With most events still taking place in virtual space, and many of them happening both during the week and on weekends, we’ve collected a list of some interesting, informative and fun ways to stay in touch with our local organizations this week :
This evening, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Transportation Committee will discuss proposals for a new Fourth Street Bike “Greenway” (with new signal lights at the intersections of 4th St. and Highland Ave., and 4th St. and Rossmore Ave.), a new crosswalk on Melrose Ave. at Orange Dr., new traffic safety mitigations at the intersection of Melrose and Highland Aves., and the proposed closure of Orange Dr. at Wilshire Blvd. for the construction of subway appendage structures. The meeting will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 27.
On Tuesday, July 28, the GWNC’s Land Use Committee will discuss several current projects and issues, including a new apartment project at 3323 W. Olympic Blvd., a new 6-story multi-family project at 851 S. Manhattan Pl., and the use of a single family home as a “party house” at 310 N. Lucerne Blvd. The meeting will take place via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.
And on Wednesday, July 29, the GWNC will have a Special Board meeting to discuss several administrative issues that were not addressed at its last regular session, due to the length of the meeting. Details can be found on the agenda. The meeting will take place via Zoom on at 7 p.m.
Community & History
On Wednesday, July 29, at 12 p.m., Metro will present “The Spirit and Legacy of Asian American Activism in the 60s and 70s.” Poet, writer, community leader and member of the Little Tokyo Historical Society Miya Iwataki will talk about her experience as an Asian American activist during the 1960s and ’70s, and how that community activism is alive in Little Tokyo today. She will also present a poem to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Please RSVP at the event link above to receive the link to the online talk.
On Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m., you can join LACMA for a virtual exploration of Leimert Park, the center of “historical and contemporary African American art, music, and culture in Los Angeles.” The tour guides include Patrisse Cullors, activist, artist, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter; Kaya Dantzler, co-lead organizer of We Love Leimert; Sherri Franklin, CEO of Urban Design Center; Barbara Morrison, founder of the California Jazz & Blues Museum; artist Alison Saar; and Milan Wilkinson, co-owner of Sikas.
Arts & Culture
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles will hold a virtual lecture, “Wisdom Kings,” as part its four-part series, “The Who’s Who of Japanese Deities,” which introduces the categories of Buddhist deities and the iconography of specific figures. The talk will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. The event is free, but registration is required at https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture63 A link to the event will be send to registrants the day before the lecture.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Public Library has a huge list of online offerings every week, from both the Central Library and its many branches. Highlighted this week are Hula o Hoaloah, about Hawaiian music, culture and dance (streaming on Tuesday, July 28 at 4 p.m. on Instagram, @lapubliclibrary), an Anime Drawing with Carlos Nieto session on Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m. (also on InstagramLive, @lapubliclibrary), and Nutrition and Healthy Cooking, in which Lily Padilla teaches (in Spanish) about the benefits of nutritional cooking. That one will run on Thursday, July 30, at 4 p.m., on both Facebook Live and YouTube Live, @lapubliclibrary.
Also, Larchmont’s own Chevalier’s Books has some great book talks this week, including: “Twighlight of Democracy” author Anne Applebaum in conversation with David Frum (author of “Trumpocalypse”), on Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m...a reading, discussion and Q&A with “A Star is Bored” author Byron Lane, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday...and, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m., “Union” authors Jordan Blashek and Christopher Haugh discuss their “travel across America, on a deeply personal journey through the heart of a divided nation…to find growth, hope and fundamental strength in their own lives.” Zoom links are available at the event links above.
Have a great week!