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Fabulous In-Person And Online Events This Weekend: July 10-12

Gallery1988 opens a dual exhibition from artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. (Image: Courtesy of Gallery1988)
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Get your pop art fix. Catch Atom Egoyan's latest movie, a thriller. Attend a virtual ball with the LGBTQ+ community. Learn how to dance in the Bollywood tradition. Listen to John Sayles read from his new book. Indulge in one of the burger's many variations.

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Friday, July 10 - Saturday, Aug. 1

Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo: BFFs
Gallery1988 presents a dual artist exhibition with Whalen and Perillo taking on the theme, "best friends." The print sets go on sale Friday at noon at Pins and stickers will also be available to purchase.
COST: FREE exhibition; MORE INFO

Opening Friday, July 10

Guest of Honour
Atom Egoyan's thriller opens virtually in select cinemas with ticket purchases supporting art house theaters while they're closed. Follow the drama and secrets between Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira) as they unwind their complicated histories.

Friday, July 10; 10:30 p.m.

Your Late Night Show Tonight
Drew Droege (Bob's Burgers, Search Party) hosts the local, late-night talk show on The Pack Theater's Twitch Channel. Each month features a new host who puts their spin on the format. This week's guest is writer-comic Fortune Feimster, who released her Netflix special, Sweet & Salty.
COST: Pay What You Can, donate via Venmo at @pack-theater;MORE INFO

Opening Friday, July 10

IFC Midnight releases this horror film from writer and director Natalie Erika James. Her feature debut takes on the haunted-house tale, focusing on an elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) who vanishes then reappears without explanation. Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote star as her daughter and granddaughter, who deal not only with Edna's dementia, but maybe a more sinister force.

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Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12; 7 p.m.

Andrew McMahon Drive-in Concert
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E Katella Ave., Anaheim
The OC-based singer-songwriter is performing three drive-in shows this weekend to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his band, Jack's Mannequin, and their debut release Everything in Transit. McMahon plays the album in its entirety and adds songs from start to finish, plus other songs from Wilderness and Something Corporate. This is an all-ages show. Passengers in the car must match the number of seatbelts in the vehicle. Read the social-distancing guidelines that will be in effect during the show.
COST: $200-$350 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, July 10; 5 - 7 p.m. PDT

King of Arms Art Ball 6
Rashaad Newsome Studio holds the first virtual edition of this event, which brings together the LGBTQ+ ballroom community and the worlds of art, fashion, music, literature and activism. Hosted by Jack Mizrahii with music by MikeQ and commentators Juss Precious and Kevin Jz, the ball will be streamed live on YouTube.

Friday, July 10; 4 p.m. PDT

Jackrabbit Homesteading in the Mojave
The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park presents a virtual lecture with Julia Sizek, a PhD candidate in anthropology at UC Berkeley. In her presentation, Sizek examines Wonder Valley, in the Morongo Basin, home to small tract cabins. In 1938, Congress gave away five-acre parcels for new vacation homes but the reality never quite lived up to the potential. These now dilapidated 12x16 cabins are "ruin porn -- combining the affective pulls of a yesteryear and today's love of tiny homes with the dilapidation of pastel colors, clean lines and hantavirus."
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Dance Downtown moves online this season and starts with Bollywood dance lessons with Achinta S. McDaniel. (The Music Center Los Angeles)

Fridays, July 10 - Sept. 4; 7 - 8 p.m.

Digital Dance DTLA
The Music Center's popular summer dance series returns online this season. Dance aficionados can enjoy free lessons from top LA dance instructors. The season kicks off this week with a focus on Bollywood, followed by hip hop, line dance, cumbia, K-pop, salsa, Motown, Argentine Tango and Samba. Stream the dance lesson on the Music Center's site or on its YouTube channel. Closed captioning will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County moves its 7th annual summer series online this year. (Natural History Museum)

Friday, July 10; 6 - 8 p.m.

Summer Nights at Home
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) presents the 7th annual summer series -- this time streaming into your home. On Friday, craft a botanical cocktail (with a recipe provided) then join in a live discussion with museum staff about the growing fruits and vegetables at home. Enjoy tunes spun by Suga Shay at 7 p.m. via YouTube Live.

Sunday, July 12; 5 p.m PDT

AC Summer Book Club
The American Cinematheque presents an online discussion with writer-director John Sayles, who reads from his new novel, Yellow Earth. In the book, all hell breaks loose when oil is discovered in a small town. RSVP to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. The link will be sent on Sunday.

Corey Helford Gallery opens an exhibition featuring the work of Hikari Shimoda, including 'Everything That Exists in This Universe #2.' (Courtesy of CHG and the artist)

Saturday, July 11; 4 - 6 p.m. PDT

Corey Helford Gallery Virtual Exhibition Openings
The Boyle Heights gallery opens three shows this weekend on Instagram Live (@coreyhelfordgallery), giving fans a tour of each one with guest appearances from artists. The event begins at 4 p.m. with jewelry designer ONCH, who curated the group show Sweet 16. It's followed by a walk-through with sculpture artist Tina Yu for her solo show, A Journey, and ends with Japanese painter Hikari Shimoda's main gallery show, Silence and Affirmation from 5 to 6 p.m. To request an advance online preview, email
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Saturday, July 11; 4 p.m.

Picture This!
The livestreaming comedy show returns with a packed lineup of animators and comics, including Aparna Nancherla, Pendelton Ward, Naomi Ekperigin, Mike L. Mayfield, Myq Kaplan, Victoria Montes, Ian Fidance, Sapphire Sandalo and Mike Hollingsworth. The show is hosted by Brandie Posey. Proceeds from the show go to the performers, the online venue and to The Okra Project! This show is 18+.

Saturday, July 11 - Sunday, July 12

The two-day multigenre cinematic music fest takes place on Twitch and YouTube Livestream. Headliners include Anabel Englund, Autograf, Goldfish, Loud Luxury, SNBRN, Sofi Tukker, The Knocks and Vintage Culture. Some artists will perform via Wave, a mixed reality virtual concert tool that transforms artists in real-time onto a virtual stage. All donations will go to artists as well as charity partners To Write Love on Her Arms and MusiCares and music industry relief impacted by COVID-19.
COST: FREE with suggested donation of $20 for the two days; MORE INFO

Saturday, July 11; 7 p.m. PST

Say Their Names: A Virtual Variety Show
This Queenfest show doubles as a benefit for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which advocates on behalf of Black trans people. Performances include stand-up comedy by Sierra Katow and Kari Assad; songs by Briana Brooks, Pander Sera, Nicole Rene and Bo$$ Lady; drag performances by Foxie Adjuia, Essence Monroe, La'Don Amour, Die Anna, Calypso Jete and Bettie Jayne; acting by Tamara Perry, Nefe Iredia and Jude Salazar. Watch on YouTube.
COST: FREE, Venmo Donations Encouraged @Queenfest_LA; MORE INFO

There's a pet 'pup-up' on Sunday at the East L.A. YMCA with free food and service giveaways. (Shelby H. via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Sunday, July 12; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Pet Pantry and Wellness Pup-Up
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
2900 Whittier Blvd., Boyle Heights
Pet parents in the East L.A. / Boyle Heights area who are stuggling to make ends meet for themselves and their fur babies during the pandemic, can access free pet resources on Sunday. The Michelson Found Animals Foundation teams up with the office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and the local YMCA for veterinary services, microchipping, grooming and pet food giveaways.

Sundays through Aug. 2

A Gentle Drive-Thru
The Gentle Barn
9225 Sierra Hwy., Agua Dulce
The Gentle Barn has served as a sanctuary for abused and neglected animals and children for the past two decades. It recently reopened for limited operations with a new immersive, drive-through experience. Guests can see the animals under treatment including horses, pigs, sheep and newly rescued cows. Tickets must be reserved online in advance.
COST: $28 per person, two person minimum. Vegan lunch included and provided to your car; MORE INFO

Celebrate the burger and all its variations during burger week in Orange and Los Angeles counties. (Courtesy of Burger Week)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here's an option as we work our way back toward normal.

Orange and Los Angeles counties team up for the first time for SoCal Burger Week, July 12 - 18. Restaurants throughout SoCal will be able to indulge in the classic and the creative, with beef, turkey, chicken and plant-based options. Find out which restaurants are participating at

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