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Best Online And IRL Things To Do This Week: March 22 - 25

Irvine Ranch Conservancy's virtual Wildflower Week takes place March 22-26. (Courtesy of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy)
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Learn about Orange County's wildflowers. Watch a livestreamed sunset concert from Griffith Park. Visit the Bowers Museum or the Petersen -- in person. Scarf down pretzels, plant-based hot dogs and boysenberry treats.

Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26

Virtual Wildflower Week
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy welcomes wildflower season with virtual programming and activities this week. Learn about the blooms found throughout Orange County, wildflower restoration efforts and the conservancy's Native Seed Farm. Admire native wildflowers from home via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26; 7 p.m. PT

Self Care Comedy
Hosts DeAnne Smith, Christine Little, Anna Valenzuela, Sofiya Alexandra and Sean Keane present comics from all over the world via Zoom, Monday through Friday.
COST: $10 tip suggestion per show; MORE INFO

Bob Moses and Cercle to host a sunset livestream at Griffith Observatory, (Tommy Lundberg)

Monday, March 22; 6 p.m. PT

Sunset Livestream
With SoCal slowly reopening, L.A. Tourism is hosting a livestream, sunset concert by L.A.-based, Grammy-winning electronic duo Bob Moses from the Griffith Observatory. The show is viewable on screens worldwide via Facebook Live, Twitch and Oculus.

Wednesday, March 24; 5 p.m.

Reimagining the Museum: Community, Collaboration & Radical Inclusion
The Hammer Museum's series explores how a museum might better serve diverse communities and leverage its education staff to build relationships, in light of decreased funding and layoffs. The panel brings together Hammer staff as well as artists and representatives from the Brooklyn Museum, the Colored Girls Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Wednesday, March 24; 7:30 p.m.

Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut
Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-in
2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Watch Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1979 Vietnam war film starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. Each ticket includes unlimited popcorn, one soda and one candy for each passenger.
COST: Tickets start at $65 per car; MORE INFO

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The Petersen Museum in Mid-Wilshire re-opems this week for in-person attendance. (David Zaitz)

Thursday, March 25

Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens
6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax), Mid-Wilshire
The museum opens to the public this week and is offering free admission to healthcare workers, first responders and up to three guests for the rest of the year. (Professional IDs required.) During the pandemic, the Petersen virtually launched three exhibits: "Supercars: A century of Spectacle and Speed," "Extreme Conditions," which highlights 11 custom off-roading vehicles, and "Redefining Performance," which features Porsche vehicles. Tickets must be purchased in advance and guests must wear face coverings.
COST: $14 - $16; MORE INFO

Thursday, March 25; 7:30 p.m.

An Orgy Of Terror: Italian Horror Comics of the 1970s and 80s
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents lecturer Adam Twycross who discusses prolific Italian publishing house Edifumetto. The company produced hundreds of individual titles and sold millions of comics each month. Beautifully illustrated, the explicit themes, storylines and imagery featured "sex with violence so gratuitous that it occasionally bordered on parody." Twycross' online discussion examines the comics from a cultural and historical perspective.
COST: $10 - $40; MORE INFO

Thursday, March 25 - Sunday, March 28

Tango The Musical by Sergei Tumas
The Center Theatre Group's Digital Stage presents a story of Los Desaparecidos, those who disappeared during Argentina's Dirty War, which began in 1976. We follow Romeo, an angel, who falls in love with Isabella. The production features a cast of 11 top Argentine tango couples accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra. Presented Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 5 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.

A woman receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine site in Long Beach. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Thursday, March 25; 5 - 6 p.m. PT

The Race to Vaccinate: Protecting the most vulnerable Californians from COVID-19
The CalEndow Live series presents a virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 vaccines. The development of safe and effective vaccines in less than a year is a major achievement but the challenge is making sure hard-hit communities can get vaccinated. The discussion covers health inequities laid bare by the pandemic and the medical community's role in building trust with communities of color. Closed captioning and Spanish interpretation will be available.

Thursday, March 25; 6 p.m. PT

Dynasty Confidential
Comedian Joel Kim Booster returns to host his monthly livestream comedy show in which his fellow comedians and other guests reveal a secret. Then, they're subjected to "off-the-rails armchair therapy" in front of a virtual audience. Ticket proceeds will go to keeping Dynasty Typewriter open while Venmo donations will go to the volunteer-led coalition Unhoused L.A. Two viewers will also have a chance to tell Joel a secret during the show. Email (subject line: Shhhhh)!
COST: $5 -$10; MORE INFO

Neuehouse presents 'Long Time No See: An Evening of Comedy Outdoors.' (Courtesy of Neuehouse)

Thursday, March 25; 8 p.m. PT

Long Time No See
6121 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Attend a socially distanced comedy show atop NeueHouse's penthouse. Hosted by Eleanor Kerrigan, the evening includes Taylor Tomlinson, Iliza Shlesinger, Neal Brennan, Jermaine Fowler and Steph Tolev. Tickets include botanas (snacks) courtesy of Broken Spanish. Mask required for entry. This show is 21+.

Diahann Caroll is being honored posthumously at the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival gala. (Greg Gorman)

Thursday, March 25 - Tuesday, March 30

Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
The 28th edition of the festival opens on Thursday at 7 p.m. with its annual champagne gala and awards ceremony, which will be held virtually this year. Under the theme Empowered Women, Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat) host the evening with performances by singer Jacquelyn Brown-Benefield and dancer Juli Kim. Honorees include Diahann Caroll (awarded posthumously), Paula Donnelly, Akuyoe Graham, Shigemi Matsumoto and Rose Portillo. The annual solo festival for women takes place through March 30 online.
COST: $25 for gala, $15 - $90 for festival; MORE INFO

The Music Center and dublab will screen selections from their recent 'A Quiet Scene: L.A. film competition.on the plaza. (From Donald Parungao's 'Chinatown,' courtesy of the Music Center)

Through Sunday, April 18

A Quiet Scene: L.A.: Official Selections
The Music Center's Jerry Moss Plaza's public LED screens
135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Music Center and nonprofit radio station dublab screen the 71 best films and official selections from its free film competition, which launched in January. Peopel were invited to submit an original short film that reflected L.A. during the pandemic, scored to tracks from Roger and Brian Eno's Luminous EP. The films will be shown publicly on the large LED screens on the plaza and online at The Music Center Offstage.

Through Sunday, June 20

Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic
Bowers Museum -- 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The museum reopened last week (with safety protocols in place) and guests can now visit the Disney Archives exhibition in person. It includes more than 400 objects from the archives. These posters, artworks, costumes and props tell the story of Walt Disney and the company he founded. View superhero costumes, sketches from films like Fantasia and a replica of Walt Disney's office from the film Saving Mr. Banks (2013). This exhibition requires a timed ticket for entry. Also on view at the museum: Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan.
COST: Adult admission: $23 - $25 for Disney Archives; $10 - 15 for general admission; MORE INFO

Streaming Pick

Genius: Aretha
National Geographic's latest anthology series debuted last night on the channel with double episodes screening on four consecutive nights. The episodes are also available on Hulu, culminating in a celebration of Aretha Franklin's birthday on March 25, when all eight episodes will be available to stream. The series explores Franklin's music, her gospel roots and her activism. The brilliant Cynthia Erivo plays the Queen of Soul.

Chef Suzanne Tracht's JAR offers its annual Passover dinner menu for takeout, which features chocolate-covered matzah with pecans for dessert. (Anne Fishbein)

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.

  • Passover begins on Saturday, March 27, and many restaurants are offering traditional Passover dishes and ceremonial foods for the Seder plate. Among those offering takeout: The Skirball, JAR, Lucques, Birdie G, Huckleberry, Akasha and Superba Food+ Bread.
  • On Tuesday, March 23, chef Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ trucks introduce a new "Home Run" Kogi Dog, featuring Field Roast's new plant-based Signature Stadium Dog. The limited-time menu item includes the signature Kogi slaw and melted Chao Creamery dairy-free cheese inside a toasted bun. The dog is also available for delivery via UberEats.
  • Figueroa Philly in DTLA (3850 S. Figueroa St.) celebrates National Cheesesteak Day on Wednesday, March 24, with $2 off their "Famous Figueroa Philly"cheesesteak.
  • On Wednesday, March 24, Breakfast by Salt's Cure opens its second location in Santa Monica (714 Montana Ave.). Diners can indulge in egg dishes, griddle cakes and other breakfast favorites.
  • On Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., there's a virtualnatural wine tasting to benefit the nonprofit Safe Place for Youth. For $99, you get three bottles of wine plus three, 4-ounce samples of each wine from Stanley's Wet Goods in Culver City. Local delivery and pickup available. Proceeds benefit programs that support youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Knott's Berry Farm's Taste of Boysenberry Festival runs on select dates through May 2. The shopping and food event features more than 80 boysenberry-inspired savory bites, sweet treats and drinks. Face masks and advanced tickets are required. $45 for five tastes.
  • Olly's, a new soft pretzel concept, recently opened at Platform in Culver City. Its pretzels are available for pickup on Saturdays and Sundays only. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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