Things to Do (Inside) in L.A. This Weekend

Live music, art tutorials, museum tours, and more

Yes, we’re all cooped up, but there are plenty of ways to pass the time if you know where to look. Here’s a collection of museum tours, live concerts, and more to make your weekend indoors during self-containment feel almost weekend-y. Flatten the curve and have fun.

Virtual Cinema at Alamo Drafthouse

Friday, April 3

Keen on supporting a local cinema while you stream from home? Alamo Drafthouse, which opened its DTLA location last year, and other indie cinemas and chains have partnered with Kino Lorber for a virtual theatrical experience. Beginning tomorrow, the platform is premiering the Will Forte-starring horror-comedy Extra Ordinary—and you can purchase “tickets” via the small cinema of your choice. Alamo has a number of other new movies to “go see” this weekend.

L.A. Opera at Home: Dana Jackson and Ben Bliss

Friday, April 3

The L.A. Opera has been cranking out a supply of daily entertainment to help you scratch that fine art itch. This week, they’ve presented a live stream of Carmen, an opera happy hour with Jeremy Frank, and more—and on Friday at 4 p.m. you can join them for a living room recital with tenor Ben Bliss and his wife, bassoonist Dana Jackson. Check back here for more content in the coming weeks.

Ian Sweet with Frankie Cosmos, Sarah Squirm, and more

Saturday, April 4

L.A. indie rocker Ian Sweet, aka Jilian Medford, is inviting singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos, weirdo (wonderfully so) comedian Sarah Squirm, comedian Whitmer Thomas (fresh off his first HBO special), and others for a live show on Instagram. And they’re raising money for grassroots progressive political group Ground Game L.A.

The Broad at Home: Family Tutorials

Every Friday 

Each Friday while the world is all topsy-turvy, the Broad will be presenting a new family-friendly tutorial for creating art at home inspired by artists in the Broad collection. Last week, Mark Bradford, known for utilizing found materials in his work, will showed families how to hunt for materials in their own homes and makes a one-of-a-kind work of art. Check their YouTube channel for what’s next.

AFI Movie Club


Each day, the American Film Institute encourages movie buffs to hit the couch and watch the same film (virtually) alongside its global community of movie buffs. Check the Movie Club site for the pick of the day, each of which is introduced by a special celeb host.

Petersen Automotive Museum Live-Streamed Tours


The Petersen (along with every other museum in L.A.) is currently closed to the public, but you can still take an exclusive peek inside its vault thanks to its live-streamed tours. Sign up in advance (and make a donation) and 20 minutes in advance of the tour, you’ll receive a link via email. On Friday check out a pre-war themed tour, and on Saturday a full vault tour.

Natural History Museum of L.A. County Connects


Fend off brain drain or learn something new about our natural world via the Natural History Museum’s NHMLAC Connects initiative. As they put it, “Think social distancing with dinosaurs and mammoths, and connecting with nature and community science right outside your door.” In the portal are lessons on L.A.’s hidden history, arts and crafts, tutorials, and more.

Stream away …


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? In this week’s roundup of streaming recommendations we have a Tim & Eric’s new bizzaro sitcom sendup, a docuseries about “cursed” horror movies, and more.

Looking for even more things to watch, eat, and do during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out our Inside Guide.

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