Howdy y’all! Hope all is well in your world and that you’re not letting go of those summer vibes just yet. And here’s why; Chinatown Summer Nights, CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods, Cocktails in Historic Places, Grand Performances: Kamyar, Hollyhock House Lawn Party, Painting Can Save Your Life, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971, and the Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service at Hollywood Forever. Ok, so what I did there was just list all the week’s events in alphabetical order. Hey, we all have our lazy days. Enjoy!
Arts, Culture, Cocktails, and Community
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House, will play host to a Lawn Party this weekend, celebrating the reopening of Barnsdall Park on Saturday, August 20 from 4-8 p.m. Enjoy music and food, including 100 free hotdogs (courtesy of FORT:LA) in honor of Hollyhock’s (2021) centennial, a crafting station, performances from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and a lovely SoCal sunset. So come and bring the kiddos and make it a day! Please note that capacity is limited and first come, first served. This is a free outdoor event; interior spaces will be closed. Hollyhock House is LA’s only UNESCO World Heritage site; self-guided tours are offered Thurs-Sat, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. P.S. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will be back at Hollyhock on September 10 and October 8.
And with mostly bad news being spewed on the daily, I prefer to be the bearer of good news, so I’m writing to tell you that Chinatown Summer Nights and KCRW Summer Nights will collide this Saturday, August 20! Say what?! Described as part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting opportunity for Angelenos to taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; do some shopping; learn a thing or two from cooking demonstrations; get lost in large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sample Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Novena Carmel. Darn, I thought there’d be more going on. Festivities will commence at 5 p.m. and wrap up around midnight.
And the music continues! In partnership with the Farhang Foundation, which celebrates Iranian art and culture, Grand Performances is excited to host international Iranian-born pianist and pop star Kamyar on Saturday, August 20 from 6-10 p.m. Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamyar Ahmadzadeh ‘KamyR’ is a popular Persian vocalist and songwriter, who was raised and educated in France where he began his pursuit of music at the Music Conservatory School. He eventually migrated to the US and joined the Black Cats Band and is now focusing on his solo career. Opening set by DJ Arin. Grand Performances take place at 350 South Grand Ave. in DTLA. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Inspired by the Ciclovía events that started 45 years ago in Bogotá, Columbia, the cities of LA and West Hollywood are bringing you their version, CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods happening this Sunday, August 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is CicLAvia’s 40th Los Angeles event, and as most things get better with age (i.e. me), it gives us all the more reason to come celebrate 6.6 miles of open streets connecting the East and West Hollywood communities, turning car-filled streets into public park space for the day! This is a free event for people of all ages and abilities, with only people-powered vehicles allowed (motorized wheelchairs are the exception). Jog, ride, bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard, and show up anywhere along the route at any time, and be sure to check out the many local gems along the way. CicLAvia helps communities re-imagine a greener and cleaner Los Angeles, while also promoting equitable transportation options, healthier lifestyles, and closer connections to community.
It’s that time again, people! time to dust off your best ’40s inspired garbs and join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for its Cocktails in Historic Places at Idle Hour North Hollywood on Sunday, August 21 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This no-host cocktail party in a 1941 barrel will be held on the bar’s outdoor patio at twilight. No need to RSVP, just show up and have fun! This super cool historic landmark is an example of programmatic architecture, which became popular alongside the growth of car culture in the early ’40s as people began cruising the boulevards in cars instead of on foot. And what better way to attract thirsty customers on their “idle hour”! Cocktails in Historic Places® are for society members and those wishing to learn more about the organization. Vintage attire is admired, but not required. Become a member here.
The Academy Museum’s newest exhibition (and the recipient of the 2018 Sotheby’s Prize), Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971, will finally be open for all to see this Sunday, August 21. Exploring the visual culture of Black cinema from its early days to just after the civil rights movement, Regeneration takes an in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking, highlighting the work of African American filmmakers and visual artists. Bonus: opening day will feature special activities, such as a tap dance workshop and performances by Nicholas Dance Studio, crafting, a curator conversation, and photo ops on the black carpet! All workshops are free and will take place in The Walt Disney Company Piazza from noon – 4 p.m., except for the curator conversation, which will take place in the Ted Mann Theater. A general admission ticket is required. The exhibit will be open through April 2023.
Goodness gracious me, there is quite a bit going on this week at Chevalier’s Books and it will all begin on Sunday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. with Seth Eliot Santoro for Children’s Storytime kicking things off, followed by 3 in-store book talks, including The Bob Dylan Tapes: Friends, Players, and Lovers Talkin’ Early Bob Dylan, and Painting Can Save Your Life: How and Why We Paint by Sara Woster; a painter, teacher, and art evangelist. She believes in art as a form of mindfulness, a ritual for healing, and an outlet for self-expression. Amen, sister! And the Third Street School Fundraiser will be happening from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. Please note that information for all events has not yet been posted on Chevalier’s website. Please check back or call the store for more details.
And wrapping things up in this section of “TWA” is the 95th Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service taking place on Tuesday, August 23 at Noon in Hollywood Forever’s Cathedral Mausoleum. This long-standing tradition will feature video presentations, live music, and readings of Valentino’s poetry. In addition, descendants of the Valentino family will be participating in this year’s tribute to Valentino’s life, work, and legacy. Bonus: Hollywood Forever will also pay special homage this year to the 100th anniversary of the Valentino cinema classic, Blood and Sand. This Paramount picture debuted in 1922 and remains one the silent film era’s most iconic and beloved films. Feel free to dress up in vintage fashion or come just as you are!
Your local NC, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has just two gatherings on the books this week — the Land Use Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Quality of Life Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at 5 p.m. Click here to view the calendar for deets.
And the Mid City West Neighborhood Council will wrap up our events list with a trio of meetings on the sched this week, starting with the Social and Racial Equity Committee on Tuesday, August 23, followed by weekly Wednesday Walks on Wednesday, August 24, and the Executive Council will finish things off for the week on Thursday, August 25. Click here to check Mid City’s calendar for details.
About Julia Christiansen
Julia is a native Angeleno and jack of all trades, having worked in television, visual effects, professional sports, health and wellness, and custom design. She currently resides in El Segundo.