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The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | Sept. 8 – Sept. 10 2023

As the sun begins its slow descent, casting a golden glow over the City of Angels, the end of summer in Los Angeles promises a grand weekend ahead ablaze with excitement. Picture yourself strolling through the hallowed halls of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, surrounded by the breathtaking creations of Kara Walker. This major exhibition unveils more than 80 works spanning her illustrious 30-year career, including the iconic “Emancipation Approximation” series and captivating images from “Porgy & Bess.” But that’s just the opening act. On Saturday, Echo Park comes alive as the 11th Echo Park Rising festival returns from its COVID-induced slumber. The streets pulse with the rhythm of local talent, and venues like Sticky Rice (The Spirit House), Spacedust, and the Echoplex become stages for unforgettable performances. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Los Angeles Union Station Trainfest 2023, where the past, present, and future of train travel converge in a whirlwind of activities and exhibits. Read on as we dive deeper into these and more sensational weekend events in sunny Los Angeles, promising at least one end-of-summer extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

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Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
USC Fisher Museum of Art
University of Southern California University Park Campus
Friday, Sept. 8 – Saturday, Dec. 9
A major Kara Walker exhibition opens this week, featuring more than 80 works that span her 30-year career. Uniting works created between 1994 and 2019, highlights of the exhibition include the complete Emancipation Approximation series and images from the Porgy & Bess series. The museum hosts a variety of public programs throughout the show’s run.

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The Prose Bowl: A Night Of Spoken Word with Get Lit
The Crawford
Friday, Sept. 8; 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Celebrate L.A. poetry with Get Lit – Words Ignite! at this LAist event. Listen to spoken word performances by the Get Lit youth poets and a special feature by the poet Olivia Gatwood with host Mason Granger. Get there early to enjoy snacks from Recess Ice Cream, sips, and a DJ set from Austin Antoine. Doors at 6 p.m.

Jiaoying Summers At Hollywood Improv for Maui
Hollywood Improv
Friday, Sept. 8; 7:30 p.m.
Jiaoying is joined by a few of her comedic pals who want to send a message of love and support for the people of Maui during this time of rebuilding and recovery. The event raises funds to help provide food, shelter and medical supplies to the devastated community. Ages 21+.

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Echo Park Rising
Various locations in Echo Park
Saturday, Sept. 9
After a COVID hiatus, the 11th Echo Park Rising music, art and local business festival returns this Saturday with established and emerging local talent performances at music venues, bars, restaurants, outdoors and various businesses throughout the neighborhood. Performances include ⁠Jenny O at Sticky Rice (The Spirit House), The Mike Gamms Cosmic Comedy Hour at Spacedust and Bonavega at the Echoplex.

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Los Angeles Union Station Trainfest 2023: A Celebration of Past, Present & Future
Los Angeles Union Station
Saturday, Sept. 9 – Sunday Sept. 10; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Trainfest returns to celebrate the past, present and future of train travel with activations and programs throughout the iconic Los Angeles landmark. Train enthusiasts of all ages can view rail equipment on the tracks from various decades and model train exhibits, participate in train-centric programs and take tours about the history, restoration and art throughout the building.

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Beauty & Wellness Summit
California Market Center
Saturday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The media company Create & Cultivate presents its annual event for beauty and wellness professionals, creators and enthusiasts who want to stay on top of trends. Keynote speakers include Ayesha Curry, CEO & founder of Sweet July / Sweet July Skin, and Melissa Wood-Tepperberg, founder of Melissa Wood Health. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks from various brands, networking opportunities and a gift bag from partners and friends valued at more than $800.

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Summer Camp for Adults at The Arboretum
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Sunday, Sept. 10; 4 to 8 p.m.
Attend a half-day summer camp for adults at The Arboretum in Arcadia on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sip on an “adult juice box” of wine and participate in nature-based craft, a fun science experiment and an amusing, adult-themed tour of the garden. Dinner brings you back to summer’s past with nostalgic favs, including grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, goldfish crackers and other surprises. This week’s camp theme is Naughty By Nature, so get ready to explore the Arboretum like you’ve never done before — from plants considered aphrodisiacs to the botanical origins of the birth control pill and Ficus sex. Ages 21+ only. Tickets: $55.

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Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival
Cesar E. Chavez Ave., between Mednik and Record avenues
Sunday, Sept. 10; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The parade returns for its 77th year to East L.A. with actor, producer and Live with Kelly and Mark co-host Mark Consuelos as grand marshal. Hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Jovana Lara and weathercaster Danny Romero, the parade will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon on ABC7. The fun continues at the Grand Festival with live music, cultural entertainment, attractions and food on Mednik Avenue, between East César E. Chávez Ave. and First St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the sunny weekend!

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