Weekend Buzz: Events for August 3-4, 2019

You’ll have a chance to check out a couple of classic 70mm epic movies on the big screen this weekend.

This is a wonderfully busy summer weekend, with lots of music, art, film and more to keep you busy.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with a yard sale we saw listed on NextDoor.com and couldn’t resist sharing.  Why?  Because at this “sale,” everything is free.  It’s at 645 S. Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the list of things for sale includes women’s M-XL clothing & belts, shoes and boots sizes 8.5-11 shoes, costume jewelry, toiletries, a coffee table, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, a Dell monitor, electronic cables, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, books, towels, blankets, pillow shams, a box of vertical blinds, household decor, picture frames, hangers, plastic shoe boxes, paper grocery bags, paper handle bags, cloth tote bags,PVC pipe (small pieces), a wine box, packing material…and more.

Next, from 10:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, the California African American Museum, in Exposition Park, will hold its annual Heritage Day. Learn how to capture and preserve your family’s heritage and memories during this all-ages event, presented in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914. The entire family can scan keepsakes, hear powerful stories of legacy, and learn about genealogy and how to preserve family treasures through archiving.  There will be a Mobile Memory Lab Pop-Up Scanning Station (by appointment only; please sign up for a time slot), art activities (make maps and posters that highlight the places, events, and cultural features of your community), a talk by Deborah Swan, who “shares the inspiring LA story of her late grandfather, Leon Hefflin, who produced Cavalcade of Jazz at Wrigley Field, a festival featuring more than 125 artists that was one of the largest outdoor concerts in America during the 1940s and 1950s,” genealogy workshops for both adults and kids, a session on preserving, maintaining and storing your family treasures…and more.  The event is open to all, but please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

Meanwhile, from 12-4 p.m. on Friday, and 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, the Friends of the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will hold its monthly book sale…featuring special bargains this month on several categories of books including animals, history, biography, politics, plays, classics, cookbooks and media.  All proceeds benefit the great free programs at the library.

Music lovers are also in luck on Saturday, as the 5th Annual Sutro Avenue Summer Soirée & Jazz Festival gets jamming on Sutro Ave. (between 42nd and 43rd Sts. in the historic Leimert Park neighborhood.  There will be a live DJ all day, a Jazz Lounge with a fantastic artist line up (including Pete Escovedo featuring Peter Michael Escovedo, the Myron McKinley Trio, Lynne Fiddmont, Derf Reklaw, Karen A. Clark, Maestro the Vocalinist, the Fernando Pullam Community Arts Center Jazz Band, and the S.H.I.N.E Mawusi Women’s African Drumming Group), as well as a Food Zone, hosted Wine Lounge, Kids’ Zone (with bounce houses, face painting, crafts, games and more), Health and Wellness Zone (farmers’ market, chair yoga, adult vaccinations, basic health screenings, etc.), Community Resource Zone (voter registration, LADWP, Metro, etc.), and more.  Admission is all free and open to everyone, though street parking may be limited, so transport via ride share services and Metro is recommended.  Also, please do not bring dogs.

Meanwhile, back in the Miracle Mile, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, the Craft Contemporary will host an outdoor reception and exhibition of ceramic work created by the participants in its older adult clay workshop series, Crafting Histories in Clay, taught by artist Wayne Perry.
Then, starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Wilshire Branch Library, 149 N. St. Andrews Pl., will host a vegan sushi cooking demonstration for adults and teens.  It’s free, but please sign up in advance at 323-957-4550 or wlshre@lapl.org if you’d like to attend.
Moving into Saturday evening, from 6-9 p.m., the No Gallery, 1115 S. La Brea, will host an opening reception for the exhibit, “I Wake Up and Write Down My Dreams,” a group show of dream-themed works on paper by Doug Crocco, Aaron Elvis Jupin, Matt Lifson, Chris Lux, Brendan Lynch, Laurie Nye, and Ben Sanders. For those who would like to see the show, but can’t make it to the opening reception, the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment.
For film fans, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., will present a special 70mm screening of the classic 1962 epic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. This “sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism” won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and features a young Peter O’Toole in one of his most iconic roles.  Definitely worth seeing on the big screen!

And finally on Saturday, at 8 p.m., the First Congregational Church, 540 Commonwealth Ave., will host a performance by participants in the N.E.O. Voice Festival, including “emerging and leading new music composers and singers from around the world.”  This performance, one of several in the week-long event, will be the Out Of The Box Chamber Voice Concert, featuring Laurel Irene and Kenneth Cox, and “boundary-stretching vocal artists from around the world.”  For tickets and more information, see the link above.

Moving into Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, on the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive (between Third St. and Santa Monica Blvd.) will host its 25th Market anniversary and 7th Annual PickleFest Contest. The festival “features family-friendly fun, entertainment and a sour-puckering contest for the “Best Dill Pickle” in Beverly Hills. There’s also a category called “I Can Pickle That!” where entrants can compete with any pickled fruit or vegetable grown in California.”  And – bonus – there’s free parking in the Civic Center parking structure at 450 Rexford Dr.

Back at the Craft Contemporary, for those whose weekend isn’t quite hot enough, the museum will host another Steam Egg – Steam Party event, from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday.  During the event, the shiny, mirrored Steam Egg installation “will be fully operational as a steam room” and guests will be invited to “climb up and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends and strangers.” The steam will also be infused with a specially devised scents selected by our “Herb-J,” or “Olfaction DJ.”  It’s free and open to the public, and guests are asked to bring their own towels and bathing suits. Drinking water and changing rooms will be provided.

Just a bit later, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and also at the Craft Contemporary, freshly steamed guests (and others) can enjoy a talk with artists Mark Steven Greenfield and Dale Brockman Davis about the exhibit, “The RIDDLE Effect.”   The speakers will discuss their relationship with artist John T. Riddle and the community of black artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s. It’s free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to rsvp@cafam.org if you’d like to attend.

And finally on Sunday, it’s back to the 70mm movies, as the American Cinematheque screens the epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at 7:30 p.m.  It’s director Stanley Kubrick’s “mind-blowing meditation on the inherent dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space and the future of the human race,” with wonderful 1960s visions of the”future” and the iconic HAL9000 computer (“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”)

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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