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Pre-Holiday Happenings This Weekend: Nov. 20-22

Gabba Gallery presents its 8th annual affordable art show online this year. Works of art start at $50 and are no more than $1,000. (Nagisa Kamae's 'Candemic' series)
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Drive-through holiday experiences pop up in Pomona and Valencia. Mortified shares shameful stories for a little holiday relief. Burn off quarantine calories by taking part in the Great Los Angeles Walk. Watch Hollywood's home movies or Steve McQueen's Small Axe Anthology.

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Thursday, Nov. 19 - ongoing

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Gabba Gallery's 8th annual affordable art show takes place online this year. Curated by Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson, the exhibition features works by more than 70 artists from around the world. Gabba also releases works from its print archives and new limited-edition fine prints. The original artwork collection opens Thursday at 11 a.m. PST and the prints collection will be available on Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. PST.
COST: $50 - $1,000 for artwork; MORE INFO

'Mangrove,' the first film from Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' anthology is released this week, starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. (Amazon Prime Video)

Friday, Nov. 20

Small Axe Anthology
Amazon Prime Video launches a film anthology series from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) beginning this week with Mangrove, starring Letitia Wright and Shaun Parkes. A new movie premieres each Friday. Lovers Rock, starring Micheal Ward & Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, debuts on Nov. 27; Red, White and Blue starring John Boyega on Dec. 4; Alex Wheatle with Sheyi Cole on Dec. 11; and Education featuring Kenyah Sandy on Dec. 18. The five original films, which are all set between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s, tell the stories of people in London's West Indian community who faced racism and discrimination. The title comes from the African proverb, "If you are the big tree, we are the small axe."

Friday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m.

Hollywood Home Movies: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive
The Motion Picture Academy presents an online program featuring home movies from its archive. These include footage of director Dorothy Arzner (the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America) boating with her friend Billie Burke; a party at the home of Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons; a road trip with cinematographer James Wong Howe; behind the scenes with Loretta Young, Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester; Nat King Cole at a movie premiere; and Ida Lupino directing a female cast led by Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels. Mills, writer-director Gregory Nava and guests share stories about their family films while archivist Sean Savage offers tips on how to care for home movies.

Friday, Nov. 20; 6 p.m. PST

The Crap Show
Dynasty Typewriter and Write Bloody team up for an interactive literary night with found objects. Listen to five stories from authors, comedians, storytellers and poets based on found trash/treasures (which will be auctioned off to the audience). Derrick C. Brown hosts a lineup that features Christina Catherine Martinez, Arthur Bradford, Jeremy Radin, B. Frayn Masters and Christopher Williams.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

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"The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro" continues with the recording of the 'Mojada,' reading, released on the Center Theatre Group's website this week. (CTG Media)

Friday, Nov. 20; 5 p.m. PST

Virtual Theater and Talk: Luis Alfaro's Mojada
The Getty and the Center Theatre Group release a reading of MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro's Mojada, filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The play blends Euripides' classic Medea with Mexican folklore, following a family caught in America's immigration system. Performed in English with optional Spanish captioning.
COST: FREE with reservations; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 3 (select dates)

Taste of Merry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food? In addition to decor and thousands of lights, the park offers more than 60 food and drink items. Guests purchase tasting cards to choose from items like turkey dinner tater tots and Comet's Cinnamon Bun. Stores will also be open selling specialty items and handmade goods from local crafters. Tasting cards must be purchased in advance for entry.
COST: $40 adults (5 tastes), $20 for kids ages 3-11 (3 tastes); MORE INFO

Violins of Hope, rescued from the Holocaust, were on display at The Soroya before they were returned to their home in Tel Aviv. (Ricki Quinn)

Friday, Nov. 20; 5 p.m. PST

Violins of Hope
The artistic and educational project is composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. Violinists Niv Ashkenazi, Lindsay Deutsch and Janice Mautner Markham perform on the instruments, which they would've played at various Southland Violins of Hope concerts before COVID. This collection of more than 60 stringed instruments was restored by second-generation violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, and his son, Avshalom, in their Tel Aviv shop.

Friday - Saturday, Nov. 20-21

La Corona and Il Parnaso Confuso
Camarillo United Methodist Church.
291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo
The Pacific Opera Project continues its drive-in opera series with a double-bill of rare, one-act operas by Christoph Willibald Gluck. La Corona is loosely based on the Greek myth of the huntress Atalanta while Il Parnaso Confuso features three muses asked to sing by Apollo. In POP's version, the muses are a 1980s wedding band and Apollo is a wedding planner. The shows will be presented within COVID guidelines. Live video will be projected above the stage with supertitles and sound will be broadcast via FM radio to approximately 90 vehicles per performance.
COST: $60 - $175 per car; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

The Elf on the Shelf's Magical Holiday Journey
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
Drive through this immersive experience to see where Santa's sleigh had to make an emergency landing during its Christmas test runs. The scout elves are all over the Fairplex as they try to repair the sleigh and replenish the Christmas spirit. View toy repair workshops, gingerbread villages and light displays throughout the drive. Narration is available in English and Spanish. Each car must have a minimum of two people and a maximum of eight.
COST: Tickets start at $24.95 per person; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 3 (select dates)

Holiday in the Park
Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
The roller coasters and thrill rides may be closed but the park partially reopens for a holiday light show and drive-through experience. View eight different areas decked out with millions of lights choreographed to seasonal music. Check out characters dressed for the holidays and a drive-by featuring Santa and his elves. New this year is The Underground with several West Coast Customs show cars on display. Online reservations are required (even for season pass holders) and tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the park.
Tickets: $20 per person, minimum of two people per car; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 20 - Friday, Dec. 18

Truth is Dead
6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The private workspace holds the premiere of an exhibition by artist Alison Jackson, in partnership with Fotografiska. Jackson's work comments on pop culture through documentary-style photos of the imagined private lives of the (in)famous. The artist uses actors and look-alikes of celebs and public figures in her work. The exhibition is being held with safety protocols in place.
COST: Tickets start at $14; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Jan. 10

Happy Place: The Drive-Thru
Westfield Century City Parking Structure
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
The pop-up exhibition returns with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, covering 50,000 square feet leading to the rooftop. There are 18 experiences and interactive installations (perfect for selfies), including a giant piano, a rainbow road and a nightclub. Vehicles must be 6 feet 7 inches or less. The experience begins on the 3rd floor.
COST: Tickets start at $49.50 per vehicle; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 21 - Sunday, Jan. 3

Peek-a-Boo Stroll Thru: Winter Wonderland!
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
4949 York Blvd., Highland Park
Take a contactless, immersive walk through the theater and see how the puppets have prepped for the holidays as their puppeteers have been staying safe at home. The 20-minute experience does not feature live puppetry or performers. Ticket prices are for specific appointment slots with a maximum of six people per pod.
COST: $60 per pod; MORE INFO

The socially distanced Great Los Angeles Walk takes place on Saturday, Nov. 21. Walk along Wilshire from DTLA to Santa Monica at your own pace. (GLAW)

Saturday, Nov. 21

15th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk
Wilshire Blvd., from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica
The annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of walking across the city of Los Angeles continues -- but with COVID safety protocols in place. For its 15th edition, the walk doesn't kick off with its usual gathering or end with a celebration of drinks and eats. Instead, participants are encouraged to begin at their leisure and walk along Wilshire Boulevard at their own pace. (Start at Wilshire and Grand Ave., in downtown L.A. and walk the 15.6-mile stretch all the way to the ocean.) Visit the GLAW website for tips on what you'll see along the way.

East L.A.'s Chicanx folk band Las Cafeteras helps close out the Skirball's virtual concert series. (LARRY SANDEZ)

Saturday, Nov. 21; 8 p.m. PST

Skirball Stages: Las Cafeteras and Xênia França
The final session of the Skirball's virtual concert series features East L.A. Chicanx folk band Las Cafeteras and Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Xênia França. The concert debuts on the Skirball's YouTube channel.

Saturday, Nov. 21; 6 p.m. PST

Mortified Presents: AngstGiving
Drop in for some post-election, pre-holiday stress relief by listening to adults tell of teen angst with the aid of old diaries, poetry, notes, lyrics and love letters.

Saturday, Nov. 21; 5 p.m. PST

The Outfest Legacy Weekend Featuring Out100
Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu
Outfest's gala event features the world premiere (drive-in) screening of Amazon Studios' Uncle Frank. Written and directed by Alan Ball, it stars Paul Bettany as a gay man reckoning with his conservative Southern family in the 1970s. The film is loosely based on Ball's own life. The writer-director makes an appearance at the screening. The night also includes award recipients, musical entertainment, celebrity appearances, cocktails and gift bags.
COST: $300 per car for 2-people, $100 for each additional person; MORE INFO

To celebrate the life and legacy of artist Corita Kent, Corita 101 art boxes are being distributed in South L.A. on Saturday, followed by a workshop. (Courtesy of the Corita Art Center)

Saturday, Nov. 21

Corita Day
The two-part celebration honors the art and life of American artist, activist and former nun Corita Kent. Although the day is officially Nov. 20, Corita Art Center partners with Greetings from South L.A. on Saturday to host The Corita art trailer, parked in front of Cruzita's Deli And Cafe (7121 State St., Huntington Park) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The organizations are giving away free Corita 101 boxes that contain art supplies, worksheets and memorabilia. At 1:30 p.m., attend a free virtual workshop to learn more about Corita's history of politically and socially charged art, engage in creative writing activities, make zines and recreate some of Corita's most famous works. Register for the Zoom workshop.

Sunday, Nov. 22; 6:30 p.m PST

LA Times Dinner Series: Jeremy Fox and Fargo
The next installment of the virtual dinner series features a five-course meal from chef Jeremy Fox (Birdie G's and Rustic Canyon) and a live dinner party conversation with Fargo season 4 showrunner Noah Hawley and actors Jason Schwartzman, Timothy Olyphant and Glynn Turman, hosted by The L.A. Times' Greg Braxton. The menu includes cucumber half sours with kimchi miso; beet, apple & pecan "charoset"; noodle kugel, pumpkin butter and sage; flatiron steak, maitakes & koji stroganoff; and a chocolate malted cake for dessert. Dinners will be available for pick up at Birdie G's in Santa Monica on the day of the event.
COST: $125 each person, two ticket minimum per household; MORE INFO

Sunday, Nov. 22; 12 p.m. PST

Virtual Iranian Jewish Cooking Class
Montreal's The Wandering Chew is an organization that works to preserve and revitalize Jewish culinary traditions. They're teaming with L.A.-based writer Tannaz Sassooni, who knows a lot about hummus, for an online cooking class. She'll teach participants how to create the ultimate Iranian Jewish Shabbat dinner: gondi nokhodchi (chickpea and chicken meatballs family recipe). After signup, you'll receive the Zoom link and list of ingredients.
COST: Pay-what-you-can, with a suggested amount of $18;MORE INFO

David Myers' burgers return to L.A. at the Adrift Burger Bar pop-up on Abbot Kinney. (Christian Remde)

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.

  • Henry Parsons Project is a new takeout/pickup restaurant that has taken over the old Margarita Jones space in Pasadena (541 South Arroyo Parkway). The changing menu is "a bit eclectic, southern leaning, and SGV inspired."
  • The ADRIFT Burger Bar pop-up from David Myers opened last week at 1025 Abbot Kinney in Venice. Serving up burgers, fries and fancy milkshakes, it has limited al fresco seating for 24 people. Takeout and delivery options available.
  • Mexican restaurant Hermanito (2024 Sawtelle Boulevard) launches weekend brunch on Saturday, Nov. 21. Executive chef Abraham Lemus' makes Mexican dishes with subtle nods to the neighborhood's Japanese heritage. Dishes include shishito chilaquiles and an avocado toast benedict with togarashi. Brunch is available for dine-in and to go on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Butchers Erika Nakamura (Lindy & Grundy Meats, White Gold Butchers, J&E Small Goods) and Jocelyn Guest (White Gold Butchers, J&E Small Goods) launched the virtual Butcher Girls shop earlier this year in NYC. They're currently soft launching an L.A. outpost with a limited number of turkeys and turkey bundles for sale. You can also enter their raffle for a turkey bundle, which will be given away on Sunday.