The Weekend of August 8-10, 2008

Looking for low cost or no cost fun this weekend…here’s what’s going down in the City of Angeles.

Friday

POLITICAL – This morning, the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care hearing being convened by Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. (D-San Jose), Chair, at the California Science Center in the Muses Room (700 Exposition Park Drive) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hearing will highlight best practices that improve outcomes for foster youth and families throughout the state. Attendees will hear testimonies from foster youth; community organizations, social workers and advocates on challenges and solutions to strengthening California’s Foster Care System. For more information, please call (213) 620-2082.

FAMILY – “Summer Night Lights” continues in Los Angeles keeping eight parks in gang hot zones open after dark, with organized sports and arts programs for at-risk youth, and offer kids job opportunities and a safe haven throughout the summer. The program was developed in partnership with Coach Carroll’s non-profit organization, A Better LA, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the LAPD, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the LA Unified School District (LAUSD). Extended Hours & Programming: From July 4 – Labor Day, eight Recreation Centers will extend their hours until midnight, four nights a week (Wednesday – Saturday) and expand programming to include youth-centered recreational, educational and artistic activities (sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs) to engage youth in positive activities during peak times for violence. Youth in each community will register and participate in numerous activities free of charge. Each park will host basketball and soccer leagues that will culminate in an end-of-summer sports tournament, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. In addition, all parks with swimming pools will have extended swim hours and Beyond the Bell’s LAUSD “Mobile Skate Van” program will be stationed at each park to providing safe skateboarding opportunities. On top of the athletic activities, the Department of Cultural Affairs has developed “Cultural Unit Art Teams” consisting of master artists who will provide engaging, youth-centered arts activities in each of the parks. Workshops will include experiences in acting, dance, hip-hop, fashion, design, T-shirt printing, make-up design, special effects, music, drumming, spoken word, and sound engineering. The Department of Cultural Affairs will also host film screenings with local film makers and guest artists who have finished works of significance relevant to youth. These creative-skill-building programs are meant to empower students and inspire collaboration and unity through the arts. This effort will keep each City park open and fully-staffed from 7:00 PM to midnight on Wednesday through Saturday between July 4 and Labor Day. The participating parks and locations are: Jim Gilliam Park – Baldwin Village/ Southwest, Ramon Garcia Park – Boyle Heights/ Hollenbeck, Cypress Park – Northeast, Glassell Park – Northeast, Mount Carmel Park – Florence-Graham/77th Division, Ross Snyder Park – Newton, Hubert Humphrey Park – Pacoima/ Foothill, and Ramona Gardens Recreation Center – Ramona Gardens/Hollenbeck. More info at www.lacity.org.

FILMFilm Life’s 12th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) opened Thursday, August 7 in Los Angeles and runs through Sunday, August 10. Festival passes and tickets can be purchased now at Ticket Web (www.ticketweb.com) or www.abff.com. This year’s festival will feature the ABFF Signature Events including: Off The Record: A Conversation with Young Hollywood; ABFF Remembers … Waiting to Exhale; Can We Get Some Love? — Exploring Black Sexuality & Romance in American Cinema; as well as the HBO(R) Short Film Competition, which is celebrating its 11th year at the Festival. Actor Dennis Haysbert has signed on to preside over the ABFF Grand Jury, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine have been confirmed to attend ABFF Remembers and Lauren London and Anthony Mackie have been confirmed to participate on the Young Hollywood panel. The HBO Documentary, The Black List, written by film critic Elvis Mitchell, will close this year’s festival. The Black List provides a unique view into the zeitgeist of Black America, and features interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Vernon Jordan, Toni Morrison, Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons and Serena Williams, among others. To purchase passes or tickets visit www.abff.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Saturday

HEALTH/ CONFERENCE2008 Black Men’s Health Conference: Mental, Physical, Spiritual Health and Well-Being. ‘Mind Over What Matters Most’ hosted by In The Meantime Men’s Group, Inc. featuring Carlton Wilborn, Rodney Collins, Siri Sat Nam, Jewel Thais Williams, M.W. Moore, Tyrone Carter, Gregory Wilson and Christopher Blades, Jammie Hopkins, Rev. Gerald Green. Saturday, August 9, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, California 90038. More info at www.inthemeantimemen.org or (323) 733-4868.

PERFORMANCE – Tonight, check out Los Angeles based artist Shurlavision tonight at The Mint. A commanding stage performer, Shurlavision graces the stage with her guitar and belts out note after melodic note to the musical pleasure of all within listening reach. Having grown up as the musical director and organist for her father’s small Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) congregation, she honed her skills and developed her own self-described method of conveying smooth, sensual spirituality through intense vocal self-expression. Plainly stated, the girl can blow. It doesn’t get much better than singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The complete package. Her latest release a 6-song CD entitled, “WDIG?” was written, performed and produced by Shurlavision for her independent label, mosoulmusikko©. It’s going down tonight, Friday, August 8, 10 p.m., The Mint, 6010 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Cost $12. More info at (323) 954-9400 or www.myspace.com/shurlavision4u.

SPORTS – In the mood for doubles? If so, join us for tennis Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center located at 5001 Rodeo Blvd., Los Angeles. Ring your own racket. More info or to confirm, jasmyne@jasmynecannick.com.

FILM/FAMILY – Our Councilman Herb J. Wesson is hosting another Movies in the Park Saturday night with a special outdoor screening of “Monster’s Inc.” The screening is free and will take place in the beautiful 10th District at Queen Anne Park located at 12:40 p.m. West Blvd. at 7:15 p.m. Join your neighbors outdoors at the park for family fun complete with popcorn. Think drive-in, but instead of your car, you are hanging in your local community park! More info http://www.lacity.org/council/cd10/.

CLUB – Treazure Lee of publisher of TreazureMag.com is hosting a party for the ladies Saturday night at the Palms Night Club beginning at 9:30 p.m. 8572 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, Cost $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. Goes down every 2nd and 3rd Saturday. More info at www.treazuremag.com.

Sunday

SPORTS – Sunday, the hike in Runyan Canyon starts at 8 a.m. We meet up on the corner of Fuller and Franklin Avenues in Hollywood. Take LaBrea Blvd. north to Franklin Avenue (one block past Hollywood Blvd.) Make a left and go up on block to Fuller Avenue. Say a prayer to the Parking Fairy and begin to look for parking. We meet on the northwest corner of Fuller and Franklin. The hike usually takes about an hour and then we head to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. It’s a good idea to let me know if you’re planning on coming ahead of time in case anything changes. More info or to confirm, jasmyne@jasmynecannick.com.

BEACH – We’re headed back to my hometown Hermosa Beach Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. for another day of fun in the sun. If you want to join us, holla! More info or to confirm, jasmyne@jasmynecannick.com