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Weekend roundup

January 7-10


A Bowie Celebration

Jan. 8. Celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, as well as a trailblazer of musical trends and pop fashion, during this global streaming concert. Watch performances by an incredible lineup of artists from around the world connected to David Bowie, including at least one Bowie alumni band member and more from every studio album from his 1969 self-titled album to his final album Blackstar. Begins at 6 p.m. and will be available to rewatch on demand for 24 hours. $25-$350. rollinglivestudios.com

’80s Drive-In Movies at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Jan. 10. New year, new drive-in movies series at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt for this month! Grab your tickets to watch these iconic featured ’80s films on Sunday: Pretty in Pink at 5:30 p.m. and Sixteen Candles at 8:30 p.m. All attendees will receive complimentary popcorn and have the option to purchase items from the hotel’s 25° Burger Bar menu and bar. All guests required to wear masks outside of their car and follow social distancing protocols. $45-$75. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970. thehollywoodroosevelt.com

Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience

Continuing. Calling all Stranger Things fans! Even though it’s now 2021, travel back in time to 1985 and become a Hawkins resident—in real life. Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of Netflix’s hit show with this “drive-into” experience where you’ll cruise through the Starcourt Mall, the Upside Down and more in groups of 24 cars at a time. The experience features sets complete with actors in costume, special visual effects and mind-blowing audio. See website for available dates and ticket prices. Skylight ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., downtown. strangerthingsdriveinto.com

Food + Drink

Pigeon Pop-Up at Hermanito

Opens Jan. 9. Get a taste of stir-fried Asian street food from Pigeon, a wok cart pop-up, at Hermanito. Guests can stop by Saturday and Sunday through the month of January to order menu items such as kimchi chorizo fried rice, chicken karaage, Sichuan tempura veg fried rice and carne asada chow fun (pictured). There’s also two sides you can enjoy: pozole potstickers and spicy fried potatoes. Pigeon will be accepting card payments only. Guests can also order online for pick-up through the ordering website. Sa-Su noon-8 p.m. 2024 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A. pigeon-la.square.site

Baba’s Vegan Sunday Pop-Up

Jan. 10. In search of healthy and affordable vegetarian cuisine by a small business you can get behind? Check out Baba’s Vegan Cafe’s weekly pop-up in Leimert Park to get some good eats and to try its popular vegan veggie patties. Owned by culinary artivist, L.A. native and community activist Wo’se Kofi, Baba’s Vegan Cafe offers soulful menu items, such as vegan gumbo, vegan chili, Afrikan-style greens, coconut yams, barbecue tofu and vegan tacos, as well as cakes and juices. 2:30-7 p.m. 4325 Degnan Blvd., L.A., 323.834.2693. babasvegancafe.com

Banh Mi Shop by Piccalilli

Now Open. Shaking things up to kick off 2021 is Piccalilli restaurant with its new temporary, virtual culinary pop-up concept, the Banh Mi Shop. As a result of the growing popularity of Piccalilli’s savory banh mi offering, The Banh Mi Shop is open and ready to serve up a delicious assortment of banh mi sandwiches including crispy pork belly, lemongrass barbecue chicken, crispy tofu and fried egg. Takeout and delivery (via GrubHub, UberEats, Postmates) hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. 3850 Main St., Suite A, Culver City, 424.298.8540. piccalillila.com

$5 Martinis To-Go at Portuguese Bend

Now Available. Cheers to the new year with specially priced to-go martinis from Portuguese Bend in Long Beach. Made with its award-winning vodka, choose either a dirty martini or dry vodka martini to enjoy at home. These martinis are ready to drink—just shake with ice, strain, and serve! These come with your choice of blue cheese stuffed and regular olives or a twist. Available weekdays from Wednesday through Sunday. 300 The Promenade North, Long Beach, 562.435.4411. portuguesebenddistilling.com

Arts + Culture

LA Opera’s Modulation

Begins Jan. 8. Enter a whole new world of opera and theater with this user-led digital experience from LA Opera. Presented in collaboration with the Prototype Festival, Modulation allows audience members to be in control and navigate through a landscape of new musical pieces—each with its own visual component—exploring the strands that weave together our lives over this past tumultuous and revelatory year. The digital world premiere is on Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. and then will be available to stream through Jan. 16. $25 per household. laopera.org

Violinst Anne Akiko Meyers and Pianist Fabio Bidini

Jan. 9. Tune in for a special livestream recital featuring award-winning violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Fabio Bidini at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Watch as the duo takes the audience on a journey to France from an earlier era, featuring works of Charles Gounod, Jules Massenet and Maurice Ravel. Opening the concert is Gounod’s Ave Maria, which began as a casual improvisation of the melody over the first prelude from Bach’s first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. 8 p.m. $25 per household. thewallis.org

Citizen Detective

Through Feb. 7. Put your detective skills to the test with this virtual show based on an unsolved 1920s Hollywood murder. In Citizen Detective, audience members become the sleuths in a case that mixes theater, mystery and collaborative code-breaking. Guided by best-selling true crime author Mickie McKittrick, you and your fellow detectives will uncover the evidence and follow the clues, altering the course of the show every night. This production uses the Zoom video conferencing platform. See website for available times. $65 per household. geffenplayhouse.org

Photo credits: David Bowie 1973 Sukita Mime Sit courtesy DavidBowie.com. Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience courtesy Netflix/Fever. Pigeon courtesy White Oak Communications. Banh Mi Shop courtesy Bread & Butter PR. Portuguese Bend courtesy Cove Collective. Anne Akiko Meyers by David Zentz. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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