18 Awesome Things To Do During Your Quarantine Weekend: May 8-10

Learn how to play Lotería as well as the game's history. (Andrea López/Flickr Creative Commons)

The COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses — and events. As in-person concerts, talks and big gatherings are cancelled and people spend more time at home, LAist is temporarily switching our events column to a "nonevents" column to help us through this time of social distancing.

Until it's safe to go out again, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations, or to individual artists during this difficult time.


Play Lotería and learn about its history. Listen to punslingers verbally joust. Watch a livestream from The Conjuring house. It's Mother's Day on Sunday and we found a virtual wine tasting, a comedy show and cooking lessons that might make good safe-distancing gifts.

Friday, May 8; 7 - 8 p.m.

En Casa con LA Plaza: ¡Lotería! ¡Lotería! ¡Lotería!
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes welcomes Dr. Gloria Arjona, who'll teach beginners the popular Mexican card game Lotería. She'll explore the game's origins and history in medieval Italy and its relation to the ancient Mesoamerican board game Patolli. The event is being streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live. Play a game of Lotería afterward with free, downloadable cards.
COST: FREE, but register for a ticket; MORE INFO

Friday, May 8; 10:30 p.m.

Your Late Night Show Tonight
The local monthly late night talk show returns to The Pack Theater's Twitch channel. Watch comedians host original shows with monologues, guests, music and surprises. Writer and performer Jerry Minor welcomes comedians, Horatio Sanz and Alice Wetterlund as his guests for this edition.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Friday, May 8; 6 p.m. PDT

John Wick
The Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies series continues with a free, live screening of the Keanau Reeves' action flick. Hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, and presented live on YouTube, the event raises funds for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, currently providing financial assistance to theater employees who have been furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.
COST: FREE, donations accepted; MORE INFO

Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 10

The Groundlings 45th Anniversary Show: Night 1
In October, the venerated comedy troupe celebrated a big two-night anniversary. Watch performances and comedy by Groundlings alumni from 1974 to 1999, including Victoria Carroll (One Day at a Time), Doug Cox (Christmas with the Kranks), Suzanne Kent (Pee-Wee's Playhouse), Phil LaMarr (MadTV), Joan Leizman (The Pee Wee Herman Show) and Tracy Newman (According to Jim). Proceeds will help support the theater and school, which is a nonprofit organization.
COST: $5 for 48-hour rental; MORE INFO

La Marisoul performs during NHM's virtual First Fridays event. (Humberto Howard)

Friday, May 8; 5 p.m.

NHM First Fridays: Connected
Grab a cocktail or beverage of choice and cozy up to the computer as this NHM series returns with. The online event starts at 5 p.m. with a members-only "Secrets from the Vault" discussion with Dr. Regina Wetzer and Ologies podcast host Alie Ward. At 6 p.m., Patt Morrison moderates a discussion on Zoom, Future of Design and Architecture, followed by the Dino 101 quiz game at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the music starts on YouTube with a performance by La Marisoul and the DJ lounge with Novena Carmel.
COST: FREE, but reservations required; MORE INFO

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Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 10

320 Festival
The inaugural mental health awareness festival takes place entirely online (Facebook Live, YouTube Live and KNEKT.TV on Roku and Apple TV) and focuses on topics like Social Media: the Age of Anxiety, Prevention Resources: Know The 5 Signs, Living with Addiction and Criminalizing Mental Illness. Watch panels, conversations and Q&As. Artists including Kiiara, Chris Martin, Badflower, Lindsey Stirling and Art Alexakis will perform throughout the weekend. The festival was created by Kevin Lyman (founder of the Vans Warped Tour) and Talinda Bennington (widow of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington).
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Friday, May 8; 7 - 10 p.m. PDT

Get Lit - Words Ignite 9th Annual Classic Slam 2020
Local high school students compete in the largest youth poetry competition in the country — online, of course. The nonprofit uses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy. Watch the final competition hosted by Tim "Toaster" Henderson and decided by a panel of judges as well as the audience.
COST: FREE; donations accepted; MORE INFO

Friday, May 8; 4 p.m. PDT

Story Collider's Online Story Hour
The science storytelling show features Gwynn Hogan, WNYC reporter & producer; Ali Mattu, cognitive behavioral therapist; and Ari Daniel, science reporter for NOVA. The theme is "The Outdoors."
COST: FREE - $25; MORE INFO

Attend a live-streamed stand-up comedy show in celebration of the release of Myq Kaplan's newest comedy album, 'A.K.A.' (Myq Kaplan)

Friday, May 8; 7:30 p.m.

Myq Kaplan's Album Release Party
Join a live-streamed stand-up comedy show via Zoom that celebrates the comedian newest album, which is a recording of Kaplan's critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival show. The night is hosted by Radu Bondar and also features comedy by Jo Firestone.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

Saturday, May 9; 6:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Online Pun-Off Competition
Gather up your quaranteam and listen to some of the best groan-inducing lines as competitors try to outwit and out-pun each other in this virtual contest. Organizers say,"You can be sure this physical distancing Pun-Off will be remotely funny." They'll email a link to the Zoom Room to registered ticket holders on the day of the Pun-Off.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Saturday, May 9 - Saturday; May 16

The House
Watch a 24/7 streaming event that tries to capture paranormal activity from the real-life Conjuring House. Cameras will document the daily lives of Corey and Jennifer Heinzen, the current residents of the house, which was made famous by The Conjuring (the film) and the house's former residents, the Perron family.
COST: Tickets start at $14.99; MORE INFO

Saturday, May 9; 1 p.m. PDT

Shein Together
Fashion retailer Shein holds a 4-hour digital event to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. Katy Perry and Lil Nas X co-headline the "virtual showcase," which mixes music, beauty and fashion. Viewers must log into the Shein phone app and watch the virtual show. In addition to Lil Nas X and Perry, Rita Ora and Doja Cat are also performing. Stars including Hailey Bieber and Yara Shahidi will drop in for beauty tutorials and styling lessons as well.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Erykah Badu performs at the pop venue 013 in Tilburg on August 12, 2019. (Paul Bergen/AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday, May 9; 4 p.m.

Verzuz Matchup
Erykah Badu and Jill Scott are set for the next installment of an Instagram Live track battle, a social media series from producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Sunday, May 10; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PDT

Mother's Day Wine Tasting Workshop: When in Portugal
Attend a live, hands-on wine tasting workshop on Zoom while learning how to appreciate wine through the senses. Take a tour of Portugal's wine-making areas and history by sampling two bottles from a local wine company, Diniz Cellars. The wines must be ordered separately but if you can't order in time, buy a ticket to the workshop and bring your own bottles (one white, one rosé) to class. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation (RCWF).
COST: $12; MORE INFO

Hershey Felder portrays composer Irving Berlin in a one-man virtual show that benefits The Wallis. (Courtesy of Hershey Felder)

Sunday, May 10; 5 p.m. PDT

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Enjoy a one-time only live streamed event that doubles as a fundraiser for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Felder portrays the immigrant songwriter in this one-man show. Learn about Berlin's life and his fight against anti-semitism while soaking in some of Berlin's most famous tunes including "God Bless America," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Blue Skies," and "White Christmas."
COST: $50; MORE INFO

Comedian Laurie Kilmartin plays Flappers' virtual comedy room on Mother's Day. (Courtesy of Laurie Kilmartin)

Sunday, May 10; 4 p.m. PDT

Laurie Kilmartin
The comedian, CONAN staff writer and author of the comedy books Sh*tty Mom and Dead People Suck plays Flappers Comedy Club's Virtual Main Room for Mother's Day.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Ongoing

Impastiano Classes
Take cooking classes while supporting local chefs during the pandemic. This weekend, chef Denis Dello Stritto (Eataly) teaches viewers how to make scialatielli with frutti di mare on Saturday at 10 a.m.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Ongoing

The Lost Resort
L.A. record producer TOKiMONSTA has been hosting a weekly, live streamed TV show where electronic music artists talk about what they've been doing during their quarantine. Past guests have included Sofi Tukker, Reggie Watts, Mija, Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke and Soul Clap. Find past episodes on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, May 23

Virtual Ramadan

The Islamic Center for Southern California brings the spirit of Ramadan to people from a safe, social distance. Tune into the Center's livestream on Facebook and or website for daily Quran recitation, commentaries, prayers and spiritual observances.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO