Los Angeles Free Friday

Oct 15, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Our days are now shorter, and as they continue to lessen in time that’s our cue and signal that the end of summer is now upon us. But now that the time change is here–it will soon provide us with an extra hour of sleep–which means Autumn is here.

But, autumn in Los Angeles is a sign of art. It’s the theme of this week’s Free Friday. From dancing to music to gardening (Yes, I consider planting a garden an art form.), from the Valley to Santa Monica, art is here:

Do you feel like getting your fair share of weekend-warrior exercise?

Or perhaps your desire is to sit back and watch a dance groupe performing at the Baldwin Hills Overlook, in Culver City, on Sunday at 5:00 p.m., it will be the site of a free performance entitled, Dancing in Public Parks, featuring the celebration and dancing of the SuarezDanceTheater.

Onlookers will be invited to interact with the artists and the traveling group of guerrilla dancers will join the local patrons after their performance, as well.

To be sure, bring your cameras also—as the views of Los Angeles from the Overlook are spectacular as much as the new building is as well.

If you find the need–and urge–to spruce up your yard hits you close to home; quite literally, then you should should head over to the Theodore Payne Foundation, which is dedicated to helping Californians discover the beauty of California native plants. Their hosting the Wild Flowers and Native Plants Fall Festival.

On Friday and Saturday from 8:30m to 4:30pm, more than 500 native plant species will be featured all at one time. As the largest nursery in Los Angeles County, devoted exclusively to native plants, you’ll not only be able to purchase plants, but also to seed, too and learn how to care for them.

On Saturday at 11:00am and 12:30pm, at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre located at the brand new Walt Disney Concert Hall will host “World City,” which is featuring various performances by internationally renowned artists.

This week’s ensemble will include the Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble, whose performances include the diverse cultures of West Africa, the rich Haitian influences that are from Cuba–plus the popular dance well known from the Cuban heritage–including dances including the rumba, conga, chancletas and son.

Even though this event is free, the required tickets must be obtained from the Grand Avenue entrance, located at 2nd Street. Tickets for the 11:00am performance can first be obtained at 100am, and tickets for the 12:30pm performance will then be distributed beginning at 11:00am.

Celebrate all forms of art at the 5th Annual Clyde Porter Arts Day Festival, aka the “del Artista 2010” is taking place on on Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

This family friendly event will feature a Farmer’s Market, Kid’s Crafts, which are provided by the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center, our ever centric Food Truck culture, special discounts from many types of selling vendors, and raffles and prizes.

All of the fun takes place the Clyde Porter West Valley Playhouse, which is at Owensmouth Avenue; between Wyandotte Avenue, and Sherman Way, in beautiful Canoga Park.

5th Annual Pico Festival

Pico Boulevard–which cuts a swath from Santa Monica Blvd in the West, all the way to Downtown, is celebrating the re-emergence as the creative hub in the City of Santa Monica.

It will play host to the 5th Annual Pico Festival. All the fun is taking place on Saturday, from 11:00am-4:00pm. The Festival celebrates everything that’s come to represent Pico Boulevard. The festivities starts at the Art Pavilion at the Virginia Ave Park.

Also featured will be a Classic Car Show, a to-die for sidewalk sale, along with many other surprises. Be there or be square as this celebration stretches the gamut from Centinela Avenue–to the ocean. This is a family friendly event which will also include a Children’s Activities Pavilion, live musical acts, and to be sure for you gourmands out there, different food vendors to satiate your desire for delicious and a bountiful amount of cuisine to satisfy your taste buds.

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