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16 Fabulous Online Events Happening This Weekend(ish)

The UCLA Film/TV Archive presents a special restoration screening of the epic film 'Sátántangó' (1994), an adaptation of László Krasznahorkai's novel. (Film still courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)
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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.

Until it's safe to go out again, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations, or to individual artists during this difficult time.

This week's online happenings include a screening of a 7.5-hour film, women-centric comedy from Flappers, stay-at-home First Fridays sessions from NHM and the Room Service Music festival.

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Friday, April 24

UCLA Film & Television Archive and Arbelos Films present a virtual screening of a new restoration of Hungarian filmmaker Bella Tarr's 1994 epic, Sátántangó. An adaptation of László Krasznahorkai's novel, the episodic black-and-white film clocks in at 7.5 hours as it follows the inhabitants of a small village in Hungary adapting to life after the fall of Communism. A portion of the screening fee supports the Archive's public programs.
COST: $11.99 - $14.99; MORE INFO

Friday, April 24 and Ongoing

Offstage / Sundays at Seven
The Los Angeles Master Chorale weekly online series launches on Friday. The shows features artistic director Grant Gershon and associate conductor Jenny Wong conducting 10-minute interviews with musicians, performing artists and Master Chorale singers. Its Sundays at Seven series (7 p.m. PST), which began last week, features a new recording of a concert from one of the chorale's previous seasons at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Friday, April 24; 7 p.m.

Flappers Comedy
Burbank comedy club Flappers hosts virtual comedy shows via Zoom. This week's women-centric lineup features Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin. Purchase tickets early; buying less than an hour to the show may delay delivery of the Zoom link.
COST: $10, RSVP required; MORE INFO

The National History Museum continues its First Fridays series this week with an online edition. (Natural History Museum)

Friday, April 24; 5 p.m.

First Fridays Connected
The NHM series returns online for April. Stream timely discussions and listen to DJ sets while making your beverage(s) of choice. The program includes: A Secrets from the Vault discussion with podcast host Alie Ward and archivist Yolanda Bustos (5 p.m., members only) followed by a discussion about crowdsourced science (6 p.m.) and a YouTube live broadcast of KCRW DJ Novena Carmel (7:30 p.m.).
COST: FREE, but reservations required; MORE INFO

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Friday, April 24; 1 p.m. P.S.T.

The Counsel
IHEARTCOMIX and Women Under The Influence present The Counsel, a new online conversation series to help creatives during quarantine. Friday's session features music video makers on "Creativity Now" including Quinn Wilson (Lizzo, Vogue); Clare Gillen (King Princess, Julia Michaels ); Maegan Houang (Charly Bliss, Mitski); Erin S. Murray (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down). RSVP for Zoom link. Check out other IHEARTCOMIX programs on Instagram Live.

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26

Room Service Music Festival
This music fest, streaming live on YouTube, raises funds for Feeding America and Sweet Relief. Watch performances across simultaneous stages from dozens of artists including Yungblud, Channel Tres, Pink Sweat$, Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Borgore, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Gallant, Griz, Mt. Joy, Trevor Daniel, RAC and Lolo Zouaï, Jeremy Zucker and Shallou.
COST: FREE, but donations encouraged; MORE INFO

Friday, April 24; 2 - 3 p.m.

Virtual Haiku Workshop
The Muck -- aka The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton -- holds a haiku workshop for families on Zoom, led by its 2020 Artist in Residence Katharine Zaun. The poems are rooted in nature and the present moment, which make them perfect to compose and read during moments of uncertainty. Zaun leads an adult class the following week, May 1.

Saturday, April 25 - Ongoing

LAMAG at Home
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) offers virtual programming that includes digital programs with artists from their exhibitions, art-making and educational activities, a series dedicated to LAMAG archives and artists' resources. On Saturday, tune into the "To View a Plastic Flower Artist Talk" at 1 p.m. on Zoom, with exhibition artists Abigail Raphael Collins, T. Kim-Trang Tran and Samira Yamin for a conversation about their works in the current exhibition. View video components of the exhibition before the talk.

Grand Park's Our L.A. Voices festival moves online this year, streaming music, readings, cooking and other demos, and kids' activities. (Javier Guillen)

Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26

Our L.A. Voices: A Pop-Up Arts+Culture Fest
Grand Park celebrates L.A.'s arts community with a free performing and visual arts exhibition featuring more than 20 L.A.-based artists on Saturday (9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.). The online event takes place with programming found on, Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Watch and listen to live music, film, poetry, cooking demos and children's activities. Featured artists and performers include Balún, Mike Sonksen (aka Mike the PoeT) and SalviSoul.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26

More than 100 podcasters are participating in both live events and pre-taped content including folks from Lore, The No Sleep Podcast, LeVar Burton, DeRay McKesson, Kara Swisher, Gimlet. All net proceeds of the event will go to GiveDirectly, a nonprofit offering cash relief to vulnerable households in areas affected by COVID-19.
COST: Pay-what-you-can; MORE INFO

The Wallis presents an afternoon of salsa dancing lessons with Debbie Allen online through her Instagram Live. (Kevin Parry)

Sunday, April 26; 1 - 2 p.m. PDT

Dance Sundays
You want fame...? Well, we can't guarantee that, but we'll bet your family will have fun with Debbie Allen as she leads a livestreaming salsa class on Instagram. Presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. No experience necessary.

Sunday, April 26; 2 - 4 p.m.

Pet Lit Storytelling Party
No, Fido and Fifi aren't telling quarantine stories. Writer and animal lover Terrie Silverman hosts a live-streamed Zoom event that features animals and their humans for a celebration of National Pet Parents Day. Participate in a virtual meet-and-greet before Silverman leads writing and storytelling exercises that explore how pets affect our lives (and vice versa).
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

Sunday, April 26; 5 p.m. PDT

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration
Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim will be feted by an amazing lineup of stars. Hosted by Raúl Esparza, the show features performers including Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Kuhn, Linda Lavin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Randy Rainbow and Lea Salonga. Watch on and's YouTube channel. The evening benefits ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty).


Museum of Neon Art Initiatives
MONA may be dark to visitors but its education initiatives continue online. Check out social media studio visits on MONA's Instagram, downloadable family guides and guided neighborhood walks, which will be refreshed and expanded over the next few months.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO


Getty Museum Challenge
If you haven't seen the response to the Getty's social media challenge yet, then search for the hashtags #betweenartandquarantine and #tussenkunstenquarataine for creative eye candy. Inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and an Instagram account Between Art and Quarantine, the Getty asked people to recreate works from their online collection with items they have around the house. The results are impressive -- and hilarious.


Live from Home
Live Nation's initiative is collecting information and posting live streams from artists around the world. This weekend, watch Cold War Kids, Grouplove and Kamauu as they stream live from their homes with music and stories. In addition, the company is raising funds for people who run lighting, sound, catering and production and are out of work right now. Live Nation has created the Crew Nation fund and is donating $5 million as well as matching dollar for dollar the next $5 million.

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