Looking for ways to stay occupied (and safe) this weekend? Here are a few things to do.
Friday, January 29
The Museum of Neon Art is taking to Zoom with some glowing local history. On Friday, useum executive director Corrie Siegel and board member Arlene Vidor host an hour-long virtual presentation “that tracks the history of Glendale through its signage using archival photographs, current day images, and film clips.” Kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are only $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members. [More info and tickets]
Saturday, January 30
A lot of extremely funny people and comedy troupes—Bob and David, the State, the Kids in the Hall, Fred Armisen, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Guest, “Weird” Al, the list goes on—are getting together for a massive fundraiser to raise dough for SF Sketchfest, which is hoping to return in person for its 20th iteration. Tickets range from $20 to $5,000; it kicks off at 5 p.m. [More info and tickets]
Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31
The Broad Stage presents some of the best dance films of the year at a COVID-safe drive-in festival at Santa Monica College Bundy Campus this weekend. The program features films from around the world and lasts for about 65 minutes, with four presentations on an outdoor big screen over the course of the weekend. [More info and tickets]
Sunday, January 31
Cheesecake, anyone? Jackie Beat (Dorothy Zbornak), Sherry Vine (Blanche Devereaux), Drew Droege (Rose Nylund), and Sam Pancake (Sophia Petrillo) screen “lost” episodes of their Cavern Club-set Golden Girls sendup for a virtual audience this weekend, with a live Q&A before and after the show, and special guests Melanie Hutsell and Mario Diaz. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. and tickets are pay what you can. [More info and tickets]
Through Saturday, January 30
RE:Her, a new organization for women restaurant owners, is launching with a festival in Los Angeles running January 21 to 30, including online conversations, classes, and experiences featuring culinary luminaries. The festival also includes dozens of special menus and dishes at local restaurants available to order for takeout. [More info]
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]
Richard Tuttle: Nine Stepping Stones, Joel Mesler: Surrender, and These lacustrine homes at David Kordansky Gallery
Opening January 23
David Kordansky Gallery debuts three new exhibits this weekend: a series of new assemblages by legendary artist Richard Tuttle, paintings and works on paper by Joel Mesler; and a group show curated by Valentin Carron, Isabelle Cornaro, Karin Gulbran, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and curator Mai-Thu Perret. For safety, the gallery is only admitting one party at a time according to pre-arranged time slots. [More info and time slots]
Through February 28
Port City Creative Guild is bringing together ten Long Beach museums and galleries and more than 80 artists for this group show of art pieces created on new or found mailing envelopes. The exhibit is viewable virtually on the PCCG’s website and at the Psychic Temple of the Holy Kiss in Long Beach. [More info]
The folks behind Electric Daily Carnival and a slew of other EDM fests are getting in on the family-friendly, COVID-friendly drive-through experience game with the trippy, light-tastic Electric Mile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The experience—which maybe you’ve already seen in your friends’ Insta feeds—kicked off earlier this month, channeling a warehouse rave, minus the elicit substances. Visitors—up to eight per vehicle—cruise through seven different glittering worlds, including “Nocturnal Wonderland” and “Escape Halloween.” Tickets start at $69.99 per carload. [More info and tickets]
Each week, local chefs and shops are setting up on the outdoor patio at Employees Only for the pickup-specific WeHo Night Market. Vendors include: Jazzy Sauce by Jitlada, Orso Pasta, La Sorted’s, De La Nonna Pizza, Tagalog Takeover, Gemini Bakehouse, and more; employees Only slings bottled cocktails. Pickup available from 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. [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 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fargo, and Uncle Buck. [More info]
Through February 20
Corey Helford Gallery is hosting a “virtual opening” for its latest show, a series of paintings on driftwood by Japanese artist Chishi Morimura. Of the exhibit’s title, which means “ambiguous” in English, Morimura says, “I thought Aimai is a word that has a double meaning with a similar duality and possibility as driftwood. I often feel that few people in the world are aware of the happiness [that can be found] in life. This time, I added a sense of strong hope to the artwork to make it a brighter theme. In addition, a new society has been born, such as ‘stay at home’ and doing work remotely around the world, and the boundary between outside (society and others) and inspired (home) have become ambiguous.” [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.