Going to see “The Hunger Games” will be the highlight of my weekend – to those of you who went to midnight showings, I hope you had fun! – but there are a few other events worth checking out too.
Swing by Echo Park Film Center on Friday to watch the screening of The ADD Channel’s “The Virtual Zone,” a hilarious and sometimes offensive web series featuring real online classified ads acted out by brilliant actors. A few episodes of season one will be shown and the screening is free. Seating is limited so make sure to RSVP. The screening starts at 8 p.m. (Metro Bus 2 or Metro Rapid 704 to Sunset/Alvarado.)
Prepare to pig out the rest of the weekend because For Your Art is offering free donuts for 24 hours. They are setting up a pop-up doughnut shop across from LACMA and giving away donuts from 12 p.m. Saturday until 12 p.m. Sunday. The menu will rotate throughout the day; some of the donuts being offered are UMAMIcatessen’s Tres Leches donut, The Donut Man’s Strawberry donut and Nickle Diner’s Maple Bacon donut. The schedule will tell you which donut is being offered when, but make sure to get there early because the good ones (and they’re all good) will run out fast. The event coincides with the 24-hour screening of “The Clock” at LACMA. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Spaulding, DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Spaulding, please note DASH Fairfax does not run on Sunday.)
L.A. Women’s International Film Festival also starts on Saturday at the West Hollywood Library. The non-profit organization celebrates women filmmakers with workshops, documentaries, animation and short student films. The first workshop is at 9 a.m. and the first film being shown is at 10 a.m. The featured film screening at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday is “Opening Our Eyes,” a documentary about ordinary people working to make the world a better place. Check the schedule of events and purchase tickets ahead of time online. The festival runs through March 29. (Metro Bus 10, 305 or 550 to San Vicente/Melrose.)
This Sunday marks the start of Pasadena’s 2nd Annual Restaurant Week, so head out to take advantage of the special meals and deals. More than 40 restaurants have signed up to offer their best dishes, and at the top of my list is Roxolana, a Ukrainian restaurant that opened just months ago and serves Eastern European fare. The Gold Line to Memorial Park Station will get you within walking distance of most of the participating restaurants. Many buses also run through the area, check Trip Planner for options.