Top 10 Weekend Events: Zombies, Heartless Bastards, Brazilian Carnaval and More

Shake that sparkly, feathered headpiece or get the scoop on hot TV shows at PaleyFest

It’s set to be a gorgeous weekend, but why bother stepping outside when you could irradiate yourself with the glow of a movie screen as you watching your favorite flicks and TV shows?

WATCH: PaleyFest
The two-week celebration includes panel discussions on some of television’s most popular shows on the tube including American Horror Story, The Big Bang Theory, and Nashville. The opening night festivities on Friday feature a tribute to zombie thriller The Walking Dead. (March 1-15, Saban Theatre)

LISTEN: Heartless Bastards
We’re always glad to see the Austin-based Heartless Bastards swing through town, and now the bluesy band—highlighted by singer-songwriter-guitarist Erika Wennerstrom’s powerhouse of a voice—plays the Troubadour. Nashville songwriter Jonny Fritz opens. (Saturday, March 2, The Troubadour)

KNIT: Counterfeit Crochet Project
Crocheting may be the “the lowly stepchild” of the sewing arts, but on Sunday rogue crafter Stephanie Syjucco will hold beginner and advanced workshops at CAFAM, teaching participants basic stitches and techniques for making their own “designer” bags. (Sunday, March 3, Craft and Folk Art Museum)

LEARN: Unplugged and Uncorked
Pretty sweet excuse not to reply to those nagging emails. Cap off your observance of the National Day of Unplugging with food, wine, art, live music, and alert-free conversation. (Friday, March 1, TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station)

WATCH: 2nd Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival
Comedian Wayne Federman hosts a slate of stand-ups who select and screen films that have inspired them. The line-up includes Sarah Silverman (Crimes and Misdemeanors), The Sklar Brothers (Breaking Away), Dana Gould (Dr. Strangelove or:  How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), Nick Kroll (Raising Arizona), and Bill Burr (The Dirty Dozen). (Through Sunday, March 3; Cinefamily)

DANCE: 13th Annual Brazilian Carnaval Exotica
Need a boost to break out of your lackluster Saturday night routine? Samba, beautiful people, sequins, and feathers sound like just the ticket. (Saturday, March 2; Club Nokia)

LOOK: Corvette 60th Anniversary Celebration
Happy 60th to an American icon. The Petersen Museum opens its 500-car parking structure Saturday for the Corvette Day Car Show, filling it to capacity with the shiny, speedy babies of collectors far and wide. Twenty historic models will be on display inside the museum throughout the month of March. (March 1-2, Petersen Automotive Museum)

EXPERIENCE: 12th Annual Lantern Festival
Wrapping up Lunar New Year festivities in L.A., this street fair features lion dancing, lantern-making, Chinese calligraphy, and — hold the phone. Is that face painting we see? We’re so there. (Saturday, March 2, Chinese American Museum)

LISTEN: Toro Y Moi
“Chillwave” was the embarrassing name given in 2010 to laid-back laptop pop. This year South Carolina’s Toro Y Moi surfed beyond blogger buzz—and easy classification—to drop a funky, soulful album that provokes motion in the bedroom and beyond. (Sunday, March 3, Fonda Theatre)

EXPERIENCE: Asshole Festival
We have no idea what this is all about but we’re intrigued by the title. From the website: “Bring an image of someone… being some kind of antagonist or douche bag (this is the self-initiated performance festival part). Then bring it down to Human Resources and scotch tape it to the wall out front (we’ll bring the tape). At 2:00 Lisa Anne Auerbach, Jen Hofer, Janet Sarbanes, and Stephen Van Dyke will read some vitriol. Then we’ll drink prune juice.” There you go. (Sunday, March 3, Human Resources in Chinatown)