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47 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [11-19-2020 to 11-25-2020]

November 19, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Glow at South Coast Botanical Garden.

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 Thanksgiving meal deals, holiday events, outdoor markets, walk-by art installations, new restaurants and coffee shops, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Citizen Public Market. Photo: Wonho Frank Lee

Citizen Public Market is now open in downtown Culver City. Opening restaurants include goodboybob, Nancy Silverton’s Pizzette, and The WEHO Sausage Company.

L.A. County Parks is offering a FREE drive-thru Thanksgiving grab-n-go feast at select parks Nov. 17-24. Participants will receive a grocery store gift certificate for a free turkey, craft supplies, produce, dry foods, and more. You must pre-register in advance and show a copy of your receipt, either printed out or on your phone, upon arrival. One registration per household. No walk-ins. Masks are required. 

Still planning for Thanksgiving? We created a guide to Thanksgiving Feasts for Dine-In or Takeout in Los Angeles. Keep in mind most restaurants have set their pre-order deadline for take-out/delivery for Nov. 21.

A longstanding bi-pedal tradition, the 15th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk returns on Nov. 21 for a socially distanced journey from downtown L.A. to the ocean. This year, the walk weaves through Koreatown, Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, and Westwood before hitting Santa Monica. There is no set time or meet up place this year due to large gathering rules. Simply start on your own accord and explore the city by foot.

The Los Angeles Christmas Market opens on Nov. 17 across from The Grove at Fairfax and 3rd. Guests can enjoy festive decor browse a collection of hoodies, shirts, ornaments, masks, and more. Admission is free, but a socially distant photo package with Santa will set you back $45. Guests will sit in the back of Santa’s sleigh, separated from Santa via a plexiglass partition. At other times, groups may take a photo in the sleigh without Santa for a reduced price. The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 27-Jan. 3. 

Find more fun holiday events for the whole family, including drive-thrus, online events, and socially distant gardens in our holiday roundup here.

Open at Neuehouse Nov. 20 – Dec. 18, Alison Jackson’s Truth is Dead “presents a witty commentary on popular culture with documentary-style photographs of the intimate, often salacious, imagined private lives of many of the world’s most famous and infamous ‘icons’ or well-known individuals.” The 60 portraits use lookalikes of public figures. Tickets are $14.

The Croods: A New Age plays at a drive-in screening at Universal City Walk Nov. 19-24 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Guests will also enjoy a pre-show of DreamWorks Animation content and a complementary snack box. Reservations required. $10.

Corita Kent, a local nun and educator turned celebrated pop artist of the 60s, has a day named in her honor on Nov. 20. To celebrate, the Corita Art Center will give away free Corita 101 boxes filled with art supplies, worksheets, and memorabilia at Cruzita’s Deli And Cafe in Huntington Park on Nov. 21. On the same day, a virtual workshop will discuss Corita’s politically and socially charged art. Guests will also have the chance to recreate some of her most famous works.

It’s officially white truffle season at Eataly L.A. The rooftop restaurant Terra is offering a “Per La Tavola experience: Bistecca e Tartufo,” a ‘for the table’ meal featuring 100-day-dry-aged wagyu tomahawk, creamy white truffle polenta, wood-fired seasonal sides, and the option to add on 10 grams of fresh Italian white truffle. La Pizza & La Pasta has also reopened on the outdoor patio offering truffle-filled dishes. For home dining, Eatalys chef had prepared a Tagliolini al Tartufo To-Go kit for delivery featuring housemade taglioni, Urbani white truffle butter, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, and the option to add on a whole white truffle.

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando pivoted to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. The final takeover is Nov. 18-21 with a special return of Chef Ray Garcia’s BS Taqueria (which permanently closed this year). The menu features various tacos (shrimp, carne asada, chicharrón, cauliflower, and eggplant), chicken necks with salsa de chile de árbol, and a mushroom quesadilla. 

The Pacific Opera Project‘s drive-in season features three live shows at Camarillo Methodist Church in Ventura County Nov. 14 through Dec. 13. Guests will remain in their cars throughout each two-hour performance. Live video with supertitles will be projected above, while sound will come through FM radio. Each performance accommodates about 90 vehicles. 

Artist Robert Longo‘s Storm of Hope at Jeffrey Deitch is his first show in L.A. since 2008. Per a release: “From political unrest and division, race, immigration, social justice, gun violence, the climate crisis, freedom of speech, the pandemic, and more, Storm of Hope, expresses the artist’s wish for a better future.” See it Nov. 21 through Jan. 30 by appointment only.

TZ Projects, the City of Beverly Hills, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts present Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis Nov. 19-29 from 8-11 p.m. The drive-by/walk-by art exhibit features work from over 40 artists projected on the windows of the Wallis. For more information, visit www.tzprojects.org.

Sarvodaya Farms in Pomona hosts a socially distant, outdoor Natural Dye workshop on Sunday, Nov. 22.Students will learn a variety of ways to work with local plants while creating their own set of naturally dyed tea towels. Tickets are $55, which includes materials, two tea towels, and a mini-tour of the farm.  

On Nov. 19 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and some Los Angeles small businesses will host an outdoor pop-up boutique to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. Participating vendors include Ace Yoga, FlowerTruckLA, A2A Designs, and more. Located at 375 Homewood Road, Brentwood.

Photo: Rad Coffee/Instagram

Rad Coffee opens its second Southern California location in downtown Covina on Saturday, Nov. 21. Rad Coffee is well-known for colorful, horror-themed coffee drinks, plus tea, lemonade, and more. Hours are daily, 6 p.m. to midnight. The first 50 customers in line on Nov. 21 will receive custom tiki mugs, along with other RAD swag.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in November in the hotel’s valet lot. This week, catch Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. Tickets start at $55 and include popcorn.

Waste is Gold is an anti-food waste pop-up in which chefs are challenged to create or repurpose a dish from food waste. Restaurants including Counterpart Vegan, Strings of Life, and Beelman’s will participate Nov 19-21 for dine-in and takeout. More info here.

On Nov. 19, NeueHouse will host “Long Time No See,” a rooftop evening comedy series. Tickets are $65 and include a welcome cocktail and tapas plate. 

Subliminal Projects presents Jillian Evelyn’s “Still Life,” a series of drawings and paintings created during the pandemic, Nov. 14 through Dec. 20. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only.

FIGat7th’s new Dine With Purpose program gives customers a $20 Visa gift card when they spend $50 or more at participating restaurants. Those who share their meals on social media will prompt FIGat7 to donate an additional $20 to the Social Justice Learning Institute. Find out more here.

At-Home & Online Events

Photo: The Vinovan

Wine shop Vinovore pop ups with their Vinovan at Café de Leche in Atladena on Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in Highland Park on Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. Order online before Nov. 19 for 10% off with codes DENA10 or HIGHLAND10.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) is online this year Nov. 19 – Dec. 3 with a lineup of 18 curated films that touch on issues including the environment, gentrification, urbanization, and race and gender in design professions. New films include legendary California architects Albert Frey and Paul R. Williams.  An introduction with a special guest and a Q&A with the filmmaker is included in each screening. Single tickets are $10.

Big Sunday’s 9th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event takes place online Nov. 22. Register ASAP to help Big Sunday collect goods for those in need beforehand.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace presents a free online Animal Matters session on Nov. 21 with Dr. Promislow and Dr. Sandra McCune, both experts on the human-animal bond. Guests will learn how the relationship between humans and canine companions can be beneficial as both age. 

Corey Helford Gallery’s seventh annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show highlights affordable 12” x 12” works from new contemporary artists, giving new art collectors and enthusiasts a chance to buy an original piece from artists. The show will be on view Nov. 14, 2020 through Jan. 9, 2021.

LA Phil’s final SOUND/STAGE of the season streams on Nov. 20, The theme is “Finales.” The show includes “three masterful finishes from Ravel, Beethoven, and Gabriela Ortiz and a conversation between Dudamel and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the nature of finales.”

HouseSeats.Live presents “Ted Danson and His Friends from Work” on Saturday, Nov. 21. at 5 p.m. Danson and former and current castmates from Cheers, The Good Place, and more will reconnect, share memories, and tell stories from work. Marc Evan Jackson (The Good Place) hosts. Tickets are $15 at houseseats.live. Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Lisa Golightly, Two Umbrellas, high gloss enamel on
aluminum, 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy of George Billis Gallery

George Billis Gallery has two new shows opening Nov. 21 through Jan. 2. Lisa Golightly’s Making Time and Paul Pitsker’s It’s All Arranged. View them online or by appointment. 

Shoebox Projects presents an opening reception and talk for neon artist Linda Sue Price’s “Out of the Darkness.” Join on Zoom on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Use Passcode:606290.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) and Nickelodeon will explore the Science of Slime through videos, DIY activities, and weekly live programs with NHM scientists. Check out new programming here every Monday and Thursday (except Thanksgiving) through Dec. 14.  

The Fowler presents a program with photographer Estevan Oriol, star and director of Netflix documentary L.A. Originals, on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. RSVP here

Join KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for a virtual screening of Hillbilly Elegy with a Q&A with director Ron Howard, and actors Glenn Close and Amy Adams on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

The Deep Tech Loft Party livestream brings club sounds into your home from Deep Tech Los Angeles Records‘ HQ in DTLA. The next event is this Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. Join on YouTube or Twitch.

Three Days of Gratitude Sound Healing is Nov. 22-24 at 7 p.m. Each 45-minute sound healing meditation can be joined live or watched later. $11 per day. Venmo @RoxieSoundHealing to enroll.

Cactus Gallery‘s Tiny Treasures XV opens Nov. 21. Per a release: “You’ll find affordably priced original small works including oil, acrylic and mixed mixed paintings, handmade ornaments, paper mache works, sculptures, textile art, dolls, doll head ornaments and more. In addition, each artist created one larger piece, creating a wee installation for each artist. There are 193 works online for this massive show already.”

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents a free prerecorded online performance of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s Grace @ 20 Nov. 12-14.

The Echo Theater Company’s National Young Playwrights in Residence program culminates in a two-week “virtual festival” of free online readings Nov. 13-21. The playwrights, ages 18-26, each worked with an established mentor through video chat and voice calls to write a new play. A new one airs every day through the 21st at 5 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-can here

Two Bit Circus’s Remote is a live, play-from-home interactive game show where guests “compete in a line-up of ridiculous and challenging games in an hour full of classic, comical, adult-friendly entertainment.” It’s every Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m., LACMA hosts a virtual yoga session inspired by art in the exhibition NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE).

Objectivity. Photo: Mister and Mischief

Objectivity is a live, interactive show from The Warehouse Theater and Mister and Mischief. The synopsis: You’re attending an online seminar with tidying expert Mary Del Campo. Mary “believes our possessions have a story to tell and with her guidance, we explore minimalism, nostalgia, and the meaning of the objects that surround us. When our world feels unstable, what do we choose to hold onto?” Show dates are currently available Nov. 6-28. Tickets are $25.  

Gabba Gallery’s Wishlist 8 opens online Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., offering affording artworks starting at $50. 

Skirball Cultural Center‘s final 2020 Skirball Stages features East L.A.’s Chicanx folk band Las Cafeteras and Latin Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Xênia França. Watch it on the Skirball’s YouTube channel Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. 

Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) premiers “Measuring the Sky”, a site-specific dance film as part of The Bogusław Schaeffer Livestream Project presented through HowlRound Theatre Commons, on Nov. 23 at noon. Per a release: “This new work is about distance and scale, and reentry post pandemic. Duckler’s film takes the viewer on a journey into the natural barriers and habitats that protect them from panic and fear. The music selected is an important electronic piece in Schaeffer’s oeuvre titled Maa’t.” Free. RSVP here.

El Patio Tecate returns Nov. 20 with livestream performances by Dalex, Mariah Angeliq, La Doña, and Milk, plus a guest appearance from three-time 2020 Latin GRAMMY Award nominee Tainy. 100% of funds raised will support No Us Without You.

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture, and more.” See it every Tuesday through Feb. 9 on Instagram.

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25+ Things to Do for the Holidays in L.A. This Year

November 18, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey. Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

As we head into the holiday season, we find ourselves still impacted every day by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many traditional events have been canceled or modified, this year’s holiday roundup includes several virtual events, outdoor light displays and festivals, drive-thrus, and immersive experiences for the whole family. Some are in L.A. while others are good for a road trip. As a reminder, here’s L.A. County Public Health’s guidelines for celebrating the holidays in 2020.

If you have something you’d like to add, feel free to email us at tips@welikela.com for consideration.

Photo: WonderLAnd

From Experiential Supply Company comes WonderLAnd, an immersive drive-thru experience in Woodland Hills Nov. 30 through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Guests will drive through millions of lights, holiday sets, hologram installations, and photo ops. Some key moments include a display of holidays around the world and socially distant encounters with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves. Tickets are $70 per car and include a stuffed holiday stocking.

Street Food Cinema’s drive-in at the Americana at Brand will screen holiday favorites like Elf and Home Alone this December. Entry is $20 per car, plus $8 per guest.

Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc takes guests through a free magical holiday show of 18 million lights, illuminating the night and synchronized to festive tunes. The Bloc is also offering gifts with in-store purchases throughout November and December, including gift cards, holiday cookie baking sets, and holiday candle sets.

The Dodgers host a Holiday Festival Nov. 27 through Dec. 24, inviting fans to cruise through Lot 10 at Chavez Ravine for a drive-thru experience that includes faux snow, a light show, LED video displays, and Dodgers themed decorations. Tickets are $55.

Santa Monica’s Loews Beach Hotel is bringing back its Miracle on Ocean Ave pop-up this year Nov. 25 to Jan. 3. Open to hotel guests and the public, the hotel will be decked out in whimsical holiday decorations including an upside-down tree forest, a letters to Santa station, and even a private “igloo” dining experience at Blue Streak restaurant. Dog-friendly “yappy hours” on Dec. 4 & 18 invite your furry friends to enjoy holiday-themed activations, complimentary dog treats, and more.

The Los Angeles Christmas Market opens on Nov. 27 across from The Grove at Fairfax and 3rd. Guests can enjoy festive decor and browse a collection of hoodies, shirts, ornaments, masks, and more. Admission is free, but a socially distant photo package with Santa will set you back $45. Guests will sit in the back of Santa’s sleigh, separated from Santa via a plexiglass partition. At other times, groups may take a photo in the sleigh without Santa for a reduced price. The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 27-Jan. 3. 

The Robey Theatre hosts a virtual Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The event features performances from Cydney Wayne Davis, Julio Hanson, Marva Smith, the Hearts On Fire Choir, and The Amazing Grace Conservatory, plus comedy sets from Jason Mimms, Vanja Renee, and Stevie Mack. Suggested donation $10.

Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees opens in 10 locations on Nov. 27, including spots in Hollywood, West LA, Woodland Hills, and at the Original Farmers Market. Guests can stop by to browse trees, lights, ornaments, decorating kits, and more or order a tree for delivery. Pre-orders are available. Hours vary depending on location, so check ahead here.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s Living Wall. Photo: South Coast Botanic Gardens

South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW is a night-time light installation set to a custom soundtrack that includes everything from classical music to electro-pop. Open Nov. 21 to Jan. 10 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Tickets are $34.95 for non-members, $24.95 for members, free for children 4 and under.

Downtown Santa Monica has plenty of festive outdoor activities planned this holiday season. The Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Place will all be lit up with bright lights and cheery decor. Families can visit the official 24-foot City of Santa Monica Christmas Tree at the Promenade, then turn to their phones for an augmented reality experience that overlays holiday elements atop structures, spaces, and trees in the area. Open Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. Meanwhile, Santa Monica Place has its own 50-foot tree and a 14-foot Snow Globe. Kids can also enjoy a contact-free visit with Santa at Center Plaza Dec. 4-24, which includes a keepsake photo. More info here. Santa Monica also hosts Miracle on Main Street starting Dec. 5, featuring roaming carolers, a 40-foot-tall tree made out of 84 shopping carts at the Edgemar building, and a Christmas tree outside the Heritage Museum. Nightly menorah lightings will take place at sundown Dec. 10-18 on the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave). Find more details on Downtown Santa Monica’s holiday programming here.

In Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, guests will travel by car through several beautiful dreamworlds to help Santa Claus find the magic he needs to fix his sleigh. The multi-sensory experience takes place at the Pomona Fairplex Nov. 12 through Jan. 3. Prices start at $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Spanish narration is available.

Artists & Fleas is a series of weekend holiday markets in NYC and L.A. offering gifts and goods from over 150 local businesses and crafters each weekend through Dec. 27. The Los Angeles location is open on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Venice at 1010 Abbot Kinney. 

The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights is usually an incredible spectacle in and outside the Riverside hotel. This year, there will be no switch-on ceremony, but the public can enjoy the hotel and downtown Riverside’s outdoor light displays while practicing social distancing Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. The hotel is also accepting reservations.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru Spectacular runs Nov. 25 through Jan. 10 at the Irwindale Speedway. Families can drive along a NASCAR track full of Christmas vignettes including Santa’s village, Rudoph’s enchanted garage, a field of 20-foot illuminated lollipops, and a freestanding tree made out of over 100,000 LED lights. Concessions are available including hot chocolate and pre-packaged sweets. The experience takes about 30-45 minutes. Tickets are $59 per car.

Christmas Nights at 123 Farm, a lavender farm in Cherry Valley, is a free outdoor event running Nov. 6 through Jan. 10 on Weds.-Sun. from 5-10 p.m. Guests can stroll around the pretty Christmas village while browsing a holiday marketplace or enjoying a meal at the Oak Farm to Table Restaurant. Outdoor dining options include benches, dining tables, and standing tables, as well as private dining rooms with ensuite restrooms available for a $40 reservation. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, writing letters to Santa, and a $25 S’mores kit (serves 6) you can enjoy at a private fire pit. Santa will be on-site Nov. 28 through Dec. 19. Admission to the event is free, but parking is $10.

Mirror Tree at Descanso Gardens. Photo: Descanso Gardens

Descano Gardens’ Enchanted Forest of Light is canceled this year due to COVID-19 and in its place, the gardens will host Reflections at Descano Nov. 14 through Jan. 10. The day-time event includes art, a Wishing Tree artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima made from a felled Oak tree, floral arches, deer sculptures, winter plantings, and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and all Reflections activities are included with general admission. That’s $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.

Winter Fest OC presents Night of Lights OC, a drive-thru experience Dec. 3 through Jan. 3 (closed on Christmas Eve) at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Guests will drive through a mile-long winter wonderland featuring over one million lights, special effects, and holiday scenes including a Christmas tree lighting and an icicle playground. Early bird tickets start at $49.99 per car. Treats including hot cocoa, donuts, cookies, brownies, and more are available for pre-order when you purchase your ticket.

After its Halloween debut, The Bite is back with a The Bite LA: Winter Holiday and Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl at Legg Lake in Whittier throughout December. Guests can fling cotton snowballs out their car windows at snowmen, collect sweets to fill a complimentary stocking, and listen to stories and songs with Santa at a ‘Yule Log stage.’ Tickets start at $38 per person. (Children 4 and under are free, but will not receive any of the aforementioned items.)

The 112th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is Dec. 16-20. Guests can watch as decorated boats, yachts, kayaks, and canoes sail in a twinkling spectacle along the harbor. This year, the event will also be streamed online and on NBTV. More information is available here.

$1,500 is apparently the price one must pay for perfect snowmen in Southern California. Fork it over and MagicSnow’s Snowmen-To-Go will send professional snow artists to your home to build two snowmen atop a drift of snow, replete with top hats, scarves, coal eyes and mouths, buttons, and carrot noses. If you want them on Christmas Day, it’s $1,750.

Citadel Outlets’ “Snowy Nights and Holiday Lights” includes a Christmas Tree, nightly light shows, snow flurries, a giant bow wrapped around the shopping outlet’s castle wall, and a socially distant Santa House. The light show runs nightly through the end of the year from 5-8 p.m. at the top of each hour. Citadel Outlets is also hosting a toy drive Nov. 28-Dec.20 and a food drive on Dec. 5.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort presents the 30th annual Lighting of the Bay beginning Nov. 27. More than 40 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations will light up the bay through New Year’s Day. Parking is $10.

“Concerts in Your Car” creators CBF Productions present Holidays in Your Car Nov. 22 – Jan. 2 at the Ventura County Fairground. A 1.5-mile path is lined with 40-foot displays, lights synchronized to music, lasers, holograms, and more. Tickets are $49-64 per vehicle. The venue will also host the live stage show “SANTA SAVES CHRISTMAS” produced by Right Angle Entertainment (“The Price is Right LIVE!,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” “The Simon and Garfunkel Story”) and directed by Mark “Swany” Swanhart (“The Bachelor Live On Stage,” “Dancing with the Stars” tour) Dec. 19-20. Tickets are $49-219 per vehicle. See more holiday programming here.

Of the Night package. Photo: Lynora Valdez

At-Home & Virtual Events

Of the Night is a party package delivery service offering lavish ways to celebrate at home. For the holidays, they’re offering 31 days of gifts inspired by “Iconic Queens of the Night” including Grace Jones, Stevie Nicks, Cleopatra, and Marlene Dietrich. Every day, recipients can open up gifts including snacks, booze, decorations, activities, decor, and more. Packages are $250 and a portion of proceeds benefit Stacy Abrams’ Fair Fight Initiative. Order now for delivery on Nov. 30.

The Halogen Company’s Yule is an interactive virtual variety hour on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Choose your path through nine acts featuring The GingerSnaps, Koryn Wicks and Kompany, Nina Nightingale, Krystal Kurio, Alyssa Klein and Omar Amir, Samantha Jai, Effie Spence, and Roman and Kate Cullia-Martinez, hosted by James Michael Cowan. Proceeds will benefit The Loveland Foundation and Brave Space Alliance. Tickets are $15.

KatNip Productions brought us The Sleepover for Halloween. For December, it’s Whiskey Business, an interactive virtual Western story and whiskey tasting. Per a release: “It’s a typical day in sleepy Bandera, Texas. Slim’s local watering hole keeps the whiskey flowing and Daisy Mae is always around to sing us a song or two. Local bully Snake Eye has an iron-grip on this one-horse town, always has. When new-comer Cletus rolls in off the dusty trail, well, more trouble gets stirred up than you can shake a rattlesnake at! Will we get to enjoy our whiskey peacefully, or will there be a showdown? And where is the Sheriff when you need him?” Show dates are Dec. 5 & 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 with whiskey flight delivery (L.A. only) or $30 without.

Gary Marshall Theatre will livestream a virtual Christmas concert, Holidaze Harmony, on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. (available on-demand through Dec. 20.) The show is part-variety show, part-concert and features Terron Brooks (The Soul of Broadway, NBC miniseries The Temptations, Broadway’s The Lion King) and Kamilah Marshall (NBC’s Hairspray! Live, Broadway’s RentHairspray). Tickets are $35 for the world premiere, $29 for on-demand viewing.

Jen Kirkman’s 9th annual Dysfunctional Xmas Show is on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., streaming live this year from the comic’s living room. Join Kirkman for a comedy variety show with sketch, music, and more from special guests. Tickets are $21-42, which provides access to the livestream as well as 48 hours of on demand access.

On Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., the Skirball Hanukkah Celebration drops on YouTube featuring klezmer band Mostly Kosher, Gili Yalo, and a retelling of the Hanukkah story. Those who watch live can also join a virtual game and win prizes. If you’d like to be featured in the celebration, submit a self-recorded clip of your family’s celebrations before Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. for consideration. You can also pre-order potato latkes and a box of sweets. Find more details about the Skirball’s holiday programming here.

Camp Christmas is an immersive event that ships crafts, activities, sweets, decorations, and more to your home and also unfolds through a digital holiday campground. Registration is open now. A Base Camp starter kit is $10, while adventure bundles are available starting at $35 or $175 for all five.

The 61st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration will feature 22 different L.A.-based artists filmed at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Jerry Moss Plaza and other L.A. sites. Performers include Cuñao, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, folklorico troupe Pacifico Dance Company, Jessica Fichot, barbershop quartet Noteable, country-music trio Sean Oliu and The Coastline Cowboys, and more. Viewers can watch the program on TV or stream it online at home. PBS SoCal with air the presentation on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. At 3 p.m., the program will also stream on PBSSoCal.org, KCET.org, and HolidayCelebration.org. KCET will re-air the program on Dec. 25 at noon. 

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53 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [11-12-2020 to 11-18-2020]

November 12, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc
Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc

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 holiday events, food pop-ups, DesignerCon, bake sales, Adult Swim Festival, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

In Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, guests will travel by car through several beautiful dreamworlds to help Santa Claus find the magic he needs to fix his sleigh. The multi-sensory experience takes place at the Pomona Fairplex Nov. 12 – Jan. 3.

Enchanted Forest of Light is canceled this year but in its place is Reflections at Descanso (Nov. 14- Jan. 10), a daytime event that includes art pieces, special plantings, self-guided activities, and a Wishing Tree created by artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima. Included with general admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Show Me the Signs is an exhibition that features protest signs from over 100 artists, including Cardi B, Usher, Billie Eilish, Bruno Mars, and Jim Carrey. While on view at Blum & Poe through Nov. 14, they’ll all be auctioned off to raise funds for American Policy Forum (AAPF) #SayHerName Mothers Network, a campaign that serves the families of Black women, girls, and femmes who have been killed by police. To learn more, visit Artfizz here.

The Pacific Opera Project, known for its pop-culture takes on classic works, is launching a drive-in season this fall featuring three live shows at Camarillo Methodist Church in Ventura County Nov. 14 through Dec. 13. Guests will remain in their cars throughout each two-hour performance. Live video with supertitles will be projected above, while sound will come through FM radio. Each performance accommodates about 90 vehicles. 

Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc takes guests through a free magical holiday show of 18 million lights, illuminating the night and synchronized to festive tunes. The Bloc is also offering gifts with in-store purchases throughout November and December, including gift cards, holiday cookie baking sets, and holiday candle sets.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in November in the hotel’s valet lot. This week, catch Beverly Hills Cops. Tickets start at $55 and include popcorn.

Swingers Diner is open again, now under the care of former general manager Stephanie Wilson. They’re open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for to-go and patio dining. 

Subliminal Projects presents Jillian Evelyn’s “Still Life,” a series of drawings and paintings created during the pandemic, Nov. 14 through Dec. 20. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only.

It’s #SelfCareSunday at Verdugo Plaza on Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The open-air market features local businesses offering wares including jewelry, house plants, T-shirts, organic dog treats, and more. Admission is free.

Christmas Nights is at 123 Farm in Cherry Valley Nov. 6-Jan. 10. Enjoy festive food and drinks and a holiday marketplace while strolling through the farm’s Christmas village. Admission is free, but parking is $10.

On Nov. 12 & 19, NeueHouse will host “Long Time No See,” a rooftop evening comedy series. The lineup for the 12th includes Trevor Wallace, Nicole Byer, Jeremy Piven, Melissa Villasenor, BT Kingsley, and Moses Storm. Tickets are $65 and include a welcome cocktail and tapas plate. 

Photo: Strings of Life

The final leg of Strings of Life’s ‘Sausage Roll World Tour’ runs every Thursday through Dec. 10. Each week, enjoy a different sausage roll from a different chef for $10. This Thursday, it’s Morgan McGlone’s (Belle’s Hot Chicken, AUS) Nashville Hot Sausage Roll. Available first-come, first-served for pickup and takeout.

On Nov. 13 from 3-6 p.m., check out the South Baked bake sale at The Aloha Bungalow in Redondo Beach. They’ll have Stay Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies, Girls Just Wanna Have FUN-fetti Cookies, Synonym Toast Crunch Cookies, and their newly released Spiced Cookie Butter Cookies, plus cakes, brownies, and more. South Baked also has free delivery for orders in the South Bay. Outside the South Bay, get free delivery with a $25 order.

FIGat7th’s new Dine With Purpose program gives customers a $20 Visa gift card when they spend $50 or more at participating restaurants. Those who share their meals on social media will prompt FIGat7 to donate an additional $20 to the Social Justice Learning Institute. Find out more here.

Gastro Mechanics’ Torched. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

The “Gastro Mechanics” present “TORCHED,” an eight-course, blowtorch-powered dining experience on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. Remaining dates include 13 & 14, with two seatings per night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Reservations required. 

California Botanic Garden‘s latest exhibit “Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine” opens Nov. 8 through April 18. The show features 14 artists from the AMOCA Ceramics Studio (American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona. Free with daily admission ($10 for adults).

The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt reopened outdoors as The Spare Room…Somewhere Else. Find it behind the pool for bocce, cocktails from Bar Director Yael Vengroff, and small plates. Open Wednesday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 3-11 p.m. Reservations recommended, available on Resy

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando is pivoting to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. Featuring SoCal’s most talented taco purveyors. On Nov. 12-14, catch Chef Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel, Chica’s Tacos) whipping up modern Mexican-American tacos. 

Head to The Old Zoo at Griffith Park to watch a troupe of theater clowns run an open rehearsal. Bring a blanket and enjoy a socially distant performance on Nov. 18 for free.

The Raymond 1866 will offer a six-course tasting menu from Chef Paul Shoemaker Nov. 10-14. For $85/person, enjoy citrus cured salmon, tuna sashimi, scallops, pork belly pumpkin risotto, beef tenderloin, and dessert with optional cocktail and wine pairings on the outdoor patio. The same meal is available for takeout/delivery for $65/person.

Cinemauto’s Nov. 13 installment features Anna Biller’s The Love Witch. The drive-in event also includes a curated short film program and digital exhibitions. Nov. 14 will screen Harmony Korine’s Beach Bum. Tickets come in pairs and include two takeout meal boxes from restaurant partner Katsu Sando and sparkling water.

Citadel Outlets transforms into a holiday wonderland on Nov. 14 with the lighting of a 100-foot-tall, live-cut Christmas Tree. A new nightly show experience, “Snowy Nights and Holiday Lights,” features magical snow flurries and dancing laser lights running at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. through the end of the year.

Wednesday through Friday from 4-8 p.m., Euro-Vietnamese fusion restaurant Tiato Kitchen and Garden hosts “Garden Nights” on its spacious Santa Monica patio. Enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, small plates, entrees, and more. A few examples include short rib dumplings, garlic noodles, mini reuben Banh Mi, and more. They also have brunch on the weekends. 

At-Home & Online Events

Adult Swim Festival takes its annual show to YouTube Nov. 13-14 with a line-up of never before seen musical performances, exclusive livestreams, comedy, and more.

The Groundlings annual Diversity Festival will be virtual this year on Nov. 13-14 with improv courses and workshops. $10 per class.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace presents a free At-Home Exercises for Pet Wellness Workshop on Nov. 14 with Dr. Jessica Waldman from CARE.

DesignerCon heads online this year Nov. 13-15 with livestreams, vendor products, and a virtual exhibition of fan art celebrating the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future. Tickets start at $10.

Objectivity is a live, interactive show from The Warehouse Theater and Mister and Mischief. The synopsis: You’re attending an online seminar with tidying expert Mary Del Campo. Mary “believes our possessions have a story to tell and with her guidance, we explore minimalism, nostalgia, and the meaning of the objects that surround us. When our world feels unstable, what do we choose to hold onto?” Show dates are currently available Nov. 6-28. Tickets are $25.  

The Fowler is offering free digital programs celebrating world arts and cultures. This week features two programs that celebrate the Hindu New Year, Diwali, including an educational program on Nov. 12 and a cooking class on Nov. 13.

The Autry presents the 30th Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace Nov. 14-15. Guests can purchase art, jewelry, and more in the online Marketplace expo. Aside from shopping, prerecorded artist and keynote talks, film programming from Indigenous directors, and a new episode of Tending Nature from KCET will all be part of the virtual event.  

Landmark Theatre presents a virtual filmmaker discussion with The Climb filmmakers Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin, in conversation with Judd Apatow, on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. The Climb is about two best friends whose close bond is broken when one sleeps with the other’s fiancée. Register for free on EventBrite.

On Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., join Launch for an artist talk with Elizabeth Folk and James Panozzo on Zoom. You can also check current work from Folk and Colin Robert at the gallery by appointment.

The 4th annual Flowvember Variety Show is on Sunday, Nov. 15 at noon. Flowvember is an annual effort to build hygiene kits, including menstrual supplies, for people experiencing homelessness. The show will feature performances from members of Them Fatale Drag Kings, Brad Milison (winner of Learn the Words, Bitch!), and MOTH Storyteller Molly Prather, while Provvidenza Catalano hosts. The show is pay-what-you-can. Tickets here.

On Nov. 14 from 9-11 a.m., Jay Leno hosts the Hot Wheels Legends Tour finale, which is a global search for a fan-made custom car to turn into a die-cast toy. Special guests will stop by to judge and explore submissions. Watch on the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel.

LMU’s Gottlieb Native Garden Green Earth Festival launches on Nov. 16 with 12 environmental films you can screen at home. Sign up for free here.

Holocaust Museum LA presents Inside the “Acid-Free Box: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Edith Flagg Collection” on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Jordanna Gessler, the museum’s vice president of education and exhibits, and Christie Jovanovic, collection manager, will host the inside look at Flagg’s collection. Per a release: “Born in Romania on Nov. 1, 1919, Edith was the first person to import polyester into the U.S. as a fashion designer. Edith attended school in Vienna and later moved to Holland where she lived with her first husband, Hans. Facing increasing restrictions and discrimination with the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940, the couple went into hiding and soon became members of the Dutch Underground, securing false papers and helping other Jews evade Nazi capture and deportation. Edith would go on to assume a number of false identities, using these to make connections in local communities and acquire food and supplies. She emigrated to the United States in 1948 and launched her clothing line in 1956, which she built into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Edith also became a noted philanthropist and supported organizations such as the United Jewish Welfare Fund and City of Hope.” The event will also feature a conversation with “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” star Josh Flagg, Edith’s grandson and Holocaust Museum LA board member. Minimum donation $12.

On Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., join Zócalo Public Square for “Why Is It So Easy to Get Away With Murder?,” an online conversation with Jessica Garrison of Buzzfeed News and author of The Devil’s Harvest. She’ll discuss “the American way of murder through the case of Jose Martinez—who killed three dozen people in three decades.” Register here.

L.A. Theatre Works’s 2020-21 digital season consists of nine audio plays, the first of which is released on Nov. 18. Per a release: The Thanksgiving Play “puts the American origin story in the comedy-crosshairs: Three “woke,” white thespians are tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving, while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps.”

On Nov. 15 at 4 p.m., join The Art Deco Society for a conversation with filmmakers Marc Chevalier and Seth M. Schulman about their documentary, The Oviatt Building. A ticket provides access to both the film, which you can screen at your convenience, and the virtual Q&A. The film begins with haberdasher James Oviatt and continues through the history of the gorgeous downtown building that bears his name. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for members.

The Whisky & Poetry Salon is celebrating their inclusion in Danny Jensen’s Secret Los Angeles book with, perhaps obviously, a poetry contest and whiskey tasting on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Guests are invited to share a poem and enjoy a tasting from  Kim Ohanneson, Certified Whiskey Ambassador and co-founder/host of The Whisky & Poetry Salon. She’ll be sampling Jameson, Glenfiddich 12 year old Single Malt Scotch, and Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which you can probably find in airplane-size bottles as your local liquor market, or you can sub your own Irish whiskey, scotch, and bourbon (or abstain entirely!). Tickets are $10 and benefit Get Lit.

Spy Brunch LLC presents Sherwood and Nottingham, an interactive, online immersive experience inspired by Robin Hood, updated for modern times. Per a release: “Sherwood & Nottingham invites players to become citizens of either the glass-walled metropolis of Nottingham or the hardscrabble village of Sherwood. As we begin our story, King Richard has invited his brother Jonathan to return to the Kingdom of Anglia after a ten-year exile for war crimes — a development that is sure to have a ripple effect throughout the kingdom, especially in the neighboring cities of Sherwood and Nottingham.” You’ll explore a website full of virtual locations, watch performances, interact with characters, solve puzzles, and more throughout this multi-week, episodic game. It kicks off on Nov. 16 and lasts through Dec. 12. Tickets start at $50.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents a free prerecorded online performance of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s Grace @ 20 Nov. 12-14.

The Echo Theater Company’s National Young Playwrights in Residence program culminates in a two-week “virtual festival” of free online readings Nov. 13-21. The playwrights, ages 18-26, each worked with an established mentor through video chat and voice calls to write a new play. A new one airs every day through the 21st at 5 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-can here

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents an online baking demonstration on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. with  Eliceo Lara. Tune in to learn how to make apple empanadas.

Join a community meeting to discuss how the County will disperse $33 million on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Per a release: “The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) invites residents of the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities and participating agency recipients to join a virtual Community Meeting to seek input for the County’s 2021-2022 Action Plan. The Action Plan will disperse approximately $33 million in Federal housing and community development funds for projects that improve community facilities, streets, and sidewalks, provide childcare programs, services for senior citizens and individuals experiencing homelessness, homebuyer assistance and home repair programs, low-interest business loans, and graffiti removal.”

From LACMA@Home this week: On Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., New York-based artist Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) will offer a streaming performance in conjunction with the opening of LACMA’s exhibition Not I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE). The performance is titled “Performance: Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción – Rest In Peace), 2020–21.” The event is free with RSVP and will contain some nudity.

Corey Helford Gallery’s seventh annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show highlights affordable 12” x 12” works from new contemporary artists, giving new art collectors and enthusiasts a chance to buy an original piece from artists. The show will be on view Nov. 14, 2020 through Jan. 9, 2021.

Nov. 6-15 is Pasadena Heritage’s “Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern.” Guests can explore five decades of architecture over 10 days of virtual programming including tours, lectures, panels, artist conversations, and more. All events are $15 for the general public or $12 for members.

On Nov. 14, Culinary Historians of Southern California present a free Zoom class on the history and culture of kimchi with master food preserver Hae Jung Cho, who will discuss and demonstrate how to make kimchi, the national food of Korea.

SOUND/STAGE, a new video series from the LA Phil, features musical performances filmed at The Hollywood Bowl paired with films, interviews, essays, and artwork. Performers include Kamasi Washington, Chicano Batman, and orchestral concerts conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The program streams weekly through Nov. 20. Free to watch (donations encouraged).

Two Bit Circus’s Remote is a live, play-from-home interactive game show where guests “compete in a line-up of ridiculous and challenging games in an hour full of classic, comical, adult-friendly entertainment.” It’s every Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture, and more.” See it every Tuesday through Feb. 9 on Instagram.

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Food

Thanksgiving Feasts for Dine-In or Takeout in Los Angeles

November 10, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Photo: Maple Block Meat Co.

Update, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.: Due to rising COVID-19 numbers, L.A. County Public Health is shutting down outdoor dining for at least three weeks, effective Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. The following pickup and delivery options will still be permitted, but outdoor dining will be unavailable. We’ll update this list with what those restaurants are doing as we hear from them.

Though it isn’t the ideal time to travel to or host family gatherings, those who celebrate Thanksgiving can still get a hot meal at one of L.A.’s local restaurants. Many are offering outdoor dining on Thanksgiving Day, or take-home meals you can pre-order and pick up. There are many choices for turkey with all the usual sides, as well as some fun options if you’re looking for something a little different.


The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

L.A. County Parks is offering a FREE drive-thru Thanksgiving grab-n-go feast at select parks Nov. 17-24. Participants will receive a grocery store gift certificate for a free turkey, craft supplies, produce, dry foods, and more. You must pre-register in advance and show a copy of your receipt, either printed out or on your phone, upon arrival. One registration per household. No walk-ins. Masks are required. 

Maple Block Meat Co. (Culver City)

Maple Block Meat Co. has wood-smoked turkeys and all the fixings for you to enjoy at home. The birds are free-range and antibiotic-free, ranging from $188 for 7-8 pounds of sliced turkey breast up to an 18-20 lb. turkey ($304). Sides are available by the quart or tray, or you can get a sides package that includes buttermilk biscuits, cornbread-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, braised greens, and roasted Brussels sprouts for $200 (serves 10-12). Order online for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.

Hop Woo (Chinatown)

In business for 26 years, the family owned restaurant will once again offer a whole roasted turkey with garlic fried rice and gravy for $50. Hop Woo’s entire Chinese menu plus party trays are also available for pre-order.

Madre (Fairfax, Torrance)

Both Madre locations will offer a Thanksgiving special Nov. 16-29 (closed Thanksgiving Day) for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. For $28/person, get Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Pechuga de Mezcal (a blend of cinnamon, rice, aniz, orange, plantains, apples, pineapple, almonds, plums, and raisins), topped with coloradito mole; Oaxaca potato sala, and a green salad. 

Hotel June (Westchester)

Hotel June’s Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club will be offering a $40 pre-fixe menu of Thanksgiving classics with a South of the border twist. Available for outdoor dining on their terrace or for pick-up the meal comes with an optional wine pairing featuring Purity Natural Wines for an additional $30. Reservations for dine-in can be made via OpenTable and take-out orders can be placed by calling the restaurant directly at (310) 645-0400.

Salazar (Frogtown)

Salazar is offering tamales stuffed with smoked turkey and roasted pasilla chili, then topped with achiote crema and epazote. Available Thanksgiving week for dine-in or takeout. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Bianca (Culver City)

On Nov. 19, Bianca will host a Friendsgiving meal featuring nine tapas and a seasonal wine cocktail for $62/person. Courses include pumpkin soup, fried yams, turkey mini skewers, veal meatballs, a trio of mini-pies, and more. Reservations required. Parties are limited to six people. Children are welcome and may order off the regular menu. Bianca is also taking pre-orders for pies including apple, chocolate banana, pecan, and pumpkin. Call (424) 603-4353 or visit their website to order.

Lawry’s Turkey Plate.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Beverly Hills)

Lawry’s new patio is one of the chicest new outdoor dining options we’ve seen thus far. For Thanksgiving, you can get a roast turkey breast meal ($41) or two slices each of roast turkey breast and prime rib ($48) that includes spinning bowl salad, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Apple or pumpkin pie is available for dessert ($9).  

Hermanito (Sawtelle)

Hermanito is offering Thanksgiving Meal Kits for four. They include Pacific shrimp ceviche, cilantro-lime rice, quinoa salad, white bean casserole, chips & guacamole, and tres leches cake for $60. Add-ons include proteins like Peking duck with black garlic mole, roasted chicken, and more. Pre-order for pickup on Nov. 25.

Garden Cafe (Arcadia)

The San Gabriel Valley Hong Kong-style cafe is offering Thanksgiving party trays that include a whole roasted turkey stuffed with sticky rice for $65.95.

Cafe Gratitude (Multiple Locations)

Cafe Gratitude’s offerings include Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash & Garnet Yams ($30), Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Confit ($25), Truffled Porcini Gravy ($15), Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($35), Pear & Pomegranate Chutney ($15), French Lentil & Butternut Squash Loaf ($35), and Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad ($35). They also have several pies available, including raw and gluten-free Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie, and Baked Apple Pie. Pre-order on their website.

Calabra (Santa Monica)

The restaurant inside the Santa Monica Proper Hotel will be offering a menu of holiday classics for outdoor dining and to-go family style orders. Guests dining in at Calabra can enjoy a $45 pre-fixe menu of turkey with all of the traditional accompaniments plus dessert. Calabra’s holiday to-go menu come with a few more side dishes and cost $135 for two or $250 for parties of four. Take-out orders can be placed via Postmates.

Gracias Madre (West Hollywood)

Gracias Madre has sweet and savory tamales to-go. Offerings include Chile Rojo Tamales and Pineapple Raisin Tamales. Pre-order on its website by Nov. 22. 

Great White Rotisserie (Venice)

A four-person Thanksgiving combo from Great White Rotisserie is available for $66. The meal includes a whole rotisserie chicken with herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, tomato jam, honey nut squash and corn dip, and pita bread. Available for pickup Nov. 19-25 between noon and 8 p.m. Pre-order through Nov. 19 online.

The LINE (Koreatown)

The LINE’s Openaire restaurant is offering outdoor dining at its rooftop restaurant on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes two courses of your choice, several family-style sides, and dessert. Choices include turkey with mushroom apple stuffing, pumpkin soup, diver scallops, prime rib, king salmon, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. It’s $85 for adults, $35 for children. A to-go option is also available for $68 for adults, $35 for children. Book online.

Tacos Tu Madre (West Hollywood)

Tacos Tu Madre’s West Hollywood location will offer Thanksgiving specials for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. The Thanksgiving plate features your choice of two tacos, mashed potato taquitos, a buttermilk-fried turkey taco, and pumpkin spice churros for $40. These items are also available a la carte. This location also serves cocktails, wine, and beer.

Du-par’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The Original Farmers Market (The Grove)

Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery‘s Thanksgiving feast is available for dine-in on its patio or to-go. The Whole Turkey Feast comes with a whole turkey (serves 8-10), stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, and two whole pies ($255). The Small Feast (serves 4-6) has smaller portion of the same items and includes one pie ($185). Single-person turkey dinners are also available for $29.95 for adults or $17.95 for children 3-11.

British pub Market Tavern offers a three-course prix fixe meal that includes salad and broccoli cheddar soup; your choice of roast turkey, beef, or salmon; and your choice of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. Sides for the table include Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, marshmallow carrots, green beans, and Brussels sprouts. The meal is $65 per person and is only available for dine-in on Market Tavern’s outdoor patio.

Urban Plates (Multiple Locations)

The restaurant is open on Thanksgiving Day for patio dining and pick up. Available Nov. 24-26 the Turkey Plate includes herb roasted cage-free turkey breast, mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, rustic bread, and a choice of side for $17.95. Those looking to dine at home can order the Turkey Plate or something more substantial like a Turkey Family Meal that serves four for $68 to scratch made sides and desserts.

Tiato (Santa Monica)

Chef Helene “Mama” An’s Thanksgiving to-go menu includes Tiato Herb-Brined Turkey with House Made Gravy, An’s Famous Secret Kitchen Garlic Noodles, Mama’s Sticky Rice Stuffing with Shitake Mushroom, Chinese Sausage & Chestnuts, Turkey Apple Sausage Stuffing with Toasted Baguette & Roasted Leeks, Marshmallow and Miso-Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes. Available for pre-order through Nov. 20. Order by Nov. 13 to receive 10% off. Pick up on Nov. 25, 3-7 p.m., or Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to noon.

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast (Eagle Rock)

Found Coffee, Peri Coffee, and 1810 Argentine Restaurant are collaborating on Thanksgiving Day Breakfast. Get housemade Dulce de Leche Empanadas (frozen) and a 12 oz bag of New Barker Blend Wings coffee (whole beans or ground). It’s $49 for 12 empanadas or $35 for six. The coffee is described as a “Medium Dark Roast Blend of Guatemala and Sumatra with a luscious mouthfeel and a lingering brown sugar aftertaste. Tasting notes: Golden apple, brown sugar, walnut, syrupy body.” Pre-order here by Nov. 19 for pickup at Found Coffee in Eagle Rock on Nov. 22 & 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

El Tortito (Multiple Locations)

El Torito’s Turkey Dinner Box serves six to eight people and includes a whole Roasted Turkey with all of the fixings, including green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, chipotle honey sweet potatoes, El Torito’s sweet corn cake, Hawaiian rolls, and a pumpkin pie for $119. Orders can be made online for pickup on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26.

Photo: Pitfire Pizza’s Warm-Up Kit

Pitfire Pizza (Multiple locations)

Pitfire Pizza’s casual Warm-Up Kit includes turkey meatballs, buffalo wings, and a take-and-bake pumpkin pizza. Prices are $45 for four people, $85 for eight, and $120 for 12. To pre-order for pickup, log into Tock and find your desired location’s page from Nov. 23-28. Delivery is also available through Pitfire Pizza’s website and mobile app.

Taverna Tony (Malibu)

Taverna Tony at Malibu Country Mart is offering a Greek pre-fixe menu for Thanksgiving, available for dine-in and takeout. The Greek Feast is $52.95 per person and includes 15 specialties, such as tabouli, spanakopita, roasted lamb, orzo, chicken souvlaki, hummus, fried calamari, and more. Minimum two Feasts per order.

L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele (Hollywood)

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele‘s Thanksgiving takeout menu includes a whole stuffed turkey ($9 per pound), meat or vegetarian lasagna ($100, serves 6), Italian gravy ($23, serves 16), cranberry sauce ($28, serves 16), herbed mashed potatoes ($38, serves 6-8), and a roasted vegetable casserole ($55, serves 6). Call (323) 366-2408 to pre-order for pickup.

The Abbey (West Hollywood)

The Abbey Food & Bar has a Thanksgiving menu for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via UberEats and Postmates. For $35 per person, enjoy lobster bisque, hickory-smoked turkey breast, truffled mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, brioche stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and a slice of either pumpkin or apple pie. Family meal options for four people are also available.

The Source Café (Manhattan Beach)

The Source Cafe offers healthy holiday options, including vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free selections. Catering choices serve 4-6 people and include creamy baked yams ($24), vegetable stuffing ($30), mashed potatoes ($18), pumpkin bread loaf ($20), and whole pies ($55). Stop by or email info@thesourcecafe.com to place your order. Orders must be in by Nov. 23.

Photo: Lunetta

Lunetta (Santa Monica) 

Raphael Lunetta is serving his popular Thanksgiving dinner to-go this year. All items will be pre-packaged in oven-safe containers and come with instructions for heating, serving, and storing leftovers. Each dinner comes with starters, your choice of protein (traditional turkey plate, six-hour osso buco, or pan-roasted black bass), and dessert. $78 per person for adults, $38 per child 10 and under. Order by Nov. 20 for curbside pickup on Thanksgiving Day between noon and 5 p.m.

Spire 73 (DTLA)

Spire 73 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving meal with a stellar view from its outdoor patio. For $60/person, get butternut squash soup, winter greens and apple salad, thyme & sage roast turkey breast, orange and cinnamon sweet potatoes, fresh corn, and pumpkin pecan pie. 

The Front Yard (North Hollywood)

The Front Yard, located at The Garland in North Hollywood, is offering a Thanksgiving feast on its expanded outdoor patio. On Thanksgiving Day from noon to 8 p.m., enjoy a pre fixe menu that includes one entree, three sides, and dessert for $59 per adult and $29 per child 12 and under. Choices include smoked prime rib; buttermilk fried turkey breast with stuffing and gravy; wild mushroom, sweet squash, and porcini farro, and more. Side options include family-style horseradish potato gratin and mascarpone mashed potatoes and desserts like pumpkin pie with candied cranberry and vanilla cream. Tables can accommodate a maximum of six guests. Reservations are required and can be made online.

Huckleberry Bakery & Café (Santa Monica)

Huckleberry is focusing on traditional dishes made with organic ingredients. Options include braised turkey legs, turkey breast and gravy, sweet potato mash, bourbon pecan pies, and more. Call 310-451-2311 to place a catering order before Nov. 19, then pick up on Nov. 26 between 9 a.m. and noon. A limited selection of pies, breads, and other baked goods will be available on Nov. 25, first-come, first-served.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar (Santa Monica) 

On Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, Esters will host its annual pop-up in Huckleberry’s back parking lot. Stock up on wines and gift boxes. You can also order Thanksgiving Wine Packs for curbside pickup, local delivery, or national shipping or stop by Esters on Thanksgiving for retail shopping and curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to noon.

Photo: STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse LA (Westwood)

STK’s Thanksgiving feast is available for outdoor dining, delivery, or pickup Nov. 26-29 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Roasted Turkey Special includes Chestnut Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Old School Gravy, and Cranberry Orange Chutney ($49 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under). Pumpkin pie with Bailey’s whipped cream and vanilla ice cream is also available for $12. 

Superba (Multiple locations)

Superba Food + Bread in Venice and Superba Snacks + Coffee in Pasadena and North Hollywood have Thanksgiving meals available for pre-order now through Nov. 22. Choose among turkey and ham, glazed sweet potatoes, mac ’n cheese, sausage stuffing, vegan stuffing, breads, pies, and wines (Venice location only). Mains and sides are portioned to serve either 10-12 people or 4-6. Phone ahead for curbside pickup, available on Thanksgiving morning from 8-10 a.m. 

Manuela (DTLA)

Manuela’s Thanksgiving feast is available for dine-in on its outdoor patio and terrace. The menu includes sunchoke soup, salad, and biscuits for the table to start. Then, choose among turkey, ham, duck breast, scallops, or a vegetarian mushroom and leek pot pie as your main. Family-style sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry compote, sausage stuffing, green beans, and sweet potatoes. Dessert includes your choice of pumpkin pie, chocolate tart, salted butter pecan soft pretzel, vegan carrot cake, or apple Devonshire pudding. It’s $68 per adult, $35 per child 10 and under. Reservations are available between 2:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 26. Thanksgiving takeaway for two is also available for $100. Preorder by Nov. 24 for curbside pickup on Nov. 26 between 2-5 p.m.

Poutine Brothers (Culver City & Food Truck)

Poutine Brothers, the L.A.-based poutine food truck and delivery restaurant, just launched a Thanksgiving Poutine available now through Thanksgiving for pickup, local delivery, or nationwide shipping. It features your choice of hand-cut fries or sweet potato fries topped with Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds, sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, crispy onions, homemade brown gravy, and chives. You can get poutine for yourself ($16) or prep for a household gathering with a Friendsgiving kit ($50-90, serves 4-12, depending on the kit).

Fig (Santa Monica)

Fig’s Thanksgiving To-Go menu is a massive feast for 8-10 people, priced at $375. The lineup includes molasses, sage, and rosemary-brined turkey; prime rib with au jus and horseradish; whipped potatoes; Brussels sprouts; roasted sweet potatoes with spiced marshmallows and almonds; rolls; whole apple and pumpkin pies, and more. Additional sides are also available. Use Tock to pre-order turkey orders by Nov. 20, sides by Nov 25.

Mango Cheesecake by Sky’s Gourmet Tacos.

Cake Monkey (Fairfax District)

Cake Monkey’s large Thanksgiving pie menu is designed for everyone. The women-owned bakery offers vegan and gluten-free options, plus handpies for people hosting smaller celebrations. Flavors include pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmallow; pudding pies in butterscotch or chocolate; and for apple pie lovers, a deliciously tart and sweet cider-roasted apple pie with a double cheddar crust. Pre-order by Nov. 21. Select pies are also available for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly.

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos (Downtown & Mid-Wilshire)

Barbara “Sky” Burrell’s cheesecakes have enjoyed a cult following since 1992. They’re all made from scratch and contain no preservatives or animal gelatin. The silky 9-inch cakes come in Caramel Crunch (crushed walnuts pressed into the crust with Sky’s creamy filling and drizzles of fresh caramel), Mango or Pineapple (fruit chunks suspended in Sky’s creamy filling), and Plain with a homemade graham cracker crust.

Friends And Family (East Hollywood)

Chef duo Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern are offering Thanksgiving meals, biscuits, breads, rolls, and pies. In the pie department, you can find pecan, pumpkin, and apple. If you want to be stray from the classics, go for the chocolate chess pie, a Southern treat that’s a cross between a chocolate brownie and pudding. Pre-order by Nov. 21.

Sweet Rose Creamery (Santa Monica)

Sweet Rose has Thanksgiving ice cream pies including apple, vegan pumpkin, and pecan ($48). They’re available first-come, first-served from Nov. 16-25 at Brentwood Country Mart. You can also pre-order by calling 310-260-2663 until Nov. 18 for pickup Nov. 23-25. Pints of seasonal ice cream are also available. Flavors include dairy-free pumpkin pie, apple pie, dairy-free cranberry orange sorbet, brown sugar butter pecan, and more. 

Milo & Olive (Santa Monica)

Milo & Olive hosts a Thanksgiving Bake Sale on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until everything is gone. Expect pies, cakes, breads, rolls, jam, and more.

Tartine ( Multiple Locations)

Tartine’s classic Thanksgiving pies are available at all Los Angeles locations Nov. 23-25. Flavors include pumpkin, pecan, and apple. If pies are not your thing, Tartine is also offering pumpkin and lemon-cranberry pistachio loaves. Pre-order by Nov. 21.

Winston (Brentwood & West Hollywood)

Winston is all about pies. For the holidays, they are offering the whole gambit. Pre-order 11-inch or 5-inch whole pies, pie by the slice, handpies, or pie bites in flavors like pecan, pumpkin, apple, funfetti, and Carolina classic cherry. Most pies also offer crust alternatives, like gluten-free and vegan. Reservations are now live on Tock for pie pre-orders, and both locations will have a limited supply for walk-ins. Winston also ships nationwide.

Fat + Flour (DTLA)

Fat + Flour owner Nicole Rucker is L.A.’s pie champ and you really can’t go wrong with any one of her creations. Holiday orders are open now for pumpkin caramel, sweet potato, apple, apple crumble, chocolate chess, and key lime ($36-42). They also have biscuits ($12). Pick up on Nov. 25.

Primo’s Donuts (West L.A.) 

Maybe you just want donuts. If so, Primo’s has a host of Thanksgiving flavors including cranberry-filled jelly donuts, cranberry maple bacon Long Johns, pumpkin cake donuts, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and more. Available in-store daily from Nov. 16 or via delivery on Doordash and Grubhub. Thanksgiving pickup is available with pre-orders. Order online

Destroyer (Culver City)

Chef Jordan Kahn’s Destroyer has several desserts available for pickup Nov. 23-25. Pre-order milk bread pull-apart rolls, all-butter brown sugar pie dough, homemade pumpkin pie kits, wild blackberry and dried peach cobbler, purple sweet potato and black currant cake, pumpkin trifles, or pumpkin taiyaki.



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34 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [11-05-2020 to 11-11-2020]

November 5, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Baba the Cat explains history in the book ‘A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History.’ Catch a virtual talk with her human, Dr. Paul Koudounaris, this week via Book Soup.

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 food pop-ups, interactive livestreams, outdoor performances, a book from a cat, online games, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in November in the hotel’s valet lot. This week, catch A League of Their Own and Thelma & Louise. Tickets start at $55 and include free popcorn.

Head to The Old Zoo at Griffith Park to watch a troupe of theater clowns run an open rehearsal. Bring a blanket and enjoy a socially distant performance on Nov. 11 & 18. Free.

Fia Santa Monica is launching an all-inclusive Saturday and Sunday brunch series this weekend. For $59 per person, the prix fixe brunch includes a basket of pastries for the table and bottomless mimosas, Modelo Especial, or Margaritas.

The Raymond 1866 will offer a six-course tasting menu from Chef Paul Shoemaker Nov. 10-14. For $85/person, enjoy citrus cured salmon, tuna sashimi, scallops, pork belly pumpkin risotto, beef tenderloin, and dessert with optional cocktail and wine pairings on the outdoor patio. The same meal is available for takeout/delivery for $65/person.

California Botanic Garden‘s latest exhibit “Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine” opens Nov. 8 through April 18. The show features 14 artists from the AMOCA Ceramics Studio (American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona. Free with daily admission ($10 for adults).

Wednesday through Friday from 4-8 p.m., Euro-Vietnamese fusion restaurant Tiato Kitchen and Garden hosts “Garden Nights” on its spacious Santa Monica patio. Enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, small plates, entrees, and more. A few examples include short rib dumplings, garlic noodles, mini reuben Banh Mi, and more. They also have brunch on the weekends. 

On Nov. 11, NeueHouse’s outdoor restaurant, The Table, is collaborating with Grá on a pop-up dinner. Try Grá’s fermented sourdough pizza, plus starters and dessert (vegan options available), for $55/person. Natural wines and specialty kombucha is also available for purchase. Seatings from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are here

S.Pellegrino: Destination Dining next’s installment swaps chefs David Shim of Cote (NY) and Jon Yao of Kato (LA). Angelenos can get the New York Korean steakhouse’s Steak & Eggs at Keto Nov. 5-13 while New Yorkers can try a dish from Kato. 

Nitecap is an outdoor comedy venue in Burbank featuring comics from HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. On Friday, Nov. 6, the lineup includes Aaron Milner, Irene Tu, Jamie Kennedy, Jason Collins, Michael Rapaport, and Chis Spencer. Tickets are $15. Temperature checks, face masks, and social distancing required.

Gastro Mechanics at the W. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

The “Gastro Mechanics” present “TORCHED,” an eight-course, blowtorch-powered dining experience on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. Remaining dates include Nov. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, with two seatings per night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Reservations required. 

The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt reopened outdoors as The Spare Room…Somewhere Else. Find it behind the pool for bocce, cocktails from Bar Director Yael Vengroff, and small plates. Open Wednesday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 3-11 p.m. Reservations recommended, available on Resy

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando is pivoting to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. Featuring SoCal’s most talented taco purveyors. On Nov. 4-6, catch Chef Priscilla Curiel, San Diego’s “birria queen.”

Santa Monica Pier’s ‘Secret Story Tour’ is an app that offers a location-based digital puzzle quest about the pier’s history. You can download the app for $19.99 for iOS or Android.

Venice gallery L.A. Louver celebrates its 45th anniversary with a group show titled 45 at 45 featuring works by 45 artists on view Oct.20-Jan.16. David Hockney, Alison Saar, Carmen Argote, and Nick Cave are just a few of the artists on view. The exhibition marks the gallery’s reopening. Appointments are required for in-person viewing. Virtual events will also take place during the show’s run.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Objectivity: Photo: Mister and Mischief

At-Home & Online Events

On Nov. 10, Book Soup presents an online book launch with author Dr. Paul Koudounaris and Baba the Cat. The book, A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, is written from the perspective of Baba, Koudounaris’s rescue cat.

RISK!‘s Scary Stories 12 is on Nov. 6 over Zoom. Freaky stories of poltergeists, madmen, and eerie incidents are paired with sound collages and songs, all designed to make you afraid to sleep for the rest of the evening.

Objectivity is a live, interactive show from The Warehouse Theater and Mister and Mischief. The synopsis: You’re attending an online seminar with tidying expert Mary Del Campo. Mary “believes our possessions have a story to tell and with her guidance, we explore minimalism, nostalgia, and the meaning of the objects that surround us. When our world feels unstable, what do we choose to hold onto?” Show dates are currently available Nov. 6-28. Tickets are $25.  

On Nov. 10 at Nov. 11, Holocaust Museum LA presents the virtual book talk with author Aimee Bikel. Per a release: “Kristallnacht” (The Night of Broken Glass) was a campaign of destruction across Nazi Germany and Austria carried out against Jews between Nov. 9-10, 1938. Nazi paramilitary forces destroyed Jewish homes, hospitals and businesses; ransacked synagogues, and arrested and incarcerated 30,000 Jewish men.” Bikel’s Theodore Bikel’s The City of Light is a children’s book based on a story by Bikel’s late husband, actor, singer, and activist Theodore Bikel. $10 suggested donation.

On Nov. 11 at 5 p.m., Caltech Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics Alireza Marandi presents a free webinar, “The Power of Nonlinearities: Unlocking Opportunities for Sensing and Computing with Light.Per a release: “Alireza Marandi takes viewers to the scientific frontier of nonlinear photonics—a field of optics that studies how intense light (usually a laser) emerges with different frequencies and properties after passing through a material. Learn how lasers are used to capture molecular information in breath, then take a deep dive into Marandi’s research and experimentation, the results of which can be applied to applied to scalable breath analysis technology.” Register here.

From LACMA@Home this week: On Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., New York-based artist Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) will offer a streaming performance in conjunction with the opening of LACMA’s exhibition Not I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE). The performance is titled “Performance: Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción – Rest In Peace), 2020–21.” The event is free with RSVP and will contain some nudity.

Forest Lawn’s 61st annual Veterans Day Celebration goes virtual on Nov. 11, honoring members of the United States Military with a flyover, patriotic music, a rifle salute, an invocation, a color guard, a wreath-laying, and more. View the celebration on Forest Lawn’s Facebook Live.

From Zócalo Public Square, catch “What Do We Do Now?,” a post-election discussion on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Per a release: “Yale national security law scholar and former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, also a CNN commentator, visits Zócalo to discuss the way forward after one of the most traumatic elections in our nation’s history.” Register here.  

Nov. 6-15 is Pasadena Heritage’s “Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern.” Guests can explore five decades of architecture over 10 days of virtual programming including tours, lectures, panels, artist conversations, and more. All events are $15 for the general public or $12 for members.

The 2020 Virtual Los Angeles Printers Fair hosted by The International Printing Museum is ongoing through November.

SOUND/STAGE, a new video series from the LA Phil, features musical performances filmed at The Hollywood Bowl paired with films, interviews, essays, and artwork. Performers include Kamasi Washington, Chicano Batman, and orchestral concerts conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The program streams weekly through Nov. 20. Free to watch (donations encouraged).

CAP UCLA presents a free performance of Perla Batalla’s Discoteca Batalla on Nov. 8. The show pays homage to her parents’ Venice record store and, a beloved community hangout during the 60s and 70s. Batalla is a singer best known for her work with Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Sonny Rollins, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Jackson Browne, and Laurie Anderson. 

On Nov. 6, learn about small space gardening through a free webinar. It will cover the basics of growing food in a small space, including how to plan and design a small garden, make a self-watering pot, and what plants are best for small spaces.

Two Bit Circus’s Remote is a live, play-from-home interactive game show where guests “compete in a line-up of ridiculous and challenging games in an hour full of classic, comical, adult-friendly entertainment.” It’s every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Local duo OYLS’s new record is available to listen to now. According to the band, they partnered with MusiCares and sold off space on the album art to advertisers and raised $2000 for in support of artists in need of mental health and recovery resources. Give it a listen here.

Holocaust Museum LA presents Recalling a Lost World: David Labkovski Brings the Stories of Sholem Aleichem to Life, a “new virtual exhibit that features Labkovski’s vibrant illustrations inspired by the stories of leading Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem.” Open now through Dec. 2020.

The LA Times Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas is hosting 25 free virtual events this year from Oct. 18-Nov. 13.

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture, and more.” See it every Tuesday through Feb. 9 on Instagram.

CAP UCLApresents Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home through Nov. 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.

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20 Cool Things to Do This November in Los Angeles

November 1, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Downtown Los Angeles skyline during sunset
Downtown Los Angeles skyline during sunset / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best November events to have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait until the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

November 2020 event highlights include virtual Día de los Muertos events, a Pacific Opera drive-in, The Great Los Angeles Walk, Elf on the Shelf at Fairlpex, GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden, and LOTS more.

And remember, if you want to stay up-to-date on all the events in Los Angeles, sign up for our email newsletter. Enjoy!

SOUND/STAGE (Sep. 25 – Nov. 20)

SOUND/STAGE, a new video series from the LA Phil, features musical performances filmed at The Hollywood Bowl paired with films, interviews, essays, and artwork. Performers include Kamasi Washington, Chicano Batman, and orchestral concerts conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The program streams weekly through November 20. Free (donations encouraged).  –> More information

Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles (Nov. 1-4)

While most in-person Day of the Dead events have been canceled this year, there are several virtual programs to stream and outdoor altars you can visit. This year’s options include educational content and meditations from the Museum of Latin American Art, La Catrina sculptures in Santa Monica, and a livestream from Forest Lawn in Glendale. –> More information

Street Food Cinema Drive-in (Nov. 1)

Street Food Cinema pivots to a drive-in format with a screening of Coco on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. The park’s Gourmet Classic Menu will be available for pre-order and mobile orders on-site. –> More information

Drive-In Cinema at Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 (Nov. 1 – 7)

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 opened a drive-in cinema. Operating daily, capacity is set at 30 vehicles per screening and reservations include buttery popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. –>More information

Election Day Freebies (Nov. 3)

Don’t forget to vote! Check out our guide to voter freebies and deals to reward yourself for performing your civic duty.

Taqueando Takeover (Nov. 5-21)

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando is pivoting to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. The outdoor dining series features SoCal’s most talented taco purveyors, including Chef Ray Garcia, Tuetano Taqueria, and Chef Eduardo Ruiz. Takeout is also available. –> More information

RISK! Scary Stories 12 (Nov. 6)

RISK!‘s annual scary stories episode is full of freaky true stories, kooky spooky songs, and other frightful surprises. Held on Zoom this year, stories of poltergeists, madmen, and eerie incidents are paired with sound collages and songs all designed to make you afraid to sleep for the rest of the evening. –> More information

Dinner & a Movie Poolside at JW Marriot at L.A. Live (Nov. 6-12)

Enjoy dinner and a movie poolside at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 14. Tickets are $45 per person and include a two-course meal. –> More information

The Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey (Nov. 12 – Jan. 3)

Santa Claus’s sleigh has broken down! Now, guests must travel by car through several beautiful dreamworlds to help him recover the magic he needs to fix it. The multi-sensory experience takes place at the Pomona Fairplex this winter. –>More information.

Adult Swim Festival (Nov. 13-14)

Adult Swim Festival takes its annual show to YouTube this year with a line-up of never before seen musical performances, exclusive live streams, comedy, and more. –> More information

The Groundlings Diversity Festival (Nov. 13-15)

The Groundlings annual Diversity Festival will be virtual this year with improv courses and workshops. $10 per class. –> More information

Designer Con (Nov. 13-15)

DesignerCon heads online this year with live streams, vendor products, and a virtual exhibition of fan art celebrating the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future. –> More information

Cinemauto (Nov. 13-14)

Cinemauto’s Nov. 13 installment features Anna Biller’s The Love Witch. The drive-in event also includes a curated short film program and digital exhibitions. Nov. 14 will screen Harmony Korine’s Beach Bum. Tickets come in pairs and include two takeout meal boxes from restaurant partner Katsu Sando and sparkling water. –> More information

Pacific Opera Project Live Drive-in (Nov. 14 – Dec. 14)

The Pacific Opera Project, known for its pop-culture takes on classic works, is launching a drive-in season this fall featuring three live shows at Camarillo Methodist Church in Ventura County. Guests will remain in their cars throughout each two-hour performance. Live video with supertitles will be projected above, while sound will come through FM radio. Each performance accommodates about 90 vehicles. –> More information

Kimjang Kimchi, a Korean Tradition (Nov. 14)

Culinary Historians of Southern California present a free Zoom class on the history and culture of kimchi with master food preserver Hae Jung Cho, who will discuss and demonstrate how to make kimchi, the national food of Korea. –> More information

Lexus Culinary Cinema (Nov. 15)

The Lexus Culinary Cinema drive-in movie experience screens Little Miss Sunshine on L.A. Live’s Event Deck in DTLA. Tickets come with gourmet meals from Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi. Tickets are selling fast for this event. –> More information

South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW (Nov. 21 – Jan. 10)

South Coast Botanic Garden’s illuminated, after-hours installation GLOW will light up the garden grounds with thousands of colorful twinkling lights set to lively music. Tickets go on sale Nov. 6. –> More information

The 15th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk (Nov. 21)

A longstanding bi-pedal tradition returns with a socially distanced journey from downtown L.A. to the ocean. This year, the walk weaves through Koreatown, Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, and Westwood before hitting Santa Monica. There is no set time or meet up to join the walk. Simply start on your own accord.–> More information

Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market (Nov. 28-Dec.13)

Explore handmade products including home décor, food, houseware, fashion accessories, and body products during the Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market. –> More information

Made in L.A. 2020 (TBD)

The acclaimed biennial art celebration Made in L.A. returns this year with complementary presentations at the Hammer and The Huntington. The show highlights 30 artists in a variety of mediums working throughout greater Los Angeles with many of the works commissioned specifically for Made in L.A. During the run, visitors to the Hammer will receive passes granting free admission to The Huntington to view Made in L.A. 2020 in full. Exhibition dates are still TBD, dependent on L.A. County guidelines for museums to reopen.–> More information

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51 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [10-29-2020 to 11-04-2020]

October 29, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Catch Halloween screenings and outdoor brunch at Idle Hour this weekend. Photo: Idle Hour

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 Halloween and Day of the Dead events, family scavenger hunts, Election Day freebies, drive-in screenings, outdoor dining pop-ups and tea parties, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Street Food Cinema pivots to a drive-in format with three nights of Halloween-themed movie screenings Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. The park’s Gourmet Classic Menu will also be available for pre-orders and mobile orders on-site.

While most in-person Day of the Dead events have been canceled this year, there are several virtual programs to stream and outdoor altars you can visit. Check out our guide to celebrating Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles.

Looking for more Halloween events? We’ve compiled a list of ongoing events here!

Make a reservation for a Halloween-themed tea service, sip spooky cocktails at an outdoor Halloween party, or schedule a werewolf to deliver beer straight to your door. These are just some of the things included in our guide to Spooky, Seasonal Treats to Get You in the Halloween Spirit.

The 4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo will take place both IRL and online this year from Oct. 23-31. It’s a whole week of socially distant Halloween events from the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. 

The city of San Marino’s Community Services offers a family scavenger hunt for children 14 and younger as an alternative to trick-or-treating. From Oct. 28-30, download the map, go on a scavenger hunt, and receive a free goodie bag at the recreation department.

Election Day is Nov. 3! Don’t forget to vote, plus check out our guide to voter freebies and deals.

The City of Los Angeles and Councilmember Monica Rodriguez present a community Día de los Muertos altar Nov. 1-15 at Pacoima City Hall. Visit on foot or by car.

ARRAY Drive-In presents: ‘GET OUT’ the vote with ‘SELMA’ Oct. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. See Selma on Oct. 30 or Get Out on Oct. 31. On Oct. 30, LA County’s LA Vote mobile voting center will be available for in-person voting and ballot drop-offs. Free with registration.

Legion M will celebrate the 2-year anniversary of MANDY, a very bizarre horror film staring Nicolas Cage as a logger out for vengeance, with a series of drive-in screenings around the country. In Los Angeles, catch it at the Vineland Drive-In Theater in the City of Industry on Oct. 30 at 10:30 p.m. All guests will receive a free box of Cheddar Goblin mac & cheese (which makes perfect sense if you’ve seen the film) while supplies last. Tickets are $10.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica is throwing a Pumpkin “Craft” Patch event on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During each 40-minute time slot, kids can enjoy crafts and a DIY caramel apple bar. Parents may enjoy an adult beverage if they so choose. Tickets are $25/child. Registration and masks required.

Tim Carey’s “Live Forever”

On Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. during the weekly South Pasadena Farmers Market, guests can see artist Tim Carey’s “Live Forever,” fused glass windows inspired by author Ray Bradbury. The pieces were made at Judson Studios in South Pasadena. Find them beneath the fig tree outside the South Pasadena Public Library.

Idle Hour will host Halloween movie night on its patio on Oct. 31. Screenings kick off at 5 p.m. with Hocus Pocus, Psycho, and Halloween. Enjoy themed drinks and unlimited popcorn. Two-hour reservations are available on Resy. Idle Hour’s outdoor patio is also now open for weekend brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lunetta is celebrating “Hulaween” with a special Hawaiian tasting menu starting Oct. 28 and a Luau on Halloween (costumes encouraged) on its three patios. It’s $58/person for starters, a choice of entree, and dessert. Choices include Kona Kampachi poke served on crispy lotus root chips, grilled pineapple & Spam spring rolls, Hawaiian chicken sliders, wood-grilled Hawaiian snapper, Huli Huli BBQ pork ribs, and more. Dessert is pineapple upside-down cake. Available for pick-up, delivery, or dine-in.

The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt reopens outdoors on Oct. 28 as The Spare Room…Somewhere Else. Find it behind the pool for bocce, cocktails from Bar Director Yael Vengroff, and small plates. Open Wednesday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 3-11 p.m. Reservations recommended, available on Resy

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando is pivoting to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. Featuring SoCal’s most talented taco purveyors. On Oct. 29-31, it’s Surf and Turf Taco Nights with Mariscos Jalisco and Tacos El Ruso serving their signature shrimp and carne asada tacos.

On Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m., Bianca Restaurant in Culver City will host a Halloween High Tea Party. The menu includes mini-pizzas, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Tickets are $30 for adults, $18 for kids, and free for children under 2. Kids will also receive a DIY cooking decorating kit to take home. 

Take a walk in the Ghoulish Gardens of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden this month. The self-guided walk reveals the spooky side of the garden grounds, like trees that strangle other plants, ingredients used in witch’s potions, flowers pollinated by bats, and other eerie botanic facts.

Pasta Sisters Food Truck will collaborate with DTLA’s ilcaffeĚ for pasta and cocktails on Oct. 31 from 4-9 p.m. Order authentic and freshly made pastas from the Pasta Sisters while enjoying ilcaffeĚ cocktails.

Grand Central Market turns 103 this year and its vendors are honoring the historic open-air food hall with weekly mash-up specials between vendors. Knead Pasta Co. and Ramen Hood will collaborate on a pasta available Oct. 29-Nov. 5.

Santa Monica Pier’s ‘Secret Story Tour’ is an app that offers a location-based digital puzzle quest about the pier’s history. You can download the app for $19.99 for iOS or Android.

From Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT:LA), take a self-guided tour of five “witch houses” or storybook-style homes selected by Amber Benson, who portrayed Tara Maclay, a good witch and member of the Scoobies, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The tour takes you from Culver City to Burbank and explains the history of each home on the route. Read our interview with Benson here.

Venice gallery L.A. Louver celebrates its 45th anniversary with a group show titled 45 at 45 featuring works by 45 artists on view Oct.20-Jan.16. David Hockney, Alison Saar, Carmen Argote, and Nick Cave are just a few of the artists on view. The exhibition marks the gallery’s reopening. Appointments are required for in-person viewing. Virtual events will also take place during the show’s run.

The LA Zoo hosts a drive-in movie series on select dates through Nov. 1. Tickets start at $40 per vehicle with two guests. Concessions are available through mobile ordering.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

At-Home & Online Events

The 2020 Virtual Los Angeles Printers Fair hosted by The International Printing Museum is ongoing through November.

NHMLA’s next virtual panel “brings together youth climate activists organizing for climate change and environmental justice throughout Los Angeles.” NHM’s Assistant Curator of Ornithology Allison Shultz moderates a conversation with L.A. youth organizer Amelia Pinto, Statewide Board Chair of CALPIRG Students Nic Riani, and Founder & Executive Director of OneUp Action Kevin J Patel. This event complements the museum’s online exhibition Rise up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women. Free.

The Groundlings Theatre’s online Halloween-themed improv show Cookin’ With GAS: Online Edition is on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Guests include Lauren Burns, Matt Cook, Patty Guggenheim Chris Kattan, Kiel Kennedy, Sandi McCree, and Emily Pendergast. Tickets are $12 here.

SOUND/STAGE, a new video series from the LA Phil, features musical performances filmed at The Hollywood Bowl paired with films, interviews, essays and artwork. Performers include Kamasi Washington, Chicano Batman, and orchestral concerts conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The program streams weekly through Nov. 20. Free to watch (donations encouraged).

On Oct. 29, the Bourbon Room and Rolling Live Studios present “Tricks & Treats—A Cyber Clown Girls Halloween LIVE from The Bourbon Room.” The Cyber Clown Girls used to dance at a Hollywood bar until COVID-19 shut it down. The virtual show will raise money for Gender Justice LA, Black Lives Matter, Clean Air Task Force, and Save Our Stages. General Admission starts at $10 and grants access to a “1-hour, hedonistic, Halloween-themed, pole-dancing, neo-burlesque extravaganza.” VIP tickets include costume contacts, private chats, and more. Obviously, this one’s for adults.

From LACMA@Home: “Inspired by the phenomenal Tim Burton retrospective at LACMA, this playlist evokes some of the playful and spooky forces in Burton’s oeuvre with tracks by Shlohmo, Airhead, Flying Lotus with Matthewdavid, and much more.”

Elvira’s Haunted Hills Late-Night Movie Screaming presented by the LA LGBT Center and Scream Factory on Oct. 30 will screen the 2001 comedy horror flick Elvira’s Haunted Hills. The virtual event will be hosted by the horror icon herself Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

The next Ford Digital Festival, “Tovaangar Today,” is on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. Per a release: “Before Los Angeles’ name was first written on a map, there was Tovaangar: a gathering place and nurturing home to the Tongva people. Co-curated by Kenny Ramos, Jessa Calderon and Kelly Caballero, Tovaangar Today is a virtual celebration of the Native artists and cultural creators who still thrive in the region, working as poets, actors, emcees, multimedia artists and advocates. While centering on the Tongva and other California Nations, the festival will also feature artists from the local intertribal urban Native diaspora and highlight the connections between art, activism, identity and tribal sovereignty.”

Two Bit Circus’s Remote is a live, play-from-home interactive game show where guests “compete in a line-up of ridiculous and challenging games in an hour full of classic, comical, adult-friendly entertainment.” It’s every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Theatricum’s Boo-tanicum Zoom-tanicum is on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Per a release: “Theatricum’s creepiest company members are gathering on Zoom this Halloween to share some spooky stories. Enjoy festive fiction for all ages and then stick around for some truly haunting tales… if you dare!” Tickets are free here.

Local duo OYLS’s new record is available to listen to now. According to the band, they partnered with MusiCares and sold off the space on the album art to advertisers and raised $2000 for in support of artists in need of mental health and recovery resources. Give it a listen here.

Holocaust Museum LA presents Recalling a Lost World: David Labkovski Brings the Stories of Sholem Aleichem to Life, a “new virtual exhibit that features Labkovski’s vibrant illustrations inspired by the stories of leading Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem.” Open Oct. 28 through Dec. 2020. A virtual opening event on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. includes participants from the museum and David Labkovski Project as well as the Consuls General of Israel and Lithuania.

The Witch’s Kitchen is “a roving cabaret that will unfurl over the next year as a series of conversations, screenings, performances, and culinary experiences. It launches on Oct. 29. Artist Shana Lutker will talk with Mexico City-based artist Adriana Lara.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Puddles Pity Party join sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. for a streaming Halloween show. Also, Gilbert Gottfried plays Dracula. Tickets are $25. More info here.

The Fowler Museum host a virtual cooking class with Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. Students will learn how to make mole estofado. Free with RSVP.

Vampire.Pizza is back Halloween weekend with an at-home puzzle game and dinner. Each game kit comes with pizza, salad, dessert, plus”an invitation to enter Vampire Belle’s secret world of story and game.” Delivery and pickup are available between 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. $32.99/person for two, $27.99/person for four.

On Oct. 28-31, REDCAT presents artist Paul Outlaw’s BigBlackOctoberSurprise. Synopsis: “A conservative American white woman finds herself transformed into what she considers a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka) — a Black man.” Tickets are $15.

CAP UCLA’s Tune In Festival is Oct. 28-31 and features four days of music and poetry from over 20 artists. Free with RSVP.

Starting Oct. 26, OC Parks will host a series of virtual Halloween events, including trivia, crafts, and a concert. Connect on social media to join.

Fun Size Horror’s Shocktale Party, Season 2 is available to watch on Amazon Prime. Episodes include terrifying horror shorts interspersed with a public access-style comedy show featuring puppet hosts Screwball and Mistress Minerva. They’ll also interview the filmmakers, assuming they do not eat them. Shocktale Party previously debuted last year at Alamo Drafthouse in DTLA back when there were, you know, movie theaters. There were some true gems in there for fans of both horror and horror-comedy, so we expect nothing less from Season 2.

Gourmandise a special Parent & Child: Halloween Treats! class on Saturday, Oct. 31. Participants will learn how to make apple cider caramels, peanut butter cups, and pumpkin spice Oreos. Register here.

The LA Times Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas is hosting 25 free virtual events this year from Oct. 18-Nov. 13.

QuaramSCREAM is a live, online theater experience that adapts the 90s horror-comedy Scream for an online audience. In this version, the characters are trapped in their homes due to the pandemic when a masked killer arrives. The story unfolds over social media and video chat and the viewer can participate in a drinking game and chat. Upcoming dates include Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. 

Getty Museum and Center Theatre Group partner to digitally premiere MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro’s Chicanx adaptations of ElectricidadOedipus El Rey, and Mojada, each filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and premiering over three Saturdays in October. The release schedule is Electricidad on October 17, Oedipus El Rey on October 24, and Mojada on October 31, all at 5 p.m. Watch for free at CenterTheatreGroup.org/LuisTrilogy through December 31.

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture, and more.” See it every Tuesday through Feb. 9 on Instagram.

CAP UCLApresents Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home through Nov. 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.

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Culture

11 Ways to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles

October 27, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Artist Dalila Paola Mendez‘s altar at Figat7th.

While most in-person Day of the Dead events have been canceled this year, there are several virtual programs to stream and outdoor altars you can visit. This year’s options include educational content and meditations from the Museum of Latin American Art, La Catrina sculptures in Santa Monica, and a livestream from Forest Lawn in Glendale.


Through Nov. 2, find Central American artist Dalila Paola Mendez‘s altar on the lower level M1 of Figat7th in DTLA. It honors elders, community, heroes, and lives lost to COVID-19 and racial injustice. It also honors public figures we lost this year including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and John Lewis. 

Tecate’s next episode of El Patio Tecate is a Día de los Muertos-themed virtual event and community fundraiser on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. The episode features three-time 2020 Latin Grammy nominee Natalia Lafourcade, Tatiana Hazel, San Cha, and DJ Orange Calderón. All proceeds benefit No Us Without You. Watch here or on Tecate’s social channels, including on YouTube.

Folkloric dancers at Forest Lawn. Photo: Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn’s Día de los Muertos celebration will stream on Facebook Live on Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Performances include Ballet Folclorico Internacional, Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana, and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Father Mario Juarez from Christ Cathedral will also host a bilingual ceremony.

On Nov. 1 from 1-9 p.m., The Hollywood Artisan Market will host an outdoor Day of the Dead Celebration with over 100 vendors, live music, raffles, and food. Admission is $5. The first 500 guests will receive a free T-shirt. Social distancing and face masks required. More info here.

Several community altars are available at Grand Park and Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center now through Nov. 4. As you visit them, you can also listen to short, pre-recorded audio guides with storytelling by the artists on Grand Park’s Mixcloud and YouTube channels. Social distancing and face masks required. 

Gabriel Romero. Photo: 24th Street Theatre

24th Street Theatre’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration is online Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Hosted by Gabriel Romero (Archer, Dante’s Cove, Los Beltrán), the virtual festival will feature guests including master conguero, bandleader and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble; Xochi Flores and Cesar Castro and their Son Jarocho-Chicano Cambalache; Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli; ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego; actor Edward James Olmos, and event partners and Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. The event will also feature a screening of the short film Las Instrucciones, virtual workshops, and a “man on the street” check-in from Mexico City. Watch here.

The Museum of Latin American Art’s A Long Journey consists of several videos on its YouTube channel including meditations, tutorials, lectures, and more. According to Chief Curator Gabriela Urtiaga via a release, “‘A long journey’ refers to the path that each person takes during their life cycle, and how throughout history this intimate circle honors that memory through rituals and celebrations. The importance of life, of bonds, ritual, identity, and the journey as an essential part of one’s being are poetically connected in this group of works selected from the MOLAA Permanent Collection for the 2020 Día de los muertos exhibition.” See a guide to the virtual program here.

Olvera Street will not host an in-person event this year, but they will display community altars and throw a virtual event. On Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., you can log in here to see performances by La Santa Cecilia, Teatro del Barrio, Grupo Tatalejos, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, and more. Community altars will be available to visit outdoors with social distancing and masks through Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

La Catrina sculptures by artist Ricardo Soltero. Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Artist Ricardo Soltero has several 14-foot sculptures of La Catrina on view on the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. See them Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to  8 p.m. Social distancing and face covers are required when viewing. 

Hollywood Forever’s annual in-person celebration has been canceled, but you can tune into a livestream event on Nov. 1 at noon. Fernanda Kelly hosts with performances from Los Lobos, Buyepongo, and Tropa Magica.  

The Fowler Museum and Self-Help Graphics & Art have an online workshop with artist William Acedo, who will teach you how to make your own calaca cartonería (papier-mâché skeleton) out of household materials. The activity is inspired by the Fowler’s collection of Felipe Linares’ cartonerías. The museum suggests giving yourself 4-5 days to complete your work, so if you start now, you’ve got just enough time to finish this 5-part series.

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Food

16 Spooky, Seasonal Treats to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

October 26, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
‘Redum’ from Big Bar. Photo: Eugene Lee

Trick-or-treating may be “not recommended” by county health officials this year, but there are still plenty of local treats, including horror-themed cocktails, pumpkin spice everything, and adorable pastries.


Big Bar in Los Feliz is creating cocktail kits themed around horror films including The Shining, Hocus Pocus, and Get Out. Each kit includes one pre-made cocktail for two, popcorn, themed treats, and quirky trinkets like a Room 237 key chain from The Shining or Rodney’s TSA badge from Get Out. Available online and in-store.

Chado Tea Rooms‘ Halloween-themed afternoon tea service includes a glass of Halloween-inspired iced tea, your choice of pumpkin soup or pumpkin spice salad, a two-tiered rack of spooky finger sandwiches and scones with Chado Tea Room cream and jam, macaroons, butter cookies, and one pot of Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea. Available for dine-in or to-go through October, $28.

Golden Road’s Beer-O-Ween

Golden Road will send werewolves, ghouls, and other monsters to deliver beer and Halloween candy straight to your door. If you live within a six-mile radius of the Atwater Village pub, pre-book a delivery slot online for Oct. 31 between 6-10 p.m.

Bennett’s Ice Cream at The Original Farmers Market has award-winning pumpkin ice cream. Enjoy a scoop at the outdoor marketplace or take home a pint.

Mummy Mostest Cupcakes from Cake Monkey

Cake Monkey in Beverly Grove is baking up all kinds of fall and Halloween-inspired treats. Choose among mummy cupcakes, bat cookies, ghost cakewiches, and mini-layer cakes decorated with eyeballs and bones. If pumpkin-flavored everything is your motto this season, try the Pumpkin Lovers Gift Box filled with pumpkin cakewiches, tea cakes, pop pies, and pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies.

The Mermaid in Little Tokyo hosts a ticketed Fangtastic Feast & Libations Halloween Party on Oct. 31. The 90-minute prix fixe dinner includes a flight of ghoulish drinks and food. Dress up and win the costume contest, and Mermaid will cover your bill (up to $150). Reservations are $96 for parties of two, $180 for four.

Photo: Cafe Gratitude/Instagram

Mykonos-inspired Beverly Grove restaurant Theía will be decked out like a haunted attic Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, offering Halloween-inspired cocktails and nightly DJs. Guests may dine at socially distanced tables on the outdoor patio with a reservation or order contact-free takeout.

Café Gratitude has Halloween DIY cookie kits made with organic and superfood ingredients. Each kit includes nine pre-baked cookies and four pre-made icings. Order online for $25.

Ouija Board Cake from Playa Provisions.

Slasher Pizza is a small, horror-themed pizza joint in Echo Park with fun pie names like the Hellraiser or the Babadook. Order whole or by-the-slice. Open daily 5 p.m. to midnight. 

Playa Provisions has adorable Halloween treats at its Playa del Rey restaurant. Sink your teeth into Ouija-themed cakes (pre-order) and cookies, ghost cupcakes, Boston ‘Scream’ Pie, and creamy frozen pumpkin popsicles.

Photo: andSons

andSons Chocolatiers in Beverly Hills whipped up some elevated sweet treats for Halloween, including spooky raspberry ghosts; bloody bones bars filled with speculoos cookie, hazelnut praline, vanilla rum ganache, and caramel; peanut butter cups, and pumpkin spice milk chocolate-covered cranberries. For an extra splurge, get a dark chocolate pumpkin filled with some of the previously mentioned treats.

West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P.’s two massive rooftop restaurant spaces will transform for Halloween and Day of the Dead. From Saturday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 1, new pop-up Las Palmas will be decorated for a two-day Day of the Dead brunch series. Highlights include a Yucatan-inspired menu and specialty micheladas in collaboration with Calidad Beer. Reservations are required. They’re available for parties of four to six between noon and 4 p.m by calling (310) 855-9955. On the other end of the space is L.P. Rooftop, where a classic Halloween-themed party will take place with affordable bar bites and festive cocktail specials, including a Bloody Spritz with blood orange juice, prosecco, Aperol, and bitters. Walk-ins for parties of up to six people are available from noon to 2 a.m.

Photo: Insomniac Cookies

Insomnia Cookies’ Halloween offerings include pumpkin cheesecake cookies, made with pumpkin puree, cream cheese chips, and graham cracker bits; peanut butter choco-lantern cookies, made with a double chocolate chip cookie base, peanut butter chips, and pumpkin sprinkles; and moon-shaped cookies with a Halloween cake tucked in the crescent. On Halloween, you can get a free cookie if you’re wearing a costume when you stop by their West Hollywood store. 

Photo: Huckleberry

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe in Santa Monica has DIY kits you can put together at home. For $15, get four skull-shaped shortbread cookies, icing, and candies. Or, get four cupcakes (chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin) plus frosting and candies for $25. Go all out with a haunted house kit, complete with wafer cookie walls and roof, icing, and organic candies for $55. Find more information on this menu under Hucktivities. Make sure to allow 24 hours’ notice when you order.

Magpies Softserve, which just opened its third location in Highland Park, is offering Spooky Midnight Pies. They’re vegan pies made with midnight chocolate soft serve on chocolate crust with coffee whipped topping, fudge, chocolate crunches, and chocolate sprinkles. $7.95/slice or $39.95 for an entire pie. 

Photo: STK’s Junk Chalice

Maybe you just want to share a very large dessert with a special member of your household on an outdoor patio. If so, STK is offering the Junk Chalice for $24. It is a gigantic caramel and vanilla ice cream sundae topped with candy, brownies, popcorn, chocolate, whipped cream, and cotton candy. 

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56 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [10-22-2020 to 10-28-2020]

October 22, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Skewers cooking on a Konro grill at Steep After Dark
Skewers cooking on a Konro grill at Steep After Dark. 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 pop-up dinner events, a Spanish film cinema series, public art installations, virtual art walks, spooky watch parties, Halloween treat demos, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Head over to Chinatown’s Mandarin Plaza Oct. 23-24 for Steep After Dark, a tasty pop-up featuring small plates from Chef Shawn Pham (Tsubaki and Ototo) and tea-based mocktails created with Steep LA’s tea collection by General Lee’s head bartender Philip Ly.

The 4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo will take place both IRL and online this year from Oct. 23-31. It’s a whole week of socially distant Halloween events from the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. 

Looking for more Halloween events? We’ve compiled a list of ongoing events here!

With large gatherings on hold due to the pandemic, Bill Esparza’s epic taco festival Taqueando is pivoting to a five-week pop-up called Taqueando Takeover in DTLA. Featuring SoCal’s most talented taco purveyors, the series kicks off Oct. 22 with Oaxacan Chef Poncho Martinez of Poncho’s Tlayudas.

Gingergrass has a brand new beer and wine tent where you can enjoy adult beverages from Black-owned businesses with your meal. 

To celebrate its 71st birthday this year, NORMS will offer deals at all of its locations in L.A., Orange, and Riverside counties, including a 71-cent breakfast on Oct. 28 from 7-9 a.m. The breakfast is limited to one guest per dine-in customer or two per guest for those placing to-go and pickup orders. 

On Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m., Bianca Restaurant in Culver City will host a Halloween High Tea Party. The menu includes mini-pizzas, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Tickets are $30 for adults, $18 for kids, and free for children under 2. Kids will also receive a DIY cooking decorating kit to take home. 

Musician Trent Park is hosting another outdoor music video screening on Oct. 28 at Nightview Studios. The event features Halloween-themed drinks, music from DJ Runway, live canvas painting, and more. The screening itself includes Park’s new song “River,” a Q&A, and more. Tickets start at $10.

Take a walk in the Ghoulish Gardens of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden this month. The self-guided walk reveals the spooky side of the garden grounds, like trees that strangle other plants, ingredients used in witch’s potions, flowers pollinated by bats, and other eerie botanic facts.

Join urban anthropologist and neon historian Eric Lynxwile and Museum of Neon Art Executive DirectorCorrie Siegel on a 1.5-hour, 2-mile outdoor walking tour through Wilshire Center/ Koreatown. The tour spotlights “Hollywood, political turmoil, and immigrant success.” Socially distant, masks required. Available Oct. 23 & 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 here. An adapted Zoom presentation will be available also.

Oct. 22-26, American Cinematheque hosts Recent Spanish Cinema, a drive-in and virtual series of modern Spanish films. The lineup includes The Day of the Beast, Dance with the Devil, Schoolgirls, Instant Love, and more. More info is here.

Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos public art installations are up Oct. 24-Nov. 4 at Grand Park and Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center. Per a release: “With community altars at Grand Park and public art installations on the plaza, each display will feature a 360-degree viewing opportunity to maximize social distancing among guests. Guests are asked not to linger or gather in large groups and to wear face masks to comply with LA County public health orders. To provide context of the public art installations, guests may also listen to five-minute pre-recorded audio guides with storytelling by the artists, available on Grand Park’s Mixcloud and YouTube channels.” 

Pasta Sisters Food Truck will collaborate with DTLA’s ilcaffeĚ for pasta and cocktails on Oct. 24 & 31 from 4-9 p.m. Order authentic and freshly made pastas from the Pasta Sisters while enjoying ilcaffeĚ cocktails.

MASH Gallery in DTLA presents “Figuratively Speaking”: A Haleh Mashian Solo Exhibition on Oct. 24 from 1-7 p.m. Per a release: “The show will feature a collection of works that span Mashian’s 25-year study of the female form and showcase her extensive experience working with live models. The women depicted in “Figuratively Speaking” incarnate an organic freedom that was always theirs to begin with and which Mashian expertly cultivates to full bloom on canvas. The exhibition will run through December 2020.” The outdoor reception includes live music and face masks are required. Reserve tickets here.

Grand Central Market turns 103 this year and its vendors are honoring the historic open-air food hall with weekly mash-up specials between vendors. This week, Fat & Flour and DTLA Cheese will create house-made focaccia topped with cured meats, seasonal vegetables, and artisanal cheeses available Oct. 25-26. Next week, Knead Pasta Co. and Ramen Hood will collaborate on a pasta available Oct. 29-Nov. 5.

ROW DTLA will celebrate Vote Early Day on Oct. 24 with a new balloon chain installation from Robert Bose and chalk art from Cece Carpio.

On Oct. 25, The Culver Hotel is hosting Sunday’s Best with Uncle Nearest, an outdoor meal and whiskey tasting curated by BlackNLA. Available for brunch or dinner. Tickets start at $150/person.

Santa Monica Pier’s ‘Secret Story Tour’ is an app that offers a location-based digital puzzle quest about the pier’s history. You can download the app for $19.99 for iOS or Android.

From Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT:LA), take a self-guided tour of five “witch houses” or storybook-style homes selected by Amber Benson, who portrayed Tara Maclay, a good witch and member of the Scoobies, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The tour takes you from Culver City to Burbank and explains the history of each home on the route. Read our interview with Benson here.

Long Beach Creamery released a limited Ruth Bader Ginsburg-inspired ice cream. The Honor Ruth ice cream is inspired by the late Justice’s favorite dessert, frozen lime souffle. Honor Ruth is available until election day.

Venice gallery L.A. Louver celebrates its 45th anniversary with a group show titled 45 at 45 featuring works by 45 artists on view Oct.20-Jan.16. David Hockney, Alison Saar, Carmen Argote, and Nick Cave are just a few of the artists on view. The exhibition marks the gallery’s reopening. Appointments are required for in-person viewing. Virtual events will also take place during the show’s run.

The “Gastro Mechanics” present “TORCHED,” an eight-course, blowtorch-powered dining experience on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. Dates are Oct. 23 & 24, Nov. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, with three seatings per night at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30pm. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Reservations required.

Los Angeles-based Poutine Brothers are teaming up with Brooklyn’s famous Mike’s Hot Honey to bring Angelenos one of the most mind-blowing food pairings of 2020, a Nashville Fried Chicken Hot Honey Poutine. Available for a limited time from October 20-24 for pickup between 4:30-8 p.m. at 9626 Venice Blvd in Culver City. Order online at poutinebrothers.com.

The LA Zoo hosts a drive-in movie series on select dates through Nov. 1. Tickets start at $40 per vehicle with two guests. Concessions are available through mobile ordering.

Fire Season, a new site-specific work from immersive theater company Capital W, asks you to explore Paramount Ranch, the site of a recent burn, while contemplating wildfires, climate change, motherhood, and mythology. Open October 3-25. Tickets are $45.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

At-Home & Online Events

Cactus Gallery’s next show, Landscapes, is a group show featuring over 25 artists. It opens online on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents ANIMATION FEST on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. It features several short animations from 2019 and 2020. Tickets are $12.

Esotouric’s next webinar “Los Angeles Underground: Sleuthing Tunnels Lost & Found”  airs live on Oct. 24 at noon. Tickets are $10 and grant you access to the webinar for one week.  

On Oct. 22-24 & 28-31, REDCAT presents artist Paul Outlaw’s BigBlackOctoberSurprise. Synopsis: “A conservative American white woman finds herself transformed into what she considers a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka) — a Black man.” Tickets are $15.

On Oct. 24 at 5 p.m., musician Macy Gray and Demi Weitz will host the Halloween Bingo Bash fundraiser for MyGood.org, a nonprofit that supports families of victims of police brutality. The online event will feature appearances and performances from Gray, musician Sheila E., comedians Wanda Sykes and Maz Jobrani, actor Page Kennedy, financial expert Suze Orman, and more, plus a costume contest and a scavenger hunt for prizes. To sign up for Bingo, visit MyGood.org.

From LACMA@Home: “Urban Light draws visitors to its iconic glow. The assemblage of historic street lamps are radiant beacons and this soundtrack by LACMA and Frosty (dublab) is an extension of that luminous spirit. Listen on MixcloudSpotify, and Apple Music!”

Santa Monica Mosaic: Belmar Brings It Forwards next virtual lecture is on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. This time, historian Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D., and social practice artist April Banks will discuss the “multifaceted civic project known as Belmar History + Art, which commemorates the erased African American history of Belmar and other nearby neighborhoods razed in the 1950s.”

CAP UCLA’s Tune In Festival is Oct. 28-31 and features four days of music and poetry from over 20 artists. Free with RSVP.

18th Street Arts Center’s next virtual workshop is on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. Per a release: “Learn about the MesoAmerican Dia de Muertos Tradition with artist and performer Paulina Sahagun. This workshop will introduce participants to the basic philosophy of this sacred cultural ancestral ritual celebration of life and death. Participants will be guided to create an essential Ofrenda/Altar for your ancestors and recently departed loved ones, adapted for our present times of Covid-19.” See the materials you will need and register for free here.

Starting Oct. 26, OC Parks will host a series of virtual Halloween events, including trivia, crafts, and a concert. Connect on social media to join.

Fun Size Horror’s Shocktale Party, Season 2 is available to watch on Amazon Prime. Episodes include terrifying horror shorts interspersed with a public access-style comedy show featuring puppet hosts Screwball and Mistress Minerva. They’ll also interview the filmmakers, assuming they do not eat them. Shocktale Party previously debuted last year at Alamo Drafthouse in DTLA back when there were, you know, movie theaters. There were some true gems in there for fans of both horror and horror-comedy, so we expect nothing less from Season 2. Join FSH for a watch party on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. on Instagram.

The 10th annual Yoga Reaches Out is online on Oct. 25. The virtual format means there is no attendance cap so anyone, anywhere can drop in to practice. Registration is $25 and benefits Boston Children’s Hospital’s Every Child Fund.

On Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., catch The Original Banda El Limon by Salvador Lizzaraga Virtual Concert, streamed live from SIXTH SENSE Studios. Tickets start at $5.

Skirball Stages‘ next virtual concert film series features Dustbowl Revival and klezmer sensation Mames Babegenush. Free on Skirball’s YouTube channel on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.. 

Comedian Jonah Ray will fill in for RISK!’s founder and host Kevin Allison on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Hear unbelievable true stories from Jacoby Cochran, Kate Cunningham, Kathleen Volk Miller and D’Arcee Charington. Tickets are $15. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network.

Watch Travis DeRose’s interview with Griffith Observatory Deputy Director Mark Pine to learn all about the beloved L.A. landmark.  

Gourmandise hosts a 3-hour DIY Halloween Candy course on Sunday, Oct. 25 and a special Parent & Child: Halloween Treats! class on Saturday, Oct. 31. Participants will learn how to make apple cider caramels, peanut butter cups, and pumpkin spice Oreos. Register here.

The Fall Brewery ArtWalk goes virtual this year Oct. 24-25 with Zoom webinars, Q&As, and tours.

The annual ArtNight Pasadena will be held virtually this year on Oct. 23. Over a dozen venues will provide online performances that you can stream from your home. 

The 97-year-old Sierra Madre Playhouse will host its marquee relighting ceremony on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The general public can attend virtually as it livestreams on YouTube.

Otis College’s virtual forum “Race & The Creative Economy” is on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Per a release: “Join Otis College of Art and Design for a live webinar with Creative Economy leaders discussing Race and The Creative Economy. Since 2007, Otis College of Art and Design has published the Otis Report on the Creative Economy. In advance of the 2021 edition, this virtual panel will shine a light on the impact of COVID-19 on Los Angeles’ Creative Economy and how Los Angeles can address sustainable racial equality and inclusivity within these important sectors.” Watch here.

The LA Times Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas is hosting 25 free virtual events this year from Oct. 18-Nov. 13.

QuaramSCREAM is a live, online theater experience that adapts the 90s horror-comedy Scream for an online audience. In this version, the characters are trapped in their homes due to the pandemic when a masked killer arrives. The story unfolds over social media and video chat and the viewer can participate in a drinking game and chat. Upcoming dates include Oct. 24. & 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. 

Getty Museum and Center Theatre Group partner to digitally premiere MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro’s Chicanx adaptations of ElectricidadOedipus El Rey, and Mojada, each filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and premiering over three Saturdays in October. The release schedule is Electricidad on October 17, Oedipus El Rey on October 24, and Mojada on October 31, all at 5 p.m. Watch for free at CenterTheatreGroup.org/LuisTrilogy through December 31.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a digital engagement of WIESENTHAL, the Off-Broadway production based on the life of Simon Wiesenthal written by and starring Tom Dugan, on October 20 -27. Per a release: “Directed for stage by Jenny Sullivan, the riveting one-man show, filled with hope, humanity and humor, tells the true story of Wiesenthal, often called the “Jewish James Bond,” a Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice after WW II.” Tickets are $50 per household here.

The annual celebration of the beloved mountain lion who crossed two freeways P-22 Day will go virtual this year. On Oct. 24, join National Wildlife Federation’s California Regional Executive Director Beth Pratt on a 50-mile hike similar to the one that P-22 took to Griffith Park. The event also includes interactive games and much more. 

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture and more.” See it every Tuesday through February 9 on Instagram.

The A+D Museum’s new online exhibit, Designing Worlds: Re-envisioning Realities through Video Games, will take you inside the art, design, and narrative of some incredible games. As you scroll, you’ll be taken from game to game, learning about what went into creating each one’s unique feel. Definitely check this one out! 

CAP UCLApresents 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.

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59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [10-15-2020 to 10-21-2020]

October 15, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Laurie Shapiro’s “Take Me to the Color”

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 hikes with rescue dogs, private puppet shows, pumpkin patches, outdoor puzzle hunts, the virtual LA Times Festival of Books, interactive art walks and horror screenings, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

On October 17 at 8 a.m., you can take a rescue dog on a hike at Runyon Canyon. Tickets are $35 and benefit Free Animal Doctor, a 501c3 Animal Welfare Non-Profit, and benefit the same dogs that guests will be walking. There’s another hike on October 21 at 7:30 a.m., too.

Dodger Stadium’s parking lots 2 and 3 has been converted into a drive-in for the rest of NLCS with 60-feet screens displaying each game and audio via FM radio. Tickets are $75 per car.

The Bob Baker Marionette puppets have been busy preparing for their comeback, practicing dance routines and musical performances. Now, they are ready for their close-up with you! The theatre is offering private, 20-minute Peek-a-Boo Stroll Thrus Tuesdays through Sundays for $60 a pod (maximum of six people).

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Los Angeles-based Poutine Brothers are teaming up with Brooklyn’s famous Mike’s Hot Honey to bring Angelenos one of the most mind-blowing food pairings of 2020, a Nashville Fried Chicken Hot Honey Poutine. Available for a limited time from October 20-24 for pickup between 4:30-8 p.m. at 9626 Venice Blvd in Culver City. Order online at poutinebrothers.com.

Cinemauto’s October 17 installment features Anna Biller’s The Love Witch. The drive-in event also includes a curated short film program and digital exhibitions from Amina Cruz and Las Fotos Project. A double GA ticket is $115 and includes two takeout meal boxes from restaurant partner Katsu Sando and sparkling water. Tickets are here.

The Beverly Center is opening a pumpkin patch on October 18 at the 3rd Street entrance. Guests can browse pumpkins (priced $2-$10, depending on size), watch carving demonstrations, pose at photo stations, and sip pumpkin spice lattes. The patch will be open through November 17, though you can only buy pumpkins until October 31. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 8. p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Santa Monica Pier’s ‘Secret Story Tour’ launches on October 15. Guests can download an app to go on a location-based digital puzzle quest, learning about the pier’s history along the way. You can download the app for $19.99 for iOS or Android.

From Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT:LA), take a self-guided tour of five “witch houses” or storybook-style homes selected by Amber Benson, who portrayed Tara Maclay, a good witch and member of the Scoobies, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The tour takes you from Culver City to Burbank and explains the history of each home on the route. The tour launches on FORT:LA’s website and Instagram on October 15. 

The “Gastro Mechanics” present “TORCHED,” an eight-course, blowtorch-powered dining experience on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. Dates are Oct. 16 & 17, 23 & 24, Nov. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, with three seatings per night at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30pm. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Reservations required.

The LA Zoo is hosting a drive-in movie series kicking off on October 16 with Dooittle (1998). Tickets start at $40 per vehicle with two guests. Concessions are available through mobile ordering.

The Promenade at Downey hosts Drive-in Dinner & a Movie this weekend. On October 16, Toy Story 4 screens at 6:30 p.m. while Black Panther screens at 9:30 p.m. On October 17, Hocus Pocus screens at 6:30 p.m. while IT screens at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per car, per screening, and include a $20 dining voucher to use at participating Promenade at Downey restaurants.

The George Billis Gallery LA hosts two new openings by appointment only starting October 17: Wes Hempel’s A Portable Eden and Stephen Wright’s Undercurrent.

Galerie Lakaye is hosting appointment-only viewings of Haitian-American artist Francesca Lalanne’s exhibit Francesca Lalanne: In this Time. Per a release: “The exhibition, which includes mixed media paintings and wall sculptures made of engraved oxidized steel sheets and granite elements mounted on wood speak to a Black woman’s perspective on the body as architectural sacred space; the load of loss and mourning of Black bodies brutalized by the police and by a virus which does discriminate when it comes to people of color. The beautiful executed works also reflect the dynamic resistance of a people who believe that justice might still be attained.”

Enjoy dinner and a movie poolside at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE every Friday and Saturday through November 14. Tickets are $45 per person and include a two-course meal plus the film.

Fire Season, a new site-specific work from immersive theater company Capital W, asks you to explore Paramount Ranch, the site of a recent burn, while contemplating wildfires, climate change, motherhood, and mythology. Open October 3-25. Tickets are $45.

HauntO’ween in Woodland Hills allows families to enjoy trick-or-treating, photo ops, and scenic drives through jack-o-lantern tunnels all from within the safety of their vehicles. It’ll be spooky, but not scary, so it’s appropriate for all ages, and kids will leave with candy and a pumpkin to carve at home. Open daily October 9-31.

Tanaka Farms in Irvine is offering daily family-friendly, interactive, pumpkin-themed experiences on its 30-acre farm this month. Highlights include picking your very own pumpkin right out of a real pumpkin patch and watching the team launch pumpkins into the sky from a cannon.

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Underwood Family Farms’ annual fall harvest festival has been postponed for this year, but the 40-acre farm is still open to the public to explore the pumpkin patch, take a wagon ride, meet farm animals, and enjoy other seasonal experiences. Open daily through October 31.

Spooky Sundays at The Drive-In at The Hollywood Roosevelt runs every Sunday for the rest of the month.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a “drive-up” experience this year at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas. You’ll stay in your car as you drive down the ominous “All Hallows Lane” to your final destination: a narrative, multimedia show that unfolds via lighting, sound, special effects, creepy sets, live actors, and a 40-foot screen. Open through November 1. Tickets start at $49.99.

“Halloween at Descanso” is a socially distant “pumpkin-filled extravaganza” featuring a winding hay maze, a house built entirely out of pumpkins, a pumpkin arch that leads to a forest filled with pumpkin-headed scarecrows, and colorful pumpkin mandalas. Open October through 31. Tickets are $4-$15 and must be reserved online in advance.

Nights of the Jack is a drive-thru spectacle of thousands of hand-carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Some pumpkins are even assembled to form sea creatures or dinosaurs. Open October 1 through November 1. Tickets are $69 per vehicle (up to seven people). 

Art online doesn’t always convey the same feelings as viewing it in-person. Luckily, several Los Angeles galleries are currently offering socially distant, in-person visits as long as you make an appointment in advance. 

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.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. . 

At-Home & Online Events

The Sleepover is an hour-long immersive online event set at a 6th grade slumber party in the 1990s. Read diaries, log onto AOL, tell ghost stories, watch SNICK, discuss the finer points of R.L. Stine’s oeuvre. Tickets are $19.50 for general admission or $49.90 gets you a VIP box full of 90s appropriate snacks and literature. Available select dates throughout the month. Read our review here.

34 local theatre companies will showcase new 10-minute works created specifically for a digital platform during Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival viewable through Twitch for free October 16-17.

Holocaust Museum LA presents “Inside the (Acid-Free) Box: Exploring the Rescued Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly,” a virtual tour of his drawings and paintings. The artist created the drawings between 1942-1945 while imprisoned in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto. His wife hid them beneath the floorboards of their barracks. After liberation, Lichtblau-Leskly turned them into watercolor illustrations. The virtual tour is on October 20 at 4 p.m. A minimum donation of $12 is suggested.

The annual AFI FEST is online this year with a lineup of 124 titles to screen in the comfort of your own home October 15-22.

The LA Times Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas is hosting 25 free virtual events this year from October 18 through November 13.

Frogtown Art Walk on October 16-18 will take things online this year with art exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, kids’ activities, musical performances, and more, all livestreamed from its home page.

Chado Tea hosts a virtual Tea Tasting Event: Be Healthy, Drink Tea by Dr. Mary Hardy on Wednesday, October 21 via Zoom. The free talk is focused on the health benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Those interested in purchasing a tea sampler pack ($15) for the discussion can visit www.chadotea.com.

The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is an L.A. history buff’s dream. Held entirely virtually this year, organizers plan to maintain the spirit of the event through engaging programming, online exhibits, and virtual tours. The event is free.

QuaramSCREAM is a live, online theater experience that adapts the 90s horror-comedy Scream for an online audience. In this version, the characters are trapped in their homes due to the pandemic when a masked killer arrives. The story unfolds over social media and video chat and the viewer can participate in a drinking game and chat. Dates are October 17, 24, and 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. 

The Lexus All-Star Chef Classic is going virtual this year. Ticket holders will enjoy a four-course meal with wine in the comfort of their own homes while seeing each course prepared in a live, interactive broadcast by Culinary Master Chefs Dominique Crenn, Ludo Lefebvre, Nyesha Arrington, and ​Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Wine selections are by Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr. Packages start at $250 per dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Forward and The Independent Restaurant Coalition. The live broadcast itself is free to watch. 

Objectivity is a live, interactive show from The Warehouse Theater and Mister and Mischief. The synopsis: You’re attending an online seminar with tidying expert Mary Del Campo. Mary “believes our possessions have a story to tell and with her guidance, we explore minimalism, nostalgia, and the meaning of the objects that surround us. When our world feels unstable, what do we choose to hold onto?” Show dates are currently available through Oct. 17. Tickets are $25.  

From LACMA@Home this week: “How will areas of LACMA’s collection come to life as never before in the new David Geffen Galleries at LACMA? Find out in Bringing Artworks and Visitors into the Light, part of a series of short videos about the new building coming to our campus.”

On October 19 at noon, the Fowler Museum presents a free lunch-and-learn on El Anatsui with Marla C. Berns. Per a release: “The Ghanaian artist El Anatsui (b. 1944) dazzled the art world with his monumental textile-like wall panels exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2007. At the same time, the Fowler was hosting a solo exhibition of Anatsui’s large-scale works, including Versatility (2006), a sculptural wall assemblage that hangs today in the museum’s exhibition space, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. Visitors often mistake Versatility’s shimmering surface for a cloth woven from gold; in reality, El Anatsui used thousands of metal liquor bottle wrappers.” The event is free, but you’ll need to register here. Also from The Fowler, on October 17 at noon, catch “Share the Mic: Incarcerated Arts,” which focuses on arts programs for those in prison. Register here.

On October 17 at 11 a.m., 18th Street Arts Center features the virtual workshop “Mapping Your Story” with Christine Suarez. Per a release: “Together we will create a map charting the landscape of our personal stories. We will explore this process by writing, drawing and moving. Ultimately, we will create a multi-centered map that illuminates what is often invisible within us. All movement abilities and ages welcome.” Register here.

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Artist Laurie Shapiro’s “Take Me to the Color” is a vibrant, psychedelic installation available via a virtual gallery and for limited in-person viewing in DTLA starting October. 17. See the exhibit online or get tickets here.

Gabba Gallery presents KNOXVILLIAN, a 15-year retrospective of work by artist Justin Helton. The virtual show opens Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. here.

Jack Arnold (BBQ Specialist & Instructor for Big Green Egg and BBQ Event Host for Four Seasons Hotels) will host a live cooking demo from WWOO California on Saturday, October 17. He’ll make four dishes, starting with blueberry muffin stuffed sausages at 11 a.m.

S.Pellegrino: Destination Dining, a month-long culinary series swapping signature dishes between New York and L.A. kicks off on October 15-23. Chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino (NY) and Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Jon & Vinny’s of L.A. will trade “Frankies Spuntino’s Meatballs” for “Jon & Vinny’s Marinara Braised Meatballs, Ricotta, Garlic Bread.” Try Falcinelli’s dish via delivery, takeout, or outdoor dining from Jon & Vinny’s.

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) at their Virtual Film Festival on October 16-18. The program includes InFocus: Veteran Cinema Shorts, shorts films directed by filmmakers who have served in the military; InFocus: Veteran Cinema’s feature film, horror-comedy She’s the Eldest; and Dark Recesses, a collection of shorts that capture and examine what is hiding in dark corners of our rooms, our culture and our own minds. All-access passes are $30, single tickets are $10. More info here.

Getty Museum and Center Theatre Group partner to digitally premiere MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro’s Chicanx adaptations of ElectricidadOedipus El Rey, and Mojada, each filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and premiering over three Saturdays in October. The release schedule is Electricidad on October 17, Oedipus El Rey on October 24, and Mojada on October 31, all at 5 p.m. Watch for free at CenterTheatreGroup.org/LuisTrilogy through December 31.

Village Well hosts a virtual book reading and an in-person sidewalk signing with RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace on October 17. He will read from his recently published book The Poetry of Strangers and lead a real-time poetry writing session. Guests will also get a virtual tour of the new bookstore. The virtual event is at 10:30 p.m. while the signing is at 12:30 p.m.

Esotouric’s “Shaking The Raymond Chandler Tree: New Discoveries About L.A.’s Master Detective Novelist” webinar airs live Saturday, October 17 at noon. Tickets are $10 and allow you to view the program online for one week.

Greg Wolf’s comedy/music variety show “The Wolf’s Den: End of the World Party” typically takes place in a private backyard in Laurel Canyon, but now it’s online. Check out the next episode on YouTube on Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m. See a trailer here.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s next Ford Digital Festival is “Living Resistance” on October 17 at 4 p.m. Per a release: “Living Resistance is co-curated by plant-based catering company Todo Verde founder Jocelyn Ramírez and explores holistic health in Los Angeles, inviting audiences to learn from the contemporary practitioners and activists who are making strides in the wellness of their communities. Living Resistance offers a dive into the history of community farming and food justice, sharing in activities around physical and mental space, nurturing bodies with nutritious fuel and finding movement in music, dance, and yoga. Every body is invited to participate in creating a sense of home and belonging in a world where self-love, acceptance, and freedom can feel like radical acts of resistance.” Watch here.

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Catalina Island Museum‘s virtual exhibition premiere of Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories and live auction event is on October 17 at 6 p.m. The event will be streamed live on YouTube and is free to attend with advanced registration at betterunite.com/catalinamuseum.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a digital engagement of WIESENTHAL, the Off-Broadway production based on the life of Simon Wiesenthal written by and starring Tom Dugan, on October 20 -27. Per a release: “Directed for stage by Jenny Sullivan, the riveting one-man show, filled with hope, humanity and humor, tells the true story of Wiesenthal, often called the “Jewish James Bond,” a Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice after WW II.” Tickets are $50 per household here.

On Sunday, October 18, The James Beard Foundation hosts a virtual dining event for “Taste of America: Los Angeles” to celebrate and support local restaurants in the community. For this event, JFB will spotlight Guelaguetza and Oaxacan cuisine. Tickets are $150 and include a three-course meal from Bricia Lopez and Edgar Santiago, wine and whiskey, cooking demos, and more. Meals are available for pickup at Guelaguetza that day. 

Escape Room L.A. has adapted its ghostly game The Haunted Theatre into a 360-degree escape room you can play with friends online. The game opens on October 10 and tickets are $23.50 per person. Suitable for groups of 4-10. Book before Oct. 10 and use the code GETGHOST for $3 off per ticket.

From the Skirball Cultural Center comes The Official Unofficial Voting Station, artist-activist Aram Han Sifuentes’s version of the perfect online polling place. Per a release: “A wide-open extension of democracy, the playfully designed voting station welcomes everyone to cast a symbolic ballot—regardless of the legal barriers that prevent approximately ninety-two million people in the United States from participating in elections. Make your voice heard online and join an aspirational voting movement from home, with custom “I Voted” stickers and more, all designed by the artist and sent to Skirball participants upon request. Keep an eye on the online tally as Sifuentes counts your ballots through the election season!” On view through November 30.

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture and more.” See it every Tuesday through February 9 on Instagram.

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The A+D Museum’s new online exhibit, Designing Worlds: Re-envisioning Realities through Video Games, will take you inside the art, design, and narrative of some incredible games. As you scroll, you’ll be taken from game to game, learning about what went into creating each one’s unique feel. Definitely check this one out! 

While Two Bit Circus’ incredible arcade remains closed, they’re offering several remote games and experiences. They include a weekly interactive gameshow every Thursday at 7 p.m., a dating game, and custom Halloween, holiday, or birthday-themed experiences you can book with friends. Check them out here.

The NoHo Arts District and PadPlay Games present Quarantine Quiz, an interactive game show taking place online every Thursday at 7 p.m. $17 per player.

CAP UCLApresents 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.

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59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [10-08-2020 to 10-14-2020]

October 8, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Capital W’s “Fire Season” Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

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 drive-ins and outdoor screenings, farm tours and pumpkin patches, Halloween events, virtual film and music fests, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.


Out-of-the-House Events

Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television have teamed up for a free double-feature screening of Evil Eye and Nocturne at the Vineland Drive-In on October 13.

Enjoy dinner and a movie poolside at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE every Friday and Saturday, October 9 through November 14. This weekend, it’s Training Day and Jason Bourne. Tickets are $45 per person and include a two-course meal plus the film.

Fire Season, a new site-specific work from immersive theater company Capital W, asks you to explore Paramount Ranch, the site of a recent burn, while contemplating wildfires, climate change, motherhood, and mythology. Open October 3-25. Tickets are $45.

HauntO’ween in Woodland Hills allows families to enjoy trick-or-treating, photo ops, and scenic drives through jack-o-lantern tunnels all from within the safety of their vehicles. It’ll be spooky, but not scary, so it’s appropriate for all ages, and kids will leave with candy and a pumpkin to carve at home. Open daily October 9-31.

Playwright Tom Dugan has set up a socially distant performance space in his backyard in Woodland Hills where a limited audience can see his new play Tell Him It’s Jackie. Per a release: The play takes place on June 5, 1968, the date of Jackie Kennedy’s brother-in-law Robert’s assassination. “Jackie invites us inside her life: her growing up, college, her courtship with the dashing young future President, the birth of her children, her own becoming a beloved icon, her hobnobbing with the rich and famous, her husband’s death, her spiraling into depression and substance abuse, and the subsequent death of a treasured ally. With her world crumbling around her, she decides on a course of action which will decisively change her and her children’s future.” The show runs October 9, 10, 23, and 24, and November 6 and 7. Suggested donation $10. Email Tom.dugan@outlook.com for reservations. 

Tanaka Farms in Irvine is offering daily family-friendly, interactive, pumpkin-themed experiences on its 30-acre farm this month. Highlights include picking your very own pumpkin right out of a real pumpkin patch and watching the team launch pumpkins into the sky from a cannon.

Dirk’s Terror Tavern, a horror-themed bar in Sherman Oaks, is currently offering plant-first fare, craft beer, and cocktails on its outdoor patio, known as the Lost Bar. Select weekends offer Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed BBQs with meat or vegan mains, plus all the fixings. 

The 20th Annual Screamfest LA Horror Drive-In Festival at Calamigos Ranch is screening new and classic horror films along with spine-tingling shorts October 6-15.

The Bite LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari is a drive-thru event that combines bites with frights. Your party will drive slowly around Legg Lake in the Whittier Narrows Natural Area, stopping along the way to enjoy eight different seasonal foods served by sinister characters. Happening October 8-11.

The AltaSea Drive-in Awards and Art Installation Show is on October 10 at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented to three ocean innovators, headlined by Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, and Dr. Dawn Wright, the first Black woman to dive to the ocean’s floor. Opera director Peter Sellars will debut a section of his latest opera, Mozart’s Idonmeneo, and guests will enjoy a one-night-only art installation projected onto the USS Iowa by artists Mason Rothschild and Annie Sperling, in collaboration with Refik Anadol. Tickets start at $250.

Hotel Figueroa is now offering poolside day passes, fitness classes, and Daycation packages for locals looking to get out of the house. Resort passes, which range from $35-$150 for non-hotel guests, include pool access with a reserved lounge chair for four hours, a complimentary smoothie, WiFi, and towels. Add on fitness and wellness classes, private cabanas, and more.

Underwood Family Farms’ annual fall harvest festival has been postponed for this year, but the 40-acre farm is still open to the public to explore the pumpkin patch, take a wagon ride, meet farm animals, and enjoy other seasonal experiences. Open daily through October 31.

Spooky Sundays at The Drive-In at The Hollywood Roosevelt kicks off with Beetlejuice on Sunday, October 11. The series runs every Sunday for the rest of the month.

Downtown LA Walking Tours is offering a Haunted Tales tour on October 11 that reveals the dark side of Los Angeles through tales of murders, mysteries, and unresolved crimes from the past. This live tour is limited to nine people per session to allow for proper social distancing.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a “drive-up” experience this year at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas. You’ll stay in your car as you drive down the ominous “All Hallows Lane” to your final destination: a narrative, multimedia show that unfolds via lighting, sound, special effects, creepy sets, live actors, and a 40-foot screen. Open through November 1. Tickets start at $49.99.

Playa Provisions resurrects its Tripel Pretzel Burger on Wednesday nights. The burger is made with a half-pound of aged rib-eye beef, caramelized onions, poppy seed slaw, and aged cheddar on a pretzel bun ($12).

“Halloween at Descanso” is a socially distant “pumpkin-filled extravaganza” featuring a winding hay maze, a house built entirely out of pumpkins, a pumpkin arch that leads to a forest filled with pumpkin-headed scarecrows, and colorful pumpkin mandalas. Open October through 31. Tickets are $4-$15 and must be reserved online in advance.

OUT Under the Stars is a drive-in experience this year. On October 11, catch a 20th-anniversary screening of cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader in Hollywood.

Nights of the Jack is a drive-thru spectacle of thousands of hand-carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Some pumpkins are even assembled to form sea creatures or dinosaurs. Open October 1 through November 1. Tickets are $69 per vehicle (up to seven people). 

Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) presents THE QUEST, 10 evenings of safely-distanced original performances October 1-10. Locations range from walk-up to drive-in spots all over town. Masks are required. Tickets are $35-$400. RSVP here.

Art online doesn’t always convey the same feelings as viewing it in-person. Luckily, several Los Angeles galleries are currently offering socially distant, in-person visits as long as you make an appointment in advance. 

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

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.

Magic Asphalt, a drive-in comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday’s lineup includes Kevin Nealon, Jamie Kennedy, and Jodie Miller. Saturday’s features Christina P, Josh Wolf, and Preacher Lawson, among others. On Sunday, catch Preacher Lawson, Jamie Kennedy, Sarah Tiana, and more. 

At-Home & Online Events

The Sleepover is an hour-long immersive online event set at a 6th grade slumber party in the 1990s. Read diaries, log onto AOL, tell ghost stories, watch SNICK, discuss the finer points of R.L. Stine’s oeuvre. Tickets are $19.50 for general admission or $49.90 gets you a VIP box full of 90s appropriate snacks and literature. Starts October 9, select dates throughout the month.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival presents ACL Fest 2020, a free three-night broadcast (October 9 – 11) streaming exclusively on YouTube.

In honor of National Pizza Month, Aperol and Postmates will offer customers $5 off pizza orders on Thursday, October 8 from pie hotspots in the city. Use the promo code APEROL at checkout. 

The virtual film fest Nightstream takes place Oct. 8-11 with a ton of horror and thriller programming including Run, Mandibles, The Doorman, May the Devil Take You Too, and special panels. Badges start at $65 and are available here.

Rufus Wainwright presents a virtual livestream of all of his albums in chronological order beginning October 9. Tickets start at $20.

Escape Room L.A. has adapted its ghostly game The Haunted Theatre into a 360-degree escape room you can play with friends online. The game opens on October 10 and tickets are $23.50 per person. Suitable for groups of 4-10. Book before Oct. 10 and use the code GETGHOST for $3 off per ticket.

From the Skirball Cultural Center comes The Official Unofficial Voting Station, artist-activist Aram Han Sifuentes’s version of the perfect online polling place. Per a release: “A wide-open extension of democracy, the playfully designed voting station welcomes everyone to cast a symbolic ballot—regardless of the legal barriers that prevent approximately ninety-two million people in the United States from participating in elections. Make your voice heard online and join an aspirational voting movement from home, with custom “I Voted” stickers and more, all designed by the artist and sent to Skirball participants upon request. Keep an eye on the online tally as Sifuentes counts your ballots through the election season!” On view through November 30.

The A+D Museum’s new online exhibit, Designing Worlds: Re-envisioning Realities through Video Games, will take you inside the art, design, and narrative of some incredible games. As you scroll, you’ll be taken from game to game, learning about what went into creating each one’s unique feel. Definitely check this one out! 

Union Station Homeless Service’s fundraiser is virtual this year on October 14. The night includes live musical performances from the Katie Thiroux Trio and a drink of your choice. Tickets start at $50.

The Robey Theatre Company’s online series of Evening Conversations returns on October 9 at 6 p.m. The event features Marla Gibbs and Angela Gibbs (mother and daughter), who will discuss the current and future state of theater. Register for the Zoom link online. The suggested donation is $10. 

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America premieres on October 13 at 6 p.m. on PBS. Per a release: “The new documentary by historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Ric Burns chronicles the riveting history and personal experiences of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile in the 1930s through the seismic cultural and political changes of the 1960s and beyond.”

The Hollywood Bowl’s Sound/Stage project returns on October 9 at 10 a.m. with Power to the People! The online show includes Jessie Montgomery’s Banner, performed by the LA Phil and led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel; William Grant Still’s “Sorrow” from his Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”; and singer-songwriter Andra Day in a performance “Rise Up.”

The Music Center’s digital series, For the Love of L.A., “celebrates the creativity of Los Angeles and supports L.A.-based artists representing the disciplines of music, dance, visual culture and more.” See it every Tuesday through February 9 on Instagram.

Angel City Sports presents a virtual acting workshop for people with disabilities or visual impairments ages 11-18. The series kicks off on October 8. Register here.

Dynasty Typewriter presents That’s So Retrograde on October 9 at 6 p.m. This witchy livestream features a cosmic weather report, a live psychic reading, and more with special guest Mikey Domitrovich. Tickets are $10.

The Music Center is partnering with Ballet Hispánico on INSIDE LOOK: Ballet Hispánico at 50. It will feature performance excerpts from the company’s repertory, including Línea Recta and Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez OchoaCon Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales, and Club Havana by Pedro RuizWatch on Monday, October 12, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. on musiccenter.org.

On October 9 at 6:30 p.m., Cal Spirit and Chef Ludo Lefebvre present a virtual dinner party fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Tickets start at $250 per person include a multi-course meal from Trois Mec, wine, water, a cocktail mix, and access to the party, which includes an interactive Q&A with Chef Ludo, a lesson from mixologist Charlotte Voisey, and a musical performance by Lisa Loeb. 

Carry It On: A Virtual Gala in Support of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum with host Pamela Adlon is on October 10 at 8 p.m. The show features special guests, aerial performances, music, comedy, and more. Free tickets available here.

Starting October 8, you can see recipients of the 2020 NOT REAL ART grant’s work online here. You can also see it projected evenings through October 9 at the Helms Bakery District in Culver City.

The next RISK! livestream is on October 9 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State), the show features unbelievable true stories from Jamie J. Brunson, Alex Edelman, Jessica McNabb, and M.J. Kang! Tickets are $15.

On Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m., catch DISRUPT the Fowler with Denisse Ariana Pérez Per a release: “Denisse is a DISRUPTOR in the field of photography. Her work, such as the Men in Water series, addresses the fluidity of the masculine identity. Denisse identifies herself as a “people photographer” and provokes her viewers to dive deep and challenge the public consciousness. By depicting a vulnerable balance between her subjects and their environments, Denisse rewrites the narrative surrounding the idea of masculinity.” Register here.

SISTAS SPEAK! is an evening of Spoken Word, Rap, and Song curated and hosted by Juliette Jeffers and featuring Jacquelyn Brown-Benefield, Amara Granderson, Frexinet Johnson, Ocea Lei, and Candace Nicholas-Lippman. Watch live on October 10 at 7 p.m. or on-demand through Monday, October 12.  Tickets are $15.99 via Whitefire Theatre.

On Friday, October 9 at noon, Dr. Hanna Song presents the seminar Decoding Diversity: Establishing a Baseline for Understanding. Per a release: “Dr. Hanna Song will establish a common baseline for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) discussions. She will clarify key terms often used in DEI efforts and discuss the answers to important questions, such as: What do we mean when we commit to cultivating a diverse and representative group? How do we begin to think about our policies and initiatives as equity, equality, and/or justice-driven? What can we do as a community to mitigate our biases and create an environment where we can all thrive?” This is the first of a two-part series. The second part is on November 20. Register for part one here. $5.  

From LACMA@Home: Yoshitomo Nara’s first international retrospective was delayed due to the pandemic. Now, LACMA will offer the exhibit virtually. On October 11 at 5 p.m., curator Mika Yoshitake tours the exhibit followed by an interview with the artist. RSVP here.

While Two Bit Circus’ incredible arcade remains closed, they’re offering several remote games and experiences. They include a weekly interactive gameshow every Thursday at 7 p.m., a dating game, and custom Halloween, holiday, or birthday-themed experiences you can book with friends. Check them out here.

From the California African American Museum, A Place to Belong: Queer Desire in the Black Church features Enunciated Life artists Ashon T. Crawley and Shikeith. They’ll talk about “how their works in the exhibition investigate elements of desire, longing, and loneliness through the lens of queer embodiment within Black spiritual spaces.” The conversation takes place on Zoom on October 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The NoHo Arts District and PadPlay Games present Quarantine Quiz, an interactive game show taking place online every Thursday at 7 p.m. $17 per player.

Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) and LA Stage Alliance (LASA) present “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival” October 1-17. 34 theater companies offer several new 10-minute works, specifically made to be watched online. Free on Twitch.

Los Angeles-based comedian Nick Skardarasy’s “Thin Walls – An Evening With My Neighbors” is a 30-minute standup special shot completely in the courtyard of his apartment building, featuring interviews with his neighbors throughout.

The Ford Theatre is going virtual this season with a series of free events now until December 8. From world-class dance performances to in-depth discussions and spectacular live music, most of the events can be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Pasadena Playhouse has launched PlayhouseLive, a streaming platform that will showcase live theatrical works and performances. Check out what’s coming up here.

CAP UCLApresents 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.

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 Sigur Rós and Toro y Moi. Online listeners, here’s your link.

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