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Weekend roundup

November 12-15


L.A. Dance Shorts Film Festival

Nov. 13-15. Calling all creators and lovers of screendance! This year, you can watch the annual L.A. Dance Shorts Film Festival from the comfort of your home. This festival features a diverse lineup of dance films from 34 countries and Q&A discussions with local and international filmmakers. See website for program schedule. Free. ladanceshortsfilmfest.com

FlowerTruckLA at The Point

Nov. 14. Brighten up your day (or someone else’s day!) with fresh farm-to-vase flowers from the FlowerTruckLA pop-up shop at The Point. Guests can purchase wholesale bunches of flowers, including rainbow tie dye roses, that are flown in straight from Ecuador several times a week. The pop-up will be located near The Point’s main entrance in the parking lot near Lucky Brand. 1-3 p.m. thepointsb.com

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Through Jan. 3. Get ready for an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience with The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, all from the safety of your own car! Magically shrink down for an elf-sized expedition through all the sights and sounds of the holidays! Tickets start at $24.95 per person. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 213.267.8786. elfontheshelfjourney.com

Food + Drink

Sausage Roll World Tour

Nov. 12. The modern Aussie-inspired indoor/outdoor café and artisanal coffee concept continues its Sausage Roll World Tour with Morgan McGlone, chef and co-founder of Belles Hot Chicken in Australia. For those who unfamiliar with this tour, each week Strings of Life collaborates with some of the city (and world’s) top culinary talent, who will put a spin on the Australian pastry classic. This week’s special is McGlone’s Nashville hot sausage roll. The limited-edition rolls ($10) are available first-come, first-serve for pickup/takeout. Open daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 8535 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. sol-losangeles.com

Diwali Sweets Virtual Cooking Lesson

Nov. 13. Join Fowler Museum at UCLA and Mayura Indian Restaurant for a special virtual cooking class in preparation for Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Learn from Mayura owner Padmini Aniyan and head chef Sathi Venu on how to make traditional Keralan sweets—such as unniyappam (Indian dumplings made of flour, banana, and jaggery) and payasam (Indian pudding)—which are dishes served as part of the Michelin-recognized restaurant’s annual Diwali feast. Ingredients and preparation instructions sent upon RSVP. 5-6 p.m. fowler.ucla.edu | RSVP


Opens Nov. 13. Get ready for a new eatery entering the L.A. dining scene this weekend! Gigi’s is a chic neighborhood bistro bringing a Californian interpretation of French fare to the heart of the Sycamore Avenue corridor in the Hollywood Media District. Open for dinner and late night dining, the menu showcases a variety of shareable plates such as a seafood tower, smoked trout rillettes, steak tartare and a supreme caviar dip. Additional dishes include Parisian gnocchi, a classic cheeseburger, roasted chicken and a 32-ounce dry-aged ribeye. W, Su 5 p.m.-midnight; Th-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 904 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A. gigis.la

Staycation Tasting Menu at The Raymond 1886

Through Nov. 14. Pasadena’s beloved craftsman restaurant and handcrafted cocktail bar presents a six-course Staycation tasting menu from Michelin star chef Paul Shoemaker. Indulge in the tasting menu on any one of The Raymond 1886’s three patios or savor the menu at home. A special optional wine and cocktail pairing ($35 per person) will be offered for guests that opt to patio dine and also be offering the full list of 1886 cocktails, wines by the bottle, and craft beer to accompany chef Shoemaker’s special menu to-go. $85 dine in, $65 takeout/delivery. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.441.3136. theraymond.com

Arts + Culture

The Anonymous Lover 

Nov. 14. L.A. Opera presents the company premiere of The Anonymous Lover (L’Amant Anonyme), a 1780 opera by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), who is widely regarded as the first Black classical composer known to history. Conducted by the company’s Richard Seaver music director James Conlon and directed by Bruce Lemon, Jr., this performance will be streamed online from a socially distanced stage setting at the Colburn School. Available online through November 29. 5 p.m. Free. laopera.org

The Tale of Turandot

Nov. 14-15. Need something to watch with the kiddos? Imagine Theatre is presenting a professionally recorded version of its 2019 production The Tale of Turandot online free of charge to the public this weekend and next weekend! Artistic director Armina LaManna created and directed this popular family friendly production that is inspired by a centuries-old story centered around the smart, courageous, beautiful and misunderstood Princess Turandot. Link and instructions to access this online broadcast performance will be provided after ticket confirmation, prior to event date. 4 p.m. Free. imaginetheatreca.org

2020 Songbook

Nov. 15. Tune in to Long Beach Opera’s live virtual event featuring the premieres of up to 20 newly commissioned works created by emerging composers, reflecting on some of the experiences and events from the past year. This event includes world premiere performances of the new pieces, behind the scenes moments of creation, and interviews with the many artists and performers involved in the project. The evening will be hosted live by beloved star Anthony Roth Costanzo (pictured) and will support Long Beach Opera’s 2021 Season of Solidarity. 5 p.m. $25, $75. longbeachopera.org

Photo credits: “The Tale of Turandot” by Ed Krieger. Anthony Costanzo by Matthu Placek. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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