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Marvelous Online Events Happening This Week: Jan. 25 - 28

Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in 'One Night in Miami,' written by Kemp Powers and directed by Regina King. (Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Courtesy of Amazon Studios)
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Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into a "nonevents" column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.

During this difficult time, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.

Attend any number of great movies and discussions, including one with Sofia Loren. Listen to African American poets, including L.A.'s own Amanda Gorman. Learn about the Saturday Night Live audition process. Try your hand at sous vide cooking. Head to Sundance without having to hop on a plane to Park City.

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Monday, Jan. 25 - Saturday, Jan. 30

American Cinematheque Spotlight: Amazon Studios
Can you tell it's awards season? The studio hosts screenings and Q&As with cast members and creative talent from several of its recent flicks. On Monday, join the actors from One Night in Miami (Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree and Kingsley Ben-Adir) and writer Kemp Powers. Other events feature Marjane Satrapi and Rosamund Pike from Radioactive (Tuesday); actor Clare Dunne and director Phyllida Lloyd from Herself (Wednesday); Time director Garrett Bradley (Thursday); director Darius Marder and actors Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci from The Sound of Metal (Friday); and Rachel Brosnahan, Julia Hart (director) and Jordan Horowitz from I'm Your Woman (Saturday). Free screener included with an RSVP (or watch them on Amazon Prime).

Films.Dance Trailer from Films.Dance on Vimeo.

Monday, Jan. 25; 9 a.m.

Since we can't watch dance in person right now, here's a new global film series about international dance film projects. The series features 150 artists from 52 cities in 25 countries, culminating in 15 short films that were shot during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, Jan. 25 and each Monday for the next 15 weeks, one film will premiere at 9 a.m. on at Films.Dance, on Instagram and on Facebook, where they will remain.

Monday, Jan. 25; 7 p.m.

The SNL Audition Experience
If you've ever dreamt of joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, Groundlings main company member Josh Duvendeck delivers an online lecture-style class on the SNL audition process. He'll walk attendees through his experiences, from submitting a tape to the in-person audition at studio 8H. Get tips and bring questions as there promises to be a robust Q&A. There is no prerequisite required to enroll in this class.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26; 7 p.m.

Sister Groundling: The Ladies of the Attic Online Edition
The Groundlings Theatre presents an improv show featuring the women of the main company. Stay on after the show to join the cast for "Cocktails and Questions." Directed by Groundlings alum Deanna Oliver (Casper), the cast includes Samantha DeSurra, Allison Dunbar, Patty Guggenheim, Lyric Lewis, Edi Patterson, Emily Pendergast, Ariane Price, Lisa Schurga and Annie Sertich.

Tuesday, Jan. 26; 6 p.m. PST

An Evening with Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Skirball presents an online discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, whose book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, inspired the Skirball's current online exhibition. The conversation and Q&A will be moderated by Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University. Signed books aare available for purchase at

Artist Arshile Gorky, pictured here in childhood with his mother, inspired the collaborative film, 'They Will Take My Island.' (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Tuesday, Jan. 26; 4 p.m. PST

They Will Take My Island
The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the digital world premiere of work by Armenian American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan. The MetLiveArts commission is a personal, 30-minute video collaboration focusing on their mutual admiration of Armenian painter Arshile Gorky, with performances by the JACK and Silvana string quartets. The documentary explores themes of family and immigration. It also includes footage from Egoyan's Ararat. Watch the film on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website, Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Bowers Museum holds its first Chocolate Week from Jan. 26-31 virtually. (Courtesy of the Bowers Museum)

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Sunday, Jan 31.

Bowers Museum: Chocolate Week
Attend daily virtual lectures, tours and talks dedicated to all things chocolate throughout the week, which culminates in a chocolate-themed virtual family festival on Sunday. Programs include Where Chocolate Began, Chocolate History from Asia & the Pacific and The Future of Craft Chocolate.

Tuesday, Jan. 26; 6:30 p.m. PST

Lavender Suarez: Transcendent Waves
Curious about sound healing? Skylight Books welcomes practitioner Lavender Suarez to talk about her recently released book (via Crowdcast). The how-to guide shows readers how intentional listening can lead to mindfulness and creativity. Suarez will be talk with artist Bibbe Hansen who wrote the book's intro.

Thierry Mechinaud, a sous chef at Michelin three-star restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, removes pheasant from the vacuum-sealed bag in sous vide cooking. (JOE RAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Tuesday, Jan. 26

International Sous Vide Day
There's an all-day celebration that focuses on sous vide cooking (vacuum-sealing food in a bag then cooking it in water at a specific temperature) that also honors Bruno Goussault, who developed and promoted the cooking technique. Nycci Nellis, the host of Industry Night and Foodie and the Beast, emcees a number of panels with Michelin-starred chefs and industry professionals. Also tune in for global cooking demos and a film that focuses on Goussault's work over the last 50 years. The videos will be available through March 26.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Jan. 27; 4:30 p.m. PST

The Moth National Mainstage
The storytelling night returns for a virtual event where participants share tales related to the theme "around the bend." Think undiscovered places, travels and jumping into the unknown. Music by Dayren Santamaria. The livestream link will be sent to ticketholders the day of the show.
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Friday, Jan. 29; 10 a.m - 4 p.m. PST

Blood Drive at The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
January is National Blood Donor Month and the Farmers Market teams with nearby Cedars-Sinai Hospital to host a blood drive. Strict health protocols will be in place to ensure safety for staff and donors. Spaces are limited and participants must sign up in advance. Cedars will also provide free COVID-19 antibody tests for all donors as well. And as a bonus: Anaheim House of Jerky is giving 2 oz. packages of their artisan jerky to donors.

Wednesday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. PST

Tracy Lee Nelson: Live from Home Performance
The Musco Center at Chapman University presents the blues guitarist who performs and discusses blues and roots music from a Native American perspective. Nelson, a former Tribal Chairman of the La Jolla Indian Reservation, was part of the band Redbone ("Come and Get Your Love,") and has released nine blues albums with two more coming at the end of 2021.

ALOUD presents 'Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today' with Kevin Young, poetry editor of 'The New Yorker.' (Courtesy of ALOUD)

Thursday, Jan. 28; 5 p.m. PST

Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today
The Library Foundation's ALOUD series is taking part in a nationwide celebration of African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, a new anthology edited by Kevin Young (New Yorker poetry editor). Young hosts an event with readings and discussion with Amanda Gorman; Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate of Los Angeles; and pianist and composer Kris Bowers (who most recently scored Netflix's Bridgerton).

CAP UCLA presents L.A. Omnibus: Lost in Translation with Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey. (Courtesy CAP UCLA)

Thursday, Jan. 28; 7 p.m.

Lost in Translation with Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey
L.A. Omnibus returns for its fourth installment with Offendum, a Syrian American rapper, spoken word artist and music producer, and Thanks Joey, the Colours Of The Culture label owner. "Featuring samples from some iconic Syrian films and a dizzying dose of Damascene bilingualism, Lost In Translation is a celebratory love-letter to this very merry & hairy Arabian way of life in the California Califate of Los Shamgeles." The conversation will be livestreamed on CAP UCLA Online.

Thursday, Jan. 28; 7 p.m. PST

Sophia Loren and The Life Ahead
Before KCET Cinema Series screens the new Netflix feature film, starring Sophia Loren and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, series host Pete Hammond presents the Lumière Award to the actress, virtually. Loren and Ponti discuss her career and and the new film, which is about a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with the young Senegalese immigrant who recently robbed her.

'Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)' by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson screens at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute, photo by Mass Distraction Media)

Thursday, Jan. 28 - Wednesday, Feb. 3

Sundance Film Festival
Many of us can't head to Park City each January to attend Sundance in person. Now that the festival is going virtual, a larger audience will be able to view movies, discussions and filmmaker talks. (A few cities, although not L.A., will host satellite screenings.) Since networking is also a big part of the festival, attendees can gather in virtual waiting rooms to chat with other guests. This year's fest includes 72 features, 50 shorts, four indie series and 14 New Frontier projects.
COST: $15 - $350; MORE INFO

Sam Shapiro stars as the Sodbuster in LA Opera's 2021 Digital Short 'The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings,' from composer Missy Mazzoli. (LA Opera)

Through Feb. 12

New Digital Shorts from Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid
This month, the L.A. Opera presents the premieres of new digital shorts from two prominent female composers. As part of the On Now platform, the series features new works that pair composers with visual artists. Missy Mazzoli's The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings is currently on view through Jan. 29. Reid's Lumee's Dream will be available from Jan. 29 to Feb. 12. As a bonus for opera fans, Reid's full-length performance of "p r i s m," winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in music, will stream online for two weeks, beginning at 4 p.m. PST on Jan. 26. All three of these productions were directed by James Darrah.

TV Streaming Pick

Snowpiercer, Season 2
The second season of the sci-fi thriller returns on Monday, Jan. 25 to TNT. Based on Bong Joon-ho's 2014 film, the TV series follows the passengers of a large, perpetually moving train that circles the globe carrying survivors of another Ice Age. The passengers are arranged according to class and wealth, and the show explores themes of justice and class warfare. Snowpiercer stars Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean and Jennifer Connelly.

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.

  • Were you upset when you heard the 101 Coffee Shop was closing? Here's news that will lift your spirits: From Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 7, the 101 Coffee Shop pops up at Little Dom's in Los Feliz, offering some favorite menu items for takeout or delivery. The first week's menu includes fried chicken, sautéed green beans, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and "no huevos" ranchero.
  • L'uxweet Bakery Café has opened another SoCal location, this one in Chino Hills (4200 Chino Hills Pkwy, #125), serving up Taiwanese breakfast items (like house pork barbecue toast) all day long and handmade desserts.
  • Billy's at the Beach (2751 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach) offers the spirit of aloha to go with their custom Mai Tai Survival Kits ($89). The kit includes four mai tais and a choice of two entrees from the Hawaiian-inspired menu (burger, fish and chips, pulled pork sandwich or fish tacos). Also available for delivery.
  • Like many venues, the DTLA gay bar Redline is suffering. There's a GoFundMe to save the bar set up on behalf of owner Oliver Alpuche. Times are tough. If you can, support Redline or any of other bars and restaurants that need help.