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The Week Ahead – Events for July 31-August 6, 2021


The German film Aimee & Jaguar will be shown this week as part of the Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series presented by the Holocaust Museum LA.


No really huge events or holidays this week, but there’s still plenty to do, including taking in a rather overwhelming amount of art…or trying a new pizza place. There’s also that Caribbean Jerk Fest at Exposition Park, a chance to hear a Holocaust survivor tell his story, crafty summer camps, and lots of baseball.


Arts & Culture


For a big bite of art this weekend, check out the new Gallery Weekend LA, running right now (from Wednesday, July 28-Sunday, August 1) and including more than 90 galleries and art spaces across the city, including several in our local area (see the map at the link above).  There are also lots of events (opening receptions, artist talks, book sales, and more), with times and locations listed on the website.

And if that’s not enough art for you, you can still catch the last few days of the  LA Art Show, Saturday, July 31 from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, August 1 from 12-6 p.m. at the LA Convention Center. More than 120 galleries from more than 20 countries are displaying contemporary artworks in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, fashion, photography, design, video and performance. And all are available for purchase. General admission tickets are $30, but capacity is limited – 15% of all ticket sales will benefit the show’s exclusive charity partner, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

Cinespia movie nights at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery sell out quick, so this is just a heads up for The Big Lebowski screening next Saturday, August 7. Tickets are $22 and still available, but hurry! Gates: 6:45 p.m. and Movie: 8:30 p.m.



Food & Fun


I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about Caribbean food and all its spicy deliciousness, and if you feel the same, head over to Exposition Park this Saturday, July 31 for the 5th annual Roots & Yam Jerk Fest. This two-part event, celebrating Caribbean food and music, will start off with a Food Fest from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and end with a Music Fest from 6-10 p.m. The food part is free, with limited capacity, and family friendly.  The concert part is more for adult, and advanced tickets are required (No tickets will be sold at the door).

And just because I love pizza so much…Pizza lovers (a.k.a. everyone who’s ever lived), it’s time to find your new favorite pizzeria! I’m guessing you’ve ordered quite a few pies during these recent times, and no doubt from the same old place, so why not live a little and try someplace new(ish).  All of these nearby restaurants have opened during the pandemic and seem to be on everybody’s hit list: Thanks Pizza Koreatown, Secret Pizza Hollywood (a mystery man runs it out of his apartment and sells through Instagram), Oste Beverly Grove, Bootleg Pizza Mid-Wilshire, and Brandoni Pepperoni Mid-Wilshire.


Health & Wellness


Everybody knows that a plant-based diet is better for both you and the planet, so do what you know and start eating more plants! And you can put this plan into action at Vegan Playground Summer Nights at Boomtown Brewery this Wednesday, August 4 from 5-9 p.m. This free weekly night market takes place every Wednesday and features 20+ rotating vegan vendors (food and merch), plus music, games and beer. The atmosphere is kid and dog friendly, so make it a date with the family. Located in the Arts District at 700 Jackson Street.  Parking is free and ample.


History & Community


The LAPD Wilshire Division’s National Night Out event resumes this year, on Tuesday, August 3 at Poinsettia Park (7341 Willoughby Ave.), and pandemic being what it is, this years event will do double duty as a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic, coordinated by Cendars Sinai personnel and the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch.  Everyone ages 12 and up is eligible to be vaccinated, though parent or guardian signatures are required for kids under 18.  The evening’s festivities will also include more traditional NNO activities, too, of course – conducted in a COVID-safe fashion.

In a more historical vein, there are two Holocaust Museum LA webinars this week, starting with a virtual screening and panel discussion of Aimee & Jaguar, Thursday, August 5 at 6 p.m., which is part of the Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series. Then, on Friday, August 6 at 11 a.m., listen to 93-year-old David Lenga tell his story on Holocaust Survivor Talk. The museum is open now, too, but at limited capacity. Reserved time tickets are required.


Kids & Family


Makers Mess Mini Makers Summer Art Camps at ROW DTLA continue this week, August 2-6, with Shapes and Sculpture. Campers will “learn about composition and how ordinary objects ‘shape’ your artwork”. Each week has a different theme, with the option do the whole week at $475 or camp a la carte at $95 a day. Hours are M-F from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with early drop off at 9:30 a.m. for an additional $25, and late pick up for $65 until 4 p.m. Mini Makers is for kids ages 4-12, and a mask will be required. Be sure to pack your kiddos a lunch and water, too. Located at 777 S. Alameda St., Space 124, Los Angeles.

As for the promised baseball, there are five more home games this week for Dodger fans, with fireworks after Friday night’s game vs. the Angels. They play Tues. and Wed., August 3-4, against the Houston Astros. Then three games on the weekend vs. the Angels, August 6-8. Tickets start at $35; game times vary.

The Los Angeles Football Club will also be playing at home on Wednesday, August 4, at Banc of California Stadium. Enjoy a warm summer night with family or friends as you watch LAFC take on Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are still available and start at $48. Click here for stadium entry policies.



Local Government


Greater Wilshire Neighborhood CouncilFinally, just one virtual community meeting this week – the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s bimonthly Sustainability meeting, Tuesday, August 3 from 7-9 p.m. Click here for details and supporting documents. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of even-numbered months.


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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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