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The Best Online And IRL Post-Election Diversions: Nov. 9 - 12

The HollyShorts Film Festival screens more than 400 works at this Oscar-qualifying festival. (Courtesy HollyShorts Film Festival)
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Watch potential Oscar-contending short films. Honor veterans at a virtual celebration. Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Watch a performance by New York-based artist Puppies Puppies. Tune into a number of art talks. Or attend a virtual makers' market to start your holiday shopping early.

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Monday, Nov. 9; 6 p.m.

The State of the American Economy
The L.A. Times Festival of Books continues its online programming with a look at how corrupt systems are organized and how they shaped our government today. Journalists and scholars Mehrsa Baradaran, Sarah Chayes and Jennifer Taub discuss economic inequality, the racial wealth gap and the 1%. Times D.C. Bureau Chief Kimbriell Kelly moderates.

Monday, Nov. 9 - Sunday, Nov. 15

16th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival
The Oscar-qualifying festival, which takes place virtually via Bitpix, screens 418 short films from 36 countries. Selections include Skye Fitzgerald's new short documentary Hunger Ward about the war in Yemen; Sophie Kargman's Query starring Justice Smith, Graham Patrick Martin, Armie Hammer and Olivia Sui; and Elvira Lind's The Letter Room starring Oscar Isaac and Alia Shawkat.
COST: $10.50 - $53; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Nov. 10; 6:30 p.m.

This Is Not Just The Asian Night
Tuesday Night Café is an art, music, performance and community showcase for Asian American creatives. The Ford's digital series takes a look back at the 20-year history of the event with hosts and curators Sean Miura and Traci Kato-Kiriyama as well as guests Johneric Concordia, Taz Ahmed, Jenny Yang, Arianna Lady Basco, Eddy Gana, Stephanie Sajor and Christine Tran.

Touchscreen voting at the vote center on Pixie Ave in Lakewood on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Megan Garvey/LAist)

Wednesday, Nov. 11; 12 p.m.

Wende Election Reflection
Eight days after the general election, the Wende Museum offers a discussion on the (preliminary?) results, putting them in a historical perspective. UCA professors Ellen DuBois and Brenda Stevenson join Wende chief curator Joes Segal to discuss the issues confronting a deeply divided nation.

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ICA LA hosts a talk between artist Stanya Kahn and curator Jamillah James. (© 2020 Stanya Kahn; courtesy the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles)

Wednesday, Nov. 11; 5 p.m.

Art Talk: Stanya Kahn & Jamillah James
The ICA LA offers an online artist talk with Stanya Kahn who will discuss the exhibition Stanya Kahn: No Go Backs on view at the museum. She'll chat with curator Jamillah James.

NeueHouse Hollywood hosts a Grá pop-up pizza dinner this week. (Courtesy of Grá)

Wednesday, Nov. 11; 5 - 9 p.m.

Grá at NeueHouse Hollywood
The Table Terrace at NeueHouse
6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The private workspace opens its doors for a pop-up dinner with Michael McSharry of the Filipinotown neighborhood eatery. Fans of organic sourdough pizza and natural wine can join in a socially distant evening. Try the specialty wood fired pizzas with complimentary starters and desserts. Vegan options available. Paired natural wines and specialty kombucha will be available for purchase.
COST: $55 per person; MORE INFO

The lights return to Dana Point Harbor ushering in the 2020 holiday season. (Courtesy Dana Point Harbor)

Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 3

Dana Point Harbor Lights
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point
The annual light display returns to usher in the holiday season. Stroll around the harbor at a safe social distance to view exhibits including Candy Cane Lane and the Merry Kiss Me arch. Save the dates for Dana Point's 46th Annual Boat Parade of Lights (Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12) as boaters decorate their vessels to the theme of "Fiesta Holiday."

Forest Lawn presents a virtual Veterans Day ceremony that includes military music by the Band of the California Battalion. (Courtesy of Forest Lawn)

Wednesday, Nov. 11; 11 a.m.

Virtual Veterans Day Celebration
Forest Lawn's 61st celebration of our veterans goes virtual this year, bringing the pageantry to your home through Facebook Live. The event honors members of the U.S. military branches with a flyover, patriotic music by the Band of the California Battalion, a rifle salute, an invocation, a color guard, a wreath-laying and a keynote speech by Stephanie Stone, director of Veteran Affairs, County of Los Angeles.

Thursday, Nov. 12; 7 p.m.

The Final Tour
The Sierra Madre Playhouse presents a short comedy written by Doug Cooney and directed by Christian Lebano. The show -- about concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz and his wife Wanda Toscanini Horowitz -- will be streamed on YouTube and will be followed by a live Q&A with Cooney and Lebano on Zoom.
COST: FREE with RSVP, donations accepted; MORE INFO

Marlow Wyatt receives her mobile recording kit for the Antaeus Theatre Company's Zip Code Plays ('90011: South Central Los Angeles-Speakeasy'). (Courtesy of Antaeus Theatre Company)

Thursday, Nov. 12

The Zip Code Plays
Antaeus Theatre Company launches a series of six audio plays featuring original works set in different L.A. zip codes from Sun Valley to South Central. The series is hosted by two-time Audiofile Award-winner Ramón de Ocampo and features original music by Ellen Mandel. The plays will be available this week to listeners at or wherever they download their podcasts.

LACMA presents a comissioned performance by Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo). (© Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), digital image courtesy of the artist)

Thursday, Nov. 12; 5 p.m.

Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción - Rest In Peace), 2020-21
The New York-based artist Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) was commissioned by LACMA to create three pieces for the museum's exhibition, Not I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE), which includes video, an installation and a performance. Attend the streaming of the performance on Vimeo in conjunction with the exhibition's opening. (The performance does include some nudity.)

Thursday, Nov. 12; 7 p.m.

Contemporary Creatives: Dwight Rhoden & Ido Tadmor in Conversation
The Musco Center and the Department of Dance continues its Ever a Dancer series with dance-makers and educators Rhoden (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) and Tadmor (Chapman University Presidential Fellow in Dance). They'll discuss their work, influences and artistic partnerships.

A Fowler Museum progrma explores the history and significance of the Hindu holiday, Diwali, the festival of lights. (Courtesy of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Gift of the Pal Family)

Thursday, Nov. 12; 5 p.m.

Festivals in the City of Angels: Flames of Devotion
Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The Fowler Museum welcomes scholar Lakshika Senarath Gamage to explore the history of the holiday and its manifestations today. Gamage also discusses the design, construction and use of the bronze oil lamps in the Fowler's collection, which would have been used in Diwali celebrations to symbolize light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. RSVP for the Zoom link.

Thursday, Nov. 12; 5 p.m.

In Conversation: Ming Smith, Brendan Embser, Yxta Murray and Namwali Serpell
The California African American Museum hosts an online discussion of Smith's poetic and experimental images of 20th century African American life. They'll also be found in the upcoming book, Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph. The artist discusses her four-decade career with monograph editor Brendan Embser of Aperture, and contributors Yxta Murray and Namwali Serpell. The conversation takes place via Zoom.

CAP UCLA screens a prerecorded performance of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE's 'Grace @ 20.' (Julietta Cervantes)

Thursday, Nov. 12 - Saturday, Nov. 14

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE's Grace @ 20
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance presents an online showing of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE's Grace @ 20, prerecorded at Bard College in New York. Grace is one of the choreographer's signature pieces. It premiered in 1999 and was performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The piece weaves the story of a goddess's journey to Earth to spread grace among humans. The score includes music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr. and Fela Kuti. Various live programs accompany the screenings throughout the run.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive screens the short films of Cinetracts '20, which try to capture the zeitgeist from locations around the world. ('Untitled' by Rosine Mbakam)

Thursday, Nov. 12; 4 p.m.

Cinetracts '20
The UCLA Film and Television Archive presents a screening inspired by a group of French filmmakers (including Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker) who created short, quickly made cinematic responses to the political and social upheaval that shook Paris in May 1968. The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, commissioned 20 short films by filmmakers from around the world asking them to film the "the zeitgeist in your own backyard." The live program includes an introduction by curators followed by several of the filmmakers including Natalia Almada, Tony Buba, Charles Burnett and Su Friedrich, moderated by UCLA Film & Television Archive Programmer K.J. Relth-Miller. This program will remain on the Archive's Vimeo site through Nov. 18.

Through Monday, Nov. 30

Second Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market
Craft Lake City holds its second craft mark presented in-person (in Salt Lake City) and online, with special virtual reality components. Digital shoppers can purchase handmade products made by Utah-based makers.

Santa Monica's Tar & Roses reopens, bringing back fav menu items like the oxtail dumplings. (Courtesy of Tar & Roses)

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.

  • On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), participating Black Angus restaurants will offer vets and military personnel the "All-American Steak Plate" for $10.99 from 3 to 9 p.m. Available for dining and takeaway orders, it includes an 8 oz. top sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage (coffee, milk, tea or soda). Must produce a valid military ID or proof of military service.
  • Farmer Boys locations in Orange County honor veterans and active duty military by offering a free Big Cheese at all participating locations on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Military personnel must mention the offer and show proof of service when ordering the Big Cheese. The promotion is valid for drive-through, carryout and phone orders.
  • Mexican restaurants El Torito, Chevys Fresh Mex and Acapulco invite veterans and active military to enjoy complimentary three-item combination plates all day at various locations. The offer is open to all military personnel with uniformed services identification or proof of service.
  • On Veterans Day, The Habit Burger Grill serves those have served at two different veteran centers in Southern California. The Habit's catering truck will be at theVeterans Home Of California Ventura location and at theU.S. VETS' Long Beach location. They're offering their signature Charburger with cheese and French fries. Veggie burger option available.

  • California Pizza Kitchen offers veterans a free meal from a pre-selected menu for either dine-in or takeout on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Veteran or active military must be in uniform, or show military ID or other proof of service. They'll also receive a coupon for one free pizza, pasta or salad with the purchase of a pizza, pasta or salad between Nov. 12-20.

  • The Griddle Cafe officially re-opens on Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a Skyline Experience pop-up at Yamashiro Hollywood (1999 N. Sycamore Ave.). Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the cafe's full menu and cocktails will be available.

  • Swingers Diner reopens on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. under new ownership -- that of former general manager Stephanie Wilson. The retro diner will be serving all its comfort food favorites daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. To-go and patio dining will be available.
  • Following a COVID closure in March and repairs from extensive damage in June, Tar & Roses in Santa Monica has reopened its doors with spacious outdoor dining (and heaters, when needed). The menu features favorites like oxtail dumplings, whole fried snapper and Singporean chili crab cakes. Open daily from 5:30 p.m.