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Pandemic-Proof Events For Aug. 21 - 23

Gabba Gallery presents 'Remix: The Art of Music,' a virtual group art show featuring dozens of artists creating music-inspired works. ("Material Girl" by Jules Muck)
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Check out a mini-golf course with queer vibes. Head to the desert for an Alejandro Jodorowsky double-bill. Watch a special Alvin Ailey dance program online. Get married at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Catch flicks at the American Black Film Festival online or Method Fest. Peruse the works at a music-themed group art show.

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Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 30

American Black Film Festival Goes Virtual
The 24th edition of the ABFF, which takes place online this year, opens with the HBO Short Film Competition and continues with narrative features, documentaries, international features and web series. Noncompetitive categories highlight emerging filmmakers and pride films. Spotlight screenings include Son of the South, directed by Barry Alexander Brown, and Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, directed by Muta'Ali Muhammad. There's ample time for networking, conversations and panels. This year, the fest will bestow the first John Singleton Award for Best First Feature for a director.
COST: Registration for the free community pass or Industry pass opens Friday, Aug. 21; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 21; 7 p.m. PDT

The Legends of Motown
This comedy slam stars Rudy Moreno, Carlos Oscar, Willie Brown and Woody, Vicky Love as Aretha Franklin, Jammin Jay Lamont and Sherwin Arie with spoken word by Alexander James and jazz by Mark Allen Felton. Hosted by Rev Monty B Sharpton (TBNs Comedy Specials). This is a Facebook Live Event and you must have access to a Facebook account to view the show on a private group page. The show streams through Friday, Aug. 28.
COST: $10 per Facebook account; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 30

The Method Fest Independent Film Festival
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks.
Showcasing the art and craft of acting for film, this festival runs over two consecutive weekends. The schedule includes 26 independent and foreign language features as well as one studio classic, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, which will be screened at a drive-in atop Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks.
COST: $20 - $295; MORE INFO

The Chance Theater in Anaheim holds a series of cyber chats discussing theater productions and the shared experiences of performance. (© 2020 Disney )

Friday, Aug. 21; 8 p.m. PDT

Chance Cyber Chat Series
The Chance Theatre hosts a live discussion on the artistry and themes of Hamilton (available to watch on Disney+). Join the Zoom to meet and chat with Chance artists, fellow theater lovers and Hamilton fans. Host Casey Long is joined by Jisel Soleil Ayon, Miguel Cardenas, Monika Peña, Andrew Puente, Zoe-Raven Wianecki and Linn Tang.

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Friday, Aug. 21 - Saturday, Aug. 22; 8 p.m.

Alejandro Jodorowsky 2-Night Drive-In Double-Feature
Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground
2601 Sunfair Rd., Joshua Tree
The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana presents two nights of Jodorowsky double features in the desert. The screenings celebrate the 4K restorations of the selected films as part of a new boxed set by ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. The director's 2019 documentary, Psychomagic, A Healing Art, is paired with The Holy Mountain (1973) on Friday night and El Topo (1970) on Saturday night.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 21; 12 p.m.

Under the Hood series
The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has developed a five-part YouTube video series to watch from home. Under the Hood airs every Friday and allows visitors to examine the engines of the French automobiles in the museum's collection. This week highlights the 1931 Bugatti Type 50S.

Friday, Aug. 21

Burning Bright
Kino Lorber opens three new French festival favorites in virtual Laemmle L.A. cinemas. This weekend, watch The Bare Necessity, a romantic comedy with Fanny Ardant; Burning Ghost, which won the Prix Jean Vigo; and Wonders in the Suburbs, which marks the directorial debut of French actress Jeanne Balibar.
COST: $8 each film; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 21

NFMLA Panels
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) present two discussions. At 3 p.m., Eve Honthaner, deputy director of the California Film Commission moderates Filming Around the State of California. At 5 p.m., Jazz Tangcay, artisans editor at Variety moderates Back to Production: A Talk With the Producers. A third panel, Scripted Series Development with Freeform & Dinh Thai, rounds out the evening at 7:15 p.m.
COST: $10 each panel; MORE INFO

There are four new solo exhibitions premiering online at the Corey Helford Gallery on Saturday. (Okuda San Miguel's 'Love in Pandemia')

Saturday, Aug. 22; 2 - 4 p.m. PDT

Corey Helford Gallery Shows
The Boyle Heights gallery hosts a virtual opening on Instagram Live for several shows including The New Digital Love from Spanish painter and sculptor Okuda San Miguel, Birds of Paradise from Australian pop surrealist Marie Larkin, A Rebrousse-Poil from U.K.-based painter Bruno Pontiroli and Through A Glass Darkly from Ontario, Canada-based surrealist painter Troy Brooks. The artists will also drop into the event during the afternoon. Works will remain on view through Aug. 26.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Elopement Pop Up
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
4949 York Blvd., Highland Park
If you and your significant other have been waiting to say "I do" through the pandemic, the Short + Sweet production team hosts a day of two-hour weddings (or renewal of vows) at the theater. Each couple can have up to four guests at the wedding which can also be livestreamed to 100 devices. Each ceremony takes about 20 minutes, with time for cake and champagne, photos and certificate signing. There are only four slots available because of rigorous cleaning practices in between each ceremony.

Saturday, Aug. 22; 2 - 7 p.m.

Wonder Holes: Queer Art Mini Golf LA
4356 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Queers are hitting the clubs on Saturday -- the (mini)golf clubs. There's a socially distanced mini-golf course in Akbar's parking lot with the theme, LA Queer Vibes. This is a socially distanced, hand-sanitized, mask-enforced, open-air artsy experience with timed entry. Each ticket is good for four people (who you should already be hanging with in close proximity). Your group shouldn't cross paths with other groups and masks are required the entire time. Tickets raise money for Gender Justice LA.
COST: $40 (for four); MORE INFO

Aug. 22, 23, 29 and 30; 8 - 10 a.m.

Randy's Donuts + Masked Singer FREE Donut Giveaway
Randy's Donuts
805 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
LA's famous donut purveyor collaboratees with FOX TV show, The Masked Singer, this weekend and next for a free donut giveaway that celebrates the show's Emmy nominations. Taking place at the Inglewood location only, the first 100 customers between 8-10AM will receive a free glazed donut. Randy's iconic 32-ft. rooftop donut also receives a Masked Singer costume makeover during the run.

Watch a special program on Alvin Ailey's iconic "Revelations," featuring special guests and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. (Paul Kolnik)

Sunday, Aug. 23; 2 - 3 p.m.

INSIDE LOOK: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Get a closer look into "Revelations," an iconic work from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This special Music Center virtual presentation features an introduction by associate artistic director Matthew Rushing followed by a performance of the piece along with with "I Been 'Buked," "Wade in the Water" and the finale, "Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham." Dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin breaks down the moves, giving viewers a chance to learn the modern dance choreography. The event streams for free through Sept. 30.

Matinee idol Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), circa 1923. (General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Sunday, Aug. 23; 2 - 4 p.m. PDT

Rudolph Valentino A 125-Year Celebration
The "Latin Lover" of the silent film era was an Italian actor who led a fascinating, albeit short, life. Historian Donna Hill discusses Valentino using rare photos from a newly expanded edition of her book, Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol, which will be available through the Hollywood Heritage Museum Store. Sunday marks the 125th anniversary of his passing.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

Sunday, Aug. 23; 10 p.m. PDT

The Vow
A nine-part documentary on controversial self-improvement group NXIVM -- some call it a cult -- begins on Sunday. Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the show takes a deep look into the lives of the participants as they search for meaning and why the group's top members had criminal charges brought against them.
COST: Varies (subscription); MORE INFO

Dancers and musicians wear traditional masks in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. November 1972. (STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

Sunday, Aug. 23; 11 a.m.

Nigeria | Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks
LA Commons holds a series of events, presentations and workshops leading up to the annual Festival of the Mask later this month. (It's traditionally held in Leimert Park.) On Sunday, there's an online Diaspora Dialogues session with musicians Jimetta Rose and Adunni (Orobiyi Motunrayo Abiodun) from Adunni & Nefertiti, livestreaming from Lagos, Nigeria.

Sunday, Aug. 23; 3p.m. PDT

Puttin' on the Ritz: Harlem Renaissance Fashion
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles presents a virtual conversation with cultural and fashion historians Camara Holloway and Elizabeth Way, discussing Harlem's cutting-edge style during the Jazz Age. The event examines what people wore during the Harlem Renaissance -- from flapper dresses to Zoot suits -- and its influence on fashion. Nonmembers need to set up a free login on Agile ticketing when the ticket is purchased as the program will be streamed on the secure Agile platform.
COST: $10 - $14; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Sept. 20

Remix: The Art of Music
Gabba Gallery's annual music-themed art show opens at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 online. Dozens of artists, including Olga Ponomarenko, Christina Ramos, RISK and Shepard Fairey, are participating. View imagined album covers, portraits of rock idols or paintings inspired by classic songs. The purchase of works benefits Adopt the Arts, an L.A.-based arts education nonprofit.

Through Monday, Aug. 31

Up All Night
ArtCenter presents a series of street-facing window exhibitions in downtown L.A. and Pasadena. Video installations "Face Time," "Dream Time" and "Great Writers/Orators/Artists: A Typographic Narrative" are best viewed at night from outside ArtCenter DTLA (114 W. 4th St., downtown L.A.), Mullin Gallery (1111 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena) and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (950 S Raymond Ave.). The works are by a mix of well-known artists and students.

An assortment of dishes at Sky's Tacos. (Courtesy of Sky's Tacos)

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.

  • Sky's Gourmet Tacos, founded by Barbara "Sky" Burrell in 1992, opens its first downtown L.A. location on Friday. To celebrate, the new outpost is offering its taco Tuesday special from Friday through Tuesday. That's $2 tacos (chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, carnitas or potato and cheese) available via several delivery platforms. You'll find the DTLA location at 358 West 38th St., inside the DTLA Cloud Kitchen.
  • Sushi TAMA opens at 116. N. Robertson Blvd., helmed by chef Hideyuki Yoshimoto (who spent more than 10 years at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo). The restaurant currently offers outdoor dining on its patio and sidewalk. For takeout, Tama offers a temaki kit for DIY assembly and an accessible omakase ($45).
  • Longtime WeHo hangout The Abbey has introduced a new outdoor dining experience, aptly named "Abbey Road." Located in the adjacent alley, the cafe offers familiar menu items and tons of cocktails, mocktails, beers and wines.
  • After temporarily shuttering in March for the pandemic, Pink's Hot Dogs reopened last week. New cleaning and safety measures are in place, and only three customers are permitted inside at a time. The hours are currently 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • At the Hotel Figueroa's Mexico City-inspired outdoor eatery, Veranda Al Fresco, chef Adrian Garcia has created a new dessert menu that includes housemade frozen paletas in various flavors: cucumber-lime ($3), hibiscus and basil ($3) and a boozy tamarind-mango-tequila option that's sprinkled with Tajin ($4).
  • The Santa Monica Proper hotel debuts a new outdoor dining space: Olea Garden. Al fresco dining is available on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring a California-inspired sushi and sake dinner menu. Brunch is available on Saturdays.
  • After five months, La Casita Mexicana, a staple of Southeast L.A. for 25 years, has reopened. Not sure what to get? Erick Galindo has a few suggestions and an interview with chefs and owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu.