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The Week Ahead – Events for August 28-September 3, 2021

The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is back in person this year, taking place on Saturday at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall on Crenshaw Blvd.

This week, you’ll be sure to win the best dressed award after shopping the Unique Markets Pop-Up at ROW DTLA. Then show off your style at not one, but two jazz events, followed by a catwalk of custom cars at the Petersen Museum.  And, if you haven’t already done so, go get yourself vaccinated at Hollywood United Methodist Church this Sunday, and wear that band-aid (the year’s ultimate fashion accessory) with pride.


Arts & Culture


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If you’re up for outdoor musical performances this weekend, the Leimert Park Jazz Festival is once again live this year, on Saturday, August 28 at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza mall.  The free, family-friendly event grew out of a 2015 block party in Leimert Park, which later added a jazz stage that soon became the main focus of the event.  Last year, due to the pandemic, the festival was virtual, but this year it’s back on a live stage, resuming its mission to “build and strengthen community while celebrating and showcasing the artistic and cultural spirit of the historic Leimert Park neighborhood in South Los Angeles.”  Also, in addition to the great jazz performances (see image at right) there will be areas for community resources, health and wellness, visual arts, and food trucks.  A great way to wind down your summer in style.

And speaking of style, outdoor shopping is back this weekend, too, as the Unique Markets Pop-Up returns to ROW DTLA, Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Discover your new favorite brands while lending a helping hand to small businesses. There will be plenty of space for social distancing, and more than 100 curated vendors, including a Shake Shack pop-up. Enjoy complimentary beverages, music, free photobooth shenanigans, and for VIPs – a special rooftop lounge. Tickets for this family friendly event start at $10. Note that capacity is limited and masks required. Park at 777 S Alameda St.<; entrance is on The Narrows.

Also downtown, and getting back into the music groove, check out  California Plaza, where Hello Stranger presents Suavecito at Grand Performances on Saturday, August 28 from 6-10 p.m. The night will feature soulful and psychedelic sets by Brainstory, Chola Orange & Shiro Schwarz, along with that warm fuzzy feeling of a bygone era. The brainchild of LA native Angela Romero, Hello Stranger began as a simple music/food event and has since become a “multi-branch organization,” that includes a non-profit, a media company, a production company, and a brand management company. This is a free event for all ages; click here to RSVP.

Next, on Sunday, August 29, Lay your eyes on “some of the most refined driving and racing machines ever made” at Magnus Walker’s Outlaw Gathering, hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum, from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy a morning saunter through rows of custom cars and a book signing with Magnus Walker, plus complimentary parking and coffee. Magnus Walker coloring books and custom Hot Wheels cars will be given out, too! Masks are required. The museum’s Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibit will also be coming to a close on Sunday, so why not check it out before it’s gone…you know you want to. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; reserved tickets are required.

And later in the week, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be showcasing more of LA’s finest jazz musicians, with its 30th season of Jazz at LACMA (Limited Edition), starting Fri, September 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tap your feet to the lively, rhythmic sounds of Larry Nash & The Jazz Symphonics while sitting among an intimate audience on the museum’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. Renowned pianist Larry Nash, who for decades has been performing and recording with big name musicians (including Etta James, Joni Mitchell, and Bill Withers), along with saxophonist Rickey Woodard and an all-star rhythm section, will be bringing the jazz this week. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. Limited tickets will be available online starting Tues, Aug 31 at 10 a.m.


Community & History


For some more local bargain hunting on Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29, check out what is calling “the Chateau Gonzollo Collection” – a two-day estate sale “at the unbelievably chic Chateau Gonzollo, right in the center of one of Hancock Park’s swankiest blocks.” According to the listing, “The home was dreamily designed and aspirationally decorated by power husbands Joey Gonzalez (CEO of Barry’s Bootcamp) and Jonathan Rollo (Chef and CEO of Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails). The collection is filled with gorgeous decor, fabulous men’s fashion, Restoration Hardware’s greatest hits, and very special, one-of-a-kind antiques.”  The specific address will be available on the website after 7 a.m. on Saturday.  More than 100 preview photos are also available at the event link above.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.


Food & Fun


On Saturday, August 28 at Banc of California Stadium, the Los Angeles Football Club will take on its crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy, at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $100 and are still available…but don’t delay, this is a match you won’t want to miss! All attendees must be fully vaccinated, show proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hrs, or agree to wear a mask the entire game.

And there’s also more Dodgers action for you, from August 28-31, with two games vs. the Colorado Rockies on the weekend, and two vs. the Atlanta Braves on Mon and Tues night. Game times vary. There are more promotions this week, too:  Sunday is USC Day, Mookie Betts Bobbleheads for all on Monday, and Filipino Heritage Night is on Tuesday. To receive promotional items for USC Day and Filipino Heritage Night, you will need to purchase a special ticket. Kids ages 5-14 will also get a chance to run the bases after Sunday’s game.


Health & Wellness


Etherica returns to Pan Pacific Park with a new theme this week, Inner Peace: Let Go of Anything that is Out of Alignment. This spiritual sound healing event will be happening on Sunday, August 29, from 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. The night will include a light body warm up, breathwork, guided meditation, sacred instruments and a sound bath. The experience will take place outside in the amphitheater, so be sure to bring a yoga mat and warm blanket. There is plenty of room for social distancing, but please bring a mask for arrival and check-in. And if you can’t make it this time, stay tuned, they’re likely to add more dates in the future. Also available online via Zoom. Tickets start at $15.

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And don’t forget that Hollywood United Methodist Church will be hosting a free vaccination clinic, Ring for the Vaccine, on Sunday, August 29 from 12-5 p.m. As the event’s name suggests, the church’s historic tower bell will ring every time someone gets their shot, with the goal to get at least 100 people vaccinated. LA City Councilmember Nithya Raman and the church’s Associate Pastor Birdie Roberts will be there to get things started. So if you haven’t already been vaccinated, get on over to Hollywood United this Sunday to ring the bells! (And if you need a bit more encouragement, check out this video message from actress and church member Pauley Perrette, who sadly lost her father to COVID-19 earlier this year.)


Local Government


Finally, local government is in full effect this week, starting with the Mid City West Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety and Well-Being Committee meeting, Monday, August 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. Click here for details. And don’t miss the Planning and Land Use Committee meeting later in the week on Thursday, September 2 from 6:30-9 p.m. Click here for details and meeting agenda.

Greater Wilshire Neighborhood CouncilAnd on Wednesday, September 1, drop in on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s monthly Resilience Committee meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Click here for details and supporting documents.



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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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