Weekend Buzz – Events for October 14-15, 2017

The 44th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival, one of the biggest cultural festivals in the city, runs this weekend at Seoul International Park in Koreatown.

Early risers can start this busy weekend with not one but two big local estate sales.  The first, at 238 S. Lucerne Ave., features a 60 year collection including a baby grand piano, 2004 Mercedes S430S, Baccarat and Steuben figurines, Lalique and Waterford Crystal, Dresden Royal Copenhagen Figurines, Royal Crown Derby crystal punch bowls, other china, silver, carpets, watches, accessories, costume jewelry, artwork, clothing, furniture, vintage dolls, trains and toys, “bronze age” comics, vintage photos, holiday decorations, tools and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday…and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

The second big sale, at 508 S. Rimpau,  features both the homeowner’s large personal collection plus the contents of their antique and gift shop.  Items include silver, Haviland China, Wedgewood, Baccarat, and old Waterford crystal, some Steuben glass, chairs, mirrors, chandeliers, more than 250 pieces of artwork, a large selection of books and CDs, mirrors, picture frames and many, many pieces of collector china. Hours for this one are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A great option for families with kids today is the Larchmont Charter School World Fair, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school’s Hollygrove Campus, 815 N. El Centro Ave. (enter on Waring, near Vine St.) The event is free and appropriate for all ages, and tickets will be sold for food and games.  The event is a “true celebration of the diverse cultures at Larchmont Charter School,” and includes booths representing more than 15 different countries, with native foods, drinks, activities and entertainment. Fun-filled activities include games, prizes, a bouncy slide, photo booth, DJ, cultural entertainment and yummy home-cooked food and crafts.

For a much larger cultural festival, check out the 44th Annual LA Korean Festival This huge event at Seoul International Park, 3250 San Marino St., started on Thursday and runs through Sunday evening.  It’s one of the largest cultural fairs in Los Angeles, and aims to bring Angelenos together by sharing Korean culture.  There will be authentic Korean delicacies and a variety of delicious options for food lovers, as well as international vendors providing a unique and affordable shopping experience reminiscent of shopping in Korea. Also, of course, cultural performances…and K-pop concerts to end every evening.

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On a much smaller scale, tonight is also the night for the annual Brookside neighborhood vintage movie night at Memorial Park on Olympic Blvd.  The event starts with a family picnic at 5:30 p.m. (bring your own food; grills provided), and movies will start at 6:15, including old-time cartoons and black and white comedies, some even filmed right in the neighborhood.

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This is also opening weekend for another great family event, the LA Live Steamers Ghost Train in Griffith Park, which returns this year after taking last year off.  The trains run through a spooky nightime landscape from 7-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday for the next three weekends, as well as Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31. Advance ticket sales are available, but you can also purchase tickets at the gate each night.

For those with more grown up tastes, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is sponsoring its Ninth Annual Taste of Italy event in downtown Los Angeles. Starting at 5 p.m., the plaza outside the museum is transformed into a charming Italian Piazza where guests can enjoy food from more than 40 of the region’s best Italian restaurants, more than 100 world class wines, live entertainment, chef demonstrations and more…all in a beautiful historic setting.

And after your lovely dinner, come back to the neighborhood for some beautiful art.  The LaunchLA Gallery, 170 S. La Brea, will be holding an opening reception for its new exhibit, Ana Rodriguez: Floral Interiors, from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening. In her work, Rodriguez explores extravagant colors, shapes, patterns and textures, while also looking at pattern and decoration inside the home, and their cultural implications. If you’d like to attend, please contact rsvp@launchla.org.

There are also a couple of good film options tonight, as the American Cinematheque hosts the German Currents series at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, featuring “features some of the best films of the past year from Germany and German-speaking neighbors Switzerland and Austria.”  Tonight’s offerings are a double feature of two coming-of age films, Tiger Milk and Goodbye Berlin, starting at 7:30 p.m. The first follows two rebellious 14-year-old girls looking to break free from the innocence of childhood…and the second features two boys of about the same age who embark on a road trip in a “borrowed” car. It was the 2017 Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Youth Film.

Sunday is fairly quiet this week, with the big event being the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2017, starting and ending this year at the steps of L.A. City Hall. The 10K fundraiser benefits APLA Health and 20 other L.A. County HIV service organizations. In its 31 years,  the event has drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $82 million to combat HIV and AIDS.

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Finally, on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., you can enjoy learning to make your own art with a brush lettering calligraphy workshop taught by Olivia Sanchez at Landis Gifts and Stationery, 138 N. Larchmont Blvd.  Only five spots are available, so sign up today at the store, or call (323) 465-7003 to make your reservation.  The cost is $60, which includes two brush lettering pens.

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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