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Awesome Events Happening Online And IRL This Week: Oct. 12 - 15

The city council voted in 2017 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day, honoring Native Americans on the second Monday of October. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sit in on discussions about art, music, theater and monuments. Hear Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talking about his new book. Eat dishes created from heritage pigs. Soak in mid-century modern design. Watch world premieres of films at AFI Fest. Check out the art in Chinatown windows. And finally, don't forget to check out our Ways To Celebrate Halloween In SoCal In The Middle Of A Pandemic.

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Monday, Oct. 12; 4 p.m.

Future Ancestral Monuments
Various locations
The Goethe-Institut teams with the Monument Lab collective for Shaping the Past, a project that rethinks monuments, public spaces and our relationships to them. There are three open-air discussions that address the ways indigenous frameworks can help address the lack of visibility of native/indigenous peoples in communities. On Monday (Indigenous People's Day) at 6 p.m. in Grand Park, artists Cindi Alvitre and Guadalupe Rosales share their vision for new forms of memorialization and monument-making from trees, digital altars and living archives. There are additional events on Tuesday in Macarthur Park (Civic Displace) and virtually on Wednesday (Unmonumenting, Science and Strategy).
COST: FREE, but registration required; MORE INFO

Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Marcus J. Moore and Greg Carr take part in a panel discussion about CAAM's latest exhibition. (Courtesy of CAAM)

Monday, Oct. 12; 5 - 6:30 p.m.

In Conversation: Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Marcus J. Moore, and Greg Carr
The California African American Museum presents an online panel in conjunction with its new exhibition, "Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth," which includes profiles of Kendrick Lamar, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane. To discuss the exhibition, CAAM brings together jazz musicians Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin with music journalist Marcus J. Moore for a discussion moderated by Howard University professor Grag Carr. RSVP for Zoom instructions.

Ballet Hispanico performs 'Tiburones,' choreographed by Annabelle Lopez. (Paula Lobo)

Monday, Oct. 12; 7:30 p.m.

Inside Look: Ballet Hispánico at 50
The Music Center partners with Ballet Hispánico to premiere a program on its Offstage Digital Platform for Latinx Heritage Month. Watch performance excerpts from the company's repertory including Línea Recta and Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales and Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz. The videos include interviews with company members and commentary on choreography and the history of Latin American dance, music and culture. There's also a bonus merengue dance lesson.

Sarah Drew in the L.A. Theatre Works production of 'Boy' by Anna Ziegler, which was performed at the James Bridges Theatre at UCLA in 2016. (Matt Petit)

Tuesday, Oct. 13; 5 p.m. PDT

Stars in the House: L.A Theatre Works
Since the beginning of the pandemic, SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, have produced a daily livestreamed series to support The Actors Fund. For this edition, the show spotlights regional theater productions from L.A. Theatre Works. Guests Seamus Dever (Castle), Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason, The Americans) and Charlayne Woodard (Pose; playwright/performer: Pretty Fire, Neat, The Night Watcher) discuss their work.

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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco has two virtual events this week, chatting with Norah Jones and Nick Offerman about his new book. (Sammy Tweedy)

Tuesday, Oct 13 - Wednesday, Oct 14

Jeff Tweedy's Virtual Book Tour
Wilco's singer-songwriter holds two events this week, both discussing his new book, HOW TO WRITE ONE SONG: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back. He's joined by fellow musician Norah Jones on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and actor-author-woodworker Nick Offerman on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Expect a discussion about creativity and a couple of songs. Tickets for both events include a signed copy of Tweedy's book.

Tuesday, Oct. 13; 6 p.m.

Eating In Front Of The TV with Laraine Newman & Emily Fleming
Groundlings and SNL alumna Laraine Newman (Coneheads) and actress-writer Emily Fleming (Veep) love watching TV. In fact, they love it so much that they want to share the love. Their new show is a fun hour of talk about TV and eating food in front of the small screen.

Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Saturday, Oct. 17

The pork-centric culinary event takes place in L.A., highlighting the cuisine of local chefs and butchers including Travis Strickland (Baltaire), Chris Flint and Teresa Cabansag (Gwen), Michael Puglisi (Electric City Butcher) and Ben Diaz (The Culver Hotel). They'll create a carryout dinner for one or two with wine and spirit pairings and hold a Zoom event with guests. One of the nights is a chef collaboration dinner featuring Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections), Minh Phan (Porridge & Puffs), Keegan Fong (Woon Kitchen) and Roselma Samala (Genever Bar) who will each create one course of the meal. This year, 80% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the participating restaurants. COST: $115 per person or $200 for two; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Oct 13; 4 p.m. PDT

The Hen House at Home Fall Book Tour
Red Hen Press' Tuesday series continues with Reema Rajbanshi, Lara Ehrlich and Tracy Daugherty talking about the art of the short story or novella. They'll read passages and discuss the craft of writing on Facebook. You can also tune in on YouTube page or

Wednesday, Oct. 14; 9 p.m.

KCET's arts and culture returns with its 11th season. Earlier episodes focused on the Watts Towers and West Coast jazz. This week's episode centers on the 2019 Department of Cultural Affairs' city-wide public art triennial around the topic of food. Artists created works to spark discussion on food deserts and how to create a sustainable and hopeful future. The episode screens at 8 p.m. on Friday on KOCE (PBSSoCal). It can also be seen on KCET's website.

Wednesday, Oct. 14; 2 p.m. PDT

Artist Conversation: Rina Banerjee and Alison Saar
To kick off the fall season and the start the group show 45 at 45, L.A. Louver presents an online discussion with artists Banerjee and Saar. They'll discuss their works, which examine themes of gender, cultural identity and materiality. The artists will do a live Q&A with the audience following the conversation.

Performance artist Gabrielle Civil continues her discussion series with Black radical creatives. The next installment will be released on (Ally Almore)

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Gabrielle Civil: Black Motion Pictures
The performance artist has organized a series of Zoom events in which she interviews Black radical creatives about race, performance and representation. The interviews were conducted in June and will be streamed through On Wednesday, REDCAT releases a conversation between Civil and artist/designer Kelly Walters of Bright Polka Dot studios.

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Saturday, Oct. 31

Modernism Week Fall Preview
Palm Springs' annual event dedicated to modern architecture and mid-century design moves online for a fall preview. Watch online tours and programs including the Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series, Charles Phoenix PALM SPRINGSLAND and The Best of Mod with a Twist. Streaming begins Oct. 15 at noon. Once purchased, programs will be accessible for online viewing for 30 days.
COST: FREE - $35 per program; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Sunday, Oct. 18

Rare Books L.A. Virtual Book Fair
Attend sessions and panel discussions about books bound in human skin, culinary books, science and medicine. Drop in for a virtual happy hour, chat with other book lovers or shop at a book fair, which features more than 100 specialists in all types of tomes.

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, 'The Reagans' is a four-part Showtime series on the rise and reign of power couple President Ronald and Nancy Reagan. (Courtesy of The Ronald Reagan Library)

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Thursday, Oct. 22

AFI Fest
The fully virtual film festival has a lineup of 124 titles, more than half of which were directed by women. More than a third of the films were directed by BIPOC filmmakers. It opens with the world premiere of the Amazon original, I'm Your Woman. Starring Rachel Brosnahan and directed by Julia Hart, the 1970s-set crime drama follows a woman who is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners. The fest closes with Errol Morris' My Psychedelic Love Story, a re-examination of Timothy Leary's life, LSD and exile.
COST: Passes start at $100, $15 for individual screenings; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 15; 6:30 p.m.

¡Viva La Tradición! - Viva La Mujer
In 2019, Colibrí Entertainment brought together two SoCal female mariachi groups, Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles and Las Colibrí, at the Ford Amphitheatre. The night was a spectacular celebration of women and traditional Mexican music. The Ford's digital series presents a screening of the performances from the archives. Tune in via Facebook to watch.

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Sunday, Nov. 15

Womxn in Windows 2020
Windows along Chung King Road, downtown L.A
The second annual exhibition of videos by womxn artists features the work of Christine Yuan, Everlane Moraes, Ja'tovia Gary, Kilo Kish, Kya Lou, Remie Akl, Rikkí Wright and Sylvie Weber in more than 12 windows around Chinatown. The art is on view 24 hours a day. Guests tune in to the audio of each film via a QR code on the window. There is a live opening event on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. with 30-minute slots for groups of up to 10 people to book a walking tour with a guide. All guests must RSVP in advance and maintain social distancing protocols.

Available Thursday, Oct. 15

Secret Story Tour
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
The historic pier has teamed with game design duo The Wild Optimists to develop an immersive digital quest. The family-friendly tour takes users back in time to learn stories from the landmark's 110-year history. Guests solve a total of 12 puzzles on their quest, each revealing a fun fact or untold tale. The tour is available to purchase from the App Store and Google Play Store and can only be experienced while visiting the Pier. COST: $19.99; MORE INFO

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.

  • Mora Rooftop at Comoncy brings the Encino-based Mora Italiano's cuisine to Beverly Grove. The new restaurant recently opened for dinner, offering candlelit tables and 30 seats. The restaurant features dishes by Mora's executive chef Mindy Oh.
  • On Oct. 15 and 16, the Resy Drive-Thru presents a 10-course tasting menu from some of L.A.'s best chefs, enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your car. Participating chefs/restaurants include Keith Corbin (Alta Adams); Curtis Stone (Gwen); Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Jon & Vinny's); Akira Akuto, Nick Montgomery and Jen Yee (Konbi); Chad Valencia (Lasa); Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group); Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market); Mei Lin (Nightshade); Nyesha Arrington and Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith (Trap Kitchen). Expect surprises through the night.
  • California bistro Porta Via, with locations in Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades, recently opened its latest location -- at The Commons at Calabasas. Classic items include huevos rancheros, Grand Marnier french toast, organic kale and quinoa salad, grilled ora king salmon and grilled skirt steak.
  • Eagle Rock Brewery and Norwalk Brew House teamed up with L.A. hip-hop artist 2Mex to release Love Fights Back, a collaborative beer with proceeds benefitting the L.A.-based nonprofit Urban Peace Institute. Love Fights Back is a guava/mango blonde ale accented with citrus zest. It will be available later this month.