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13 Virtual (Non)Events Happening This Weekend: April 17-19

An apple pie. (Hugo Aitken/Unsplash)
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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 switching our events column to a "nonevents" column to help us through this time of social distancing.

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KCRW's annual pie contest moves online. Enjoy local music at Couch LA, classical music from the Verdi Chorus and mega-hits from superstars at the One World: Together At Home fundraiser. The TCM Classic Film Festival screens a marathon of great titles and Giant Robot opens its latest art show via Instagram Live.

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Through Friday, April 17

KCRW's Good Food Instagram Pie Pageant 2020
Friday is the last day to enter KCRW's virtual pie contest. To compete, entrants must create an Instagram post with three photos (an overhead beauty shot of the pie; a shot of the contestant with the created pie and a shot of the pie in action before, during or after the making). Accompanying the photos should be your personal pie story in the caption. Tag @KCRW and use the hashtag #KCRWpie. KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman will judge the entries in two categories: Best Looking Pie and Best Pie Story. The winners will be announced on Sunday, April 19.

Through Sunday, April 19

TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition
This marathon celebrates the last 10 years of TCM's great festival, which usually happens in Hollywood. The home edition features movies and festival moments from past years. The lineup includes A Hard Day's Night (1964), with an intro from Alec Baldwin and Don Was at the 2014 festival and a Q&A with Eve Marie Saint before a screening of North by Northwest (1959) at the 2013 fest. The virtual shindig closes out with Victor/Victoria (1982) at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Check out exclusive content and interact with hosts and special guests on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
COST: TCM subscription/access; MORE INFO

Comedian (and Seattle Sounders owner) Drew Carey on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

April 17; 2:30 p.m.

Unwind Live with Drew Carey

Tune in as our public radio pal Rico Gagliano checks in with comedian Drew Carey to see how he's coping and what surprising activities are keeping him busy around the house.
COST: Free; watch live on LAist!

April 17 - 19; 3 - 11 p.m.

Couch LA
The livestream local music festival airs on the Badass Bands YouTube page with a combo of live and pre-recorded performances. The lineup includes Jeff Miller (Black Crystal Wolf Kids), Jessi Williams and Coyote, Austin Antoine, Bertrand Vellky, the Gooms, Lauren Ruth Ward and the Zmed Brothers. Funds raised will be split 50/50 between artists and local venue GoFundMe pages (going toward the staff of the Satellite and the Hi Hat).
COST: $10 donation; MORE INFO

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Amber Rollo resurrects her livestreamed comedy show for the COVID-19 era. (Phil Provencio)

April 17; 6 p.m.

Can I Live?
Watch the relaunch of Amber Rollo's weekly livestreaming comedy show live from New York. The comedian, actor and writer teams up with fellow comedians for a night of stand-up on Zoom. The lineup features Remy Kassimir, Gabe Pacheco, Chris Calogero and J-L Cauvin. Once you purchase a ticket, you will receive a Zoom link to join.

April 17

YCP Live Reads
At 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in April, the Latino Film Institute live streams script reading sessions from its Youth Cinema Project. Talented folks from shows such as Narcos Mexico, Queen of the South, Gentefied, Vida, The Sinner, Los Espookys and One Day at a Time read stories created by participants from the various California school districts. Find the readings on the YCP website.

April 18; 11 a.m.

One World: Together At Home
Welcome to Live Aid for the COVID-19 era. Coordinated by Global Citizen with Lady Gaga, comedians, actors and musicians perform (from home) to show support for frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization. Participants include Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Juanes, Sofi Tucker, Jessie J, Hozier, Stevie Wonder, Awkwafina and dozens of others. The show is being broadcast on major networks and streaming services beginning at 11 a.m. PDT.

April 18; 7:30 p.m.

The Verdi Chorus
The Verdi Chorus holds its first online concert, streaming its spring 2018 program The Force of Destiny. This is the only choral group in Southern California that focuses primarily on music for opera choruses, and the concert features selections from three Verdi works (La forza del destino, Nabucco and the opening party scene of La Traviata) as well as Strauss' Die Fledermaus. The concert will be shown on the Verdi Chorus website and will then be available on Facebook for 48 hours.

April 18

Doggo - A Dog Themed Art Show
Giant Robot opens an art show focusing our four-legged friends and fur babies. Curated by Cassia Lupo it features more than two dozen artists including Allison Bamcat, Angela Song, Deth P. Sun, Felix Galvan and Nikki Lukas Longfish. The opening happens on Instagram Live on Saturday at noon PDT. The works will be on view through May 15.

April 19

Slow Down Sundays / #QuestosWreckaStow
Questlove has been easing audiences into a new week with his "Slow Down Sundays" extended sets streamed on several different channels including Twitch, YouTube, Periscope, Instagram and Twitter. The sets are chill, the mixes are hot and Questlove tells stories between tunes. He's also raising funds for NYC's Food Hub. If you haven't heard his recent Bill Withers tribute, do yourself a favor and press play now.

April 19; 7 p.m.

King Trivia Live!
The trivia company moves its games from bars and restaurants to live streaming on Twitch They run trivia nights on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. PDT with contests and raffle prizes available each night.


Free HBO
Because we all need more screen time, HBO has made several of its titles available without subscription. The network is offering unlimited access to 500 hours of programming through HBO Now and HBO Go. Catch up on documentaries, movies and series such as Barry, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, Silicon Valley, Six Feet Under, Succession and The Wire.

The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball: Safer at Home Edition
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles celebrated its 32nd annual nonevent for bookworms on March 1. With all of us under #stayhome orders, it's the perfect time to read a great book. Share what you're reading and offer recommendations on social by using the #StayHomeandRead hashtag.

Docs from IDFA
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has made more than 800 films from its extensive collection available online, either for free or for a nominal amount. The free titles include Ukrainian Sheriffs, a "tragicomic portrait" of two sheriffs in a remote Ukrainian village, and Slaves, an animated documentary about two former child slaves kidnapped by the Sudanese military. Not all titles are available to stream worldwide.