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43 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [2-26-2021 to 2-28-2021]

February 25, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Bob Baker Day is a virtual celebration streamed from Union Station this year.

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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got a Spongebob Squarepants drive-in experience, rooftop yoga, virtual art galleries, Bob Baker Day, Golden Globes takeout specials, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

[L-R]: “Splash Mountain” by Andy Adamson, “On the Nature of Daydreaming No.3” by Helice Wen, and “Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed” by kozyndan.

The Corey Helford Gallery presents Seven, a new show featuring work from Andy Adamson, Helice Wen, kozyndan, Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, Yang Cao and Zoé Byland. The show will open with an Instagram Live event @CoreyHelfordGallery on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. and will remain on view through April 3.

CAP UCLA presents Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, a GPS-enabled work of public art that brings the natural environment of Griffith Park to life through music. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is dictated by the listener. As they explore the park, the app triggers musical cells that harmonize with the park’s landscape. The app is free to download and will be available until 2023.

THE DRIVE-IN at Exposition Park takes place on the lawn of the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between the Olympic flame and the oldest palm tree in Los Angeles. Films selected celebrate the work of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ voices. On Friday, Feb. 26, they’ll screen be Paris is Burning. Black-owned food trucks will be on the premises as well.

Paramount+ invites you on an Under the Sea Road Trip Adventure with SpongeBob at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena Feb. 26-28. The in-vehicle drive-though and drive-in screening experience will include multiple experiential environments with digital interactions, photo ops, and a first look at the new series Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years, followed by the full feature film The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. A minimum donation of $30 per ticket is required. Heal the Bay will receive 100% of donations. 

STATE OF THE WORLD is a temporary outdoor mural exhibit in the Arts District that features 11 local artists connected to the neighborhood. A collaboration between Art At The Rendon and SO|DA Architecture, STATE OF THE WORLD provides a canvas for artists to raise awareness for social causes that are important to them and relevant in today’s environment. On view through March.

Hot 8 Yoga will host yoga classes on Saturdays, Feb. 27 through March 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. from ROW DTLA’s rooftop. Mats and other equipment will be provided, but bring your own towel and water. And don’t forget your mask, which must be worn at all times!

The Los Feliz Flea is an outdoor curated market with over 120 sellers, food trucks, live music, and spaces to picnic. Admission is free and the market runs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rose Bowl is hosting a Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest Feb. 12-28 featuring fair foods like turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, and doughnut cheeseburgers. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay per item. Register online in advance to receive a free mini funnel cake.

Insomniac presents Electric Mile, a drive-thru festival experience inspired by the unique worlds of signature events including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, and Countdown. The event takes place at Santa Anita Park through Feb. 28 and features music, a warehouse rave, 5 million lights, installations, and more.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s upcoming screenings include the documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, (Feb. 26 to March 4), horror film The Vigil (Feb. 26 to March 4), and drama Nomadland (Feb. 23 through March 4). Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes The Sandlot and Step Brothers. Saturday’s films include Finding Nemo and Coming to America.

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. Upcoming films including Chinatown and Being There. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

UNCONCEALED by Leticia Maldonado is a new art installation at FIGat7th on view now through May 15, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In one window, find a twinkling nightscape, neon stars, and El Conejo, an etched mirrored moon. In another, find three neon roses.

Through March 15, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will recognize Black History Month with a series of art installations by Black artists including Tiayrra Bradley, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. All three pieces can be found on the Third Street Promenade. Exact addresses and more info here.  

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening 10 Things I Hate About You, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Buellers Day Off, and The Little Mermaid this weekend.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend (Feb. 26-27) offerings include Bill and Ted Face the Music and Black Panther. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors an hour earlier. Tickets are $20 per car. Nearby restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout if you’re looking for a meal to enjoy beforehand or in your car.

At-Home & Online Events

“Wild Cats” by Holly Elander

KP Projects Gallery has two new virtual exhibits on view Feb. 27 through March 20. Holly Elander’s “Our Home” consists of “simply narrated acrylic paintings, driven by the artist’s self-proclaimed desire to understand the interactions and connections between people and nature.” Vonn Sumner’s “Burning Down the House” features subjects the artist says he “generally loves to look at: trashcans, dumpsters, empty industrial buildings, the way that fire dances and licks the air.”

In honor of the 7th annual Bob Baker Day, Metro Arts Presents and Bob Baker Marionette Theater present a virtual celebration starting on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. on Metro Art and Union Station’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Watch puppets explore, dance, and roller stake through the station. Then, check out even more performances through an interactive map at BobBakerDay.com. Those performances will be available through March 7. 

The Pasadena Symphony’s spring season includes five virtual concerts. The first features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Octet on Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. You can view all concerts here. They will remain available for 48 hours after the performance.

The City of Santa Monica will host a virtual opening and dedication ceremony for Historic Belmar Park, a 3.5-acre sports complex, on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The accompanying Belmar History + Art project also provides “a historical reflection on a site where African American residents lived and contributed to making Santa Monica a vibrant and unique place.” This includes a public art installation that visitors can view along a walking path, but you can also read more about the park and its history—as well as register for the virtual event—here.

Deepen your understanding of Japanese spirits and how they’re made with a Shochu and Awamori tasting and lecture on Feb. 28. The online event includes tastings of a variety of Shochu and Awamori as well as a virtual visit to a Shochu brewery in Japan. Tickets are $10 and include the spirit tastings. Participants will need to pick up the spirits ahead of time.

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair goes virtual this year Feb. 24-28 combining forces with the New York edition of the fair to feature over 400 exhibitors selling zines, artists’ books, and out-of-print editions. Free programs during the fair include panels, videos, and a virtual variety show from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

On Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., the Echo Theater Company hosts a virtual version of the feminist salon “Mrs. Porter’s.” Per a release: “Who is Mrs. Porter? In T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” she’s a character. In Cairo, during WWI, she’s the owner of a notorious brothel. In Los Angeles, from 2004 – 2013, she hosted an art and literary salon founded by co-hosts Teresa Carmady and Johanna Blakely and sponsored by Les Figues Press, a nonprofit literary organization that publishes experimental writing and literature in translation, with a focus on feminist and queer authors.” Free. Register for the Zoom link here.

The Moth’s next storytelling event is on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Join host Jonathan Ames and storytellers Stephen James, Aida Rodriguez, and Michael Fischer for a night of personal tales. Tickets are $15.

Japanese Garden at The Huntington
Japanese Garden at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin.

The annual Huntington Bonsai-A-Thon goes virtual this year on Feb. 27 with a free program that includes a morning Zoom tour of the gardens’ bonsai courts, the Ben Oki Bonsai Nursery, and the “Lifelines/Timelines” bonsai exhibition. The event concludes in the afternoon with an introduction to the garden’s new penjing court and a discussion on the history of the bonsai.

Skirball Stages’ next virtual concert features American roots music with Joachim Cooder playing with his father Ry Cooder, and a set from Grammy-nominated Amythyst Kiah. Watch on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. on YouTube.

Underground Sun’s Virtual Variety Show debuts on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The record label’s debut episode was filmed in Joshua Tree and includes music videos and teasers from their artist roster. Watch it here.

Arena Cinematheque and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association present the 2021 Golden Globes Foreign Language Nominees Symposium on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m., featuring five nominated filmmakers who will discuss their work in contemporary cinema. Panelists include Jayro Bustamante (LA LLORONA), Lee Isaac Chung (MINARI), Filippo Meneghetti (TWO OF US), Edoardo Ponti (THE LIFE AHEAD), and Thomas Vinterberg (ANOTHER ROUND). RSVP here.

On Feb. 27, Atsuko Okatsuka hosts a free Zoom comedy show featuring stand-up by comedians who’ve all grown up with family members affected by mental illness.

On Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., the Craft in America Center presents a virtual talk with artist Timothy Horn. Horn specializes in media including blown glass, crystalized rock sugar, and various metals. More info here.

The Getty Villa Museum presents Laurel Ollstein’s Pandora, a feminist retelling of the myth of Pandora’s box, Feb. 26 through March 19. You can register to watch the pre-recorded reading here. You’ll need to register to receive the viewing password.

Check out LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes‘ exhibit “afroLAtinindad: mi casa, my city” virtually here. The exhibit “ explores the history and contemporary experiences of Afrolatinidad in Los Angeles through art, photographs, and personal objects.”

Long Beach’s International City Theatre opens its 36th season with a virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony award-winning play Art. It streams on-demand Feb. 18 through March 8.

Japan House LA presents its next virtual exhibition, “NATURE/SUPERNATURE: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints.” The exhibit includes three sections. Woodblock Printing goes over the history and process of the art form. Nature depicts landscapes from Japan. Supernature depicts supernatural beings. View online through May 31 here.

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

Krispy Rice.

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E!GHT Korean BBQ has reopened in Koreatown for outdoor dining 5-11 p.m. on Fri. & Sat and 5-10 p.m. on Weds, Thurs., and Sun. They offer eight different marinades of pork belly, including wine, ginseng, garlic, curry, miso paste, and more. 

Caffe Luxxe co-founders Mark Wain and Gary Chau have brewed the very first coffee-based kombucha. Made with their signature Montenero roast, raw brown sugar, and kombucha culture, the probiotic coffee drink is currently available at all seven Caffe Luxxe locations including Long Beach, Brentwood, and Santa Monica. The 16oz bottles retail for $6. Nationwide shipping is also available.

Wally’s Wine & Spirits and Casa Dragones Tequila have teamed up for a luxurious at-home Golden Globes package. The Awards at Home Box includes batched Casa Dragones Oro Blanco Paloma for two, house-made truffle popcorn, smoked salmon pizetta with Calvisius caviar, Dungeness crab rolls with yuzu lime aioli, bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, spring vegetable crudite with avocado hummus, and chocolate chip cookies.
Reservations for the box go live on Friday via ChowNow for $90 (serves two) with options for pick-up or delivery Friday through Sunday.

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele will be offering a one-night-only Golden Globes takeout special on Feb. 28. It includes five savory courses including truffle arancini, cacio e pepe, and more for $100. Add two cocktails for an additional $20.

To celebrate the Golden Globes this weekend, Katana Los Angeles and Sushi Roku will be offering a Golden Globes Pack for delivery or pick up. The pack features two 16oz cocktails, a sushi family pack, Hamachi Serrano, and Spicy Tuna Hanabi.

Chef Dominique Crisp’s Saso is now opening in Pasadena, featuring an extensive seafood menu available for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Some options include the Jamon Iberico Sandwich with maple butter, jicama, and handmade white bread; Navarra-style Bone-in Wagyu Tomahawk and Alaskan Mussels with fennel, charred leek, and chistorra; Txangurro Tortas / dungeness crab cakes with queso navarra, hot peppers, avocado crema; and Pasta Saso with handmade duck egg-yolk pasta, shellfish, fin fish, prawns, and ginger. Takeout and outdoor dining available.

In honor of National Flirting Week (Feb. 14-21) Japanese delivery concept Krispy Fish has teamed up with dating platform Tinder on limited-edition combo boxes to enjoy at home or on a socially distanced date. From Feb. 12-28, order up a “Hold My Handroll” box, “Plenty Of Fish In The Sea” box, or “Soul Mate” box and receive a one-month membership to Tinder Gold on the house.

Bloom and Plume Coffee in Westlake has teamed up with Community Loving to collect school supplies and monetary donations for students at 153rd Elementary School. Donate supplies through a registry, or drop items off at the coffee shop to receive a drip coffee on the house. Donations will be taking place all month long.


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36 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [2-22-2021 to 2-26-2021]

February 22, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Getty during sunset. 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a musical walk through Griffith Park, Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair, 40-cent burgers, drive-thru food fests and drive-in movies, National Margarita Day specials, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

CAP UCLA presents Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, a GPS-enabled work of public art that brings the natural environment of Griffith Park to life through music. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is dictated by the listener. As they explore the park, the app triggers musical cells that harmonize with the park’s landscape. The app is free to download and will be available until 2023.

THE DRIVE-IN at Exposition Park takes place on the lawn of the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between the Olympic flame and the oldest palm tree in Los Angeles. Films selected celebrate the work of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ voices. On Friday, Feb. 26, they’ll screen be Paris is Burning. Black-owned food trucks will be on the premises as well.

Paramount+ invites you on an Under the Sea Road Trip Adventure with SpongeBob at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena Feb. 26-28. The in-vehicle drive-though and drive-in screening experience will include multiple experiential environments with digital interactions, photo ops, and a first look at the new series Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years, followed by the full feature film The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. A minimum donation of $30 per ticket is required. Heal the Bay will receive 100% of donations. 

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s upcoming screenings include the documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, (Feb. 26 to March 4), horror film The Vigil (Feb. 26 to March 4), and drama Nomadland (Feb. 23 through March 4). Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

UNCONCEALED by Leticia Maldonado is a new art installation at FIGat7th on view now through May 15, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In one window, find a twinkling nightscape, neon stars, and El Conejo, an etched mirrored moon. In another, find three neon roses.

The Rose Bowl is hosting a Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest Feb. 12-28 featuring fair foods like turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, and doughnut cheeseburgers. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay per item. Register online in advance to receive a free mini funnel cake.

Santa Monica Place has partnered with Rumble to offer an outdoor, full-body boxing class. No previous boxing experience is required, but you will need to wear your mask, social distance, and receive a temp check. Tickets are $32 per class or $225 for 10 classes here.

Insomniac presents Electric Mile, a drive-thru festival experience inspired by the unique worlds of signature events including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, and Countdown. The event takes place at Santa Anita Park through Feb. 28 and features music, a warehouse rave, 5 million lights, installations, and more.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes The Sandlot and Step Brothers.

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

Through March 15, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will recognize Black History Month with a series of art installations by Black artists including Tiayrra Bradley, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. All three pieces can be found on the Third Street Promenade. Exact addresses and more info here.  

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening Harold and Maude, Coming to America, and 10 Things I Hate About You this week.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend (Feb. 26-27) offerings include Bill and Ted Face the Music and Black Panther. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors an hour earlier. Tickets are $20 per car. Nearby restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout if you’re looking for a meal to enjoy beforehand or in your car.

Image via LA Art Book Fair – LACE, LAABF 2015 – Photo by Ruben Diaz 

At-Home & Online Events

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair goes virtual this year Feb. 24-28 combining forces with the New York edition of the fair to feature over 400 exhibitors selling zines, artists’ books and out-of-print editions. Free programs during the fair include panels, videos, and a virtual variety show from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Occidental College’s OxyArts hosts the workshop “Planetary Liberation through Activation: Mapping, Dreaming, and Creating in the Ecocene” on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Per a release: “Through darkness and movement, plant relatives and visioning we connect to the Ecocene—an imagined and emerging era where all humyns live in reciprocity with their ecosystems again. Experience a School for the Ecocene DIY PhD session with Sarita Dougherty, mbgenerator, Katuuran Lyn Pacificar & Joy Angela Anderson to map out your dreams, plans, & creative projects for planetary liberation!” More info here.

On Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., the Craft in America Center presents a virtual talk with artist Timothy Horn. Horn specializes in media including blown glass, crystalized rock sugar, and various metals. More info here.

The Getty Villa Museum presents Laurel Ollstein’s Pandora, a feminist retelling of the myth of Pandora’s box, Feb. 26 through March 19. You can register to watch the pre-recorded reading here. You’ll need to register to receive the viewing password.

The Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2021 Otis Report on the Creative Economy on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. This annual report focuses on how California’s creative industries form an essential part of its overall economy. Watch here.

In honor of Black History Month, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and in-house art galley #thecoolheART are amplifying the voices of Black artists Taj and Tiffanie Anderson with a special virtual Art From the Heart discussion event on Feb. 25 via Zoom. Registration to is free.

Zocalo Public Square will host the discussion “Has California Ended Mass Incarceration?” on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Per a release: “How are criminal justice system reforms changing our economy, our schools, our housing markets, our health systems, and our politics? UC Berkeley professor Steven Raphael visits Zócalo to examine criminal justice reform in California and how ending mass incarceration might change our communities.” Register here.

The Norton Simon Museum presents A Trio of Treatments: Conserving Manet, three short videos about the conservation of three Édouard Manet paintings. Watch here.

Check out LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes‘ exhibit “afroLAtinindad: mi casa, my city” virtually here. The exhibit “ explores the history and contemporary experiences of Afrolatinidad in Los Angeles through art, photographs, and personal objects.”

Long Beach’s International City Theatre opens its 36th season with a virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony award-winning play Art. It streams on-demand Feb. 18 through March 8.

Japan House LA presents its next virtual exhibition, “NATURE/SUPERNATURE: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints.” The exhibit includes three sections. Woodblock Printing goes over the history and process of the art form. Nature depicts landscapes from Japan. Supernature depicts supernatural beings. View online through May 31 here.

Truth in Photography is an open-ended online forum to talk about photography and social change that launched on Feb. 19. Per a release: “This interactive project questions the singular truth of photography by presenting multiple points of view, featuring a diversity of curators, photographers, critics, and historians, integrating vernacular photography, photojournalism, and fine art photography. Truth in Photography interrogates the nature and intentions of the medium and examines the relationship between the photographers and their subjects.” The launch also includes three curated exhibitions on view for Winter of 2021.

New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial‘s latest online art show California Lite brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky. Free to view. Runs Feb. 10 through March 17.

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock is a two-week digital festival this year, focused on music and food, “rooted in the Reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London.” Viewers can enjoy on-demand entertainment and vegan recipes on Grand Park’s digital channels Feb. 12-28. Guests include The Wailers’ Aston Barrett., Jr., Morning Becomes Eclectic host Novena Carmél, DJ Rashida, Storm the DJ, and more. Recipes come via Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe.

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

Margarita from Madre.

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Casa Vega will reopen on Monday, Feb. 22, just in time for National Margarita Day. The classic Mexican restaurant—which turns 65 this year—will be slinging its signature Classic CV Margarita for $5 all day and night on Monday. This will also kick off Margarita Mondays, where diners score $5 margaritas from 4:30-7 p.m. every Monday.

On Feb. 26, Mel’s in West Hollywood will celebrate its grand re-opening with smash burgers for only 40 cents each. Available from noon to 3 p.m. only, pickup or outdoor dining, limit one per person.

Oaxacan restaurant Madre carries hundreds of mezcal bottles and on National Margarita Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Madre will offer its regular margarita (tequila reposado, lime, house curacao, spicy salt) and a smokey margarita (mezcal, fresh lime juice, home-made chili liqueur, and agave) for $10. Available at all three locations for outdoor dining or takeout.

Join SOL Cocina in Playa Vista for happy hour on National Margarita Day from 3-6 p.m. Sip on $7 house margaritas, $8 skinny margaritas, and $9 watermelon margaritas, along with a variety of bites including grilled corn, street tacos, ceviche, and more.

Chef Dominique Crisp’s Saso is now opening in Pasadena, featuring an extensive seafood menu available for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Some options include the Jamon Iberico Sandwich with maple butter, jicama, and handmade white bread; Navarra-style Bone-in Wagyu Tomahawk and Alaskan Mussels with fennel, charred leek, and chistorra; Txangurro Tortas / dungeness crab cakes with queso navarra, hot peppers, avocado crema; and Pasta Saso with handmade duck egg-yolk pasta, shellfish, fin fish, prawns, and ginger. Takeout and outdoor dining available.

In honor of National Flirting Week (Feb. 14-21) Japanese delivery concept Krispy Fish has teamed up with dating platform Tinder on limited-edition combo boxes to enjoy at home or on a socially distanced date. From Feb. 12-28, order up a “Hold My Handroll” box, “Plenty Of Fish In The Sea” box, or “Soul Mate” box and receive a one-month membership to Tinder Gold on the house.

Mian, the Chongqing noodle house from chef Tony Xu (Chengdu Taste), opened a third location in Artesia last week. In partnership with local restaurateur Bill Chait, this specific location features a number of exclusive menu items including Chengdu beef jerky, thousand-year-old egg with torched chili sauce, and a Mung Bean Horchata cocktail.

Bloom and Plume Coffee in Westlake has teamed up with Community Loving to collect school supplies and monetary donations for students at 153rd Elementary School. Donate supplies through a registry, or drop items off at the coffee shop to receive a drip coffee on the house. Donations will be taking place all month long.


Need more delivery and takeout options? Check out our latest comprehensive guide here.

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35 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [2-19-2021 to 2-21-2021]

February 18, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Norton Simon Museum’s garden space. 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got a themed carwash, a conversation with Ai Weiwei, virtual poetry slams, online art exhibits and astronomy events, drive-in cinema, a new seafood restaurant, sushi deals, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

UNCONCEALED by Leticia Maldonado at Figat7th

UNCONCEALED by Leticia Maldonado is a new art installation at FIGat7th on view now through May 15, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In one window, find a twinkling nightscape, neon stars, and El Conejo, an etched mirrored moon. In another, find three neon roses.

FX is celebrating its upcoming fourth season of Snowfall with a free, themed carwash at 3601 W. Slauson Ave. The event includes a drive-thru wash tunnel with 80s-style lights, music, and effects. FX has also partnered with Official Black Wall Street and KJLH to support local, Black-owned businesses. The car wash is open Feb. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s first-come, first-served, but you’ll also need to RSVP for a specific time slot here.

Go for a morning stroll with your dog on Feb. 21 at South Coast Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $15. This event takes place every third Sunday.

The Rose Bowl is hosting a Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest Feb. 12-28 featuring fair foods like turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, and doughnut cheeseburgers. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay per item. Register online in advance to receive a free mini funnel cake.

Insomniac presents Electric Mile, a drive-thru festival experience inspired by the unique worlds of signature events including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, and Countdown. The event takes place at Santa Anita Park through Feb. 28 and features music, a warehouse rave, 5 million lights, installations, and more.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in the hotel’s valet lot. This weekend, catch The Wedding Singer. Tickets start at $45.

Street Food Cinema pivots to a drive-in format starting Friday, Feb. 19 with movie screenings all weekend long at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes Toy Story and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema will screen Nomadland Friday through Sunday. Open seven days a week, reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Magic Asphalt, the stand-up comedy drive-in located in the parking lot of the Magic Castle, returns this weekend with shows two shows on Feb. 20. To see the full lineup, various showtimes, and meal package add-ons, go here.

Through March 15, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will recognize Black History Month with a series of art installations by Black artists including Tiayrra Bradley, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. All three pieces can be found on the Third Street Promenade. Exact addresses and more info here.  

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening Basic Instinct, La La Land, and The Lady and the Tramp this weekend.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Minari all week long. The film follows a Korean-American family’s move to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend (Feb. 19-20) offerings include Up and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors an hour earlier. Tickets are $20 per car. Nearby restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout if you’re looking for a meal to enjoy beforehand or in your car.

At-Home & Online Events

Angel City Brewery‘s new quarterly panel series kicks off on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. with Crafting Conversations: Black in Beer. The panel includes Josie Becker of Common Space Brewery, Robert Scott of LA Ale Works, Tyler Sadler of Brew’d Up Podcast, Cait & Brite of Beers A’ Go Go, and Samuel Chawinga of Boomtown Brewery. 

In celebration of Black History Month, the American Cinematheque and the African American Film Critics Association present a panel with Shaka King, Philippe Lacôte, Franklin Leonard, Ekwa Msangi, Euzhan Palcy, and Kemp Powers on examining the diversity within Black identity through their careers in cinema. Moderated by Gil Robertson, President of the AAFCA, the event is on Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. Sign up here.

The Skirball presents a rare conversation with visual artist, filmmaker, and political activist Ai Weiwei on Feb. 21. Weiwei has dedicated his life and career to speaking out against human-rights violations around the world. This event is free to attend and will premiere on YouTube. 

The Autry presents a virtual screening and a Twitter watch party of Thom Andersen’s documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself on Feb. 20.

The Norton Simon Museum presents A Trio of Treatments: Conserving Manet, three short videos about the conservation of three Édouard Manet paintings. Watch here.

On Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., join LACMA for a virtual poetry slam inspired by “Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera.”

On Feb. 19 at 5 p.m., NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts a conversation with Will Packer and Shayla Cowan from Will Packer Productions. They’ll discuss production and development for film and television, the current production landscape, and industry success with the New American Mainstream audience. Watch here.

Check out LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes‘ exhibit “afroLAtinindad: mi casa, my city” virtually here. The exhibit “explores the history and contemporary experiences of Afrolatinidad in Los Angeles through art, photographs, and personal objects.”

Santa Monica College’s John Drescher Planetarium’s Friday evening event The Night Sky Show is a free, live virtual program that shares the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. Freeware sky visualization tools show guests the constellations, planets, and deep-sky objects in the SoCal night sky. The 30-minute show will be followed by a short Q&A.

Long Beach’s International City Theatre opens its 36th season with a virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony award-winning play Art. It streams on-demand Feb. 18 through March 8.

Frieze goes digital this year with a three-day (Feb. 17-19) broadcast that brings together some of the leading voices in art and culture for in-depth discussions, performances, and much more. Access the Anniversary Sessions: 30 by becoming a member for $50.

Japan House LA presents its next virtual exhibition, “NATURE/SUPERNATURE: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints” on Feb. 15. The exhibit includes three sections. Woodblock Printing goes over the history and process of the art form. Nature depicts landscapes from Japan. Supernature depicts supernatural beings. View online through May 31 here.

Truth in Photography is an open-ended online forum to talk about photography and social change that launches on Feb. 19. Per a release: “This interactive project questions the singular truth of photography by presenting multiple points of view, featuring a diversity of curators, photographers, critics, and historians, integrating vernacular photography, photojournalism, and fine art photography. Truth in Photography interrogates the nature and intentions of the medium and examines the relationship between the photographers and their subjects.” The launch also includes three curated exhibitions on view for Winter of 2021.

Universally Unknown hosts a virtual reception for artist Meghan Hedley’s “High Desert.” Hedley’s work is inspired by the New Mexican landscape and “the journey that brought her to her new home on a ranch filled with horses, goats and animals while really playing on the color and spirit of the desert.” The event is on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Register for the Zoom link here.

California Craft Beer Week officially kicked off on Feb. 12 featuring virtual events including panels on bold beer pairings, the resurgence of the IPA, homebrewing, and more. Other online tastings and pop-up events are happening across the state, so definitely check out the full lineup here.

New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial‘s latest online art show California Lite brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky. Free to view. Runs Feb. 10 through March 17.

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock is a two-week digital festival this year, focused on music and food, “rooted in the Reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London.” Viewers can enjoy on-demand entertainment and vegan recipes on Grand Park’s digital channels Feb. 12-28. Guests include The Wailers’ Aston Barrett., Jr., Morning Becomes Eclectic host Novena Carmél, DJ Rashida, Storm the DJ, and more. Recipes come via Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe.

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

Mian

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Chef Dominique Crisp’s Saso is now open in Pasadena, featuring an extensive seafood menu available for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Some options include the Jamon Iberico Sandwich with maple butter, jicama, and handmade white bread; Navarra-style Bone-in Wagyu Tomahawk and Alaskan Mussels with fennel, charred leek, and chistorra; Txangurro Tortas / dungeness crab cakes with queso navarra, hot peppers, avocado crema; and Pasta Saso with handmade duck egg-yolk pasta, shellfish, fin fish, prawns, and ginger. Takeout and outdoor dining available.

In honor of National Flirting Week (Feb. 14-21), Japanese delivery concept Krispy Fish has teamed up with dating platform Tinder on limited-edition combo boxes to enjoy at home or on a socially distanced date. From Feb. 12-28, order up a “Hold My Handroll” box, “Plenty Of Fish In The Sea” box, or “Soul Mate” box and receive a one-month membership to Tinder Gold on the house.

Mian, the Chongqing noodle house from chef Tony Xu (Chengdu Taste), opened a third location in Artesia last week. In partnership with local restaurateur Bill Chait, this specific location features a number of exclusive menu items including Chengdu beef jerky, thousand-year-old egg with torched chili sauce, and a Mung Bean Horchata cocktail.

Bloom and Plume Coffee in Westlake has teamed up with Community Loving to collect school supplies and monetary donations for students at 153rd Elementary School. Donate supplies through a registry, or drop items off at the coffee shop to receive a drip coffee on the house. Donations will be taking place all month long.


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34 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [2-15-2021 to 2-19-2021]

February 15, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Frieze 2020 at Paramount Studios. Photo by Brian 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got tons of drive-in movie options, Fat Tuesday food specials, digital art festivals, virtual trivia and lectures, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

The Rose Bowl is hosting a Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest Feb. 12-28 featuring fair foods like turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, and doughnut cheeseburgers. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay per item. Register online in advance to receive a free mini funnel cake.

The Gastro Garage returns to the W Hollywood Hotel for a night of blowtorch-powered dining. Upcoming dates include Feb. 19, 20, 26, and 27. Tickets are $100 per person and include multiple courses like buffalo blue chips, maple-glazed carrot pops, Japanese marinated short rib, salmon skewers, and more.

Street Food Cinema pivots to a drive-in format starting Friday Feb. 19 with movie screenings all weekend long at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes Toy Story and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Through March 15, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will recognize Black History Month with a series of art installations by Black artists including Tiayrra Bradley, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. All three pieces can be found on the Third Street Promenade. Exact addresses and more info here.  

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema will screen Nomadland Friday through Sunday. Open seven days a week, reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening an array of popular films this week. The Secret Movie Club Cult Classic kicks things off with a screening of Wild at Heart.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Minari all week long. The film follows a Korean-American family’s move to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend (Feb. 19-20) offerings include Up and Charlie and the Chocolate Facotry. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors an hour earlier. Tickets are $20 per car. Nearby restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout if you’re looking for a meal to enjoy beforehand or in your car.

At-Home & Online Events

Frieze goes digital this year with a three-day (Feb. 17-19) broadcast that brings together some of the leading voices in art and culture for in-depth discussions, performances and much more. Access the Anniversary Sessions: 30 by becoming member for $50.

Via Arena Cinematheque, Tony-Award winning director George C. Wolfe will discuss his film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, with award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Register here.

The Venice Art Crawl will celebrate love and art with an Instagram livestream on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. The program features music, readings, demos, DJs, painting, studio tours, workshops, and more. Check out the lineup and schedule here.

Join the California African American Museum on Feb. 18. as they host Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan for a conservation on the life and music of trumpeter Miles Davis. Free to RSVP.

El Capitan Theatre hosts El Cap Throwback: Movie Trivia on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s theme is Black History Always and celebrates Black stories and heroes in film. Registration is $10. 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents “Redlining: Housing Inequality in L.A. with Lawrence Ross, Author, Lecturer, Writer” on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Per a release: “Redlining is a government-mandated discriminatory practice that puts financial and other services out of reach for residents of certain areas based on race or ethnicity. Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live as author, lecturer, and writer Lawrence Ross presents a historical overview of redlining and its impact on Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans in South Los Angeles.” Register here.

In celebration of Black History Month, check out a screening of Hair Love followed by a conversation with creator Matthew A. Cherry. The event takes place on Feb. 18. Free with registration.

Caltech’s next Watson Lecture features Mansi Kasliwal, Assistant Professor of Astronomy on “What Cosmic Fireworks Unveil About the Universe.” Per a release: “In her lecture, Kasliwal will explain how astronomers discover these cosmic fireworks with robotic telescopes and how they have undertaken a global follow-up campaign to characterize these energetic and ephemeral events. She will also discuss how astronomers combine information from multiple cosmic messengers—light, neutrinos, and gravitational waves—to gain a more comprehensive understanding of our universe.” The event is on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Free, but you’ll need to register for the Zoom link in advance

Japan House LA presents its next virtual exhibition, “NATURE/SUPERNATURE: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints” on Feb. 15. The exhibit includes three sections. Woodblock Printing goes over the history and process of the art form. Nature depicts landscapes from Japan. Supernature depicts supernatural beings. View online through May 31 here.

Impastiamo is highlighting Black-owned businesses this month with online cooking classes led by incredible chefs and entrepreneurs. On Feb. 17 join Natalia Pereira live from Woodspoon Restaurant for a Caipirinha and Croquetas de Yuca class. Tickets cost $25.

On Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., Holocaust Museum LA presents “Racial Stress & Trauma: A Conversation About Social Justice & Resilience.” The online panels will focus on the relationship between mental health and social justice. Register here.

Truth in Photography is an open-ended online forum to talk about photography and social change that launches on Feb. 19. Per a release: “This interactive project questions the singular truth of photography by presenting multiple points of view, featuring a diversity of curators, photographers, critics, and historians, integrating vernacular photography, photojournalism, and fine art photography. Truth in Photography interrogates the nature and intentions of the medium and examines the relationship between the photographers and their subjects.” The launch also includes three curated exhibitions on view for Winter of 2021.

Brandon Raman’s “I Can’t Indian Good” streams via Whitefire Theatre on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. The one-man show “explores the universal struggle of understanding how you fit into this world, the expectation of what you’re supposed to be, and finding the value in who you really are.” Tickets are $15.99 and include on-demand access for 48 hours. Buy tickets at www.whitefiretheatre.com or by calling 818-687-8559.

California Craft Beer Week officially kicks off on Feb. 12 featuring virtual events including panels on bold beer pairings, the resurgence of the IPA, homebrewing, and more. Other online tastings and pop-up events are happening across the state, so definitely check out the full lineup here.

On Feb. 17 film collector and founder of The Museum of Interesting Things Denny Daniel leads a visual journey through the world of magician-turned-film director Georges Méliès. A pioneer in the use of special effects, Méliès is best known for his 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, which is consider to be the first ever science fiction film. The Zoom webinar is free with registration.

The Hammer Museum takes its 30-minute Mindful Awareness Meditation series online via Zoom on Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial‘s latest online art show California Lite brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky. Free to view. Runs Feb. 10 through March 17.

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock is a two-week digital festival this year, focused on music and food, “rooted in the Reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London.” Viewers can enjoy on-demand entertainment and vegan recipes on Grand Park’s digital channels Feb. 12-28. Guests include The Wailers’ Aston Barrett., Jr., Morning Becomes Eclectic host Novena Carmél, DJ Rashida, Storm the DJ, and more. Recipes come via Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe.

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

Popcorn quail at Little Fatty.

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Spielberg family-owned kosher restaurant The Milky Way celebrates their anniversary on Feb. 18 by gifting patrons who dine in or take out a bounce back gift certificate in the amount they spend on that day for future use.

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will transport diners to the French Quarter with a Hurricane for Two ($15), “Nana” Gretchen’s Jambalaya ($14.95) and other delicious eats. Open on Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Maple Block Meat Co.’s brisket ramen will be available for pickup or outdoor dining Feb. 18-21. Each bowl features housemade 30-hour “Tonkotsu” broth, pit-smoked shoyu seasoned egg, black garlic, hand-carved peach wood smoked brisket in your choice of “fatty” or “lean” ($19). Pre-order online by Feb. 15 for pickup. For dine-in, call the restaurant directly or reserve a table via Resy with the note that you’re coming for ramen.

Mar Vista’s Little Fatty has a few Lunar New Year specials to celebrate the year of the Ox. The menu is available Feb. 11-17. Dishes include popcorn quail, oxtail and beef curry, beef chow fun, a specialty cocktail called “oxblood julep” made with beet-infused bourbon, and more.

Angelenos can get a taste of NOLA with a number of Mardi Gras specials from vendors at the Original Farmers Market from Feb. 13-16. Specials include a family feast from The Gumbo Pot, King Cake at French bakery Michelina Artisan Boulanger, and a beignet pop-up on the Market Plaza where guests can enjoy made-to-order beignets and authentic chicory coffee.

We’re in the midst of a historical moment as Donald Trump becomes the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. If this makes you feel like you need a drink, local distillery AMASS has launched Impeachment, a new peach-flavored vodka. It’s available for pre-order now and will ship in early March. A portion of sales will go to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. If this makes you feel like a drink but you don’t drink, AMASS also makes Riverine, a non-alcoholic spirit made with a blend of regional botanicals.

Little Dom’s celebrates Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with fried shrimp & oyster po’boys, fried soft shell crab po’boys, seafood gumbo, king cake, and more. You’ll also find Little Dom’s booze truck onsite from 2-6 p.m. with frozen, bagged cocktails and beer from Louisiana brewery Abita. On Monday, Feb. 15, they’ll also offer a New Orleans-themed, three-course menu for $25/person that includes a cup of chicken and Andoullie sausage gumbo, a shrimp & oyster po’boy, a bag of Zapps chips, and apple and golden raisin bread pudding.


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51 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [2-12-2021 to 2-14-2021]

February 11, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Silverlake Heart Stairs. 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got Lunar New Year events, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day specials, a mysterious online cruise, a drive-thru food fest, romantic drive-in screenings, candle workshops, a birding class, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Minari all weekend. The film follows a Korean-American family’s move to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream.

The Rose Bowl is hosting a Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest Feb. 12-28 featuring fair foods like turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, and doughnut cheeseburgers. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay per item. Register online in advance to receive a free mini funnel cake.

Renowned musician Devendra Banhart’s drawings and paintings have earned him his first solo L.A. exhibit. The Grief I Have Caused You is on view at Nicodim Gallery Feb. 13 to March 20. On view in-person and online.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening romance films this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day including Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry Met Sally.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend offerings include The Princess Bride, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Notebook. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors an hour earlier. Tickets are $20 per car. Nearby restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout if you’re looking for a meal to enjoy beforehand or in your car.

Banter & Bliss Candle Co. in San Pedro will host a candle workshop on Feb. 14 at noon. Each guest will learn how to make two 7 oz. scented candles (you’ll mix your own fragrance), which you can label with Valentine’s Day foil and pair with a matchstick bottle. Tickets are $75 and include the class; two candles; a gift box with a matchstick bottle, bath bomb, and soap, and light refreshments. As strict social distancing protocols are enforced, you must RSVP in advance.

California Botanic Garden is offering an Introduction to Birding class on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Tina Stoner, President of Pomona Valley Audubon Society, will show you how to use binoculars and field guides to spot, record, and identify birds. Tickets are $25 for the public, $20 for members.

Magic Asphalt, the stand-up comedy drive-in located in the parking lot of the Magic Castle, returns this weekend with shows on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. To see the full lineup, various showtimes, and meal package add-ons, go here.

The Gastro Garage returns to the W Hollywood Hotel for a night of blowtorch-powered dining. Upcoming dates include Feb. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. Tickets are $100 per person and include multiple courses like buffalo blue chips, maple-glazed carrot pops, Japanese marinated short rib, salmon skewers, and more.

Through March 15, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will recognize Black History Month with a series of art installations by Black artists including Tiayrra Bradley, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. All three pieces can be found on the Third Street Promenade. Exact addresses and more info here.  

The Luxe Hotel in Brentwood will screen rom-com The Princess Bride on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in its parking lot (doors open at 5 p.m., must arrive by 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15 per car, and guests can also order food, drinks, and popcorn straight to their car via text message. To reserve your spot, call the hotel at (310) 476-6571.

At-Home & Online Events

The Broken Hearts Circus kit from Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery’s Broken Hearts Circus is online this year, featuring virtual vaudeville performances from sword swallowers, jugglers, wire walkers, magicians, aerialists, and more. As you watch here, enjoy a kit from Angel City that includes a 6-pack of Pinot Grisette, a bottle of Puncheon the Fresh, a bottle of Barreljuice, two Teku glasses, playing cards, clown noses, candy heart pops, popcorn, and more ($65). Order your kit now for pickup through Feb. 14.

Impastiamo is hosting possibly the first-ever virtual speed dating and cooking class on Feb. 13. Guests can meet other singles as they learn how to make spaghetti with meatballs the real Italian way from private chef Arturo Avallone. Tickets are $25. You can gather the ingredients ahead of time or opt to be sent an ingredient box for $49.50 (class ticket included).

On Feb. 13, enjoy a night of live music from some of the biggest names in music, all to raise money to feed New Mexico communities facing hunger. The Food for Love lineup includes John Doe, Kurt Vile, David Byrne, Lyle Lovett, and many more. The concert is free to view on YouTube, and 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks.

The Golden Lunar New Year Parade goes virtual this year with an array of entertainment to usher in the year of the Ox on Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m. An annual tradition hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of LA, this year, the event will also reflect on the history and achievements of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles.

On Feb. 13, join A Curated Situation for Dark Corners: Island Cruise ’78. Explore the various ‘rooms’ of the virtual cruise ship to find live performances, a ’70s disco, interactive games and activities, and a mystery to solve. Tickets are $10-$20, though there is a pay-what-you-can-option, too.

California Craft Beer Week officially kicks off on Feb. 12 featuring virtual events including panels on bold beer pairings, the resurgence of the IPA, homebrewing, and more. Other online tastings and pop-up events are happening across the state, so definitely check out the full lineup here.

From LACMA@Home, watch Linda Wingerter of The Stringpullers Puppet Company tell a story about the power of quilting via shadow puppetry. Available on YouTube starting Feb. 14.

Coucou French Classes teaches French the way it’s actually spoken. On Valentine’s Day from 1-3 p.m., they’ll host a workshop that discuss romance, intimacy, and dating in France and how it compares to the U.S. Coucou suggests this class for someone who wants to understand a French partner better or just to explore relationships in a new way. Tickets are $60 per person. Register here.

The La Brea Tar Pits and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) have partnered with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on “Camp Croods,” a virtual educational experience that uses the Dreamworks film The Croods: the New Age as a launch point to learn about the Ice Age. Families can log on to learn from real paleontologists and archaeologists, complete arts and crafts projects, virtually explore the tar pits, and more. The next Camp Croods session at the La Brea Tar Pits is on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. Registration is free here.

Greater LA’s Dater LA Trivia Party is on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Join Greater LA host Steve Chiotakis and KCRW DJ Raul Campos for team trivia. You’ll connect over Zoom and teams can use breakout rooms between rounds to discuss answers. Winners get KCRW swag and bragging rights. The event is free but breakout rooms sell out fast. To reserve one, send an email to events@kcrw.org with your team name, and each member’s first name and email address. RSVP to the event here.

On Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., The Fowler presents The Brutish Museums with Dan Hicks, a curator, professor of Contemporary Archaeology at Oxford University, and author of The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution. The event will also include a panel discussion with Natasha Becker, Curator of African Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Marla C. Berns, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA; and Lauren Kroiz, Director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

On Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., CAP UCLA presents Douglas J. Cuomo’s Seven Limbs performed by Nels Cline & Aizuri Quartet. The piece is based on the Buddhist practice of purification. Watch free here.

The Art Deco Society is hosting a virtual cocktail hour on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Cocktails with Nick & Nora will feature four vintage martini recipes in honor of Nick and Nora Charles, the crime-solving couple of The Thin Man. They’ll also discuss the life of The Thin Man author Dashiell Hammett. Register for the free event here.

Magician Gregg Diamant will perform a live, interactive magic show on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Following a series of illusions, balloon tricks, and more, Diamant will teach the audience how to do their own trick and make a Valentine’s Day balloon heart. The show is free, but you can buy your own balloon kit from Diamant’s website for $15.

Heartbeat Opera’s Breathing Free

The Broad Stage hosts the West Coast premiere of Heartbeat Opera’s Breathing Free on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Described as “an ambitious filmed song cycle dedicated to the celebration of Black artistic voices,” the show features nine interconnected music videos with music from Beethoven’s Fidelio, Negro spirituals, and works by Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, Langston Hughes, Anthony Davis, and Thulani Davis. A discussion will follow the screening. Tickets are pay what you can, starting at $10.

The Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents a virtual klezmer workshop and concert on Feb. 14. Per a release: “The Klezmer Workshop and Concert with fiddler Craig Judelman and sonorous Yiddish singer Sasha Lurje will give viewers the opportunity to dive deep into the relationship between instrumental klezmer and Yiddish vocal styles, and klezmer punk rocker Daniel Kahn will engage with attendees and explore the inspirations behind his compositions during the next Jewish Music Masterclass.” Registration is free here.

The 2021 Slamdance Film Festival is Feb. 12-15 and includes over 100 films, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, panels, and an awards presentation. The festival takes place entirely online with tickets starting at $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

Be Kind, Rewind 90s Trivia hosts a special Valentine’s Day edition on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m over Zoom. Join your friends for five rounds of 90s-themed trivia for your chance to win prizes. Tickets are $5. RSVP here.

The 7th annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year festival is online this year with interactive games for the whole family and a community wishing tree. Watch on YouTube on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum museum will celebrate the Lunar New Year virtually with an array of programming that includes streams of lion dances and traditional Chinese music, plus Lunar New Year craft-making workshops.

Thick Strip Show is a body-positive virtual strip show that’s up and running online. The next one is on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. You can RSVP by sending $5 to paypal.me/thickstripent. The following day, they’re hosting a workshop on how you can create your own sensual dance routine. That’s at 4 p.m., and you can send $25 to that same PayPal address. Want to check out both? Send $28.

DTLA Proud presents ‘I Choose You,’ a livestream fundraiser celebration on Feb. 13 held on Princess Party’s Twitch Channel. A $10 suggested donation gets you to the celebration. A $50 or more donation will get you a Proud Box filled with specially curated, festival-at-home items from partners Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Papa & Barkley, Product of LA, Gay Pins, Kinda Fit Kinda Fat, DW Home Candles, Sobre La Luna, Sacred Society Apothecary, Starfucker Magazine, and much more. All donations will be matched up to $15,000 by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

On Feb. 12, KCRW invites you to an advanced free virtual screening of “Nomadland” followed by a Behind the Screens conversation with KCRW host Madeleine Brand and Jessica Bruder, author of the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.

New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial‘s latest online art show California Lite brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky. Free to view. Runs Feb. 10 through March 17.

Reel Love Film Fest is a new virtual film fest that focuses on the future of love on-screen. The festival includes feature films, shorts, and special events that explore the emotional spectrum of love in various forms. The fest runs Feb. 10-14. Tickets are $10 to $85.

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock is a two-week digital festival this year, focused on music and food, “rooted in the Reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London.” Viewers can enjoy on-demand entertainment and vegan recipes on Grand Park’s digital channels Feb. 12-28. Guests include The Wailers’ Aston Barrett., Jr., Morning Becomes Eclectic host Novena Carmél, DJ Rashida, Storm the DJ, and more. Recipes come via Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe. 

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

Paruzal Games’ online escape rooms are a great way to reconnect with friends while solving a puzzle together. A live game master will connect with you over Zoom, taking you through illustrated worlds full of clues and secrets. While many escape rooms tilt towards horror or suspense, Paruzal’s adventures are light-hearted and fun, such as opening a pizza shop, sprucing up a coffeehouse, or sneaking backstage to try to meet Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15/person. Or, if you’re looking for something more bespoke, you can also ask them to create a custom game for a special occasion.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15 for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Formosa Cafe

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Mar Vista’s Little Fatty has a few Lunar New Year specials to celebrate the year of the Ox. The menu is available Feb. 11 – 17. Dishes include popcorn quail, oxtail and beef curry, beef chow fun, a specialty cocktail called “oxblood julep” made with beet-infused bourbon, and more.

Angelenos can get a taste of NOLA with a number of Mardi Gras specials from vendors at the Original Farmers Market from Feb. 13-16. Specials include a family feast from The Gumbo Pot, King Cake at French bakery Michelina Artisan Boulanger, and a beignet pop-up on the Market Plaza where guests can enjoy made-to-order beignets and authentic chicory coffee.

Primo’s Donuts has limited-edition heart-shaped donuts, plus seasonally decorated donuts with sprinkles and chocolate kisses. Primo’s Valentine’s Day special includes six V-Day donuts plus a Primo’s mug for $25. You can pre-order now for pickup or get delivery online.

Pasta Sisters is offering heart-shaped chocolate ravioli served with smoked prosciutto, ricotta cheese, and walnuts in a butter and cheese sauce. Get it cooked a la carte or uncooked to make at home. Available for takeout and delivery.

On Feb. 14, Patxi’s Pizza has a Valentine’s Day special that includes a 10-inch specialty deep-dish pizza, two starter salads, one dessert pizza, and a bottle of house wine for $50. Deep dish pies include the BBQ Chicken, Greek, Chicken Tikka Masalas, a vegan option, and more. Available for takeout by phone or walk-in. Not available through third-party delivery services.

The Formosa Cafe, LUCKY RICE, American Express, and Resy are partnering on a Chinese New Year’s menu for two Feb. 12-14. The $88 menu includes spring rolls, egg noodle dumplings, long life noodles, orange chicken, and fried sesame balls (serves two). The meal also comes with a gift tote and Year of the Ox goodies. Book for pickup through Resy.

On Valentine’s Day, all sandwiches at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches are buy one, get one free.

Manuela reopened this week and they’ve got a Valentine’s menu on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. It’s a family-style dinner for two ($90) that includes a cocktail, deviled eggs and cream biscuits, endive and chicories, your choice of entree (ribeye, loup de mer, or roasted hen), and passion mousse cake. You’ll make your entree choice when you make your reservation.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar has V-Day specials available for outdoor dining or takeaway Feb. 12-14. They include a filet mignon surf and turf ($38), chocolate-covered strawberries ($10), seared scallops ($36), a whole grilled fish with Thai herbs and chili oil ($29), and a mixed berry crumble with vanilla ice cream ($12).

We’re in the midst of a historical moment as Donald Trump becomes the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. If this makes you feel like you need a drink, local distillery AMASS has launched Impeachment, a new peach-flavored vodka. It’s available for pre-order now and will ship in early March. A portion of sales will go to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. If this makes you feel like a drink but you don’t drink, AMASS also makes Riverine, a non-alcoholic spirit made with a blend of regional botanicals.

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31 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [2-8-2021 to 2-12-2021]

February 8, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Downtown Los Angeles. 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got art talks, a class on how to make vegan flan, team trivia, fitness classes, Modernism Week online, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

At-Home & Online Events

Vegan Coconut Flan. Photo: LACMA

Cooking with LACMA presents Vegan Coconut Flan with Jocelyn Ramirez of plant-based Mexican food company Todo Verde on Feb. 9. The live cook-along is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes). Free to join, register here.

On Feb. 11, The Los Angeles Public Library’s LA Made series presents a free performance by Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first LGBTQ+ mariachi, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Join Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) in conversation with Made in L.A. 2020 assistant curator of performance Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi on Feb. 11. They’ll talk about MR. WASH’s painting practices, his portraits of public figures, and individuals the artist met while incarcerated.

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ premier midcentury architecture and design event, is virtual this year (Feb. 1-28) with an array of online experiences you can stream safely at home.

American Cinematheque presents a free discussion with Boys State directors Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss, and subjects of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, Steve Garza and René Otero, on Feb. 11.

USC Visions and Voices presents a live online performance (Feb. 9) of “The Just and the Blind,” a powerful multimedia event that combines music, dance, spoken word, and film to explore racism in America from the perspective of fathers of Black and Brown sons. An audience Q&A with the artists follows the event.

Join The Skirball on Feb. 11 for a lively discussion with three award-winning, LA-based cartoonistsLalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Darrin Bell (Candorville), and David Glenn Brown (Los Angeles Sentinel), in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

The Watts Branch of the LAPL will celebrate African American Heritage Month on Feb. 10 with a free virtual event featuring a reading of Thank you, Omu, followed by a discussion on where to find Nigerian cuisine in Los Angeles and an exploration of your family’s traditions through the art of collage.

Take a free virtual stress-busting mat pilates class on Feb. 9 at noon. No experience necessary.

Angel City Brewery’s Broken Hearts Circus is online this year, featuring virtual vaudeville performances from sword swallowers, jugglers, wire walkers, magicians, aerialists, and more. As you watch here, enjoy a kit from Angel City that includes a 6-pack of Pinot Grisette, a bottle of Puncheon the Fresh, a bottle of Barreljuice, two Teku glasses, playing cards, clown noses, candy heart pops, popcorn, and more ($65). Though the circus isn’t until Feb. 13-15, you’ll need to order your kit today (Feb. 8) if you want delivery, or you can pick them up until Feb. 14.

On Feb. 11 Zocalo Public Square and the University of Toronto present The World We Want, an event series exploring our current societal, political, and economic challenges and how we might emerge from the current moment. This week’s topic is “What Would a New Cold War Mean for the World?” Register here.

From LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes this week comes a talk on how art can survive the pandemic on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Per a release: “Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for a conversation with Kathy Gallegos, Founding Executive and Artistic Director at Avenue 50 Studio, and Michael Centeno, Executive Director of Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Learn how these two vital art and cultural centers are responding to the pandemic by maintaining social connectivity between artists and authors and the community via virtual exhibitions and book clubs, live artist talks and author readings, podcasts and more.” Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook.

L.A. Louver presents the online exhibition, Leon Kossoff: Drawn from Revelry starting Feb. 11. Per a release: “Kossoff had a lifelong practice of drawing from the Old Masters, most often in the galleries of London’s National Gallery. He stated that “working from the Old Masters opens doors for you to go on with your own work…,” and as such he studied the classics intently and methodically. The focus in this presentation is on The Triumph of Pan and Bacchanal Before a Herm, two series of images that grew from Kossoff’s close viewing of a major exhibition of the work of Nicholas Poussin that took place at London’s Royal Academy in 1995.”

Greater LA’s Dater LA Trivia Party is on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Join Greater LA host Steve Chiotakis and KCRW DJ Raul Campos for team trivia. You’ll connect over Zoom and teams can use breakout rooms between rounds to discuss answers. Winners get KCRW swag and bragging rights. The event is free but breakout rooms sell out fast. To reserve one, send an email to events@kcrw.org with your team name, and each member’s first name and email address. RSVP to the event here.

Heartbeat Opera’s Breathing Free

The Broad Stage hosts the West Coast premiere of Heartbeat Opera’s Breathing Free on Feb. 10 & 13 at 7 p.m. Described as “an ambitious filmed song cycle dedicated to the celebration of Black artistic voices,” the show features nine interconnected music videos with music from Beethoven’s Fidelio, Negro spirituals, and works by Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, Langston Hughes, Anthony Davis, and Thulani Davis. A discussion will follow both screenings. Tickets are pay what you can, starting at $10.

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and fashion icon André Leon Talley join Museum of Art and Design Interim Director Terry Skoda for a Black History Month special edition of MAD Moments. The online conversation will explore “Walker’s path to the Ford Foundation, his vision for the future of philanthropy, and the role of museums in reimagining who has a seat at the table and a voice in the room.” Join on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, free for MAD members and patrons. 

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock is a two-week digital festival this year, focused on music and food, “rooted in the Reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London.” Viewers can enjoy on-demand entertainment and vegan recipes on Grand Park’s digital channels Feb. 12-28. Guests include The Wailers’ Aston Barrett., Jr., Morning Becomes Eclectic host Novena Carmél, DJ Rashida, Storm the DJ, and more. Recipes come via Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe. 

Join the Santa Monica Conservancy and Dr. Dennis Ogawa, professor of Japanese American studies at the University of Hawaii, for “Santa Monica Mosaic: Nisei Memories” on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Ogawa was born at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in the Owens Valley and grew up in Santa Monica. Ogawa will talk about “his father’s determination to return his family to the city after more than three years of internment—no matter what the challenges might be. Learn of the Ogawas’ struggles—and fond memories, too—as they sought to assimilate back into Santa Monica life amid a postwar housing shortage and lingering mistrust by their fellow Americans.” Tickets are $10, free for members.

The Music Center has a trove of “Artivity” videos for “young people and the young at heart” that teach fun art skills you can master at home. Learn how to create a play with toys, do improvised dance, and more.

In celebration of Black History Month, The Groundlings Theatre and School will host a series of online performances and panels exploring diversity and inclusion in comedy and entertainment. Special events include a collaboration with The Amazing Grace Conservatory, webinars, and more. The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 3. See the full schedule here.

Paruzal Games’ online escape rooms are a great way to reconnect with friends while solving a puzzle together. A live game master will connect with you over Zoom, taking you through illustrated worlds full of clues and secrets. While many escape rooms tilt towards horror or suspense, Paruzal’s adventures are light-hearted and fun, such as opening a pizza shop, sprucing up a coffeehouse, or sneaking backstage to try to meet Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15/person. Or, if you’re looking for something more bespoke, you can also ask them to create a custom game for a special occasion.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, just in time for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Music Center and dublab present A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative. Anyone can submit a short film that is “an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times,” which must be paired with and filmed in duration to one of the seven tracks featured on the Roger and Brian Eno EP Luminous. Submissions are open at filmfreeway.com/AQuietSceneLA from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. 

Escape Room L.A. has a new virtual escape room called The Four Elements. It’s adapted from their in-person room, The Alchemist, and allows you to go on a 360-degree exploration of the space as you discover and interact with the clues inside. Tickets are $23.50 per person.

Dan Savage’s sex and body positive HUMP! Film Festival will be a livestream event this year from Jan. 30 through March 6. Watch indie erotic films made by real people for real people from the comfort of your home.

Paper Pizza Company ‘s V-Day charcuterie board.

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On National Pizza Day (Feb. 9), Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights is offering half-off all its pizzas, including new specials like the Carnitas pie, the blueberry pie (bacon, blueberry, spicy honey), and more.

Find New York-style pizzas at Little Coyote in Long Beach. Hand-stretched pies produce a thin crust that’s perfect for that fold and bite moment. Classic toppings and a vegan pie are on the menu, so are salads and a fat, sauced-up pork and beef meatball sub. Available for takeout and delivery every day.

In honor of National Pizza Day (Feb. 9), L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Hollywood will launch a new pizza: the Bianca Piccante Funghi and Salame, made with fior di latte di agerola, spicy Calabrian soppressata, and mushrooms.

Taco Tuesdays at Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a weekly affair with kampachi and scallop tostadas, dry-aged fish tacos, and carnitas tacos—all with a Thai twist. Available for takeout from 5-9 p.m.

LASA permanently pivoted to Lasita Filipino Rotisserie & Natural Wine last week and pre-orders of their Filipino-style rotisserie chicken and lechon sold out as soon as the site launched. Try your luck this week when pre-orders open up once again, this time for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

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31 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [2-5-2021 to 2-7-2021]

February 4, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Puppy Bowl 2021. Photo courtesy of Discovery+/Animal Planet/Elias Weiss Friedman

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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got Super Bowl-themed takeout specials and cooking classes, the Puppy Bowl, film and literature discussions, art activities for kids, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

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Talented artists and renowned icons will join LA Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra on Feb. 6 for Icons for Inspiration, a star-studded benefit filled with behind-the-scenes moments and intimate conversations between Dudamel and special guests. The event is free to view and proceeds will sustain the ongoing work of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its musicians.

KCRW Virtual Cinema presents a free advance screening of Judas and the Black Messiah followed by a Behind the Screens conversation with KCRW host Elvis Mitchell and director Shaka King on Feb 6 at 5 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Pups from Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will be featured in this year’s Puppy Bowl. Tune in on Animal Planet or the discovery+ app on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.

Giant Robot hosts an online reception of artist Godeleine de Rosamel‘s Dark Forest on Feb. 6 at noon on Instagram Live. The exhibit will remain on view at Giant Robot 2 through Feb. 24. More info here.

On Feb. 7, Andre Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name, winner of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, will join Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian Literature at Boston College, for a live Zoom conversation about the LGBTQ themes in Aciman’s work. Tickets are $12.

The Institute of Culinary Education is hosting two Super Bowl-themed cooking classes this weekend. On Feb. 6 at 11 a.m., join Super Bowl Sweets for Parents & Kids, a fun class for the whole family that teaches you how to make crackerjack and sweet and salty brownies. On Feb. 7, Chef Chris Arturo will host Game Day in Your Kitchen at 10 a.m. Learn to make a Frito Pie with bison chili, buffalo cauliflower, and lamb corn dogs all paired with Micheladas. Check out the full schedule here.

The Music Center has a trove of “Artivity” videos for “young people and the young at heart” that teach fun art skills you can master at home. Learn how to create a play with toys, do improvised dance, and more.

Join LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, host Dan Guerrero, and special guest Cheech Marin for a virtual happy hour on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Marin will discuss his love of Chicano art and the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center of Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. Register here.

On Feb. 6, Arena Cinematheque hosts a live Q&A with John Patrick Shanley, director of romance Wild Mountain Thyme, and star Jon Hamm. RSVP here.

The Natural History Museum’s popular First Fridays returns virtually on Feb. 5 featuring lively discussions with experts, DJ sets, and music. Free to attend with advance registration.

In celebration of Black History Month, The Groundlings Theatre and School will host a series of online performances and panels exploring diversity and inclusion in comedy and entertainment. Special events include a collaboration with The Amazing Grace Conservatory, webinars, and more. The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 3. See the full schedule here.

Paruzal Games’ online escape rooms are a great way to reconnect with friends while solving a puzzle together. A live game master will connect with you over Zoom, taking you through illustrated worlds full of clues and secrets. While many escape rooms tilt towards horror or suspense, Paruzal’s adventures are light-hearted and fun, such as opening a pizza shop, sprucing up a coffeehouse, or sneaking backstage to try to meet Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15/person. Or, if you’re looking for something more bespoke, you can also ask them to create a custom game for a special occasion.

Escape Room L.A. has a new virtual escape room called The Four Elements. It’s adapted from their in-person room, The Alchemist, and allows you to go on a 360-degree exploration of the space as you discover and interact with the clues inside. Tickets are $23.50 per person.

View L.A.-based conceptual artist and CalArts educator Charles Gaines‘s Multiples of Nature, Trees and Faces, his first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London, here.

Dan Savage’s sex and body positive HUMP! Film Festival will be a livestream event this year from Jan. 30 through March 6. Watch indie erotic films made by real people for real people from the comfort of your home. The festival kicks off with a viewing party with Dan.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, just in time for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Music Center and dublab present A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative. Anyone can submit a short film that is “an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times,” which must be paired with and filmed in duration to one of the seven tracks featured on the Roger and Brian Eno EP Luminous. Submissions are open at filmfreeway.com/AQuietSceneLA from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. 

From The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions comes Jacob Jonas The Company’s Films.Dance, a collection of 15 short dance films shot throughout the pandemic. The first launched on Jan. 25 and the rest will roll out weekly.

LACMA and LA County Library have partnered on several online programs for teens and kids. They include storytelling and art workshops, plus info on how to pursue a career in museums.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery’s latest online exhibition, The American Sound, pays homage to picket lines, peace signs, and progenitors that defined American politics, movements, and culture.

The Museum of Unnatural History in Chicago presents The Kingdom of Slovenia, a virtual tour through a fantastical world populated by sentient foods. Described as “part theme park ride, part role-playing game,” groups of 4-8 will explore the land’s agricultural and mythical history and make choices that impact their tour guides and Slovenia’s citizens. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $1-$15 here. Open Fridays through Sundays through Feb. 21.

The Skirball presents the Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Jan. 21–May 31. The online exhibit is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and features images of America’s most complex problems captured by photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

Madre’s Super Bowl Package. Photo by Jakob Layman.

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Madre in Palms, Torrance, and West Hollywood have a Super Bowl Package that feeds four. It includes eight tacos, chips, guacamole, salsa, mole, Cocktelito, and your choice of a Margarita or Michelada that serves eight for $125. Order in advance or day-of via ChowNowTock, or by calling the restaurant.

Guerrilla TacosSuper Bowl Menu includes chile butter garlic wings, shrimp tostadas, “masa-rella sticks,” and cheeseburger tacos. These items are available all week long. Or, pre-order a Pocho Taco Kit that includes shells, pocho meat, cheese, pico, creme, and rice & beans for pickup Feb. 5-7. Choose small ($65, eight shells) or large ($100, 16 shells). 

Umami’s Ultimate Game Day Feast ($40) includes two double cheeseburgers, two BBQ bacon burgers, cheesy tots, thin fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings. Order for delivery or pickup here (available February 1-7).

Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery is offering Super Bowl To-Go Platters that include chicken wings, fries, onion rings, and fried seafood.

Sam’s Crispy Chicken locations are offering a Big Game Spread for $35 that includes an Original Sam’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, The Classic sandwich, a Sam’s Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, three orders of waffle fries, and a dozen chicken tenders with two slices of Texas toast, 10 pickles, and two classic sauces. Order for delivery or pickup here (available February 1-7).

SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista is offering a Taco & Margarita Party Pack ($65, serves 3-5 people) that includes six street tacos with your choice of two proteins (grilled chicken, carnitas, or black bean sweet potato). Naked guacamole, TJ chicken Caesar salad, and a 750 ml bottle of SOL’s House Margarita (serves 5-6 margaritas) are also included in the pack.

Little Dom’s Super Bowl menu features meatball six-packs with your choice of Little D’s plant-based, classic, or grilled chicken meatballs for $18. Pre-order is open now via Caviar and Door Dash. Pickup is on Super Bowl Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Banh Mi Shop by Piccalilli has banh mi sandwich platters ($49) and Nam Prik wings ($14) for Super Bowl weekend. Pre-order for game day offerings is available now until Feb. 6 at noon with pickup available from noon to 3 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Order by phone or online here.

Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen in Hollywood has partnered with TIYYA Foundation to recognize Black History Month with a limited edition bag of Ethiopian coffee beans. A portion of the proceeds will support families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced indigenous communities. The coffee beans are available all month at Tiago in-store, online, and through delivery apps. You can also find them at Guerrilla Cafecito in the Arts District or at Flavors From Afar.

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40+ Special Dinners & Gifts for Valentine’s Day 2021 in Los Angeles

February 1, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Cafe Gratitude’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sugar Cookies Kit. Photo: Cafe Gratitude

While we can’t offer you romantic getaways or crowded singles parties this year, we can offer you some great V-Day menus, gift boxes, and even a DIY cookie kit to enjoy at home. We’ve also got cute pastries, lavish meals, cooking classes, wine pairings, coffee tastings, and an entire gift basket devoted to Prince. Order for a loved one or just for you!

Cafe Gratitude’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sugar Cookies Kit includes pre-baked, gluten-free, and plant-based dough and icing, allowing you to make and decorate cookies at home. Available via Cafe Gratitude’s online store Feb. 1-14 for $25 plus shipping. 

andSons’ Chocolatier has partnered with local artist Abel Macias to create a limited edition Valentine’s Day box inspired by the romantic hilltop views and sunset skies of Los Angeles. The box is filled with an assortment of seasonal heart-shaped bonbons, plus andSon’s signature ganaches and pralines for $69 (24 pieces) or $99 (36 pieces.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. The Valentine’s Day box is available online now, along with a number of other gift ideas.

Tartine in Silver Lake has Valentine’s Day pizza kits ($45) for pre-order starting Feb. 1. The kit includes Tartine’s signature dough, toppings, salad, and a pastry, with the option to add on a bottle of wine. Pickups will be available all of Valentine’s Day weekend.

Celebrate at home with a meal by Barton G. Los Angeles. The set menu, which serves two, includes a whole roast chicken with black truffle sourdough stuffing, salad, and two vegetable sides. For dessert, diners get to enjoy the “White Gold Smash,” a home version of the restaurant’s “Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all” dessert. Guests will use a mallet (included in the box) to smash open a chocolate treat. Upgrade your entree to a 12 oz. Chateaubriand filet for $19. Additional items are available a la carte, such as lobster pop tarts, cupcakes, and wine. Order for pickup on Open Table.

Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar have a three-course takeout menu that includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $95 per person. Options include Maine Lobster Bisque, Colors of Salmon & Caviar, Grilled Wagyu Short Ribs, or Chilean Bass. For dessert, try the Valentine’s Sweetart, featuring an almond frangipane on passion fruit coulis, topped with raspberries, edible gold leaf, and a puff pastry. Order on Tock.

Every weekend in February, the Hotel Figueroa hosts two pop-ups: Flouring LA and Vases to Vases. At Flouring LA, get an eight-piece box of pastries for $44, including strawberry cake bars, lavender lemon shortbread, meringue-topped brownies, and pink crumb cake donuts. Dessert charcuterie boards are also available for $120. Then, stop by Vases to Vases for a floral arrangement, starting at $30. 

Chef Suzanne Tracht’s JAR presents Valentine’s Day Dinner on Feb. 14. Each meal includes a choice of appetizer, baby baguette, main, and dessert for $95 per person. Main dishes include Norwegian Halibut with Celery Root Purée, Baby Broccoli and Celery Leaf Butter; New York Steak with Pancetta, Weiser Amarosa Roasted Potatoes, Baby Broccoli and Cabernet Sauce; or Roasted Jidori Chicken with English Peas, Cippolinis, and Peewee Potatoes. Dessert choices include Red Velvet Raspberry Cake, Chocolate Delice with Chocolate Custard and Praline Crunch, or Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. Package dinners for four people are also available for $325, as are cocktails and wine. Order by Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. for pickup on Feb. 14 from 3-8 p.m. 

Paper Pizza Company charcuterie board.

Paper Pizza Company in Downey is offering heart-shaped pizzas made with red dough (prices vary with toppings) and charcuterie boards ($85) that come with cute foodie pickup lines like “meating you was worth it” or “we’re gouda together.” Chocolate-covered strawberries, balloons, and flowers are also available for pickup and delivery Feb. 13-14. The charcuterie board is only offered for pick up. Outdoor dining is also available.

Bardonna has a Breakfast in Bed package ($42) for a cozy day in. The special includes two brunch entrees of your choice, any two beverages, and a chocolate heart filled with candy. You can tuck a personalized message into the heart if you order with 72 hours advance notice. Order in-person or over the phone for pickup at Bardonna in Santa Monica. 

Uplifters Kitchen in Santa Monica has vegan chocolate-covered strawberries that come packed with ribbon and a heart-shaped card. Available for pre-sale online through Feb. 12 at 3 p.m for pickup Feb. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. or Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also get a rose chai latte with tea from Chado while you’re there.

STK Steakhouse is offering a variety of specials for the holiday. From Feb. 12-14, STK’s Valentine’s specials include a seafood platter for two ($69), seared sea scallops ($69), 28oz Porterhouse Surf & Turf ($169), and more. For takeout and delivery only, get the Surf, Turf & Vine special for two, which includes two 8oz filets, grilled prawns, a bottle of red or white wine, and chocolate lava marshmallow cake ($139). STK will also offer its Date Night Menu—which includes an appetizer, main, a side, and dessert—on Feb. 8-10 for $69 per person. Pre-orders open on Feb. 1.

a.o.c.’s Valentine’s Day celebration dinner is available for takeout and delivery. It includes your choice of appetizer, main, and dessert for $75 per person. Options include Diver Scallops with Risotto Carbonara, Sugar Snaps, Pea Shoots, and Meyer Lemon; Slow-Roasted Wagyu Tenderloin with Chanterelles, Crispy Farro and Sauce au Poivre; or Chanterelles and Grilled Asparagus with Farro, Black Rice, Mustard Greens, and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche. Dessert is Chocolate Opera Cake for Two with Letterpress Dark Chocolate, Belize Cacao Ganache, Almond Praline, and Griottines Cherries. Optional add-on caviar service (pre-order by Feb. 7), cocktails, and wine are also available. Pre-order by Feb. 11. Use Tock for pickup, DoorDash for delivery.

Art of Tea is debuting its Rose Black blend for Valentine’s Day. It comes from Master Tea Blender and founder Steve Schwartz and combines loose leaf black tea with notes of rose. You can prepare it hot or serve over ice.

Akasha’s Valentine’s menu is available for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining Feb. 12-14. Options include small plates for two, holiday-themed cocktails for two, and special desserts to share. You can also leave with take-and-back scones to make and enjoy in the morning, or a gift basket featuring chocolates and wine pairings. Pre-order 24 hours in advance on Tock or by phone at (310) 845-1700.

The Front Yard has two take-out options for Feb. 13 & 14. The “Ain’t No River Wide Enough” menu serves two and includes golden beet & baby spinach salad, filet mignon, lobster risotto, chocolate mousse cake, and a bottle of Mumm Napa Brut for $119. The “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” menu serves two and includes a golden beet & baby spinach salad, bacon-cured diver scallops, wagyu filet, lobster risotto, chocolate mousse cake, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $179. Pre-order by Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

Of the Night’s latest decadent gift box is When Doves Cry, a Prince-themed experience you can enjoy at home. It includes Mulholland Distilling vodka, Corsa Co. tonic, Foria Sex Wellness products, Bijoux Indiscrets bedroom toys, Brew Glitter (edible glitter for cocktails), purple pancakes, a lava lamp, art supplies, a bath bomb, Kikoko adult tea, Prince-themed activities, a curated playlist, and more for $180. Only 40 baskets are available. Add-ons include a five-course meal from Chef Laurent Quienioux, theatrical delivery, and more. Order now for delivery on Feb. 14. 10% of proceeds benefit Harmony Project.

Bourbon Steak LA in Glendale has a steakhouse four-course dinner for two ($249) from Chef Michael Mina. It includes a Black River Caviar Parfait, followed by a Dashi Cured Kampachi Crudo. The main course is your choice of 8. Oz Black Angus Filet, Braised Boneless Short Rib, or a Faroe Island Salmon. For dessert, enjoy a Bourbon Bliss Bar. Available for pre-order until Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. for pickup on Feb. 13 & 14 from 4-7 p.m. Call (818) 839-4130 or email cbugbee@bourbonsteak.com to order. See the restaurant’s website for additional meal options, cocktails, and more. 

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has a curated menu available for takeout or outdoor dining that includes an appetizer, pasta or risotto, and dessert for $65 or an appetizer, choice of linguine or risotto, choice of fish or steak, and dessert for $100. Reservations required for dine-in. Order takeout online. 

Pasta Sisters is offering chocolate heart-shaped ravioli ($17.95). The pasta uses cocoa powder to spice the dough, which is then stuffed with smoked prosciutto, walnuts, and ricotta. Available to-go or as fresh pasta to cook at home. 

Openaire, located at LINE LA in Koreatown, has a Valentine’s takeaway menu for two ($95/person). It includes smoked beet tartare, Dungeness crab dumplings, grilled filet mignon, Maine lobster salad with passion fruit dressing, chocolate tart, strawberry rose macaroons, and more. Order on Tock for pickup or on DoorDash for delivery. Available Feb. 12-21. 

Eataly LA’s Terra at Home kit includes everything you need for a multi-course Italian dinner at home. All items come refrigerated with simple instructions to reheat and serve in just 30-40 minutes. Order on Tock for $175 (serves two). Wine and other add-ons are available.

Cake Monkey layer cakes. Photo by Nastassia Johnson

Valentine’s Day treats at Cake Monkey Bakery include mini-layer cakes decorated with roses or heart-shaped sprinkles, heart-shaped chocolate raspberry cakewiches, Heart Grams (two Cakewiches) with customizable messages on each box, Pop Hearts, and sugar cookies with Valentine nonpareils. Pickup and local delivery are available at both the Fairfax and North Hollywood locations.

Tokyo Hot Chicken in Glendale is offering a “hot chicken bouquet” wrapped in a green tea waffle ($19.99) for takeout or delivery Feb. 12-14. A la carte items and cocktails are also available.

Rossoblu’s seven-course Valentine’s Day dinner is available for pickup Feb. 12-14. It includes baked oysters, shrimp tagliatelle, ossobuco terrine, duck breast, and more ($79). Order on Tock.

Goodboybob’s Valentine’s dinner for two includes “adult Lunchables,” salad, coq au vin, and lavender pots de creme for $125. Available for pickup Feb. 12-14. Pre-order by Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.

Bianca’s four-course “Sapori d’Amore” is a tasting experience for two that includes an antipasto, pasta, main, and dessert ($160 for two). Options include lobster bisque, filet mignon, chocolate espresso mousse, strawberries & cream tartelette, and more. Pre-order on or before Feb. 11 for pick up on Feb. 13 or 14. Bianca also has gifts available, including wine and sweets pairings, available for pickup. To pre-order those, give them a call!

Wine shop Vinovore in Silver Lake has gift boxes for significant others, friends, or even just you that include wine, sweets, books, and other curated gifts. Check them out here.

Sightglass Marketplace & Coffee Roastery serves as a one-stop-shop for Valentine’s Day. Full meal options include a dry-aged ribeye special for two ($120) or black truffle vegetarian lasagna for two ($95). They’ve also got a selection of gift boxes, including a cheese box with wine pairings ($90) or the Mocha Box ($45) with Sightglass coffee beans, cocoa mix, and shortbread cookies. Pastries, sweets, and flowers are also available.

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories has a few Valentine’s Day cooking classes lined up. On Feb. 12, learn to make macarons in the morning, doughnuts in the afternoon, or sign up for the Valentine’s Pasta Dinner for two in the evening. On Feb. 13, join a date-night class for two that teaches you how to make the perfect steak dinner, herb salad, and apple cake. To sign up, check out the school’s online calendar.

Madre is offering dinner for two ($95) at its locations in Palms, West Hollywood, and Torrance. It includes two appetizers, two entrees, one dessert, and two cocktails, including Mole Verde, Coloradito, and Tarta de Nicuatole for dessert. Add the Besitos de Mezcal flight for an additional $28. Order by Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. via ChowNow, Tock, phone, or email for pickup on Feb. 14 from noon to 9 p.m. Outdoor dining is also available.

Krispy Rice’s Soulmate Box.

All month long, Krispy Rice will offer Valentine’s Day-themed sushi boxes available via UberEats, Postmates, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Boxes include the Hold My Handroll Box ($45), which comes with five different handrolls, four different Krispy Rice dishes, plus edamame. The Plenty of Fish in the Sea Box ($40) includes one of each item (a selection of handrolls, cut rolls, Krispy Rices, nigiri, and edamame). The Soulmate Box ($55) includes two of each item (a selection of handrolls, cut rolls, Krispy Rices, nigiri, and edamame).

Hermanito’s Valentine’s Day special feeds two to three people and includes seafood ceviche, your choice of protein, and a tres leches cake ($99). A Lo Fi Spritz Kit is available for $50. Order on Hermanito’s website or Toast in advance or day-of. Outdoor dining is also available.

Triple Coffee’s virtual tasting series is available to the public for the first time on Valentine’s Day. The tasting includes three gourmet Central American coffees that guests will receive by mail in advance, as well as an inside look at how the coffee is produced. Join on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $40 for one, $60 for two. 

If you’re Valentine is a coffee lover, Verve’s winter Wilder Blend boasts a raspberry tasting note with hints of fig. It’s available now in 12oz bags ($19) or you can sign your Valentine up for a coffee subscription so they’ll always have a fresh cup in the morning. Prices start at $16 per 12oz bag, and delivery is weekly, every other week, or monthly.

Donatsu in Little Tokyo has heart-shaped, hand-made vegan donuts available to order on Feb. 13 & 14. The shop’s fun, everyday flavors include Apple Fritter, Mocha Latte, Samoa, Uba, Churro, and many more.

Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach is bringing back their heart shaped pizzas Feb 12-14 for $15.95 with additional toppings for $1.50. Call to order your heart-shaped pizza in advance, pick it up in-store to-go, or get it delivered through Mickey’s website or third-party apps.

Tsurumaru Udon has DIY Valentine’s Day meal kits that let you make Japanese udon at home. Udon kits for two are just $7.75 and contain uncooked udon, soup concentrate, seaweed, green onions, and tempura flakes. Order Feb. 12-14 at tsurumaruudon.com.

Lanea’s Valentine’s Day Kit for two includes a four-pack of the Santa Monica cocktail bar’s Spicy Marg or Rose Quartz (Vodka, Honey, Jasmine Flower, Rosewater) canned cocktails, plus chocolates, for $20. 

Salt & Straw’s Valentine’s Day special is everything you need for a candlelit dessert: two pints of ice cream, plus their Waffle Cone-scented candle. Available in scoops shops Feb. 8-14 for $49. Includes a card. 

CropSwap, an app that allows people to buy produce directly from farms, and Golden State Papayas are offering a virtual pizza cooking class on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. To attend, purchase the Golden State Papayas Goat Cheese Pizza Box ($40) or the Vegan Pizza Box ($37) on the CropSwap app. The Zoom link to the class will be provided upon purchase. Order by Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. for delivery on Feb. 13.

Valentine’s Day Picnic Box by Destroyer.

Destroyer in Culver City is offering a Valentine’s Day Picnic Box ($55) that includes artisanal cheeses (Midnight Moon, Fiscalini Cheddar, and Humboldt Fog), lemon thyme elderflower honey, cranberry red currant jam, bread and butter pickles, mixed nuts, a baguette, and a slice of chocolate devil’s food cake. Add-ons like a Bacon Onion Marmalade ($12) and Foie Gras Parfait with Green Gage Plum and Pink Peppercorn ($18) are also available. All orders can be placed via Destroyer’s online store and will be available for pickup or local delivery Feb. 12-14.

Tacos Tu Madre in West Hollywood has boozy chocolate bombs for decadent hot chocolates. Each chocolate heart ($12) is filled with hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, and an infusion injector with your choice of Rumchata or Bailey’s.

Cassia’s is offering a Southeast Asian BBQ-themed Heat & Serve Dinner Package for Valentine’s Day. The seven-course, family-style menu includes Smoked Short Ribs with Phu Quoc Island peppercorn spice rub & green curry, or a Smoked Cauliflower with lemongrass butter & green curry; Spicy Palm Sugar Baked Beans with bacon & Sichuan peppercorns; Green Papaya Slaw with jalapeños, seaweed, scallions & herbs, and more. Serves 1-6 people. Cocktails are also available. Order by Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. on Tock or by calling 310-393-6699. 

Birdie G’s has two 6-course menus available Feb. 12-14. The first menu includes a Cheese Puff with chicken liver & hoshigaki; Wood-Grilled Beef marinated with beet molasses; Rocky Road Risotto, and more ($89/person). The all-vegan menu includes Silken Tofu with marigold & kasha; Beets with lentil miso dressing; Whole Roasted Cauliflower with vadouvan, and more ($79/person). Ice cream, cakes, pies, wine, and other add-ones are also available. Order by Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. for curbside pickup Feb. 12-14, 4-8:30 p.m. 

Milo & Olive’s Valentine’s Day Meal Kits start at $55 and include everything you need to make duck confit ravioli, cacio e pepe risotto, and other dishes. Each comes with a Milo & Olive tote containing a demi-baguette and gluten-free citrus cheesecake with a gingerbread crust. Wine pairings are available at $20-80 per bottle. Available for pre-order only until Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Call the restaurant Wednesday-Sunday at 310-453-6776 or use this form to order. Pickup is Feb. 14 starting at 2 p.m. 

Chef Uyen Kirshenbaum’s Kirsh Baking Company‘s I 💗 Love Collection includes one dozen fresh-baked cookies available for nationwide shipping. The Valentine’s box ($36) includes flavors like Oatmeal Cherry, Vanilla Rose, Chocolate Elvis, and Salted Chocolate Chip.

Savoca at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has a Valentine’s menu available on its outdoor patio from Feb. 12-14, 5:30-9:30 p.m. It includes roasted prime filet ($65), risotto Milanese ($22), seared scallops ($32), and Valhrona chocolate passionfruit tarts ($16). More info here.

Greek restaurant Theía is offering a three-course meal for $85 per person on Valentine’s Day. It includes six oysters; a surf and turf with an 8oz mignon, lobster tail, sweet potato mash, and pomegranate demi-glaze; and the Go Get a Room Pavlova with strawberry, Chantilly cream, pink meringue, and Grand Marnier. Available for outdoor dining.

BlueCut and chef Nik Sharma have partnered on an at-home cooking package ($175). It contains two of BlueCut’s handmade linen aprons; a copy of Sharma’s book, The Flavor Equation; and personal touches like a curated Spotify playlist, custom meal plans, suggested wine pairings, and more.

The Finishing Gourmet

The Roguelike Tavern’s Tillinghast Valentine’s Day special combines a meal with an at-home puzzle game and spirits tasting. First, you’ll choose two entrees. Options include short rib mushroom risotto, a burger and tots, pulled pork poutine, loaded vegan tots, and more. Then, you’ll pick up your dinner along with a box that contains four liquor tastings, plus several objects you must rifle through to solve the mystery of the odd company that previously occupied Roguelike’s space. The package is $120 and includes two dinners, the tasting flight, and the game with optional dessert add-ons. Use the code ONLYLOVE for a “sparking surprise” while supplies last. Pre-order now for pickup Feb. 13 & 14. Read our review of the game here.

Santa Monica Proper’s Calabra has several V-Day specials for at-home or outdoor dining. Curated picnic baskets feature sparkling wine, tea sandwiches, snacks, and Vanilla Bakeshops sweets ($190, serves two), while a four-course dinner including Calabra Mezze, Santa Monica Market Salad, Filet with Peppercorn Jus, and a Half Lobster Tail is available to-go for $80 per person. Orders must be placed by Feb. 12 here.

Chado Tea Room has collaborated with Mignon Chocolates on a gorgeous collection of chocolates infused with Chado teas. Flavors include Matcha, White Champagne Raspberry, Lavender Earl Grey, Passion Fruit Oolong, Chai, and Butterscotch. Get a box of six for $20.

Art Delectables features handmade desserts using organic, non-GMO ingredients and a third less sugar than your typical sweets. For Valentine’s Day, get a box of giant strawberries covered in chocolate combos like matcha & dark chocolate, cookies & cream, and 24K gold leaf milk chocolate ($29.94 for six). Or, try a box of six brownie truffles spiked with scotch ($29.99). 

The Finishing Gourmet’s Valentine’s Day menu for two is available Feb. 11-14. The menu includes a shrimp cocktail, salad, a 39 oz. ribeye steak with a trio of sauces, sautéed market mushrooms, mashed potatoes, a pavlova with blood orange curd and red rose petals, and chocolate-dipped strawberries ($295, serves two). 

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27 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [2-1-2021 to 2-5-2021]

February 1, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
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Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got Black History Month celebrations, NHM’s First Fridays, pizza-themed escape rooms, a ‘laughter yoga’ class, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

At-Home & Online Events

The Natural History Museum’s popular First Fridays returns virtually on Feb. 5 featuring lively discussions with experts, DJ sets, and music. Free to attend with advance registration.

Take a Laughter Yoga class with certified laughter yoga instructor Barbara Molina on Feb. 1. This free 30-minute class is hosted weekly by the Studio City Library and is suitable for all ages. Join on Zoom.

In celebration of Black History Month, The Groundlings Theatre and School will host a series of online performances and panels exploring diversity and inclusion in comedy and entertainment. Special events include a collaboration with The Amazing Grace Conservatory, webinars, and more. The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 3. See the full schedule here.

LACMA presents a free film screening of Disclosure, a documentary that serves as “an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender.” A conversation with director Sam Feder, producer Amy Scholder, and executive producer Laverne Cox will follow. The event is on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., but remember to RSVP in advance.

Paruzal Games’ online escape rooms are a great way to reconnect with friends while solving a puzzle together. A live game master will connect with you over Zoom, taking you through illustrated worlds full of clues and secrets. While many escape rooms tilt towards horror or suspense, Paruzal’s adventures are light-hearted and fun, such as opening a pizza shop, sprucing up a coffeehouse, or sneaking backstage to try to meet Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15/person. Or, if you’re looking for something more bespoke, you can also ask them to create a custom game for a special occasion.

Join Zocalo Public Square on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. for “What Does Kamala Harris’ Rise Say About America?” Per a release: “California journalist Dan Morain, author of the new biography Kamala’s Way, and Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights, an organization building the collective political power of Black women, visit Zócalo to discuss how Harris got to the White House, what we might expect her to accomplish there, and what it can tell us about our nation and the current moment.” Register here

Learn about Ethiopian cuisine with Chef Friku on Feb. 4 as part of West LA Regional Library’s LA Made series.

In honor of Black History Month, Edendale Library will host a discussion on documentaries Ethnic Notions and Through a Lens Darkly on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Both films are available for free on Kanopy via LAPL.org. To join the discussion, email eden@lapl.org for the Zoom link.

Share your stories and visions of Hyde Park with your community on Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. The online “story gathering event” will include Heart of Hyde Park artists Moses Ball, Dezmond Crockett, Assata Umoja, Linda Ricks, and Robbye Davis. To register, email beth@lacommons.org. To submit a question, email hopehydepark@yahoo.com. 

SCI-Arc will celebrate Blacks Lives Matter Week of Action Feb. 1-5 through a series of online panels and discussions. They include “Trans Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Collective Value” on Feb. 2 and “Intergenerational, Black Families, and Black Villages” on Feb. 4. See the full schedule here.

View L.A.-based conceptual artist and CalArts educator Charles Gaines‘s Multiples of Nature, Trees and Faces, his first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London, here.

Dan Savage’s sex and body positive HUMP! Film Festival will be a livestream event this year from Jan. 30 through March 6. Watch indie erotic films made by real people for real people from the comfort of your home. The festival kicks off with a viewing party with Dan.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, just in time for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Music Center and dublab present A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative. Anyone can submit a short film that is “an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times,” which must be paired with and filmed in duration to one of the seven tracks featured on the Roger and Brian Eno EP Luminous. Submissions are open at filmfreeway.com/AQuietSceneLA from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. 

From The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions comes Jacob Jonas The Company’s Films.Dance, a collection of 15 short dance films shot throughout the pandemic. The first launched on Jan. 25 and the rest will roll out weekly.

LACMA and LA County Library have partnered on several online programs for teens and kids. They include storytelling and art workshops, plus info on how to pursue a career in museums.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery’s latest online exhibition, The American Sound, pays homage to picket lines, peace signs, and progenitors that defined American politics, movements, and culture.

The Museum of Unnatural History in Chicago presents The Kingdom of Slovenia, a virtual tour through a fantastical world populated by sentient foods. Described as “part theme park ride, part role-playing game,” groups of 4-8 will explore the land’s agricultural and mythical history and make choices that impact their tour guides and Slovenia’s citizens. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $1-$15 here. Open Fridays through Sundays through Feb. 21.

The Skirball presents the Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Jan. 21–May 31. The online exhibit is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and features images of America’s most complex problems captured by photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

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Grain Traders L.A.

Pickup & Delivery

A meal at West Hollywood’s Grain Traders LA is like a whirlwind trip around the world. The casual, customizable format is elevated by Culinary Director Gisela Salazar Golding’s sharp global palate, acquired through her experience in several international kitchens. Guests may choose from dozens of items all packed with complex flavors, including yellowfin tuna tataki, “Char Siu” pulled jackfruit, pineapple kimchi, and a green curry eggplant casserole. Takeout is available by pre-ordering on the site. Get delivery via Postmates, Grubhub, and DoorDash.

Madre is celebrating Dia de la Candelaria with a special to-go box that includes four mix-and-match tamales for $20. For an extra $10, add four champurrados or four cafés de olla. Place your order by Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. for pickup on Feb. 2 from noon to 9 p.m. 

If you’re a fan of McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish, Echo Park sake bar OTOTO is offering its version with a Japanese twist. The Filet-OTOTO-Fish is made with panko-fried rock cod, American cheese, tartar sauce, and pickled daikon on a sesame bun ($13). Available for pickup and delivery.

Jitlada offers some of the spiciest food you can eat in Los Angeles. There are two separate menus, one with familiar items and another focused on Southern Thai cuisine, which is a Jitlada specialty. The Southern menu lists over 150 not so common items including “lava” noodles, lemongrass eel, and dry curry soft shell crab with pumpkin. If looking through over 300 menu items seem intimidating, the Crying Tiger appetizer, Crispy Morning Glory Salad, pad thai, and fried sea bass are a good start. Available for takeout, or get delivery through your favorite app.

Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen in Hollywood has partnered with TIYYA Foundation to recognize Black History Month with a limited edition bag of Ethiopian coffee beans. A portion of the proceeds will support families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced indigenous communities. The coffee beans are available all month at Tiago in-store, online, and through delivery apps. You can also find them at Guerrilla Cafecito in the Arts District or at Flavors From Afar.

Los Feliz newcomer Nossa opened this week. Its Southern Brazilian menu features cheese bread, roasted chicken, and moqueca de peixe, a coconut milk-based fish stew. Available for pickup and delivery Wednesday through Sunday.

101 Coffee Shop will pop up at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, featuring popular menu items one last time before the beloved diner bids farewell forever. Available for takeout over the phone or delivery through DoorDash or Caviar Jan. 26 through Feb. 7.

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28 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [1-29-2021 to 1-31-2021]

January 28, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Mural at Westfield Century City
Mural at Westfield Century City. 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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got a new Brazilian restaurant, a sexy film fest, a star-studded comedy show, fortune readings, photo exhibits, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

At-Home & Online Events

Festpocalypse! is a virtual fundraiser for SF Sketchfest, San Francisco’s top comedy festival. It streams live on Jan. 30 and features performances from some of the most famous sketch groups and comedians including Kids in The Hall, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Upright Citizens Brigade, Fred Armisen, Margaret Cho, and dozens more. Ticket-buyers will have access to replays through Feb. 1. Tickets start at $20.

Dan Savage’s sex and body positive HUMP! Film Festival will be a livestream event this year from Jan. 30 through March 6. Watch indie erotic films made by real people for real people from the comfort of your home. The festival kicks off with a viewing party with Dan.

The Broad’s next episode of Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat is now live. This one explores punk and no wave and is hosted by James Spooner, co-founder of the Afropunk Festival. Watch here.

The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts a virtual birthday party for silent film actress Marion Davies on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. The party streams live from the Annenberg Community Beach House where Davies once lived, and includes stories, music, and drink recipes. The event is free with RSVP, but you must register by Sat., Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.

On Jan. 30, Atsuko Okatsuka hosts a free Zoom comedy show featuring stand-up by comedians who’ve all grown up with family members affected by mental illness.

American Cinematheque presents a free discussion with Sound of Metal director Darius Marder and stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, and Paul Raci on Jan. 29.

RE:Her’s Food Festival, highlights over 100 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles and beyond from Jan. 21-30 through exclusive takeout meals, dozens of menu collaborations, special offers, and panel conversations by and for women. View a list of events here.

Tough Luck is a 90-minute immersive puzzle adventure in which participants must decipher clues to track down a master thief. Show dates are Jan. 30 & 31 at various times. Tickets are $40/person.

Cup of Knowledge is an interactive fortunetelling experience that takes place over Gather Town Jan. 29-31. Per the synopsis: “For a woman who drinks from the cup of knowledge is aware she can support herself financially and emotionally, and what dear reader, is more threatening than that?” Tickets are $5. 

The Morrison Hotel Gallery’s latest online exhibition, The American Sound, pays homage to picket lines, peace signs, and progenitors that defined American politics, movements, and culture.

Join Naked Comedy on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. for What’s Your Problem, Sir, an interactive comedy show with Ever Mainard. Tickets are $5.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, just in time for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Music Center and dublab present A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative. Anyone can submit a short film that is “an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times,” which must be paired with and filmed in duration to one of the seven tracks featured on the Roger and Brian Eno EP Luminous. Submissions are open at filmfreeway.com/AQuietSceneLA from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. 

Join PetSpace on Jan. 30 for a free special online workshop to understand your pet’s grooming needs.

From The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions comes Jacob Jonas The Company’s Films.Dance, a collection of 15 short dance films shot throughout the pandemic. The first launched on Jan. 25 and the rest will roll out weekly.

LACMA and LA County Library have partnered on several online programs for teens and kids. They include storytelling and art workshops, plus info on how to pursue a career in museums.

The City of West Hollywood’s next WeHo Sounds concert is on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. featuring Katalyst. Join free here.

Holocaust Remembrance is a four-day virtual festival of events beginning on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27) presented by New West Symphony. Programming kicks off with “Never Forgot” on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., featuring interviews with Celina Biniaz, the youngest of Schindler’s List survivors, and the Violins of Hope Los Angeles Chair Susanne Reyto, along with a showing of a “Violins of Hope” documentary. Tickets are $25. See the complete schedule here.

The Museum of Unnatural History in Chicago presents The Kingdom of Slovenia, a virtual tour through a fantastical world populated by sentient foods. Described as “part theme park ride, part role-playing game,” groups of 4-8 will explore the land’s agricultural and mythical history and make choices that impact their tour guides and Slovenia’s citizens. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $1-$15 here. Open Fridays through Sundays through Feb. 21.

National Young Artists Week is Jan. 25-30. It’s a virtual showcase of young artists across the country in mediums including voice, theater, dance, film, writing, and music. RSVP here.

The Skirball presents the Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Jan. 21–May 31. The online exhibit is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and features images of America’s most complex problems captured by photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

Nossa. Photo by: Georgia Cassidy

Pickup & Delivery

Los Feliz newcomer Nossa opened this week. Its Southern Brazilian menu features cheese bread, roasted chicken, and moqueca de peixe, a coconut milk-based fish stew. Available for pickup and delivery Wednesday through Sunday.

On Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the MÍRAME Oyster Pop Up will allow guests to purchase grilled or raw oysters to-go from a sidewalk stand in front of the Beverly Hills restaurant. Available for pre-order only at $33 per dozen. Tacos, cocktail, and wine are also available. Order here.  

Pasadena’s annual Cheeseburger Week returns Jan. 24-30 with 40 participating restaurants including The Raymond, Pie ‘n Burger, Hummus Labs, Bone Kettle, and more. Find special offers, new burgers, and deals available for takeout.

101 Coffee Shop will pop up at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, featuring popular menu items one last time before the beloved diner bids farewell forever. Available for takeout over the phone or delivery through DoorDash or Caviar Jan. 26 through Feb. 7.

Get a taste of Southern French cuisine this week when Lucques Cassoulet Night returns Jan. 29-30. The cassoulet is accompanied by greens, a baguette, and a gateau basque for dessert. An order for two is $65, $125 to feed four. Available on Tock.

Apollonia’s Pizzeria’s off-menu square pizzas are now available to reserve online for takeout. The signature pie is surrounded by a crown of crispy cheese and topped with goods like pepperoni and squash blossoms.

Chef Jordan Kahn released a new “Vespertine At Home” experience, placing emphasis on atmosphere. The eight-course menu includes organic roasted chicken, velvet white carrot soup, and hand-rolled cinnamon buns with woodruff and dried peach. Chef Kahn has also curated an Atmospheric Box that will accompany each order. The box includes items like flatware, linens, incense, and other elements to provide guests with a unique Vespertine experience in their own homes. Each package is $245 and serves two people. Available Friday through Sunday from Jan. 22 through Feb. 7. Order on Tock for pickup from Vespertine in Culver City.

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Things To Do

34 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [1-25-2021 to 1-29-2021]

January 25, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
‘Coded Bias,’ one of several films available this week from The International Documentary Association.

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, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a Cantonese cooking class, a virtual poetry reading, sound baths and meditations, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Learn to make Chef Johnny Lee’s Soy Sauce Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce. Photo: The Fowler

At-Home & Online Events

The Fowler Museum at UCLA’s Global Cuisine Cooking Lessons welcomes Chef Johnny Lee of Pearl River Delta for a free virtual Cantonese cooking class on Jan. 26. Lee will teach you how to make his famous Soy Sauce Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce. The ingredient list will be sent upon RSVP.

Join Amanda Gorman, the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles for Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters. The virtual poetry event on Jan. 28 will include readings from African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, an anthology edited by Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and poetry editor for The New Yorker. The event also features Robin Coste Lewis and Safiya Sinclair, and music from Kris Bowers. Admission is free, but you can purchase a $50 ticket that includes a copy of Young’s book and benefits LFLA.

Chunky Paper is hosting a pop-up in Chinatown from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, just in time for Chinese New Year (Feb. 12). Discover seriously adorable, handmade red envelopes in the shape of boba tea, Dodgers baseball caps, and more. Stop by the pop-up or shop online.

The Hammer Museum presents a free conversation with Koa Beck and Julia Serano on Jan. 28 about the shortcomings of mainstream feminism and the potential for solidarity. Koa Beck is the author of White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind. Julia Serano is an author and activist.

Acclaimed storytelling series The Moth returns as a socially distant, online event on Jan. 27. Storytellers will share tales about hazardous turns and joyous curves.

The Laugh Factory presents Live Virtual Comedy on Jan. 28 hosted by Tehran with Erik Griffin and more. Tickets are $15-$20.

Welcoming a new pet into your home? Take a free webinar on Basic Pet Care with the ASPCA on Jan. 27.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) hosts free film screenings and filmmaker Q&As Jan. 25-28. View the full schedule here.

Take a free one-hour Virtual Sound Bath Meditation hosted by House of Profound on Jan. 28

Join Casey Schreiner, author of Discover Griffith Park: A Local’s Guide, on Jan. 26 for some insight into the 4,300-acre park. The discussion is free to join but if you would like to purchase Casey’s book, the event has partnered with Chevalier’s Books for signed copies.

The Hammer Museum takes its 30-minute Mindful Awareness Meditation series online via Zoom on Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents “Coffee and Cold Brew with Cafe Cafe Mobile Coffee” on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. on Zoom. Cafe Cafe Mobile Coffee will demonstrate how to choose the right coffee, brew it in a French press, and prepare cold brew. Register here.

The Armory Show / L.A. Louver presents Virtual Armory Live | The Caddy Court: A Reflection on the Justice System on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. on Zoom. The virtual discussion features moderator Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (journalist, art critic, and author of Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene in the 1960s), Anne Ellegood (Good Works Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), and Nina Totenberg (American legal affairs correspondent for NPR, specialist in the affairs and politics of the SCOTUS). They will discuss “The Caddy Court,” Ed and Nancy Kienholz’s iconic assemblage from 1986. Register here.

The City of West Hollywood’s next WeHo Sounds concert is on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. featuring Katalyst. Join free here.

On Jan. 27 at 5 p.m., join The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speaker Series for a discussion about Disclosure, Netflix’s documentary about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community. Panelists include Sam Feder, Laverne Cox, Drian Juarez, and Alexis Sanchez. Free with RSVP.

National Young Artists Week is Jan. 25-30. It’s a virtual showcase of young artists across the country in mediums including voice, theater, dance, film, writing, and music. RSVP here.

The Music Center and dublab present A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative. Anyone can submit a short film that is “an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times,” which must be paired with and filmed in duration to one of the seven tracks featured on the Roger and Brian Eno EP Luminous. Submissions are open at filmfreeway.com/AQuietSceneLA from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21. 

From The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions comes Jacob Jonas The Company’s Films.Dance, a collection of 15 short dance films shot throughout the pandemic. The first launches on Jan. 25 and the rest will roll out weekly.

Skylight Books hosts a conversation with author Lavender Suarez (Transcendent Waves) and artist Bibbe Hansen on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Transcendent Waves is described as “equal parts how-to guide and contemplative workbook, Suarez explores how sound healing and intentional listening can unlock moments of mindfulness and creativity.” Register here.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents the fourth installment of L.A. Omnibus with Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper and spoken word artist known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry. Thanks Joey is a music producer and independent multimedia arts label owner from Brooklyn, New York. The conversation will stream on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. on CAP UCLA Online.

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is hosting a trivia event to raise funds for its next project in Guatemala on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Holocaust Remembrance is a four-day virtual festival of events beginning on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27) presented by New West Symphony. Programming kicks off with “Never Forgot” on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., featuring interviews with Celina Biniaz, the youngest of Schindler’s List survivors, and the Violins of Hope Los Angeles Chair Susanne Reyto, along with a showing of a “Violins of Hope” documentary. Tickets are $25. See the complete schedule here.

The Museum of Unnatural History in Chicago presents The Kingdom of Slovenia, a virtual tour through a fantastical world populated by sentient foods. Described as “part theme park ride, part role-playing game,” groups of 4-8 will explore the land’s agricultural and mythical history and make choices that impact their tour guides and Slovenia’s citizens. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $1-$15 here. Open Fridays through Sundays through Feb. 21.

The Broad’s new three-part video series Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of  Jean-Michel Basquiat explore the artist’s connection to genres including Jazz, Bebop, Punk, No Wave, and Hip-Hop. The first episode, Jazz and Bebop, launched Jan. 21 and features L.A. jazz musician Terrace Martin and Quincy Jones. Check it out here.

The Skirball presents the Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Jan. 21–May 31. The online exhibit is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and features images of America’s most complex problems captured by photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

LA County Library’s Parent-Ade is a series of virtual programs to help parents handle distance learning. Programs are offered every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in English and at 5 p.m. in Spanish on Webex. They include topics such as “Socially Distant Adventures,” “Staying Connected with Family & Friends,” and “Balancing Work and Home.” Find more info here.

RE:Her’s Food Festival, highlights over 100 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles and beyond from Jan. 21-30 through exclusive takeout meals, dozens of menu collaborations, special offers, and panel conversations by and for women. View a list of events here.

Pickup & Delivery

Pasadena’s annual Cheeseburger Week returns Jan. 24-30 with 40 participating restaurants including The Raymond, Pie ‘n Burger, Hummus Labs, Bone Kettle, and more. Find special offers, new burgers, and deals available for takeout.

Tam O’Shanter’s annual celebration honoring the birthday of Scottish poet and “The Tam O’Shanter” author Rabbie Burns is a longstanding tradition at the Atwater Village restaurant. This year, you can join the virtual festival on Jan. 25 or Jan. 26. Reserve your feast (starting at $65) and whiskey flights online.

101 Coffee Shop will pop up at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, featuring popular menu items one last time before the beloved diner bids farewell forever. Available for takeout over the phone or delivery through DoorDash or Caviar Jan. 26 through Feb. 7.

Get a taste of Southern French cuisine this week when Lucques Cassoulet Night returns Jan. 29-30. The cassoulet is accompanied by greens, a baguette, and a gateau basque for dessert. An order for two is $65, $125 to feed four. Available on Tock.

Apollonia’s Pizzeria’s off-menu square pizzas are now available to reserve online for takeout. The signature pie is surrounded by a crown of crispy cheese and topped with goods like pepperoni and squash blossoms.

Chef Jordan Kahn released a new “Vespertine At Home” experience, placing emphasis on atmosphere. The eight-course menu includes organic roasted chicken, velvet white carrot soup, and hand-rolled cinnamon buns with woodruff and dried peach. Chef Kahn has also curated an Atmospheric Box that will accompany each order. The box includes items like flatware, linens, incense, and other elements to provide guests with a unique Vespertine experience in their own homes. Each package is $245 and serves two people. Available Friday through Sunday from Jan. 22 through Feb. 7. Order on Tock for pickup from Vespertine in Culver City.

Through Jan. 27, Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood is hosting a Snowpiercer takeover with fun photo ops and a free vanilla raised donut with coconut shavings for the first 100 guests (otherwise, $2.85 each).

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Culture, Things To Do

24 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [1-22-2021 to 1-24-2021]

January 21, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Terrace Martin in The Broad’s new video series Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of  Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photo courtesy of The Broad.

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 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got a women-focused food fest, a video art & music series, fantastical tours, movie trivia, virtual concerts, and moreHave something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

At-Home & Online Events

The Broad’s new three-part video series Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of  Jean-Michel Basquiat explore the artist’s connection to genres including Jazz, Bebop, Punk, No Wave, and Hip-Hop. The first episode, Jazz and Bebop, launches Jan. 21 and features L.A. jazz musician Terrace Martin and Quincy Jones. Check it out here.

RE:Her’s Food Festival, highlights over 100 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles and beyond from Jan. 21-30 through exclusive takeout meals, dozens of menu collaborations, special offers, and panel conversations by and for women. View a list of events here.

Join LA Walking Tours on Jan. 24 for an exploration of the city’s botanicals and learn the history, biology, and cultural relevance of some of Los Angeles’s most beloved plants. 

The Catalina Island Museum hosts “You’ve Got Mail: Catalina Island’s Mail Carrier History” on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Per a release: “Written on the island and mailed to Ipswich, Massachusetts, the virtual event will share the history of the first known letter carried from the West Coast to the East Coast via Cape Horn and explore how it relates to the United States and Mexican history and a brief background about the use of carrier pigeons on the island. A special guest will share information about training pigeons and the Post Mistress of Avalon’s Post Office will share how even today the island is unique in the way its mail delivery is handled.” Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. 

Fantastic Negrito performs a concert streamed live from The Downtown Theater in Fairfield, CA on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $9.99 through Frazier Trager Presents here.

The Museum of Unnatural History in Chicago presents The Kingdom of Slovenia, a virtual tour through a fantastical world populated by sentient foods. Described as “part theme park ride, part role-playing game,” groups of 4-8 will explore the land’s agricultural and mythical history and make choices that impact their tour guides and Slovenia’s citizens. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $1-$15 here. Open Fridays through Sundays through Feb. 21.

Vidiots Virtual Movie Trivia with MUBI is on Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Test your film knowledge with guest host Drea Clark in teams of up to four players. Donations of $5-$10 accepted to cover production costs. RSVP here.

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) presents ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora, an online series that features writers, poets, artists, actors, filmmakers, scholars, and other cultural producers from the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora. The next episode is on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and features filmmakers Carol Nguyen (No Crying at the Dinner Table) and Bao Nguyen (BE WATER), hosted by author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Tickets are $5 here.

Monthly film festival NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) returns Jan. 23 for a Zoom fest spotlighting perspectives through the lens of aging characters. Tickets are $10 per film or $30 for an all-access pass.

The Skirball presents the Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Jan. 21–May 31. The online exhibit is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and features images of America’s most complex problems captured by photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

Timothy Horn’s Medusa. Photo courtesy of Craft in America Center. 

Craft in America’s new virtual exhibit Making Waves: Ocean Ecology & Craft features artists whose work explores “various ecological and human-generated threats to our oceans in a variety of media.” Select pieces are now on display in the street-facing windows of the Craft in America Center, but you can see them all online. Artists include Christopher Edwards, Linda Gass, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Timothy Horn, Po Shun Leong, Courtney Mattison, Jennifer McCurdy, Sarah McMenimen, Blue McRight, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, and April Surgent.

The Coolest Show is a new Think 100% podcast about environmental and climate justice and solutions from Hip Hop Caucus. Host Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. talks to activists across the country, including Laura Cortez, Co-Director of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice; Angelo Logan, Director of the Moving Forward Network in Long Beach; Beto Lugo-Martinez, Co-Director of Clean Air Now; Rachel Jefferson, Executive Director of Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group; Darnell Grisby, Executive Director of TransForm, and others. Listen to episodes here.

CA Craft Beer Week takes place February 12-21, but they’re rolling out virtual events, activities, and product offerings now through February in support of the businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LA County Library’s Parent-Ade is a series of virtual programs to help parents handle distance learning. Programs are offered every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in English and at 5 p.m. in Spanish on Webex. They include topics such as “Socially Distant Adventures,” “Staying Connected with Family & Friends,” and “Balancing Work and Home.” Find more info here.

L.A. County Parks has over 175 virtual classes for all age levels. They include language, arts, computer, health, fitness, and other topics, all accessible from your home so long as you have internet access. Sign up here.

The Carne Asada Chow Fun from Pigeon.

Pickup & Delivery

Apollonia’s Pizzeria’s off-menu square pizzas are now available to reserve online for takeout. The signature pie is surrounded by a crown of crispy cheese and topped with goods like pepperoni and squash blossoms.

Chinatown’s Steep LA is offering two Boa Bae specials for pickup on Jan. 23. The Black Pepper Bun (胡椒餅) comes in a set of two, and is a toasted flaky sesame bun filled with beef and spices. Juicy soup bao Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包) comes in a set of four and is filled with pork. Reserve one or both online and pair it with the tea shop’s limited edition Spring Orchid Oolong Cold Brew, also available online.

French restaurant Pasjoli will host a virtual wine & dine Zoom event on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The meal includes a ready-to-heat two-course dinner of mushroom and charred cauliflower tartare and veal breast blanquette with leeks and hazelnut, plus four individually sized wine pairings. Tickets are $105 per person, available on Pasjoli’s Toast app page.

Chef Jordan Kahn released a new “Vespertine At Home” experience, placing emphasis on atmosphere. The eight-course menu includes organic roasted chicken, velvet white carrot soup, and hand-rolled cinnamon buns with woodruff and dried peach. Chef Kahn has also curated an Atmospheric Box that will accompany each order. The box includes items like flatware, linens, incense, and other elements to provide guests with a unique Vespertine experience in their own homes. Each package is $245 and serves two people. Available Friday through Sunday from Jan. 22 through Feb. 7. Order on Tock for pickup from Vespertine in Culver City.

Saikai Ramen Bar in Koreatown is offering three special bentos. The Egg Salad Sando Bento ($16), Chicken Katsu Sando Bento ($17), and the CLT ($17), a pork belly chashu version of the BLT. All are served with your choice of appetizer, a farmers market salad, pickles, and fruit. Open for takeout.

Brentwood’s Baltaire is hosting FLINT by Baltaire’s, an eight-week pop-up featuring items from Travis Strickland’s coastal Mediterranean restaurant in Phoenix. The menu features a spicy short rib hummus, Moroccan fried chicken, and a selection of wood-fired plates such as wood-grilled lamb chops, roasted chicken, and the FLINT Burger made with smoked bacon jam, white cheddar, and mayo on a poppyseed bun.

Pigeon is a wok cart pop-up at Hermanito in Sawtelle open every Saturday and Sunday in January from noon to 6 p.m. The menu consists of stir-fried Asian-Latin street food, like Kimchi Chorizo Fried Rice $13 (kimchi, Oaxacan chorizo, fried egg, pickled daikon, sesame); Carne Asada Chow Fun $15 (carne asada beef, rice noodles, bok choy, pickled onion, crispy shallot); and Sichuan Tempura Veg Fried Rice $11 (tofu, sweet potato, maitake mushroom, shiitake mushroom, Sichuan seasoning, sesame). Available for pickup.

Through Jan. 27, Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood is hosting a Snowpiercer takeover with fun photo ops and a free vanilla raised donut with coconut shavings for the first 100 guests (otherwise, $2.85 each).

Shiku is now open at Grand Central Market for curbside pickup and takeout of homestyle Korean food and Baroo pantry items.

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