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The Week Ahead – Events for October 23-29, 2021

The Larchmont Blvd. retail district – dressed for the holiday season here in the 1950s – will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Sunday.

This week brings us a big local anniversary celebration, lots more Halloween-themed events, and plenty of other activities including poetry, history, art, animal adoptions and more.  We’ll keep you busy!


History & Community


We’re moving this category to the top this week because the big event, taking place on Sunday, October 24, is the 100th Anniversary of our very own Larchmont Blvd. business district, which will be commemorated with a special Larchmont 100 Centennial Celebration starting at 11 a.m. near the Larchmont Farmers’ Market.  Invited dignitaries will include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Nithya Raman, California State Senator Ben Allen, and California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, along with representatives of several local neighborhood associations,  LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Sonja Monico, and LAFD Chief Robert Takeshita. There will also be celebratory cupcakes, and an official dedication of the new street tree at 141 N. Larchmont.  Oh, and of course, you’ll also find the Buzz nearby – with co-publisher Patty Lombard at Chevalier’s Books signing copies of her book, Larchmont – a pictorial history of the area and its development.

Meanwhile, another great way to brush up on your local history is with one of LA’s most unique events – the annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, today, September 23 at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.  Billed as “The Story of LA.  All Day.  All in One Place,” the event was all virtual last year, due to the pandemic, but this year’s installment will include “both virtual programs with local authors, community leaders, and (of course) archivists, as well as onsite presentations by Basement Tapes Day and Home Movie Day; and over 40 exhibitors from all over Southern California that represent archive collections from local communities, academia, and cultural heritage organizations.”

Meanwhile, if you’d rather shed than collect old documents, Hancock Homes Realty is holding its periodic Community Shred Event, today, Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Just call (323) 462-2748, then bring your documents to the Hancock Homes office at 501 N. Larchmont Blvd. to safely and securely dispose of them.

Finally, you may not think of pet adoptions when you think of fall, but what better companion to help comfort you through the season’s spookiness than a new furry friend?  LA Animal Services is inviting you to “‘Fall in Love’ this weekend” with discounted adoption fees at the city’s six shelters on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24.  Fees for adult dogs will be just $51 (not including license), puppies are $75, and fees for cats and kittens will be waived entirely thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA.   To visit a shelter and meet the animals, schedule an appointment here, and don’t forget to consider the shelters’ “Underdogs,” older pets and/or those with special needs who are harder to place.  (Subaru will be donating $100 to a local shelter for every underdog adopted this weekend.)


Arts & Culture


Next, getting more creative, you can tune in to the Craft Contemporary’s website on Saturday, October 23 from 6-7 p.m. for a (free) special live virtual event, The Craft of Poetry. This ongoing series of poetry readings, in collaboration with the Ruskin Art Club and Denenberg Fine Arts, is back this month with Witch Craft: Contemporary Poets Respond to the Art of Moffat Takadiwa. A native of Zimbabwe, Takadiwa specializes in large-scale sculptural pieces that mostly consist of discarded materials, such as plastic bottles, toothbrushes, and computer waste. For this round of readings, three well known SoCal poets, Sara Borjas, F. Douglas Brown, and inaugural Poet Laureate for Orange County, Natalie Graham will compose new poetry based on the themes of Takadiwa’s current Witch Craft: Rethinking Power installation at the Craft Contemporary. 

The 10th Annual European Car Show (and fundraiser for the Petersen Automotive Museum), is back on Sunday, October 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Spectators can look forward to a nice mix of Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, MINI, Volvo, Mercedes, and more.  There will also be expanded vendor booth displays (outdoors), plus a Forza Video Game Challenge, and kids’ activities in the Pixar Cars Room located inside the museum. The show itself is free, but participation in any indoor happenings will require a general admission ticket, which can be purchased the day-of the event (advanced ticket purchase is required on regular days). The cost is $17 for adults, $12 for children, and $15 for seniors. 

The Holocaust Museum LA has two events this week, starting with a Geneology Research for 2G Families: Research for Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants webinar on Sunday, October 24 at 4 p.m.  Tragically, many Holocaust survivors left Europe with no physical traces of the lives and family members they lost. In this webinar, experienced genealogist and member of the museum’s education department Michael Morgenstern will share research tactics, along with examples of documents (notably photographs) he’s discovered for survivors in the community.

Next, on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m., The Holocaust Museum LA presents The Art of the Next Generation.

Halloween This Week


In the spirit of the season, LACMA will hold a Day of the Dead family night on Saturday, October 23, from 7-9:30 p.m., at Grand Park DTLA.  Come celebrate this beautiful Mexican tradition with art-making activities for all ages.  It’s a free, in-person, drop-in event.

After working at Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion for 22 years, first-time author Clete Keith decided to write a book about the many stories he’s heard about the famous – and possibly haunted – landmark, as well as his own spooky experiences.  On Wednesday, October 27, at 7 p.m.,  the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society will feature Keith’s presentation of Ghosts of Greystone-Beverly Hills, billed as “a landmark exposé of eyewitness accounts detailing supernatural activity associated with this extraordinary location.”  Tickets are $10-$49 and available here.

And the Los Angeles Zoo is full of Halloween spirit until the end of the month, with Boo at the Zoo. Enjoy special weekend entertainment and activities, including open-air live shows, special animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more…including free trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo. Costumes are encouraged! Daily fun through October 31, 10 a.m.< - 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).  All activities are included with regular-priced Zoo admission.

For architecture fans, Friends of Residential Treasures LA (a.k.a. FORT: LA) is currently offering a spooky 12-stop, self-guided, go-whenever-you-want architectural walking “Trail”  through Hancock Park this month. Registration is $50 and includes a FORT:LA tote bag (undoubtedly handy for Halloween treats).

And finally, scary screenings still abound around town, including Frankenstein (1931) and Dracula (1931) in 35 mm at the on Sunday, October 24, and  A Nightmare on Elm Street at The Roosevelt Theater also on Sunday. Next, American Cinematheque presents 4K restorations of horror classics Possession and Cure at the Los Feliz Theater, Monday, October 25. And The Shining plays at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Tropicana Pool on Tuesday, October 26. Finally, will be playing spooky movies all month long.


Local Government 


There’s just one meeting for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council this week, with the Land Use Committee convening on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. (Click here for the agenda and supporting documents.)

But there are four meetings for the Mid City West Neighborhood Council, beginning on Monday, October 25 with the Arts and Recreation Committee from 6-7 p.m. (click here for details). Then there’s the Social and Racial Equity Committee on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (click here for details). The <Economic Development Committee meets on Wednesday, October 27 from 7-10 p.m. (click here for details). And the week wraps up for the MCWNC on Thursday, October 28 with the Executive Council from 7-9 p.m. (click here for details).


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Julia Christiansen
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.

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