Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Marvelous Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Oct. 5 - 8

Hollywood Legion Theatre opens a drive-in cinema, screening films seven nights a week. (Courtesy of Hollywood Legion Theatre)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

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.

Watch genre films from the comfort of your car or couch two film festivals. Learn about the history of Bunker Hill. View Self Help Graphics' annual Día de los Muertos exhibition. Join Myq Kaplan's birthday party. Prep for the upcoming election with a ballot cram session, presented by KPCC/LAist.

Support for LAist comes from

Monday, Oct. 5; 6 p.m.

Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir
Nathan Marsak, a local historian and preservationist, reads from and discusses his new book about Bunker Hill in downtown L.A. The area was home to wealthy Angelenos living in L.A.'s "first suburb" then became the epicenter of vice and crime, then a magnet for arts, politics, business and tourism. Marsak tells the story of the neighborhood through the story of its writers, artists, residents, activists and architecture. The virtual event takes place on Crowdcast.

Monday, Oct. 5; 7 - 8:50 p.m.

UCLA Arts' 10 Questions: Reckoning
UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture presents a virtual series (via Zoom) that asks the thorny questions. Beginning this week, and continuing every Monday for 10 weeks, Victoria Marks, associate dean and host, explores questions such as: What Is kindness? What is hope? What is loss? What is love? This week's discussion asks, "What is presence." Guests include artist Ann Carlson, scholar Mishuana Goeman and social psychologist Tiffany Brannon.

Support for LAist comes from

Monday, Oct. 5 - Friday, Oct. 9

Virtual Bird Watching
Spot migratory birds during a week-long social media takeover on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Get a close-up look at several species that visit every year during seasonal migrations.

Lauren Lapkus, Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins perform on stage at Comedy Bang! Bang! at BAM in 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

Monday, Oct. 5; 5 - 6:30 p.m. PDT

Lapkus and Tompkins of The Living Dead
Comics Lauren Lapkus and Paul F. Tompkins perform a bewitching two-person improv set. A portion of the proceeds from the show will go towards The Loveland Foundation, a nonprofit with a focus on empowering women and girls of color.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

Support for LAist comes from

Tuesday, Oct. 6 - onward

Welcome to the Blumhouse
This new film series releases the two films on Amazon Prime this month. The Lie, directed by Veena Sud (The Killing, 7 Seconds), stars Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard as parents trying to protect their daughter (Joey King) after she confesses to impulsively killing her best friend. In Black Box, written and directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Born with It), Mamoudou Athie stars as a man who has lost his wife and memory in a car accident and undergoes an experimental treatment that causes him to question everything.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Thursday, Oct. 15

20th Annual Screamfest LA Horror Drive-In Festival
Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu

Support for LAist comes from

Regency Plant Drive-In
7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
This ghostly film festival screens both new films and classics, pairing the main feature with several shorts. It opens with Books of Blood at Calamigos Ranch. The rest of the fest screens at the Plant Drive-In. The schedule includes the original Halloween (1978) on Oct. 7 and a 35th anniversary screening of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning on Thursday.

Tuesday, Oct. 6; 1 p.m. PDT and Wednesday, Oct. 7; 3 p.m. PDT

Zócalo Public Square Events
Zócalo's online panel events this week asks "Has hysteria conquered America?" Essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra and journalist Ronald Brownstein try to answer. On Wednesday, Sewell Chan, who handles the editorial pages at the Los Angeles Times moderates a panel about anti-Asian American racism.


Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 8; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Voter Game Plan Events
KPCC can help prepare you for the upcoming November election with two live, virtual events. On Tuesday, attend a ballot cram session, hosted by AirTalk's Larry Mantle. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the big measures and what's at stake for voters. They'll also take audience questions live. On Thursday, watch a live debate between candidates for L.A. District Attorney. Incumbent Jackie Lacey, the city's first African-American D.A., is being challenged by former San Francisco D.A. and police chief George Gascón (also a former LAPD assistant chief). Frank Stoltze, KPCC/LAist public safety correspondent and James Queally, criminal justice reporter at the L.A. Times, moderate the debate.

Tuesday, Oct. 6; 6:30 p.m. PDT

Poetry, Now
The Ford's "State of LA" online series continues with a night of poetry curated by the co-founders of the Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.), Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez and Alyesha Wise. Watch performances by artists including slam champion Buddy Wakefield, Da Poetry Lounge curator Jasmine Williams and youth justice advocate Justus Jones. The performers will also discuss the current state of poetry in L.A.

Help celebrate comic Myq Kaplan's birthday this week. (Mindy Tucker)

Wednesday, Oct. 7; 5:30 p.m. PDT

Myq Kaplan's Birthday Show
The comedian celebrates his birthday with a night of new jokes and unreleased material. Hosted by Teresa Lee, Kaplan is joined by friends Liz Glazer and Josh Gondelman. A private meet-and-greet takes place after the show for VIP ticket holders.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Oct. 7; 5 p.m. PDT

Can America Have a Safe and Secure Presidential Election?
Caltech launches its 2020-2021 Watson Lectures with a virtual event with Michael Alvarez, co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. The integrity of the upcoming presidential election in the midst of a pandemic has been called into question (even by the President himself). Alvarez examines how scientific detection of election problems can help improve election procedures. A live audience Q&A follows. The lecture will be available starting at 8 p.m. on Caltech's YouTube channel.

Installation view of Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza's exhibition at OCMA. She's participating in a panel discussion at the museum this week. (Photography by ofstudio, courtesy of the Orange County Museum of Art)

Thursday, Oct 8; 5 p.m. PDT

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) Panel Discussion
The museum's temporary space reopened to the public in mid-September, presenting five exhibitions that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tune into a virtual panel discussion with a number of artists including Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Carolyn Castaño, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Kyungmi Shin and guest curator Ricardo J. Reyes. The discussion will revolve around themes explored in their work such as identity, cultural legacy, immigration and colonialism.

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Friday, Nov. 27

47th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
Artist Sandy Rodriguez curates Self Help Graphics & Art's annual exhibition. This year's show, which is online, features work by Rodriguez, Nao Bustamante, Barbara Carrasco, Carolyn Castaño, Enrique Castrejon, Yreina Cervantez, Audrey Chan, Christina Fernandez, Consuelo Flores, Isabelle Lutterodt, Rigo Maldonado, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Shizu Saldamando, Gabriella Sanchez, Devon Tsuno, Sandra de la Loza and Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 1

The Bite LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari
Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte
Part drive-in food tour, part haunt, guests make their way around the eerie lake through immersive experiences. Ghouls and ghosts serve up bites of seasonal grub straight to your car. Keep an eye out for other creatures roaming the grounds and round out your experience with a virtual campfire (from the car) complete with scary stories and a hot drink and dessert. Eight food items are included in every ticket, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. Additional items may be purchased.
COST: $49-250 depending on how many people are in the car; MORE INFO

Kiera Allen and Sarah Paulson star as daughter and mother in Hulu's 'Run,' which opens the Nightstream virtual film festival. (Allen Fraser)

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Oct. 11

This is a new collaborative virtual festival that unites five genre festivals (Festival From Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights Festival) impacted by COVID-19 this year. The screenings begin with the world premiere of the thriller Run and closes with Quentin Dupieux's Mandibles. The festival also includes horror features from around the world, 18 short blocks, panels, conversations, events and masterclasses with filmmakers.
COST: Ticket bundles start at $65; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Oct. 11

New York Comic Con: Metaverse
Anime, manga, comics, cosplay, movies, TV, gaming and literary fandoms unite virtually for a weekend of free panels streamed on YouTube. Watch discussions about What We Do In the Shadows and the highly anticipated comic series BRZRKR with creators Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt & Ron Garney. There will also be a Smallville cast reunion, online meet-and-and greets with stars and creators, an artist marketplace and merch that spans the pop culture universe.
COST: FREE panels, other event prices vary; MORE INFO


Hollywood Legion Theatre's Drive-In Cinema
Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
The new drive-in theater offers nightly movies with each screening limited to 30 cars. This week's offerings include: Jaws (Monday), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Tuesday), Jurassic Park (Wednesday) and Saving Private Ryan (Thursday). Reservations include popcorn, soda and a selection of candy for each guest.
COST: Tickets start at $65 per car; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Scavenger Hunt
California Botanic Garden
�?1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
Solve scavenger hunt riddles to find the stations hidden throughout the garden. Participants can print a copy of the scavenger hunt from the website, follow along on a smartphone, or pick up a copy at the admissions kiosk. With the purchase of an activity box (available on Oct. 16), kids can learn about some of the garden's elusive nocturnal creatures and uncover their secrets form home.
COST: Scavenger hunt is free with admission ($4 - $10), activity box runs $60 - $90; MORE INFO

The new Win~Dow Venice Boardwalk offers vegetarian options, including a grain bowl. (Courtesy of The Win~Dow)

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.

  • Randy's Donuts celebrates the home teams as they head into the post-season and hopefully the finals. They're making special Dodgers and Lakers donuts ($2.80) at all locations while supplies last on game days. They'll be available as long as the teams continue to play.
  • Tyler and Ashley Wells, owners of All Time in Los Feliz, recently introduced All Time Pizza via Instagram. The pop-up menu proved so popular they're making every Friday night pizza night. The 16-inch pies available are margarita ($20) and pepperoni ($23). They sell out quickly, we're told.
  • The Win~Dow recently opened its second location on the Venice Boardwalk (1827 Ocean Front Walk). In addition to the popular cheeseburgers and fried chicken sandwich, the Boardwalk location offers a new ice cream menu with shakes and cones.
  • Best Girl at The Ace Hotel reopened last week for dinner and weekend brunch service on the patio and under the marquee. In addition to returning items like the cacio e pepe and Portuguese fisherman's stew, chefs Michael Cimarusti and Daniel Torres are adding cast iron chilaquiles and banana rum griddle cakes.
  • The Tam O'Shanter in Atwater Village debuted a weekend brunch menu that includes Yorkshire eggs benedict, steak & eggs, basket of popovers, and a selection of boozy cold brew coffee cocktails. It's available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with other Tam menu items.