It. Hath. Cometh. With a full orchestra playing in our minds, summertime shenanigans will come to a close with the arrival of this Labor Day weekend. Street fairs and beach time might be at the forefront of your mind, so head on over to Fiesta Hermosa (Hermosa Beach) if you’d like to travel afar. OR you could just stay closer to home and enjoy some of the local happenings below, like the Hollywood Bowl’s annual weekend long tribute to master composer John Williams, the continuation of Cinecon 58 at the Hollywood Legion Theater, Street Food Cinema at the Autry, and the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, amongst others. Free music will also fill the evening air, as will the scent of delicious fares emanating from some of your favorite local food trucks. So go forth, my friends, and conquer!
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
No plans yet for this Labor Day weekend? Then why not join the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl as it celebrates the “Maestro of the Movies” with A Tribute to John Williams at 90. And unless you’re a Gen Z’er (no offense, please don’t cancel me) there’s probably a 99% chance you’ve seen all or most of the following film series: Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones. And what do all of these iconic films have in common, you ask? Well, a score by composer extraordinaire John Williams, of course! This annual celebration of Hollywood’s most influential composer returns for three nights at The Bowl, Friday-Sunday, September 2-4, with The Phil performing some of his biggest movie hits, including selections performed to film clips. Tickets are still available and range from $109-$177.
Street Food Cinema presents cult classic Pulp Fiction this Saturday, September 3, playing outdoors at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park. This isn’t a family film, per se, but you can still bring the older members of the fam along, or go with friends and enjoy a fun filled evening of fresh air, live music, and food trucks, including District Burger, Fun Time Kettle Corn, La La Lasagna, Pearson’s Cajun, and Streets of Vietnam. Advance General Admission tickets are $19 ($24/door) and the Reserved Section is $25 ($30/door). A Special Autry Date Night Package for Two is also available ($199), and includes “Front of house seating,” a Charcuterie Box, Drink Tickets, Popcorn and Candy, and more! Seating is first come, first serve for both GA and Reserved sections. Free parking available. And feel free to bring your own chairs, as long as they’re only 6 inches off the ground. Leashed dogs are welcome. Doors 5:30 p.m. / Band 6:45 p.m. / Movie 8 p.m.
Next venue on the list is The Ford Theater and the event is Flypoet: Summer Classic happening Saturday, September 3. This “high-energy” Flypoet All-Star Spoken Word and Music Showcase is the longest-running, most highly produced event of its kind, featuring leading performers who just happen to be National Spoken Word Champions and Grammy winners, amongst others. The show starts at 8 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $50-$120. Then, on Sunday, September 4, bring the kiddos on over for LA Soundscapes with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. First performed in 1981, for LA’s Bicentennial, the BBMT brings their tribute to LA to The Ford, featuring dozens of hand-crafted marionettes delighting audiences with the history of this great city. Recommended for kids ages 3–11. Tickets are $10 (Get up to two free kids tics with every full-priced ticket). Pre-concert activities including crafts and interactive fun stuff start at 9 a.m. Show starts at 10:30 a.m. P.S. A free shuttle to the theater is available with no reservations required.
KCRW Summer Nights and Grand Performances are collaborating once again this weekend on a full night of free music with Allison Russell headlining on Saturday, September 3 from 6-10 p.m. For the second iteration of this magical musical collaboration, KCRW and Grand Performances are proud to co-present Allison Russell, ÌFÉ and opening DJ sets from KCRW’s Raul Campos. Please RSVP at Eventbrite. For Location, Parking & FAQ, click here. Allison Russel is a poet, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, and co-founder of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago.
Come one come all to the Levitt Pavilion this Saturday, September 3 for the 28th edition of the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture! Presented by the fine folks of FilAm ARTS (The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture), FPAC is SoCal’s longest-running Filipino cultural festival, and since its inception, “FPAC has given countless artists various opportunities to amplify the voices of Filipino-Americans and Filipinos in the diaspora.” The Festival will feature curated food booths and merchandise booths, a VIP rum/craft beer garden, a community pavilion, a Children’s Pavilion with Filipino children’s books for sale from Philippine Expressions Bookshop, a vaccine clinic provided by LA County, a DWP free Mobile Water trailer (to reduce plastic waste for the day), and a Sari-Sari art installation by artist Francis Gum. The event is FREE and open to all. The party will start at 4 p.m. and wrap up around 10 p.m.
If you’re in the mood for love and/or art this weekend, then head on over to LACMA for the opening of its newest exhibit, Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising. Open to the public starting Sunday, September 4, the exhibit traces “the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language. Since the 1970s, creative innovations led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, as photo-based artists reworked advertising strategies to challenge the increased commodification of daily life, and later to appropriate the command these images have over the viewer and consumer.” Well said. The exhibit closes on December 18. Museum hours vary; closed on Wednesdays.
Thanks to the Hollywood preservation specialists over at Hollywood Heritage, the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival continues its yearly Labor Day weekend tradition at the Hollywood Legion Theater, happening now through Monday, September 5. For more than half a century people have come together at Cinecon to celebrate their mutual love of nostalgia and classic cinema. Archivists, authors, collectors, and film fans unite for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and more! (Click here for the full lineup). In addition to this 5-day movie marathon, special programs like Soundies and Jukebox Shorts of the 1940s (Saturday, Sept. 3) and a Prop Masters Guild Presentation (Sunday, Sept. 4) will also be happening simultaneously at the Hollywood Heritage Museum across the street. Check the schedule for details.
Chevalier’s Books is on point again this week with veteran music journalist Caryn Rose, in-store, discussing and signing her book, Why Patti Smith Matters on the evening of Tuesday, September 6. Punk rock poetess Patti Smith “embodied the ‘nothing-to-hide’ rawness of punk, and nurtured a place in society for misfits of every stripe. And (in this biography) Rose contextualizes Smith’s creative work, her influence, and her wide-ranging and still-evolving impact on rock and roll, visual art, and the written word” (Fun Fact: this is the first book about Smith written by a woman). Register here. Then, on the evening of Thursday, September 8, Satya Doyle Byock will be on hand and in-store discussing and signing her book Quarter-Life: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood, in which an innovative psychotherapist tackles the overlooked stage of quarter life and provides us with a “fascinating guide” (Register here). Please note that masks are required for all in-store events.
As this weekly roundup of events comes to a close, along with the summer season, you best jazz it up while you can, people! And on Friday, September 9 you can do just that at another Jazz at LACMA happening, taking place outdoors on the museum’s main plaza from 6-8 p.m. Come out to Miracle Mile for one of the most in-demand saxophonists of his generation, Danny Janklow, “an internationally recognized sensation”. Primarily a touring and recording artist, his music has been described by DownBeat magazine as “beautifully articulated with lyrical sensibility.” Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Please note that masks are required in all indoor spaces, including restrooms.
Your local NC, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has just one on the books this week, and it’s a Resilience Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. Click here to view the calendar for deets.
And the Mid City West Neighborhood Council will start the week with a HRRRTs Committee (Homelessness, Refugees, and Renters’ Rights) meeting on Monday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m., and wrap up mid-week with its weekly Wednesday Walks on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. 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.