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War Haters, Tastemakers and Kightlingers 

What to do in L.A., March 14-20

Wednesday, Mar 12 2008
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FRIDAY, March 14

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click to enlarge She'd look hot in those skinny jeans. See Sunday.
  • She'd look hot in those skinny jeans. See Sunday.

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She'd look hot in those skinny jeans. See Sunday.

You know those teenagers who don’t pay attention to “no loitering” signs along Hollywood Boulevard and are always asking for change? Well, as you step over them to buy your ticket to Give Me Shelter, you’ll be helping Teen Project, a kids’ shelter. Playing their hearts out will be Camp Freddy, with Dave Navarro (yum), Stephen Perkins, Billy Morrison and Chris Chaney; Linda Perry; and the Section Quartet. Should be a rockin’ good time. And when you leave, take care as you step over the sleeping teenagers. The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., March 14, 8 p.m.; $35. (323) 463-0204.

SATURDAY, March 15

The ANSWER Coalition reminds us that today is the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, a war that, so far, has seen the deaths of more than 1 million Iraqis and nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers. The group is sponsoring a big March & Rally to Stop the War. Bring the kids. Hollywood & Vine, Hlywd.; Sat., March 15, noon. (213) 251-1025.

Who said, “I want to be so famous that drag queens will dress like me in parades when I’m dead”? If you answered “comic genius Laura Kightlinger,” then you already have your tickets to Beth Lapides’ Un-Cabaret, also with Taylor Negron, who has loads of hilarious quotes but I can’t think of any right now. M Bar, 1253 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sat., March 15, 8 p.m.; $15. (323) 993-3305 or www.uncabaret.com.

SUNDAY, March 16

Don’t have a coronary — see the exhibit that puts the “art” in “arteriosclerosis” when Body Worlds 3 & the Story of the Heart comes to the California Science Center. Ogle more than 200 authentic human specimens — organs, translucent body slices — and catch the debut of a special presentation on the heart. It’s all thanks to the process of Plasticination, the method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death, invented by a German scientist. California Science Center, Exposition Park; March 14–Sept. 7; daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., plus extended hours Fri.-Sat. till 9 p.m.; $18.95, $16.95 seniors & students, $12.95 children under 12. (323) SCIENCE.

MONDAY, March 17

Reel Talk With Stephen Farber returns with a screening and discussion of 21, the movie based on the story of the MIT students who applied their big brains to beating the odds in Las Vegas. The guest speaker is director Robert Luketic. Wadsworth Theatre, Veterans Administration grounds, Bldg. 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., W.L.A.; Mon., March 17, 7 p.m.; $20. (213) 365-3500.

TUESDAY, March 18

Give the TV a rest and enjoy all that is The 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival. Yesterday’s panel celebrating everything that Judd Apatow touches was no doubt a big success. Today honors Chuck, with screenings and a Q&A with cast and creative team. Coming up: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, the premiere of Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union with Ullman in person, Damages, Dancing with the Stars, Dirty Sexy Money, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Mad Men and Pushing Daisies. The big news was the late addition of an X-Files retrospective that includes a sneak of this summer’s X Files sequel. ArcLight Cinemas, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; March 14–27; $45 & $60. (310) 786-1010.

WEDNESDAY, March 19

Tastemakers Class of 2008 sounds like something we’d normally make fun of. So here goes: Do you need the validation of others who are more attractive and have better skin, prettier apartments, the right shoes and a CD collection with all the right bands? Then you’ll be camping outside on Hollywood Boulevard for the opening of Tastemakers Class of 2008, which will showcase “trendsetting” talent in fashion, art, jewelry, home design, architecture, music, graphic art and more. Must be this hip to attend. Hollywood Plaza at Hollywood & Highland; March 19–30; open daily noon-6 p.m.; free.

THURSDAY, March 20

Garrison Keillor’s going solo for this show, sans the folksy singers and Meryl Streep. He’ll do a solid 60 minutes of wise and gentleman-like — but not too gentleman-like — humorous musings. Such as? “A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table. There’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s hard to stop thinking about it.” Royce Hall, UCLA; Thurs., March 20, 8 p.m.; $38-$78. (310) 825-2101.

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