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Weekend roundup

July 30-August 2


L.A. Underground II: Haunted Ground

July 30. Join historical journalist, podcast host and Cartwheel Art tour guide Hadley Meares live on Zoom as she shares stories of L.A.’s most mysterious and macabre locations, including the Sowden House (possible site of the killing of the Black Dahlia), Greystone Manor and Spahn Ranch—the home of the Manson family. 7 p.m. Free; tips via PayPal and Venmo appreciated. cartwheelart.com | RSVP

Thai Movie Drive-In Experience

July 31-Aug. 2. Change up your drive-in movie experience with Ayara Thai! Watch one of three Thai films on a movie screen with sound distributed via FM radio at Ayara Thai’s parking lot. Along with the movies, enjoy chef-curated snack packages with two fountain drinks of choice (per car). Featured films include Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story on Friday, Laddaland on Saturday and Bad Genius on Sunday. Advance ticket purchase required (“first come, first parked” basis). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at 8:30 p.m. $50 per car. 6245 W. 87th St., L.A. Tickets

Mindful Awareness Meditation

Every Thursday. Feeling a bit stressed lately? Take a much-needed afternoon break with this half-hour weekly meditation session that’s open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently. Fun fact: Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. No specific attire is required; participants can join for five minutes or for the entire session. 12:30-1 p.m. Free. hammer.ucla.edu

Food + Drink

Five-Day Staycation Tasting Menu at The Raymond 1886

Through Aug. 1. Celebrate summer with chef Michael Hung of Faith & Flower for a five-day staycation tasting menu at The Raymond 1886. Dine in to savor this menu at any one of the three patios, along with wine and cocktail pairings for an additional $20 per person. Don’t want to eat out? Takeout and delivery is also available with a selection of new 1886 summer cocktails, wines by the bottle and craft beer. 5-9 p.m. $75 per person, $55 takeout/delivery. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.441.3136. theraymond.com | Reservations

40 Love

Reopened. The beloved neighborhood sports bar welcomes patrons back to enjoy expanded seating that stretches from its front outdoor garden patio to the side alley and back parking lot with more tables, umbrellas and sky lights. There’s also newly installed TVs and sound systems, along with new additional food, cocktails, beer and wine menus. 829 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.7221. the40love.com

Patxi’s Pizza

Now Open. Let’s give a warm welcome to Patxi’s Pizza debut at The Vineyards at Porter Ranch! The new location invites guests to enjoy a variety of pizza styles at its patio or for takeout. Menu items include Chicago-style deep dish pizza, chicken tikka masala deep dish pizza, the bianco verde thin crust pizza with pesto and the sweet roasted caramel apple dessert pizza. 20101 W. Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch, 818.796.5311 patxispizza.com

Virtual Sushi|Bar Experience

Now Available. Sushi lovers rejoice! Sushi|Bar presents an at-home dining experience where guests can eat while watching studio-quality videos replicating the guest’s point-of-view experience. The omakase includes 16 pieces of nigiri, Japanese pickled cucumbers, edamame and a cocktail (for ages 21+). Additional bites are available such as Japanese wagyu, uni, king crab and blue fin toro. Order beverage pairings for an additional $55. Available for pick-up daily; delivery is not available. $95 per person. 16101 Ventura Blvd. (second floor), L.A., 818.646.6085. sushibarla.com

Arts + Culture

L.A. Opera’s Living Room Recitals

July 30. Miss watching opera performances in person? L.A. Opera is bringing opera directly into your home with the Living Room Recital program as part of LAO at Home. This Thursday is the virtual company debut of soprano Latonia Moore, a star at the Metropolitan Opera, with pianist Roberto Berrocal for the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin—an aria from Puccini’s little known Edgar—and songs by Rachmaninoff and the early 20th-century American composer Wintter Watts. 4 p.m. laopera.org

West Adams

July 30. Watch as Skylight Theatre Company brings together some of L.A.’s most talented writers, directors and actors for weekly presentations of uplifting works. This week features a contemporary, dark comedy about race and class, West Adams, which will be followed by a Q&A with the writer, director and cast. 3 p.m. Free; RSVP required. skylighttheatre.org | RSVP

Leimert Park Live!

July 30. Take a virtual exploration of Leimert Park, known as one of the centers of both historical and contemporary African American art, music and culture in L.A. Following the virtual tour, arts and culture leaders will discuss the revival of L.A.’s Black art renaissance in a cypher-style conversation. Instead of an exchange of lyrics, this will be an exchange of ideas in which these experts will draw connections among the past, present and future of Leimert Park. 7-8:30 p.m. Free, RSVP required. lacma.org | RSVP

Measure for Measure

July 31-Aug. 1. Shakes on the Deck has created an interactive Zoom experience in which you can watch a live and socially distanced production from multiple seats in the house in the space beneath the Kimpton Everly Hotel. The play features six (masked) who remain six feet from one another and gives the audience the power to choose which perspective they would like to watch from. Virtual house opening at 7:30 p.m., performances begin at 8 p.m. Run time is one hour with no intermission. $15. shakesonthedeck.com

Photo credits: Thai Movie Drive-In by Candy Krajangsri. 40 Love by Elizabeth Daniels. Paxti’s Pizza courtesy Ajenda PR. Sushi|Bar by John Troxell. “West Adams” by Ed Krieger. Leimert Park Live! by Pete Galindo. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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