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Weekend roundup

January 14-17

Events

Insurrection at the Capitol: What’s Next?

Jan. 14. In light of recent events, Hammer Museum presents this Hammer Forum virtual panel featuring some experts to discuss last week’s breach of the Capitol building and to consider what’s next. Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson will moderate the online panel and chat with special guest California Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, who sheltered in place in her office last Wednesday. 5-6:30 p.m. Free; registration required to receive Zoom link. hammer.ucla.edu

Legion Drive-In Cinema

Jan. 14, 17. As the first-ever drive-in cinema in the heart of Hollywood, Hollywood Legion Theater welcomes movie lovers to catch this weekend’s lineup of films. Grab your tickets to watch movies such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday night, as well as Inception on Sunday night. Each ticket includes unlimited popcorn, one soda and one candy for each passenger. Cars will be arrayed in an amphitheater-like setting with the nighttime backdrop of the Hollywood hills. Th 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., Su 7 p.m. $65 per car. 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.792.7625. hollywoodlegiontheater.com

Haunted Pasadena

Jan. 15. In the mood for some ghost stories? Tune in to Pasadena Walking Tours’ virtual experience that will take viewers through the Playhouse Village and Old Pasadena. Through castles and courtyards, mortuaries, darkened alleyways and shuttered shopping malls, watch unexplained mysteries and dirty dealings of Pasadena’s past be exposed while meeting the phantoms who haunt the City of Roses. 5:30 p.m. $10. pasadenawalkingtours.com

MLK Day Celebration 2021

Upcoming | Jan. 18. Watch the California African American Museum celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with this virtual festival featuring music, culture and community. This year’s celebration highlights MLK’s dedication to labor and workers’ rights, as well as the continued importance of these movements today. Enjoy vibrant programs and activities for all ages such as a musical performance by City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, family story time and poetry workshop. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. caamuseum.org

Food + Drink

L.A. Times Dinner Series for Project Angel Food

Jan. 16. Get a taste of the Los Angeles Times‘ latest Dinner Series installment, benefitting Project Angel Food, with an exclusive Italian dinner from chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu and live conversations with five guest actors. The three-course menu features lasagna (pictured), grilled dry-aged Holstein beef loin and citrus maritozzo, plus a cocktail pairing provided by Beam Suntory and a sweet snack from Sumo Citrus. Dinner pick-up is on Jan. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rossoblu. 6:30 p.m. $95 (two tickets minimum per household). 1124 San Julian St., downtown. Tickets

New “All Day Menu” at The Front Yard

Now Available. Take a break from cooking up a storm in the kitchen and order takeout from The Front Yard’s new “All Day Dining” menu with some Front Yard favorites for dinner. Some options to choose from include charred shishito peppers and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese to share, and mains such as the SoCal burger and hot chicken sandwich. Additional to-go offerings available include “The Family Package” and the “Go Big Stay Home Ribeye” special made for two to three people. To-go hours: W-Su 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7285. thefrontyardla.com

Oste in Beverly Grove

Now Open. Knead a foodie spot to satisfy your carb cravings? Roll on over to get delivery or takeout from the new Roman-style pinseria and osteria located in Beverly Grove—Oste (short for Osteria). The West 3rd Street restaurant is currently serving a limited menu of pinsa and robust Italian wine spanning all regions of Italy, with a full menu to follow. Pinsa highlights include classics such as the Margherita and Marinara (pictured), as well as unique iterations like the Funghi and Rossa Pepperoni. W-Th, Su from noon-9 p.m., F-Sa noon-9:30 p.m. 8142 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.413.2372. ostelosangeles.com

Takeout and Delivery at Taco Vega

Now Available. Fairfax’s newest fast-casual plant-based Mexican restaurant is officially open for takeout and delivery. Helmed by chef/owner Jared Simons (formerly Esculea and No Name) and co-owner Jared Meisler (The Friend, Bar Lubitsch, among others), Taco Vega offers a sampling of the lunch and dinner menu highlights including asada fries, quinoa and potato taquitos, poblano taco; and Ironman bowl. Guests can place orders for pick-up or delivery through the website, in addition to Postmates, GrubHub, Caviar, DoorDash and UberEats. 456 N. Fairfax Ave., 323.413.2342. tacovega.com

Arts + Culture

Portraits in Watercolor

Begins Jan. 15. Taking inspiration from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens’ portrait collection, join artist Robert Sherrill for a six-part virtual course in watercolor portrait painting. The event will be held online via Zoom every Friday through Feb. 19. Participants will receive the Zoom link and list of supplies in the confirmation email. Registration includes all six days of the series. 9 a.m.-noon. $210 members, $230 non-members. huntington.org

LABFest 2021

Jan. 16-17. Discover with Echo Theater Company’s virtual reading festival. Dedicated to creating new work for the theater, Echo Theater Company will be showcasing three new plays viewers can watch from home via Zoom that were developed in the company’s 2020 Playwright’s LAB. Featured playwrights and plays are Brian Otaño (pictured) with Tara, Roger Q. Mason with California Story and Christopher Sullivan with Sk8er Boiz. Sa 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Su 3 p.m. Free. echotheatercompany.com

Sundays Live: Encore Edition

Jan. 17. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, don’t miss this week’s Sundays Live at LACMA livestream featuring Ethiopian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu (pictured) and pianist Charles Abramovic. These musicians will be performing scores by African American composers Henry Thacker Burleigh, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint Georges. 6-7 p.m. Free. lacma.org

Photo credits: Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In Cinema by Taylor Umphenour. Rossoblu courtesy LA Times. Taco Vega’s by Jim Sullivan. Samuel Nebyu courtesy iPalpiti Artists International. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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