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The Best Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: Nov. 13 - 15

Designer Con 2020 takes place online this year, with a theme that honors the 35th anniversary of 'Back to the Future.' (Courtesy of Designer Con)
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Get an early start on holiday shopping at a bunch of online craft fairs. Catch cinematic tributes to Back To The Future and Sean Connery. Attend COVID fan tutte, a pandemic update of Mozart's classic opera. Tune into the Groundlings' exploration of diversity. Learn to cook sesame noodles from Jon Yao of Kato and apple empanadas from Eliceo Lara.

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Friday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 15

Designer Con 2020
There are no halls or physical walls for this year's DCON, the popular art and design convention that features collectibles, toys, designer apparel and pop art. The expo honrs the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future with a fan art exhibition and a screening of the film livestreamed to DCON attendees from Art Share L.A. Watch presentations throughout the weekend or purchase items on the streaming commerce platform Popshop Live.
COST: $10 - $65; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 15

4th Annual Groundlings Diversity Festival
The renowned comedy school offers a full weekend of workshops, panels and performances exploring diversity and inclusion in entertainment. Participants include current Groundlings alumni and special guests such as Alexandra Billings, Jordan Black, Chloe Fineman, Will Forte, Daniele Gaither, Courtney Gilmour, Lyric Lewis, Roxana Ortega, Randall Park, Julia Sweeney and Danny Woodburn.
COST: Performances are FREE, workshops/panels are $10 each; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 13

The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro
Getty Museum and Center Theatre Group present virtually produced readings of Oedipus El Rey (Nov. 13), Mojada (Nov. 20) and Electricidad (Nov. 22). The works are Luis Alfaro's Chicanx adaptations of three Greek tragedies, set in 21st century Los Angeles. All performances are presented in English and include Spanish captioning.

Friday, Nov. 13; 7 p.m.

Laugh On with Mark Hayes and Friends
Los Angeles (Address sent after ticket purchase)
Jam in the Van's Speakeasy Sessions continue with live music and comedy nights. On Saturday, watch a full-length comedy show (outdoors, at a social distance) from Mark Hayes. Tickets must be purchased in pairs and only 36 people are allowed to attend. Drinks are included in the ticket purchase and food upgrades are available.
COST: $125 per pair; MORE INFO

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Through Monday, Nov. 30

Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party
On its website, the Santa Monica Playhouse screens a pun-filled, musical comedy based on the works of Lewis Carrol. The family-friendly show follows Alice as she accepts an invitation from the Queen of Hearts to return to Wonderland.
COST: $10 per family; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 14; 6 p.m. PST

Save Tip's
This livestreamed concert benefits New Orleans' Tipitina's. It features new and unreleased vintage performances, recorded at the hallowed music venue. The lineup includes Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Dinosaur Jr., St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Funky Meters, Preservation Hall Jazz Band feat. Allen Toussaint, Big Freedia, Tank & The Bangas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and Taj Mahal.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Monday, Nov. 30

Virtual Kokoro2020
The Japanese American National Museum presents its 12th annual craft boutique and fundraiser online. Through the end of the month, watch a video featuring some of the vendors on JANM's YouTube channel. At the end of the video, browse the flip-page catalog featuring all 42 vendors and their wares. Organizers ask shoppers to write "Kokoro2020" on their orders so JANM will receive a share of the proceeds, which will benefit the museum's education programs.

Saturday, Nov. 14; 7:30 p.m.

The Sound of Metal: Screening and Q&A
Film at LACMA presents a preview screening of the feature film starring Riz Ahmed as a punk-metal drummer who begins to lose his grip on reality when he loses his hearing. Directed and co-written by Darius Marder, there's a conversation with Ahmed and Marder after the screening. The Sound of Metal will be released in theaters on Nov. 20 and on Amazon Prime on Dec. 4.

Picture This!, a comedy show with stand-up comics and actors performing while they are drawn live, returns to the airwaves on Saturday (Picture This!)

Saturday, Nov. 14; 4 p.m. PST

Picture This!
The livestreaming comedy and animation show returns with comedy by Langston Kerman, Irene Morales, Steph Tolev, Debra DiGiovanni and real-time animation from Morales, Ashley Beccera, Craig Bartlett, Bryan Brinkman and Mike L. Mayfield. Brandie Posey, the show's show co-creator, hosts. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund.

Saturday, Nov. 14; 2 p.m.

Apple Empanadas with Eliceo Lara
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes continues its En Casa con La Plaza virtual series with a live baking demonstration on apple empanadas -- with a healthy twist. Mexico City native Eliceo Lara has been teaching people how to make Mexican bread and pastries for years (his speciality is pan dulce). Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook.

Founded in 2016, Imagine Theatre produces diverse and memorable theatrical experiences for kids, including 'The Tale of Turandot.' (Ed Krieger)

Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 14-15 and 21-22

The Tale of Turandot
Imagine Theatre screens its family-friendly, 2019 production inspired by the centuries-old story of a beautiful princess who will only marry a suitor if he can answer three riddles. Armina LaManna directs the show, which is aimed at viewers ages 4 to 12, which incorporates puppetry and video.
COST: FREE with reservations; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 14; 5 p.m.

Snowy Nights and Holiday Lights
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive, City of Commerce
The shopping destination ushers in the Christmas season with a tree lighting ceremony featuring a 100-foot fir from Mt. Shasta. It'll be adorned with 180,000 twinkling lights and 10,000 ornaments and bows. The night also includes the debut of a 15-minute choreographed show with snow flurries and laser lights. The show will run nightly at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. through the end of the year.

California Botanic Garden presents a selection of savory food items that are crafted with seasonal native plant ingredients for a virtual tasting. (Courtesy of California Botanic Garden)

Saturday, Nov. 14; 6 - 7 p.m.

Taste Wild II: Savor the Fall
California Botanic Garden
1500 North College Ave., Claremont
Participate in the garden's tasting event by purchasing a box of savory food items created with native plants in advance of the virtual session. The foods have been prepared by As You Like It, one of the garden's caterers and Abe Sanchez of the Chia Café Collective, a group of tribal members who focus on the nutritional and medicinal bounty of native plants. Each box also includes recipes, tasting notes and instructions for the Zoom event.
COST: $40 - $60; MORE INFO

The cooking club Chefstream presents an online cooking session with with Jon Yao, chef-owner of Kato. (Courtesy of Chefstream)

Sunday, Nov. 15; 3 p.m.

Chefstream with Jon Yao
The online cooking club presents a live cooking lesson and demo with Yao, the chef-owner of Kato. Learn how to cook two of his favorite contemporary Taiwanese dishes, tomato eggs with garlic and soy sauce, and sesame noodles with pork and dandan sauce. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the session, and Yao participates in a Q&A to wrap up the event.

One of the films screening at the Golden Globe-qualifying film showcase is Georgian film director Dea Kulumbegashvili's 'Beginning (Dasatskisi).' (Courtesy of American Cinematheque/HFPA)

Sunday, Nov. 15 - Monday, Nov. 23

Foreign Language Film Series
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the American Cinematheque present a virtual screening of select Golden Globe film submissions from around the world. The series also includes an HFPA Virtual Filmmaker Panelon Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. with the films' directors, Andrei Konchalovsky (Dear Comrades!), Dea Kulumbegashvili (Beginning), Gabriele Muccino (Best Years) and Michel Franco (New Order).

Sunday, Nov. 15

Sean Connery Tribute
American Legion Post 43
2035 N. Highland Blvd., Hollywood
Attend a drive-in screening of James Bond films in honor of the late actor Sean Connery. From Russia with Love (1963) screens at 5 p.m. and Goldfinger (1964) screens at 7:50 p.m. Each ticket includes unlimited popcorn, one soda and one candy for each passenger. Tickets are sold separately for each film.
COST: Tickets start at $65; MORE INFO

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15

The 30th Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace
The Autry Museum of the American West holds its first virtual marketplace. In addition buying art, jewelry and fashion, you can attend prerecorded artist and keynote talks, screen films from indigenous directors, catch a new episode of Tending Nature from KCET, see a digital version of the Autry's latest exhibition, When I Remember I See Red, and enjoy the Native Voices Artists Ensemble's live presentation of the Native Voices Tenth Annual Short Play Festival: More Than Moccasins.

'Covid fan tutte' is an update of Mozarat's 'Cosi fan tutte,' with a rewritten English libretto set on a SoCal golf resort. (Courtesy of Pacific Opera Project)

Saturday - Sunday, Nov. 14-15; and Sunday, Nov. 22

COVID fan tutteCamarillo United Methodist Church.
291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo
Pacific Opera Project' presents a drive-in production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte -- with a 2020 twist. Set at a SoCal golf resort with a new English libretto by Josh Shaw, the plot follows two girls and the caddies who've won their hearts. Just for fun, a rich member of the club instigates a bet about whether the women are truly faithful. The show features personal protective equipment, facemasks and social distancing. To maximize safety and compliance, the production features three real-life couples who are quarantining together before the performances. Kyle Naig conducts a socially distant orchestra from the harpsichord.
COST: $60 - $175 per car; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Saturday, Jan. 9

Art Collector Starter Kit VII
Corey Helford Gallery opens its 7th annual group show on Instagram, featuring new 12" x 12" works from dozens of international artists. The show is presented online along with solo shows from Chie Yoshii in Gallery 2 and Bennett Slater in Gallery 3.

Sunday, Nov. 15 - Thursday, Jan. 31

Barnsdall Virtual Art & Craft Fair
The popular annual fair makes its online debut with all sales directly benefiting the artists. Barnsdall students and faculty have created jewelry, ceramics, prints, tableware, paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs for a range of budgets. View the works on the Barnsdall Art Center website and join an opening night kickoff on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. (Check the website for the Zoom link.)

Sunday, Nov. 15; 5 p.m. PST

Dr. Katz Live
Comedy Central's classic animated series Dr Katz: Professional Therapist returns for a live version with Jonathan Katz reprising his role as the good doctor and Laura Silverman as his receptionist. Stopping in for a visit are guest patients Jon Hamm, Oscar Nunez, Bob Saget, Susie Essman, Andy Kindler and Paul F. Tompkins. The show will stream exclusively on RushTix.

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles presents a two-part virtual event that focuses on the history and architecture of L.A.'s Oviatt Building. (Oviatt Building elevator panel, photo: Margot Gerber)

Sunday, Nov. 15; 4 p.m.

The Oviatt Building Documentary Screening and Q&A
This two-part virtual event from the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles includes an on-your-own screening of the remastered 2008 documentary, directed by Seth M. Shulman, about the life of James Oviatt, who became haberdasher to the stars. On Sunday, join a live Q&A with Shulman and researcher-writer-producer-historian Marc Chevalier.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 15; 2 p.m.

A Taste of Home: Building the Flavors of Japanese America
Enjoy an interactive, virtual program that explores how early immigrant communities adapted traditional Japanese cooking to their new environments. Food scholar Valerie Matsumoto explores early Japanese American food history and connects it to the present day. Cookbook author Azusa Oda will lead an easy cooking demo and tutorial on Japanese American staples.

'Just Us: An American Conversation' is an LAPL ALOUD program with poets Claudia Rankine and Terrance Hayes in conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin. (Courtesy ALOUD)

Sunday, Nov. 15; 5 p.m. PST

Just Us: An American Conversation
How do we talk about race in America? Two award-winning poets -- Claudia Rankine and Terrance Hayes -- join ALOUD to discuss the country's past and present, bias, divisiveness and ways to make progress. They'll be joined by moderator, poet and essayist Dawn Lundy Martin. A purchase of Rankine's book, Just Us: An American Conversation with a signed bookplate, benefits the 
Los Angeles Public Library. Shipping included.

Chef Michael Mina and MINA Group's operates Tokyo Hot Chicken from Glendale's Bourbon Steak location. (David Varley)

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.

  • The newest location of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen is now open in Eagle Rock (4247 Eagle Rock Blvd.). Actor/producer Issa Rae, along helps introduce the neighborhood to coffee and food favorites like the Bangin' Breakfast Sandwich, Soul Bowl and Hilltop "Droptops" (open-faced sandwiches).
  • Chef Michael Mina and MINA Group's brand-new ghost kitchen concept, Tokyo Hot Chicken, is now open for delivery and pick-up in Glendale. The chicken concept is based at MINA Group's Bourbon Steak Los Angeles and is available daily from 5 - 9 p.m. It can only be ordered online.
  • The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt recently reopened -- as The Spare Room... Somewhere Else. Find it behind the hotel's David Hockney-painted pool as an outdoor oasis for safely gathering and enjoying cocktails. Instead of bowling, the space offers bocce and single-use games like Battleship, Mad Libs and M.A.S.H.
  • Chef Jordan Kahn of Vespertine has teamed up with Southern food specialist Sean Brock to create Southern Supper offerings for pickup on weekends from Fridays through Sundays. The menu features artisanal Lowcountry ingredients and recipes from Brock's newest cookbook, South, including shrimp and grits, dilly beans, she-crab soup and chess pie. Guests can order via Tock at $89 per person (served family style; two guest minimum).
  • Michelin Star Chef Paul Shoemaker ends his five-day takeover of The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena on Saturday. Guests can dine on his flavorful six-course tasting menu, which includes tuna sashimi and pork belly pumpkin risotto. The dinner costs $65 - $85 per person.
  • Sommelier Rick Arline (formerly of Auburn) recently opened Fellow Traveler, a wine bar in West Hollywood. Located in the former Pacifique space, it's focused on natural, food-friendly wines from diverse producers. Chef Gabriel Geiger's menu emphasizes classic pairings with dishes such as pâtés, rillettes, dips and, of course, a burger.