Looking for ways to stay occupied (and safe) this weekend? Here are a few things to do.
March 4-April 25
Author and James Beard award winner Bill Esparza’s annual taco fest Taqueando is popping up with guests between now and April 25 at the former Church & State space in downtown L.A. From March 4 through 6, Argentine chefs Norberto Piattoni and Leo Lanussol serve specialties like blood sausage a la Plancha and roasted pork bondiola sandwiches (available for delivery, pick-up, or patio dining). From March 10 through April 25, Chef Priscilla Curiel of Tuétano Taquería and Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos (Thursdays through Saturdays) settle in for a residency. [More info]
Friday, March 5
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and we’re pretty sure that extends to pop punk tributes to raise money for venues. The lineup for this livestream is sure to scratch your early ’00s Warped Tour itch: Felicity as Good Charlotte, the High Ground as A Day To Remember, Nø Handøuts as Paramore, Out Of It as Yellowcard, Pullman Standard as Alkaline Trio, Loudmouth as Man Overboard, and Labeled Lawless as Sum 41. Tickets are only ten bucks, and a portion of the proceeds go to National Independent Venue Association, the organization behind Save Our Stages. Show starts at 5 p.m. [More info and tickets]
Every Saturday in March
The women who perform as part of the Groundlings’ Main Company are celebrating Women’s History Month with a months worth of 90-minute virtual improv shows. For those experiencing The Righteous Gemstones withdrawal, Judy Gemstone herself, Edi Patterson, is part of the posse. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 7 p.m. [More info and tickets]
Saturday, March 6
Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his best bud, recipe developer Julie Tanous, celebrate their new cookbook Food Between Friends with a virtual release party on Saturday. Things kick off at 5 p.m. with mixologist Charlotte Voisey, who’ll demonstrate how to make a pineapple & cilantro margarita, and continues with a cook-along with Julie and Jesse, who whip up their ground beef and pickle tacos as well as their biscochito cookie bars. Nineties dream girl Lisa Loeb swings by for a performance too. Tickets—which include a copy of the book—are $75. [More info and tickets]
French Sisterhood — The Evolution of French Feminism
Saturday, March 6
Silver Lake-based language School Coucou hosts a virtual seminar on the history of feminism in France. What can we learn from how the journey to liberation from ours in America? Sign up to find out. The course is $45 and takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. [More info and tickets]
Saturday, March 6
Hopefully we’ll be headed back to L.A. comedy clubs sooner than later, but in the meantime, catch a virtual set by Sarah Silverman on Saturday at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20. [More info and tickets]
Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid has created a soundtrack for your next walk in Griffith Park. Download the SOUNDWALK app to experience a public work of audio art that’s determined by which way you decide to walk (using GPS). “We miss our communities, and we miss the very thing that makes our cities special: the people,” Reid says. “I hope SOUNDWALK will inspire us and make us feel connected to something larger than ourselves.” [More info]
Through March 31
A virtual version of Modernism Week has been underway since the beginning of the month so architecture freaks can get their fix of Palm Springs beauty from afar. The collection of stream-when-you’d like (through March 31) programming includes a pair of five-location home tours. Real estate porn from the comfort of your own home. [More info and tickets]
Through May 31
Drawn from a book of the same name Pulitzer-winning New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof and Pulitzer-winning former journalist Sheryl WuDunn, with stunning photos by Lynsey Addario, this virtual exhibit presented by the Skirball Center introduces viewers to Americans struggling to stave off disaster driven by social and economic factors in communities throughout the country—including Kristof’s own hometown of Yamhill, Oregon. Admission is free. [More info]
The L.A. Zoo reopened to the public in early February, so now’s the time to get outside and check in on the animal friends you’ve been missing. Visits are a bit different than they were before the pandemic. You’ll need to book a timed reservation online before arriving, follow one-way paths through the facility, maintain distance, and, obviously, wear your mask (or masks). A handful of food and drink vendors will be operating, but all consumption needs to be done while sitting in an area nearby, not walking the grounds. Some exhibits and activities will be closed or modified, so be sure to be patient and respectful of all postage signage and direction from zoo staff. [More info]
The holidays are over and theaters are still closed, but there’s still plenty of fun stuff to see at pop-up drive-ins throughout the region. This weekend’s offerings include Minari, Da 5 Bloods, and more. [More info]
Movie theaters are still closed and all of those pop-up screenings sell out fast, but the L.A. area’s stationary drive-ins don’t require advance tickets and have plenty of great movies to check out—and double features galore. It’s a throwback that’s become very welcome during the era of social distancing.
It feels like we’re living through one interminable Monday under this global house arrest, but it technically is the weekend. So why not take a break from the news and the glitchy Zoom meetings and watch something fun? Check out what we have in this week’s roundup of streaming recommendations because sometimes the best things to do are the most low-effort of all.
Looking for even more things to watch, eat, and do during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out our Inside Guide.