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Awesome Online And IRL Events This Week: June 29 - July 2

The online art exhibition, 'Out There,' from Los Angeles Art Association / Gallery 825 closes this week. (Image: Janine Brown, 'Mommy, Daddy is Playing Dress Up Again!')
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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.

Catch a drive-in flick at the Rose Bowl or a drive-in concert in Fullerton. Check out a panel discussion on "artivism" (art + activism). Scratch your true crime itch with two new releases about the Golden State Killer, who is reportedly set to plead guilty to several murders and attacks this week. View online art exhibitions that celebrate Pride, post Pride and social justice movements.

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Through Tuesday, June 30

Out There 2020
There are a couple days left to catch the Los Angeles Art Association and the city of West Hollywood's annual Pride exhibition, held online for the first time. View and purchase works by participating artists such as Clovis Blackwell, Jo Ann Block, Janine Brown, Richard S. Chow, Michael Derry, Pam Farkus and Dwora Fried, among many others.

Lalo Alcaraz attends the 2nd Annual L'Attitude Conference on September 26, 2019 in San Diego. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Monday, June 29 at 5 p.m. PDT

CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Los Angeles, presents a virtual panel featuring three artists. They'll lead a conversation about social justice, racial inequality and art activism aka "artivism." The event features Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, graphic artist and illustrator Nikkolas Smith and multimedia artist Anike Tourse.

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Tuesday, June 30 at 6 - 7 p.m. PDT

Circus of Books Virtual Panel Discussion
For more than 35 years, the WeHo gay porn shop and bookstore Circus of Books served as a hub for gay life and culture. Many people didn't know the store was run by owners Karen and Barry Mason, a straight couple with three kids. Check in on a discussion with the Masons and their daughter, filmmaker Rachel Mason, who made a documentary about her parents and the store. Transgender activist Buck Angel moderates.

Tuesday, June 30; 5 p.m. PDT

Weird Homes Tour: Ghosts in the Machines
Atlas Obscura's Wonder from Home series continues with tours that feature the homes of artists, performers and creatives. This week, historian and "occult archeologist" Brandon Hodge invites you to a virtual tour of his home. Check out his collection of artifacts and relics from the 19th century Spiritualist movement.
COST: $10 per device; MORE INFO

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Wednesday, July 1 - ongoing

Denise Ho - Becoming the Song
This documentary from Sue Williams is an intimate portrait of the queer Cantopop icon and activist. She came out as a lesbian in 2012 at the Hong Kong Pride Parade, the first major female star in Hong Kong to do so. Ho has also been vocal about her support for democracy and civil liberties -- and has been blacklisted in mainland China. The film, which opens nationwide through virtual cinemas, is being released in solidarity with the annual protests that mark the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China.

Thursday, July 2; 7:30 p.m.

Finnegan Blue Drive-in Concert
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton
The Muck holds a drive-in and family-friendly concert with American roots band Finnegan Blue, featuring siblings Anna Lee and Willie Fleming alongside their dad, Bill. Guests are asked to wear a mask when outside their cars.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

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Thursday, July 2 - Sunday, July 5

Tribeca Drive-In
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
The new film series features more than 30 films screening at drive-in theaters and other venues around the country, including the Rose Bowl. Films will be screened each weekend (Thursday - Sunday) through Aug. 2. The series opens with a free screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble, Dawn Porter's documentary on civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. This weekend's other films include Field of Dreams, Invasion, Space Jam, Creed and The Wizard of Oz.

Thursday, July 2 - Sunday, July 5

Dias de Gracia (Days of Grace)
The Hola Mexico Film Festival's virtual series continues to bring recent, indie films from Mexico to broader audiences. This week, it adds director Everardo Gout's 2011 crime thriller about kidnapping, corruption and justice, which spans three World Cup tournaments.

Thursday, July 2; 8:45 p.m. PDT

Beyond Fest Drive-In Summer Series
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair
American Cinematheque teams up with Beyond Fest and Mission Tiki for another screening under the stars. Catch the double feature of Steven Spielberg's Jaws followed by Tremors by Ron Underwood. Tickets must reflect the number of passengers in the car.
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO

The exhibiiton 'Post Pride' is now online through July 31at ace121gallery with works that reflect themes of queerness and social justice. (Image: Dorian Katz, 'Femme Lingerie Party: Who's Zoomin' Who')

Through Friday, July 31

Post Pride
As many Pride events became online celebrations or transformed to support the Black Lives Matter movement, ace/121 Gallery's exhibition puts a spotlight on the "post-Pride" moment. The online exhibition features works from artists that reflect upon queerness or issues of social and racial justice. Participating artists are Dorian Katz, Emery Nunez, Emiliano Aguirre, Jo Ann Block, John Calavitta, Juan Velasquez, Nelson Munares, Shelley Heffler and Violenta Flores.

Through Sunday, July 4

The Blank Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season
The Hollywood theater celebrates 30 years by livestreaming two shows. The LRS Plus production of Nixon on Nixon is a new play by Sean Waldron, featuring Rob Nagle and directed by Bree Pavey. The solo show focuses on Richard Nixon days after he resigned as president. Nathan C. Jones: A Love Story? is a world premiere of the dark, comedic musical with a book by Vanessa Claire Stewart. The solo show with Amir Levi follows a slightly deranged man as he slowly destroys his dream relationship. The productions will stream live and both will split donations among the artists involved.
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

Throughout the summer

Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Lectures
The long-running educational organization, dedicated to classes in horror movie history, theory and production, is launching archival videos of their classes. The lectures will be released periodically during the summer, beginning with Penny Slinger's (An Exorcism, published in 1977) talk with filmmaker Jacqueline Castel from December 2019. Other classes feature filmmaker Pete Walker and a panel discussion interrogating author H.P. Lovecraft's racism.
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

A new HBO mini-series is based on the best-selling investigative book, 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark,' written by the late writer Michelle McNamara. (Photograph by Robyn Von Swank/HBO)


I'll be Gone in the Dark / Killers Keep Secrets
True crime fans can take in two new projects this week that focus on Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the former police officer better known as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist. On Sunday, HBO launched a six-part documentary based on the best-selling investigative book I'll Be Gone in the Dark, written by the late Michelle McNamara. A new book out on June 30, Killers Keep Secrets: The Golden State Killer's Other Life, is a first-person account written by James Huddle, DeAngelo's former roommate and brother-in-law. He writes about how DeAngelo spun an intricate web of deception and how he and his family dismissed and missed many warning signs throughout the years. The book provides an alternate timeline to the horrendous crimes committed by the Golden State Killer. On Monday in Sacramento, DeAngelo is reportedly set to plead guilty to several murders and attacks.
COST: Varies

SoCal Shake Shacks are offering DIY Sundae Kits to take home and create as your palate desires. (Shake Shack)

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.

  • Hatchet Hall in Culver City has reopened and extended their patio for outdoor dining and drinking. The restaurant is open for walk-ins only from Wednesday through Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Santa Monica Brew Works launched the "Spread Love" Juicy IPA on Saturday, with the beer available in four-packs of 16 oz. cans from the brewery's Santa Monica tasting room. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these four-packs will go to Meals On Wheels West. The fundraiser runs until the limited 10-barrel batch sells out.
  • The Cat and Fiddle in Hollywood resumes dine-in service on June 29, restructuring processes and procedures for dining. The restaurant also launches a new Cat's Takeaway Window (open Monday through Friday from 12 to 3 p.m.). It's like a fish and chip shop in the U.K. where you can enjoy a pint while waiting, without coming inside. Afternoon tea returns for dine in or takeaway, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Shake Shack recently launched DIY Sundae Kits, which are available at all L.A. and San Diego locations. At $24.99, these kits include a pint of vanilla custard, a pint of chocolate custard, a can of whipped cream, fudge and strawberry sauces, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar cones and spoons.