This is one of those great weekends when there’s a little bit of everything going on – food, film, music, art, gardens…and more.
First out of the gate on Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the Second Greater Wilshire NC Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour. This installment of the self-guided tour will showcase gardens in the southern half of the general GWNC area, including the neighborhoods of Brookside, Fremont Place, Sycamore Square and Wilshire Park. It will also include a magnificent Hancock Park garden recently featured in the LA Times. All gardens were nominated by Greater Wilshire residents, and selected by members of the GWNC Sustainability Committee. The tour is free, and attendees can pick up tour maps at Memorial Library Park, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. , where Rain Barrels International will also have rain barrels for sale. The barrels qualify for city of Los Angeles rebates, and information on rain barrel care and maintenance will also be provided. (You can pre-order a rain barrel at http://www.rainbarrelsintl.com/events-order.asp?id=341.) The library will also feature an exhibit on garden books to complement the tour.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, LACMA will offer the first session in the five-week Studio Session—Silkscreen: Family Class For Ages 13+ . Participants will learn basic design elements and silkscreen techniques with artist George Evans, and create their own prints and graphic T-shirts. Each class begins by visiting the museum’s collection for inspiration. Cost is $175 for LACMA NexGen members and one adult ($50 per additional family member), or $185 general guest plus one adult ($55 per additional family member). Pre-registration is required; see the link above for details.
For those more interested in the art of baking, you can head downtown for the 4th Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival at Grand Central Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The free, two-day event is billed as “a celebration of Southern California’s artisanal bread renaissance and an invitation to the public to experience the many expressions of L.A. bread at its best.” It includes a pop-up marketplace showcasing local bread bakers, along with “bread-centric workshops and demonstrations.” Marketplace vendors will include Antigua Artisan Bread, Challah Hub, Clark Street Bread, Ensaymada Project, Fat Uncle Farms, Good Gravy Bakes, Homeboy Bakery, Maury’s Bagels, M. Greenwood Jams, PBJ.LA, Sweet Oak Bakery, and The Underground Bakery. Also, back by popular demand, will be a “Feel the Churn Butter Aerobics” workshop, guaranteed to get the crowd’s heart racing. Other family-friendly events include demos and workshops led by Grand Central Market vendors, including Chiles Secos, Clark Street Bread, and Olio Wood-Fired Pizzeria chef Brad Kent. And additional workshops led by guest bakers will help you learn how to make focaccia, pita, biscuits, challah and more. All sessions are free; no tickets required. See the link above for the full schedule.
A bit closer to home, the Original Farmers’ Market will host the 24th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature “nearly 100 breathtaking American classics” throughout the market, including everything from customs to hot rods, trucks and more. The overall theme this year is “Low and Slow – A Tribute to American Lowriders.” From custom paint jobs to modified and lowered suspensions, the Lowrider is a cultural expression of art, pride and heritage. The show is free and open to the public.
Just half an hour later, starting at 11:30 a.m. and a couple of miles east at 4378 W. 3rd St., Knowles Karate Academy will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a potluck lunch party. All current, former and potential karate, yoga, Tai Chi and women’s self defense students are invited, along with interested friends, family and community members. Just bring a dish to share, “preferably something you love to make and enjoy.” RSVPs are appreciated; contact information at the link above.
On Saturday afternoon, from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday (as well as 12 to 4 today, Friday), the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will host its monthly Friends of the Library Book Sale. Most items are $1 or less, and this month features a special sale on travel books, cookbooks and DVDs (so items normally $1.00, will be $.50; and a set of 6 DVDs, normally priced at $6, is now $3). The book sales fund all of the library’s special programming, so check it out or, better yet, consider becoming a Friend of the Library ($10 for an entire year). Also, as long as you’re there, this would be a great time to sign up for the library’s summer reading challenge!
Also on Saturday afternoon, car and Lego fans can rev their engines as the Petersen Museum introduces a full scale model of the McLaren 720S supercar – made almost entirely of LEGO® bricks. Visitors to the interactive event are invited to place orange LEGO® bricks on designated parts of the McLaren, helping to complete the model. The build day will also feature presentations and discussions with LEGO® Master Builder Chris Steininger and McLaren Head of Design Operations Mark Roberts. LEGO® and McLaren fans will be able to customize their own mini LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren on an interactive iPad app next to the car, and then print a custom sticker of the car they have designed. Also, all during the Lego McLaren exhibit, which runs through August 19, the museum’s Discovery Center, located near the full scale Lego car, will also host daily access to race ramps and build tables for museum attendees who want to build their own LEGO® Speed Champions race cars. Also, LEGO® Speed Champions toy sets will be available for purchase in the Petersen Store. Saturday’s event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a panel discussion featuring Roberts and Steininger. The first-brick opening ceremony and build event starts at 12:30, and the interactive race ramp and build tables will open at 1 p.m.
On Saturday evening, at 7:30 p.m., a local family remembers their beloved son with the Nico Linesch Legacy Concert at a Hancock Park home (address available with your ticket purchase). Mohammad Fairouz, an old friend of Nico’s, will play piano and conduct a string quartet, performing his original compositions with an interfaith focus.Tickets are available for a suggested tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more per person, which benefits the Nico Linesch Legacy Fund at the Jewish Foundation LA.
For those in a scary movie mood on Saturday night, the American Cinematheque is presenting a triple feature of three 1990s “yuppie” horror classics, “Fatal Attraction,” “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” and “Single White Female,” starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. “Fatal Attraction” stars Michael Douglas as an attorney stalked by Glenn Close after a one-night stand, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” stars Rebecca De Mornay as a vengeful nanny out to destroy Annabella Sciorra’s family. And in “Single White Female,” New York software designer Bridget Fonda advertises for a new roommate and gets more than she bargained for in Jennifer Jason Leigh.
On Sunday morning at 10 a.m., bring the kids back to LACMA for “Faces, Faces, Faces!, Kids’ Class for Ages 6–9.” It’s the first session of another five-week class, this one that examines the faces looking back at you from the museum’s walls. Participants will learn about the portrait styles of artists Diego Rivera, David Hockney and others…and young artists will make their own portraits art using paint, clay, and other fun materials. Led by artist Peggy Hasegawa. Cost of the five-week class is $120 for LACMA NexGen members; $135 general public. Registration is required. Art materials and parking fees are included in the tuition.
And finally, on at 6:30 Sunday evening, it’s back to the Petersen for another movie night, featuring “The 24-Hour War,” about the Ford versus Ferrari rivalry, one of the most famous battles in racing history. In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war, and used the 24 Hours of Le Mans as their battlefield. The epic battle saw drivers lose their lives, family dynasties nearly collapse and the development of a new race car that changed racing—the GT40. This event is free to the general public, and light refreshments will be served.
Have a great weekend!