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Best Online And IRL Happenings This Week: Feb. 15 - 18

Japan House LA presents a new exhibition of woodblock prints by some of Japan's great artists including Katsushika Hokusai. (Courtesy of Japan House LA)
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Learn how plagues shaped the history of perfume. Dive into the works of Langston Hughes. Consider the greatness of Miles Davis. Reconsider the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Explore the universe's cosmic fireworks. Gaze at Japanese woodblock prints. Sit in on a conversation between Sacha Baron Cohen and Eric Idle. Celebrate Mardi Gras with jambalaya, po'boys and other Creole eats.

Monday, Feb. 15 - Wednesday, May 31

Nature/Supernature: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Japan House LA unveils a virtual exhibition that spotlights Japan's landscapes and the supernatural beings believed to inhabit them. Nature/Supernature features more than 60 woodblock prints from the Scripps College collection by some of Japan's finest artists. Learn about the history and process of this printing technique.

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Monday, Feb. 15; 9 a.m.

From Plague Preservative to Perfume
The Institute of Art and Olfaction presents an online lecture exploring scents during humanity's past struggles with plagues. Nuri McBride discusses how aromatics played into perceptions of wellness and public health.
COST: $20 (sliding scale); MORE INFO

Musician Ivan Neville performs at the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards May 14, 2002 in Beverly Hills. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Tuesday, Feb. 15; 6 p.m. PT

Ivan Neville & Jon Cleary Duo: Mardi Gras Special
Ivan Neville, part of New Orleans' storied Neville Brothers family, and fellow musician Jon Cleary play a Mardi Gras-themed set from Esplanade Studios in the Crescent City. Expect a celebration, conversation and some of the artists' favorite songs.
COST: $18 - $65; MORE INFO

Sausage and shrimp jambalaya. (gromgull/Flickr Creative Commons)

Tuesday, Feb. 15; 5 p.m. PT

Fat Tuesday with Harold & Belle's
The Fowler Museum presents a cook-along program with Ryan Legaux, owner and chef of Harold & Belle's, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, it's the last night that Christians traditionally indulge before the fasting season of Lent. Learn how to make jambalaya with Legaux. An ingredients list will be sent upon RSVP.

A National Park Service worker cleans the statue of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall in Washington D.C. (JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 17; 1 p.m. PST

Is It Time to Consider Lincoln More Critically?
In honor of President's Day, Zócalo presents an Abraham Lincoln-focused program with Elizabeth Mitchell, author of Lincoln's Lie: A True Civil War Caper Through Fake News, Wall Street, and the White House with Break It Up author Richard Kreitner. The discussion streams live on Twitter.

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Ethan Hawke attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 17; 6 p.m. PST

Ethan Hawke: Bright Ray of Darkness
Join a livestreamed launch for Hawke's new novel, his first in nearly 20 years. It's a meditation on redemption and art that follows an actor who's disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage. He's saved by the challenge of performing in a production of Henry IV under a brilliant director. Ticket holders will have access to the livestream for seven days after the show.
COST: $34.77 - $61.02 (international), both tickets include the book; MORE INFO

A star-gazer is silhouetted against the night sky in Shahmirzad, Iran. (Mounchehr Hejazi/Unsplash)

Wednesday, Feb. 17; 5 p.m. PST

What Cosmic Fireworks Unveil About the Universe
Mansi Kasliwal, an assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, continues the Watson Lecture season by exploring star explosions, supernovas and other heavenly events that help astronomers unravel the universe's secrets.

Sacha Baron Cohen stars in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.' (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Wednesday, Feb. 17; 6 p.m. PST

In Conversation: Sacha Baron Cohen and Eric Idle
The comedian who created such memorable characters as Ali G, Borat and Brüno has also turned in some serious dramatic performances, most recently in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Baron Cohen will discuss his work in this American Cinematheque program with comedy legend Idle of Monty Python.

Thursday, Feb. 18; 6 p.m. PST

Dream Crush Super Secret Slumber Party
To celebrate the release of Mondo's new game, Dream Crush, Found Footage Fest's Nick Prueher and friends host a live, secret watch party. Wear your best jammies and watch with Alamo Drafthouse. BYO popcorn and candy.

International City Theatre opens its new season with a virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play, 'Art.' (Courtesy ICT)

Thursday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, March 7

Long Beach's International City Theatre opens its 36th season with a virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play Art. The comedy is an exploration of friendship tested through the prism of modern art. How much would you pay for an all-white canvas? What would your friends say about it? What woudl they say about you? It streams on demand Thursdays through Sundays.

The Fowler presents a talk between artists Andrew LaMar Hopkins and Fabiola Jean-Louis. (Images: Andrew LaMar Hopkins. Creole Tea and Light Refreshments, 2020; Fabiola Jean-Louis. 'Marie Antoinette is Dead,' 2017. )

Thursday, Feb. 18; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Andrew LaMar Hopkins and Fabiola Jean-Louis
In celebration of Black History Month, the Fowler Museum welcomes painter Andrew LaMar Hopkins and photographer Fabiola Jean-Louis, who reimagine Black histories that have been forgotten or silenced. They're joined by Katherine Smith, curatorial and research associate of Haitian Arts, to discuss the influence of Haiti in New Orleans, Black glamour and the ways their works are changing narratives around Black bodies.

Lucy Jones speaks at a media briefing at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena following the 6.4 Searles earthquake near Ridgecrest. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Thursday, Feb. 18; 6 p.m. PST

Women in Science and Culture Celebration
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles honors seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones and artist Barbara Carrasco during an online event that doubles as a fundraiser. The night supports the expansion of an all-girls version of the NHM's popular Adventures in Nature program. Alie Ward hosts a ceremony that includes a discussion with the honorees and NHM president and director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga as well as a specially recorded performance by Los Lobos.
COST: Tickets begin at $100; MORE INFO

Thursday, Feb. 18; 6 p.m. PST

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom + Q&A
Viola Davis plays the legendary singer in 1920s Chicago in this adaptation of August Wilson's play, which also marked actor Chadwick Boseman's last film. Watch it on Netflix then join a Q&A, moderated by actor Courtney B. Vance, with director George C. Wolfe.

Thursday, Feb. 18; 4 p.m.

Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan on Miles Davis
The California African American Museum presents writers Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan in conversation about the life and music of trumpeter Miles Davis. The musician is featured in the current CAAM exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. RSVP for Zoom instructions.

A program from The Langston Hughes Project at the YoungArts Campus in Miami, Florida on April 18, 2015. (Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for YoungArts)

Thursday, Feb. 18; 3 p.m. PST

Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes
ALOUD at the Central Library presents a program that focuses on Hughes' masterful poetry and prose, with Columbia University's Brent Hayes Edwards and Washington University's Rafia Zafar. The event also features readings by poets Kevin Young and Tyehimba Jess.

Thursday, Feb. 18; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PST

TV Pilot Club: Friends
LAist launches this virtual event series with arts and entertainment reporter Mike Roe who brings TV fanatics together to relive the highs and lows of classic TV premiere episodes. The club kicks off with a deep-dive into Friends, discussing what holds up and what is so 1994. Roe chats with comedian Guy Branum, Erin Mallory Long, who hosts the "Best of Friends" podcast and artist Katie Willert. They'll dissect the episode and take audiences questions. Watch the episode before the event and bring your hot takes to the discussion.

Through Sunday, April 4

Christa McAuliffe's Eyes Were Blue
Center Theatre Group's L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival presents a virtually produced reading of a play written by Kemp Powers (Soul, One Night in Miami) and directed by Jennifer Chang. The play follows Bernard and Steven Gentry, twins who have lived starkly different lives. One passes as white while the other is plagued by racism because of his dark skin. The work ruminates on race and privilege in America.

Film Streaming Pick

Saint Maud
This psychological thriller marks the debut from writer-director Rose Glass. It stars Morfydd Clark as a devout hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient (Jennifer Ehle). Sinister forces, past traumas and blind faith lead Maud down an unholy road. Stream on EPIX.

Little Dom's celebrates Mardi Gras on Monday and Tuesday with New Orleans' treats like king cake. (Courtesy of Little Dom's)

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 Mardi Gras -- Tuesday, Feb. 16 -- Little Dom's booze truck will be onsite at the restaurant from 2 to 6 p.m. offering frozen cocktail bags, daiquiris and Abita beer. Guests can also enjoy Boudin balls, fried shrimp and oyster or soft shell crab po'boys, seafood gumbo and pastry chef Ann Kirk's King Cake. If you want to start celebrating early, the restaurant is offering the NOLA-themed Monday night prix fixe supper for $25 a person (gumbo, po'boy, Zapps Chips, bread pudding with whiskey sauce). Order ahead or make a reservation.
  • To support Black-owned businesses for Black History Month (and really, any month), check out Bloom and Plume Coffee in Westlake. They recently partnered with the Community Loving organization to collect school supplies or donations for students at 153rd Elementary School. Donate supplies and get a free drip coffee.
  • The Chongqing noodle house Mian, from James Beard Award nominated chef Tony Xu opened third location in Artesia (11632 South St.). The new location is a partnership with renowned LA restaurateur Bill Chait and features new menu items specific to the location (Chengdu beef jerky and thousand-year-old egg with torched chili sauce) as well as beer and wine.
  • Culver City's Lobster & Beer recently opened a new location in Koreatown (607 S. Western Ave.). Besides the many variations of lobster, shrimp, crab cakes and mussels, they offer short ribs, wings and tacos.
  • The Roguelike Tavern in Burbank offers immersive, story-based puzzle experience kits from Thursday to Sunday. Each to-go box includes drinks and dinner for two, plus journal entries and audio and visual files to help players work their way through a chosen story. You need a device connected to the internet to play. The experience is for those 21+ only.