Saturday begins this weekend with a bit of local bargain hunting, first at one of Hope Lutheran Church’s big rummage sales, starting at 8 a.m. at 6720 Melrose Blvd. Just in time for Halloween costume planning, or early Christmas shopping, there will be clothing, kitchenware, books on art technique (especially painting and drawing) and – for the collectors – lots of Snoopy memorabilia!
From that sale, it’s just a quick jaunt over to this week’s big estate sale at 846 S. Hudson Ave., which will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The organizers promise “high end” items including dishes and kitchenware, art, books, bric-a-brac, furniture, vintage items, linens and jewelry. They also warn “no early birds,” so please respect the posted start time.
Later, if you have questions or billing issues for the DWP, or if you’d like to pick up a new tree for your property, the LADWP Service Center at 4030 S. Crenshaw, is holding its monthly Customer Service Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff members can take payments, process service order requests, answer billing questions and resolve billing issues. There will be informational tables and displays with helpful information on LADWP programs and services available to customers, as well as sign-up materials and the free trees. To receive a tree, you must be a resident of Los Angeles or own property within the city. Verification will be required (ID/driver’s license or copy of a LADWP utility bill). Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The limit is one per property address.
If you’re in the mood for some even more serious civic engagement, the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and Glassell Park Improvement Association are co-hosting a “Planning & Land Use 101” workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a bit east of us, at the Glassell Park Community Center (3750 Verdugo Rd.), but if you’d like to know more about what’s being built in your neighborhood, what isn’t, and why…this is a great opportunity to learn more about how the city planning process works.
Later, in the opposite direction, the annual Culver City Art Walk takes place from 2-6 p.m. in the Culver City Arts District. The family-friendly event will be centered on Washington Boulevard between Helms and Fairfax Avenues, with a free self-guided tour of art galleries exhibiting new and distinguished artists, musical and dance performances, interactive experiences and special offerings at several area restaurants.
For a different kind of local culture, head over to the 18th annual L. A. Greek Fest in the Byzantine-Latino quarter’s St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave. (the SE corner of Pico & Normandie. Running Friday through Sunday the event is a celebration of Greek and international food, beer and wine, dance and culture, and is billed as the most celebrated Greek festival in Southern California. Hours are 12-11 p.m. on Saturday and 12-10 p.m. on Sunday.
After your big, fat Greek dinner, you can check out the offerings at the 4th annual New Urbanism Film Festival, running Friday through Sunday at various venues. As you might expect, the festival screens short and feature length films on the topic of the built environment…and also includes walking tours, bike rides, art walks, and foodie tours that get audiences out on the town and exploring the city in fun new ways. See the link above for the full schedule.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit spookier, Paramount Studios is offering a special Halloween-season version of its “After Dark” studio tours this month. Called “Tales from the Other Side,” the “enhanced” version of the 2 1/2-hour tour includes special access to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The experience begins with a champagne toast at dusk, and then a walk through the moonlit streets of the Paramount backlot, including “exclusive areas never before seen by the public.” Covering more than 100 years of Paramount history, you’ll see vast sound stages, vintage film vaults, and hidden passageways of the legendary studio. Tickets are $78 per person; advance reservations are preferred, but walk-ups are welcome. Tour times are 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.
Finally, for a more musical cap to your evening, consider the Friends’ of the L.A. River’s Fandango: Take Me to the River , a gala fundraiser celebrating FoLAR’s 30th anniversary and featuring artistic visionary and electronic music pioneer Moby. The event, at L.A. River Studios (2025 N. San Fernando Rd.) in Cypress Park, from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, will include a seven-song set of Moby fan favorites, including “Natural Blues” with the Jason McGee Gospel Choir. The musical performances will be complemented by the exhibitions of four renowned Los Angeles River artists, and FoLAR’s unveiling of the Lewis P. MacAdams River Champion Award, a tribute to thirty members of the community and entities that have supported the organization for the past thirty years. Tickets are available at the link above and sponsorships are available.
On Sunday, you can catch up with any of the multi-day events you missed on Saturday, or try out one of two local, family-friendly art events. First at LACMA, is Andell Family Sundays – Wear Your Bling, where you can tour the special exhibition Beyond Bling, featuring expressive and fun jewelry made out of unusual materials. Then make your on whimsical wearables in an artist-led workshop, try on and take selfies of your creations. Drop in any time from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon; the event is free with museum admission.
Around the same time, and just across the street, the Craft and Folk Art Museum will be holding a Printing with Shadows! Cyanotypes workshop with photographer Meg Madison. Participants will use leaves, twigs, natural fibers, and other materials found in Kay Sekimachi’s current museum exhibit to experiment and learn how to make a cyanotype, a photographic technique that uses sunlight to print. Drop in hours are 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday; admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for CAFAM members.
As usual, we’ll close with our weekly warning about the closure of Wilshire Blvd., between La Brea and Highland…with an added word of caution about some new lane closures for subway-related work (specifically, jet grouting) along Wilshire, between Rossomore and Lucerne. This section will never be fully closed to traffic, but the going could be slow at times.
Have a great weekend…and for even more local events, be sure to check our calendar at http://www.larchmontbuzz.com/calendar-2/ (Also, if you have events you’d like us to add to the calendar, for weekends or any other day, just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.)