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Weekend Buzz: Events for November 9-10, 2019

The Original Farmers Market will host a pre-holiday, food-themed open house this weekend, featuring tips, products, tastes and demos from the market’s artisan food vendors.

We’re in a bit of a lull between Halloween and the full-on start of winter holiday events, so the event list this week is quite manageable – plenty to keep you busy, but not at all overwhelming.  Nice sweet spot for your weekend enjoyment.

First up on Saturday is a big estate sale at 208 S. Plymouth Blvd., running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.   According to the organizers, the homeowner was an accomplished artist, who loved color and nature in both her work and surroundings.  Items for sale include framed and unframed paintings, English and American chests, cabinets and tables, four-poster and twin bed sets, sterling and plate silver, a fireplace fender and tools, love seats, a Knabe 63″ baby grand piano, many mirrors, oriental rugs, crystal, glass, china, decorative objects, patio and garden furniture, Christmas decor, women’s clothing, handbags, hats and more.  See the link above for photos and details.

For those who would like to learn more about the planning process in Los Angeles, and – more specifically – how to use the many tools and information available on the city Planning Department’s website, check out the monthly PlanCheckNC meeting, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Hollenbeck Police Station, 2111 E. 1st St.  Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Raquel Beltran will walk you through the Planning website and talk about a number of LA City Planning-related topics.  The meeting is aimed at members of the city’s many Neighborhood Councils, but all residents are welcome to attend, and the information will be valuable to anyone who would like to learn more about how the planning and development process works in Los Angeles.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the artisan grocers and retailers of the Original Farmer’s Market will “showcase their finest fare to help you prepare for  spectacular holiday feasts and festivities” in a special Fall for the Holidays Grocery Open House.  You’ll find special cooking demos, tastings, specials, free goodies and more.  Participating merchants will include the Temecula Olive Oil Company, WildFlora, Green Maya Coffee and others.

Also on Saturday afternoon, from 1-3 p.m., the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will team up with the Craft Contemporary to host a special tour of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum Collections and Cynthia Minet’s Jacked: Panthera Atrox at the Craft Contemporary.  The art and science-themed event will begin at the Second Home Pavilion in Hancock Park, next to the Tar Pits Museum, where Cynthia Minet, Los Angeles-based sculptor, and Dr. Emily Lindsey, Assistant Curator at La Brea Tar Pits “will discuss the paleontological collections of La Brea that served as the inspiration for Minet’s sculpture, Jacked: Panthera Atrox, an animal-machine hybrid made of wood, metal, and post-consumer plastics. Dr. Lindsey will explain the importance of “tar” or asphalt for the preservation of fossils, while Minet will explain how her use of plastic directly references the geological history of La Brea Tar Pits.” The tour will culminate at the Craft Contemporary, with a viewing of the installation Cynthia Minet: Jacked.  Note that the event is free, but reservations are required at

On Saturday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m., the American Cinematheque will be celebrating the 16mm films of director Joe Dante, with a screening of 1965’s “Hail, Mafia!” at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  Dante himself will introduce the program, and the show will begin with the cartoon “Bugs and Thugs,” a 1954 mob-themed Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by the legendary Friz Freleng.  The feature-length Hail, Mafia! starts Henry Silva and Jack Klugman as “unlikely NYC hitmen sent to Europe to hunt down international businessman…who is suspected to be a mafia informant.”

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For some seasonal – and free – family fun on Sunday, check out Griffith Park’s 3rd Annual Harvest Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the meadows at 4730 Crystal Spring Drive, near the merry-go-round.  Sponsored by the LA Parks Foundation, the event includes live music, vendors, food trucks, local craft beer, games, rides, a “Kid Zone,” and animals…and concludes with a screening of Coco under the stars.

On Sunday afternoon, the Craft Contemporary will host a CraftLab Family Workshop – Recycled Papermaking with Sophia Allison, from 1 to 3 p.m. Inspired by the current exhibition Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira, participants will work with teaching artist Sophia Allison and learn papermaking techniques using recycled and found materials.  Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children, and free for museum members.

And finally, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave., the museum’s “Afternoon @ The Barn” series will present “Broadway and The Blacklist.” Author K. Kevyne Baar will discuss the role that the Broadway theater played during the McCarthy era, when many motion picture and television creators were blacklisted in Hollywood for supposed communist ties, but found a welcoming creative outlet in theatrical productions on Broadway.  Baar’s presentation will explore the role theater played during this turbulent period, covering the formation of the Theatre Guild, the Federal Theatre Project and the investigations of the motion picture and television industries by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Dr. Baar will also sign copies of her book after the presentation.

Have a great 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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