It's been quite a year for Leimert Park. We already have World Stage jazz, Sika fashion, Zambezi Bazaar, Eso Won books, Ackee Bamboo Jamaican food, Kaos hip hop, Sunday drum circles, Tavis Smiley, Lucy Florence Art and more.
But one of the most exciting developments has been the Leimert Park Art Walk - held on the last Sunday of the month for the past six months. I admit I was skeptical when Melissa Jones told me her idea of turning empty storefronts into art exhibits and bringing in hip hop and emcees. The film student had come to Leimert Park Village, linked up with Ben Caldwell of Kaos and wanted to make a difference. Boy did she. I embraced the idea and promoted it heavily. And Leimert Park loved it, as hundreds and hundreds of art lovers, artists, music lovers and DJs - children and adults - mixed in the with weekly drum circle contingent to create a July to remember. Even more amazing, with the help of dozens of others, such as Kyle Verbs, they make it happen every month.
So here's my list of Leimert Park's most important stories - feel free to comment or add your own.
• Art patron Eileen Norton, whose ex-husband Peter Norton opened the Norton Simon Museumin Pasadena, announces the opening of an exhibition and education space her gallery opening in Leimert Park Village. Funded by the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation will exhibit art and educate local children about how art can expand their learning experiences. Local artists and selections from her large collection will be highlighted, her assistant clarified. new gallery brought to you by the same people who brought us the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
• Crenshaw Farmers Market celebrated one year at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Though many of us were sad to see them leave the village, the market has more fresh fruits, veggies, arts, crafts and food vendors. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Fresh & Easy won near unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Council to open a grocery store at 50th and Crenshaw where the Ford Dealership used to be. Though most residents welcomed the addition, a vocal minority is threatening a lawsuit that could still derail the project.
• Expo Line delayed - Already a year behind schedule, there is hope that it will open this year, but it only made it to Crenshaw. At least we can talk it all the way to downtown Los Angeles.
David Lloyd's New Paintings opens at Klowden Mann gallery in Culver City this Saturday, October 25. Lloyd is a Los Angeles-based artist, and his new work is a combination of "formal abstraction and narrative irreverence." The piece over there on the left is…
Join the South Los Angeles Food Co-Op (SoLa) on Saturday, November 15, from 2-4 p.m., for a free high blood pressure awareness workshop at the Baldwin Hills Library community room at 2906 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles CA 90016This workshop will provide information on ways to use physical activity, proper screenings and healthy foods to support cardiovascular well-being. The workshop will include a healthy cooking demo and tasting by Doula Cooks’ Chef Hawk, yogic practices for stress reduction…See More
Hiram Sims is a poet extraordinaire! Don't miss this event. He is a busy fellow-- and we are pleased to have him come to LAPL to present his work to an appreciative audience of library patrons, readers, and budding writers, poets and authors.Hiram will read from his latest work: Photoetry: Poetry and Photography From South Central LA. This is an amazing collaboration between Hiram and five photographers: Sam Bendall, Adam Tillman Young, Ameer Espy, Charisse Sims, and Kim Soria. Hiram will…See More
Pulp Fiction gives the “treat” of literacy this holiday with
FREEall-ages comics for everyone who visits us on Hallween ComicFest 2014! Plus meet Tony Fleecs, artist of the My Little Pony comic, who will be autographing his books, doing sketches and entertaining all his fans!
LIVE THEATER. "ONE LAST LOOK" is a comedy about Eustace Baylor who dies and leaves to morn his two families: A wife and Kids and a Mistress and Kids. They all show up at the funeral and that's when the Comedy and Drama begins.Food may be purchased at our concession.See More
Taking their cue from the Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston hit song of the 1960s, Jayon and Jon Kevin will present a lyrical and musical storytelling concert, exploring the power of two. Jayon and Jon Kevin are both professional musicians. Jayon is a classically trained vocalist and Jon Kevin, an accomplished guitar/bass player (with a wicked sense of humor). Through stories and songs, they will weave tales of couples that span history, cross cultures, evoke fantasy and celebrate real life, showing us…See More
October 16, 2014 at 8pm to October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm
Back by popular demand!!! One week only! Ebony Repertory Theatre presents “Paul Robeson” starring two-time Emmy Award Winner Keith David, in a powerful chronicle of his life. Written and Directed by Phillip Hayes Dean. October 16 – October 19, 2014. Various times. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. For more information: www.ebonyrep.org or 323-964- 9766. Description: A powerful chronicle of the life of…See More