This week, we’re car-free in Hollywood, roaring at the zoo, watching a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts at Union Station, eating tacos in Grand Park and listening to bilingual kids tunes at the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.
Carless in Hollywood
If you ever slogged you way down Hollywood Boulevard and wished the traffic would disappear, this event is for you. CicLAvia, the carless celebration of LA, hits the Hollywoods from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 18.
During the event, 6.5 miles of streets — Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Vermont, Highland Avenue between Santa Monica and Hollywood Boulevards, and Santa Monica Boulevard from Highland to San Vicente – will be closed to auto traffic. You can bike, walk or run through Hollywood, East Hollywood and West Hollywood.
The activity hubs for this event are:
• West Hollywood Hub, 8800 Santa Monica Blvd. It will have a LACMA booth with drop-in art activities and information about what is happening at the museum. There will also be a booth for you to register to vote or check to make sure you are registered to vote.
• Plummer Park Hub, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The hub will have an AARP play zone with vintage board games, a mobile visitors center for the Santa Monica Mountains, a climbing wall and a Drag Queen Story Hour.
• Walk of Fame Hub, 6815 Hollywood Blvd. There will be a game booth, a solar-power charging station for your phone, skateboarding skills class and a booth to sign up for a free Los Angeles Public Library card (anyone, regardless of where they live, can get one and they have great e-resources).
• Hollywood Blvd Hub, 5700 Hollywood Blvd. That hub will have art activities and information on bike safety.
• Barnsdall Art Park Hub, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Don’t want to hassle with bringing your bike? Metro will be on site with a bike share station. They will also have a lounge area to relax and play games.
at the L.A. Zoo
The next edition of Roaring Nights will be held from 6-10:30 p.m., Aug. 16 at the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive.
Entertainment will include the band Detroit Nights, serving up Motown, Disco and R&B, and DJs Avi Bernard and Johnny Hawkes. There will be a silent disco, zoo talks, animal feedings and food trucks.
Tickets are $21 for non-zoo members and $16 for members. Online ticketing closes at 5 p.m., Aug. 16. Tickets will be available for purchase at the membership windows of the Zoo as early as 6 p.m. that day.
This one is strictly for the 21 and older crowd.
See www.lazoo.org/roaringnights/ for tickets and more information.
at Union Station
From noon to 3 p.m., Aug. 1, Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., is hosting Capoeira Exchange for an afternoon of movement and music.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance, song, music and oral history.
This free event, held in the station’s ticketing hall, will include a half-hour class for beginners and a separate warm-up for the more experienced. The performance will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
LA Taco Festival
The LA Taco Festival will return to Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., from noon to 8 p.m., Aug. 17.
This free event will feature about two dozen taco vendors, including Danny’s Tacos and Epic Tacos. Note that the vendors will only accept cash. There are ATMs in the area, including ones at Temple Street and Grand Avenue, 1st Street and Grand, and Broadway and 1st Street.
Performing at the event will be the bands Weapons of Mass Creation, a Hip-Hop collective from Anaheim, and LA-base Buyepongo, which plays a fusion of a fusion of Latino, African and American sounds.
The event helps raise awareness and money for Jovenes, an organization serving homeless youth.
It’s a good weekend for family-friendly music at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive, and the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
At 4 p.m., Aug. 17-18, the Getty Center’s Concerts for Kids series will feature The Lucky Band.
“The Lucky Band create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations, with smart, crafty lyrics, and irresistibly fresh pop beats,” getty.edu says. “Formerly called Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have put out six acclaimed and award-winning records that offer a musical and topical range aimed at exploring all the wonder and joy of a young person’s life.”
For more information, check out getty.edu
On Aug. 17, with performances at noon and 2 p.m., the Skirball is hosting Nathalia and Friends.
You and your children can move and groove to bilingual sing-alongs, ranging in style from Rock and Cumbia to Jazz and Reggaeton.
The show is included with admission to the museum. For details, check out skirball.org
I just wanted to remind you that two events listed in last week’s column are occurring this weekend, Nisei Week in Little Tokyo (see niseiweek.org for details) and the music festival Echo Park Rising (see epr.la for details).