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Fabulous Online And IRL Events This Week: Feb. 8 - 11

Sweetheart candy hearts are seen on the shelf at the To The Moon Marketplace on January 29, 2019, in Wilton Manors, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Listen to tales of love and heartbreak. Learn to cook vegan coconut flan. Watch stories of love and friendship at the Reel Love Film Fest. Listen to a panel discussion about the Black women of rock and roll. Kick back at a screening of Minari, the story of a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm. Bite into a half-off pizza deal on National Pizza Day (Tuesday, Feb. 9).

Monday, Feb. 8; 7:30

February StorySLAM: Love Hurts
The Moth returns with tales of love and heartbreak. If you have a story to share, prepare a five-minute version for a chance to be featured. The night is hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali from the Phoenix StorySLAM community.

Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on August 7, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, Feb. 9; 3 p.m. PST

Elijah Cummings' Memoir
ALOUD at the Central Library presents a program that centers around the late congressman's memoir, We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy. His widow, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, will be joined in by James Dale, the book's coauthor.

Jocelyn Ramirez of Todo Verde holds a live cook-along of vegan coconut flan inspired by a work by Frida Kahlo. (Courtesy of LACMA)

Tuesday, Feb. 9; 6 p.m. PST

Cooking with LACMA
Jocelyn Ramirez of Todo Verde, a plant-based Mexican food company, holds a live cook-along of vegan coconut flan inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting "Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes)!" The ingredients are listed on LACMA's website. The program starts with an introduction by LACMA educator Vivian Lin who discusses Kahlo's work and others who have portrayed her.

Tuesday, Feb. 9; 7:30 p.m. PST

Suspiria: Drive-In Dine-Out
Mess Hall at FLIGHT
1705 Flight Way, Tustin
The Frida Cinema teams up with the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival for a pop-up screening of Dario Argento's 1977 horror flick. When the young dancer Suzy (Jessica Harper) attends a prestigious ballet school in Germany, she finds that it holds a dark secret. Bring your own food or purchase from one of the Mess Hall's restaurants before the film.
COST: $25 per car; MORE INFO

CAAM hosts a panel around the book, 'Black Diamond Queens,' by Maureen Mahon, which documents the history of African American women in rock. (Courtesy of Duke University Press)

Tuesday, Feb. 9; 5 p.m. PST

Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll
In her book Black Diamond Queens, Maureen Mahon documents the history of Black women in rock from the 1950s to the 1980s. She's joined for a panel discussion by Daphne Brooks of Yale University,Gayle Wald of George Washington University and visual artist Nikita Gale. They'll also discuss the history of performance as it impacts the California African American Museum's exhibition, Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 13; 7 p.m. PST

Heartbeat Opera: Breathing Free
The indie opera company's latest work, Breathing Free, is a filmed song cycle dedicated to the celebration of Black artistic voices. It builds on Heartbeat's collaboration with 100 incarcerated singers in six prison choirs. Live opening remarks, a post-screening panel discussion and an audience Q&A will accompany each presentation. This is the work's West Coast Premiere and is presented online by The Broad Stage.
COST: $10 - $75 (pay what you can); MORE INFO

Emily Skeggs and Kyle Gallner appear in 'Dinner in America' by Adam Rehmeier. ( Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Philippe Bernier)

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 14

Reel Love Film Fest
Just in time for Valentine's Day, this virtual film fest focuses on new love stories, from romance to family and friendship. Opening the festival is the punk-rock misfit love story Dinner in America. Several diverse short and feature films round out the schedule. Complementary programming includes podcasts, live storytelling and open mics. These include Alie Stewart's Never Sent, featuring participants reading from past letters, emails and texts they didn't send.
COST: $10 - $85; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Feb. 10; 7 p.m. PST

Major Rewrite
Theatre Forty presents a Zoom reading of a new comedy by Michael Halperin. Based on true events, several film stars -- Charles Laughton, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Glynis Johns, Eli Wallach, Burgess Meredith -- gather in Boston in 1956 for George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Between their egos, personal crises and pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee, they reach a boiling point when Herman Wouk, brought in to edit the play, throws everyone off-balance.

Chippendale dancers pose for the company's international calendar photo shoot in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2002. (Scott Harrison/Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Welcome to Your Fantasy
Spotify's latest true crime podcast premieres this week and it focuses on the story of the male "exotic dancers" of Chippendales in the 1980s. Beyond the g-strings and oiled pecs, host and historian Natalia Petrzela uncovers a story of greed, corruption and murder in eight episodes. The podcast follows how two men -- an immigrant from India and a children's TV producer from New Jersey -- transformed a seedy L.A. nightclub into a global phenomenon.

Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood are visible during a short break in the rain on February 22, 2005. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Wednesday, March 17

California Lite
Julie Rico has curated an online art show for the nomadic New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial. The exhibition brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky.

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Thursday, Feb. 25

WE Drive-Ins
302 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica
The new drive-in space (in the Sears parking lot) opens this week with a screening of last year's Sundance darling about a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream.
COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a screening of two newly preserved episodes of 'Stars of Jazz.' ( Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Thursday, Feb. 11; 4 p.m. PST

Stars of Jazz
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a screening of two newly preserved episodes, with improved audio, from the Stars of Jazz, a television series that ran from 1956 to 1958 on KABC. Hosted by musician and actor Bobby Troup (the songwriter of "Route 66"), it showcased the jazz music and musicians at a time when few Black artists were seen on TV. Historian James A. Harrod, author of the book Stars of Jazz: A Complete History of the Innovative Television Series, 1956-1958, joins TV archivist Mark Quigley for a post-screening conversation.

Student Steven Garza is featured in the documentary 'Boys State,' now streaming on Apple TV+.​ (Courtesy of Apple TV+)

Thursday, Feb. 11; 6 p.m. PST

Boys State Virtual Live Q&A
This Apple original film follows the annual immersive program in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors gather for a mock exercise in building their own state government. Even at this age, the film shows that differing personalities and politics don't often mix. Join filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss as well as student Steve Garza for a live, post-screening Q&A.

Novena Carmel performs a DJ set at MOCA Geffen Plaza on October 19, 2019. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Thursday, Feb. 11; 7 p.m.

This Album Saved My Breakup
KCRW holds an anti-Valentine's Day event for the sad, the single or those in a sentimental mood. KCRW DJs Anne Litt, Novena Carmel, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Travis Holcombe and Jeremy Sole celebrate our love/hate relationship with the Hallmark holiday as they chat about the albums that got people through their breakups.

The Hammer Museum presents a conversation between Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi. (Image: Courtesy of the museum and the artist )

Thursday, Feb. 11; 5 p.m. PST

Mr. Wash & Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi
The Hammer Museum presents a conversation between Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi focusing on Mr. Wash's painting practice. He creates portraits of public figures and individuals that he met while wrongfully incarcerated for more than two decades. You can see Mr. Wash's works at both the Hammer and The Huntington.

Thursday, Feb. 11; 12 p.m. PST

Art Past Present with Meleko Mokgosi
The Wende Museum's online series continues with a Zoom conversation with Meleko Mokgosi, an artist and assistant professor at Yale University. His work includes large-scale paintings that explore themes of colonialism, democracy, nationalism and life in Southern Africa.

TV Streaming Pick

The Head
The international thriller The Head premiered last week in the U.S. on HBO Max. The six-episode survival saga is set in an Antarctic research station where the winter team must remain for six months, until spring. When the relief crew arrives, they find most of the winter team either dead or missing. It's up to Johan Berg (Alexander Willaume) to find his missing wife and uncover the killer. Yes, it's bleak but it's intriguing. Produced in Spain, it is in English, Danish, Swedish and Spanish. Watch on HBO Max.

Little Fatty celebrates the Lunar New Year with several à la carte options, including popcorn quail. (Courtesy of Little Fatty)

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.

  • Little Fatty in Mar Vista is offering Lunar New Year à la carte specials, Feb. 11 - 17. Try dishes such as popcorn quail, oxtail and beef curry, fish dumplings and beef chow fun. They're also offering a specialty cocktail -- an oxblood julep with a beet-infused bourbon.
  • During Black history month, we're focusing on Black-owned restaurants. Poppy + Rose in downtown L.A., owned by husband-wife duo Michael and Kwini Reed, offers comfort food inspired by country kitchens. Think cobbler French toast and the kitchen sink bowl (eggs, rice, quinoa and BBQ pulled pork). The duo is also known for giving back to the community by supporting hospitals, children's organizations and social justice causes through financial assistance and meal donations.
  • At Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights, all pies will be half-off on Tuesday, Feb. 9 for National Pizza Day. And for the entire month, there's a special for BFFs or date nights. Enjoy a 12" classic pizza, house salad and a bottle of house wine for $30.
  • Jordan Kahn's minimalist cafe Destroyer in Culver City offers a Valentine's Day Picnic Box ($55) that includes three types of artisanal cheeses -- Midnight Moon, Fiscalini Cheddar and Humboldt Fog -- and a selection of housemade treats such as lemon thyme elderflower honey, cranberry red currant jam and devil's food cake. Add-on items are also available. Orders may be picked up between Friday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 14.
  • Tsurumaru Udon in Little Tokyo celebrates Valentine's Day all weekend long by offering meal kits for those who want to make udon at home. Udon kits for two are $7.75 and available to order from Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14 at
  • Want something sweet for Valentine's weekend? Little House Confections in Beverly Grove, known for its Bomb Ass Olive Oil Cake, has announced a limited-time flavor: the farmer's market kumquat olive oil cake. Pre-order available for to pick-up or delivery, Feb. 12-21 online.
  • Black Tap Anaheim in Downtown Disney is offering a special edition Mickey Mouse milkshake ($24). The strawberry shake has a vanilla frosted rim topped with Mickey Mouse sprinkles topped, a Mickey Mouse-shaped crisped rice treat, rock candy, whipped cream and a cherry.
  • The beloved Mexican restaurant La Casita in Bell reopened on Friday, just in time to celebrate its 22nd anniversary. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. the rest of the week.