Activities in NELA this weekend kick off on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the start of the York Blvd. Art Market.

11 fun things to do in NELA this weekend and beyond

2022 Arts & Culture Editions March

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia 

[Editor’s note/Mar. 15: The Ty Segall performance at Zebulon on Mar. 18 has been cancelled.]

Don’t stay home, but don’t leave town either. Here are 11 fun things to do in and around Northeast Los Angeles this weekend and in the week to come. 

The York Blvd. Art Market returns to Ave. 50 and York Blvd. Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring art, jewelry, beauty products and more from local vendors. The market showcases businesses in NELA with owners who are Black, indigenous and people of color. Learn more about the market here, including how to join as a vendor.

Doreen Sanchez

Starting this weekend, the Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme theater program of new Latina-driven productions at Casa 101 in Boyle Heights will feature “Something Exciting,” a 10-minute play written, associate produced and directed by Doreen Sanchez, a former  Director of Arts for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. “Something Exciting” will be one of 13 short plays in the program exploring Latinas’ challenges, triumphs and contributions to society. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Mar. 27. Tickets, $22 for students and senior; $25 general admission, available here

The Roswell Space gallery in Glassell Park will host a virtual walkthrough, artist talk and question-and-answer session Sunday March 13 from 11 a.m. to noon on “Afterglow,” a new exhibit of works by five women artists working with encaustic (hot wax) painting. Featured artists include Ann Mitchell, Brenda Hurst, Caryl St. Ama, Karen Ruth Karlsson and Nicole Fournier. Register here for the walkthrough. “Afterglow” runs until March 26 with a closing reception the same day. To arrange for a private viewing of the exhibit, email the gallery.

Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park and Brown Girl Travels will host a free community book fair Sunday, March 13, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the studio, 131 N. Ave 50. In addition to offering a place to exchange books, the fair will feature art, local vendors and a clothing swap at the studio. More info at the link.

Sunday brunchMarch 13, March 20 and March 27 — returns to Checker Hall in Highland Park this month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located in the historic Masonic Lodge at Ave. 56 and Figueroa St., Checker Hall has a relaxed vibe and a fun menu, including French Toast Bread Pudding, Shrimp Roll and Sauerkraut Latke to name just three of the offerings. 

The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra will perform at the Lodge Room in Highland Park Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) A Black music ensemble founded in Los Angeles in 1961 by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is dedicated to community, social consciousness, arts and Afrikan culture. The mission of the Ark is to preserve and present music from Black composers, dead or alive. To this date, over 300 musicians have passed through the Ark, and that number continues to grow. Some notable members include: Michael Session, Kamasi Washington, Kamau Daaood, Dwight Trible, Phil Ranelin, Arthur Blythe, Adele Sebastian, Jesse Sharps and Nate Morgan. Tickets, $20, available here.

“Twilight 81” by Julika Lackner

Seventeen nocturnal landscapes by Eagle Rock artist Julika Lackner are on display now through May 1 in a solo exhibition at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. Entitled “Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner,” the exhibition focuses on landscapes Lackner painted during the pandemic shutdown, when she turned her attention to her immediate surroundings. The landscapes are both familiar and unfamiliar, with views of Eagle Rock, Silver Lake and Debs Park transformed by natural and artificial light. “Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner” is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.

Starting March 16, the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock will offer a painting course in watercolor basics over Zoom every Wednesday (through April 20) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taught by artist and illustrator, Marly Beyer, the course is suitable for anyone age 12 and up. The cost, $150, includes all materials. Click here for more info and to register.

Ty Segall

[Cancelled: Ty Segall, the prolific guitarist, songwriter, bandleader –and NELA regular — will have a solo show at Zebulon in Elysian Valley on Friday, March 18. Doors open at 8 p.m. | Age 21 and up | Ticket, $26.60, here.]

Dance Production (affectionately known as Dance Pro), a student-run, student-choregraphed and student-danced club at Occidental College, returns to Thorne Hall for its 74th performance on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dance Pro showcases dance from all over the world, from hula to hip-hop to Bhangra/Bollywood and more. Tickets, $15 general admission/$10 students, can be ordered here.

Roderick Cox

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), ranking among the world’s top musical ensembles, will present a concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium on Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m., conducted by Roderick Cox and featuring violinist Randall Goosby.  Tickets start at $29. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and for students. For tickets and information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, please call (213) 622-7001, or visit www.laco.org.

Pablo Nukaya-Petralia
Pablo Nukaya-Petralia is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. An Eagle Rock native and graduate of Occidental College. He regularly covers local art and culture while also working as the social media manager for the Boulevard Sentinel. Feel free to contact him at ppetraila@me.com with tips and news.