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15 Awesome Events To Help Pass The (Pandemic) Time

The Other Places Art Fair opens an online L.A.edition this week, keeping its mission of bringing together emerging artists and art fans. (Karlos Marquez)
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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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Available Monday, April 20

Reefer Madness / Drug Stories
The Alamo Drafthouse's virtual cinema series celebrates 4/20 by making two drug-themed films available online. The classic 1936 propaganda film Reefer Madness is a histrionic laugher that shows how one toke can ruin lives. Drug Stories is a collection of classroom scare films, designed to keep kids away from drugs through bizarre re-enactments and anti-drug messaging. The film rental includes vintage commercials.
COST: $4.20 per film; MORE INFO

Monday, April 20; 6 - 8 p.m.

4/20 Edition of @ComedyQuarantine
Teresa Lee and Barbara Gray host 20 comics performing for four minutes each on Instagram Live to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Comics include Chris Charpentier, Christine Medrano, Jamie Lofton, Kat Toledo, Nick Rutherford and Nori Reed.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

The latest Hammer Forum breaks down and examines the government's $2 trillion relief package. (Courtesy of the Hammer Museum)

Tuesday, April 21; 5 p.m. PDT

Can $2 Trillion Prevent Another Great Depression?
This online Hammer Forum examines the $2 trillion bipartisan relief bill designed to protect people and businesses from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, the panel discusses what the bill is designed to do, whether it goes far enough and what else the government should do to stave off an economic depression. Panelists are: Amanda Fischer, polcy director, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs; and Mike Konczal, director of Progressive Thought, Roosevelt Institute
Cost: Free with RSVP; MORE INFO

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Wednesday, April 22 and ongoing

Magic Hour
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board launches a new virtual series that celebrates L.A. Check out interactive experiences with artists, musicians, chefs, mixologists, photographers and performers on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom. The first event, on Wednesday at 5 p.m., focuses on film location scouting via Google Earth with Tristan Daoussis.

Wednesday, April 22; 4 - 5 p.m.

Unwind Live: Lulu Miller and Erica Williams Simon
Listen to Invisibilia cofounder and NPR science reporter Lulu Miller and author/entrepreneur Erica Williams Simon (former head of Creator's Lab at Snapchat) discuss writing, public media and how they're keeping busy at home.
COST: FREE; watch live on LAist!

Steve Turner gallery opens the online exhibition Earth Day 2020, featuring work by Hannah Epstein, Kate Klingbeil and Camilo Restrepo. (Hannah Epstein. Cry Me a Glacier, 2019)

Wednesday, April 22 - Friday, May 15

Earth Day 2020
Steve Turner gallery presents an online exhibition featuring the work of artists Hannah Epstein, Kate Klingbeil and Camilo Restrepo who have created powerful works that address the fragile state of our planet. The opening on April 22 marks 50 years since the first Earth Day.

Launches Wednesday, April 22

The Other Art Fair: Online Studios
The curated fair, which allows art lovers to discover and buy art directly from emerging artists, is shifting to online studios for this year's edition. More than 100 international artists will show their works online for the L.A. show, including hometown artists Lorenzo Diggins Jr., Karlos Marquez and Mallory Morrison.

LACMA presents a virual multimedia presentation of Julia Christensen's project 'Upgrade Available,' just in time for Earth Day. (Courtesy of the artist and LACMA)

Wednesday, April 22; 4 p.m. PDT

Upgrade Available: Live and Illustrated
On Earth Day, LACMA hosts a virtual presentation of artist Julia Christensen's latest project, Upgrade Available. She'll be in conversation with artist and curator Aria Dean and LACMA archivist Jessica Gambling. The event will be illustrated with images, videos and writings from the project and book of the same name, exploring how "upgrade culture" impacts our experience of time.

Wednesday, April 22; 5:30 p.m. PDT

Making Art with John Baldessari
The iconic artist passed away on Jan. 2 To honor his life and career, Artillery magazine and Mixografia present a virtual roundtable of friends, collaborators and peers. Ezrha Jean Black leads the discussion of Baldessari's impact as the father of conceptual art.

Wednesday, April 22; 5 p.m. PDT

Whiskey Sour Happy Hour
The Bluegrass Situation and its co-founder, actor Ed Helms (The Office), launch a new online variety show to benefit MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund andDirect Relief. Helms hosts a mix of music, comedy and interviews each Wednesday until May 13. The inaugural edition features music from Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Strings and Madison Cunningham along with surprise guests. Find the show on, YouTube andFacebook.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Wednesday, April 22 - Monday, April 27

EarthxFilm Festival
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the film fest screens 36 features and shorts along with panels, music, dance and XR programming online. Film titles include Brett Falentine's Fire On The Hill: The Cowboys Of South Central L.A.; Alexander John Glustrom's Mossville: When Great Trees Fall; David Byars' Public Trust and Deia Schlosberg's The Story Of Plastic.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

RoxRite is a B-boy from Guadalajara, Mexico, now based in California, who'll teach a virtual dance class on breaking. (Dmitriy Tibekin / Red Bull Content Pool)

Thursday, April 23; 6 p.m. PDT

RoxRite & BBoy Factory's Virtual Breakdancing Class
Dance your stresses away by taking part in the Zoom dance session led by L.A.'s legendary B-boy RoxRite. He's raising money to support Denver's BBoy Factory Studio. The breakdancing class will last 90 minutes and will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A. Email for Zoom link details.
COST: $15 suggested donation; MORE INFO

Thursday, April 23; 8 p.m.

Vodka After Dark Virtual Cocktail Series
Luke Barr, vodka master mixologist, has teamed up with a number of guests for a weekly Thursday livecast that raises funds for and restaurant industry pros who have been impacted by COVID-19 quarantine. The online events include cocktails and interactive conversations. Gofundme donations will be matched up to $10,000 weekly by Neft Vodka.

Mickey's Deli in Hermosa Beach is honoring first responders with free sandwiches and the community $5 regular Mickey's combos during quarantine. (Mickey's Deli )


Mickey's Deli Specials
Mickey's Deli -- 101 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach
The longtime Hermosa Beach deli offers free sandwiches to first responders and frontline medical professionals. To give back to the rest of the community, Mickey's is offering customers $5 regular size Mickey's Combos. The specials are valid throughout the quarantine.
COST: Free - $5; MORE INFO

Sofar Sounds
The event brings people together in small, unexpected venues to listen to on-the-cusp artists moves to an online listening room. The virtual gatherings will support artists who are facing financial hardship during. This week's performers include Flyte (London), Brooke Annibale (Boston), Jordan Hawkins (L.A.) and Kathleen (L.A.). 100% of the money donated will be distributed to artists.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO