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Weekend Buzz – Events for July 23-24, 2016


This weekend’s going to be a scorcher, so it’s probably best to do your running around early in the day, then aim for indoor activities later.  And evening’s probably a good time for a movie…either indoors or out.

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To beat the heat on Saturday, you can start with a rummage sale at Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., which runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This is an occasional event for the church, and the organizers promise “good stuff as always, including some nice comfy chairs for a living room.”  They also promise great – and negotiable – prices…along with pickup and delivery options.  And, yes, they now take credit cards, too.

estatesaleFrom the rummage sale, it’s just a hop, skip and jump to this weekend’s big area estate sale – running Saturday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 704 N. Las Palmas.  This one is heavy on art and decorative items, including Pre- Columbian and ancient Egyptian artifacts.  Also: antique & vintage Chinese porcelain, snuff bottles, figurines, pottery, jade, Mexican pottery, antique French enamels, crystal, silver and Sterling, Italian pottery, vintage Japanese pottery and porcelain antique satsuma, Imari oil lamps and plates, antique clocks, vintage radios, French and Italian dinnerware, antique Roman glass, Native American pottery and katchina dolls, antique Chinese Cloisonné, circa 1850s Napolean III Tantalus, antique 19th century automaton doll, sculptures in bronze, wood, pottery and clay, Italian inlaid desk/cabinet circa 1800s…and a whole lot more. Pictures and details at the link above.

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Later, and just down the street, the John C. Fremont Library (6121 Melrose Ave.) will hold its monthly BARK: Read to Dogs event, at which kids (and anyone else) can practice reading aloud with ultra-gentle, trained therapy dogs.  (Studies show that reading to these dogs actually leads to improvement in reading skills.) All the dogs are trained to work with children, and the owner is present at all times. The free event starts at 2 p.m., and everyone is welcome to come read a book, meet the dogs and chat with their (also very friendly) owner/trainers.


fickleBy this time, if you’re getting hot, iced tea would probably be the next logical move, and there’s a brand new option to check out this weekend.  Fickle Tea, at 3726 W. 6th St. (between Harvard and Kingsley, a few blocks east of Western), claims to have no less than “The Best Fresh Made Tea In Ktown”…and is soft-opening today (Friday).  Couldn’t have picked a hotter better weekend.

dinelaLater, for dinner, you could indulge in one of the current DineLA Restaurant Week offerings – special prix fixe menus at dozens of great restaurants throughout the city, available from July 18-30.  A great local option is the special at Osteria Mamma, which was named DineLA’s best $29 dinner by Italian food website Foodiamo. The only problem, says Foodiamo, is that you’ll have to choose between the burrata and buffalo mozzarella appetizers.  Sigh.

Finally, for your Saturday evening’s entertainment, there are a couple of great classic film options, one outdoor and one indoor.

streetfoodcinemaStreet Food Cinema  will screen Mad Max: Fury Road at Exposition Park on Saturday night, with its usual food trucks and live music to round out the event.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:30, and the film starts at 8:30.

stingMore great film options will be available at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  A three-day festival honoring classic con and scam films starts Friday with The Sting and Paper Moon…continues on Saturday with Trouble in Paradise, The Lady Eve and The Major and the Minor…and concludes on Sunday with The Hustler and Night in the City.  On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., they’re also showing a collection of vintage silent 8mm Felix the Cat cartoons, with live musical accompaniment.

cafampeopleofearthSunday’s pretty quiet this week, aside from some of the multi-day events listed above…but one good air-conditioned option would be People of Earth, This is Your Last Warning, a new performance and reading at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, at 3 p.m. The piece is adapted by authors Chuck Rosenthal and Gail Wronsky from their book, “Tomorrow You’ll be One of Us,” and is associated with the museum’s current Gronk’s Theater of Paint exhibit.  The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVPs are required.

Dog and Fan
Photo from the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Next, since the weather this weekend pretty much qualifies as an event itself, we’ll provide a few standard reminders, tips and alerts for people and pets, from the City of LA and our local utilities.

For humans:

  • keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher
  • turn off unneeded lights
  • don’t use major appliances until after 9 p.m.

For pets:

  • provide extra water
  • provide a wading pool to play in,  if you have one
  • don’t leave pets unattended in cars
  • take walks either early or late in the day, to avoid the worst of the heat
  • avoid hot surfaces when you walk (if your bare feet would be uncomfortable, so would your pet’s)
  • don’t leave pets outside too long – both heat and direct sunlight can be harmful (yes, pets can get skin cancer, too!)

metro purple lineAnd, finally, we’ll leave you with our weekly weekend subway construction update from Metro:  this will be the third and last weekend that the full intersection at Wilshire and La Brea will be closed, from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.  Starting next weekend, decking work – and street closures – will move east of La Brea, and traffic will flow normally again through the Wilshire-La Brea intersection, and along Wilshire west of La Brea.

Stay cool…and 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 has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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