Calling all car, poetry, beer, yard sale, and Hitchcock buffs — man, do we have a week for you! Whether you’re an all around buff or just a buff of one, there’s a little something for everyone. The LA Auto Show is opening at the LA Convention Center, Brewsology Beer Fest is going down at the California Science Center, Poetry Night will be on point in the Village at Chevalier’s Books, and more. And just one heads-up this week: The Great LA Walk will be taking place next weekend on Saturday, November 20.
Arts & Culture (& Beer)
I’m going to start your week off right by telling you about Neighborhood Newsy 2021, a local play written by The Buzz’s very own theater writer Laura Foti Cohen. This weekend (via Zoom) is your time to enjoy an “edgy satire based on NextDoor and the kind of craziness neighbors share online about homelessness, property values, dog poop and vaxxing.” There will be two performances, one on Saturday, November 13 at 4 p.m., and the other on Sunday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The cost is pay-what-you-want, and running time is about an hour. Visit www.NeoEnsembleTheatre.org< for tickets. Bonus: This show is a sequel to last year’s Neighborhood Newsy: Zoom Edition, which you can watch on YouTube.
And Saturday, November 13 keeps getting better with Brewsology Beer Fest at the California Science Center, happening from 7-11 p.m. This “boozy hybrid of your middle school museum field trip” (I love that description) is taking over the Science Center after hours, and will feature dozens of local craft breweries and cideries and give attendees access throughout the museum, including exhibits, science demonstrations and access to brewery reps. General admission tickets are $50 (8-11 p.m.) and VIPs are $65 (7-11 p.m.) – which will also give you the chance to try specialty beers only poured for the first hour. Advanced ticket purchase is required. This is a 21 and over event and all attendees must be fully vaccinated. Bonus: Designated Driver tickets will be sold at the door for $20.
Chevalier’s Books is bringing the heat again this week with three free in-store events, starting on Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. with writer and lawyer Joan Nockels Wilson and her book The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me, which follows her harrowing quest to track down and confront the priest who molested her brother. Pre-order a signed copy of the book here and please RSVP. Next, is Poetry Night on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of readings from four very accomplished poets (RSVP).
Lastly, but not least, on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m., join fellow New Yorker fans and one of the magazine’s most beloved cartoonists, Joe Dator, as he talks about his book Inked: Cartoons, Confessions, Rejected Ideas, and Secret Sketches. Pre-order a signed copy of the book here and kindly RSVP.
For the Alfred fans, November Hitchcock Fest has begun at Hollywood Legion Theater, with a 7:30 p.m. showing of Rear Window in 4K on Friday, November 19 at the indoor theater, and a drive-in showing at 8 p.m. Watch in suspense as a wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Ticket prices vary for the indoor theater; cost for drive-in tickets start at $30 per vehicle, and includes candy, soda, and unlimited popcorn for each person. PS All indoor theater goers must be fully vaccinated.
Lastly for A&C, the LA Auto Show is one of the world’s largest and it’s happening at the LA Convention Center starting next Friday, November 19 and running through Sunday, November 28. Browse through a convention center-sized display of the latest and greatest in auto tech, cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more. Enjoy free test drives, celebrity appearances, interactive drive experiences, virtual reality and gaming, pet adoptions, and a chance to support kids with cancer through the Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) foundation) by bringing a Hot Wheel toy to the Toyota booth. Ticket prices range from $6 (kids 6-12) to $20 (13-64) to $95 (VIP). Kids under 6 are free. Please note that there will be no on-site cash sales, tickets must be purchased in advance or by using a credit card at the door.
History & Community
Making good on my promise to yard sale buffs…there will be a multi-family yard sale happening this Saturday, November 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The sale will span Bronson Ave. from Wilshire to 9th street, with all kinds of treasures to be found, and if a slight chance of rain pans out, the event will take place the next day on Sunday the 14th. So come support your neighbors and find something special, because as you know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Another great shopping opportunity (and, yes, holiday shopping season appears to be upon us already) is Temple Israel of Hollywood’s annual Chanukah Marketplace on Sunday, November 14, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The TIOH tradition will be held both in person and online this year, benefiting all three schools run by TIOH, “in a festive atmosphere designed to relieve the stress of the season and that proudly supports local artisans and small businesses.” Among the fun things you’ll find: a variety of gift vendors, complimentary adult beverages, mini chair massages, boxed lunches and tasty treats, a TIOH talent show, and an online raffle with “exceptional, experiential prize packages.” For more information, see the event link above or contact [email protected].
And here’s that heads-up I mentioned for The Great LA Walk, taking place next Saturday, November 20 at 9 a.m. This 16th annual exploration event will retrace the steps of the city’s original setters (Los Pobladores) in honor of LA’s 240th birthday. The 13-mile walk (not a race; go at your own pace) will start at the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel and end in DTLA, the same route the founders took in 1781. To join in, email the event organizing folks at [email protected] (yes, it’s mail not gmail) to RSVP. But no worries if you don’t; you can just show up too. You can also check out the event’s Facebook page for more information. Participants must be fully vaccinated. The walk is completely free, all ages are welcome, and it’s up to you to decide how much or how little of the journey you want to make.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will be having another Ad Hoc Neighborhood Purposes Grant Committee meeting this month on Monday, November 15 from 8-9 p.m. Zoom links and supporting documents have not yet been posted. Then, on Wednesday, November 17 there will be an EV vs. Gas Vehicles Town Hall with location and exact time TBD. Check the council’s calendar for details closer to the dates.
Next up for LG, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles will be hosting an informative meeting at 2:30 p.m. The event will feature guest speaker, attorney, author, law professor, and Dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law Erwin Chemerinsky.
Finally, we come to the conclusion of this week’s events with the Mid City West Neighborhood Council, which has a full calendar of meetings this week starting Monday, November 15 – Thursday, November 18. The committees will meet in the following order: Economic Development, Public Safety and Well-Being, Transportation and Sustainability, Outreach and Civic Engagement. Check out Mid City’s calendar for meeting agendas and details on how to join.