There aren’t a huge number of events this weekend, but there is a nice variety among the list…and since it looks like the rain is finally gone, we’re guessing people will be itching to be out and about in much more comfortable weather.
Saturday’s big event is the third annual Women’s March LA, an “inclusive, non-partisan” event for “everyone who supports women’s rights and equality.” It starts at 10 a.m. at downtown’s Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., and will make its way to City Hall, where speakers and performers will include LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Laverne Cox, Congressmember Katie Hill, Gloria Allred, Aloe Blacc, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MILCK, Raja Kumari, Bamby Salcedo and Maya Jupiter. Even if you don’t attend, it’s a good event to be aware of because streets will be closed along the march route, and crowds are huge (it’s estimated that a total of more than a million people attended the last two marches).
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, but to honor the late civil rights leader, the Baldwin Hills Farmers Market, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., will hold an MLK Day of Service on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will find free immigration and landlord-tenant legal services, free dental screenings, free HIV/AIDS testing, free employment services and free children’s activities. For more information, contact [email protected]
For music fans, Hollywood is the place to be this weekend, as The Record Parlor, 6408 Selma Ave., holds one of its Free Vinyl Record Days events,running from Saturday through Monday, starting at 10:30 a.m. each day. In addition to offering more than 40,000 vinyl records, in all genres, free for the taking, there will be about 3,000 45s, 78s, cassettes, music magazines, record crates, promotional T-shirts, posters and more…also all for free. And there will be DJs, food trucks and more. There will also likely be waiting lines to get in, but everyone in line will receive special discounts for store purchases, just to make it even more worth your time in the end.
If the crowds at the previous events (or anything else) stress you out, head over to Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, for a free “Improve Yourself in the New Year With Meditation” session, led by Doug Frankel, a longtime meditator who has has been inspiring audiences on how to practice and learn this very simple technique which provides many benefits. There will even be a little meditation sitting at the end. Everyone is welcome to “bring joy, peace, positivity and relaxation into your daily life and begin the New Year with a fresh start.”
A bit later, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, LACMA will host a talk titled “Flora: Conversation with Artists and Curators. Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, whose film installation Flora and accompanying work Bust open to the public on January 20, will appear with Stephanie Barron, LACMA’s senior curator of Modern Art, and independent curator Philipp Kaiser. According to LACMA, the artists will discuss how they discovered the unknown American artist Flora Mayo, with whom the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti had a love affair in Paris in the 1920s. “While Giacometti is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, Mayo’s oeuvre has been destroyed and her biography was previously relegated as a footnote in Giacometti scholarship. In pursuit of Flora’s story, Hubbard and Birchler located the artist’s son, David. From hours of conversation with him, exhaustive research and the discovery of letters and photographs, they bring Flora’s compelling biography to life through a feminist perspective that interweaves reconstruction, reenactment, and documentary into a hybrid form of storytelling.” The talk is free and open to the public.
Meanwhile, classic film fans will find some fun at the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., this weekend. Things kick off with a 2 p.m. kiddie matinee on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring the classic Danny Kaye musical, “Hans Christian Andersen.” For grownups on Saturday, there’s a whole lotta Liza Minelli, with “Cabaret” at 6:30 p.m., “Lucky Lady” at 9:05 p.m….and “Arthur” at 11:59 p.m. Then, on Sunday evening, things get more serious, with a double feature of political thrillers, “The Manchurian Candidate” at 6:30 p.m., and “Suddenly,” starring Frank Sinatra, at 9:05 p.m.
Sunday also features the second art event of the weekend, the opening of the “Structuring Matter” show at Matter Studio Gallery, 5080 W. Pico. The group show includes four artists: Long Nguyen, Maud Simmons, Tim Johnson and Eloise Hess, who grew up in our local Brookside neighborhood. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and the show runs through February 17.
And finally on Sunday, an event of truly cosmic proportions: a “super blood wolf moon” and total lunar eclipse. Griffith Observatory will be streaming the event in real time on Griffith TV…and will also host a free public viewing party from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. But the eclipse will also be visible to the naked eye from anywhere in southern California if skies are clear – you don’t even need a telescope, and – unlike solar eclipses – it’s safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection…so everyone can view it as they wish, or hold their own viewing parties. According to the Observatory, the celestial event will follow this progression:
Umbral eclipse begins 7:33 p.m. (This is the first visible “bite” out of the Moon.)
Totality begins 8:41 p.m. (Moon is totally covered in shadow.)
Maximum eclipse 9:12 p.m.
Totality ends 9:43 p.m. (Moon emerges from shadow.)
Building CLOSES 10:00 p.m. (access to Griffith Park also ends at 10:00 p.m.)
Umbral eclipse ends 10:50 p.m.
EVENT ENDS 11:00 p.m.
So enjoy your viewing…and have a great weekend!