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15 Awesome Events Happening During This Week's Quarantine (May 4 - 7)

The cult comedy show 'Reno 911!' returns on the Quibi app. (Courtesy of Quibi)
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Listen to rare music from Nick Cave and Phish. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home. Get busy binge watching the Reno 911! revival, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Fest and a Paley Front Row event featuring Brockmire.

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Monday, May 4 - ongoing

Reno 911!
The cult comedy series returns for season 7 on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video app. Follow the original cast of bumbling law enforcement officers as they keep the streets of Reno safe. Three episodes will premiere on launch day with new episodes dropping weekdays on the platform.
COST: Subscription; MORE INFO

Monday, May 4; 6 p.m. - ongoing

Little Fish Theatre's Virtual Stage
With its 19th season paused, the company is creating online content. Its website features livestream readings, an original web series, classes and interviews. On Monday, Little Fish presents Days of Possibilities by Rich Orloff, an adapted play based on letters and interviews with 1960s college students about the Vietnam War. Directed by LFT Company member Holly Baker-Kreiswirth, the show's viewing link will be sent 15 minutes before the play starts.
COST: FREE with RSVP (but donation accepted); MORE INFO

The Paley Center's Front Row series kicks off on YouTube with Brockmire's Amanda Peet and Hank Azaria. (Jace Downs/IFC)

Monday, May 4; 9 a.m. PDT

Paley Front Row
This new series features stars of current shows discussing their work and sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The first episode focuses on Brockmire, an IFC series that follows a disgraced MLB announcer after an on-air meltdown. Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall interviews co-stars Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet. The recording will be available on the Paley Center's YouTube channel, ahead of the series finale, which airs May 6.

Monday, May 4 - Friday, June 26

Long Beach Opera Programs
The opera starts daily live programming of conversations, interviews and performances with its artists. The series, which runs through June, begins on Monday at 4 p.m. with Catalina Cuervo, who was scheduled to sing the role of Frida Kahlo this season. Other guests include baritone Andy Wilkowske (May 5), Suzan Hanson (May 6), and Cedric Berry and Ashley Faatoalia (May 7). The programs will be broadcast on LBO's Facebook page.

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Monday, May 4; 5 p.m.

Stay at Home Film Series: Arkansas
LACMA presents the digital premiere of Clark Duke's directorial debut, which starts Liam Hemsworth and Duke as criminals on a collision course with an Arkansas-based drug kingpin (Vince Vaughn). The program includes a post-screening conversation with Duke.
COST: FREE, but reservations required; MORE INFO

Tuesday, May 5 - Sunday, May 31

LALIFF Connect 2020
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, which was founded by actor Edward James Olmos, heads online for its 2020 edition. You'll find features, short films, episodic shows, masterclasses and live music on LALIFF's website. Featured flicks include The Last Rafter from award-winning directing duo Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega; Paper Children directed by Alexandra Codina; and This Is Cristina, directed by Gonzalo Maza.

Tuesday, May 5; 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Go Fact Yourself
Check out the first-ever video edition of the hit quiz show podcast that "makes smart celebrities look dumb....and then smart again!" Hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong invite secret experts to try to stump their virtual guests, Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and singer-songwriter-podcaster Jonathan Coulton in their self-proclaimed areas of expertise. The livestream will be available on Facebook Live, Livestream or via the KPCC website.

Tuesday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

Sure, Cinco de Mayo is a culturally dubious holiday but we'll take any excuse to eat great Mexican food. Here are a few restaurants that have put together take-home celebrations.

  • Broken Spanish in DTLA is offering its B.S. Taqueria Taco Night featuring faves like carne asada, mushroom + garlic, carnitas, chorizo + papas, and cauliflower al pastor (vegan).
  • Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks just reopened for takeout and is offering an $80 Quarantine Taco Kit that includes a tray of crisp tacos, a pint of rice and beans, and a half-gallon of Classic Margaritas. Feeds 4-6. Guests can order online or call the restaurant (818-788-4868).
  • SOL Mexican Cocina in Playa Vista has a $65 Cinco De Mayo Pack that includes guac, a TJ Caesar salad with chicken, six street tacos and a pitcher of house margaritas. Feeds 3-5.
  • Tallula's in Santa Monica has special Cinco de Mayo packages including a $25 Virtual Happy Hour Pack (two margaritas, guacamole, chips & salsa) and a 4-person Party Pack for $160 (a bottle of margaritas, Caesar salad, nachos, six chicken enchiladas, pints of organic red rice and pinto beans, and churros). Available for curbside pickup or delivery. Pre-order by calling 310-526-0027 or e-mailing.
  • Manuela in the Arts District pours an extra large version of its Nightshade cocktail, made with tequila, tomato, bell pepper and lemon, for $24. Serves 2-3.
Watch the best of Mexican wrestling, comedy and burlesque from Lucha va Voom's Cinco de Mayan shows over the past few years. (Lucha va Voom)

Tuesday, May 5; 5 p.m.

Cinco de Mayan Streaming Party
Watch an hour-long edition of Lucha va Voom's (LVV) variety show on YouTube, featuring Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, comedy and music. The streaming event features the best moments from LVV's Cinco de Mayan shows in L.A. over the years. For a little warm-up, check out a live dance party from 4 - 5 pm PDT on @luchavavoom's Instagram featuring a DJ set from DJ Garron Gash and LVV's go-go dancers Miss Rita and Moana Santana.


Dinner and a Movie with Phish
Each week, the jam band presents a concert film of a past show along with recipes you might want to cook while enjoying the music. Each event benefits a different nonprofit. Recent shows include Phish's Oct. 28, 2016 gig show in Las Vegas, which benefitted Frontline Foods, and a three-set show from Magnaball in New York, which benefitted Hunger Free America.
COST: FREE; donations accepted; MORE INFO

Wednesday, May 6; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

No-Panic Guide Live: Social Contracts
KPCC's In-Person events are going virtual. And this program focuses on ways to navigate social contracts when roommates and families are sheltering at home together -- which can lead to tension. Need advice on how to draw up boundaries and navigate these social contracts with your close personals? Learn and ask questions of journalist Ariel Zirulnick, restorative engagement therapist Lance Tango, and family law mediator Bill Ferguson about cohabitating in a pandemic.

Helder Guimarães stars in the Geffen Stayhouse production of 'The Present.' (Jeff Lorch)

Thursday, May 7 - Sunday, July 5

The Present
The Geffen Playhouse presents the world premiere of the live, virtual and interactive production, written and performed by illusionist Helder Guimarães. Directed by Academy Award nominee Frank Marshall, the play marks the first full-length effort from the Geffen's Stayhouse Initiative. The story is inspired by Guimarães' experience with quarantine during childhood and features mind-bending tricks to help guide and illuminate the story. Only 25 participants allowed in each show, which takes place via a secure online platform.
COST: $60 - $75; MORE INFO

Thursday, May 7; 4 p.m. PDT

Virtual Gala
Get gussied up or stay in your sweatpants as the American Youth Symphony presents a Virtual Gala on its website and Facebook and YouTube channels. Watch music performances, including music director Carlos Izcaray leading a virtual orchestra of 24 AYS musicians, playing remotely, for a world premiere performance of his new work, Geometric Unity. (The piece was written under quarantine in 10 days.) Other performers and presenters include Maxine Banks, who will give a cooking demonstration, and comic-magician Matt Marcy. A silent auction to raise funds for the symphony runs May 3-9.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO


Film Independent Coffee Talks
Film Independent's sneak previews, live roundtables and Q&As are open to members only but the organization is offering the post-event videos online to everyone. Recent discussions and Q&As have featured filmmakers Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse), Damien Chazelle (The Eddy), Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), writer Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and actors Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector), Rob Morgan (Stranger Things), Yolonda Ross (The Chi), Jordana Spiro (Ozark) and Andre Royo (The Wire).


Bad Seed TeeVee
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds recently launched a 24-hour stream of music, promotional material, rare footage, interviews and unseen material from the band's archives.