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Pandemic Pastimes: Online And IRL Events This Weekend, Aug. 14 - 16

Grand Park presents the B-Boy Summit 2020 this weekend with the theme, 'Hip Hop 4 Social Change.' (Courtesy of B-Boy Summit)
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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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Attend a couple of drive-through comedy nights and an online B-Boy summit. Catch screenings of Selena and Purple Rain. Listen to a bunch of great bands at a concert promoting voter registration. Create your most Instagrammable dish for a summer potluck.

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Friday, Aug. 14 - Sunday, Aug. 16

B-Boy Summit 2020: Hip Hop 4 Social Change
The three-day online summit focuses on building skills and community relationships through hip hop. Watch archival footage of local and national artists; attend panels from social justice organizations; learn about health, wellness and financial empowerment; listen to artists talks; and attend emcee, street dance, and DJ and Breaking battles. Performances by Medea Sirkus, LA Boppin Crew, No Easy Props and DJ Timber. You can watch or listen via Twitch, YouTube and Mixcloud.

Friday, Aug. 14; 4 - 5 p.m. PDT

Disrupt the Fowler: Justin Bua
The Fowler Museum at UCLA hosts Bua, an artist, author and entrepreneur who blends hip hop and street life into his art. He'll share his experiences of navigating the art industry, lead a drawing technique workshop and participate in a Q&A. The event takes place via Zoom.

Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs performs at the KROQ Weenie Roast on May 12, 2018. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for KROQ)

Friday, Aug. 14; 4 p.m. PDT

Vote Ready
Check out a live concert for voter registration on Aug. 14. It features The War On Drugs, Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio), Waxahatchee, Tarriona Tank Ball, Kam Franklin (The Suffers) and Allison Russell & Leyla McCalla (Our Native Daughters), among others. To score a free ticket, check your voter registration status at HeadCount before 3 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 13.

Steven Garza is featured in the documentary 'Boys State,' which premieres on Friday on Apple TV+. (Courtesy of Apple TV+)

Friday, Aug. 14

Boys State
The Sundance-winning documentary follows attendees of an annual, week-long program in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors participate in a mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine track the tensions that arise during a "gubernatorial race" pitting liberals vs. conservatives, while painting a portrait of contemporary American masculinity. The film premieres on Apple TV+.

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Friday, Aug. 14 - Saturday, Aug. 15; 8:30 p.m.

Selena/Purple Rain
LA Center Studios
1055 W. 6th St., downtown L.A.
Ava DuVernay's nonprofit Array Alliance brings a drive-in experience to DTLA this weekend with the screenings of Selena on Friday night and Purple Rain on Saturday on a 40-foot screen. The events will adhere to the County of Los Angeles' social distancing and health safety mandates, with in-car audio accessible via AM/FM radio. Singing along is highly encouraged. The line to enter will form on W 6th St. with vehicles facing westbound. All vehicles must have a pre-registered ticket to enter the event lot.

(Andrea Davis/Unsplash)

Friday, Aug. 14 - Wednesday, Aug. 19

The Good Food Summer Potluck
Potlucks in real life are currently verboten but KCRW's Good Food hosts a virtual one where you can share your stories, if not your food. Make your favorite dish, create a post on Instagram with three specific photos and tell your story about the dish in the caption. Tag @KCRW in the post and use the hashtag #KCRWpotluck. Evan Kleiman will judge the entries in two categories, sweet and savory, based on the dish and the story. The winner will be announced on Friday, Aug. 21.

Leslie Ferreira gives virtual audiences a free salsa lesson on Friday as part of The Music Center's digital dance series. (Courtesy of The Music Center)

Friday, Aug. 14; 7 p.m.

Digital Dance DTLA: Salsa
The Music Center's online dance series continues this week with salsa. Grab your family or roommates and start with a beginner's lesson, taught by 3rd Street Dance studio owner Leslie Ferreira. Music by Congeners.

Clubbers attend a large dance party at GWK Cultural Park on August 27, 2005 in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. (Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

Friday, Aug. 14; 12 p.m.

Rave the Vote Episode 2
The electronic dance music community's second voter registration party features DJ sets and live performances from artists such as Sofi Tukker, Justin Martin, Inner City, Walker & Royce and DJ Heather. The Twitch broadcast also includes educational segments and PSAs on voter registration.

Actor Christopher Jackson attends the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016, in New York City. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Saturday, Aug. 15; 5 p.m. PDT

Christopher Jackson: Live From the West Side
Jackson is best known for starring as George Washington in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. In this virtual benefit concert streaming live from New York, he'll be backed by a live band, performing songs from musicals, pop standards and some of his original material. Tickets include the livestream performance and an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing starting an hour after the livestream ends.

Comedian Erik Griffin poses for a portrait during the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival held on October 27, 2010 in Qatar. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Saturday, Aug. 15; 8 p.m.

Improv Live Comedy Drive-In Series
Irvine Spectrum Center
Regal Parking Deck

670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine
Enjoy live comedy from the comfort of your car as Levity Live's Improv launches a four-night series. This week, Hot Nights, Cool Comics features Erik Griffin, Ian Edwards, Jesus Trejo, Ian Bagg and Chris Porter. The remaining schedule showcases Brad Williams (Aug. 22), Fortune Feimster (Aug. 29) and Maz Jobrani (Sept. 5).
COST: $125 per vehicle; MORE INFO

View the work of 13-year-old Tex Hammond at Titmouse Animation Studios this Saturday night. (Courtesy of the artist)

Saturday, Aug. 15; 4 - 7 p.m.

Titmouse Animation Studios
1121 Seward St., Hollywood
Check out a drive-through art showcase featuring large-scale works by 13-year-old Tex Hammond. The show includes 20 conceptual portraits made on reclaimed wood, displayed in a guided-audio art experience. The young artist will be doing live art throughout the day and finishing a massive new mural. Proceeds will benefit Black Voters Matter, dedicated to restoring and safeguarding democracy for African Americans.

Saturday, Aug. 15; 8 a.m.

Virtual Cooking Camp
Thermomix presents a day of virtual cooking classes, talks and workshops. Among them, Ryan Hughley-Shepard of Brown Sugar and Bourbon creates some of her favorite southern foods; chef Shola Olunloyo incorporates his Nigerian heritage with modern cooking techniques; and Radhi Devlukia offers plant-based pastry with a recipe for a vegan pineapple coconut tart.

Saturday, Aug. 15 - Saturday, Sept. 12

Star Goddess Island
Wonzimer Gallery
621 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
The gallery presents a group exhibition of artworks by Tahnee Lonsdale, Liv Aanrud, Jessalyn Brooks, Kathryn Garcia and Katie Kirk. The show features ceramics, video, textile, paint and botanical elements that present the feminine form and spirit as active and reactive agents. An opening reception takes place (following CDC guidelines) on Saturday with a collectors' viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and general admission from 6 to 10 p.m.

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash performs with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators in Brazil on May 22, 2019. (EDUARDO VALENTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday, Aug. 15; 10 a.m.

(DE)TOUR Virtual Music Festival
Morrison Hotel Gallery partners with Rolling Live Studios and Spotify for an all-day fest that benefits the National Independent Venue Association and MusiCares. The event features performances by Ringo Starr, Linda Perry, Slash, Taylor Momsen, Lzzy Hale, Macy Gray, Sean Lennon, Jesse Malin, KT Tunstall and Cheap Trick, among others.
COST: FREE - $11, donations accepted; MORE INFO

Little Tokyo's Nisei Week moves online this weekend. (Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Saturday, Aug. 15 - Sunday, Aug. 16

Nisei Week
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nisei Week Foundation has postponed its 80th festival, which usually takes place in August in Little Tokyo. This year, the tradition moves to a virtual series with events throughout the weekend, including comedy by Cold Tofu, a calligraphy demonstration, Tuesday Night Cafe art performances, ondo dancing and cooking demos. Watch on YouTube and Facebook.

Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls attend the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Finale Party on May 16, 2016 in New York City. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for RuPaul's Drag Race)

Through Sunday, Aug. 16

ReedPop Metaverse
The organizers of Emerald City Comic Con, MCM Comic Con and other cons deliver the Metaverse this weekend, virtually. Comic book, film and TV fans join cosplayers and gamers for interactive experiences with celebs and creators. Discover new releases, shop in the marketplace and connect with other pop culture lovers from around the world. Guests include Josh Horowitz (MTV/Happy Sad Confused), Kim Chi (RuPaul's Drag Race, Kim Chi Chic Beauty), George Miller (Mad Max series) and Michelle Hurd (Star Trek: Picard).

Items from Charles Bukowski's desk are on display during at the exhibition "Charles Bukowski, poet on the edge" at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, on October 8, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Through Friday, Aug. 21

Centenarian Stew: Celebrating Bukowski's 100th
August 16 would have been Charles Bukowski's 100th birthday, so Punk Hostage Press, Rose of Sharon Press and Library Girl are hosting a celebration. Each day, they'll post four or five videos of people reading or talking about Bukowski's works. You'll even hear a few original works about or inspired by him. Check the Library Girl Facebook page.

Akasha's weekend brunch menu includes shakshuka. (Courtesy of Akasha)

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.

  • AKASHA in Culver City has recently restarted its brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose to dine on the front or rear patios or get your shakshuka, chilaquiles and brisket hash to go.
  • Sunday is National Rum Day, and if you're in the mood to celebrate, enjoy special takeaway cocktails including a Flor de Caña mai tai at Damon's in Glendale; Flor De Caña rum tastings at Scopa in Venice; or Sailor Jerry Punch at Ventiki in Ventura.
  • Margot, one of the restaurants at Culver City's Platform, is open for al fresco brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails, with seating available on the rooftop patio. Inspired by coastal Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant offers a number of small plates and larger entrees.
  • Market Tavern is a new British gastropub that just opened at The Original Farmers Market on Third & Fairfax. It's a collaboration between chefs Brendan Collins (Fia) and Gary Twinn (Bar 326). Offerings include a U.K. Sunday roast with peas, carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, roast potato, Yorkies and gravy.