Weekend Buzz – Events for June 16-17, 2018

Some great classic cars will have their “Hoods Up” on Sunday at the Petersen Museum.

Wondering what to do with dad on this Father’s Day weekend?  Look no further – we’ve got lots of dad-friendly events – and more!

First up, though, is an estate sale potentially of more interest to moms, with more than 1,000 women’s clothing and jewelry items.  It runs Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 817 S. Mansfield Ave. Items (many new with tags, from well-known designer brands, and mostly women’s large sizes 10-14) include more than 250 rings, 50 watches, 100 bracelets, 100 necklaces, and racks and racks of clothing.  In addition, there is furniture (dining room set, sofa, beds, etc.), sterling silver, Limoges figurines, dishware, vintage bar ware, lamps, CDs and DVDs, a flat-screen TV, books, cookbooks, artwork, yard and patio items, office items and much more.

Next, if your dad is anything like ours (or Homer Simpson), you’ll probably want to head over to downtown’s Union Station, which will undoubtedly be smelling pretty amazing with the DTLA Donut Fest running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.   The “momentously mouthwatering event” will “showcase the donut in all its many guises: plain, glazed, and filled; traditional and new wave along with ‘donut-adjacent’ treats” such as churros, apple fritters, and (of course) donut holes.  The event will feature a “baker’s dozen” of donut vendors both classic and “fashion-forward,” including Trejo’s Donuts, Primo’s Donuts, DK’s Donuts, Glazed Donut Bar, Fat Uncle Farms, J’s Mini Donuts, Donut Princess LA, Kettle Glaze, Air + Day Vegan Donuts, Dream Donut, RING Baked Tofu Donuts (yes, you read that right), and Churros Don Abel.  There will also be a “live fry” donut station making hot apple fritters to order, as well as coffee vendors for dunking, and chef demos to teach you how to make your own mouth-watering doughy delights.  And finally, for some reason (because Father’s Day?), they’re also including pizza and beer offerings…but that might be gilding the lily, in our humble opinion.

Later, starting at 10:30 on Saturday morning, the American Cinematheque will offer its monthly tour of the Historic Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., which was home to Hollywood’s first-ever movie premiere.  The docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 theater will take you behind the scenes, and – in addition to the theater’s cinema-related history – you’ll get to see what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show, with a visit to the backstage dressing rooms and singers’ boxes. See the link above for tickets.

After the tour, if you’re starting to feel peckish again, it’s just a short walk from the Egyptian to the Japan House Los Angeles, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, which is offering two sessions of a special culinary workshop called “Spin the Globe: The Art of Japanese Bento,” starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. According to the organizers, “the Japanese bento lunchbox is a truly versatile dish and can be prepared with any number of ingredients and methods. Always nutritionally balanced and beautiful, bento is a perfect way to express your affection for someone (or to treat yourself) through a carefully-crafted meal.”  The workshop will be taught by master chef Atsushi Kenjo, executive chef at M-Cafe, in collaboration with Tastemade. Attendees will learn the basics of portioning and balance, study the health properties of common bento ingredients, receive a hands-on tutorial on creating whimsical and kawaii (cute) elements, and take home a unique creation.  Cost is $45 with a disposable poplar bento box included, or $70 with a Matsunoya-brand tin bento box.  See the above link for more details and tickets.

Next, still in international exploration mode but switching continents, the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will offer its popular French conversation class, led by Samba Magassa, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Everyone is welcome to “come and practice your spoken French in the company of devoted Francophiles who are all très sympathique.”  And, as with all library events, it’s free of charge.

Finally on Saturday, dad (and mom, and the kids) may enjoy celebrating Buster Keaton Day in Los Angeles with the American Cinematheque and International Buster Keaton Society’s screening of Keaton’s “The Cameraman,” back at the Egyptian.  (Note:  while there are two shows scheduled, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the 7:30 show is already sold out. Tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show are still available at the link above.)  In this silent comedy classic, Buster Keaton has a huge crush on an adorable office worker for MGM Newsreels. So Buster gets himself a camera – and is in the right place at the right time to film a Tong war in Chinatown, where he must narrowly escape plenty of disasters. The film will be shown in 35mm, with a panel discussion afterward featuring film critic Leonard Maltin, International Buster Keaton Society founder Patricia Eliot Tobias and “Talking Buster Keaton” podcast co-host Jeremy Guskin, moderated by Keaton Society VP Alek Lev.

For car-crazy dads, the Petersen Museum will be a great place to start off your Father’s Day on Sunday, with a special “Hoods Up on Father’s Day” event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (note the special extended hours). The museum will pop the hood on a selection of its favorite vehicles, and visitors will get an inside look at some of the most extraordinary engines at the museum. This year a whole new set of vehicles will be featured, including a 1954 Plymouth Explorer by Ghia and a 1964 Porsche 901.  Also, the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center will host a special Father’s Day Arts and Crafts project, where little racers can make a “Dad Club of America” card for their fathers, using images of some of the museum’s featured vehicles as an homage to fathers and the car clubs of America.

Later on Sunday, dads and moms can move a few blocks east on Wilshire, to the Craft and Folk Art Museum, which will put a new spin on the word “craft” with an “Old-Fashioned Craft-Cocktail Workshop” with Bar Mattachine, from 2-4 p.m.    Participants will learn three variations on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, and create and taste test their own drinks. They’ll also get their own take-home cocktail toolkit, including a strainer, shakers, bitters, and cocktail-mixing spoons. For ages 21+ only.  Advanced registration is required. Cost is $65 for CAFAM members, and $75 for the general public.

And finally on Sunday, you can enjoy a very dad-friendly 1960s James Bond double feature of “From Russia with Love” and “Goldfinger,” back at the Egyptian theater, starting at 7:30 p.m. In the first film, Sean Connery’s Agent 007 scours exotic Istanbul for an elusive Lektor decoding machine…and in the second, he tries to stop Auric Goldfinger’s plan to corner the world market in gold bullion. It’s a great way to end Dad’s special day with visions of “international intrigue, scores of hot spies in every port and cool cars and gadgets”…before returning to more mundane life on Monday.

Have a great weekend…and a happy Father’s Day to all!

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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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