Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Weekend Feast for October 20th -23rd

Here's an easy but important way to kick off your weekend - sit on your couch and watch TV!

Miss Representation is a documentary film exploring how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.  A line from the film powerfully illustrates the theme: "Little boys and little girls, when they are 7 years old, want to be president of the United States in equal numbers. Ask the same question when they are 15 and you get a whole different story."  Click here to learn more about the film and see the trailer. Miss Representation is suggested for ages 14 and up as some of the images, especially of sexuality and violence toward women, are graphic and upsetting, which is, of course, exactly the point.  I strongly urge you to watch this film and share it with your appropriately aged kids.  Miss Representation airs TONIGHT at 9pm on OWN which is channel 219 on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles. Click here to find OWN in your area.

To further this conversation (or drive your kids crazy with your lecturing)  remember that Beauty Culture is up and running at The Annenberg Space for Photography now through November 27th.

This is a terrific show and just the right size to make an impact without becoming overwhelming. Click here for hours and directions. While you are there, sign up for the Annenberg Space email so you can stay informed about all the great shows, lectures and special programs they put on.

Pacific Standard Time is going strong and this weekend is Westside Focus Weekend. Lots to see and do at venues all over this side of town. There's even a bike map so that you can pedal form venue to venue if you like that kind of thing. Click here for the Westside Focus Weekend page.

 Saturday is a particularly great time to share Pacific Standard Time with your kids as the Getty Center hosts the Pacific Standard Time Family Festival. The creative legacy of Los Angeles artists will be explored all day long in a series of hands-on workshops for kids. As always, admission to the Getty and the Family Festivals is FREE, parking is $15.

Saturday from 2pm until 10pm it's the Miracle Mile Art Walk.  More than 40  galleries and museums in 4 square miles participate in this quarterly event.  Participants will enjoy new exhibits, food and drink, music and opportunities to hear from artists and curators.

In connection with  Pacific Standard Time the Art Walk community hosts a special Gallery Night Out TONIGHT (Thursday) from 5pm - 9pm.  Click here for participating galleries and complete information about Art Walk.

 Halloween events around town this weekend include the Westchester Town Fair, Saturday from 11am- 5pm, with a first ever "After Fair" featuring food trucks, dancing to live music and other night-time fun running until around 10pm.   Day-time events include a costume contest, petting zoo, carnival rides,  chili cook-off, arts and crafts and more. Click here for all the info.

Way over on the other side of town but well worth the drive it's the Descanso Gardens Harvest Festival Saturday and Sunday. Costume parades each day begin at 10:30 followed by puppet shows and an only in LA style "chuck wagon" with grub by the Patina group.  The Descanso is a beautiful place to visit as fall settles in so even if you don't have a costumed little one, consider a visit. It's here for details.

Have a great weekend!

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