Yes, we’re all cooped up, but there are plenty of ways to pass the time if you know where to look. Here’s a collection of museum tours, live concerts, and more to make your weekend indoors during self-containment feel almost weekend-y. Flatten the curve and have fun.

Friday, May 15

Los Angeles Zoo Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year is going online this year. After a short pre-show the ball kicks off at 6 p.m. with host Joel McHale, and features appearances by zoo ambassadors including Lisa Ling, Jackie Chan, Slash, and Lance Bass. Feeling generous? You have until 10 p.m. Friday nigh to bid on a slew of auction items and experiences like Guns ‘N’ Roses tickets, an invite for four to the Magic Castle, a seven-night beach stay in Huntington Beach, and more.

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16

Now that all Angelenos are required to wear masks when they leave the house, the demand for face coverings is higher than ever. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is hosting a series of video sewing circles with local makers, with the goal of producing at least 1,500 masks for organizations in need. Have a sewing machine? Join in.

Launches Friday, May 15

On Friday, the Natural History Museum is launching its first ever online exhibition, a collection of insect macrographs pulled from NHMLAC’s Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) research project. Get to know some of the smallest Angelenos via images taken with a Keyence microscope, and also learn how to start an insect journal of your own.

Saturday, May 16

Young Entertainment Activists have partnered with New York University and Variety to present the Hollywood Digital Climate Summit, a full day (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) of conversations about Hollywood’s role in curbing the climate crisis. The roster of esteemed panelists includes city council candidate Nithya Raman, actress Pamela Adlon, writer-producer Scott Z. Burns, and many more. 


Paley Fest was scrapped this year (still sad about missing the Curb Your Enthusiasm panel), but every day during the pandemic, the Paley Center for Media is reviving footage from some of its most memorable events.

Every Saturday

Saturdays just aren’t the same without eggs and a side of fierce drag action. Get a taste of pre-pandemic WeHo at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, when the LGBTQ institution hosts its weekly Drag Brunch on its Facebook page.

Every Friday 

Each Friday while the world is all topsy-turvy, the Broad will be presenting a new family-friendly tutorial for creating art at home inspired by artists in the Broad collection. This week the video shows you how to use craft materials and images from magazines or your own photos to retell one of your favorite stories, inspired by Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Hundley’s complex artistic practice, which utilizes found materials, photographs, and other objects to create mixed-media assemblages and two-dimension compositions. Check the Broad’s YouTube channel every Friday at 10 a.m. for new offerings.


Each day the American Film Institute encourages movie buffs to hit the couch and watch the same film (virtually) with its global community of movie buffs. Check the Movie Club site for the pick of the day, each of which is introduced by a special celeb host.


The Petersen (along with every other museum in L.A.) is currently closed to the public, but you can still take an exclusive peek inside its vault thanks to the musuem’s livestreamed tours. Sign up in advance (and make a donation) and 20 minutes in advance of the tour, you’ll receive a link via email.


Fend off brain drain or learn something new about our natural world via the NHMLAC Connects initiative. As the institution puts it, “Think social distancing with dinosaurs and mammoths, and connecting with nature and community science right outside your door.” There are lessons on L.A.’s hidden history, arts and crafts, tutorials, and more.


It feels like we’re living through one interminable Monday under this global house arrest, but it technically is the weekend. So why not take a break from the news and the glitchy Zoom meetings and watch something fun? In this week’s roundup of streaming recommendations , we have Hulu’s new historical comedy-drama The Great, Tom Hardy-starring Capone, and more.

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