Eastside Weekend: “Visual Language” on exhibit in Echo Park | Comic workplace drama plays Atwater Village | Elysian Valley park cleanup


Soak up the last precious bits of summer by bringing a picnic blanket and snacks to an outdoor documentary movie night in Highland Park. If you don’t have a date to bring to the movie, try your luck at tantra speed dating in Silver Lake. You just might meet your future movie date!

Read on for our top 10 events and things-to-do this weekend.

FRIDAY, September 14

Art – See Eastside neighborhoods through the eyes of an East Los Angeles native in “Landscapes and Land Dwellers: Photography of Place by Rafael Cardenas”. New and rarely exhibited photos will demonstrate the intimate relationship between people and place on display through March 2019 at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Film – At a time when walls are serving to divide people and families while uniting others, the last installment of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival at La Culebra Art Park will focus on walls with three documentaries that speak of breaking down walls or beautifying them.

SATURDAY, September 15

Art – Frogtown Artwalk will be kicking-off this weekend with legendary graffiti artist, Leo Limon, who will be painting several new River Catz – cat faces painted on storm drain covers in the L.A. River.  He will also stencil in others for the public to color in during the artwalk, which will be  held next week on September 22.

Art – Artist and archivist Guadalupe Rosales is the founder of  Veteranas y Rucas and Map Pointz,  an online collection of  photos and videos that document ‘90s Latino youth culture. Now Rosales will hold her first solo exhibit, an immersive installation at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College. Join Rosales, for the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Film – If you prefer your films with subtitles over the predictable plots and bloated CGI budgets, check out Cine Sin Fronteras, a collaboration between the Vincent Price Museum and the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles. Three short films based in and around Mexico City will be followed by a Q & A.

Park Cleanup – Do your part for the revitalization of the L.A. River by joining in the Coastal Cleanup Day at Elysian Valley Gateway Park. Help prep the area for native plants by cleaning up trash and laying mulch.  

Speed Date – Step up your dating game with a Tantra Speed Date workshop at Still Yoga in Silver Lake. Guided connection, light partner yoga and eye-gazing with strangers could be really fun or really awkward – you won’t know unless you try!

Art – Twelve artists, including Betty Thompson, Chad Kouri and the Guerilla Girls, will be examining the use of words and images in art to express everyday experiences in Visual Language, a group exhibition at Subliminal Projects in Echo Park. On display through October 6.

SUNDAY, September 16

Theater — Catch “Gloria,” a “bitingly funny and fierce”  play about the editorial assistants who work in a New York magazine. At the Atwater Village Theater through Oct. 21.

Trivia Time — Bring your team of geeks or join a team during Geeks Who Drink at Spoke Bicycle Cafe in Elysian Valley. Get ready to be quizzed on everything from wordplay to bad television.

That’s It For This Weekend!

As always, it’s a good idea to check with event organizers about any changes.

Thanks for reading. Until next Thursday, stay on top of the rest of the week’s goings-on by visiting the Eastside Events Calendar.

— Lucy Guanuna

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One comment

  1. Hi, thanks for the listing on “Landscapes and Land Dwellers” at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

    One correction: The artist’s name is Rafael Cardenas.


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