15 Ways to Spend Oscars Weekend in L.A.: Yoshitomo Nara, Vegan Chili, the L.A. River, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Roga (What’s That?!)

If you’re not too busy watching the Indie Spirit Awards on Saturday or the Oscars on Sunday, here are 15 ways to spend your weekend

If you’re not too busy watching the Indie Spirit Awards on Saturday or the Oscars on Sunday, here are 15 ways to spend your weekend.

SEE: Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin
Jerome Witkin and Joel-Peter Witkin are acknowledged as two of the greatest contemporary artists in their respective genres: Jerome Witkin is a painter cited by many critics and curators as the finest figurative artist working today, and Joel-Peter Witkin is equally regarded as a master of his genre – a groundbreaking photographer famous for masterfully conjuring his uniquely surreal images. More information (March-May 3; Jack Rutberg Fine Arts)

HEAR: Lord Huron
Ben Schneider is the driving force behind L.A.’s Lord Huron, a name he dreamed up while visiting his home state of Michigan. His new album, Lonesome Dreams, features complex and soaring songs that evoke the wide-open spaces of the American West. More information (February 28; Fonda Theatre)

SEE: Yoshitomo Nara
The Japanese artist’s seventh solo exhibition at the gallery will feature all new paintings, large scale bronze statues, and more than 200 drawings he penned during the last three decades. More information (March 1-April 22; Blum and Poe)

SEE: This Is The L.A. River
The Echo Park Film Center will screen a collaborative documentary that examines the past, present, and future of the L.A.’s great waterway. The film was made by 21 local youths who were invited to explore the river with 16mm film. More information (March 1; The Echo Park Film Center)

LAUGH: Baby Talk with Dan Levy
New father and comedian Dan Levy spends the night testing out his new material on children while finding out whether kids really do say the darndest things. More information (March 1; Nerdmelt)

EAT: Vegan Chili Cook-Off
A $10 ticket lets you sample five vegan versions of the classic dish created by local chefs. At the end of the day at the downtown beer bar you’ll get to vote for your favorite. More information (March 2; Tony’s Darts Away) 

SEE: Los Angeles Ballet/Quartet
Artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary present the work of four choreographers: Jiří Kylián, Christopher Stowell, Sonya Tayeh, and George Balanchine. The company is especially known for its beautiful staging of Balanchine’s repertory, considered to be among the most difficult in the ballet canon. Programs are scheduled at the Valley Performing Arts Center, the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, the Alex Theatre, and Royce Hall. More information (March 1-2; various locations) 

TASTE: Bread Camp
Don’t just break bread; learn to make it at a workshop on all things flour and yeast. You’ll also prepare pretzels and tartines by the warmth of a wood-fired oven. More information (March 1–2; Zane Grey Estate)

DO: Roga
You didn’t read the title wrong. This Saturday morning workout on the Santa Monica Pier starts with a 2 or 5 mile run followed by a yoga class next to the ocean. Run + yoga = roga. Get it. More information (March 1; Santa Monica Pier)

HEAR: Eleni Mandell
Local singer-songwriter Elina Mandell has been putting out an eclectic catalog of music since 2000. Her latest release, Let’s Fly a Kite, is a charming, upbeat look at the simple pleasures of having twins. More information (February 28; McCabe’s Guitar Shop) 

SEE: Makeovers!
The lens is turned on the public when photographer Austin Young shoots glamorous makeovers and portraits in this photo studio performance. More information (March 1-2; The Good Luck Gallery)

HEAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Michigan bred pop duo Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott show off tracks from their sophomore album, The Speed of Things. And no, they’ve never met Dale Earnhardt Jr. More information (February 28; El Rey Theatre

In its 25th celebration of Mardi Gras, the Original Farmers Market hosts three days of events that include live bands, family activities, pet parades, and tons of food. More information (March 1-2; Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax)

HEAR: SoCal Drum Bash
The first annual SoCal Drum Bash features drummers Thomas Lang, Chris Coleman, and J.P. Bouvet as well as the percussion duo of Richie and Roland Garcia. In addition, top drum manufacturers shows off merchandise and give away thousands of dollars’ worth of raffle prizes. More information (March 2; Saban Theatre)

SEE: La Lucha Sigue
Before activists armed with Photoshop could whip up protest posters in minutes, silk screening was the prime medium for radical expression. As part of Serigrafía, an exhibition of Latino political prints, the museum hosts a talk on broadsides as instigators. More information (March 2; Pasadena Museum of California Art)