The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and there are lots of ways you can enjoy the festivities safely from home with some take-away treats, or in person watching the awards from your car. And there are also poetry showcases, book events, and more. Since part of the Oscar ceremonies will be broadcast from Union Station, it’s also a good weekend to learn a little bit more about the history of the building and of Downtown.
Arts & Culture
The day before the Oscars, on Saturday, April 24th at 1:00 p.m. join the American Cinematheque for a live panel discussion about The Art of Production Design, featuring the nominees for Best Production Design for The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, News Of The World and Tenet.
Restaurants and bars are also getting into the Oscar spirit. The W Hotel in Westwood, has created cocktails inspired by the nominated films, which you can order at its outdoor bar or make at home. Meanwhile, Lady M Confections has popped up a limited edition popcorn-inspired flavor of its signature mille crepe cakes, and Jar has a special Oscars menu for Sunday.
You can also watch the Hollywood awards ceremony without the hassle of putting on an evening gown or tux, at the Late Night Drive-In Oscar Watch Party on Sunday, April 25th at 5:00 p.m. at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. The event supports FoodCycle LA. Tickets are $50, and you can order dinner and drinks ahead of time or once you arrive.
If you’re looking for something non-Oscar-themed on Sunday, check out the Drive-in Poetry Showcase at the Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School on Sunday, April 25th at 5:30 p.m., to celebrate the end of National Poetry Month. The event is hosted by Shihan Van Clief, and features Rudy Francisco, Matthew Cuban Hernandez, Alyesha Wise, Poetic Moment, Yesika Salgado, Arianna Basco, Fuzzy, with music by DJ Alwayz.
Community & History
Pasadena Heritage’s Spring Home Tour is virtual this year and premiers on Sunday, April 25th, with videos of two more home tours becoming available the last Sundays of April, May and June. The April recording showcases two houses by architect Wallace Neff, “the Edwin and Nannie Neff House was built for Neff’s parents, a very livable California house, combining practicality with romance. Also on tour in April is the exceptional Clark Millikan House, designed in 1931 using the natural contours of the landscape to determine the design of the home.”
Join Esoutouric’s weekly webinar this Saturday, April 24th at 12:00 p.m. for “an immersive cultural, architectural and infrastructural history webinar that peels back the layers of time, urban decay and real estate marketing slogans to reveal the real treasures and secrets of #DTLA.”
Larchmont’s own Chevalier’s Books features one event that also gets in the historic L.A. spirit: a discussion with Ken Bernstein. “A Principal City Planner for the City of Los Angeles and a national advocate for historic preservation shares how Los Angeles has led the nation in historic preservation and shares how other cities can do the same” in his book Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities on Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Chevalier’s presents a “virtual storytime event with human rights lawyer and author Qasim Rashid and bestselling, award-winning author Shannon Hale! Qasim will read from Hannah and the Ramadan Gift, and Shannon will read from Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn.”
For slightly older kids or anyone in your life who loves YA books, join Chevalier’s on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. to hear from Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz, authors of Fade Into The Bright, a “YA contemporary novel about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything.”
The Mayor of Los Angeles has just released his proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and if you have questions about what’s in it and what it means for your community, join the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates for a Town Hall breaking it all down on Saturday, April 24th at 10:00 a.m.