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Burgers Bourbon + Beer Fest Flips to a Drive-In Burger Crawl

For many of us, it’s been months since we’ve gotten together for some burgers and drinks with friends. That’s why Los Angeles has put together a socially distanced edition of our annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer event, so we can all enjoy some food and drink together, while staying safely apart.

Instead of a crowd mingling in one room or outdoor space together, this year’s BB+B will find participants driving in at locations to pick up burger and cocktail kits to enjoy at home, outside, or wherever you (safely and legally) decide. The burgers are custom, off-menu creations whipped up just for us; each cocktail kit includes spirits from Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, or Jim Beam, along with a special gift pack from our sponsors.

And, best of all, everyone will be doing the crawl over the same three days, enjoying the same menu, meaning it’s a little way to share an experience with those you haven’t been able to dine with in person in a long time.

This year’s participating restaurants offered an advanced look at what they’re cooking up. Warning: do not read this if you’re hungry. And, yes, tickets are still available.

All Day Baby

ADB Chili Cheese Burger: dry-aged beef patty, smoked chili, white American cheese, white onion, potato bun

The Win~Dow

Hash Burger: meat patty, hash brown, cheese, onion, and steak sauce, buns (vegetarian option available)

District DTLA

La Carreta Burger: carne asada beef patty, queso frito, picked cabbage salad, chimichurri aioli, sweet plantain bun (vegetarian option available)

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A Top Garcetti Advisor Is On Leave Amid Multiple Sexual Misconduct Accusations


Rick Jacobs, a key advisor and former deputy chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced he will “take a leave” from his political duties on Tuesday after a second man openly accused him of unwanted touching, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In July, Jacobs denied any wrongdoing when LAPD officer Matthew Garza sued the city, alleging that Jacobs had repeatedly made sexual comments and touched him inappropriately, massaging his shoulders and hugging him, while he served on the mayor’s security detail. In the suit, Garza also claims that Garcetti knew about Jacobs’s behavior but did nothing to stop it.

Jacobs called the allegations “a work of pure fiction” at the time, and Garcetti denied ever witnessing the events or hearing the language Garza describes in the complaint.

But questions surrounding Jacobs intensified on Monday when freelance journalist Yashar Ali published his account of what he claims were several instances of sexual misconduct by Jacobs over the course of a decade.

Ali writes that between 2005 and 2015, “Jacobs would grab my face and kiss me on the lips—always twice—and he would turn to other people who witnessed it and say, ‘He has the softest lips.’” Ali further claims that he has witnessed “Jacobs at fundraisers over the years subjecting others to forcible kissing, grabbing and sexually explicit comments.”

Jacobs—who is currently the treasurer and a board member of the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and is chief executive of an economic development nonprofit that he and Garcetti cofounded—did not address the new allegations in an email statement Tuesday.

He said that after dedicating 17 years to public service and advocacy, “I don’t want this to be a distraction. Therefore, I will take a leave from my nonprofit work and my volunteer political work with the mayor.”

In a statement of his own, Garcetti said, “I take seriously all allegations of harassment. Rick Jacobs has stepped away from his nonprofit and volunteer political work.”

Ali responded on social media, tweeting, “This is only happening because I wrote a story. This is not a compliment…it should not have taken my writing a story for @ericgarcetti to take this step. Why wasn’t a lawsuit filed in July enough to prompt the mayor to take action?”

Two more men, who would not allow the Times to publish their names for fear of political retribution, gave similar accounts to those of Garza and Ali.

One man claims Jacobs grabbed his buttocks at a party at Jacobs’s house in 2012, while another says Jacobs approached him at a party in L.A. last year and that, “He tried to hug and kiss me forcibly.”

Garza’s lawyer, Greg Smith, said in a statement Monday that he expects more people to come forward and that, ”every person should feel free from fear and intimidation when reporting sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.”

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Angelenos Have Been Working in Armenia on Humanitarian Relief for Nagorno-Karabakh

Three weeks into his trip to Armenia, Suren Magakian woke up to messages from Los Angeles asking if he was OK. The enclave known to Armenians as Artsakh and to the international community as Nagorno-Karabakh had been attacked, an event that threatened to reignite the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that had come to a ceasefire in 1994.

“To be honest, it freaked me out from the beginning,” Magakian says on a video call. But, his fear quickly turned to motivation. A day after the September 27 attack, he turned to his friends back home, asking if they could send money that he could use to purchase humanitarian supplies for those in need. Magakian thought he might receive $1,000. He reached that goal in an hour and, in the subsequent weeks, far surpassed it as the conflict has escalated, the death toll climbed, and tens of thousands of people were displaced. With the donations, Magakian and a team of friends have secured much-needed items like generators and food and have traveled hours to deliver them.

Two days after the attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, Harout Papyan left for a previously planned trip to Armenia. Given the current situation, he and his fiancée decided that they would fundraise amongst family and friends. People sent contributions to Papyan’s fiancée, who transferred the money to him. With help from his relatives in Armenia and their friends, Papayan purchased hygiene products, non-perishable food, and other items to deliver to displaced families.

In Yerevan, Papyan would check Instagram and see posts from protests in Los Angeles. “I did want to be a part of it, but I was happy that I was back home, back in Yerevan, doing what I was doing,” he says. Now back in Los Angeles, he continues to work remotely with the team in Armenia.

“Everything is needed in this circumstance because towns and villages are ruined.” —Ambassador Armen Baibourtian

Since the onset of the current conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, diasporan Armenians have mobilized through fundraisers, social media campaigns, and protests. For some Angelenos, though, the best ways to help have involved physically being in Armenia.

“As the war began happening, it became really hard for me to not be here, or to be so far away,” says Natalie Kamajian on a video call from Yerevan. When she arrived in Armenia in early October, she brought items like warm clothing and gear for journalists that had been collected by people in the diaspora. “We came with about seven suitcases in addition to our own things,” she says.

Kamajian has been thinking about the DIY relief efforts that have come as a response to the war. The Armenian diaspora, she says, has been “really practicing mutual aid, really practicing real, grassroots organizing without state control or any sort of upper organization.” And that kind of action is important given the growing humanitarian crisis.

“The humanitarian needs are pretty much all-encompassing,” says Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles. “Everything is needed in this circumstance because villages—towns and villages—are ruined.” Armenia itself doesn’t have official numbers on how many people from Nagorno-Karabakh have relocated to the country, he says. Previously, it’s been reported that about half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has been displaced. The needs are great but, Baibourtian says, the priority right now is on medical assistance in a time when war is compounded by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

For medical professionals, relief efforts have included procuring medical supplies, taking part in telehealth projects and, in some cases, traveling to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. “There is already a long list of volunteers that is growing day by day,” says Dr. Shant Shekherdimian, an associate professor of surgery at UCLA who is involved with Armenian American Medical Society and other groups working on healthcare assistance.

“As health care providers, this is instinctual for us to rise any such challenge, whether there is a humanitarian crisis in our home country or anywhere else,” he says. “That’s just what we do all day, every day.”

Some are also preparing for the long-term effects of the war. HALO Trust, the global land mine clearance organization, has done significant work in Nagorno-Karabakh for years following the 1990s wars. Amasia Zargarian, who grew up in Glendale, spent two years working in the region before moving to the nonprofit’s Washington D.C. office. “What we are seeing now, of course, is a new kind of threat,” he says by phone from Yerevan. “We’re seeing lots of contamination from explosive items inside of cities and other major population centers of Karabakh. We’re seeing cluster munitions and rockets and artillery shells and different kinds of explosive items that are actually in the cities, in residential areas.”

Right now, they’re educating people about this threat, but, ultimately, there will be a need to clear neighborhoods of weapons that have yet to explode. Zargarian says that they’re seeing an uptick in interest in their work not just from diasporan Armenians, but from the general international community. Should people maintain this interest, that can benefit the relief work that’s to come as well. “As soon as it is safe to do so, there’s going to be a lot of work to do and I think a lot of people are going to be able to put their skills to use when the time comes, I’m not just talking about our work,” says Zargarian.

Magakian says that he doesn’t know when he’ll be returning to Los Angeles. “Even when the war is done, our work is still not going to be done,” he says. That’s part of the message he wants to share with people in his hometown: “This energy needs to stay up, even after the war, because there’s a lot of damage done.”

Before that can happen, there’s a more pressing need. “All of us are very ready, very eager, very willing to contribute to these efforts and will do so for as long as necessary, but the main thing that all of us want is for this to stop, for there to not be a need for anyone to be in this situation,” says Shekherdimian of the diasporan medical community’s sentiments. “I think that the first thing that all of us would ask for is for everybody from the highest of diplomatic officials to all of us as ordinary citizens to do our part to try to put an end to this.”

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Morning Brief: The Parents of 545 Migrant Children Detained on the Border Haven’t Been Found

» Lawyers say they have been unable to find the parents of 545 migrant children who were separated from their families by the Trump administration. Hundreds of parents in a 2017 “pilot program” were deported to Central America without their children before a federal judge in California ordered they be reconnected. [NBC News]

» California housing prices continue to inflate, causing some experts to warn the market may be experiencing a bubble. Prices have set new records for four months in a row, and the pace of sales is the fastest since the months following the 2008 crash.  [Daily News]

» Residents of neighborhoods near the Exide battery plant marched to the federal courthouse in DTLA, carrying bags of lead-polluted soil from their own yards to the factory. The Justice Department recently moved to allow Exide to walk away from the factory and push clean-up costs onto California state authorities, claiming the pollution is not an “imminent threat.” [Los Angeles Times]

» Journalist and Twitter personality Yashar Ali has accused Garcetti advisor Rick Jacobs of sexual misconduct. Ali claims Jacobs “forcibly kissed” him multiple times between 2005 and 2015. [Los Angeles Times]

» With the World Series underway, Dodgers fans may be looking ahead to when they’ll be able to enjoy a game in the way we used to. Team co-owner Todd Boehly says the stadium experience likely won’t be back to “normal” until 2022.  [Los Angeles Times]


» As the Pandemic Continues, Angelenos Are Finding a Reprieve at the End of a Fishing Pole The socially distant pastime has become a way tap into tradition at an uncertain time

» How a Local Woman Survived Being Lost for Almost Two Weeks in Zion National Park Holly Suzanne Courtier of Woodland Hills was missing for 12 days before crews found her alive in the massive Utah park

» A New Book Finds Beauty in L.A.’s Gleaming Landmarks and Urban Ruins For podcaster and comedian Jason Horton, loving L.A. means embracing decay


fleurs et sel cookies

L.A.’s Most Obsessed-Over Cookies Are Coming to the Grove

The height of a pandemic might seem like a risky time to start a small business, but for Lara Adekoya, who launched the cookie bakery Fleurs et Sel in April, the reward has been sweet.

“I always dreamed of having my own business, however, it was a beautiful and unexpected surprise that my dreams would actualize during the quarantine,” Adekoya says.

This weekend, her always-sold-out online cookie company is popping up in real life at The Grove.


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L.A.’s Most Obsessed-Over Cookies Are Coming to the Grove

The height of a pandemic might seem like a risky time to start a small business, but for Lara Adekoya, who launched the cookie bakery Fleurs et Sel in April, the reward has been sweet.

I always dreamed of having my own business, however, it was a beautiful and unexpected surprise that my dreams would actualize during the quarantine,” Adekoya says. 

Before the shutdown, Adekoya had been one of the top sales associates at Nordstom at the Grove. When the pandemic sent her home, she got to work in the kitchen, baking batch after batch of her favorite cookie recipes to soothe her pandemic nerves and send to loved ones and former customers she hoped to stay connected with during the stressful time.

A few gorgeous Instagram photos of cookies later, paid orders started pouring in, and a whole new business was born.

“My very first order was to one of my top clients from Nordstrom. She saw my cookies on Instagram and called me immediately asking to place an order. It was with her encouragement that I found my entrepreneurial spirit—and community of clients, many of whom are now close friends, and continue to show me so much support,” she says. 

This weekend, Adekoya is going back to the Grove, but this time for a special pop-up in the complex’s Glass Box space, selling her signature baked goods, which typically sell out each time she opens an opportunity to order.

The Grove is a very special, sentimental and joyful place to me,” she says. “Opening my own pop-up here is truly a full circle moment and the biggest dream come true.”

Customers at the pop-up will be able to purchase or place orders for brown butter and vanilla bean sugar cookies, brownie-Oreo-cooking “BAE bars,” and other treats. The Glass Box will be transformed into a photo-op-ready experience by Mindy Weiss, the event and wedding planner favored by the Kardashians, the Biebers, and even Diana Ross.

Fleurs et Sel Pop-Up at the Grove, October 23-25, noon-4 p.m. Online pre-orders accepted at fleursetsel.com for pick-up; limited items available for walk-up purchase.  

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Steve Madden Explains Why He Said No to Working with Ivanka Trump

Celebrity shoemaker Steve Madden may have served two and a half years in prison for stock fraud, but he still has enough good taste never to have gotten in bed with the Trumps.

In the new episode of The Originals podcast, Madden tells host Andrew Goldman why he declined to partner up with the woman (and shoe designer) who would become First Daughter, discusses the trouble with Iggy Azalea, and how he feels about being ratted out to the Feds by the Wolf of Wall Street.

Regarding Ivanka, Madden recalls, “I turned down Ivanka. Before Trump was president. Turned her down, flat out. I was appalled by the birtherism of her father and I didn’t want anything to do with her. She subsequently went with a competitor of mine. They did well for a couple of seasons.”

According to Madden, not much has changed since those days. “She’s like the way she is now,” he says. “Mostly reprehensible.” A number of major retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus famously stopped carrying Ivanka’s line shortly after Trump became president.

One celeb Madden briefly join forces with and live to regret it is Aussie model-rapper Iggy Azalea.

“There was one that I hated,” he dishes. “What was the name of the girl? Iggy Azalea. She’s the Australian hip-hop girl. Very talented. She was a dreadful person. Our team put together some things and she didn’t like them. Instead of calling us up saying, ‘Gee, I really didn’t like the way you put those things together,” she went out publicly and talked badly about us, and we’re partners. I fired her on the spot. Canceled it, paid her off, got rid of her. And I was warned about her by one of her managers.”

Not everyone from his drug-fueled heyday has earned his wrath, however. Although “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort and his fellow bro-brokers sold Madden out to federal authorities on charges of shady stock deals and money laundering—for which he was sentenced to 41 months in prison—Madden says there’s no hard feelings:

“I don’t have any ill will. I would be fine seeing them, and I think that I have to accept responsibility for what I did. I think blaming them would be, not an honest thing. I was in it with them, and I’m not going to go whitewater rafting with them or anything, but… We have a little music company in Los Angeles, small little music lab kind of a company, and we gave [Belfort’s] son a job as an intern. I think the plague hit and I don’t think he ever really started. Yes we did. And it was fine.”

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California Releases Reopening Guidelines for Disneyland and Other Theme Parks

California theme parks have been begging the state to issue a roadmap for them to reopen for months. And, some seven months after they closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California Health and Human Services has released those guidelines, along with new guidelines for professional sports stadiums and other sectors.

The new rules create a tier system that establishes different regulations for theme parks of different sizes. The reopening rules treat the largest operations, including Disneyland and Universal Studios, with the greatest degree of caution, while allowing smaller parks, and facilities with some theme park-like activities to move forward faster.

“I am very mindful, for example, if you have a park, in a city, with a Ferris wheel, that that’s not a ‘theme park’ in the sense so many of us consider, so one has to distinguish between the two,” Governor Gavin Newsom said at a press conference prior to the release of today’s guidelines.

Small theme parks, in the vein of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, will be able to begin opening as soon as the counties where they are located enter the Orange/3 Tier. They can have no more than 500 guests at a time, and can only sell tickets to buyers located within the county where they are located. Larger theme parks will have to wait to begin opening until their county reaches the Yellow/4 Tier.

Orange County, home to Disneyland and several other large theme parks, is currently at the Orange/2 Tier, indicating “substantial” threat from COVID-19. Los Angeles is at the Purple/1 Tier, the state’s most restrictive level.

All theme parks will be required to operate based only on advanced ticket sales, regardless of size, and maintain records of who attended. Only outdoor attractions and facilities are eligible to open at this time.

Stadiums are allowed to reopen with fewer restrictions because, Secretary Ghaly said, they are deemed to be a comparatively lower-risk environment. Fans attending games will be required to buy a ticket for a specific, assigned seat and remain in that seat, wearing a mask except when actively eating or drinking, for the duration of the experience. This enables spacing between household units and eases contact tracing because, in the event of a positive case, officials can quickly contact anyone who may have been seated in the same section of the stadium.

The experience of going to a game will differ from before the pandemic. Most notably, attendees must stay in their seats throughout, so all concession stands and shops will be required to switch to a remote ordering and delivery model.

theme park reopening slide presentation

Today’s announcement also included an update on personal care services. Tattoo parlors, massage services, and other providers have now been moved into “tier one” for indoor operations, matching the guidelines for hair and nail salons.

While many in the industry–and some die-hard theme park fans–had been loudly clamoring for what they felt were overdue guidelines, Newsom’s administration wanted to be extremely careful about how the reopenings were handled. The Orange County Register reports that a special task force was convened to study the issue, including making personal site visits to California parks both large and small, as well as traveling to Orlando, Florida, where theme parks have already reopened, to asses the risk factors.

“We’re being very sober, and forgive me, stubborn about some industries in the state that I know are eager to get guidelines,” Newsom said. “I hope one recognizes our stubbornness on a health-first, data-driven, decision-making process is done with our eyes wide open.”

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How a Local Woman Survived Being Lost for Almost Two Weeks in Zion National Park


After nearly two weeks lost in Utah’s Zion National Park, a Los Angeles woman was found alive and was reunited with her family Sunday, just as they were starting to fear the worst.

Holly Suzanne Courtier, a 38-year-old mom from Woodland Hills, was found by search-and-rescue crews in a wooded area near the Virgin River, park officials announced Monday. The officials didn’t offer any information about Courtier’s condition, but her daughter told CNN the ordeal started early in the hike when her mother hurt her head and lost her way.

“She injured her head on a tree,” Kailey Chambers said in a text. “She was very disoriented as a result and thankfully ended up near a water source—a river bed. She thought her best chance of survival was to stay next to a water source.”

Rescue teams began searching for Courtier on October 6 when she didn’t show up for a scheduled pickup. Courtier went without food for her 12 days in the wilderness and Chambers said she eventually became too weak to take more than a step or two without collapsing: “This prevented her from being able to seek out help. She told me she was so dehydrated she couldn’t open her mouth.”

Courtier’s sister, Jillian Courtier-Oliver, told Good Morning America that she suffered bruises all over her body and weight loss but is now recovering.

As the days passed, Courtier-Oliver’s hopes that her sister would be found alive began to fade. “It wasn’t until two days ago I actually said, ‘I’m starting to lose hope,’” she said. “They had a lot of cadaver dogs out, and I knew what they were looking for was a body, not a person. It was the first time I actually started losing hope. And I went with so much help knowing that we needed to find her.”

Courtier’s family said in a statement, “We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope. We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support.”

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Updated! All of L.A.’s Pop-Up Drive-In and Outdoor Movie Nights

There may be a pandemic, but you don’t have to give up outdoor movies–or at least not entirely. Clever pop-up series have shifted from crowding parks with viewers on picnic blankets to setting up massive parking-lot screens inspired by classic American drive-in movie theaters. Sure, the logistics will be a little more challenging, but these pop-up drive-in movie series might just be the biggest entertainment events of the season.

Level 8 Drive-In

Enjoy the views from atop the garage of the Grove at these screenings. Tickets include a gourmet dinner package from Picnic Society by Gwen, including classic dishes and Halloween-themed treats.

October 21, 7:30 p.m. Ghostbusters
October 28, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice

Malibu Film Society

Gather near the Malibu Country Mart at the site of Malibu’s annual Chili Cook Off for these community events on a three-story-tall screen. Online reservations are required; tickets are offered on a “donations requested” basis.

October 30, 7 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas
October 31, 7 p.m. Ghostbusters

Carson Drive-In Flix

Held at Dignity Sports Arena in Carson, home of the L.A. Galaxy, this new series benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs. When you buy a ticket for your own car ($50) you can also opt to donate one to a family in need. The set-up already accommodates 200 cars, but organizers say they may be able to expand capacity soon.

October 22, 6 p.m. Transformers
October 22, 9:30 p.m. War of the Worlds
October 23, 6 p.m. Thor
October 23, 9:30 p.m. Gladiator
October 24, 3 p.m. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
October 24, 5:30 p.m. Shrek
October 24, 8 p.m. Iron Man
October 25, 3 p.m. Madagascar
October 25, 5:30 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon
October 25, 8 p.m. Captain America: The First Avenger

Hollywood Legion Post 43 Drive-In

American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood is establishing this 30-car drive-in with plans to show films seven days a week. The theater is set up with a state of the art 4K projection system–under the loving care of the Hollywood Legion Theater’s chief projectionist–and there are plans to screen 35mm analog film, beloved by cinephiles, in the future.

October 20, 7 p.m. Rosemary’s Baby
October 21, 8 p.m. Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
October 22, 8 p.m. Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
October 23, 8 p.m. Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
October 24, 8 p.m. Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
October 25, 8 p.m. Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert
October 27, 7 p.m. The Omen
October 28, 7 p.m. Marathon Man
October 29, 7 p.m. Get Out
October 30, 7 p.m. Universal Monster Night
October 31, 6:30 p.m. Psycho
October 31, 9:30 p.m. Psycho

Drive-In Theatre at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Enjoy Halloween-themed film screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a possibly-haunted, definitely-glam Old Hollywood hotspot. The “Spooky Sundays” series offers both general and VIP tickets; refreshments will be available from a converted Airstream trailer bar.

October 11, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 18, 6:30 p.m. Ghostbusters
October 18, 9:15 p.m. The Exorcist
October 25, 6:30 p.m. The Addams Family
October 25, 9:30 p.m. Halloween II

L.A. Zoo Drive-In Movie Nights

The L.A. Zoo is using its ample parking lot for a family-friendly drive-in series. They’ve grouped their sections into three themes: “Hair-Raising Halloween,” “The Brilliant Betty White,” and, naturally, “Animal Adventures.” Films are accompanied by pre-show entertainment featuring videos of zoo animals and other fun add-ons. For Halloween screenings, participants are encouraged to come in costume or decorate their car for the occasion.

October 16, 8 p.m. Doolittle
October 17, 8 p.m. Zootopia
October 18, 8 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
October 23, 8 p.m. The Proposal
October 24, 8 p.m. The Lorax
October 25, 8 p.m. Lake Placid
October 29, 8 p.m. Clue
October 30, 8 p.m. Goosebumps
October 31, 8 p.m. The Addams Family
November 1, 8 p.m. Poltergeist


Designed as an “immersive” movie-going experience, this drive-in series in Chinatown incorporates film, food, local designers and retailers, music, and charity, all in one. Each feature will be shows along with curated shorts, music videos, and additional programming; NTS Radio will provide DJ sets.

November 13, 6 p.m. The Love Witch
November 14, 6 p.m. The Beach Bum
December 11, 8 p.m. TBA
December 12, 8 p.m. TBA

Electric Dusk Drive-In

One of L.A.’s favorite pop-up drive-ins—one that predates the pandemic—is back with a new Glendale location atop the old Sears parking garage at 236 N. Central Avenue.

October 1, 7:30 p.m. Tommy
October 1, 10:10 p.m. Pink Floyd: The Wall
October 2, 7:30 p.m. Poltergeist
October 2, 10:10 p.m. The Lost Boys
October 3, 7:30 p.m. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
October 3, 10:10 p.m. Phantasm
October 4, 7:30 p.m. E.T.
October 8, 7:30 p.m. Death Proof
October 8, 10 p.m. Maximum Overdrive
October 9, 7:15 p.m. Trick R Treat
October 9, 9:30 p.m. Creepshow
October 10, 7:15 p.m. IT: Chapter One
October 10, 10:15 p.m. Carrie
October 16, 7:15 p.m. Get Out
October 16, 9:45 p.m. The Cabin in the Woods
October 17, 7:15 p.m. The Exorcist
October 17, 10:05 p.m. The Conjuring
October 18, 7 p.m. The Addams Family
October 23, 7:15 p.m. A Nightmare on Elm Street
October 23, 9:30 p.m. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
October 24, 7 p.m. Ghostbusters
October 24, 9:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 25, 7 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas
October 30, 7:15 p.m. Friday the 13th: Part One
October 30, 9:30 p.m. Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter
November 1, 7 p.m. Coco

The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-In at the Andaz West Hollywood

The Andaz hotel on the Sunset Strip has partnered for this series with YEA! Impact, a group that organizes entertainment industry professionals to work for social justice causes. In addition to film screenings, some events feature live performances; food and beverage is available to order.

October 2, 8 p.m. Burn!
October 3, 8 p.m. Breathless
October 9, 8 p.m. The Long Goodbye
October 10, 8 p.m. The Man Who Fell to Earth
October 16, 8 p.m. Idiocracy (Drive-In 4 Biden Fundraiser & Auction)
October 23, 8 p.m. The Hills Have Eyes
October 29, 8 p.m. Suspiria
October 30, 8 p.m. American Warewolf in London
October 31, 8 p.m. Young Frankenstein / Braindead AKA Dead Alive (Halloween Double Feature)

L.A. Arts Society Drive-In Cinema

The L.A. Arts Society has always staged screenings for fellow cinephiles–they just look a little different this year. Showings are staged at the “backlot” of the indie Gardena Cinema theater; some include in-person appearances by talent.

October 1, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 1, 10:30 p.m. The Craft
October 2, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 2, 10:30 p.m. The Craft
October 3, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 3, 10:30 p.m. From Dusk Till Dawn
October 4, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 4, 10:30 p.m. From Dusk Till Dawn
October 5, 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice
October 22, 7 p.m. 8th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival
October 23, 10 p.m. A Nightmare on Elm Street
October 24, 10 p.m. A Nightmare on Elm Street
October 25, 12:30 a.m. Friday the 13th (Midnight Screening)
October 25, 10 p.m. Friday the 13th
October 29, 7 p.m. Halloween
October 29, 10 p.m. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
October 30, 7 p.m. Halloween
October 30, 10 p.m. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
October 31, 7 p.m. Halloween
October 31, 10 p.m. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
November 1, 7 p.m. Halloween
November 1, 10 p.m. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights

For the last few summers, this pop-up series was already offering the drive-in experience, so we’re happy to see they returned this year. The films are typically Valley-centric in content or filming locations. Screenings take place at the Westfield Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks.

October 16, 7 p.m. Edward Scissorhands / Pet Sematary
October 17, 7 p.m. Labyrinth / Child’s Play
October 23, 7 p.m. Casper / Poltergeist
October 24, 7 p.m. Hotel Transylvania / Scream

Weekend Drive-In at the Roadium

The 15-acre Roadium in Torrance opened in 1948 as a drive-in cinema, but by the ’80s the space was mostly used as a swap meet (specifically, the swap meet where, legend has it, a record seller introduced Eazy-E to Dr. Dre). Now the space is going back to its roots for occasional pop-up movie nights.

October 2, 6 p.m. Shrek 2
October 10, 7 p.m. Ghostbusters
October 29, 6 p.m. A Nightmare on Elm Street
October 30, 6:30 p.m. Nightmare Before Christmas
November 14, 7 p.m. Ratatouille
November 21, 6:30 p.m. Toy Story
December 11, 6:30 p.m The Polar Express

Laemmle Theaters at the Roadium

Local art house cinema chain Laemmle has adapted to the current moment by taking screenings to the Roadium drive-in theater in Torrance. Expect quirky new indie films, some accompanied by filmmaker talk-backs.

October 1, 6:30 p.m. 12 Hour Shift
October 8, 6:30 p.m. She Is the Ocean
October 14, 6:30 p.m. Bad Hair

Ventura Movies In Your Car

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, this series is run by the same organizers who are also using the venue for drive-in concerts from Third Eye Blind, Fitz and the Tantrums, and other acts. More showings to be announced.

September 30, 7 p.m. Pretty Woman
October 3, 7 p.m. The Big Lebowski
October 13, 7 p.m. Ghostbusters
October 14, 7 p.m. The Blair Witch Project
October 26, 7 p.m. Scream
October 27, 7 p.m. Hotel Transylvania
October 28, 7 p.m. The Silence of the Lambs
October 29, 7 p.m. Halloween
November 1, 7 p.m. The Biggest Little Farm

The Frida Cinema Drive-Ins

Orange County’s non-profit art house cinema is hosting drive-in nights at Anaheim’s Zion Lutheran Church & School. The two July dates scheduled so far have both sold out, but the org recommends subscribing to their newsletter to get announcements about more dates to come. Check out Frida’s “virtual cinema” streaming fundraiser, too.

September 29, 8:30 p.m. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
September 30, 8:30 p.m. RBG (Free Screening)
October 2, 8:30 p.m. Night of the Living Dead / The Evil Dead
October 3, 8:30 p.m. Night of the Living Dead / The Evil Dead
October 6, 8:30 p.m. Hausu
October 9, 8:30 p.m. Possessor Uncut
October 10, 8:30 p.m. Flash Gordon / Xanadu
October 13, 8:30 p.m. The Fog
October 16, 8:30 p.m. Puppetmaster / Chopping Mall
October 20, 8:30 p.m. Deep Red
October 27, 8:30 p.m. Evil Dead 2

Drive-In at the Park 

Country music festival Tailgate Fest may not have happened in August as originally planned, but the organizers put their car-partying expertise into a new venture: a series of drive-in movie nights.

October 2, 8:30 p.m. Remember the Titans
October 3, 8:30 p.m. Moana

Fairmont Poolside Cinema

Get out of the car and sit in a distanced deck chair by the pool at this swanky Santa Monica hotel. Sunset films offer a romantic date night option or fun family outing. Tickets are free with a $25 food and drink minimum; full service from FIG Restaurant is available.

October 3, 7 p.m. Hook
October 9, 7 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon
October 16, 7 p.m. Cheaper by the Dozen
October 24, 7 p.m. Little Rascals

Regency Theaters: The Plant Drive-In

The Regency Theaters chain has opened this Van Nuys drive-in movie theater offering screenings under the stars. A full concession stand is available, orders can be placed in advance online to minimize wait time.

October 1, 7:30 p.m. Demolition Man
October 7, 7 p.m. Halloween
October 7, 9:45 p.m. Halloween 2
October 8, 9 p.m. Screamfest: Initiation and Horror Shorts
October 9, 9 p.m. Screamfest: An Ideal Host and Horror Shorts
October 10, 9 p.m. Screamfest: Anonymous Animals and Horror Shorts
October 11, 7:30 p.m. Screamfest Short Scares: Volume 1
October 12, 9:15 p.m. Screamfest Sweet River and Horror Shorts
October 13, 9 p.m. Screamfest: A Ghost Waits and Horror Shorts
October 14, 7 p.m. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
October 14, 9:45 p.m. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
November 1, 7:30 p.m. Stand By Me

Starlite Drive-In Movies

This O.C. screening series brings drive-in movie nights to the parking lots of Brea Mall and the Outlets at San Clemente. Check event website to confirm screening location and other details.

October 1, 7:30 p.m. The Notebook
October 1, 8 p.m. Casper
October 2, 7:30 p.m. Secret Life of Pets 2
October 2, 8 p.m. The Goonies
October 3, 7:30 p.m. The Goonies
October 4, 7:30 p.m. La La Land
October 4, 8 p.m. Beetlejuice

Previous Pop-Ups…

Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán

This popular rooftop (non drive-in) screening series is returning for a shortened, socially-distanced season. You’ll sit in designated chairs, spaced out from other groups, and must consent to temperature reading and mask requirements–but otherwise, it’s largely the classic summer tradition you remember.

Street Food Cinema

The biggest annual summer outdoor movie series didn’t let us down, pivoting to a program of in-car entertainment. The schedule is reduced this year, but still includes multiple venues, and there will still be food trucks on site. Street Food Cinema is also a cohost of the Level 8 Drive-In series at the Americana, listed below. (SFC will also rent you the gear for your own drive-in screening or larger-than-life projected wedding ceremony.)

PCH Movies & Moonlight

A bummer about all these pop-ups? They sell out fast. This Long Beach pop-up drive-in, which is parking itself atop the Whole Foods parking deck at the 2nd and PCH shopping center, offers stand-by tickets on a first-come, first serve basis. Note that times vary based on sunset.

Sony Pictures Drive-In Experience

Presented by Porsche, this series will take place at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, with space to accommodate around 75 cars per showing. Attendees will need to agree to COVID-19 safety rules and sign a waiver to participate.

ArcLight at the Drive-In

Your favorite walk-in(?) theater chain is heading outside, hosting films at the Vineland Drive-In. Sponsored by FIJI Water, the series focuses mostly on new-release indie flicks. Some showings include appearances by cast and crew.

Outfest L.A. 2020 Drive-In Movie Screenings

The annual film festival celebrating LGBTQ+ cinema is back in a hybrid online and in-person form. Binge dozens of movies on their online Outfest Now streaming platform, and turn out for a selection of drive-in screenings at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

Amazon Presents A Night at the Drive-In

Curated by actor Michael B. Jordan (and featuring several of his starring roles) this Amazon-sponsored series of double-features takes place at City of Industry’s full-time drive-in movie theater, the Vineland Drive-In. Refreshments are on Amazon, all purchased from diverse-owned local businesses.

Cinema Pop-Ups

This national series has announced two SoCal locations, San Juan Capistrano and Woodland Hills, which schedule a limited run of films. Check the website for announcements of additional dates.

‘A Marvelous Night at the Drive-In’ Presented by Amazon Prime

Love Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Then you’ll want to head to the Grove’s rooftop parking deck for this series, produced by Street Food Cinema and presented by Amazon Prime. Each screening night will feature episodes of the show, snacks, cupcakes, gift bags and more–and it’s all free with online registration (limit: two guests per car).

Sagebrush Cantina Movie Night

Sagebrush Cantina is offering micro-drive-in nights outside its Calabasas restaurant. In addition to a $25 pass for the car, you’ll need to spend at least $15 on food and drink from the restaurant during the show.

Melrose Rooftop Theater

Not actually a drive-in series (more of a walk-up?) but we’re including here as it’s one of the very few outdoor movie options this summer that aren’t vehicle-based. In an attempt to comply with COVID protocols, a small number of guests will be able to purchase seats for these screenings, and the seats will be placed several feet apart. Additional protocols and guidelines can be found on the website. As in previous years, the series takes place on the roof at WeHo’s E.P. & L.P. and includes food and drink upgrades available for purchase.


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As the Pandemic Continues, Angelenos Are Finding a Reprieve at the End of a Fishing Pole


Nick Jackson ties a lure on his line, then casts it into the Marina del Rey channel. Dressed for comfort, in a Dodgers cap, gym shorts, and sandals with socks, the 30-year-old has been fishing in L.A. since he was a toddler and likes to get out twice a week. “This is my time to chill and relax,” he says.

Jackson’s dad taught him to fish and it used to be their weekly activity together. But seven months ago, his dad passed away from COVID-19. Gripping the wood handle of an old fishing rod, Jackson says he thinks about him a lot out here.

It’s a crowded Sunday afternoon on Marina del Rey’s boulder-strewn South Jetty, with at least two dozen people casting off into the Ballona Creek on one side of the jetty and the Marina’s channel on the other. Jackson, who fishes all over the county, from Venice down to Long Beach, says he’s noticed a lot more Angelenos out fishing these days.

Ginny Wylie, who runs Wylie’s Bait & Tackle on Pacific Coast Highway, agrees, noting that her equipment has been selling out amid an increase in customers. The creaky wood tackle shop—one of the last remnants of Old Malibu—sits at the mouth of Topanga Canyon and was established in 1946 by Wylie’s grandparents. According to Wylie, some people have been inspired to fish after binge-watching YouTube fishing channels, while others are simply sick of being cooped up inside.

Near the end of the jetty, listening to Reggaeton on a portable radio, a dad named Al is untangling the line from a neon pink plastic fishing pole that he bought at Big 5 as his wife scrolls her phone. “We do it for him,” Al says, pointing to his son, who’s busy staring through miniature toy binoculars at a colorful sailboat drifting into the marina. The family drove across town from landlocked Pasadena to escape the crowds and get some fresh air.

Another dad named Ryan—a muscular guy with tattoos covering his arms—is watching his two shaggy-haired sons when one of them, Damon, yells “We got one!” It’s a carp, Ryan guesses, small and scaly. Ryan, who learned to fish from his own dad, says at least one good thing has come of this quarantine: “It’s brought me closer to my sons.”

Across the jetty, a tow-headed high school student named Drew is giving pointers to his classmate Mario. “Just try to follow the line down,” urges Drew, who grew up fishing on freshwater lakes. Suddenly, Mario’s fishing rod bends sharply—a bite!—but when he reels it in, it’s just a clump of seaweed. One fisherman said this jetty is a good spot for kelp bass, sand bass, and mackerel, but Drew and Mario haven’t caught a thing today.

Neither has Nick Jackson, although mornings and evenings are better, he says. Recently, he caught a 20-pound yellowtail near here. He sometimes gives his catches to friends, but usually throws them back in the sea—a tradition he learned from his dad.

Nick’s dad, Chuck Jackson, served 32 years in the Los Angeles School Police Department, earning commendations for protecting a school from gang members, and assisting a mentally ill woman from harming herself on the freeway. Retiring in 2013, he was resolved to spend his golden years traveling, camping, and enjoying fishing with his son.

But after a ski trip in March, Chuck tested positive for COVID-19. Breathing with the help of a ventilator, he battled the virus for three weeks before it claimed his life. Nick, who chronicled his dad’s final weeks on social media to raise awareness about the virus, vowed to “carry on the legacy my dad started”—including by continuing fishing.

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