Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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In the run up to Sunday's St. Patrick's Day festivities, you may have considered taking things easy. Well, all that's about to change, because there is just too much great stuff happening in Los Angeles this week to waste your days at home. Here are a few of our favorites for the next seven days.

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First is the recurring KCET Cinema Series, which screens first-run films and indie features in North Hollywood, complete with Q & A's to follow. This week's early look is of the Australian film The Sapphires, a touchingly true tale of Aboriginal singers from the 1960's who cashed in on the Motown music craze. Or you could head to Beverly Hills for the final days of PaleyFest, the annual two-week television gala that offers panels with some of the season's best shows. Still on the docket are heavy comedy hitters like The New Girl and Two Broke Girls, plus the perpetually well received The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story.

Come Wednesday, things really start heating up, with your first taste of beer coming courtesy the Chloe's event space at Golden Road Brewing. We previously tipped you off to the wood-paneled vibe and separate draft bar, but now the rooms are opening weekly to the public for a recurring Brewer's Dinner. Helmed by new brewmaster Jesse Houck and Pub chef Adam Levoe, the four course dinners will pair with previously unreleased Golden Road beers, all at $38 per person. Or you can hold out for the weekend and make the short drive to the San Diego Botanic Gardens for their annual Herb Festival and Plant Sale. While you won't be able to munch on the literal fruits of your gardening labor right away, the popular heirloom tomato celebration is a perfect investment for a summer full of great eats.

Looking east, there are two culturally significant events peppering the week as well. First is a reading by author Mohsin Hamid at downtown's ongoing Aloud reading series. There, the noted writer will be discussing his latest work How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a stark look at the changing global markets through the eyes of a single protagonist. For more family-friendly fare, save your Sunday for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which will be continuing their tradition of celebrating the Iranian New Year. Known popularly as Nowruz, the mini-festival will focus on Iranian and Persian art and culture, as well as a live stage performances and a display of the traditional Haft Sin.

Once the weekend hits, there's no turning back. Saturday's Exploration of Spain wine event at Eat Drink American in the Arts District promises glasses full of fermented grapes from some of the European nation's best regions. Vintages from La Mancha to Catalonia will be represented across the two hour time slot. Come Sunday, it's all about the Luck of the Irish, particularly downtown. Families should flock to the free St. Patrick's Day at L.A. Live, including a small parade, dancing, face painting and plenty of flashing lights and loud noises to keep the kids entertained. More determined drinkers should soak up St. Patrick's Day at Casey's Irish Pub up on Grand Avenue, where part of the street will be cordoned off to control the revelry. Beginning at 6am, the all day party will feature outdoor music, plenty of Guinness, and the promise of a worthwhile Monday morning hangover.

It can be tough to find the energy to enjoy the city when you know there's a long weekend of hard drinking ahead of you, but with so many great events happening all over Los Angeles this week, you can't just say home. For more events, from art to food to film, check out our continually updated KCET events page.

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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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