This Week: Mardi Gras in SoCal

Several spots, including the Original Farmers Market, will honor the "roulez le bon temps" spirit.

Mardi Gras: You don't have to NOLA to don the beads and eat the beignets, not if you'll be around Southern California on March 5. That's Fat Tuesday, and a number of spots will sound the trumpets and accordions, including the Original Farmers Market, where Eddie Baytos & the Nervis Brothers will bring the Bourbon Street vibes, Bouzy Gastropub in Redondo Beach will rock the muffalettas and jazz, and a crawfish-eating contest will serve as a savory centerpiece at the Hot N Juicy Crawfish West Hollywood bash.

Native Voices at The Autry: Vickie Ramirez's "Pure Native," a new play produced by the "... only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new work by Native American artists," sets its timely sights on a topic that couldn't be more relevant: What happens when a bottled water company seeks to mine a reservation's H2O. It's a work that goes to the heart of community, and whether change will harm the community's closeness, with humor, timeliness, and depth. It debuts at The Autry on March 8, for a multi-week run.

'Aquaman' Costumes on Display: It can be rather difficult to swim to the very bottom of the ocean, but if you want to get an eyeful of the attire worn by some of the Big Water's biggest deities, you just might have to do so. Of course? You can skip that part, and instead make for Warner Bros. in Burbank, where the Studio Tour will now feature some of the costumes from the 2018 DC superheroes flick. There are props, too, on view, making these a visual feast for "Aquaman" aficionados and lovers of mondo flicks. It opens on March 5.

Thursdays with Michael: So you've roamed a lot of Eataly, at Westfield Century City, but now you're craving a more personal chef-driven experienced based on seafood? You're in some kind of luck, for Michelin-starred Chef Michael Cimarusti has a fresh series afoot called Thursdays with Michael at Il Pesce Cucina. The next date? It's Thursday, March 7, and guests enjoy "a special one-night-only dinner menu" created by Chef Cimarusti for $65, excluding tax and tip. Details? Click.

Free Family Night: Your tots dearly love a certain educational spot near the Rose Bowl, we'll guess, and they're ready to visit at any time. But if you time those visits to the first Tuesday nights of any month, you won't need to pay admission. For that's when Kidspace Children's Museum waives its entrance fees, for four fun hours beginning at 4 o'clock. It isn't quite butterfly time at the Pasadena destination yet, but you can check out Bean Sprouts Café, the new eatery. More info on this awesome, keep-your-wallet-stowed event? Which indeed happens each month, including on Tuesday, March 5? Flutter by the Kidspace site now.

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