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efinitely on our list of Top 10 Great Places to Live, named after Britain’s commonly used title for ‘apartment’ – it is our pleasure to present to you, the Flat. DTLA can’t wait to move into the Flat Apartments and it’s a no-brainer as to why.

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ith nearly 4,000 new apartments under construction in downtown Los Angeles, at least 3,999 could take a few pointers from the Flat. That is, if they are yearning to present themselves as practical living spaces that most of DTLA can instantly fall in love with.

This, in part, can be accredited to its stand alone location in an area less known for residential complexes, broad windows for each unit and elusive entryway for automobiles and such.

Unlock the Doors to Your New Home! The apartments are smaller than typical The Price: lofts as the Flat was formally a hotel, but As we speak there are places with less in no way tiny. The view is provided by a square footage in rougher parts of town wall of glass with fold out windows that asking for hundreds, sometimes thouallow for observation of the world outside. sands more for rents, while the Flat Apart- Depending on the unit, you may scope ment’s market rate stays within the range palm trees, the Financial District, LA Live, of a modest $1585-2815 a month. Bunker Hill or Hollywood, take your pick. The spaces are more boxy than linear Amenities: so there’s plenty of room to move around. The Flat offers studio apartments with a The space we toured lent enough square cozy, luxurious feel, community rooms, footage for a full sized bed, dining area, heated pool, sun deck, parking on site, sofa and counter top bar that separated fitness and yoga center, laundry rooms, the main area from the kitchenette. and splendid views, all within a 30 minBasin, dual burner electric stove, mid ute walk from Downtown’s most exciting sized frig and counter top bar made the entertainment paradises. kitchen workable. The modern fixtures adorn the bathtub and vanity combo Just on the edge of the Financial District, inside a bathroom with adequate room to heading west, the Flat is located at 750 complete any daily hygiene ritual. Garland Avenue, centered Less than a half Closet and shelf space is reserved. a mile from LA Live, Bunker Hill, Whole Although the units don’t accommodate a Foods, Ralphs, The Bloc, Fig & 7th and washer and driver, the Flat Apartments Metro. do provide well-kept laundry facilities on each floor. Hidden in Plain Sight: Location, Location, Location Furnished or No? Did we mention the Flat is just a block The Flat decor is billed as “mid-century away from the 110fwy? Built in the late modern”. If you don’t have an eye for inte70s as a Holiday Inn, the building has rior design there’s no need to worry. Heres a practical feel with a facade one could one all-studio apartment community in easily drive by a hundred times and never the heart of downtown Los Angeles, that suspect as a residential dwelling. offers both furnished and unfurnished apartment homes. theflatapartments.com


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8 ANTONIO PELAYO: BREATH OF NEW LIFE FOR DAY OF THE DEAD by JONATHAN VOGEL - PHOTOS BY MARS SANDOVAL

ANTONIO PELAYO BREATH OF NEW LIFE for DAY OF THE DEAD

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ad you asked us forty years ago what it was like to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos in downtown Los Angeles, and you’d probably get this answer...

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hat is, it was never exceptionally entertaining, and was never on such a grandiose scale as to constitute a ‘spectacle.’ But thanks to the careful planning by one local artist-turned entrepreneur Antonio Pelayo, that has been long in the works, the final days of this ancient holiday celebrating the departed have been given a breath of new life. This Saturday, October 12th, 2019, held at Plaza de la Raza, marks the tenth anniversary since the debut of El Velorio, (“The Wake”), which commemorates the end of the Day of the Dead celebrations. If you are looking for an exciting event to do in Los Angeles that benefits the local community and celebrates diversity, then you’ve come to the right place.

This annual event has become All twenty-one years of age or a lively scene, where Mexican cul- older are invited to attend. ture blends traditional foods, dance and music which are on display for all in attendance to take in.

This year features a can’t-miss line-up: Los Master Plus and Subsuelo will headline the event. Backstage will be hosted by Calipso and Mauricio Ahued. The ceremony of events includes an “Arts” show, 30 very skilled face painters, “Car” show and “Fashion” show. A $500 raffle will take place awarded to the “best dressed” couple.

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concerts at Red Rock, Coachella and Woodstock tribute bands…right beside these landmark events stands

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There is an interesting story behind all of this.

Featured in many news publications for his affiliation with the once premier “Ink and Paint” department of Walt Disney in the 1990s, Pelayo decided to give back to the community through event production celebrating his own heritage.

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d ea d e h t f o y a d NG RI NO HO W HO TS the largest AR n a time when ink painters were being replaced with new technologies such as Xerography and CAPS promising a bigger and brighter future, many Disney artists took the easy route and accepted severance packages, packed their paint and brushes in boxes and moved on with their lives.

Through his full-service event production company founded about fourteen years ago, Pelayo has found creative ways to exhibit artwork of younger, less well-known artists, curate art shows and plan cultural events.

Pelayo did what he knew was necessary for survival as an artist: he formed a new company which he would serve as its CEO rather than be beholden to anyone else.

In 2005, Pelayo first began exhibiting his own art and that of other LA-based artists. Two years later, he began curating art on behalf of other artists, with modest success in one month’s time.

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In 2009, Antonio Pelayo Productions was born. Pelayo knew he had happened upon something special after organizing the first Day of the Dead event back in 2010. Then, there were twenty-five artists who participated, with over five hundred visitors who came to watch the event. Fast-forward to the present, and El Velorio is now the largest art show event honoring the Day of the Dead in all of Los Angeles, drawing massive crowds and attention in local news outlets.

ALSO featured is, “Los Luchadores,” an event in special tribute to Mexican wrestling, which he coined with the phrase “la bulla,” which literally means, “the noise.” Even today, the name has a special significance, as it was the name endearingly given to him growing up as a boy when the most influential celebrity was Shibuya, the iconic Japanese Sumo wrestler. @antoniopelayoproductions


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514 S. Spring Street, LA, CA 90013 NOW PLAYING “PERRA DE NADIE” OCT 12 - OCT 20

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ollow Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara as their family vacation takes a detour thanks to a dreamy local boy. Best vacation ever? Clara thinks so. Margaret, not so much.

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enée Fleming and Dove Cameron star as Margaret and Clara Johnson, two American tourists in Italy, with Brian Stokes Mitchell as Signor Naccarelli, the debonair head of a wealthy Florentine family. British musical theater star Rob Houchen will make his U.S. debut as Fabrizio Naccarelli, the young charmer who captures Clara’s heart. Appearing as Signora Naccarelli, Marie McLaughlin returns to LA Opera for the first time since her 1996 company debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She will return later this season as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. Liam Tamne will take on the role of Giuseppe Naccarelli, Fabrizio’s irresponsible older brother. Dutch-born actress Celinde Schoenmaker will perform the role of Franca Naccarelli, Giuseppe’s long-suffering wife. The cast will also include Malcolm Sinclair as Roy Johnson, Matthew Woodyatt as the Priest and Rhona McGregor as the Tour Guide. The talented ensemble includes Simbi Akande, Danny Becker, Jordan Castle, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Molly Lynch, Tom Partridge and Monica Swayne. There will be seven weekend performances presented by LA Opera from Saturday, October 12th - 20th. Tickets to The Light in the Piazza are on sale now. Tickets begin at $24 and can be purchased online. LAOpera.org

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he Latino Theater’s production of “Perre De Nadia” has been canceled abruptly due to border agents refusing to allow Director Marta Carrasco and members of her production team to board a flight to Los Angeles… The company says they were treated badly by US Immigration officers, humiliated and saddened by the experience, and by the time the ordeal was over 5 hours later, they were good and ready to return home…

An official statement from TheLATC.Org “Due to extraordinary circumstances out of the Latino Theater Company’s control, we regretfully have to cancel our presentation of Perra da Nadie at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.” All tickets will be refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience.” In Perra de Nadie (Nobody’s Bitch) a non-dialogue dance theatre piece, internationally celebrated performance artist Marta Carrasco, was set to return to Latino Theater Company with her new performance. Marta Carrasco is a world-renown stage creator, performer, dancer, choreographer and theater teacher of the contemporary scene took to SOCIAL MEDIA to share what she and her production team went through, which according to her words included interrogation, intimidation, and blatant racism! READ MORE on dtlaweekly.com


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SOUTH PARK is the new Sure, the FINANCIAL With its independence Order in the Courts, dine entertainment capital DISTRICT may sound like CHINATOWN has strength- in or take out...The story of of the world with a yearit's all work and no play, ened its romantic and the COURTS DISTRICT bely calendar of concerts, but within its mix of hisfamiliar relationship with gins with the origins of LA expos, sports and award toric landmarks, sky top Downtown Los Angeles and ends with a gambit of ceremonies. Eateries and bars, financial moguls, demonstrating it is as gen- public art, dozens of amaznightclubs abound, the and award winning Happy tle as it is honest with its ing food courts and a 360 area is almost completely Hours; prepare yourself to many gifts for DTLA. degree observation deck at encircled by 4 star hotels. mix business with pleasure. the top of City Hall.

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DTLAs most creative, inThe HISTORIC CORE is LITTLE TOKYO dustrial loft-style, escape revitalized with new bike has the largest Japanese to the ARTS DISTRICT for lanes, parklettes, commuAmerican population in America. The perfect mix a blend of tranquility, or- nity gardens, concerts and ganic eats, famed murals, tremendous nightclub/bar of residents, restaurants, fine art and BEER; hostscene of the Spring Street nightlife, cultural events, Strip, which also host the and hundreds of shops, Lit- ing the most concentrated region of micro breweries in most intoxicating self-guidtle Tokyo sees more than its all of LA. ed art tour in the country. fair share of tourism.

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The FASHION DISTRICT WAREHOUSE DISTRICT, is a stitched oasis of fabric historically known for and fashion shops, where wholesale, shipping, rail yards and exploding facto- designer wares and wholesalers, market weeks and ries; in modern times this district boast 50 blocks of fashion shows, tailor shops potential welcoming a new and accessories, textiles, mix of retail/office centers new eateries and hungry shoppers collide. and eclectic food sources.

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OH, THAT PASTA!!! TASTE OF ITALY RETURNS TO ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

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.A.’s Premier Food & Wine Event Featuring the Region’s Best Italian Restaurants, Award-Winning Wines, and Live Entertainment to Benefit the IAMLA.

he eleventh-annual Taste of Italy, an evening of authentic Italian food, wine, and entertainment to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 12 in downtown Los Angeles. For one evening, the heart of historic downtown Los Angeles is transformed into a charming piazza, where 2,500 Italophiles join celebrities, dignitaries, and philanthropists to eat, drink, and mingle at this upscale, ticketed event.

“Guests can enjoy exceptional Italian cuisine, wine, and good cheer in a charming, historic setting. Taste of Italy offers a glimpse of the region’s extensive Italian history and contemporary Italian lifestyle while supporting the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles,” explains Marianna Gatto, historian and executive director of the IAMLA.

Taste of Italy’s entertainment line-up includes performances by jazz virtuosos led by Joe LoPiccolo, Nick D’Egidio and Taste of Italy showcases the region’s the Dry Martini Orchestra. Bella Notte Opera Trio will perform. Acclaimed artist, top restaurants, world-class wineries, live entertainment, and celebrated chefs. songwriter, and producer DJLo will mix new and classics beats. Among the over 40 participants are Taste of Italy takes place on October DTLA’’s own, Drago Centro, Factory 12, 2019, from 5-10 pm at 424 North Kitchen and Brera. Ca’ Momi Winery, Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ProOsteria Cal Mare, L’Antica Pizzeria da ceeds support the Italian American MuMichele, Fernet-Branca, Little Jewel of seum of Los Angeles located in the Italian New Orleans, Puglia Italian Restaurant, Specialty Cellars, L’Opera, and Colombo’s Hall, which was constructed in 1908. iamla.org Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club also join in the festivities.


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