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Weekend Buzz – Events for September 1-2, 2018

The 17th annual West Adams Jazz and Music Festival runs for three days (or, more accurately, nights) this weekend.

It’s Labor Day weekend, and many local organizations are celebrating this traditional end of the summer season with big multi-day events.

Trina Turk and Mr Turk Labor Day SaleFirst up, Trina Turk & Mr. Turk, 212 N. Larchmont Blvd. are having a big sale starting today, Friday, August 31, and running through Monday, September 3.  Look for bargains up to 40% off.

For more multi-day retail fun, there will also be a multi-family garage sale at 522 N. Larchmont on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The hosts will have kitchenware and appliances, sports gear, new curtains in multiple colors/textiles, DVDs, CDs, toys, clothes, crystal/glassware, Christmas ornaments, baby/infant products, books, stuffed animals, home décor, Snoopy collectibles, Hello Kitty collectibles, TV/movie set memorabilia, autographed movie posters, vintage cigarette lighters, ’50s – ’90s collectibles, barware, pen/pencil sets, sunglasses…and more.

There’s also a multi-day estate sale at 552 N. Bronson, running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Items being advertised  include Asian furniture and hard stone carvings, electronics (including ham radio gear, Shure microphone, stereo gear, Jenson speaker and other speakers, a 5-CD player, ham radio books, computer monitors, and old cameras), appliances, including a brand new DeLonghi portable AC unit (12,500 BTU); Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care washer, Kenmore Series 80 dryer, older Kenmore refrigerator, two flat-screen TVs, furniture, Lighting, Asian collectibles, clothes and linens, kitchen items, and garage items including a large BBQ, lots of small hand tools, small saber saw, orbital sander, electrical items, volt meters, and hardware…as well as luggage (including really BIG suitcases), used bricks, a large galvanized trash can with lid, cleaning supplies and more.

For those more interested in shopping for art,  the Craft and Folk Art Museum will host its annual CLAY LA ceramic marketplace and fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The event features the works of 18 distinctive local ceramic artists, including Alyson Iwamoto, Betsey Carter, D. Ceramics, Eunbi, Funzise Ceramics, Gina Zyrcher, Jen E Ceramics, Jodi Siegal Ceramics, KLAI, Kristen Erickson, Lizbeth Navarro, Neenineen Studio, O-M Ceramic, Rami Kim, Ren*Vois, Sonera Pottery, and Uno + Ichi, Yukariwith.  There will also be workshops, music, and drinks…in addition to the great shopping.  Admission is free with museum admission…though there is also a Brunch and Preview event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, which includes early access to the marketplace, complimentary food and drinks and a flower bar.  Tickets to that event are $20.

Next, one of the biggest food events of the year, the LA TimesThe Taste also runs from today through Monday at Paramount Studios at Melrose and Gower.  This year’s event honors the beloved LA Times food critic, Jonathan Gold, who passed away in July.  The event itself provides “­bites from L.A.’s very best restaurants and a lineup of expertly curated demos and talks,” with a wide variety of cooking demonstrations, and dozens of food booths, pop-ups, and unique chef and restaurant pairings.  See the link above for all details, schedules, tickets and parking information.

Also getting an early start yesterday, and running through Monday, is the Cinecon 54 Classic Film Festival, at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  The more than half-century-old event draws filsm archivists, authors, collectors and fans for “five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation.”  It also provides rare screenings of silent and early sound films rarely shown in public, including comedy, drama, musicals, westerns and some one-of-a-kind rarities.  For the full schedule, see

Not far away, and also film-related, you could also check out Warner Brothers’ promotional Smallfoot Yeti Village, recently opened at the NW corner of Hollywood and Vine to promote the new “Smallfoot” film, which opens on September 28.  The Village will be open through September 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on week days, including Labor day.  The attraction is a 40-minute, “yeti sized,” climate controlled, two-level walkthrough adventure, which includes photo ops, recreated film environments, arts and crafts, games, “snowball pit,” a 20′ spiral slide, and other film-themed activities.  It’s also free, with tickets available either online or by just walking up at the location.

Finally for the multi-day – or, in this case, night – events is the 17th annual West Adams Jazz and Music Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday evenings, starting at 7 p.m., along 7th Avenue, between Adams Blvd. and W. 25th St. Bring picnic baskets, chairs and blankets, and settle in to enjoy plenty of free music (and maybe some spontaneous street dancing) with a huge list of musical performers, as well as vendor booths from local artisans and shopkeepers, and food from more than 20 local restaurants and food trucks.  See the event link for the full performer list and schedules.  And note that while the event itself is free, you will need cash for food items.

And last but not least, there is one one-day-only event this weekend:  an Art of the Pacific Islands workshop at LACMA’s Andell Family Sundays.  Drop in any time between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to check out art from various Pacific Islands – such as a whale-shaped drum from Papua New Guinea, or a textile from the Hawaiian Islands – and then, in artist-led workshops, learn a simple hula dance, and how to create patterned textiles.  It’s all free and open to the public, though children must be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, do note that because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, there will be no city trash collection on Monday, and collection services will be delayed by one day, all week (through next Saturday).

Have a great, long holiday 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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