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Top Online and IRL Events Happening This Week: Sept. 8 - 10

Chuck Palahniuk, pictured here at the 12th Rome Film Fest in 2017, discusses his new book with Pamela Adlon this week. (Photo by Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images)
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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.

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Check out live folklórico music and dance (from a safe distance). Listen as Chuck Palahniuk discusses his newest book. Listen to top journos talk about the state of media in America. Take a walk bathed in L.A.'s neon lights. Take advantage of dining and shopping deals at The Grove.

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Tuesday, Sept. 8; 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Chuck Palahniuk's The Invention of Sound in Conversation w/ Pamela Adlon
Palahniuk returns with a chilling new book. It's about a father searching for his daughter, a young woman who has a secret, and the "commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art." Palahniuk will talk with writer, director and actor Adlon. Dynasty Typewriter hosts the online discussion via Zoom.
COST: $5 - $60.13; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Sept. 8; 6 - 7:30 p.m.

In Conversation: Animation Creation
Groundlings alumna and Peabody Award-Winning writer Deanna Oliver (Casper, The Brave Little Toaster, Animaniacs, Curious George) takes part in a virtual conversation about the animation industry with Groundlings main company member Annie Sertich (Silicon Valley). A Q&A session with attendees follows. The session will be held over Zoom and proceeds will help support the Groundlings Theatre & School, which is a nonprofit organization.

The last installment of the Racism is a Public Health Issue series focuses on ways that essential workers deal with inequality. (Courtesy of LACMA)

Tuesday, Sept. 8; 4 p.m.

Essentially Forgotten: How COVID-19 Impacts Frontline Workers
The third and final conversation in the series Racism is a Public Health Issue looks at ways that essential workers deal with inequality. They often face inadequate safety measures, low wages, lack of health insurance and little job security. Panelists include activist Dolores Huerta, artist Narsiso Martinez, Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Care in Action and Gabby Seay of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The panel, which takes place via Zoom, will be moderated by Chon Noriega, director and professor, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

(Kelsey Knight/Unsplash)

Wednesday, Sept. 9; 5 p.m. PDT

Pairings With Beth Bowen & Eric Sanders
This virtual gallery experience features artworkz by Beth Bowen and Eric Sanders paired with wine. Moderated by Resin gallery owner Rafael McMaster, the artists discuss their newest pieces and processes. During the talk, Italian wine purveyor Mister Vino chats about the wines chosen to go with these artworks. To place a wine order, text 310-770-3710 with the code "Pairings Wine Request."
COST: FREE (wine extra); MORE INFO

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Wednesday, Sept. 9; 5 p.m. PDT

Media and Our Present Moment
ALOUD at the Central library presents an online conversation that explores how the media shapes our individual experiences during these historical times. Panelists include journalists Yamiche Alcindor (PBS NewsHour), Sewell Chan (Los Angeles Times) and Brooke Gladstone (NPR's On the Media).

Wednesday, Sept. 9; 2 p.m.

Song of Los Angeles
The L.A. Opera's at Home series features a big show from the talented kids attending this year's virtual vocal camp. Expect stories of hope and resilience inspired by their elders and various communities in the City of Angels.

USC Annenberg and KPCC In Person presents its second panel discussion on the future of local news. (KPCC)

Wednesday, Sept. 9; 1 - 2 p.m.

The Future Of Local News (Part 2)
The three-part series from KPCC and USC Annenberg continues with a panel discussion that examines how local media can address the information needs of diverse communities. KPCC director of community engagement Ashley Alvarado is joined by Outlier founder and executive editor Sarah Alvarez, LA Taco editor-in-chief Javier Cabral and USC Annenberg adjunct lecturer and LA Times audience engagement editor Adriana Lacy to address strategies for amplifying community voices and the ways support more diverse--and relevant--newsrooms. RSVP for viewing link.

Wednesday, Sept. 9; 6 - 7 p.m. PDT

John Cleese in conversation with Judd Apatow
Live Talks LA presents the two comedy minds discussing Cleese's new book, Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide. The British comic, actor and writer of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, shares his key ideas about creativity: That it's a learnable, improvable skill.
COST:$25 includes a signed book (shipping included); MORE INFO

Wednesday, Sept. 9; noon PDT

Celluloid Space: Hollywood's Cold War
The Wende Museum welcomes author and educator Tony Shaw for its latest lunchtime lecture. Shaw, professor of History at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, discusses film and propaganda during the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. RSVP for Zoom link.

This livestreamed comedy and talk show is animated in real time, airing weekly on Thursday nights. (Courtesy of Jack In)

Thursday, Sept. 10; 9 p.m. PDT

Jack In
The live comedy show takes place weekly on Twitch with real-time animated hosts Barnard Morrisonberg (voiced by Dave Ciaccio) and his sidekick Meeps (Gary Petersen). They welcome comedians and other characters. The show is also available on and @JackInShow on Instagram.

Thursday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m. PDT

The Importance of Equitable Inclusion: Amplifying Latinx Art, Artists, and Culture
Several local museums and arts organizations have teamed to form the Latinx Arts Alliance, which launches its programming with an online panel discussion about the importance of equitable representation. Panelists include Raul A. Anaya, president of Business Banking and Market President, Greater Los Angeles for Bank of America; John Echeveste, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes CEO; Lourdes I. Ramos-Rivas, Ph.D., MOLAA president & CEO; Betty Avila, executive director of Self Help Graphics & Art; Carlos Rogel, SPARC executive director; and Norma Fabian Newton, board member of the Vincent Price Art Museum. Juan Devis, CEO of KCET + PBS SoCal moderates.

Watch folklórico -- pandemic style -- at The Muck in Fullerton this week. (Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles)

Thursday, Sept. 10; 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
The Muck's weekly drive-in series continues with a performance by noted Mexican American folk dance company Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. To ensure a safe evening, audience members are required to wear masks anytime they leave their vehicles.

Thursday, Sept. 10; 6:30 p.m. PDT

RISK! Livestream Online Show
Kevin Allison (MTV's The State) hosts a night of unbelievable true stories from David Thill, Ria Spencer, Sophia (Phern) Brown and Yasmine. RSVP for the Zoom link.

The Museum of Neon Art in Glendale offers neighborhood neon sign guides that are free to download off its website. (Passion Leica via Creative Commons/Flickr)


Light Walks
Although the Museum of Neon Art remains closed, it has created four new, self-guided walks you download for free from its website. Take a stroll and check out the neon sights of Echo Park, West Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown and Glendale. The lights of these neighborhoods reflect L.A's early history, evangelism, rock'n'roll, gentrification, police corruption and immigrant success.

Le Jardin at The Culver Hotel has reopened for outdoor dining. (The Culver Hotel)

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 Culver Hotel recently reopened its restaurant for outdoor dining. It has a new name, a new chef and a new menu. Le Jardin at The Culver Hotel features local and seasonal ingredients in dishes created by executive chef Ben Diaz.
  • Superba Food + Bread in Venice has transformed its outdoor space that can accomodate up to 75 guests. New items include chilaquiles with fried eggs, a full raw bar and "Dailies" like pork milanese, crispy duck leg, lobster with fries and a lasagna dinner.
  • Coolhaus Ice Cream has partnered with Ritz Crackers to create the limited-edition flavor, Crackers & Cream. The frozen treat features peanut butter ice cream with a crispy Ritz Cracker swirl. It's being released on Wednesday and is available for purchase online via the Coolhaus website, their Culver City scoop shop and, starting on Dep. 10, for local delivery on various third-party apps. Pints are $12 while supplies last.
  • As part of its Angeleno All Access program, The Grove offers special promotions at participating shops and eateries. The deals are available Monday to Thursday at Bar Verde at Nordstrom, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Fountain Bar, Groundwork Coffee, Häagen-Dazs, La Piazza, Ladurée and Wetzel's Pretzels.