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Weekend roundup

May 20-23


Huntington Landscapes in Watercolor

Begins May 21. Join artist and instructor Robert Sherrill for an eight-week virtual course on landscape painting in watercolor—every Friday through July 9. Using the natural beauty of The Huntington’s gardens and architecture as inspiration, participants will learn fundamental watercolor concepts and techniques including color and composition, perspective and atmosphere, and glazing. The event will be held online via Zoom; the Zoom link and list of supplies will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email. Registration includes all eight days of the series. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $210 members, $230 non-members. Tickets

Pikunico x Still Life Ceramics Empty Bowls Project

May 22-June 5. Japanese fried chicken concept Pikunico and ceramics studio/shop Still Life Ceramics at ROW DTLA are teaming up to raise money to support India during its surge in COVID-19 cases. For $29, participants will receive a handmade bowl at Still Life Ceramics (which guests can take home to keep) and receive a voucher to fill their bowl with egg drop soup at Pikunico. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated GiveIndia. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. See website for more info. rowdtla.com

Creative Communal Makers Market

May 23. Long Beach’s open air coastal retail, dining and lifestyle center invites the community to the return of its highly popular Creative Communal Makers Market. Located along Seaport Way, this uniquely curated open-air market features handcrafted treasures with more than 20 local makers, kids activities, a creative photo op and live music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. 2ndandpch.com

Food + Drink

Uptown Commons

Opens May 22. Rally up your foodie friends for a trip down south to visit Uptown Commons, one of the newest centers to open in North Long Beach. The shipping container-designed space is colorful, with a vibrant outdoor patio, and features four eateries to grab some grub from: Main Chicken Hot Chicken, Portside, Shomi Noods Ramen Bar and Oi Asian Fusion. Don’t miss the grand opening this Saturday at noon that will include a DJ spinning tunes, special promotions and free food giveaways. Noon. 625 E. Artesia Blvd., Long Beach. More Info

AAPI Heritage Month at Spire 73

Through May 31. Order Kampachi for a cause throughout May, which is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the U.S. To celebrate, diners at Spire 73 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (and other InterContinental properties nationwide) can enjoy an exclusive crudo preparation—Hawaiian Kampachi (yellowtail) sashimi served over Cara Cara navel oranges, with Nuoc Cham sauce, citrus oil, cilantro and yuzu tobiko. Sales from the dish—created by chef Kevin Tien—will benefit Stop AAPI Hate. See website for hours. 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777. dtla.intercontinental.com

Bistro 1759 at The Grove

Now Open. Grab your tickets to experience a one-of-a-kind private culinary adventure atop The Grove’s double decker trolley. Bringing a whole new meaning to “dining to go,” the 90-minute mobile experience journeys past The Grove’s famous Park and Dancing Fountain as guests are served a four-course feast curated by Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill along the way. Reservations now available through August 31 for private dining parties for lunch and dinner. Experiences begin at $1,000; see website for bookings and more info. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.900.8080. thegrovela.com

Tiki Fridays at Manuela’s Garden Bar 

Every Friday. Kick-start your weekends at Manuela’s new Garden Bar for Tropical Nights, a Tiki-inspired menu available every Friday. Located in the restaurant’s garden at the Hauser & Wirth complex in DTLA, Garden Bar is offering a menu of eight all-new drinks—including Notorious P.O.G. (pictured), Sea Clearly, Merrie Monarch and more— served only in the garden alongside on-theme beers such as Tiki Time Tropical Wheat and Stem Hibiscus Cider. The food menu remains the same, including the chili de arbol chicken, garlic shrimp and Pencil Cobb grits. 5:30-9 p.m. 907 E. 3rd St., downtown, 323.849.0480. manuela-la.com

Arts + Culture

Signature Recital Series: Soprano Julia Bullock

May 21. Tune in to LA Opera’s Signature Recital Series for an intimate virtual performance by soprano Julia Bullock, who will be accompanied by pianist Laura Poe. Watch Goerke perform—from Blaibach Concert Hall in Germany—a program lineup featuring songs by Wolf, Schumann and Weill, continuing with music by American composers John Adams, Margaret Bonds and William Grant Still, before a grand finale of tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Available for on-demand streaming through July 1. $45 per household. laopera.org

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

May 22. Calling all classical music buffs! Stream from home this Pasadena Symphony and POPS concert—led by music director and conductor David Lockington—of the titan of classical music, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Featured musicians joining Lockington include three soloists from the Colburn School: violinist Ray Ushikubo (pictured), pianist Hye-Jin Kim and cellist James Baik. Concert premieres at 4 p.m. and will be available to stream for free to the general public for 48 hours on Pasadena Symphony’s YouTube channel. pasadenasymphony-pops.org

The Music Center’s Spotlight Grand Finale

May 22. Mark your calendar for the Music Center’s 33rd annual Spotlight Grand Finale, which will be hosted virtually this year by Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor and Spotlight alum Josh Groban. This event celebrates the culmination of the year-long journey through the Spotlight program and will showcase performances by 14 grand prize finalists—the most talented teens in acting, singing, ballet, dance and music in Southern California—as well as a showstopping opening number. 7 p.m. Free. musiccenter.org

The Latrell Show

May 23-June 20. IAMA Theatre presents the virtual premiere production of The Latrell Show, a dark comedy written and performed by Brandon Kyle Goodman. This production explores the mental aerobics of being black and queer in America by way of a hilarious and opinionated talk show host Latrell Jackson. Streaming on demand. $15-$20. iamatheatre.com

Photo credits: Pikunico x Still Life Ceramics courtesy Wagstaff Media & Marketing. Uptown Commons courtesy FWD PR. Spire 73 courtesy J Public Relations. Bistro 1759 by AVABLU.com. Manuela’s Garden Bar by Katrina Frederick. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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