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CITY HALL KICKS OFF AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
“Black history is all of our history. From the cradle of civilization to the building of these United States, people of African descent are inseparable from the advancement of humankind,” Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Downtown to Host Numerous African American Heritage Month Events
ayor Eric Garcetti, the Board of Public Works, Department of Cultural affairs and countless others, kicked off African American Heritage Month February 7th, during the 69th Annual African American Heritage Month Opening Ceremony at City Hall. “Each year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Our Authors Study Club and the Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Committee chooses achievers to be recognized as Living Legends and members of the Hall of Fame for their work in different fields of human endeavor,” said Board of Public Works Commissioner Mike Davis. Participating in the ceremony precided by City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. and the Los Angeles City Council; Board of Public Works Commissioner Davis; the Department of Cultural Affairs; Our Authors Study Club; and the 2018 African American Heritage Month Committee. Honorees at the Opening Ceremony included Dionne Warwick, Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III, and Lt. Col. Patricia Jackson-Kelly. Inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame were Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King and Los Angeles Police Commission President Matthew Johnson. Ceremonies followed on the South Lawn with the singing of the African American National Anthem, live jazz and soul food catered by the Queen of Down Home Southern Goodies, Chef Marilyn. For more information visit www.culturela.org.
he Department of Cultur- CITY HALL RECOGNIZES al Affairs unveiled their THE BLACK PANTHERS 2018 African American n Friday, February 16th, at 10am City Heritage Month Calendar and Hall will honor the Southern CaliforCultural Guide which included nia Black Panther Party hosted by Couna long list of events taking place cilmen Curren D. Price and the 9th Disin Downtown Los Angeles. trict. Highly publicized as revolutionary
socialist organization, the Black Panther Party provided a number of community ormed in 1925, DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los An- services and social programs which ingeles by stimulating and supporting arts cluded informing the community residents and cultural activities, ensuring public of their constitutional rights, providing access to the arts for residents and visitors transportation, securing donations, food alike. and clothing giveaways, educational classDCA advances the social and economic es in reading, writing, politics, economimpact of arts and culture through grant- ics, and self-defense, and first aid. Afrimaking, public art, community arts, and can-American History was encouraged and strategic marketing and development. For they also provided information for alcohol a list of African American Heritage Month and drug rehabilitation. lacity.org events in Los Angeles visit culturela.org.
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10 Great Places for Romance in Downtown from First Date to Honeymoon
owntown Weekly is Old Jungle Love at Lost Souls James Irvine Japanese Garden Fashioned. We still see Distillery It’s hard to Are we the the value of a longtime decide if Little only ones who relationship, a perfect Tokyo’s famed think drinking Japanese match, and romance that can ulto liven things Garden with up is a good timately lead to the union of two it’s peaceful idea on the souls destined to spend the rest of Zen and 170 ft. first date? flowing stream their lives together. So much so, Honesty… from start to you know the that we are willing to play Cupid finish, illuminattruth comes this year and walk you DTLA cou- out when you drink and while heading ed by blooming to the trees and traditional Japanese foliage is a ples through it. From beginning nearest cafe may work for some, upon which place to pop the question or just secure to end. Guys and dolls. Here’s our we would suggest Cafe Demitasse (of course), better as an event venue for the upcoming marriage drinks work just fine when it comes pick of the 10 Great Places for Ro- distilled ceremony. Well-suited for both, go ahead and to breaking the ice. But, up until Lost Soul’s mance in Downtown Los Angeles. Distillery opened in the Arts District, drinking feed two birds with one muffin and just get
The First Date
Dinner and a Movie at LA LIVE Yes! The classic first date at the movies will never get old.
Especially when the two of you agree on just what movie to see. Is he or she into adventure, romance, or laughing out loud in public? If so, there’s always a new premiere at LA LIVE’s Regal Cinemas and its surrounded by some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurant bars at Staples Center/LA LIVE offering every type of international cuisine and an array of signature cocktails to help you ring up an impressive tab (about the same price as a bucket of popcorn). The best part is Regal Cinemas is now serving coffee and beer to help keep up your intoxicating desire as you enjoy your blockbuster. www.regmovies.com
dates although direct and to the point, may not have been the most romantic, and while these days, Arts District is becoming as known for its variety of distilleries as it is for its breweries, there’s only one RUM distillery set inside of a jungle theme, complete with dinosaurs, a bathroom robot, river raft rides and adventure around every corner. Lost Soul’s Two Hour Tours start at $35 and space is limited, but trust us! Planning a date this magnificent is one of the most romantic gestures ever and really says you care enough to make a great first date impression. www.lostsouls.net
Popping the Question
You’ve tested out the waters and you’re settling. You’ve met that special someone – you know now, you’re royal oat-sowing days are over. Or maybe not, but still, it’s time to bend down on one knee and give your body, mind, and heart to another loving being. Well Congratuf**lations. Here are 3 places to break out that 4-carat diamond to ensure you DO NOT get turned down.
married on the spot. Hide the pastor, best man, bridemaids, family and friends behind the foliage so they can just all pop out right after she says “yes”. It’s that romantic. But, if you don’t want to take our wedding planning advice, walking your future fiance through garden paths amidst the intimate, romantic sounds of cascading waterfalls, and animal noises will definitely give you a chance to set up the “will you marry me” convo. With God and all of nature watching, how could anyone say no?
Candle Light Romance at Pacific Dining Car
All you need is love but everything’s better with Steak and Lobster. That’s right, downtown’s most iconic restaurant, forever frozen in time, is accepting reservations for this year’s Valentine’s Dinner. First on the menu, the LAND & SEA Entree, beginning with Tuna Tarter continuing with Grilled Filet Mignon and Lobster Dynamite Tail with Potato Gratin and Sauteed Spinach.
or dessert, a duo of layer chocolate cake with chocolate and coffee mousse DiSorrano mascarpone filled strawberry. If you pop the question and she says no. Snatch her plate away and see how fast she changes her mind. If she doesn’t, unless she’s vegan, she may not be the one… (double entendre alert)… all kidding aside, Pacific Dining Car was born in a railway train car way back in 1921 and has been family-owned and operated for 4 generations. Countless celebrities, dignitaries, and loyal fans have enjoyed its intimate booth and fine dining table settings, not to mention gifts from the wine cellar, for close to one hundred years. Downtown Patriots know, the way to anyone’s heart is by taking the Pacific Dining Car. This Valentine’s Day it’s sure to keep your love on the right track. www.pacificdiningcar.com
Speed Dating at Far East Garden
Speed dating! Now, you’re probably thinking, why would anyone attend a speed date group to ask for someone’s hand in marriage? Well, hold that thought. See, we figure that maybe not everyone in a relationship feels as secure as they could and maybe, they want to make sure they are making the right decision before signing the love contract. Well, this is your last chance. When speed dating you only have seconds to find someone worthy of love, someone, with love tales far more interesting than your own. And for those of you in your middle years, who think you may be running out of time, well, here’s an opportunity...continued on page 12.
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n the new millennium wigs are no longer taboo especially with our favorite celebrities rocking custom wigs on a daily. In fact wigs have become so acceptable and so discreet, you would never guess your favorite looks came with a sew in or added pieces to natural hair.
nsert Jazmayne Chatman here.
Jazmayne, 32, is the creator and owner of the “Glam Squad LA” in Downtown Los Angeles. The “Glam Squad LA” specializes in custom wigs and weaves that are so chic, discreet and out of this world, you would be willing to give Glam Squad LA your entire life savings. Jazmayne found inspiration in her grandmother who is an avid wig wearer. She wanted to create looks that created a moment. She then took all her old weaves, turned them into “units” to transform herself into someone different everyday. Jazmayne got her start at an early age working under her mother, celebrity hairstylist Tonya Cryer. “My mom taught me how to do hair. We used to have our own salon together in North Hollywood. I took over her family business and was the manager for 5 years of the 10.” After taking over the family business in North Hollywood, Jazmayne reinvented the salon and renamed it “Glam Squad LA” and ultimately relocated to Downtown LA.
“Even though I do work in entertainment, what’s most important to me and why I wanted to move down here (Downtown) is to connect with more real people,” Chatman said. With many fashion brands moving to Los Angeles, more specifically Downtown, there is a demand for places like Glam Squad’s “Glam Boutique.”
Jazmayne Chatman of GlamSquad LA Oddly enough, “Glam Boutique” is modeled after a fashion house showroom. The units on display are sample sizes. You can see what your options are and try on the units, then get a custom look created to fit you.
Catering to the condition that fits your lifestyle.
When you come in it’s like a hair fashion show. They pick three to four options that fit your lifestyle. They also have a private room for women who don’t want to be exposed in the open. The “Squad” has seen an increase of clients suffering from Cancer and Alopecia. If you are suffering from cancer or alopecia they help you figure out the best option for you. The collection is broken down to The Executive, The Diva and The Fly Girl.” “If you want to go to Afropunk and you know can’t wear that look to your corporate job, The Executive is for the 9-5 woman. Chic and fabulous. The Diva is a full unit, think Diana Ross meets Beyonce. The Fly Girl is the “Love and Hip Hop” esqe girl. She’s bold and colorful. All of the wigs are Premium Indian Hair. You can also provide your own hair but the Premium Indian Hair is recommended.
Your hair is an investment. Remember, these wigs are built to last and depending on how often you will wear your unit, you may want to invest a little more.
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So what’s next for Jazmayne and the Glam Squad? “I definitely see myself going on tour. I want to teach my technique to other stylists. Though my mom is in the industry, I’m really inspired by Kim Kimble and her Squad. I love her tempo. They are strong and though she’s the leader every person comes in collectively creating something for production. Having a great team is the key. I couldn’t do these “Motorsport” 8 foot braids by myself.
“There’s a team of us. No matter the deadline we get it done.” “I eventually want to do Tim Burton and Marvel type things. I want us to be known for creating
pieces that are Oscar worthy. The people I look up to are not big on social media, they are Emmy award winning and/or Oscar nominated. That’s what I really want for myself. I want to leave a mark with my colleagues. That’s when I can die.” GlamSquad LA is located at 111 w 7th street Ste. #R7, Los Angeles, CA 90014 - glamsquadla.la
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10 GREAT PLACES FOR ROMANCE in DOWNTOWN CONT....
Not only will you prove to yourself that everyone else is unworthy but to prove to your fiance that they are the only one you’ll ever need. Picture this! With seconds left to find the perfect someone, you and your fiance find yourself face-to-face… woeful, still single, wishful onlookers are wondering if they will get a chance to speed date one of you next, but no – you stand up, (ring in hand) and shout out loud – “YOU ARE MY LIFE – YOU ARE THE ONE – WILL YOU MARRY ME?” Ah, tears. DTLA Weekly Cupid should get a medal for this one. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tying the Knot. Sexo y Violencio at LUCHA VaVOOM
Find out what LA Weekly, Huffington Post, LA Times, Rolling Stone and just about every other newsprint publication (including this one) has been raving about for years, the “Sexo y Violencio” of LUCHA VaVOOM. If you are looking for a wild night out, a great date night, or a place to let it all hangout, LUCHA VaVOOM is the perfect combo of authentic masked Mexican wrestling and insanely sensual burlesque performances. LUCHA VaVOOM may be the longest running show of its kind and takes place center ring at the Historic Mayan Theater during three times a year. Cinco De Mayo, Halloween and Valentine’s Day. But, why get married here? Because. It’s already got everything a marriage ceremony needs. Trust us, a couple gets married every year at LUCHA VaVOOM and there’s good reason. Why rent the limo, when you can pull up in a low-rider? Luchadores make the best men and they come complete with mask. The bridesmaids will be the sexiest and most talented gals around. We promise you that. The comedian reverend will have everyone laughing and in good spirits as you kiss the bride… Singers and performance artists will entertain the guests and there’s plenty of seating for
family and friends. Just be sure they get out of the way from the flying grooms and like the teleprompter warns before the show starts…”DON’T Get F*cked UP.” – Better yet, if anyone contest… they may be getting their butts kicked. There’s also a FULL bar and TAMALES! Come on – what else do you want? www.luchavavoom.com
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Keeping it Classy at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Okay, so you don’t want a zany Downtown Weekly wedding. We get it. You want something more refined. Classy. You want your honeymoon to be Beethoven. You want others to revere your union as they do the LA Phil’s electrifying cutting-edge performances. You want – Walt Disney Concert Hall. We know. We can’t go by Walt Disney Concert Hall on any given weekend and not see freshly married couples with their wedding parties all decked out in white gowns and bowties posing on the steps in front of the great hall. One last stop before they are off to the reception. One last photo before the intoxication of marriage sinks in. We see you and you can see yourself too, on our Instagram! #dtlaweekly (shameless plug alert). www.laphil.org
On top of the world at Intercontinental Hotel
Downtown LA is a 12billion dollar a year tourist attraction, so don’t be surprised if more and more couples begin flying here than to any of the other well-known honeymoon vacation spots. Hawaii, the Bahamas, Europe, if these places aren’t careful they just may lose a few brides and grooms to Bunker Hill, South Park and to the Financial District’s
10 GREAT PLACES FOR ROMANCE Intercontinental Hotel.
And here’s why. First, Intercontinental Hotel is located in the Wilshire Grand. It’s like the tallest building in history. Well, in the west, but it’s as tall as it gets here, and with 360-degree panoramic birds-eye views allowing you to see practically to Vegas and to Hawaii, you’re more likely to feel like an angel than a bird. Who wouldn’t want to spend their honeymoon with an angel on top of the world? And why go to Vegas or Hawaii if you can see it from the room top anyway? With fine dining rooftop restaurant, poolside cocktails, visitor’s Lobby Lounge and conveyor belt sushi bar, the world’s first international luxury hotel brand lights up the Los Angeles City Skyline, training us for competition with cities like Dubai, China, and New York (yeah, we said it). – And, that’s just the tip of the skyscraper. This Korean Air owned 73 story highrise offers great rates when you book a flight, so hurry up and get married so you can spend your honeymoon with us here in the DT. ihg.com Dorth
Just out for a little fun?
Maybe, you don’t want marriage, commitment, or any of it. Broken Hearted? Or perhaps you haven’t even met your future ex yet – Okay! We hear you. Let’s just have fun with the time we have.
Broken Hearts at Redline DTLA
If fun had a middle name it would be Redline, and this Valentine’s Day, Redline will be shooting their arrow with a special presentation of the Broken Hearts Club, the hilarious story written by Greg Berlanti about a group of gay men and their lovers, all coming together, after an unexpected tragedy. One thing about Redline, the atmosphere is always fun and welcoming. Redline maybe one of the best bars in Downtown LA to meet and mend a broken heart. With new friends, you can party til your sock falls off. www.redlinedtla.com
Salsa Nights at Blue J’s It’s Redline In the words of the late great Salsa King Beeetch! Well. Uh. Yeah. Albert Torres, “Salsa dancing has the power to bring everyAnywhoo. one together.” Redline is one Salsa, a very of DTLA’s most sexy afro-latihappening gay bars, but its really for everyone. no dance with Leading in the DTLA Pink Triangle Revolution, origins from the Redline has been monumental in exposing Carribean took Downtown to it’s vibrant underground gay over the disco scene producing weekend after weekend of scene in the cross-dressing libation, Disco Lemonades, mid 70s and and tasty bottomless mimosa brunches, not to our hips haven’t mention co-producing our annual DTLA Proud moved the same ever since. No matter what Fest happening again this summer. form of Salsa you master, Cumbia, Bachata, they all have many, many positions. With this social dance, you even get a chance to switch partners frequently. Gazing into a new partner’s eyes, being turned around, embracing, east west players loving, salsa is a dance of romance. With more EWP has premiered more than 100 plays and musicals chances to woo, dip, twirl, and pin yourself about the Asian Pacific American experience. close up against someone there’s no telling On Stage Now... how hot and steamy the dance floor will get, “ALLEGIANCE” so be prepared to cool off with a delicious 120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. cocktail. For those of you who still haven’t had Feb 21 - Apr 1 the chance to dance “the dance of romance”, cornerstone theater Salsa lessons are being taught by Nicole Gil of The LA Opera has maintained a talented roster of resident artists, young singers who perform regularly. Nights of Dance in the earlier hours at Blue J’s before the night’s event. bluejlounge.com Coming Soon..
To be or not to be? DTLA THEATER GUIDE los angeles theater center
For over 29 years the Latino American Theater has provided a world-class arts center.
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“HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST” 514 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Feb 17 - Mar 19
REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts.
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“Play Like a Girl”
631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Feb 17th
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1,000’s of enchanting, hand-crafted puppets in performance at this Cultural-Historical landmark.
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“SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT” 1345 W 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Jan 1 - Feb 24
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One of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies for over 50-years.
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“WATER BY THE SPOONFUL” 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Jan 31 - Mar 11
135 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Apr 26 - May 20
Redefining what an orchestra can be, the LA Phil is one of the world’s most open and dynamic cities.
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“WING ON WING”
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Feb 16 - 18
As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies.
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Creating award-winning theatre for young audiences that is sophisticated enough for adults.
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135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Mar 9
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BUNKER HILL is DTLA’s leader in live performance art, presenting formally trained theater, dance and musical performances, including those in the visual arts as well as presenting DTLA’s master chefs.
SOUTH PARK is no doubt the new Entertainment capital of the world with tours & expos, national sporting events, award ceremonies, comedy shows, restaurants, and a discotheque, almost completely surrounded by world class hotels.
Sure, the FINANCIAL DISTRICT sounds like it’s ALL WORK and no play, but with historic landmarks, sky tops with full bars, thrill rides, & award winning happy hours, prepare yourself for the pressures of excitement.
With its independence, CHINATOWN has strengthened its romantic and familiar relationship with Downtown, demonstrating it is as gentle as it is honest with its gifts for DTLA.
Order in the courts, dine in or take out...Not just for law making anymore, the COURTS DISTRICT of DTLA offers a gambit of public art, a 360 degree observation deck, legendary eateries and historical landmarks.
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OUE-SKYSPACE Think: California’s Tallest Observation Deck, Private Events, 5Star Restaurants, 71 Stories, Skyslide.
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Think: LA PHIL, 2018 Centennial Season, World Reknown Composers, Beethovan, Mickey
MUSIC CENTER’S Grand MakeOver Think: $30 million in renovations over the next two years.
REDCAT GALLERY Think: Performing Arts, Exhibits, Collections, & Multi Cultural Programing.
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Staples Center/LA LIVE Think: Sports Area, Live Concerts, Movie Theater, Bowling Alley, XGames, 4 Star Hotels, Rooftop Spas.
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER Think: Expos, Network, AirPort, Media Pass.
METROPOLIS Think: Panoramic Views, New Skyline, Sky Pools, Dogparks, Exquisite Dining, Boutique Hotel, Cabanas.
REGAL CINEMAS Think: Block Buster Movies, Film Screenings, $8 Dollar Tuesdays, Pop Corn, RedVines, and now...Beer!!!
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WILSHIRE GRAND Think: Sushi with a view, Poolside Bar, Rooftop Restaurants, Hotel Rooms, Palm Trees.
LA LIBRARY Think: Tranquility, Historic Building, Field Trip, Courtyard Dining, Millions of Text, Research, Illuminati.
110/105/10/5 FWY Intersection Think: Car Radio, Traffic, MapQuest, Windshield, Congestion, Bumpers, CHP, Road rage.
THE BLOC Think: International Brands, Shopping Mecca, METRO, Outdoor Terrace, Art Installations and Live Performances.
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CHINATOWN CENTRAL PLAZA Jazz Club, Dim Sum, Hanfu, Peking Duck, Chinese New Year’s, Culture Festivals.
GIN LIN WAY Think: Red Lanterns, Neon, Vintage Chinese Architecture, Jazz Clubs1938.
Year of the Dog Think: Loyalty. Careful Observation. Plenty of new restaurants, art shows, and a new year of cultural festivities.
UNION STATION Think: Subway, Maps, Train Station.
CITY HALL Think: City Council, Committee Meetings, City Planning, Ceremonies, Observation Deck, The Mayor Beacon, Projected Light Displays.
Polyphonoptic Tower Think: Kinetic Sculpture, Music, Lights, Synchronization, Water, Flood, Faulty to Fixed.
CHUNG KING ROAD Think: Art Openings, Art Galleries, Antiques, Curio Shops, Live Performances.
OLVERA STREET Think: Birth Place of Los Angeles, Mexican Marketplace, Authentic food, Aztec Dancers, Mariachis, Catholic Church.
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LITTLE TOKYO is the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in America. With over 3500 welcoming residents, and hundreds of shops Little Tokyo sees its fair share of tourism in DTLA.
ARTS DISTRICT is DTLA’s perfect mix of fine art galleries, creative loft style living, organic eating, and BEER, hosting the most eclectic mix of indie artisan showcases and micro-brewing companies in all of Los Angeles.
The HISTORIC CORE is revitalized with new bike lanes, parklettes, community gardens, outdoor concerts, artisan pop-ups, and 2 of the most highly anticipated self-guided art tours in the country.
Where SKID ROW meets the INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE DISTRICT, with community leaders and entrepreneurs willing to solve the problems of an area known for having the 2nd largest homeless population in the country.
The FASHION DISTRICT is a stitched oasis where fashion designers, wholesalers, market weeks, retailed fashion wares, accessories, textiles, and shoppers collide.
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OLD JAPANESE UNION CHURCH Think: 1922, East Coast Players, LAArtCore, World Class Theater, 30+ Years.
JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM Think: Tradition, Exhibits, WW2, Sculpture, History, Extraordinary Origami.
The Metro Regional Connector Think: All of Downtown’s Districts Connected allowing passengers to transfer to Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines, bypassing Union Station.
HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL Think: Globe Mills Complex, Art World, Manuela Restaurant, Art Exhibits, Installations.
ANGEL CITY BREWERY Think: IPA, Beer Tasting, Local Entertainment, Karaoke, Comedy Night, New Mini-Festivals, Indie Art Shows.
Institute of Contemporary Art Think: Museum, 12,700Sqft., Industrial Building, 32-Year-Old Art Institution. Architecture by wHY, Public Programming, Retail Stores.
NIGHT ON BROADWAY Think: Outdoor concert, 12 Historic Theaters, Live Performances, Food Trucks, Crepes, Huge Crowds.
DOWNTOWN ARTWALK Think: Creativity, Nighttime Celebration, Galleries, Artists, Entertainment, Street Vendors, Interactive Exhibits, Bar Crawl.
SMORGASBURG Think: Alameda Marketplace, 10,000 Visitors, Indie Artisan, Sunday, Food, Music, Vintage, Wellness, Donuts.
CALIFORNIA MARKET CENTER Think: Designers. ShowCase, Market Week, Fashion, Accessories, Textiles, Fashion Run Way.
LAMP/Union Rescue Mission/SkidRow Housing Trust Think: Non Profit, Giving, Public Service, Fundraising, Art Events.
SANTEE ALLEY Think: Bargains, SwapMeet, Bizarre, Street Dogs, Wigs, Wholesale Purses, Immitation Perfume.
BRINGING BACK BROADWAY Think: Street Car, Historic Theater, Wedding Boutiques, Parklettes, Night On Broadway
TheROW Think: 1.3 million Sqft,. Multi-Use Complex, Residents, Shopping, Restaurants, Local Entertainment, Creative Office Spaces.
BIGGER! BETTER! Wall Florist Market Think: Coral Forest, Farmer’s Market, Grilled Food, Aqua Frescas, Wholesale Flowers. Saturdays.
JZenshuji a Sōtō Zen Temple Think: Shakyamuni Buddha, Community Garden, Meditation.
ARTISTS & FLEAS Think: Unique, Fashion, Art and Craft Show, Vintage, Food Trucks, Saturdays.
GRAND CENTRAL MARKET Think: Food Mart, Oyster Bar, Cafes, Spices, Historic, Produce, Traditional Foods, Variety, Landmark.
GLADY’S PARK Think: Concerts, Town Hall Meetings, Sports Court, Soup Lines, Community.
THE COOPER BUILDING Think: Historic Landmark, Huge Shopping Bags, Full Fashion, Designers, Showcase, Sample Sale, Men’s Suits.
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All-Star Weekend PARTY PICKS
owntown Week- 7 pm - The LadyLike Foundation is having their Inaugural All-Star Weekend Bowling Clasly has you covsic. The night is hosted by NBA star DeMarcus ered with all the Cousins. Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Omar Epps, and Cedric the events surround- Entertainer team up with basketball greats ing NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo, Paul Pierce, and Isaiah Thomas for bowling benefit at Lucky Strike Weekend. DTLA wil welcome Lanes at L.A. Live. an estimate of 110,000 visFriday, February 16th itors to the neighborhood. 4 pm - NBA All-Star Celebrity Game preHere’s our top picks.... sented by Ruffles will put the biggest names in
Thursday, February 15th
1:30 pm - NBA and WNBA star players come together to dedicate of the new updated fitness center at the Alliance Gertz-Ressler/ Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex. The event is hosted by the NBA, Kaiser Permanente and After-School All-Stars. 5 pm - 10 pm - Kicking off the weekend, Crocker Club will host a Welcome To LA Celebrity Charity Party benefiting the city’s homeless. Attendees are asked to bring coats, blankets, socks, hygiene products, and non-perishable items. 9 pm - 2 am - Reflection Hour presents its 1st Annual Red Carpet Party Event during the start of All Star Weekend at OUE Skyspace LA. While taking in the 360 panoramic view of Los Angeles, the late night party will support the organization initiative to help inspire 5000 women entrepreneurs by 2020. 8 pm - 2 am - 2018 All-Star R&B Night setting the vibe for the weekend at the beautiful downtown LA Sky Studio. Purple Rope Entertainment is hosting a night of live music in the city of angels. 8 pm - 2am - Love hearing the sounds of 808s? Trap House Clothing is throwing a Trap All-Star Fest at The Belasco Theatre. The night will showcase performances by NBA Youngboy, Young Dolph, Metro Boomin, and 03 Greedo.
entertainment head to head on the Verizon Up Arena at the L.A. Convention Center. Common, Nick Cannon, Jamie Foxx, and Anthony Anderson are a few of the names listed on the roster. 12.:30 - NBA ALL STAR Meet and Greet at The BLOC. Meet NBA All Star Anthony Davis! Secure your spot in the VIP line by being one of the first 75 people to make a $35 or more Locker Room by LIDS purchase.* Plus while you’re here enjoy family fun with face painting, pop-a-shot competition, giveaways and more!
5 pm -1:30 am - The first ever Budweiser LIVE presented by Operation Gratitude is making its mark in DTLA at City Market Social House. The two night event will “celebrate a legendary weekend in sports.” The venue is set to include indoor basketball court, NBA player meet-and greets, art gallery curated with local artists’ pieces, Budweiser bar, and stage for a full schedule of DJs and popular artists such as T-Pain and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. 6 pm - Adidas presents 747 Warehouse St Los Angeles, a fully immersed space with an itinerary full of events. The shoe brand host a celebrity game mimicking the new NBA AllStar approach between Snoop Dogg’s West Coast team and 2Chainz’ East Coast team. 8:30 pm - Kendrick Lamar will perform live from the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show stage at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square following the Rising Stars game. This event is
exclusively for American Express Card Members who purchase tickets- proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. 9 pm - 2 am - 21 Savage and Trey Songz perform their hits live at the Globe Theatre. 9 pm- 2 am Art Star Weekend has a night planned filled art, music, and dancing. The event will honor the legacy of famed artist and illustrator Varnette P. Honneywood, creator of Little Bill. 9PM - Moe Heat Magazine’s and Uncle Jimmy’s Productions present - ALL STAR WEEKEND RED CARPET AT GUILIA - Dance, mingle, eat with professionals. VIP Guaranteed Balcony seating available. 10pm - 4am - Yo Gotti CMG Takeover NBA All Star Weekend at Club 333 Live
Saturday, February 17th
5pm State Farm All Star Saturday Night - NBA players compete in a skills challenge, three-point contest and the famous slam dunk competition at crowded, and very star-studded, Staples Center. 9pm - 2am - Anthony Hamilton & Friends Live NBA All Star Weekend at The Orpheum Theatre 10 am - 4pm - WSS Shoes - Universal Domino League Presents the All Star Weekend Domino Tournament. Players will compete for over $2500 in Prizes!!!! Free Entry to compete in the All-Star Weekend Domino Tournament. 10 pm - GQ All-Star Celebration. GQ and Neiman Marcus join forces for a fete to remember. Metro Boomin’ will supply the tunes, and Cardi B hits the stage with a special performance at Nomad Los Angeles.
Sunday, February 18th
10:00 pm - 4:00 am - Gucci Man NBA All Star LA Grand Finale at Club 333 Live. For more events follow us on instagram #dtlaweekly
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South Park’s ALL-STAR MADNESS
NBA Crossover will fill 20,000 square feet of space in The Majestic, an events venue in the Bartlett Building at 650 S. he West Coast has alSpring St. NBA Crossover is essentially a celebration of basketball culture. Los Anways been the destinageles last hosted the NBA All-Star game tion to transform and in 2011. All-Star Media Day is a first to the reinvent one’s image and idenpublic. Tickets are $10 and fans can hear tity to remain hip. It’s fitting that the players discuss the match-up, recent trades and other subjects. the 67th NBA All-Star game is Some two dozen players will particrevamping the faded East vs. ipate. It takes place in the Convention West conference showdown. On Center’s South Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sunday, February 18th at StaThe Rising Stars Game, arranged ples Center - The Association’s in the U.S. vs. the world format, features players including Jaylen Brown, Joel two fiercest rivals will face off Donovan Mitchell and the Lakers’ as Team LeBron takes on Team Embiid, own Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. Steph. On Saturday, the All-Stars will hold an open practice open to the public. This begins at 11:00 A.M. at the Los Angeles Recent All-Star games have been deConvention Center. void of competition, one alley-oil after The All-Star Saturday Night event another. This year’s All-Star Game promstarts at 5 p.m. and features the skills ises to be a definite upgrade from the challenge, a sort of NBA obstacle course. score-gasm. It is followed by the three-point shootout. Cleveland Cavaliers legend Lebron Then comes the dunk contest, with playJames and Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry received the most ers including Victor Oladipo and Denvotes. Akin to a game at the park-the two nis Smith Jr. throwing down their best slams. captains have picked their players. The NBA Celebrity All-Star Game is Sadly, no Lakers or Clippers were Friday, at 4:00 P.M. also at the Convenselected to the All-Star game this year. Complete with Virtual Reality video games tion Center. It will be Team Clippers vs. Team Lakers. and the Larry O’Brien trophy. The A-list stars include actor Nick CanAlthough Clippers guard Lou Williams non, boxer Terence Crawford and former will participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Are we still NBA player Nate Robinson on Team Lakers, while Team Clippers’ roster includes am in shock we traded Blake Griffin? actors Jamie Foxx and Anthony Anderson, plus Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. Here is a list of the events: The All-Star weekend has an array of Unusual fact: Also on Team Lakers is concerts, basketball, glitz, and glamour happening in South Park, Friday, Febru- Marc Lasry, a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. ary 16th-Sunday February, 18th.
MODERN DAY PRE-HISTORIA: DOWNTOWN LA MUSEUM GUIDE The Broad Museum
National History Museum (NHM)
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
African American Firefighter museum Fire Station #30
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad opened in 2015, the museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide, launching an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement, welcoming 180,000 visitors to date. 221 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012.
Established in 1979, MOCA is an artist-founded museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. With one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising roughly 7000 objects, created after 1940, preserving the works for future generations. 250 South Grand Ave LA, CA 90012.
The Japanese American National Museum is the first and largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Japanese American ancestry. The JANM showcases the amazing works of famed and contemporary Japanese artists, historical exhibitions, and host cultural events. 100 N Central Ave, LA, CA 90012.
African American History Museum Designed by African American architects, Jack Haywood and the late Vince Proby, the CAAM was opened to the public during the Olympic Games of July 1984, housing artifacts that “allow us to trace the African American experience from the western shores of Africa to the fields of the South,” and later migrations. 600 State Dr. Exposition Park. LA, CA 90037.
You want to go back? You can go all the way back to Prehistoric Pangaea at the National History Museum. With over 300 real fossils, 20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures that may or may not still exist beneath the deep, the Age of the Dinosaur is brought into existence as well as the extraordinary journey of prehistoric man. 900 Exposition Blvd, LA, CA 90007.
AAFM is DTLA saying “thanks” for the first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters from 1897 to 1997. Valued testimony from actual Firefighters of yesteryear, like Sam Haskins, who was listed as the first Los Angeles Fireman of African decent in 1892, was also killed while responding to a fire in 1895. 1401 S Central Ave, LA, CA 90021. The origin of LA, founded by 11 African American Spanish speaking families, (pobladores) accompanied by the Spanish military and Catholic church in 1787. Since it has become DTLA’s favorite Mexican marketplace, and cultural gathering center hosting Olvera Street, Pico House, first churches and other historic sites. 125 Paseo De La Plaza, LA, CA 90012.
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
Museum of Los Angeles is to foster understanding of Southern California’s diverse heritage through research, historic preservation, exhibitions and educational programs that examine the history and contributions of Italian Americans and Italians in Los Angeles and the United States. 644 North Main St, LA, CA 90012.
Chinese American Museum Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of LA, the Garnier Building, once known as the unofficial “city hall” built in 1890, CAM holds the last missing pieces of DTLA’s original Chinatown. After restoration on December 18, 2003, CAM opened, linking the past to a future for Chinese Americans spanning over 150 years. 425 N Los Angeles St, LA, CA 90012.
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Korean American Museum (KAM)
Animal Museum (NMAS)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Located just a few miles west of the epicenter of DTLA, KAM interprets and preserves the history, culture, and achievements of Korean Americans dating back to the 1880s, examining and discussing current issues, and exploring innovative ways to communicate the Korean American experience fostering the advancement of Korean American culture. 3727 W 6th St #519, LA, CA 90020. The Sports Museum features rare items and exhibits from every sport but focuses mainly on baseball, beginning with its humble origins over 145 years ago. It includes old bats, gloves, uniform, balls and equipment and is home to the most complete collection of baseball technology in the world. 1900 S Main St, LA CA 90015.
Located in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles, just a few miles north of Downtown, this collection deals mainly with Native Americans, including exhibits dedicated to the American Indians of the Great Plains, California, and the Northwest Coast. 234 Museum Drive, LA, CA 90065.
Located inside a 3-story brick warehouse built in 1909, NMAS aka the Animal Museum is the first museum of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience, promoting respect for life and compassionate ethics in advancing healthy, meaningful interconnections with the animal world. 421 Colyton St. LA, CA 90013.
Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western US, with a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present. 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90036.
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