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Awesome (Mostly) Online Events This Weekend: Jan. 8 - 10

Gallery1988 opens two shows online on Friday, including '30 Years Later: Celebrating Your Favorite Films from 1991.' (Image: Zita Walker, courtesy of Gallery1988)
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Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into an events / "nonevents" column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect. Please double check the status of events as schedules change frequently.

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View pop art inspired by films released in 1991. Listen to a livestreamed Rufus Wainwright concert. Learn about Oshogatsu foods for the Year of the Ox. Catch flicks at the drive-in or binge shows at home.

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Friday, Jan. 8; 12 p.m. PST

30 Years Later: Celebrating Your Favorite Films of 1991
The pop culture gallery opens its latest show online. It features art and prints from films such as My Own Private Idaho and Thelma and Louise. At the same time, the gallery opens Lou Pimentel: Influential Figures, curated by DKE Toys.

SMC's John Drescher Planetarium offers an online lecture about the Orion constellation and an active star formation within it. (Giuseppe Donatiello via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Friday, Jan. 8; 8 p.m. PST

Starbirth in Orion's Sword
The John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College continues its Friday night virtual show this week with senior lecturer Jim Mahon discussing an active star formation region in the sword of Orion. Preceding the lecture is the Night Sky Show at 7 p.m., which offers the latest news in astronomy and space exploration. The presentations include an audience chat and Q&A.

JANM's virtual family festival and celebration of the New Year closes with a discussion of traditional Japanese New Year's foods. (Dave Nakayama via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Friday, Jan. 8; 2 p.m. PST

Oshogatsu Foods
The Japanese American National Museum's Virtual Family Festival concludes with a session on traditional New Year foods including osechi-ryori and ozoni. After Little Tokyo businesses and restaurants share their Oshogatsu recipes, join the conversation and share your food traditions. Watch on theJANM YouTube channel.

Rufus Wainwright continues the virtual livestream tour of all his albums in chronological order this Friday with 'Release the Stars' (part 1). (Big Hassle Media)

Friday, Jan. 8; 2 p.m. PST

A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective: Release the Stars - Part 1
The singer, songwriter and composer holds a livestream concert focusing on his 2007 album Release the Stars, the first album he self-produced. The second part of the concert takes place on Jan. 15.

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Friday, Jan. 8 - Sunday, Jan. 17 (Fridays - Sundays)

New Year New Food Drive-Thru Fair Foodie Fest
Angel Stadium
2000 East Gene Autry Way, Anaheim (Orangewood / Championship Way entrance)
This food fest offers drive-up carnival games and fair food, which is available for purchase. The eats include BBQ ribs, turkey legs, kettle corn, fries, burgers, hotdogs, corndogs and all sorts of desserts. Admission is free during the day but you have to pay to get in at night. Online registration includes a free powdered sugar mini funnel cake.

The Arboretum holds an online workshop that teaches participants to create Fire Cider and Elderberry Syrup. (Andy Rogers via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Saturday, Jan. 9; 12 - 1:30 p.m. PST

Handcrafting! Fire Cider & Elderberry Syrup
Food preservationist Brie Wakeland hosts the Arboreteum's workshop on making homemade fire cider, a tonic that includes citrus, ginger, garlic, onions, elderberry syrup and apple cider vinegar. It purportedly helps fight off colds and flus. The ingredients and materials list will be sent out before the class. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours before class begins.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m.

Ammonite and Live Q&A
Writer-director Francis Lee's drama features Kate Winslet as a palentologist who embarks on a boundary-crossing love affair with a tourist's wife (Saoirse Ronan) in 1840s England. Join in a live Q&A with Winslet and Lee, moderated by Alex Cohen. A free screener of the film is included with an RSVP to the Q&A.

Karen Carson: Middle Ground GAVLAK Los Angeles presents a solo show, 'Middle Ground,' from artist Karen Carson. (Karen Carson, Untitled #20, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and GAVLAK, Los Angeles / Palm Beach.)

Saturday, Jan. 9 - Saturday, March 6

Karen Carson: Middle Ground
GAVLAK Los Angeles
1700 South Santa Fe Ave., Suite 440, downtown L.A.
View Carson's first solo show with the gallery, featuring her current bas relief works as well as her early "zipper" series, both of which use geometric configurations to explore gender, nature and the material world. View online or by appointment only.

Saturday, Jan. 9; 7 p.m. PST

The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In
Zion Lutheran Church & School
222 N. East St., Anaheim
The Frida brings the GKIDS animated fantasy adventure film to the OC. Directed by Academy Award nominee Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart, it explores secrets, mysterious tribes and wolves.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

Lowell Ryan Projects opens 'Manchas de Zapatos,' a solo show by the Cuban artist Jorge Luis Santos, pictured here in his Miami studio. (Courtesy of the artist and gallery)

Saturday, Jan. 9 - Saturday, Feb. 27

Jorge Luis Santos: Manchas de Zapatos
Lowell Ryan Projects
4851 West Adams Blvd., West Adams
View a solo show by Santos that features his most recent abstract work, including seven large canvases and paintings from the Rojo series. Santos works on multiple pieces at the same time and often treats paint as an extension of himself so it's not uncommon to find hand and shoeprints alongside the brushstrokes. There are opening day drop-by hours on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment for 30-minute slots (masks and following social distancing protocols are required).

Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights is purportedly haunted and one of the destinations on the Boyle Heights: Most Haunted walking tour. (jondoeforty1 via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Saturday, Jan. 9; 6 - 9 p.m. PST

Boyle Heights: Most Haunted
Local historian and community organizer Shmuel Gonzales (the Barrio Boychik) returns with his popular walking tour through Boyle Heights (with COVID protocols in place). Listen to ghost stories, view locations of paranormal history and learn how various cultures handle death and mourning. The tour includes Linda Vista Hospital, the Sanatorium and Orphans Home, Hollenbeck Park, Shrere Synagogue and the Japanese Hospital. People of all physical abilities are welcome to join in the 2.4-mile route.

Sunday, Jan. 10; 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

'80s Night Drive-In Movies
The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The hotel has turned its valet parking lot into a drive-in. The weekend's screenings are Pretty in Pink (1986) at 5:30 p.m. and Sixteen Candles (1983) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets come with free popcorn. A full menu and bar are also available until 9:30 p.m. All guests are required to wear masks outside of their car and follow social distancing protocols. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
COST: Tickets start at $45; MORE INFO

Sunday, Jan. 10; 4 p.m.

Improvised Tarot (Zoom Livestream)
Bring your questions and problems as a panel of comedians improvise tarot readings for a live audience. Ask specific questions about love, money, career, the pandemic or anything else. What the comics lack in skill, they make up for in humor. A professional psychic/astrologer then comes in to truly interpret the cards. If you want a reading, email your question to by 3 p.m. PST. Questions will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis within the allotted time.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

'Booked' is a new comedy series that debuted last week on YouTube. This week's episode features comedian Theo Manhattan. (Courtesy: Booked, A Comedy Series)


Booked: A Comedy Series
The stand-up comedy show is released weekly on Fridays on YouTube. Episodes were filmed last year in front of an intimate bookstore crowd. Created, produced and developed by Theo Manhattan, Granison Crawford and Sebastian Scott, last week's episode features Katrina Davis (TimeOut 2019 Comic to Watch) and this Friday's features the comedy of Manhattan (The CW/The Nerdist).

Through Monday, Jan. 18

Tom DeTrinis: Making Friends
IAMA Theatre Company extends the online run of DeTrinis' new solo show, which was recorded at the Pico Playhouse. Directed by Drew Droege and choreographed by Kathyrn Burns, the show is a "gay-tastic" list of grievances from a witty rageaholic who just wants to be your friend. In addition to the show, there are various Q&As and talkbacks available to ticketholders with DeTrinis and Droege discussing the show with Leslye Headland, Michael Urie and Byron Lane and Tom Lenk.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

TV Screening Pick

A Discovery of Witches
If you recently got caught in the swoon-worthy Bridgerton series on Netflix (we did!) -- the romantic drama set in Regency England from Shonda Rhimes -- check out the fantasy-adventure-romance of A Discovery of Witches. Its second season comes out on Saturday, Jan. 9 on AMC+, Sundance Now, and Shudder. The series focuses on American historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch who travels back to Elizabethan England with the help of a scientist (Matthew Goode), who happens to be a vampire. The series is based on a trilogy of books written by Deborah Harkness, a USC history professor, and Season 1 was a sleeper hit, so we're banking on Season 2 to offer more escapism.

Taco Vega opens on Fairfax on Friday, offering plant-based Mexican dishes. (Jim Sullivan)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Taco Vega, a fast-casual, plant-based Mexican restaurant opens for takeout and delivery on Friday, Jan. 8 at 456 N. Fairfax. Chef and owner Jared Simons (formerly Esculea and No Name) and co-owner Jared Meisler (The Friend, Bar Lubitsch), offer burritos, tacos, bowls, salads and other dishes using plant-based ingredients that are sourced locally and sustainably.
  • The Culver City Cal-Asian restaurant Piccalilli has launched a co-located pop-up concept, The Banh Mi Shop. Choose from the crispy pork belly ($15), lemongrass BBQ chicken ($14), crispy tofu ($13) and fried egg ($12) options. Also on the limited menu are a green papaya salad ($14) and brussel sprouts with Korean chili and corn nuts ($9). The menu is available for takeout and delivery (GrubHub, UberEats, Postmates) from 12 - 8 p.m. from Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • To give a boost to the food truck businesses, the site What's Up SCV has been coordinating weekly meetups. This Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. in Santa Clarita (21440 Golden Triangle Rd.), guests are invited to purchase food from the rotating weekly lineup of trucks. No outdoor dining is permitted. Masks and social distancing are required while waiting for orders.