The Best Online And IRL Post-Election, Mid-Pandemic Events This Weekend: Nov. 6 - 8

'Jews in the Synagogue' is one of the Rembrandt works on view at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art in Solvang. (Courtesy of the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art)

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.


If you're still bruised from the mental anguish of this week, take a drive to Oxnard and Solvang where a few museums are opening — with safety protocols in place. (Re)discover Pasadena's architecture. Check out a virtual lecture about Mars. Watch a surrealist Swedish film. Learn about secret Los Angeles. Attend a film fest that shows the 818 some love.

Friday, Nov. 6

Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews and Danes
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang
The museum dedicated to Danish heritage and the history of Solvang reopens to the public but with limited capacity and new safety protocols. The Rembrandt exhibition, featuring 21 prints by the Dutch master, opened only two weeks before the COVID-19 closures in March. It will be on view through the end of 2020. If you're in Solvang, the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature also opens to the public on Saturday Nov. 7, joining the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which reopened in October.
COST: $5 suggested donation; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 6 - Sunday, Nov. 15

Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern
After 28 years, Pasadena Heritage's Craftsman Weekend has been reimagined and that includes a new name. Explore the city's architectural styles from the past five decades. The virtual, 10-day celebration includes tours, lectures, panel discussions and conversations with artists and collectors.
COST: $12 - $175; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 6; 7 p.m. PT

RISK! Livestream
Listen to true tales via Zoom that the storytellers never thought they'd share in public. Guests include RISK! founder and hosts Kevin Allison and Mark Redmond, Theresa Okokon, Josiah Simpson and DJ Crystal Clear. Only 100 tickets are available for this show.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

A still from Roy Ward Baker's 'A Night to Remember,' (1958), which screens outdoors at the Catalina Island Museum. (Courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum)

Friday, Nov. 6; 6 - 9 p.m.

First Friday Films: A Night To Remember
Catalina Island Museum Outdoor Ackerman Family Amphitheater
217 Metropole Ave., Avalon
The museum screens the 1958 historical drama about the final night of the RMS Titanic. Adapted from Walter Lord's best-selling book, the ocean liner's disaster is recounted by its second officer Charles Lightoller, played by Kenneth More, from its maiden launch to its sinking on April 14, 1912. A limited number of tickets are available to allow for social distancing.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

Petal d'Avril wrote and performs in 'Forgetting, Not Forgotten' (3cubedstudios)

Friday, Nov. 6; 7 p.m.

Forgetting, Not Forgotten
Watch a multimedia show livestreamed from the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. An official selection of the Black Voices Festival, the production is written and performed by Petal d'Avril. The show follows Petal, a young L.A. actor who faces two crises: Her mother has begun to display the symptoms of Alzheimer's and their home has been sold to developers.
COST: $15.99; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 6

Koko-di Koko-da
Johannes Nyholm's dark, surrealist fantasy/horror/comedy film opens virtually in L.A. this weekend through Laemmle Theaters. The film, which is in Swedish and Danish, follows a family whose holiday — and lives — are derailed after a seemingly innocuous case of food poisoning.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 6; 8 p.m.

Humans on Mars: What Do We Need to Survive the Red Planet?
Santa Monica College's Drescher Planetarium continues its virtual shows. Associate lecturer Sarah Vincent discusses visiting — and possibly living on — Mars. Catch the planetarium's The Night Sky Show before the lecture at 7 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Mullin Museum in Oxnard reopens this weekend. See their collection of Bugatti automobiles including the Atlantic. (Drew Phillips)

Friday, Nov. 6

The Mullin Automotive Museum Reopens
1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard
The museum reopens to the public with new hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Car enthusiasts can see Concours Best of Show winners including the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet H6B "Xenia" and the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Goutte d'Eau. You'll also catch crowd pleasers like the 1994 Bugatti EB 110 Supersport "Le Mans." The Mullin houses an extensive collection of Bugatti artwork, sculpture and furniture. Safety protocols are in place. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance on the museum's redesigned website.
COST: $10 - $16; MORE INFO

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents a pre-recorded live performance by Perla Batalla from Royce Hall. (Guy Webster)

Saturday, Nov. 8; 7 p.m.

Perla Batalla's Discoteca Batalla
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance presents the Grammy nominated singer's pre-recorded live concert from Royce Hall. Batalla worked with Leonard Cohen as a back-up singer for a decade before launching a solo career. Her latest work is an homage to her parents' L.A.-based record store — which became a haven for homesick immigrants from all over Mexico and Latin America.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 7; 7 p.m.

Mardi Gras Online Bingo
Jade Love Kids is a nonprofit that provides free educational programs and extracurricular activities to children. The organization holds its first online bingo night fundraiser and there will be prizes. Masks, beads and costumes welcome.
COST: Tickets are $25; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 7 - Saturday, Nov. 21

The Valley Film Festival (Drive-In Edition)
The Plant at the Regency 16
7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
The 20th annual festival, which promotes the production and distribution of filmmaking in the 818, opens with the the L.A. premiere of Take Me to Tarzana, a dark comedy about the millennial experience. The festival screens 50 films, including features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 21.
COST: $20 per car; MORE INFO

Lowell Ryan Projects is pleased to present 'Hot Damn!,' a solo exhibition by artist Will Bentsen. (Courtesy of the gallery and artist)

Saturday, Nov. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 19

Hot Damn!
Lowell Ryan Projects
4851 West Adams Blvd., West Adams
The gallery presents a solo exhibition by Will Bentsen, featuring his large acrylic paintings on canvas. His process involves ritualistic cathartic bursts, brushes and splashes while working on multiple paintings at once.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Grand Central Art Center co-hosts an event with 'Nina Katchadourian: Monument to the Unelected (2008 and ongoing).' (Courtesy of GCAC and the artist)

Saturday, Nov. 7; 2 p.m.

Adding the 2020 Sign - Nina Katchadourian: Monument to the Unelected

Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana co-hosts an online event in which the sign bearing the name of the losing presidential candidate is added to the artist's ongoing work, Monument to the Unelected. The event happens live at all eight sites where the project is being presented this year. If you want to view the temporary installation in person, the signs are visible on the lawn at 896 S. Oakwood St., Orange. NOTE: If no winner is declared by Nov. 7, the event will be moved to the 14th, or to every subsequent Saturday until a new sign can be placed.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Richard Heller Gallery opens Justin Liam O'Brien's solo exhibition, 'When Acting as a Wave' on Nov. 7. (© 2020 Justin Liam O'Brien)

Saturday, Nov. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 19

Justin Liam O'Brien: When Acting as a Wave
Richard Heller Gallery
The artist presents a new body of work that plays up elements of rejection, captivity and anxiety. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Santa Monica gallery is closed except for private appointments. The O'Brien exhibition can be viewed virtually.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 7; 10:30 a.m.

Secret Los Angeles: Hidden Hollywood Virtual Tour
Danny Jensen, author of the new book, Secret Los Angeles: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, and Hollywood historian and tour guide April Clemmer, share stories behind some of Hollywood's most legendary places and personalities. Get a glimpse of long-gone restaurants and hidden gems that are still operating today. Ticket price for the virtual tour on Zoom does not include a copy of the book. Click here to order your copy of Secret Los Angeles.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 8; 7:30 p.m.

Disarm the Right to Violence!: Recent Mexican Experimental Short Films
Los Angeles Filmforum presents the U.S. premiere of recent Mexican experimental short films. Filmmakers attending the program via Zoom include Arian Sánchez Covisa, Aurora Fragoso and Gerardo M. Porras Garza, among others. They'll be in conversation with programmers Madison Brookshire and Jesse Lerner
COST: Sliding scale, pay what you can, $20, $12, $8, $5, $0; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 8; 6 p.m.

Cold War Kids
The Long Beach-based band continues its virtual tour, which features a different setlist each show. This week, the band plays festival favorite songs. All the shows will be archived through Sunday, Nov. 29.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Nov. 8

Peek-a-Boo Stroll Thru: A Puppet Marvel!
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
4949 York Blvd., Highland Park
Take a small, 20-minute guided tour through the theater and see what the puppets have been up to during quarantine. The tours are limited to six people in a pod and tickets must be purchased in advance. There are no sales at the door.
COST: $60; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 8; 7:30 p.m.

UnCabaZoom #16
The virtual edition of Beth Lapides' long-running alt-comedy show's continues with guests Alec Mapa, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Aparna Nancherla, Alex Edelman and Jamie Bridgers. They'll share stories, wisdom, rants, songs and chat about their lives. Mitch Kaplan and the band provide the music.
COST: FREE - $100; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, April 18, 2021

Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine
California Botanic Garden
‍1500 N College Ave., Claremont
The botanic garden presents an outdoor show with 14 artists from the American Museum of Ceramic Art studios in Pomona. The works will be on display throughout the garden's native plants. Artists include Mary Beierle, Cj Jilek, Beverly Helfer-Grand and David Kiddie, among others.
COST: $4 - $10; MORE INFO

For the first time ever, the Formosa Cafe has started a Sunday brunch. (Formosa Cafe)

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.

  • Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood recently started offering dine-in Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on its rooftop and expanded ground floor patio. Enjoy Taiwanese American fare including shumai, xiao long bao, gua bao, scallion pancakes, peppered beef omelets and shrimp congee.
  • Second Home Hollywood partners with Chef Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs for PHENAKITE, a new fine dining that happens on weekends in Second Home Hollywood's courtyard, starting Friday, Nov. 6. The restaurant offers just two 20-guest services per weekend. Phan creates a seasonal menu with at least nine courses and beverage pairings.
  • Edobox by Makoto on Main Street in Santa Monica is a fresh Japanese fast-casual spot that offers bento boxes starting at $25 (you'll have to pay more if you want uni and toro). You design your own box by choosing from salads, sides, proteins, noodles, bowls and sashimi.
  • To help us get through the rest of 2020, Fatburger has launched a Hang-In-There Burger. Try the OG Fatburger with all the fixings including chili, onion rings, American cheese, bacon and egg. It's available through Dec. 31.