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Awesome IRL And Online Events Happening This Week: Aug. 31 - Sep. 3

Latino Theater Company streams an archival recording of fully-staged production of 'La Olla' starring Sal Lopez (above). (Grettel Cortes)
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Watch a horror film on a Hollywood rooftop or a doc about four transgender activists. Take a forest bath under the light of the full moon. Get ready for dining deals because it's restaurant week in Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Catch a video presentation of La Olla. Attend Cineconine. Listen in on an Academy discussion about diversity and roadblocks in the film industry.

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Monday, Aug. 31; 9 a.m. PDT

One Day I Saw
Watch the premiere of Brett Snodgrass' animated film, One Day I Saw, a movement of Michael Gordon's hour-long piece on history, home and homelessness, Anonymous Man. Scored for 24 unaccompanied voices, Anonymous Man expands on Gordon's layering approach to composition. The film, which was conceived by Donald Nally, leader of The Crossing choir, goes live on The Crossing's Facebook page, website and YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Thursday, Sept. 10

La Olla
The Latino Theater Company streams an archival video presentation of the 2016 production of La Olla by Evelina Fernández. Set in a shady nightclub in L.A. in the 1950s, a bit player finds a pot full of cash. Adapted from ancient Roman comedy The Pot of Gold by Titus Maccius Plautus, the play explores greed and family. A follow-up conversation with the artists will take place online on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. and will also remain on demand for 10 days.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

I Hate New York
Gustavo Sánchez's documentary about four transgender activists gets its North American digital release. The director followed Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar and T De Long for a decade, capturing Manhattan's changing East Village. He focused on the underground scene that emerged in the late 1980s and began fading after 9/11.

Fritzi Coop at The Original Farmers Market is just one of the hundreds of eateries participating in dine L.A. Restaurant Week. (Courtesy The Original Farmers Market)

Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Friday, Sept. 18

dineL.A. Restaurant Week(s)
L.A.'s restaurant week expands to more than two weeks, allowing customers to partake in lunch and dinner menus at nearly 300 restaurants. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the listings now feature take-out and delivery options. Take a break from cooking and help support L.A.'s struggling restaurant community. (And don't forget to tip well!)
COST: $15 - $65+; MORE INFO

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Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Wednesday, Sept. 30

Newport Beach Restaurant Month: Eat. Drink. Win.
Not to be outdone by dine L.A., Newport Beach's restaurants are taking part in a month-long event. Download a digital Dine Pass that lists all participating restaurants with options for al fresco and takeout/delivery. Check in at locations to unlock special offers and receive chances to win prizes and weekly vacations. (Guests win by earning "check-ins" at various eateries.)

Wednesday, Sept. 2; 8 p.m.

Murder In The Woods
Cinelounge Rooftop at The Montalban
1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood
Luis Iga Garz's film is a Latino-driven take on horror flicks, with a group of friends heading to an isolated cabin in the woods. What could possibly go wrong? Members of the cast and crew will be on hand to introduce the movie, which screens on the roof. There's a full bar but physical distancing guidelines will be in place. The venue requires a three-story walk up to the roof. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
COST: $30 (includes unlimited popcorn); MORE INFO

Wednesday, Sept. 2; 7 p.m. PDT

Likes by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
Chevalier Books hosts a Zoom book event with National Book Award finalist Bynum. The nine stories in Likes explore the contradictions of today's world through Waldorf school fairs, aging indie film stars and Instagram posts from 12-year-olds. She'll chat with fellow author Aimee Bender.

The full moon during the penumbral lunar eclipse is seen in Kathmandu on January 11, 2020. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, Sept. 2; 6 - 8 p.m.

Full Moon Forest Bathing
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia
Watch the sunset while meditating and, depending on the clouds, maybe you'll see the full moon rising. Masks and six-foot distancing will be required at all times. Advanced online registration is required.

Wednesday, Sept. 2; 6 p.m. PDT

In Conversation with Avery Trufelman
L.A.-based Brightphare, a creative community-building platform, holds a virtual salon with podcaster Avery Trufelman, formerly of 99% Invisible. She just launched the first episode of her new weekly podcast, The Cut, which focuses on finding optimism in 2020. The conversation will offer a behind-the-scenes look of The Cut and and Trufelman's career. This event will be capped at 35 seats so RSVP for a spot in the Zoom room.

Performance Spotlight Para O Samba Me Leva from Viver Brasil on Vimeo.

Thursday, Aug. 3; 6:30 p.m.

From the Ford: Viver Brasil
The Ford recently announced a virtual digital season showcasing the work of the diverse artists they serve. On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., watch performances from The Ford's back catalog of archival video, all streaming on Facebook Premiere. This week, watch the contemporary dance theater and music ensemble Viver Brasil presenting,"Agô Ayó/Spirits Rising," which includes samba, folkloric dancers inspired by the Orixás, the choreography of Afro-Brazilian parading organizations and a piece that explores the African Diaspora and mixed-race ancestry.

Thursday, Sept. 3; 5 p.m. PDT

Academy Dialogues: "Owning Our Stories"
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launches a new series of virtual panels as part of its equity and inclusion initiative, Academy Aperture 2025. This week, Bird Runningwater, director of the Indigenous Program at the Sundance Institute, moderates a conversation with writers Misan Sagay (Belle) and Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon) and filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell). They'll factors that have prevented authentic stories from being told, either at the studios or at production companies. Available on YouTube beginning on Thursday.

Thursday, Sept. 3; 3 p.m. PDT

The Cost of Inequality
Of all the G7 nations, the United States has the highest income inequality, with the wealth gap between rich and poor families more than doubling from 1989 to 2016. The Library Foundation's ALOUD series presents a conversation between writer, UC Berkeley professor and political commentator Robert Reich and activist and community organizer Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. They'll discuss the current imbalance and ways to create a more equitable democracy.

Thursday, Sept. 3; 6 p.m. PDT

An Evening with Jon Meacham
Live Talks L.A. hosts a virtual event with Meacham who discusses his book, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer offers an intimate portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, who passed away last month. Watch on the Live Talks Los Angeles' YouTube channel or Facebook page.
COST: Free - $37 (includes book); MORE INFO

Thursday, Sept. 3 - Saturday, Sept. 5

Cinecon Classic Film Festival presents a virtual edition in lieu of its annual festival. In addition to silent and sound features and shorts, expect surprise presentations. It opens on Thursday with Trailers of Lost Silent Films: Lorraine of the Lions (1925) and The Fourth Commandment (1927). Screenings take place on the Cinecon website.
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Sept. 6

Dances with Films
The indie film fest, whose name riffs on Sundance and Slamdance, presents a virtual version of its festival. All screenings are live (so be on time) and all first-run films will have a live Q&A after their screening. You can catch screens dozens narrative features, shorts, documentaries and kid flicks.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

The Albright offers Roll Boxes of seafood rolls. (Courtesy of The Albright)

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.

  • On Sep. 1, the Albright on the Santa Monica Pier begins offering Roll Boxes filled with seafood rolls. Select from lobster, crab and shrimp rolls served with housemade potato chips doused in Old Bay Seasoning. The boxes are available for delivery via the Albright's app as well as most third-party delivery apps.
  • On Monday, Aug. 31, Eataly celebrates its 10th anniversary in the U.S. as its stores team up virtually to create the the longest sfoglia (pasta sheet) in the world. Starting at 9 a.m., pasta makers from various stores will be featured on IG Instagram Live to roll sheet after sheet while sharing stories, methods, recipes and tips. Viewers are invited to check out Eataly's pasta recipe and cook along with the pros.
  • Five Crowns in Corona del Mar now sells Weekly Family Meal Kits. Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla offers a fully prepared meal comprised of a main dish, three sides and dessert. New meals will be available beginning each Wednesday through the following Tuesday. (The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.) Orders must be placed by 2 p.m. From Sept. 2 to 8, the menu features grilled swordfish, wild rice, asparagus, Caesar salad and chocolate pot de crème ($99).
  • Strings of Life in WeHo launches its chef-centric Sausage Roll World Tour. Chef Monty Koludrovic puts a playful spin on the Australian sausage roll with the help of several guest chefs. The sausage rolls (all priced at $10) will be available for pick-up and takeout on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited quantities available. The tour kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 3 with chef Nancy Silverton's Italian take on the Australian sausage roll.
  • Birdie G's in Santa Monica has launched its happy hour, which runs Wednesday to Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. It features $11 cocktail specials such as the Cool As A Cucumber with Persian cucumber, bourbon, lime and ginger or a Summertime Spritz with St. Germain, sparkling wine and market fruit. You can also get $11 wines by the glass or $5 to 6 local beers.
  • Randy's Donuts opens its Pasadena location (230 S. Lake Ave.) on Wednesday, Sept. 2, launching a new coffee program with Jones Coffee. All guests will receive a free raised glazed donut from 6 a.m. to noon. Those who follow @randysdonutsla on Instagram can get a free raised glazed donut from 12 to 9 p.m.
  • Miry's List and Spread Kitchen offer "Labor of Love Picnic Kits" ($23) that benefit resettling refugee families in Southern California. The Syrian picnic boxes are prepared by Abeer Aljrafi of Syria, a mom of six and a new resident of Glendale. Choose from chicken shawarma or summer squash for the entree choice. Orders must be in by 9/2 at midnight.