So much to do, so little time, is my theme for this week, with lots of happenings happening all around. From indie electronic music to stimulating book discussions, to a beer fest and olive oil tasting, there’s definitely something for everyone. Not to mention a historical walking tour around Windsor Square, and a unique fitness class at ROW DTLA, whatever your preference, you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Arts & Culture
There’s something on the calendar almost every day this week at LACMA, starting Saturday, Sept. 18. Jazz at LACMA has, unfortunately, sold out this week, but you can still enjoy members-only previews, workshops, harp music, art classes and camps, and a myriad of talks on a wide range of subjects, including a virtual art chat for individuals with early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Museum hours vary; advance timed-entry tickets are required. Become a member here.
And Grand Performances is bringing it again this week, with a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, Sept. 18 from 6-10 p.m. In honor of this very significant day in Mexico’s history, Afro-Latin artists Buyepongo and Quitapenas will engage in competitive back-to-back sets. Comic personalities Jovita Trujillo and Diosa from Women of Color Anonymous will also be co-hosting. This is a free outdoor event for all ages; RSVP here. Then, on Friday, Sept. 24> from 6-10 p.m., Grand Performances will be “teaming up with KCRW’s Summer Nights for a special night featuring indie electronic singer, percussionist and activist, Madame Gandhi, with a full band performance, along with DJ sets from KCRW’s Anne Litt and Valida”. This is a free outdoor event for all ages; RSVP here.
For entertainment a little closer to home, the Wilshire Ebell Theater< will be hosting An Evening with Miki Howard & Friends (One Night Only, A Blessed Event!), Saturday, Sept. 18 from 6:45 – 9:45 p.m. The evening will feature “The Cherrelle,” Tony Walk, and comedian host Louis Dix, with special guests Bo Henderson, comedian Jay Lamont, and special appearance by singing group Futrell. Tickets range from $60-$120. Please note that there will be open seating within your ticket section, so early arrival is suggested; doors open at 6:15 p.m. The Theater is located at 4401 West 8th Street; masks are required.
Chevalier’s Books is blowing up this week with four events on the calendar, starting Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., with an online discussion about Stephen J. Pyne’s book, Pyrocene. Join the author (who’s also a Professor Emeritus and MacArthur Fellow), in conversation with David Carle, while he discusses humanity’s relationship with fire. Buy a copy of the book here; please RSVP. Next up is the first in-store event of the week, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., with author Matthew Witten (and Naomi Hirahara), as he talks about his book The Necklace. Buy a signed copy of this “fast-paced thriller” here; please RSVP.
Chevaliers’ conversations continue in-store on, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., with >Cambria Gordon (and Howard Gordon) and her young adult/crossover novel . Buy a copy of “this lyrical portrait of hidden identities and forbidden love” here>; please RSVP. And lastly, join author Rachel Kushner (and Mitchell Kamin) in-store Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., while they discuss The Hard Crowd. Buy a copy of “a career spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture” here; please RSVP.
Finally in the culture category, make your way over to Fourth Fridays at The Broad next Friday, September 24 from 5-8 p.m.,> on the museum’s East West Bank Plaza. Enjoy DJs, dancers, artwork, and food (at the neighboring contemporary American restaurant, Otium). This is a free outdoor/indoor event, but visitors must >reserve tickets to enter the museum during extended hours, which are released the Friday before each event at 12 p.m. On view in the galleries will be the Invisible Sun exhibit, plus “in-depth installations” of works by Jean Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. The entertainment will include back-to-back sets by DJs, Linafornia and Smiley, spinning lover’s rock, dub reggae, R&B, hip hop, and everything in between, with dancer Haniyyah Tahirah and percussionist M’Baye Campbell-Kante, performing periodically on the first floor of the El Anatsui and Alexander Calder gallery.
Food & Fun (& Fitness)
The Class continues this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10-11 a.m., at ROW DTLA, and will wrap up next Saturday, Sept. 25. This “mat-based, music driven, workout experience”, will combine guided instruction and thoughtfully curated playlists, with familiar exercises like squats and lunges (so nothing crazy). The goal is to “strengthen the body while also noticing the mind, in an effort to restore balance through mental clearing and emotional release”. The Class will take place outdoors on the ROW DTLA rooftop, with plenty of space for social distancing. Tickets are $45; be sure to bring your own water, towel and mat.
And as a reminder from last week, the 13th annual LA Beer Fest will be taking place this Saturday, Sept. 18 at LA Center Studios<. The festival will feature more than 80 breweries, 200 beers, food trucks, live music, and more, with two sessions from 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. “Connoisseur’s tickets” are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $50, for one session, and includes unlimited beer tastings, with food sold separately. Proceeds will benefit dog rescue organization, Noah’s Bark. Attendees must be fully vaccinated; tickets are non-refundable.
As if there wasn’t enough going on this weekend, if you get a chance, you should head over to The Original Farmers Market for an olive oil tasting at Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market. Join Nancy Ash, president of Strictly Olive Oil, on Saturday, Sept. 18 for a “sensory olive oil experience” from 2-3:30 p.m. The cost is $40, and includes a $10 credit to be used at Monsieur Marcel on the same day as the event. The event will be taking place on the upper dining deck (located on the north side of the market- between gate 1 and gate 2). Space is limited, please RSVP in-store or click here.
And this weekend will be your last chance to catch Marvel’s latest and greatest at one of the coolest old theaters in Hollywood. The El Capitan will feature Marvel’s new movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, </ithrough Sunday, Sept. 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for kids (3-11) and Seniors (60+).
History & Community
Join the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society for two events this week, starting on Saturday, Sept.18 from 5-7 p.m., with the Mansions, Moguls & Movie Stars Twilight Walking Tour. Take in the fresh air while you explore the architecture of historic Windsor Square, founded in 1911, and learn about the architects, film locations (including Sunset Boulevard), and people that have called this place home. This will be the second in a new series of walks around the neighborhood with Eleanor Schrader and Bret Parsons. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members, and include refreshments. The website is not super clear, but I’m guessing details on where to meet will be emailed to you after purchase.
Next up, the WSHPHS will present a virtual discussion of >Adrian, American Designer, Hollywood Original with Author Richard Matukinis-Adkins on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. According to the website, “In 1933, Fortune magazine suggested to the American fashion industry that they could benefit from the showmanship demonstrated by the Hollywood designers in order to compete with the French couturiers. And the Hollywood designer Fortune most praised was Adrian of MGM.” Tickets for members are $10/$55 for presentation only/presentation + book and $15/$60 for non-members. A link will be emailed to you after you purchase your ticket.
Nothing on the Calendar again this week for the GWNC, but they’ll be back next week. The Mid City West Neighborhood Council, however, has three virtual gatherings this week, starting on Monday, Sept. 20, with the Executive Council from 7-9 p.m. Click here for details. Then another, on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m., with the Public Safety & Well-Being Committee. Click here for details. And lastly, on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 7-10 p.m., with the Economic Development Committee. Click here for details.
And finally, we mentioned this one last week as a heads-up, but another reminder won’t hurt – on Saturday morning, September 18, the LA Dept. of Transportation will host an event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., showcasing potential safety improvements – including protected bike lanes – for the section of San Vicente Blvd. between La Brea and Olympic. According to Destination Pico, which will have a table set up at San Vicente and Hauser for the event, “There will be tents and tables set up at key intersections with information about the project and opportunities to give feedback. LADOT will also provide games and free swag. (Kids’ bike helmets anyone?).”