Weekend Buzz – Events for March 9-10, 2019

Legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs will be celebrated with a film screening and panel discussion on Sunday at the Wilshire Ebell theatre.

This weekend features some great shopping, then some French, art, and automobiles, several fun film screenings, and a big bash that might just be the most relaxing party you never attend.

We begin on Saturday with three fun shopping opportunities.

The first is a “packed” estate sale at 411 S. Orange Dr., which runs both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It promises “a huge collection of art, antiques, household items, collectibles and hand-picked curios from around the globe.”  More specifically, the long list includes mid-century and antique furniture, a vintage Wedgewood stove, a baby grand piano, vintage and antique clocks (including some by Cartier, Tiffany, and other big names), porcelain, glass and crystal from Tiffany, Baccarat, Limoges and more, wood carvings from around the world, Judaica, vintage Chinese and Japanese porcelain, vintage and contemporary art and photography, vintage prints, old books and magazines, handmade rugs, designer women’s clothing, shoes and handbags (many name brands), beauty products, indoor and outdoor plants, kitchen items…and still more.  See the link above for photos and more information.

Next, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, is Two Dog Organic Nursery‘s Annual Spring Kick-Off, Heirloom Tomato Sale and Food Drive (benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank).  Located at 914 S. Cloverdale Ave., there will be great deals on organic heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, cucumbers, squash, corn, fruit trees, berry bushes, organic soils and amendments…and more. And if you bring a food or monetary donation for the food bank, you’ll receive 10% off all purchases. (At the end of the sale, Two Dog will also donate 5% of the total weekend’s profits.)  Refreshments will also be served…and you’re welcome to bring friends (though no dogs, please). No appointment or tickets needed.

And third for your Saturday shopping pleasure, check out a special event to “Celebrate National Women’s Month- Shop & Support Female Small Businesses,” from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday at the House of G &C boutique and event space, 564 N. Larchmont Blvd.  The event will include a meditation session from 1-2 p.m., a panel discussion on the topic of “How Inspirational Women Have Shaped My Life,” from 2-3 p.m., and shopping and networking from 3-5 p.m.   Featured items for sale will be made by women, and from companies founded by female entrepreneurs and artists.  The event is free with RSVP, and the first 15 guests to arrive will receive goodie bags (while supplies last). Snacks and drinks will also be provided.

When you’re finally done shopping, just head up the street and around the corner to the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., for its monthly French Conversation Class, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The session is led by Paris native Samba Magassa, who teaches French conversation in a gentle, supportive setting that coaxes students to retrieve and improve their high school or college French.

Later, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, head over to the Craft Contemporary, for “The Untimely Conversation” with artists Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza.  In their first public conversation in Los Angeles, the pair will discuss “their collaborative relationship as artists and friends, including the strength of building communities and the preservation of indigenous knowledge through collaborative projects.”  The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVPs are required at rsvp@cafam.org.

Larchmont ClockMoving into Sunday, please remember that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before you go to bed on Saturday, or as soon as you wake up on Sunday morning.

For events on Sunday, you could return to the Craft Contemporary, where exhibiting artist Beatriz Cortez will lead a CraftLab Family workshop called “Ancient Gardens,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about ancient indigenous plants and their preservation, and will create a “nomadic garden using organic materials, soil, rocks and living plants.”  Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for CC members, including materials.  Space is limited, though, so RSVPs are requested.

Next on Sunday, and just a bit west on Wilshire, the Petersen Museum will host a day-long celebration, “CarCon –  the Adam Carolla Show’s 10th Anniversary,” starting at 2 p.m. The afternoon and eveing will include a car show, where CarCast podcast fans will bring their personal cars to be contested. The competition will be hosted by Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria, with special guests Jay Leno, Mike Brewer, and other automotive celebrities. Awards will be given for the best cars in each class. Next up, from 5-7 p.m., is a cocktail hour and an exhibition of Adam’s latest documentary, Uppity, the story of Willie T Ribbs, the first black race car driver at Indy…with a Q&A with Corolla following the film.  And finally, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., there will be a “star-studded, 10th anniversary taping of the Adam Carolla Show…[with] co-hosts Matt D’Andria, Gina Grad and Bald Bryan, along with Celebrity guests, including Jimmy Kimmel.” According to the Petersen’s website this morning, the podcast is sold out, as are bundled tickets for all three events, but tickets are still available for the car show and film screening.

Meanwhile, also starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, for folks who like their films a bit spookier, the American Cinematheque will be running a Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi Monster Movie Marathon at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  The screenings will include Frankenstein (1931), The Raven (1935), Dracula (1931), The Black Cat (1934), Bride of Frankenstein (1925), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), and Son of Frankenstein (1939).  The films will run back to back, with short 10-minute breaks after each film, and an extended intermission between The Black Cat and Bride of Frankenstein.  Tickets for the full seven-film event are just $25.

And then there’s a third film event on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, 4401 W. 8th St. It’s a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy, which says, “Released in 2016, this critically-acclaimed documentary re-examines the seminal showdown between activist Jane Jacobs and New York City’s “Master Builder” Robert Moses over Greenwich Village — a fight that ultimately influenced the nation. Regarded as the founding mother of the fight against urban redevelopment in our cities, Jacobs was a leading figure in the field of urbanism and greatly influenced the growth of the preservation movement.”  After the screening, there will be a panel discussion, moderated by Trudi Sandmeier, Director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California, and including Linda Dishman, President and CEO, Los Angeles Conservancy, Laura Dominguez, co-founder, Latinos in Heritage Conservation, Lisa Gimmy, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal, Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture, Brenda A. Levin, FAIA, President and Principal, Levin & Associates Architects, Karen Mack, Founder and Executive Director, LA Commons, and Christy Johnson McAvoy, Founding Principal, Historic Resources Group. Tickets are available at the link above.

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Finally, on Sunday, the last big event of the weekend is one you can enjoy in your jammies, in the comfort of your own home.  It’s The Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ 31st Annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball! That’s right – just make a donation to support our wonderful public library, and then kick back with a book and enjoy the evening.  For details and donation methods, see the event link above, but here are the basics, from the LFLA:

WHEN:
Anytime and for as long as you choose to celebrate on Sunday, March 10, 2019 – or throughout the month of March! In honor of the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball’s 31st Anniversary, we’ll be celebrating all month long.
WHERE:
Wrapped in a blanket by the fireplace, at your local park, on the train or bus, or anywhere the pages lead you!
HOW:
Grab a book (or multiple), and read! Support the Los Angeles Library’s teen programming by donating what you would have spent out at a fancy gala! Share your love for the Library on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tell us what you’ll be reading –don’t forget to include #StayHomeandRead.
ATTIRE:
Black tie and ball gowns, or pajamas…definitely pajamas.
FOOD & DRINK:
Milk & cookies, wine & cheese – anything goes!
GUESTS:
Loved ones, friends, children, family, your book club members, cats, dogs – all are welcome!

Also it’s worth noting that this year’s Ball is being chaired by author Susan Orlean (author of the recent best-selling “The Library Book,” about our very own Los Angeles Public Library), who shares a lovely story about one of her own favorite evenings home alone with a good book…and a head of lettuce.

So settle in, support your local libraries…and 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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