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Fun Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: March 5 - 7

View of the entrance of the Greek Theater closed, amid the coronavirus pandemic, May 14, 2020, in Hollywood, California. (Valeria Macon/AFP via Getty Images)
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Celebrate Cinespia's return -- to the drive-in. Watch animators show off their short stuff. Meet Oscar Quintero and his alter-ego Kay Sedia. Compete in Outfest's virtual trivia night. Stay home and read a book for a good cause. And check out tons of Restaurant Week dining deals in both Orange County and Los Angeles.

Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 6

Cinespia Drive-In
at The Greek Theatre
2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
Catch a drive-in movie screening at the Greek. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure screens on Friday night. On Saturday, Crossroads (yes, the Britney Spears film) screens as the early show and Men in Black screens later that night. There's a limit of four people in each car and occupants must be from the same household. Bring your own food and drink, no alcohol permitted. Masks must be worn if exiting the vehicle for restroom use.

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Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7

Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night 2021
Now in its eighth year with the American Cinematheque, this event gives Titmouse Studio animators a chance to showcase their short-format cartoons. The night also includes screenings of rare films from the studio, which is known for its work on The Venture Bros., Metalocalypse, Superjail! and Big Mouth. Founder Chris Prynoski introduces the program, which will be available to watch only through the weekend.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes' Friday happy hour features Oscar Quintero who also performs as Kay Sedia. (Courtesy of the artist)

Friday, March 5; 7 p.m. PT

Dan Guerrero Happy Hour with Oscar Quintero/Kay Sedia
LA Plaza's virtual happy hour series continues with performer Quintero joining host Dan Guerrero for a tell-all about his career. Quintero's alter-ego, Kay Sedia, star of Chico's Angels, also gets a turn in the hot seat. Register to view on Zoomor watch on Facebook.

Behind the scenes with Aaron Sorkin, writer-director of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.' (Nico Tavenise/Netflix)

Friday, March 5; 6 p.m. PT

Tribute to Aaron Sorkin with Retrospective Q&A
Writer-director Sorkin, the mind behind The West Wing, The Newsroom and the new film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, sits down for a Zoom conversation and Q&A about his work. The American Cinematheque will send the link on the day of the event.

Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 6

Da 5 Bloods
Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
Director Spike Lee's critically acclaimed Vietnam war drama plays for two nights at the drive-in, marking the first time the movie has been theatrically presented in Los Angeles. The film stars Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Jonathan Majors and Chadwick Boseman. Tickets include candy, soda and unlimited popcorn for all guests.
COST: Tickets start at $65 per carload; MORE INFO

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The LA Phil opens the second season of its 'Sound/Stage' series with the online release of the first episode on Friday. (Courtesy of the LA Phil)

Friday, March 5 - Friday, June 25

L.A. Phil: Sound/Stage
The L.A. Phil presents the second season of its online concert and conversation series. Gustavo Dudamel hosts. Look for artist, activist and actor Common, gospel duo Mary Mary, opera star Nadine Sierra, musician Carlos Vives, and pianists Yuja Wang and David Fung. The first episode, "Carnival of the Animals," launches this week with animations from around the world and special co-host Martín Dudamel, the maestro's 9-year-old son.

CaltechLive! presents an on-demand presentation of Herbert Siguenza's 'A Weekend with Pablo Picasso.' (Daren Scott)

Saturday, March 6 - Sunday, April 4

Herbert Siguenza's A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
CaltechLive! presents an on-demand film adaptation of a solo show written and performed by Siguenza. He draws and paints in real time during the performance, taking the audience back to 1957 to spend three days with Picasso inside his private studio on the southern coast of France. Siguenza assembled the script from Picasso's writings. This weekend, attend two free live talk-backs with Siguenza on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., PT.

A grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) emerges from the waters of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Baja California Sur state, Mexico. (OMAR TORRES/AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday, March 6 - Sunday, March 7

50th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales
Dana Point Harbor
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point

During whale-watching season, California gray whales make a 10,000+ mile round-trip along the California coast. Dana Point offers several safe, physically distanced activities for its annual festival -- fishing clinics for kids, an art show, virtual tours and marine mammal lectures.

Saturdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27; 7 p.m. PT

Sister Groundling: Online Improv Show
The Groundlings hosts several performances to celebrate Women's History Month, including a weekly show by the women of the Main Company. Directed Deanna Oliver, the rotating cast includes Lauren Burns (This Is Us), Samantha DeSurra (Yeoja), Allison Dunbar (Yellowstone), Patty Guggenheim (Florida Girls), Lyric Lewis (A.P. Bio), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Emily Pendergast (Veep), Jessica Pohly (S.W.A.T.), Ariane Price (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar), Annie Sertich (Silicon Valley) and Lisa Schurga (Dead to Me). Each show features an audience "Cocktails and Questions" session with the cast.

CAP UCLA presents an online program 'Maestro de Barra,' with dancer Israel Galván. (Jean-Louis Duzert)

Saturday, March 6; 7 p.m. PST

Israel Galván's Maestro de Barra
CAP UCLA commissioned flamenco artist Galván to servir el baile (serve the dance) and explore different spaces for dancing during the past year's lockdown. In this work, he uses public spaces and natural sounds to provide the setting and score for dance.

Saturday, March 6; 5 p.m.

Sacred Sites Audio Theater: Launch Event
Join 18th Street Arts Center's artist in residence, Susan Suntree, as she launches an audio theater project based on her book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California. Steeped in both science and mythology, the event includes an "audio-visual portrait" of the Los Angeles River and the Ballona Wetlands read by Suntree. It also features an audio clip from Book Two (Indigenous Myths and Songs) read by Native American actor Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Native Hawaiian). A Q&A and discussion follows. The event streams on Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Thinkspace Projects opens two solo shows in its galleries including Ken Nwadiogbu's 'UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are.' ('You Messed with the Wrong Generation,' courtesy of the artist)

Saturday, March 6 - Saturday, March 27

Ken Nwadiogbu and Fumi Nakamura Art Openings
Thinkspace Projects
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
Thinkspace presents two new solo exhibitions. Gallery One features 20 new hyperrealist works by Nigerian-born artist Fumi Nwadiogbu in UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are, his first U.S. solo exhibition. Ken Nakamura's Look Towards the Future, But Not So Far As To Miss Today features a new body of work by the artist in Gallery Two. The exhibitions are available to view via appointment.

Saturday, March 6; 12 p.m. PT

French Sisterhood - The Evolution of French Feminism
Coucou French Classes, a cultural center and language school that opened in Silver Lake in 2019, offers a workshop that examines the impact of French and American culture on feminist movements. The discussion explores Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and looks at actor Adele Haenel's protest of Roman Polanski's win at the 2020 César ceremony.

A woman wearing a 9501+ mask. (Chava Sanchez/Laist)

Sunday, March 7; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. PST

3rd Annual Westside Safety and Preparedness Fair
This virtual fair offers Angelenos a chance to learn how to prepare for and survive major disasters. There are five simultaneous live streams featuring three keynote speakers and 12 presentations about safety and preparedness, including sessions for children. Topics include COVID-19, viruses, earthquakes, first aid for pets and "hands-only" CPR. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, March 7; 11 a.m. PST

Doyin Richards: Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration
Village Well bookstore in Culver City hosts a virtual reading of the new picture book by the anti-racism author and activist. With illustrations by Joe Cepeda, the book tells the story of the author's father who came to America from Africa as a child. A Q&A with the author follows. Signed copies of the book are available for purchase at Village Well.

Sunday, March 7; 5 p.m. PT

Virtual Trivia Night
Outfest holds a five-round, pub-style trivia game on Zoom that tests knowledge of LGBTQIA+ film and TV. Outfest's Mike Dougherty hosts with special guests. Slots are limited for teams (of no more than four people). Play to earn prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
COST: $5 - $10 suggested donation; MORE INFO

Skylight Books presents a book launch for Annabelle Gurwitch, who'll be in conversation with Andie MacDowell. (Courtesy of Dynasty Typewriter)

Sunday, March 7; 6 p.m. PT

Annabelle Gurwitch in Conversation with Andie MacDowell
Skylight Books and Dynasty Typewriter team up for the book launch of actress, activist and author Gurwitch's You're Leaving When? The collection of essays focuses on her home-sharing -- in which she welcomes a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. She also relearns to parent as a mother to a college student in recovery who sheds the binary pronouns. Gurwich's stories focus on resilience, adaptability and the kindness of strangers. She'll talk with actress MacDowell.
COST: $5 - $54.20; MORE INFO

Sunday, March 7

The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles holds the 33rd edition of its "nonevent" that asks guests to stay home, read a book and have a ball any way they see fit. Join chair Claudia Rankine and honorary chairs Misty Copeland, Valeria Luiselli, Michelle Tea and Charles Yu in raising funds for the LAPL's free virtual programming, which has expanded during the pandemic.
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

Eddie Murphy stars as King Akeem in 'Coming 2 America,' the long-awaited sequel to his 1988 comedy, 'Coming to America.' (Quantrell D. Colbert/Amazon Studios)

Streaming Pick

Coming 2 America

All hail King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) as he leaves Zamunda with his trusted aide, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), and returns to Queens, New York, in search of his long lost son. They return to Zamunda to prepare the new heir but his three daughters, wife and archrival might have something to say about that. The plot is secondary. We're just excited to see Murphy, Hall, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones reunite then team up with Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne and Wesley Snipes. The sequel to the hugely popular Coming to America (1988)debuts on Friday, March 5 on Amazon Prime Video.

Towsley Canyon on April 28, 2014. (Juan Bendana/Flickr Creative Commons)

Outdoor Pick

Towsley Canyon
24335 The Old Road, Newhall
The weather's getting nicer, and we're all sick of being cooped up inside. If you want to get out of the house,Towsley Canyon is our pick of the week. Head north on the I-5 to Santa Clarita's Towsley Canyon (20 minutes from Hollywood on good traffic days). The 2-mile and 5-mile loops are both challenging calf-burners with great views. Other trails are also available to explore.

Poppy & Seed in Anaheim's Packing District is now open to diners for a sneak peek. A limited menu is available for takeout and delivery. (Max Milla)

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.

  • Orange County Restaurant Week starts this Sunday, March 7 and runs through Saturday, March 13. Sample OC's restaurants with crafted menus, family meals, to-go cocktails and wine specials. Participating deals include a $25 mai tai and burger special from Billy's at the Beach in Newport Beach and fried chicken family meals from the Crack Shack in Costa Mesa. For a fancy, old school treat with a view, the Summit House is offering a $50 prix fixe dinner. Plan your itinerary and check out the more than 100 participating restaurants.
  • Don't forgetL.A.'s restaurant week, which continues through March 14. It's a perfect time to try chef David Myers'famed burger with a side of housemade truffle chips ($15) at Adrift Burger Bar in Venice. If you've wanted to trySushi Tsujita but didn't have the dough, the lauded Sawtelle restaurant has a $35 dinner deal that includes soup, chawan mushi and eight pieces of omakase sushi.
  • Mama D's African Cuisine is now open on Soto St. in Boyle Heights (h/tL.A. Taco), specializing in the food and pastries of Cameroon. Dorothy Wanki and her daughter Claudia Bih Wanki-Flinn serve African meat pies, puff puff (beignets), ndole (peanut butter vegetable stew with meat or shrimp) and a Classic African Lunch (white rice and tomato stew or peanut soup).
  • Tiago Coffee and Kitchen (at Hollywood and La Brea) collaborated with Guerrilla Tacos to revamp the coffee shop's menu. New this week are the Bimbibomb Bowl (short rib, brown rice, jammy egg) and the Chori Pan (Argentinian sausage).
  • Michael and Kwini Reed of DTLA's beloved brunch spot Poppy & Rose have opened their latest venture --Poppy & Seed -- in Anaheim's Packing District. Situated in a greenhouse, the restaurant focuses on local ingredients and microgreens. While it gears up for a full opening in April, it's open for a limited sneak peek through March 6 then again March 10 -14 for takeout and delivery. Its limited menu currently includes housemade cacio e pepe, roasted sea bass and a fried chicken sandwich.
  • The Tasting Kitchen in Venice has reopened for outdoor dinner service from Wednesdays through Sundays (no takeout or delivery). Executive Chef Travis Passerotti's menu focuses on handmade pastas, charcuteries and veggies. Dinner highlights include spaghetti with lobster ragu ($35), mussels and fries ($25) and tagliata aka Italian sliced steak (8oz, $38).
  • All Season Brewing Company has opened in the historic 1938 Firestone tire shop at 800 S. La Brea Ave. in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. They brew beers on-site and they have a full bar with a dozen classic cocktails including the Rickey, Sazerac and Penicillin. Nosh on tacos, burritos, nachos and plant-based offerings from Chica's Tacos.
  • Niki Nakayama, chef-owner of n/naka in Palms, has joinedMasterClass to teach modern Japanese cooking. She'll share her take on incorporating fresh California ingredients with the traditional culinary artform of kaiseki. Nakayama is joined in teaching the class by her sous chef and real-life partner, Carole Iida-Nakayama. The MasterClass platform costs $15/month, billed annually at $180.