KITE + BEACH: Classic combos don't come more classic, or combo, than kites being flown over the sand at the water's edge. It happens nearly every day of the year 'round Southern California, but on a certain Sunday in Redondo Beach it really, really happens, courtesy of the venerable Festival of Kites. It's free to watch. Better practice the craning of the neck; the action's in the sky. (Oh, and what do we mean by "venerable"? It's nearly four decades along.) Sunday, March 10
BEST OF THE WEST CHOWDERFEST: The Aquarium of the Pacific event's got one of the catchiest names in the chowder festival circuit -- yep, we have a few around the Golden State -- and a timely theme: sustainable seafood. Chefs'll be on hand to talk about what that means, and responsible farming; you'll be around to taste the results and cast a "best of" ballot. Know also that the stews'll go way beyond clammage and deep into spiny lobster and whelk territory. Saturday, March 9
WOOFSTOCK: You know how in a movie sometimes a bunch of dogs, very big to itty bitty, will circle a corner as they comically run, tongues flying, toward the camera? We sometimes see the coming of longer days and warm weather like that, only with dog festivals. There are several good ones ahead, but this Beverly Hills bash is one of the first barkers out of the gate. All sorts of dogly events and goodies will fill the day. Sunday, March 10
ARTNIGHT PASADENA: If this post were a refrigerator, and we had a bunch of those poetry-making magnets, we might stick up the words "museums" and "food trucks" and "paintings" and "music" and "Norton Simon" and "free" and "free shuttles" and "cultural hobnobbing." Oh, and we'd stick the magnets that say "Friday" and "March 8" next to it.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME... Or Southern California, if you're a lover of all things Oz. Several Oz-y things are happening. Yep, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is opening, and the El Capitan has a special magic show with screenings (and will for three more weeks). Heritage Square has an Oz-inspired art show on, and the Warner Grand is presenting a production of "The Wizard of Oz" (musical-style). Intrigued? Click your heels. And if you'll be near San Diego? There's a full-on gathering over the coming days, and a library exhibit, too.