The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Your best bets for February 26 to March 2, 2018

There’s no excuse to be bored any night of the week when you live in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: The West Coast Chili Showdown at Pearl’s BBQ

Culinary Fight Club travels the country staging throwdowns amongst local chefs in each city it visits. For the L.A. date, five contestants will have an hour to whip up the best chili they can, and then the audience (as well as pro judges) will get to taste, vote, and crown a champ. In addition to your chili samples, Pearl’s BBQ will have a special menu of additional food on offer, and there will be Texas beers flowing all night.

Tuesday: An Evening with Olafur Eliasson

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is in town to kick off his first L.A. exhibit in a decade, opening at the Marciano Art Foundation on March 1. Before that, he’ll be giving a free talk at USC about his work, which focuses on bringing attention to environmental issues through large-scale installations, and has included creating icebergs in Paris and waterfalls in New York City, and establishing a multidisciplinary studio that facilitates collaboration between artists, architects, chefs, data scientists, and computer programmers.

Wednesday: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Showcase

Join hosts Kate Amend and Roger Ross Williams, the Academy’s Documentary Branch Governors, for a night showcasing the 2018 nominees for short and feature-length documentary awards. Filmmakers from all ten docs in contention will be on hand at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (at Academy HQ) for a panel conversation and presentation of clips and excerpts from all the films.

Thursday: Chanel Beauty House: Put on Red and Attack Event

Beauty junkies get the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of the biggest names in fashion at this free pop-up experience. Step into the Chanel Beauty House on the Sunset Strip to play with the brand’s newest makeup lines and learn more about the brand’s history of encouraging women to use style as a tool of personal empowerment, creatively and economically.

Friday: Food Book Fair

Making its West Coast debut this year, the NYC-based Food Book Fair has been called “the Coachella of food writing.” The L.A. edition will be based out of the Ace Hotel in DTLA from Friday to Sunday with an array of tasteful programming. Friday kicks off with sessions on food media and a pool party with local DJ Them Jeans. Talks, panels, and a pop-up shop stocked with “foodieodicals” (their term for modern-day food periodicals like Life & Thyme and Cherry Bombe) continue through the weekend. Most sessions are free, but each requires individual advance registration.

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