This summer is a weird one. Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are getting worse, not better, and any early-pandemic hopes that we might be celebrating with friends and family by now have long ago been dashed. Nonetheless, it’s the weekend, and it’s best spent in the company of household-sharing loved ones, distancing out in nature, or enjoying some great entertainment at home. Here are our picks for things to do this weekend. Have fun, but be safe.
Play Your Part: A Benefit for YOLA
Friday, August 7
This benefit, which would have been held at the Hollywood Bowl under normal circumstances (sigh), is now a virtual concert available for free on the Bowl’s website (donations for Youth Orchestra L.A. are encouraged, of course). The show features Brandi Carlile, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Thomas Wilkins, and members of the L.A. Philharmonic.
BackHard Summer BBQ
Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8
Another music fest goes virtual. The annual dance-music bacchanal is now a two-day streaming event available right in your living room, which actually seems more comfy than a speedway in Fontana. The so-called rave-a-thon kicks off and 6 p.m. and ends at midnight both nights. For lineup and more, visit hardsummer.com.
The Return of Angel City’s Avocado Ale
Saturday, August 8
Angel City Brewery’s annual Avocado Fest is obviously a no-go this year, but you can still get your hands on the fruit-infused ale it honors. Pickups begin at noon on August 8, and orders have to be placed in advance on the brewery’s Square site.
The Return of Live Sports
After months without pro sports, suddenly it seems like every league is operating in some capacity. While there are plenty of arguments over the safety of holding games even without fans in the stadium, at least you can watch a new Dodgers, Lakers, LAFC, Sparks, or other local team’s game, rather than an ESPN Classic replay.
Mason Jar Cocktails and At-Home Grill Kits from The Draycott
Stylish Palisades Village restaurant The Draycott ups your weekend dining game with on-premises and take-home options. The place has recently brought on a new chef, Michael Fiorelli (ex-Olivetta, Love & Salt), and new beverage director, Melina Meza (ex-ink., Broken Shaker), to shake things up.
Pop-Up Drive-Ins and Outdoor Movies
We just updated our guide to summertime movies with a fresh batch of drive-in and rooftop screenings. This weekend’s offerings include a pair of John Hughes double features atop an old Sears parking garage in Glendale and The Princess Bride at Lakeview Park in Orange County.
Drive-in movie theaters are currently generating 90 percent of box office revenue in the COVID era. There are some new movies to check out this weekend at Vineland in City of Industry, including Airbnb horror The …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Magazine