What’s Happening This Week: June 15, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Tracking LA’s black-owned restaurants

No matter what food you’re in the mood for, black-owned restaurants across Greater LA are ready to serve it up. There’s even a handy Google spreadsheet (link in article) listing 222 of them and counting, from Altadena to Long Beach and everywhere in between.

Celebrate LGBTQUIA Pride Month at home

The LA Public Library has put together an awesome collection of fiction and nonfiction, podcasts, videos, teen books, graphic novels music and more to enhance your insights on gender and sexuality this month. There’s even a video mapping LA’s local LGBTQUIA history. Don’t have a library card? Get it online for free.

Egyptian Theatre acquired by … Netflix?

It’s true – longtime nonprofit owner American Cinematheque has sealed the deal for the Egyptian with the world’s biggest video streaming service. How will that work? Read on for the answers – including a look at what this will mean for the renovation of the lavish 1922 Hollywood treasure.

Grads: Dreamed of marching in to that inspiring theme?

You know the one – the stirring anthem that makes even chill family members cry. Well, Gustavo Dudamel doesn’t want you to miss having the hair stand up on the back of your neck — so he’s recorded an especially stirring rendition just for the Class of 2020. You deserve it, guys. Crank it up.

San Francisco Bay Area

Backing black-owned business 

Looking for a simple way to support the BLM movement? Check out this list of black-owned restaurants and bars around the Bay Area that could use your support. Not to mention, the food is amazing… 

Staying proud in place

Well, it’s no surprise that SF Pride was cancelled due to the pandemic. But you can still show your off your LGBTQ+ love, on the parade’s 50th anniversary no less, all June during Pride Month. The list of 50 ideas, include supporting LGBTQ+ businesses and reading queer authors to singing along with the SF Gay Men’s Chorus and joining a virtual National Memorial AIDS Walk. 

Eat your berries

The good news: Northern California farmers have an abundance of strawberries. The bad news: Because of the pandemic, they actually have too many and are plowing the excess back into the soil. You can do your part to help remediate the problem by loading up on fresh fruit. We know, it’s a tough ask…   

Art therapy

You go, Castro! This SF community helped brighten up the neighborhood by enlisting artists to paint colorful murals on the fronts of local businesses that remain boarded up. Many have personal themes, many have themes related to the LGBTQ+ community—all of them are a welcome addition to a neighborhood slowly reopening from the Covid-19 shutdown.  

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