The 2022 Homeless Count is happening this week and the city still needs volunteers. Check out the details below and sign up today!
We’ve got stuff for homebodies, romantics, do-gooders and artists this week. There’s even a belated Galentine’s Day celebration going on (day-drinking, anyone?). You can exercise your brain with book talks, become a member of LACMA, screen-print a shirt, bathe in the warm glow of candlelight, listen to a Norwegian electronic band in a cemetery, or do whatever else your little heart desires. Check out the events below and have a great week!
[Please note: most venues and events still require masks, proof of full vaccination or negative test results, and some may soon require proof of a booster shot as well. ]
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Become a member of LACMA on Saturday, February 19, if only to take advantage of member previews and exclusives like the one of upcoming exhibit City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907. Placing cinema in the context of 19th-century Parisian visual culture, this exhibit explores how film emerged amid a time of social, political, artistic, and technological advancements. Paintings, sculpture, posters, prints, photography, and film are all brought together to reflect the range of artistic experiments happening at the time. Members receive unlimited access. Advanced timed-entry tickets are required. P.S. There’s lots of other cool stuff going on at LACMA this week, too, click here to view the calendar.
Art and music mini event Frieze LA at MOCA: Geffen Celebration is going down this Saturday, February 19 from 2-5 p.m. Head downtown to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a day of music and screen-printing! The day will feature the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck, the Compton Vegan food truck, screen-printing from The Big Hearted Print Shop, and music by Colored Craig and Linafornia. The Big Hearted Print Shop is open for business from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Bring your own shirt or purchase an upcycled piece from The Shop. Admission is free and no RSVP is required.
The ladies wanted to watch the Super Bowl last Sunday, so Galentine’s Day is coming a week late this year at The Ebell of Los Angeles. Enjoy a Champagne Reception and Matinee Screening of Steel Magnolias on Sunday, February 20 from 2-6 p.m. After an afternoon reception in The Ebell’s historic garden, cry with friends and strangers at a screening of this classic chick flick in the theater. The event screams ladies only, but everyone is welcome. Friends, fam, special someones, etc! The cost is $35 per person.
Chevalier’s Books is back on the list this week with two virtual book talks. The first one is on Tuesday, February 22 at 6 p.m., when Rev. James M. Lawson, Mike Honey, and Kent Wong discuss their book Revolutionary Nonviolence: Organizing for Freedom. Described as a “persuasive account of the philosophy and power of nonviolence organizing, and a resource for building and sustaining effective social movements”, this book is considered a crucial resource for the next generation of activists. This event is free, but don’t forget to RSVP! Order a copy of the book here.
The second Chevalier’s event is on Wednesday, February 23 at 6 p.m., when accomplished Harvard professor, distinguished lecturer, and author Tomiko Brown-Nagin discusses her book Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality. The first major biography of one of our most influential judges – an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary- provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century. This event is free but don’t forget to RSVP! Order a copy of the book here.
Get all romantic again this week, while also celebrating Black History Month, at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Blossom Ballroom on Thursday, February 24. Candlelight: Jazz and the Black Experience is a special series showcasing iconic African American and Black artists such as Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington and more. Relax in the warm glow of the candlelight while you listen to some of the greatest music from the world of jazz. Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis. Tickets start at $35. Showtimes are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bonus: Candlelight: Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole is happening the next night on Friday, February 25. Same place, same time. Be there or be square.
And finally, life’s too short, so go experience something new this week at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which will be hosting Copenhagen-based Norwegian electronic music duo Smerz when they come to our neck of the woods on Friday, February 25. The show will be held in the beautiful and historic Masonic Lodge, and tickets are still available! The cost is $25 and all ages are welcome. Doors open at 8 p.m. Please note: there are no elevators; stairs are required to enter the venue.
History and Community
The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is taking place on February 22, 23, and 24, and covers all of LA County except the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach (which conduct their own counts). The Homeless Count is a vital resource for understanding the scope and nature of homelessness in Los Angeles County and is the largest census taken of people experiencing homelessness in the nation. Please help if you can by signing up to volunteer in either the Greater Wilshire or Mid City West area. Your city needs you! (Note: bring a partner, and all counting is done safely from the comfort of your own car – easy peasy!)
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will have the convening of the Land Use Committee on Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. and the Quality of Life Committee on Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. Click here to view the calendar.
And their close colleague, the Mid City West Neighborhood Council, is assembling for Homeless Count Volunteer Training, February 21-23, for the upcoming Homeless Count 2022 happening on Thursday, February 24 (see section above for more info). The Economic Development Committee will also virtually gather this week to discuss all things economic development on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. Click here for details.