WAHA E-News 4-2-2009

Blues Music & Veggies-4-Sale, SAT, Apr 4


A Flurry of Special Events in and near West Adams!


Saturday, April 5
7-9 p.m.
No Cover - Come for Dinner
Aunt Rosa Lee's Mississippi Soul Food, 2781 S. Western Ave. (south of Adams)

Brooklyn-based singer, writer and performer Randy Kaplan blends American roots, folk, alternative, and pop in his unpredictable live shows. He performs original compositions, Tin Pan Alley gems, obscure Broadway numbers, Rap classics, Delta Blues songs, and sometimes even songs written by his grandfather, who appeared with Mae West on Broadway in the 1920s. His critically acclaimed CDs have appeared on many top ten lists, including NPR's and MOJO Magazine's. He performs in West Adams this Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. Randy will be playing will play a couple sets of Delta Blues, Traditional, Folk, and Ragtime Music. Come for dinner! It's a free show (BYOB). Come enjoy southern hospitality, culinarily and musically!


West Adams/South Los Angeles Equality Team Kickoff Sunday, April 5
2-3 p.m.
Jewel's Catch One, 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Retro Room, 1st floor (west of Crenshaw)

Grassroots supporters are helping the Courage Campaign (www.couragecampaign.org) build "County Equality Teams" to change the conversation about what constitutes marriage in California, working door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor, in all 58 counties.

This Sunday, April 5, a grassroots volunteer, Derrick Mathis, is organizing a Courage Campaign Equality Team kick-off meeting in West Adams/South Los Angeles. (You might recall that Derrick participated in WAHA's 2007 Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, portraying the actor Ernest "Bubbles" Whitman). You are invited to join Derrick and come together with supporters of marriage equality in the West Adams community to build local infrastructure and form the West Adams/South Los Angeles Equality Team. Participants will engage in some important long-term work-recruiting an army of volunteers, identifying undecided voters, organizing in this area, and taking part in coordinated statewide events.


If you have any questions, please call Derrick at 323-362-8572 or e-mail derrick920@gmail.com.


Raymond Avenue Neighborhood Garden
Saturday, April 4
2-5 p.m.
2632 S. Raymond Avenue (south of Adams)

It's a garden and gardeners' party, celebrating the first anniversary of this community-based garden. Buy vegetable plants cheap - 3/$1! And, eat and drink delicious goodies! Plus: Master Gardener Florence Nishida will be here to demonstrate how to make trellises for cucumbers.


Thursday, April 9 (Second Thursday of every month) 12 to 9 p.m.

The Downtown Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour (with map) of the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles -- commercial art galleries, museums, and nonprofit arts venues.

The Downtown Art Walk began in September 2004 and has grown enormously since, with many thousands of people attending every month. Participants in the Downtown Art Walk are the more than 40 galleries and museums located throughout the central downtown area, within the walkable districts between Grand Avenue/Disney Hall/MOCA, Little Tokyo, the Financial District, and centered around Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. Most venues are open at least 12-9 p.m.

A Free Art Walk shuttle called "The Hippodrome," runs 6-10 p.m. and moves visitors around the Gallery Row portion of the Downtown Art Walk. Pickups and stops are available on demand -- just wave to the vehicle to stop or alert the driver to exit. The shuttle is a vintage retrofitted 1940s school bus, and is hosted by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, who curate it as moving performance venues.

The public may subscribe to the Downtown Art Walk announcement list at: DowntownLAArtWalk-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Twitter alerts are available at http://twitter.com/downtownartwalk

Bert Green Fine Art
102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles 90013 213-624-6212 E-mail, downtownartwalk@bgfa.us

Website: http://www.downtownartwalk.com


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