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Weekend roundup

September 10-13


Succulent Plants Symposium

Sept. 11. Got a green thumb? The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino welcomes guests (from home) to an abbreviated Zoom webinar of the 37th annual Succulent Plants Symposium. Watch and learn from four brief presentations by Gardens staff that provide updates about the collections, discuss recent construction in the garden, and take a look at ongoing efforts to document and archive the desert collections. 4-5:30 p.m. Free with reservation. huntington.org

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings

Begins Sept. 12. Ease into your mornings with the Grand Park’s new weekly digital experience, featuring relaxing and family-friendly activities. Each episode features: morning meditations; coloring workshops and nature photography tips from Las Fotos Project; food truck demos from Grand Park’s Lunch à la Park program; and performances or conversations with different artists and community members. Stream the program from home on Grand Park’s digital channels on every Saturday morning through October 3. 10-11 a.m. Free. grandparkla.org

Festival of Fall

Sept. 13. Experience an interactive, virtual version of the annual food and beverage festival along with a community-centric atmosphere right in your very own home. Guests can watch the presentation and featured videos for free, while paid ticket holders receive a behind-the-scenes virtual tour and meals from participating restaurants—including celebrity chef Michael Hung of DTLA’s Faith & Flower (pictured). Funds raised benefit AbilityFirst programs supporting people with disabilities. 6 p.m. See website for all ticket offerings. For questions, email or call 626.243.4845. abilityfirst.org


CAP UCLA Free Digital Stage

Begins Sept. 17. Kick start the fall season with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance—virtually! CAP UCLA programs will be streamed online for free with RSVP through the end of the year. These are new works commissioned by CAP UCLA and specifically created for its digital stage. Highlights include Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home; the new literary series L.A. Omnibus; a piano sonata by Philip Glass; and The Tune In Festival. See website for more info. cap.ucla.edu

Food + Drink

New Canned Beers from Boomtown Brewery

Sept. 11. Calling all craft beer fans! The Arts District brewery is offering two canned brews this Friday, which you can pre-order now. Try the new Las Palmas, a West Coast Pale Ale with a classic fresh pine bitterness with bright grassy notes, white grapes and a grapefruit aroma. There’s also the fan-favorite Hazy IPA Cool Kids returning, which is brewed with Galaxy, Moteuka, 007 and Citra hops with juicy flavors of papaya, melon and strawberry. All beers available in four packs; pick up from the loading dock after pre-ordering here. Noon. 700 Jackson St., Los Angeles. boomtownbrew.com

Cafe Gratitude Meal Cleanse Plan

Now Available. Boost your immune system and nurture your body with Cafe Gratitude’s meal cleanse plan. With being quarantined at home all these months, you can now experience a feeling of lightness and renewal with this curated, balanced menu of breakfast, bowls, salads, pressed juices and herbal tonics. Your body will thank you later! Take advantage of 30% off when you sign up in-store or online from September 14 to 30. Sign-up in-store or online. cafegratitude.com

New Offerings at Gracias Madre

Now Available. Big news! Gracias Madre in WeHo is now open for lunch alfresco and has new offerings ready to enjoy. For fans of the cocktails, guests can grab 4-packs to take home with options such as negroni, purista margarita, sangria and paloma. Executive chef Mario Alberto joins the fun with his latest dessert creations including rose-berry summer galette, fig tres leches cake, chocolate gluten-free brownie and three new ice cream flavors. Lunch available at 11 a.m. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170. graciasmadre.co

Uplifters Kitchen

Reopened. Since its closure in May, the neighborhood cafe and bakery is back under new ownership! Culinary up-and-comer Salima Saunders relaunches the daytime dining concept with refreshed branding, an interior makeover, and a menu of new offerings integrating an eclectic mix of Indian and Mediterranean flavors. Tu-Su from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 2819 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, 424.268.4904. uplifterskitchen.com

Wood and Salt Tavern

Now Open. Indulge in modern California cuisine at the new full-service restaurant and bar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. The concept boasts a wood-fired grill turning out proteins such as meat, fish and seafood, plus handmade pastas crafted daily, in-house. A covered, yet open-air patio fronting the restaurant initially hosts patrons for dinner service to start, with lunch service launching later this month. M-Th 3-9 p.m., F-Sa 3-10 p.m., Su 3-9 p.m. 4262 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 562.349.0111. woodsalt.com

Arts + Culture

Virtual Art Classes

Sept. 10-13. Bring out your inner artist at one of LACMA’s upcoming virtual art classes! Available for adults, kids, teens and families, there’s something for everyone and offers lessons on a variety of topics. Classes this weekend include printmaking, drawing, mixed media painting, acrylic and more. See website for list of classes and schedules. lacma.org

The Joy Luck Club Zoom Reunion

Sept. 12. Jump back into the world of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s 2019 box-office smash The Joy Luck Club, based on the hit novel by award-winning author Amy Tan. Now, for the first time ever, join the virtual cast reunion. Catch up with director Tim Dang and members of the cast, and ask them questions about the creation of this beloved hit production. 3:30 p.m. Free, reservations required; space is limited. sierramadreplayhouse.org

Radical Mountain: Embrace The Flatness

Opens Sept. 12. CMay gallery presents this new solo exhibition by L.A.-based contemporary artist Daniel Hawkins. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery, and the first of three projected Radical Mountain exhibitions planned for the next two years—continuing Hawkins’ series of ambitious, narrative-laden, interdisciplinary projects. Radical Mountain: Embrace The Flatness can be viewed virtually through the gallery’s website and Instagram page. cmaygallery.com

Virtual Concert with Cracow Duo

Sept. 13. Presented by the Holocaust Museum Los Angeles in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and USC Polish Music Center, audience members can live stream this performance from home featuring cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer. The Cracow Duo will perform from the Center for Jewish Culture in Krakow’s historic Kazimierz Jewish Quarter. Noon. Free; $10 donation suggested. holocaustmuseumla.org

Photo credits: Wood and Salt Tavern courtesy Stiletto Marketing. “Embrace the Flatness (Detail)” artwork by Daniel Hawkins. “The Joy Luck Club” by Gina Long. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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