By LUCY GUANUNA

Ladies gather your gal pals for a night of dancing to hits by the queens of hip hop and R&B at the Echoplex or for a workshop that teaches your crew how to make your very own hoop earrings.

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

This issue of Eastside Weekend is sponsored by Metro, which invites you to attend Nisei Week 2018

FRIDAY, August 3

Dance – This one’s for the ladies! Baby Girl will be going down at the Echoplex in Echo Park with DJs spinning hits by the queens of hip hop and R&B from the ‘80s up until now. Songs by the likes of SWV, Cardi B and Aaliyah will keep the dance floor moving late into the night.

Family Fun – Use props, dress-up trunks, scavenger hunts and activities to learn more about the history of the American West at the Autry Museum. Activities include, a play area set in the West, panning for gold, native plant exploration and a dress up photo booth.  

Create – Learn the art of relief printing in a block printing workshop at Makers Mess in Silver Lake. Experiment with patterns, color and repeats and carve your own block to take home and use again if you want to make additional prints.

SATURDAY, August 4

Shop – Do as Usher and Leo Dicaprio did and hit the Eastside’s trendiest flea market. Silver Lake Flea will be operating as a night market for the rest of summer, so you can now shop for vintage and handmade goods every Saturday during the cooler evening hours.

Create – Hoop earrings are the perfect compliment to every outfit, and if you’re the type of gal that’s always on the go, you know they’re also easy to lose.  Now you can learn to make your own sterling silver hoops in a jewelry making workshop with Alix Camp of Yoku Jewel at Makers Mess in Silver Lake.  

It’s Lit – Set in 1917 East St. Louis, Americus is the story of two identical twins and rivals inspired by Egyptian mythology and the recurrent intersection of race and violence in the region. Join Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park for a reading and discussion about the book Americus with author, Dr. Michael Datcher.

Do Your Part – Homelessness in Los Angeles is no laughing matter. But comedians like Maria Bamford and Drew Lynch will have you in stitches during Laughs on Tap, a comedy show and fundraiser hosted by the NELA Homeless Coalition. All proceeds will go to Shower of Hope, providing mobile showers for the homeless community.  

Film —  Pack a picnic basket  and refreshments  and head over to Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights to watch an outdoor screening of L.A. Confidential.

SUNDAY, August 5

Chill —  Start your Sunday morning with a Tai Chi class with Wayne Qian at the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

Marketing —  Now that you’re relaxed from Tai Chi, it’s time to pick up some summer-fresh produce at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market.

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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