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59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [9-17-2020 to 9-23-2020]

September 17, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Artist Kim Dacres. Her show, Wisdom Embedded in the Treads, is at GALVAK right now.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got 60-cent tacos, vegan dinner pop-ups, a toy drive, online and appointment-only art shows, a virtual Dino Fest, a Zoom mystery game, and a couple new ways to see Shakespeare online.  Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Mel’s on Sunset Boulevard will host drive-in movie nights every Sunday from September 20 through October 11. Tickets are $30 per car plus the driver, then an additional $30 for each adult. Kids are free. This Sunday, they’ll screen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Mel’s servers will take your food orders from your car.

GAVLAK Los Angeles has two gallery shows right now: Kathryn Garcia’s The Feminine Divine and Kim Dacres’s Wisdom Embedded in the Treads. Both are available for private viewing by appointment only.

Artist Ken Karagozian’s “Deep Connections” is a new photo exhibit at Union Station. Per a release: “Karagozian’s intimate photographs chronicle a unique view of Los Angeles through the documentation of Metro subway construction over the last three decades. His dramatic images balance the humanity of the workers, the enormity of the machinery and the intricacy of the jobs in the complex underground of the metro system of subterranean Los Angeles.” See the art online here or for yourself at the Passageway Art Gallery at Union Station.

The Atla Adams team will debut “Alta + Friends,” a Monday evening pop-up series featuring themed and special collaborative menus with emerging and established culinary talent. In the coming weeks, reservations will be available for multi-course dinners from Miles Thompson, Jon Yao, Nyesha Arrington, and Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins. The series kicks off on September 21 with a four-course vegan dinner. All ticketed reservations can be made on RESY. Alta Adams also hosts wine tastings every Thursday.

To celebrate 60 years in business, Acapulco will offer 60-cent tacos on September 24 at all locations. Choose among al pastor, carnitas, grilled chicken, and carne asada. Happy hour is 3-8 p.m.

If you happen by the Beverly Center on Friday, you’ll find a group of artists painting its panels for “Paint the City Peaceful.” Per a release: “The walls of Beverly Center will be filled with images that depict what “a world that works” could look like evoking a sense of community, equality, justice, and peace. The temporary public art displays will collectively serve as a creation of solidarity for racial equality.” Find more info here.

For National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, Farmer Boys will offer $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2-5 p.m at any L.A. or Orange County location. Just mention the deal when you order. 

Big Bar has two Negroni Week specials supporting Black Lives Matter Los Angeles through September 20. Order a Boo Radler on-site or a to-go cocktail kit, or get a Sipsmith Negroni and a Big Bar Burger for $25, available on-site, to-go, or for delivery.

Barry’s brings its high-energy cardio and strength interval training moves to the Beverly Center starting this week. Classes will take place in the valet parking lot on the first floor of Beverly Center. Participants will all be eight feet apart. Headphones will be provided for a silent disco soundtrack. The space and materials are deep-cleaned with hospital-grade, EPA registered disinfectant for each class.

L.A. County Parks is creating scenic routes for families to enjoy walking, biking, scootering, and skateboarding. They’re available in various areas on Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Every Thursday in September from 5-9 p.m., Madre Oaxacan & Mezcaleria will host a cocktail pop-up at Terra, Eataly’s rooftop lounge. Cocktails are $15 each and a portion of proceeds benefits Restaurants Care. Reservations required.

To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence” is now on display through October 2 at the 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus). Open by appointment only, but you can see lots of content online, too.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, is back this weekend.

L.A. Dance Project is hosting a series of drive-in dances. They happen in a parking lot in DTLA, so you can roll up, park, and watch live dance from the socially distant comfort of your car. The first performance series, Solo at Dusk, kicks off on September 10. Tickets start at $75/car for members and subscribers, $100/car for everyone else.

The Montalban has a rooftop screening series underway. It’s socially distant and not a drive-in! Upcoming films include Pulp Fiction and La La Land.

Head to The Mermaid Bar with your dog for Yappy Hour Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Special cocktails, food, and doggy treats will be available. The bar has expanded into Honda Plaza’s outdoor dining space in Little Tokyo.

The California Botanic Garden in Claremont features the work of five artists in residency, both online and in-person at the garden starting August 28. “Homing: A Group Exhibition” artists include Margaret Gallagher, Hannah Flynn, Miwa Matreyek, Eliza Swann, and John Zappas. See the pieces online through December 1 or check out the installations in-person through October 1.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of socially distanced food and cocktail pop-ups. Happening every Tuesday through Sunday.

Still Life Ceramics at ROW DTLA launched Pottery in the Park, a new series of open-air, socially distanced classes held in its “park” designed space. Options include one-time classes on Thursdays, a Rosé and Clay session on Fridays, and month-long classes.

dineL.A.’s Summer Restaurant Week (September 1-18) returns this year with close to 300 eateries hosting exclusive lunch and dinner menus at special prices for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

MAIDEN LA, an inclusive network of art-related happenings throughout Los Angeles County returns September 1-20. Over 75 L.A. artists, collectives, curators, and organizations will host programs both live and online, interactive and socially distanced. View the list of participants here.

YEA! Impact and The Andaz West Hollywood offer “The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-In,” a series of drive-in theater shows that mix comedy, musicians, and movies on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. More info on the series here.

Interior of The Bradbury Building
Interior of The Bradbury Building / Photo by Christina Champlin

At-Home & Online Events

Take a tour of historic places in DTLA with the Los Angeles Conservancy. They host ticketed Zoom tours every Wednesday and feature beloved buildings like Bradbury Building, Million Dollar Theatre, and more.

The first annual Virtual Greek Festival is two days (September 18-19) of online fun, like food demos with Greek recipe creators from around the world, Greek dance lessons, and shopping from Greek vendors. This event is free to attend.

Abracadabra Festival is September 17-20, featuring online performances from 75 artists including Diplo, Tycho, BLOND:ISH, Snoop Dogg, Kool & the Gang, and Paris Hilton, and live palm readings by T-Pain—which sounds pretty great, actually. The event benefits environmental organizations including Lonely Whale, Parley for the Oceans, and Bye Bye Plastic. Catch it on Twitch. 

Through October 4, recent grads can submit an original design for a Vita Coco billboard at Sunset and La Cienega. The first 100 submissions will receive a free year-long submission to Squarespace, the top 10 participants will get $1,000 cash to build their portfolios, and the winner will receive a full-time junior designer job with Vita CoCo. More info here.

Morrison Hotel Gallery’s online exhibit Backstage Pass is now open. Per a release, the show draws from the archives of renowned photographers like Lynn GoldsmithBob GruenNeal PrestonHenry DiltzEthan RussellTimothy White, and “others granted utterly intimate access to the green rooms and sidelines where music legends are truly made.”

Sofiya Alexandra and Alex Hooper host Coping Mechanism, a live stand-up comedy show, on September 19 at 6 p.m. Guests include Preacher Lawson, Liza Treyger, Valerie Tosi, and Greg Edwards. Go here to get the Zoom link. The show is free, tips are encouraged.

Pierre Huyghe’s “Of Ideal” is live at Hauser & Wirth on September 21. The exhibit will be shown through three videos made up of “deep image reconstructions, real-time generated reconfigurations, and sound.”

Check out Digital Pride Fest’s Razzle on September 19 at 5 p.m., a comedy variety show hosted by Daniel Webb and featuring Maggie May, Ron Drezfalez, and Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole. Tickets are $10.

To celebrate the release of A Chef’s Voyage, Melisse x Citrin offers a takeaway menu and at-home movie ticket September 17-20. Get a five-course meal from Chef Josiah Citrin plus dessert from pastry chef Sherry Yard, as well as a viewing link to catch the film at home. $75/person, available on Tock.

Join Roxie Sound Healing for an online new moon sound healing ceremony on September 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.

Join an online murder mystery game played in real-time over Zoom on September 19. Hosted by Murder Mystery Dinner Party, Dinner with Dracula will have guests trying to figure out who’s turned into a vampire and how to save them. The party will also take place next Friday and Saturday!

Jules Muck’s ‘Let the Cats Out’ opens at Gabba Gallery this week.

Artist Jules Muck’s solo exhibit, “Let the Cats Out” opens online at Gabba Gallery on September 17 at 11 a.m. See it here.

Join author Rick Perlstein (The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America) and Nō Studios Founder John Ridley in conversation on September 22 at 2 p.m. $10 for non-members. RSVP here.

Independent Shakespeare Co. presents an immersive digital version of “Romeo and Juliet” September 17-27. During each free, 90-minute production, guests may “wander” the digital landscape as they please, see Benvolio’s art portfolio, or check out characters’ social media pages. 

“Dollmakers VII: Folktales” opens at Cactus Gallery September 19 at 3 p.m., featuring Anima ex Manus Art Dolls. It’s a perfectly eerie show to get you ready for Halloween. Check it out here.

The Abbey Food & Bar’s 15th annual Christmas in September Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is online this year from September 21–27. The Abbey’s online wishlist (here) will be shipped directly to the hospital. Guests can also drop off an unwrapped infant toys or an age-appropriate gift during normal operating hours those same dates.

Latino Theater Company streams Evelina Fernández’s play “Sleep with the Angels” September 18-27. Synopsis: “Molly is separated from her husband and in desperate need of a childcare provider. Then she discovers Juana standing at her doorstep. Soon, Molly and her kids are swept up into Juana’s magical and charming ways. But, who is Juana, really?”

NHMLA’s Dino Fest is online September 22-25 with lectures, at-home activities, puppet meet and greets, and more.

Perfume Genius will perform a live-streamed concert from the Palace Theater on September 19 at noon. It’ll be available online through September 20. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day-of.

Mark Steven Greenfield’s “Black Madonna” is on view at the William Turner Gallery September 19 through November 28. See it by appointment or online here.

Wise Children’s production of the musical Romantics Anonymous will livestream from the U.K.’s Bristol Old Vic on September 26 at 1 p.m. to benefit The Wallis. Synopsis: “Angélique is a gifted chocolate maker inhibited by social anxiety and Jean-René is the boss of a failing chocolate factory. When Angélique takes a job in Jean-René’s struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds.” Tickets start at $20.96.

On Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m., comedians come together for an online charity livestream to benefit No Limits, a nonprofit for deaf children. Hear the Laughter features Kathy Buckley, Tony Tripoli, Sean Grant, Andrea Jin, Armando Anto, and Stephanie Nam. Tickets are $25 for a private livestream.

The Ford’s State of LA! series features conversations with culture makers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in L.A.’s art scene. It launches on September 22 at 6:30 p.m. with “Sonic Solidarity,” moderated by ILY Magazine Editor-in-Chief Erika Ramirez, Sonic Solidarity brings Mija Management and Solidarity for Sanctuary founder Doris Muñoz and industry insider Geraldine Leibot. They’ll discuss “the contemporary state of Latinx sound in Los Angeles and discuss the need for solidarity across identities and genres.” The conversation is accompanied by performances from UMI. Watch on YouTube.

CAP UCLA presents Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home through November 15. Via a release: In 2016, CAP UCLA presented Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, which comprised condensed versions of all 36 of the plays of William Shakespeare over six days on the stage of Royce Hall. Each performance was limited to a maximum of 100 people, so many of our patrons were unable to attend. For our 2020-21 Season we are pleased to be able to once again share all 36 plays with our audiences—only this time they will be the at-home versions where the six performers will restage the project online direct from their kitchen tables, each currently isolated in different places including Sheffield, London and Berlin.” See the full schedule here.

Kamashi Hart’s play Wild at Hart streams on September 17 at 7 p.m and will be available on-demand through September 19 via The Whitefire Theater. Synopsis: “Wild at Hart tells the story of sexual trauma survivor’s sojourn – a story of triumph over the ravages of childhood trauma, teen rape, depression, violence, and abusive relationships. Through song and story, Kamakshi brings 20 characters from her life to the stage.” Tickets are $15.99 and available here.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Constance Hockaday’s “Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020″ September 14 through November 13. A group of diverse artists, writers, musicians, and performers have each written and recorded a “State of the Union Redress” describing their vision for the future with the help of retired presidential speechwriters.

The 12th Annual Hola México Film Festival takes place virtually September 11-20. It includes the opening film Chicuarotes. To watch, you’ll need to be a Pantaya subscriber.

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings focus on personal wellness. The online presentations take place on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. through October 3. Log on for stretching exercises, photography tips, coloring sessions, performances, and weekly features on local artists and food trucks. See more here. Watch on YouTube (@GrandParkLosAngeles) or Facebook Live (@GrandParkLosAngeles). 

A + D Museum hosts “The View From Here,” a series of video conversations with Black American designers and artists about how the environments they grew up in impacted their creative vision. The project is designed to spark conversation around topics like gentrification and identity in built environments. New videos will be uploaded this month.

Every Friday, join Dynasty Electrik for a free Crystal Sound Bath & Astrology session. The astrology discussion and meditation will be followed by a relaxing ceremonial blessing with crystal singing bowls.

Every week, the Annenberg PetSpace hosts virtual events designed to deepen the bond between you and your pet. See the full schedule here.

Self Help Graphics & Art presents The Very Very Very Long Day, a virtual group exhibition featuring artists documenting their collective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition runs through September 25.

Enjoy an LGBTQ+ virtual mindfulness-based wellness session every Wednesday. Each week features guest wellness speakers and a new guide to practicing mindfulness.

Have you filled out you 2020 Census yet? You only have until September 30 and it’s super important to make sure California gets the federal funding and political representation it needs based on its population!

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers weekly online cooking and baking classes via Zoom. Check out the calendar here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present World Festival at the Holiday Bowl, a radio broadcast series of previously recorded live concerts. Tune in on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through October 11 for a different concert each week. This Sunday, it’s Rodrigo y Gabriela and Devotchka. Online listeners, here’s your link.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes. See what’s up next here.

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57 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [9-10-2020 to 9-16-2020]

September 10, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff

Las Fotos Project members share nature photography tips during Grand Park’s Easy Mornings. Photo: Grand Park

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got online art shows and wellness classes, a lecture on the Tongva, outdoor workouts, cocktail pop-ups, a tea and wine celebration, drive-in comedy and dance, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Barry’s brings its high-energy cardio and strength interval training moves to the Beverly Center starting this week. Classes will take place in the valet parking lot on the first floor of Beverly Center. Participants will all be eight feet apart. Headphones will be provided for a silent disco soundtrack. The space and materials are deep-cleaned with hospital-grade, EPA registered disinfectant for each class.

L.A. County Parks is creating scenic routes for families to enjoy walking, biking, scootering, and skateboarding. They’re available in various areas on Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Every Thursday in September from 5-9 p.m., Madre Oaxacan & Mezcaleria will host a cocktail pop-up at Terra, Eataly’s rooftop lounge. Cocktails are $15 each and a portion of proceeds benefits Restaurants Care. Reservations required.

To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence” is now on display through October 2 at the 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus). Open by appointment only, but you can see lots of content online, too.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, is back this weekend. Performers include Bill Burr, Kennelia Stradwick, Michael Rappaport, and Iliza Shlesinger.

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Chinatown tea purveyor Steep will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, September 12 with an afternoon tea and wine experience in the Mandarin Plaza courtyard. The event includes tea-infused refreshments, bubbly, a platter of assorted dim sum, cold shrimp noodles, and delicate sweets. Guests will also leave with a milk tea kit made with Minor Figures Oat Milk. Tickets are $50 a person. There are three time slots for the event, and each party is allowed four guests per table. All tables will be spaced six feet apart. Reservations are available at www.steepla.com.

L.A. Dance Project is hosting a series of drive-in dances. They happen in a parking lot in DTLA, so you can roll up, park, and watch live dance from the socially distant comfort of your car. The first performance series, Solo at Dusk, kicks off on September 10. Tickets start at $75/car for members and subscribers, $100/car for everyone else.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of socially distanced food and cocktail pop-ups. Happening every Tuesday through Sunday.

Still Life Ceramics at ROW DTLA launched Pottery in the Park, a new series of open-air, socially distanced classes held in its “park” designed space. Options include one-time classes on Thursdays, a Rosé and Clay session on Fridays, and month-long classes.

dineL.A.’s Summer Restaurant Week (September 1-18) returns this year with close to 300 eateries hosting exclusive lunch and dinner menus at special prices for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

MAIDEN LA, an inclusive network of art-related happenings throughout Los Angeles County returns September 1-20. Over 75 L.A. artists, collectives, curators, and organizations will host programs both live and online, interactive and socially distanced. View the list of participants here.

The Montalban has a rooftop screening series underway. It’s socially distant and not a drive-in! Upcoming films include The Greatest Showman, Straight Outta Compton, and L.A. Confidential.

Head to The Mermaid Bar with your dog for Yappy Hour Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Special cocktails, food, and doggy treats will be available. The bar has expanded into Honda Plaza’s outdoor dining space in Little Tokyo.

You can schedule timed, one-hour appointments now to see “Ed Clark. Expanding the Image” at Hauser & Wirth. New appointments will be released weekly. Register here.

The California Botanic Garden in Claremont features the work of five artists in residency, both online and in-person at the garden starting August 28. “Homing: A Group Exhibition” artists include Margaret Gallagher, Hannah Flynn, Miwa Matreyek, Eliza Swann, and John Zappas. See the pieces online through December 1 or check out the installations in-person through October 1.

The Cat Cafe is currently offering virtual and IRL experiences. You can spend 45 minutes with kitties at the cafe every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a reservation.

YEA! Impact and The Andaz West Hollywood offer “The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-In,” a series of drive-in theater shows that mix comedy, musicians, and movies on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. More info on the series here.

Mark Bradford’s ‘Quarantine Paintings’ is now on view online at Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joshua White/Hauser & Wirth © Mark Bradford

At-Home & Online Events

The 27th Long Beach QFilm Festival streams September 10-13. This year, the LGBTQ film fest picks include Welcome to ChechnyaChanging the GameAhead of the Curve, and more.

Via The Robey Theatre Company, actor James Cromwell will discuss the current and future state of theater on September 11 at 6 p.m. Join on Zoom.

The 3rd annual Urban Tech Connect is virtual this year, September 15-17. Per a release: “The three-day event will equip tech company founders from African American and LatinX communities in Los Angeles and beyond with the knowledge and expertise to build competitive and successful tech enterprises and platforms.” More info here.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Constance Hockaday’s “Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020″ September 14 through November 13. A group of diverse artists, writers, musicians, and performers have each written and recorded a “State of the Union Redress” describing their vision for the future with the help of retired presidential speechwriters.

Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone” explores the life of composer George Gershwin. You can watch it via The Wallis, live-streamed from Florence, on September 13 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 per household.

The Ocean Institute’s Virtual Maritime Festival is September 11-13. Learn how a three-masted topsail cargo schooner transports coffee through the Costa Rican jungle, see marine life on a livestream, sing a shanty with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and more.

On September 13 at noon, Holocaust Museum Los Angeles presents a virtual concert with Cracow Duo. The suggested donation is $10.

The 12th Annual Hola México Film Festival takes place virtually September 11-20. It includes the opening film Chicuarotes. To watch, you’ll need to be a Pantaya subscriber.

Join a Virtual Garden Talk to help plan your Fall vegetable planting strategy. On September 12, guests will learn what fruit and vegetables do well in the Fall, how to prepare the soil, and how to nurture the plants until harvest.

The Elysian Valley Art Collective hosts a free online art workshop with illustrator and artist Kait Walsh on Zoom. The whole family can work with Walsh to create collages. Log on September 12 at 10:30 a.m.

From Zocalo Public Square comes another great discussion on September 16 at 6 p.m. This one’s “Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?” featuring Johns Hopkins University historian Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All; Institute for Women’s Policy Research president C. Nicole Mason; and California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, author of the California Fair Pay Act. Register here.

Juliette Jeffers’s play “Judgment Day” streams this month via the Whitefire Theatre. The solo show questions, “What if God was held responsible for all the injustices African Americans have had to endure since they were first brought to America as slaves in 1619?” Attend a livestream on Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. followed by a talk-back or catch it on demand through September 14. Tickets are $15.99.

Slauson Ventures is a platform for business owners of color to connect and collaborate. Join a virtual launch event on September 11 at 6 p.m. Register here.

Latino Theater Company will stream an archival recording of the play “La Victima” September 15-24. Synopsis: “A groundbreaking look, infused with humor, music, and dance, at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families.”

The Garrison Brothers Distillery and The Palm Restaurant will host virtual bourbon dinners in Beverly Hills and DTLA September 16 & 30. You’ll pre-order your dinner and cocktail pairings in advance, pick them up the day of the event, then log on at 7 p.m. for live programming. Tickets for the meal on the 16th are $85 and include an old-fashioned kit, a 6 oz filet beef Wellington meal with a bourbon cherry glaze, and a virtual bourbon 101 class. 

Bohemia, Bombay, Bloomington: The Musical Exile of Walter Kaufmann” is an online conversation between Los Angeles Opera director James Conlon; Director of the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices Robert Elias; and Artistic Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARC Ensemble Simon Wynberg. The event also includes recorded performances from the ARC Ensemble and students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Log on Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m.

On September 15 at 7 p.m., the City of Los Angeles and Councilmember Monica Rodriguez host ¡El Grito!, a virtual telethon to raise money for Angelenos impacted by COVID-19. The event will feature musical performances and a re-enactment of the Cry of Dolores. More info is here.

Eric Nash’s “Streets of LA” is a new exhibit of charcoal on paper art at KP Projects. You can view online starting September 12 or in-person with social distancing through September 19.

The Brand Library and Brand Associates presents its 48th annual ‘Works on Paper’ show online this year. It opens on September 12 at 2 p.m., and includes 108 pieces selected from over 900 submissions.

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings focus on personal wellness. The online presentations take place on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m., September 12 through October 3. Log on for stretching exercises, photography tips, coloring sessions, performances, and weekly features on local artists and food trucks. See more here. Watch on YouTube (@GrandParkLosAngeles) or Facebook Live (@GrandParkLosAngeles). 

Indigenous archaeologist and Tongva tribe member Desireé Martinez, M.A. will explore the history and influence of the Tongva/Gabrieliño on September 16 at 5 p.m. The virtual lecture is free. Register here.

Get to know the eight Burbank City Council candidates via a virtual town hall on Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS 2020 Moonlight Sonata Virtual Fundraising Event is September 12 at 6 p.m. The livestream will feature performances from Pasadena Symphony and POPS artists, a live auction, and more. Interactive content will launch online starting September 10. More info here.

On September 11 at 5 p.m., the Fowler Museum presents an online screening of Soy Cubana, a short documentary about a Cuban female a cappella quartet.

KCET Cinema Series presents a virtual screening of Blackbird followed by a Q&A with director Roger Michell and actors Bex Taylor-Klaus, Lindsay Duncan, and Anson Boon on September 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

A + D Museum hosts “The View From Here,” a series of video conversations with Black American designers and artists about how the environments they grew up in impacted their creative vision. The project is designed to spark conversation around topics like gentrification and identity in built environments. New videos will be uploaded this month.

Every Friday, join Dynasty Electrik for a free Crystal Sound Bath & Astrology session. The astrology discussion and meditation will be followed by a relaxing ceremonial blessing with crystal singing bowls.

Beverly Hills’ Plastic Gallery hosts a virtual Kobe Bryant exhibit featuring photographer Michael Muller’s portraits of the late basketball legend from the past decade.

Fantasy Escape Games offers two, hour-long, online escape room games. Be a wizard in “The Dark Tower” or a ghost trying to avoid being exorcised from the home you haunt in “Ghosts of Craven Manor.” Tickets are $14-15 per player.

“Claws” is a play that takes place over the phone. You’re on a call with Danny, who has a monster in his closet. Over the course of 30-40 minutes, you’ll help Danny decide what to do next. Tickets are $31.20.

Creepy Kingdom’s Halloween@Home offers two straight months of Halloween programming including livestreams, how-tos, writing prompts, and more. They’re also fundraising for The Actors Fund and The Trevor Project.

The GRAMMY Museum continues to offer free digital programs. Upcoming programs feature Faouzia, Elizabeth Cook, a Count Basie exhibit, and more.

Every week, the Annenberg PetSpace hosts virtual events designed to deepen the bond between you and your pet. See the full schedule here.

Self Help Graphics & Art presents The Very Very Very Long Day, a virtual group exhibition featuring artists documenting their collective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition runs through September 25.

Enjoy an LGBTQ+ virtual mindfulness-based wellness session every Wednesday. Each week features guest wellness speakers and a new guide to practicing mindfulness.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is streaming concerts from Colburn School’s Zipper Hall for free. The next concert is on Saturday, September 5 at 5 p.m.

Have you filled out you 2020 Census yet? You only have until September 30 and it’s super important to make sure California gets the federal funding and political representation it needs based on its population!

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers weekly online cooking and baking classes via Zoom. Check out the calendar here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present World Festival at the Holiday Bowl, a radio broadcast series of previously recorded live concerts. Tune in on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through October 11 for a different concert each week. This Sunday, it’s St. Vincent and Cibo Matto. Online listeners, here’s your link.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes. See what’s up next here.

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50 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [9-3-2020 to 9-9-2020]

September 3, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
‘Ed Clark. Expanding the Image’ opens Sept. 10 at Hauser & Wirth. Schedule your timed appointment now.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got pickle pop-ups, art exhibits by appointment, dineL.A. deals, dog-friendly outdoor happy hours, virtual games and film fests, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Strings of Life in West Hollywood

Out-of-the-House Events

Strings of Life in West Hollywood is kicking off a ‘Sausage Roll World Tour.’ Each week, a different chef will offer up their own unique spin on the Australian dish. It kicks off this Thursday, September 3 with Nancy Silverton’s lamb sausage roll. Upcoming weeks feature Mei-Lin (Nightshade), Ben Shewry (Attica), and Zen Ong (INDA). Each roll is $10 and available for pickup and takeout on a first-come, first-served basis.

L.A. County Parks is creating scenic routes for families to enjoy walking, biking, scootering, and skateboarding. They’re available in various areas on Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Montalban has a rooftop screening series underway. It’s socially distant and not a drive-in! Upcoming films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Superbad, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Blade Runner.

Every Thursday in September from 5-9 p.m., Madre Oaxacan & Mezcaleria will host a cocktail pop-up at Terra, Eataly’s rooftop lounge. Cocktails are $15 each and a portion of proceeds benefits Restaurants Care. Reservations required.

Head to The Mermaid Bar with your dog for Yappy Hour Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Special cocktails, food, and doggy treats will be available. The bar has expanded into Honda Plaza’s outdoor dining space in Little Tokyo.

Taste of Japan is back as a pop-up event on September 6 from 4-7 p.m. You can pre-order items online and then pick them up from Ten Mile Brewing Company in Signal Hill during your time slot. Enjoy yakitori, ramen, and other street food bites paired with craft beer.

You can schedule timed, one-hour appointments now to see “Ed Clark. Expanding the Image” at Hauser & Wirth, which opens at the gallery on September 10. New appointments will be released weekly. Register here.

dineL.A.’s Summer Restaurant Week (September 1-18) returns this year with close to 300 eateries hosting exclusive lunch and dinner menus at special prices for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

Direct Action Rally in partnership with Silent Cinema will host a free outdoor screening of “Black Panther” on Saturday, September 5 in North Hollywood.

The Original Farmers Market is hosting a blood drive on September 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular market has partnered with Cedars Sinai for the event, who will also provide free antibody tests to all donors. You’ll also get a gift from the Kaylin & Hobbs pickle pop-up. Register here

And speaking of those pickles, the Kaylin & Hobbs Pickle Pop-Up is September 5-7 at the Original Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Sample and buy pickles in a variety of flavors.

L.A. Dance Project is hosting a series of drive-in dances. They happen in a parking lot in DTLA, so you can roll up, park, and watch live dance from the socially distant comfort of your car. The first performance series, Solo at Dusk, kicks off on September 10 (which would technically go on next week’s list, but tickets are available now so we thought we’d let you know a little early). Tickets start at $75/car for members and subscribers, $100/car for everyone else.

MAIDEN LA, an inclusive network of art-related happenings throughout Los Angeles County returns September 1-20. Over 75 L.A. artists, collectives, curators, and organizations will host programs both live and online, interactive and socially distanced. View the list of participants here.

Tierra Del Sol Gallery presents “The Evolution of Helen Rae” September 4 through October 23 by appointment.

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Homing: A Group Exhibition features the work that our artists-in-residence have created over the last few weeks. This residency provided the artists with a space to create during these challenging times. The exhibition will be presented in onsite and online formats so it can be enjoyed by visitors in the Garden and by viewers from home alike. The exhibition launches tomorrow Friday, August 28 at 5 PM. The onsite exhibition will be available through October 1, 2020 and the online exhibition will be available through December 1, 2020. Read below to learn a little bit about each of the artists and swipe through these photos to see some of their artwork! Eliza Swann (@thecircularserpent): an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and founder of the Golden Dome School who explores the intersections of ecology and social issues. Hannah Flynn (@epiphytes): an artist, environmentalist, and landscape architecture student who works under the alias Epiphytes and explores identity through plants. ‍John Zappas (@johnzanezappas): an LA based artist and alum of the Cranbrook Academy of Art who makes drawings, utilitarian objects, and sculptures. Margaret Gallagher (@margaretgallagherart): an artist who illustrates the natural ecosystems of Los Angeles and relationships between native plant and animal species. Miwa Matreyek (@miwamatreyekartist): an experimental animator, director, and designer who has been featured at Sundance, TED, and beyond. #CalBG #californiabotanicgarden #botanicgarden #botanicalgarden #publicgarden #california #californianativeplants #claremont #claremontvillage #research #education #conservation #horticulture #botany #art #artist #artists #artexhibit #artexhibition

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The California Botanic Garden in Claremont features the work of five artists in residency, both online and in-person at the garden starting August 28. “Homing: A Group Exhibition” artists include Margaret Gallagher, Hannah Flynn, Miwa Matreyek, Eliza Swann, and John Zappas. See the pieces online through December 1 or check out the installations in-person through October 1.

Spago Beverly Hills presents Glamping on Canon with Veuve Clicquot September 4 & 5. The outdoor dining experience includes a Veuve Clicquot retro camper serving unlimited Champagne. You’ll get your own table on Canon Drive and a special menu. Tickets can be purchased on Tock and run $125 or $295.

Levity Live’s Improv hosts the Improv Live Comedy Drive-in Series through September 5 at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $125 per vehicle. See who’s playing this week here.

The Cat Cafe is currently offering virtual and IRL experiences. You can spend 45 minutes with kitties at the cafe every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a reservation.

YEA! Impact and The Andaz West Hollywood offer “The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-In,” a series of drive-in theater shows that mix comedy, musicians, and movies on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. More info on the series here.

At-Home & Online Events

Check out Force of Nature Productions’ Twilight Zone-esque “Tales from Tomorrow” on YouTube.

Cinecon, the classic film festival featuring a mix of rare sound and silent films, returns this year with a free livestreaming event over Labor Day weekend.

A + D Museum hosts “The View From Here,” a series of video conversations with Black American designers and artists about how the environments they grew up in impacted their creative vision. The project is designed to spark conversation around topics like gentrification and identity in built environments. New videos will be uploaded this month.

Every Friday, join Dynasty Electrik for a free Crystal Sound Bath & Astrology session. The astrology discussion and meditation will be followed by a relaxing ceremonial blessing with crystal singing bowls.

Chef Uyen Kirshenbaum turned her furloughed position as Executive Pastry Chef at M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and The Arthur J into a successful mail-order cookie service. Kirsh Baking Company offers classic cookie flavors and inventive creations like Rocky Road, Cherry Almond, and Vanilla Lavender. Dairy and gluten-free options are also in the mix. Cookies are hand-baked, individually wrapped, and delivered straight to your door.

Latino Theater Company presents a reading of Alfredo Ramos’s play The Last Angry Brown Hat, in which “four former members of the Brown Berets, a 1960s militant Chicano civil rights organization, reunite after the funeral of a pal.” See it on-demand Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. through September 13 at 11:59 p.m. Free.

Beverly Hills’ Plastic Gallery hosts a virtual Kobe Bryant exhibit featuring photographer Michael Muller’s portraits of the late basketball legend from the past decade.

Stay-In VaVOOM is a virtual presentation of L.A.’s beloved Mexican wrestling, burlesque, and comedy spectacular. Guests include Donita Sparks of L7, Object as Subject, StarCrawler, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Greg Proops, Drew Carey, Blaine Capatch, KCRW DJ Anthony Valdez, and more. It’s on Thursday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Free for KCRW members, $1 minimum donation for nonmembers. Get tickets here.

Fantasy Escape Games offers two, hour-long, online escape room games. Be a wizard in “The Dark Tower” or a ghost trying to avoid being exorcised from the home you haunt in “Ghosts of Craven Manor.” Tickets are $14-15 per player.

“Claws” is a play that takes place over the phone. You’re on a call with Danny, who has a monster in his closet. Over the course of 30-40 minutes, you’ll help Danny decide what to do next. Tickets are $31.20.

Get the F Out is closing its escape rooms permanently due to the pandemic, which is a real shame. But, you can still play “The Experiment” virtually before it’s gone for good. Tickets are $30 per person, three-person team minimum.

Creepy Kingdom’s Halloween@Home offers two straight months of Halloween programming including livestreams, how-tos, writing prompts, and more. They’re also fundraising for The Actors Fund and The Trevor Project.

Turn into WILDsound’s Weekly Festival on September 5 at 8 p.m. for dance and music films from around the world. Watch here.

WeHo LIVE!’s virtual weekly DJ series is coming to an end. Tune in for the last one on Friday, September 4 at 6 p.m. for music from DJ Ivan Mariscal (dance, top 40, house, Latin).

On September 3 at 6:30 p.m., LAist Studios and The Autry Museum present “Cashing in on the Desert: Dark Side of the American Dream,” a free live conversation with California City podcast host Emily Guerin, the Desert Oracle’s Ken Layne, and artist and curator Kim Stringfellow. RSVP here.

This week from LACMA@Home, it’s a virtual poetry slam inspired by the work of Julie Mehretu. Catch it on Instagram Live on September 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The GRAMMY Museum continues to offer free digital programs. Upcoming programs feature Faouzia, Elizabeth Cook, a Count Basie exhibit, and more.

CCP Theater presents “Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street,” a family-friendly online play opening September 9 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. It’s free with registration.

Rossoblu’s Bolo Burger.

Rossoblu has Labor Day grill kits available for pickup on September 5 & 6. You’ll get antipasti; your choice of burgers, chicken, or steak; sides; and dessert. They’re $49 for two people. Order on Tock.

Every week, the Annenberg PetSpace hosts virtual events designed to deepen the bond between you and your pet. See the full schedule here.

Listen to HappyChillFunTime, a podcast from Holly Atkins that blends stories and meditation for 15-minute mental vacations. Check out the latest episode here.

Self Help Graphics & Art presents The Very Very Very Long Day, a virtual group exhibition featuring artists documenting their collective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition runs through September 25.

The ever-innovative Alcove/Big Bar folks have several lovely to-go cocktails so you can have date night or Zoom happy hour at home in style. Options include a St. Germain Sprit kit for two (or more); bourbon, scotch, brandy, and agave flights; and individual cocktails. This is on top of their food, bakery, coffee, and pantry options. Order through their website or via Instagram.

Enjoy an LGBTQ+ virtual mindfulness-based wellness session every Wednesday. Each week features guest wellness speakers and a new guide to practicing mindfulness.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is streaming concerts from Colburn School’s Zipper Hall for free. The next concert is on Saturday, September 5 at 5 p.m.

For kids!: A Faery Hunt is offering $5 screenings of their children’s shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Check them out here.

Have you filled out you 2020 Census yet?

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers weekly online cooking and baking classes via Zoom. Check out the calendar here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present World Festival at the Holiday Bowl, a radio broadcast series of previously recorded live concerts. Tune in on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through October 11 for a different concert each week. This Sunday, it’s Robyn and Blondie. Online listeners, here’s your link.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes. See what’s up next here.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights at 7 p.m. This week, it’s Samba!

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55 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-27-2020 to 9-2-2020]

August 27, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got online music and film festivals, outdoor dining pop-ups and music video screenings, new podcasts, drive-in comedy, virtual cooking classes, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

MAIDEN LA, an inclusive network of art-related happenings throughout Los Angeles County returns September 1-20. Over 75 L.A. artists, collectives, curators, and organizations will host programs both live and online, interactive and socially distanced. View the list of participants here.

dineL.A.’s Summer Restaurant Week (September 1-18) returns this year with close to 300 eateries hosting exclusive lunch and dinner menus at special prices for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

The California Botanic Garden in Claremont features the work of five artists in residency, both online and in-person at the garden starting August 28. “Homing: A Group Exhibition” artists include Margaret Gallagher, Hannah Flynn, Miwa Matreyek, Eliza Swann, and John Zappas. See the pieces online through December 1 or check out the installations in-person through October 1.

The Graham Garden at Halo in downtown Los Angeles is now open. Here, you’ll find four of artist Robert Graham’s bronze fountains. Find more info here.

Sanctuary Fitness has a new outdoor format featuring Saturday HIIT Class and Thursday Sunset Yoga on ROW DTLA’s rooftop. Each class costs $15.

Best Bites Food Truck Events stops by Lakewood Center on Friday August 28 from 5-9 p.m. bringing a lineup of sweet and savory food trucks.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series taking place in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, is back August 27-30. Upcoming performers include Jamie Kennedy, Brad Williams, Sarah Tiana, JJ Whitehead, Justin Martindale, and Kennelia Stradwick. Tickets start at $100 per car (up to five guests).

Here’s something new: an outdoor music screening. Musician Trent Park will debut his new video, “Fly,” at a socially distant, outdoor happy hour. Guests will sit only with those they came with and receive a free drink before watching the video and a moderated Q&A with just your small group. It’s on September 2 with the first screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

ArtCenter Exhibitions presents a series of street-facing window exhibitions titled Up All Night at ArtCenter DTLA and the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery in Pasadena. The video works feature a diverse range of artists contemplating the conditions of isolation and community. Up through August 31 and free to observe.

Santa Monica Place and SoulCycle now offer SoulOutside, an outdoor spin class that takes place on Santa Monica Place’s roof. Bikes are spaced six feet apart and guests must wear masks at all times, including when cycling. Classes are available daily through mid-October for $30 each. Packages available online. More info here.

Spago Beverly Hills presents Glamping on Canon with Veuve Clicquot August 28-30 and September 4-5. The outdoor dining experience includes a Veuve Clicquot retro camper serving unlimited Champagne. You’ll get your own table on Canon Drive and a special menu. Tickets can be purchased on Tock and run $125 or $295.

Still Life Ceramics launched Pottery in the Park, a new series of open-air, socially distanced classes held in its “park” designed space. Options include one-time classes on Sundays, a Rosé and Clay session on Fridays, and month-long classes.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of weekly, socially distanced events paired with food pop-ups and cocktails. Happening every Wednesday through Sunday in August, events include movie nights, yoga sessions, and even hair cuts via The Barber Truck.

Levity Live’s Improv hosts the Improv Live Comedy Drive-in Series through September 5 at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $125 per vehicle. See who’s playing this week here.

SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena is home to a spooky art gallery located behind the Michael Myers house from Halloween. They host outdoor movie nights Thursdays through Sundays with admission to the gallery. Upcoming films include Monster House and Poltergeist. BYO chairs, blankets, and food. Social distancing will be enforced during the screenings.

The Cat Cafe is currently offering virtual and IRL experiences. You can spend 45 minutes with kitties at the cafe every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a reservation.

Eataly LA will host cocktail pop-ups from Ventura Spirits on its outdoor rooftop patio, Terra, every Thursday in August. A portion of the proceeds will go to Restaurants Care, which provided financial relief to restaurant workers throughout California.

YEA! Impact and The Andaz West Hollywood offer “The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-In,” a series of drive-in theater shows that mix comedy, musicians, and movies on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. This Friday, they’ll screen “Almost Famous” and on Saturday, Richard Pryor’s “Live on the Sunset Strip.” More info on the series here.

In the mood for ice cream? Salt & Straw has three new camping-inspired ice cream flavors for August: Buttermilk Blueberry Pancake & Eggs, pancake batter ice cream with griddled blueberry coffee cake pancake bits, Vermont maple syrup swirls, and brown sugar bacon bits; Cast-Iron Cornbread with Huckleberry Jam, salted vanilla coconut ice cream with huckleberries and skillet grilled cornbread; and Salted Hazelnut Praline S’Mores. Available by the scoop or pint for pickup and local delivery through September 10.

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

Las Palmas is a new Tulum-inspired pop-up from E.P. & L.P. Outdoor brunch reservations are available for parties of four or six on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Options include a chorizo breakfast burrito, chicken & churro waffles, shrimp and corn grits, and cocktails like rosemary sangria and Palomas by the glass or pitcher.

At-Home & Online Events

Chef Uyen Kirshenbaum turned her furloughed position as Executive Pastry Chef at M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and The Arthur J into a successful mail-order cookie service. Kirsh Baking Company offers classic cookie flavors and inventive creations like Rocky Road, Cherry Almond, and Vanilla Lavender. Dairy and gluten-free options are also in the mix. Cookies are hand-baked, individually wrapped, and delivered straight to your door.

Grab some cheese and tortillas and tune into Guided Snack Hour: Quesadilla Consultations on Friday, August 28. Artist Teresa Flores will share her special knowledge of the quesadilla from her project Experimental Quesadilla Lab and work with you to create new snacks.

Get tickets now for Stay-In VaVOOM, a virtual presentation of L.A.’s beloved Mexican wrestling, burlesque, and comedy spectacular. Guests include Donita Sparks of L7, Object as Subject, StarCrawler, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Greg Proops, Drew Carey, Blaine Capatch, KCRW DJ Anthony Valdez, and more. It’s on Thursday, September 3 at 7 p.m. Free for KCRW members, $1 minimum donation for nonmembers. Get tickets here.

Join LA Plaza de Artes y Cultura for “Inside the Chicano Moratorium: 50 Years Later with Rosalio Muñoz” on August 29 at 3 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.

The Broad Stage and Red Hen Press present Red Hen Press Poetry Hour on August 27 at 6 p.m. This week’s episode is: “The Poetics of Climate Change.”

Listen to HappyChillFunTime, a podcast from Holly Atkins that blends stories and meditation to go on 15-minute mental vacations. Check out the latest episode here.

The Elysian Valley Arts Collective hosts free art-play workshops for the whole family on Zoom on August 29 and September 12 & 19. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

Join Latino Theater Company for a reading of “August 29,” commemorating the death of journalist Ruben Salazar during the Chicano Moratorium in 1970. It’s available on-demand August 28 through September 6.

Skirball Stages presents Gavin Turek and AK Dan Gwang Chil in concert on August 29 at 8 p.m. The free online performance will stream on Skirball’s YouTube channel.

Outside Lands is Inside Lands this year, streaming August 28 and 29. The event features both past performances and exclusive live shows, plus interviews, fan testimonials, and more. Catch it on Twitch for free.

Cutwater Spirits is hosting a virtual sensory experience that pairs their alcoholic beverages with small bites. It’s on Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m. and you can pre-order your “sensory kits” for $25 here. Pickup and delivery is available August 26-28.

Comedy Quarantine has been keeping us laughing for months now. This Friday’s lineup includes Bri Pruett, Francesca Fiorentini, Andy Iwancio, and Babs Gray. Catch them, as always, at 7 p.m on Instagram @comedyquarantine. 

Vinovore’s last wine tasting (for now) is on August 30 at noon with Ntsiki Biyela of South Africa’s Aslina Wine. 100% of the proceeds from this tasting will be donated to Pinotage Youth Development Academy. Get tickets and bottles here.

Join Zócalo Public Square on August 27 at 6:30 p.m. for “Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?”

Free Fall for the Camera. Image: Monique Meloche Gallery

The Getty presents Free Fall for the Camera, a short film from Brendan Fernandes, on-demand August 28 at 8 a.m. through September 1 at 11:59 p.m. Via the Getty: “In Free Fall for the Camera, an ensemble of dancers create kaleidoscopic moments that serve as remembrances of the lives lost in the tragic 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which targeted the Latinx and LGBTQ+ community. The film evolved from elements in Free Fall 49, a site-specific performance Fernandes presented at the Getty Center in June 2017.”

The Whippoorwill Arts Festival of Americana Music takes place virtually this year on August 29 and 30. Log on for music streams, Q&As, workshops, and more.

On August 30 at 3 p.m., the Art Deco Society hosts a virtual tour of the home of former Society president John Thomas and his husband, photographer Chris Launi, which includes over 4,000 Art Deco and Streamline Moderne collectibles. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for members, and benefit the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.

On August 30, you can catch A Celebration of Black Joy: 10th year of Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks direct from Leimert Park via Zoom or YouTube. Take a tour of the park, join a ritual healing with Shine Muwasi, and enjoy performances.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust hosts the fourth installment of its monthly series, “Building Bridges: Racism, Prejudice, and Antisemitism” on September 1 at 11 a.m. This week features Rosie Arroyo, board chair, HOPE; Julie Bank, board chair, Jewish Center for Justice; Michael Lawson, president and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League; and Nancy Yap, executive director, CAUSE. The suggested donation is $10. Register here.

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Virtual Film Festival is August 20-30. Programming includes both virtual and drive-in screenings. Check out the lineup here.

Leimert Park Jazz Festival goes virtual for 2020. Happening Saturday August 29 on Facebook Live, the free event celebrates jazz, community and the cultural heritage of the historic South L.A. neighborhood.

Laguna Playhouse will hold its annual gala virtually on Saturday, August 29. Get tickets here.

Self Help Graphics & Art presents The Very Very Very Long Day, a virtual group exhibition featuring artists documenting their collective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition opens virtually August 22 and runs through September 25.

The 24th Annual American Black Film Festival is August 21-30. The entire fest is online this year. Check out programming here.

Remix: The Art of Music is a virtual exhibit of music-inspired art from Gabba Gallery and Adopt the Arts. Check it out here starting August 20 at 11 a.m.

The ever-innovative Alcove/Big Bar folks have several lovely to-go cocktails so you can have date night or Zoom happy hour at home in style. Options include a St. Germain Sprit kit for two (or more); bourbon, scotch, brandy, and agave flights; and individual cocktails. This is on top of their food, bakery, coffee, and pantry options. Order through their website or via Instagram.

For kids!: A Faery Hunt is offering $5 screenings of their children’s shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Check them out here.

Have you filled out you 2020 Census yet?

The Corey Helford Gallery presents three online exhibitions this Saturday, August 22: Okuda San Miguel’s The New Digital Love, Marie Larkin’s Birds of Paradise, and Bruno Pontiroli’s A Rebrousse-Poil. View the exhibits online afterward here.

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers weekly online cooking and baking classes via Zoom. Check out the calendar here.

Salute Your Shorts Film Festival takes place online August 22-29. As the title may imply, it’s a curated selection of shorts from around the world. The mantra is “film with an aftertaste.” Check out this year’s programming here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present World Festival at the Holiday Bowl, a radio broadcast series of previously recorded live concerts. Tune in on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through October 11 for a different concert each week. This Sunday, it’s Femi Kuti and Janelle Monae Online listeners, here’s your link.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes. See what’s up next here.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m. This week, it’s Argentine Tango!

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57 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-20-2020 to 8-27-2020]

August 20, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Hero’s “Stayin Inside,” part of Gabba Gallery x Adopt the Art’s Remix: The Art of Music

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a new downtown sculpture garden, a queer mini-golf course, fun food pop-ups, virtual art shows, several online film fests, outdoor spin and ceramics classes, Twitch dance parties, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


SoulOutside at Santa Monica Place

Out-of-the-House Events

The Graham Garden at Halo in downtown Los Angeles is now open. Here, you’ll find four of artist Robert Graham’s bronze fountains. Find more info here.

In the mood for ice cream? Salt & Straw has three new camping-inspired ice cream flavors for August: Buttermilk Blueberry Pancake & Eggs, pancake batter ice cream with griddled blueberry coffee cake pancake bits, Vermont maple syrup swirls, and brown sugar bacon bits; Cast-Iron Cornbread with Huckleberry Jam, salted vanilla coconut ice cream with huckleberries and skillet grilled cornbread; and Salted Hazelnut Praline S’Mores. Available by the scoop or pint for pickup and local delivery through September 10.

Wonder Holes is a socially distant mini-golf course in Akbar’s parking lot in Silver Lake on August 22 from 2-7 p.m. The theme is “LA Queer Vibes” and it features “outrageous putts by L.A. artists.” Timed tickets for parties of four allow you to only interact with your group as you advance through the course. Masks required. Tickets are $40 and proceeds benefit Gender Justice L.A. 

ArtCenter Exhibitions presents a series of street-facing window exhibitions titled Up All Night at ArtCenter DTLA and the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery in Pasadena. The video works feature a diverse range of artists contemplating the conditions of isolation and community. Up through August 31 and free to observe.

Happy Ice, the psychedelic icy treat, hits the road this summer with a Happiness Tour providing a sweet cooldown for Californians and beyond. This Friday, August 21, the truck will stop by Stonewood Center in Downey.

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Songbird Cafe in Chinatown will host a Smash Burger, Fries & Ice Cream pop-up this Saturday, August 22 featuring neighbors Lately flipping the burgers and Scoops serving cold treats including alcoholic ice cream flavors. Songbird’s signature $6 cocktails will also be available that day. RSVP is highly recommended to reserve outdoor seating.

Las Palmas is a new Tulum-inspired pop-up from E.P. & L.P. Outdoor brunch reservations are available for parties of four or six on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Options include a chorizo breakfast burrito, chicken & churro waffles, shrimp and corn grits, and cocktails like rosemary sangria and Palomas by the glass or pitcher.

For National Bacon Lover’s Day, get a free order of bacon fat popcorn from Slater’s 50/50 in Pasadena and Huntington Beach with any food purchase. Also, they’ll have $5 Bacon Bloody Marys and $5 Bacon Old Fashioneds all day long.

Santa Monica Place and SoulCycle now offer SoulOutside, an outdoor spin class that takes place on Santa Monica Place’s roof. Bikes are spaced six feet apart and guests must wear masks at all times, including when cycling. Classes are available daily through mid-October for $30 each. Packages available online. More info here.

Still Life Ceramics launched Pottery in the Park, a new series of open-air, socially distanced classes held in its “park” designed space. Options include one-time classes on Sundays, a Rosé and Clay session on Fridays, and month-long classes.

Levity Live’s Improv hosts the Improv Live Comedy Drive-in Series through September 5 at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $125 per vehicle. See who’s playing this week here.

Pick up some vino at Vinovore’s new “wine window.” The window is inspired by a recent trend in Italy, in which some restaurants are reopening their wine windows. Wine windows date back to the 16th century and were used, in part, during the bubonic plague.

SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena is home to a spooky art gallery located behind the Michael Myers house from Halloween. They host outdoor movie nights Thursdays through Sundays with admission to the gallery. Upcoming films include Monster House and Poltergeist. BYO chairs, blankets, and food. Social distancing will be enforced during the screenings.

Sanctuary Fitness has a new outdoor format featuring Saturday HIIT Class and Thursday Sunset Yoga on ROW DTLA’s rooftop. Each class costs $15.

The Cat Cafe is currently offering virtual and IRL experiences. You can spend 45 minutes with kitties at the cafe every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a reservation. On August 22, the nonprofit will also host a virtual meet and greet and a virtual comedy fundraiser.

Eataly LA will host cocktail pop-ups from Ventura Spirits on its outdoor rooftop patio, Terra, every Thursday in August. A portion of the proceeds will go to Restaurants Care, which provided financial relief to restaurant workers throughout California.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of weekly, socially distanced events paired with food pop-ups and cocktails. Happening every Wednesday through Sunday in August, events include movie nights, yoga sessions, and even hair cuts via The Barber Truck. Food activations include brunch hosted by Salt’s Cure (Saturday and Sunday), Tacos Tu Madre (Thursday), Bareng Burgers (Wednesday & Friday), EO Tiki Thursdays, and a new sustainable raw seafood pop-up by Chef Brian Bornemann called Crudo e Nudo on Saturday and Sundays.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

At-Home & Online Events

Rico E. Anderson, Adenrele Ojo, Bernard K. Addison, Lorenz Arnell, and Karen Malina White in Fountain Theatre’s The Ballad of Emmett Till. Photo by Ed Krieger.

The original cast of Fountain Theatre’s The Ballad of Emmett Till reunite for a livestream reading of Ifa Bayeza’s play on August 28 at 4 p.m. Per Fountain Theatre: “Part history, part mystery and part ghost story, Bayeza’s lyrical integration of past, present, fact and legend turns Emmett’s story into a soaring work of music, poetic language and riveting theatricality. The Fountain’s 2010 West Coast premiere was twice extended and won a combined total of 14 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, Backstage and NAACP awards for production, direction, playwriting and ensemble.” Tickets are $20.

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos is expanding to DTLA this Friday. To celebrate the grand opening, they’re offering $2 tacos (chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, carnitas, or potato and cheese) from Friday, August 21 through Tuesday, August 25. Orders via delivery platforms. Please note that the DTLA location only offers delivery and pickup; no dine-in service is scheduled at this time.

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Virtual Film Festival is August 20-30. Programming includes both virtual and drive-in screenings. Check out the lineup here.

Self Help Graphics & Art presents The Very Very Very Long Day, a virtual group exhibition featuring artists documenting their collective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition opens virtually August 22 and runs through September 25.

Saved by the Max, a Saved by the Bell-themed diner that opened in L.A. in 2018, returns August 20-25 with food, drinks, and merch. Available for pre-order for pickup or patio dining.

The 24th Annual American Black Film Festival is August 21-30. The entire fest is online this year. Check out programming here.

Remix: The Art of Music is a virtual exhibit of music-inspired art from Gabba Gallery and Adopt the Arts. Check it out here starting August 20 at 11 a.m.

The ever-innovative Alcove/Big Bar folks have several lovely to-go cocktails so you can have date night or Zoom happy hour at home in style. Options include a St. Germain Sprit kit for two (or more); bourbon, scotch, brandy, and agave flights; and individual cocktails. This is on top of their food, bakery, coffee, and pantry options. Order through their website or via Instagram.

For kids!: A Faery Hunt is offering $5 screenings of their children’s shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Check them out here.

On August 23 at 11 a.m., LA Commons presents Queens of Soul Connect Us to the Ancestors: Diaspora Dialogue with Adunni (Orobiyi Motunrayo Abiodun) from Adunni & Nefertiti and Jimetta Rose. Register here.

The 19th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo is online August 21&22. Check out lectures, workshops, tours, demos, and more from local sustainability leaders.

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Bar Sinister celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a virtual dance party on Twitch. DJs will play all your favorite Goth, Industrial, and Alt tunes from 9 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

New Filmmakers LA presents a day-long film fest on August 22 starting at 9:45 a.m. Catch virtual screenings and Q&As that include animated works from around the world, California shorts, and work from the L.A. presented by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.

The Corey Helford Gallery presents three online exhibitions this Saturday, August 22: Okuda San Miguel’s The New Digital Love, Marie Larkin’s Birds of Paradise, and Bruno Pontiroli’s A Rebrousse-Poil. Join the gallery for a virtual opening on Instagram Live at 2 p.m. or view the exhibits online afterward here.

S.K.A.M. founder and CEO Sujit Kundu will host a 24-hour music livestream on August 24 that features 24 DJs across five countries. DJs include Lil Jon, Pete Wentz, Samantha Ronson, Irie, and more. It kicks off on Twitch on August 23 at 11:59 p.m.

The UnCabaret’s next Zoom show is on August 23 at 7:30 p.m. This week’s lineup includes host Beth Lapides with Alec Mapa, Julia Sweeney, Drew Droege, Jen Kirkman, Alex Edelman, Guy Branum, Jamie Bridges, and musical director Mitch Kaplan. Free and paid tickets available here.

Join the Art Deco Society on August 23 at 3 p.m. for an online discussion of Harlem Renaissance Fashion with Camara Holloway and Elizabeth Way. Tickets are $14 or $10 for members.

On August 24 at 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents a virtual reading of Jeff Cohen’s play Righteous. Synopsis: “’Righteous’ is the true story of Eduard Schulte, a captain of German industry and member of Hitler’s inner circle, who warned the world of Hitler’s plan to murder all of the Jews in Europe. Schulte’s alarm reached the desk of President Roosevelt in December 1942.” Suggested $10 donation.

Catch the virtual premiere of MashUp Contemporary’s Expansiveness: Changing Perspective on August 23 at 5 p.m. The dance performance first happened at the A+D Museum in 2018, but this virtual offering will be performed live at MashUp’s studio “creating a sensation of being in the action” as you watch at home. Tickets are $10.

Artist Luchita Hurtado died on August 13 at 99 years old. Read LACMA curator Jennifer King’s celebration of the artist’s life and legacy here.

The Gourmandise School

The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers weekly online cooking and baking classes via Zoom. Check out the calendar here.

The Fowler Museum and Jitlada will host a cooking class on August 21 at 4 p.m. Chefs Jazz and Sugar will teach you how to make Chili Basil Stir-Fry. Get your ingredient list upon RSVP.

Salute Your Shorts Film Festival takes place as a drive-in on August 21 in Simi Valley and online August 22-29. As the title may imply, it’s a curated selection of shorts from around the world. The mantra is “film with an aftertaste.” Check out this year’s programming here.

Starry Internet presents DJ Soupersam live on Twitch on August 20 at 7 p.m. Expect house music, R&B, and old-school hip-hop.

The Music Center presents INSIDE LOOK: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on August 23 at 2 p.m. Watch here.

See artist Charles Gaines’s new works in Numbers and Trees: Palm Canyon, Palm Tree Series 3, now online at Hauser & Wirth.

No Us Without You and Tecate are teaming up on a four-part Latin music livestream and benefit concert series. El Patio Tecate opens on August 21 at 5 p.m. with music from Fuerza Regido and El Fantasma. More info here.

KP Projects’ group exhibition “Wild Side” is now online through September 5. Artists include AXIS, Bunnie Reiss, Dan Quinata, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hannah Yata, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, Kim Kimbro, and Peppa Potter.

Still photo from “Restless,” Beatrice Antonie Martino via Video Art Today

“Video Art Today” is a crowdsourced, online video art show reflecting on life during a pandemic. Join Shoebox PR for a virtual reception and talk on August 22 at 3 p.m. here, or check out the show online here.

On August 20 at 6 p.m., Councilmember Herb Wesson hosts “Reimagining Public Safety: An Unarmed Crisis Response” on Zoom. You may ask questions or offer suggestions with registration.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present World Festival at the Holiday Bowl, a radio broadcast series of previously recorded live concerts. Tune in on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through October 11 for a different concert each week. This Sunday, it’s Kraftwerk (2016) and Yellow Magic Orchestra (2011). Hosted by Anne Litt. Online listeners, here’s your link.

The second installment of Heidi Duckler Dance’s Unsettling Ramona series is on August 20. This one is Unsettling Self with filmmaker Robert I. Mesa, actors Duane Minard, and artistic director of The Autry’s Native Voices, DeLanna Studi.

Through August 23, Save Melrose will host an online auction of artworks through Save Melrose’s eBay account. All funds will benefit four businesses damaged during recent civil unrest, including Pearl’s Nail Salon, Doc Martens, Tony K., and Reloaded. Staging for the auction comes courtesy of Lethal Amounts Gallery. More info, including how to make a donation, here.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes. See what’s up next here.

Zócalo Public Square presents “How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?” on August 20 at 6 p.m., part of the three-part series “When Women Vote.” Register here.

“Facing Darkness” is an online exhibition from 18th Street Arts Center. The art featured was made during quarantine and will be online through June 2021.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m. This week, it’s Motown!

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54 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-13-2020 to 8-19-2020]

August 13, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
An 11-day sound healing journey kicks off this week. Image: Roxie Sound Healing

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got comedy drive-ins, free ice cream, a summer potluck contest, outdoor spin classes, Nisei Week’s first online festival, takeout and delivery deals, online art openings, DIY cake kits, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Sanctuary Fitness launched a new outdoor format featuring Saturday HIIT Class and Thursday Sunset Yoga on ROW DTLA’s rooftop. Each class costs $15.

Get free ice cream via a partnership among For Your Consideration, Amazon Prime Video, and dineL.A. August 11-14. Each day, a different shop will offer 100 free treats, each based on an Emmy-nominated Amazon series. To participate, claim your dessert in advance online and schedule a pickup to ensure social distancing. More info here.

For National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day on August 19, Pressed Juicery is offering 50% off its vegan soft serve both in-store and online. Order local delivery using the coupon code SWIRL or stop by one of these Pressed locations

Los Angeles Black Restaurant Week takes place August 7-16 with establishments like Post & Beam, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, and Comfort L.A. offering specials just for the occasion.

Still Life Ceramics launched Pottery in the Park, a new series of open-air, socially distanced classes held in its “park” designed space. Options include one-time classes on Sundays, a Rosé and Clay session on Fridays, and month-long classes.

Santa Monica Place and SoulCycle now offer SoulOutside, an outdoor spin class that takes place on Santa Monica Place’s roof. Bikes are spaced six feet apart and guests must wear masks at all times, including when cycling. Classes are available daily from August 11 through mid-October for $30 each. Packages available online. More info here.

SPLINTER, a drive-through art show from 13-year-old painter Tex Hammond opens on August 15 from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Titmouse Animation Studios. Free with RSVP to tex@texhammond.com. More info here.

Levity Live’s Improv hosts the Improv Live Comedy Drive-in Series starting August 15 at the Irvine Spectrum Center. August 15 guests include Erik Griffin, Ian Edwards, Jesus Trejo, Ian Bagg, and Chris Porter. Tickets start at $125 per vehicle. More info here.

SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena is home to a spooky art gallery located behind the Michael Myers house from Halloween. They host outdoor movie nights Thursdays through Sundays with admission to the gallery. Upcoming films include The Corpse Bride and Sleepy Hollow. BYO chairs, blankets, and food. Social distancing will be enforced during the screenings.

Artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino’s “Urban Cubism” is now on display at Art Angels. In-person visits are by appointment only.

Eataly LA will host cocktail pop-ups from Ventura Spirits on its outdoor rooftop patio, Terra, every Thursday in August. A portion of the proceeds will go to Restaurants Care, which provided financial relief to restaurant workers throughout California.

Chado Tea celebrates its 30th anniversary this August. They’re offering several specials, including an Afternoon Tea To-Go that includes tea sandwiches, scones, cookies or macarons, tea-infused chocolates, Chado mugs, pins, and tea. It’s $100 to serve two or $189 for four. Pickup is available from daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at L.A. area tea rooms or get delivery through Postmates or UberEats. Through August, guests also receive 20% off all online orders using the code DIRTY30 at checkout. Chado Tea is also open outdoor dining. Reservations recommended.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of weekly, socially distanced events paired with food pop-ups and cocktails. Happening every Wednesday through Sunday in August, events include movie nights, yoga sessions, and even hair cuts via The Barber Truck. Food activations include brunch hosted by Salt’s Cure (Saturday and Sunday), Tacos Tu Madre (Thursday), Bareng Burgers (Wednesday & Friday), EO Tiki Thursdays, and a new sustainable raw seafood pop-up by Chef Brian Bornemann called Crudo e Nudo on Saturday and Sundays.

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It’s CrabFest at Ragin Cajun in Redondo Beach. They have patio seating and food to-go. The festival features platters of King Crab, Blue Crab, Snow Crab, Softshell Crab and Dungeness Crab. Happening August 7-16.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

The Arena Cinemalounge Sunset has reopened for drive-in screenings in the lot behind the theater. Tickets are $30/car or $20/motorcycle and must be purchased in advance. You must also purchase refreshments in advance. More info here.

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Online & At-Home Events

The B-Boy Summit in 2019. Image: Grand Park

Grand Park presents B-Boy Summit 2020 “Hip Hop 4 Social Change” August 14 at 7 p.m., August 15 at 3 p.m., and August 16 at 3 p.m. The online summit is “developed to build skills, knowledge, and community relationships [and] will feature the current culture of Hip Hop and showcase its history and foundation through archival footage featuring local and national artists.” Expect panels, talk-ins, workshops, dance battles, health and financial empowerment classes, DJs, and more. Check it out on YouTube, Twitch, or Mixcloud.

KCET Cinema Series presents TESLA followed by a Q&A with director Michael Almereyda and host Pete Hammond on August 19 at 7 p.m. Register here.

Submit your best potluck dish to KCRW’s Good Food Summer Potluck contest August 14-19 by posting photos and a story about your creation to Instagram. Winners will be announced on August 21.

On August 18 at 8 p.m., catch Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from MST3K riffing over William Castle’s 1959 film The Tingler. Tickets for the livestream are $10 here.

Best Coast will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album “Crazy For You” on August 14 at 6 p.m. via a virtual performance with special guests including Hayley Williams, Mark Hoppus, Lauren Mayberry, and more. Get tickets for $10 in advance here.

11 Days of Sound Healing begins on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. Virtual workshops mix sound healing, breathwork, and poetry. To enroll, Venmo $11 to $121 (it’s pay what you can on a sliding scale) to Roxie Sound Healing. DM @roxie Sarhangi for questions. 

The Nisei Week Festival goes online this year with a two-day virtual series August 15 & 16. Programing includes musical performances, culinary demonstrations, cultural demonstrations, and other programming related to the traditional Nisei Week events typically hosted on Little Tokyo’s First Street during the Closing Ceremony.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents “Recetario para la memoria, Demostración de cocina” on August 14 at 5 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. Per LA Plaza, it’s a cooking demo from members of Las Rastreadoras del Fuerte, a group of people searching for their missing relatives in Mexico. The recipe is from Recetario para la memoria, a cookbook of 30 recipes, each honoring a missing child. The presentation is in Spanish. Register here.

IB Hospitality owner Rohan Talwar and Chef Mike Williams of Norah and Margot have a new wood-fired pizza concept available to-go only. Lucca Pizza features Roman- and Neapolitan-style pies available for pickup at Norah or delivery Weds. to Sun., 5-11 p.m. Wine is also available. Order on Tock.

On August 14 & 15, Save Melrose will host an online auction of artworks through Save Melrose’s eBay account. All funds will benefit four businesses damaged during recent civil unrest, including Pearl’s Nail Salon, Doc Martens, Tony K., and Reloaded. Staging for the auction comes courtesy of Lethal Amounts Gallery. More info, including how to make a donation, here.

Long Beach Food & Beverage presents virtual cooking and cocktail classes starting August 15. Upcoming classes include bread pudding, vegan macarons, mushroom risotto, and more. See what’s up next here.

Comedy variety show “Your Late Night Show Tonight!” hosted by Mirage Thrams airs online Friday, August 14 at 10:30 p.m. on The Pack Theater’s Twitch channel. The show is pay-what-you-can.

Zócalo Public Square presents “How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?” on August 20 at 6 p.m., part of the three-part series “When Women Vote.” Register here.

Manuela now offers a “Meat n’ Three” special for takeout and delivery. Available nightly from 6-9:30 p.m. for $28/person, each meal consists of one main course protein, three vegetables or sides, a biscuit or cornbread, plus dessert. Check out the day’s menu on Instagram and order via Tock, Postmates, or phone. 

Heidi Duckler Dance presents a three-part series to amplify “the histories and contemporary experiences of Native Americans in California through art, music, conversation, and a deep dive into the story of Ramona.” It kicks off on August 13 with “Unsettling Story” featuring Pamela J. Peters, filmmaker, and Dr. Yve Chavez, Assistant Professor UC Santa Cruz. RSVP here.

The online portion of NHMLA’s “Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women” opens on August 18. Check it out here.

The Cactus Gallery’s Loteria VI group show opens online on August 15 featuring 56 artists and 108 pieces.

On August 19 at 7:30 p.m., The Moth Virtual StorySLAM Los Angeles presents “Enthusiasm.” Storytellers will share a 5-minute tale about enthusiasm on Zoom. Tickets are $10.

The first rePRO festival takes place August 12-16. It’s a virtual film fest dedicated to women’s reproductive healthcare, awareness, advocacy, and bodily integrity in the U.S. See the lineup here.

L.A. County will host a virtual town hall on Wednesday, August 19 at 2 p.m. on how it can improve services for women and girls of color. Register here.

The Latino Theatre Company’s online season opens August 18 with its 2014 production, “Premediation,” a dark rom-com. A follow-up conversation takes place on August 19. More info here.

This week from LACMA@Home, learn how to make your own paper bird. Or check out Artists on Art: Mario Ybarra, Jr. on Edward Kienholz.

For a little augmented reality, use the Art Projector feature in the Google Arts & Culture app to project works from the Getty into your home. Find more info on how to use the app here.

Paint Your Pet Party Los Angeles now offers an at-home kit. You’ll send a photo of your pet and Paint Your Pet turns the photo into a sketch. Then, you’ll fill in the sketch with paint at home. A $60 kit includes a 12” x 12” canvas with a sketch of your pet on it, instructions, paint, brushes, a palette, a water cup, mixing sticks, and a plastic table cover. Order here.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents the “Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series: The Holocaust & Italy,” a series of curated films and discussions. Watch the film first, then join live discussions on Zoom. Next up on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m is Syndrome K.

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s car week takes place online August 12-16. Events include discussions, garage tours, virtual car shows, and more. Join in on YouTube.

“Facing Darkness” is an online exhibition from 18th Street Arts Center. The art featured was made during quarantine and will be online through June 2021.

Allison Goldberg and David Title have launched a series of Not Boring Workouts designed to amuse you while you exercise. You’ll learn about the rise of Tupperware, the history of the domestic cat, and more while getting your workout in.

The Electric Dreams Festival runs through August 16 and it’s got some really fun, interactive programming you can enjoy online. Offerings include a virtual game of Werewolf, mystery puzzle games, and “Jury Duty,” an immersive piece in which you act as a remote juror for a tense trial. Check it out here. Please note that the festival is based in the U.K., so make sure to convert showtimes to your local time zone.

Duff’s Cakemix founded by Food Network star Duff Goldman now provides pickup and delivery of DIY cake kits at their West Hollywood, Pasadena, and Irvine locations. The kits provide everything you need to bring your cake vision to life at home.

If you own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift, you can check out The Under Presents: Tempest, a live adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that occurs entirely in virtual reality. You and a few other anonymous theatergoers will enter the world of “The Under” where you can purchase show tickets from a VR theater. When it’s showtime, you’ll be transported to the “home” of a live actor who will guide you in real-time through the interactive tale. Available now through Sept. 30. Tickets are $14.99 and can be purchased at the in-app box office. 

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts virtual meet and greets with its animals on Saturdays during July and August. The experience grants viewers an intimate look into the animals living in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday of the series will feature a specific animal group.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available.

August 16 is the last episode of The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey,” viewable on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company presents Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m. This week, it’s Salsa!

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47 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-6-2020 to 8-12-2020]

August 6, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a socially distant outdoor summer club, at-home art projects, pizza pop-ups for charity, kitten adoptions, virtual parties and games, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

On August 6 from 5-8 p.m., Pain Pizza will offer a one-night French bread pizza pop-up at Pop’s Bagels in Culver City. It’s $10 for two cheese pieces or $12 for two pepperoni. Proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter LA and No Us Without You. Takeout only. 

Los Angeles Black Restaurant Week takes place August 7-16 with establishments like Post & Beam, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, and Comfort L.A. offering specials just for the occasion.

SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena is home to a spooky art gallery located behind the Michael Myers house from Halloween. They host outdoor movie nights Thursdays through Sundays with admission to the gallery. Upcoming films include Donnie Darko, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Coraline. BYO chairs, blankets, and food. Social distancing will be enforced during the screenings.

Artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino’s “Urban Cubism” is now on display at Art Angels. In-person visits are by appointment only.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of weekly, socially distanced events paired with food pop-ups and cocktails. Happening every Wednesday through Sunday in August, events include movie nights, yoga sessions, and even hair cuts via The Barber Truck. Food activations include brunch hosted by Salt’s Cure (Saturday and Sunday), Tacos Tu Madre (Thursday), Bareng Burgers (Wednesday & Friday), EO Tiki Thursdays, and a new sustainable raw seafood pop-up by Chef Brian Bornemann called Crudo e Nudo on Saturday and Sundays.

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It’s CrabFest at Ragin Cajun in Redondo Beach. They have patio seating and food to-go. The festival features platters of King Crab, Blue Crab, Snow Crab, Softshell Crab and Dungeness Crab. Happening August 7-16.

Cinema Pop-Ups is a drive-in movie series with a location in San Juan Capistrano. This week’s screenings include The Wizard of Oz and Palm Springs

On Thursday, August 6 from 5-9 p.m., Eataly LA will host a cocktail pop-up from Ventura Spirits on its outdoor rooftop patio, Terra. They’ll be mixing up drinks every Thursday in August. A portion of the proceeds will go to Restaurants Care, which provided financial relief to restaurant workers throughout California.

Chado Tea will celebrate its 30th anniversary this August. They’re offering several specials, including an Afternoon Tea To-Go that includes tea sandwiches, scones, cookies or macarons, tea-infused chocolates, Chado mugs, pins, and tea. It’s $100 to serve two or $189 for four. Pickup is available from daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at L.A. area tea rooms or get delivery through Postmates or UberEats. Through August, guests also receive 20% off all online orders using the code DIRTY30 at checkout. Chado Tea is also open outdoor dining. Reservations recommended.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

Knott’s Berry Farm hosts Knott’s Taste of Calico, an outdoor food and shopping event in the park’s Ghost Town area, select dates July 17 through August 9. Tasting cards cost $25 and include five tastings. Kids 3-11 can get $15 cards with three tastings. Kids 2 and under are free. Please note that the theme park and its ride remain closed.

The Arena Cinemalounge Sunset has reopened for drive-in screenings in the lot behind the theater. Tickets are $30/car or $20/motorcycle and must be purchased in advance. You must also purchase refreshments in advance. More info here.

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Online/At-Home Events

HARD is throwing a BBQ Virtual Rave-A-Thon August 7-8 with performances by Dillon Francis, Tokimonsta, Ardalan, and more. Viewable on YouTube or Twitch.

The Natural History Museum returns with another Summer Nights at Home celebrating “nature, music, and growing your mind.” Happening on August 7 at 6 p.m., expect a garden talk and a live DJ set by Knights of Zion.

Artist Ethan Mechare, with whom we last touched based when he performed his show “Coming Clean: Life as a Naked Housecleaner,” has a new virtual show called “Where Are You Now?” Mechare will appear on Zoom on August 10 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., asking volunteers from around the world where they’re at physically, emotionally, and mentally. Each conversation will last 10 minutes. Join in here.

On August 8 at 11 a.m, the Fowler Museum and UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education Program will partner on “Classic Bollywood Dance! With Danish Bhandara.” No experience is necessary to take the class. RSVP for the link.

Artist and scientist Tyler Thrasher and Atlas Obscura present a lecture on Poisonous Plants. It’s on Thursday, August 6 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

For a little augmented reality, use the Art Projector feature in the Google Arts & Culture app to project works from the Getty into your home. Find more info on how to use the app here.

The Orange County Museum of Art hosts Crafting + Craft Beer on Thursday, August 13. Artist Elizabeth Cardenas will teach embossing techniques to create a metallic hanging. Between August 6-13, get 10% off a four-pack of craft beer from Green Cheek Beer Co. and a free art pack from OCMA. Available for pickup in Orange and Costa Mesa. RSVP here.

Paint Your Pet Party Los Angeles now offers an at-home kit. You’ll send a photo of your pet and Paint Your Pet turns the photo into a sketch. Then, you’ll fill in the sketch with paint at home. A $60 kit includes a 12” x 12” canvas with a sketch of your pet on it, instructions, paint, brushes, a palette, a water cup, mixing sticks, and a plastic table cover. Order here.

Have you been using your time at home to get into writing? Send your short stories to the Los Angeles Public Library for a chance to be featured in the library’s online short story portal.

On August 6 at 7 p.m., The Moth MainStage West Coast presents “Out of the Blue: Stories of Surprise” hosted by Jon Goode on Zoom. Tickets are $15 per household.

Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop’s Virtual Kitten Adoption Event starts August 8. Apply to join a virtual meet and greet with one of several adoptable kittens, then schedule an in-person visit if you’re serious about adopting. More info.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents the “Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series: The Holocaust & Italy,” a series of curated films and discussions. Watch the film first, then join live discussions on Zoom. The series starts Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m with The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970).

The Aqualillies Summer Watershow is online this year on August 8 at 2 p.m. More info here.

Pasadena Heritage will host a virtual celebration of the historic Colorado Street Bridge on August 9. Events include panel discussions, a classic car cruise, a virtual beer tasting, trivia, and more.

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s car week takes place online August 12-16. Events include discussions, garage tours, virtual car shows, and more. Join in on YouTube.

Martin Creed’s “Work No. 3435: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” on the grounds of Braemar Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Artist Martin Creed’s “Three Toasts and Some Broccoli” is available online at Hauser and Wirth starting August 8. 

Join LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on August 5 at 7 p.m. as Dr. Gloria Arjona presents the little-known side of José Guadalupe Posada, creator of Día de los Muertos imagery. Then, join host Dan Guerrero for an interview with actor Edward James Olmos on August 7 at 7 p.m.

Orange County brewery The Bruery and Chef Brooke Williamson have collaborated on a new trio of beers: The Vine, a beer-wine hybrid; The Berry, a huckleberry triple; and The Spice, a thyme imperial stout. Available for pickup and delivery.

This week, LACMA@Home’s offerings include a cocktail tutorial. Learn how to make a mango-pineapple mezcal margarita inspired by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.

“Facing Darkness” is an online exhibition from 18th Street Arts Center. The art featured was made during quarantine and will be online through June 2021.

On August 8 at 8 p.m., Company of Angels presents “What’s Going On? A Virtual Play Festival.” The fest includes 15 new short plays that address “what happens when you add civil unrest to a pandemic, racism to a quarantine, and a mask to social media.” Watch on YouTube.

Allison Goldberg and David Title have launched a series of Not Boring Workouts designed to amuse you while you exercise. You’ll learn about the rise of Tupperware, the history of the domestic cat, and more while getting your workout in.

My Friend’s Place Summer Festival is a series of free and ticketed events August 9-13 benefitting youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Events include concerts, yoga classes, family-friendly art workshops, and curated wine tastings 

The Electric Dreams Festival runs July 24 through August 16 and it’s got some really fun, interactive programming you can enjoy online. Offerings include a virtual game of Werewolf, mystery puzzle games, and “Jury Duty,” an immersive piece in which you act as a remote juror for a tense trial. Check it out here. Please note that the festival is based in the U.K., so make sure to convert showtimes to your local time zone.

If you own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift, you can check out The Under Presents: Tempest, a live adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that occurs entirely in virtual reality. You and a few other anonymous theatergoers will enter the world of “The Under” where you can purchase show tickets from a VR theater. When it’s showtime, you’ll be transported to the “home” of a live actor who will guide you in real-time through the interactive tale. Available now through Sept. 30. Tickets are $14.99 and can be purchased at the in-app box office. 

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts virtual meet and greets with its animals on Saturdays during July and August. The experience grants viewers an intimate look into the animals living in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday of the series will feature a specific animal group.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available.

On Sundays, July 19 through August 16, catch The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey” on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company will present Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m. This week, it’s KPop!

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39 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [7-30-2020 to 8-5-2020]

July 30, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
“Laddaland” Image: GTH & Jorkwang Films

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a Thai film drive-in, an online dessert fest, a delivery wings fest, interactive plays and games, panels, lectures, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Cinema Pop-Ups is a drive-in movie series with a location in Woodland Hills. This week’s screening is Caddyshack on July 31 and The Goonies on Aug. 1.

Ayara Thai and the Tourism Authority of Thailand host a socially distant Thai movie drive-in on July 31-Aug. 1. in the Araya Thai’s parking lot. You’ll get to see Thai films while enjoying Thai food and snacks. Tickets are $50 per car and include an Ayara Snack Kit with two found drinks, Thai Lay’s potato chips, Thai-fried bananas, curry popcorn, and Thai-candied peanuts. Other food, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase. Film options include BTS: Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story (rom-com) on July 31, Laddaland (horror) on August 1, and Bad Genius (heist/thriller) on August 2. Get tickets and more info here.

Let RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars dazzle you during Drive ‘N Drag at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, July 31-August 2. The queens will perform on an elevated stage with jumbo screens and powerhouse music.

To celebrate its 64th anniversary, Primo’s Donuts will give away free mini Buttermilk Bars to every customers on August 1 between 9 a.m. and noon. 

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

Knott’s Berry Farm hosts Knott’s Taste of Calico, an outdoor food and shopping event in the park’s Ghost Town area, select dates July 17 through August 9. Tasting cards cost $25 and include five tastings. Kids 3-11 can get $15 cards with three tastings. Kids 2 and under are free. Please note that the theme park and its ride remain closed.

The Arena Cinemalounge Sunset has reopened for drive-in screenings in the lot behind the theater. Tickets are $30/car or $20/motorcycle and must be purchased in advance. You must also purchase refreshments in advance. More info here.

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

The Lakers are back and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts celebrates their return with a Los Angeles Lakers Donut from Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2. The LA Lakers donut is a raised donut with gold and purple glitter glaze with “LA” written on it. Available for takeout only.

Tickets are on sale for The Americana at Brand and Street Food Cinema’s Level 8 Drive-in. The series runs select dates July 23 through August 1. Tickets are $30 per vehicle plus $8/person. Upcoming screenings include Catch Me If you Can, The Princess Bride, and Knives Out.

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here. This week, see the Zoppe Circus. 

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

The Gentle Barn in Agua Dulce offers a drive-thru program on Sundays through August 2. You’ll get a tour of the farm and see its animals from the safety of your car. Tickets are $28 per person and include a vegan lunch. All proceeds go to the Gentle Barn Foundation. More info here.

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Online/At-Home Events

The Blank Theatre presents the online premiere of Nathan C. Jones’s darkly comedic one-man musical “A Love Story?” From the confines of his home, Nathan sings the story of his relationship with a coworker. You can watch it for free on YouTube.

ABC Interactive presents Annie Lesser’s “C(ovell) in the C(loud),” an online version of The ABC Project’s real-life absurdist play, (C)ovell on August 1 at 6:30 p.m. To watch, donate $10 or more to one of several charities or subscribe to ABC Interactive’s Patreon. To participate in the interactive version of the show, it’s $45 for one participant or $75 for two (shared screen). Find more info (including the list of charities) here.

Dessert Goals Festival is online July 31 and August 1, with activities including panels, baking demos, classes, and a keynote speech from Bakers Against Racism. Learn how to run a food business, find out how to make an iced snickerdoodle cold brew latte, watch as Red Velvet NYC makes ruby chocolate macrons, and more. Tickets are $20-25 on Eventbrite.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents “Building Bridges: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue About Racism” on August 4 at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Panelists include Maya Gomez, Deputy Director, Research & Communications, (HOPE); Ashley McCullough, Young Professionals President, Los Angeles Urban League; Sarah Moody, Seminary Fellow, Jewish Center for Justice, and Nancy Yap, Executive Director, (CAUSE). A $10 donation is suggested. Register here.

The Echo Theater Company will stream a reading of Kira Obolensky’s play “breakfast lunch dinner” on August 3 at 7:30 p.m. Synopsis: Ingredients: a middle-class Midwestern family, a modest urban kitchen, a larger-than-life mother who visits, a striving woman, a somewhat supportive man, and a daughter named Hurricane. Mix with the world outside, the never-ending attempt to nourish and be nourished, and a 21-year time span filled with changes, both epic and ever so small. Register here.

On August 1 & 8 at 8 p.m., Company of Angels presents “What’s Going On? A Virtual Play Festival.” The fest includes 15 new short plays that address “what happens when you add civil unrest to a pandemic, racism to a quarantine, and a mask to social media.” Watch on YouTube.

On Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m., join LACMA for a virtual exploration of Leimert Park. Tour guides include activist, artist, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors; co-lead organizer of We Love Leimert Kaya Dantzler; CEO of Urban Design Center Sherri Franklin; founder of the California Jazz & Blues Museum Barbara Morrison; artist Alison Saar; and co-owner of Sikas Milan Wilkinson.

Artist Philip Guston’s “What Endures” is now on view online at Hauser & Wirth.

On July 31 at 7 p.m., LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents “Mexican American Art Pop with Nancy Sanchez, Singer/Songwriter.” Register here to join the free, online conversation. 

Allison Goldberg and David Title have launched a series of Not Boring Workouts designed to amuse you while you exercise. You’ll learn about the rise of Tupperware, the history of the domestic cat, and more while getting your workout in.

The Electric Dreams Festival runs July 24 through August 16 and it’s got some really fun, interactive programming you can enjoy online. Offerings include a virtual game of Werewolf, an escape room, and “Jury Duty,” an immersive piece in which you act as a remote juror for a tense trial. Check it out here. Please note that the festival is based in the U.K., so make sure to convert showtimes to your local time zone.

L.A. County Parks is offering a free, online youth cheerleading camp with the L.A. Rams cheerleaders July 27-31. Sign up here.

Learn the basic fundamentals of photography and develop your own personal artistic voice with the help of photographer Brandy Eve Allen via a photography workshop on Google Meet on August 4. The class is free to attend. This is a four-part series, but there’s no requirement to attend all four dates.

Off The Menu and Uber Eats are teaming up for a star-studded Wing Showdown July 29 through August 2. Watch celebrities like Shaq, Snoop, and Tyra Banks sell you on their wing recipes, then make an order through Uber Eats. Taste test them and vote for your favorite. At the end of the event, a donation will be made to the Center for Policing Equity.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater presents “Inner Creature Acting Class” on July 20 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. Zombie Joe and guests will teach aspiring haunt actors how to unleash their spooky side via this online, interactive acting course. Free, but you do have to register by sending your name and contact info to zombiejoes@ymail.com. 

On August 3, The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will host a discussion on “COVID-19 Lessons from Japan and Mexico: Culture and the Responses to the Pandemic.” Registration for the talk is free.  

If you own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift, you can check out The Under Presents: Tempest, a live adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that occurs entirely in virtual reality. You and a few other anonymous theatergoers will enter the world of “The Under” where you can purchase show tickets from a VR theater. When it’s showtime, you’ll be transported to the “home” of a live actor who will guide you in real-time through the interactive tale. Available now through Sept. 30. Tickets are $14.99 and can be purchased at the in-app box office. 

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts virtual meet and greets with its animals on Saturdays during July and August. The experience grants viewers an intimate look into the animals living in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday of the series will feature a specific animal group.

Coolhaus and Common Space Brewery collaborated on an ice cream-flavored beer in celebration of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug. 2). It’s available for home delivery in two different kits including an assortment of Coolhaus Ice Cream Sammies and pints. Packages will be delivered July 31, August 1, or August 2.

Join Anne Litt and KCRW DJs Jason Bentley, Novena Carmel, Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, and John Moses for “This Album Saved My Teenage Years,” an interactive round-table about the music that soothed their teenage angst. Submissions, audience participation, album snippets, and storytelling will be part of the event. Free to attend for KCRW members and for nonmembers, a donation of $1 or more will be accepted.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available.

On Sundays, July 19 through August 16, catch The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey” on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company will present Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m.

The L.A. Phil’s YOLA National at Home is a series of courses, masterclasses, project-based learning offerings, and keynote addresses from Gustavo Dudamel and Thomas Wilkins. They’re presented July 10-31 on Zoom and YouTube Live. See the full lineup here.

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41 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [7-23-2020 to 7-29-2020]

July 23, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
NEOWISE comet taken in Malibu Canyon. Photo by: Christina Champlin

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got comet sightings, a drive-in drag show, online cheer camp, a festival of interactive virtual experiences, actor workshops, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

The NEOWISE comet visibility is soon coming to an end. To spot it, viewers should look northwest and low to the horizon, aiming their gaze just below the Big Dipper constellation (or Ursa Major). It will be another 6,800 years before the comet’s orbit brings it this close to Earth again. Get the details on how to spot the comet in our recent post here.

Fia Santa Monica will be celebrating National Tequila Day on Friday, July 24 with “Shots and Sips” special tequila flights in its outdoor garden dining space.

[Update: This event had to move to next weekend, July 31-August 2, but you can still buy tickets now.] Let RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars dazzle you during Drive ‘N Drag at ROW DTLA. The queens will perform on an elevated stage with jumbo screens and powerhouse music.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

Knott’s Berry Farm hosts Knott’s Taste of Calico, an outdoor food and shopping event in the park’s Ghost Town area, select dates July 17 through August 9. Tasting cards cost $25 and include five tastings. Kids 3-11 can get $15 cards with three tastings. Kids 2 and under are free. Please note that the theme park and its ride remain closed.

The Arena Cinemalounge Sunset has reopened for drive-in screenings in the lot behind the theater. This week’s films include Retaliation and Most Wanted. Tickets are $30/car or $20/motorcycle and must be purchased in advance. You must also purchase refreshments in advance. More info here.

Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

Tickets are on sale for The Americana at Brand and Street Food Cinema’s Level 8 Drive-in. The series runs select dates July 23 through August 1. Tickets are $30 per vehicle plus $8/person. Upcoming screenings include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Avengers, and Knives Out.

The Tribeca Drive-In cruises into the Pasadena Rose Bowl for a month-long series of movie screenings July 2-26. Tickets available now.

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

The Gentle Barn in Agua Dulce offers a drive-thru program on Sundays through August 2. You’ll get a tour of the farm and see its animals from the safety of your car. Tickets are $28 per person and include a vegan lunch. All proceeds go to the Gentle Barn Foundation. More info here.

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Online/At-Home Events

The Electric Dreams Festival runs July 24 through August 16 and it’s got some really fun, interactive programming you can enjoy online. Offerings include a virtual game of Werewolf, an escape room, and “Jury Duty,” an immersive piece in which you act as a remote juror for a tense trial. Check it out here. Please note that the festival is based in the U.K., so make sure to convert showtimes to your local time zone.

Adult Swim Con takes place online July 23-25. The free fest features events for Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, and Samurai Jack, plus DJ sets, giveaways, virtual meet and greets, and more. More info here.

San Diego Comic-Con is online this year with over 350 free panels, at-home activities, and a virtual exhibition center full of vendors. Check it out July 22-26.

Download L.A. Theatre Works’ audio recording of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for $4.99. Kate McAll’s adaptation stars Stacy Keach and Adhir Kaylan in the roles of the creatures and Victor Frankenstein, respectively.

On July 26 at 2 p.m., catch Keeping the Beat Alive to Survive:
Diaspora Dialogue
, a conversation with Amsterdam-based musician Diamanta von Lieshdek, lead singer of Kuenta I Tambú (KiT). Register here.

Artist Fran De Anda‘s solo show “The Magicians” opens at The Cactus Gallery on July 25.

IAMA’s Under 30 Playwrights Lab Series celebrates young storytellers July 23-26 via Zoom. More info here.

The Catalina Island Museum presents a lecture from Gregario Luke on the life of Frida Kahlo on July 25 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the virtual lecture are $5 for members and $17 for non-members.

Primo’s Donuts has a new line of Hawaiian-inspired jelly donuts filled with tropical jellies. You can order them now through the end of September via Doordash or Grubhub, or order for pickup here.

Civitas LA is a new podcast from Gathering Space that highlights new civic entrepreneurs throughout greater L.A.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents “West Coast Chicano Soul,” a conversation with DJ and Chicano personality Rankie Firme on July 24 at 7 p.m. Register here.

Craft in America‘s Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi is a ceramic cup invitational in which ceramic artists made yunomi, a type of teacup. Guest-curators Nikki Lewis and Katie Queen will walk through the exhibit on Zoom and Facebook Live on July 25 at noon.

On July 28 at 5 p.m. PST, Atlas Obscura and Filson & Westland Distillery present “Backcountry Evening” with Jason Ward of Birds of North America. The description: “We’ll spend the evening tracing the history of camping culture in America and exploring the value of outdoor education and public land conservation with scientists and artists inspired by the great outdoors.” Tickets are $5 and benefit the Greening Youth Foundation.

L.A. County Parks is offering a free, online youth cheerleading camp with the L.A. Rams cheerleaders July 27-31. Sign up here.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater presents “Inner Creature Acting Class” on July 20 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. Zombie Joe and guests will teach aspiring haunt actors how to unleash their spooky side via this online, interactive acting course. Free, but you do have to register by sending your name and contact info to zombiejoes@ymail.com. 

KCET Cinema Series presents Summerland, followed by a live Q&A with screenwriter Jessica Swale and stars Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Catch it on July 28 at 7 p.m.

Los Feliz cafe All Time is baking bread from scratch, which you enjoy by the loaf, as focaccia, or in pizza form. Order here.

If you own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift, you can check out The Under Presents: Tempest, a live adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that occurs entirely in virtual reality. You and a few other anonymous theatergoers will enter the world of “The Under” where you can purchase show tickets from a VR theater. When it’s showtime, you’ll be transported to the “home” of a live actor who will guide you in real-time through the interactive tale. Available now through Sept. 30. Tickets are $14.99 and can be purchased at the in-app box office. 

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

The GRAMMY Museum continues to present digital public programs and exhibits. This week, expect new content from Zakiya Hooker, Lettuce, and more.

The Basement escape room in Sylmar has a new, creepy game you can play from home, “My Name is Jamie.” Help Jamie, a captive of the infamous basement, escape by solving puzzles and clues. Book with your friends online. Tickets are $20/person.

Check out The Messy Epicure podcast from writer Jason Horn, which explores the many “messy” parts of food and drink. Listen here.

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts virtual meet and greets with its animals on Saturdays during July and August. The experience grants viewers an intimate look into the animals living in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday of the series will feature a specific animal group.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available.

Listen to “California Love,” a new podcast from Walter Thompson-Hernández who shares stories of growing up in L.A. “Listeners can expect to hear a version of LA they’ve never heard before. It’s really rare for a person of color to be able to have a platform to tell LA stories. That role is usually reserved for white folks. This show is different. And we’re all really excited about that,” Thomas-Hernández told Remezcla. Check out that interview here, and the podcast here.

On Sundays, July 19 through August 16, catch The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey” on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company will present Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m.

The L.A. Phil’s YOLA National at Home is a series of courses, masterclasses, project-based learning offerings, and keynote addresses from Gustavo Dudamel and Thomas Wilkins. They’re presented July 10-31 on Zoom and YouTube Live. See the full lineup here.

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11 L.A. Ice Cream Spots to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

July 17, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
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July 19 is National Ice Cream Day and here in Los Angeles, there are plenty of scoop shops to help you celebrate. Enjoy ice cream stacked up high on a waffle cone or inside a bubbly float—the options and flavors seem endless.

To help you decide where to spend your ice cream money this National Ice Cream Day, our team shares some of our favorite spots in L.A. County. Hit them up on July 19 or all month long because July is deemed National Ice Cream Month, too. Stay cool, Angelenos.

Scoops (Multiple Locations)

These guys are the OG’s of the L.A. artisanal ice cream movement. Scoops ice cream flavors are not only delicious but experimental, and the fact that they change on a daily basis just keeps people coming back for more. It’s also cool that they take customer suggestions when creating flavors. –>  More information — Christina Champlin

Honeymee (Multiple Locations)

Koreatown has so many places to get all sorts of ice cream, but my favorite remains Honeymee. From a little walk-up window in Brown Derby Plaza, you can order their rich, creamy “true milk” soft serve topped with a chunk of honeycomb. Other drizzling options include honey without the comb, chocolate, caramel, and matcha. And if you’re not in K-town, they’ve expanded to several other locations, too, each with their own special offerings. –> More information. — Juliet Bennett Rylah

Wanderlust Creamery (Multiple Locations)

Wanderlust is inspired by travel and ingredients from around the world. The signature menu includes global spins on traditional flavors, like a Japanese Neapolitan or Vietnamese Rocky Road. Their monthly seasonal menu can draw lines out the door and it’s notorious for selling out. For July, they are dropping FOUR boba-inspired flavors guaranteed to be a huge hit. –> More information — Christina Champlin

POPS Artisanal Creamery (San Fernando & Van Nuys)

Owner Martin Ken specializes in exotic tropical flavors like soursop, lucuma, mamey, and yellow cherry. The ice cream and sorbets are packed with so much flavor you’re going to want multiple scoops. Forgo the cone and opt for a trio sundae. It’s served in a coconut or pineapple shell!  –> More information — Christina Champlin

Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

Mashti Malone’s features Persian ice cream in flavors like saffron pistachio rosewater, Persian cucumber, Turkish coffee, and the dairy-free Herbal Snow made with a blend of herbs and spices. It’s one of the most unique offerings in L.A. and it’s been around since 1980. –> More information. – Juliet Bennett Rylah

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Magpies (Silver Lake and Tarzana)

Husband-and-wife team Warren and Rose Schwartz have been whipping up artisanal soft serve since 2016. Their made-from-scratch lineup of flavors includes lots of vegan options, with special daily flavors like Corn Almond, Birthday Cake, Brownie Batter, and Fresh Banana. Plus, if you need something for an occasion they do pies and birthday cakes as well. They’re now offering online ordering (including pints for sale) to make it easy during these times of social distancing. –> More information — Brian Champlin

Fosselman’s (Alhambra)

Fosselman’s is old-school in all the right ways. The family-owned institution has been scooping since 1919. Flavors include all the traditional offerings and fun seasonal creations like Thin Mint and Fresh Peach made with real peaches. –> More information — Christina Champlin

Sweet Rose Creamery (Multiple Locations)

Find Sweet Rose Creamery at Brentwood Country Mart or in Santa Monica near the ocean. They specialize in small-batch ice creams made with ingredients from local farmers and waffle cones made fresh daily. July flavors include Blueberry Muffin, Summer Corn, and a dairy-free stone fruit sorbet, among others. –> More information. – Juliet Bennett Rylah

Float (Pasadena)

Fosselman’s delicious ice creams are transformed into decadent floats at this small cafe in Pasadena. You can build your own float or go for a classic combo like the Creamsicle made with craft orange cream soda, French vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. If you want to go big, try something from the seasonal menu. Creations are usually topped with a baked treat like rice crispy squares, mini donuts, or a cookie. –> More information — Christina Champlin

Long Beach Creamery (Long Beach)

Long Beach Creamery puts a focus on organic, small-batch ice cream using locally sourced ingredients, including produce from Long Beach-area farmers. They now boast two locations in Long Beach (Downtown, Bixby Knolls) plus a shop at Steelcraft Bellflower. For National Ice Cream Day weekend, the lineup of flavors will include Sweet Summer Corn, Crispy Mallow, Buttercake, and Banana Chip Sorbet (vegan). –> More information — Brian Champlin

Coolhaus (Delivery or Pickup in Culver City)

Coolhaus offers ice cream by the pint or smushed between cookies as a sandwich. They have plenty of dairy-free flavors, plus fun offerings like Milkshake & Fries, Chocolate Molten Cake, and Take the Cannoli. On July 19, Coolhaus is doing a giveaway with delivery platforms including Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Caviar. All delivery and pickup orders will get a random gift, which may include a Coolhaus face mask, a tote and pin, a signed Coolhaus cookbook, and more. If you purchase their new dairy-free EnjoyMINT For All pint, 100% of proceeds benefit The Okra Project. –> More Information— Juliet Bennett Rylah

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Culture, Things To Do

45 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [7-16-2020 to 7-23-2020]

July 16, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got more drive-in style events, a cake labyrinth, decadent night-in packages, a ceramics class and a poetry workshop, interactive mystery games, new podcasts, trivia, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

Tickets go on sale on July 16 at 10 a.m. for The Americana at Brand and Street Food Cinema’s Level 8 Drive-in. The series runs select dates July 23 through August 1. Tickets are $30 per vehicle plus $8/person. Upcoming screenings include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Avengers, and Knives Out.

Rubicon Theatre in Ventura’s Rubicon Goes Retro series is a drive-in music event. July 20-22 features “2 a.m. at the Sands: Samonksy Sings Sinatra” with Andrew Samonsky. Tickets start at $15.

The Tribeca Drive-In cruises into the Pasadena Rose Bowl for a month-long series of movie screenings July 2-26. Tickets available now.

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

Long Beach and Los Angeles and Orange counties participate in Burger Week, July 12-18. Select restaurants are offering burgers priced at $10 to $25 available for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining. Find more info here.

The Gentle Barn in Agua Dulce offers a drive-thru program on Sundays through August 2. You’ll get a tour of the farm and see its animals from the safety of your car. Tickets are $28 per person and include a vegan lunch. All proceeds go to the Gentle Barn Foundation. More info here.

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Alcove in Los Feliz will celebrate its 16th anniversary by giving back to its healthcare neighbors at Children’s Hospital through a social media promotion. For every sweet item Angelenos purchase and post on social media with #AlcoveSweet16 from July 6-22, Alcove will give a slice of cake or cookie to CHLA at the end of the campaign.

Online/At-Home Events

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The situation throughout the Amazon Basin is dire as indigenous peoples, already facing centuries of systemic oppression, suffer from illness, lack of food, medical supplies and income due to the CO V ID-19 pandemic. Medical infrastructure has completely collapsed in many regions and jungle communities are left largely to fend for themselves. Without access to direct aid, people are already dying at alarming rates. We must act now. FOLK MEDICINE is an umbrella fundraising initiative that supports direct pandemic relief throughout the Amazon.On June 10th, our first live-stream concert raised 32 thousand dollars on the first night with 10 thousand viewers between Zoom and Facebook Live. Our initial goal of 150 thousand dollars will support indigenous Amazonians who need money for food, medications, oxygen, and economic relief now and in the coming months. Folk Medicine is currently distributing aid to 35 existing campaigns! Tickets on sale at link in bio with 100% of proceeds distributed to direct aid efforts. Many of us have been touched by the blessings of Amazonian wisdom traditions, or at the very least, recognize the importance of active reciprocity for the guardians of this vital organ of our planet – the Amazon Rain Forest. The artists have generously offered their talent and platforms to raise awareness and funds to offer immediate assistance with 100% of donations financing direct aid. Painting by @elenastonaker #activereciprocity

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Enjoy a concert and help support indigenous Amazonians at the same time during FOLK MEDICINE. The fundraising initiative has raised $32,000 so far to support pandemic relief throughout the Amazon. The second livestream concert will take place Thursday, July 16 at 5 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live with music from Bill Callahan, Sharon Van Etten, and Okay Kaya. Tickets start at $15 and 100% of the proceeds go to the cause.

Civitas LA is a new podcast from Gathering Space that highlights new civic entrepreneurs throughout greater L.A.

If you order a four-person family meal from SAJJ Mediterranean this weekend, July 17-19, you can get double protein for free. That means 32 oz. instead of 16 oz. More info here.

18th Street Art Center presents “Las Hijas de los Días: Postfeminism in the Diaspora,” a conversation between Fiamma Montezemolo, PhD in Anthropology and MFA in Art, and Sara Solaimani, PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Frida Cano will moderate the dialogue, which will references themes in the Center’s current exhibit, “Las Hijas de los Días —7 Female Views from the Margins.” Catch it on July 17 at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.

Test your knowledge of The Office via Geeks Who Drink’s online trivia. It’s on July 15 at 6 p.m. PST. Tickets are $6.

On July 21 at 2 p.m., The GRAMMY Museum presents the panel discussion “Celebrating Music with Pride” on its Facebook Page. Participants include Perfume Genius, Lynn Gunn (PVRIS), Zebra Katz, Donna Missal, Shamir, and Shawnee while Eve Barlow moderates.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet presents the Paradise Virtual Soiree, an hour-long Zoom gathering of conversation, education, and live performances. Check them out on July 16 & 17 at 4 p.m., July 18 at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m., and July 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 or free for all K-12 students. 

LACMA, For Freedoms, GYOPO, and Stop DiscriminAsian present the virtual conversation “Learn: Racism is a Public Health Issue” on July 21 at 4 p.m. Panelists include  Eraka P. Bath, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA; Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker and Founder, ARRAY; Darnell Hunt, Professor and Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA; and artist Rashid Johnson. LACMA Curator of Contemporary Art and GYOPO co-founder Christine Y. Kim will introduce the panel, while LACMA Vice President of Education and Public Programs Naima J. Keith moderates. RSVP here.

The Paley Center presents “TNT’s The Alienist: Angel of Darkness: A Conversation” with stars Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, and Daniel Brühl. See it on the Paley’s YouTube channel starting July 17 at noon.

Nick Cave will perform alone inside Alexandra Palace in the U.K. on July 23. The ticketed event is $20 and will not be available to view online afterward.

Northwest String Summit’s virtual fest “Hiding Out at Home” is July 17-19 featuring bluegrass, indie, funk, jam rock, and more. See the full lineup and get tickets here.

Bookshop presents an online conversation and Q&A with authors Ishmael Beah and Brad Fox on July 16 at 3:30 p.m. They’ll explore the roles of writers in times of crisis. Register here.

The next episode of “The Receipts w/ Davon Williams” is July 16 at 1 p.m. The episode is “How to Be an Ally: A Roundtable Discussion for Anyone Trying to Get It Right.” Panelists include William Belli, Zara MacIntosh, Abdullah Hall, and VinChelle the Tri-State Tribal Queen. Check it out and see past episodes here.

The Basement escape room in Sylmar has a new, creepy game you can play from home, “My Name is Jamie.” Help Jamie, a captive of the infamous basement, escape by solving puzzles and clues. Book with your friends online. Tickets are $20/person.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available. Orders close on July 19 for delivery on July 24.

Whisperlodge Virtual is a live, 75-minute ASMR experience featuring performers who will whisper, tap, crinkle, and otherwise soothe your mind. Check it out on July 17, July 31, and August 7. Tickets are $15.

From ‘Last Light.’

Join the Hammer Museum and Clockshop for a livestream presentation of Carmen Argote’s short film “Last Light” on July 21 at 6 p.m. Synopsis: “Combining video and still images of an evacuated city with an intimate voice-over, the narrator reflects on feelings of vulnerability and betrayal and draws on childhood memories to make sense of a city transformed. Over the course of the piece, day moves to night as the artist traces a path from demolition and sickness to envisioning a different world.” A Q&A will follow. RSVP here.

Elysian Valley Arts Collective hosts a free, online poetry basics workshop with Rex Weiner and Harry Gamboa Jr. on July 16 at 7 p.m. The one-hour class covers the different kinds of poetry, structure and form, rhythm and meter, and what makes a poem work.

Comedy Quarantine returns on July 17 with comics Jasmine Ellis, Daniel Webb, Maggie May, and Teresa Lee. Tips benefit @namicommunicate. Watch on Instagram Live at 7 p.m.

On display at Tierra Del Sol is artist Dru McKenzie. You can see her work through August 28 in-person by appointment or online here.

Listen to “California Love,” a new podcast from Walter Thompson-Hernández who shares stories of growing up in L.A. “Listeners can expect to hear a version of LA they’ve never heard before. It’s really rare for a person of color to be able to have a platform to tell LA stories. That role is usually reserved for white folks. This show is different. And we’re all really excited about that,” Thomas-Hernández told Remezcla. Check out that interview here, and the podcast here.

Another new podcast, check out The Messy Epicure from writer Jason Horn, which explores the many “messy” parts of food and drink. Listen here.

Have you ever wanted to learn about “every penguin in the world”? You’re in luck because that’s the title of Atlas Obscura’s upcoming lecture with author-photographer Charles Bergman. He’s going to show you 18 different kinds of penguins! It’s on July 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8.

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The 2020 MOLAA Online Art Auction is up now! Visit the website and discover the multiple artworks available. All proceeds from this auction go to support the MOLAA COVID-19 Recovery Fund as we prepare to reopen to our visitors. Featured here is "Untitled" by Rogelio Polesello (1939 – 2014). Rogelio Polesello was born in Buenos Aires and became known as one of the pioneers of optical art in his country Argentina.. At the end of the 1950s, the artist introduced into his work various materials and techniques used in industrial production and the field of graphic design. The procedure became a hallmark of Polesello’s work during the sixties, and at the time it was considered as a revitalizing contribution to the concrete abstract tradition in Argentina. His work took on special relevance amid a scenario of appraisal of abstract art and the use of industrial materials as being poetic in relation to the developmental momentum of the mid-20th century in Latin America. Polesello thus became one of the most representative artists of the project of internationalization of Argentine art, prompted by Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. He participated in numerous international exhibitions and events, Toward he created three-dimensional pieces from carved acrylic sheets that produced magnifying-glass effects and visual distortions, actively involving the observer. He also explored the fields of textile design, industrial design, and architecture. His work can be found both in public and private collections in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States. In 2015, a year after his death, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires presented an extensive exhibition of his work of 1959 to 1974. Lot 167 Rogelio Polesello (1939 – 2014) Surmadalismo, 1970 Silkscreen 37 1/4 x 29 1/2 inches Link to the auction in bio.

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On Sunday, July 19, bid on over 160 works by Latin American and Latino artists during an online benefit auction for the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art.

On Sundays, July 19 through August 16, catch The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey” on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company will present Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

The online panel “El Son de la Nueva Generación: Creating New Music with Traditional Mexican Instruments” is on July 17 at 7 p.m. It’s hosted by Betto Arcos and features three musicians: Ik’Balam, requinto jarocho eléctrico; Pablo Emiliano, jarana tercera; and Vico Díaz, leona/bass. Register here.

Check out Pass the Mic, a play festival amplifying Black voices on July 16 at 6 p.m. on YouTube.

Vinovore’s next edition of WINEsplaining features Vinvore owner Coly Den Haan, Olmsted’s Zwann Grays, and wife-and-wife winemakers Mireia Taribó and Tara Gomez of Camins 2 Dreams. It’s on Sunday, July 19 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Tickets for both bottles and the Zoom link are $64 and benefit Seeding Sovereignty.

Check out an interactive murder mystery online from Little Cinema on July 19 at 4 p.m. The game is inspired by TNT’s The Alienist. The synopsis: “Travel back in time to 1897 as an investigative journalist from The New York Times to explore and interact with 13 live theater actors as they live stream from 7 iconic, period-specific New York City locations. Everyone is a suspect. Each with their own motive. Participants will have 60 minutes to spot the real murderer, get the true story, and free an innocent man wrongfully sentenced to death.” It’s free, register here.

Take a virtual tour of Las Vegas’s Neon Museum. You can click through the museum at night, visiting over 130 hotspots as you wander through glowing signs. Pieces from the museum’s Tim Burton exhibit are included in the tour, too. Tickets are $10, but note that this isn’t a timed experience. Buy once and you can access it whenever you like.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has free concert series every Saturday at 5 p.m. through Sept. 5. The ensemble has gathered, audience-free and with social distancing, to perform each concert at Zipper Hall in DTLA. Watch live here or on-demand here.

Enjoy a chill night of Rosé & Clay hosted by Still Life Ceramics on Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m.  Happening every Friday on @still_life_ceramics IG Live, viewers will follow along with a clay making workshop while sipping on a bottle of wine from Rappahannock Oyster Bar. For $35, the package includes a bottle of wine and a pound of clay. You can also add a second pound of clay for your quarantine buddy. Orders for delivery or pickup any day (except Monday) can be made on Rappahannock’s Caviar listing here.

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

Dance with The Music Center through online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m.

The L.A. Phil’s YOLA National at Home is a series of courses, masterclasses, project-based learning offerings, and keynote addresses from Gustavo Dudamel and Thomas Wilkins. They’re presented July 10-31 on Zoom and YouTube Live. See the full lineup here.

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L.A. Rent Relief, the Dodgers Schedule, a Condor Sighting, and Other Stories You Missed From We Like L.A.

July 11, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
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Dodger Stadium on a non-game day. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

This week we covered a rent relief program opening to Angelenos next Monday, a rare California condor sighting in Sequoia National Park, long lines at the reopening of Downtown Disney, spikes in COVID-19 infections, and a stern warning about social distancing from our mayor. Catch all that and more in the week that was, according to We Like L.A.

July 10: Many young people think COVID-19 only results in serious illness or death for seniors or those with underlying health conditions. And while that is often the case, a 32-year-old Inglewood man with no underlying conditions just spent 93 days in the hospital due to the virus.

July 10: Temperatures are expected to soar across Southern California this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory is in effect for much of Southern California with temps in some areas rising over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 

July 10: This week NASA announced the winners of a public design competition called “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover.” The contest tasked entrants to come up with an obstacle avoidance sensor for a future Venus rover.

July 9: Downtown Disney reopened Thursday and, despite rising cases of COVID-19 across the state, drew long lines of fans eager to return.

July 9: During an update this past Wednesday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti admonished a recent increase in social gatherings that has precipitated a rise in the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles. Specifically, the mayor called out younger adults.

July 9: Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer presented some encouraging news this week: Inspectors reported that nearly all of the restaurants, bars, and hotels they visited over Independence Day weekend were in compliance with key health protocols.

July 8: The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public to avoid sanitizer products from Saniderm Products and UVT Inc. that may contain methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested.

July 8: Los Angeles City Council voted on June 23 to approve the $100 million renter relief program. Applications for relief open this coming Monday.

July 8: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to develop a plan to fine L.A. County businesses that fail to comply with current health orders. In some cases, repeat offenders could even lose their license.

July 8: The effort to save the endangered California condor has been a decades-long endeavor, but progress is being made. This past May, after nearly 30 years of absence, wild condors were spotted in Sequoia National Park.

July 7: On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 4,015 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths. The county notes that while this is the highest daily total of new cases yet, this is partly due to a backlog of one lab’s tests from over the weekend. That backlog accounts for about 2,000 test results. 

July 7: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to develop a plan to close Men’s Central Jail in DTLA within one year.

July 7: The Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 game schedule was released this past Monday.

July 7: Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles have joined forces to deploy $3 million dollars in grants to small businesses, non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 6: If you’re feeling hungry over the weekend, we put together a fantastic list of fried chicken spots to choose from in Los Angeles.

July 6: Los Angeles’s average positivity rate for COVID-19 increased to 9.5% over the previous seven days of testing, according to L.A. Public Health.

July 5: The day after 4th of July fireworks exploded across the Southland, Los Angeles had some of the worst air in the entire world.

Other Noteworthy reads from around Los Angeles

L.A. County Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas released the autopsy report for Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies last month in Gardena. The report’s release was in defiance of a Sheriff’s order. [via CBS Los Angeles]

The LA Teachers’ Union is pushing back against pressure to fully reopen schools this fall. The union said Friday that campuses should remain closed and distance learning should continue when the school year begins Aug. 18. [via LA Times]

Public Health officials have ordered the closure of Los Angeles Apparel’s manufacturing facilities in South Los Angeles after more than 300 workers were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. Four have died. [via NBC Los Angeles]

L.A. Metro bus drivers are demanding hazard pay for transit employees who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. A protest was staged outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters on Friday. [via LA Times]

The death of Robert Fuller was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale last month. [via LA Times]

This weekend the city of Pasadena is shutting down vehicular traffic along sections of Colorado Boulevard to temporarily increase outdoor dining space. [via LAist]

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