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Art, Movies, Jazz Cynthia's weekend highlights

Friday September, 24

Virgin of Guadalupe painting by Antonio de Torres (c.1725

Celebrate Latin Heritage Month at LACMA’s Latin American Art galleries. The fourth floor of the Art of the America’s Building houses one of the most extensive world-class collection of Latin American art in the United States. The collection is unique in its range from ancient, Spanish colonial, modern and contemporary art which includes ecclesiastical gowns from the Spanish colonial era as well as the Virgin of Guadalupe painting by Antonio de Torres (c.1725).

LACMA is open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 pm., Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit

After visiting the gallery, head to LA’s very first Mexican Restaurant, El Cholo on Western Ave. This family restaurant opened in 1923 and is still run by the grandson of the founders.

While they now have several locations the Western Ave. restaurant is the original that still has the original stove and fireplace as well as staff who have been there for nearly 40+ years!

El Cholo

1121 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

(323) 734-2773

Saturday September, 25

The open-air movie theater on the Montalbán’s rooftop oasis will screen one of my all time favorite movies, the 1942 classic, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The film won Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Drama, romance, beautiful B&W photography and an unforgettable theme song, this movie has it all!

Doors open at 6:pm with the feature film starting 10 minutes after sunset. There is a bar and concession stand plus attendees can enjoy fun and games with Jenga® GIANT, oversized four-in-a-row, cornhole bean bag toss, or just ham-it-up in the Selfie Zone.

Sunday September, 26

Close out the weekend with the dazzling vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner on piano at the wonderfully intimate Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This promises to be an extraordinary evening of jazz music with two incomparable young artists.

The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today.

Sullivan Fortner has been called one of the top jazz pianists of his generation and is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. Both Fortner and McLorin Salvant have won numerous prestigious music awards, and together they won Grammys in 2020 for their collaboration on their album, The Window, which explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities.

Performances at 4:00pm and 7:pm. For tickets please visit


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