Gayle Anderson gives us a preview of some events taking place this weekend around Los Angeles.
Sunday @ 10 a.m.
The Big Photo Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
213 741 1151
The Big Photo Show is in town. This is a multi-sensory experience where photo enthusiasts can see, touch, and explore the latest products rather than simply reading about them.
Sunday @ 10 a.m.
Concours D’Elegance 2013
905 Loma Vista Drive
310 285 6830
Take pictures of this! The Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance is one of the most elegant and prestigious concours events in the United States. The event showcases more than 150-vintage, rare and unique automobiles and motorcycles. Also, appreciate a marketplace of automobile artifacts, fine arts and gourmet food from Beverly Hills’ finest restaurants.
Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival
1328 Montana Avenue
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Want to share a movie with them but dread walking into most feature length movies? Look no further. The Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival offers animated and live action shorts and films from around the world for everyone ages 3-18.
Sunday @ 9am
Urban Kids Consignment
5912 Edinger Avenue
714 805 8526 www.UrbanKidsConsignement.com
There more than 20-thousand items for bargain hunting parents looking for clothing, toys and more for their children at the Urban Kids Consignment sale in Huntington Beach. Get there early. The bargain hunting begins at 9am.
Sunday @ 11 a.m.
Target Free Sunday Cinco de Mayo Festival
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue
562 437 1689
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music and dance performances, free art workshops, face painting and docent-led gallery tours at the Museum of Latin American Art. Get some exercise and burn a few calories with Zumba instructor Abe Torres.
Lawn Mower Exchange – what to expect
If cutting the grass is on your list of chores this Sunday, you might want to trade in your air polluting gas mower for a non-polluting cordless, rechargeable, electric lawn mower.
To participate in the South Coast Air Quality Management’s exchange, residents in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County must register in advance online at www.aqmd.gov or by calling 1(888) 425-6247. Registration is now open!
Party likes it’s 1999, I mean 1599 with more than 15-hundred costumed performers create the exotic and adventurous English seaport town that is ORIGINAL Renaissance Pleasure Faire. 150 craft booths, rides, games, hearty English ales, fine wines and gourmet food are part of the Elizabethan era fun.
Saturday @ 11 a.m.
George Hurrell: Laguna to Hollywood
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
949 494 8971
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (April 22, 2013)—Due to popular demand, Laguna Art Museum is extending its exhibition George Hurrell: Laguna to Hollywood, which is currently on display in the museum’s upstairs gallery, through May 19. The exhibition was originally slated to close Sunday, April 28. Closing this Sunday is ex•pose: allison schulnik, which is on display in the museum’s lower level gallery, as well as highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. The museum’s current exhibition John Mason: Blue Wall will be on display through October 13. Upcoming museum exhibitions include MFA ’13: Laguna College of Art + Design (May 5-19); Faux Real (June 2-September 29); Sea Change: Tanya Aguiñiga’s Bluebelt Forest (June 2, 2013-May 18, 2014); and ex•pose: beatriz da costa (June 2-September 29).
GEORGE HURRELL: LAGUNA TO HOLLYWOOD
Extended through May 19
On display in the museum’s upstairs gallery is an exhibition of photographs, mostly from the museum’s permanent collection, by noted Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell (1904–1992). Hurrell, who was born in Covington, Kentucky, studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learning to photograph his paintings spurred an interest in photography as a medium. In 1924 he was befriended by Laguna Beach artist Edgar Payne and his wife, Elsie Palmer Payne, who were spending several months in Chicago after returning from a long European sojourn. The following spring, the Paynes motored back to California accompanied by Hurrell. After a short time in Los Angeles, Hurrell moved to Laguna Beach, living for a time in the vacant cottage of silent film director Malcolm St. Clair. He became part of the art community and developed close friendships with artists William Wendt and William Griffith. He began photographing the leading artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association, including, besides Griffith and Wendt, Anna Hills, Thomas Hunt, and Frank Cuprien.
It was in Laguna Beach that Hurrell met Florence “Pancho” Barnes, who, in turn, introduced him to silent movie star Ramon Novarro. Hurrell’s photographs of Barnes and Novarro caught the attention of Hollywood, and he moved there in 1927. By 1930 he was the head of the MGM portrait gallery. He was soon dubbed the “Grand Seigneur of the Hollywood Portrait.” He established his own studio on the Sunset Strip and later worked for Warner Bros. The museum’s collection contains many Hurrell photographs, including those of the early artists and other prominent people of Laguna Beach, as well as a portfolio of ten portraits of important Hollywood stars, including John Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Katharine Hepburn. The exhibition presents a selection of about sixty of Hurrell’s photographs from 1925–1940 curated by the museum’s Curator of Early California Art Janet Blake.
Butterfly Pavilion Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
213 763 DINO
Also beautiful, the 53-butterfly species at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. Learn about the official California butterfly, the California Dogface, and why California butterflies love California Native Plants.
Sunday @ 10 a.m.
Butterfly House Opening
Environmental Nature Center
1601 16th Street
949 645 8489
You will find more butterflies and butterfly information at the Butterfly House Opening at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.
After you learn about the live critter, purchase handmade gifts from local artists, buy Butterfly host and nectar plants, check out the Children’s Art Juried Exhibit, enjoy breakfast, lunch, dessert and beverages and recycled butterfly themed crafts and live music.
Saturday @ 9 a.m.
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
1941 Monterey Colonial Residence Designed by Architect Roland E. Coate, Sr.
714 442 3872
Get some decorating ideas and support the music and art programs made possible by the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Visit this year’s home makeover, a 1941 Monterey Colonial Residence Designed by Architect Roland E. Coate, Sr. in Arcadia.
Sunday 11 a.m.
KJLH Sunday Gospel Brunch
Chart House Restaurant
231 Yacht Club Way
310 372 3464
Have a little church with some great chow at the KJLH Sunday Gospel Brunch in Redondo Beach. The soulful sessions with a breeze start at 11 a.m.
And, time is running out to see the Flower Fields of Carlsbad is full bloom. These spectacular colors on the rolling hills of North San Diego County will only last through Mother’s Day weekend. The nearly fifty acres of Ranunculus flowers are in bloom will be gone until next spring.