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Marvelous Drive-In And Online Offerings This Week: Feb. 22 - 25

The Films.Dance series releases 'Edging Normal,' choreographed by Jacob Jonas and featuring a performance by Desmond Richardson. (Courtesy Film.Dance)
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Check out comedians doing a Bling Empire live-read and fundraiser. Explore afroLAtinidad. Listen to Talib Kweli discuss his new memoir. Catch a screening of a documentary about legendary L.A. fight venue the Olympic Auditorium. Watch Q&As with the cast and creatives behind films Never Rarely Sometimes Always and The Father.

Monday, Feb. 22; 9 a.m.

The new global film series with a focus on international dance films features 150 artists from 25 countries participating in 15 short films that were shot during the COVID-19 pandemic. Released weekly at Films.Dance, on Instagram and on Facebook, the latest work to debut is Edging Normal, a metaphorical tale of a man shedding his past. Choreographed by Jacob Jonas and directed by Andre Bat, the film stars Desmond Richardson and features music composed by Steve Hackman and Dave Koz.

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Talib Kweli performs at The Apollo Theater on September 7, 2018. (Marc Millman/Getty Images for Dayglo Presents)

Monday, Feb. 22; 5 p.m. PST

Talib Kweli: Vibrate Higher
The California African American Museum welcomes the musician, rapper and activist to discuss his memoir. The book sheds light on his upbringing, his artistry and how hip-hop is a political force. The conversation will be held via Zoom.

Monday, Feb. 22; 7 p.m.

The Father
In the next installment of KCET's Cinema Series, Anthony Hopkins plays a man battling dementia and Olivia Coleman co-stars as his daughter in this filma by Florian Zeller. The three of them will participate in a conversation after the screening, at approximately 8:40 p.m.

Mourners gather at the funeral of Virginia Tech shooting victim Erin Peterson at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Church in Centreville, Virginia on April 24, 2007. ( Francine Orr-Pool/Getty Images)

Tuesday, Feb. 23; 6 p.m. PST

'We Can Teach You That' with Photographer Francine Orr
Los Angeles Times photographer Francine Orr leads an online course about capturing images in challenging and sometimes dangerous situations. Orr shares photos from the past year and discusses how she approaches her work. The webinar also includes a Q&A session.

LACMA presents the Cauleen Smith Confabulations Series with Tisa Bryant. (Courtesy of LACMA)

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Tuesday, Feb. 23; 6 p.m. PST

Cauleen Smith Confabulations Series with Tisa Bryant
Confabulations (from the Latin fabula, meaning "conversation" or "story") is a series of intimate conversations with L.A. artist Cauleen Smith. For the second event, Smith speaks with Tisa Bryant, writer and director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at CalArts. They'll discuss spirituality, creativity and utopianism in Smith's LACMA exhibition Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave It.

Tuesday, Feb. 23; 5 p.m. PST

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Deadline Hollywood presents a virtual screening and Q&A of writer-director Eliza Hittman's film about two girls on a journey to deal with an unintended pregancy. Panelists include Hittman and actors Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder.

California Department of Corrections officer looks on as inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 24; 1 p.m. PST

Has California Ended Mass Incarceration?
Over the last decade, California has reduced its prison population and changed criminal sentencing and other law enforcement practices to give more people a second chance. This Zócalo Public Square event welcomes UC Berkeley public policy professor Steven Raphael to examine how criminal justice reform is working and where it falls short. The conversation is moderated by Abbie VanSickle of The Marshall Project. Audience participation via live chat. Register for updates and the streaming link.

Wednesday, Feb. 23; 7:45 p.m. PST

Harold and Maude
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
211 W. California Ave., Glendale
The Secret Movie Club's Cult Classic Night screens an unconventional love story from 1971. The hilarious and moving film by Hal Ashby stars depressed 20-year-old Harold (Bud Cort) who meets and falls for 79-year-old free spirit Maude (Ruth Gordon). On Thursday, the Secret Movie Club screens Coming to America at the same place and time.
COST: Tickets start at $23; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Feb. 24; 6 p.m. PT

Bling Empire: A Live Reading Fundraiser
In support of Asian communities throughout the country and in celebration of the Lunar New Year, this event features a night of comedy and culture. Bowen Yang, Joel Kim Booster, Sherry Cola, Jes Tom, Peter Kim, Kiko Soirée, Nori Reed, Jared Goldstein, Fumi Abe and Irene Tu participate in a reading of "What's In Anna's Shower?" aka Episode 3 of reality show Bling Empire. Proceeds benefit Chinatown Community for Equitable Development(in L.A.) and Send Chinatown Love (in NYC).
COST: $10 suggested donation; MORE INFO

A farmer takes tobacco leaves to a drying barn at a tobacco plantation in Vinales, Cuba, on January 29, 2021. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7 p.m. PT

A Risky Evening
Theatre 40 presents two short comedies via Zoom. The first is Anton Chekov's one act On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, performed by David Hunt Stafford. (A henpecked husband is forced to give a lecture on tobacco's evils.) The second work is Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second, written by Pete Barry and performed by Daniel Leslie. (An executive makes and receives calls even as his airplane seat plummets from the sky.)
COST: FREE but donations accepted; MORE INFO

The Armory Center for the Arts presents a talk with artists Dina Abdulkarim and Hugo Hopping, moderated by Harry Gamboa Jr. (Courtesy of The Armory)

Thursday, Feb. 25; 6 p.m. PST

In Conversation: Dina Abdulkarim and Hugo Hopping, Moderated by Harry Gamboa Jr.
Armory Center for the Arts hosts a conversation with artists Dina Abdulkarim and Hugo Hopping centered around themes from the 2019 Armory exhibition exhibition Non-Perfect Dwelling by The Winter Office. Moderated by fellow artist Harry Gamboa Jr., the pre-recorded talk touches on L.A.'s urban landscape, the dissolution of public space and housing inequities.

Julia Holter performs at the 2016 FYF Fest in Los Angeles on August 28, 2016. (Matt Winkelmeyer)

Thursday, Feb. 25; 7 p.m. PST

Julia Holter
Holter performs a livestreamed concert from the Lodge Room in Highland Park as part of Audiotree's Staged series. Tickets include 24-hour rebroadcast access.
COST: $21 - $32; MORE INFO

Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

The Care We Create
The Fowler Museum hosts a discussion with artist Audrey Chan, whose latest work, a massive mural that covered the ACLU SoCal's downtown L.A. headquarters, was unveiled last month. Chan will discuss the work and the role of art in social change with Janaya Future Khan and Marjan Vayghan, two activists featured in the mural, and Marcus Benigno, ACLU SoCal's chief communications and marketing officer.

Crowd favorite Ruben Navarro, 'The Maravilla Kid' from East Los Angeles, circa 1970, is featured in '18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story.' (Photo by Theo Ehret, courtesy Willard Ford)

Thursday, Feb. 25; 7:30 p.m. PST

18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story
Vineland Drive-In
443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry
The ArcLight partners with the Slamdance Film Fest for its first film event of 2021. The festival closes with the world premiere screening of a documentary that tells an L.A. story of an audacious fight palace and the woman who ran it. The movie includes interviews with Roddy Piper, John Doe, James Ellroy and Julio César Chávez. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets include all passengers in the car and a complimentary popcorn.
COST: $40 per car; MORE INFO

'afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city,' is an exhibition of images and artifacts, including this Bahaina Doll, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes online. (Mario A. Hernandez)


afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents the exhibition that had to close last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now online, it examines the history and experiences of L.A.'s Afro-Latinx community. The show includes personal objects and art as well as online companion programs such as a 3D tour, a video walkthrough and recorded sessions of virtual performances and presentations. This Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., there's a talk on Afro-Peruvian Culture with Nadia Calmet, educator and choreographer, accessible via Zoomor on Facebook.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid has created a GPS-enabled work of public art in Griffith Park. (Courtesy of CAP UCLA)


Ellen Reid: Soundwalk
Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park
Last week, UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) launched a free app that can be used to illuminate the natural environment of Griffith Park in a GPS-enabled work of public art. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the listener chooses the path which dictates the music and sound art. No two walks or hikes will be the same. Listen to music by the Kronos Quartet and the Soundwalk Ensemble. The installation will be available through 2023.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TV / Streaming Pick

Superman & Lois
The CW's latest DC Comics series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Part of the Arrowverse franchise, the series is set in Smallville where Lois and Clark are parents to two teenage boys. Superman & Lois premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Chef Ray Garcia brings back Broken Spanish to a NeueHouse pop-up residency. (Courtesy of Broken Spanish)

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.

  • Chef Ray Garcia and his beloved Broken Spanish restaurant return with a month+ residency at NeueHouse in Hollywood. Running from Feb. 25 to the end of March, diners can once again taste the personal touch Garcia brings to Mexican cuisine. A limited number of dinner reservations will be available on Resy Thursdays through Sundays.
  • On Monday, Feb. 22 from 5 - 10 p.m., Off The Menu brings back the SHAWARMA by Avi Cue pop-up to Yamashiro in Hollywood. BBQ pitmaster Avi Yalin offers wagyu beef shawarma, Stella Artois and a signature cocktail from Beam Suntory's Tres Generaciones Tequila Margarita Bar in honor of National Margarita Day (which is also on Monday).
  • Earle's Restaurant on Crenshaw in Leimert Park has been a part of the community for more than 30 years, thanks to brothers Cary and Duance Earle. Known for staples such as burgers, fries and hot dogs, the restaurant has been branching out during the pandemic, offering meatless pop-ups by partnering with other local chefs. The brothers also launched a GoFundMe campaign to help feed the most vulnerable as part of the Earle's Cares: Accessible Community Meals program.
  • Tuesdays are among the slowest days at most restaurants. Amex and Resy are asking people to support their favorite eateries by ordering takeout. The initiative, which runs Feb. 23, March 2, 9 and 16, has tapped restaurants throughout the United States, including Pasjoli and Son Of A Gun in L.A., to create and offer special #TakeoutTuesday packages.
  • On Thursday, Feb. 25 from noon to 10 p.m., dine at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream in Long Beach and you'll be helping shelter pets. The eatery will donate 20% of sales to spcaLA. Vegan and dairy free options are available.