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DTLA LIFE is proud to again have partnered with the United Way HomeWalk Team and the Los Angeles RAM’s on Sunday, May 18th, 2019, in Grand Park, in support of housing solutions to help end our homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The event was a huge success! We wish to thank YOU and all of our incredible Partner/ Sponsors who helped make this the most successful HomewWalk ever. Thanks to you and the thousands of supporters who rallied together with the Los Angeles Rams at United Way’s 12th annual HomeWalk, we unlocked the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Match Challenge raising over $1.1 million. Those funds will help further our goal of ending homelessness for good by supporting our most vulnerable neighbors move off of the streets and into the stability of a home. We came out as champions for our homeless neighbors, and we cannot say thank you enough. We also want to recognize all of the incredible teams, who showed up in force, you can find out all about them by visiting https:// homewalk.unitedwayla.org/en/about/sponsors/#sponsorrequest. We believe that HOMES end HOMELESSNESS. Please help us continue the fight by becoming an advocate for our homeless neighbors. With Everyone In, we’re committed to ending homelessness and ensuring longterm solutions. Please visit https://everyoneinla.org/ to learn more about who’s helping and how you can get involved. DTLA LIFE is committed to maintaining Downtown LA’s ongoing sense of community amid profound changes that have come with billions of dollars in redevelopment Investment, also, by being philanthropically supportive of important civic and political issues. A percentage of our real estate sales go to support this great cause. Thank you for your ongoing support, Alex LiMandri & Jim White DTLA LIFE Founders

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DTLA LIFE is proud to again have partnered with the United Way HomeWalk Team and the Los Angeles RAM’s on Sunday, May 18th, 2019, in Grand Park, in support of housing solutions to help end our homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The event was a huge success! We wish to thank YOU and all of our incredible Partner/ Sponsors who helped make this the most successful HomewWalk ever. Thanks to you and the thousands of supporters who rallied together with the Los Angeles Rams at United Way’s 12th annual HomeWalk, we unlocked the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Match Challenge raising over $1.1 million.

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Those funds will help further our goal of ending homelessness for good by supporting our most vulnerable neighbors move off of the streets and into the stability of a home. We came out as champions for our homeless neighbors, and we cannot say thank you enough. We also want to recognize all of the incredible teams, who showed up in force, you can find out all about them by visiting https:// homewalk.unitedwayla.org/en/about/sponsors/#sponsorrequest.

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PROUD DTLA

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DTLA Proud is back. Join the 4th annual queer-first community festival on August 23, 24, 25 in Pershing Square. DTLA Proud is a non-profit organization founded by a grassroots group of downtown Los Angeles residents, business owners, community leaders, and nightlife promoters. The non-profit was born from the idea to create an all-inclusive community that represents the diverse LGBTQ population that lives, works, and plays in LA’s fastest-growing gayborhood. Their goal is to strengthen and empower the local LGBTQ & ally community in downtown Los Angeles through visibility, volunteerism, partnerships, events, and festivals. They are committed to celebrating everyone’s story, spreading optimism, growing the community, and expanding the definition of diversity. This year the festival is more significant than ever with all sorts of events and activities for everyone. The Marketplace will feature a custom-built shopping experience featuring 20 queer entrepreneurs partnering with corporate visual merchandisers to design, build custom stores, elevate their brands, and showcase their business for the LGBTQ community. The Summertramp will be A “Magical Brigadoon of Decadence and Delight” transforming Pershing Square into an urban oasis and play host to an expanded water park, with local DJ performances and guest spots from other regional parties. On the Main Stage, entertainment will Highlight over 100 queer performers that showcase the best and most diverse talent that DTLA has to offer. The line up features Vancie Vega, the #1 Dolly Parton impersonator, Mariachi Arcoiris, Miss Shalae, Ongina, Vander Von Odd, Bitqch Puddin’, Abhora, and many more to come!   The festival doesn’t forget Queer history monuments to make sure that we know the past, and know where we need to go! They are partnering with the One National Gay and Lesbian Archives to curate a fantastic tribute to LA’s queer history, dating back 10 years before Stonewall. And The Artist Alley will feature an art walk highlighting 20 local queer artists and their work, and Local live


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art installations expressing the diverse community that we call LA. Â The Free Friday event will be an all-ages, family-friendly, alcohol-free experience, featuring Drag Queen Story Time, Gaymers Lounge and the main stage packed with local talent, creating a safe space for all! Please visit www.dtlaproud.org for more information and purchase your ticket.

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Warner Music Group (WMG) new state-of-the-art building in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District is impressive. Warner/Chappell, the company’s music publishing arm, moved on February 25. Warner Bros. Record moved on March 18, along with the west coast teams for Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, WEA, and ADA. WMG’s L.A. headquarters is located in a historic building at 777 S. Santa Fe Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles’ burgeoning Arts District. For the first time, WMG’s west coast operations live under one roof. The space provides an environment where the distinctive cultures of WMG’s different labels and business units flourish while allowing for greater creative collaboration across the company. Downtown’s L.A.’s budding art, fashion, and food scene is a natural fit for WMG, as it is a magnet for businesses, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Designed by the architecture firm Rockwell Group, the landmark building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art space with recording studios, artist lounges, and custom-designed offices. The first floor serves as a central gathering hub with flexible co-working areas and a live performance space. The rooftop offers breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles. Architectural firm Rockefeller Kempel Architects led the renovation and historic restoration of the iconic building, which was built in 1912 as the Ford Factory’s Model T factory and showroom. The company worked with Rockwell Group to transform the building into a sleek and modern space while preserving and highlighting the beautiful historical elements. Warner is not the only music company that has moved to Downtown L.A., the streaming service Spotify is also an Art District neighbors. Let’s encourage the move and welcome others in the future.

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ARTS DISTRICTY FIREHOUSE HOTEL


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The Firehouse is the first boutique hotel in LA’s Arts District. With only nine rooms, the Firehouse focus on creating a neighborhood community gathering around its lobby, cafe, and restaurant. The ground floor houses the bar and restaurant (led by Chef Ashley Abodeely and Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence), as well as a daytime cafe pouring Counter Culture Coffee and serving baked goods made by Rose. Also in the lobby is a retail “shop” curated by Breer’s ETC.etera business partner, Jake Rodehuth-Harrison. The coffee bar (pouring Counter Culture Coffee) serves as a grab-and-go option for the neighborhood, offering beverages as well as baked-on-premise pastries, breakfast and lunch options daily. In the retail shop, a selection of LA-centric goods has been curated for guests. Many of the Firehouse’s in-room amenities (Clare V’s exclusive for the Firehouse seersucker bathrobe, catchall tray, leather-tassel keychains) and items seen throughout the hotel-restaurant space (Block Shop textiles, Robert Siegel ceramics, Hedley & Bennett work coat) are available for purchase as well. Beyond the lobby, the Firehouse opens into the bar and then spills outside into the restaurant patio. The interior space is dominated by a long Carrera marble-topped bar, with a custom pale green Simon St. James undulating pipe fixture running the entire length of the bar overhead. Doors modeled on the original windows let light flow into the bar, dancing on the mirrored back wall. Outside, a covered patio running the length of the building houses most of the restaurant’s seating. The nine completely unique colored-named guest rooms: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, White, and Black. Each door is painted its respective color, and rooms have leather


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keychain tassels to match, but the application of color beyond the hallway’s rainbow doors is a much more restrained one. The result is nine totally unique spaces with a retro-elegant aesthetic that seamlessly blends old and new. In each bathroom, painted Clé Tiles in the room’s color have been hand-laid, creating a thread from one place to the next. The Firehouse Hotel welcomes extended stays; therefore, all rooms are equipped with kitchenettes. Three of the guest- rooms are suites with separate living rooms and bedrooms (Green, Blue, White), while the three other rooms can be combined into a single master suite (Violet, White, Red). www.firehousela. com

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With all the new creative office spaces opening in the Art-District, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for a unique adventure in and out of your room.

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LA DESIGN FESTIVAL


On June 20th, The LA Design Festival returned to the ROW. Honoring our city’s rich design culture and celebrating the status as a global design capital, their definition of design is purposely broad to ensure that the festival is reflective of LA’s diversity and talent. The festival is the only citywide festival of its kind, featuring events throughout LA. From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcased the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices. In its third year at ROW DTLA, the LA Design Festival has engaged with the brands, retailers and design entrepreneurs that make up The Collective at ROW, pairing them with some of LA’s most cutting-edge designers and artists. Many of the shops and spaces will feature in-store design collaborations, innovative installations, unique retail opportunities, and more. These included DIMS, Dusen Dusen and Amsterdam Modern at Poketo, a new scent experience at Scent Bar with SALT Landscape Architecture and the Institute for Art and Olfactory, an installation by Nik Nik Studio at Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, an interactive workshop with Heather Rosenman at Still Life Ceramics, an exhibition Galerie LA, a collaboration at LCD with Tappan Collective, a live art experience at tokyobike by Coral Monday, a celebration of Design at Kinto, new work by Lukas Peet in collaboration with IDS Vancouver at A+R and much more. LA Design Festival expanded design, etc., its annual series of design conversations, from three days to four this year covering architecture, interior design, industrial design, technology, landscape architecture and urbanism, and non-traditional design disciplines. Featured speakers included: Brooks + Scarpa (Keynote Address), Sofia Borges (MADWORKSHOP), Andrew Byrne (Grimshaw Architects), Heidi Creighton (Buro Happold), Jaime Derringer (DesignMilk), Steve Fortunato (Fig House), Jorge Gracia (Gracia Studio/Escuela Libre de Arquitectura), Simon Kang (Munchkin), Sid Lee (Sid Lee),


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Photo Courtesy of LA DESIGN FESTIVAL


Photo Courtesy of LA DESIGN FESTIVAL


Jack Morgan (Duolingo), Angie Myung (Poketo), Petrus Palmer (HEM), Lex Roman (The Black Tux), David Tobin (Audio Jack), Ted Vadakan (Poketo), Alissa Walker (Curbed), Peter Zellner (Free School of Architecture), and more. LA Design Festival expanded its workshop program to offer three full days of hands-on experiences, featuring: AWA+D, Concrete Geometric, Electric Eunice, Folia Collective, Handmade by Sara Kim, Krystal Chang Projects, Marley&Alfie, and Noun Project. New this year, the workshop space featured a lounge by Yeah! Rentals, a kid-friendly zone and pop-up shop by Nico & Yeye with award-winning products designed by Munchkin. This year, LA Design Festival featured two major design shows. The TINTRO LA x ROW DTLA show - An independent design show INTRO LA curated by Small Office celebrates its fifth year in Los Angeles as part of the LA Design Festival. Initiated in 2013, the INTRO series invites a select group of designers and brands to present their work in a non-traditional format that prizes intimacy over scale. Eschewing the conventions of the trade show, INTRO is arranged as a holistic design-space, integrating a diverse series of installations into a cohesive interior. The exhibition provided a platform for designers to engage with peers and public alike, resulting in a sampling of forms and production processes and acting as a vernacular gauge of the industry itself. Featured designers in 2019 included Another Human, Atelier De Troupe, Base 10, Rachel Duvall, Estudio Persona, Michael Felix, Stephen Kenn, Klein Agency, Taidgh O’Neill, Adam Pogue, Waka Waka, Bari Ziperstein, Brendan Ravenhill, Block Shop, ETC. etera, Laun, The Coast, Norma, and wrk-shp.   The PULO PROJECT x PLEASE DO NOT ENTER show - The Pulo Project was a contemporary retail experience merging contemporary Filipino designers and American collaborators. The Pulo Project took over Please Do Not Enter’s two downtown LA locations through an active program of exhibitions and performances. Ranging from art to fashion, most featured collections and artworks have been specially imagined and produced for Pulo project. The show ran until August 4th, 2019.   Given the emerging importance of Accessory Dwelling Units as a new housing typology, LA Design Festival hosted an exclusive ADU Home Tour featuring modern backyard homes


by Bunch Design, Paul Gasiorkiewicz, LA Mas, Oasys, and Cover. LA Design Festival also hosted “Tour de Type” a bike (and Lyft) tour through the Arts District, starting and ending at ROW DTLA, exploring urban type and mural art. For the first time, LA Design Festival featured a Supper Club series hosted in architects’ homes, including Assembledge+, Xten Architecture, and Oasys x ROW DTLA. Every year the LA Design Festival amaze us more and don’t miss the next edition. Visit www.ladesignfestival.org

LA DESIGN FESTIVAL ladesignfestival.org


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JOEY DTLA


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The newest icon of the JOEY experience is now open in downtown Los Angeles at the BLOC. The 307-seat JOEY DTLA is turning heads with a globally inspired menu and the most elegantly laid back, sun-soaked, street-level patio in the downtown core. Beautifully built at the intersection of 7th & Hope Street, JOEY DTLA is the perfect addition to the heart of this diverse and walkable neighborhood. With exterior elements playing off the art deco facades of downtown LA, the patio transforms into an interior experience as only JOEY does it; Italian furniture, custom-designed wine-wall, granite bar-tops and the signature showcase kitchen where the culinary spectacle unfolds on the daily. Instead of just one chef, JOEY has a team of celebrated Executive Chefs to bring you an experience like no other. From Iron Chef Japan & Bocuse d’Or veteran Chris Mills to Top Chef Canada winner Matthew Stowe to the young blood in charge of DTLA, Zach Helm, our globe-trotting chefs are ready to impress the international palette of Angelenos. The DTLA Menu is a selection of handcrafted options that take inspiration from around the globe, made with ingredients from around the corner.  From start to finish, the entire JOEY DTLA Experience is orchestrated by a hand-picked team of local servers, bartenders and wine experts. Whether it’s a walk-through of the wine list, a signature JOEY cocktail like the summer-specific Watermelon Drink, or a bespoke dietary need, the JOEY DTLA team elegantly co-ordinates an experience that is set to become a landmark stop for anyone in downtown Los Angeles.

JOEY DTLA @ THE BLOC joeyrestaurants.com/location/joey-dtla theblocla.com


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Alamo Drafthouse opened its first Southern California location in downtown Los Angeles at the Bloc. The state of the art facility features twelve auditoriums playing everything from new releases, repertory, cult-favorite series Terror Tuesday & Weird Wednesday, as well as an upcoming slate of programming unique to Los Angeles. Like Alamo Drafthouse’s nearly forty other locations across the country, the downtown Los Angeles theater boasts a full bar and kitchen, with dine-in service in theater and at Video Vortex. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-two years later, with 37 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. In the theater, chairs are lined up in even rows, with each seat angled toward the screen for the optimum viewing angle. In front of the seats there’s a long narrow table running the length of the row. The set up is giving you the option to order food and drinks while you enjoy your favorite movies.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE LOS ANGELES @ THE BLOC drafthouse.com/los-angeles theblocla.com


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REDBIRD


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Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated  by Chef Neal Fraser  and Amy Knoll Fraser. The Frasers’  flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern  American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the  multi-cultural influences of  Fraser’s  native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table. An extensive cocktail menu by Tobin Shea features well-balanced, bespoke renditions of the classics and has garnered him awards such as Time Out’s Best Restaurant Bar Program in 2017.

REDBIRD redbird.la


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DAYBREAKER by Kerstin Klein


Someone told me about a dance party at 5.30 am in Culver City on July 8th. I decided to go check it out and jumped on the Expo Line from Downtown. It was epic: Superstar ‘American Got Talent’ Judge Julianne Hough debuted her workout, “EXPANDED FITNESS BY JULIANNE HOUGH” and KCRW’s Jason Bentley DJ’d the AM away in celebration of Global Wellness Day. Imagine a day rave, without alcohol, with uninhibited creativity and expression, all before going to work: this is DAYBREAKER, and on July 25th, their ‘Flow State’ party came to the edge of the Arts District at ROW DTLA. An unforgettable event set against panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles. ROW’s urban enclave is home to a unique collection of fantastic creative tenants who joined the morning yoga and dance festivities to offer curated wellness and culinary experiences that immersed guests in the city’s progressive and visionary spirit. Daybreaker is a dance movement and yoga community of more than five hundred thousand members in 26 cities around the world that inspires humans to start their day unlike any other by waking up and dancing with reckless abandon, completely sober, first thing in the morning. The phenomenon began in New York City as a social experiment, meeting at the crossroads of wellness and nightlife. However, instead of mean bouncers, Daybreaker greets its members with a hugging committee. Instead of alcohol, Daybreaker offers green juice, coffee, and tea. yoga from a top yoga expert, followed by a twohour wow-inspired dance party with music from a roster of epic international DJs, fire spinners, a horn section and a host of surprises.

DAYBREAKER daybreaker.com


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MUSIC CENTER PLAZA


The Music Center today announced it will re-open its Plaza with a civic ceremony on August 28, 2019, and free public festivities throughout Labor Day weekend (from Friday, August 30–Sunday, September 1, 2019) following a 20-month $41 million renovation of the expansive outdoor space. The 53-year-old Plaza has been updated into an accessible, welcoming outdoor urban space as a “plaza for all” to enjoy. Serving as a principal public square for Los Angeles County, the reimagined Plaza creates a fifth venue at The Music Center campus, providing a place where people can not only dine and gather, but also connect with friends and colleagues. The Plaza will be home to free and low- cost events and activities that showcase the talents of the many artists and distinctive communities that comprise the culturally rich County of Los Angeles. Along with significant infrastructure improvements and improved ADA access, the Plaza renovation involved the construction of five new buildings, including the Lisa Specht Welcome Center, permanent public restrooms and three dining locations. Now offering a wide range of culinary options and price points, the Plaza’s new food and beverage options include Abernethy’s, a full-service restaurant that will feature an innovative emerging chef program. The Mullin Wine Bar with wine lists curated by local wine shops and cocktails created by a featured mixologist; and Los Angeles-based third-wave coffee bar Go Get Em Tiger (GGET), recently selected by The Music Center to operate the Plaza’s new coffee bar. The new dining establishments complement two existing plaza level restaurants—Upstage Burger and Cocina Roja—which opened on the southeast and northeast sides of the Plaza as construction began, bringing the total number of culinary choices on the Plaza to five. New casual gardens complement the space, offering places to relax and enjoy beautiful vistas of Grand Park and the civic center. The Plaza re-opening will also mark the return of The Music Center Plaza fountain, a centerpiece of the space, while the Jacques Lipchitz-designed “Peace on Earth” sculpture was relocated to a more prominent position within The Music Center


Renderings Courtesy of The Music Center


Renderings Courtesy of The Music Center


complex. And guests will interact with two new 12’ x 20’ LED screens along with sensors and cameras to create their own art in new and iterative ways. The Music Center is working with long-time partner yU+co, a Hollywood-based digital design studio, to develop interactive software that will allow the screens to become a platform for crowd-activated art. The screens also will be used for live events, simulcasts, programming information, and more. The Lisa Specht Welcome Center will also feature a 6’ x 20’ interactive screen with visitor information and special surprises. Significant funding for the $41 million Plaza project came from the County of Los Angeles, which provided $30 million. Also, The Music Center has raised over $10 million in private funds and is raising $1 million for the LED screens. Lead gifts were received from Lisa Specht, current chair of The Music Center, and vice-chairs Robert J. Abernethy and Cindy Miscikowski and the Ring-Miscikowski Foundation/The Ring Foundation. Significant support was also received from The Blue Ribbon, Mimi and Marie Song, Fredric Roberts, Merle, and Peter Mullin, and Eva and Marc Stern. Significant grants were awarded by The Ahmanson Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and The Rose Hills Foundation. As The Music Center completes fundraising for Plaza capital needs, it turns its attention to raising funds for programs that will bring the Plaza to life. To date, The Music Center has raised $3.3 million toward a goal of $5 million in support of free and low-cost community programs. The Music Center will officially open the Plaza with a civic dedication and then welcome the public to celebrate the newly renovated space with several free public events.

THE MUSIC CENTER musiccenter.org/plaza


FIGFEST


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This Past June, Downtown LA’s free annual summer music festival FIGFest returned to FIGat7th and energized the city with fun summer nights and eclectic sounds. The festival ran four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The plaza at FIGat7th was transformed into a DTLA outdoor stage brought to life with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists. LA’s very own explosive and honest rock act Cherry Glazerr (June 7) kicked off the series. Followed by the inspired and infectious hip-hop soul of rapper and live band Oddisee & Good Company (June 14). The sensual fusion of funk, pop, Latin, and electronic sounds by experimental duo Buscabulla (June 21). The festival ended with the energetic and playful, synth-infused, indie-electronic-rock of STRFKR (June 28).   FIGFest’s unique lineup reflects the vibrant cultural center that Downtown LA has become. Past festivals have featured The Internet, Superhumanoids, Soulection, Wavves, Tuxedo, Hanni El Khatib, Poolside, and Anderson.Paak. FIGFest is one of the only free concert experiences open to the public in Los Angeles where music lovers can dine, drink, and shop all in one spot. We are looking forward to the next edition in 2020. If you can’t wait next summer, Art Brookfield is offering a multitude of events all year long that we highly recommend. For more information about Arts Brookfield events, please visit www.artsbrookfield. com/events

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The Festival Chapín Los Ángeles 2019, whose theme this year is ‘Recordando mis Raíces’ (Remembering our roots), celebrates Guatemalan culture via the country’s historical folklore, music, and ‘Chapín’ gastronomy. The third annual festival invites Angelenos of all communities and all ages to enjoy live traditional marimba music, ten food vendors, as well as fifteen exhibitors with traditional clothing and artisanal goods from Guatemala.   On Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 AM, a forty foot long decorated kite (‘barrilete’) will be elevated at the festival. A tradition during ‘Día de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead) in Guatemala is the flying of these gigantic and beautifully decorated kites, created by the people of Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.   The Republic of Guatemala is a Central American country which historically formed the core of the Maya civilization, one of the most sophisticated and highly developed societies in the history of the Americas and the entire world. Metro Los Angeles is home to an estimated 500,000 Guatemalans (or Guatemaltecos), making it the largest Guatemalan community outside Guatemala. Metro Los Angeles is also home to several notable Guatemalans, including the prominent street artist Mauricio “Cache” Reyes, as well as a plethora of Guatemalan restaurants serving up delicious traditional dishes. Chapín is a word that many Guatemalans use to describe their ethnicity with pride, and the history of the word chapín dates back to the 15th century.   Festival Chapín Los Ángeles annually attracts a multi-cultural audience to the middle of Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.festivalchapin. com. On Sunday, September 8th, 2019, Los Angeles welcomes the 73rd annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival. This ‘year’s parade theme is “International Year of Indigenous Languages - Encounter of Two Worlds”. This ‘year’s Grand Marshal–Boxer & World Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. who just won at the 2019 ESPY Awards the “Upset of the Year.” As of

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Photos Courtesy of East LA Parade & Chapin Festival


June 2019, the Mexican – American boxer ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec, and third by The Ring magazine. Ruiz was born in Imperial, California and his parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. The parade continues to be the longest-running and most significant of its kind in the U.S. and will take place on Sunday, September 8th, 2019 AM10:00 AM in East Los Angeles. The ‘parade’s organizing committee, Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, will also be celebrating its 88th anniversary. Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico has served Los Angeles communities for 88 years and for the past 73 years has hosted the premier patriotic, civic event, the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival. This parade is considered as a symbol of union and joy among the Latino community and is attended by thousands of participants, exceeding expectations each year.   Since its inception in 1931, Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico has stood as one of the pillars of the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.   In keeping with tradition, leading television network, ABC Ch. 7 will conduct a live broadcast of the parade from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.   The parade route will be through, E. Cesar E. Chávez Blvd. starting at Mednik St. and ending at Gage Ave. The celebration will continue at Mednik and First Street with music performances, entertainment, attractions, food vendors, merchandise, interactive displays, and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Join us!

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The 11th Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament, California’s largest street basketball tournament, returned to the streets of downtown Los Angeles and LA LIVE on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. The annual family-friendly basketball opening night ceremony and tip-off party on center court featured Pep Rally-type activities, music, pop-up shops, street performers, live art, and more. 1,500 teams, 5,000 players, and 25,000 spectators attended this year Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament, which serves as an official International Basketball Federation satellite event. For further information, please follow the tournament official Twitter account at twitter.com/nikebball3on3, the official Facebook page at facebook.com/ nike3on3, and the official Instagram account at @nike3on3. If you missed this year event, make sure to mark your calendar for next year 12th edition of the tournament.

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Linda Stelling ART SPOTLIGHT


This summer there is a quiet little solo show at GLORIA DELSON CONTEMPORARY ARTS, that should not be missed. It involves what the artist refers to as a ‘visual vacation.’: Linda Stelling ‘Waiting to Exhale’ Out of the insanity of road rage, over-crowding, politics, and verbal subterfuge, ‘Waiting To Exhale’ takes on a significant meaning.   Unlike works of art that have a subject matter or a specific idea to convey, Linda ‘Stelling’s color field paintings blur the perception of interacting areas of amorphous color and shape. The wrap-around sensation makes it easy to be in the painting.   This intimate group of paintings, which she describes as her on-going search for life long ‘zen,’ represents the search to find quiet and appreciation for the simple elements of mindful living.   ‘I see art as one avenue to changing our world.’ It is received by most to reflect our opinions, emotions, and desires. This permission is granted to everyone for beauty, peace, and transcendence into a more beautiful world. These works are a direct offering for that desire for calm.   ‘Waiting To Exhale’ at GLORIA DELSON CONTEMPORARY ARTS, runs through August 31st, 2019, in the ‘Delson Lounge.’ Don’t miss the Closing Gallery Reception taking place on Saturday, August 24th, from 6-10pm.   Please contact the gallery for appointments outside of regular business hours: Tues - Fri 12-7pm; Sat & Sun 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.   GDCA Gallery is located at 727 S. Spring Street, (between 7th & 8th Streets), Los Angeles, 90014 / Petra@GDCAgallery.com / (323) 309-2875 / www. GDCAgallery.com

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MEET YOANN


Meet Yoann. He’s the Master Stylist behind Mod’s Hair on 8th St. between Broadway and Spring. His soul radiates beauty inside and out. While the photos speak to his work, the real treat comes from sitting in his chair.

people from different walks of life come here, and that is artistically inspiring to me.

Who is your client? My clients come from various backgrounds. Diversity encourages different exchanges. At the same time, this gives me the opportunity to practice different looks and use different techniques.

Where do you see yourself heading? I am currently working towards receiving my artist visa so I can have the opportunity to be my own boss. This would allow me to work in multiple locations, as well as travel abroad. Traveling as an artist is very important to me so that I’m able to step outside of my own persona and explore the nature of other individuals without ego. Embracing the vulnerability of the world.

How has Los Angeles influenced your work? The lifestyle and coastline. I’m often trying to reproduce the texture Here you get to witness artistic flow in a of the natural, beachy style we find at part of DTLA that’s undergoing a mas- the beach. A modern twist.. still chic, but sive transition. Yoann’s growing along casual. with it. In so many ways, it’s only just the beginning for this Parisian who happily Who were you when you landed in calls The City of Angels home. DTLA versus who you are now? When I first arrived, I began working in Beverly What makes a master hairstylist? Hills at the first Mod’s salon location. Passion, patience, vulnerability, authentic exchanges (no ego), curiosity, sim- My good friend David, the artistic direcplicity, and experiences.  tor for Mod’s at that time, asked me to become the manager of the downtown What does a relationship look like to location, which was an opportunity for you between yourself and the person professional expansion. in the chair? It is very important to have good communication with the client, not Managing the DTLA location has had only focusing on the hair but to know dif- challenges. Recognizing the expansion ferent aspects of their life so I can help of the city and the pace of the environadjust the service and give them some- ment has inspired me to be able to grow, thing more personal.  not only as an individual but as an artist.

Tell me about your experience in DTLA. What makes it a unique place to work? I enjoy working in downtown because it is a melting pot. All kinds of


What does a day in DTLA look like to you? The location of the salon is off the busy street Broadway. Being exposed to the street, gives me the opportunity to interact with the working class as well as the random people who pass by. Some of these acquaintances have evolved into great friendships, and some have even become clients. Starting with a smile and finishing with a haircut.

What is the last thing you wrote to yourself? Do what you say you’re going to do.

How do you love yourself every day? Being productive. Doing what I have to do. Making things happen. These are the things that give me confidence. What is the one thing you’d like to improve for yourself and How will you make that happen? I would love to be What has been your most significant more reactive and put my words into apheartbreak with being in LA? The plication faster. But that’s what a produchomeless situation really breaks my tivity planner is for! heart. I can see that the population continues to grow, and it’s unfortunate. What is THE piece of advice you would give to someone looking to How do you stay balanced? What are make something of themselves in your routines? I try to stay balanced by LA? Don’t listen to anyone else’s adnot being in the extremes. Being able to vice. Find your goal(s) and put all of your listen to my body and do what I say I’m energy in that direction. going to do. I try to keep a healthy lifestyle, and I’m learning how to be happy without anything (material). My routine consists of surfing, good restaurants, live music, cooking, etc. I am enjoying simple and easy moments with the people I love.  What is a piece of advice you would give to your clients? That confidence comes from within. If you could say one thing to the most significant woman in your life, what would it be?  That would be “I love you” to my mum.

YOAnn

Mod’s Hair DTLA 223 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 Insta: @yoannbgood Mobile: 323.891.5546


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