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Weekend Buzz – Events for February 16-17, 2019

Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sunday at the Grove and the Original Farmer’s Market.

After some afternoon showers today, it looks like the rain should be clearing out, at least for the duration of the weekend, so it will be easier to move around and enjoy the full (very full!) spectrum of weekend events.

First up, among several art-related events this weekend, is the big new Frieze Los Angeles art show.  Located at Paramount Studios and running from today (Friday) through Sunday, it promises “bring together 70 of the most significant and forward-thinking contemporary galleries from across the city and around the world, alongside a curated program of talks, site-specific artists’ projects and film.” The curated events include access to the New York City Street backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios, and the Sherry Lansing and Paramount Theatres, where you can “explore Frieze Projects, Frieze Talks and Film, pop-ups from Los Angeles’ most talked about restaurants, and much more.”  Tickets are available for the galleries, the curated events, or both together, at

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Next, if you’d like to continue sharing your Valentine’s Day love, the Pet Care Foundation and LA Animal Services are celebrating with a My Furry Valentine pet adoption event, both Saturday and Sunday. All six of the city’s animal service centers will open their doors with lowered adoption costs on all dogs and cats (they have hundreds in all sizes, ages, colors, hair length and breeds). All the available pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. Please note, though, that while all the adoption fees are reduced, there will still be a $20 dog license fee applied for LA City residents for dogs older than four months. For more information, shelter locations, and to view available pets, see

From dogs and cats to bees, or at least beeswax, check out the Craft Contemporary, which will be holding a “Bee’s Knees” dipped beeswax candle-making workshop on Saturday, from 12-2 p.m.  You can slow down and immerse yourself in this meditative creative process, using all-natural materials such as cotton wick and 100% beeswax to make your own fragrant and beautiful candle sets.  Space is limited, so advance registration is required.  Cost, including materials, is $75, or $65 for CC members.

If your creative urges are pointing more toward food on Saturday, you could check out the Vegan 101 cooking class with with Chef Acooba, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Surfas Culinary District, 3225 W. Washington Blvd.  According to Surfas, Dr. Acooba Scott is an experienced educator, as well as an accomplished vegan chef and baker, with decades of experience developing and perfecting recipes, figuring out strategies to sustain a plant-based lifestyle, and of course, cooking for her family and others.  The class will provide recipes, tips and techniques, so whether you’re a new, aspiring or long-time vegan, or just want to learn more about plant-based cooking, Chef Acooba can get you started. For more information, contact Surfas’ Test Kitchen at 310-559-4770 Ext. 222 or e-mail [email protected].

Also starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, at Memorial Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., there’s “Migrant Stories: After the Caravan,” a multimedia exhibit and discussion about the Central American migrants who traveled 2,000 miles through Mexico to the U.S. border and are now waiting in Tijuana as they search for a better life.  The exhibit, by Zaydee Sanchez and Scott Barker, uses photos, virtual reality and personal narratives to take the viewer on a journey through the migrant shelters and into the lives of migrants facing an uncertain future. It’s free and open to everyone.

Meanwhile, over at the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, you can hear about “Travel Adventures with Road Scholar,” the world’s largest educational travel organization for older adults.  The organization’s representatives will tell you about their nearly 6,500 programs throughout the United States and in more than 150 countries around the globe.  (ed. note: this reporter wrote a story for the Buzz about her family’s experience on a Road Scholar intergenerational family adventure in 2017.)

Back in the art groove on Saturday, and back at the Craft Contemporary, there’s a 2 p.m. gallery tour and talk with artist Beatriz Cortez, who will lead you through her exhibition, “Trinidad/Joy Station,” and talk about her work and the ideas she explores about communal living and the preservation and survival of indigenous knowledge.  The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP to [email protected].

Later, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Petersen Museum celebrates “Rosso – 25 Years of the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region,” with the first of two weekend events: a huge gala including live entertainment, food by Drago, and a display of some of the world’s most iconic Ferrari cars.  Born on February 18, 1898, Enzo Ferrari would have turned 121 this year. Known for his passion for racing and race cars, he founded the Ferrari brand as we know it in 1947, and it has been a household name, if not dream, ever since.  Tickets are $110 for Petersen members and $125 for the public; see the link above for reservations.

Meanwhile, the American Cinematheque will hold a free screening of the Oscar-nominated “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the buzzy biography of Queen frontman Freddie Murcury, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. After the show, there will also be a discussion with producer Graham King and film editor John Ottman, moderated by Jim Hemphill.  (Please note, though, that while the event is free, RSVPs are required and do not guarantee seating.)

On Sunday, it’s back to the Petersen bright and early for the second of its two Ferrari events:  a special Ferrari cruise-in, on the third floor of the museum’s parking structure.  The museum says it’s “expected to be the largest gathering of Ferrari on the west coast,” with more than 200 cars on display.  The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be complimentary parking, coffee, and bagels, an awards show, and early access to the museum for museum members.  The event itself is free and open to everyone.

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A bit later, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 7 p.m. on Sunday in historic Leimert Park Village, 4330 Degnan Blvd., everyone is welcome to join in the free, family-friendly, fun-filled and educational Black History Month Cultural Street Festival. The event celebrates African American history in the U.S., and will include guest speakers, engagement workshops, a fashion show, art exhibitors, live music, and lots of food and craft vendors.

You can find another big cultural festival on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. as the Original Farmers’ Market and The Grove throw their big 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration. Join in to commemorate the Year of the Golden Pig with lively performances and cultural activities, including a dragon dance, acrobatics, kung fu, and more, co-hosted by Good Day L.A.’s Julie Chang and Crazy Rich Asians singer Katherine Ho.  There will also be appearances by Hudson Yang and Ian Chen, cast members of from the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. It’s all free and open to the public.

Back at the Craft Contemporary, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the museum’s exhibitions curator, Holly Jerger, will be in conversation with artists from the current Focus Iran 3 exhibit, about the facets of Iranian youth culture they explore in their photography and video works. It’s free, but RSVPs are requested at [email protected].

Meanwhile, across the street at LACMA, and also starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, there’s “A Tribute to Charles White,” a discussion related to the current “Charles White: A Retrospective” exhibit, in which Charles White scholars, students, and those closest to the artist will discuss his groundbreaking achievements as artist, teacher, and mentor. Speakers include Ilene Susan Fort, the museum’s curator emeritus of American art and curator of the Los Angeles venue of the exhibition; Ian White, son of Charles White, an artist in his own right and archivist of his father’s work; Judithe Hernández, a renowned contemporary artist and one of Charles White’s students; Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology in African American Studies at Columbia University; and Peter Clothier, noted writer and art critic. The event is free, but tickets are required (see the link above for details.).

Also, a bit later at LACMA, you could stick around for a free concert by the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday.  The group will perform Mozart: “Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207” (Roberto Cani, soloist), and Bartók: “Divertimento for Strings.”  The ensemble, “devoted to the advocacy and support of music education,” works to bring the “symphonic musical experience to individuals and students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds” through “outreach in collaborative partnerships with the community, schools, agencies, and other arts organizations.”  There will also be a live stream of the event, if you’d like to listen in but can’t make it there in person.

And finally on Sunday, film lovers can head back to the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre for a screening of the Oscar-nominated “Roma,” inspired by director Alfonso Cuarón’s early life with his family’s nanny in a Mexico City suburb.  There will be a discussion afterward with the film’s actresses Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, moderated by Pete Hammond.  Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $13 for American Cinematheque members.

Have a great, busy 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 is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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