Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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Everyone's beginning to get a bit antsy in Los Angeles. The sun is shining, but there's still a chill in the air, and spring just can't seem to find its way here. So what are we as citizens to do when the calendar has turned its back on us? Find some place to explore, grab a bite to eat and soak up some culture.

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First up is the long-running KCET Cinema Series in North Hollywood. The weekly events pair new and often as-of-yet unreleased film screenings with Q & A's from the directors, producers and actors that bring them to the silver screen. This week's viewing is If I Were You, a marital comedy straying Marcia Gay Harden. Actor Joseph Kell will be on hand following the film to answer your audience questions. You can also catch a few films at The Cinefamily for their 2nd annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival, a tongue-in-cheek mix of stand up comedy and irreverent screenings. Aziz Ansari will be on hand Friday night for some stand up before introducing the film Back to the Future, and Nick Kroll will be unleashing Raising Arizona on Saturday night. The fest kicks off on Thursday night with a Sarah Silverman-picked viewing of Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Outside of the movie world, there is still plenty of culture to explore this week. First Fridays are back at the Natural History Museum on Exposition Blvd., which means plenty of drinking, indie rock and fossil exploration. At The Autry, the world premiere of a new play written by Diane Glancy titled The Bird House is set for the stage, promising a harrowing tale of west Texas life in the face of adversity. You can also enjoy the opening weekend of PaleyFest, the two-week television extravaganza that lets audiences interact with their favorite shows. The event opens on Friday night with a Q & A from members of the acclaimed show The Walking Dead, and continues through March 15th.

If it's food and drink you're after, head to the South Bay tomorrow night. Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach is hosting a Croatian wine dinner, spread out over four courses. There's only one seating though, so call early to make sure you can get a reservation. Otherwise, you can enjoy another weekend of Chinese delights at the 12th Annual Chinese Lantern Festival in Chinatown. Sure, there will be cultural displays and lantern-making sessions, but the abundant buns and noodles are reason enough to make the trip. Or, you can just save your stomach for Sunday, when L.A. Weekly's Plate food festival hits The Petersen Automotive Museum. Formerly the Gold Standard, this 5th year event features bites from some of the best restaurants in the city, including Mo-Chica, Picca, Lukshon, Jitlada and more.

Hopefully, all of these wonderful events help to make this week a little more bearable, as we slowly transition into spring. And of course, there are far more events this week than we could ever hope to list here, so check out our full calendar of events going down across town this week.

For more weekly events visit kcet.org/events.

About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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