As this really lovely weekend dawns, and you contemplate your schedule for the next couple of days, it would also be a great time for those who live, work, own property or have some other connection as a stakeholder in the Miracle Mile area to register to vote in the Mid-City West Community Council elections. Today is the last day to register, but you can do it online…and then vote as well, since online voting is now open. The voter registration form, and qualifications, are available at https://register.empowerla.org/council/30/
Later, head over to the Wilshire Branch Library Book and Bake Sale, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 149 N. St. Andrews Pl. The sales will be “HUGE” according to organizers, and proceeds benefit the Friends of Wilshire Library (FOWL), which has used past book sale funds to purchase several pieces of equipment which have been sorely needed by the library staff, from lighter-weight book trucks to an iPad and laptop to allow more ‘modern’ interaction with library patrons.
After the local library, as long as you’re in library mode, you could also head downtown to the 10th Annual Science Day at the Central Library, from 1-4 p.m. and billed as an “an amazing day chock full of hands-on activities for families and tons of performers.” See the flier for the full schedule of events…all of which are free and open to everyone.
For car enthusiasts, there’s also AutoconLA on Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. According to the promoters, AutoCon “features the world’s top show vehicles and notable industry brands all under one roof while creating a unique experience allowing our attendees the opportunity to connect, learn and share common interests with one another. From race inspired track cars to custom widebodied exotics, there’s a little something for everyone to see during the event…AutoCon is a place where exclusive vehicle builds/projects are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced.”
And for music fans (at least the ones who are at least 21 years old and aren’t out of town at Coachella), there’s the Broke L.A. Music and Arts Festival , with five stages of music, a variety of vendors, “larger-than-life installations,” and – a new addition – BROKE FILM. From 3 p.m. to midnight at 695 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown.
Finally, tonight, there are two great opportunities to get your ’80s nostalgia on:
First, the Petersen Museum celebrates the arrival of of the original Back to the Future DeLorean with an “Enchantment under the Sea” dance and party. “Wear your best 80’s outfit and go back in time as the Petersen re-creates the Enchantment Under the Sea dance from Back to the Future. Guests will rock out to the 80’s rock sensation Missing Persons, and Back to the Future tribute band, The Flux Capacitors. (Must be 21 or over to attend).” Doors open at 7 p.m. (Please note that this one, too, is a 21-and-over event.)
And last, but definitely not least, Cinefamily presents one of several quickly-scheduled showings of Prince’s iconic Purple Rain at 10:30 p.m. Saturday (there will be another show at 10 p.m. Sunday). There will also be a pre-show screening of several classic Prince music videos, to honor the recently-deceased musical legend.
On Sunday, the first thing to do is head back to the Petersen for more Back to the Future fun with an all-DeLorean version of the museum’s periodic Breakfast Club Cruise-in. From 8 to 10 a.m., DeLorean owners from all over SoCal will bring their cars for a mini-rally. The Petersen says, “all car enthusiasts are invited to participate in the car show and contest on the 3rd floor of the museum’s parking structure. Awards will be given for Best-In-Show, People’s Choice and Petersen Perfection.” The event is free to museum members; regular museum admission prices apply for non-members.
After the cruise-in, you could stay in the Miracle Mile area for the huge Rally for Justice, for which several thousand people are expected to gather to commemorate the 1915 Armenian genocide, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Turkish Consulate at Wilshire and Crescent Heights. The “100+1” event calls on community members to “prove that our united call for justice did not end with the Centennial – it only just began!” Because of the projected size of this event, be aware – whether or not you plan to attend – that several area streets will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24. They include:
Wilshire Bl between San Vicente Bl & Fairfax Av
La Jolla Av between Wilshire Bl & 6th St
Crescent Heights Bl between Wilshire Bl & 6th St
Ogden Dr between Del Valle Dr/8th & Wilshire Bl
Curson Av between 6th St & Wilshire Bl
Also, if enough participants arrive, overflow areas will be activated and the following closures will also be implemented:
Wilshire Bl between Fairfax Av & La Brea Av
Fairfax Av between San Vicente Bl & 6th St
Curson Av between 8th St & Wilshire Bl
Hauser Bl between 8th St & 6th St
If you’re prefer to avoid the street closures, but would still like to be out and about on Sunday afternoon, you could head east (literally and figuratively) for screenings of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, running now through April 28 at several venues around the city, including the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Directors Guild of America, Downtown Independent, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM, CGV Cinemas, The Great Company, and more. See the festival website for films, schedules, associated events and ticket information.
Have a great weekend!