttony and memory of food and our associations with it are just a few of the topics evident in the art forms on display. Dig even deeper into the work’s meaning by attending one of the workshops held during the exhibit’s run. The gallery’s hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon till 6 p.m. Entry is free.
$1 Drinks At Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Los Angeles-based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is introducing the Tea Cappuccino during its seasonal Open House, when several of these new drinks will be available for just a $1. The flavors available will be: Chai Tea Cappuccino, Scottish Breakfast Tea Cappuccino, Anniversary Blend Tea Cappuccino, Agave Nectar Sweet Tea and Blood Orange Sweet Tea. These drinks will be available for $1 between 2 and 6 p.m. only.
For The Record: The Marshalls
Rockwell: Table & Stage
1714 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Even if the names Gary and Penny Marshall do not ring a bell, there’s no doubt you have seen at least one of their movies. The siblings are responsible for films like “Pretty Woman,” “A League of Their Own,” “Beaches” and many more. The cast and crew behind “For The Record” weaves songs and scenes from the movies to create a flowing and all-around-you night of intimate theater that puts you in the middle of the action as you enjoy dinner and cocktails. Ticket prices for the show range start at $20 and can be purchased online. Shows run every Thursday through Sunday until April 7.
Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles in Concert with Andrea Beaton
Hermosa Beach Playhouse
710 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
This is the 32nd Annual Spring Concert for the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles. This year, there will be a special guest–Cape Breton fiddler, Andrea Beaton. The 30-member group is more than just a bunch of fiddlers. Cellos, clarinets, bagpipes, drums and guitars are just a few of the instruments that piece together song after song. All adults are $10, and children under the age of 12 are free. Visit the website or call for advance ticket purchase information, or buy a ticket at the box office 30 minutes before the show’s 7:30 p.m. start.
John O’Brien and Christopher Miles Exhibits
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
End the week perusing the new exhibits from two local artists, John O’Brien and Christopher Miles. In the Project Room, O’Brien’s “Meander” showcases his explorations of the Arroyo Seco Parkway, as well as his professional growth. “Christopher Miles: Bloom” can be seen in the Back Gallery, and it portrays the artist’s interest in sculpture, paint and paper, forming 3-D visuals for the onlooker. Both exhibits will run Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through July 28. Entry to the museum is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Chrystal Baker is a freelance food, events, culture travel contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine, Frugivore Magazine and Politic365. She is the co-editor of the recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere, as well as the Farm 2 Plate Culinary Club site.