Stuff To Do In The Time Of COVID: Aug. 10 - 13
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.
Tune into a conversation about Isabel Wilkerson's new book on our invisible caste system. Watch wacky videos compiled from found footage. Listen to risky storytelling. Get crafty and drink crafty. Head to the latest SFV drive-in. And listen in as KPCC's Kyle Stokes talks about plans for the upcoming school year.
Monday, Aug. 10; 5 - 6:30 p.m.
In Conversation: Isabel Wilkerson and Jacqueline Woodson
The California African American Museum presents an online conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilkerson who discusses her latest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, with children's author Jacqueline Woodson. Wilkerson's new book examines how our class system has shaped America. Signed copies of the book are available at Eso Won Books. Zoom instructions will be sent after RSVP.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Aug. 11; 6 p.m. PDT
Roots-soul musician Nathaniel Rateliff performs his solo album, And It's Still Alright, in its entirety from his home studio in Denver. The night begins with an interview between Rateliff and Rolling Stone editor and music journalist David Fricke. Proceeds from the event will benefit Rateliff's foundation, The Marigold Project, which supports various organizations working for economic and social justice.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. PDT
Museum of Home Video
Film programmer and Voyager Institute founder Bret Berg has launched a new online film showcase for found footage. Tune in live on Twitch for 90 minutes of weird, obscure and outdated video finds.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Tuesdays, Aug. 11 - Oct. 27
For the Love of L.A.
The Music Center launches a new weekly series on its social media accounts, debuting more than 35 works of art that celebrate L.A.'s creative community of musicians, dancers, performers and visual artists. Tune in on Tuesday see up to three new works revealed, then learn more about the artists in the digital library The Music Center Offstage.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Aug. 11; 7 p.m. (doors)
443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry
ArcLight at the drive-in presents an advance screening of Spree, starring Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as a 23-year-old rideshare driver who wants social media attention so badly that he tries to go on a videotaped rampage, but it doesn't really go as planned. Stand-up comedian (Sasheer Zamata), who has her own viral agenda, crosses his path and may be the only person who can stop the insanity.
COST: $45 per car (carmel corn popcorn included); MORE INFO
Wednesday, Aug. 12; 4 p.m.
Virtual Event: Kyle Stokes on Distance Learning
KPCC's education reporter Kyle Stokes talks about schools and distance-based learning in the midst of a pandemic. The Zoom conversation will focus on educational plans, safety, school-life-family balance and how to reach and teach the most vulnerable children. Once registered, participants will be able to submit questions for Stokes.
COST: FREE, with RSVP; MORE INFO
Wednesday, Aug. 12 (Opening)
Jazz on a Summer's Day
The 1959 concert documentary directed by Bert Stern has been digitally restored and opens in select virtual cinemas. Shot at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, it captures performances by legendary artists including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson. Find the film at several SoCal Laemmle theaters or through the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. One ticket is good for a five-day rental. Proceeds benefit whichever theater you buy your tickets from.
COST: $10; MORE INFO
Thursday, Aug. 13; 6:30 p.m. PDT
RISK! Livestream Online Show
Host Kevin Allison leads a lineup of storytellers who tell tales they never thought they'd reveal in public. The show is accessible via Zoom.
COST: $15 per person; MORE INFO
Thursday, August 13
Crafting + Craft Beer
The Orange County Museum of Art offers a craft-at-home workshop with participants learning simple embossing techniques to create a metallic hanging. The session is led by teaching artist Elizabeth Cardenas and draws inspiration from Allan Sekula's photograph, "Dockers Unloading Sugar Ship," which is in OCMA's collection. Pick up art supplies (including your own beverage) from Green Cheek Beer Co. (Orange and Costa Mesa) through Thursday while supplies last.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Thursday, Aug. 13; 7 p.m.
KCRW's Trivia Night
KCRW's Summer Club presents a team-based, long-form game night based on KCRW Trivia Club Live. Madeleine Brand hosts the virtual battle of trivial knowledge via Zoom. Event link will be sent to all registered attendees the day of the event.
COST: FREE for KCRW members, by donation for everyone else; MORE INFO
Thursday, Aug. 13 - Sunday, Aug. 16
San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks
My Valley Pass brings a retro drive-in back to the SFV with a lineup that includes The Sandlot, Grease, Jurassic Park and La Bamba this week. The screenings will raise money for The Valley Relics Museum and the Neon Retro Arcade, both of which have been closed for several months during the pandemic.
COST: Tickets start at $15 per person; MORE INFO
Through Saturday, Aug. 22
7th Annual Burbank CoVedy Festival
The international virtual comedy fest continues with a lineup of shows, podcasts, workshops and Q&As featuring more than 250 participants and performers. They include Michael Rapaport, Rob Paulsen, Jackie Kashian, Jimmy Pardo, Laurie Kilmartin and Jimmy Dore.
COST: Ticket prices vary ($5 - $25); MORE INFO
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.
- Porto's expands its Bake At Home offerings with the addition of one of the eatery's signature croissants. Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, people can bake the chocolate twist at home (croissant dough with vanilla custard and mini Belgium chocolate chips, garnished with rock sugar). These are ordered online and shipped unbaked and frozen.
- In an effort to draw more diners back to Little Tokyo, many of the restaurants are offering al fresco dining experiences, as well as takeout and delivery options. The Honda Plaza (with Sushi Gen, Pasta e Pasta by Allegro, Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, Tous Les Jours Bakery Café, and The Mermaid, et al) now has added picnic tables and umbrellas. In the Japanese Village Plaza, there are ample patio dining areas and rooftop open-air dining.
- Lawry's in Beverly Hills recently debuted The Silver Cart Terrace, marking the first time the classic L.A. restaurant has offered outdoor dining. Al fresco dining takes place Tuesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
- The SocialEats food hall on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica salutes teachers this summer. Now through Sept. 6, teachers who show their ID or use the code BACKTOSCHOOL15 when ordering online will receive 15% off their meal. This offer is good at the hall's six restaurants, including Azulé Taqueria, Strfsh and Street Noods.
- Also in Santa Monica, Cassia has reopened for outdoor dining. In addition to its original patio, it has taken over the valet parking lot, adding greenery and bistro lights. Cassia is open Wednesday-Sunday for outdoor dining and every day for curbside pickup, takeout and delivery.
- L.A.'s Black Restaurant Week continues through Aug. 16 and to help the culinary industry weather this pandemic, more than two dozen restaurants, food trucks, caterers and bakeries are participating. Of course, Cajun-Creole staple Harold and Belle's in Jefferson Park is participating, as well as Phat Birds in Silver Lake and The Wood Urban Kitchen BBQ in inglewood.