WEEKEND PICKS
Amy Schumer at the Orpheum Theatre

An up and coming queen of comedy, the fresh-faced Amy Schumer adds Orpheum Theatre to her list of conquered comedy venues this Friday, March 27th. With her own variety show on Comedy Central and numerous recurring guest spots on other television shows, the dollfaced comedian with a sense of humor that's not-so-doll-like, is quickly climbing the ranks as a key player on the comedy circuit. Bound to be as hillarious as it is provocative, this stand-up show is not for the faint of heart.

In Shumer's unapologetic comedy, no subject is too risque. Then again, with a syndicated comedy special entitled "Mostly Sex Stuff", it's no secret that Amy Schumer is making no promise of a G-rated performance.

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“Woo Hoo!” “Springfield” is Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

In the mood for a change of scenery? How about a trip over to the West Coast? Now there’s even more reason to go out west: Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and to commemorate the occasion, they are introducing a ‘Springfield’ theme that will immerse visitors and fans into the crazy world of “The Simpsons”. If you enjoyed the hit animation show – who doesn’t? - this is the chance for you to really get into “Springfield” life like never before.

“Springfield” at Universal Studios Hollywood will feature many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series’ 26 seasons, including Springfield Elementary School, Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon, the cooling towers of Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant, and, of course, the Kwik-E-Mart.

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A Ranking of Music Festivals Across the US

Spring and summer's arrival is celebrated through many mediums but the music festival circuit has stood the test of time as a primary source of hedonism. Having inspired several generations of self-proclaimed "festies", it is an undisputed fact that the festival scene has the makings for an ideal celebration. This begs the question though, which one hold the crown as the true iconoclastic blowout?

5. SXSW

The South By Southwest festival, taking place from 3/13-3/15, is the unofficial kick-off to the festival season and the perfect encapsulation of "opening act" prestige.

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Get in the "Spirit" with these St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Irish to the core or just for the day, the chance to justify getting shamrocked before noon - and speaking in that slurred Irish accent that you bring out every year, swearing that it is pristine - is upon us once again. Whether you plan to drink yourself into a leprechaun oblivion, sip on a delicious drink or two like a boring responsible adult or intend to be ambitious by enjoying the coveted precatory of coherence in between, make sure that the cocktails you'll mixing are in good taste even if you are not. Don't get us wrong, a well-brewed green beer is nice and all but here are a few drink recipes to debut a more distinctive palette for this St. Patrick's Day.

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Weekend Pick: Kate Tempest at The Echo

In the age of overly-produced pop artists and puddle-deep music, Kate Tempest is a trailblazer in the art of performing with purpose. Hailing from South London, her quaint meekness and rugged disposition make for a marvelous juxtaposition set to a catchy beat. But perhaps the most important aspect of this artist is that, through her writing, she has become a voice for significant issues such as poverty and equality.

This unconventional and internationally-praised artist will be coming to The Echo on Saturday, March 14th at 8:30 pm for a show that is sure to be both electrifying and inspiring. With textured tunes and one of the loveliest accents in the industry, this appearance by Kate Tempest - joined by Shura - is one that you do not want to miss.

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Get Shamrocked with the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

It's almost that time of the year again when you can drink and rage in the name of everything Irish. And with the annual Saint Patrick's Day Bar Crawl celebration, you can do that all over your jolly city. Yes, it's time to Shamrock.

Between 12 and 7 pm on Saturday, March 14th, grab your crew and head on over to the check-in bar/venue in your city - click here to see participating cities - and register for your Barcrawls.com wrist band, cup, and tour map. (Don't forget to grab a beer too to get the party started).

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"Summer For Winter" Evenings at The Tropicana

As a toast to those who tropi-can’t even deal with the icy outdoors any longer - well, maybe it's only a mild draft for us lucky Californians - the Tropicana Pool & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has kicked off its “Summer for Winter” celebration.

Monday through Friday, between 3:00 and 7:00 pm, this daily event promises an upscale setting and signature drinks and snack specials, reminiscent of sunnier seasons. Think Negorni menu, twists on Old-Fashioned's and and paloma-and-spiced popcorn. Whether it's the dream-like décor - or the venue's famously beautiful patrons - or one too many cocktails, you will be quick to forget brisk temperatures at the Tropicana's “Summer for Winter” weekly happenings.

What: Summer For Winter at the Tropicala Pool & Bar

When: Monday through Friday, 3:00-7:00 pm

Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

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St. Patrick's Day Across the Country

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but you do have to wear green. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’ve been brewing your own green beer for months or just now dusting off your “kiss me, I’m Irish shirt” (maybe leave that one in the closet this year), we have some ideas on how you should spend your St. Patrick’s Day in cities across the country.

(And for you brave lads and lasses, after checking out the fun events below, join the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl that's happening in cities across the country and taking place on both Saturday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 17th. You'll hit up all the best beer'ing-and-boozing spots in town and there are even brunch and after party options so you can do it all the way up. St. Patrick would be proud.)

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Weekend Pick: Viceroy at The Roxy

From Coachella to NYC, Viceroy’s sound has been a prominent echo throughout the industry over the past year and making his appearance at The Roxy this Friday seems like a utopian fit. Featuring a tropi-cool attitude and EDM edge, Viceroy’s intoxicating vibe perfectly accentuates this iconic venue on Sunset Blvd. Best known for his foolproof remixes and op-art visuals, Viceroy is the type of superstar that you'd want to party with over Spring Break. While that scenario may not be all that likely, you can have the next best thing this Friday at The Roxy.

Those in attendance can anticipate indulging in an auditory cocktail, composed of original singles like “The Life” in addition to remixed favorites such as Lady Gaga’s “Applause” or Passion Pit’s “Carried Away.” Be prepared to lose yourself in trippy tunes and Viceroy's effortless energy because it's no secret that he is always one to deliver an unforgettable performance.

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Weekend Pick: PaleyFest LA

What’s better than watching your favorite TV personalities from the comfort of your own couch? Watching your favorite TV personalities from the front row, obviously. This is the premise behind the highly- anticipated PaleyFest LA 2015, which brings fans and their favorite television stars together at the Dolby Theatre from March 6th through the 15th. Headliners like American Horror Story’s Evan Peters, Scandal’s Kerri Washington as well as Homeland's Claire Danes, Sofia Vergara, and so many more will be there, in person.

Whether you want a private screening with the cast of Modern Family or a Q & A with the girls from Girls, a ticket to Paleyfest LA is your chance to do it. Click here for more information and to get your tickets to this immersive, star-studded experience.

What: PaleyFest LA @ Dolby Theatre

When: March 6th - March 15th

Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

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Weekend Pick: Hannibal Buress at The Wiltern

Hannibal Buress, the comedian, actor, writer, and hilarious inciter of certain controversies – ahem, Bill Crosby, ahem – is coming to The Wiltern this Friday. The Chicago-native, New York City-resident has had his stand-up featured on countless Comedy Central programs and has written for the likes of SNL and 30 Rock.

On top of splitting sides and blowing minds with his stand-up routines, the talented comic is also making plenty of hilariously deadpan cameos in films (the cop in Neighbors was one of our favorite parts of the movie) and respected comedy shows like Louie and - our recent obsession - Broad City.