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Awesome Pandemic Pastimes: Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Sep. 14 - 17

Tye Sheridan stars as Andy in Quibi's 'Wireless.' (Courtesy of Quibi)
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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with "El Grito" online. Catch a rooftop screening of a doc about designer Pier Cardin. Take part in the Latino Comics Expo. Learn about the architecture of the LBC. Enjoy a pre-Code film about a ne'er-do-well plastic surgeon. Soak up Shakespeare's classic works, transformed for virtual viewing during a pandemic.

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Monday, Sept. 14

Brilliant or gimmicky? You decide as a new thriller debuts on Quibi. Tye Sheridan stars as Andy, a college student whose car hurtles into a remote Colorado ravine. He turns to his dying cellphone for rescue, which isn't as simple as it sounds. Two interactive narratives play out simultaneously. You can watch the film on your phone horizontally for a more cinematic experience or vertically so your phone becomes Andy's as he fights to stay alive. The film was written and created by Jack Seidman and Zach Wechter, and directed by Wechter.
COST: Subscription; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Sept. 20

L.A. Mise-en-scène Video Art Festival
L.A. Art Documents holds an online festival of experimental cinema and video works curated by Jason Jenn and Vojislav Radovanović. The theme is "tarot" so the works are presented as a reading. See what fortunes will be revealed. The festival is part of Maiden L.A. 2020, a countywide survey of art happenings and alternative art spaces.

Monday, Sept. 14; 6 p.m.

Vroman's Live - Melina Davies
Davies, chef and owner of Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake, recently released a new cookbook, Olive & Thyme: Everyday Meals Made Extraordinary. Her food reflects a number of influences including Frenc, Italian, Middle Eastern and California. Davies discusses the book with actor Jamie-Lynn Sigler. This virtual event takes place on Crowdcast.

Through Saturday, Sept. 19

The Latino Comics Expo (LCX)
MOLAA and and LCX team up to organize the ultimate virtual event that connects Latinx and Latin American comic artists, animators, experts and fans. The expo includes live and pre-recorded panel discussions, storytelling sessions, animation showcases and demonstrations. Sessions include Lucha Libre Comics Roundtable, Queer Voices and New Frontiers, In Conversation: The Politics of Cartooning (Live conversation in Spanish) and a Zine Workshop.

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Tuesday, Sept. 15 - Tuesday, Sept. 29

LAXART Benefit Auction
LAXART has engaged a number of artists -- Andrea Bowers, Kim Gordon, Laura Owens, Lesley Vance, Glenn Ligon, Ed Ruscha and dozens of others -- to contribute work to its annual benefit auction. View works at the gallery by appointment only. Contact to make a reservation.

Revelers march and ride during the 72nd annual East LA Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sept. 16, 2018. This year's celebrations are more subdued. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Tuesday, Sept. 15; 7 p.m.

El Grito - Virtual
El Grito (The Cry of Dolores) commemorates the moment Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church on Sept. 16, 1810, and cried for a call to arms, triggering the Mexican War of Independence. This year, celebrations are muted but the city of Los Angeles and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez hold the first-ever virtual ¡El Grito! telethon to raise funds for Angelenos hardest hit by COVID-19. Watch musical performances as well as a showcase of Latino contributions to our region's culture, history and economy. The night also serves as the official kick-off celebration for Latino Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct. 15) in L.A.
COST: FREE, but donations encouraged; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Sept. 16; 7 p.m.

The Independence of Mexico: 210 Years of Heritage Between Two Nations
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents the online Zoom and Facebook Live event with Jose Antonio Aguirre and Margarita Medina of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, who examine a historical overview of the birth of Mexico and its shared border with the U.S.

The Ace Hotel screens 'The House of Cardin' for a dinner and a movie event on its rooftop. (Yoshi Takata)

Wednesday, Sept. 16; 8 - 10 p.m.

Upstairs Cinema Series: House of Cardin
Circle Collective and Ace DTLA offer a new rooftop film screening program on Wednesdays. Join for this week's dinner and a show with a new documentary chronicling the life and work of designer Pierre Cardin. Alison Martino of Vintage L.A. moderates a Q&A with directors P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes after the screening.
COST: Tickets start at $80 for a table for two and a $50 food and beverage credit; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Sept. 16; 3:30 p.m. PDT

Close Encounters: The Moth Livestreamed from Green-Wood Cemetery
Four storytellers share true stories from the historic Brooklyn cemetery as the audience watches from home. The tales -- by Angela Derecas Taylor, Dion Flynn, Flash Rosenberg and Devan Sandiford -- revolve around confrontations, chance meetings, secret rendezvous and near misses. In case of rain, the show will take place the next day, Thursday, Sep. 17. Tara Clancy hosts.

Wednesday, Sept. 16; 6 p.m.

Why Don't Women's Votes Put More Women in Power
The second of three events in the Zócalo/Natural History Museum series When Women Vote examines our political history after the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Since 1964, more women than men have voted in every presidential election but the U.S. has never had a female president or vice president. California is one of 20 states that has never had a woman as governor, and L.A. has never had a female mayor. Why? Participants include Johns Hopkins University historian Martha S. Jones, Institute for Women's Policy Research President C. Nicole Mason, California State Senator and author of the California Fair Pay Act Hannah-Beth Jackson and the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios.

Sun Cha & Mx Matías take part in The Broad's new video series, 'L.A. Intersections: Music, Language, Movement.' (Medium Grey Films)

Starting Thursday, Sept. 17

L.A. Intersections: Music, Language, Movement
The Broad's programming returns with an original, three-part video series featuring performances made during quarantine. The videos showcase L.A. musicians, poets and dancers. The first episode includes music from Serpent With Feet and San Cha, movement from Mike Tyus and words from Sonda Buchanan.

Nikhil Pai stars as Romeo in the Independent Shakespeare Co.'s virtual production of 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Thursday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 27

Romeo & Juliet
The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents a new interactive, online adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play. Trying to deliver something different than a livestreamed stage production, the show blends recorded and live scenes with animation, social media and audience interaction.

Thursday, Sept. 17; 4 p.m.

False Faces
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents an online screening of the 1932 pre-Code film Poverty Row. The film's plot sounds as relevant as ever, with a newly fired doctor (Lowell Sherman, also the film's director) conducting plastic surgeries on the rich and famous. His quack methods and unethical practices lead to destruction of lives. The virtual screening is introduced by Scott MacQueen, the archive's head of preservation.

Meet the cast of 'Hamlet,' from Forced Entertainment. (Courtesy of CAP UCLA)

Thursday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 15

Forced Entertainment's Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
CAP UCLA presents 36 of the Bard's comedies tragedies and histories in a lo-lo-fi manner. Each condensed play is retold by one actor, sitting alone at a table, using everyday products to represent the characters. (A salt and pepper shaker might stand in for the king and queen; a vase becomes a prince.) The series begins with Richard Lowdon doing Macbeth on Sep. 17 at noon.

Thursday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 27

Long Beach Architecture Week (LBAW)
LBAW 2020 goes digital this year, offering 10 self-guided tours and educational events through the new LBLiving app, which is available for download on Android and iOS platforms. Check out programs that include tours of Miner Smith bungalows, historic downtown LBC, art deco sites as well as live Q&As.
COST: $49 for all access; MORE INFO

Gabba Gallery opens a virtual show featuring works by Jules Muck. ('Kisstens,' courtesy of the artist)

Thursday, Sept. 17; 11 a.m. (opening)

Jules Muck: Let the Cats Out
Gabba Gallery opens a virtual solo exhibition of Venice-based street artist Jules Muck, who creates irreverent and funny pop culture artworks featuring Yoda, RBG, Ms. Piggy and cats.

Thursday, Sept. 17; 7 p.m.

L.A. Omnibus: Constance Hockaday, Daniel Alexander Jones & Kristina Wong
CAP UCLA presents a conversation about art, activism and the "performance of power" with three artivists. They'll share their thoughts on how people can engage their imaginations to create a new future.

Dave's Hot Chicken recently opened its latest outpost on Fairfax. (Dave's Hot Chicken)

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.

  • Dave's Hot Chicken recently opened its newest L.A. location at 465 N. Fairfax Ave. (next to Supreme). Indulge in Nashville-style hot chicken tenders, sliders and sides on its outdoor patio, for takeout and delivery.
  • Curtis Stone opens his latest dining concept Picnic Society by Gwen at The Grove this Monday. The four-month residency features a full-service eatery and gourmet picnic market with salads, sandwiches and European classics as well as spreads, cheeses, charcuterie, vegetables and snacks. The eatery will also sell pre-made baskets, miniature tables, blankets and cutlery so you can have the full picnic experience.
  • From Sep. 15-20, Habana Irvine and Habana Costa Mesa celebrate 25 years in business with throwback pricing to 1995 for their selected lunch menu. Plus, the restaurants are offering $5 sangrias and mojitos all day.
  • De Buena Planta is a plant-based Mexican pop-up from the founder of The Butcher's Daughter. Located in a transformed Abbot Kinney parking lot with desert gravel, a fire pit and a 15-foot bar, the gluten-free menu includes plant-based tacos, vegan ceviche, elote Mexicana, vegan paletas and tortillas dulces with frozen chocolate mousse. Located at 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd., the pop-up is open Friday to Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • El Torito locations in SoCal are offering Saturday morning breakfasts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with dishes like churro pancakes and carne asada and eggs. To complement the menu, mix-and-match Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys are available at $12 per person (for those 21+).
  • September is National Heritage Bourbon Month. To celebrate, the small batch, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery teams with The Palm Restaurant for virtual bourbon dinner events on Sep. 16 and 30. Pre-order your dinner and cocktail pairings at The Palm DTLA or Beverly Hills. You'll pick up your food on the day of the event and click a link at 7 p.m. to see the live programming. Tickets: $85 - $125.