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Weekly Culture Collection is a column that gives you the best things to eat, see and do at Pepperdine, Malibu and the surrounding Los Angeles area. It’s like The New Yorker’s Goings on About Town section but not as high-brow, and there is no dandy with an eyeglass. It also has nothing to do with New York.
This week the best things to see, do and eat from Malibu to Arcadia on Labor Day weekend will be explored.
Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2-3, 7:30 p.m.
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
The Aero Theatre opened in the 1940s as an around-the-clock movie theater for aircraft laborers who worked odd hours. While the Santa Monica aircraft business has all but shifted in favor of $10 cold-pressed juices and nut milks, the Aero Theatre remained a constant cinematic force wedged in the center of a dynamic and ever-changing Los Angeles landscape. This week, viewers can indulge in two disparate cinematic experiences in 70mm with “2001: A Space Odyssey” on Sept. 1 and a double feature of “The Godfather” and the “Godfather Part II.”
626 Night Market
Sept. 1-3 —285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007
Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays are a harbinger of weekends and pending Instagram posts rife with food-related hashtags. Journeying eastward is the 626 Night Market in Arcadia, Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays’ better and cooler brethren of the San Gabriel Valley that is inspired by the night markets of Asia. If Instagram were a person it would be the 626 Night Market. If all untoward images and fantasies cloaked themselves in breaded, milk tea-infused, soft-serve trimmings, 626 Night Market would house them all. Yes, even x-rated cakes.
Through Sept. 3, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Getty Villa, 7985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA
The time to engage in a Roman Holiday (no, not the Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn kind), is dwindling. The Getty Villa’s “Roman Holidays,” is an evening to explore ancient Roman times (sans any violence or recitation of Roman rule via humanities class) and ends Sept. 3. The Los Angeles-based Troubadour Theater Company will give visitors laughs and examine a sheep’s liver in an artful attempt to predict the future. There will also be a perfume workshop and the chance to discover ancient Roman scents will lure in visitors with a concoction of divine and presumably fetid odors. The opportunity to pray to Venus is the denouement for this anachronistic Roman Holiday.
Sept. 2, 2017, 9 p.m. –2 a.m.—The Parlor, 7250 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Those who are 21 and older can enjoy a silent dance party, something that is very real and likely cropped up in a niche, unexplored area of the internet that should maybe have been left unexplored. Without the hassle of acquiring tinnitus and listening to someone else’s dated tunes, visitors will get a pair of Urban Fetes headphones and have the opportunity to choose up to three DJ’s.
Urban Fetes’ Silent Parties have “taken the nation by storm,” and the silent party ilk has been around for decades, according to their Eventbrite page. The jury may be out on the validity of these self-promotions, but visitors will surely discover something weird and unexpected.
This Labor Day weekend, labor over the good things like gangsters in film, milk tea, sheep’s liver and Kubrick and other unexpected gauche pairings. Your weekend will thank us; your wallet may be depleted. Either way, we’d hate to belabor you with Labor Day activities any less exciting or eclectic.
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