What there is to know
- The 94th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 27
- The Accademia Museum is hosting a special party at its Fanny’s restaurant, themed cocktails and a home viewing kit for purchase
- Several costumes from Oscar-nominated films are on view and free to access at FIDM at DTLA (closed Sundays and Mondays)
It’s Oscar weekend: Even if you’re not supposed to attend the star-studded movie night on Sunday, March 27, there are ways to film your life in the city. Until March 27, the Academy Museum is serving cocktails inspired by Oscar-nominated films, Fanny’s will host a screening dinner, and at the Academy Museum Shop? Look for stylish home viewing kits to buy. And about 20 minutes east of Miracle Mile at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising? A free cinema costume exhibition (it’s closed on Sundays and Mondays, note).
Earth Hour: When March comes to an end each year and the last Saturday arrives, you may notice that several structures and businesses in the city have turned off their lights or turned them off completely. The reason for this very visual happening which takes place from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.? It is about raising awareness of the issues that impact the planet. Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, and famous places around the world join in flipping the switch every year. The Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier will shut down March 26 starting at 8:30 p.m., but other regional landmarks will as well.
Showers for kittens: It’s almost “kitten season,” that time of year (think May through November) that sees a noticeable increase in the number of young felines at local shelters and shelters. There’s a caring way for Southern California cat lovers to help out, and that involves fostering a kitten, or a few kittens, during the warmer months. How to get started? Attend an informal “kitten shower” on Saturday, March 26 and learn how to foster a furry lovebug. Feedings, daily care, and other topics will be covered, with some light chores thrown into the meow mix. Sweet: Several spots will participate.
Flowers abound all around: So you’re saying you’re super good at all things flowery, cultivated flowers, wildflowers, and those little twigs that pop up in surprising places? Basically, are you obsessed with every splendid specimen that grows under the sun? The last week of March around our city, and beyond, is an abundance of flowers to see. But the big question is: where to go? Cherry blossoms feast at Descanso Gardens, wisteria is ultra-alluring at The Huntington, Antelope Valley poppies add orange effervescence to our worlds, and The Flower Fields? It’s a bright and beautiful scene of super-rad buttercups.
Sawdust Pop-up Pop-up: Laguna Beach’s beloved Sawdust Art Festival is totally a summer scene, except there’s also a Christmas version, which is so jolly and Santa-worthy, but wait…there’s also a springtime spectacular. ? “Yes” and “indeed” are the happy answers to that, but the Sawdust Spring Fling, which is packed with artwork and the chance to chat with artists, is a shorter affair, if you’re used to the monthly of December and warm- larks weather. You can appeal to the airy and charming place, which really has sawdust on the ground, the last weekend of March and the first of April. Looking for unique, handcrafted gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day, a graduate? Start here.