Original Article Credit:  By Alysia Gray Painter For NBC Los Angeles

The Line Up

+ Mostly Kosher, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Spiral Court at California Plaza.

+ The Altons in front of 1 Cal on Grand Avenue, on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

+ Urban Voices Project sings in California Plaza on Dec. 13.

+David Garza rounds it out, on Dec. 18, at The Cabaret Stage.

+All shows begin at 11:45 a.m., which is a time of day that needs more live music.

Again, all free, all downtown, all delightful. And if you don’t feel like following what you’re supposed to do this holiday season, on the rush-rush-stress front, take an hour, take some sunshine, and take in some sounds, courtesy of Grand Performances.

File Photo By Drew Kelley


Original Article Credit:  | riguzman@scng.com | Press Telegram

Tickets go on sale at noon Dec. 5 for the Red Bull Music Festival, a multi-day event coming in February that includes a series of concerts and lectures inspired by films, gaming, skateboarding and photography at several venues in Los Angeles.

The festival starts Feb. 7 with L.A.-based singer-songwriter San Cha, who puts her own spin on traditional Mexican styles of music in English and Spanish. She’ll perform a show inspired by Latin soap operas at Vibiana in downtown L.A.


  • Feb. 14: Rap duo Rae Sremmurd and guest performers that will include covers of iconic love songs from the silver screen performed in a bank vault in Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Feb. 21: Hip-hop photographer Gunner Stahl will lead a DJ set with surprise guest performances.
  • Feb. 22-23 Swedish electropop star Robyn kicks off her North American tour at the Palladium in Hollywood.
  • Feb. 23: Fans of the game “Red Dead Redemption 2” will get to hear a full ensemble performance of the game’s epic score by composer Woody Jackson with Indonesian duo Senyaya and other musicians featured on the score at venue to be announced.


For tickets, visit redbullmusic.com/los-angeles




The city is working on plans to turn a 1910 firehouse on Fifth Street into a center offering art programs for kids. The firehouse, which was used in Ghostbusters and other films, has fallen into disrepair. Photo By Gary Leonard


Original Article Credit:  For LA DT News


DTLA – Many projects in Downtown Los Angeles have faced delays, but few have had a more curious story than the plan to refurbish and renovate Skid Row’s Firehouse No. 23. The funds for the development were approved 22 years ago.


Now, finally, it is ready to move forward, and plans call for a groundbreaking as soon as February. Yet just as things appear ready to roll, some opposition has risen, with opponents charging the project that will create an art center for low-income children shortchanges the adults in Skid Row who could benefit from an artistic outlet.


The plans, and the opposition, were in the spotlight at a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the James M. Woods Community Center on East Fifth Street.

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa is handling designs for the transformation of the three-story structure at 225 E. Fifth St. According to Diane Thepkhounphithack, designer and project manager for Brooks + Scarpa, the project is in the plan check phase, with the Department of Building and Safety evaluating the proposal.

The project is being undertaken by the city, which owns the firehouse. Neil L. Drucker, program manager for the Bureau of Engineering’s Recreations and Cultural Facilities program, said the first phase of the renovation will begin in February, and will include stripping worn paint, seismic upgrades and the completion of structural improvements. The second phase will include renovating the space. No timeline for an opening has been revealed.

The project is funded through Proposition K, which was approved by Los Angeles voters in 1996 to fund the acquisition, improvement, construction and maintenance of city parks, recreation facilities and other youth-oriented spaces. The measure earmarked money for 183 projects, including Firehouse No. 23’s transition into a youth arts center.

Fire Sparks Grim Future for Pickle Works Building

Prop. K allocates $25 million annually to such projects, which range from renovated sports fields to street lighting improvements. The projects must be finished by 2026. Of the original 183 projects, 60 remain to be completed.

The projects have been rolled out sporadically, and the Skid Row facility will come after five other youth arts centers were finished. The ballot proposition allocated $2.3 million to the firehouse through what Deputy City Attorney Marcia Gonzales-Kimbrough called a loose estimation process.

Inflation and rising construction costs will put the price well above what was originally allocated. Gonzales-Kimbrough said a final cost cannot be determined until the full scope of what type of programming the center will offer is revealed. That will also impact Brooks + Scarpa’s design.

“It’s kind of a chicken and egg situation,” Gonzalez-Kimbrough said. “You need a design to do a cost estimate. But you can’t fully do that until you know what you’re going to do with the space.”

What is known is that the project will offer programming and arts classes for children ages 3 to 17. The Department of Cultural Affairs will oversee the facility.

Leslie Thomas, Community Arts Division Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs, said that he is interested in developing a program based on intergenerational arts where different age groups work together.




DTLA – Instagram-friendly pop-ups have been a regular part of Downtown Los Angeles for the last two years, and now the Downtown Center Business Improvement District is getting into the game.

The BID launched DTLA // IRL on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Olive streets at the base of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The space, short for Downtown Los Angeles In Real Life, is a mix of a shopping location with local businesses showing off their wares, and a place for Downtown artists to display their work. The space is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Monday-Saturday through Dec. 21. The attraction at 437 W. Seventh St. launched with an installation titled “I Am Alive in Los Angeles,” and the DCBID promises weekly holiday-themed events, including movie screenings. Admission is free.

DTLA October Condo Summary

In October 2018, there were 33 Condos sold in 25 buildings totaling – $23,351,000.

As usual the most sales were in South Park with nine sales for the month.

Sales by District

  • Arts District – 5 sales @ $4,18,9000. Average sale: $837,800.
  • Bunker Hill  – 1 sale @ $475,000.
  • Central City West  – 2 sales @ $2,040,0000.  Average sale: $1,020,000.
  • Financial District  – 5 sales @ 4,277,000.  Average sale: $855,400.
  • Historic Core – 6 sales @ $4,345,000.  Average sale: $724,166.
  • Little Tokyo – 4 sales @ $1,703,000. Average sale: $425,750.
  • Old Bank District  – 1 sale @ $565,000.
  • South Park  – 9 sales @ $7,160,000. Average sale: $795,555.

    HIGHEST SALE OCTOBER 2018 – The Eastern Columbia Lofts

The highest October sale was at The Eastern Columbia Lofts; one of the most sought out full service luxury buildings in DTLA.

The unit was a 1,840 Sqft 2-Bed / 1.75-Baths  with custom features including distinguished build-outs, fixtures and finishes throughout. The Southeast corner Penthouse Suite sold for $1,550,000. 

October 2018

Condo Sales

(October 2018)
10/1/18 South Park Eleven South Lofts 1,070  $582K
10/2/18 Arts District Mura Condos  1,210 $820K
10/2/18 Arts District Mura Condos  690 $568K
10/2/18 Old Bank District Rowan Lofts 690  $565K
10/3/18 South Park TEN50 980  $1.05M
10/3/18 South Park Luma South Lofts 880  $600K
10/3/18 Financial District 655 S Hope St 850  $590K
10/3/18 Little Tokyo 222 S Central Ave 836  $450K
10/3/18 Little Tokyo Savoy Condos 519  $336K
10/5/18 Historic Core Bartlett Lofts 750  $525K
10/9/18 South Park Sky Lofts 990  $725K
10/11/18 Central City West 1100 Wilshire 1,870  $1.45M
10/11/18 Financial District The Promenade 1,219  $650K
10/15/18 Financial District El Dorado Lofts 1,020 $730K
10/16/18 Arts District Beacon Lofts 1,110 $802K
10/17/18 South Park Flower Street Lofts 1,260 $603K
10/18/18 Arts District Barker Block Lofts 2,330 $1.2M
10/19/18 South Park Flower Street Lofts 1,424 $715K
10/23/18 Bunker Hill Bunker Hill Tower Condos 735 $475K
10/23/18 Financial District Library Court 680 $475K
10/23/18 Financial District 655 Hope St 550 $420K
10/23/18 Little Tokyo Little Tokyo Lofts 650 $367K
10/24/18 Little Tokyo Savoy Condos 735 $550K
10/25/18 Historic Core Eastern Columbia Lofts 1,840 $1.550M
10/25/18 Arts District Mura Condos 1,210 $799K
10/25/18 South Park Skyline Condos 1,193 $775K
10/25/18 Historic Core Higgins Lofts 760 $525K
10/26/18 Historic Core Shybary Grand 890 $485K
10/29/18 South Park Eleven South Lofts 1,990 $1.49M
10/30/18 Historic Core Pan American Lofts 1,110 $710K
10/31/18 South Park Eleven South Lofts 960 $620K
10/31/18 Central City West Vero Lofts 960 $590K
10/31/18 Historic Core  Bartlett Lofts 750 $550K
TOTAL $23,351,000



Pikunico Downtown LA
Photo By: Jakob Layman


Original Article Credit:  Mona Holmes For Eater LA

Kuniko Yagi’s debut project, Pikunico, opened today in the ROW complex in Downtown. Pikunico is Yagi’s take on karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, and is her first standalone restaurant since departing Hinoki & the Bird in 2014. The name is a mashup of “picnic” and “Kuniko.”

The menu focuses on free-range chicken served in sandwiches, rice bowls, and combination “baskets,” which include house-made pickles, a choice of ginger onigiri or fried fingerling potatoes, and choice of white or dark meat.


Pikunico Downtown LA
Photo By Jakob Layman

Pikunico also offers sides like chicken egg drop soup and fingerling fries, and desserts like matcha ice cream and a miso de leche cookie. There’s Japanese craft beer for those dining in.

Yagi partnered with Kaizen Dining Group and secured a ROW spot back in April. ROW’s food options keep expanding far beyond the weekly Smorgasburg, with the forthcoming bakery the Manufactory, and the recent opening of Dandelion Chocolate. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Pikunico Downtown LA
Photo By: Kristen Hastings


Pikunico Menu by on Scribd


Pikunico. 767 S. Alameda, Los Angeles, CA




Original Article Credit: Matthew Kang For Eater LA

Earlier this year, perhaps in spring, though it’s unclear exactly when it stopped, Clifton’s Republic in Downtown LA ceased serving food at the first floor cafeteria. Franklin Avenue first reported the change when they received a tip that the cafeteria, which long had a “pay what you wish” policy under previous ownership, was closed to make way for what management was calling the Exposition Marketplace. Apparently the current management is promising the return of historic and traditional dishes while bringing on some “new classics.”

Meieran reached out to Eater to comment on the temporary closure, saying the Exposition Marketplace will open in the first quarter of 2019, with classic Clifton’s dishes plus some globally inspired dishes based on travel. Meieran says he hopes to serve a wider array of dishes instead of the more traditional American offerings that the cafeteria used to serve. To comment on the cafeteria’s closure, Meieran did say that they were working on the marketplace idea about a year after Clifton’s reopened because of the “peculiarities and complexities” of operating the cafeteria.

Considering the mixed reactions of the reopened cafeteria, it perhaps makes sense to have a more streamlined and easy to operate food situation at Clifton’s. Fans of the cafeteria reacted strongly to the cafeteria’s closure on social media.




Food is so much more than sustenance. Curious foods from exotic cultures have always fascinated us. Unfamiliar foods can be delicious, or they can be more of an acquired taste. While cultural differences often separate us and create boundaries, food can also connect us. Sharing a meal is the best way to turn strangers into friends.

The evolutionary function of disgust is to help us avoid disease and unsafe food. Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another. Disgusting Food Museum invites visitors to explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible. Could changing our ideas of disgust help us embrace the environmentally sustainable foods of the future?

The exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods. Do you dare smell the world’s stinkiest cheese? Or taste sweets made with metal cleansing chemicals?

Disgusting Food Museum Los Angeles

Exhibited delicacies include:

  • Surströmming – fermented herring from Sweden.
  • Cuy – roasted guinea pigs from Peru.
  • Casu marzu – maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia
  • Stinky tofu – pungent bean curd from China.
  • Hákarl – well-aged shark from Iceland.
  • Durian – infamously stinky fruit from Thailand.

Los Angeles, CA

Dec 9 – Feb 17

A+D Architecture and Design Museum
900 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Wednesday – Friday: 2 pm – 8 pm
Saturday -Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm
CLOSED – Mondays and Tuesdays
Last entry is one hour before closing


December 15th, 9 am to 4 pm


General Admission (13+): $15 weekdays / $18 weekends
Children 12 and younger: $10
Groups of 10 or more: please contact USA@disgustingfoodmuseum.com

USC Roski Arts District


Original Article Credit : LA DT News


After months of build-out, the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and

Design has opened its new Downtown campus.


The school’s two-year Masters of Fine Arts in Design program is housed in a 15,000-square-foot space in the At Mateo complex at Mateo and Palmetto streets. The Arts District space opened Nov. 16 and includes classrooms, a design studio and rooms for creating works. “Along with the launching of the MFA Design program in August, this is a day I have long awaited,” Roski School Dean Haven Lin-Kirk said in a prepared statement. The design school is one of the three anchor tenants in At Mateo, alongside food company Soylent and streaming giant Spotify.


USC Roski Arts District


USC Roski Arts District

Jefferson Park October Sales Summary

In October 2018, there were 12 sales in Jefferson Park totaling $11,190,000The 12 sales were a mix of (10) single family homes and (2) multi-unit income properties.

Jefferson Park October 2018 Sales Report: Jefferson Park is a smaller neighborhood within the 90018 zip code. JP has decades of history illustrated by the homes in the neighborhood. Jefferson Park has its own Historical Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) that does its best to preserve the historical homes still standing from the 1900’s

Get ready to cash out your pennies at your nearest Coinstar!! The highest October sale was at 2021 W. Jefferson Blvd. for $1,450,000. A 6,195 square foot mix-used residential and commercial property. 8 Units total 4-Beds, 9-Baths. 4 Residential & 4 Commercial Units.


All October Sales

(October 2018)
10/01/18 2112 W. 27th St. 3 Bed 2 Bath 2,036 Sqft. $750K
10/04/18 2276 W. 23rd St. 4 bed 3 Bath 2,984 Sqft. $1.150M
10/05/18 4214 W. Adams Blvd. 12 Bed 6 Bath 6,9822 Sqft. $1.325M
10/10/18 2918 9th Ave. 4 Bed 2.5 Bath 1,357 Sqft. $665K
10/15/18 3041 11th Ave. 2 Bed 1.5 Bath 1,052 Sqft. $706K
10/19/18 2136 W. 28th St. 3 Bed 3 Bath 1,632 Sqft. $800K
10/19/18 2352 W. 29th Pl. 3 Bed 1 Bath 1,600 Sqft. $700K
10/19/18 2197 W. 25th St. 4 Bed 2 Bath 2,388 Sqft. $1.295M
10/24/18 2956 11th Ave. 3 Bed 1 Bath 1,236 Sqft. $625K
10/26/18 3460 2nd Ave. 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,053 Sqft. $689K
10/26/18 2021 W. Jefferson Blvd. 4 Bed 9 Bath 6,159 Sqft. $1.450M
10/30/18 2097 W. 30th St. 3 Bed 1.75 Bath 1,750 Sqft. $1.035M
TOTAL $11,190,000



Meet the New Metro Electric Bike


Metro Electric Bikes



Metro Bike Share is thrilled to announce the launch of the new electric bike pilot program. On November 8th, 2018, a limited number of shared electric pedal-assist bikes were introduced into the existing Metro Bike Share fleet.



Metro Electric Bikes


Just like classic Metro Bikes, you’ll want to follow the rules of the road. The Metro Electric Bike is a pedal-assist electric bicycle and can reach speeds up to 17mph with assistance. The motor only engages when you pedal. You and others on the road may be surprised by how fast the electric bike can go. Higher speed increases the risk of a crash. Warning: if you are in a crash, you could be injured or killed.

Always wear a helmet. People under 18 are required to wear one by law. For more tips, check out our Riding Tips.



Metro Electric Bikes


Ride Today

How to find electric bikes. Metro Bike Share stations that have electric bikes docked at them display a green lightning bolt symbol above the station icon on the station map or app. For the duration of the pilot, there is no additional cost associated with using Metro Electric Bikes.

How to check out electric bikes. Pending availability, you can check out a Metro Electric Bike the same way you check out a Metro Bike, regardless of which pass type you have.   If you are a passholder, you can use your TAP card or look up your account with your phone number at any station to check out a bike. Or you can purchase a Single Ride with your credit or debit card at any station.


Metro Electric Bikes

















Original Article Credit: 

La Plaza Cocina, a museum and educational kitchen devoted entirely to the history and evolution of Mexican food, is scheduled to open in downtown L.A. in early 2019.

The 2,500-square-foot facility will be located in LA Plaza Village, a 3.7-acre complex now being assembled within El Pueblo Historical Monument. Both developments are part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.


La Plaza Cocina

La Plaza Cocina will explore and honor Mexican cuisine, as well as its deep relationship with Los Angeles, through a variety of programs, classes, events and exhibitions held at the location.

“Los Angeles is the Mexican food capital of the country, and it deserves a place that celebrates the history and culture that we have with Mexican food,” says John Echeveste, chief executive of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. “It’s important, not only to Latino families, but anyone who eats.”



Read Full Article Here

California Market Center


Major Renovations Coming To CMC


Brookfield Properties is undertaking a $170 million overhaul of the California Market Center in the Fashion District. The work includes new windows for the three 13-story buildings.


One of the biggest projects in Downtown Los Angeles, in terms of sheer size, is the transformation of the California Market Center. It aims to turn the hulking, 56-year-old complex into a modern mixed-use hub, and expand beyond its traditional tenant base of fashion showrooms by adding creative office space and extensive ground-floor retail.


California Market Center


Although work has already begun, Brookfield Properties, which acquired a stake in the property in 2017, last week finally revealed its full plans for the project, including how it will create more than 1 million square feet of new creative office space.


California Market Center



The renovation is a joint venture between Brookfield and Jamison Properties, which bought the 1.8 million-square-foot California Market Center in 2004 for $135 million. Plans call for creating new open space.

“With an inviting, amenity-rich and open streetscape, sweeping public space, year-round activations, and unmatched floor plates, the new CMC will draw more creative firms to the heart of DTLA while elevating the region’s existing fashion industry,” Bert Dezzutti, Western Region Executive Vice President for Brookfield Office Properties, said in a prepared statement.


Perhaps the most significant change is that the fashion showrooms the center is known for will be consolidated into one structure, Building C. At its height the complex had more than 1,000 showrooms spread across the three buildings.


California Market Center





Fa La Land Los Angeles


Original Article Credit : Pamela Avila For Los Angeles Magazine


A Massive Holidays Themed Instagram Photo-Op Opens Up In The Arts District


The masterminds behind Fa La Land, marketed as “Tinseltown’s most vibrant and fun holiday pop-up museum,” are Legally Blonde author Amanda Brown, “TV journalist-turned mompreneur” Chloe Sommer, and Rory Dorsey. And they brought the ultimate selfie experience for all of you who start bumping “Last Christmas” by Wham! or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” before it’s socially acceptable.


Fa La Land Los Angeles



At Fa La Land, there’s also no shortage of Instagram traps. But you already knew that. There’s a mistletoe kissing booth, a Santa selfie station (which feels more like a sit-on-Santa’s-lap-even-though-you’re-too-old station), a room meant to replicate the North Pole (where you can snap a selfie with Mrs. Claus as she roams around), a maze-like room full of fluorescent Christmas pines, a room reminiscent of the board game Candyland, and also a room meant to serve as a mini-music festival—because you know you miss flower-crown season.


Fa La Land Los Angeles



But before immersing yourself in these interactive rooms, you’ll have to be honest with yourself and choose one of two doors to enter: Naughty or Nice? Don’t lie; baby Jesus is watching. Once you’ve settled that, you’re free to flood your Grinch-y friends’ timelines with Fa La Land fun.


Fa La Land, through January 6 (closed Mondays) at ROW DTLA, 787 Alameda St., building 2, suite 138, downtown. Tickets are $37; children under 3 are free. 



Fa La Land Los Angeles






Little Tokyo Holidays

Little Tokyo is the destination for finding one-of-a-kind shops, diverse restaurants, and unique experiences making it a top attraction for visitors seeking out-of-the-box holiday cheer. Instead of heading to a big mall with the same shops, explore the outdoor walking retail environment in this energetic and dynamic neighborhood.
Little Tokyo offers something for everyone in an engaging atmosphere providing a cultural shopping experience with these five exclusive gifts and events found only in Go Little Tokyo’s Holiday Guide.

Shogun Santa’s Sleigh Stops in Little Tokyo: Save yourself a trip to the North Pole and visit Shogun Santa in Little Tokyo! Snap a selfie or holiday family photo on select dates throughout December courtesy of the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). Don’t forget to share your Little Tokyo holiday wish list! Free admission, donation encouraged.

Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23, from 11 am to 3 pm @ Japanese Village Plaza


12 Days of Merry Mochi: Bring a delicious time for your holiday dinner party that’ll be sure to get you invited back next year. Made by hand with love for generations by the Kito family in Little Tokyo, the 12-Piece Mochi Gift Box is the perfect traditional Japanese holiday treat to indulge in. The colorful chewy sweets will delight all your guests this holiday season.
12-Piece Mochi Gift Box Available for $15 at Fugetsu-Do Confectioners, 315 E First St.


Unwrap Art From Around the World: Experience one-of-a-kind artist-made goods, vinyl toys, rare records and Japanese funky street fashion at Q Pop in Little Tokyo. Take a trip around the world when entering their mini gallery space, home to exclusive prints created by artists worldwide, including a commissioned series featuring the popular superhero group, Power Rangers.
Power Rangers Collection ($60-$460) available at Q Pop, 319 E 2nd St #121


Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with Vintage-Style Toys: Visit this popular legacy destination for everything from Japanese home goods and gifts to kitchenware, accessories and more. Stuff loved one’s stockings with an assortment of 50s-style wind-up tin toys, robot figures and Kewpie dolls in a size perfect for every kid or kid-at-heart!
Vintage-Style Toys ($15-$33) available at Bunkado, 340 E 1st St.



Deck the Halls with Backpacks and More: Known for their signature shark mouth backpack and innovative designs, CapRobot carries some of Sprayground’s most popular backpacks! This holiday season doesn’t miss their unparalleled selection of sports team hats for the sports fanatic in your life or even personalize gifts by submitting a design to create your own!
Sprayground Backpacks ($65–130) available at CapRobot, 319 E 1st St