Top Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Nov. 30 - Dec. 3

Angelica Tome does a chalk drawing of a red AIDS ribbon on Castro Street in San Francisco. World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1, since 1988. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With most events, concerts and festivals canceled or pivoting online, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.

L.A. County's new "safer at home" order goes into effect on Nov. 30. Check the status of any drive-through events listed before heading out as the new safety measures only allow occupants in each car from the same household.


Enjoy drag queen hijinks for a good cause. Listen to the cast of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom discuss August Wilson's work. Honor World AIDS Day. Work on your DIY projects with other crafters (remotely). Tune in for KPCC/LAist's Unheard L.A.

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme attend Hulu's "Happiest Season" Premiere at The Grove on November 17, 2020. (Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hulu)

Monday, Nov. 30; 6 p.m. PDT

'Twas the Night Before Give-mas: A Virtual Benefit Variety Fundraiser
Outfest kicks off the holiday season with a variety show that doubles as a fundraiser right before Giving Tuesday. Marc Malkin hosts the night of original sketches, drag queen hijinks and live music. Expect special appearances from Margaret Cho, Charlie Carver, Janaya Future Khan, Candis Cayne, Steven Canals, Jinkx Monsoon, Ben DeLaCreme and Out100 honorees. The show will be livestreamed on outfest.org/givemas (OutfestNow.com and Outfest social media @outfest).
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Monday, Nov. 30 - Wednesday, Dec. 30

WonderLAnd
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
This holiday light show honors a multitude of cultural traditions as guests drive through nearly a million lights timed to seasonal songs. The experience includes a "Holidays Around the Globe" display, a wintery forest surrounding the Valley's version of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, North Pole mountains and a snowflake tunnel. There are plenty of photo opportunities, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand with candy canes. WonderLAnd is closed on Dec. 24 and 25. Advance purchase is highly recommended.
COST: Tickets start at $60 per vehicle; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Where Will You Be? HIV/AIDS and the Poetry of Perseverance and Commemoration
The Broad presents a virtual program in honor of World AIDS Day with Black AIDS Institute founder Phill Wilson, artist and entrepreneur Maurice Harris and poet and performer Pamela Sneed. Drawing inspiration from poet and activist Pat Parker's poem, "[Boots are being polished]," the title has political implications and demands remembrance.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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Tuesday, Dec. 1; 7 p.m. PST

Laugh It Off Comedy Night
The night of stories and comedy is streamed live from the stage of the Alex Theatre in Glendale with a lineup that includes Matt Kirshen, Ty Barnett, Kristin Key and Alonzo Bodden. Held on Giving Tuesday, ticket purchases become a donation to Glendale Arts. After the tickets are purchased, guests will receive information on how to tune into the show.
COST: $20.21 - $100; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m.

SPECTRUM Art Reveal at on Vine
This virtual event unveils a new public art piece that coincides with the completion of Netflix's new campus in Hollywood. Spectrum was created by Maggie West x SparkleMasters and explores beauty, gender expression and wonder. The event includes commentary and live virtual chat with guests.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Actors Colman Domingo (top left), Glynn Turman (bottom) and Michael Potts (top right) explore playwright August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.' (Courtesy of the California African American Museum)

Tuesday, Dec. 1; 5 - 6:30 p.m. PST

Man of Change: August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The California African American Museum hosts an online discussion focusing on the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Wilson's play. Starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, it tells the story of a Chicago music studio in 1927 where blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session. Listen to cast members Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman and Michael Potts explore Wilson's work and their roles and the upcoming release, which was adapted for the screen by playwright, director and actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson. RSVP for Zoom instructions.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

Sleepy Hollow Holiday Lights Extravaganza
Sleepy Hollow Neighborhood
Roberts Rd., off Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance
This candy cane lane with zillions of lights and displays is tucked into a South Torrance neighborhood. Walking at a safe distance offers a more relaxed way to view the lights without worrying about holding up the cars behind you. Park on Pacific Coast Highway, Calle Mayor or Prospect.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Radha Blank, writer-director of 'The Forty-Year-Old-Version', receives the Vanguard Award from the Sundance Institute. (Jeong Park / NETFLIX 2020)

Wednesday, Dec. 2; 4:30 p.m. PST

Vanguard Award: A Celebration of Radha Blank
The Sundance Institute honors Radha Blank, the writer, director and star of The Forty-Year-Old Version. She'll be in conversation with last year's honoree, Lulu Wang, as well as filmmaker Julie Dash and actor Octavia Spencer.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Dec. 2; 12 p.m. PST

Christopher Nolan, Tom Shone and Kenneth Branagh
Film critic Shone convinced filmmaker Nolan to cooperate on his book The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan. Along with Branagh, they'll take part in a virtual discussion of the book as well as Nolan's work, process and creativity. Organizers ask that attendees support their authors and local bookstores by purchasing a copy of The Nolan Variations from Chevalier's Books.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

L.A. Louver holds a live virtual conversation with artists Sarah Awad and Rebecca Campbell. (Courtesy of L.A. Louver)

Wednesday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. PST

Live Conversation with Sarah Awad and Rebecca Campbell
L.A. Louver gallery presents a live virtual conversation with artists Sarah Awad and Rebecca Campbell. Their works focus on the figure, from Awad's abstraction and allegory to Campbell's use of personal narrative. Artists will be available to answer audience questions during the live Q&A.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Dec. 2; 12 p.m. PST

Celluloid Space: Hollywood's Cold War
The Wende Museum's latest lunchtime discussion focuses on Hollywood and the films it made during the Cold War. Tony Shaw, a history professor in the U.K., and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's chief curator, discuss communism on celluloid.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Unheard LA revisits stories from past shows as starting points for deeper listening and conversations. (KPCC/LAist)

Wednesday, Dec. 2; 6 p.m. PT

KPCC In Person: Unheard LA
KPCC/LAist's live storytelling series returns in a virtual format (revisiting stories recorded for radio broadcast). Listen to Alex Alpharaoh, Joe Limer and Cara Lopez Lee tell tales related to "home." The program is hosted by Bruce Lemon Jr. and Race In LA's Dana Amihere.
COST: Pay-what-you-can, from free to $20; MORE INFO

The Bite LA's Winter Holiday & Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl will be open select dates and times throughout December at Legg Lake in South El Monte. (Courtesy of Bite LA)

Thursday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 27

The Bite LA: Winter Holiday & Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl
Legg Lake
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
751 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte
At various times and dates throughout the month, the holiday experience offers a drive-through that includes a Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl, a *Sno-Ball* Fight (with cotton plush balls), stories and songs with Santa from the Yule Log Stage and an ugly car sweater contest for those who gussy up their ride.
COST: $38 per person (ages 5+); MORE INFO

Thursday, Dec. 3; 6 p.m. PST

What Are Today's L.A. Women Fighting For?
Zócalo wraps its When Women Vote series with NHMLA with a panel discussion that examines the challenges women in Los Angeles, particularly lower-income and Black and brown women, face such as health disparities, housing struggles and human trafficking. Panelists are California state senator Maria Elena Durazo, artist Judy Baca, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles executive director Christine Margiotta and civil rights activist Connie Rice. The event is moderated by Angel Jennings of the Los Angeles Times.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Taylor Russell is one of the actors participating in the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Table Read. (Jake Rosenberg)

Thursday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m. PST

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Table Read
Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Peña, Lou Diamond Phillips and Taylor Russell participate in table reading of selected scenes from this year's five winning scripts from the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. The award recipients and their scripts are James Acker's SadBoi, Beth Curry's Lemon, Vanar Jaddou's Goodbye, Iraq, Kate Marks' The Cow of Queens and Jane Therese's Sins of My Father. The event is hosted by Aldis Hodge and directed by Burlee and Abel Vang.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Thursday Dec. 3; 5 p.m. PST

B.Y.O.C. (Bring-Your-Own-Craft)*
Craft Contemporary hosts a virtual craft and networking night. Share your handmade holiday projects then chat and craft with an online community. Craft Contemporary will also present handmade holiday decor including popcorn garlands, clove pomander balls, yarn ornaments and paper-crafts.
COST: FREE entry; MORE INFO

Thursday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 6

Filmocracy Fest
The festival's streaming platform offers more than 20 narrative features and documentaries, 25 short films and access to Q&As, panel discussions, coffee time, happy hour and trivia challenges with prizes. Features include The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Her Name Was Jo and Things We Dare Not Do.
COST: Individual tickets start at $12, passes available; MORE INFO

Sushi Ginza Onodera in West Hollywood offers new "Mon" seasonal omakase for takeout and delivery. (Sushi Ginza Onodera)

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.

  • DTLA restaurant Poppy + Rose hands out free chicken sandwiches in exchange for clothing donations from Dec. 1 (Giving Tuesday) through Dec. 6. Owners Michael and Kwini Reed team with Brown Bag Lady to collect new or nearly-new gloves, coats and blankets. While supplies last.
  • Randy's Donuts opens a new outpost in Torrance (23330 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 1) on Tuesday, Dec. 1. All guests receive a free raised glazed donut from 6 a.m. to noon, and those who follow @randysdonuts on Instagram get a free raised glazed donut from 12 to 8 p.m. A ribbon cutting takes place at 11 a.m.
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera , which has two-Michelin stars, is offering delivery for the first time with a decadent and expanded menu. Items include a new Mon box, a seasonal sushi nigiri set with 12 and the vegetarian Original Sukeroku box. Orders can be placed via TOCK or by calling 323-433-4817 at least two hours before pickup or delivery time.
  • Salt & Straw recently opened its first scoop shop in Culver City. It's located at the the Culver Steps (9300 Culver Blvd.) and is open from noon to 11 p.m., daily.