What’s Happening This Week: May 26, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Zoom backgrounds that glow with LA pride

These days, nobody’s home is always (or ever!) camera-ready. That’s where Zoom backgrounds save the day. The latest twist: views that flaunt your hometown pride, from dazzling poppies to Dodger stadium. Take some LA love to your next meeting!

Social distancing with dinosaurs

The Natural History Museum has gathered the wonders of its collections in NHMLAC Connects, an array of virtual adventures from biodiverse LA to global discoveries. You’ll also get inside looks at the museum’s holdings, the Tar Pits, and the Hart Mansion’s Old West art and artifacts.

The Autry wants your Coronavirus artifacts

You might not care right now, but this pandemic will be a key moment in history. Send your photos, recipes, journal entries, homemade masks and more to The Autry Museum’s COVID-19 Regional Collections Initiative and add your perspective to the story.

Big, gooey pan pizzas

Now that we have your attention, here’s an inside look at the rise in thick, oily, behemoth pizzas … and where you can lay your hands on one. Just remember, mum’s the word — some of these piemakers are operating deep underground.

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San Francisco Bay Area

Tips on walking proper

Make eye contact, beware of joggers, don’t pet dogs. Pedestrian etiquette is already complicated in San Francisco, but when you throw in the Coronavirus pandemic it’s darn near impossible. Fortunately, this handy guide points out the dos and don’ts of walking the city these days.

SF comfort food to-go 

In times of stress, many of us revert back to those things that have given us reassurance in the past. In dining terms, that means one thing: Comfort food. Whether it’s dumplings, lasagna, or fried chicken, here are 15 of the best comfort food offerings available for takeout in San Francisco. You can work it off once the gyms reopen. 

Top staples for your kitchen table

We’re all doing more cooking these days. Here’s a way to elevate your kitchen game while staying local by upgrading your pantry with these Bay Area–produced groceries—including EVOO from PRMRY, spices and rubs from Oaktown Spice Shop, and tapenade from McEvoy Ranch. 

BottleRock is on, kind of…  

The bad news: BottleRock Napa Valley is postponed (at least) until the fall. The good news: The Wine Country music festival is hosting a weekly online series on its YouTube channel that mixes past festival performances with brand-new content. Tune in every Friday at 5 p.m. here.

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