The Best Things To Do During Election Week (Aside From Voting): Nov. 2 - 5

Herbie Hancock performs during the International Jazz Day 2019 All-Star Global Concert at Hamer Hall on April 30, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. ((Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images for Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz))

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.


Leading up to tomorrow's presidential elections, tune in to a Los Angeles Times Virtual Festival of Books discussion on presidential politics. Listen to Herbie Hancock answer the question, "What is hope?" Watch Election at the drive-in or tune in to Comedy Crossing's election special. On Tuesday, take advantage of "I Voted" specials at local eateries. Other happenings include a screening of Stardust, clowns at the Old Zoo and a virtual production from the Latino Theater Company.

Monday, Nov. 2; 7 - 8:50 p.m.

UCLA Arts' 10 Questions: Reckoning
UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture presents a Zoom series that asks you to reckon with the future. This week, musician and composer Herbie Hancock, author Tananarive Due and policy advisor Ramesh Srinivasan try to answer the question, "What is hope?" Let us know when you find out.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Ongoing

Hollywood Legion Theatre's Drive-In Cinema
Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 - 2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
On Monday, catch screenings of Airplane and/or Election. The venue remains dark for election night then offers two Hitchcock classics on Wednesday, Rear Window and Vertigo. On Thursday, comedy returns with Groundhog Day and Tootsie.
COST: Tickets start at $65 per car; MORE INFO

Monday, Nov. 2; 6 p.m.

Los Angeles Times Virtual Festival of Books
The festival continues with a discussion of presidential politics featuring. Author and public radio host Kurt Andersen, investigative reporter Jean Guerrero and GOP strategist Stuart Stevens discuss economics, nationalism, racism, the two-party system and what keeps them up at night. They'll chat with L.A. Times editorial page editor Sewell Chan.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

LACE presents an art performance and a Día de los Muertos celebration with Carmina Escobar. (Courtesy of the artist)

Monday, Nov. 2; 7 p.m.

Lo Único Seguro Es Que Nos Vamos A Morir (The Only Certain Thing is that We are Going to Die)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions presents a performative installation by artist Carmina Escobar about life and death. Escobar will build a communal altar in LACE's storefront with objects and offerings from fellow musicians, artists and friends. She has also started a processional recording of Maqueos Music Oaxacan Brass Filharmonic by visiting the 28 band members and recording them from outside of their homes. This time-streched sound piece will accompany her ritual performance on Monday night, which will be livestreamed on LACE's Youtube Channel.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

A craftsman wearing a face mask organizes sugar skulls for a Dia de los Muertos fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 19, 2020. (ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Monday, Nov. 2; 3 p.m.

Vegan Sugar Skulls
Join La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Zoom and Facebook Live to learn how to make vegan sugar skulls, just in time for Día de los Muertos. Melissa Martinez, owner of Riverside panaderia Vegancitas, recreates the food and culture for a plant-based diet.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Nov. 3; 5 p.m.

Comedy Crossing
You don't have to play Animal Crossing to attend this election-themed stand-up show inside the video game. Hosted by comedian Jenny Yang, guests include Open Mike Eagle and Guy Branum. If you like what you see, tip the performers via Venmo @jennyyangtv. Part of the proceeds will also benefit organizations supporting the movement for Black lives. This is the last show of the year and the show's first season.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Play for the Vote
This musician-run initiative has mobilized musicians across the country to perform on Election Day, with the goal of providing a positive voter experience and increasing turnout. (If you're waiting in long lines at the polls, it helps if there's live music.)
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

A boy jumps with his scooter at a halfpipe near Munich, Germany on August 28, 2020. (CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Lime to the Polls
Just as they did for the 2018 elections, micromobility company Lime offers free e-scooter and e-bike rides on Election Day. Riders can use the promotional code LIMETOPOLLS2020 to receive two free rides of up to 30 minutes on Election Day. It's part of Lime's Roll Call initiative, which is working to increase voter participation in this election.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Johnny Flynn stars in the David Bowie biopic 'Stardust,' which screens on the Ace Hotel rooftop. (IFC Films)

Wednesday, Nov. 4; 8 p.m.

Stardust
Ace Hotel Rooftop
929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
This David Bowie biopic stars Johnny Flynn as the British rocker. The film follows the 24-year-old Bowie in 1971 as he comes to America to promote his new record, The Man Who Sold the World. He leaves behind his pregnant wife Angie (Jena Malone) and hits the road for a coast-to-coast tour with struggling Mercury Records publicist Rob Oberman (Marc Maron).
COST: $80 (for two people with F&B credits); MORE INFO

Wednesday, Nov. 4; 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Clown Zoo at the Old Zoo
4801 Griffith Park Dr., Griffith Park
We heard about this show from our friends at The Comedy Bureau: A troupe of theater clowns gathers for another open rehearsal at The Old Zoo enclosures. Sit on a blanket at a safe distance and watch performances by Bill O'Neill, Chad Damiani, Courtney Pauroso, Corey Podell, Juzo Yoshida, Natalie Palamides, Max Baumgarten and Ian Bratschie.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Latino Theater Company streams the archival recording of 'Dementia' by Evelina Fernández. (Christopher Ash)

Through Thursday, Nov. 5

Dementia by Evelina Fernández
The Latino Theater Company Streams the archival recording of Fernández's play, which touches on homosexuality, AIDS, teen pregnancy and euthanasia. First produced in 2002, Dementia has earned awards and was revived by the LTC in 2010 and again in 2017.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Thursday, Nov. 5

Collective:Live
The Grammy Museum recently released its online streaming programming for the month of November, beginning on Thursday with conversations and performances by All Time Low and American Aquarium.
COST: $2.99/month or $29.99 a year subscription; MORE INFO

L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele offers a salted chocolate chip cookie to patio diners with an "I Loved" sticker on Election Day. (Rossella Pisano)

Election 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.

  • Recently opened Jerry's Patio Cafe & Bar in Marina del Rey is giving out free election-themed, mini cookies to customers wearing their "I Voted" stickers, from through Election Day.
  • L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Hollywood gives dine-in patrons a sweet and salty treat. Wear your "I Voted" sticker on Election Day for a complimentary salted chocolate chip cookie.
  • Show your "I Voted" sticker at Theía in Beverly Grove for a free dessert. Choose from karithopita, coffee baklava, pistachio baklava or le café de la place ice cream. The offer is valid for dine-in or takeout with the order of an entrée.
  • On Nov. 3, all locations of Tacos Tu Madre will serve $1 red velvet churros when you show your "I Voted" sticker (for dine-in, patio guests).
  • Bardonna in Santa Monica gives their customers $5 off any all-day-brunch order of $20 or more when you show your "I Voted" sticker on Election Day.
  • Counterpart Vegan in Echo Park offers $1 "DoNut Be Silent" vegan donuts when you wear or show your "I Voted" sticker on Nov. 3.
  • Uncool Burgers on Larchmont offers free fries with any smashburger purchase and your "I Voted" sticker on Election Day.
  • All Rustic Canyon Family Restaurants (including Rustic Canyon, Cassia, Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe, Sweet Rose Creamery and Tallulah's) are closed on Election Day on Nov. 3 to encourage their employees to vote or take part in the process.
  • Likewise, all the restaurants/offices of the American Gonzo Food Corp. (including Pie Society, Pitfire Pizza, Bakehouse, Superba Food + Bread) will be closed until 4 p.m. on Nov 3, giving employees time to vote.