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Fabulous Drive-In And Online Events Happening this Weekend: Feb. 19 -21

FX's 'Snowfall' celebrates its fourth season premiere by taking over a car wash on Slauson and giving away car washes. (Courtesy of FX)
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Get a courtesy carwash from FX's Snowfall. Celebrate Donnie Darko's 20th anniversary. Attend a cinema panel on Black identity. Peep an Asian American virtual film fest. Learn about herbs for nerves. Cook in the kitchen with My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan.

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Friday, Feb. 19 - Sunday, Feb. 21

Snowfall Neighborhood Car Wash
NCM Car Wash
3601 W. Slauson Ave., Hyde Park
To celebrate the fourth season premiere of its series Snowfall, FX hosts a themed carwash with lights, music, design and effects inspired by the series. Set in L.A. in the 1980s during the first crack epidemic, the crime drama returns on Feb. 24. Reservations for the car wash are required as this is a contactless event. FX is also teaming with Official Black Wall Street to highlight the show and a selection of Black-owned L.A. businesses.

Fizaa Dosani hosts the latest installment of 'Your Late Night Show Tonight' on Nowhere Comedy Club's Zoom. (Courtesy of Nowhere Comedy Club)

Friday, Feb. 19; 7 p.m. PST

Your Late Night Show Tonight
Comedian, actor and writer Fizaa Dosani hosts a late night talk show, changing the format as she sees fit. There might be monologues, music, elephants or lasers. Who knows? Dosani's guest is fellow comic Taylor Tomlinson. Watch on the Nowhere Comedy Club's Zoom.
COST: $10 - $50; MORE INFO

Friday, Feb. 19 - Sunday, Feb. 21

Hollywood Legion Drive-In
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
Watch the critically acclaimed film from Chloe Zhao (director of 2017's The Rider), starring Frances McDorman as a woman who decides to live the life of a nomad following the economic collapse of her small town. Ticket price is per car and includes unlimited popcorn, one soda and one candy for each passenger.
COST: Starting at $65 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, Feb. 19; 4:30 p.m. PST

RISK! Livestream
The storytelling night joins the 2021 First Person Arts Anthology Festival, which focuses on shared experience through storytelling, memoir and documentary. Hear tales from Jenice Matias, Ray Christian-Dickens, Gabriel Pages, Dave Emanuel and host Kevin Allison. Content warning: RISK! Shows feature true, uncensored tales from storytellers' lives and may include difficult topics.
COST: $25 - $29; MORE INFO

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The next installment of The Robey Theatre Company's online series of Evening Conversations features Blair Underwood. (Courtesy of The Robey Theatre Company)

Friday, Feb. 19; 6 p.m. PST

An Evening Conversation with Blair Underwood
The Robey Theatre Company's next installment of its conversation series features actor Underwood appearing via Zoom. He'll discuss the current and future state of the theater as well as the pandemic's effect on the performing arts and social justice. A Q&A follows the discussion.

Friday, Feb. 19; 6 p.m. PST

Seek Treatment LIVE(stream)! A Valentine's Day Post Mortem
Dynasty Typewriter presents a live taping of the fun and flirty podcast hosted by Catherine Cohen and Pat Regan. They'll recap the Valentine's weekend and talk about boys, sex, dating and love.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

Friday, Feb. 19 - Thursday, Feb. 25

Blithe Spirit (2021), Nomadland, Amigo Skate, Cuba
Cinelounge Drive-In
Lot adjacent to 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Hollywood
First-run movies opening on the big screen this week include a new adaptation of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit starring Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann and Judi Dench; Chloe Zhao's Nomadland; and Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar's documentary Amigo Skate, Cuba about a group smuggling skateboards into Cuba. (They're considered contraband in the communist country.)
COST: Tickets start at $29.99; MORE INFO

Listen to a poetry slam inspired by the work of Vera Lutter, whose work is on view in the exhibition 'Museum in the Camera' at LACMA. (Vera Lutter installation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA)

Friday, Feb. 19; 6 p.m. PST

Poetry Slam Inspired by Vera Lutter
LACMA holds a virtual poetry slam inspired by the museum's exhibition Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera. From February 2017 to January 2019, the New York-based artist was in residence at LACMA, creating a new body of work (via camera obscura) that focused on the museum's architecture, galleries and collections. The poets will present work on themes including memory, food, time and the abstract. The slam takes place on Instagram Live.

Cynthia Erivo poses with the Rising Star Award backstage during the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony on Feb. 23, 2020. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Saturday, Feb. 20; 11 a.m.

Black Identity Through Cinema Panel
The American Cinematheque co-presents a live Q&A with the African American Film Critics Association. Panelists include Cynthia Erivo, Shaka King, Philippe Lacôte, Franklin Leonard, Ekwa Msangi, Euzhan Palcy and Kemp Powers. The event examines Black identity through the panelists' varied careers in cinema.

Saturday, Feb. 20; 7:30 p.m. PT

Donnie Darko 20th Anniversary
The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In
First American Title Company
Parking Structure Rooftop
8 First American Way, Santa Ana
The Frida teams with Film Threat to screen Richard Kelly's 2001 sci-fi cult classic starring Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross and Noah Wyle.

Learn about herbs that will help soothe your anxiety and de-stress with an online program through the Arboretum. (Alice Henneman via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Saturday, Feb. 20; 10 a.m. PST

Zoom Herbs for the Nerves
The Arboretum holds an online workshop to discuss plants and herbs that can soothe nerves and calm anxiety, which plenty of us need right about now. Learn about plants as healers and get tips for self-care. Recipes from instructor Irena Stathis are included in the class.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

Saturday, Feb. 20; 5 p.m. PT

Silent Trailers Livestream
Podcasting duo Keith and The Girl holds its popular movie-themed game show with panelists Tom Scharpling, Andy Kindler, Aparna Nancherla, Baron Vaughn and Mike Cannon. The panel competes against host Keith Malley who attempts to decipher his co-host Chemda's descriptions of movie trailers. She has nearly no celebrity knowledge while Keith has seen almost every movie ever made.

Saturday, Feb. 20; 11 a.m. PT

Trailblazer: Delilah L. Beasley
The Autry has teamed with the arts nonprofit Clockshop for a live, online panel discussion of historian and newspaper columnist Delilah Beasley and her book, The Negro Trail-Blazers of California (1919). The program examines the critical role of Black women historians and archivists as well as Beasley's documentation of the lives and accomplishments of Black people.

Saturday, Feb. 20; 4 p.m. PT

Los Angeles Plays Itself
Later on Saturday afternoon, The Autry also hosts a virtual screening and watch party for Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, which uses film clips to explore the relationship between movies and the city of Angels. Register for a free virtual screening through LACMA (or watch on with a public library card or college email address). Join in a live Twitter watch party using the hashtag #LAonFilm.
COST: FREE screening with RSVP; MORE INFO

The silent film 'The Toll of the Sea' starred Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star. (Courtesy UCLA Film & TV Archive)

Saturday, Feb. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 28

UCLA Asian American Studies Center Film Festival
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a slate of powerful films over two weekends that delve into issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Viewers can also tune into discussions with filmmakers, actors, scholars and community leaders on themes from films that carry into the real world. The festival opens on Saturday at 3 p.m. with a program on Anna May Wong that includes a screening of Anna May Wong: The First Asian American Movie Star followed by the 1922 silent film The Toll of the Sea with musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.

Richard Heller Gallery is presents I'll Wake Up Older, the first solo show in California from Hunter Potter. (Courtesy of the gallery and artist)

Saturday, Feb. 20 - Saturday, March 27

Hunter Potter: I'll Wake Up Older
Richard Heller Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, B-5A, Santa Monica
The gallery presents Potter's California solo debut, an exaggerated and overly nostalgic portrayal of growing up in small town America where people were categorized as athletes, stoners, scholars, etc. The gallery is currently open by appointment only but the works can be viewed on Facebook, Artsy, Instagram and its website.

The Skirball Cultural Center presents a virtual conversation with artist and activist Ai Weiwei. (Photo courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio)

Sunday, Feb. 21; 11 a.m. PST

A Conversation with Ai Wei Wei
The Skirball Cultural Center presents a virtual talk with the artist, filmmaker and political activist in advance of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace. He'll chat with curator Yael Lipschutz about his art and social justice work and how the two often intertwine. The discussion premieres on the Skirball's YouTube channel.

My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan has a new cooking show that debuts this week. (David Boone)

Sunday, Feb. 21; 3 p.m. PST

In the Kitchen with Patrick Hallahan
Hallahan, drummer for My Morning Jacket, debuts his new three-episode cooking show with recipes, demos, stories and surprise guests. He'll share tips and tricks to help maximize ingredients and make the most of your food budget. This week's menu includes roasted spatchcocked chicken with vegetables and brown butter grits. Additional episodes will follow on Feb. 28 and March 7.
COST: Tickets start at $25 for one episode; MORE INFO

Through Monday, March 15

Intersect 21
This new online art fair brings together 21 galleries from Southern California, the Middle East and North Africa with each one presenting 21 works. The fair explores the similarities and differences in contemporary art, design and photography from around the world. Participating SoCal galleries include Peter Blake, Edward Cella and Timothy Yarger Fine Art. The art can be viewed on the Intersect 21 website through Feb. 22 then continues heads to Artsythrough March 15.

A meerkat sits on rocks at the Los Angeles Zoo on August 26, 2020. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)


Los Angeles Zoo Reopening
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
The L.A. Zoo has reopened -- with a few new rules. Advanced, timed-entry reservations are required for all guests, including members. Make sure to stay one zebra-length away from other visitors. And masks are required for everyone above the age of 2.
COST: $17 - $22; MORE INFO

Film Streaming Pick

Two of Us
France's official selection for the Academy Awards is a love story between two retired women, played by Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier. Their friends and families think they're just neighbors but they've secretly been in love for decades when an unforeseen event turns their lives upside down. The feature debut from director Filippo Meneghetti is in French with English subtitles. Available on demand.

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.

  • If you want to support Black-owned businesses for Black History Month, Dulan's on Crenshaw offers a soul food lunch special, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You get an entree, two sides and two cornbread muffins. Entree options include smothered pork chops, baked or fried chicken, oxtails and meatloaf.
  • The Gastro Garage returns to the rooftop of the W Hollywood with its Torched pop-up. "Mechanics" light up the sky with blowtorches as you enjoy an eight-course, progressive-style dinner. Torched is available every Friday and Saturday night through March 27. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Seating is limited and reservations are mandatory.
  • Sushi|Bar Encino, located behind Scratch|Bar, reopened earlier this month for seatings with its signature omakase menu ($125 per person). Reservations are released bi-weekly at 10 a.m.
  • The Finishing Gourmet solves a problem for people who want a classic steakhouse experience at home but often end up with food that's lukewarm by the time it's delivered. When you get your food from this delivery and takeout service, you'll need five minutes and a hot skillet to finish your meal, which comes with instructions, finishing salt, tongs and even a mini blowtorch for crème brûlée. The menu features steaks, lobster tails and salmon.