The week between Christmas and New Years is always a bit of a weird quiet one, but if you are in the mood to get off the couch (or at least vary up some of your couch programming), there are some virtual and drive in events to take part in before you say goodbye to 2020.
Arts & Culture
From now through Sunday, December 27th, you can watch the films from the Israel Film Festival, including new and old movies and Q&As, inclucing one on December 26th at 7:00 p.m., with the director and star of the 2007 film The Band’s Visit, which was adapted into a Tony winning Broadway musical. Single tickets are $12, and bundles go from $40 to the $180 all access pass.
On Friday, January 1st, there’s another film screening and Q&A for the whole family from FILM at LACMA: a presentation of Wolfwalkers, and conversation with co-directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The film is set in a “a time of superstition and magic” when “a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night.” The screening is free, but RSVP is required.
Community & History
Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT:LA) has been putting together self-guided driving tours of architecturally significant homes around the city, and this month, the trail is curated by architect & historian Alan Hess. Hess sends you on a journey from Pasadena to Brentwood as you stop along the way to look at modernist houses by Neutra, Lautner, and more. No charge for the experience – just download the PDF trail guide and go…in your own car, at your own pace.
If you are one of the many people who got very into gardening during quarantine, check out Miracle Mile’s Two Dog Organic Nursery, which is having a Seedling Sale this week: all Certified Organic veggie, herb and edible flower seedlings are 25% off, and you can pick up your babies on Wednesday, December 23rd, Tuesday, December 29th, Wednesday, December 30, and Thursday, December 31st (morning only). Read more about how to order your plants here.
Speaking of babies – this week you can help name a baby condor at the L.A. Zoo. The chick, currently being called LA127, has had a dramatic life so far: “from uncertain beginnings as a malpositioned chick within the egg to a dramatic, keeper-assisted hatching to a re-introduction to parents Sequoia and Squapuni, a terrifying overnight health scare, and more. Today, LA1720 is a healthy, maturing chick who is on its way to flying… while continuing to lift our hearts.” Donate at least $5 to the Zoo’s California Condor Recovery Program to vote for a name – the options are Cali, Wallace, Timoloqin, and Yurok.
The deadline for candidates interested in running for Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and Mid City West Community Council board positions is Monday, December 28th! If you live, work, or own property in one of the two Councils’ specific neighborhood areas, or if you fit into one of each council’s other board seat categories (the GWNC’s are Renter, Business, Education, Religion, Other Non-Profit, and At-Large; Mid City West’s seats include multiple representatives for Renters, Homeowners, Business, Non-Profit, and At Large ), and will be 18 years old by election day (March 16th, 2021) you are eligible to run. Find out more about how to file for a seat here.
Finally, although this is the week for New Year’s Eve, it looks like those celebrations are going to be considerably less numerous this year, for understandable reasons. We’ll keep our eyes open, though, and will pass along any fun (and likely virtual) events we hear about, later in the week.