A Bunch Of Awesome Online Events Are Happening This Week: May 11 - 14

The Venice Family Clinic auction is now live, raising funds for COVID-19-related porograms and services. (D.J. Hall, Gabriella - Venice; after Max Pechstein Das Gelbschwarze Trikot, 1910, 2018)

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.


The Venice Art Walk and Auctions head online. The Mr. Show crew reunites. World of Wonder give you more reasons to "Stay the F*** Home." And the Pacific Opera Project presents a Mozart-Super Mario mashup viewing party.

Monday, May 11; 8 p.m. PDT

Flashback & Chill Improv Diary Show
The Westside Comedy club presents a virtual edition of one of its regular improv shows. A grownup bravely reads from his/her real teen diary then improvisers do scenes inspired by the readings. This month's reader is Amanda Blake Davis while the comedy cast includes Maya Crosman, Atul Singh and Jon Thompson.
COST: $6 donation; MORE INFO

Sweet Rose Creamery celebrates its 10th anniversary with $1 scoops at its Brentwood Country Mart location. (Sweet Rose Creamery)

Tuesday, May 12; 1 - 5 p.m.

Sweet Rose $1 Scoops
Ok, here's an event that's happening in real life: Sweet Rose Creamery celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Tuesday by offering $1 scoops at the original Brentwood Country Mart. Enjoy the cold treats outdoors, featuring flavors like birthday cake, fresh mint chip, salted caramel, s'mores and dairy-free meyer lemon sorbet. Limit one $1 scoop per person.
COST: varies; MORE INFO

Through Tuesday, May 19

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction
The clinic's legendary benefit auction is now open for bidding through Artsy. Check out works from John Baldessari, Gary Baseman, Kelly Berg, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Corinne Chaix, Greg Colson, Zoe Crosher, FriendsWithYou, Ed Moses, Alex Prager, Vanessa Prager, Ed Ruscha and The Haas Brothers. Each winning bid raises funds for Venice Family Clinic's COVID-19 response programs.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Tuesdays, May 12 - July 21

The Broadway Musical and America with Adam Epstein
The Pasadena Playhouse offers an 11-week online class on Broadway musical history, showing how the end of WWII and each era's politics shaped what audiences saw onstage. Musicals covered include Oklahoma, Carousel, Gypsy, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly!, Annie, Rent, Hairspray, Wicked and Hamilton, and will include special guest speakers. (The Playhouse is also offering online storytime and playtime classes for kids.)
COST: $124 ($99 for Members); MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 13; 5 p.m. PDT

Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk reunite the Mr. Show gang for a reunion that benefits the poverty nonprofit LIFT. Look for appearances by Paul Tompkins, Scott Aukerman and Brian Posehn.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

The Wende Museum presents an online discussion of Secret Space and the Stasi. (BtSU-Kopie courtesy of the Wende Museum)

Wednesday, May 13; 12 p.m. PDT

Secret Space and the Stasi: A Conversation with Dagmar Hovestädt and Joes Segal
The Wende Museum presents the third Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Hovestädt, a journalist and spokesperson for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin, and Segal, the museum's chief curator. The two discuss the inner workings of the German secret police.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 13; 4 p.m.

Hen House at Home Spring Book Tour
Red Hen Press celebrates its spring season releases with a series of virtual events. This week, stop by for a live reading and conversation with poets Felicia Zamora and Francisco Aragón.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 13; 5 p.m. PDT

The Magic Flute Interactive Watch Party
Check out an interactive viewing party featuring Pacific Opera Project's video-game inspired production of Mozart's opera. The opera is reimagined in classic video games from the early 1990s with the staging and characters that recall Mario Bros. and Zelda. The event features interviews with the cast and crew, drink recipes, a costume contest and crafts.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Thursday, May 14; 5:30 p.m. PDT

Live Q&A with artist Dave Muller
The Orange County Museum of Art holds an artist talk with Dave Muller, whose work is inspired by his love of music. Listen to his original DJ mix Oops!...I Heard It Again, which he created to reflect on time and repetition, before the program.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The California Botanic Garden presents a virtual dessert tasting of desserts made with seasonal flowers, herbs and native plant ingredients. (California Botanic Garden)

Thursday, May 14; 6 - 7 p.m.

Taste Wild: Virtual Native Foods Tasting
California Botanic Garden in Claremont holds a tasting event that features bakery boxes filled with four desserts made using California native plants. Participants order their tasting boxes online and pick them up at the Garden (or get them delivered for an extra cost). At the Zoom event, learn about the uses and health benefits of variou local herbs. The garden partners with caterer As You Like It and Abe Sanchez of the indigenous Chia Café Collective.
COST: $35 - $60, advanced reservations required; MORE INFO

Thursday, May 14; 5 p.m. PDT

Juilliard String Quartet @ THE MUSCO Online
The Musco Center for the Arts presents an online conversation with members of the venerated quartet: Areta Zhulla (violin), Ronald Copes (violin), Roger Tapping (viola) and Astrid Schween (cello). They'll discuss classical music, touring and the state of the industry. Find the livestream on YouTube, Facebook and the Musco's website.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

World of Wonder presents fierce shows to its premium lineup including 'The Golden Pandemic.' (World of Wonder)

Ongoing

Stay the F*** Home
World of Wonder's subscription VOD service (WOW Presents Plus) premieres new content every weekday. New shows this month include The Golden Pandemic (imagine drag queens as The Golden Girls stuck inside during quarantine) and Working Out is a Drag with Jason Wimberly.
COST: $3.99 per month after free trial; MORE INFO

Ongoing

Virtual Escape Rooms
Escape Room L.A. launches two new live-streaming game experiences with all the challenges and collaborative activities being done at a distance. Friends can play from different locations from around the world. The Lost Pyramid drops you into an ancient lost pyramid, deep in the Mayan jungle, while Escape from Planet X crash lands you on an uncharted planet.
COST: $15 per person; MORE INFO