The Best Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Oct. 19 - 22
Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into a "nonevents" column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.
During this difficult time, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.
Listen to livestreamed concerts by Sylvan Esso and Local Natives. Attend drive-in screenings of One Night in Miami, a new Stevie Nicks concert film and Spanish cult favorites. Explore the health benefits of tea and the majesty of mezcal. Learn about the upcoming election at a KPCC/LAist cram session. Finally, don't forget to check out our spooktacular Halloween event list.
Monday, Oct. 19 - Friday, Jan. 22, 2021
Patty Chang | Milk Debt
18th Street Arts Center's Olympic Campus (Main Gallery)
1639 18th St., Santa Monica
The center opens a new solo exhibition of work by L.A.-based artist Patty Chang with a five-channel film of lactating women pumping their breast milk as they recite lists of fears drawn from Angelenos. Chang explores our debts to those who came before us. A conversation between Chang and Astrida Neimanis takes place on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The show is viewable by appointment only.
COST: FREE with appointment; MORE INFO
Monday, Oct. 19; 7:30 p.m.
One Night in Miami...
Rose Bowl Stadium
Lot F: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Writer and former LAist ctonributor Kemp Powers has written a film adaptation of his stage play about the night in 1964 when Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X hung out in a hotel room to celebrate Clay's heavyweight championship victory. Directed by Regina King, it stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. The night is filled with stories, hopes and dreams all while they challenge each other about fame, money, activism and racism. The film has a drive-in screening at AFI Fest. It opens in select theaters on Dec. 25 and will be available on Amazon Prime on Jan. 15.
COST: $40 per car; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
45 at 45
45 North Venice Blvd., Venice
The Venice-based gallery celebrates its 45th anniversary with a group show of works by 45 artists. The exhibition, which includes artists David Hockney, Alison Saar, Carmen Argote, Nick Cave, Tacita Dean and Elliot Hundley, also marks the gallery's physical reopening. A number of virtual events take place during the show's run, but you must make an appointment to view the works in person.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 24
28th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival
The Nashville Songwriters Association International's festival has served as a way for audiences to discover new songwriters and hear legendary writers perform. This year, the celebration moves online. Listen to the songwriters behind hits and tracks recorded by artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Lizzo, Usher, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Jordan Davis, Miranda Lambert and Big & Rich.
COST: FREE, but donations encouraged; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 15
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents the West Coast premiere of the latest show by illusionist, mentalist and performance artist Scott Silven. From the comfort of their homes, audience members join Silven on an immersive virtual experience set in Silven's Scottish homeland. Each show becomes a unique adventure through the use of technology, illusion, imagination and artist interaction.
COST: Tickets start at $65; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Tuesday, Oct. 27
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts holds a digital presentation of the one-man show written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed for the stage by Jenny Sullivan. The production is based on the life of Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who dedicated his later life to documenting the Holocaust and bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice. The digital production is a live performance recorded during the run of the show's New York premiere Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre in 2014.
COST: $50 per household; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 8 p.m. PDT
The Mads: A Night of Shorts
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV's Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000) riff on a series of vintage shorts, educational films and cartoons. Tune in as the duo and their robot pals poke fun at the onscreen happenings of More Dates For Kay, How Friendly Are You? and Halloween Safety Vol. 2. The show takes place via a private YouTube link, which will be sent to ticket holders an hour before showtime.
COST: $10; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 6 p.m. PDT
Sylvan Esso: From the Satellite
The North Carolina pop duo starts a virtual fall concert series on Tuesday in support of their new album, Free Love. Each concert features a different theme, set lists and surprises. Tuesday's theme is "From Us," with other dates and themes as follows: Nov. 17 ("To You") and Dec. 1 ("With Love").
COST: $15; MORE INFO
Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 25
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
This concert film makes its debut at the drive-in, capturing the magic of Nicks' live performances during stops in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis during her 2017 tour. She performs hits from her Fleetwood Mac days and solo career including "Rhiannon," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Edge of Seventeen," "Stand Back" and "Landslide."
COST: Tickets start at $65 per car; MORE INFO
Thursday, Oct. 22; 9 a.m. PDT
Academy Dialogues: Broadening the Aperture of Excellence
The Academy continues its learning, listening and exploration series on issues of race and gender equity with a panel discussion on culture. Speakers include filmmakers Ava DuVernay (Selma), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and Euzhan Palcy (Sugar Cane Alley). They'll discuss how Hollywood can support more inclusive storytelling from different ethnic and racial communities. The panel will be available on Oct. 22 on The Academy's YouTube channel.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 6 p.m.
Local Natives Sour Lemon World Tour - One Night Only
The L.A.-based outfit plays a livestreamed concert from Highland Park's Lodge Room, marking the first time the band has played together since March. Use the code "Darkdays" for early fan tickets and access to exclusive merch.
COST: Tickets start at $10; MORE INFO
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 5 - 6 p.m. PDT
Tea Tasting Event: Be Healthy, Drink Tea by Dr. Mary Hardy
Chado Tea hosts an online tea tasting and discussion about the health benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Shop chadotea.com or visit one of the four Chado SoCal locations to purchase a sampler pack of teas that you'll taste (Sencha Arihara, Turmeric Comfort, Hawaiian Cocktail).
COST: Discussion is free, $15 for sampler pack; MORE INFO
Thursday, Oct. 22 - Thursday, Oct. 29
Recent Spanish Cinema
The American Cinematheque presents the L.A. opening of the combined L.A. and Miami film series. The series debuts with a double feature of Alex de la Iglesia cult classics — The Day of the Beast and Perdita Durango — at the Tiki Drive-in in Montclair. The program continues online with virtual screenings, online filmmaker, Q&As and industry panels.
COST: $17 - $42 for drive-in; $30 for virtual film pass; MORE INFO
Thursday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. PDT
Up Next: America's Young Poets
The Berggruen Institute and Second Home Hollywood continue their series of live events with members of the spoken word-poetry group Get Lit. This year has been rife with illness, division, despair and protest, but also hope. Listen as the next generation of poets make their voices heard. Hosts Mason Granger and Tyris Winter broadcast live via Zoom while introducing Violeta Tabilla-Esquivel, Nyarae Francis and Salome Agbaroji.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Thursday, Oct. 22; 5 p.m. PDT
FUPU: Black Women and Performance in the Punk Rock Tradition
The California African American Museum welcomes a discussion on the South L.A. femme punk band, whose acronym stands for F**k U Pay Us. FUPU's lead vocalist, Jasmine Nyende, talks history and music with performance artists Gabrielle Civil and mayfield brooks. They'll trace FUPU's roots, their own work and Black women's performance in relation to the museum's current exhibition, Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER. This event takes place via Zoom.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Thursday, Oct. 22; 5:30 p.m. PDT
Election Countdown — A Voter Game Plan Event
KPCC and LAist present an online rundown of the races and issues in the November election. So dig out those mail-in ballots and get ready to ask news anchor Austin Cross and senior politics reporter Libby Denkmann questions about propositions, local races and voting logistics. If you have questions, send them ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the event.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Through Sunday, Nov. 8
Los Angeles LGBT Center
1118 North McCadden Pl., Hollywood
This dark, political drama may or may not take place in the near future, where three trans/gender non-conforming women seek a safe place to hide from the military. The inaugural production of the Center's new live theater series, Garage Theatre, it was conceived and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera of Playwrights' Arena. Performances take place at 7:30 and 9 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the show's run.
COST: $20 per car; MORE INFO
Various dates through Sunday, Nov. 8
Drive-In Dances: Solo at Dusk + The Betweens
2245 Washington Blvd., downtown L.A.
L.A. Dance Project premieres two innovative drive-in, live dance series performed in the area surrounding its studios. These works were conceived and created entirely during the quarantine of 2020. Solo at Dusk is a work by Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Or Schraiber and the dancers; and The Betweens is a work by Jermaine Spivey & Spenser Theberge in collaboration with the dancers.
COST: $100 - $150 per car; MORE INFO
Through Saturday, Oct. 31
Ghoulish Gardens Self-Guided Walks
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
Take a walk through the Arboretum's boo-tiful Ghoulish Gardens path. The at-your-own-pace adventure offers a look at creepier collections. Guests can learn about trees that strangle other plants, the ingredients in common witch potions, flowers that are pollinated by bats, and other fun and interesting tidbits. Adults and kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Protective face coverings are required, but Halloween masks are not allowed per CDC guidelines. The experience is included in admission.
COST: $5 - $15; MORE INFO
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.
- Blaze Pizza celebrates the world champion Lakers and King James (an investor in the chain) with a new pizza out on Monday, Oct. 19. The Blazin' Hot Chicken pizza is inspired by Nashville hot chicken and topped with ghost pepper chicken meatballs, a slaw tossed in scorpion pepper sauce and Frank's RedHot sauce.
- Boomtown Brewery in DTLA recently reopened its taproom with safety precautions in place. Patrons are required to order food alongside any purchase of beer, with Corazon LA providing food on site through the end of the month. Reservations will be required via OpenTable. Just in time for Halloween, Boomtown recently released the hazy DIPA with a design by Keenan Shur.
- Long Beach Creamery has released a limited Ruth Bader Ginsburg-inspired ice cream. The Honor Ruth is based on the late justice's favorite dessert, frozen lime souffle. The citrusy, vanilla-based flavor, complemented by fresh lime curd and lime meringue cookies, also doubles as a fundraiser for the ACLU SoCal. The flavor will be available until election day.
- Gingergrass in Silver Lake has opened a new outdoor tent that focuses exclusively on wine and beer from Black producers. Owners and partners John Himelstein and D'nell Larson (who also own Square One Dining) wanted to use their restaurant to introduce and offer long-term support to labels that have been hard to find. The tent is open Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
- Wednesday is National Mezcal Day and Salazar in Frogtown is offering an exclusive flight ($40) for the day. They're featuring three high-end mezcals from Mayalen: 1.5 oz. pours of Machetazo, Borrego and Guerrero.