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This weekend was about two things in Los Angeles: Watchmen and live music. Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke reports that the highly anticipated superhero flick brought in $55.6 million over the weekend, but for those who opted to skip the Arclight mayhem there were plenty of good bands in town to check out. Plus, a gothic belly dancing festival. Read on for what we did and who we saw…

Gothla US 2009: The Dark Side of Belly Dancing

Gothla US is a weekend-long gothic belly dancing workshop and festival featuring 12 hours of performances and merchant booths where dancers can find costumes and accessories. Read more in Liz Ohanesian's “Dancing 'the Dark Side' at Gothla US 2009” and view the gothic belly dancing slideshow here.

The Oddity Faire with Les Claypool at the Wiltern

Credit: Timothy Norris

Credit: Timothy Norris

Les Claypool was joined by Saul Williams, Yard Dogs Road Show and the Mutaytor on March 7 at the Wiltern for an oddity faire of music, fire spinning, sword swallowing and dance. View the entire slideshow here.

M83 and L.A. Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Credit: Laurie Scavo

Credit: Laurie Scavo

French electronic musician and producer Anthony Gonzalez of M83 performed with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 7. Read Laura Ferreiro's “Two Worlds Collide: M83 Meets L.A. Phil at Disney Hall” and view the entire slideshow here.