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Weekend Buzz: Events for February 29-March 1, 2020

You can support the Library Foundation of Los Angeles this weekend with a big fundraiser held in the comfort of your own home or other favorite cozy reading spot.

This isn’t a hugely busy weekend, but there’s a nice mix of local events, including movies, art, music, wine and chocolate, a history tour, a couple of big fundraisers, and an informative workshop.

The workshop is up first, and it’s on a popular topic – how to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit, a.k.a. ADU or “Granny Flat,” to your property.  “Granny Flats 101” starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, at LA Police Headquarters, 100 W. 1st St., in downtown LA.  Speakers will include Assemblymember Richard Bloom, LA City Planner Matt Glesne, HGTV star Lori Dennis, Maxable CEO Caitlin Bigelow, and a panel of industry experts. See the event link for details and tickets.

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Just an hour later, you can visit the final home of many of Los Angeles’ most famous residents on a “Cemetery of the Stars” tour of Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., with the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society.  The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, lasts about 2 1/2 hours, and includes lunch.  Cash only tickets are $35 for WSHPHS members, and $45 for non-members. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you’d like to attend (note that space is limited to 40 people)…and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!

For the first of several good movies this weekend, starting at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., continues its ongoing Harry Potter Restrospective (and Kiddie Matinee series) with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”  In this 5th installment of the series, “the Ministry of Magic is curiously covering up the truth of Voldemort’s return [and] Harry, Ron, and Hermione will have to band together to secretly train a small group of their Hogwarts classmates in preparation for the wizarding war ahead.”  All tickets are just $8, and attendees 12 and under receive a free child-size popcorn and raffle ticket.  All ages are welcome.

Later, from 4-6 p.m.(ish) on Saturday, you can indulge your palate with a special Cheese, Chocolate and Sparkling Wine Tasting at Fancifull Gift Baskets, 5617 Melrose Ave.  Come and celebrate this “extra” day of the year with some extra-special treats…for just $15 per person.

Meanwhile, over at the Craft Contemporary, those who’d like to make some art this weekend can join Isabela Munoz, from ceramic studio POT, for “Barro: Bilingual Clay Workshop with POT Studio.” The session, from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, will cover basic clay building and underglazing techniques.   Admission is $35 for museum members and $45 for non-members, including basic materials, clay, and firing.

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For those who like to stay up late, the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., will host a Midnight Show (officially starting at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday) of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1971 satire, “The Hospital.”  It’s “A pitch-black dark comedy written by the three-time Oscar-winning screenwriter of Marty and Network,” starring Oscar-nominated George C. Scott “as [a] bitter, suicidal doctor struggling to stay afloat amidst the chaos in his life, both personal and professional, while a series of sudden deaths plagues his inept medical institution.”

Sunday brings us two worthy fundraisers, the first of which, the Look What SHE Did! benefit brunch, starts at 12:30 p.m. at Akasha Culver City, 9543 Culver Blvd.  Look What SHE Did! is “a non-profit that creates short videos about unsung women who have changed the world,”  and the brunch will include a video premiere, a conversation with Dr. Una Ryan, and humor from comedian Kate Rigg.  There will also be an auction for a gift certificate for the Golden Door Spa, and artwork from Una Ryan.  See the even link for tickets and details.

For some more movie fun on Sunday, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., will present a 75th anniversary screening of the WWII-era Judy Garland romance, “The Clock,” starting at 1 p.m. Vincente Minnelli directed the 1945 classic, in which Judy meets off-duty soldier Robert Walker in New York, and falls in love during a day of sightseeing.  It’s one of Garland’s few purely dramatic roles.

If you’re craving beautiful music this weekend, head over to St. James Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., at 6 p.m. on Sunday, for the LACMA-sponsored “Sundays Live: Choir of Saint James” performance.  According to LACMA, “Returning from a triumphant tour of Ireland this past summer, director James Buonemani leads the choir in the contemporary music of the British Isles, the Balkans, and in the incomparable music of Los Angeles’s celebrated composer, Morten Lauridsen.” It’s free and open to the public, and if you can’t make it there in person, there will also be a free live stream.

Finally on Sunday, we have the weekend’s other big fundraiser, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles‘ annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball.  The time is whenever you want, the place is wherever you want (“Your cozy couch, outside at your local park, or just stay in bed all day to read – promise we won’t tell”), companions are whoever you want (pets included), and the dress code and comestibles are whatever you want (from jammies and champagne to tuxedos and hot cocoa).  The point is to enjoy a good book (or two), and “While you’re having a ball reading at home, support the Library by donating what you would have spent at a fancy gala or night on the town.”  You can also share your celebretory images and the books you’re reading on social media with with #StayHomeandRead.

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 is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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