Los Angeles Free Friday

Oct 08, 2010 by Lisa Newton

To be sure, many in Southern California hate, absolutely loathe the rain. I don’t know about you, but I love the rain, the sound, the smell, and the greenness it creates after it’s come and gone.

Especially here in Los Angeles, the rain cleans the dust off the buildings, cleans the sidewalks, and gives the air a much needed respite from the smog, dirt and grime that all of the cars on the road create. Everything looks a little brighter after a good rain.

The good news is that there’s no rain in this weekend’s forecast and the better news that this weekend’s activities are full of good times, art, energy, and a whole lot of fun thrown into the mix.

So, let’s get started:

Acknowledged as the world’s largest live-work art colony, the Brewery, which is a former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery and bottling plant, attracts nearly 15,000 art-loving Southern California residents, tourists, collectors, curators, dealers, educators, and students to the famed BreweryArtWalk, This annual event will be held this weekend, 11:00am until 6:00pm. Over 170 private studios in the 300-studio complex, will open their doors to the public, giving them a rarely-seen glimpse of the artists’ diverse creations and loft-dwelling lifestyle. The Brewery, a 22-building complex on 23 acres, comprises a variety of structures, some dating back to 1888. In addition to painters, sculptors, performance artists and other fine artists, The Brewery, located at 2100 North Main Street in LA, is home to many specialty artists: designers of furniture, art glass, costumes and clothing, theatrical and movie sets, web sites and computer games, vehicles, greeting cards, and even high-fashion eye glasses. Oh, and don’t forget, there are over 50 professional photographers, too.

If you’re interested in checking out some pumpkins this weekend, then head over to the 16th, Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival. There will be live performances on both Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Some of the artists assembled to perform include Radio Disney, Remo Drums, EGG, Ballet Folklorico Nahuatzen, Birdie’s Playhouse, Earthworm Ensemble, The Hollow Trees, Renee and Jeremy, Twinkle Time, Debi Derryberry, and more! Play carnival games, jump around in bouncers, decorate pumpkins, and create kids’ crafts. Save on used books and costumes and enjoy many more family activities. Full Disclosure: entrance into the Festival is free, and so are the live performances, but there’s a small fee for some of the other activities. However, all the proceeds go to the Kidspace Museum, which is a great cause.

Get ready, Pasadena Art Weekend is here. Happenings include free admission to Pasadena’s museums, an open-air art market and gallery walk, a cultural dance festival, edible art, the Latino Heritage Parade, live music and children’s art activities, so make no mistake, there will be no shortage of things to do at the Pasadena Art Weekend. This three-day, citywide arts festival kicks off with ArtNight Pasadena–now celebrating its 12th year–on Friday. Remember, with their scheduled events including the Art of Food, ArtHeritage, its ArtWalk, ArtRhythm and Art Performances, this is an important and fun cultural and artistic event. For all the various times and locations, check out their website.

On Saturday, in collaboration with the LA Opera, Grand Performances, which dazzled people by having free concerts all summer, is presenting a free public screening of Il Postino, featuring Plácido Domingo, as Pablo Neruda. This new, Spanish-language opera was composed by Daniel Catán, and is currently selling out the Music Center until October 16th, so this will provide an opportunity for both new and old opera fans a chance to see this critically acclaimed and audience-pleasing production, before it travels to other cities and produced by other theater companies internationally. The free screening takes place on Saturday, at the California Plaza at 7:30 pm.

If books are your passion then you definitely don’t want to miss the 13th Annual Latino Book and Family Festival. Billed as the largest gathering of Latino authors in the U.S., the Book Festival will take place at Greenlee Plaza, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00am until 6:00pm. The event is presented by founder/actor/community activist Edward James Olmos and Latino Literacy Now, a Los Angeles-based national non-profit organization, Olmos founded this organization in 1997, and serves as its Chairman to promote literacy in the Latino community. In addition to bringing together over 120 award-winning and emerging Latino authors for panel discussions, book readings and signings, the festival will mount a ballet folklórico dance competition–featuring dozens of traditional and regional ensembles, representing several age groups. The children’s activities includie book readings, arts activities, traditional and popular crafts, and an array of refreshments.

On Saturday about 10:00am, the Third Street Promenade, in Santa Monica, will be transformed into the Good Energy Festival. It’s a showcase of different companies who create products that make a positive impact in the lives of the consumers or the environment. Festival goers are able to make buying decisions based on the good works companies are doing, to make a positive difference in our world. It will also feature food, great products, fun and enjoyable entertainment. The Festival is family and pet friendly.

With a special emphasis on education, “Celebrate the Arts”, the 47th Annual Juried Fine Arts Festival promotes arts in the community, artists and their business, and supports art programs in Los Angeles’ local schools. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, over 100 booths will feature art of every kind–from watercolor and mixed media painting; to ceramics and glass; to photography and printmaking. It will host live entertainment and food booths, making the Arts Festival a day-long event. So be sure to attend by going to the Monrovia Library Park, at 321 South Myrtle Avenue, for all the fun.

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One Response to “Los Angeles Free Friday”

  1. Travel Bug says:

    It’s a massive weekend for you guys over the pond! I’ve been told you’re staring down the barrel of a three day weekend with Monday off?


    It’s good to see active moves towards healthier living in LA. Cheers for the post!
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