Covid-Friendly Events: January 2022

JAN 20/Livestream with Opie

Catherine Opie is an LA treasure and this free conversation from the Broad should be terrific:

Thursday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. PT Click here for information on joining the Livestream.

Join photographer Catherine Opie for a live conversation with Los Angeles Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne, moderated by L.A. Times urban design columnist Carolina Miranda.

This conversation will explore Opie’s practice of representing contemporary built landscapes and often overlooked communities, and will now be livestreamed on YouTube for free. Opie’s monument/monumental(2020) is on view in the exhibition Since Unveiling: Selected Acquisitions of a Decade.

JAN 21-23/Screening and Discussion

From January 21-23, the Los Angeles Human Rights Watch Film Club will be screening The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary SequelJeff Cohen, media critic and lecturer, joins as moderator. The film examines corporate institutions within our society; revealing a world with increasing wealth disparity, climate change, and the hollowing-out of democracy. We invite you to join our first screening of 2022! You can watch the film at your own pace, then join the conversation, live, on Sunday, January 23rd at 4pm. Our virtual panel, made up of the film’s Co-Director, Jennifer Abbott, HRW’s Director of Business and Human Rights, Arvind Ganesan, and moderated by Jeff Cohen, will delve deeper into the insidious nature of corporate power in this country and abroad, and what we can do about it. 

Get your tickets now and be part of the conversation.

JAN 22/Conversation with Director

There have been so many conversations about The Lost Daughter, running the gamut from admiring to confused. Why not attend a virtual conversation with Director Maggie Gyllenhaal and learn more from her perspective. She’ll speak with Guillermo del Toro as part of a virtual American Cinematheque program on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PST.

JAN 25/Read Before you Watch

I’m hearing good things about Netflix’s Maid series, which is based on this book – the LA Times is presenting a conversation with Stephanie Land as part of their book club series – might be worth listening to if you are interested in watching Andie McDowell and her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley bring this timely, true story to life.

Here is Terry Gross talking with McDowell about the series and parallels to her own life, and here is LA Times interview with Land.

What: Stephanie Land discusses “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” with Times reporter Paloma Esquivel at the L.A. Times Book Club.

When: 6 p.m. PST, Jan. 25.

Where: Sign up for the virtual event on Eventbrite.

JAN 26/Julia Cameron’s New Book

Julia Cameron is a name that many may find familiar – she’s the author of The Artist’s Way, an essential primer that has helped millions of people find a path to a more creative life. Diesel Books is hosting a virtual event for her new book.

Join us on Wednesday, January 26th at 6:30 pm for a virtual event in partnership with Julia Cameron for her new book Seeking Wisdom: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection. Joining her in conversation will be Joel Fotinos of St. Martin’s Essentials!

This event is ticketed. Purchasing a ticket includes a paperback copy of Seeking Wisdom. If you would instead like a hardcover copy, please contact us.

Julia Cameron changed the way the world thinks about creativity when she first published The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity thirty years ago. Over five million copies later, Cameron now turns her attention to creative prayer, which she believes is a key facet of the creative life.  

JAN 26/Children and Screens webinar

Join Children and Screens Ask the Experts webinar, “Beyond Clicks and Comments: A Broad View of Technology’s Impacts on Our Society” on January 26th at noon ET, when an interdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, educators, health experts, data strategists, journalists, and thought leaders will analyze the role of technology in society today and in the near future. This not-to-be-missed conversation will take you on a fascinating journey to understand what we already know and what we need to learn about one of the most crucial, pervasive and ubiquitous aspects of our society today. Register here.

JAN 27/Author Webinar

Join author Cindy Olnick on Thursday, January 27 from 7-8pm Pacific time for a free, virtual, photo-filled talk about L.A. Landmarks: Lost and Almost Lost – part of the Los Feliz Library’s Architecture & Beyond series. Register by emailing with “A&B” in the subject line.


FEB 12/In Person DTLA Tour

The LA Conservancy’s Modern Skyline Walking Tour is a fun way to learn about the buildings in the old parts of downtown. It’s back on the schedule, presumably because it’s Covid-safe – you’ll be walking outside around the Bunker Hill area of DTLA, at night, to learn about the history of the buildings. I did it a few years back, and loved it.

These have started up again in person and you can consider going on Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 10:30am.

Here is the event description and click here to learn more about the buildings you’ll visit (from the outside).

Think skyscrapers aren’t historic? Think again! After seeing how downtown L.A. has evolved over the past century, you’ll see our beloved skyline in a whole new way. 

How did a Victorian neighborhood become a booming hub of commerce and finance? Learn the fascinating story of Bunker Hill’s evolution, explore some of L.A.’s newest landmarks, and see how old and new architecture co-exists. 

You’ll get up close to the public art tucked away within the plazas of these sleek high-rises, and see details that you’ve never noticed before.