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The Best Online And IRL Events This Week: Aug. 17 - 20

Hong Khaou's 'Monsoon,' starring Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers, is one of Outfest 2020's Centerpiece films. (Courtesy of Outfest)
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NHMLA launches the online exhibition of 'Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women,' with images, text and ephemera on women's history. (Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.)

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.

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Mystery Science Theater riffs on a Vincent Price camp classic. Outfest 2020 launches streaming and drive-in screenings. Various events celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A documentary examines how a coup in Iran changed history. The cast of The Little Hours does a Q&A after a drive-in screening.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 (opening)

Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for WomenThe Natural History Museum launches its digital exhibition that celebrates the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which gave the women the right to vote in 1920. The online component features photos, protest ephemera, narratives and video interviews for an oral stories compendium. The digital assets are part of a larger physical exhibition that will hopefully be mounted in its entirety at NHM in the fall.

Tuesday, Aug. 18; 4 p.m.

Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)The L.A. Opera continues its LAO at Home series with a "vacation edition" of opera happy hour. Music lovers can join vocalist and pianist Jeremy Frank as he leads a virtual journey to some of opera's most gorgeous locations.

Tuesday, Aug. 18; 5 p.m. PDT

The Mads: The Tingler Join Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff ("The Mads" from Mystery Science Theater 3000) for a live-riff screening of The Tingler. The 1959 film was directed by William Castle and stars Vincent Price as a doctor who discovers a parasite that grows on people's features.

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Tuesday, Aug. 18; 7 p.m. PDT

The World According to Jeff Goldblum Watch a virtual Q&A with actor and musician Jeff Goldblum moderated by actor, director and writer Illeana Douglas. Goldblum will chat about his National Geographic show of the same name, streaming on Disney+. The conversation premieres exclusively on the American Cinematheque's YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Your Girl and Mine: The Women's Right to VoteIn 1914, after more than 65 years of protest, American women still lacked the complete right to vote. Ruth Hanna McCormick and the National American Woman Suffrage Association produced the now lost feature Your Girl and Mine to convince Congress to pass full voting rights for women. While the film didn't win the hearts and minds of American politicians, it helped build momentum for the cause. At this Hollywood Heritage Museum online event, archivist Mary Mallory explores the importance of this work.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 12 p.m. PDT

Art Past Present with Enrique Martínez Celaya
The Wende Museum presents a Zoom discussion with Martínez Celaya, a professor of humanities and art at USC, shares ideas about how we confront the past in order to give meaning to the present. He'll be joined online by artist and writer Farrah Karapetian as well as the museum's chief curator, Joes Segal.

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Wednesday, Aug. 19; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

A Celebration of The New Homemade Kitchen
Nonprofit organization Food Forward partners with the Institute of Domestic Technology for a special event celebrating the posthumous release of Joseph Shuldiner's book, The New Homemade Kitchen: 250 Recipes and Ideas for Reinventing the Art of Preserving, Canning, Fermenting, Dehydrating, and More. Shuldiner was a culinary innovator and the IDT's founding director. The lunchtime discussion features Institute faculty members Kevin West, Daniel Kent, Hana van der Steur and Yoko Maeda Lamn in conversation with Food Forward's founder, Rick Nahmias.

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 6 p.m. PDT

Coup 53 UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Farhang Foundation present a special screening of Taghi Amirani's groundbreaking 2019 documentary, which focuses on the event of August 1953, when Iran's democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown in a coup and replaced by the shah. Ticket purchase includes an exclusive Q&A with actor Ralph Fiennes and filmmakers Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch. The film streams online and viewers have 24 hours to watch it.

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Wednesday, Aug. 19; 6:45 p.m. (Doors)

ArcLight at the Drive-In: The Little HoursVineland Drive-In443 Vineland Ave., City of IndustryHit the road for a screening of Jeff Baena's comedy about medieval nuns, priests and the temptations of the flesh. There will be a live Q&A with director Baena and stars Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Fred Armisen. All attendees will get free water, free kombucha and a free caramel corn. Advance tickets only.
COST: $55 per car; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 20; 5 p.m.

Unsettling Ramona Salon SeriesHeidi Duckler Dance continues its series of virtual programs spotlighting the histories and experiences of Native Americans in California. Based on Ramona, an 1884 novel about a Scottish-Native American orphan, these salons focus on Native perspectives to "unsettle" a story that helped the visibility for Native rights campaign but also romanticized California's colonial history. This week, the salon presents Unsettling Self with filmmaker Robert I. Mesa, actor Duane Minard and artistic director of The Autry's Native Voices program, DeLanna Studi. The final salon takes place on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. PDT.

Hong Khaou's 'Monsoon,' starring Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers, is one of Outfest 2020's Centerpiece films. (Courtesy of Outfest)

Thursday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 30

2020 OutfestFor the first time, L.A.'s LGBTQ film festival screens more than 160 films from around the world via streaming and drive-in options. The digital portion of the festival will be powered by Vimeo while the drive-in experience takes place at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Centerpiece films include The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson (dir. Ali LeRoi), Shiva Baby (dir. Emma Seligman), Monsoon (dir. Hong Khaou) and Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (dir. Posy Dixon).

Thursday, Aug. 20; 5 - 6 p.m.

The Shout Out ShowAisha Alfa, Sophia Zolan and Wynter Spears lead an hour of positive vibes, giving props to people, places and things they are loving right now. The show happens every Thursday on YouTube and on Dynasty Typewriter's website.

Slater's 50/50 offers its signature Pork-a-Palooza bacon flight, along with a number of specials for Bacon Lover's Day. (Courtesy of Slater's 50/50)

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.

  • On Thursday, Aug. 20 (National Bacon Lover's Day), the Pasadena outpost of Slater's 50/50 serves up a free order of Bacon Fat Popcorn with any purchase. Plus, you can $5 bacon Bloody Marys and $5 bacon Old Fashioneds all day.
  • A new pizza option recently opened in WeHo. Lucca Pizza is a to-go only wood-fired pizza and wine shop. Offering Roman and Neapolitan style pizza, it's open Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. Pick-up takes place at its sister restaurant, Norah (8279 Santa Monica Blvd.).
  • Also in West Hollywood, Las Palmas (the newly opened, Tulum-inspired rooftop pop-up from E.P. & L.P.) has launched a weekend brunch service focused on foods from the Yucatan peninsula. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m., available for parties of four or six.
  • Bayside in Newport Beach recently started the Barclay Jazz Lunch on Saturdays. Dine outside on the patio and listen to jazz. Prices run $90 to $135 for a three-course meal. Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch, and the music starts at noon.
  • With locations all over SoCal, Urban Plates offers a $10 everyday menu with seven dishes to choose from such as moroccan chicken braise, chimichurri chicken plate, urban grilled chicken salad, curry tofu and vegetable braise and the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich.