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.
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