From civic involvement to Ciclavia – and more – this looks like a fun weekend!
First, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, the city’s annual Budget Day provides a great opportunity to learn more about how Los Angeles spends its money, and how you can have a voice in that process. It will take place at LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.,
Just a bit later, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Pico Great Streets will sponsor a free Family Art Making Workshop at the Coloring Book Plaza (SE corner of Pico and Hauser). It’s the first of three such Saturday morning events this summer, where two artists will lead art activities for kids, with plenty of chalk for everyone to color on the sidewalk. The whole family is welcome. (The other two events will be held on July 12 and August 24.)
Next up, you can enjoy a couple of vintage films at the Wiltern Theater, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., playing as part of the LA Conservancy’s annual Last Remaining Seats festival, which screens classic movies in classic movie palaces. The first film, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid“, an the second, starting at 8 p.m., is Paddy Chayevsky’s darkly iconic, “Network.” See the individual film links above for tickets.
Moving on to Sunday, the Petersen Museum’s monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In kicks off at 8 a.m., on the third floor of the museum’s parking structure. Join the museum and other car enthusiasts for a “morning of conversation, laughs and some truly amazing performance and classic, custom, and exotic cars,” as well as trucks, motorcycles, and more. Complimentary parking, coffee and bagels are provided for all visitors. Museum members will also have early access to the museum, and the Petersen store will be open, too.
The big to-do on Sunday, though, is the lastest installment of the popular Ciclavia open streets event, which will roll, walk and run through the Mid-City area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The route runs along Washington Blvd., 7th Ave., and Venice Blvd., between La Brea and Hoover, and through the neighborhoods of Angelus Vista, Arlington Heights, Harvard Heights, Mid City, and Pico Union. The streets will be closed to cars and open to people of all ages to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore. Note that this is not a race – there’s no specific start or finish – so you can jump in and out wherever you want, and stop wherever you want to look around. No registration is necessary – just come and enjoy your city. See the link above for more information.
Next, if you’re intrigued by what you see along the Ciclavia route, there will also be a 9-mile “Ciclavia-related” walk through many of the Ciclavia-adjacent neighborhoods in West Adams, starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The walk (which is NOT a part of the official Ciclavia event), is co-sponsored by Los Angeles Walks, and will be led by Bob Inman, author of Finding Los Angeles by Foot. According to the event’s Facebook listing, “The idea is to get a lot more appreciation of the area that CicLAvia is calling “Mid City meets Pico Union.” We are not trying to compete with CicLAvia, we want to supplement it.” Also, says Inman, “This is a beautiful zone of housing from the early 20th century. There are some wonderful gardens in front yards; some blocks with great street trees and a variety of wonderful examples of local self-expression. Tracts such as Wellington Square and Western Heights will be a couple of the highlights.” The event is free, and RSVPs via the Facebook event page are appreciated.
And finally this weekend, for those with a more artistic bent (or maybe those just tired from Ciclavia and the 9-mile walk), check out “Patent Party Steam,” starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Craft Contemporary. The event celebrates the USPTO Patent issued for the Steam Egg, now on view at the museum. The installation will be a “fully operational as a steam room for five Sundays over the course of this summer.” According to the CC, “guests are invited to climb up and into this egg-shaped steam room and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends and strangers. The steam will be infused with specially devised scents selected by our “Herb-J,” or “Olfaction DJ.” Two or three short rounds of steaming are recommended. Please arrive early and be ready to sweat – guests are asked to bring their own towels and bathing suit. Drinking water and changing rooms will be provided.” It’s free with museum admission and open to the public.
Have a great weekend!