Fabulous Virtual Events And Dine/Drink Deals Happening This Week: May 26-28

While you can't go out for sushi, you can certainly bring it home, including this chirashi box from Kato. (Kato Restaurant)

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This short workweek features a new dramatic miniseries from Nat Geo and musicians coming together to honor Peggy Lee's centennial. Atlas Obscura presents tiny food-making. And the Getty Villa shares beverage recipes from antiquity. Plus, a few more sushi restaurants reopen for takeout and delivery.

The National Geographic miniseries Barkskins explores the early history of French settlers in the area now known as Quebec. (Peter H. Stranks/National Geographic)

May 25 - ongoing

Barkskins
National Geographic's new limited-edition series features a cast led by David Thewlis and Marcia Gay Harden. It premiered on the Nat Geo channel on Memorial Day and will feature back-to-back episodes for four weeks (which will be available on Hulu the day after airing). The show traces a mysterious massacre of settlers in 1690s New France (Quebec) and how it threatens to throw the region into war.
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The Grammy Museum celebrates singer Peggy Lee's centennial with a new online exhibition and panel discussion. (Courtesy of The Grammy Museum)

Tuesday, May 26 - ongoing

Peggy Lee 100th Birthday Celebration
The Grammy Museum presents an exhibition and panel discussion that celebrates the centennial of one of the 20th century's most influential pop and jazz voices. Watch a pre-taped panel discussion and birthday toast with Holly Foster Wells, Peggy Lee's granddaughter; Dr. Tish Oney, author of Peggy Lee: A Century Of Song; moderator Scott Goldman; and artists who were inspired by Lee, including Eric Burton of The Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, and k.d. Lang. Explore a virtual exhibit that displays Lee's career from the 1930s through the early 2000s. The exhibition is the museum's first exhibit that opens digitally, but will have a physical showing at the museum in spring 2021.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 27; 3 p.m.

Surviving COVID-19 with TV
Claudia Puig, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and an NPR commentator, joins in a conversation with LA Plaza CEO John Echveste on the best Latinx movies, series, and documentaries to watch while staying safe at home. The En Casa con LA Plaza event will be streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 27; 6 p.m.

Pop-Up Magazine
The live magazine brings its stage show to the audience's homes for this spring edition. Listen and watch stories, including: a medical student who graduates early and becomes a doctor in the midst of the pandemic; a high school varsity mariachi band that competes against 80 other teams to defend their title in South Texas; and an office comedy that unfolds inside a corporate greeting-card company. Watch on the Pop-Up Magazine website or on YouTube.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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Wednesday, May 27; 4:30 p.m.

The Secret Arts: Tiny Food
Atlas Obscura's virtual series invites viewers to peek into the world of experts and artisans who share their skills and crafts. For this edition, food stylist Hannah Aufmuth presents the making of miniature food. She cut her teeth working on the Food Network show Everyday Italian, and then began making tiny foods for the Tastemade network show Tiny Kitchen in 2015.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

May 28 - Ongoing

Violet Bistro, School & Shop's Zoom Classes
The eatery opened just eight days before quarantine in March, but chef/owner Dana Slatkin pivoted to offer takeout, delivery, and cooking classes through Zoom. After students sign up for a class online (or book private groups), they're delivered a bag of prepped ingredients to their doorstep. On Thursday, there's a Summer Kickoff class to create a summer burger cookout for four people.
COST: $120 for the class and prepped ingredients, $25 for just the class; MORE INFO

Thursday, May 28

Rosebud Parade
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses hosts a virtual parade to lift people's spirits during stay-at-home orders. The event showcases fan-made floats via Facebook Live. Parade participants have submitted videos of their constructed floats from household objects, such as recycled newspaper, construction paper, action figures/dolls, and/or leaves.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Grand Central Market has established a relief fund with an accompanying merchandise line to support GCM workers. (Courtesy of Grand Central Market)

Ongoing

Grand Central Market's Capsule Collection
The historic food hall has created a relief fund to help provide assistance to all of its tenants during the pandemic. Sales from GCM ❤ L.A. Relief Fund's companion merch collection — a curated selection of goods, t-shirts, socks, and mugs ($6-15) — will go directly to the fund.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Ongoing

L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund
The fund supports workers from all areas of the art sector, from visitor services to security, docents, educators, writers, studio assistants, and a number of other roles. 100% of the funds raised (minus GoFundMe and fiscal sponsor fees) will be given directly to the fund's grant applicants (in the form of $1,000 grants). The next $25,000 raised will be matched by Metabolic Studio.
COST: Donation; MORE INFO

Ongoing

HBO's Westworld: A Conversation with the Stars and Creators
The Paley Center for Media's Front Row series recently released a panel discussion with stars from the HBO show. Watch actors Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris, executive producer Denise Thé, and creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss the most recent season, which is set in L.A. in the 2050s.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Ongoing

Dispatches From Quarantine
The new short-form digital video series from Silverscreen Studios and the Jewish arts nonprofit Reboot presents short features with celebrity seniors under quarantine. The first episode features talk show host Larry King, with upcoming episodes featuring film and TV legends Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, Ellen Burstyn, Marion Ross, and Tommy Chong. Watch the clips on YouTube or at silverscreenstudios.org.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Ongoing

Getty Villa-Inspired Cocktails, Spirits, and Spritzes
Want to mix up your home bar cocktail game? Take inspiration from the cocktails and alcoholic beverages of ancient cultures. The Getty's Bacchus Uncorked series and historical beverage lectures (and tastings) are some of our favorite drink-centric programs. Recently, The Iris (the Getty's blog) released three Villa-inspired drinks — a wine, cocktail, and alcohol-optional beverage. The recipes — spiced wine, Touch of Venus cocktail, and a non-alcoholic sparkling herb and lemon spritzer — are inspired from the Getty's collection and previous public programming.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Select locations of Ike's Love & Sandwiches offer $5 sandwiches with free delivery with the order of another regular sandwich. (Ike's Love & Sandwiches )

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Participating Ike's Love & Sandwiches locations offer special $5 sandwiches on Fridays if you order another regular sandwich on the Ike's app. Recent themed sandwiches were inspired by the series True Blood, with both meat and vegetarian options.
  • Hamasaku in West L.A. reopened on Tock, offering pickup options on Fridays and Saturdays only. Choose from the Hamasaku Omakase ($40) or the Hamasaku Favorites ($60), which include a variety of sashimi, rolls, and sides.
  • Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks is open daily for takeout, offering a la carte sushi, rolls, and appetizers — including gravlax sushi, spicy tuna biscotti, and kinoko itame (sautéed mushrooms), as well as two omakase options.
  • Sōgo Roll Bar, the hand roll sushi bar in Los Feliz, offers takeout and delivery from Monday through Saturday, offering à la carte options or three-to-six hand roll sets (which can be cut, too).
  • Kato Restaurant in Sawtelle now offers an option to order a chirashi box for $125 for two. With abalone, spot prawns, uni, ikura, and a variety fish, there are limited quantities available daily.

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