9 Fun Things to do in L.A. This Weekend

Amy Schumer, classic psych rock, a monster convention, and a an outdoor book fest

SPORTS: Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional
In the same arena where NBA millionaires reign, college players vie for control of the ball and their futures, too. More information (March 26-28; Staples Center)

THEATER: Newsies
The rowdy theatrical version of the movie re-creates New York City’s paperboy strike of 1899. While Christian Bale won’t be reprising his role, the Broadway production still features guys cavorting in vintage attire. More information (March 26; Pantages Theatre)

COMEDY: Amy Schumer
“He was really into family… He’d never come on the road with me on the weekends ’cause he wanted to spend time with his wife.” The star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer is bringing her idiosyncratic brand of humor to L.A. More information (March 26; Orpheum Theatre)

MUSIC: Roky Erickson & The Hounds of Baskerville
Psychedelic rock pioneer and former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, whose turbulent life and struggle with drug addiction and mental illness, was documented in the 2005 film You’re Gonna Miss Me, swings by town with his new band. More information (March 27; The Roxy)

CONFABS: Monsterpalooza
This spooktastic event boasts more than 200 vendors, special make-up artists showing off their work, horror movies, panel discussions, and appearances by among other zombie master George Romero. More information (March 27-29; Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center)

CONFABS: Downtown Bookfest
Can’t wait for the annual L.A. Times Festival of Books next month? Join fellow book lovers at Grand Park this Saturday for readings, panel discussions, and other outdoor literary delights. More information (March 28; Grand Park)

MOVIES: TCM Classic Film Festival
Catch beloved and well-known classics as well as obscure gems from the annals of Hollywood when TCM’s annual homage to the Golden Age of moving make hits L.A. More information (March 27-29; Grand Park)

An epic tail set in the world of crime, Michael Mann’s modern heist movie classic from 1995 Heat is back on the big screen this weekend. More information (March 29; New Beverly Cinema)

MUSIC: Echosmith
L.A. based alterna-pop quartet Echosmith, named VH1’s artist of the year in 2014, was one of the most talked about upcoming bands last year. The nouveau new-wave of hits like “Cool Kids,” earned them much love from critics and audiences alike. The Colourist will warm up. More information (March 29; New Beverly Cinema)