EAT LBC: January may be California Restaurant Month, but a few of our favorite cities and counties delay the dining deals for springtime, when outdoor eating reigns and people are heading out a bit more. One prime example? Long Beach, which opens its Eat LBC restaurant week on Sunday, March 30. The nearly week-long run -- it wraps on Saturday, April 5 -- will spotlight prix fixe menus around the metro, meaning you can check out some seafood at Pier 76, pizza at Buono's, or old-school meat at the Sky Room, and save while doing so.
LARGEST U.S. RAMEN FESTIVAL: Many an intrepid eater possesses what we can only define as a bit of a noodle situation. Start slurping noodles and it is nearly impossible to name which noodle will be your last of that particular meal. (It's so easy to slurp on and on.) This you? Go to Santa Anita Park on March 29 and 30, where heaps of ramen of all sorts and styles shall be served. Noodlests, you're about to be in hot-bowl heaven.
$1 DANCE LESSONS: If a movie isn't a movie to you unless it has an over-the-top dance sequence, best shimmy for Music Center Plaza on Saturday morning, March 29, and pick up the moves from "Footloose," "(500) Days of Summer," "Slumdog Millionaire," and more. Each movie dance lesson is twenty minutes and exactly one buck. This is easy. Don't overthink it. Just move.
MUSICIAN'S EXPO: Many a convention swings through Southern California over the year. Wait, many? Make that all the conventions, and while a lot of them deal in general interest, a few tap into what a lot of SoCalers do for a living. One of the heavyweights in that arena is the Musician's Expo, hosted by the Guitar Center. "100 vendors plus demos and performances" are promised, so trust everything to do with strings'll shall sound at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, March 29.
GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST: The literary parties are soon to start rolling in -- we see you on the April horizon, LA Times Festival of Books -- and this sweet 'n free confab'll lead the charge. It has a local focus and plenty of authors and 826LA is doing this thing where everyone can contribute to "the World's Longest Story." Rad. Date? Saturday, March 29, which should be perfectly springian. Why not spend it in a park, reading, eating from food trucks, and soaking in the smart vibes?