5 Awesome Things To Do This Week In L.A.

Photos (Clockwise, From Left): Via Teddy's; Courtesy of Kathy Taslitz Studio; Via TED x CalArts; Via Ray's & Stark Bar
Things are heating up in L.A., and we're not just talking about the temps — this week's itinerary is so slammed, it may even be tough for the most social of the social butterflies to keep up. But, don't fret, we've spotlighted five events that are worth penning — not penciling — in for the next seven days. From a tapas-style meal outside LACMA to a Hollywood trademark in the nightlife scene, it's time to plan accordingly.
Celebrate Two Years Of Terrific Food At LACMA With Paella And Sangria
Although Tuesday is technically a "school night," there's no way we'd pass up a tapas-style menu in celebration of Ray's & Stark Bar's two-year anniversary. For just $22, join executive chef Kris Morningstar on the patio for great grub and live music, courtesy of flamenco guitarist Carlos Calvo. With a menu brimming with South-of-the-border soul food and beyond-delicious boozy beverages like the Burning “Quemada," a flaming coffee bean and Orujo liquor — we won't blame you if you're postponing any work-related affairs until you've had at least two cups of Joe Wednesday morning. Meet you at the photo booth!
When: Tuesday, March 5, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Ray's & Stark Bar at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Spaulding Avenue); 323-857-6180.
Chase Away Hump-Day Blues With A Little Rock 'N' Roll. YES, Indeed!
Can you tell we're on a total rock-music kick? First, we highlighted four of our favorite bands with the outfits to match, and on Wednesday night we're heading to the Orpheum to check out YES. Don't be surprised if you find us grooving in the front row in a pair of flared jeans in our most posh-meets-psychedelic wares.
When: Wednesday, March 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway (between West 8th and West 9th streets); 877-677-4386.
Mother Nature Mingles With The Concrete Jungle Of DTLA
As Angelenos, we're big fans of bringing the outdoors indoors (or vice versa!). Inspired by natural elements, Kathy Taslitz's latest exhibit, "Just Visiting," juxtaposes grand seashell sculptures with the surrounding DTLA landscape. Swing by the opening on Wednesday benefiting P.S. Arts (just make sure to RSVP here) or jump-start your senses (each piece represents either taste, touch, smell, sight, or sound) on your own time by scheduling a studio visit. Consider this the easiest way to bring a bit of the beach to the Eastside.
When: Wednesday, March 6, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Just Visiting, 3499 East 15th Street (near Spence Street); 323-264-3500.
Friday Nights At Teddy's Is Back, And So Are The Flashbulbs
Not only is this end-of-week staple back in full swing, but so is the club's stand-by DJ, Myles Hendrik. So, even though it's only Monday, be prepared to dance your pants off this Friday with some old friends. Just a fair warning: Celebs will likely come for a serious nostalgia-fest, so get ready to dodge some paps post-partying. We also expect to see a serious influx of Instagram snaps of that famous chandelier on the feed every Friday evening.
When: Fridays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Teddy's Hollywood, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Orange Drive); 323-466-7000.
Ready To Spend Your Saturday Being Inspired? We Thought So!
Sure, the weekends are typically reserved for recouping, but we're all about ultra-motivating missions! This full-day event is so worth the $90 ticket price (and early-morning alarm). TED x CalArts is hosting a slew of insanely interesting folks at Redcat for an experience that'll get those creative juices flowing — from The Yes Men to Chris Kallmyer, these talks, lectures, and performances are much more exciting than catching up on TiVO. And, trust us, you'll want to stick around for the closing reception.
When: Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Redcat, The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd Street (at Hope Street); 213-237-2800.

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