Vendors with cool arts and crafts come to the York Blvd / Ave 50 Art Market

Fun things to do in NELA this weekend and beyond

2022 Arts & Culture Editions July

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

 Be entertained. Be creative. Laugh. Browse the art fairs. Buy local. Express yourself. There’s plenty to do in Northeast Los Angeles, starting this weekend.

Shakespeare in the (Griffith) Park

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is on, now through August, with performances by the Independent Shakespeare Company. July features a new special performance of “Knight of the Burning Pestle” — a comedy not by William Shakespeare but by his friend and contemporary Francis Beaumont. The play follows a theater troupe who are interrupted mid-show by audience members with recommendations for the plot, which cascades into more and more proposals and changes. Admission is free (and donations are recommended), but tickets must be reserved beforehand here.

August brings the Bard’s Macbeth. Details to come.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater, “¡FIESTA!”

In 1969, Bob Baker of the eponymous marionette troupe on York Blvd. created “¡FIESTA!”, a puppet “love letter to Latin America” and to his team of Latin American puppeteers. This year, from July 9 to Sept. 18, the theater offers a new iteration of “¡FIESTA!”, a modernized production without the stereotypes of the earlier versaion. Find tickets for this all-ages production at the link.

In addition to the live show, the theater has created an exhibit of old artifacts and new art related to the original and updated versions of “¡FIESTA!” See it at the theater when visiting for a performance.

 Art and Craft Markets

Support local makers and vendors at a pair of art and craft markets this summer! The York Blvd. Art Market  falls on Saturday, July 9 (the second Saturday of the month) along the corner of Ave. 50 and York. Find clothing, crafts, plants, personal products and more from local sellers (and if you’re interested in being a vendor, be sure to check the sign-ups for August here). Don’t worry about the heat — the summer hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also check out Odd Night at the Autry Museum. This monthly event — Friday, July 15th this month — brings together more than a dozen food trucks, a variety of vendors, live music and more to the fairgrounds outside the museum, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission for adults is $5.

 

 Weekly Comedy

Three weekly comedy shows are on the regular in NELA this summer! On Wednesdays, there’s Microdose Comedy at the Fable Bar on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, featuring a rotating line-up of local comedians and no cover charge.

Nearby, Motherland Comedy returns after a two-year hiatus to Kusina Filipina on Eagle Rock Blvd. for a weekly Wednesday night show, starting July 13. Filipino dining meets quality comedy with an ever-changing line-up of local and established performers.

Comedy Manor at the York Manor in Highland Park takes place every Thursday evening, starting July 14. Manor moves the humor to the basement of the old church, giving it a unique speakeasy vibe. Tickets start at $10.

Film Festivals
Two local film festivals seek entrants. The annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival, based out of the Highland Theatre on Figueroa St., is open for shorts and feature-length fiction and non-fiction projects from professional and student filmmakers. The final deadline is August 8.  More info on how to submit here.

The Glendale International Film Festival also seeks entrants, including feature length (one hour or longer), short film (under 25 minutes) or shorts (under 10 minutes) of any genre. The regular deadline has passed, but the extended deadline is July 15. Find more information about submitting and categories here.

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.

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.