L.A. DIGEST: Leimert Park plans virtual Festival of Masks

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The annual Leimert Park Festival of Masks will be a virtual experience this year, available for viewing on Zoom and Facebook Live at 2 p.m. Aug. 30. (Courtesy photo)

Wave Staff Report

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — This year’s Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks at the Leimert Park Artwalk will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Aug. 30 marks the 10th anniversary of the event hosted by the local nonprofit, L.A. Commons.

The online festivities will celebrate the rich traditions of the African Diaspora and offer connections with creatives worldwide.

A ritual for healing will be performed, along with various musical performances.

To sign up for the festival visit, www.lacommons.org/festivalofmasks. 

Reinventing business

seminar scheduled

LOS ANGELES — A virtual seminar discussing the mastery of reinventing a business during an economic crisis will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27 by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees will learn strategies for repositioning their businesses for success amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit www.glaaacc.org.

Emmett Till play

reading planned

LOS ANGELES — The original cast of the multiple award-winning production of “The Ballad of Emmett Till” will reunite for a live-streamed reading at the Fountain Theatre at 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

Till was a 14-year-old African American boy brutally murdered in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, for allegedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of Till’s murder.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.fountaintheatre.com/fountain-digital/the-ballad-of-emmett-till-2020.

Art gallery

plans new exhibits

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — SoLA Contemporary, a nonprofit artist-run art organization, will host two new shows for its September exhibition, Pickled Memories and Breaking the Mold.

Pickled Memories, curated by Anefertiti Bowman, will explore the history of photographer Adrian White, a black man, and his family in North Carolina.

Breaking the Mold, curated by Sharon Barnes, features six artists who argue for the greater exposure and inclusion of all under-represented creatives.

The exhibits can be viewed Aug. 29 through Sept. 26 during the gallery’s visitation times.

To view the show by appointment, email info@solacontemporary.org.

The SoLA Contemporary Gallery is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave.

Library to celebrate

Bradbury centennial

LOS ANGELES — To celebrate the 100th anniversary of author Ray Bradbury’s birth, the Los Angeles Public Library will host the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

Library staff will participate in reading aloud Bradbury’s iconic novel, “Fahrenheit 451.”

Celebrity guest readers will also make an appearance.

The event is in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

For more information about the Read-A-Thon and other Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library programs visit, http://lapl.org/bradbury.

‘Street Love’

planned in Watts

WATTS — Shannon Jackson, a nurse professional, life coach and community advocate, has partnered with a Baskin-Robbins to host the second annual “Street Love” celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 29.

Jackson will launch her new signature Living Your Life Without Limits Wellness Box. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a Wellness Box and two free scoops of Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream.

Jackson’s customized box will include a first aid kit, wellness journal, ink pen, thermometer, blood pressure wristband, candle, matches, and blood pressure magnet.

Entertainer Larry ‘Lala’ Lanehart will co-host the event. Hip-hop artist Rush Tha Visionary will also give a live performance and premiere the new breakout video of his combined singles, “Love” and “Legend.”

All attendees must wear face coverings and adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

Baskin-Robbins is located at 1629 E. 103rd St.

Compiled by Alysha Conner.

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