Weekend Buzz – Events for April 6-7, 2019

This is one of those nice eclectic weekends, with a wide range of events, but also some thematic links weaving through the list.

First up, running from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday , is a big Aging into the Future expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The event presents expert speakers, workshops, a Tech Expo, resources, and the opportunity to connect with tech startups and test new technology designed to help older members of your family.  So whether you’re a 30-year-old looking for innovative solutions to aid your caregiving responsibilities for your grandmother…a 55-year-old working professional worried about mom and dad’s well-being…a 75-year-old who wants to age in place at home without worrying about falling or transportation to a doctor’s appointment…or an 80-year-old who wants to remain socially connected to family and friends from the comfort of your living room, this is a “must attend” event that connects family caregivers, older adults/seniors, and aging influencers with the ecosystem of tech solutions that can make everyday life better.

Also, bargain hunters – young and old – will find lots to do this weekend.  First is an estate sale, running today through Sunday (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday) at 529 N. Highland. According to the organizers, it’s the estate of Jerry and Clancy Zerg. Jerry is a builder and designer who was voted Best Interior by ASID in 1979, and lived in this Paul Revere Williams-designed home for more than 52 years, with many furnishings he designed himself.  In addition to some of those original furnishings, the sale also features large sculptures (marble and bronze), fine and costume jewelry (including watches), antiques, vintage art works, carvings, several harmoniums,  an upright piano, Lalique and Baccarat crystal, a Kohler steam generator, laser surveying equipment, stationary bike, patio furniture, antique sewing machine, king size bed, linens, women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, luggage, mirrors and much more. For the full list, and pictures, see the link above.

Starting just half an hour later, and running from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, there’s a second estate sale at 746 S. Plymouth Blvd.  This one features items from the estate of Emmy-Nominated Actress and former Screen Actors Guild president Kathleen Nolan.  The list includes paintings, sculptures and other artworks by noted artists, antique and contemporary furnishings, silver, china, collectables (vintage theater masks, antique telephone, miniature sewing machines, antique magic lantern, antique scales, antique tin boxes, and more), women’s designer clothing (including evening gowns), hats, handbags, books, patio furniture, linens, kitchen supplies, dishes, crystal, china…and more.  Again, see the link above for pictures and a much more detailed list.

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Specifically for local fashion fans, this is also the weekend that local designers Karen Kananen and Samantha Robinson are holding the spring warehouse and sample sale for their raw earth wild sky fashion line.  It starts today (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also runs from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. on Saturday at 937 S. Mullen Ave.  Also, in addition to the clothing, the proprietors will be joined on both days by the Department of Yarn, and on Saturday only by Badass Skincare.  Cash and credit cards only, please.

Taking a brief side trip into education, but also in the Brookside neighborhood, Memorial Branch Library, 4625 Olympic Blvd., will give a free practice SAT test for high school students, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  This is a full-length version of the test, and you can reserve a spot in advance by calling the library at (323) 938-2732 or stopping by the reference desk.

Also starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Los Angeles Quiltmakers Guild will hold its monthly meeting at the Fairfax Branch Library, 161 N. Gardner St.  Whether you’re an experienced quilter or a curious newbie, the Guild welcomes both novice and lifelong quilters to come and sew.  Meetings often include either a hands-on class or tutorial, or a “free sew” day to work on individual projects.  Either way, there will be opportunities for learning, inspiration and, best of all, good company. Membership is just $25 a year, and visitors are always welcome.

Next, and third among our very active local libraries, the John C. Fremont branch library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will hold its montly book sale this weekend, running from 12-4 p.m. today (Friday) and 12-5 p.m. on Saturday.  All proceeds benefit the library and its free programs.

Heading toward lunchtime, with thoughts turning toward food, you could head over to Surfas Culinary District, 3225 W. Washington Blvd., which will be hosting a hands-on Gluten-Free Pasta Making Class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pastaiolo, you’ll learn the same gluten-free pasta dough recipe that is taught to many of LA’s best restaurant chefs -“so good, nobody’ll know it wasn’t made by an Italian Nonna.”  It will cover a variety of gluten-free topics including flour types, pasta shapes, filled pasta, a couple different sauces and home hacks that everyone can do.  Also, to finish the class and this Italian meal, participants will bake an Olive Oil Cake. Cost is $85 per person, and attendees will also receive some special in-store discounts.

And finally on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m. at 6562 Hollywood Blvd., there’s a fun opportunity to take a “10 Things to Do in Old Hollywood” Walking Tour.  For one day only, April Clemmer, creator of the Old Hollywood Walking Tour and Danny Jensen, co-author of the book “100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die,” will lead guests on a behind-the-scenes tour of the parts of Old Hollywood that you should see before you die.  Stops will include a peek at the 1938 “Hollywood in Miniature” diorama, famous murals, the oldest remaining residence on the Boulevard, and the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, where Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks unwound after a long day of filming, and where writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway wrote classic American novels.  The $45 ticket price includes a celebratory drink and light appetizers at the end of the tour at Lono, an Old Hollywood, Tiki-inspired bar on Hollywood Boulevard. Jensen’s book will also be available for purchase and signing at the event. Advance tickets are required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10-things-to-do-in-old-hollywood-before-you-die-walking-tour-tickets-58299437186

Moving into Sunday, the first event is related to Saturday’s aging/tech expo.  This one, “THRIVE: Preparing for Life’s Next Act,” will be held at noon at the St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave.  It’s a free lunch event, including a panel discussion for older adults, focused on helping us all stay active, healthy and productive, be safe online, protect our identity, avoid computer scams and support aging parents. Have you ever thought about how to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Or how to prevent both? What about the role diet, exercise and mindfulness can play as we age? How about online scams, computer safety and protecting your identity? Then THRIVE is for you. The event will be hosted by City Attorney Mike Feuer, and panelists will include actor/singer James Darren, Joyce Riley, Directing Attorney of the nonprofit legal organization, Bet Tzedek, on laws and resources for older Angelenos, and Dr. Daniel Stone, a leading LA gerontologist and Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai Valley Integrated Network. Seats are limited, so please please e-mail atty.rsvp@lacity.org if you’d like to attend.  (Note: there’s lots of free parking on site.)

And next on Sunday we wrap up with a trio of art-related events.  First, at LACMA, the Andell Family Sundays series will present a Wearable Pattern & Color workshop.  Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. to take a family-friendly tour of the Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection exhibit, then make your own wearable creation, or a handmade book of colorful patterns in a artist-led workshop.

Next, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and also at LACMA, there’s “Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks on Charles White and Gordon Parks.” In this lecture, Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks, assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Lehman College of CUNY and a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute, will explore how artists Charles White and Gordon Parks informed each other’s practice.  Both artists came of age in Chicago during the city’s Black Renaissance, and both were interested in documenting the life of people and the human condition. Brooks will share the story of how Parks captured scenes on the streets of Chicago with his camera, as White painted them. The talk is presented in conjunction with the museum’s Charles White: A Retrospective exhibit.

And finally, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, just across the street, the Craft Contemporary will host a gallery conversation on the current exhibit, “Focus Iran 3: Youth Culture.”  Learn about issues such as gender identity, sexuality, street culture, and fashion, and how artists in the exhibition are exploring these through photographic and video works. The event is free, but space is limited, so reservations are required at rsvp@cafam.org.

Have a great weekend!

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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