Weekend Buzz – Events for July 27-28, 2019

Horror movie fans have a lot to love this weekend…but there’s plenty to do for others, too!

This weekend seems tailor made for scary movie fans…but there’s also great food, art, theater, puppets, Corvette cars, and more.

First up, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, join the play reading group at the John C. Fremont branch library, 6121 Melrose Ave., for a performance of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at Lapin Agile.” It’s free of charge, and everyone is welcome.  Come enjoy the performance, and consider joining the play reading group!

Also at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and just a short distance away at the Wilshire Branch Library, 149 N. St. Andrews, there will be a screening of the classic 1955 noir film, “Kiss Me Deadly,”followed by a discussion of the film’s many L.A. locations, past and present, with special guest Jim Dawson, AFI researcher and author “Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero!”

Then, for even more film fun, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., will present a six-film horror/sci-fi marathon, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.   The films include “The House on Haunted Hill” (2 p.m.), “The Thing from Another World” (3:30 p.m.), “Freaks” (5:15 p.m.), “Them!” (6:45 p.m.), “The Haunting” (8:30 p.m.), and “Cat People” (10:30 p.m.).  (Please note that the showtimes for films 2-6 are approximate.)

For those looking for a bite to eat on Saturday (or Sunday!), this is the first weekend of the 15-day summer edition of DineLA Restaurant week, during which more than 400 restaurants citywide (including several in our area) offer special prix fixe menu deals.  No tickets or passes are required – just visit one of the participating restaurants (see the link above for a list) and ask for the special menu. 

Moving back into movie offerings, and specifically another horror festival, the Montalban Rooftop, at the Montalban Theater, 1615 N. Vine St., is presenting “Camp Fangoria,” starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.  It’s a 10-hour triple feature event, with screenings of “The Burning,” “Sleepaway Camp” and “Evil Dead 2,” along with special guests, DJ sets, horror trivia…and a special 20-minute “site-specific, fully immersive and existential experience” called “Simulacrum,” in the “guts” of the theater.  See the link above for details and tickets.

Meanwhile, and much tamer, the Petersen Museum is celebrating Zora Duntov, “the Father of the Corvette” all weekend, with a special two-day event that includes the West Coast public unveiling of the Corvette C8. On Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., there will be a special VIP reception with entertainment, food by Drago, and a one-of-a-kind display featuring both the first prototype Corvette, the CERV I, and the all new Corvette C8. Then, on Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a special Corvette rally from the ArtCenter in Pasadena to the Petersen, a Corvette Car Show at the museum, and a once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion. See the event link, above, for details and tickets.

And for yet another scary movie (definitely a theme this weekend!), the Cinespia film series, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., will screen “Twilight,” starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday (gates open at 7:30).  There will also be a special photo booth, along with concessions including beer, wine and food.

Moving on to Sunday morning, starting at 11 a.m., the Miracle Mile Toy Hall, 5464 Wilshire Blvd., will present a performance of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Circus Show, followed by a meet and greet with your favorite puppets. The show is billed as “an exuberant, red-and-white-striped, golden vignette guilded, cotton candy scented, marionette theater production revival, commemorating the intrinsic joy and behemoth spectacle of a classic traveling circus, as envisioned by celebrated puppet master (and carnival enthusiast), Mr. Bob Baker.”  Tickets are only $10, and it’s appropriate for even the youngest members of your family.

Meanwhile, just down the street at the Craft Contemporary, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, a New Way of Life presents Testif-i, “an initiative that aims to transform the public dialogue on mass incarceration through storytelling.”  Come and listen to the stories of formerly incarcerated women and discuss the tools, programs, and measures that can support their process of re-entry. The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP to rsvp@cafam.org if you’d like to attend.

And finally on Sunday, just across the street at LACMA, from 4-6 p.m., there’s an Artist Talk & Music Performance on “The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness.”  In celebration of the opening weekend of the exhibit of the same name, join the museum for an afternoon of art, music, discussion with artist Zak Ové, and a performance by the Trinidad Steel Drum Band – just the way to mellow out after your scary film weekend and wind down your Sunday evening.  
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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