Zowie, there’s a lot to do this weekend!
Saturday starts with two estate sales, for all the pre-holiday vintage bargain hunters.
Estate sale number one, which runs both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 356 S. Hudson Ave., features items from famed television producer John Wells, including both indoor and outdoor/patio furniture, lamps, chandeliers, jewelry, art, clothing, electronics, toys, and posters, scripts and other memorabilia from many TV shows. See the link above for photos and more details.
The other estate sale, running from Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 138 N Norton Ave. features Art Deco lamps and chandeliers, furniture, other furniture, sliver, china, glassware, cutlery, crystal, appliances, books, and much, much more. Again, see the link above for photos and details.
And if that’s not enough great deal shopping, there’s also a four-family yard sale on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 608 N. Irving Blvd. This one also includes furniture, brand name clothes, toys, jewelry, comics, printers, electronics and more.
If you’d like a bit more active workout on Saturday, it’s time for the The Great Los Angeles Walk 2017 , one of the more unusual events of the year, in which scores of people get together and walk from downtown to the beach, along one of our wonderful L.A. streets, just for the fun of it. This is the 12th year for the event, with this year’s Walk following Beverly and Santa Monica Blvds. Why do this every year? Says the organizer, who started the walks to celebrate his own 10th anniversary in Los Angeles: “Why not? There’s no special reason, no charity, no protest, no issue we’re promoting — other than a passion for Los Angeles.” Join him and prove that yes, people do walk in L.A….and they love it. See the link for a map, starting time and place, route highlights and more.
Sticking closer to home, Knowles Karate Academy , 4378 W. 3rd St., will celebrate International Women’s Self Defense Day on Saturday with a free two-hour workshop from 12-2 p.m., focused on personal safety and awareness for women. Participants will be taught some simple but effective self-defense techniques, and how to protect themselves and others. Space is limited, so preregistration is required at http://www.knowleskarateacademy.com/events/. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and no jewelry.
For those looking for something a little more relaxing, join experienced teacher Julie Kadoi for a Crochet Circle at the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bring some yarn and a crochet hook (if you have one). The circle is open to all levels and all ages above 7, but if you need instruction, Julie will teach you the basics. Come and get a head start on your handmade holiday gifts. All needle arts crafters are welcome.
Saturday evening this week also offers a number of great events. Starting at 5 p.m., the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., hosts a screening of Wait for Your Laugh, a new documentary about the life and career of comedic actress Rose Marie, who started out as a child star before Shirley Temple was born, and found her greatest fame on Dick Van Dyke’s classic 1960s TV show. In addition to Rose Marie herself, the film includes reminiscences with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and PeterMarshall…and there will be a live, in person discussion with director Jason Wise, Dick Van Dyke and Dan Harmon after the film.
Meanwhile, back in Miracle Mile, the Petersen Museum will host a screening of Havana Motor Club at 7 p.m. The film “tells a personal, character-driven story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since the 1959 Revolution” and “shines a light on the lifestyles of the Cuban people as regulations are eased in spite of strict Communist oversight.” The event is free for Petersen Museum members, and $5 per couple for non-members. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
If you’re in more of a holiday mood, Saturday night also provides an opportunity to enjoy your first taste of a couple of great local holiday traditions.
First, the annual holiday ice rink is now open for skating in downtown’s Pershing Square…where you can enjoy skating – and a host of special events and performances – from now until January 15 under both sun and stars. See http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com for schedules and details. And, yes, you can rent skates there!
Also, this is the first weekend for the Zoo Lights – billed as “LA’s brightest holiday tradition” and a “wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L. A. Zoo.” In addition to dozens of elaborate light displays, there will also be real reindeer on display, visits with Santa on select dates, and many seasonal treats and other goodies. See the link for tickets and schedule details.
On Sunday, holiday shopping opportunities continue with the huge annual Temple Israel of Hollywood Hanukkah Marketplace, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7300 Hollywood Blvd. Nearly 40 vendors will be on hand with clothes, gifts for kids, handbags, home goods, fine and costume jewelry and more. The day will also be filled with entertainment, including The Beat Buds at 10:30 am, various TIOH guest artists and activities throughout the day, and a holiday concert by Charlie Kramer and Co. at 2 pm. Food will include the Canter’s Truck, Jersey Dogs, salads, coffee, and of course, a bake sale. 20% of all proceeds go to support the schools of TIOH.
Later, starting at 3 p.m., another local school, TREE Academy, 5555 W. Olympic Blvd., will present FutureLA – an afternoon of discussion with local leaders in food acccess, climate mobilization, waste, and social justice. They’ll talk about what we’re doing in LA to curb carbon, eliminate waste, support the health and wellness of our most vulnerable communities, and take care of the next generation. Attendees will also learn how toget involved with these key issues. Speakers include Jordan Howard, Social Good Strategist; Andy Shrader, Chief Sustainability Officer, LA City Council Member Koretz’s Office; Jessica Aldridge, Athens Services Sustainability Manager; Derek Steele, Health Equity Programs Director, Social Justice Learning Institute; and Emily Polk, Founder and Director of JUNTOS. The event is free and open to everyone; refreshments will be provided.
At 7:30 p.m., you can dive into another vision of our possible future, with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001,” back at the Egyptian Theater. The film is a “mind-blowing meditation on the inherent dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space and the future of the human race.” It also gave us the classic line, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” This is a rare opportunity to see it on the big screen in glorious 70mm.
Finally, as we’ve been reminding you for several weeks now, please remember that Wilshire Blvd, between Western and Manhattan Pl., will be fully closed from 9 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday for Metro Purple Line Subway Extension construction. See https://www.metro.net/projects/notices/notice_purpleline1_102517/ for full details and detour maps.
Have a great big, busy weekend!