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Best Things To Do This Week In Los Angeles - March 12-18

This week, enjoy a variety of different events, from stage shows, movie screenings and art exhibits to live music, a holiday pub crawl and a special book signing. The weekend also brings a chance to celebrate one of the most beloved children's television shows, an exciting look at urban nature and the famous L.A. Marathon, where visitors come from all over to participate and watch others as they run throughout the city.
Monday, March 12
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Pasadena International Film Festival
Various Locations, Pasadena
Now in its fifth year, this relatively new film festival kicked off last week in Pasadena, with screenings continuing through Thursday. Check out films like "This is Home" and "Sinatra in Palm Springs" as screenwriters compete for the best screenplay.

"Botanic Geometry"
Crain Art Gallery, San Marino
A solo show dedicated to the works of artist Karen Hochman Brown, this unique collection combines elements of the natural world to produce multi-layered photographic manipulations that represent many of the patterns and colors of nature.

Scum and Villainy Cantina, Los Angeles
Kevin Smith and Andy McElfresh will record their Edumacation podcast live at this Star Wars-themed bar downtown. Learn about random facts while sipping cocktails as the pair entertains the audience; there is a two-drink minimum for the evening.

Tuesday, March 13
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Visit Candytopia
Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
This candy-themed pop-up museum is exciting for those that love sweet, colorful confections. The interactive celebration gives visitors the chance to taste their way through, enjoying more than a dozen exhibits, including things like marshmallow tsunamis.

Screening of "A Wrinkle in Time"
The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood
See Disney's latest film, based on a popular novel by Madeleine L'Engle. In addition to the screening of the movie, guests will enjoy a kaleidoscope curtain show of colorful lights and sounds as well as a costume exhibit featuring clothes from the film.

See Noel Gallagher Live!
Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles
English singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher, formerly of the rock band Oasis, will perform at the Orpheum this week, bringing with him a slew of songs including solo tunes as well as some from his more recent band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Wednesday, March 14
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Celebrate Pi Day
Winston Pies, Los Angeles
Celebrate this fun, math-themed holiday at Winston Pies, where they bakery will be selling their circular hand pies for only $3.14—numbers synonymous with the mathematical concept of pi. Choose from flavors like Chocolate Cowgirl or Dixie Classic Cherry, and keep your eye out for a golden ticket that will grant you a free mini pie should you find one. Visit our list of the Best Pi Day (3.14) Specials for more options across L.A.

Native Women's Voices Through Poetry
The Main Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Four Native American women come together for a night of poetry and spoken word on life and the land, including Pamela J. Peters (Navajo), Tazbah Rose Chavez (Nüümü, Diné and Apache), Emily Clarke (Cahuilla), Kinsale Hueston (Navajo) and Allison Ramirez (Tohono O'odham).

The Staples Center, Los Angeles
New Zealand singer Lorde hits the downtown area this week, bringing with her a high-energy performance and hits like "Royals" and the more-recent "Green Light." Appealing both to popular music listeners and underground fans, she has an eclectic music style and fan base.

Thursday, March 15
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"Daniel Deronda"
James Bridges Theater, Westwood
L.A. Theatre Works brings a new show to a local stage, as well as to public radio stations across the U.S. with its syndicated radio theater series broadcasts. This one tells the tale of a young man in search of his true origins.

Opening Exhibits
California African American Museum, Los Angeles
Three new exhibits launch on Wednesday so head over Thursday to check them out. These include "Shinique Smith: Refuge" and "Nicole Miller: Athens, California," two solo exhibitions, as well as "Charting the Terrain: Eric Mack and Pamela Smith Hudson."

Bristol Farms, Woodland Hills
Parents can enjoy a morning with their babies or toddlers at a local Bristol Farms store, where the shop will host a storytime event featuring not only the reading of stories aloud but also chances to sing songs and make your own crafts.

Friday, March 16
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"Unemployed Elephants: A Love Story"
Victory Theatre Center, Burbank
The world premiere of this romantic comedy tells the story of Jane and Alex, both on the run from the truth and loneliness. It was written by Wendy Graf and inspired by a trip she took to Myanmar.

An Evening with Barbra Streisand
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
This event, part of the Paleyfest television festival, discusses Barbra Streisand's expansive career in television, including specials like "My Name Is Barbra" and "Color Me Barbra" as well as guest appearances and live television concerts.

"The Cripple of Inishmaan"
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles
This week marks the second of three plays by Pat Kinevane this month. Titled "Silent," it delves into the wounds of the past for a homeless man named McGoldrig. It also marks the theater's wine night so enjoy complimentary wine and mingle with the cast.

Saturday, March 17
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Pots of Gold and Rainbows
Salt N Straw, Los Angeles
Favorite flavors are returning to Salt N Straw for one month only, including a popular flavor called Pots of Gold & Rainbows. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this green-tinted sweet treat and hand-sorted cereal pieces.

St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl
Various Locations, Downtown Los Angeles

Spend your night drinking green beer at a variety of spots in downtown, including Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman's, Library Bar and Spring Street Bar. In addition, there will be Irish car bomb drinks and corned beef specials at all of the bars.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Various Locations

Los Angeles offers plenty of ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish! This year, parades, bar crawls and more are on offer. Visit our Guide To The Best St. Patrick's Day 2018 Celebrations & Events In Los Angeles

Screening of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"
The Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this beloved show with screenings of different episodes on Saturdays throughout March. Though nearly 900 episodes aired, the center will show the first episode as well as episodes about music and the environment.

Sunday, March 18
LA Marathon
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L.A. Marathon
Various Locations, Los Angeles
More than 24,000 participants from countries around the world will compete in this year's famous marathon. Running through the streets of Los Angeles, the race leaves from Dodger Stadium and the finish line is located in Santa Monica.

Book Signing and Conversation
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles
Steven J. Ross, a history professor from USC, will be on site to hold a conversation about his Pulitzer-prize nominated book "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America." He will also be signing copies.

L.A. Nature Fest
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
Sunday marks the final day of this two-day experience, which gives guests the chance to learn about and interact with the animals that share the city with us. From opossums and bugs to rattlesnakes and desert tortoises, there is so much to learn from the museum's scientists.

Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.
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