Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? LA Marathon, Marilyn Monroe and Dance Dance Party Party

Lobby card for Billy Wilder's
Lobby card for Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot", 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.
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It’s going to be a hot one, Angelenos. Slap on your sunscreen and hit the town. Here's everything you need to know: 


1. L.A. Marathon 

This weekend is the ASICS L.A. Marathon, a 26-mile route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Impressive, right? The weather is expected to break a 64-year heat record with a high of 91 degrees. That's why the event's organizers have moved up the start time of the race half an hour to 6:55 a.m. (Stay hydrated, Angelenos!)

Here's everything you need to know about the marathon, including street closures. 

Tickets to participate in the race itself are sold out, but the cool thing about this route is the huge spotlights along the way. They will be visible from vantage points around the city. Be on the lookout starting at 9 p.m. Friday. Read more about it here. Pro tip for runners: Here's how to pick the perfect running music. And here's a KPCC-curated playlist:

When: Sunday

Where: From Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica | MAP

Price: Free to watch


2. Watch a movie under the stars

Make Friday night a movie night with a free screening of "Some Like It Hot" at the historic Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach. Before their upcoming opera "Marilyn Forever," Long Beach Opera is partnering with Sunnyside Cemetery to show Marilyn Monroe in one of her most memorable acting roles. The satirical black and white comedy is a classic piece of cinema you can't miss. Pro tip: Don't forget to pack a picnic and a chair or cozy blanket. 

When: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. | Film at 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sunnyside Cemetery | MAP

Price: Free


3. How to make music about art 

Hammer Museum

(Photo: Hammer Museum/Facebook)

In this family-friendly event, children (8 years and older) use musical games and activities to explore art exhibits. The hour-long program aims to change the way families with young children experience and engage with art. 

When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Where: The Hammer | MAP

Price: Free 


4. Dance Dance Party Party™

(Photo: Dance Dance Party Party™/Facebook)

This dance party has three rules: No booze, no boys and no judgment. Dance Dance Party Party™ has no instructors and no fitness goals. It's just a bunch of chicks getting crazy, grooving to music from live DJs. Pro tip: Visit its tumblr for some sweet playlists.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday 

Where: The Sweat Spot | MAP

Price: $5


5. Coachella Trunk Show

(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

For those of you who are going to Coachella, you know that it's just as much about fashion as it is about music. That’s why on Saturday on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Principessa is hosting the Coachella Trunk Show. Get ready for the big day with vendors like Unicorn Airlines, which specializes in antler, feather and fur headbands. See a full list here. 

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Principessa Venice | MAP

Price: Free admission | RSVP required at rsvp@cafam.org


6. Artist talk and sewing workshop

The Craft & Folk Art Museum offers pay-what-you-can admission every Sunday. Plus, on the third Sunday of every month, it hosts a family-friendly workshop. This weekend, artist Jonas Becker will discuss his multimedia installation The Pile, which consists of a 20-foot-tall pile of handcrafted fabric talismans that represent thousands of wishes and desires. Following the talk, the artist will lead a workshop where you can create your own hand-sewn desire.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum | MAP

Price: Pay what you can


7. Caltech celebrates Pi Day    

(Photo: @PunkRose33 via Twitter)

Caltech students are hosting "Food for Thought," a Pi Day-inspired baking event. Here's how it works: They will bake and eat approximately 175 pies (5 x 35 = 175 — which in the Pi equation, are the 9th, 10th and 11th numbers). Does your head hurt? It's OK. Just show up for the pie. Pro tip: Pi = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510

When: 9:26 p.m. Saturday

Where: Caltech campus, near California Blvd. and Hill Ave. | MAP

Price: Free


8. Splurge: Beer Dinner 

Craft Beer Dinner tweet

Did someone say four course beer dinner? The downtown L.A. gastro pub Justice Urban Tavern is hosting just that featuring four Golden Road beers, each paired with an Irish-influenced dish. Get excited for crispy corned beef and cabbage spring rolls with liquid gruyere and hot mustard, paired with the tasty 2020 IPA.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Justice Urban Tavern | MAP

Price: $45 per person includes food and beer pairings


What'd we miss? Let me know on Twitter @KristenLepore.