Awesome Events Happening (Mostly Online) This Weekend: Dec. 4 - 6

Dolly Parton at a press conference at the InterContinental Sydney on November 10, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Brendon Thorne/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 went 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.


Help Dolly Parton ring in the holidays. Chow down on a Foo Fighters taco. Create art alongside Kid Koala. Eat dinner (virtually) with the cast of Selena. Watch arthouse flicks at a Hollywood drive-in. Join comedian Jen Kirkman's dysfunctional Christmas. Explore the life of musical prodigy Ike White. Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Friday, Dec. 4; 6 p.m. PST

Dolly Parton & Friends Holiday Special
Pandora presents a virtual event with Parton, gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard and country musicians Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce. Expect holiday tunes and traditions. Tune in 15 minutes early (5:45 p.m. PST) for pre-show trivia, chats with other fans and a virtual photo booth.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Friday, Dec. 4 - Saturday, Dec. 5

DocuSlate 2020
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds a virtual edition of its annual documentary film fest. Powered by Seed&Spark, the weekend's events include feature and short film screenings, filmmaker Q&As and industry panels. Friday night's feature is Wild Honey, the debut from Ava Porter and Farhad Akhmetov who examine ethnic groups across Russia and the traditional music that unites them. The weekend ends with a collection of documentary films that use animation, mixed media and experimental techniques to tell their stories.
COST: $10 - $35; MORE INFO

Comedian, author and podcaster Jen Krikman hosts her Dysfunctional Xmas Show this weekend. (Nick Larson)

Friday, Dec. 4; 6 p.m. PST

The 9th Annual Jen Kirkman Dysfunctional Xmas Show
Comedian Kirkman and surprise guests put on a virtual variety show with comedy, stories, sketches and music to unite fans and haters of the holidays. The show's streamed live from Kirkman's living room via On Location Live.
COST: Tickets start at $21; MORE INFO

Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19; 7 p.m. PST

The Groundlings Holiday Show: Online Edition
Members of the comedy troupe bring their annual holiday show to audiences at home. Expect a mix of original sketches and live, interactive improv. Directed by Groundlings' Leonard Robinson (Insecure), the cast includes Robinson, Lauren Burns, Michael Churven, Samantha DeSurra, Chris Eckert, Ryan Gaul, Kiel Kennedy and Ariane Price.
COST: Tickets start at $20; MORE INFO

Friday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. PST

The New Bauhaus Screening and Q&A
LACMA screens a documentary from director Alysa Nahmias about the Bauhaus masters, including László Moholy-Nagy, who found refuge in the United States after the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Moholy-Nagy came to Chicago and started the influential midcentury school of design, the New Bauhaus. The documentary includes original interviews and archival footage. It's followed by a conversation with Nahmias. Screens on Vimeo.
COST: FREE, but RSVP recommended; MORE INFO

Friday, Dec. 4; 7 p.m. PST

Dan Guerrero Happy Hour with guest Lucie Arnaz
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes' virtual programs continue with a happy hour conversation between Guerrero and singer, dancer and actress Arnaz. She'll share stories about her career, her father (Desi Arnaz) and his Cuban roots and her mom, Lucille Ball. Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Cinelounge Drive-In sets up in the middle of Hollywood, offering indie and arthouse fare nightly. (Cinelounge)

Friday, Dec. 4

Arena Cinelounge Drive-In
1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood
The movie series returns to its home behind the Egyptian Theater, taking over a parking lot to screen art house and indie films seven days a week. Tickets are now on sale for films including Wander with Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones; The Stand In with Drew Barrymore; an HD restoration of the 2002 film The Weather Underground; Archenemy from director Adam Egypt Mortimer; and Breach with Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane. Tickets and concessions are only available with advance purchase.
COST: Movies start at $40 per car; MORE INFO

A still image from an animated scene in 'Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane Macgowan. (The Gift Film Ltd. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Friday, Dec. 4

Crock of Gold
Julien Temple's documentary takes an in-depth look into the life of Shane Macgowan, the hard living singer-songwriter for the Pogues. Macgowan and the band are best known for combining traditional Irish music and punk rock. The documentary features new and archival footage from the band and MacGowan's family as well as animation from illustrator Ralph Steadman, leading to a celebration of the musician's 60th birthday. The film is being released virtually on Friday.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

A man poses in front of the Albi exhibition center in France on December 1, 2018, where the second Ugly Sweater World Championships was held. (ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, Dec. 4; 6 - 9 p.m. PST

Emo Nite: Holiday Big Show Live Stream
Join Emo Nite as they celebrate the holidays with music, guests, sweater contests, baking contests, drink specials, a photobooth and Santa.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

Friday, Dec. 4

The Changin' Times of Ike White
Another music documentary opens on Friday, this time focusing on the story of Ike White, a musical prodigy who was serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s. His talent and notoriety captured media attention and he was able to record an album inside prison with producer Jerry Goldstein. Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early release from prison, and White seemed to be on the verge of stardom. But Daniel Vernon's film follows White's unpredictable journey.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Friday, Dec. 4; 6 p.m. PST

AP Comedy: Class Is Back In Session!
Watch a virtual Zoom screening of a student sketch show by USC's Asian Pacific Cinema Association. The pre-recorded sketches highlight Asian American stories and missing voices in comedy.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Barbara Morrison sings a musical tribute to the iconic jazz and blues singers who came before her, including Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. (Courtesy of The Wallis)

Saturday, Dec. 5; 8 p.m. PST

Barbara Morrison: Standing On Their Shoulders
The Wallis' Sorting Room Sessions returns with an on-demand concert by the jazz great. Morrison presents a musical tribute to the legendary jazz and blues vocalists who came before her including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Ticket holders can stream the concert for 24 hours starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Kid Koala's Music To Draw To on Saturday, Dec. 5. (AJ Korkidakis)

Saturday, Dec. 5; 3 p.m. PST

Kid Koala Music To Draw To
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Montreal-based DJ and animator Eric San in an online event focused on building community and fostering creativity. Come together for an hour to draw, sculpt, paint, knit, code and write while Kid Koala provides wintry soundscapes and meditative vocal journeys.
COST: FREE but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Heidi Duckler Dance artists Rebekah Denegal, Raymond Ejiofor and William Jay YIvisaker can be seen in a virtual presentation of 'The RE-QUEST.' (Rush Varela)

Saturday, Dec. 5 - Sunday, Dec. 6; 6 p.m.

The RE-QUEST
Heidi Duckler Dance presents a two-day virtual screening experience that invites audiences to rediscover L.A. through sound, movement and a live conversation with the artists. The two nights tell the story of the troupe's project in October, which premiered 10 works in 10 locations. The RE-QUEST features footage from seven live performances that took place in Baldwin Hills, Montecito Heights, Boyle Heights, the Fashion District, Studio City, Culver City, and Watts, and two short films shot in Koreatown and the Arts District. Different excerpts will be screened each night.
COST: $5 - $120; MORE INFO

Saturday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. PST

Safe Place for Youth Virtual 5K
Run a virtual 5K wherever you are on Saturday morning. Tune into a virtual stretch session at 10 a.m. and then take off for 3.1 miles for a good cause. The race raises funds for Safe Place for Youth, a nonprofit that works with at-risk or unhoused/homeless youth.
COST: $25 - $50; MORE INFO

Watch an online tribute of the work of animator and filmmaker Glen Keane. (Courtesy American Cinematheque)

Saturday, Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m. PST

Glen Keane Tribute
This American Cinematheque fetes the animation veteran who created many beloved Disney characters such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beast, Tarzan and Rapunzel. After nearly 40 years with Disney, Keane left in 2012 to create his own production company. He won an Oscar for the animated film Dear Basketball, collaborating with legends Kobe Bryant and John Williams. Most recently, he directed Netflix's Over the Moon. Keane joins in a virtual conversation with fellow filmmaker Sergio Pablos.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Saturday, Dec. 5; 2 p.m. PST

Food & Wine Classic at Home
Celebrate the holiday season with Food & Wine's Justin Chapple who hosts cooking demonstrations by chefs Kwame Onwuachi, Brooke Williamson and Douglass Williams; wine pairings with wine experts Ray Isle of Food & Wine and Leslie Sbrocco; and special appearances by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Linda & Drew Scott, Alexander Smalls and Marissa Mullen.
COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

Saturday, Dec. 5; 6:30 p.m.

Selena + Socalo Dinner Event
The L.A. Times' Dinner Series brings together stars from Netflix's Selena: The Series for a Tex-Mex inspired dinner from chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Socalo, Border Grill). Listen to conversations with the chefs, Selena creator Moises Zamora, actors Christian Serratos, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez. It's hosted by L.A. Times writer Yvonne Villarreal. The meals need to be picked up before the event at Socalo (1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica).
COST: $95 (two-ticket minimum; MORE INFO

The National Gallery of Art presents a lecture by film director, writer and producer Julie Dash. (Geechee LLC)

Sunday, Dec. 6; 2 p.m.

Julie Dash and the L.A. Rebellion: Architects of the Impossible
Filmmaker Julie Dash discusses her early life in NYC, the movement of young Black filmmakers who attended UCLA from the late 1960s to the late '80s and how art and politics intersect in her work. Dash's 1991 feature,  Daughters of the Dust, a fictionalized retelling of her father's Gullah family roots, became the first full-length film directed by an African American woman to receive general theatrical release in the U.S.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

A pilgrim carries a statuette of the Virgin of Guadalupe on his back during the annual celebrations at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, on December 12, 2019. (CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Sunday, Dec. 6; 2 - 4 p.m. PST

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe)
Forest Lawn hosts a virtual celebration of the Mexican Catholic feast day, ushering in the 2020 winter holiday season. The bilingual observance, which honors the patron saint of the Americas, brings the pageantry directly to viewers' homes. The event includes a bilingual religious service, music by Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana and a Ballet Folklorico Internacional performance. The event will stream live on Forest Lawn's Facebook page.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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Sunday, Dec. 6; 1 p.m. PST

André Gregory: This Is Not My Memoir
The Library Foundation's ALOUD series presents theater director, writer and actor Gregory talking about his life with longtime collaborator Wallace Shawn. The conversation will be held via Zoom; the link will be emailed after registration. Purchases of This Is Not My Memoir through ALOUD benefit the Los Angeles Public Library.
COST: FREE - $32; MORE INFO

Ongoing

The Last Waltz
The Morrison Hotel Gallery presents an online photo retrospective of The Band's Last Waltz concert in 1976. View images featuring Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young and members of The Band.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Christy Vega, owner of the 64-year-old LA dining institution, teams up with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters to create a limited-edition taco. (Dave Schwep)

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.

  • Casa Vega partners with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to create a limited-edition takeout taco. Inspired by Grohl's passion for barbecue, the Foo Fighters taco ($7) features smoked brisket in a Mexican spice rub and sauce, topped with slaw, pickled onions and cilantro then served on a homemade flour tortilla. Profits from each taco will be donated to No Us Without You, which provides food security for undocumented back-of-house restaurant staff and their families.
  • Angelini Osteria provides a few takeout options for the COVID age. In addition to daily dining items, the restaurant offers Celebration Pods, which are individually packaged three-course meals for socially distanced and contact-free special occasions.
  • Chef Jordan Kahn of Vespertine continues to rotate monthly, themed take-out menus. Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 20, the restaurant is paying homage to Kahn's past pastry work at Chicago's Alinea. He'll recreate dishes from the restaurant's inaugural year. The menu — $95 - $115 per person with a two guest minimum — will be available for pick-up only at Vespertine. Guests can place orders via Tock.
  • Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A. partners with bakeshop Flouring LA for a holiday pop-up this month. Starting Saturday, Dec. 5, and then weekly on Dec. 12 and 19, Chef Heather Wong's dessert boxes are available for pre-order and pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. The eight-pieces boxes ($44) include gingerbread cake bars, peppermint meringue topped brownies, cinna-sugar donuts and Belgian sea salt chocolate chip cookies.
  • Little Dom's Booze and Meatball cart will be out and about this weekend serving up beer, wine, cocktail jars, meatballs and pastries. On Saturday, find the cart outside of Dekor Warehouse in Frogtown (3005 Gilroy St. 90039) from 12 - 4 p.m. and on Sunday, also from 12 - 4 p.m. in front of Dekor Shop on Glendale (3191 Glendale Blvd.).