There are a few ways to celebrate Black History Month this week with food, music, movies, and of course football, if you’re looking to get in the Super Bowl spirit.
Arts & Culture
On Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m., do dessert with LACMA as chef Jocelyn Ramirez of Todo Verde, a plant-based Mexican food company, teaches you to make Vegan Coconut Flan inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes).
Another food-related event happening on Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m., in honor of Black History Month, is From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family from The Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The panel includes Gina Paige, CEO and founder of African Ancestry; Carla Hall, author and chef; Stephanie Evans, author and scholar from George State University; and Daphne Maxwell Reid, actor and author, “discuss the role that food has played in Black family life throughout the diaspora.”
You can also celebrate Black History Month with the L.A. Rams, who have “partnered with Black artists living in LA to help us tell three powerful stories about people who are part of the Rams family—one of Leadership, one of Community, and one of Commitment.” The first film, available to watch now on the Rams’ site, focuses on Los Angeles Rams LB Micah Kiser who “talks about what Black History Month means to him, and details his time at the University of Virginia during the 2017 violence in Charlottesville.”
On Saturday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m., in honor of what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, Live Talks LA presents a conversation between Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son and “an eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon” and author Malcom Gladwell about Marley’s book Bob Marley: Portrait of the Legend. Tickets start at $10.
At the same time – Saturday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m. – you can join KCRW Virtual Cinema for a free advance virtual screening of Judas and the Black Messiah, followed by a Behind the Screens conversation with the film’s director Shaka King. RSVP is required.
Community & History
Chinese New Year is coming up, and Chunky Paper, “an art project celebrating Asian + American culture” is showcasing Asian American artists in a Chinatown pop-up through February 15th. Handmade red envelopes and art are available for purchase.
The Heritage Square Museum is reopening this weekend for outdoor walking tours of its collection of 19th Century buildings. “With a disposable printed guide in hand, view our lovely historic buildings from the outside, stroll through our beautiful grounds and take a look at our garden in progress. Bring a picnic and relax, check in with the museum cat Belle and say hello to our chickens!”
If you want to learn even more about preservation in Los Angeles, join Esotouric on Saturday, February 6 at 12 p.m. for its weekly webinar: Esotouric Celebrates Los Angeles Historic Preservation, 1900s-1980s. The tour company will tell “the stories of the passionate, colorful and just plain cranky folks who took a stand for our shared history and left the city better than they found it. You’ll also learn about the public policy wonks who shaped one of the nation’s earliest and strongest preservation ordinances, ensuring that some very special landmarks and landscapes were preserved.”
On Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. join the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles for a discussion on the Impact of November 2020 Ballot Measures on Equity and Justice, to help better understand “how ballot results impact equity and justice in Los Angeles communities.”
And finally, Everyone In presents Stories From The Frontline: Small Businesses Edition on Wednesday, February 10th at 12:00 p.m., to hear people on the front lines of homelessness tell their stories. This is the 15th installment of the series and “will focus on the connection between small businesses and homelessness.”
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has an Outreach Committee meeting on Saturday, February 6th at 9:30 a.m., and a General Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
About Julia Moser
Julia Moser is a freelance writer and producer who grew up in Windsor Square. She recently moved back home after living in New York where she worked as a producer for BuzzFeed News' AM to DM and Good Morning America.