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Weekend Buzz – Events for November 2-3, 2019

The huge annual Dia de Los Muertos festival at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is definitely this weekend’s biggest and most colorful event.

This weekend starts with not just one, but two big estate sales on the 500 block of S. Norton Ave.

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At the first, which runs from Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 526 S. Norton, interior designer Kathleen Losey will be offering antiques, silver, china, household items, women’s clothes, furs, coats, designer fabrics, custom pillows, bedding, down comforters and vintage jewelry.  See the flier at right for photos.

The second sale, at 535 S. Norton, and running Friday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is billed as a “whimsical estate is filled with treasures galore.”  It features furniture, art, and numerous other furnishings, including a late 1800s American primitive sawbuck table from Pennsylvania, early 18th century Winsdor chairs with nine spindles, a folk art totem pole from a northwest tourist motel, a painted American Pennsylvania step-back cupboard, an American hunt board, many Mid-Century furniture pieces, a large collection of Lee Waisler artwork and sculpture, photographs by Beatrice wood, Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott and more, folk art, vintage gallery posters, drawings, Appalachian pottery and decoratives, an antique loom, an enormous collection of books, linens, mens and womens designer clothes, sterling silver antique jewelry, gold jewlerly, Waterman and Monte Blanc pens, hand-hHammered French copper pots in various sizes…and much, much more.  For photos and details, see the link above.

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Next, although it’s not in the neighborhood, the 28th annual Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend is running from Friday through Sunday this weekend in Pasadena, at the Pasadena Convention Center and other locations, and it’s well worth mentioning for local architecture and Arts & Crafts Movement fans.  The celebration features three absolutely jam-packed days including bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods, receptions in historic locations, a tour of local Craftsman bungalows, an antique and contemporary furnishings and decorative arts sale, lectures, seminars, workshops and more.  For the full schedule and ticket details, see the link above.

Closer to home, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be conducting a citywide “Walk & Bike Count” this weekend, and is looking for volunteers to help count pedestrians and bike riders at several key intersections around the city.  4th & Rossmore is one of the count locations, so if you’re interested in helping with the effort for two hours between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., see the link above.  For more information, contact [email protected] or (213) 928-9606.

Over on Melrose, the Friends of the John C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., will hold their monthly book sale this weekend, on Friday from 12-4 p.m. and on Saturday, from 12-5.  Most books and media items are $1 or less, so stop by and stock up for some great fall reading.

Just a bit north, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., you can visit the city’s biggest Dia de Los Muertos festival, which runs from noon to midnight on Saturday.  The colorful extravaganza includes extravagant altar exhibits, art installations, a photo exhibit, costume contest, ceremonial procession, children’s plaza with arts and crafts, face painting, and a puppet show, along with traditional Aztec dances and rituals, and three full entertainment stages, with performances throughout the festival hours.  Advance tickets are sold out, but tickets will still be available at the gate. See the event link above for full details, including parking information.

For another kind of art from another part of the world, Japan House Los Angeles, at Hollywood and Highland, will be hosting Japan Cuts Hollywood, a three-day festival celebrating contemporary Japanese cinema, from Friday through Sunday.  The event includes films, talks, and special guests, including several local and national premiers.  The full schedule and other details are available at the festival link above.

And finally, Sunday looks rather quiet this week (all the better to nurse your continuing Halloween candy hangover), but families can definitely enjoy the Miracle Mile Toy Hall’s first monthly Magic with Mark the Magician event, starting at 11 a.m. and appropriate for all ages. Magician Mark has been learning and performing magic since he was 7 years old and taught himself from books at his local library.  He began performing in Las Vegas at the age of 20, and since then he has traveled the U.S., entertaining both private and corporate clients, as well as toured with his own show through China, Japan, Mexico, Trinidad and various parts of Europe.

Have a great, magical weekend!



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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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