The Bel-Air Film Festival: This independent international film festival is dedicated to film education and exploration with a series of film panels, music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include documentaries, animation, short films, student films and comedies. Through October 15 at UCLA James Bridges Theater with 29 film screenings that includes five Los Angeles premieres and three world premieres.
Reed’s Got Talent: The public is welcome at this FUN-draiser with food trucks and live entertainment for the Humanities Academy at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood. It’s directed by Math teacher Michelle Szymanski and produced by a student crew, talented students and teachers and numerous volunteers. Friday, October 12 6p.m.: Food trucks, bake sale and Student Art Exhibit; 7-9 p.m.: Student Talent Show. Tix at the door or online.
Pasadena ARTWalk: This open air art walk is Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 23 S. El Molino Ave. between Colorado Blvd. and Green St. The Pasadena ARTWalk features over 40 participating visual artists in a festival atmosphere, free museum admission to Pacific Asia & Pasadena Museum of California Art, hands-on activities, entertainment, a self-guided walking tour and more. Event is free and all-ages.
Memorizing Home: When four adult friends and a rebellious teenager venture to Italy for a week’s vacation, all bets are off in Memorizing Rome. Come along for this first look at the new comedy from Coffeehouse Productions in association with Unbound and Dodo Bird Productions, written by award-winning playwright Richard Martin Hirsch (London’s Scars, The Closeness of the Horizon) and directed by Susan Morgenstern. In turns funny and thoughtful, Memorizing Rome makes for a hilarious virtual trip that just might leave you in ruins — or stitches, at least. Sunday at 3 p.m. and Thursday at 8 p.m. (through October 21). The play features Meredith Bishop, Melinda Peterson, D.J. Harner, Dorian Lopinto, Abigail Sims and Diego DiGiovanni. Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks. For tix, call 800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com
25th Annual “A Taste of Encino”: Come out on Sunday, October 14 10 am to 5 pm on Ventura Blvd. between Balboa and Amestoy Featuring: foods from around the world, children’s activities, live entertainment, beverage garden, health & wellness pavillion, disaster preparedness exhibit, arts & crafts fair, busines expo, pumpkin patch.
Taste of Abbot Kinney: Taste of Abbot Kinney supports Inside Out Community Arts and celebrates some of Venice’s best restaurants. The afternoon event focuses on Abbot Kinney’s culinary talent and features a restaurant walking tour where you can sample signature dishes from your favorite chefs as well as enjoy wine and beer tastings. Highlights also include special presentations and cooking demonstrations during the VIP hour featuring local chefs and VIP reception host Adam Gertler from The Food Network.
More Grand Park: Two free public programs continue the celebration of the opening of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. on Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Visitors of all ages can create a giant drawing stretching five city blocks from The Music Center Plaza to City Hall at The Big Draw LA flagship event called Make Your Mark in the Park. More than 150 artists will guide visitors as they draw together, capturing the look and spirit of the park. The event helps raise awareness of drawing’s power as a tool for learning, observation, creativity and social and cultural engagement. Plus Grand Park will inaugurate its new dog run with Grand Park’s Pooch Party featuring dog parades, celebrity dogs, pet adoptions, a special doggy fair and more. The event includes special appearances by “Modern Family’s” “Stella” and “BugZ” from the new Hallmark movie, “Puppy Love.” Click here for more info.
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