This is a big, busy holiday weekend, with a bouquet of bonus Martin Luther King, Jr.-themed events on Monday.
And we’re starting our list early this week, too, with a U.S. Census hiring fair, today (Friday) at the John C. Fremont Branch Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., starting at 2 p.m. Asks the library: “Are you interested in a job with flexible hours or earning extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring! In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country. Assist with the 2020 Census count and support your community. A Census representative will be here with more Information and to help you apply.” Check it out if you’d like to earn some extra cash over the next few months!
On Saturday, it’s time for the 4th Annual Women’s March Los Angeles. Participants will start gathering in downtown’s Pershing Square at 9 a.m., and starting at 10 a.m. will walk to City Hall, where there will be a full slate of speakers and entertainment. The first march, in 2017, drew more than more than 750,000 people. The events since then have been a bit smaller, but large crowds (and great people-watching and sign art) are still guaranteed, so be sure to plan accordingly for transportation and parking. More details, and a special 20% off Lyft code for getting to and from the event, are available here.
The TAG Art Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd., will be holding a very different kinkd of walk as it kicks off its first-ever Gallery Art Walk, an “art fair-style pop-up event,” which will take place within the gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The organization’s 2020 artists “will be displaying fine art, merchandise and more—perfect for early Valentine’s Day gift buying or adding to your collection.” It’s a “wonderful opportunity to meet our new artists or say hello to your returning favorites.”
At 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., will present Hayao Miyazaki’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service” as this week’s Kiddie Matinee. It’s the story of “a 13-year-old witch-in-training [who] sets off with black cat and broom for a year-long adventure on her own to learn independence and responsibility.” Tickets are $8, all ages are welcome and there will be a free child-size popcorn and raffle for attendees ages 12 and under.
For more classic movies this weekend, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., has a total of four different screenings: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at 3 p.m. on Saturday…a double feature of One-Eyed Jacks and The Hired Hand at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday…little-known noir standout Hangover Square at 1 p.m. on Sunday…and a rare IB Technicolor print of Dr. No 4 p.m. on Sunday. See the individual film links for details and tickets.
Moving back to art, the LaunchLA Gallery, 170 S. La Brea, will hold an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday for its new show, Contemporary Identities, in which featured artists Shula Singer Arbel, Carla Jay Harris, and Christina Ramos explore “personal and universal identities through contemporary figurative work.” According to the gallery, Harris’ series Celestial Bodies is an examination and critique of myth-making, othering and belonging…Arbel’s Love Hope Memory series uses her family’s photo albums as inspiration…and Ramos’ current series, Let’s Play, puts her adult subjects into the fantasy world of childhood play. The show will run until February 8; regular gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.
For even more art on Saturday evening, drop in to LACMA‘s annual Dapper Day & Swinging Soiree, a special after-hours party with vintage style, from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Accoding to the museum, Dapper Day events were started in 2011 by L.A. artist Justin Jorgensen to celebrate “refined style from yesterday and today with elegant outings to museums, parks, and more.” LACMA’s event this year will include dance music from DJ Professor Watson, in the BCAM building, as well as cash bars and other festivities. See the link above for tickets and more information.
Even more vintage (and film) fun will take place at the Art Deco American Legion Post 43, 2035 N. Highland Ave., with a screening, in cooperation with Retroformat Silent Films, of Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 classic, “The Gold Rush,” starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Post’s beautifully restored Legion Theater. The film will be introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders, and will be shown with a special live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Limited parking will be available for $10.00 in the American Legion parking lot, and free parking will be available directly across Highland Ave., in the Hollywood Heritage parking lot. See the link above for tickets…and note that VIP tickets are also available, which include free parking in the American Legion lot, a special tour of historic Hollywood Legion Post 43, a free drink at the American Legion bar, free popcorn, premium seating in a special reserved section and, after the show, a special tour of the theater’s projection booth (requires climbing multiple flights of stairs).
And finally for Saturday, if you’re still hungry for dinner after all of the day’s marching, art and movies, it’s worth noting that this is the first weekend of the year’s first DineLA Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly 15-day event that features special prix fixe lunch and dinner menues at more than 400 restaurants around the city (including many in our general part of town). No special tickets or passes are required – just ask for the special menu at any of the participating restaurants (see the full list at the link above). As usual, advance reservations are always recommended.
Sunday is fairly quiet this weekend, aside from the films mentioned above and the continuation of DineLA…but we do have a featured yard sale to recommend, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 128 N. Ridgewood Pl., the home of a gallery owner who is moving after 30 years. Featured items for sale include Blenko & Murano glass, Russel Wright plate ware, Early California production ceramic pieces and pottery, Red Wing pottery, art books, photography and art catalogs (including handmade & limited editions), Mid-Century collectibles, Corning storage containers, poodle and dog collectibles, vintage plumbing fixtures, vintage drapery hardware, designer women’s clothing, used custom art frames, old ceramic tiles in solid colors of white, off white, dark red and royal blue, household items and more.
Since this is the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, however, we’ll also throw in a trio of bonus events for your day off on Monday.
First up, at 10 a.m. on Monday, at Chevalier’s Books, join author Angela Joy for a special reading of her children’s book, “Black is a Rainbow Color,” in which a child reflects on the meaning of being Black, and how the color surrounds our lives, “from the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall’s back.” Cake and lemonade will be served.
Next, just up the street and around the corner at Big Sunday headquarters, you can join the volunteer organization for its 8th Annual MLK Day Clothing Drive & Community Breakfast, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Help sort, pack and give away literal tons of donated clothes, while enjoying a community breakfast, donuts, live music from the Blue Breeze Band, and meeting some wonderful people of all ages, from all over town, while “working together in a spirit of fun, friendship and goodwill.” All ages are welcome. Sign up at the link above.
And finally on Monday, there’s the biggest of our local celebrations, the 35th Annual Kingdom Day Parade. It starts at 10 a.m. at Western Ave. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, proceeds down MLK to Crenshaw, then south on Crenshaw, east on Leimert Blvd, and back to Western Ave. It’s billed as the biggest MLK parade in the country, and this year’s theme is “Equality for All Humanity, Our Next Step.” Actress and singer KeKe Palmer will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.
Have a great weekend!