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60 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-9-2021 to 4-11-2021]

April 8, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
chinatown central plaza street view
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 weekend, we’ve got several new gallery openings, a one-night-only walk-through art experience, outdoor yoga, a new cocktail bar, a virtual comedy fest, online tours and lectures, and more.  Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

L.A. Billboard Project

In-Person Events

Artist Ben Sakoguchi’s new show “Chinatown” at the Bel Ami gallery in Chinatown focuses on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans for centuries in the U.S. Sakoguchi spent a few years as a child in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II. The works in his exhibit remind viewers that xenophobia isn’t something new and predates the recent shootings in Atlanta and the on-going attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light is a free outdoor digital art event happening for just one night, April 10, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. in downtown L.A. Curated by the NOW Art Foundation, the show includes work from seven L.A. artists, including Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, The Art Department, Carole Kim, Luciana Abait, and Akiko Yamashita. The art is projected on L.A. buildings, and guests can engage with it by walking within a five-block radius. No tickets are required, but there is a QR code you can download to access a map and audio messages from the artists, so bring your headphones!

Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Hollywood is open for in-person viewing with advance reservations. Its exhibit “Shattered Glass” is a group exhibition of 40 artists of color who explore questions of power, surveillance, and justice. On view till May 22.

Galerie XII Los Angeles in Santa Monica presents the solo exhibit Mona Kuhn: Works April 10 through May 29. The show features a retrospective of the art photographer’s career. There will be a book signing on April 10 from 2-4 p.m.

The Corey Helford Gallery presents its 15-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition on April 10, featuring work from over 100 artists. The show remains on view through May 15. Check out a livestream of the opening on April 10 on Instagram Live @CoreyHelfordGallery

The Billis Gallery has two shows opening on April 10. Shawn Huckins: The Birds Will Sing takes its name from a Cajun murder ballad, while the paintings similarly depict “what appears at first glance to be simply breathtaking landscapes but which are overlaid with wistfully dark statements about contemporary love.” Sarah Williams: Southeast of Home features nightscapes that are “simultaneously inviting and eerily mysterious.”

Rele Gallery, Los Angeles presents Life After Life, a debut solo exhibition from contemporary Nigerian artist Ameh Egwuh. Per a release: “Drawing its title from psychiatrist Raymond Moody’s 1975 book Life After Life, the exhibition explores the idea of human mortality and the afterlife, presenting death as a liminal and transmutative process of movement between worlds, a performative threshold between disparate but closely connected ways of being.” On view through May 8.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. The SOUNDWALK’s grand opening event is on April 11, but the piece will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

Market Tavern, located at the Original Farmers Market, is now offering a weekend brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The new globally-inspired menu includes dishes like Spicy Fried Chicken and Waffles, Japanese Souffle Pancakes, Full English Breakfast, MT Loco Moco, and more. Chef Brendan Collins’ ongoing Sunday Roast special is also available starting at noon, which includes dishes like Roast Beef and Horseradish, Half Roast Chicken with Sage and Onion Stuffing, and Lamb Leg with all the trimmings.

Bar Bohémien has opened in Culver City on the rooftop of Citizen Public Market, offering cocktails, wine, and beer. Food is available at one of the many vendors downstairs.

Sunlight Tea Studio has two new locations in Little Tokyo and on Sawtelle Blvd., offering a variety of tea and coffee drinks, include boba, cheese tea, lattes, and more with lots of fun flavors and toppings.

The Billboard Creative’s L.A. Billboard Project returns with 30 billboards transformed into large-format art by emerging and established artists, including Ramiro Gomez, Phung Huynh, Narsiso Martinez, and Calida Rawles. The art will be on view through April 30, and you can find it with this interactive map.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s exhibits and galleries have reopened, including the Sea Otter Habitat, Shark Lagoon, and Pacific Visions. Advance reservations are required.

Kohn Gallery presents a solo exhibition by New Haven-based artist Chiffon Thomas. Titled Antithesis, Thomas’s exhibition of figurative assemblages examine the hardships faced by defining one’s identity in modern society. Opening hours this weekend will be extended, Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has reopened for dine-in service with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. For the lineup and tickets, go here.

La Monarca Save the Monarchs Latte. Photo by Diana Dia Saldana.

In honor of Earth Day, La Monarca Bakery is partnering with ECOLIFE Conservation, a nonprofit that protects butterfly habitats in Michoacán, Mexico, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’s Butterfly Pavilion to Save The Monarchs. For every in-person and online purchase of La Monarca’s packaged goods, including the bakery’s popular Café de Ollo and Mexican Wedding Cookies, 1% of all the sales will go to the ECOLIFE Conservation. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and La Monarca are also selling California Milkweed seeds to the public, the Milkweed plant feeds and attract monarch butterflies to a garden!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has reopened with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. In addition, sister museum,The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will reopen on April 8. Advance reservations are required for both museums and can be made online now.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Metztli Taqueria, LaSorted’s Pizzeria, The Bad Jew, and Filipino street food pop-up Tagalong Takeover.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Raising Arizona screens this Saturday.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

On April 1, LACMA reopened its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopened on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Thor Ragnarok. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The Autry has reopened with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is now to the public featuring three new exhibits including Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the “supercar,” showcasing over 30 high-performance vehicles. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place on the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On April 10, they’ll screen Cinema Paradiso.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at sbiff.org.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations. On April 9, Desert X will unveil a new work by New York-based artist Christopher Myers titled The Art of Taming Horses

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Eat.Drink.Give.

At-Home & Online Events

To bring greater awareness around Child Abuse Prevention Month, join Eat. Drink. Give. With Wolfgang Puck, a virtual interactive dinner party hosted by Iron Chef judge Billy Harris with meal kits prepared by Puck. The online charity event takes place on Saturday, April 17, but we’re telling you this week because tickets are on sale until April 8. It’s $50 to attend the party without food and drinks. To add the meal kit—which includes a four-course dinner for two, cocktails, and bottle of wine—it’s $500. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards Children’s Bureau’s prevention and treatment programs for at-risk children and their parents. Children’s Bureau hopes to raise funds to assist 300 families in need for an entire year.

USC Comedy Festival goes virtual this year (April 9-11) with free streamings of panels and Q& A’s featuring Bill Hader, Aidy Bryant, Patton Oswalt, and show creators and producers from What We Do In Shadows, Shrill, M.O.D.O.K, and more.

Artist Patrisse Cullors performed F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free to a live audience at Frieze Los Angeles back in February 2020. On April 11 from noon to 6 p.m., Cullors will once again perform this work to a virtual audience hosted by The Hammer Museum. This event includes DJ sets by collectives Everyday People in New York City and Cumbiatón in Los Angeles, and a conversation between Cullors and Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale. Free.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

The Whitefire Theatre presents Valentine, a virtual play written, directed, and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel, on April 9 at 7 p.m. The show revolves around Chapel’s burgeoning relationship with a celebrity crush with whom she connects online. Tickets are $15.99.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity.

Pepperdine Theatre presents a virtual performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It April 9-11. Tickets are free, but must be reserved here.

The Culinary Historians of Southern California present The Strangest Cooking methods in the World with historian-author Richard Foss on April 10 at 10:30 a.m. The virtual lecture will explore how people cooked when a fire or oven wasn’t available. Methods include volcanoes, auto engines, weapons, and more. Reserve a free ticket here.

On April 11 at 4 p.m., join the Art Deco Society for Art Deco Entertainment Venues of the Post-Prohibition Years: A Postcard Pictorial. The program explores five theater and entertainment complexes build in the 1930s, plus vintage postcards and other ephemera from each. The event includes three cocktail recipes plus a cocktail demo. Tickets are $14 for non-members or $10 for members.

Murder at Winterberg Manor is a new streaming comedic play written and directed by Meghan Pleticha. The play follows Jessica (Elizabeth Guest) as she hosts a virtual murder mystery party for her friends on Zoom. Tickets are $15 here.

Join Arena Cinematheque for a Q&A with Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen on April 9 at 6 p.m. The Q&A is moderated by Rian Johnson. Register here.

Mexican jazz artist Tino Contreras will perform a livestream concert from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Casa Azul, Mexico on April 10 and 11. The performance will remain available on-demand for 24 hours. Tickets are $17.

Join a free virtual Klezmer workshop on April 11 & 15, featuring trombonist Dan Blacksberg and violinist Deborah Strauss. Register for the free, two-part event here.

Charles Phoenix and The Catalina Island Museum will take guests on a virtual tour of Catalina Island’s landmarks in Catalinaland, available on April 10 at 6 p.m. According to a release, Phoenix will share “share the stories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, bird park, Catalina Pottery, vintage graphics, souvenirs, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, iconic 1929 Casino, and much more.” Tickets are $25-$40, and will include access to the program for 48 hours.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

Riot Games’ League Championship Series will stream live from the Greek Theatre April 10-11. The esports competition will also include a performance from the heavy metal band Pentakill.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Aloha Reuben from Wexler’s Deli.

Pickup & Delivery

Nikuman-ya, located at the Tokyo Central & Main Food Court in Gardena, is where you can get handmade dim sum and steamed buns. Recently, they’ve added a Boager to the menu. It’s a massive double cheeseburger sandwiched between white fluffy bao buns. Available for takeout. Delivery can be requested through Grubhub, Postmates, and Doordash.

King’s Hawaiian and Wexler’s Deli have partnered on the “Aloha Reuben,” a hearty sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and pineapple on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and savory, available now through April 30 at both Wexler’s locations or through Goldbelly. 

Umami Burger is teaming up with twin sister DJ duo NERVO for a limited-time-only burger to celebrate their new single “Pickle,” featuring Paris Hilton and Tinie Tempah. The NERVO Pickle Burger features the new Umami burger patty, provolone cheese, fried pickles, and jalapeño pickle ranch on a brioche bun. The burger comes in a branded box with a QR code to stream the video for NERVO’s “Pickle.” Available through May 9 at all Umami Burger locations and delivery platforms Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, and GrubHub. 

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

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Things To Do

40 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [4-5-2021 to 4-9-2021]

April 5, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts mural by Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan in Chinatown. 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.

This week, we’ve got billboard art, more museum reopenings, Oscar Q&As, a virtual Thai New Year celebration, panels on everything from art to the Apocalypse, and food specials including a Hawaiian reuben, a Persian Umami burger, and a Dodgers-themed latte. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

The Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In-Person Events

The Billboard Creative’s L.A. Billboard Project returns with 30 billboards transformed into large-format art by emerging and established artists, including Ramiro Gomez, Phung Huynh, Narsiso Martinez, and Calida Rawles. The art will be on view through April 30, and you can find it with this interactive map.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

The San Gabriel River is home to Pacific green sea turtles that thrive in our urban environment. On April 7, The Aquarium of the Pacific will host a free in-person and online lecture about these turtles, touching on what we know so far and how we can protect them. The aquarium is also fully open to the public.

Musician Trent Park is hosting an outdoor music video screening on April 7 at 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Each screening lasts about 1.5 hours and includes the screening of his video “Someday,” a short Q&A moderated by MTV/Ultra Music Festival host Dylan Landon, and a happy hour featuring an acoustic performance from David Hernandez. General admission is $10 online or $12 at the door, or $35 if you want access to an open bar.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Alice in Wonderland screens this Friday.

Baltaire will bring back its weekday lunch menu starting April 5. It includes the steakhouse signature Butchered Burger, a Chinese steak salad, roasted Mahi Mahi, and much more. Available Monday-Friday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Guests can enjoy reduced capacity indoor seating or dine al fresco style in Baltaire’s large courtyard.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Thor Ragnarok. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has reopened for dine-in service with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

On April 1, LACMA reopened its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopen on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

There’s a new weekday happy hour happening at Greek restaurant Theía from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The menu offers small mezze plates such as spanikopita, hummus, and htipiti alongside cocktails, all at approachable price points.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has reopened with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. In addition, sister museum,The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will reopen on April 8. Advance reservations are required for both museums and can be made online now.

Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience on April 6 in and around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen The Fifth Element.

Through April 7, Umami Burger will feature a limited edition burger inspired by the upcoming TBS comedy Chad, which stars Nasim Pedrad as a young Persian boy trying to become popular at his high school. The burger features “a Kofta patty made with onions, garlic and various herbs and spices, topped with lettuce, tomato, mint cucumber yogurt, parsley, and Kewpie mayo.” On April 6 at Umami locations in The Grove, DTLA, and Santa Monica, guests can get a free Chad burger from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Valid for in-person dining, one per person, while supplies last. 

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is reopening with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups starting March 31. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Madre West Hollywood has a multi-course seasonal tasting menu. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes a four-course meal and mezcal flight highlighting rare woman-made mezcals. The tasting menu will change on a monthly basis. The first iteration will include Rajas con Queso with black truffles, Barbacoa de Borrego from Central Valles, Frijoles de la Olla with pork, and Chiles de Agua. The menu is available for limited reservations each night from Thursday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

The Autry has reopened with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Members of the museum can visit starting March 30 and the general public will gain access on April 6. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

The Hammer Museum
Credit: Smart Destinations/Elon Schoenholz Flickr

At-Home & Online Events

The Skirball presents a virtual screening and talk about the documentary They Ain’t Ready for Me. The film follows the story of Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student fighting against senseless violence on the South Side of Chicago and advocating for a safer neighborhood. Tickets are $10 and include access to the film from April 2-5. The Q& A with Tamar Manasseh and director Brad Rothschild will be held on April 6.

Join the Huntington for “Capturing Bestiarium: The Art and Science of Digitization” on April 7 at 10 a.m. The virtual program provides an overview of how documents are digitized so that researchers at the Huntington Library may access them. It includes a demo of the digitization of Dialogus Creaturarum, an illustrated 15th-century bestiary ascribed to Nicolaus Pergamenus and the Milanese doctor Mayno de Mayneriis. Free with reservation

The Fowler presents “Reframing the Past with Meghann O’Brien and Elena Phipps” on April 8 at 11 a.m. O’Brien is a Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw artist whose Chilkat textiles are based on the knowledge and artistic practices of her ancestors, while Phipps is a textile scholar. The pair will discuss “new ways of looking at Indigenous knowledge and creative practice in the realm of textile making.” RSVP here.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand hosts a virtual Thai New Year event called “Spring into Songkran Splendors” on April 8 at 8 p.m. The celebration is streamed live from Chiang Mai and includes a Songkran Water Blessing Ceremony and a cooking class with Food Network star Chef Arnold Myint, who will teach guests how to make Som Tum Thai. Guests can register online here.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

The virtual panel Hungry Ears will examine art and equity issues in Santa Monica. Per a release: “This conversation will consider a number of local projects including the Belmar History + Art public art project by April BanksLives that Bind, an exhibition at Santa Monica City Hall and the Art of Recovery initiatives, one of which will be taking place at 18th Street Art Center. This conversation considers how artists and arts administrators can be key community organizers in movements for social change.” The panel features Naomi Okuyama, April Banks, Sara Daleiden, and Elana Mann. Join on April 8 at 5 p.m.

The Whitefire Theatre presents Valentine, a virtual play written, directed, and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel, on April 9 at 7 p.m. The show revolves around Chapel’s burgeoning relationship with a celebrity crush with whom she connects online. Tickets are $15.99.

Arena Cinematheque has several virtual Q&As this week with Oscar nominees, including Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang (Better Days), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity.

Zócalo Public Square and the University of Toronto present “How Do Our Cities Prepare for the Post-Apocalypse?” on April 6 at 1 p.m. Per a release: “From climate change to mass social breakdown, what can we do now to give our densest and most vulnerable communities a better chance of recovering from world-altering disasters? University of Toronto professor and urbanist Richard Florida, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Samaneh Moafi, Senior Researcher at Forensic Architecture, visit Zócalo to discuss how cities around the world might prepare for the post-apocalypse.” Register here.

KCRW presents Behind the Screens, a conversation featuring KCRW host Elvis Mitchell and Alan Baumgarten, editor of Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, on April 8.

The Hammer Museum’s curatorial department leads free short discussions about artists in the exhibit “Made in L.A. 2020” online every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. This week, Lunchtime Art Talk will discuss artist and writer Kandis Williams.

Get to know more about your indoor cat with a special two-part online session with Dr. Margie Scherk presented by the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. Doctor Scherk will share important knowledge for pet parents to better understand how they can help their cats flourish indoors. The free sessions take place April 8 and 15.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

The Aloha Reuben, now available at both Wexler’s locations or via Goldbelly. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Pickup & Delivery

King’s Hawaiian and Wexler’s Deli have partnered on the “Aloha Reuben,” a hearty sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and pineapple on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and savory, available now through April 30 at both Wexler’s locations or through Goldbelly. 

As the official coffee and donut partner of the 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, Dunkin’ will launch the Dodgers Signature Latte on April 9 to coincide with the team’s home opener. The new drink is a Blueberry Crisp Latte made with Dunkin’s espresso and topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar. Available at Greater Los Angeles Dunkin’ locations for a limited time.

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

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Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-2-2021 to 4-4-2021]

April 1, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Sunset at LACMA
Sunset at LACMA. 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 Dine Out Long Beach, in-person and online art shows, Easter markets and brunch specials, new exhibits at LACMA and the Natural History Museum, an online murder-mystery game, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Shoreline Village in Long Beach
Shoreline Village in Long Beach. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In-Person Events

South Coast Botanic Garden’s upcoming butterfly experience, SOAR, is set to open on April 1 with a new pavilion featuring live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Artist George Townley is back with another exhibit that pays homage to Los Angeles at sunset. ‘Sun Kissed’ highlights landmarks like the Hollywood Bowl and even the LAX In-N-Out. The show opens at Gallery 1988 on Friday, April 2, both online and for limited in-person viewing. 

On April 4 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., OxyArts will present Direct Care, a site-specific choreographed performance in response to the Care Report exhibit, “exploring the dynamics, gestures, and aesthetics of social movement and protest, rooted in feminine and femme care rituals.” The performance is visible through street-facing windows on York Blvd., and via video afterward.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. For the lineup and tickets, go here.

Milo & Olive’s Easter Market is on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find Easter baskets, tea towels, and aprons from Heather Taylor Home; baked goods; and Milo & Olive sweatshirts and totes. Also, bring toiletries, new socks, Easter baskets, and first aid kits to donate to Black Women Lead, who will distribute the items to unhoused individuals on Skid Row. 5% of sales will be donated to the L.A. chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in format at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. This week, catch a screening of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

A bake sale at Grand Central Market to support the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter Campaign runs March 29 through April 4. Vendors include The Donut Man, Fat & Flour, Go Get Em Tiger, Just What I Kneaded, Republique, and more. More info here.

Thinkspace Projects presents two new solo shows April 3-24. “Giorgiko | What Is and what is not” features work from from the husband-and-wife duo Giorgiko that incorporates “the etymological root of the word ‘apcalypse’… into whimsical paintings inspired by the events of 2020.” In Gallery II is Brad Woofin’s “Glad You’re Here,” featuring paintings that “take cues from the moods of certain old songs to create images that are nothing short of poetic.”

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. This weekend, they’ll be screening Godzilla vs. Kong.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is reopening with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups starting March 31. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is now to the public featuring three new exhibits including Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the “supercar,” showcasing over 30 high-performance vehicles. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Lanea in Santa Monica will celebrate Easter with an All You Can Eat Breakfast & Brunch Tacos event. For $25 per person, enjoy all the brunch tacos you please, including eggs and chorizo, eggs and bacon, eggs and sausage, and eggs and Beyond Meat. Cocktails, including margarita flights and mimosas, will also be available. This offer is valid on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Madre West Hollywood launched a multi-course seasonal tasting menu this week. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes a four-course meal and mezcal flight highlighting rare woman-made mezcals. The tasting menu will change on a monthly basis. The first iteration will include Rajas con Queso with black truffles, Barbacoa de Borrego from Central Valles, Frijoles de la Olla with pork, and Chiles de Agua. The menu is available for limited reservations each night from Thursday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

Savoca is now open at JW Marriot Los Angeles L.A. Live and will launch a Sunday brunch service on April 4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Items include the Bacon Donut Social ($14) with glazed bombolini, bacon cream cheese, candied bacon, lardon, and coffee vanilla syrup; ‘Morning After’ Carbonara ($17)with torchio pasta, Italian sausage, caramelized onion, and pecorino Romano; Eggs in Purgatory ($20) with fire roasted tomatoes, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, and grilled focaccia; and the Bolo “Burger” ($22) with beef patty, Savoca bolognese, fresh mozzarella, focaccia bun, fried egg, and fries. 

On April 1, LACMA will reopen its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopen on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

TBS is celebrating the return its gameshow Wipeout with an experiential activation called “Big Balls Are Back” on the Santa Monica Pier, March 31 – April 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The installation includes the giant red balls you’ll see on the Wipeout obstacle course, measuring 25 feet tall and 70 feet long. Fans can take a picture and participate in mock contestant-style interviews with the Wipeout “sideline reporter.” Fans can also scan a QR code and enter the Wipeout Bracket Battle for a chance to win the grand prize of a $1000 gift card and Wipeout swag.

The Autry will welcome guests back with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Members of the museum can visit starting March 30 and the general public will gain access on April 6. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

If you happen to swing by the Beverly Center, you’ll notice a few free art opportunities. They include two large-scale installations by artists Pae White located at the escalators facing Beverly and La Cienega, and two murals by James Goldcrown and Stevie Hannigan at the 3rd and La Cienega valets. See everything that’s going on here.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will reopen to the public on April 1 with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Godzilla vs. Kong this week.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place on the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On April 3, they’ll screen TOMORROW’S TODAY.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Rocketman. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Bourbon Steak LA will be offering a MINA inspired Easter brunch for dine-in on Sunday, April 4 from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. The three-course prix-fixe includes fanciful dishes such as “Greens, Eggs & Ham”, Short Rib Pop Tart, Pecan Dandy Cinnamon Roll, and more. The brunch is $75 per person. For those who wish to spend Easter in the comfort of their own homes, Bourbon Steak is offering a Black Angus Bone-In Prime Rib ($249) and a Lamb Roast ($189) take-home package that can be prepared ready to serve, or uncooked with cooking instructions. Roast packages include a choice of a large house or Caesar salad, parker rolls and truffle butter, Mac & Cheese, Classic Potato Puree, Grilled Asparagus, and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls for dessert. All Easter packages are available for pre-order by Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Pickup will be held on Sunday, April 4 from 4-6 p.m.

Du-Par’s Restaurant at the Original Farmers Market has an Easter menu available for dine-in or takeout April 1-4. Adults can get soup, bourbon-glazed salmon or ham, charred asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a slice of pie for $29.95. Children’s meals are $17.95. 

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam reopens for dine-in service on April 4 with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena will host an Easter Brunch on April 4 featuring Croque Madame, Blueberry & Pistachio Pancakes, and Smoked Salmon Toast, among other dishes. The festivities continue for dinner service that evening with Rabbit Pappardelle; an Easter Parfait of mascarpone, rhubarb tuile and strawberry coulis; and a special holiday cocktail.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

First Fridays
2016 First Fridays at NHM. Image via Natural History Museum Los Angeles

At-Home & Online Events

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

The Other Art Fair is virtual this year from March 30 through April 4. It features over 100 top emerging artists from around the globe within a 3D virtual fair environment. Registration for the event is free.

NHM presents First Fridays Connected: L.A. at the Intersections on April 2. The virtual event features DJ Francesca Harding, a cocktail demo from Elle Nucci, and a livestream discussion about Climate Crisis, moderated by Dr. Knatokie Ford, founder and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise and featuring panelists Leah Thomas, intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator, and Nick Shapiro, assistant professor of biology and society at UCLA. A performance from violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives will follow.

Esotouric’s next event, “John Fante’s Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles Literary Time Machine Webinar,” is a virtual tour of the life, work, and landmarks of author John Fante (Ask the Dusk) featuring Fante’s children, Jim Fante and Vickie Fante Cohen, artist Barbara McCarren, Fante scholar Matteo Cacco, and Gordon Pattison, who grew up in a Bunker Hill mansion. Tune in on April 3 at noon. Tickets are $10 and include access to the recording for one week.

For one night only, Group Rep will stream a performance of the play Revenge, a thriller directed by Bruce Kimmel. Watch on April 3 at 5 p.m. here.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at sbiff.org.

Vespertine Easter Brunch Box

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

When you’ve exhausted all your regular go-to dining options, turn your attention to our latest dining guide: 23 L.A. Ghost Kitchens With Exciting Options for Delivery/Takeout.

Vespertine’s at-home Easter brunch box will feature duck fat-roasted potato “Millefeuille,” caramelized onion financier, oven roast eggs with black truffle, and more. Each box cost $55 per person. Reservations are on Tock, pickup takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Destroyer has released a set of three pastel-colored croissants for Easter filled with seasonal fruit such as rhubarb, passionfruit, kumquat, black currant, and more. Pre-ordered here for $24. 

Maple Block is offering Easter Sunday packages suitable for 4-6. They include wood-smoked meats by the pound, plus sides and sweets. The Easter Ham package is $146 and includes 2.5 pounds of sliced peach wood-smoked ham, two classic sides, a pint of pickles, six buttermilk biscuits or six slices of cornbread, and market chopped salad. Pre-order by April 2 for pickup on April 4.

Bianca is celebrating Easter with a variety of pastries from around the world, including Colomba, Rosca de Pascua, Hot Cross Buns, and Carrot Cake. You can also snag an egg decorating kit for $21. Pre-order by March 31.

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40 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [3-29-2021 to 4-2-2021]

March 29, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Angels Flight in 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.

This week, we’ve got a bake sale for a good cause, a pop-up fashion installation, the reopening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, outdoor theater, virtual programming for Paleyfest 2021 and The Other Art Fair online, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival online and via drive-in, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

 Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace

In-Person Events

A bake sale at Grand Central Market to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter Campaign runs March 29 through April 4. Vendors include The Donut Man, Fat & Flour, Go Get Em Tiger, Just What I Kneaded, Republique, and more. More info here.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is reopening with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups starting March 31. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

On April 1, LACMA will reopen its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopen on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

TBS is celebrating the return its gameshow Wipeout with an experiential activation called “Big Balls Are Bac,” on the Santa Monica Pier March 31 – April 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The installation includes the giant red balls you’ll see on the Wipeout obstacle course, measuring 25 feet tall and 70 feet long. Fans can take a picture and participate in mock contestant-style interviews with the Wipeout “sideline reporter.” Fans can also scan a QR code and enter the Wipeout Bracket Battle for a chance to win the grand prize of a $1000 gift card and Wipeout swag.

The Autry will welcome guests back with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Members of the museum can visit starting March 30 and the general public will gain access on April 6. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

If you happen to swing by the Beverly Center, you’ll notice a few free art opportunities. They include two large-scale installations by artists Pae White located at the escalators facing Beverly and La Cienega, and two murals by James Goldcrown and Stevie Hannigan at the 3rd and La Cienega valets. See everything that’s going on here.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will reopen to the public on April 1 with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Desert X returns for its biannual public art show March 12 through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place atop the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On March 31, they’ll screen Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. This week’s films include Tenet, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, The Boonies, and Godzilla vs. Kong. 

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Godzilla vs. Kong this week.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Rocketman. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The Other Art Fair

At-Home & Online Events

Paleyfest 2021 is online this year, featuring behind-the-scenes panels with the cast, creators, and crew of Ted Lasso, Lovecraft Country, The Queen’s Gambit, What We Do in the Shadows, Six Feet Under, Big Sky, The Good Doctor, Evil, and more. Programming goes live on March 30, 31, and April 1 on Paley’s Center channel on Yahoo Entertainment. For more info, check out paleyfest.org

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

The Other Art Fair is virtual this year from March 30 – April 4. It features over 100 top emerging artists from around the globe within a 3D virtual fair environment. Registration for the event is free.

Metro Art presents “Moving Through,” a series of dance and movement lessons featuring a diverse group of teaching artists. The first episode is on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. on Metro’s Facebook, Metro Art’s Facebook, and Union Station’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Other dates include April 8, 15, and 22.

Show Box L.A. presents Queerings!, a series of workshops led by queer L.A.-based artists and speakers. The series begins on April 1 and will continue every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The first program features Steve Rosa, who will teach an introductory salsa lesson. Suggested donation $5-15. Register here.

NHM presents First Fridays Connected: L.A. at the Intersections on April 2. The virtual event features DJ Francesca Harding, a cocktail demo from Elle Nucci, and a livestream discussion about Climate Crisis, moderated by Dr. Knatokie Ford, founder and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise and featuring panelists Leah Thomas, intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator, and Nick Shapiro, assistant professor of biology and society at UCLA. A performance from violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives will follow.

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at sbiff.org.

On Monday, March 29 at 4 p.m., The Groundlings Theatre hosts 99 Seats Later, a virtual panel discussion with the women who helped launch the theater. The event is moderated by Allison Dunbar (Dave) and Annie Sertich (Superstore) and features panelists Laraine Newman (Coneheads) and Lynne Marie Stewart (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Tickets are $10.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Holocaust Museum LA presents “Inside the (Acid-Free) Box: Female Founders of Holocaust Museum LA,” on Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. This virtual viewing of the museum’s archives, led by Jordanna Gessler, VP of education and exhibits, and Christie Jovanovic, collection manager, will “explore the stories and artifacts of two of the co-founders, Esther (Anna) Przeworski Pratt and Masha Loen.” A minimum $12 donation is requested. Register here.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) presents Reimagine Public Art, a virtual exhibition produced by DCA’s Public Art Division that highlights how artists respond to and reimagine Los Angeles amid social, economic, and healthcare emergencies. View the exhibit here.

Sleep Squad is an interactive virtual experience that prepares kids ages 4-12 for bedtime with a story and music. Get a viewing pass for $19 or order a dreamtime travel kit starting at $34. The kit includes a dream journal, eye mask, stickers, and a star projector.

Self Care Comedy streams every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. with a rotating cast of comics. Check out the lineup and find more info here.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Gozen Japanese Sake Bistro Lounge
Gozen Japanese Sake Bistro Lounge.

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

Gozen Japanese Sake Bistro will make its culinary debut this Tuesday, March 31 in West Hollywood. The kaiseki only seasonal menu includes prix fixe courses in brightly tiered bento boxes featuring sashimi, smoked duck, Chawanmushi, wagyu katsu sandwich, and other unique kaiseki items. Sake offerings at Gozen feature small-batch varieties exclusive only to the restaurant. Open for outdoor and indoor dining Tuesdays through Sundays.

Sam’s Crispy Chicken is a new delivery/takeout concept from the same team behind Umami Burger. All chicken sandwiches are $8.50, including the Original with slaw, pickles, and special sauce and the spicy Diablo, which does not skimp on the heat. Pair your sandwiches with waffle fries, mac & cheese, or frozen lemonades in fun, fruity flavors.

Maestro in Pasadena will close out Women’s History Month with a Las Maestras Takeover dinner on March 29 featuring a four-course meal designed by Chef Jari Gonzalez (Maestro Restaurant) and Chef Naima Wilson (formerly the Executive Chef for Scopa and Dama). The evening will be punctuated with a live performance by Whitney Hernandez, a vocalist and trombone player from Cuba. Reservations are strongly advised.

Du-Par’s Restaurant at the Original Farmers Market has an Easter menu available for dine-in or takeout April 1-4. Adults can get soup, bourbon-glazed salmon or ham, charred asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a slice of pie for $29.95. Children’s meals are $17.95. 

Maple Block is offering Easter Sunday packages suitable for 4-6. They include wood-smoked meats by the pound, plus sides and sweets. The Easter Ham package is $146 and includes 2.5 pounds of sliced peach wood-smoked ham, two classic sides, a pint of pickles, six buttermilk biscuits or six slices of cornbread, and market chopped salad. Pre-order by April 2 for pickup on April 4.

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Bianca is celebrating Easter with a variety of pastries from around the world, including Colomba, Rosca de Pascua, Hot Cross Buns, and Carrot Cake. You can also snag an egg decorating kit for $21. Pre-order by March 31.

Delucatessen at EMILIA is a new sandwich concept from Chef Tancredi DeLuca. Get Italian sandwiches and sides including chicken parmesan, turkey lasagna, tiramisu, and more. Available for pickup or delivery.

Rustic Canyon Family restaurants Huckleberry and Birdie G’s both have Passover menus available for pickup March 27-April 4. Huckleberry’s Passover menu includes items like Braised Beef Brisket, Potato Pancakes with organic sour cream & housemade apple sauce, Egg Noodle Kugel, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Birdie G’s Passover Seder menu includes Smoked California Brisket with heirloom tomato agrodolce, Sauerkraut Lakes with apple sauce, crème fraîche & chive, boxes of Artisan Matzo, pints of Schmaltz or Gribenes, whole Apple-Sunchoke Butter Cakes, and Matzo Ball Soup. 

Experimental ice cream company Salt & Straw has brought back its “Cereal-sly” menu featuring five ice cream flavors inspired by nostalgic cereals like Lucky Charms, Corn Flakes, and Captain Crunch. Available now through April 22 in local scoop shops, for local delivery, and via nationwide shipping. 

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

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 [3-26-2021 to 3-28-2021]

March 25, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff

Desert X installation view of Alicja Kwade,ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds). 2021.Photography by Lance Gerber. Courtesy the artist and Desert X.

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 an outdoor market to benefit Stop AAPI Hate, museum reopenings, drive-in comedy, baking workshops, new pop-up restaurants, Passover menus for takeout and delivery, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

Steep LA’s Stop Asian Hate Charity Sale is this Sunday, March 28 in Chinatown in the Mandarin Plaza’s courtyard. Starting at 11 a.m., guests can check out food and lifestyle items from 37 donors, including Now Serving, Amboy, Katsu Sando, Lasita, Angry Egret Dinette, Ricebox, Konbi, Ototo, KinKan, and Pique-Nique. The sale will last until everything’s sold out. 

The Petersen Automotive Museum reopens to the public on Thursday, March 25 with free admission for healthcare workers, first responders, and their guests (up to three) for the rest of 2021. The museum is set to debut new exhibits, new vehicles, and new hours of operation—10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. All tickets must be pre-purchased online. Healthcare personnel and first responders will need to reserve tickets online and provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.

Head over to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena March 26-27 for The Comedy Store Drive-In featuring Bill Burr, David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, and more. Before the show, guests will enter through a themed environment inspired by the Comedy Store and event presenter Puffco.

Golden Road Brewing has teamed up with mega-famous dog groomer Jess Rona to offer three beer and grooming packages, each inspired by the brewery’s Wolf Pack family of IPAs. Each package is $100 and all proceeds go directly to Wags and Walks in support of its mission to advocate and find forever homes for shelter dogs. Each package includes a 6-pack of beer, branded swag, and one grooming by a Jess Rona Grooming team member (valued at $300+). In-studio groomings will be held on April 27. Space is limited, so secure your spot when the packages go live on March 23.

L.A. Animal Services, North Shore Animal League, and Purina have partnered on Tour For Life 2021, a huge adoption event at locations throughout Greater Los Angeles March 22-28. All fees for cats and kittens are waived and guests will receive Purina giveaways while supplies last. Start by viewing available animals here.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Desert X returns for its biannual public art show March 12 through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place atop the third level of the hotel’s parking garage on Fridays and Saturdays. This week they’ll screen The Boys in the Band 1970 and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. This week’s films include City of Lies, Tenet, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Boogie this weekend.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In screens Friday, Up, Fast Five, and Toy Story 3 this week.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. The NeverEnding Story screens this Friday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie series screens A Star is Born on March 26. Tickets are $45 per guest and include one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Tour Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum without leaving your house.

At-Home & Online Events

Spend a day virtually touring the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on March 28. The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of the prolific artist’s paintings and drawings, plus works by other artists including Monet, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec. 

The Getty’s new online series Art Break offers unique perspectives on the museum’s collections. On March 26, the inaugural episode, Art Break: The Politics of Labor, will discuss artworks selected by Los Angeles artist Rodrigo Valenzuela and curator of Latin American Art Idurre Alonso and how they relate to contemporary social issues and artistic practices.

BAKE IT UP! by Lorena will host a free mini cheesecake baking workshop on March 28 on the Bake It Up! Facebook Page and Instagram. Folks who register for the class will receive the recipe prior to the 30-minute class.

Look What SHE Did! presents a virtual salon on March 28 at 1 p.m. featuring screenings of three films about resilient women, followed by a conversation with storytellers Brittany Ashley, Dee Johnson, and Sonay Hoffman. RSVP free here.

Sleep Squad is an interactive virtual experience that prepares kids ages 4-12 for bedtime with a story and music. Get a viewing pass for $19 or order a dreamtime travel kit starting at $34. The kit includes a dream journal, eye mask, stickers, and a star projector.

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) presents the second annual Cine Nepantla featuring the Mexican horror mockumentary FERAL. You can stream the film for $5 here from March 26-28, which includes a post-streaming discussion in English & Spanish with director Andres Kaiser & Guido Segal, screenwriter and film critic.

On March 27, City of STEM features over 21 hours of content from scientists and over 100 SoCal partners including museums, businesses, and universities. Keynote speakers are Bill Nye and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Programs are available in English and Spanish.

Lethal Amounts presents Destroy Boys Live on March 27 at 7 p.m. The concert film follows the band’s efforts to record their new single and features a live set with two unreleased songs. Tickets are $10.

The Bay Foundation hosts a virtual dockwalker class on March 27. Dockwalkers “conduct boater education about environmentally–sound boating practices. Receive free educational materials to safely distribute items to boaters at marinas, boat launch ramps, and more.” To learn more or sign up, click here.

Self Care Comedy streams every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. with a rotating cast of comics. Check out the lineup and find more info here.

The Art Deco Society hosts Cocktails at the Carthay Circle Theatre on March 26 at 7 p.m. The Zoom event will feature Beth and James Silverman, both original bartenders of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney’s California Adventure. They’ll discuss the original structure’s history and share cocktail recipes. Tickets are $14 here.

Home chef Angie hosts Brunch After Dark: Breakfast for Dinner Cooking Class on March 27. This free virtual cooking class will help viewers level up their classic breakfast recipes.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

Delucatessen at EMILIA. Photo: Sydney Yorkshire

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

Delucatessen at EMILIA is a new sandwich concept from Chef Tancredi DeLuca. Get Italian sandwiches and sides including chicken parmesan, turkey lasagna, tiramisu, and more. Available for pickup or delivery.

BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood has a Passover dinner available for pickup on March 27. The packaged dinner includes Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Latkes, 8-hour braised Creekstone Brisket, chocolate torte, and more for $180 (feeds four). Pre-order by March 26.

Rustic Canyon Family restaurants Huckleberry and Birdie G’s both have Passover menus available for pickup March 27-April 4. Huckleberry’s Passover menu includes items like Braised Beef Brisket, Potato Pancakes with organic sour cream & housemade apple sauce, Egg Noodle Kugel, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Birdie G’s Passover Seder menu includes Smoked California Brisket with heirloom tomato agrodolce, Sauerkraut Lakes with apple sauce, crème fraîche & chive, boxes of Artisan Matzo, pints of Schmaltz or Gribenes, whole Apple-Sunchoke Butter Cakes, and Matzo Ball Soup. 

The Skirball Cultural Center is offering Passover dishes to-go via curbside pickup on March 27 from 1:45-4 p.m. The à la carte menu includes traditional or vegan matzo ball soup, pomegranate molasses–glazed seared salmon fillet, boneless whole chicken with rosemary matzo stuffing and Grand Marnier orange sauce, potato kugel, coconut macaroon trios, and more. Order here.

Experimental ice cream company Salt & Straw has brought back its “Cereal-sly” menu featuring five ice cream flavors inspired by nostalgic cereals like Lucky Charms, Corn Flakes, and Captain Crunch. Available now through April 22 in local scoop shops, for local delivery, and via nationwide shipping. 

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

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

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29 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [3-22-2021 to 3-26-2021]

March 22, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Petersen Automotive Museum.

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 outdoor boxing classes, a dog grooming and beer special, more museum reopenings, comedy and music livestreams, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Golden Road Brewing Hazy Pup IPA.

In-Person Events

On March 24, Hotel Figueroa in DTLA hosts an outdoor Women’s Self-Defense Boxing Class with Sanabul and accomplished Rumble Boxing instructor Courtney Watts. The class is $40 and includes a pair of Sanabul’s signature vegan-friendly women’s boxing gloves. All proceeds will benefit the local Downtown Women’s Center.

To celebrate National Puppy Day on March 23, Golden Road Brewing will team up with mega-famous dog groomer Jess Rona to offer three beer and grooming packages, each inspired by the brewery’s Wolf Pack family of IPAs. Each package is $100 and all proceeds go directly to Wags and Walks in support of its mission to advocate and find forever homes for shelter dogs. Each package includes a 6-pack of beer, branded swag, and one grooming by a Jess Rona Grooming team member (valued at $300+). In-studio groomings will be held on April 27. Space is limited, so secure your spot when the packages go live on March 23.

The Petersen Automotive Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 25 with free admission for healthcare workers, first responders, and their guests (up to three) for the rest of 2021. The museum is set to debut new exhibits, new vehicles, and new hours of operation—10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. All tickets must be pre-purchased online. Healthcare personnel and first responders will need to reserve tickets online and provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.

Head over to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena March 26-27 for The Comedy Store Drive-In featuring Bill Burr, David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, and more. Before the show, guests will enter through a themed environment inspired by the Comedy Store and event presenter Puffco.

L.A. Animal Services, North Shore Animal League, and Purina have partnered on Tour For Life 2021, a huge adoption event at locations throughout Greater Los Angeles March 22-28. All fees for cats and kittens are waived and guests will receive Purina giveaways while supplies last. Start by viewing available animals here.

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood reopens with limited capacity on March 22. This week’s films include City of Lies, Tenet, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. The Never Ending Story screens this Friday.

Desert X returns for its biannual public art show March 12 through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie series screens A Star is Born on March 26. Tickets are $45 per guest and include one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Boogie and Judas and the Black Messiah this week.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In screens Boogie Nights and Friday this week.

At-Home & Online Events

The Getty’s new online series Art Break offers unique perspectives on the museum’s collections. On March 26, the inaugural episode, Art Break: The Politics of Labor, will discuss artworks selected by Los Angeles artist Rodrigo Valenzuela and curator of Latin American Art Idurre Alonso and how they relate to contemporary social issues and artistic practices.

The Hammer’s Reimagining the Museum series continues March 24 by exploring how a museum can authentically include the needs and voices of diverse communities to build mutually beneficial and lasting relationships.

On March 22 at 6 p.m., L.A. Tourism and Cercle will host a free livestream featuring electronic duo Bob Moses, performing from the Griffith Observatory. View on Cercle’s Facebook LiveTwitch, or Oculus. 

Self Care Comedy streams every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. with a rotating cast of comics. Check out the lineup and find more info here.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of digital events inspired by the museum’s Rise Up LA exhibition March 18–25.

The Art Deco Society hosts Cocktails at the Carthay Circle Theatre on March 26 at 7 p.m. The Zoom event will feature Beth and James Silverman, both original bartenders of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney’s California Adventure. They’ll discuss the original structure’s history and share cocktail recipes. Tickets are $14 here.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will host a live online puppet show on March 25.

Salt & Straw

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

There’s a new Taco Tuesday happening at West Hollywood’s plant-based restaurant Gracias Madre. For $25, get three tacos and a Purista Margarita. Available for dine-in every Tuesday on the restaurant’s beautiful patio.

Experimental ice cream company Salt & Straw has brought back its “Cereal-sly” menu featuring five ice cream flavors inspired by nostalgic cereals like Lucky Charms, Corn Flakes, and Captain Crunch. Available now through April 22 in local scoop shops, for local delivery, and via nationwide shipping. 

In honor of National Cheesesteak Day on March 24, Figueroa Philly will offer $2 off its Famous Figueroa Philly. 

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Foo Fighters and Casa Vega have brought back their limited-edition taco collaboration that benefits No Us Without You. Now through the end of April order The Foo Fighters Especial ($22) featuring smoked brisket tacos with backbeat BBQ sauce, Mexican coleslaw, pickled onions and cilantro, on homemade flour tortillas served with elote, Spanish rice and refried beans. A Foo Fighters cocktail called Los Luchadores Foo ($14) made with La Gritona Reposado tequila is also available.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

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

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37 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [3-19-2021 to 3-21-2021]

March 18, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
row dtla
ROW DTLA. 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 the return of Desert X, new virtual and IRL art, drive-in movies, March Madness food deals, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Desert X.

In-Person Events

Desert X returns for its biannual public art show March 12 through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

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

Let RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars dazzle you during Drive ‘N Drag at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on March 19. The queens will perform on an elevated stage with jumbo screens and powerhouse music. On the bill are Bianca Del Rio, Kameron Michaels, Violet Chachki, Naomi Smalls, and more.

La Cha Cha Chá opens in the Arts District on Friday, March 19 offering Mexican cuisine from chef Alejandro Guzman (Le Comptoir). The rooftop space will also serve cocktails from Bryan Tetorakis, formerly of The Varnish and Coles. 

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live resumes its poolside dinner & a movie series March 19 with a screening of The Invisible Man. Tickets are $45 per guest and include one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in located in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns on March 20 with comics Iliza Shlesinger, Ron Funches, Caroline Rhea, Orlando Leyba, Sarah Tiana, Bruce Jingles, Taylor Williamson, Joash Adam Meyers, Kennelia, Steven Randolph, Adam Ray, Samantha Hale, Bryan Burris, Scotty Cav, and more. Get tickets here.

Trejo’s Tacos will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, March 20 at its La Brea location. A live Mariachi band will perform from noon to 2:00 p.m. Specials, including $5 OG Margaritas and $5 appetizers, will be available all day. 

Amy Sherald: The Great American Fact opens at Hauser & With on March 20. Per a release: “In her first West Coast solo exhibition, Amy Sherald presents new portraits of Black Americans in scenes of leisure and centered in stillness that build upon the techniques she employed in her iconic portraits of former First Lady Michelle Obama and Breonna Taylor for Vanity Fair.” On view through June 6. Weekend entry will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. No booking necessary. During the week, Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., visitors must book a timed viewing appointment. Weekday appointments are released on a weekly basis.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

The Marina Drive-in’s weekend (March 19-20) offerings include The Princess Bride 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.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Broken Spanish extends its residency at NeueHouse in Hollywood through April. Broken Spanish permanently closed its downtown L.A. location in early August of 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Some items on the menu include hand-pressed tortillas and lentils, seasonal tamal and tostada, duck meatballs, and chicharron with pickled cabbage salad. You’ll also be able to order cocktails, like Broken Spanish’s margarita or El Antiguo (bourbon, ancho reyes, suze, amaro meletti, aztec spice, achiote bitters, chocolate bitters). 

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include Rappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico, Hayato, and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week. To kick off the philanthropic campaign, Phil Rosenthal, host of Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil, will stop by ROW DTLA on Saturday, March 20 from noon to 1 p.m. to dine at the participating restaurants, and Angelenos are invited to join in support of a good cause.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. This weekend’s screenings include Toy Story and Chicago.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. This weekend’s slate includes Back to the Future, Monsters, Inc., and La La Land. 

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!

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in March in the hotel’s valet lot. This weekend, catch The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Guests who book a double feature get a round of drinks for everyone in the car.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Disney’s Raya & The Last Dragon all weekend.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening The Terminator 2, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, and Up this weekend.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s screenings include Nomadland, Minari, Soul Eclipse, and Happily this weekend. Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

Watts Towers in Los Angeles
The Watts Towers. Photo by Amatullah Guyot

At-Home & Online Events

On March 19 join FILM at LACMA for a free screening of KCET’s ARTBOUND documentary The Watts Towers Arts Center. The film will be followed by a conversation with Rosie Lee Hooks, director of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus, artist Charles Dickson, and moderator Juan Devis, executive producer, chief creative officer of KCET.

Non-profit organizations InHouse Theatre and Age of Inclusion in Media (AIM) are partnering with MiniBar HollywoodLittle Dom’s, and 72 Cookies for a craft cocktail tasting and ghost story-telling experience called Black Humor: A Night of Cocktails and Storytelling. Runs March 17-20 at 7p.m. via Zoom.

The Museum of Latin American Art presents a free Sunday Virtual Tour on March 21. Led by a MOLAA docent, the tour will give attendees a view of some of the exhibitions available online, including Arpilleras: Arte, Mujer y Memoria; the Robert Gumbiner Foundation Sculpture Garden, and OaxaCAlifornia.

On March 21, The Groundlings will teach an online improv class designed to help parents harness the foundations of improvisation to improve a child’s listening skills, manage anxiety, and improve self-confidence, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills through playful and silly ways.  

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of digital events inspired by the museum’s Rise Up LA exhibition March 18–25.

Tune Up is a virtual cannabis wine tasting experience on March 20 hosted by Abdullah Saeed with music from Amo Amo & Res. Tickets are $59.50 per household and include cannabis wines from Rebel Coast. Ticket sales end March 19 at 10 p.m.

The Music Center and non-profit radio station dublab have announced the 71 Best Films and Officials Selections of A Quiet Scene: L.A., a free film competition and screening initiative launched in January 2021. Watch them via a continuous livestream at musiccenter.org and on dublab.com on March 20 at noon through March 23 at noon. The top selected films will also be shown on the LED screens at Jerry Moss Plaza in an immersive sound environment at The Music Center from March 20–April 18. 

INSIDE THE RENDON // ARTISTS SALON premieres on Zoom on March 21 at 6 p.m. This is the first event in a series that will feature local artists, musicians, and actors. Per a release: “Each episode will focus on the art and performances that have taken place in individual rooms at The Rendon, revealing/exposing how its community of creatives helped bring the historic hotel back to life.” More info here.

Moving Arts Theatre Company’s “Isolation Inn” streams every Sunday in March at 2 p.m. The comedic series follows nine essential workers isolating together in 2020’s lockdown. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Register here.

On March 19 at 1 p.m., NFMLA hosts the panel “You Finished Your First Feature Film. What’s Next? Presented by The Chimaera Project.” Filmmaker Paula Rhodes will discuss her own journey with her first feature and consult industry experts on how to navigate the festival circuit, distribution, and more. Register here.

Join Matter of Wine (MOW) on March 19 at 6 p.m. for a virtual tasting of a cabernet from Maipo, Chile. Tickets are $18, and 20% of proceeds benefit Habitat LA. The wine is available to buy online via Total Wine. More info here.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

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Rappahannock. Photo by Christina Champlin

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

Michael Mina’s ghost kitchen concepts Tokyo Hot Chicken and Bourbon Burger Bar will be offering March Madness food and drink specials all tournament long, March 18 through April 5. At Tokyo Hot Chicken, they’ll be slinging a six-piece basket of drumsticks with sweet chili sauce and furikake fries for $21. Bourbon Burger Bar will roll out a “madness burger” that comes with a pepper jack and mozzarella stuffed dry-aged steak patty, topped with barbecue sauce, applewood smoked bacon, and crispy onions for $22.95.

Foo Fighters and Casa Vega have brought back their limited-edition taco collaboration that benefits No Us Without You. Now through the end of April, order The Foo Fighters Especial ($22) featuring smoked brisket tacos with backbeat BBQ sauce, Mexican coleslaw, pickled onions, and cilantro on homemade flour tortillas, served with elote, Spanish rice, and refried beans. A Foo Fighters cocktail called Los Luchadores Foo ($14) made with La Gritona Reposado tequila is also available.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

Georgia’s Restaurant is bringing “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s Gumbo back at both Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House locations through March. The gumbo features Nana’s secret Southern-style roux, chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, crab, and okra, served over rice.

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

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31 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [3-15-2021 to 3-19-2021]

March 15, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Exposition Park Rose Garden. 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 drive-in drag shows and movies, a new Mexican restaurant in the Arts District, a creepy storytelling Zoom, St. Patrick’s Day food specials and virtual events, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

drag drive-in
Photo by: Voss Events

In-Person Events

Let RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars dazzle you during Drive ‘N Drag at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on March 19. The queens will perform on an elevated stage with jumbo screens and powerhouse music. On the bill are Bianca Del Rio, Kameron Michaels, Violet Chachki, Naomi Smalls, and more.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live resumes its poolside dinner & a movie series March 19 with a screening of The Invisible Man. Tickets are $45 per guest and include one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the movie. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Toy Story screens this Friday.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. This week’s slate includes Coming to America, Moana, Crazy Rich Asians, and Grease.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt takes place in the hotel’s valet lot. This Friday, catch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future. Guests who book a double feature get a round of drinks for everyone in the car.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Disney’s Raya & The Last Dragon all week.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening The Departed and The Terminator 2 this week.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s screenings include Dear Comrades!, Nomadland, Minari, Soul Eclipse, and Happily this week. Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

California African American Museum
California African American Museum. Photo by Christina Champlin.

At-Home & Online Events

Non-profit organizations InHouse Theatre and Age of Inclusion in Media (AIM) are partnering with MiniBar HollywoodLittle Dom’s, and 72 Cookies for a craft cocktail tasting and ghost story experience called Black Humor: A Night of Cocktails and Storytelling. Runs March 17-20 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

On March 18, the California African American Museum presents I Am Woman: Promoting Self-Worth in Contemporary Black Art. Per a release: “Though standards of what constitutes ‘beauty’ have broadened, Black women remain underrepresented in mass media depictions of ideal beauty, where Eurocentric aesthetics still dominate. In this conversation during Women’s History Month moderated by Assistant Curator Taylor Bythewood-Porter, artists Genevieve Gaignard, Deborah Roberts, and Grace Lynne Haynes share how their work explores imaging Black women and the shaping of racial and personal identity.”

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of digital events inspired by the museum’s Rise Up LA exhibition March 18–25.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will host a live online puppet show on March 18.

CIACLA is celebrating Irish musical talent based in Los Angeles all week long, including Hannah Crowley, Colin Devlin, Eamonn McCrystal, NELLA, Tríona O’Neill, Rowan and Jack Van Zandt. More info here.

Bright Spot is hosting a 30-minute virtual St. Patrick’s dance party on March 17 at 7 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a prize for the “most spirited” outfit. Tickets are $10 and include two seasonal Zoom backgrounds.

On March 19 at 1 p.m., NFMLA hosts the panel “You Finished Your First Feature Film. What’s Next? Presented by The Chimaera Project.” Filmmaker Paula Rhodes will discuss her own journey with her first feature and consult industry experts on how to navigate the festival circuit, distribution, and more. Register here.

Join Matter of Wine (MOW) on March 19 at 6 p.m. for a virtual tasting of a cabernet from Maipo, Chile. Tickets are $18, and 20% of proceeds benefit Habitat LA. The wine is available to buy online via Total Wine. More info here.

Join KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for a virtual screening of The Courier and a Q&A director with Dominic Cooke on March 16 at 7 p.m. Register here.

OxyArts hosts an Environmental Activist Panel Discussion on March 18 at 6 p.m. Per a release: How can we facilitate connections, even collaborations, between environmental feminist movements around the world? What is the future imaginary of global communal environmental care? This panel brings together five activists from four countries who have been central to advancing movements highlighted in Carolina Caycedo’s Care Report exhibition.” Register here.

From LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: “Celebrate Women’s History Month and Vicenta Torres de Rubio with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites. Torres de Rubio was not only Mexico’s first female cookbook author but also the first to publish a regional cookbook in her 1896 trailblazing work, Cocina Michoacán. Together we will discuss the book and prepare a recipe from its pages.” Join on March 15 at 3 p.m. Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

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.

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Tuétano Taquería

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

On St. Patrick’s Day, Market Tavern, located at the Original Farmers Market, will be celebrating with menu specials like Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash, and Fish & Chips. $6 pints of Cut & Dry Irish Stout from MacLeod Brewery and $7 Jameson’s Irish whiskey shots will also be available.

La Cha Cha Chá opens in the Arts District on Friday, March 19 offering Mexican cuisine from chef Alejandro Guzman (Le Comptoir). The rooftop space will also serve cocktails from Bryan Tetorakis, formerly of The Varnish and Coles. 

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon

In support of the local restaurant community, the James Beard Foundation will host a virtual dining event on March 21 spotlighting Orsa & Winston, Josef Centeno’s Japanese-Italian restaurant. The event is part of the foundation’s Taste of America series. Participants will savor a three-course meal prepared by Josef Centeno, plus Marques de Casa Concha wine and Rabbit Hole whiskey. Guests will also get access to cooking demos and a national broadcast featuring James Beard chefs and guests. Tickets are $95 per person or $175 for two, and are on sale until March 17. Pickup is at Orsa & Winston in DTLA on Sunday, March 21.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

Broken Spanish extends its residency at NeueHouse in Hollywood through April. Broken Spanish permanently closed its downtown L.A. location in early August of 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Some items on the menu include hand-pressed tortillas and lentils, seasonal tamal and tostada, duck meatballs, and chicharron with pickled cabbage salad. You’ll also be able to order cocktails, like Broken Spanish’s margarita or El Antiguo (bourbon, ancho reyes, suze, amaro meletti, aztec spice, achiote bitters, chocolate bitters). 

Georgia’s Restaurant is bringing “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s Gumbo back at both Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House locations through March. The gumbo features Nana’s secret Southern-style roux, chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, crab, and okra, served over rice.

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

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38 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [3-12-2021 to 3-14-2021]

March 11, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Grand Central Market
Busy morning at Grand Central Market. 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 Jarritos soda pop-up, drive-in comedy and movies, Pi Day specials, new art shows, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Summer Social Club

In-Person Events

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Fans of Jarritos soda should head over to Grand Central Market this weekend to experience the Jarritos Innovation Kitchen. Located at the Golden Road Brewing stall, guests can enjoy a special menu infused with the popular Mexican sodas.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

dineL.A. Restaurant Week continues through March 14. The two-week promotion features special menus from over 200 restaurants across Los Angeles for on-site al fresco dining, as well as exclusive takeout and delivery options through Grubhub. (We’ve got some of our top picks in the delivery section below.)

Muralist Erin Yoshi‘s “Through The Land of WE” is an outdoor billboard project that spans from Playa Del Rey to Atwater Village March 10-28, celebrating themes of ecology, culture, and diversity. A map and guide will post here.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Speed, The Little Rascals, and Romy + Michele’s High School Reunion screen this weekend.

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.

Texino will host a Spring Forward Market at its camp store in Silver Lake this Saturday with a local lineup of vendors selling vintage clothing, baked goods, flowers, ceramics, wine, coffee, frozen pizzas to-go, and more.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. This weekend’s slate includes Coming to America, Moana, Crazy Rich Asians, and Grease.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

GAVLAK’s latest show, Traces on the Surfaces of the World, runs March 13 through April 24. The group exhibit features Cristine Brache, Henry Chapman, Alex Chitty, Gisela Colón, Amalie Jakobsen, and Dean Sameshima and is inspired by an essay by theorist Judith Butler. Also on view is Jose de Jesus Rodriguez: Back On The Inside, a solo exhibit from the Brooklyn-based painter.

Gallery Nucleus hosts artist Gian Galang’s first solo exhibit. Per a release: “Gian Galang is a unique artist that has made a name for himself by capturing the energy and raw power of martial artists and professional fighters in a way that no one else has. His show will feature painted tributes to some of the greatest fighters alive today including Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao. Gian has created murals for UFC, NIKE, EVERLAST and more.” The show opens March 13. A virtual Q&A streams at 5 p.m. 

The L.A. Louver gallery presents David Hockney: My Normandy, an exhibition of 16 recent prints from the internationally acclaimed artist, including two 40-foot-long Frieze prints. This will be Hockney’s 22nd solo exhibition with the gallery since 1978. This exhibit runs March 9 through May 1 on a by-appointment basis only.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in March in the hotel’s valet lot. This weekend, catch National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and National Lampoon’s Animal House. Guests who book a double feature get a round of drinks for everyone in the car.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Disney’s Raya & The Last Dragon all weekend long.

Magic Asphalt, the drive-in standup comedy series in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, all guests will receive a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and a Magic Castle board game. To see the lineup, times, and ticket options, go here.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, John Wick, and Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse this weekend.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. This weekend’s films include The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, Frozen II, and Dazed and Confused. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s screenings include Cosmic Sin, Eraserhead, Abandoned: Angelique’s Isle, Nomadland, and Dear Comrades this weekend. Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

At-Home & Online Events

Atlas Obscura presents 3.14 Peculiar Pies with Gastro Obscura on Pi Day Sunday, March 14. The one-hour live special is hosted by Foods Editor Sam O’Brien, who’ll walk the audience through the history and curious culinary corners of 3.14 incredible pies. Recipes will be sent out after the presentation so attendees can bake up curious confections of their own.

The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101 presents the new exhibit Capturing Beauty: The Artwork and Photography of John Simmons. An Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, Simmons’ photography chronicles major moments in history. The exhibit includes images of the civil rights movement, portraits of Angela Davis and Shirley Chisholm, and photos of protests in Georgia for the Voting Rights Act. On display until June 5, 2021.

San Francisco-based Triple Coffee will be teaming up with World Barista Champion coach and coffee master Federico Bolanos for a special El Salvadorean edition of Triple Coffee’s Coffee Origins Virtual Tastings on March 27. Attendees will be the first to taste three exclusive new coffees from micro-producers of the region. The deadline to reserve a spot and receive your coffee is March 13.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

On March 14 at 3 p.m., Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon of Research for the Bermuda Triangle will discuss their site-specific installation, Common Fantasy. Common Fantasy is a two-part exhibit, featuring both a virtual or in-person viewing at The Wende Museum of the Cold War and a scent-by-mail experience. Per a release: “Common Fantasy is a site-specific installation inspired by Ostalgie, a term coined after German reunification to identify nostalgia for East Germany as it was during the Cold War era. The installation is contained inside the Wende’s ADN guardhouse, a structure that was originally located in the parking lot of the headquarters of the General German News Service (Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst [ADN]) from 1971 to 1992 in East Germany.” Tickets for the discussion are $25-$35. You can sign up to receive a free scent sample here.  

Culinary Historians of Southern California presents “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah (Shore)” by Flo Selfman on March 13 at 10:30 a.m. Selfman will share her experiences working with TV personality Dinah Shore. Register here.

The Skirball Cultural Center presents a conversation with photographer Lynsey Addario, whose work appears in Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, and Tightrope journalist and co-creator Sheryl WuDunn on March 14 at 11 a.m. Free, register here.

CaltechLive! presents Herbert Siguenza’s A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, an on-demand film adapted from Siguenza’s solo show in which he takes the audience back to 1957 France to spend three days with Picasso as he draws and paints inside his private studio. Tickets are $35 and provide access until April 4.

From Katnip Productions and Spy Brunch LLC comes “A Dark and Stormy Murder.” This interactive, online murder-mystery takes place aboard a tiki-themed cruise in 1948. All guests will get a character name and bio in advance. Tickets are $30 for general admission. A VIP ticket for $75 includes a food and cocktail package for pickup from the Roguelike Tavern in Burbank. Remaining show dates include March 12 and 13. More info and tickets here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

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.

SMT. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

Paper Pizza Company in Downey will celebrate Pi Day with an ode to Tostino’s Pizza Rolls. Available for one day only (March 14), folks enjoying patio dining or takeout from Paper Pizza Company can get “Pizza Pi Bites” and “Churro Pizza Bites” for just $3.14.

Du-Par’s Pie Shop located at The Original Farmers Market will offer freshly baked pies at the special price of $3.14 per slice and $13.14 per pie in honor of Pi Day on March 14. Flavors include apple, blueberry, pecan, banana cream, and more.

Little Pie is a new cloud concept opening at Holy Cow BBQ locations in West L.A., Santa Monica, and Culver City. Their National Pi Day launch features little pies for $3.14 (ordinarily $4). Flavors include banana cream, key lime, and peach crumble. 

Korea’s SM Entertainment has landed in Los Angeles with an online-only version of its popular restaurant and club SMT. The global company already has locations in Korea and Tokyo, and has plans to open a two-story operation in the heart of Koreatown later this year. For now, the public can get a taste of what’s to come through delivery from DoorDash, GrubHub, and Fantuan. The introduction menu includes an assortment of yubuchobap, a multi-color veggie & bulgogi bowl, japchae fried dumplings, bulgogi puff pies, and more.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

Broken Spanish extends its residency at NeueHouse in Hollywood through April. Broken Spanish permanently closed its downtown L.A. location in early August of 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Some items on the menu include hand-pressed tortillas and lentils, seasonal tamal and tostada, duck meatballs, and chicharron with pickled cabbage salad. You’ll also be able to order cocktails, like Broken Spanish’s margarita or El Antiguo (bourbon, ancho reyes, suze, amaro meletti, aztec spice, achiote bitters, chocolate bitters). 

Georgia’s Restaurant is bringing “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s Gumbo back at both Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House locations through March. The gumbo features Nana’s secret Southern-style roux, chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, crab, and okra, served over rice.

As we mentioned, it’s dineL.A. Restaurant Week (March 1-14). Here are some top picks for on-site al fresco dining or exclusive takeout or delivery through Grubhub. 

  • Clementine in Century City is offering a Deluxe Afternoon Tea Package for $35 that comes with loose leaf tea, a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and a selection of sweets.
  • Rossoblu in DTLA has a three-course dine-in only special that includes items like roasted duck breast, seafood brodetto, big eye tuna carpaccio, and more for $55 a person. The menu is available Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Legendary Indian restaurant Mayura in Culver City is participating this year with a takeout-only menu for lunch ($35) and dinner ($65). Designed as a meal for two people, the promotion includes your choice of appetizer, two main dishes, bread, dessert, and drinks.
  • Lunetta in Santa Monica is participating in dineL.A. March 3-12. They’ve got a $35 three-course lunch that includes a starter, main, and a chocolate fudge brownie with mascarpone for dessert. Entree choices include a crispy chicken chopped salad, steak frites, or BBQ salmon. Lunetta’s dinner menu is $65 per person and includes a white bean hummus amuse bouche, your choice of starter, sea scallops, your choice of main (options include mushroom bucatini, pan-roasted John Dory, or filet of beef), and your choice of dessert (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate truffle cake, or brown sugar panda cotta). Available for dine-in or takeout. 
  • Bone Kettle in Pasadena will host dine-in-only specials. Its two-course $20 lunch menu starts with either citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad paired with Bone Kettle’s legendary 36-hour bone broth noodles with your choice of top sirloin or ginger-seared chicken, or a vegan broth with noodles and crispy tempeh. The lunch menu is available Monday-Friday. For dinner, a $45 four-course prix fixe menu is available with options like duck confit, mushroom dumplings, braised oxtail noodles, Indonesian crab fried rice, dan dan noodles, and more.  
  • Serving Creole cuisine in L.A. since 1969, Harold and Belle’s in Jefferson Park is offering a $35 deal for lunch or dinner daily. It includes your choice of a margarita or hurricane cocktail; gumbo with seafood, ham, chicken and sausage, or okra (vegetarian); plus beignets for dessert. Available for delivery and takeout only. 
  • Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks has a $20 lunch special that includes a build-your-own combo of two items, a vegetarian burrito, or a trio of tacos. The meal comes with vanilla cream-filled churros or flan for dessert. The $35 dinner special includes Casa Vega’s famous margarita, a starter, and the entree and dessert options mentioned in the lunch special. The dineL.A. menu is available for dine-in and takeout. 
  • Silver Lake’s All Day Baby has a $25 Lemmy Special that includes a smoked beef and cheese sandwich, fries, and a cocktail. Available for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 
  • DTLA’s Poppy + Rose is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. For dineL.A., the three-course $35 special includes options like buttermilk biscuits, wild mushroom toast, shrimp + grits, brown butter fried chicken sandwiches, steak frites, espresso chocolate mousse, and more. Guests dining in for the special menu must have all parties at the table participating in the dineL.A. menu as well.  
  • Dal Rae, the old school steak house in Pico Rivera, is offering a $25 lunch menu that includes two courses, and a $65 dinner menu that includes three courses. Available for dine-in or takeout.
  • Family-owned Chao Krung is one of L.A.’s oldest Thai restaurants. For dineL.A., they have a three-course $20 lunch and $45 dinner menu. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. All guests must participate in dineL.A. when dining in.
  • Santa Monica’s Socalo is offering a three-course lunch at $20 and a four-course dinner at $45. The menu includes items like ceviche tostada, Vampiro steak and shrimp tacos, lamb birria, churro tots, and more. Available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.
  • All three Tsujita locations in Sawtelle’s Japantown are participating in dine L.A. Each has a two-course $20 lunch menu that includes a selection of ramen and your choice of starter, but ramen and starters vary with each location. The $45 dinner-for-two menu at the original Tsujita and Killer Noodle includes starters like rice bowls, takoyaki, and gyoza paired with two bowls of ramen and alcohol. 
  • Manuela, located at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the Arts District, is offering a three-course lunch ($30) or dinner ($55) menu for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Black bean chilaquiles, wood-grilled Jidori chicken thigh, ocean trout tartare, Peads & Barnetts pork chop, and burnt honey cake are just a few of the choices. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Japanese fried chicken specialist Pikunico has a $15 lunch deal that includes its popular golden chicken sandwich and a flourless brownie cookie. For dinner, Pikunico has a family meal that feeds four (two adults, two kids) and includes a pound of tenders, slaw, two onigiri, fingerling fries, pickles, three dipping sauces, and four chocolate chip cookies for $35. Open Tuesday-Sunday at ROW DTLA for delivery and takeout only.
  • For dineL.A., 13 of the Original Farmers’ Market food vendors are doing $15 lunch specials including DuPars, The Gumbo Pot, Trejo’s Tacos, and The French Crepe.
  • Ms Chi in Culver City is offering a $15 lunch menu that includes house-made scallion pancakes and your choice of dumplings. The family-style dinner menu includes multiple courses like soy sauce cornish hen, crispy skin salmon, and salt & pepper shrimp for $45 per person.

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

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32 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [3-8-2021 to 3-12-2021]

March 8, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
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The Simpsons, Springfield USA at Universal Studios. 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 theme park food fests, taco pop-ups, an outdoor billboard art show, drive-in screenings, science and art talks, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

Universal Studios Hollywood reopens March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

dineL.A. Restaurant Week continues through March 14. The two-week promotion features special menus from over 200 restaurants across Los Angeles for on-site al fresco dining, as well as exclusive takeout and delivery options through Grubhub. (We’ve got some of our top picks in the delivery section below.)

Muralist Erin Yoshi‘s “Through The Land of WE” is an outdoor billboard project that spans from Playa Del Rey to Atwater Village March 10-28, celebrating themes of ecology, culture, and diversity. A map and guide will post here.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Speed, The Little Rascals, and Romy + Michele’s High School Reunion screen this upcoming weekend.

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.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes Toy Story 3 and Selena.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival returns with a food event featuring over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place on select dates through May 2. Tickets cost $45.

The L.A. Louver gallery presents David Hockney: My Normandy, an exhibition of 16 recent prints from the internationally acclaimed artist, including two 40-foot-long Frieze prints. This will be Hockney’s 22nd solo exhibition with the gallery since 1978. This exhibit runs March 9 through May 1 on a by-appointment basis only.

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.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica is screening Disney’s Raya & The Last Dragon all week long.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure this week.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. This week’s films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Goonies, King Kong, The Maltese Falcon, and The African Queen. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest. Tickets start at $65 for two people.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s screenings include Mank, Nomadland, My Salinger Year, The World’s a Little Blurry, and The Five Rules of Success this week. Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

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 remain on view through April 3.

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.

At-Home & Online Events

Join Ken Farley, Mars 2020 Project Scientist and W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry at Caltech, for a conversation about the “Perseverance on Mars” on March 10 at 5 p.m. Viewers will learn how this highly capable rover will investigate rocks deposited billions of years ago in search for evidence of possible Martian life.

The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101 presents the new exhibit Capturing Beauty: The Artwork and Photography of John Simmons. An Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, Simmons’ photography chronicles major moments in history. The exhibit includes images of the civil rights movement, portraits of Angela Davis and Shirley Chisholm, and photos of protests in Georgia for the Voting Rights Act. On display until June 5, 2021.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through March 20. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

CaltechLive! presents Herbert Siguenza’s A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, an on-demand film adapted from Siguenza’s solo show in which he takes the audience back to 1957 France to spend three days with Picasso as he draws and paints inside his private studio. Tickets are $35 and provide access until April 4.

From Katnip Productions and Spy Brunch LLC comes “A Dark and Stormy Murder.” This interactive, online murder-mystery takes place aboard a tiki-themed cruise in 1948. All guests will get a character name and bio in advance. Tickets are $30 for general admission. A VIP ticket for $75 includes a food and cocktail package for pickup from the Roguelike Tavern in Burbank. Remaining show dates include March 12 and 13. More info and tickets here.

From LA Plaza de Artes y Cultura, Carlos Aguilar AKA Big Brown Dad will ask four comics how they’re staying funny and making money during quarantine. The virtual show includes Kim Congdon, Vanessa Gonzalez, Erik Rivera and Danny Vega. Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook on March 12 at 7 p.m.

Zocalo Public Square presents “Can Women’s Movements Save the World?” on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. Per a release: “2020 was the year that women emerged indisputably as the world’s most successful leaders, from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s COVID responses to German Chancellor Angela Merkel saving the eurozone and minimizing damage from Brexit—more important was the growing success of transnational feminist movements. On International Women’s Day, join us to discuss the most promising opportunities right now for transnational women’s movements to save our world.” Register here.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), the Fowler with host a conversation with Adenrele Sonariwo, the founding director of L.A.’s first contemporary art gallery from Africa, and Nigerian artists Marcellina Akpojotor, Tonia Nneji, and Chidinma Nnoli. Register here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

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.

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Tuétano Taquería

Pickup & Delivery

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

Korea’s SM Entertainment has landed in Los Angeles with an online-only version of its popular restaurant and club SMT. The global company already has locations in Korea and Tokyo, and has plans to open a two-story operation in the heart of Koreatown later this year. For now, the public can get a taste of what’s to come through delivery from DoorDash, GrubHub, and Fantuan. The introduction menu includes an assortment of yubuchobap, a multi-color veggie & bulgogi bowl, japchae fried dumplings, bulgogi puff pies, and more.

Little Dom’s rolls out a National Meatball Day menu along with drink specials on March 9. Guests can grab meatball 6-packs (classic, chicken, vegan) for $18 and a Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs for $21. Drink specials include $5 negroni shots, $20 MiniBar frozen margarita bags for two, and more. Available for take-out and outdoor dining. 

Tallula’s in Santa Monica will launch Taco Tuesdays this week on its festive outdoor patio. All night long, guests can enjoy $5 tacos that include beer-battered rock cod, classic hard shell tacos, and a rotating Taco Del Día. No taco is ever complete without a little tequila, and during Taco Tuesdays, guests can also take advantage of $9 house margaritas or go big with a carafe for $34.

MR CHOW in Beverly Hills has a specialty bento box for takeout or delivery with items like fresh lobster with ginger, fiery beef, home-style dumplings, shanghai cucumber, and a side of special rice for $50.

Contemporary Greek eatery Theía is helping to combat the Monday blues with half-off bottles of wine every week. Mondays are also Industry Night where restaurant and bar workers get 15% off on the dinner, cocktail, and spirits menus. This excludes the wine list and happy hour specials.

As we mentioned, it’s dineL.A. Restaurant Week (March 1-14). Here are some top picks for on-site al fresco dining or exclusive takeout or delivery through Grubhub. 

  • Clementine in Century City is offering a Deluxe Afternoon Tea Package for $35 that comes with loose leaf tea, a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and a selection of sweets.
  • Rossoblu in DTLA has a three-course dine-in only special that includes items like roasted duck breast, seafood brodetto, big eye tuna carpaccio, and more for $55 a person. The menu is available Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Legendary Indian restaurant Mayura in Culver City is participating this year with a takeout-only menu for lunch ($35) and dinner ($65). Designed as a meal for two people, the promotion includes your choice of appetizer, two main dishes, bread, dessert, and drinks.
  • Lunetta in Santa Monica is participating in dineL.A. March 3-12. They’ve got a $35 three-course lunch that includes a starter, main, and a chocolate fudge brownie with mascarpone for dessert. Entree choices include a crispy chicken chopped salad, steak frites, or BBQ salmon. Lunetta’s dinner menu is $65 per person and includes a white bean hummus amuse bouche, your choice of starter, sea scallops, your choice of main (options include mushroom bucatini, pan-roasted John Dory, or filet of beef), and your choice of dessert (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate truffle cake, or brown sugar panda cotta). Available for dine-in or takeout. 
  • Bone Kettle in Pasadena will host dine-in-only specials. Its two-course $20 lunch menu starts with either citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad paired with Bone Kettle’s legendary 36-hour bone broth noodles with your choice of top sirloin or ginger-seared chicken, or a vegan broth with noodles and crispy tempeh. The lunch menu is available Monday-Friday. For dinner, a $45 four-course prix fixe menu is available with options like duck confit, mushroom dumplings, braised oxtail noodles, Indonesian crab fried rice, dan dan noodles, and more.  
  • Serving Creole cuisine in L.A. since 1969, Harold and Belle’s in Jefferson Park is offering a $35 deal for lunch or dinner daily. It includes your choice of a margarita or hurricane cocktail; gumbo with seafood, ham, chicken and sausage, or okra (vegetarian); plus beignets for dessert. Available for delivery and takeout only. 
  • Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks has a $20 lunch special that includes a build-your-own combo of two items, a vegetarian burrito, or a trio of tacos. The meal comes with vanilla cream-filled churros or flan for dessert. The $35 dinner special includes Casa Vega’s famous margarita, a starter, and the entree and dessert options mentioned in the lunch special. The dineL.A. menu is available for dine-in and takeout. 
  • Silver Lake’s All Day Baby has a $25 Lemmy Special that includes a smoked beef and cheese sandwich, fries, and a cocktail. Available for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 
  • DTLA’s Poppy + Rose is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. For dineL.A., the three-course $35 special includes options like buttermilk biscuits, wild mushroom toast, shrimp + grits, brown butter fried chicken sandwiches, steak frites, espresso chocolate mousse, and more. Guests dining in for the special menu must have all parties at the table participating in the dineL.A. menu as well.  
  • Dal Rae, the old school steak house in Pico Rivera, is offering a $25 lunch menu that includes two courses, and a $65 dinner menu that includes three courses. Available for dine-in or takeout.
  • Family-owned Chao Krung is one of L.A.’s oldest Thai restaurants. For dineL.A., they have a three-course $20 lunch and $45 dinner menu. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. All guests must participate in dineL.A. when dining in.
  • Santa Monica’s Socalo is offering a three-course lunch at $20 and a four-course dinner at $45. The menu includes items like ceviche tostada, Vampiro steak and shrimp tacos, lamb birria, churro tots, and more. Available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.
  • All three Tsujita locations in Sawtelle’s Japantown are participating in dine L.A. Each has a two-course $20 lunch menu that includes a selection of ramen and your choice of starter, but ramen and starters vary with each location. The $45 dinner-for-two menu at the original Tsujita and Killer Noodle includes starters like rice bowls, takoyaki, and gyoza paired with two bowls of ramen and alcohol. 
  • Manuela, located at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the Arts District, is offering a three-course lunch ($30) or dinner ($55) menu for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Black bean chilaquiles, wood-grilled Jidori chicken thigh, ocean trout tartare, Peads & Barnetts pork chop, and burnt honey cake are just a few of the choices. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Japanese fried chicken specialist Pikunico has a $15 lunch deal that includes its popular golden chicken sandwich and a flourless brownie cookie. For dinner, Pikunico has a family meal that feeds four (two adults, two kids) and includes a pound of tenders, slaw, two onigiri, fingerling fries, pickles, three dipping sauces, and four chocolate chip cookies for $35. Open Tuesday-Sunday at ROW DTLA for delivery and takeout only.
  • For dineL.A., 13 of the Original Farmers’ Market food vendors are doing $15 lunch specials including DuPars, The Gumbo Pot, Trejo’s Tacos, and The French Crepe.
  • Ms Chi in Culver City is offering a $15 lunch menu that includes house-made scallion pancakes and your choice of dumplings. The family-style dinner menu includes multiple courses like soy sauce cornish hen, crispy skin salmon, and salt & pepper shrimp for $45 per person.

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 [3-5-2021 to 3-7-2021]

March 4, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
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A sunset view atop Hotel Erwin at High Rooftop Lounge. Credit: Jordan Robinson via flickr

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 more dineL.A. deals, a new art gallery, outdoor boxing and yoga classes, a sheep shearing demo, a virtual murder-mystery, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Ken Nwadiogbu’s “Family Meeting.”

In-Person Events

Thinkspace Projects has two new shows launching on March 6: Ken Nwadiogbu’s “UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are,” and Fumi Nakamura’s Look Towards the Future, But Not So Far As to Miss Today.” Per a release: “In twenty new hyperrealist works, Nwadiogbu investigates representation through a focal-point of eyes as a means of discovery and revelation, recreating his experience as a young Nigerian. His work speaks to the experiences encountered by black lives around the globe.” And, “Fumi Nakamura’s ‘Look Towards the Future, But Not So Far As To Miss Today’ is a new body of work depicting flora and fauna. Each element is carefully selected to represent elements of life, memory, body and soul. Takamura pulls from the subconscious, using metaphor and imagery to create striking pieces.” On view through March 27.

Drive-In Theatre at The Hollywood Roosevelt screens classic films every Sunday in March in the hotel’s valet lot. This weekend, catch Karate Kid and Karate Kid 2. Guests who book a double feature get a round of drinks for everyone in the car.

123 Farm in Cherry Valley is hosting Sheep Shearing Weekends every Saturday and Sunday through March. You’ll get to see how sheep are shorn and how the farm processes its wool. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 and under.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival returns with a food event featuring over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place on select dates beginning March 5 through May 2. Tickets cost $45.

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.

Tiago Coffee Bar and Kitchen in Hollywood has reopened for outdoor dining with a brand new menu from Guerrilla Tacos. Items include breakfast sandwiches, salads, hearty bowls, coffee, lemonade, and more. 

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes Bridesmaids and High School Musical.

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!

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.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Toy Story 2 this week.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. Upcoming films include Da 5 Bloods, Frozen II, and The Shining. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest.  Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Artist Arthur J. Williams, Jr.’s DaVinci Art Gallery is now open in Beverly Hills for private appointments, Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Williams went to prison for counterfeiting and spent the final seven years of his sentence studying painting. He now uses his counterfeiting skills in a legal way: creating detailed, money-themed oil paintings.

The George Billis Gallery currently has two shows: Audra Weaver’s “Other Shores,” and Patricia Chidlaw’s “Darkness. Dawn.” Both are available to see by appointment only, Weds-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 3.

The Cinelounge Drive-in in Hollywood’s weekend screenings include Nomadland, Pixie, and Sacrifice. Don’t forget to pre-order some of Cinelounge’s gourmet popcorn!

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 remain on view through April 3.

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.

Magic Asphalt, the drive-in standup comedy show in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns March 6. The lineup includes Kevin Nealon, Nicole Byer, Iliza, Chirs Spencer, Jesus Trejo, Kennelia, and Darren Capozzi. More info and tickets are here.

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.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Christina Champlin

At-Home & Online Events

L.A. Phil’s second season of Sound/Stage launches on March 5. Watch the first episode at laphil.com/soundstage.

The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101 presents the new exhibit Capturing Beauty: The Artwork and Photography of John Simmons. An Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, Simmons’ photography chronicled major moments in history. The exhibit includes images of the civil rights movement, portraits of Angela Davis and Shirley Chisholm, and photos of protests in Georgia for the Voting Rights Act. On display until June 5, 2021.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through March 18. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

From Katnip Productions and Spy Brunch LLC comes “A Dark and Stormy Murder.” This interactive, online murder-mystery takes place aboard a tiki-themed cruise in 1948. All guests will get a character name and bio in advance. Tickets are $30 for general admission. A VIP ticket for $75 includes a food and cocktail package for pickup from the Roguelike Tavern in Burbank. Show dates are March 6, 12, and 13. More info and tickets here.

From LACMA@Home, catch a screening of Time followed by a conversation with director Garrett Bradley on March 5 at 7 p.m. Time is a documentary that follows Fox Rich, who has spent the last 20 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob Rich, from prison.  

The 3rd Annual Westside Safety Fair is on March 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. The free event features five simultaneous livestreams with three keynote speakers, 12 presentations and training sessions, plus sessions for children. You’ll learn about earthquake safety, how to stop a major bleed, how to use a fire extinguisher, how to administer CPR, and more. More info here.

On March 6 at 5 p.m., Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence Susan Suntree for an online launch party of Suntree’s Sacred Sites Audio Theater Project. Per a release: “A history that is equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. The result is a singular and memorable account of the evolution of the Southern California landscape, reflecting the riches of both Native knowledge and Western scientific thought.” Register here.

Ánimo Production presents the first-ever virtual edition of “Boleros de Noche” on March 5 at 7 p.m. Per a release: “Boleros De Noche is a musical and cultural experience that seeks to preserve, uplift, and celebrate Latin American bolero music history in Los Angeles, and is quickly garnering multi-generational audiences who enjoy and partake in this musical experience. Now in its sixth year, the series is curated by its founder Roberto Carlos, a young Los Angeles-based artist/promotor who has committed his musical journey to bolero music and its traditions.” Tickets are $18 here. Attendees will receive from a discount code for dinner from either Madre Restaurant, Chichen Itza, or Holbox upon purchase.

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is offering a complimentary screening of the 2012 hand drawn animated film A Letter to Momo all month long. Registration is requited.

NHM’s First Fridays returns on March 5 with DJs, a cocktail lesson, a conversation about Home x Habitats, and a performance by Neil Frances. The discussion will explore what home means in a work-from-home world. RSVP here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

The GRAMMY Museum presents “Ringo: Peace & Love” on March 4. The program features “new and archival interviews conducted with Bob Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, as well as a virtual version of the groundbreaking 2013 exhibit: Peace & Love.” This exhibit and other programs are available to members of the museum’s COLLECTION:live streaming service. Get it for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

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.

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.

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.”

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Pickup & Delivery

As we mentioned, it’s dineL.A. Restaurant Week (March 1-14). Here are some top picks for on-site al fresco dining or exclusive takeout or delivery through Grubhub. 

  • Clementine in Century City is offering a Deluxe Afternoon Tea Package for $35 that comes with loose leaf tea, a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and a selection of sweets.
  • Rossoblu in DTLA has a three-course dine-in only special that includes items like roasted duck breast, seafood brodetto, big eye tuna carpaccio, and more for $55 a person. The menu is available Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Legendary Indian restaurant Mayura in Culver City is participating this year with a takeout-only menu for lunch ($35) and dinner ($65). Designed as a meal for two people, the promotion includes your choice of appetizer, two main dishes, bread, dessert, and drinks.
  • Lunetta in Santa Monica is participating in dineL.A. March 3-12. They’ve got a $35 three-course lunch that includes a starter, main, and a chocolate fudge brownie with mascarpone for dessert. Entree choices include a crispy chicken chopped salad, steak frites, or BBQ salmon. Lunetta’s dinner menu is $65 per person and includes a white bean hummus amuse bouche, your choice of starter, sea scallops, your choice of main (options include mushroom bucatini, pan-roasted John Dory, or filet of beef), and your choice of dessert (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate truffle cake, or brown sugar panda cotta). Available for dine-in or takeout. 
  • Bone Kettle in Pasadena will host dine-in-only specials. Its two-course $20 lunch menu starts with either citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad paired with Bone Kettle’s legendary 36-hour bone broth noodles with your choice of top sirloin or ginger-seared chicken, or a vegan broth with noodles and crispy tempeh. The lunch menu is available Monday-Friday. For dinner, a $45 four-course prix fixe menu is available with options like duck confit, mushroom dumplings, braised oxtail noodles, Indonesian crab fried rice, dan dan noodles, and more.  
  • Serving Creole cuisine in L.A. since 1969, Harold and Belle’s in Jefferson Park is offering a $35 deal for lunch or dinner daily. It includes your choice of a margarita or hurricane cocktail; gumbo with seafood, ham, chicken and sausage, or okra (vegetarian); plus beignets for dessert. Available for delivery and takeout only. 
  • Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks has a $20 lunch special that includes a build-your-own combo of two items, a vegetarian burrito, or a trio of tacos. The meal comes with vanilla cream-filled churros or flan for dessert. The $35 dinner special includes Casa Vega’s famous margarita, a starter, and the entree and dessert options mentioned in the lunch special. The dineL.A. menu is available for dine-in and takeout. 
  • Silver Lake’s All Day Baby has a $25 Lemmy Special that includes a smoked beef and cheese sandwich, fries, and a cocktail. Available for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 
  • DTLA’s Poppy + Rose is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. For dineL.A., the three-course $35 special includes options like buttermilk biscuits, wild mushroom toast, shrimp + grits, brown butter fried chicken sandwiches, steak frites, espresso chocolate mousse, and more. Guests dining in for the special menu must have all parties at the table participating in the dineL.A. menu as well.  
  • Dal Rae, the old school steak house in Pico Rivera, is offering a $25 lunch menu that includes two courses, and a $65 dinner menu that includes three courses. Available for dine-in or takeout.
  • Family-owned Chao Krung is one of L.A.’s oldest Thai restaurants. For dineL.A., they have a three-course $20 lunch and $45 dinner menu. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. All guests must participate in dineL.A. when dining in.
  • Santa Monica’s Socalo is offering a three-course lunch at $20 and a four-course dinner at $45. The menu includes items like ceviche tostada, Vampiro steak and shrimp tacos, lamb birria, churro tots, and more. Available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.
  • All three Tsujita locations in Sawtelle’s Japantown are participating in dine L.A. Each has a two-course $20 lunch menu that includes a selection of ramen and your choice of starter, but ramen and starters vary with each location. The $45 dinner-for-two menu at the original Tsujita and Killer Noodle includes starters like rice bowls, takoyaki, and gyoza paired with two bowls of ramen and alcohol. 
  • Manuela, located at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the Arts District, is offering a three-course lunch ($30) or dinner ($55) menu for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Black bean chilaquiles, wood-grilled Jidori chicken thigh, ocean trout tartare, Peads & Barnetts pork chop, and burnt honey cake are just a few of the choices. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Japanese fried chicken specialist Pikunico has a $15 lunch deal that includes its popular golden chicken sandwich and a flourless brownie cookie. For dinner, Pikunico has a family meal that feeds four (two adults, two kids) and includes a pound of tenders, slaw, two onigiri, fingerling fries, pickles, three dipping sauces, and four chocolate chip cookies for $35. Open Tuesday-Sunday at ROW DTLA for delivery and takeout only.
  • For dineL.A., 13 of the Original Farmers’ Market food vendors are doing $15 lunch specials including DuPars, The Gumbo Pot, Trejo’s Tacos, and The French Crepe.
  • Ms Chi in Culver City is offering a $15 lunch menu that includes house-made scallion pancakes and your choice of dumplings. The family-style dinner menu includes multiple courses like soy sauce cornish hen, crispy skin salmon, and salt & pepper shrimp for $45 per person.

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Things To Do

29 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [3-1-2021 to 3-5-2021]

March 1, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Natural History Museum
Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Credit: Allie Caufield via flickr cc

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 screenings and film discussions, new art openings, a Clubhouse for a good cause, dineL.A. deals, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Arthur J. Williams Jr.’s DaVinci Gallery opens in Beverly Hills.

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.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport. Friday’s slate includes Bridesmaids and High School Musical.

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.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In will be screening True Romance, Harold and Kumar and Pineapple Express this week.

Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43’s drive-in cinema is open seven days a week. Upcoming films include Batman and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Reservations include popcorn, soda, and candy for each guest.  Tickets start at $65 for two people.

Artist Arthur J. Williams, Jr.’s DaVinci Art Gallery is now open in Beverly Hills for private appointments, Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Williams went to prison for counterfeiting and spent the final seven years of his sentence studying painting. He now uses his skills in a legal way: creating detailed, money-themed oil paintings.

The George Billis Gallery currently has two shows: Audra Weaver’s “Other Shores,” and Patricia Chidlaw’s “Darkness. Dawn.” Both are available to see by appointment only, Weds-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 3.

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!

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 remain on view through April 3.

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.

At-Home & Online Events

On March 3, join LA Food Gang for Let’s Eat Together, a virtual Clubhouse event featuring celebrities, activists, chefs, and allies speaking on how to uplift marginalized voices while supporting both AAPI restaurants and the AAPI community. Margaret Cho and Lisa Ling will lead the event as keynote speakers. The program will also feature appearances by Olympian Michelle Kwan, designer Jason Wu, the cast of Bling Empire, Samuel Hyun of Hate Is A Virus, Phil Rosenthal, Wolfgang Puck, Niki Nakayama, and many others. The public can also help Let’s Eat Together raise funds for non-profit Off Their Plate by donating money or bidding on auction items from the organization. Off Their Plate, a 501(c)3 non-profit, will distribute all funds raised from the event to struggling AAPI restaurants, who will in turn make meals for AAPI community organizations across the country. Those unable to join the live virtual event can also watch event highlights on Off Their Plate’s website.

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is offering a complimentary screening of the 2012 hand-drawn animated film A Letter to Momo all month long. Registration is requited.

Multi-platinum selling artist Kygo will livestream his upcoming performance on March 4 from a snow-capped mountaintop in the Sunnmore Alps in his home country of Norway. He will be joined by special guests to perform classic hits from Cloud Nine, Kids in Love, and his latest record Golden Hour.

On March 2 at 10 a.m., the 50th annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival will go online, featuring dance performances and lessons with a curriculum guide customized for students in grades 3-12. Watch on The Music Center’s Offstage virtual platform.

NHM’s First Fridays returns on March 5 with DJs, a cocktail lesson, a conversation about Home x Habitats, and a performance by Neil Frances. The discussion will explore what home means in a work-from-home world. RSVP here.

PBS SoCal and the L.A. Times present a virtual screening of PBS’s new three-part series Hemmingway, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novik, journalist Lesley Blume, and author Rachel Kushner, moderated by LA Times journalist Patt Morrison. The event is on March 4 at 8 p.m. Register here.

The Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience’s next masterclass features clarinetist David Krakauer on March 2 at 5 p.m. Free.

American Cinematheque has several events this week including a Q&A with Dear Comrades! director Andrei Konchalovsky on March 1, a Q&A with I’m No Longer here writer/director Fernando Frías on March 2, a Q&A with Minari director Lee Isaac Chung and producer Chistina Oh on March 3, and a Q&A with Judas and the Black Messiah director Shaka King and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback on March 4.

OxyArts presents a collection of short films from the Karrabing Film Collective on March 3 at 5 p.m. Per a release: “The Karrabing Film Collective is a media group based in Australia’s Northern Territories that uses filmmaking and installation as a form of Indigenous grassroots resistance and self-organization. The collective’s members—predominantly living in the Belyuen community—together create films using an “improvisational realism” that opens a space beyond binaries of the fictional and the documentary, the past and the present.” A Q&A will follow the screening. Register here.

Starting March 2, The Groundlings Theatre and School will host a series of performances in celebration of Women’s History Month. It kicks off with comedy show ONE! With Edi Patterson, with several other improv shows and more to follow. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

The GRAMMY Museum presents “Ringo: Peace & Love” on March 4. The program features “new and archival interviews conducted with Bob Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, as well as a virtual version of the groundbreaking 2013 exhibit: Peace & Love.” This exhibit and other programs are available to members of the museum’s COLLECTION:live streaming service. Get it for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

Join LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on March 3 at 7 p.m. for “Spirals of Time with Mujeres de Maiz.” Per a release: “Join us…for a plática with Claudia Mercado and Maritza Alvarez of Mujeres de Maiz as they share the group’s own specific blend of mind, body, spirit, and cultural work. Mujeres de Maiz, which started 24 years ago for Women’s Herstory Month, will share a bit of their holistic ARTivist women’s work and introduce their upcoming virtual season as well as video features from performances and programming since 1997.” Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook.

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.

Zocalo Public Square will host the discussion “ What Does a Feminist Foreign Policy Look Like?” on March 2 at 5 p.m. Join Scripps College professor of politics Nancy Neiman and Foreign Policy Interrupted CEO and co-founder and New America fellow Elmira Bayrasli to explore what a feminist foreign policy would look like for America and the world. Register here.

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.

On March 2, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will host a candid conversation with True Mothers award-winning writer and director Naomi Kawase, and Claudia Puig, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The live virtual event will explore the theme of “Mothers and Film Making.” True Mothers has received much acclaim and has been selected to represent Japan for 2021 Oscar consideration in the International Film category. Screen True Mothers for free here until March 10.

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.”

pikunico
Pikunico. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Pickup & Delivery

dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for its spring edition from March 1-14. The two-week promotion features special menus from restaurants across Los Angeles for on-site al fresco dining, as well as exclusive takeout and delivery options through Grubhub. 

  • Bone Kettle in Pasadena will host dine-in-only specials. Its two-course $20 lunch menu starts with either citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad paired with Bone Kettle’s legendary 36-hour bone broth noodles with your choice of top sirloin or ginger-seared chicken, or a vegan broth with noodles and crispy tempeh. The lunch menu is available Monday-Friday. For dinner, a $45 four-course prix fixe menu is available with options like duck confit, mushroom dumplings, braised oxtail noodles, Indonesian crab fried rice, dan dan noodles, and more.  
  • Serving Creole cuisine in L.A. since 1969, Harold and Belle’s in Jefferson Park is offering a $35 deal for lunch or dinner daily. It includes your choice of a margarita or hurricane cocktail; gumbo with seafood, ham, chicken and sausage, or okra (vegetarian); plus beignets for dessert. Available for delivery and takeout only. 
  • Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks has a $20 lunch special that includes a build-your-own combo of two items, a vegetarian burrito, or a trio of tacos. The meal comes with vanilla cream-filled churros or flan for dessert. The $35 dinner special includes Casa Vega’s famous margarita, a starter, and the entree and dessert options mentioned in the lunch special. The dineL.A. menu is available for dine-in and takeout. 
  • Silver Lake’s All Day Baby has a $25 Lemmy Special that includes a smoked beef and cheese sandwich, fries, and a cocktail. Available for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 
  • DTLA’s Poppy + Rose is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. For dineL.A., the three-course $35 special includes options like buttermilk biscuits, wild mushroom toast, shrimp + grits, brown butter fried chicken sandwiches, steak frites, espresso chocolate mousse, and more. Dine-in service is only available for those ordering off the dineL.A. menu.   
  • All three Tsujita locations in Sawtelle’s Japantown are participating in dine L.A. Each has a two-course $20 lunch menu that includes a selection of ramen and your choice of starter, but ramen and starters vary with each location. The $45 dinner-for-two menu at the original Tsujita and Killer Noodle includes starters like rice bowls, takoyaki, and gyoza paired with two bowls of ramen and alcohol. 
  • Manuela, located at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the Arts District, is offering a three-course lunch ($30) or dinner ($55) menu for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Black bean chilaquiles, wood-grilled Jidori chicken thigh, ocean trout tartare, Peads & Barnetts pork chop, and burnt honey cake are just a few of the choices. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Japanese fried chicken specialist Pikunico has a $15 lunch deal that includes its popular golden chicken sandwich and a flourless brownie cookie. For dinner, Pikunico has a family meal that feeds four (two adults, two kids) and includes a pound of tenders, slaw, two onigiri, fingerling fries, pickles, three dipping sauces, and four chocolate chip cookies for $35. Open Tuesday-Sunday at ROW DTLA for delivery and takeout only.

Urban Plates, the approachable and ethically sourced eatery, has expanded its Los Angeles footprint with two new digital kitchens. Operating solely on delivery, the “North Los Angeles” kitchen caters to Glendale, Eagle Rock, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Cypress Park, and South Pasadena. The “West Los Angeles” kitchen offers delivery and pickup and serves Westwood, Brentwood, Century City, Holmby Hills, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Cheviot Hills, and Beverlywood. Urban Plates’s monthly subscription program, Plate Pass, is also extending for another two months (March and April). Members pay a one-time $20 fee, then get every entrée in March and April for only be $10. Sign-up for Plate Pass ends on March 3.

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

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