The number of events this weekend isn’t huge, but there are some really big shindigs.
First up, the Los Angeles Conservancy is hosting L.A.’s K-Town: Cullture and Community, a whole weekend of events focusing on the history, architecture and favorite places in Koreatown. A few of the events are already sold out, but Saturday’s Exploring Wilshire Boulevard Walking Tour still has some spots open. This is an “at your own pace” exploration of commercial and cultural development along Wilshire Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will stroll through the neighborhood and visit historic sites in any order, with docent-led tours at about half a dozen sites along the way. Highlights include the Willard H. George Building, an Art Deco gem that has been closed to the public for years but is now undergoing full restoration…Chapman Court, a stunning Spanish Colonial Revival icon never before open to the public…the spectacular Art Deco Wiltern Theatre…and several iconic houses of worship, including St. Basil Catholic Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Tickets are $30 for Conservancy members and $40 for the general public. There will also be an opening panel discussion at the Wiltern, at 10 a.m., including City Council Member David Ryu among the panelists.
After your big tour, you could continue on east to downtown, for the third annual Grand Ave. Arts: All Access event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It offers free admission, along with a huge number of free, family-friendly activities, interactive workshops and tours at the world-class arts and cultural organizations lining Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th Streets. They include the Broad Museum, Center Theatre Group, the Colburn School, Grand Park, the Los Angeles Central Library, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles master Chorale, LA Opera, LA Phil, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Music Center and the Redcat Theatre. For the full schedule and list of locations, see the link above. There will also be colorful balloons and signage at the various locations, to help guide visitors.
Back closer to home, the Friends of John C. Fremont library, 6121 Melrose Ave., holds its monthly book sale on Friday (12-4 p.m.) and Saturday (12-5 p.m.) this week. As always, the bargains are terrific, with most books priced between 10 cents and a dollar…with special sales this month on cookbooks for $.50 and signed fiction for $2.
On Saturday afternoon, there’s another fun art opportunity at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, as artist Mimi Haddon leads ROJO: A Cochineal Natural Dye Workshop from 1-4 p.m. The session will cover basic techniques of using cochineal, an ancient technique of natural textile dyeing that dates to the Maya Empire. Advance registration is required at [email protected] the cost is $70 ($60 for CAFAM members), including materials.
Finally for Saturday, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed, as Daylight Savings Time ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning. (You don’t want to be one of those people who shows up an hour early for everything for the next day or two, wondering why everyone else is still home in bed.)
When you are finally up and about on Sunday, though, the weekend gets right back into the art groove. First with an Art of the Costume session at LACMA’s Andell Family Sundays, starting at 12:30 p.m. Participants will talk about the Marc Chagall’s ballet costumes and set designs in the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibit (tickets not included with the workshop)and then design their own playful costumes and sets in artist led workshops. The session is free, open to the public, and great for all ages…though children must be accompanied by an adult.
And then it’s back to CAFAM, for Imagination, Place & Possibility: A Conversation with Curator Lowery Stokes Sims and Amalia Mesa-Bains at 3 p.,m. Join legendary curator Lowery Stokes Sims and pioneering Chicana artist Amalia Mesa-Bains for an engaging discussion on the current exhibition on border politics and aesthetics. The event is free with museum admission, but space is limited, so RSVPs are required at [email protected]
Finally, it’s week 2 of 14 full weekend closures of Wilshire Blvd., between Manhattan Pl. and Western Ave., as Metro crews work on piling and jet grouting for new Purple Line subway connector tunnels at Wilshire and Western. The closures will be in place from 8 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Detour routes shown below.
Have a great weekend!