Now that summer’s here, it looks like weekends have expanded to include Fridays. At least, that’s what the events lists are telling us this week – there’s more going on than ever!
Friday, June 17
On both Friday and Saturday nights this week, the KTown Night Market returns. The event “brings the traditional Asian night market concept to Koreatown, Los Angeles by emulating the jovial atmospheres and celebrations with 100+ local food and merchandise vendors that offer the full breadth of multi-ethnic street cuisine from Greater Los Angeles.” This week’s version also includes the Silk Show Sample Sale, with more than 30 participating vendors. Hours are Friday from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, from 2-11 p.m. Special guests this week will include L.A.Mayor Eric Garcetti, the KTown Cowboys and singer Awkwafina. For more information, tickets and parking info, see http://ktownnightmarket.com/
Downtown tonight, you can “flip the concert hall experience as Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours/Hip-Hop Special Edition takes over Walt Disney Concert Hall in a never-before-seen use of the iconic venue.” The event is part of a four-day Hip-Hop dance experience and promises to “reimagine the concert hall with DJs, dance parties, live art demonstrations, light projections, exclusive basement level skating jams and much more.” If you can’t wait to roller skate at the usually-staid landmark, see the above link for tickets and details.
If you’re looking for something slightly less energetic tonight, Barnsdall Art Park has started its 8th annual summer series of Friday night wine tastings. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy with the stunning city and sunset views (though no outside alcohol is allowed)…and tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House are also available for an extra $15. Ages 21 and over only.
And finally, a bit closer to home and both free and open to music fans of all ages, LACMA‘s Friday night jazz series continues tonight at 6 p.m. with a performance by Bob Mintzer and the Russell Ferrante Quartet. Saxophonist Bob Mintzer and keyboardist Russell Ferrante are two of the members of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets. Individually, they are also prolific composers and arrangers, working with leading musicians and ensembles around the world including Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Diane Reeves, The GRP Big Band, Lee Ritenour, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. As performers, they have toured and recorded with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joni Mitchell, and Take 6.
Saturday, June 18
As we often do, we start Saturday’s listings with some local estate sales – three of them this week, at 800 S. Ridgely Dr., 306 N. Orange Dr. (2nd floor), and 708 N. Wilton Pl. See the individual listings for hours and specific items offered at each sale. (Note that all three sales actually start on Friday and run through Sunday…so you can start shopping today, if you like, or wait until Sunday if you’re hoping for some additional markdowns.)
For another kind of bargain shopping, three long-time local merchants are getting closer to closing their doors – having just emptied out their last big storage bin, Thrive Decor, and neighboring Diane Merrick, both on Beverly, are now offering 60% off everything in the stores, during their dual “Final Days” sales…and Mortise & Tenon, on La Brea, is offering 50-80% off most items as it prepares to vacate.
Later, to help revive and re-center after your hard morning of shopping, Knowles Karate Academy , 4378 W. 3rd St., is offering a free introductory beginners’ yoga class at 11 a.m. No yoga mats or previous experience required. Adults, kids, and families are all welcome.
A bit later, come and meet the neighbors in the Longwood area, just south of Olympic, as the Longwood Area Neighborhood Association hosts a big block party extravaganza from 4-7 p.m. along the 1100 block of Keniston Ave. The event promises food galore (including celebrity chef Mark Peel’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches), a big bouncy slide and more. And folks from other neighborhoods are very welcome to join in the festivities.
Saturday also features a couple of great classic film screenings. First is the latest installment of the L.A. Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats Festival, which features the always-popular Singin’ in the Rain at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, in downtown L.A.
And on what may turn out to be one of the hottest days of the year, Street Food Cinema will be showing a great movie about one of the hottest days of the year, “Do the Right Thing” at Exposition Park. The event features both food trucks and music before the movie, so see http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/do-the-right-thing/ for the full schedule and ticket information.
If hot cars are more your style, check out the Petersen Museum’s Le Mans live stream at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Co-sposored by Michelin, Microsoft and Ford, the event features a live feed of the legendary Le Mans race, alongside six three-person teams competing for digital on-track dominance in the Petersen’s Driving Gallery. Both races will be streamed on big screens in the Precious Metal Gallery, surrounded by some of the most priceless race cars of all time. There will also be complimentary gourmet food and an open bar. All attendees will also have the chance to set a lap time in Forza, entering them to win exclusive prizes by Polk Audio & Petersen. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
And, finally, another big event on Saturday night is the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood’s 2016 Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, at Ben Kitay Studios in Hollywood. Ticket prices include lessons (if you need them), tournament play, dinner and two drink tickets. All funds raised benefit the Boys and Girls Club. For more information on this worthy cause, see the Buzz’s June 16 story.
Sunday, June 19
Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day, with options as varied as the dads people will be celebrating. Brunch at your favorite local restaurant is always popular…and, of course, our area has some stellar options. Larchmont Sanctuary Spa is also offering a pampering package for dad, and Fancifull has great dad-themed gourmet gift baskets, in case you’re looking for other ideas.
And finally, our now-weekly reminder: Wilshire Blvd. will be fully closed this weekend, from La Brea to Cloverdale, and from 10 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, as Metro proceeds with Phase 1B of its street-level concrete decking installation, the next big step in the larger subway construction project. See the link above for full closure and detour information, and be sure to plan your local travel accordingly — you don’t waste valuable time with dad stuck in traffic!
Enjoy your weekend!
*Correction: Thrive Decor is offering 60% off in it’s “Final Days” sale, not Thrive Home Furnishings.