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Where to Find Free Meals, Groceries, and Assistance for Hospitality Employees

April 10, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
A burger and fries from The Conservatory Photo: Max Milla

For many people who work in restaurants, bars, and hotels, these are scary times. Hospitality workers are mostly out of work as these venues have shut down due to COVID-19. Plus, they frequently don’t have the same safety nets that salaried employees do. To help, many restaurants are offering free meals and other deals to their fellow industry workers, which we’ve compiled in the following list. To see freebies for frontline workers, check out our list here.

Hail Mary Pizza in Atwater Village offers complimentary pizzas Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. On select dates announced through their Instagram, they’ll also have free produce bags on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Conservatory in West Hollywood is offering a free burger and fries to the first 100 industry workers every Friday. First-come, first-served. Just show your last pay stub and your ID.

The group Inclusive Action for The City is raising money for out-of-work street food vendors through the Street Vendor Emergency Fund, providing $400 in cash to vendors who cannot access government assistance. Call (323) 388-3724 for more information.

When we wrote about Employees Only back in 2018, we called it a “bartender’s bar.” Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the West Hollywood cocktail hotspot is still putting industry folks first. Since March 20, they’ve been serving 100 meals daily between 5-8 p.m. to those who’ve recently worked at a restaurant, bar, hotel or hospital. Meals are first-come, first-served. Just show up, present your ID and proof of employment, and you can get up to two meals per person. If you’d like to donate to keep this program going, you can do so here. Recently, they were able to send free meals to Cedar Sinai in Marina Del Rey.

Nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is offering direct aid to laid-off restaurant workers. Get more information and apply for assistance here.

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Thanks to donations from the Lee Initiative, Makers Mark, actress Busy Phillips, and others, Framily Meal is giving out free meals-for-two and other essential items to out-of-work hospitality workers. Available for first-come, first-served pickup at Sqirl between 4-7 p.m. Note that pickup is two doors down from the restaurant’s main doors. 

Thunderbolt is giving away a limited number of free meals to out-of-work hospitality employees. You can sign up daily using this form. They only ask that you limit it to one free meal per week so that someone else has a chance to enjoy one.

Here and Now in downtown L.A.’s Arts District is offering free meals on select days to bar and food industry folks who have been affected by the global crisis. They’re doing this through the support of alcohol brands like Pernod Ricard and Mulholland Distillery. Follow Here and Now on Instagram to find out about the next meal offer.

USBG Southern California Chapter has set up Project Corner Store in several neighborhoods including The Ordinarie in Long Beach to distribute weekly relief packages to hospitality workers. Sign up for relief here.

Va’La Hospitality in Boyle Heights created No Us Without You to raise funds to provide food security to undocumented restaurant workers. Contact them directly for assistance.

Chef Royce Burke’s pop-up Secret Lasagna is working on helping the hospitality community, one meal at a time. He is already hiring cooks who lost their jobs during the pandemic. And, for each entree the public orders, Secret Lasagna will donate a family-sized order of their signature dish to an industry family in need in partnership with No Us Without You.

Food LA is offering free lunch to out-of-work hospitality workers. DM the cafe on Instagram to request a free meal or to donate one. 

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is giving out temporary cash gifts to service workers struggling during the pandemic.

Xperience Restaurant Group (El Torito, Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, SOL Cocina, Acapulco, Chevys, and more) is providing free kids meal packages to children 12 and under, no purchase necessary.

The United States Bartender’s Guild is offering grants to laid-off bartenders and their family members. You do not have to be a USBG member to apply.

Little Tokyo’s Community Feeding Community Program distributes meals to those whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic on Saturdays between 5-7 p.m. while supplies last at Cafe Dulce. Meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. More info, including how to volunteer or donate, can be found here.

Kings Hawaiian Bakery locations (both are in Torrance) will offer an “Aloha 50%” discount for all community workers until April 30. The discount applies to people in the hospitality, police, hospital, and grocery industries.

Eve Bottle Shop in Echo Park is currently operating as Bodega Avalon, offering wine, beer, prepared food, and pantry items for pickup or delivery. Shoppers can also donate any amount they choose to go towards subsidizing meals for laid-off hospitality workers.

National Restaurant Association has a free digital Pharmacy Discount Card that can save you up to 75% off FDA-approved prescription medicine.

Another Round, Another Rally Fund is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed during the pandemic.

CORE is giving support to eligible food and beverage service employees who have been required to quarantine because a family member in the same home has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Food

20 Tasty Takeout & Delivery Deals to Try This Weekend [4-10-2020 to 4-12-2020]

April 10, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Easter cocktails from Conservatory. Photo: Jennifer Kane

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our food and beverage industry hard, forcing all restaurants to halt dine-in service. But by ordering pickup or delivery, you can help those still in service stay afloat. We’re now going to share some of our favorite local takeout, pickup, and delivery deals every Friday. So, if you’re up for a #treatyourself weekend, take a look at our first list below. And don’t forget to tip! Our hospitality workers need it now more than ever.

The Conservatory is offering Easter cocktails at $8 each or three for $22. Choices include Hip Hop Hoorayyy (Charbay vodka, crème de pēche liqueur, lemon, ginger), Sassy Bunny (Azunia blanco tequila, cucumber, lime, jalapeños, agave), and Purple Peep (Nat Kidder vodka, lavender lemonade and blueberries). They also have boxed brunches ($40) that come with either mimosa kits or a bottle of wine, or dinners ($50) that include your choice of Prosecco, red, or white wine. Each box meal serves four. 

Uber Eats is doing a “Virtual Restaurant Week.” Order a three-course, prix fixe meal from one of over 200 participating restaurants for $35 and no delivery fee. (A big tip, though, would certainly be appreciated by those essential workers bringing you your meal.) Some restaurants to choose from include Eataly, Tacos Tu Madre, Silverlake Ramen, and Belcampo. To find participating eateries, open your app, then swipe through the top banner and tap on the Restaurant Week graphic. This special runs through April 23. 

Muddy Paw Coffee is offering 50% off your drink order when you use the code “ToGo” in the Joe Coffee app, a mobile ordering network designed for independent coffee businesses.

101 North Eatery & Bar has an Easter brunch that features spinach, leek, and feta frittata; Mediterranean salad; blueberry-agave French toast; bacon or turkey bacon; breakfast potatoes, and a bread basket. Serve two for $60 or four for $120. Available for pickup or delivery, but must you must order by Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. Family-style chicken dinners and cocktails to-go are also available. More info here.

Spread Kitchen is offering to-go cocktail kits from several local bartenders, including Jessi Smyth of Genever and Big Bar’s Cari Hah. Choices include the Cafesito (El Silencio mezcal, coffee-infused Campari, amaro, orange peel, halva) and the Eastside Spritz (Mulholland gin, cucumber mint shrub, spiced soda). Get four servings for $30 or eight for $50. Half of all proceeds will go to the bartenders. 

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has a $70 deal that includes a mixed cheese and meat board, one appetizer or salad of your choice, one signature pizza of your choice, a package of strawberries, and chocolate bars. If you add a bottle of wine, you’ll get 20% off the bottle. More info here.

Little Dom’s daily $25 three-course PanDOMic menu for this week includes Roast Tri-Tip Pizzaiola with parmesan potato on Saturday and Squid Ink Fusilli with smoked oysters, andouille, uni butter, and lemon breadcrumbs on Sunday. Check Instagram here for the full menu through Sunday. Delivery is available on Caviar or call for curbside pickup.

How about an Easter morning breakfast and some old-fashioned egg coloring? All Time’s Easter Kit contains a dozen eggs, a DIY dye kit made from fruits and veggies, dye instructions, pancake mix, maple syrup, Valrhona chocolates, and seeds for your garden. You can reuse the basket it all comes in when you’re done. Available for pickup or delivery via ChowNow.

Hotpot restaurant Unibowl is offering four different meal sets, which each come with a free stove, pot, and fuel to make your own hotpot at home. Kits contain all the fixings, including a soup base, meats, veggies, sauces, and tea. It’s $49.99 for meat meals and $39.99 for the veggie option. [h/t LAist]

Golden Road Brewing is offering six-packs of their beer, including their amazing Spicy Mango Cart, for just $7. Get mix and match cases for $25. They’ve also got prepared food and pantry items. Order pickup or delivery here.

VERSE in Toluca Lake is offering build-your-own $13 rice bowls with your choice of fried or steamed rice cooked in white soy, fish sauce, and salsa macha peanut chile de árbol sauce. Guests will pick a protein like marinated hanger steak or salmon, two vegetables, and two toppings to complete the bowl. Takeout and delivery are available Tuesday through Saturday from 4-7 p.m. Orders for pickup can be made online or order delivery via Postmates.

Poppy + Rose is offering two family-style meals. The spaghetti with meatballs feeds up to four people and includes one pound of dry spaghetti, one quart of marinara sauce, one quart of meatballs, and four ounces of parmesan for $28. The BBQ meal feeds up to two people and includes a half rack of ribs, one pound of brisket, 10oz mac n cheese, and 10oz greens for $35. You can order ahead by calling (213)-622-0176 or order delivery through UberEats or Postmates.

Milk + T in Little Tokyo is offering boba kits for delivery so you can get your boba fix at home. For $25, each kit comes with your choice of green or black tea, uncooked boba, brown sugar, instructions, and four Milk + T jars. Find them on Postmates.

Staring Saturday, WOOD in Silver Lake is offering two different pizza specials. Get two Margherita pizzas and a bottle of house red or white for $40, or get two pizzas of your choice, one salad, and two appetizers for $60. Find details here.

Spago is taking orders through Tock until Saturday at noon for Easter Sunday curbside takeout/delivery. The special holiday menu includes a la carte items like maple smoked ham, spring vegetable quiche, key lime pie, and chocolate cream pie to name a few.

Treat yourself to Mrs. Fish’s sushi boxes, available in 3-, 7-, 10-, and 12-piece assortments plus sides and sauces for $20-$50. Family meals, beer, wine, and items from both Mrs. Fish and Perch’s menus are available via Postmates, Caviar, and Doordash. 

Are you trying to feed a lot of people? Or maybe just yourself for several days? Drop by your local NORMS location for a to-go care package, available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Classic Breakfast Package contains 15 eggs; 1 pound each of bacon, ham, and sausage, 2 pounds of hash browns, 1.75 pounds of sliced fruit, 6 biscuits, a half-gallon of milk or juice, and a roll of toilet paper for just $35. They also have family dinners for 4-6 people, all served hot at $25 each. See updates here

Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown and DTLA is open for pickup and delivery, offering burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, and more. But the key deal here is the cocktails. Get a Moscow Mule, golden margarita, or old fashioned for just $5!   

Guerrilla Tacos is offering an Emergency Taco Kit that should keep you set for a while. It contains five pounds each of roasted chicken and carne asada, one pint each of green and red salsa, tortillas, onion, cilantro, rice and bean, 30 eggs, and a roll of toilet paper for $155. These provisions should make about 60 tacos and the meat will keep in the freezer for three weeks. Not that hungry? Get two pounds of each meat and skip the eggs and toilet paper for $80. 

None of these deals strike your fancy? Here are some more ideas:
‘Bodega On Wheels’ Delivers Groceries, Sandwiches, Ice Cream & Booze
30+ L.A. Eateries in the Valley Offering Takeout/Delivery
Mel’s Drive-In Carhop Service is Back!
17+ L.A. Bakeries That Need Your Help
17 L.A. Spots To Get Cocktails, Wine, and Beer for Delivery or Takeout
50+ Local Restaurants Open for Pickup and Delivery

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Culture, Things To Do

52 Things to Do in L.A. This Week While You’re Stuck at Home [4-9-2020 to 4-15-2020]

April 9, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Hollyhock House Los Angeles
Hollyhock House Credit: Edward Stojakovic 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, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. These days, there are no events for us to post about and even if there were, state and county orders prohibit gathering. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find entertainment, education, and most importantly, community online. From now on until this whole thing’s behind us, we’ll be posting virtual things you can do from home every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less isolated.

This week, we’ve got online skin consultations, trivia, puzzle games, garden tours, play readings, a show about whether things are or are not Westerns, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

1. Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s unique architectural design, interiors, exteriors, and areas rarely seen by the public.

2. Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents At Home Happiness, a series of online performances and educational videos dedicated to “bring maximum joy to those at home.” Tune into their Instagram every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. for special puppet numbers. Feeling crafty? Catch a tutorial on how to make your own puppet on the theater’s YouTube channel here.

3. The Hammer Museum takes its 30-minute Mindful Awareness Meditation series online via Zoom every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

4. LeVar Burton of Star Trek and Reading Rainbow fame is now reading stories live on Twitter @levarburton. On Mondays at 9 a.m., he’ll read a children’s book. On Wednesdays at 3 p.m., he’ll move to YA fare. And on Fridays at 6 p.m. he’ll read for adults. 

5. Check out the Trillerfest, a livestream music festival featuring performances performance by Migos, Marshmello, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Kash Doll, and more. It runs April 10-12 on YouTube, and it’s free.

6. Alamo Drafthouse now has a virtual cinema, which includes its Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesday picks. Current selections include Balloon, Extra Ordinary, The Perfect Nanny, The Whistlers, Wild Goose Lake, and more. Tickets are $7.75 to $12 and a great way to support your local theater while it’s closed. They’ve also got a new movie-themed jigsaw puzzle collection, perfect for these long, at-home weekends.

7. YouTube Originals takes a look back on 20 years of the coolest musical moments that defined Coachella. Premiering Friday, April 10.

8. King Trivia has taken its bar trivia online via Twitch on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Though there are no prizes as there’s no way to ensure people aren’t cheating, there are two raffle giveaways per game. Follow them on Instagram @kingtrivia for updates. 

9. Andrea Bocelli will perform live in the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Watch live on his YouTube channel here.

10. Radiohead presents the first of several live shows from the Radiohead Public Library, now uploading to Radiohead’s YouTube channel. Kicking off the series Thursday, April 9 at 2 p.m. is their October 2000 concert from Live From a Tent In Dublin. The band will be releasing one concert a week until the current shelter in place rules are eased or until they run out of shows.

11. Comedian Amber Rollo hosts Can I Live?, a live standup showcase series on Zoom. The next installment is on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET and features Sydnee Washington, Gabe Pacheco, Kelly Bachman, and Sarah Kennedy. Tickets are $5 and you can get them here.  

Photo: LACMA

12. This week, LACMA @ Home features a behind-the-scenes look at artist Vera Lutter’s camera obscura work and a lesson on how to make your own Julie Mehretu-style art

13. Though you’ll likely be spending your 4/20 at home, those who partake in cannabis may want to tune into Hi Day 2020. Presented by tech startup EventHi, Hi Day features 24 hours of programming including music, yoga, comedy, a history lesson, and a “puff, pass, paint” experience. Hi Day kicks off on April 11 at 4:20 a.m. Tickets are $15 and 20% of proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry. Ticket holders do not have to watch all 24 hours at once. The content will be available for an entire year for repeat viewing at your leisure.

14. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has launched SAMOatHome on Facebook Live. Join them for virtual hikes, Ranger programs for kids, and chats with scientists. Virtual events will appear on SAMO’s outdoor calendar here. You can also check the hashtag #findyourvirtualpark for more content from National Parks across the country. 

15. KatNip Productions presents Blind Love, a three-part interactive, online theater production based on reality dating shows. Participants will assemble on Zoom before embarking on virtual dates with three characters they won’t be able to see. At the end of each “episode,” guests are free to eliminate one character of their choice, then spend more time chatting with the character(s) they felt the most connection to during the next episode. Blind Love runs April 9-11 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and available for one-, two-, or three-night runs. (Please note, these are fictitious dates, so just have fun! No need to impress.) 

16. A+P’s exhibit Collective Constellation: Selections from the Eileen Harris Norton Collection is now online. The virtual tour features text from Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale. Click on gallery hot spots to zoom in and learn about individual pieces.

17. Follow P-22, our majestic mountain lion friend, on Facebook for daily livestreams that include musical performances, interviews with scientists and Griffith Park experts, art activities, and even a little storytime.

18. Instead of happening at The Virgil, storytelling show/podcast RISK! will stream online Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m on Zoom. RISK! is hosted by Kevin Allison and this week’s show features Jana Fisher, Jonathan Bradley Welch, and Dawn Fraser. Tickets are $12.

19. Las Vegas’s Mob Museum is now offering virtual tours. Some selections include “Birth of the Mob,” “The Mob and Las Vegas,” and “The Mob in Politics and Culture.” See all offerings here.

20. The Autry’s new streaming series Is This a Western? challenges Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis to find the Western aspects of various films, songs, books, or pop culture references. Submit your challenges to film@theautry.org.

21. Alone Together is a collaborative puzzle game for two or more people that can be played in the same room, over the phone, or online. You’ll each need separate screens, as each team will see different information. By communicating what’s in front of you, you’ll work together to solve puzzles, crack codes, and ultimately win the game. 

22. Your Late Night Show Tonight! airs on Twitch on Friday, April 10 at 10:30 p.m. Hosted by Jerry Minor (SNL, Mr. Show), this week’s show features guest Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me, Sliders). Shows are pay-what-you-can via Venmo and are available on the Pack Theater’s Twitch here.

23. Beauty brand Youth to the People is offering free, 15-minute skin consultations online. The brand’s skincare experts will answer questions about your skin type, skincare routine, and more. Sign up here.

24. Sound artist Alan Nakagawa is making a sound collage about current times comprised of haikus. To participate, write and record a haiku about what you’re going through now and send it to the Orange County Museum of Art by April 16 at 11:59 p.m. here: info@ocma.net. Please include your typed poem and an .mp3 recording. As a reminder, haikus consists of three lines with five syllables in the first, seven syllables in the second, and five syllables in the third. Nakagawa and OCMA will release the collage on Thursday, April 23. 

25. Dynasty Typewriter is one of our favorite venues and, like everything else, it’s also closed. To support them during this time, you can shop their new line of social distancing merchandise or check out the venue’s YouTube channel for online shows and livestreams.

26. The Broad’s exhibit George Condo: Drawings for Distanced Figures is now online. Check it out here.

27. Composer and meditation expert Murray Hidary is leading two MindTravel meditation sessions on Instagram. Join on Friday, April 10 at 2 p.m. or Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Participants are invited to quietly walk throughout their own neighborhoods (while social distancing, of course) during this peaceful guided meditation experience. 

28. Astrologer and women’s empowerment coach Natalia Benson is hosting 10-minute morning rituals on Instagram Live daily at 9 p.m. through April 11. Find her here

29. Zócalo Public Square’s next streaming event is How Can We Make Farm Work Healthier? Panel participants include organic farmer and artist Nikiko Masumoto, Huron Mayor Rey León, health researcher Chia Thao, news director Alice Daniel, and medical sociologist Tania Pacheco-Werner. Join online Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP here.

30. Coursehorse has several online classes available, including various career skills, how to read tarot, cooking, art, music, and more. Check out the full list of virtual classes here.

31. Listen to Henry Rollins’s new long-form radio show, The Cool Quarantine. The first four-hour show consists of personal stories and music, including live Cramps bootlegs and audio from an original Joy Division pressing. Available on KCRW.com and on the station’s app.  

32. Go on a virtual tour of Descanso Gardens‘ blooming lilacs while the grounds are closed to the public with Garden Records Coordinator Roy Jenkins.

33. Cayton Children’s Museum is offering Cayton Recess, a virtual programming series every weekday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drop by on Instagram for music, storytime, art demos, and more. Join live here or check out the videos at any time on YouTube.

34. The Second City is offering live streaming comedy performances on Zoom here. Check Instagram for future show details. You can also find several classes online, too, starting at $25. 

35. Clean beauty retailer Credo is hosting Instagram Live Master Classes. Learn about skincare, makeup application, and more from beauty and wellness experts. The next class is on Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. It’s a virtual happy hour with Kosas founder Sheena Yaitanes. Check @credobeauty on Instagram for details.

36. AFI Movie Club is a new online program where guests can watch a movie of the day accompanied by fun facts, discussion ideas, and other materials. Afterward, viewers are invited to discuss the film using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub. 

37. Refinery29 and Comedy Central announced two new YouTube Shows. CC x R29: Taking the Stage features stand-up comedy from a lineup of women comics while CC x R29: Speak Up features interviews with those stand-ups. Performers include Jena Friedman, Kat Radley, Ayo Edebiri, and more. Episodes drop throughout April. Check out the first with Tien Tran here.

38. Check out the Downtown Santa Monica Self-Care Club, a list of online fitness classes, yoga, meditation sessions, and more. Choices include salsa lessons from The Studio Corazon and sound baths with Be Crystal Clear.

39. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service fame will perform livestreamed solo sets from his home studio with cameos from virtual guests. They air on Thursdays at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live.

40. LA Phil presents a new series, At Home with Gustavo. In each episode, conductor Gustavo Dudamel will share curated musical selections alongside his own reflections. The series will air on both KUSC and online. Find more details here

41. Mortified, the show where guests share the most embarrassing stories of their childhoods, is going online. This episode’s theme is “Quaran-teen Angst.” Join them on Zoom on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. It’s free to drop in and you might get a chance to participate in the Q&A afterward.  

42. Instead of actually kicking off, Coachella will premiere a documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, on April 10 at noon. You can watch it here, which may hold ticket holders over until the postponed festival hopefully happens in October. 

43. The UnCancelled Music Festival brings together musicians, fans, and venues for a virtual concert experience every day until the crisis subsides. Fans can purchase pay-what-you-want tickets for each show and tip the performing artists and venues in real-time to help sustain the music industry during the coronavirus shutdowns.

44. Every weekday at 2 p.m., Art Share L.A. will host a live, 20-minute performance from a different artist. To see the complete schedule, click here. To access the livestream, go to Zoom here and use the password artshare. Art Share is also launching a virtual gallery. Every weekday at 10 a.m., they’ll offer a prompt. Create your own artwork using the prompt as inspiration, then post it to Instagram or Instagram Stories using the hashtag #artsharevirtualgallery any time before 10 p.m. Art Share will post a collection of submissions to its Instagram @artshare_la

45. Before staff left to follow L.A.’s Safer at Home order, The Getty Center staff shot some video of the museum’s exhibit Michelangelo: Mind of the Master. See the first one here

46. Comedy Quarantine is a free nightly comedy livestream. See tonight’s schedule on Instagram @comedyquarantine

47. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is offering Keep Kids Smart with Art, a variety of free children’s activities on Facebook and Instagram. See more info here.

48. Go on a virtual tour of the Egyptian Theater with Chief Projectionist Benjamin Tucker. 

49. Quaranteam is an interactive web series about what a lot of us are doing right now: working from home. Participants are recent hires at a failing RFID solutions company, currently interacting online through Slack and Zoom. Can you save help save the company? Interactivity depends on the ticket you purchase, which starts at $6-$20 per episode. The first Zoom meeting is on April 10. Tickets are available here

50. Eatz is hosting virtual cooking classes on Zoom. Upcoming themes include rustic cooking, gnocchi, pizza from scratch, and more. See the schedule and sign up here

51. L.A. Theater Works has several plays and radio dramas available for streaming, including The Importance of Being Earnest, The Graduate, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, and more. Check it out here.

52. A Faery Hunt typically offers live, interactive shows for children. Now, the company is offering virtual visits and parties for all the kids out of school. Parents can book 5-minute, half-hour, and hour sessions with storytelling, games, songs, and activities. See more here

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Food

17 Tasty Takeout & Delivery Deals to Try This Weekend [4-3-2020 to 4-5-2020]

April 3, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Coco jackfruit at Spoon & Pork/Spoon & Pork

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our food and beverage industry hard, forcing all restaurants to halt dine-in service. But by ordering pickup or delivery, you can help those still in service stay afloat. We’re now going to share some of our favorite local takeout, pickup, and delivery deals every Friday. So, if you’re up for a #treatyourself weekend, take a look at our first list below. And don’t forget to tip! Our hospitality workers need it now more than ever.

1. Secret Lasagna is offering individual and group packages that include lasagna and all the fixings, plus dessert. If you’re dining solo, consider “The Ron Burgundy” package. It comes with one personal lasagna and an additional “personal top secret lasagna (vegan),” plus garlic bread, a Caesar salad, and summer berry crisp for $42. For larger groups, try “The Garfield” for $125, featuring family-size servings and Ooey Gooey Brownies for dessert. Add wine to food orders for an additional $20.

2. Filipino restaurant Spoon & Pork has some affordable family-style dishes available. They come by the quart and should feed 2-3 people. Options include beef caldereta stew (beef, carrots, potato, pimenton sauce) for $15; Arroz caldo (rice porridge, shredded chicken, chives, crunchy garlic) for $10; Pork belly sinigang soup (pork, veggies, tamarind broth) for $13, and Coco Jackfruit (jackfruit, ginger, coconut milk, tomatoes, crunchy garlic, scallions, jalapeño) for $13. Plus, all bottles of wine are 20% off and all beers are $5. Open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. More info here.

3. Every Friday, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches will offer a “special social distancing sandwich” for $5 when you buy another at regular price. This week’s specials include The Tiger King (fried chicken, tiger sauce, provolone, pepper jack cheese) and The Here Kitty Kitty, which is a vegan Tiger King made with vegan chicken. Order on the Ike’s app, available or iOS and Android, and get free delivery through April 15. 

4. Philippe The Original is offering a four-person Family Pack for $50 that includes your choice of meat and cheese for each sandwich and four sides. You’ll also get pickles, au jus, and a bottle of Philippe’s hot mustard. Available for pickup and delivery through Postmates and ChowNow.

5. All locations of El Gallo Giro are offering a $24 family meal that includes two pounds or either carnitas or chicken, plus beans, rice, tortillas, and salsas. Available for takeout and through delivery apps DoorDash and Postmates.

6. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown has a to-go weekend brunch special available for pickup on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $18, get one egg starter (ham and cheese omelet, scrambled eggs, or a roasted veggie and potato burrito), one entree (roasted chicken breast, grilled salmon filet, or woodland mushroom and kale ravioli), one side (green salad or tomato soup), and a slice of New York cheesecake. Add a bottle of wine for $15. 

7. PizzaRev is offering a date night deal. For $33, get two craft-your-own pizzas, two house salads, and a bottle of wine. Available for takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery. Order here. Not in the mood for date night? You can also get 30% off all other online orders.

8. Pop-up Pho King is accepting pre-orders of its pho kit for $13. The kit also comes with a beverage from the pickup location, Hey Hey in Echo Park. You can pick up your order this Sunday.

9. Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown and DTLA is open for pickup and delivery, offering burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, and more. But the key deal here is the cocktails. Get a Moscow Mule, golden margarita, or old fashioned for just $5!  

10. The Bellwether in Studio City is offering curbside pickup between 4-8 p.m. They have a promotion for 25% off bottled wines and $10 specialty cocktails. Try to score the fancy grilled ham and cheese on Texas toast and blood orange margarita combo for $15, available Friday until they sell out.

11. 101 North Eatery & Bar is offering a Lobster Dinner for Two on the weekends. For $65, you’ll get a 1.5-pound lobster, shrimp, clams, corn, peewee potatoes, and smoked chorizo. Place your order by Friday at 4 p.m. for no-contact pickup or free delivery on Saturday or Sunday between 3-8 p.m. Beer, wine, and cocktail kits are also available.

12. California Pizza Kitchen just launched CPK Market, a collection of six meal kits. Kits include kids build-your-own pizzas for $5; a raw fruit and veggie box for $34, and a chef’s board with a baguette, two meats, two cheeses, dried fruit, and nuts for $25. Pantry items, beer, and wine are also available.

13. Spend $17 or more at the pickup counter at Du-par’s Bakery and Pie Shop and receive a free small homemade fresh fruit jam.

14. Guerrilla Tacos is offering an Emergency Taco Kit that should keep you set for a while. It contains five pounds each of roasted chicken and carne asada, one pint each of green and red salsa, tortillas, onion, cilantro, rice and bean, 30 eggs, and a roll of toilet paper for $155. These provisions should make about 60 tacos and the meat will keep in the freezer for three weeks.

15. This next WeHo Supper Club is Friday, April 3 from 5-9 p.m. and features curbside pickup or free delivery from Amarone. All diners will get their choice of an appetizer and entree, plus flourless chocolate cake for dessert for $35/person. Add a bottle of wine for $20. 15% of proceeds will benefit SPCALA. Email info@amaronela.com or call (310) 652-2233 and mention WeHo Supper Club to order. Participants are also invited to join the virtual bar @thesmellycatpub on Instagram for live performances from musicians and comedians, trivia, cocktail recipes, and more. 

16. Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks is offering curbside pickup and delivery of its slow-cooked barbecue and eclectic menu. Score 50% off beer and wine and 2-for-1 cocktails.

17. Sonoratown’s pickup or local delivery menu includes all the usual suspects, as well as package deals. Get one pound of grilled carne asada, chicken, or chorizo; 12 flour tortillas; a half-pint each of chile arból and avocado salsa; cabbage; grilled onions; lime, and radish for $27. Double that for $48. If you just want a dozen tortillas—and you know Sonoratown’s tortillas are superb—it’s $4. More info here

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Here’s a List of Freebies Available to COVID-19 Frontline Workers

April 2, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Instagram Post by FIGS

[Updated May 1, 2020] Healthcare workers, first responders, and other frontline workers are putting themselves at risk to take care of us all right now. Some companies and small businesses are responding by donating free food and other essentials to those workers. Offers range from free donuts to a free pair of shoes. If you’re a frontline worker (or if you know one who could use a free meal or some love right now), check out these participating spots below. We’ll add more as we come across them.

Healthcare workers and first responders can receive a free meal at McDonald’s through May 5. Breakfast includes your choice of an Egg McMuffin; Chicken McGriddle; or Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit, plus hash browns, and any size soft drink, tea, or hot coffee. Lunch and dinner includes your choice of a double cheeseburger, six-piece Chicken McNuggets, or Filet-O-Fish, plus small fries and any size soft drink, tea, or hot coffee. 

Frontline workers and teachers can get a free cup of quick-drip coffee at all L.A. Verve Coffee Roasters locations.

La Brea Bakery will give away 100 meals to healthcare workers each day through April 30, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. All you have to do is show your badge to receive a free sandwich, bag of chips, and cookie while supplies last.

Healthcare workers can request free Chipotle burritos for their medical facilities on May 6 at 9 a.m. here.

Checkers & Rally’s will give a free small combo meal to any healthcare worker or first responder who is dressed in their uniform.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free box of one dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts to healthcare workers every Monday through May 12. Just pull through a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, show your employee badge, and the treats are yours.

Clothing brand Universal Standard is offering a free piece from its Foundation line. Available for doctors, nurses, and medical workers, while supplies last. Email a photo of credentials to us@universalstandard.net.

Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed or iced coffee to medical workers and first responders through May 3. It should be noted that many Starbucks locations have since closed, so you may want to check and make sure your location is open.

Crocs will donate a free pair of shoes to frontline healthcare workers.

Pizza vs. Pandemic is a donation-based program that pairs local pizzerias with care centers in need. Find out how to donate, apply as a pizza provider, or request pizza here. So far, they’ve delivered over 3,700 pizzas.

Social Eats is offering a free takeout meal from Azule Taqueria or Pop!s Burgers & Shakes to frontline workers. Just show your hospital ID for either a free taco bowl or a single burger and fries. Also, hospitals in Santa Monica can get 50% off and free delivery online at ordersocialeats.com with the code INTHISTOGETHER.

Fresh Brothers Pizza is letting customers donate a pizza to first responders or hospital staff. They’ll match each donation received. Call (310) 642-0533 to donate. 

Meditation app Headspace is offering Headspace Plus for free to healthcare workers.

Sweetgreen will deliver free salads and bowls to hospitals in select cities, including L.A. More info here.

Yoga app Down Dog is offering free access to all of its apps for healthcare workers and teachers through July 1.

Help Feed the Frontline is a project designed to organize dinner delivery from local L.A. restaurants to healthcare workers. More info here.

Barco will donate 10,000 scrubs each month of the on-going pandemic. More info here.

Get a free e-giftcard from green beauty brand Biossance. A code will be sent to any healthcare worker once they send in their documentation. DM @Biossance on Instagram or email at customerservice@biossance.com.

Kaktos will give healthcare workers a free pair of socks. Email them at Hello@Kaktos.com with your information.

Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach is offering free combo meals to anyone who comes in and identified themselves as a frontline medical worker or first responder and $5 combos to everyone else. This deal is valid throughout the pandemic.

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51 Things to Do in L.A. This Week While You’re Stuck at Home [4-2-2020 to 4-8-2020]

April 2, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
‘Quaranteam,’ an immersive theater show on Zoom and Slack.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. These days, there are no events for us to post about and even if there were, state and county orders prohibit gathering. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find entertainment, education, and most importantly, community online. From now on until this whole thing’s behind us, we’ll be posting virtual things you can do from home every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less isolated.

This week, we’ve got a horror film series, a show about good news, an interactive theater piece about working from home, a bread-making camp, virtual pet adoptions and dance parties, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

1. Check out John Krasinksi (The Office, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and his new YouTube show, Some Good News. Essentially a clips show, Krasinski rounds up all the heartwarming, good news he can find, then reports on it from his home.

2. Alamo Drafthouse’s Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays have moved online. Check out a different film each week, complete with pre-show content, introductions, and discussions. Screenings are $7.75 and support Alamo Drafthouse and the American Genre Film Archive. Upcoming selections include Godmonster of Indian Flats, a film about a giant sheep monster, on April 8. 

3. The Second City is offering live streaming comedy performances on Zoom here starting Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. CST. Check Instagram for future show details. You can also find several classes online, too, starting at $25. 

4. AXS Virtual Home Sets is staging online concerts from big-name artists, such as Questlove, Rufus Wainwright, and Jewel. Check daily for various sets. Details here.

5. Clean beauty retailer Credo is hosting Instagram Live Master Classes. Learn about skincare, makeup application, and more from beauty and wellness experts. The next class takes place on April 2 at 5 p.m. with clean makeup brand ILIA.

Egyptian Theater Hollywood
Egyptian Theater. Photo by Tim Wang via flickr cc

6. Diplo will spin a live 90-minute “quarantine mix” from his living room every evening at 7 p.m. on Twitch.

7. Balanced Breakfast’s online music fest (April 5, 12, 19) consists of two-hour segments, each from a different city. The segments all feature a moderator who chooses four musicians to each perform a 30-minute set from their home. You can see a schedule of all segments here, but this Sunday’s set from L.A. is moderated by Courtney Matz and features Single Girl, Married Girl; Julianne Q & The Howl; Ward, and Cilience. It kicks off at noon. 

8. The California African American Museum is hosting Can’t Stop, Really Won’t Stop, a virtual dance party, on Tuesday, April 7 from 7-9 p.m. Stop by on Instagram Live @thebeatjunkies

9. AFI Movie Club is a new online program where guests can watch a movie of the day accompanied by fun facts, discussion ideas, and other materials. Afterward, viewers are invited to discuss the film using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub. 

10. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service fame will perform daily livestreamed solo sets from his home studio with cameos from virtual guests. They air weekly at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live.

11. Quaranteam is an interactive web series about what a lot of us are doing right now: working from home. Participants are recent hires at a failing RFID solutions company, currently interacting online through Slack and Zoom. Can you save help save the company? Interactivity depends on the ticket you purchase, which starts at $6-$20 per episode. The Slack opens on April 3 with the first Zoom meeting on April 10. Tickets are available here

12. LA Phil presents a new series, At Home with Gustavo. In each episode, conductor Gustavo Dudamel will share curated musical selections alongside his own reflections. The series will air on both KUSC and online. Find more details here.

13. Eatz is hosting virtual cooking classes on Zoom. Upcoming themes include rustic cooking, gnocchi, pizza from scratch, and more. See the schedule and sign up here

14. Instead of actually kicking off, Coachella will premiere a documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, on April 10 at noon. You can watch it here, which may hold ticket holders over until the postponed festival hopefully happens in October.

15. Browse the #Quarantineoween hashtag to see all the creative costumes people came up with on faux-Halloween (March 31).

16. The Gourmandise School is hosting a virtual bread camp on IGTV @gourmandisela. New classes drop weekdays at 3 p.m. through April 5. 

17. The Broad Stage at Home is launching the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour. Each episode first airs on Facebook Live, or you can watch it on thebroadstage.org or redhen.org after. That’s not all, though. The Broad Stage’s Classical Hour will follow the same format. 

18. The UnCancelled Music Festival brings together musicians, fans and venues for a virtual concert experience beginning Thursday, April 2 at noon and will continue every day until the crisis subsides. Fans can purchase pay-what-you-want tickets for each show and tip the performing artists and venues in real-time to help sustain the music industry during the coronavirus shutdowns.

19. The Odd Market is moving online, offering vendors and customers the chance to interact, buy, and sell unique items contact-free. The Odd Market goes live on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. here.

20. Immersive creator Nick Rheinwald-Jones (Safehouse ’77, The Pod) has had to put his IRL shows on hold, so he’s now hosting Pajamas & Cocktails. Book a session, mix yourself a drink, put on your PJs, and just hang out online. You’ll receive a questionnaire when you buy a ticket so Rheinwald-Jones can prepare for your session. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds will go to the LEIA COVID-19 Relief Fund for Immersive/Interactive Artists. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, most of these theater creators/performers are currently out of work and could use our support.

21. Monty’s Good Burger is hosting a virtual pet adoption on its Instagram through April 3. See which furry friends are available here.

22. The Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown has a ‘Stuck at Home Exercise Program’ video series on YouTube here.

23. Moog Music’s Synthesize Live will livestream artist performances, synthesizer demos, Q&As, and more. See the event schedule here.

24. The Orange County Museum of Art is offering In the Studio sessions with artists, listening sessions from artists who make sound-based projects, and art-making demonstrations. Find them on OCMA’s social Instagram or Facebook.

25. Every weekday at 2 p.m., Art Share L.A. will host a live, 20-minute performance from a different artist. To see the complete schedule, click here. To access the livestream, go to Zoom here and use the password artshare. Art Share is also launching a virtual gallery. Every weekday at 10 a.m., they’ll offer a prompt. Create your own artwork using the prompt as inspiration, then post it to Instagram or Instagram Stories using the hashtag #artsharevirtualgallery any time before 10 p.m. Art Share will post a collection of submissions to its Instagram @artshare_la.

26. LACMA’s #MuseumAtHome offerings now feature a soundtrack inspired by its exhibit, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific. The mix features traditional modern Fijian music.

27. Four roommates are recreating famous art pieces with the things they have in their house. See their Covid Classics on Instagram.

28. The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents a conversation between author and journalist Tom Teicholz (Ivan of the Extermination Camp) and Jonathan Kirsch on Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. Via the book’s description on Amazon: “Nazi Collaborator John Demjanjuk was a retired Cleveland Autoworker when his past as a Nazi Extermination Camp guard was uncovered. This is the definitive account of the 30-year legal process in the United States, Israel, and Germany that so added to our knowledge of the Holocaust.” 

29. In honor of playwright Terrence McNally, who died due to complications from COVID-19 on March 24, L.A. Theatre Works is offering free access to its recording of McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart through April. The performance was recorded at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in 2012. Access it here.

Natasha Feldman of Apocalypse Kitchen Photo: Pineapple Collaborative 

30. Private chef Natasha Feldman’s Apocalypse Kitchen is an online, interactive cooking class for up to 10 guests at a time. Attendees will learn how to make batch meals that last a few days. Donations through April will go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m. Find more info here

31. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is hosting free livestreamed concerts through April 22. You can catch them on Instagram @Levitt.LA or on Facebook. Start times vary but will be announced via social media. 

32. Burlesque performer Michelle L’amour hosts the weekly Quarantine Cabaret, which features a variety of musicians, magicians, comics, dancers, and other artists performing from their homes. (Sometimes, their kids or pets are also special guests.) The show is free to watch but viewers can tip the guests, who, of course, are unable to perform in public these days. 

33. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is now offering LACO at Home, featuring free, livestreamed performances. Check it out here

34. Learn how to make kombucha online with Kombucha Hunter’s virtual classes. For $60, you’ll get a large SCOBY and an 8 oz. starter via delivery, then a virtual 60-minute session. If you don’t need a SCOBY or starter, it’s $45. Shorter sessions are also available. 

35. Everybody Gym is livestreaming its fitness classes on Zoom. Unlimited and basic members can watch for free, while non-members can drop in for $5. 

36. Somatic Healers midday mindfulness on Instagram Live every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and a gong bath and guided relaxation on Thursdays at 8 p.m on Zoom. Find them on Instagram @somatichealers. To tune in on Zoom, click here. The Meeting ID is 163 182 806 and the password is onefamily. 

37. Meditation app Calm is offering several free resources here, including sleep meditations, sleep stories, video tutorials on stretching, meditations for kids, and more. 

38. Before staff left to follow L.A.’s Safer at Home order, The Getty Center staff shot some video of the museum’s exhibit Michelangelo: Mind of the Master. See the first one here.

39. Comedy Quarantine is a free nightly comedy livestream. See tonight’s schedule on Instagram @comedyquarantine

40. Yoga instructor Dee Desault will lead a live “Ganja Yoga” class on her Instagram account @ganjayoga on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Desault is partnering on this endeavor with cannabis company Aster Farms and delivery companies Sweet Flower and Sava. Get 20% off Aster Farms products when ordering on either delivery platform with the code ASTER. 

41. Check out @karaokequarantine on Instagram to join a live, online karaoke night every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 p.m. Other sessions come up and the schedule may vary, so check Instagram for the latest updates

42. The National History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has launched the NHMLA Connects portal for online learning and exploration. Find videos, family activities, and more. 

43. The Industry’s site-specific opera Sweet Land was meant to take place at LA State Historic Park. Now, the Industry intends to sell online tickets good for a streaming video performance of the opera. The Industry describes the show as a “grotesque historical pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity.” See more details here

44. insightLA is offering online meditation and mindfulness classes through Zoom. Find their schedule of events here

45. The Two Bit Circus Foundation is offering livestreams of hands-on activities that families can do while kids aren’t in school. This service is available Monday through Friday on Two Bit Circus’s Twitch channel.

46. The Winchester Mystery House is offering a free video tour through April 7. For those who would like to visit in the future, vouchers are available through May 1 for $26. You can redeem those vouchers for mansion tours at any time in the future.

47. A Faery Hunt typically offers live, interactive shows for children. Now, the company is offering virtual visits and parties for all the kids out of school. Parents can book 5-minute, half-hour, and hour sessions with storytelling, games, songs, and activities. See more here.

48. The Grammy Museum continues to offer free digital content including performances, lessons, and digital exhibits. Upcoming performances include Greta Van Fleet, Kool and the Gang, Common, and more.

49. Christine and the Queens will stage short live performances daily at 10 a.m. on Instagram Live.

50. Go on a virtual tour of the Egyptian Theater with Chief Projectionist Benjamin Tucker. 

51. Miley Cyrus’s live weekday talk show, Bright Minded, features discussions on lifestyle topics like fitness and sustainability with her celebrity friends. Tune in at 11:30 a.m. on Instagram and YouTube.

More lists:

This ongoing Google doc lists online cultural events all around the world, including streaming plays, operas, classes, and games.

And this ongoing Google doc lists puzzles, online courses, watch parties, livestreams, interactive books, and more. 

Even more at-home ideas:

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43 Things to Do in L.A. This Week While You’re Stuck at Home [3-26-2020 to 4-1-2020]

March 26, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
CatCafe Lounge Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. These days, there are no events for us to post about and even if there were, state and county orders prohibit gathering. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find entertainment, education, and most importantly, community online. From now on until this whole thing’s behind us, we’ll be posting virtual things you can do from home every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less isolated.

This week, we’ve got karaoke parties, adoptable cat livestreams, weed yoga, kombucha class, gong baths, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

1. Moog’s Minimoog sound app (iOS only) is now free in the App Store for anyone who wants to make some music on their iPhone or iPad.

2. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas has a web-based app that lets people learn about the various neon signs in its collection and exhibits, including pieces from Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum. The best way to navigate the site is to click on one of the 25 signs, then scroll left and right. Use the password NEON for access.

3. Michael LaVell is both a founding artist and current exhibitor at Chinatown’s Tierra del Sol Gallery. While the gallery is closed, you can take a video tour of the show here.

4. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is hosting free livestreamed concerts on Wednesday afternoons, March 25 through April 22. The series kicks off with funk/rock/soul act Brainstory at 4 p.m. You can catch them on Instagram @Levitt.LA or on Facebook. Start times vary but will be announced via social media. 

5. CatCafe Lounge in Culver City will share a livestream of its adoptable kitties on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. See them on Instagram @catcafelounge.

6. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is now offering LACO at Home, featuring free, livestreamed performances. The first airs on March 28. Check it out here.

7. L.A. Karaoke has more upcoming events, including a virtual karaoke party on March 28 at 5 p.m. and an online drive-in movie on March 26 at 5 p.m. Follow them on Facebook for more events and updates.  

8. The Paley Center for Media is releasing full panel discussions from previous PaleyFests in New York and L.A. Videos will drop on YouTube and will remain online until 10 a.m. the following morning. Upcoming panels include The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Blue Bloods, The Office, and The Walking Dead.

9. Hauser & Wirth’s new exhibit, Louise Bourgeois Drawings 1947-2007, is now open online.

10. Now seems like a good time to redecorate your apartment. Shop for art online via The Cactus Gallery. Several artists have cut their prices by 25% and the gallery will pay for shipping costs.

Allois, “Secret of Madam FiFi”/bG Gallery

11. bG Gallery is hosting a virtual reception of Love in the Time of Coronavirus via Zoom and Instagram @bggallery on March 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. Hang with your fellow art lovers online and see works from Mickey Avalon, Allois, Susan Moss, Max Ernst, and more.

12. The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is offering free online workouts daily through March 28 via its Facebook Page. Classes start at noon.

13. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform on-air and online via CAP UCLA and KCRW on Thursday, March 26 at 9 p.m. The South African group performed in an audience-free Royce Hall last week before returning home. Catch this concert on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or on KCRW. 

14. Comedy Quarantine is a free nightly comedy livestream. See tonight’s schedule on Instagram @comedyquarantine.

15. Yoga instructor Dee Desault will lead a live “Ganja Yoga” class on her Instagram account @ganjayoga on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Desault is partnering on this endeavor with cannabis company Aster Farms and delivery companies Sweet Flower and Sava. Get 20% off Aster Farms products when ordering on either delivery platform with the code ASTER. 

16. Somatic Healers midday mindfulness on Instagram Live every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and a gong bath and guided relaxation on Thursdays at 8 p.m on Zoom. Find them on Instagram @somatichealers. To tune in on Zoom, click here. The Meeting ID is 163 182 806 and the password is onefamily. 

17. Everybody Gym is livestreaming its fitness classes on Zoom. Unlimited and basic members can watch for free, while non-members can drop in for $5. 

18. Learn how to make kombucha online with Kombucha Hunter’s virtual classes. For $60, you’ll get a large SCOBY and an 8 oz. starter via delivery, then a virtual 60-minute session. If you don’t need a SCOBY or starter, it’s $45. Shorter sessions are also available.

19. Check out @karaokequarantine on Instagram to join a live, online karaoke night every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 p.m. Other sessions come up and the schedule may vary, so check Instagram for the latest updates.

20. Starry Kitchen’s Nguyen Tran is sharing recipes on Reddit, including citrus sesame tofu and garlic noodles. Feel free to ask questions and share your cooking outcomes. 

21. Carrie Russo of Russo Pilates is offering 50-minute mat classes with real-time adjustments and feedback, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session for $10. Her next class is on March 27 at noon. Check her out on Instagram @russopilates for updates or email russopilates@gmail.com.

22. Meditation app Calm is offering several free resources here, including sleep meditations, sleep stories, video tutorials on stretching, meditations for kids, and more. 

23. insightLA is offering online meditation and mindfulness classes through Zoom. Find their schedule of events here.

24. Watch The Broad’s Un-Private Collection artist conversations on the museum’s YouTube channel.

25. The National History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has launched the NHMLA Connects portal for online learning and exploration. Find videos, family activities, and more.

26. Facial spa Clean Your Dirty Face has at-home facial tutorials via its Instagram @cleanyourdirtyface to keep your skin nice and dewy.

27. Become a Dockwalker via virtual training on March 28, 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dockwalkers increase boater awareness of environmentally-sound practices through boater education at marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows, and other events. Those events are probably canceled right now, but you can still learn now from home.

28. Burlesque performer Michelle L’amour hosts the weekly Quarantine Cabaret, which features a variety of musicians, magicians, comics, dancers, and other artists performing from their homes. (Sometimes, their kids or pets are also special guests.) The show is free to watch but viewers can tip the guests, who, of course, are unable to perform in public these days. 

29. Boxing studio Box Union will livestream classes on Instagram. Follow them @BoxUnionStudio to see the studio’s class schedule.

30. L.A. based comedian Iliza Shlesinger and her husband Chef Noah Galuten have started an online cooking show called Don’t Panic Pantry on Instagram TV and Facebook Live. They post the ingredients you need ahead of time so everyone joining them can cook along. Find them on Instagram @ilizas and Facebook @IlizaShlesinger.

31. Last year, bad behavior threatened the gorgeous superbloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve as guests trampled the delicate flowers in pursuit of the perfect selfie. This year, you can observe the blooming poppies from a safe, trample-free distance via the park’s live cam

32. Dancer Kelleia Sheerin will host her “Kelleia & the Jazz” dance classes live on Instagram on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. PST. Find her on Instagram @kelleiaandthejazz

Turkey spinach meatballs. Photo: Create Hospitality

33. Lauren Koeppe of Create Hospitality and her fiancée Page Jeter are hosting a cooking show via Instagram @createhospitality. They go live nightly at 7 p.m., each time cooking a new dish. 

34. The Industry’s site-specific opera Sweet Land was meant to take place at LA State Historic Park. Now, the Industry intends to sell online tickets good for a streaming video performance of the opera. The Industry describes the show as a “grotesque historical pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity.” See more details here

35. Gucci Osteria chef Massimo Bottura is hosting free cooking classes on his Instagram @massimobottura. Classes begin at 8 p.m. CET, which is noon in Los Angeles. [h/t Time Out LA]

36. The Two Bit Circus Foundation is offering livestreams of hands-on activities that families can do while kids aren’t in school. This service is available Monday through Friday on Two Bit Circus’s Twitch channel.

37. Yoga app Down Dog’s Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute classes will be free until April 1. Additionally, students, teachers, and healthcare workers will have free access through July 1. Students and teachers can sign up with their school email or, if their email does not use an .edu extension, email Down Dog directly at schools@downdogapp.com. Healthcare workers can go to downloadgoapp.com/healthcare to register their domain. 

38. Bach in the Subways is an annual event celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday. This year’s Bach in the Subways would have seen musicians serenading passengers around the world March 19-25, but several live performances have been canceled due to COVID-19. Performers are still invited to submit videos of their pieces online for your listening pleasure.

39. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is offering a free six-week trial of his fitness app, Centr. More details on his Instagram here.

40. The Metropolitan Opera is still streaming a different opera from its collection each night on its website. Each performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. EST and will remain online for 20 hours.  

41. The Groundlings Podcast Network launches on April 1 with two shows. Breaking Ground features interviews with Groundings alumni. The Groundlings’ Panel features discussions about sharpening your craft, industry issues, and more.

42. USC Architecture will host its spring 2020 lectures and events online. Here’s what they’ve got on board:

  • March 27: Firm Fair, where students can meet employers, recruiters, and industry leaders. 
  • April 1: Technology Conversation: “Technology is the Answer…But What Was the Question?” A panel discussion on how design research can leverage technology to interact with social and environmental issues to affect positive change. 

43. The Winchester Mystery House is offering a free video tour through April 7. For those who would like to visit in the future, vouchers are available through May 1 for $26. You can redeem those vouchers for mansion tours at any time in the future.

More lists:

This ongoing Google doc lists online cultural events all around the world, including streaming plays, operas, classes, and games.

And this ongoing Google doc lists puzzles, online courses, watch parties, livestreams, interactive books, and more. 

Even more at-home ideas:

Remember that if you want updates sent straight to your inbox, you can sign up for the We Like L.A. email newsletter.

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150+ Local Restaurants Open for Pickup and Delivery

March 19, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Spoon & Pork

Bars are closed and restaurants are open only for takeout or delivery due to COVID-19. The hospitality industry is hurting. But you can help by ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery. Plus, you’ll get to eat fried chicken (or something healthy, like a salad). It’s a win-win! Some restaurants are even offering family meal packages, groceries, sundries, and toilet paper. Here are over 150 options organized by neighborhoods for you and yours.

East Hollywood & Los Feliz Area

Modern French bistro Papilles, located between Hollywood and Franklin Village, is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. serving fried chicken sandwiches, groceries, and one of the most delectable burgers in L.A. Ask them about their specials, too. In the past, they’ve offered Steak Frites and Coq au Vin for takeout. Order online or give them a call to pick up a meal.

Found Oyster launches a pop-up called Overboard on May 15 featuring buckets of fried chicken, several salads and sides including smoked trout dip and peel and eat prawns. A fantastic seafood shop is also being launched offering items like live lobsters, oysters, branzino and more. The Found Oyster menu can be ordered through Tock.

Atrium in Los Feliz is now offering take-out and delivery (GrubHub and Caviar). Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, while dinner is from 4-8 p.m. Both menus include items for kids, and the dinner menu offers meals for two. You can also order non-alcoholic beverages, bread, butter, and two-ply toilet paper. Place orders and pre-pay by calling (323) 607-6944.

HomeState (TexMex) in East Hollywood, Highland Park, and Playa Vista are open for takeout or delivery.  

Little Dom’s (Italian) is open for takeout daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. or for delivery on Caviar. Popular items include the PanDOMic menu for $25, food ready to freeze, and bottled wine and beer. Cocktail bar Minibar is also serving through Little Doms. They have batched mason jar cocktails like a Mezcal Manhattan and something called Frozen Road Sodas – alcoholic slushees packed like a Capri Sun that serves two.

All Time and Part Time in Los Feliz is open for pickup and delivery via ChowNow. Updated hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for coffee, breakfast, and lunch, and 5-8 p.m for dinner. They also have marketplace items, including meat, fish, rice, beans, bread, wine, and more. Orders can also be placed by calling 323-660-3868. More updates at @freakinalltime on Instagram.

101 Coffee Shop is open for delivery via Caviar. Options include Cajun Catfish and Eggs, Silver Dollar Buttermilk Pancakes, and the 101 Salad with corn, beets, edamame, green beans, arugula, tomatoes, and lettuce.

Tlayuda L.A. is open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Postmates. They’re offering meals for two people, family meals, and the regular menu.

East L.A.

One of the best taco spots in L.A., Carnitas El Momo in Boyle Heights, is taking orders by text at (323) 627-8540. Order 24 hours ahead for next-day pickup.

Barba Kush is still doling out piping hot lamb barbacoa and some of the best handmade tortillas in the city. DM them on Instagram to score a pickup on Sundays.

Asadero Chikali Mexicali food truck is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. Their handmade tortillas and guisados are an excellent way to celebrate the weekend.

You can still pick up Mariscos Jalisco’s legendary crispy shrimp tacos and the rest of the seafood menu at three of the food truck locations (Boyle Heights, Gardena, and Pomona). Call ahead to place your order.

South L.A.

Poncho’s Tlayudas is selling Oaxacan-style, banana leaf-wrapped tamales at $3 each. Options include verde, mole, Amarillo, and frijol. Available for Sunday pickup in South Los Angeles. DM Chef Martinez through Instagram to place your order or order through the Poncho’s Tlayudas website.

South Central Yucatan food stall Chichen Itza is offering family meals through its website for takeout. Options include Chichen Itza’s famous cochinita pibil by the pound ($14, feeds two), pollo asado ($45, feeds four), and a panuchos party tray ($23). Delivery is available through apps Postmates and UberEats, Friday through Sunday.

Get your seafood fix from Holbox. The critically-acclaimed food stall is offering takeout options including ready-to-eat family meals (seafood paella!) and cook-at-home meals like scallop tacos. They also have a seafood market that sells wild-caught shrimp and Omega Blue Baja Kanpachi. Open Friday through Sunday.

The affordable menu at Post and Beam in Baldwin Hills is available for pickup and delivery through Postmates. Pizzas are $8, a variety of sides are only $4, and entrees like Dungeness Crab Cakes cost $16. Don’t skimp on the bourbon-glazed donut holes, available for $4.

Silver Lake

Filipino restaurant Spoon & Pork if offering Adobo Pork Belly, Coco Jackfruit, and Fried Chicken bowls on its takeout menu. Family meals are also available. Check the latest menu on Instagram.

Silver Lake’s 58-year-old Casita Del Campo is offering its full menu for pickup (call to order) or delivery through apps Postmates, Grubhub, and Caviar. Try the generous combination plates ($14-$18). They mix and match items like enchiladas, tamales, and tacos, all served with rice, refried beans, and soup or salad. If you’re looking for a mask, the restaurant is also selling The Casita Del Campo “Love Masks” online for $20 plus a $5 shipping and handling fee. Or, if you’re local, you can pick up a mask at the restaurant.

Get German beers delivered in a 64oz. reusable amber growler along with frozen German sausages from The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake. Or, opt for tasty combination meals that come with options like a sausage platter, soft pretzels, beer, and wine. Call for pickup and delivery. Orders can also be made through GrubHub.

WOOD in Silver Lake is offering two different pizza specials. Get two Margherita pizzas and a bottle of house red or white for $40, or get two pizzas of your choice, one salad, and two appetizers for $60. Find details here.

Burgers Never Say Die‘s whole menu is available for delivery through Caviar.

Same Same (Thai) is available for delivery on GrubHub, UberEats, Caviar, and Postmates. You can also order take-out by calling (213) 273-8424. Stay in your car and the staff will bring your order directly to you. Also, bottles of wine to-go are 20% off. 

Wine shop Vinovore, which specializes in wine from women winemakers, is available for delivery on Caviar. Or, you can order curbside pickup on its website. 

Glendale

Mini Kabob is open for all your lule and kabob cravings. The combo plates are the best of both worlds. Takeout only.

All India Cafe in Glendale and Pasadena is open for pickup and delivery. The menu includes their affordable lunch specials where prices start at just $9.50.

Zhengyalov hatz only serves one item, an Armenian flatbread that combines 15 types of minced greens and herbs, neatly rolled up for the perfect bite. Takeout is available and delivery can be found on Uber Eats and Postmates.

Carousel in Hollywood and Glendale offers takeout items like entrees by the pound, specialty entree plates, salads, sides, and more.

Beas Bea’s has its breakfast and lunch menus available for takeout and delivery.

Downtown

Rossoblu is offering several cook-at-home pasta options and you-bake Semolina chocolate chip cookies. If you’re looking for cooked meals, they have you covered with items like lasagna bolognese and meatballs for two. Cocktails, wine, and even groceries are also available. Place orders for curbside takeout Wednesday through Sunday from 3:30-8 p.m.

Guerilla Tacos is available for delivery and pickup. For pickup, you can also grab an Emergency Taco Kit, containing four rolls of toilet paper, five pounds each of roasted chicken and carne asada, one quart each of green and red salsa, tortillas, onions, cilantro, rice, beans, and 30 eggs ($150).

Wine and spirits shop Flask & Field (located at ROW DTLA) is open for delivery and curbside pickup between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Order online here.

Modern Times will ship beer to your house, provided your house is in California. 

Broken Spanish is offering prepared dinners and pantry items for curbside pickup through Tock. The Taco Tuesday kit is a deal with hand-pressed corn tortillas and protein options like asada or chorizo, plus salsas, chips, and pinquito beans.

Sonoratown is open for takeout and delivery. Call (213) 628-3710 for pickup or order delivery on Caviar. 

American comfort food spot Poppy + Rose is open for curbside pickup or delivery via UberEats and Postmates.

Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant Yapa has launched a comfort menu available Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. for pickup or delivery via Caviar or Doordash.

Here and Now is open for delivery via Postmates. Options include the Here and Now Burger; Roasted Shishito Peppers with Lemon, Aioli, and Berber Spice; Habanero Chicken Wings, and more. Beer and wine, too!

Boomtown Brewery is selling beer to-go from its loading dock, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Credit cards only. 

All locations of El Gallo Giro are offering a $24 family meal that includes two pounds or either carnitas or chicken, plus beans, rice, tortillas, and salsas. Their regular menu is also available for takeout and through delivery apps DoorDash and Postmates.

Treat yourself to Mrs. Fish’s sushi boxes. Family meals, beer, wine, and items from both Mrs. Fish and Perch’s menus are available via Postmates, Caviar, and Doordash. 

Pasta Roma is offering its Italian dishes plus wine and beer. Call (213) 742-0303 to place an order or use the Postmates, Grubhub, and Doordash apps.

Pico Union

The Crispy Cuban food truck is now open for delivery. In addition to Cuban sandwiches, bowls, and sides, they’ve got family meals for $45 (feeds four) that come with an entree like rope vieja or lechón, rice, beans, plantains, Caesar salad, and churros. Choose your preferred delivery platform here.

All three locations of Versailles are serving its Cuban menu for takeout and delivery through the ChowNow app.

San Gabriel Valley

Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki establishment Mo-Mo-Paradise has loads of deals for the public. Currently, they are hosting a “2 Bowls for $12” deal where they’ll donate one bowl to a frontline worker for each one purchased. Takeout and delivery are available. Locations include Rowland Heights, Torrance, and Arcadia.

Izakaya Tonchinkan in Arcadia is still serving a wide range of Japanese Izakaya dishes and fresh seafood for you to cook at home. Check on Instagram to see the latest promos, like a killer hand roll kit, omakase, and bentos. If you catch desserts like green tea tiramisu or black sesame ice cream on the menu, order them! Takeout only.

Rosemead eatery Bánh Xèo Quán, a specialist in the savory Vietnamese pancake, has a takeout promo where you can buy three Vietnamese Crepes and get one free. Crepes are stuffed three ways: traditional (shrimp, pork, mushroom, egg, onion, beansprouts), fish, or a vegetarian option. Crepes are $12.50 each and come with the traditional sides of lettuce and herbs for wrapping the crepe in and fish sauce for dipping. They also do delivery (promo not applied) through Postmates.

Lady M in Arcadia and on West 3rd is offering whole cakes and slices for delivery on UberEats. You can also order shipping on its website (free delivery if you order two or more cakes). Hours are Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.  

PizzaRev in Rowland Heights is offering 30% off online orders with the code ONLINE30.

Hotpot restaurant Unibowl is offering four different meal sets, which each come with a free stove, pot, and fuel to make your own hotpot at home. Kits contain all the fixings, including a soup base, meats, veggies, sauces, and tea. It’s $49.99 for meat meals and $39.99 for the veggie option. [h/t LAist]

Pasadena

Porta Via Italian Foods in Pasadena is offering Italian eats like lasagna, salads, deli sandwiches, and more for takeout between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Charcuterie lovers should consider Porta Via’s individual cheese and salumi plate that includes three types of cheese, two salumi flavors, crackers, and fig spread for $15. Delivery is also available through apps DoorDash, Postmates and UberEats.

Beginning March 21, Chado Tea in both Pasadena and Torrance will open from noon to 4 p.m. for Afternoon Tea to Go. Visitors can purchase items from the tea shop as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads to go. You can also order their teas online. 

Superba Snacks + Coffee in North Hollywood and Pasadena are open for pickup and delivery. Order here, or get delivery on DoorDash, Postmates, or UberEats.

The Original Top’s in Pasadena is offering takeout and drive-thru from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 

All India Cafe located in Glendale and Pasadena is open for pickup and delivery. The menu also includes their affordable lunch specials where prices start at just $9.50.

Culver City

Pasta Sisters in Culver City is offering pickup orders by phone, Chownow, or through its official website. Delivery is available via Postmates. You can mix and match pastas and sauces, but they also have sandwiches, desserts, and salads. 

Get an at-home cannoli kit from Ugo in Culver City. For $20, it comes with four pastry tubes, ricotta filling, chocolate chips, crushed pistachios, and powdered sugar. Ugo also has fruit, veggie, and grocery boxes available in addition to its usual Italian menu. Available for pickup or delivery. More details here.

All three locations of Versailles are serving its Cuban menu for takeout and delivery through the ChowNow app.

Oaxacan restaurant Madre in Torrance and Culver City is open for delivery on apps including Chownow, GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, Caviar, Delivery.com, and UberEats. 

Piccalilli (Cali-Asian) in Culver City is open for takeout Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Options include Confit Pork Shank Sandwich with cucumber salad, hoisin, and lime and the Bangkok Chicken Katsu Sandwich with Thai chili vinegar and market greens.

Maple Block Meat Co. is offering family meals, daily specials, and more for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. The Family Meal Packages serve four and include salad, biscuits, and sides for $62. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Get delivery through Chow Now, Postmates, Door Dash, or Caviar, or order curbside pickup by calling (310) 313-MEAT.  

Drago Bakery in Culver City is open for takeout Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The special Italian menu offers dinner options for multiple people, plus breads, muffins, cakes, and more.

Chicas Tacos in Culver City and DTLA now has a marketplace that provides family meals and groceries. Get taco combos, a whole chicken dinner, taco meal kits, margaritas to-go, toilet paper, and more. All proceeds will support Chicas’s staff. Place your order online now for pickup or delivery on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. at Chicas Tacos in Culver City.

West Third & Fairfax District

Spoon by H is offering limited numbers (50 a day) of Dosirak (도시락) for curbside pickup. The Korean-style bento is packed with 24 items prepared by owner Yoonjin Hwang. The Dosirak cost $28 and is available Monday through Thursday. Items vary depending on what’s currently available. Check out Instagram for updates on other items, like soups, dessert, and even boba drinks. Call the restaurant at (323) 930-0789 to order.

Get 10% off online takeaway and curbside orders at Vietnamese cafe Nong La. Use the code STAYIN. Locations in the La Brea and Sawtelle areas.

République has a limited menu of prepared meals and pantry items through Tock.

Various vendors at The Original Farmers Market on Fairfax are open for pickup or delivery, including Fritzi Coop and Magee’s Kitchen. If you’re feeding the whole family, Du-Par’s is offering complete four-person dinners for $40 for takeout or curbside delivery.

Chao Krung is offering its Thai menu available for for curbside pickup and delivery on apps including DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, Caviar, Chownow, and UberEats.

Cake Monkey Bakery is available on Doordash, Postmates, and UberEatsFor shipping, go to Goldbelly.com.

The Jar is offering boxed dinners, wine, and cocktail kits for pickup, curbside pickup, and free delivery within 10 miles. Kits include a bottle of spirit, plus mixers and garnishes. 

Lady M located in Arcadia and West 3rd. is offering whole cakes and slices for delivery on UberEats. You can also order shipping on its website (free delivery if you order two or more cakes). Hours are Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.  

Atwater Village

Tam O’Shanter is open for both delivery and takeout along with sister restaurant Lawry’s. Dine on their iconic prime rib meals and sip on individual cocktails. Family-sized portions are also available, as well as daily specials.

Hail Mary (pizza) is open for takeout and delivery, which includes beer and wine. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Call (323) 284-8879 or order online here.

The Village Bakery and Cafe is currently offering family meal packages, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and breakfast plates, plus a very popular Friday fried chicken night. And its baked goods, like hand pies and cupcakes, are a perfect addition to your takeout or delivery (Doordash, Grubhub).

Golden Road Brewing is offering six-packs of their beer, prepared food, and pantry items. Order pickup or delivery here.

Eagle Rock

Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock is open for takeout and delivery. Peek its temporary menu here, where you’ll find tacos, burritos, mole enchiladas, tortilla soup, and more.

Max City BBQ is smoking up meats. Get some for takeout or delivery through Doordash, Chownow, and Postmates.

Senior Fish is available for pickup and delivery through Doordash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Ubereats.

The Oinkster is doing takeout and delivery through Postmates. On the menu are its signature loaded sandwiches and a few other delicious items, like the rotisserie chicken plate.

Highland Park

Otoño is now a specialty market selling wine, liquor, beer, groceries, and pantry items. Find gin and tonic kits, cheeses, homemade bread, takeaway sandwiches, and more. See updates here.

Coffee shop Go Get Em Tiger is open for delivery or takeout through its app. You can also join the coffee club to get coffee shipped to your home.

HomeState (TexMex) in East Hollywood, Highland Park, and Playa Vista are open for takeout or delivery.  

Hippo is offering $10 cocktails, drink packages, and a tight menu of Italian/Cali eats including duck ragu, barbecued pork country rib, and butternut squash cappellacci. Available for takeout and delivery via Caviar.

West Hollywood

Secret Lasagna is offering individual and group packages that include lasagna and all the fixings, plus dessert. For each entree order received, Secret Lasagna will donate a family-sized order of its signature dish to an industry family in need. Call (323) 850-2355 or get delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

Tesse is selling prepared foods, produce, bread, meats, cheese, beer, wine, and toilet paper from its market. To see what they’ve got, check them out on Instagram @TesseRestaurant. 

Formosa Cafe cocktails are available for takeout with free delivery via GrubHub, Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.

The Conservatory is offering pre-made cocktails in a carafe that serves six and a brunch menu that includes a boxed brunch kit for four ($40). Get takeout on-site or order delivery through GrubHub and Postmates.

Locali is open for takeout, delivery, and catering at all four locations (Hollywood, Venice, West Hollywood, and Localita in DTLA). Bar and restaurant employees may receive 25% off deli and coffee items. This discount applies to call-in orders only. Just say you need the “C19 discount.”

Wahlburgers West Hollywood location is offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery at participating locations. Order online.

Insomnia Cookies is available for contact-free delivery with free local delivery and an expanded delivery radius. Use the code BRINGCOOKIES. More details here.

h.wood Group restaurants Delilah, Nice Guy, Slab, and Petite Taqueria are available for pickup and delivery at 11 a.m. daily via Postmates. Get 30% pizzas at The Nice Guy and 30% off bowls at Petite Taqueria. More info here.

Elysian Valley

Wax Paper‘s (sandwiches) Chinatown and Frogtown locations are both offering free, no-contact delivery through Caviar. Just ask your driver to leave your order wherever you want it.

Malibu

Lobster rolls and more are still being served at Broad Street Oyster in Malibu. The drive-thru window is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call ahead to place your order or get delivery via UberEats or GrubHub.

Santa Monica & Venice

Santa Monica Italian restaurant Forma’s full lunch and dinner menus are available for pickup and delivery via Postmates. Options include Chitarra cacio e pepe, Wild Boar Papardelle, and Nutella Bread Pudding.

Pizza shop Surfer Rose’s full menu is available for curbside pickup and delivery on DoorDash and GrubHub. 

American Beauty’s window in Venice is open for pickup and delivery from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Online orders and delivery are available through DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and UberEats. The Steakhouse is closed for now.

Superba Food + Bread is open for pickup and delivery, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a modified all-day menu. Breads are available for take-away. Order online or get delivery via DoorDash and Postmates.

Coffee roaster goodboybob in Santa Monica is offering delivery on freshly roasted beans, including free local delivery for two bags or more. Order online here. They also have a market place with pantry items, bites, beer, and wine. Place an order between 8 a.m. and noon by emailing  ben@goodboybob.com with your order, delivery address, and phone number. They’ll call you within 30 minutes to confirm.

North Italia Santa Monica is available for takeout and delivery on DoorDash. Place a takeout order at the Santa Monica location by calling (310) 382-2460. 

The Gallery|Social Eats is offering pickup and delivery from all eight of its Santa Monica restaurants: POP!s Burgers & Shakes, Azulé Taqueria, Adelaide Coffeebar, STRFSH, Fuku, Paperboy Pizza, Streetnoods, and Supertoro. Beer, wine, and sake are also available. Family meals are available. See more details here.

Rustic Canyon restaurants have adjusted hours to offer takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup. This includes Esters Wine Shop & Bar, offering free local wine and beer delivery. See the restaurant group’s complete options here

Lunetta Santa Monica is open for curbside pickup and delivery, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Order online here, or get delivery through Postmates or DoorDash. 

Hollywood

Sightglass has takeout from its window and bodega daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Delivery and curbside pickup are available Thursday through Monday. Order between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for delivery/pickup between 3-7 p.m.   

Jane Q is available for brunch and dinner. Get takeout or delivery on Postmates and Caviar.

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has several meal deals including a $70 option that includes a mixed cheese and meat board, one appetizer or salad of your choice, one signature pizza of your choice, a package of strawberries, and chocolate bars. If you add a bottle of wine, you’ll get 20% off the bottle. More info on all the offerings here.

Breakfast sandwich concept Egg Tuck now has breakfast burritos at both its Hollywood and Koreatown locations. You can get the original burrito (egg, tater tots, house sriracha aioli) for $5.99; add Korean short rib, cheese, and onion for $8.99, or try the plant-based JUST Egg vegan burrito for $9.99. Get a large iced coffee for $1.99 with pickup. 

Carousel in Hollywood and Glendale is offering takeout items like entrees by the pound, specialty entree plates, salads, side and more.

Echo Park

Thunderbolt (comfort food) is offering takeout and delivery, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including beer and wine. Call them at (213) 372-5099 or find them on Postmates.

Bar Avalon is serving lunch Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can place to-go orders in advance by calling (213) 908-5352, credit card only. All to-go orders must be placed and/or picked up at EVE Bottle Shop, located next door. You can also order delivery via Postmates and Caviar. 

Bar Bandini is offering wine for pickup. See the week’s offering every Tuesday morning, then order online to pick up from the bar’s back patio Thursday through Sunday. Order here.

Burbank, North Hollywood & Tulca Lake

Pablito’s Tacos, located in Burbank and North Hollywood, is offering contact-free pickup and delivery through its website. All Day Weekend Breakfast is available on the weekends.

World Empanadas in Burbank is operating on takeout orders only.

Food Fetish Catering in North Hollywood is offering curbside pickup Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trays can feed between 6-12, depending on what you order. Orders can be placed by noon the previous day. Call (818)762-7850 or email Joel@foodfetishcatering.com.

Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake is offering an evolving menu of salads, sandwiches, and other prepared foods through phone and email orders, plus delivery through Caviar.

Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake is offering takeout and local delivery with a limited menu of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast. Call ahead to inquire.

Lebanese restaurant Hayat’s Kitchen in North Hollywood offers curbside pickup and delivery through phone orders.

All Ike’s Love & Sandwiches locations (Long Beach, Burbank and Northridge) are offering free delivery through their app. There’s also a $5 sandwich promo on Fridays with the purchase of another sandwich at regular price.

Superba Snacks + Coffee in North Hollywood and Pasadena are open for pickup and delivery. Order here, or get delivery on DoorDash, Postmates, or UberEats.

Beas Bea’s in Burbank has takeout and delivery of its breakfast and lunch menu.

Vegan Cajun eatery Krimsey’s in North Hollywood is offering pickup through its site and delivery through Postmates.

Idle Hour (BBQ/comfort food) in NoHo is open for take out and delivery daily from 5-10 p.m. Order food and cocktails online here.

Studio City

Vitello’s Restaurant is offering several dishes in half- or full-size trays, including lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and spinach ricotta ravioli. Those who spend $100 or more will get a $20 gift card, but everyone will get a free roll of toilet paper. Orders are available for pickup daily from noon to 8 p.m. by calling  (818) 769-0905, or for delivery on Postmates & GrubHub.

Vintage Wine + Eats is open for takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Delivery is available on Postmates or you can call (818) 505-0207 for pickup. Call-in takeout orders get 20% off, and bottles of wine to-go are 40% off. 

McConnell’s Studio City Scoop Shop is offering classic and limited-edition flavors. Order online for curbside pickup or through Postmates for delivery, daily from 5-8 p.m.

Vegan eatery Sun Cafe in Studio City is offering takeout and delivery through its app, website, and phone orders.

Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills

The Brothers Sushi, located in Woodland Hills, is taking phone orders and offering free delivery for orders over $75 within a 7-mile radius. Catch the latest specials like DIY hand roll kits, beautiful chirashi, or a Chefs Supreme Plate of 30 pieces of premium sushi.

Creme Caramel LA (desserts) is open for pickup and delivery.

Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks is offering its slow-cooked barbecue and eclectic menu for curbside pickup and delivery.

Dessert shop Happy Days Cafe is offering many sweet items, including stuffed churros, for delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

Gasolina Cafe in Woodland Hills is offering curbside pickup and delivery. The public can also buy a meal online for a healthcare worker at select hospitals in the Valley.

West Lake

In operation since the 1960s, Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village and Northridge is offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus grocery items for takeout and delivery. Both locations are taking phone orders.

Support a 99-year-old institution. The Pacific Dining Car is offering 30% off your bill when you order takeout through their site. They also have a Steak Survival page where you can purchase all kinds of cuts, a giant cheese plate, seafood, and even a breakfast kit. If you need items delivered, you can find them on UberEats, Postmates, and Doordash.

101 North Eatery & Bar is open for curbside pickup and delivery, which includes lunch, dinner, beer, wine, and cocktail kits. You can text (818) 268-7951, call (805) 852-1588, or email info@101northeateryandbar.com.

CiCi’s is recognized for having one of the largest menus in the world. While souffle pancakes aren’t available right now, it’s still offering its many other pancake plates as well as breakfast and lunch items. Both Tarzana and Westlake Village locations are open for pickup, curbside pickup, and catering.

Northridge

Thai restaurant Lum-Ka-Naad is offering takeout and delivery at both its Northridge and Encino locations.

All Ike’s Love & Sandwiches locations (Long Beach, Burbank and Northridge) are offering free delivery through their app. There’s also a $5 sandwich promo on Fridays with the purchase of another sandwich at regular price.

Tarzana, Van Nuys & Encino

Wanderlust Creamery in Tarzana has pints of ice cream for takeout and delivery via Postmates and UberEats.

MacLeod Ale. Brewing Co. in Van Nuys is offering local beer and pizzas for delivery on GrubHub and takeout through web and phone orders.

CiCi’s is recognized for having one of the largest menus in the world. While souffle pancakes aren’t available right now, it’s still offering its many other pancake plates as well as breakfast and lunch items. Both Tarzana and Westlake Village locations are open for pickup, curbside pickup, and catering.

All three locations of Versailles are serving its Cuban menu for takeout and delivery through the ChowNow app.

Koreatown & Larchmont Area

Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown is offering cocktails to-go for just $5 each, but now they have burger kits, too. Kits come with patties (beef or vegan), cheese, buns, and toppings. It’s $55 for a six-pack or $100 for a 12-pack. The regular menu is still available as well. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Breakfast sandwich concept Egg Tuck now has breakfast burritos at both its Hollywood and Koreatown locations. You can get the original burrito (egg, tater tots, house sriracha aioli) for $5.99; add Korean short rib, cheese, and onion for $8.99, or try the plant-based JUST Egg vegan burrito for $9.99. Get a large iced coffee for $1.99 with pickup. 

Antico in Larchmont is open for takeout, offering focaccia pizza to serve 4-6 ($20-$38, depending on the toppings). Or you can get dinner for four, which includes a cheese pizza, Caesar salad, honeycomb ice cream, and a bottle of wine for $68. Swap for pepperoni pizza for $75.

Rose & Blanc Tea Room in Koreatown will deliver you afternoon tea, complete with all the finger sandwiches and desserts, for $30. Also available for pickup.

Long Beach

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is available for delivery on Doordash.

All Ike’s Love & Sandwiches locations (Long Beach, Burbank and Northridge) are offering free delivery through their app. There’s also a $5 sandwich promo on Fridays with the purchase of another sandwich at regular price.

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine is open for delivery on Postmates from both LBC locations. Family Packs are also available including ready to bake enchiladas that serves 4-6 people for $65. There’s also a Margarita (serves four) and chips package for $16.50.

Chinatown

Philippe The Original is offering a limited menu of their iconic French Dips plus a four-person Family Pack ($50) that includes your choice of meat and cheese for each sandwich and four sides. You’ll also get pickles, au jus, and a bottle of Philippe’s hot mustard. Available for pickup and delivery through Postmates and ChowNow.

Chinatown Far East Plaza’s Pearl River Delta/Deli is cooking up Cantonese comfort food like Mapo Tofu and Char Sui Pork ribs for takeout and delivery. They also have a cold section where you can get Hong Kong style Borscht, sui mai, Macau Baked Chicken, and more.

Wax Paper (sandwiches) Chinatown and Frogtown locations are both offering free, no contact delivery through Caviar. Just ask your driver to leave your order wherever you want it.

West Adams

Alta Adams is open for takeaway Thursday through Sunday with a sliding scale family meal pack and an Alta experience package ($35 per person) which includes a starter, a main, two sides, and dessert.

Mizlala is offering takeout of its Middle Eastern menu.

Open Face Food Shop is open for takeout for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Family boxes are available.

Torrance & Manhatten Beach

The Arthur J is offering nightly family meals, a takeout menu for lunch and dinner, plus a butcher shop, farmers market boxes, beer, and wine.

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House usually has lines out the door on the weekends. Now you can bypass that line by ordering takeout or delivery (limited) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beginning March 21, Chado Tea in both Pasadena and Torrance will open from noon to 4 p.m. for Afternoon Tea to Go. Visitors can purchase items from the tea shop as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads to-go. You can also order their teas online. 

Oaxacan restaurant Madre in Torrance and Culver City are open for delivery on apps including Chownow, GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, Caviar, Delivery.com, and UberEats. 

Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki establishment Mo-Mo-Paradise has loads of deals for the public. Currently, they are hosting a “2 Bowls for $12” deal where they’ll donate one bowl to a frontline worker for each one purchased. Takeout and delivery are available. Locations include Rowland Heights, Torrance, and Arcadia.

Delivery-Only Restaurants

Skinny Fish, a keto-friendly sushi concept by Chef Ei Hiroyoshi offers carb-free bowls and rolls made with sustainable fish, locally-sourced vegetables, and a very savory handmade cauliflower rice.

Wing Squad is available for delivery through GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, and Postmates.

Burritos Locos from the Madera Group offers burritos and beer on Postmates.

Catering company Nybll is offering Nybll Home for employers looking to ship food to remote workers or individuals. Meals start at $9 and can be ordered online here

Multiple L.A. Locations

Dave’s Hot Chicken in North Hollywood, Koreatown, Hollywood, and Fairfax is offering pickup through online orders.

Sweetgreens is offering delivery via the Sweetgreens app and UberEats. 

JINYA Ramen Bar is offering pickup and delivery. Orders on its website and a number of third-party apps.

Family-run Salt & Straw is open for contactless local pick-up and delivery. Ice cream fans can order beloved classics such as Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Honey Lavender, and Chocolate Gooey Brownie, along with a limited run of Pots of Gold & Rainbows. Waffle cones are also available!

Urban Plates is offering healthy meals, with options for numerous diet types (gluten-free, plant-based, low-carb, and more). Every day, there will be 10 options for $10 each. Examples include a Moroccan chicken braise, chicken chimichurri plates, and a beet and avocado bowl. Locations in Pasadena, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Playa Vista and Torrance.

Pitfire Pizza is open for pickup and delivery at all locations (Manhatten Beach, Pasadena, Westlake Village, North Hollywood, Venice and West L.A.) with a modified menu.

All NORMS are open for takeout or delivery 24/7. If you order takeout, kids will eat free with the purchase of a regular entree. For delivery, find them on UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.  

In addition to its usual menu, Buca de Beppo is offering a daily family-style special that includes one entree, a salad, and bread for $36 (serves four). Available for pickup or free delivery. More details here.

Yogurtland is available on food delivery platforms including Doordash, Grubhub, Postmates, and UberEats.

Pieology is offering a care pack that you can send to loved ones or frontline workers (or maybe even yourself?) that includes four 11.5” build-your-own artisan thin pizzas, one ooey gooey cheese Bread, and one family-size shareable dessert for $50. Order online here.

California Pizza Kitchen launched CPK Market, a collection of six meal kits. Kits include kids build-your-own pizzas for $5; a raw fruit and veggie box for $34, and a chef’s board with a baguette, two meats, two cheeses, dried fruit, and nuts for $25. Pantry items, beer, and wine are also available.

Bonus!: You can also check out this Google Map of delivery/pickup options from Joey Ngoy, CEO of TFN Media Group and co-creator of Smorgasburg’s BOLO.

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40 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-13-2020 to 3-15-2020]

March 12, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Underway / Photo by Mae Koo

[Update: Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m.]

Dear We Like L.A. Readers,

Here at We Like LA, we focus on how to best enjoy the city that we love. That often includes going out to support local art, culture, shops, institutions, restaurants, and more. We understand that in the face of COVID-19, it’s not the best time to do that. Not only are events being canceled all over the city, but social distancing means avoiding large gatherings.

This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 or more people, at least through the end of March. In Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti has called for events of more than 50 people to be postponed or canceled amid concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Clearly, this situation is evolving rapidly. It’s important for us as a community to be aware of best practices, and do our part to slow the spread of illness. For now, we plan to halt our daily, weekend, and weekly events posts, maintain an updated list of cancelations and announcements regarding COVID-19, and post content about how you can still enjoy L.A. from the safety and comfort of your homes.

-WLLA Team

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast-paced city, we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. from Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15 features St. Patrick’s Day bashes, a new dim sum concept, Noche de Estrellas, and MUCH more.

Remember, you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

We hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!

*** SPECIAL NOTE: On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, a pandemic. Worldwide, over 120,000 people have been infected by the virus, according to NPR. On March 4, 2020 Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to new Novel Coronavirus Activity (COVID-19). Public Health has recommended that individuals avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate, especially those over 65, who have underlying health conditions, or who are pregnant. Public Health also recommends social distancing, which is trying to keep six feet of space between you and others. If you feel sick, you should stay home.

The County’s website also has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19, and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper handwashing. ***


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Friday, March 13th, 2020

1. Queer gallery and gift shop A Love Bizarre will host an opening reception for Parker Day’s ICONS: Revisited. Portrait photographer Parker Day initially debuted her ICONS show in 2017 but will revisit select portraits, each shot on 35mm, in this showing. Other reception activities include stick and poke tattoos and a raffle. 

2. The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts Noche de Estrellas, an evening of Latin music, dancing, dinner, and more surrounded by stunning ocean life.

3. A flower-filled sky takes over Eataly L.A. as it welcomes spring with a new seasonal pop-up called Bar Fiorito. Inspired by the spring flower fields of Italy, Angelenos can bask in the colorful atmosphere while enjoying refreshing spritzes and a new aperitivo menu of Italian bites.

4. The Wizard’s Den is an immersive pop-up where aspiring spell casters can concoct their own magical potions (aka cocktails) using a variety of witchy props and ingredients. The pop-up opened Feb. 26 and runs on various dates through April 5.

5. It’s Millennial Lotería at Grand Central Market this Friday. Play this ironic and hilarious updated version of the classic “Mexican Bingo.” Reimagined cards include La Dama as “La Feminist,” El Catrín as “El Hipster,” Las Jaras as “La Hashtag,” and more.

6. Asian AF presents South Asian AF at UCB Sunset this Friday, showcasing comedic Asian American talents in acting, stand-up, improv, sketch, music, dance, and storytelling. The show has been featured on NBC, ABC, LA Times, NY Times, Gizmodo, Indiewire, and many more.

7. Cava Discovery Week gives Angelenos a chance to taste and learn about the popular sparkling wine from Spain. Presented by D.O. Cava from March 9-15, top bars and restaurants will offer curated food pairings, wine flights, and happy hour specials.

8. The 22nd Annual NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD film festival returns for 10 nights, March 6-15, of screenings at various theaters around L.A.

9. The Groundlings recently debuted an extra rowdy sketch comedy show from the Main Company called Bar Fight. It runs every Friday and Saturday.

10. It’s been 40 years since the terror at Camp Crystal Lake. What better way to celebrate than with an anniversary screening of slasher classic Friday the 13th on Friday, March 13? The screening takes place at Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills and includes photo ops, trivia, immersive decor, giveaway, horror merchandise, and more.

11. Pasadena International Film Festival (March 12-19) at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 features panels and presentations with over 100 screenings from 15 countries.

12. Play an adults-only, late-night, 80s-inspired trivia game show at Two Bit Circus this Friday night. Dubious nun Sister Suxxxie hosts and guests should prepare for strong language and sexual themes. If that’s cool with you, tickets are $10. 

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

13. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on The Queen Mary during Shamrock ‘N’ Roll, featuring live bands, Irish fare, pints, and more.

14. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with another show at The Virgil.

15. The N’owt but Stout Festival comes to Torrance’s Yorkshire Square Brewery for a St. Patrick’s Day craft beer celebration. This fest features exceptional dark beers on cask from 30 breweries across California.

16. Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD), in conjunction with LA Opera’s Eurydice Found Festival, presents Underway on March 14 and 15. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes,” HDD will take audiences to the underworld of Hades, staged at L.A.’s historic 7th Street Bridge. Viewers will sit facing the train tracks for a unique local performance.

17. Norton Simon Museum hosts a Drop-in Drawing every Saturday. Guests can pick up a drawing board, paper, and pencil at the Information Desk and enjoy drawing in the galleries and Sculpture Garden.

18. MiniBar Hollywood will host its annual Hollywood Crawl of Fame, a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl through Hollywood. The event will include live Irish music, along with a party at the end of the crawl.

19. The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso Gardens for performances with a botanical backdrop every Saturday and Sunday in March and April. This is a moving production traveling to peak bloom spots as the season changes so bring your walking shoes. The show starts at 2 p.m. and is included in the price of regular admission, no registration required.

20. Grand Central Market hosts a free community Herb Swap and Plant Craft. Participants can bring dry or fresh herbs to swap with others. There will also be a wildflower bomb craft activity. FREE

21. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an epic pub crawl through either Hollywood, DTLA, Santa Monica, or Long Beach. Partygoers will have a chance to visit several bars with music, hundreds of beers on tap, drink discounts and much more.

22. In LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ latest exhibit, “afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city,” visitors step into a recreated Afro-Latinx home and explore the personal objects of an Afrolatinidad family living in Los Angeles. The exhibit closes on July 20, 2020. FREE

23. The St. Patrick’s bash at Brennan’s in Marina del Rey will feature bagpipers, green beer, and live music from several bands.

24. Artist CANTSTOPGOODBOY has collaborated with Star Trek on a collection of hoodies, crews, jackets, flannels, T-shirts, hats, sneakers, and original artwork. All of it will be for sale at Gabba Gallery March 14-15. Star Trek costumes, props, and iconic artifacts will be on display at the gallery as well.

25. The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts a Downtown Walking Tour uncovering the history of the area and its architectural gems.

26. Mixografia presents Wrong is Right: Remembering John Baldessari, an exhibition celebrating the late artist through his collaboration with local print publishers and Baldessari’s 1970s video works. The exhibit is on view through April 4, 2020. FREE

27. Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood hosts Sir Patrick’s Day, a tribute to actor Patrick Stewart. Expect specialty cocktails and games. Wear themed X-Men or Star Trek apparel for 20% off your bill. FREE

28. Immersive theater company Ceaseless Fun presents its latest show, Everyone Agrees It’s About to Explode. Guests arrive at a vacant building where a radical leftist group is planning future activities. Of course, things soon begin to go awry. The show runs select dates through April 5. 

29. You can score Pi Day pizza deals this Saturday. Get a personal pizza for $3.14 at Fresh Brothers (cheese, pepperoni, or vegan cheese and pepperoni). Valid for dine-in, carryout, and delivery orders with the code PIDAY. You can also get a classic 2-topping pizza for $3.14 at PizzaRev with the purchase of a drink.

30. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Manhattan Beach and Venice at secret locations emailed only to ticket holders. Performers include some of the biggest names in comedy, but you won’t know who’s on until you get there. BYOB!

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

31. Los Angeles Ballet’s A Chance to Dance is a monthly community day during LAB’s season. Dancers offer free ballet classes, alternative dance/fitness classes, and lectures and demonstrations. FREE

32. Foodie market Smorgasburg LA is open every Sunday at ROW DTLA, offering a massive roster of indie food pop-ups, merchandise vendors, and more. This weekend, they’ll host the LA Record Fair curated by Beat Swap Meet. Shop here for vintage vinyl, vintage T-shirts, cassettes, and CDs.

33. Challenge yourself with a 75-minute yoga class while enjoying views of the DTLA skyline during Flow + Flavor: Rooftop Yoga at Smorgasburg x ROW DTLA.

34. Molcajete Dominguero at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes welcomes Angelenos to explore Latinx art, craft, clothing, food, and beverage vendors from Southern California this Sunday.

35. Stop by La Luz De Jesus Gallery located inside the Soap Plant/Wacko complex for Everything but the Kitschen Sync, an annual juried exhibit of over 160 pieces from 70 artists. The exhibit runs through March 29, 2020. FREE

36. The Annenberg Space For Photography hosts Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling. The exhibit spans four decades of celebrity portraits from the magazine’s annual Hollywood issues and captures from past Oscar night parties. FREE

37. Tami is not a certified or trained exercise instructor, but she will lead you through a vigorous workout routine with lots of pelvic thrusting. Tammercise takes place Sunday afternoon at Angel City Brewery. Enthusiastic participants may win free beer. FREE

38. A collection of artists will present an inspirational night of art and performance at Turbine Montage, located at Thymele Arts in Hollywood. This Sunday evening’s performers include artist Pam Noles, puppeteer Liz Hara, performance artist Dimitri, writer Sarah Klegman, and musician Michael Mortilla. There will also be free wine, water, and treats. The suggested donation is $10. RSVP by emailing tickets@turbine-arts.org.

39. El Cid hosts a live recording of Kim and Ket Stay Alive…Maybe, a comedy podcast in which two friends each describe a horror movie the other hasn’t seen and discuss how they might survive. 

40. Free Museum Day: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can).

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Revered Cantonese chef Tony He will host a grand opening celebration for Chef Tony, his all-day dim sum concept in Old Pasadena, on Saturday, March 14. Dishes are made-to-order and prepared with ingredients not normally associated with the cuisine. Examples include Chinese broccoli with black truffle sauce, shrimp dumplings topped with gold leaf, and coconut pudding shaped like adorable white rabbits.

He is recognized as Vancouver’s best elevated Chinese and dim sum restauranteur but also earned local acclaim for Sea Habour Seafood in Rosemead. Food critic Jonathan Gold called it the “best in California” in 2004, and continued to offer praise throughout the years.

Now, He says the goal of Chef Tony’s first U.S. location “is to create a memorable dining experience, serving dim sum to a new generation of diners. Guests are welcome to sit at the bar solo, order a cocktail, and try our house special dim sum platter or celebrate with a group of 30 in our private dining room.”

Stop by this Saturday for a few delicious freebies. The first 300 guests will receive two free dim sum dishes. After that, all guests will receive one free dim sum dish when dining in. One of our favorite options is the Steamed Lava Salty Egg Yolk Bun. But, you can’t go wrong with any of Chef Tony’s creations, so bring a few friends and try a little bit of everything.

Chef Tony is located at 2 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Walking in Rain in Los Angeles
Credit: Ryan Vaarsi via flickr

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer, and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

*** SPECIAL NOTE: On March 4, 2020, Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to new Novel Coronavirus Activity (COVID-19). Per LA County’s press release, although individual risk of county residents contracting COVID-19 remains low, now is a good time to educate yourself on how the virus spreads and go over preparations you should make should the situation escalate, and more extreme measures (such as mandated social distancing) become a requirement. The County’s website has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19 and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper handwashing. ***

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1. [10 a.m.] Mixografia presents Wrong is Right: Remembering John Baldessari, an exhibition celebrating the late artist through his collaboration with local print publishers and Baldessari’s 1970s video works. The exhibit is on view through April 4, 2020. FREE

2. [5, 7 & 9 p.m.] The Wizard’s Den is an immersive pop-up where aspiring spell casters can concoct their own magical potions (aka cocktails) donning wizard’s robes and using a variety of witchy props and ingredients. The pop-up opened Feb. 26 and runs on various dates through April 5. $35-45.

3. [6:30 p.m.] UE Skyspace host Yoga in the Sky is an evening yoga class 1,000 feet above the city. Class begins at 6:30 p.m. and is taught by SoHo Yoga. Unlimited Skyslide rides and light refreshments will follow the class. Guests must bring their own mats. $30.

4. [7 p.m.] Union Station presents Clock Tower Comedy, an evening of improv and stand-up hosted by comic Cameron Esposito. The North Patio will be transformed into a comedy club with acclaimed international comedy ensemble Baby Wants Candy performing “Shamilton,” an ad-libbed, hip-hop musical created around audience suggestion. In the event of rain, the patio will be covered. FREE

5. [7 p.m.] Do you like mezcal? Alejandro Rossbach, CEO & Co-Founder of Maguey Spirits, will offer complimentary tastings via a custom cocktail menu devised by bartender Rhino Williams. The event takes place at Lost Property Bar & Kitchen in Hollywood. FREE with RSVP.

6. [7:30 p.m.] The 22nd Annual NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD film festival returns for 10 nights of screenings, March 6-15. Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Aero Theatre, and American Legion Post 43 will all take part in the festival. Thursday’s double-feature is The Naked City and Hardly a Criminal.

7. [8 p.m.] Scum and Villainy, Hollywood’s best bar for all things geek, hosts Cosmic Karaoke every Thursday at 8 p.m.

8. [8 p.m.] Time Out LA’s Comics to Watch: The List features 10 of the magazine’s favorite rising L.A. comics live at Dynasty Typewriter. Performers include Chinedo Unaka, Finn Straley, Julia Austin, Sahana Srinivasan, Paul Danke, and more. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show. 18+. 

9. [various] Cava Discovery Week gives Angelenos a chance to taste and learn about the popular sparkling wine from Spain. Presented by D.O. Cava from March 9-15, top bars and restaurants will be offering curated food pairings, wine flights, and happy hour specials.

10. [various] Pasadena International Film Festival (March 12-19) at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 features panels and presentations with over 100 screenings from 15 countries.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $2.50 tix to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival (via Goldstar)

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Coronavirus Cancellations and Postponements are Sweeping SoCal

March 11, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Coachella 2012 Photo: Jason Persse/Flickr

[Update for Thursday, March 12, 1 p.m.] Los Angeles City Hall is now closed to all non-city employees, according to L.A. Daily News. Mayor Eric Garcetti has also ordered city events or events in city-owned properties consisting of 50 or more people to be canceled or postponed. Additionally, Garcetti has also asked most public buildings to limit their capacity to no more than 50 people at a time. Private gatherings are also asked to consider canceling gatherings at this time. 

On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, a pandemic. Worldwide, over 120,000 people have been infected by the virus, according to NPR.

For most, COVID-19 will be mild. However, it’s dangerous and possibly deadly for older people or people who have pre-existing medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, or diabetes. 

As a precaution, several schools have moved online-only and numerous events around the world have been canceled or postponed. Here is a list of some of the largest closures that have been announced thus far. Following the list, we’ve included information from the CDC on how to best prevent becoming infected and what to do if you’re sick. You can also find more info and best practices regarding the virus from the CDC here and from WHO here.

Cancellations and Postponements

The Central Library and 72 branch libraries are closed through March 31. All due dates will be extended. Librarians are available to provide assistance through telephone reference (213) 228-7272, Ask A Librarian, and Book A Librarian. You may still access online services via lapl.org.

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will be closed from March 14 through the end of the month.

Universal Studios Hollywood will close from March 14-28. CityWalk will remain open.

The City of Santa Monica is canceling all gatherings, events, activities, and programs. See more info here.

Music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach are both postponed. The new Coachella dates are October 9-11 and October 16-18. The new Stagecoach dates are October 23-25. If you already bought April tickets, those tickets will be honored for the October dates. If you can’t make those dates, expect to hear by Friday, March 13 how you can get a refund.

All Los Angeles Philharmonic Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall are canceled through March 31. Ticketholders may exchange, donate, or receive a refund on their tickets.

The Music Center has canceled all performances and events through March 31.

The L.A. Times Food Bowl, originally scheduled for May, is postponed. The festival will now be held in the fall, though new dates haven’t been announced at this time. 

Masters of Taste, originally scheduled for April 5, is postponed. A new date hasn’t been announced yet. Anyone with tickets will be able to use them for the new date.

The L.A. Times 2020 Festival of Books has been rescheduled for October 3-4. The Book Prizes awards ceremony, originally scheduled for April 17, is canceled. Instead, winners and honorees will be acknowledged via an announcement on that same date.  

Video game conference E3, scheduled for June 9-11, is canceled. E3 is hoping to host an online experience of industry news and announcements in June. Follow updates here.

RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2020, originally scheduled for May, is canceled. They are currently working with Eventbrite to issue refunds.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will be closed to the public through March 16. All guided school group visits, hands-on workshops, and teacher trainings are canceled through April.

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is closed through March 23.

The 29th Annual Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Awards is postponed. A new date has not been announced at this time.

AFI’s annual Life Achievement Award honoring Julie Andrews, originally scheduled for April 25, is postponed. The event will now take place in early summer.

The 2nd Annual Not Real Art Creators Conference, originally scheduled for March 21, is canceled. The conference will return on March 20, 2021. 

Pearl Jam, scheduled to perform at The Forum in April, has postponed their North American tour.

The BMI Latin Awards show, originally scheduled for March 31, is postponed. The new date hasn’t been announced at this time.

The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction is postponed. The online auction, featuring over 200 pieces, will still take place online via Paddle8. Bidding starts on Sunday, May 3.

KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest, originally scheduled for April 19, is postponed. A new date hasn’t been announced yet. All registration fees will be refunded. As an alternative, KCRW will host an Instagram pie pageant.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has postponed L.A. Nature Fest, originally scheduled for March 14-15. A new date hasn’t been announced yet.

The Wallis has canceled all events and performances through March 31.

The Skirball Cultural Center has postponed its annual Skirball Puppet Festival, originally scheduled for April 26. A new date has yet to be announced. If you already bought a ticket, the Center will contact you about a refund.

Smorgasburg LA is on hiatus through at least the end of March.

LA Chef Conference, originally scheduled for March 30, has been rescheduled for October 19. See updates here.

Recommendations and Resources

At the time of publication, there are 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. L.A. County Public Health currently assesses the overall public risk of contracting the virus as low but recommends you follow best practices for limiting the spread of illness.

The county’s website has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19, and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper handwashing.

To avoid COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially if you’ve been in public. See the CDC’s guide on proper handwashing here.
  • Cancel or postpone large events or gatherings. The Governor has required that any event with 250 or more attendees be canceled, while L.A. County is recommending all non-essential events with 50 or more attendees be canceled. Those who are most at risk should avoid events entirely.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, cruise trips, and traveling to any area where an outbreak has occurred.
  • If you can’t use soap and water, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick and try to distance yourself from others in public. The CDC defines close contact as about 6 feet. 

If you are sick, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Stay home, unless you’re on your way to get medical care.  Contact the Department of Public Health to make sure you have the supplies and follow-up you’ll need. Before you leave to get medical care, contact your health care provider or local public health department so that you can take appropriate precautions.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water or, if unavailable, hand sanitizer. 
  • Wear a face mask if you must leave your house. You don’t need to wear a face mask if you’re not sick. And don’t stockpile them. It’s important that the healthcare workers who need them can get them.

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Things To Do

10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Los Angeles after rain
Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

*** SPECIAL NOTE: On March 4, 2020 Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to new Novel Coronavirus Activity (COVID-19). Per LA County’s press release, although individual risk of county residents contracting COVID-19 remains low, now is a good time to educate yourself on how the virus spreads and go over preparations you should make should the situation escalate, and more extreme measures (such as mandated social distancing) become a requirement. The County’s website has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19, and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper hand washing. ***

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1. [10 a.m.] Mixografia presents Wrong is Right: Remembering John Baldessari, an exhibition celebrating the late artist through his collaboration with local print publishers and Baldessari’s 1970s video works. The exhibit is on view through April 4, 2020. FREE

2. [5 p.m.] Alcove and Big Bar’s BAM “Burgers and Martini” night is a weekly food special happening every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to close. $20 gets you a burger and martini pairing that features the Big Bar Burger and a Sipsmith Gin Martini. Non-meat eaters can get a vegetarian burger alternative for the weekly deal too.

3. [5 & 7 p.m.] The Wizard’s Den is an immersive pop-up where aspiring spell casters can concoct their own magical potions (aka cocktails) donning wizard’s robes and using a variety of witchy props and ingredients. The pop-up opened Feb. 26 and runs on various dates through April 5.

4. [6 p.m.] Venice art gallery L.A. Louver is hosting an opening reception for “Face-Off”, a new exhibition by artist Don Suggs. Suggs’ most recent work features delineated figurative forms superimposed over colorful geometric abstractions. The exhibition runs through May 2. FREE

5. [7 p.m.] Japan Foundation is hosting a free screening of The Wonderland, a 2019 anime directed by Keiichi Harabase, based on the novel Chikashitsu kara no Fushigi na Tabi. FREE

6. [7 p.m.] Legendary rapper Rakim stops by the California African American Museum to discuss his new book, Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius, and Hip-Hop’s role in current time activism. FREE

7. [7 p.m.] Head to Hamburger Mary’s for Legendary Bingo, the best gay bingo night in town. There will be celebrity guests and fabulous prize packages all benefiting local and national charities.

8. [7:30 p.m.] The 22nd Annual NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD film festival returns for 10 nights March 6-15 of screenings. Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Aero Theatre and American Legion Post 43 will all take park in the festival. Wednesday will be a double-feature of The Long Haul and Black Gravel.

9. [8 p.m.] Tame Impala takes over The Fabulous Forum to celebrate their latest album The Slow Rush. The event features opening support from Clairo.

10. [various] Cava Discovery Week gives Angelenos a chance to taste and learn about the popular sparkling wine from Spain. Presented by D.O. Cava from March 9-15 top bars and restaurants will be offering curated food pairings, wine flights, and happy hour specials.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $2.50 tix to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival (via Goldstar)

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