Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Weekend Feast October 14th - 16th

 The weekend kick off tonight with the downtown Art Walk from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. Dozens of galleries are open and you can probably make yourself a fine little dinner of wine and cheese just by visiting a few.  Or, click here for markets and restaurants.   The walk starts at The Art Walk Lounge where you can plan to meet friends and get your maps and directions.  

Fabulous! Ten Years of FIDM museum acquisitions  is on now at the museum and galleries of downtown's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.  The past 10 years have been wonderful in terms of enriching the FIDM collection.  From the website:  the collections at FIDM have attained new eminence and richness, particularly in the areas of 19th– and 20th– century haute couture, mid–20th century American designers, and international contemporary designers.  Highlights include a white gauze French empire gown and a museum commissioned lace peacock ( detail above) couture gown from the late Alexander McQueen.  Especially interesting is a luxurious hand embroidered court suit belonging to composer Johann Hummel ( 1778-1837) who was a student of Franz Joseph Hayden ( 1732-1809.)  The collection also includes a walking stick belonging to Hayden himself.  Listen to some Hayden on your way downtown, maybe one of the London Symphonies, and let your imagination go.

You know what? How about hearing a bit of Hayden's famous "Surprise" Symphony right now -

8 minutes and lovely paintings too.  Go ahead and play it for yourself while you read the rest of this post. 

Details, directions and hours to Fabulous! Ten Years of FIDM can be found here.

While I'm thinking of classical music I want to draw your attention to Creative Kids Central over on the KUSC website.  Right now there is a fun, interactive game up called Learning About Opera: Hansel and Gretel.  Now don't roll your eyes at me.  I am telling you young kids generally respond to opera if given a chance. What's not to love? Opera is big, opera is loud, people take 5 minutes to die and it's often by sword or some other equally violent means. Nothing like that in Hansel and Gretel of course (besides the threat of being boiled and eaten by the witch ...) so grab your kid, click here and let her play around for a few minutes before she goes back to Sponge Bob.  

This weekend the World Festival of Sacred music closes with a series of concerts and events.

Above is an image from Water Rising, a beautiful performance with a purpose - illuminating the plight of the Pacific Islands and their people in the age of global warming.  This show takes place Saturday night at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Click here for tickets and here for details about the rest of the Festival's closing weekend shows. 

Even though it's 100 degrees in some parts of our city (!) it is autumn and the pumpkin patches are open.  Here is a detailed site listing Halloween activities all over town.   It's so comprehensive  that I'm simply going to send you over there to get your info but I do want to mention the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival.

My family and our dear friends have attended this event this several times. It's a lot of fun:  inflatables, bands all day, arts and crafts, animals, a car show that in the past ( and perhaps again this year?) has featured the Batmobile and Herby the Love Bug, fair type food. It's a really good day.  Check the temperature ( cooler Saturday, even cooler Sunday) and head on out there. It's here for details.

Finally, Sunday is Open Mosque Day.  Mosques around Los Angeles are open for you to visit and explore.  For information and a list of mosques click here.

Have a great weekend!

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