Lots of ways to enjoy your coming week – and some can be combined for even more fun. For example, donate blood or get a free COVID-19 vaccination (with a chance to win great prizes)…and then, afterward, reward yourself with Italian or Parisian fare at one of two new brand new restaurants from noteworthy local chefs. Or celebrate the last week of National Adopt a Cat Month…and check out Larchmont’s newest pet-related business to stock up on supplies. We’ve got some great mix-and-match possibilities below.
Arts & Culture
Movies are back at Hollywood Forever Cemetery! The season officially starts on July 4th with Dirty Dancing and fireworks, but you can catch a special Cinespia screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in partnership with LA Pride,on Saturday, June 26th at 9pm (gates at 7:15pm). Get your tickets now!
You can also celebrate the last few days of Pride month with Angel City Brewery and the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Saturday, June 26 from 1-7pm. Enjoy live performances, mural painting and custom silk screening while you throw back a can or two of LGBTQ Pride beer (a wheat ale, brewed with lemon, ginger, blackberries, tea and quinoa). The event is free with RSVP, but first come, first served.
Art lovers, from newbies to seasoned collectors, will enjoy the fifth edition of The Other Art Fair at ROW DTLA from June 24–27. The event showcases 75 independent and emerging artists, “each handpicked by a committee of art world experts.” According to the organizer, Saatchi Art, you can “browse thousands of original artworks across various mediums—painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and more in a range of prices $100 to $10,000. Timed-entry tickets are now on sale with limited capacity—Don’t miss out, book your tickets today!”
From June 25-July 6, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, discover the nearly forgotten Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, which took place over the course of six summer weeks at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). Thanks to Questlove’s Sundance winning music documentary, Summer of Soul, we can all enjoy the great performances by legendary Black artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and The 5th Dimension. Tickets are $18.
On Tuesday, June 29, at 12 p.m., the Ebell of Los Angeles‘ Speaker Series will present “Goddess on Earth,” an online talk with artist/photographer Lisa Levart. Levart’s iconic portraits, multi-media artistry and her new Oracle project “will inspire us to be our most powerful female selves.” Tickets are free, and registration for the Zoom link is available at the event link above.
Community & History
In addition to the last weekend of Pride Month, this is also the last weekend of National Adopt a Cat Month, and to encourage pet adoptions (and celebrate Cat World Domination Day), LA Animal Services is offering reduced adoption fees for cats ($12.50) and kittens ($25) from June 20-26. If you’d like to open your heart and home by adopting a cat and/or kitten, you can view available animals (such as Suki here) at http://laanimalservices.com/adopt. Then call 888-452-7381 to make an appointment to meet your new best friend.
Meanwhile, for the pets you already have, join Tailwaggers and Tailwashers, from now through Sunday, June 27, for the Grand Opening of its new location at 147 N. Larchmont Blvd. You can enjoy free goodie bags, presentations from various pet supply vendors, and even adopt a new best friend!
Food & Fun
For foodies this week, there are a couple of notable new restaurant openings. First, Antico Chef Chad Colby, along with partner Alex Racioppi, has launched a new Italian restaurant in the former Kassi Club at 8422 W. 3rd St. It’s currently open three nights per week for a limited preview of cocktails, wines, and antipasti, inspired by the flavors of Puglia. The full dining experience will be available in early July. Reservations are available 7 days in advance, and a portion of the bar and communal tables will be held exclusively for walk-ins.
Next, Bicyclette, 9575 W. Pico Blvd. (in Beverlywood) is the newest Parisian-inspired restaurant from the chefs behind Republique and Church & State, Walter and Margarita Manzke. Bicyclette will feature two main dining spaces: Bicyclette Bistro and Bicyclette Restaurant. The Bistro is now open Tuesday through Saturday, and the upstairs restaurant will debut later this year. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations are highly recommended.
Also, for some online-based food and fun, the Ebell is hosting a “Sip and Play” happy hour game night – “Mad About Men” – on Wednesday, June 30, at 5 p.m. “Think you know all about the fellas? It could win you a prize during our virtual Happy Hour trivia game, Jeopardy-style. It’s all about the dudes in our lives.” And to help get the summertime groove off to a good start, they’re also providing a recipe – at the event link above – to make your own “MAN-hattan” cocktail. The event is free, but registration is required and the game instructions will be provided after you sign up.
Health & Wellness
If your or someone you know hasn’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, the Hollywood Bowl and LA Philharmonic will be hosting a free pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, June 27th, from 10am – 2pm. Both the Pfizer (two-dose) and Johnson & Johnson (single dose) vaccines will be available, free of charge and regardless of insurance, immigration status, or residency. Also, the first 400 people vaccinated will receive a voucher for two free tickets to a 2021 concert, and others will be entered into a drawing to win one of 100 pairs of tickets provided by the Bowl. You can schedule an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome…and parking is free.
Meanwhile, The Original Farmers Market will host two important health events in the days leading up to the 4th of July holiday.
First, on Wednesday, June 30th, from 9am – 5pm, the Market hosts its second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Rite-Aid. Both the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available. Anyone who receives their free COVID-19 vaccination at the event will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $500 Original Farmers Market gift certificate, or one of ten $100 gift certificates. Vaccination appointments are available here, but walk-ups are welcome, too. Vaccine recipients will also receive both a free all-day parking pass for The Original Farmers Market surface lots, and a Farmers Market tote bag.
Then, on Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2, from 10am – 4pm, the Cedars-Sinai Bloodmobile Bus will be on site at the OFM for urgently needed blood donations. Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is included for all who successfully donate blood, and Cedars-Sinai will also provide each donor with complimentary blood pressure, iron/hematocrit, temperature, and pulse readings. Appointments are available for both Thursday and Friday, but walk-ups are also welcome and encouraged. All donors will receive a free pickle from Kaylin & Hobbs, and will be entered into a drawing for a $40 Original Farmers Market gift certificate. Both the vaccine clinic and the blood drive will be located in front of the Clock Tower.
Meanwhile, if you would like to give blood even sooner, there will also be a Red Cross Bloodmobile parked in front of Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, 331 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Tuesday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can make an appointment here. Larchmont Sanctuary Spa blood drives have collected 121 pints of blood over the past 6 years.
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.