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Los Angeles March 10–16: NSFW Educational Comedy & Hoopurbia

The best of what to do in and around L.A. this week

The City of Angels has a little bit of everything this week, from roll-on-the-floor-level laughs to serious investigation into the faults of our modern society. Get out of your head at the weeklong Hoopurbia festival, or leave town altogether and use the weekend to take a much-needed mental break.

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March 10 | Comedy
DTF: Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour
What do you get when you combine a comedian and a sex therapist? Darryl Charles is one of Philadelphia’s finest funny men. Dr. Timaree Schmit is a podcaster and columnist with a Ph.D. in human sexuality education. Part sex ed., part comedy hour, nothing is off limits at this show. Guests are invited to participate by asking questions that are assuredly NSFW. This is your only chance to catch it in L.A. before it heads back to sold-out venues on the East Coast.
7 p.m. | 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | $10 | www.nerdmeltla.com

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March 11 | Books
Ken Korbett on A Murder Over a Girl
It’s hard to believe that Hilary Swank won an Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry nearly two decades ago. That film was responsible for catapulting the plight of transgender people into the broader mainstream. Sadly, it was not enough. Just nine years after Boys Don’t Cry, a fourteen-year-old boy shot and killed his fifteen-year-old transgender classmate at school. This real-life tragedy is chronicled in Ken Corbett’s new book, A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High. Corbett is a New York clinical psychologist and assistant professor at NYU. In his book, he thoroughly examines all of the variables at play leading up to the murder, as well as the subsequent investigation and trial. It’s fascinating and heartbreaking. Don’t miss Ken Corbett in conversation with fellow author Maggie Nelson.
7:30 p.m. | Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles | (323) 660-1175 | Free | website

March 12–13 | Escape the city
Golden Door
Golden Door is located about two hours south of Los Angeles in San Marcos, but the feel is definitely more island oasis, millions of miles from the traffic of the 405. The resort is the ultimate weekend escape from the city, because your stay is dedicated to achieving serenity and stillness of the mind. Guide-led hikes range from an eight-miler up in the mountains to a low-key bamboo meditation walk. The landscaping and architecture, inspired by traditional Japanese ryokans, add to the chill vibes.
777 Deer Springs Rd., San Marcos | (760) 744-5777 | website

Yeastie Boys bagel sandwich

March 14–20 | Hula hoop fest
Hoopurbia
If you think that hula hooping had its heyday back in the sixties, or that its cool factor dropped after sixth grade, for that matter, then you haven’t seen Hoopurbia. The funny-named event bills itself as the first urban hula hooping festival, but it’s much more than hooping alone. The weeklong fest combines hula hooping with dance, yoga, music, fashion, art, and the latest technology. Attendees are in on the action: it’s seven days of intensive dance workshops, music collaboration, artist talks, and flash mobs as well as performances and competitions of selected hoop dancers, DJs, and sound designers.
Times vary | Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles | (213) 378-5746 | From $99 | website

Now open | Restaurant
Yeastie Boys
Fact: Puns are hit-or-miss even on the best of days. But one thing that never misses a beat is a seriously perfect bagel. For some reason, they are notoriously hard to find on the West Coast. A perfect New York bagel combines just the right amount of doughy goodness and a little crunch for good measure. Yeastie Boys has answered our bready prayers. The former food truck known for its bagel sandwiches has cornered the market, now literally in their new brick-and-mortar location inside coffee shop Alfred in the Alley. Which means you no longer have to fight for your right to...well, you get it.
Alfred in the Alley, 8509 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles | website

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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