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The Most Fabulous Online And IRL Events This Weekend: Aug. 7 - 9

Lena Waithe speaks during "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" on May 16, 2020. (Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ)
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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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Peep crazy cult movie art. Attend the online PaleyFest. Catch a screening of Queen & Slim with Lena Waithe and Dev Hynes in person. Adopt a kitty looking for a forever home. Learn the history of the Colorado Street Bridge. Check out gems from the Disney archives.

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'You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski' is a found footage film of an interview with Charles Bukowski in San Pedro in 1981. (Film still from 'You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski')

Friday, Aug. 7 (opening)

You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski
This lost footage film is a love letter to Los Angeles featuring Charles Bukowski. It was rediscovered by the director Matteo Borgardt's mother, Silvia Bizio, an L.A.-based journalist and HFPA veteran. The film features Bizio as she spends a wine and cigarette-filled evening interviewing the author in 1981 in his San Pedro home. The Kino Lorber release is timed to what would've been Bukowski's 100th birthday.

Friday, Aug. 7; 4 p.m. PDT

Out in Public
UCLA Film & Television Archive's Virtual Screening Room presents a screening of shorts from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, which highlights different LGBTQ+ moments in history and ways of being queer in public.

Friday, Aug. 7; 7 p.m.

Play Your Part: A Benefit for Yola
Attend a virtual fundraiser for the L.A. Phil's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and its learning programs with a free online concert and workshop featuring Brandi Carlile, Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Wilkins, members of the L.A. Phil and members of YOLA.
COST: FREE, but donations encouraged; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug. 9

Craft Lake City
This year, Utah's largest local arts festival returns online for its 12th edition. Check out more than 250 local artisans, builders, vintage vendors and craft food creators, attend workshops and connect with makers directly online.

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Gallery1988's Crazy4Cult show goes online this year. Artwork will be revealed on Friday at noon. (Image: Dany Paragouteva)

Friday, Aug. 7 at noon (opening)

14TH Annual CRAZY4CULT Show
Gallery1988's annual most popular group show debuts its works exclusively online this year. View paintings, prints, sculptures and pins inspired by movies.

Edward James Olmos attends the 'Queen & Slim' Premiere at AFI FEST 2019 on Nov. 14, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Friday, Aug. 7; 7 p.m. PDT

Dan Guerrero Happy Hour with guest Edward James Olmos
Guerrero's biweekly En Casa con LA Plaza livestream series returns for a conversation with actor, director, producer and activist Edward James Olmos. The session will be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Friday, Aug. 7; 4 p.m. PDT

John Ridley's N�? Studios Events: Ryan Alexander
John Ridley's N�? Studios presents a number of digital events for members of his Milwaukee-based physical space as well as for artists and art lovers. This week, N�? Studios Unplugged x Next Showcase features a live music set by musician and producer Ryan Alexander. It will be available to view on the N�? Studios website and on its YouTube channel.
COST: FREE, but RSVP encouraged; MORE INFO

Friday, Aug. 7 (opening)

Virtual PaleyFest LA
The Paley Center's annual, in-person TV festival moves to a new online format beginning this week, with screenings available to members on YouTube on Aug. 7 and to the public on Monday, Aug. 10. Spotlighted shows include: Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix), Justin Bieber: Seasons (YouTube), Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Mrs. America ( FX on Hulu), One Day at a Time (Pop TV), Outlander (Starz), Ozark and Queer Eye (both Netflix). There's also an exclusive Schitt's Creek conversation available exclusively to Citi cardmembers and Paley Center Members.

Friday, Aug. 7; 7 p.m.

50-Year Retrospective: The Flights of Apollo: "After Apollo 13 - What Changed?"
Santa Monica College's John Drescher Planetarium continues its Friday night events in August with live virtual shows presented on Zoom. Each night starts with a Night Sky Show at 7 p.m., followed by the featured presentation at 8 p.m. This week, senior lecturer Jim Mahon talks about the nearly fatal Apollo 13 mission and how it had far-reaching effects on the number and types of lunar missions NASA was ultimately able to fly.

Saturday, Aug. 8; 8 p.m.

The Drive-in at Hotel Figueroa: Queen & Slim
Hotel Figueroa DTLA
Athena Lot
818 James M. Wood Blvd., downtown L.A.
Women Under the Influence andYOLA Mezcal present a new drive-in film series that amplifies the work of women, BIPOC and LGBTQ voices. The series kicks off with a screening of Melina Matsoukas' Queen & Slim, introduced by writer Lena Waithe and with soundtrack composer Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange). All proceeds will benefit the social justice organizations Trap Heals and WoW Project. Next Saturday (Aug. 15), the series screens Love & Anarchy (1973) by director Lina Wertmuller.
COST: $40 per car; MORE INFO

Saturday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 9; 6:30 p.m. doors

The Princess Bride / Fight Club
Lakeview Park
5305 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado
Street Food Cinema hits Orange County with drive-in screenings of The Princess Bride on Saturday and Fight Club on Sunday. Food will be available onsite; outside food and beverages are also permitted. Guests must stay in their cars except when ordering food or using restrooms; masks are required when interacting with staff. No tickets will be sold at the door.
COST: $20 per car, plus $8 per ticket (each person must have a ticket); MORE INFO

Michelson Found Animals hosts a Cuteness Overload: Kitten Adoption Week from Aug. 8 to 17. (Jennifer C. via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Saturday, Aug. 8 - Monday, Aug. 17

Cuteness Overload: Kitten Adoption Week
The Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop and NBC's Clear the Shelters team up for a virtual adoption event that aims to find homes for more than 50 kittens. Starting on Aug. 8, check the website for potential pets. They're accepting applications Aug. 8-12 via the website. Starting on the 12th, families and kittens will have a virtual meet-and-greet. If there's a match, an in-person adoption appointment will be set. Adoption fees are two-for-one, if you adopt two kittens.
COST: $150 (adoption fees); MORE INFO

A virtual celebration of the Colorado Street Bridge begins this week. (Courtesy: Pasadena Heritage)

Sunday, Aug. 9 - Saturday, Aug. 15

Virtual Celebration of the Colorado Street Bridge
Pasadena Heritage kicks off a weeklong celebration of the Colorado Street Bridge, which opened in 1913. The events include a custom and classic car cruise, a lecture on the bridge's history and children's activities.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

Sunday, Aug. 9 - Saturday, Aug. 22

7th Annual Burbank CoVedy Festival
The virtual comedy fest features a lineup of shows, podcasts, workshops and Q&As with more than 250 participants and performers from around the world including Michael Rapaport, Rob Paulsen, Jackie Kashian, Jimmy Pardo, Laurie Kilmartin and Jimmy Dore.
COST: Ticket prices vary ($5 - $25); MORE INFO

Sunday, Aug. 9; 12:30 p.m. PDT

Walt Disney Archives Lecture Series: Photo Library Presentation
This pre-recorded segment from the Disney Archives features Cesar Gallegos, Heather Hoffman, Michael Buckhoff and Maggie Evenson as they discuss the 20th Century Fox/Disney photo collection. The presentation highlights rare images from the library. Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Aug. 30

7th Annual Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival
The LADFF features 57 official selections -- features and shorts -- from 17 countries around the world. Dedicated to storytelling from marginalized voices, all films stream at LADFF for the first time in festival history.
COST: $7.99 per film or shorts program; MORE INFO

Employees Only has transformed their next door parking lot and launched Summer Social Club with physically distant protocols in place. (Employees Only)

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.

  • It's Black Restaurant Week. Started four years ago in Houston, it has expanded to nine cities in the U.S. -- including L.A. where it features 39 spots. Want more options for Black-owned restaurants? Here you go.
  • Employees Only in West Hollywood has transformed their next door parking lot and launched Summer Social Club. This multiweek festival, which runs Wednesdays through Sundays, offers a rotating roster of events, food pop-ups and wellness activities all while ensuring socially distant seating and space.
  • Perry's Joint in Pasadena is holding its 10th annual scholarship fundraiser. Contribute through Aug. 12 to a Go Fund Me campaign set up for three local scholarship recipients off to four-year colleges. Or, order takeout or delivery from Perry's on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., when owner Perry Bennett donates 100% of the proceeds to the fund.
  • Beginning on Friday at noon, Botanica Restaurant and Market in Silver Lake converts its kitchen into a Levantine pop-up called Kabob Party. The food is available Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. (for pickup via Toast and delivery via ChowNow), alongside the market goods, natural wines, and spirits.