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14 Boredom-Busting Events To Watch From Home: April 27-30

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy celebrates butterflies and Earth Month this week on its social media channels. (Irvine Ranch Conservancy)
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The COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses -- and events. As in-person concerts, talks and big gatherings are cancelled and people spend more time at home, LAist is temporarily switching our events column to a "nonevents" column to help us through this time of social distancing.

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Watch the butterflies from a distance. Check out living paintings from Pageant of the Masters on social. Listen to Tom Hardy read children's stories. Learn history through Hamilton at home. And check out the latest season of Penny Dreadful.

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Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1

Butterfly Social Media Takeover
Celebrate Earth Month by watching butterflies from Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Each day via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the Conservancy highlights three butterflies that call Orange County home.

This re-creation of Édouard Manet's 'Music in the Tuileries Gardens' was presented in the 2012 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. (Pageant of the Masters)

Through Friday, May 1

Pageant of the Masters, in which real people posing as works of art, is one of SoCal's stranger summer happenings. Since the status of the Laguna Beach event is up in the air, the Pageant is presenting a twice weekly showcase of past tableaux vivants. This social initiative (on Facebook and Instagram) offers a different take on some of the world's most famous artworks.

Through Saturday, May 2

Pasadena Restaurant Week
The 2020 edition opened yesterday with a pandemic twist. The dozens of participating restaurants, including Arroyo Chop House, Bone Kettle, Crack Shack Pasadena, Osawa Shabu Shabu & Sushi, are offering dishes to take out and eat at home. Items are changing almost daily, so check the restaurants' websites and call ahead with your order.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through May 15; 1 p.m.

YCP Live Reads
The Latino Film Institute's Youth Cinema Project's live script readings have proven so popular the series has been extended. The events feature Hollywood actors reading stories and scripts written by public school students. This week's lineup features Izabella Alvarez and Carlos Alazraqui from The Casagrandes on Monday; Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero and Izzy Diaz from Broke on Wednesday; and Danielle Vega, Alicia Sixtos, Vannessa Vazquez, Andrea Sixtos, Tracy Perez, Jorge Diaz and Gilbert Saldivar from East Los on Friday.

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Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1; 10:50 a.m. PDT

Tom Hardy Reads Bedtime Stories
The title of this event, says it all. The BBC's CBeebies channel broadcasts the actor reading children's books all week, starting with Hug Me, by Simone Ciraolo on Monday. We don't care that it's still morning here... we'll listen to Hardy read anything. If you don't get the CBeebies, you can also download Hardy's recordings on the BBC iPlayer.

Wednesday, April 29; 12 p.m. - Friday, May 1; 12 p.m.

Games Film Festival
Watch an online screening of family-friendly videos that loop on the hour in English with Spanish subtitles. Curated by artists Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer, the works from Los Angeles and Latin America tackle the theme of "play" and include lots of puppies, bouncing balls and a tropical getaway. The 18th Street Art Center then presents an accompanying Zoom conversation with the curators on Friday at 1 p.m.

Heidi Duckler Dance presents 'Illuminating the Chandelier,' a virtual version of a larger dance work, created for our time in quarantine. (Photo by Rush Varela and title by Traci Larson)

Thursday, April 30; 5 p.m.

Illuminating the Chandelier
Heidi Duckler Dance presents a shortened, site-specific, digital version of The Chandelier, a piece that was supposed to premiere at the Wallis this spring. The digital version explores the "language of intimacy" as people use tech to connect to the arts and one another. The piece will be executed by the HDD dancers in their own homes.
COST: FREE, but $15 donations suggested; MORE INFO

Thursday, April 30 - Friday, May 1; 7:30 p.m. PDT

LACO at Home
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents performances by six of its artists along with a guest appearance by Miró Quartet. The event is hosted by LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer and the program includes Schubert's Quartetsatz as well as works by Bach, Debussy and Piazzolla.

Thursday, April 30; 4 - 5 p.m.

Animezing!: Modest Heroes
This virtual screening event celebrates International Children's Day and is presented by Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy Of Japan. The short animated films from Studio Ponoc (Mary and The Witch's Flower) celebrate the heroes of everyday life. Tickets for this event are limited. Instructions on how to access the film will be sent out in an email before the screening.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

Thursday, April 30; 8:30 p.m.

Parks and Recreation
The cast of NBC's comedy returns to Pawnee, Indiana, for a one-time special benefit show all shot from their homes. Watch a reunion of the all-star cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, Retta and special guests. The half-hour scripted special raises funds for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.


Loh Down on Science: Special Pandemic Edition
The recently launched limited radio/podcast series is inspired by listener requests. The three-minute, family-friendly stories cover a range of pandemic science. The series, which launched on April 22, runs for eight weeks, offering five new pieces per week. Find the segments on PRX/Exchange, Stitcher and most other podcast platforms.


Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
The series has returned to Showtime but instead of Dorian Gray, a werewolf and Dr. Frankenstein hanging out in Victorian England, the latest installment has shifted to 1938 Los Angeles. Two detectives become embroiled in the city's socio-economics and politics, blended with Mexican-American folklore, Third Reich spies and radio evangelism. It sounds delightfully messy with lots of L.A. history. Natalie Dormer plays four roles.
COST: Subscription; MORE INFO

EduHam at Home is a free, digital education program for students and their families to explore the world of 'Hamilton.' (Courtesy of Gilder Lehrman Institute)


EdHam at Home
Want to be in the virtual room where it happens? The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) and Hamilton announced the launch of a free digital program for students and their families that allows them to explore the world of Alexander Hamilton and America's founding era. Through resources available on the site, students can create and perform a narrative through song, rap, spoken word or scene. Some of the submitted entries will be shared on the Hamilton app and social media.

'Uncut Gems' Furby via GIPHY


A24 Auctions
The film production and distribution company has launched A24 Auctions to raise funds for New Yorkers hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. People can bid on props from films such Midsommar's May Queen flower dress, Rue's hoodie from Euphoria, the Furby from Uncut Gems and the light from The Lighthouse. The auctions roll out on a weekly basis and each one benefits a different nonprofit, from health organizations and hospitals to the NYC Food Bank.