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Fabulous Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: June 19 - 21

People watch a movie at a makeshift drive-in in Brooklyn on June 16, 2020. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
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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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Celebrate Juneteenth virtually or at Leimert Park. Join an online tribute to Spike Lee. Peep the summer solstice at Stonehenge. Head to the drive-in for socially distanced cinema. Score sweet Father's Day takeout deals at a bunch of tasty restaurants. Watch Pride events online. Start venturing out to museums and movie theaters.

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Actor Jon Heder rides a horse in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004). (Business Wire/Getty Images)

Fridays, June 19, July 3, 17 and 31; 8:30 p.m.

Drive-In Movie Nights At Your Airport
Ontario International Airport, Lot 5 -- Airport Drive, Ontario
ONT and Street Food Cinema team up for four drive-in movie nights. Films are displayed on two 50-foot screens while sound is fed directly into each vehicle via an FM radio signal. The series begins on Friday with Ford v Ferrari, which shot a few scenes at the airport. The other films are The Sandlot (July 3), Princess Bride (July 17) and Napoleon Dynamite (July 31).

Click here to read more about the history of L.A.'s vintage drive in movie theaters.

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Friday, June 19; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Leimert Park Rising
Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park
The 11th annual Juneteenth Festival doubles as a celebration and a rally for Black independence. The festival's special honorees are educator Ben Caldwell, artist Lauren Halsey, food advocate Olympia Auset and musician Dom Kennedy. Guests can enjoy entertainment on three stages while shopping from Black businesses and enterprises. All people and all ages are welcome.

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Click here for a bunch more ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Los Angeles.

Friday, June 19; 5 p.m. PDT

Juneteenth Verzuz Battle
The Instagram music battle series pits musicians Alicia Keys and John Legend against each other for a special Juneteenth edition. The online series was started at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic by hip-hop producers Swizz Beatz (who also happens to be married to Keys) and Timbaland.

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Friday, June 19; 8 p.m.

Shakespeare on the Bluff
Loyola Marymount University's Theatre Arts Department presents its third annual festival featuring LMU alumni and students via YouTube Live. This week, watch All's Well That Ends Well, the Bard's play on "poor choices and toxic masculinity." On July 17, the festival presents The Two Noble Kinsmen. The performances are family-friendly and are 90 minutes long.

Friday, June 19 - Monday, July 20

Etheria Film Festival
This annual film fest, which showcases horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller and action films directed by women, returns online this year. The selected nine short films will be available to watch on the Shudder streaming service for the next month (new members can sign up for a 30-day free trial with promo code ETHERIA). Other live digital celebrations -- featuring interviews and panels with filmmakers, judges and fans -- will be hosted by The Screenland Armour Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 20. 100% of the profits from the Screenland Armour online and in-person tickets will be used to amplify the voices of Black female genre directors within Women of Color Unite/The JTC List Database.

Isis King attends the premiere of Netflix's "AJ and the Queen" Season 1 at the Egyptian Theatre on January 09, 2020 in Hollywood. (Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

Friday, June 19 - Saturday, June 20

Trans Pride L.A. Goes Virtual
The Los Angeles LGBT Center launches a virtual two-day celebration on its website, opening with a conversation with actress, model and activist Isis King. She was the first trans woman contestant on America's Next Top Model and more recently starred in Netflix's When They See Us. Throughout the weekend, visitors can tune into workshops, panel discussions, a hangout space, the online art exhibition or the VarieTy Show concert.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

A new dance work from Martha Graham Dance Company and WildUp is based on an older piece from Martha Graham. ('Deep South,' from Dec. 19, 1937, courtesy of Robert M. Fraser)

Friday, June 19; 4 p.m.

Immediate Tragedy
The Soraya teams with Martha Graham Dance Company and Wild Up for the world premiere of a digital dance program, inspired by a lost Graham solo work from 1937. This updated and reimagined version features 14 dancers and new music composed by Wild Up's founder, Christopher Rountree. Each of the performers and musicians have been recorded from the safety of their homes. Graham's piece was originally created as a response to the Spanish Civil War. Watch the premiere on Friday at 4 p.m. PDT on The Soraya Facebook page, and Saturday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m. PDT at the Martha Matinee on the Graham Company's YouTube Channel.

Watch a digital day of dance that celebrates Juneteenth, curated by SummerStage in New York. (Courtesy of SummerStage Anywhere)

Friday, June 19; 9 a.m. PDT

The SummerStage Anywhere digital series honors the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, the national commemoration of the end of slavery, with a digital day of dance. Watch tribute performances on SummerStage's Instagram channel, including an excerpt from RudduR Dance's ballet, WITNESS. The event then wraps up on SummerStage's YouTube channel at 4 p.m. PDT with a panel discussion, Reflecting the Times, led by Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by a tribute performance of Hanging Tree, featuring Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley and poet Carl Hancock Rux.

Friday, June 19; 7 p.m.

Wines of the Guadalupe Valley
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents a Zoom and Facebook Live event with sommelier and Valle de Guadalupe wine expert Pedro D'Poncelis and wine importer Gil Gutierrez. They'll talk about the history of the region and the types of wine Baja California produces. Attendees have the option of tasting two wines -- and buying them at a a reduced price. Send an email to Gil Gutierrez for pricing and pick-up info.

Friday, June 19 - ongoing

Discovery Cube Orange County Reopens
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The Cube returns with science-based programs and exhibitions for youth. The reopening includes safety protocols -- social distancing, reduced capacity, temperature checks and required facemasks.
COST: $14.95 - $19.95; MORE INFO

Friday, June 19; 6:30 - 8 p.m. PDT

Randall Park speaks at the Hawai'i International Film Festival on November 15, 2019 in Honolulu. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Creating Your Own Path: A Proactive Approach to Your Career in Comedy
Groundling alums come back to help raise funds for the nonprofit comedy training ground and theater. Groundling Leonard Robinson (Insecure) moderates a Zoom lecture and Q&A with special guest Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat, Always Be My Maybe). In "Creating Your Own Path: A Proactive Approach to Your Career in Comedy," Park shares his career path and offers strategies and suggestions for other students. All proceeds from this lecture will benefit The Groundlings Diversity Scholarship Fund.

The theater's reopening has now been postponed.

Arena Cinelounge Sunset Reopening
6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Ready to return to the movies? This arthouse cinema is the first movie theater in L.A. to reopen for in-person screenings. This weekend's screenings include the 1988 classic The Unbearable Lightness of Being starring Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin and Daniel Day-Lewis, and 2020 festival darling Babyteeth starring Ben Mendelsohn. Seating for each screening is limited, in compliance with current health directives.
COST: $10 - $16; MORE INFO

Saturday, June 20 - Sunday, Sept. 27

January 9, 1937: Leon Trotsky (center, with cane) and his wife arrive in Tampico, Mexico, surrounded by plain clothes policemen, his wife and Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. (Keystone/Getty Images)

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray Exhibition
Catalina Island Museum
217 Metropole Ave., Catalina
The Catalina Island Museum reopened last week with enhanced safety measures and reduced capacity. This weekend, it debuts with more than 20 images, including six never-before-exhibited images, of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, through the photographic lens of her long-time friend and lover, Nickolas Muray.
COST: $15 - $17; MORE INFO

Saturday, June 20; 6 p.m. PDT

Unemployed Elephants-A Love Story
Watch the virtual premiere of Wendy Graf's funny, romantic play, which was originally set to run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this month. (The festival has been tentatively rescheduled for October). In the play, directed by John Lacey, a "chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk... and maybe love."
COST: FREE with RSVP (link will be sent afterward); MORE INFO

American Cinematheque presents a virtual tribute to filmmaker Spike Lee on Saturday, hosted by Barry Jenkins. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Saturday, June 20; 5 - 6 p.m. PDT

A (Virtual) Salute to Spike Lee
Lee's latest joint, Da 5 Bloods -- which follows four African-American vets who return to Vietnam for unfinished business -- opened last week. This weekend, American Cinematheque presents a Zoom Q&A with Lee on Saturday as he's interviewed by fellow filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).

Saturday, June 20; 6 - 8 p.m.

Dancing on the Edge
Watch a curated video collage of dance pieces created by BlakTinx (L.A. Black and Latinx) choreographers, in response to the isolation of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The sunrise on the summer solstice will be livestreamed for the first time at Stonehenge in the U.K. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Sunday, June 21

Summer Solstice
If you've always wanted to celebrate the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge (say that three times fast) but never made it to the mystical site, this is not the year to go. Fortunately, the English Heritage organization will, for the first time, livestream the event. In Los Angeles (aka Pacific Time) time, it happens on Saturday, June 20 from 1:26 p.m. to 8:53 p.m.


Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
In the 10-episode series, cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi takes audiences on a journey across America. The show explores the food culture of various indigenous and immigrant groups, telling the stories of people who've helped shape the country. And it's available now on Hulu.
COST: Subscription; MORE INFO


A protester holds a sign during the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march, which replaced L.A.'s annual gay pride celebration, in Hollywood on June 14, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter Protests in the West
A few months ago, the Autry Museum's Collecting Community History Initiative (CCHI) launched "The West During COVID-19" to document diverse stories and collect objects connected to this epidemic. As the pandemic revealed the systemic inequalities faced by Black Americans -- issues made even clearer with the death of George Floyd -- the CCHI wants the public's help in preserving this critical moment in civil rights history. Submit digital photographs, hand-made posters and other ephemera related to recent Black Lives Matter protests. All items will be considered for display and addition to the Autry's permanent collection.

HBO launches, its first digital Pride hub. Watch performances and talks through June 28. (

Through Sunday, June 28

Musician, actress and producer Janelle Monae poses before the Chanel Women's Fall-Winter 2020-2021 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris, on March 3, 2020. (FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images)
HBO launches its first digital Pride hub, the Human By Orientation site, which provides a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to gather and celebrate queerness. Virtual events run through Sunday, June 28 and include musical headliners, drag brunch, underground DJ sets, queer comedy night and other surprises. On Friday, Todrick Hall presents a special live musical performance celebrating Juneteenth. Other headliners during the site's run are Janelle Monáe and Kim Petras.

Pitfire Pizza offers a Father's Day meal kit for takeout. Available via preorder on Tock. (Pitfire Pizza)

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.

  • Kali Restaurant in Larchmont offers a special Father's Day meal of smoked chicken, corn on the cob and potatoes with roasted garlic. Meals are available via Tock for pick up. $59 per person (two-person minimum).
  • Silver Lake wine store Vinovore hosts a special Father's Day "Winesplaining" with owner Coly Den Haan, Zwann Grays from Brooklyn's Olmsted and winemaker Christina Netzl. Gift dad the two featured wines and log onto Zoom at 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 for the tasting.
  • Superba Food + Bread is selling a Father's Day grilling kit for four ($60) that includes six burger patties (Impossible Burger option available for $8 more), six buns, all the fixings, corn on the cob, watermelon salad and peach crumble. Head to Tock for pre-order.
  • Pitfire Pizza's Father's Day grilling kit for four ($55) includes four hanger steaks, corn on the cob, par-baked flatbread (you finish it on the grill) with ricotta and a half-gallon of lemonade.
  • On Father's Day, Poppy + Rose inside the DTLA Flower Market debuts a limited-time cobbler French toast with mixed berries and streusel topping. Diners can treat dad to an at-home brunch with mimosa kits, wines and beers.
  • Participating Ike's Love & Sandwiches locations celebrate Father's Day with buy-one-get-one sandwiches and $20 off $100 catering orders. The BOGO is valid for takeout only on June 21; the catering discount is valid for the month of June.