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Weekend roundup

January 28-31


Blood Drive at the Original Farmers Market

Jan. 28-29. January is National Blood Donor Month, and with an ever-increasing need for blood donations, The Original Farmers Market is partnering with Cedars-Sinai Hospital to host a blood drive. Also in attendance at the drive will be Anaheim House of Jerky to give free 2-ounce packages of its artisan jerky to donors. Cedars Sinai will also provide free COVID-19 antibody tests for all donors as well. Spaces limited; participants must sign up in advance online. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. donatebloodcedars.org

Dance Camera West Drive-In

Jan. 30-31. Celebrate the energy and passion of dance in the age of social distancing—at the drive-in! The beloved festival-maker Dance Camera West features the best dance films from around the world with a moving grand finale to the 2021 festival that features 16 finalists carefully selected from 250 international entries. Showtimes: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Starting $45. Santa Monica College’s Bundy Campus East Parking Lot, 3171 S. Bundy Drive, L.A. thebroadstage.org

Clive Christian Perfume Pop-Up

Through Jan. 31. Stop and smell some amazing scents from independent British fragrance house Clive Christian at the Atrium in Westfield Century City. This exclusive pop-up is the brand’s first in L.A., featuring all the collections from perfume house including the newest release Crab Apple Blossom from the Crown Collection, which celebrates a unique and prestigious perfume history spanning nearly 200 years. Clive Christian’s expert team of perfume consultants are available to help you in find your perfect scent. Su-Th 11 a.m.-7 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3898. westfield.com

Food + Drink

Off The Menu x All Day Baby’s Nottaburger Pop-Up

Jan. 27-28. Get a taste of an all-new burger from All Day Baby in partnership with Off The Menu. Available for a limited time, the Nottaburger is an Impossible patty topped with caramelized onions, vegan 1K spread, vegan cheddar and Iceberg lettuce on a sesame bun. This creation was made to celebrate the launch of Michelob Ultra’s new organic seltzer, which is made with zero artificial ingredients. Guests can pre-order the combo of the vegan burger and the spiked seltzer online. Noon-3 p.m. 3200 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.741.0082. Order Online

Cassoulet To-Go at Lucques

Jan. 29-30. Cassoulet night is back at Lucques—but for a limited time only! Share the love of this rich, slow-cooked French casserole with Suzanne Goin’s Cassoulet To-Go menu built for two ($65) or four ($125). Start with a salad of young greens, roasted beets and Saint Agur; followed by cassoulet de maison with duck confit, pork confit, garlic sausage and white beans. To complete the meal, indulge in a gateau basque with poached pears, dried cherries and candied zest. 345 N. Maple Drive, Suite 100, Beverly Hills, 310.800.1789. thelucquesgroup.com | Order Online

Sunday Barbecue at Pedalers Fork

Jan. 31. Come hungry to Pedalers Fork for the ultimate trio—barbecue, beer and good vibes! Every Sunday, the local Calabasas eatery fires up its Fat Stack Smoker in the back parking lot to serve up brisket sandwiches, sides and $5 draft beers to-go starting at 10 a.m. until it’s all sold. Cheers! 23504 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, 818.225.8231. pedalersfork.com

“Vespertine at Home” 

Now Available. In the latest iteration of the continuously evolving menu at Vespertine, chef Jordan Kahn presents a special “Vespertine at Home” experience to bring the restaurant to the diners at home. Dishes on the menu include organic, heirloom chicken; roasted 898 winter squash; caramelized hazelnut tart; velvet white carrot soup; and more. Chef Kahn has also curated an Atmospheric Box (pictured) to accompany each order, including items such as flatware, linens, incense and more. Available for pick-up, this menu is offered Friday through Sunday through Feb. 7. Each package is $245 and serves two people. Order Online

Arts + Culture

Close Quarters

Jan. 29. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra continues its all-digital season, Close Quarters, with an entire episode spotlighting the artistry of composer/musician and LACO artistic advisor Derrick Spiva Jr. (pictured). Watch music director Jaime Martín conduct the world premiere of Spiva’s LACO-commissioned Mother of Bravery for septet and narrator. The repertoire also includes the world premiere of a two-part work performed by assistant concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Spiva’s Mind The Rhythm. Premieres on Friday and will be available to stream on demand after. 6:30 p.m. Free. laco.org

Stories From the Violins of Hope

Jan. 31. Watch seven actors bring to life the extraordinary story of violins played in ghettos, forests and concentration camps … and of the passionate Israeli violin maker determined to restore them. The featured performer is Niv Ashkenazi (pictured)—the only violinist in the U.S. with one of the Violin of Hope instruments from the collection—and he’ll attend a Q&A after this premiere theatrical event. 2 p.m. More Info

Women.On.Women (WOW) Exhibition

On View. Galerie XII Los Angeles presents the Women.On.Women (WOW) exhibition through April 10 in its new gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center. The pioneering show about women seen and emboldened by women showcases the works of five female artists—Patty Carroll, Maia Flore, Mona Kuhn, Ziqian Liu (Liu’s “Riddie” pictured) and Anja Niemi—and will also be available to view virtually on its website. Open W-Sa from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or call to make an appointment. 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite B2, Santa Monica, 424.252.9004. galeriexii.co

Photo credits: Nottaburger credit Off The Menu. Cassoulet by Suzanne Lanza. Vespertine courtesy Wagstaff Media & Marketing. Derrick Spiva Jr. courtesy Derrick Spiva Jr. Niv Ashkenazi courtesy The Braid. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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