Events this weekend tilt a bit toward vintage film lovers…but there are plenty of other things to do, too.
For example, have you ever wanted to learn how to blow glass? On Saturday morning, starting at 11 a.m., the Craft Contemporary (formerly CAFAM), will be holding an introductory glass-blowing workshop at KT Glassworks, 5025 W. Jefferson Blvd.. Participants will work with glassblowing artist Kazuki Takizawa to learn about mixing molten color and basic glassblowing, and will create a solid glass paperweight and one other small glass blown form (both of which will be available for pick-up at a later date). Please note that advance registration is required, and the cost is $120 for CC members or $130 for the general public. The price includes materials and a furnace fee.
Later, starting at noon on Saturday, the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will hold a meeting of its Play Readers group, to select the next play the group will stage at the library. And then, starting at 1 p.m., the library will also hold its monthly French Conversation class. According to the library, “Paris native Samba Magassa teaches French conversation in a gentle, supportive setting that coaxes students to retrieve and improve their high school or college French.” Both events are free, and everyone is welcome.
The big cultural event this weekend is the 120th Annual Golden Dragon Parade, celebrating the Lunar New Year, which winds along N. Broadway Ave. in downtown’s Chinatown, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The parade is billed as “the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community,” and includes “almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups.” Please note that there will be street closures and crowds in the area, so the event organizers urge people to take public transportation if possible (details at the event link above).
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Wilshire Branch Library, 149 N. St. Andrews Pl., there’s the first of several film events on our list this week – a screening of “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” the first feature-length documentary on Lorraine Hansberry, the first black female author to have a play performed on Broadway. After the screening, there will be a discussion led by Tanya While, co-artistic director of the Santa Monica Repertory Theater. The event is free and open to everyone.
Also at 2 p.m., on both Saturday and Sunday, the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., will offer the 1968 musical extravaganza Oliver! as its weekly kiddie matinee (though fans and family members of all ages are welcome, too).
The vintage film fun continues on Saturday evening, with a screening of the oddball 1971 romance “Harold and Maude,” starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, at the historic Palace Theater, 630 S. Broadway, in downtown LA. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30. The event will also include “DJs spinning before and after the film, full bars with special concoctions, and 1970s-saturated photobooth where you can have your photo taken with your own partner in crime.”
Also starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday is the New Beverly‘s screening of the Francis Ford Coppola classic, “The Godfather, Part II.” And then, for those who can’t resist a campy twist, there will also be 1979’s “Disco Godfather” at 11:59 p.m.
Moving into Sunday, the Craft Contemporary will offer a Craftlab Family Workshop called “Marvelous Marbling,” starting at 1:30 p.m. Participants will “experiment with wondrous inks, paint, and paper for a workshop on basic techniques of creating marbled patterns on paper using shaving cream,” and will get to take home their beautiful creations. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children, or free for CC members, including materials.
And finally on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m., it’s back to the joys of vintage movies with a program called, “The Four Musketeers: Douglas Fairbanks and the Founding of United Artists,” at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. The museum “will be celebrating the centennial of the founding of United Artists with the book launch of “Douglas Fairbanks–the Fourth Musketeer.” Kelley Smoot, who recently expanded and revised her stepmother Leticia Fairbanks’ biography of Douglas Fairbanks, will be there to sign books, and there will also be a screening of rare archival clips from the collections of Karl Theide and Stan Taffel, relating to the founders of United Artists. In addition, there will be a screening of the 1919 Douglas Fairbanks film, “As the Clouds Roll By,” with Scott Lasky, of the Famous Players Orchestra, accompanying the films. Tickets are available at event link above.
Have a great weekend!