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The Best Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: Oct. 16 - 18

A child picks his pumpkin among many at a pumpkin patch in Irvine, on October 20, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via 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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Explore the art and culture of Frogtown. Check out a new food hall. Catch a drive-in movie at the L.A. Zoo. Support a new bookstore in Culver City. Help save independent music venues during a weekend of shows. Watch home movies made by your friends and neighbors. Take a walk through Atwater Village with a friend in your ear.

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Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Feed the Pumpkin Food Drive
One Colorado
41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena
Here's a different take on the trick-or-treat season. Donate nonperishable foods to benefit Friends In Deed. The wishlist includes canned tuna/chicken, hearty soups, chili, pasta & pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, rice, oil, sugar, flour, can openers, dry beans, oats, coffee and jelly. The goods will be accepted at the pumpkin-shaped bins located in three areas on the property. If you're there on Friday, Oct. 16, pick up a free pumpkin decorating kit from 5 to 7 p.m. as a thank you for your donation.

Musician Reggie Watts performs onstage at MTV's "Wonderland" LIVE Show on November 17, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for MTV)

Friday, Oct 16 - Sunday, Oct. 18

YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association team up to produce the virtual Save Our Stages Festival, which features performances from 35 artists recorded live from venues across the U.S. Look for the Foo Fighters, Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews, Dillon Francis, The Roots, Marshmello & Demi Lovato, Kelsea Ballerini, Miley Cyrus, Monica, Reba McEntire, Sebastián Yatra and Yg. Hosted by Reggie Watts, it'll livestream on NIVA's YouTube Channel with segments airing simultaneously on the artists' own YouTube channels. Fans can donate directly to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund.

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner looks on as President Donald Trump speaks before signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Friday, Oct. 16; 5 p.m. PDT

Andrea Bernstein and Kelly McEvers
Journalist Andrea Bernstein braids the destinies of the Trump and Kushner families together in her book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. She details the advantages, luck and personalities that helped each family accumulate their wealth. For this Writers Bloc event, she'll be joined by fellow journalist and podcaster Kelly McEvers.

Friday, Oct. 16; 11 a.m.

Shaping an Image: Political Women in History and Today
The Getty presents this online event which focuses on women throughout history who inherit or are elected to positions of power. These women have endured challenges that separate them from their male counterparts and have often used the visual arts to emphasize special qualities. Tune into this Zoom panel with medieval scholar Elizabeth L'Estrange and political scientist and photojournalist Elizabeth D. Herman. Art historian and curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw moderates.
COST: FREE, but registration required; MORE INFO

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Friday, Oct. 16 - Sunday, Oct. 18

Virtual Frogtown Artwalk
The Elysian Valley Arts Collective holds its first virtual festival. A number of events use the L.A. River as a jumping-off point. Activities include workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, online galleries, music and dance performances, video interviews, crafts and demonstrations. They'll be livestreamed on one or more platforms including EVAC's website, Facebook and Zoom. Check out neighborhood food and drink specials throughout the weekend.

Friday, Oct. 16; 6 p.m. PDT

Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble
The Broad Stage at Home's Red Hen Press Poetry Hour presents a discussion on the role of literature in racial and social justice. Hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh, guest speakers include Frances Payne Alder, Kazim Ali, Steve Almond, Afaa Weaver and Felicia Zamora. The event takes place on Facebook Live and

Weekends, Friday, Oct. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 1

L.A. Zoo Drive-In
L.A. Zoo Parking Lot
5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
The L.A. Zoo holds off its first drive-in movie series over the next three weekends, culminating in a Halloween weekend spooktacular. Each weekend has a different theme -- "Animal Adventures," "The Brilliant Betty White," "Hair-Raising Halloween" -- and screens a different movie each night of the run. Snacks will be available through mobile food ordering from the comfort of the car. Ticket purchases support the Zoo's conservation and education work. This weekend's films are Dr. Doolittle (Friday), Zootopia (Saturday) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Sunday).
COST: $40 - $140 per car; MORE INFO

Thursdays - Sundays through Nov. 1; 9 - 11:30 a.m.

A Walk In My Neighborhood
Near North Atwater Park in Atwater Village
Katie Lindsay has written, directed, performed and recorded an audio tour experience. Since the quarantine began, she has been taking a walk in her neighborhood every day and she shares her personal experience. This is a specific walk for Katie and a single audience member at a specific place and time. Guests can meditate on the present moment, the landscape and the history of the neighborhood while Lindsay shares stories. One audience member takes off every 15 minutes during the performance. The walks last about an hour and the location will be revealed after you make your reservation.
COST: Sliding scale, $10 - $25 suggested donation; MORE INFO

The Catalina Island Museum's exhibition, 'Titanic: Real artifacts, Real people, Real Stories,' opens virtually this weekend. (Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum)

Saturday, Oct. 17; 6 - 7 p.m. PDT

Titanic: Real artifacts, Real people, Real Stories
Catalina Island Museum's newest exhibition, which opens virtually, explores the drama behind the RMS Titanic's voyage, focusing on the people and the artifacts left behind. View images and personal belongings, many of which never having been publicly exhibited before. The show, which remains on view through Sept. 26, 2021, follows 12 individuals onboard to tell their stories during the tragedy.

Saturday, Oct. 17; 10:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Brian Sonia-Wallace
Village Well Books & Coffee
9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City
New indie bookstore Village Well Books & Coffee hosts its inaugural author event that's half virtual and half IRL. The online program runs from 10:30 to noon, with Culver City native and RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace reading from his recently published book The Poetry of Strangers leading a real-time poetry writing session. Culver City Councilman Thomas Small, Culver City's poet laureate Janet Hoult and artist laureate Alexey Steele join a conversation about Culver City's literary, cultural and social history. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.,

Saturday, Oct. 17; 7 p.m.

City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Ave., Anaheim
The L.A. rockers perform live at the drive-in to support their new album, Good Luck With Whatever, which was recently released by Rounder Records. The number of passengers in your vehicle must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats.
COST: $200 per car; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 17; 10 a.m. PDT

Showrunner Panel
Want the inside scoop on writers' rooms and writing for TV? Writing Pad presents a live, online panel discussion with Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks & Rec), Tanya Saracho (Vida) & Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, Self Made). They'll talk about what they look for when hiring staff writers and how they develop and run a top series. The event will be presented on Zoom with an audience Q&A.

The 18th edition of Los Angeles Home Movie Day takes place on Saturday, with films screening toward the end of the L.A. Archives Bazaar. (Courtesy of the Center for Home Movies)

Saturday, Oct. 17; 5 - 8 p.m.

18th Annual Los Angeles Home Movie Day
The Center for Home Movies, a nonprofit that helps preserve amateur and regional films, presents the first virtual home movie day. The screening of curated local and personal films is being held in conjunction with the L.A. as Subject's Archives Bazaar.

Saturday, Oct. 17; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

15th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
The annual event, which is a project of USC Libraries' L.A. as Subject, caters to local history buffs. This year, the bazaar moves its programming online. Workshops and talks include Introduction to the Garifuna Museum by Daniel Walker and Black History in the Archives: Black Leaders of Leisure in the West during the Struggle for Freedom during the Jim Crow Era.

Saturday, Oct. 17; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Craftoberfest 2020
Brookside Golf Course Restaurant
1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena
This food and drink experience features a craft beer flight of six, 4-ounce pours from local breweries including Smog City Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing, Brouwerij West, Paperback Brewing and Mumford Brewing. Other flights are available, too, from JUSTIN Wines/Landmark Vineyards, Reed's Ginger Beer (non-alc.) or a kids' meal with a root beer float. Each flight comes with a Bavarian pretzel and a souvenir glass. Alcohol purchasers must be 21 or older. A minimum of two tickets must be purchased for each group. Those who want to sit together must purchase tickets together.
COST: $22 per person; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 17; 5:30 p.m. PDT

Food Bowl: Takeout and Give Back Cook-A-Thon
The L.A. Times' food team hosts this two-hour livestream event with the help of special guest hosts, Ludo Lefebvre and Evan Kleiman. The night features a cooking demo from chef José Andrés and appearances by Danny Trejo, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, Phil Rosenthal and Eric Wareheim. Watch on the L.A. Times YouTube channel and Facebook page. Proceeds from the night will support hunger relief efforts by Andrés' World Central Kitchen. The event also airs on Spectrum News 1 and on the Spectrum News App on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 17; 5 p.m. PDT

The Forty-Year-Old Version Q&A
The American Cinematheque presents a virtual Q&A with Radha Blank, the writer-director-producer of this deeply personal film, out now on Netflix. Shot in black-and-white on 35mm, the New York City slice-of-life follows a playwright as she reinvents herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime.

Saturday, Oct. 17; 5 p.m. PDT

Actor and comedian Joel McHale hosts the 13th edition of the Institute of Contemporary Art LA's benefit sale. From the comfort of their homes, guests can view and purchase more than 400 works from both established and emerging artists, each of whom have contributed 12 x 12-inch original works... but you only find out who made the work after you buy it. All works cost $500. The live event features a song by artist Stephen Prina, an Incognito "how to" video by artists Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh and psychic readings by Kate Berlant with artists Nayland Blake, rafa esparza and Tala Madani. The sale begins after the program.
COST: Tickets start at $150; MORE INFO

A stallholder weighs traditional corn tortillas in Mexico Cty, on June 18, 2008. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Sunday, Oct. 18; 4 - 5 p.m.

KCRW & Gustavo's Great Tortilla Tournament
The annual tourney decides the winner of the Golden Tortilla -- earning the title of the best tortillas in SoCal. Journalist Gustavo Arellano and KCRW's Evan Kleiman host the battle on Zoom. Corn or flour? Watch the final four -- Taco Maria, Mitla Cafe, Jimenez Ranch Market and HomeState -- battle it out.
COST: FREE for KCRW Members, donation required for nonmembers ($1 or more); MORE INFO

Sunday, Oct. 18; 5 p.m. PDT

Cool Comedy / Hot Cuisine
Scleroderma Research Foundation's annual fundraiser is hosted by board members Bob Saget and Susan Feniger. The virtual event on YouTube features a night of music and comedy with appearances by Jason Alexander, Jack Black, Bill Burr, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Garlin, Nikki Glaser, Regina Hall, Ken Jeong, Queen Latifah, George Lopez, Howie Mandel, John Mayer, Joel McHale, Pat Monahan, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman and John Stamos. Bidding on the accompanying silent auction continues through noon on Monday, Oct. 19.
COST: Auction tickets start at $100; MORE INFO

Sunday, Oct. 18 - Friday, Nov. 13

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas
For its 25th year, the festival reimagines itself as an online community gathering that begins on Sunday and runs for four weeks. The festival features 25 individual events with a mix of writers, artists, storytellers, panels and children's activities. The programs on Oct. 18 include co-authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver reading from Lights, Camera, Danger! with host Michael Ordoña, and a panel on Young Adult Fiction: Love, Struggles, and What Lies In Between with authors Brandy Colbert, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Jennifer De Leon and moderator and young adult novelist Zan Romanoff.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

CalTech presents an afternoon online with singer-songwriter Perla Batalla. (Courtesy of CalTech)

Sunday, Oct. 18; 3:30 p.m.

An Afternoon with Perla Batalla
CalTechLive! presents a program with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla. Michael Alexander, Batalla's longtime colleague and director of public programming at Caltech, hosts an informal conversation and screening of archival footage followed by a live audience Q&A via Zoom. If you want to participate in the Q&A, advance registration is required. Otherwise, the event streams on

Kay Seida co-hosts the Best in Drag drive-in edition at the Rose Bowl this weekend. (Courtesy of the artist)

Sunday, Oct. 18; 6 p.m.

Best in Drag Show 2020
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
The show's 30th anniversary celebrates with a drive-in edition. Hosted by Patrick Rush and Kay Sedia, watch performances on the big screen. Celeb judges include Kathy Kinney, Alaska, Willam, Katya and Thomas John. The show doubles as a fundraiser for the Alliance for Housing and Healing.
COST: Tickets start at $150 per car; MORE INFO

Sunday, Oct. 18; 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Virtual Global Live-Piano Experience
Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica partners with MindTravel for a virtual, live piano experience from composer and pianist Murray Hidary. Listen to music as the sun sets over the Pacific with other music fans from around the world. The private link will be emailed one hour prior to the concert.
COST: Tickets start at $20; MORE INFO

Hook & Anchor is one of the tenants of the new food hall, Rodeo 39 Public Market, which has its grand opening in Stanton this weekend. (Hook & Anchor)

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.

  • New food hall Rodeo 39 Public Market opens this weekend in Stanton (it's near Westminster and Garden Grove) with indoor/outdoor setting, a dozen food vendors, Stanton's first brewery, an on-site butcher shop, a full bar, a tattoo parlor, a VR studio, a floral boutique, a bakery and a retro arcade. The grand opening takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 - 18, with social-distancing protocols. The festivities include live DJs and custom T-shirt. The first 100 people on both days receive a free monogrammed bandanna.
  • Santa Monica's Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar has opened a second location in Venice (110 Navy St.). Taking over the space formerly occupied by Chaya, co-owners Mario Sabatini and Piero Topputo offer their signature pastas served "dalla forma" (tossed in large hollowed cheese wheels just prior to being served).
  • The Gastro Garage catering crew takes over the rooftop of the W Hollywood for eight nights (Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 14). The blowtorch-powered evening features an eight-course, progressive-style dining experience with great views. The torched dinners are offered at 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person (two-person reservations minimum). Reservations are mandatory.
  • Here's a day trip idea. Head up the 101 to the Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara to try two new restaurant concepts, Costa and Café Lido. The Italian seaside concept Costa offers dinner nightly while Café Lido eatery offers light bites inspired by Mediterranean flavors.