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Weekend Buzz: Events for August 17-18, 2019

Ciclavia comes to “The Hollywoods” this weekend.

As summer (as in the part of the year without school, not necessarily the part with 90-degree+ temperatures) winds down, so do our seasonal events, at least briefly.  But there’s still plenty to do this weekend.

First, for those considering a new pet, LA Animal Services is holding a special “My Buddy” adoption event this week, focusing on older animals. On both Saturday and Sunday, you can save 50% on adoptions fees for dogs and cats five years and older.  The goal is to “draw attention towards the amazing cats and dogs in the City centers who are mellow, calm, sweet and ready to be great companions.”  Kittens and puppies are cute, but they’re also a lot of work…and they come with a lot of unknowns.  When you adopt an older pet, though, you already know how big they’ll be, what their grooming requirements are, and what their adult personality is like.  They’re also already socialized and used to living with people, and most are potty trained.  They can also be both playful and relaxed, at appropriate times…which can be a great choice for families with young children, or seniors who are a bit less active than they used to be.  Older pets also tend to understand that they’ve been given a home and second chance…and will thank you often with “gentle puuurrrrs and kisses.” Visit or any of the city’s six shelters to find out more.

Next for bargain hunters shopping for an upcoming wedding, the Larchmont Bridal Bungalow, 513 N. Gower St., will hold a “one-of-a-kind couture sample” sale, starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday.  The event will feature gowns originally priced from $3,000-$7,500…and now marked down to only $550 to $750.  To preview some of the dress selections, see the link above.  Note that there is only one gown of each design available, and couture sample sizes generally have the following measurements: bust 34″-36,” waist 24″-26,” and hips 36″-38.” If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a time slot and exclusive dressing room time.  For more details, see

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Meanwhile, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, there will be something for everyone at the annual Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association Block Party, which will be held on Bronson Ave. between Rosewood and Clinton.  The organizers promise live music, a raffle, prizes, food and more.

For those who’d like to take in a movie on Saturday evening, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., is celebrating the recent release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with a full weekend of “Once Upon a Time…”-titled movies.  On Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m., they’ll show “Once Upon a Time in the West,” the 1968 Sergio Leone western in which Charles Bronson plays “a soft-spoken, harmonica-playing gunslinger bent on revenge against brutal assassin Henry Fonda.” Co-stars include Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda and Jason Robards.

Also, for those with a bit more stamina, the Cinespia film series, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., will host its 9th Annual Slumber Party , featuring a triple feature of “’90s sweethearts, heartthrobs and heartbreakers.”  First up is “Never Been Kissed,” with Drew Barrymore.  Next is the teen slasher favorite, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Phillippe. And finally, there’s the late-night capper, “Jawbreaker,” with Rose McGowan.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., the movies start at 8:30, and the fun runs until a bleary-eyed 4 a.m.

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On Sunday, starting bright and early (for those who don’t stay out too late the night before), the latest Ciclavia open-streets event – Meet the Hollywoods – runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will close 6.5 miles of Santa Monica Blvd., Highland Ave., and Hollywood Blvd. to motorized vehicles, and make them fully available to those who’d like to bike, walk, run, skateboard or whatever, as they explore West Hollywood, Hollywood and East Hollywood.  It’s not a race, so start whever you like, move at your own pace, in either direction, and enjoy the sights.  It’s free and open to everyone, and there will – as usual – be lots of booths with community information, as well as food trucks, and many local businesses to explore.

Also great for all ages on Sunday is a special sketch comedy and variety show at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.  The show, starting at 1 p.m., is presented by the comedy collective Hancock Park Jai Alai Club. It’s directed by Jay Lay, an actor and former senior teacher and director at the Groundlings Theater and School.  The performance will feature SNL-style comedy sketches, magic, music, short-form improv games, and more.  And the material is suitable for the whole family, so definitely feel free to bring the kids.  See the event link above for tickets.

And finally on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., it’s back to the Egyptian Theater for another Sergio Leone cinematic fable…this time, “Once Upon a Time in America,” starting at 5 p.m.  This 1984 film stars Robert De Niro and James Woods as New York gangsters during Prohibition, with Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello, William Forsythe, and Jennifer Connelly (in her debut film) lending support.

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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