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Weekend Buzz – Events for April 8-9, 2017

This weekend, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, explore printmaking with common kitchen items.

yardsale2We’re publishing this list a bit later than usual this week, but there’s still time today to catch a big, multi-family yard sale in Brookside, at 955 Keniston Ave., which runs until 2 p.m. Items for sale include designer and name brand women’s clothing (jeans, tops, tanks, sweaters, dresses, pants, bathing suits, blazers, business attire, pajamas, and a wool coat) in sizes from XS to large.  There are also Coach handbags and accessories, as well as jewelry, cosmetics, shoes, home decor and craft items, dining chairs, kitchen items, Barbie dolls, Disney Frozen items, and other toys.

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From Brookside, it’s just a hop, skip and jump over to the LAPD Wilshire Division’s annual street fair and carnival, which runs all weekend in front of the Wilshire Division station at 4861 W. Venice Blvd.  Hours today are 2 p.m. to midnight, and tomorrow from noon to 10 p.m. Ride tickets are 10 for $20. Contact LAPD’s Community Relations office at (213) 473-0200 for more information. (Also, note that Venice Blvd. is closed at the location, for the event, so plan your travel accordingly.)

cafamvoiceperformanceLater, starting at 3 p.m., the Craft and Folk Art Museum will present Voice: A Performance by Ali Kheradyar.  Kheradyar is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary performance artist whose work is on view in the museum’s current Focus Iran 2 exhibit. Using the gallery as a performance space, Kheradyar will be joined by other women who will perform songs in Farsi.  The event is free with museum admission, but space is limited, so RSVPs are required at [email protected].

ekexhibitionFinally on Saturday, you can check out the opening reception, starting at 6 p.m., for “Art Spirit,” a group exhibition of than 100 works by more than 50 contemporary artists working in the U.S. and Korea, at the new E.K. Art Gallery, 1125 S. Crenshaw (where the recent retirment party and exhibition for photographer Nick Ut was held recently). The exhibition will run for two weeks (from 8th to 22nd).

yardsale2Sunday morning you can start with another yard sale, this one from two families at 229 S. Gramercy Place, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale include a Room and Board bunk bed system, books, clothes, sports equipment, kitchen gadgets and more.

petersenmotorcyclecruisinAfter the yard sale, head over to the third floor of the  parking structure at the Petersen Museum, where the monthly Cruise-In event this month, starting at 10 a.m., focuses on motorcycles. Bring your favorite bike (though vintage, custom and exotic cars are also welcome) or just enjoy strolling through rows of Harley-Davidsons, Indians and other vintage bikes, along with classic, custom and exotic cars. Complimentary parking and coffee are provided for all attendees.

lacamabrightdesignAfter the Cruise-In, cross the street to LACMA for Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi, an Andell Family Sundays event where the whole family can drop in any time between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. to make, look, and talk about art.  This week’s event focuses on Japanese graphic designer Awazu Kiyoshi, who had a signature style that wove together folklore and city life, all in bright colors. Attendees will look at posters and prints from the current exhibition Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated…and then make posters and learn unique print techniques in an artist-led workshop.  The event is free with museum admission; children must be accompanied by an adult.

printkitchenFor even more art, you could go back to CAFAM, for another family workshop called “Print Kitchen.”  Also a drop-in event running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., participants will learn a variety of print and stamp techniques using things found in most kitchens.  Turn potatoes and celery into stamps…use foam plates to create print blocks — the possibilities are endless! Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for CAFAM members.

standupandfightAlso on Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Hammer Museum sponsors a workshop of a very different sort – Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism, at the Wiltern Theater at Wilshire and Western. Do you want to get more active and skilled at making social and political change? People around the world have used civil disobedience through non-violent direct action to fight for rights, freedom, and justice. This free 3-hour workshop will be taught by two of the nation’s leading nonviolent practitioners, Reverend James Lawson, a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement who was instrumental in training Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of US civil rights activists, and Nadine Bloch, training director for Beautiful Trouble, an organization that promotes creative strategic activism.  They’ll explore strategies and best on-the-ground practices for successful nonviolent action, including what makes an action or movement effective, the history of nonviolent struggles, legal and safety skills, and how to de-escalate conflict.  See the link above for more information.

abbeysimonOn Sunday evening, there are two musical events of note.  First, back at LACMA at 6 p.m., pianist Abbey Simon performs Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 332, Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Opus 110, and Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales. A New Yorker by birth, Abbey Simon received part of his academic education and his major musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was accepted by Joseph Hofmann when he was 11 years old. Shortly after his graduation from Curtis, he won the coveted Walter W. Naumberg Award, which carries with it a Town Hall debut in New York City. The debut recital was followed by recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and extensive tours throughout the United States and Canada, which were interrupted only for enlistment in the United States Army during the war. Simon has been heard with most of the great orchestras of Europe under such eminent conductors as Sir John Barbirolli, Joseph Krips, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Walter Susskind, Colin Davis, Antal Dorati, Rafael Kubelik, George Szell, Wilhelm von Otterloo, Dean Dixon, Massimo Freccia, Eduard van Beinum, Carlo Maria Giulini, Ozawa, Mehta, and Leinsdorf.  The performance is free and open to the public.

scholacantorumAnd, finally, at 7:30 p.m., the world-renowned Icelandic chamber choir Schola Cantorum Reykjavik performs with the LA Philharmonic at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave.  The performance is part of the L.A. Phil’s Reykjavik Festival—curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Bjarnason—and celebrating the creativity thriving in Iceland’s capital. The Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum was founded in 1996 by the conductor Hörður Áskelsson, the cantor at Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church) in Reykjavík. Schola Cantorum has played an important role in the Icelandic music scene with a repertoire that consists mainly of renaissance, baroque and contemporary music, including numerous premier performances of works by Icelandic contemporary composers. Another performance of these two groups is already sold out at Disney Hall, but this event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. For more information, contact Karina Fernandez at 213.355.5237 or [email protected]

metro purple lineAnd last but not least this week, please remember that due to Metro construction, Wilshire Blvd. will be fully closed from Spaulding Ave. to Fairfax, for the installation of surface-level concrete decking, until 6 a.m. Monday.  For full details and detour routes, see  Please plan your travel accordingly…and have a great weekend!

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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