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Weekend roundup

January 21-24


10 Days RE:Her Virtual Food Festival

Jan. 21-30. Have your utensils at the ready! Non-profit organization Regarding Her (RE:Her) is hosting a virtual food fest with more than 90 women-owned restaurants in L.A. for 10 days of unique collaborations, thematic menus and one-on-one conversations between female industry leaders. The start of the event commences across L.A. County on the anniversary of the Women’s March of 2017. RE:Her was conceptualized by a cohort of women restaurateurs in L.A. including Lien Ta of All Day Baby (pictured), Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe, Sylvie Gabriele (of Love & Salt and six others. Read More

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Del Amo Fashion Center

Jan. 23. Say hello to the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in Torrance at Del Amo Fashion Center! The popular, all-pink cafe on wheels will be offering new exclusive goodies and limited-edition collectibles, including a new Hello Kitty Cafe cookie plush, a new hand-decorated cookie sets, sprinkle mugs, enamel pin sets (two styles), Madeleine cookie sets and more. Safety procedures and sanitation efforts will be in place for guests. Face masks and social distancing required at this event. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 3525 Carson St., Torrance. sanrio.com

Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Jan. 23. Tune in to watch singer/songwriter Sheléa perform songs written by Oscar-winning couple Alan and Marilyn Bergman at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Mentored by Stevie Wonder and protégée of Quincy Jones, Sheléa is known for her versatile and powerful voice that has graced iconic venues and stages including the White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Grammy Museum and the Emmy Awards. 8 p.m. $25. thewallis.org

America’s Got Talent Virtual Auditions

Upcoming | Jan. 25. Calling the best of the best of the West Coast! Show off your special talent or skill and carry on the winners’ torch from California’s own Brandon Leake, the first-ever Spoken Word Poet to win America’s Got Talent. Auditions will be held virtually this year, but more now than ever, the nation looks forward to hearing the uplifting and heartwarming, locals’ rise to fame. Could the next winner be right here in SoCal? We think so. agtauditions.com

Food + Drink

Friday Night Car Hop

Jan. 22. Santa Barbara County’s premier steakhouse Lucky’s Malibu—reknown for its USDA Prime steaks, chops and seafood—is bringing the nostalgia of the ’50s to Malibu Country Mart with car hop service every Friday night. Feast on American classics, including fried chicken and slaw or hearty chili and cornbread, from the safety and comfort of your car as you enjoy the ocean breeze. Every Friday from 5-8 p.m. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Unit B, Malibu, 310.317.0099. luckysmalibu.com

Two-Day Sourdough Class

Jan. 23-24. Knead a new activity to keep you busy this weekend? Sign up for The Gourmandise School’s virtual cooking class to learn how to make sourdough four ways from pastry chef Clémence Gossett. The class includes active sourdough starter, bread flour, parchment paper and a mini-kit of ingredients—all of which need to be picked up from Gourmandise at Santa Monica Place no later than 24 hours before class. Both days: 2:30-6:30 p.m. $150. 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 126, Santa Monica, 310.656.8800. cookingschoolsofamerica.com

Flint by Baltaire 

Now Available. Baltaire executive chef Travis Strickland launches Flint by Baltaire to the Brentwood community—a pop-up menu based on Strickland’s Phoenix-based Flint by Baltaire. Known in Phoenix as a glitzy, contemporary American restaurant with coastal Mediterranean accents, Flint By Baltaire combines bold Middle Eastern flavors with the smoke and char of an American steakhouse. Now, Los Angeles can enjoy a taste of this pop-up menu during its 8-week residency in Baltaire’s Brentwood kitchen. Carry-out and delivery available weekdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660. baltaire.com

Arts + Culture

In Conversation: Catherine McKinley and Edwidge Danticat

Jan. 21. California African American Museum invites viewers from home to walk through a virtual visual history, that spans a hundred years, with curator and author Catherine E. McKinley (pictured, right). MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Edwidge Danticat (pictured, left) joins this conversation where she and McKinley will explore The African Lookbooks: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women and how it tells an alternative narrative of African women across centuries that emphasizes their legacy. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. caamuseum.org

Not a Moment, But a Movement

Begins Jan. 21. Center Theatre Group launches Not a Moment, But a Movement, a series of events that amplify, center and celebrate Black artists. The first episode—on demand this Thursday at 5 p.m. through March 22—is introduced by Vanessa Williams, hosted by Bruce A. Lemon Jr. and features a reading of Angelica Chéri’s one-person play Crowndation; I Will Not Lie to David—performed by Sheria Irving (pictured). $10 general, free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters. centertheatregroup.org

Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jan. 21. DTLA’s contemporary art museum The Broad presents a three-part video series where musicians, creatives and scholars discuss the impact of each music genre on the famed New York City artist’s now iconic style. The first of three segments is “jazz and bebop” this Friday with three-time Grammy-nominated musician Terrace Martin (pictured) followed by “punk and no wave” on Jan. 28 with co-founder of Afro-Punk James Spooner, and then “bebop to hip-hop via Basquiat” with Dr. Todd Boyd of USC on a date yet to be announced. thebroad.org

Mixing Colours

Begins Jan. 22. Providing a much-needed respite during the challenging times of the pandemic, the Music Center in collaboration with dublub presents a new public screening and sound installation of winning entries from Brian and Roger Enos’ A Quiet Scene global video collaboration. Inspired by the Enos’ Mixing Colours project, the installation will feature more than 100 short films on the LED screens at Jerry Moss Plaza located at The Music Center through Feb. 21. The experience will transform Jerry Moss Plaza into a tranquil and meditative space. Visitors can enjoy the short films and ambient, soothing music from a safe outdoor location. musiccenter.org

Photo credits: Lien Ta by Joyce Kim. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck courtesy FWD PR. Sheléa courtesy Recording Academy, Christopher Polk/Getty Images 2019. America’s Got Talent by Trae Patton/NBC. Lucky’s credit Suzanne Lanza. Terrace Martin by Moses Berkson. Roger Eno and Brian Eno credit Cecily Eno. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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