This week’s events are still mostly virtual, and include an opportunity to learn about some of Los Angeles’ treasured art deco buildings, as well as the opportunity to see a classic movie inside one of the city’s most beautiful theaters.
Arts & Culture
The Hollywood Legion Theater has been doing drive-in screenings in its parking lot, but this weekend the American Legion Post 43’s gorgeous indoor venue reopens with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest on 35mm film. Catch it on Saturday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday, May 1st, at 11:00 a.m. Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts, Wilkinson College, and the Italian Studies Program present Food and Culture: An Italian Perspective: “a thought-provoking celebration of Italian food culture featuring talks by influencers, scholars, and chefs.” Panels include “Poetry and Meat: Tuscan Traditions,” a conversation with Dario Cecchini, a traditional butcher from Panzano, Italy, featured in the Netflix series Chef’s Table, “America, Italy’s Twenty-First Region: Italian Cuisine from Los Angeles to La Spezia,” and more. The event is free, but reservations are required at the event link above.
If you’re more interested in our local cuisine, on Saturday, May 1st at 12:00 p.m., LACMA presents The Politics of Street Vendors in Los Angeles: “a short documentary series that follows street vendors as they unpack the history of the vending economy in Los Angeles, their efforts to organize and build sustainable businesses, the challenges and threats they face in this work environment, and the great impact the pandemic has had on this community.”
If that’s got you hungry, check out the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays Connected: L.A. at the Intersections series on Friday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. for Culture x Cuisine with chef Roy Choi. The discussion will cover questions such as, “What defines L.A. Cuisine, and how does Los Angeles culture influence it? How have small businesses been affected by the pandemic, especially in communities of color, in L.A. and elsewhere? How are essential workers in the food industry surviving? How does L.A. food help Los Angeles recover?” The event also includes a set from DJ Sammi G, cocktails you can make from home, and a special performance by Automatic.
Chevalier’s events this week includes a Night of Poetry to celebrate Mother’s Day on Monday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m., featuring bridgette bianca, liz gonzález, Gail Newman and Lynne Thompson (who was recently appointed as Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles). Chevalier’s other events for the week are perfect for any New York transplants in your life: Tuesday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m., hear author Thomas Dyja discuss New York, New York, New York, “a lively, immersive history by an award-winning urbanist of New York City’s transformation, and the lessons it offers for the city’s future,” and on Thursday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m., Morgan Matson discusses her new novel Take Me Home Tonight: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps.”
Community & History
On Sunday, May 2nd at 4:00 p.m. join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles virtually to kick off Preservation Month with a toast to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architectural style in a variety of Los Angeles neighborhoods. You’ll see “an ornate Art Deco former candy factory, Deco apartments, a retired airport, a Moderne shopping center in Crenshaw, several schools that “graduated” in Art Deco, a handful of hospitals, churches and more.” They’ve also recruited Vance Daniels of Beelman’s “to create and demonstrate a few cocktails that pay homage to Los Angeles Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture,” which you can make at home.
Possible Worlds, a series co-presented by the Berggruen Institute and UCLA Division of Humanities is back this Thursday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m., with How Will We Live Together, a conversation with architect Alejandro Aravena and UCLA Professor Dana Cuff about “the role of architecture and design in addressing and solving social and political conflicts amidst the great transformations of the 21st century.”
EverWalk, which aims to “change the LA car culture to an LA walking town” is back this week on Saturday, May 1st. Every first Saturday of the month, join the group’s founders Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll as they lead a walk, yoga, and stretching at Pan Pacific Park.
LA City Councilmember Nithya Raman kicks off her series of CD4 Conversations this week with a discussion focusing on homelessness with John Maceri, CEO of the People Concern, on Tuesday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. Register, and submit your questions for the event, here.
And last but not least, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee meets Saturday, May 1st at 9:30 a.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.