March ushers in new adventures

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

March leaps enthusiastically, wildly and gloriously into spring with all sorts of adventures extending from festivals to Pompeii’s saga frozen in time, as you will see in this round-up of possibilities of short hops and longer trips around California.

To the northwest, California Artisan Cheese Week covers “a wide swath over a wide swath of days” around Sonoma and Marin Counties from Saturday-Sunday, March 16-24, with its centerpiece festival beginning on March 23. Wineries, independent groceries, and an impressive roster of restaurants combine to offer discounts, pairings and cheese-themed menus (www.artisancheesefestival.com; 707-837-1928).

Down below in Los Angeles, the Skirball Cultural Center’s new exhibition “Notorious RBG” continues only through Sunday, March 10 (skirball.org/notorious-RBG; 310-440-4500). In Pasadena, “Ragtime” brings an inspiring story and award-winning score to the Pasadena Playhouse for several matinees and evening shows through Saturday, March 9 (www.pasadenaplayhouse.org; 626-356-7529).

To the south in La Quinta, Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10, La Quinta Arts Festival supports its Art Fair Source Book 2018 ranking “#1 fine art and #1 craft festival in the nation” with food, drink, live entertainment and abundant creativity (playinlaquinta.com; 760-777-7000). Nearby, the three-day Palm Desert Food & Wine jubilee makes the most of celebrity and local chefs, premier restaurants and premium wines (palmdesertfoodandwine.com; 888-596-1027).

To the southeast in Anaheim, Disney’s California Adventure gives taste buds a spectacular ride with its annual Food & Wine Festival, today through Tuesday, April 23, with events ranging from Festival Marketplaces to seminars, live music and cooking demonstrations

(disneyland.disney.go.com; 714) 781-INFO).

Disney’s neighbor Knott’s Berry Farm shines the spotlight on Charlie Brown and friends with the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, weekends through March 10. The “Peanuts” gang takes over the entire park, and “Peanuts”-inspired decor and comic strip elements will provide animated backdrops for photo ops. New character experiences, activities and “Peanuts”-themed treats top off the fun (admission included with regular park admission ticket or Knott’s 2019 season pass; www.knotts.com; 714-220-5200).

To the southwest in Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s “Pompeii: The Exhibition” features more than 150 authentic artifacts – not replicas but original objects – such as wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and full body casts of victims perfectly preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. The extraordinary collection concludes its run on Sunday, April 21 (www.

reaganfoundation.org/library-museum; 805-522-2977).

Across the Sierra Nevada in Tehachapi on Sunday, March 3, the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens Overture,” pianist Jason Stoll performs Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor,” and more. Admission is free ( tehachapi.com/calendar; 661-822-4180). On weekends March 2-17, the Tehachapi Community Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary season by staging “Young Frankenstein” at the Beekay (tctonstage.com; 661-822-4037).

In Bakersfield, Cirque du Soleil brightens the Rabobank Arena with “Crystal,” Wednesday, March 20-Sunday, March 24 (www.rabobankarena.com/events; 661-852-7777 or 661-852-7300 for general questions).

Story First Published: 2019-03-01