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The Best Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: Jan. 29 - 31

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Life does begin after coffee. (Bruno Emmanuelle/Unsplash)
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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 an events/nonevents column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.

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Listen to Flying Lotus live from Brooklyn. Laugh along with some of comedy's biggest stars to benefit SF Sketchfest. Learn about the accidental discovery of coffee. Watch a troupe try and perform Who Framed Roger Rabbit? from memory. Watch a psychological thriller about a couple trapped in a hotel. Toast silent movie actress Marion Davies' birthday. Catch movies about dance, at the drive-in.

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Friday, Jan. 29; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Accidental Discoveries
Atlas Obscura welcomes back Dr. Kelly Reidy to chat about a few of history's most surprising mishaps and accidents, ones that led to major discoveries. This time, she'll focus on the history of coffee, from its single-source, dancing goats beginning to your morning cup.
COST: $10 per device; MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 4


Malcolm & Marie
Cinelounge Drive-In
adjacent to 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Hollywood
Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the black-and-white film stars Zendaya and John David Washington as a couple whose relationship is tested after a movie premiere. The celebratory evening takes a turn as revelations about their relationship surface. Kourosh Ahari's horror/mystery The Night also opens for a limited run at the drive-in.
COST: Tickets start at $29.99; MORE INFO

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Jason Isbell performs at Marathon Music Works on March 9, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Friday, Jan. 29; 6 p.m. PST


Lyle Lovett & Jason Isbell: In Conversation and Song
Tune into a night of talk and music from these two singer-songwriters. Watch the livestream on lylelovett.com.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 29; 6 - 9 p.m.


Uncle Buck
The Roadium Open Air Market
2500 West Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance
Watch the late John Candy play a carefree, irresponsible brother who finds himself babysitting his angsty niece (Jean Louisa Kelly) and her younger siblings (Gaby Hoffman, Macaulay Culkin). The 1989 film was directed by John Hughes.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

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Friday, Jan. 29; 6 p.m. PST


The Robey Theatre Company: Covid-19 Town Hall
The company's Evening Conversation series (via Zoom) examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the African American community. Millena Gay moderates a panel discussion with several doctors -- Roshonda Clemons (pediatrics), Katherine Conte (genomics), Matthew Conte (biological sciences), Curtrina Strozier (obstetrics/gynecology) -- as well as patient advocate Crystal Antoinette Graham. Attendees can email questions to the panel at info@therobeytheatrecompany.org or by using the Zoom Chat feature during the event.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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An employee stands in front of an antiques store on June 8, 2020 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Saturday, Jan. 30; 5:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Long Beach Antique Market
4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach
The chic swap meet/flea market returns, rain or shine. Parking is free. Masks are required and COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced.
COST: $8 - $12; MORE INFO

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'The Circadian Cycle' from director-choreographer Garry Stewart screens Dance Camera West's drive-in event this weekend. (Courtesy of Dance Camera West)

Saturday, Jan. 30 - Sunday, Jan. 31


Dance Camera West Drive In: Best of the Festival
Santa Monica College
Bundy Campus East Parking Lot
3171 S. Bundy Dr., Mar Vista
The Broad Stage presents a drive-in experience (in two separate programs) showcasing dance films from around the world. Each film in the festival is making its world, U.S. or L.A. premiere and reflects the COVID-19 era. Sound will be broadcast on low-power FM radio only. Advance ticket purchase is required.
COST: $45 - $80; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 4 and 8 p.m. PST


Company Creation Festival
The second week of the Son of Semele's annual ensemble play festival presents the online performances of Leo's Dead, directed by Rane Laymance and written by Tami Hillberry from the Three Shots and a Beer company. The one-act, expanded from a series of scenes, follows a widow on her first date with a younger man, who she met through her late husband.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 1 p.m. PST


A Historical Lens on Noé Martínez: The Homeland of the Images
The Orange County Museum of Art welcomes history professor Andrés Reséndez, artist Noé Martínez and guest curator Ruth Estevez for an online conversation about the history of slavery in 16th century Mexico and how it inspired Martínez's work in the museum's exhibition, The Homeland of the Images.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 5 p.m. PST


Festpocalypse
This marathon comedy and variety show serves as a virtual fundraiser for SF Sketchfest. The phenomenal lineup features The Kids In The Hall, The State, David Cross & Bob Odenkirk The Tenderloins, The Black Version Upright Citizens Brigade, Rifftrax, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, plus Christopher Guest, Jon Hamm, The Milk Carton Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Eliza Skinner, Aisha Tyler, Sasheer Zamata, Fred Armisen, Reggie Watts, and dozens of other musicians and comics. Purchase of tickets include a 48-hour rental.
COST: $20 - $5,000; MORE INFO

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Watch a tale of sidetracked Hollywood dreams that leaves a woman stranded in a Pasadena gas station with lies, adultery, murder and all-day breakfast. (Courtesy of Dynasty Typewriter)

Saturday, Jan. 30; 5 - 6:30 p.m


Eggs at Midnight: The Miriam McCrory Story
The Midnight Movie Collective presents a darkly comedic melodrama about a young woman with dreams of Hollywood and love. She gets sidetracked at a gas station and ventures into a world of lies, adultery, murder and all-day-breakfasts.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 5 p.m. PST


Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Entirely From Memory
Ten Bones Theatre Company returns with its first installment of the year as performers try to recreate the 1988 animated/live-action film -- without scripts or rehearsals. There are a few more rules to make things difficult. Performers won't know who they're playing until the show starts, one person has the power to cue deleted scenes and each performer gets a specific Zoom rule they must follow during the show.
COST: Suggested donation of $5 or more; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 5 p.m. PST


Normalize Anything: Comedy Show w/ Comics Whose Parents Have Mental Illness
Atsuko Okatsuka hosts a comedy show via Zoom that aims to destigmatize mental illness by highlighting comics who grew up with a parent with mental illness. This month's lineup features Valerie Tosi, Jibz Cameron, Katy French, Sadia Azmat and a Q&A with Byron Bowers. A portion of the proceeds raised will go to Painted Brain, an arts-based mental health organization.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 30; 6 p.m. PST


Flying Lotus Livestream
The electronic musician, DJ and producer holds a livestreamed show from Brooklyn featuring songs from his new EP, Intertimes.
COST: $9.99; MORE INFO

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Writer/performer Ryan J. Haddad stars in 'Hi, Are You Single?' available digitally beginning on Jan. 31. (Lawrence E. Moten III)

Sunday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 28


Hi, Are You Single?
You can often find writer/performer Ryan J. Haddad on Grindr and other online and offline places to find love. He has a higher sex drive than you -- and he also has cerebral palsy. In his one-man show, presented by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with IAMA Theatre Company, Haddad takes you on a digitally streamed journey through the gay dating scene, filled with rejection, intimacy and judgement.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

Sunday, Jan. 31; 8 - 9:30 a.m. PST


Bridgerton's Real Black History
The hit Netflix show from Shonda Rhimes is being praised for its multicultural casting, but many people are asking about the historical accuracy of the Regency period drama. The London-based Black History Walks organization holds an online multimedia presentation that reveals several real "Simon Duke of Hastings" in 1700s and 1800s England, Black boxers of the 19th century, Black queens and princesses of the 19th and 20th centuries and white aristocracy and their Black lovers from the 1700s onward.
COST: £6; MORE INFO

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The Annenberg Beach House celebrates the birthday of silent film star and original resident Marion Davies. (Courtesy of the Annenberg Beach House)

Sunday, Jan 31; 3 - 4 p.m.


Happy Birthday Marion!
The Annenberg Beach House and the Santa Monica Conservancy hold an online celebration of the life and times of silent film actress and William Randolph Hearst mistress Marion Davies, the original Beach House resident. Listen to tales about Davies' life, from her convent education to her time as a Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl. The afternoon also features music from the 1920s and '30s performed by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys and pianist Frederick Hodges. Registrants will receive a Zoom link and the recipe for Marion's Sunset at the Beach cocktail. Registration closes Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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Shahab Hosseini stars in Kourosh Ahari's 'The Night.' (Courtesy of IFC Midnight)

Film Streaming Pick


The Night
Kourosh Ahari's horror/mystery The Night (in Farsi with English subtitles) follows an Iranian couple and their one-year-old daughter. After Babak (Shahab Hosseini) has a few too many drinks, Neda (Niousha Noor) insists they stay the night at a hotel. During a seemingly endless night, they find themselves imprisoned and forced to face the secrets they've kept from each other. The IFC Midnight production can be streamed on Apple TV+ and other platforms and is also playing on the big screen at the Cinelounge Drive-In this weekend.

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Michael Mina and the MINA Group recently debuted the Bourbon Burger Bar, operating out of Bourbon Steak's kitchen in Glendale. (David Varley)


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 10-day RE:Her food fest, dedicated to women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, wraps up. Check out one-of-a-kind collaborations (Burritos La Palma x porridge + puffs, Guelaguetza x All Day Baby) and order all sorts of delicious dishes... galbi chicken wings, vegan chocolate pistachio babka, oxtail stew, three pints of ice cream for the price of two, pandesal and custard, Hoppin' John fritters, pao de queijo, char siu onigiri. Have we tempted you yet?
  • Lucques brings back its popular Cassoulet Night, Jan. 29 - 30. Chef Suzanne Goin elevates the French casserole with duck confit, pork confit, garlic sausage and white beans. The meal comes with a salad and dessert. $65 for two or $125 for four people. Available to order via Tock.
  • Popular Silver Lake purveyor Rick's Produce opens its second location -- a new, permanent stall at The Original Farmers Market -- on Friday, Jan. 29. The family-owned operation sells local produce farmed in Fallbrook.To celebrate the new stand, get 10% off, Jan. 29-31.
  • The Los Angeles Times Dinner Series continues with a Jan. 31 lunch featuring Orange County culinary stars. The four-course, modern French meal will be prepared by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi (Knife Pleat). The takeout meal will be accompanied by a conversation with actors Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), hosted by The Times' editorial team. The event will support Project Angel Food. The food will be available for pick up at Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa on the day of the event. Cost: $95, two ticket minimum per household.
  • Michael Mina and the MINA Group recently debuted the Bourbon Burger Bar, a ghost kitchen operating out of his Glendale restaurant. The menu offers half-pound, prime dry-aged steak patties, a heritage turkey burger, a wild salmon burger and a mushroom-based veggie burger as well as sides and cocktails. Order via Toast, Uber Eats, Postmates and Doordash. Bourbon Burger Bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Michelin-starred Q Sushi in downtown L.A. offers fancy takeout boxes on Friday and Saturday nights. Its omakase sushi box, meant for two people, includes approximately 40 pieces of nigiri and sashimi. The menu changes daily depending on market availability. It's a splurge. The to-go box will set you back $400. Order via Tock.