FRIDAY ☀️

 

HOME BASS

Home Bass

Friday | 1/10 | 9:00PM – 1:30AM

At Ace Hotel Upstairs

A party by women representing all facets of Electronic music. This session features sets from DJ Tor, Corbo, sidewords & resident Spiñorita.

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Le Club: Rocky Hill Corps

Le Club: Rocky Hill Corps

Friday | 1/10 | 9:00PM – 2:00AM

At the Second Floor of The Standard, Downtown LA

Le Club: A party series on the Second Floor of The Standard, Downtown LA.

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AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH JASON ISBELL

An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell

Friday | 1/10 | 8:00PM – 10:00PM

At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell transforms complex human situations into deftly delivered folk songs. While firmly rooted in the traditional sounds of his Northern Alabama home, he’s informed by a modern sensibility, a combination that gives his music a striking depth of feeling. This special acoustic performance will highlight the craftsmanship at the center of his music.

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The Afro-Latin Combo the Quitapenas

Resident DTLA Presents A Ratchet R&b Party

Friday | 1/10 | 9:00PM – 2:00AM

At The Resident DTLA

Come through with current boo or find your future lover at A RATCHET R&B PARTY ! Featuring DJs TheCandyRain (SF), Blesst (LA) + SECRET GUESTS spinning your favorite cuts to bump, grind and freak to.

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FOOD 4 THOT Podcast

FOOD 4 THOT Podcast

Friday | 1/10 | DOORS 6:00PM

At the Regent Theater DTLA

A new podcast discussing sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read, & who we like to read.

Dennis, Fran, Joseph, Tommy forged a beautiful friendship over their shared love of literature, rosé, and butt-stuff. This round-table podcast is a recipe from all their brains, discussing (and sometimes disagreeing) on everything at the intersection of queerness and brownness—from Beyoncé to Borges, politics to peen sizes, Nietzsche to 90s R&B—combining the best of literary intellect with absolute trash. Like The View, but not terrible.

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SATURDAY ☀️

 

NEW VISIONS 2020 by Visual Reality

NEW VISIONS 2020 by Visual Reality

Saturday | 1/11 | 7:30PM – 12:30AM

At Wisdome.la

The time has come – Visual Reality is back with NEW VISIONS 2020!
Look into the future of visionary art and music at this full-spectrum new media festival at Wisdome.LA

▲ Immersive Psychedelic Dance Party w/ Mind-blowing 360 Visuals

▲ Live Digital Painting + Augmented Reality Art Exhibition

▲ Transcendent Virtual Reality Voyages / XR Experiments

▲ “SEESound360” Cymatic Soundbath Dome Installation

See new sights, hear new sounds, and dive into new dimensions of creative expression in 5 massive projection domes. Together we will set positive intentions for a new decade of exploration and awakening of consciousness.

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SAMSKARA | Immersive Visionary Art Exhibition

SAMSKARA | Immersive Visionary Art Exhibition

Saturday | 1/11 | 5:00PM – 12:00AM

At Wisdome.la

If you love art, music, VR and exploring something new, come experience the magic of immersive art and technology with SAMSKARA exhibition.

Prepare to see tons of captivating visuals, play with interactive art installations and take Instagram worthy pictures.

SAMSKARA’s bold idea is to combine the visionary art of Android Jones with India’s ancient Vedic wisdom to re-examine the inner world of consciousness, offering a unique journey through the self and the cosmos.

Visit places you didn’t know exist within yourself with Samskara at Wisdome LA.

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MARKET MARKET at ROW DTLA

MARKET MARKET

Saturday | 1/11 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM

At ROW DTLA

MARKET MARKET at ROW DTLA will kick off Saturday, January 11th 🗓️ || This curated market of makers & merchants was created exclusively for ROW DTLA 😃 || And will highlight the very best in handcrafted jewelry 💍 , apparel 👕 , accessories, apothecary, well-edited vintage, food 🍔 and more.
Happening every other Saturday From 10AM – 5PM

FULL DETAILS HERE


Celebrate Free Admission to MOCA

Celebrate Free Admission to MOCA

Saturday | 1/11 | 1200PM – 4:00PM

At MOCA and Geffen Contemporary

Come celebrate free general admission with us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at both MOCA locations! The day will feature performances, music, art-making activities, food, and more. It’s a day to celebrate with MOCA’s friends and neighbors and welcome everyone into this new and exciting chapter of art for all!


90's Beer Festival - Los Angeles

90’s Beer Festival

Saturday | 1/11 | 6:30PM – 10:00PM

At 207 South Broadway LA, CA 90012

Put on your best flannel and grunge shirt and make your way to the 90’s Beer Festival in Downtown Los Angeles on January 11th. Enjoy unlimited samples of beers, ciders, and specialty cocktails like the Capri Sun cocktail cooler and the Red Gusher martini. Enjoy live music from the nineties boys who will be taking you on a musical journey of hits over the entire decade. Make to stop by the lunchable café to crave the hunger. All drinks and food are included in the ticket price.


SUNDAY 🌤️

 

.STANDSTILL. SESSIONS

.STANDSTILL. Sessions

Sunday | 1/12 | 10:00AM – 11:00AM

At Ace Hotel DTLA


 

Smorgasburg LA Returns

Smorgasburg LA Returns

Sunday | 12/22 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

At ROW DTLA

Smorgasburg LA is back with all of your old favorites alongside a slate of brand new vendors that we are proud to announce! Let’s welcome Burmese Please, Los Cochinitos, Paratta, Dante’s Fried Chicken, Mano Po, and Chinese Laundry this Sunday!

It is also Hecho in LA, so expect additional Latinx pop ups in the shopping aisle, DJ crew Noche Romántica spinning from the family friendly I Love Micheladas beer garden and a great start to 2020! What are you gonna eat first?

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Paint Nite: Moonlit Bonsai Seashore

Paint Nite: Moonlit Bonsai Seashore

Sunday | 1/12 | 12:00PM – 2:00PM

At Katsuya L.A. Live

The Original Paint Nite: Unleash your inner artist! Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite. You’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you’ll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.

Yaymaker events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get making! Instruction is provided by an expert host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied. Grab your friends to paint, plant, tinker, and build—and give your week something to shout about.

FULL DETAILS HERE



Original Article Credit By Sean P. Thomas for LA Downtown News

It’s midday on New Year’s Eve and the Fashion District’s Santee Alley is buzzing. Scores of visitors peruse the multitudes of shops that line the neighborhood, fingering through various deals and stopping to eye new outfits.

On the sidewalk, pedestrians shuffle from stall to stall; bookended on nearly every block with men and women in front of carts and trucks, selling everything from sliced fruit in a cup, to churros and bacon-wrapped hotdogs.

As the world welcomed the start of 2020, those vendors, who are just a sliver of the 50,000 that are estimated to operate in Los Angeles, were also able to look toward a new future. Last week, on Thursday, Jan. 2, the City of Los Angeles kick started its legal street vending program and began accepting permits for legal street food vending. Under the new rules, every Los Angeles street vendor will be required to buy a permit with the city, or face fines.

Still, while most are praising the new rules for street vendors, some are worried that too many people who will be ultimately impacted by the change, are still unaware of the incoming laws.

Out of the Shadows: City Launches Sidewalk Permit Program

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network, a community development organization that focuses on equitable community building and said that his biggest concern is that too many street vendors in Los Angeles have not been provided effective education to properly participate in the program.

“The big takeaway is that there has been a huge lack of investment in education and that is a big concern of mine,” Espinoza said during a phone call with Los Angeles Downtown News the day the new rules went into effect. “I think a lot of street vendors, many who are in Downtown, don’t know what the rules are and there has to be a serious investment to reach them.”

Espinoza, who’s organization LURN was part of the Los Angeles Street Vending Coalition that has been fighting to legalize street vending for over a decade, argued that most vendors that he has talked to want to acquire permits and legitimize their businesses, but are simply unaware of how to go about it.

“Street vendors want to be formalized, the members of our campaign want an education campaign, but you have to let people know that a permit exist,” Espinoza said.

Mario Hernandez has sold bacon-wrapped hotdogs and other foods out of his food truck in the Fashion District for the past three years and was one of the vendors at work when a Los Angeles Downtown News reporter canvassed the neighborhood to question how many people knew of the rule changes.

Hernandez said that he was made aware of the changes by a family friend a few weeks ago, and admits that if it weren’t for that chance announcement, he probably would still be left out of the loop. He said he’s concerned that others might be in the same boat.

“I don’t think others out here do know,” Hernandez said. “I’ve tried to tell a few, some listen, others don’t.”

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Original Article Credit by Los Angeles Downtown News

Last week marked the end of nearly two straight weeks of public events in Downtown, with residents and visitors celebrating a variety of various holiday and cultural events, culminating with the big N.Y.E.L.A celebration at Grand Park. Outside of Grand Park, Downtown restaurants and bars were packed to the gills as people traveled into Downtown to help ring in the start of a new decade for Los Angeles.

But while most people have already moved on with thoughts of how to make 2020 a year to remember, in the week following New Year’s Eve many city cleaning teams were still seen dealing with the remnants of last year, working to clean up the collection of trash that always seems to proliferate in Downtown after large community celebration. Nothing can be cleaned up instantly, given the size of Downtown and the extent of the celebrations, but the amount of waste and refuse leftover from partygoers was excessive, to the point where this page wouldn’t have been surprised to hear that visitors were actively avoiding trash cans.

While it might seem fairly obvious that people should pick up their trash, it’s clear that people are not.

Downtown Los Angeles already has cleaning services provided by taxpayers through the Department of Sanitation, and augmented services through the business improvement districts, both of which are often pushed to their limits given the population of Downtown and the amount of refuse it generates both as a neighborhood and as an entertainment and business destination. Add in the crowds that come for holiday events and it can lead to the filthy conditions of this past week. Event organizers provide waste bins and clean-up the aftermath, but people who come to Downtown must do their part to treat the area with some respect.

Downtown is one of the artistic and entertainment centers of the Greater Los Angeles area, and as such will continue to draw thousands of people into the Central City to experience what the neighborhood has to offer. However people must remember that Downtown is at its core, a neighborhood filled with families who do not want to see their community turned into a litter box after each event, and that residential population is only growing. It will need to figure out and construct the infrastructure to handle the amount of new residents, but that does not excuse anyone from treating city streets like their personal trash receptacle. It is not a place for people to come, party and leave their trash without consequence and unless this is addressed it will only get worse and hurt the quality of life in the Central City. Simply put, people do not like going to places they feel are dirty and no one benefits in that scenario.

The residents of Downtown have worked hard to foster a sense of community in the neighborhood, let’s not tarnish that by being a litterbug.

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Original Article Credit by Los Angeles CBS Local

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — St. Vincent Medical Center will be shut down after its owner was unable to sell the downtown LA hospital.

Verity Health System filed a motion for court permission to close the hospital, which is at 2131 W. 3rd St. A sale to KPC Group, which also included St. Francis Medical Center, and Seton Medical Center and Seton Coastside in San Mateo County fell through. Verity will reportedly continue operating the latter three hospitals.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the planned closure of St. Vincent Medical Center,” Verity CEO Rich Adcock said in a statement. “This decision has not been taken lightly and comes only after exhausting every option to keep this hospital open.”

Current patients will be transferred to nearby facilities and ambulance services will be diverted to nearby emergency rooms, including to those at eight hospitals located within a 3-mile radius of St. Vincent, according to Verity.

Evangeline Cue, 74, has been going to St. Vincent Medical Center for over 10 years. She said the hospital is very convenient because she lives across the street and all of her favorite specialists are just a few steps away.

“The attention of the doctor is incomparable to other hospitals where I have been. I love this place,” said Cue.

The hospital employs about 1,100 people and it’s not clear what will happen to those jobs.

“We found out yesterday and in three weeks we don’t have a job,” said X-ray technician Michael Gregorian who has worked at St. Vincent for two and a half years.

“I’m upset, absolutely. This is a job where I thought I was going to be for a long time. I wish the bureaucracy and the politics of everything would’ve made it so that they would’ve continued with the hospital that’s been here for over 100 years and served the community for a long time,” he said.

No exact date for closure has yet been released.

 

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Original Article BY KRISTINA BRAVO for KTLA

Two people were injured in separate shootings that happened within a half-mile of each other early Saturday in the Westlake District of Central Los Angeles, officials said.

The Los Angeles Police Department first received a call about an assault with a deadly weapon at 12:52 a.m. at Seventh Street and Rampart Boulevard, an agency spokesperson told KTLA.

Officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department descended on the scene at Silver Platter, a bar just a few blocks away from MacArthur Park.

According to LAPD, two people became involved in a heated conversation when one of them pulled out a gun and fired at the other.

The victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

The shooter fled and was last seen heading west on Seventh Street toward Hoover Street, officials said.

LAPD described him as a Hispanic man in his late 30s who has tattoos on his neck. He was wearing a white shirt and white pants, according to investigators.

It’s unclear whether or not the incident was gang-related, police said.

LAPD said just a minute after that initial call, it received a report of a shooting at Leeward Street and Magnolia Avenue.

The department sent officers to the scene, which is about a half-mile away from Silver Platter and where a number of apartment buildings are located.

Two people had a “conversation” before one of them followed the other in a vehicle and opened fire, police told KTLA.

The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition, LAPD said.

Officials only described the shooter as a Hispanic man.

According to police, the attacker in the incident at Silver Platter couldn’t have reached the site of the second shooting in less than a minute.

Authorities provided no further details about the two cases.

The latest crime data recorded by the Los Angeles Times shows 19 violent incidents, including assault and robbery, that occurred in Westlake between Dec. 12 and 18.

That’s a higher rate compared to that of nearby Koreatown and Pico-Union for the time period, but lower than the rate in downtown L.A., according to the paper.

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Original Article Credit By CITY NEWS SERVICE for Dailynews.com

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin an eight-month street restoration project in the area of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station next week, affecting traffic through Aug. 31.

The work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the A Line (Blue), the E Line (Expo) and the L Line (Gold) in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at First Street/Central Avenue, Second Street/Broadway and Second Place/Hope Street.

Metro officials said the rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily, including 17,000 new riders, and save commuters up to 20 minutes by eliminating the need to transfer between the rail lines.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Scheduled street restrictions are:

  •  A full westbound street closure along First Street from Vignes Street to Alameda Street will begin Jan. 10 and remain in effect through May 1.
  •  Nine weekend closures of the intersection of First and Alameda streets from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday will take place Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, May 1 and Aug. 28.
  • Additional street closures along First Street from Central Avenue to Alameda Street will occur from May 4 through Aug. 31.

Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained at all times, and pedestrian crosswalks on First and Alameda streets may be restricted intermittently during the restoration work.

More information on the Regional Connector Transit Project is available at www.metro.net/regionalconnector.

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Original Article Credit By ABC7.com Staff

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hundreds of protesters rallied and marched in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, voicing their opposition to war with Iran days after a top Iranian military commander was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.

The ANSWER Coalition, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace organized the 1 p.m. rally at Pershing Square, calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East.

“If Iran openly assassinated a top U.S. general and bragged about it, there is no question that the United States would initiate full scale war,” said Brian Becker, ANSWER’s national coordinator. “Trump and the Pentagon have acted illegally, in violation of the Constitution, the War Powers Act and international law.”

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police and the county sheriff’s department said they continued to monitor events in the Middle East, adding that there was no credible threat to the Southland.

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Original Article Credit by City News Service for NBC Los Angeles

A homeless man suspected of stabbing to death a fellow diner at a downtown Los Angeles Mexican restaurant on New Year’s Day was in custody Saturday morning.

A civilian called police around 4 p.m. Friday after learning about the crime to report seeing the suspect inside the downtown Central Library, located at 630 W. Fifth St. Officers quickly responded and took the suspect, identified as Devan Lampkin, 49, into custody without incident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lampkin was wanted for the stabbing death of Homer Garcia, 56, after the two got into an argument inside Margarita’s Place, located at 103 E. Seventh Street, about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Relatives said Garcia was an avid musician.

Surveillance video from inside the restaurant released by police showed the attack, then Lampkin calmly picked up his belongings from the counter and walked away.

Lampkin lived at a homeless shelter and was being held on $2 million bail, police said.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week.

 

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Original Article Credit byJulie Tremaine for Forbes

If you didn’t have someone to show you, you’d miss it. From the outside, Bodega looks like, well, the back entrance of a bodega. Plastic strips hang over the doorway, and behind are boxes of fruit, forming a pathway to another door. Behind those curtains: blasting hip hop, neon signs, and an enormous array of the coolest sneakers you’ve ever seen.

Bodega may be the most theatrical of all the stores in Row DTLA, a shining little creative hub in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), but it’s certainly not the only one worth visiting. The complex is home to innovative retail, must-see events and travel-worthy food. You won’t find Row DTLA on any of the “top 10 things to do in Los Angeles” lists that people use when they’re planning their first trips to Southern California — but if you want to really get a feel for what’s exciting in LA right now, then it’s worth taking a detour to explore.

Vibrant Corner Of Downtown Los Angeles Is Worth A Visit

The buildings that house Row DTLA were built in the late 1910s and early 1920s as the Los Angeles Terminal Market, and were once a hub for much of the country’s produce, which shipped in and out on the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran through the area. (They later became the home of American Apparel, the now-shuttered clothing brand.)

Now, there’s still an enormous produce market, the 7th Street Produce Market, with over 75 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables. On Sundays, that food vending tradition continues as Smorgasburg, an enormous food truck festival that has become one of the most popular (and most Instagrammed) Los Angeles food events. Beyond the food markets, Row DTLA is home to an array of restaurants like Rappahannock Oyster Bar, an East Coast seafood restaurant; Japanese fried chicken restaurant Pikunico; and M. Georgina, from Michelin-starred chef Melissa Perella.

Bodega may be the most theatrical of all the stores in Row DTLA, a shining little creative hub in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), but it’s certainly not the only one worth visiting.

On the upper floors of the buildings, companies like Adidas and Shopify have offices. On the street level, there’s an array of clothing and lifestyle retailers, interspersed with pop-up art galleries. At its full capacity, the complex can hold 100 shops, and it’s attracting those with progressive missions, like Galerie.LA, a women’s boutique opened by celebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian, which sells only “ethical” clothing that’s eco-friendly and vegan. A+R is a global furniture gallery that hosts industry talks, and Poketo, a shop full of artful goods, hosts regular pop-ups from smaller retailers, artists and designers inside the shop.

If taking in the artsy vibe inspires you to learn from the experts, there are lots of ways to learn from the experts. Still Life Ceramics offers drop-in classes like “Rose & Clay” and intensive workshops from established artists. Makers Mess offers classes almost daily, in disciplines from concrete and watercolors to leather and woodworking.

The area has established itself as an exciting enough destination that major events like the LA Design Festival have chosen Row DTLA, creating interactive art throughout the development’s 30 acres last summer. And, in true Los Angeles form, there’s an immersive photo experience: Dumpling & Associates is a pop-up dedicated to the food in all its incarnations, complete with a garlic swing and an anti-gravity kitchen.

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Original Article Credit by Los Angeles CBS Local

Tens of thousands of people ushered in 2020 in downtown Los Angeles, gathering at Grand Park for the city’s biggest free music and dance party.

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There’s always something to do in Downtown LA. Keeping track of it all is another thing. Here at Happening in DTLA, we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this month in the community! For our full calendar of events, JUST CLICK HERE.

 

L.A. Art Show 2020 – 25th Anniversary

$25 – $45 || Jan 6 – 9 || LA Convention Center

Come celebrate 25 years of explosive growth for the LA Art Show, and the new era of the LA art community! 

The eclectic exhibition has outgrown three venues in its 25-year history, before finally finding a home in the LA Convention Center. Booths from more than 100 galleries from 18 countries sprawl out over the Center’s 260,000-square-foot exhibition space, filling it with modern and contemporary art in a huge variety of mediums. The best part of all, most of the art is available for purchase.

For tickets to this event, click here. downtown la events los angeles

Aventuras Reggaeton Party

Free|| Jan 9 || Broadway Bar

Come dance the night away at DTLA’s only reggaeton party! The function kicks off at 9 pm, with drink specials going until 11 pm. Amazing DJ’s will be spinning the best that reggaeton has to offer all night long. Dress to impress at this party, the crowd comes out looking like its a summer night in the middle of winter. As always, there is no cover charge.

Celebrate Free Admission to MOCA

Free || Jan 11 || MOCA & Geffen MOCA

Join the entire MOCA family on January 11 from 12-4pm to celebrate the start of Free General Admission. Live music, special performances, workshops, and food trucks — this is a free, public event for the whole family! There will be activities at both MOCA Grand and the Geffen, with a free shuttle transporting visitors between the two galleries. More information will be announced throughout the week but save the date.

90’s Beer Festival

$39 || Jan 11 || Civic Center Studios

Put on your best flannel and grunge shirt and make your way to the 90’s Beer Festival in Downtown Los Angeles on January 11th. Enjoy unlimited samples of beers, ciders, and specialty cocktails like the Capri Sun cocktail cooler and the Red Gusher martini. Enjoy live music from the nineties boys who will be taking you on a musical journey of hits over the entire decade. Make to stop by the lunchable café to crave the hunger. All drinks and food are included in the ticket price.

For tickets, click here. downtown la events los angeles

Women’s March Los Angeles 2020

Free || Jan 18 || Pershing Square

Join people from all over the city as they hold politicians accountable at the next Women’s March Los Angeles on January 18, 2020. Women Rising is our call to action. The Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation, a women-led non-profit, brings together people of all ages, genders, races, cultures, political affiliations for a day of civic engagement at Pershing Square – Downtown Los Angeles.

Clifton’s Curiosities and Cocktail Crawl

$50 || Jan 18 || Clifton’s Cafeteria

Discover the fantastic world of Clifton’s, a whimsical cabinet of curiosities that has inspired Angelenos for over 80 years. Built during the Great Depression, the cafeteria is the sole survivor of a once larger chain owned by Clifford Clinton, who had aspirations of curing world hunger. We will venture the many levels, nooks, and hidden corners while delighting in the history, legends, and specialty libations that thematically shift throughout the space. We will visit with special guests and be invited into areas of Clifton’s not open to the public. Curiosities will greet you at every turn.

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The FitExpo Los Angeles 2020

$30 – $45 || Jan 25 || LA Convention Center

TheFitExpo is returning to the LA Convention Center on January 25th and 26th for its 17th anniversary. The convention provides a vast array of programming elements such as fitness competitions, fashion shows, and countless celebrity athlete appearances all under one roof. Don’t miss out on your chance to get an autograph and take a quick photo with your favorite athlete!

Get your tickets here. downtown la events los angeles

Skid Row Carnival of Love

Free || Jan 25 || Skid Row

The annual Skid Row Carnival of Love (SRCOL) is the largest event of its kind serving 4,000 people experiencing homelessness in and around downtown Los Angeles.

Powered entirely by volunteers, the Carnival provides vital resources like health checks, haircuts and ID cards alongside music, entertainment and balloons in a 20,000 square-foot block party.

There are lots of ways to volunteer as well. From set up, event shifts to clean up. 

To learn more or to sign up as a volunteer, click heredowntown la events los angeles

Finding where to eat in Downtown LA is hard. Too many options, too little time. That’s why we take care of all the research, so you don’t have to! Where to eat downtown los Angeles dtla

Here are our picks for spots you should try out this month:

Sonoratown 

Carne asada cooked over an open mesquite fire just has that extra something special. Add hand-pressed flour tortillas to the mix, and you’ve just landed in taco heaven. Over at Sonoratown, they serve up some of the best tacos in Los Angeles. And no, we’re not exaggerating. 

Click here to view Sonoratown’s Menu

Drawing culinary inspiration from the Mexican state of Sonora – in the north of the country – Sonoratown has a small, but perfectly executed menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and caramelos. All entries use flour tortillas, a staple of the Sonoran region. Selections of meat include grilled steak, braised chicken, tripe, and chorizo. Where to eat downtown los angeles dtla

While we don’t want to explicitly recommend trying one of everything, it’s not something we’re opposed to. If you’re limited to just a couple items however, we think you should try the steak tacos, and the chicken Chimichanga.

Click here to visit Sonoratown

Denim the Eatery

It’s pretty fitting that comfort-food providers Demin the Eatery opened up in the Fashion District of Downtown LA. Where o eat downtown los angeles dtla

Click here to view Denim’s menu

Serving up fresh sounthern-style comfort food, Denim’s menu stays true to it’s theme by using terms like Relaxed Fit, Skinny Jeans, and Wranglers to label different menu sections.

We think you should try the Denim Tip brisket sandwich and Braised Pulled Pork sandwich. Don’t forget a side of Mac and Cheese!

Click here to visit Denim the Eatery

Joey DTLA

Not sure what you’re craving for dinner tonight? Head over to Joey DTLA at The Bloc for one of the more eclectic menus around. Where to eat downtown los angeles dtla

Click here to view Joey’s menu

This Canadian casual-restaurant chain opened just a couple months ago, but is already establishing itself as a fun, lively, and delicious dinner experience. Here you’ll see inspiration from Mediterranian, East Asian, Italian, and American cuisine. 

Some items we think you should eat include the Korean Fried Cauliflower Bowl, the Steak & Lobster Ravioli, and the Sake Glazed Chilean Seabass.

Click here to visit Joey DTLA

Aloha Cafe

Who knew Little Tokyo would be home to one of the best Hawaiian restaurants you could eat at in Los Angeles?

Click here to view Aloha Cafe’s menu

Aloha Cafe specializes in authentic Hawaiian food inside a casual, unassuming storefront in a strip mall off 2nd Street.

Open at 8 am every day, you can get your day started with a plate of Hawaiian bread French toast or the Aloha Scramble. If you stop by for lunch, go with an order of the classic Loco Moco, or Kalua Pork plate.

Need a post-work drink, or just a quick pit stop before starting your night on the town? Happening in DTLA has got you covered! Happy hours downtown la dtla

These are some Happy Hours you should try this month.

Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar

Nestled in a cozy corner of California Plaza sits Blue Cow Kitchen and Bar. This Neo-American eatery specializes in re-thinking regional food from all corners of the country.

Happy Hour here is centered around a lengthy reduced-priced specialty food menu, specialty cocktails, with beer and wine specials to boot.

When⌚: Weekdays, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Beers🍺: $6.50

Cocktails: $8.50

Wine: $7.50

Visit Blue Cow  || Happy Hour Menu  happy hour downtown la los Angeles

Broken Spanish

Not only is Broken Spanish a top restaurant in Los Angeles, it also serves as a great choice for a refined happy hour experience. 

Headed by Chef Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish is known for elevating familiar ingredients and flavors in Mexican food to a high-end culinary level. The happy hour menu takes the same approach, items like the duck albondigas (meatballs) and chili lime chicken necks are great introductions to their style of food.

When⌚: Monday – Friday, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Beers🍺: $5

Mezcal or Tequila shot: $4

Cocktails: $9

Wine: $8

Visit Broken Spanish || Happy Hour Menu happy hour downtown la los Angeles

Las Perlas

A mainstay of the Downtown LA bar scene, Las Perlas is a Oaxacan-style cantina in the heart of the city.

Specializing in all things Mezcal, Las Perlas offers a varied menu of cocktails centered around this Mexican spirit. They’ve got happy hour every day of the week, and you might be lucky enough to catch a live band performing or a taco stand set up on the patio.

When⌚: Monday – Friday, 5 pm – 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday, 1 pm – 8 pm

Beers🍺: $5

Cocktails: $7 – $9

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Golden Gopher

The Golden Gopher is the quintessential Los Angeles neighborhood watering hole. Once owned by president Teddy Roosevelt, the Gopher is open all-year-round and boasts a well-rounded selection of local and specialty beers. 

The no-frills happy hour menu here offers three cocktails and three beers to choose from, at some of the best prices around.  

When⌚: Monday – Wednesday, 3 pm – 8 pm

Thursday – Sunday, 3 pm – 8 pm

Beers🍺: $5

Cocktails: $8

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FRIDAY ☀️

 

Makers Workshop: Mini Embroidered Pendants

Makers Workshop: Mini Embroidered Pendants

Friday | 12/20 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

At The Los Angeles Convention Center

Come to the studio to embroider a beautiful, mini wooden pendant! You will be taught a various amount of stitches to create simple yet lovely flowers and linework to bring your necklace, brooch, or ornament to life. Get lost in your stitching and create 3 unique pieces you can wear or give as a gift!

Please enroll by 12/19 to ensure your spot in the workshop! Price $49

FULL DETAILS HERE


 

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here

Friday | 12/20 | 8:00PM – 11:00PM

Walt Disney Concert Hall

One of the greatest singers of our time presents holiday favorites. With a first-rate ensemble – pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Terreon Gully – sharing the stage with her supreme vocal prowess, it’s a night of guaranteed good cheer.

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Christmas Classics

Christmas Classics Showing

Friday | 12/20 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM

At The Rooftop Cinema Club – DTLA

Join us on the rooftop as we celebrate an evening of beloved holiday animated classics that are perfect for the whole family. We kick-off with HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, based on the popular book by Dr. Seuss; next we present the memorable Rankin/Bass television special from 1974, THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS; and we close out with Charles Schultz’s 1965 staple, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Share them with someone you love!

FULL DETAILS HERE


The Afro-Latin Combo the Quitapenas

The Afro-Latin Combo the Quitapenas

Friday | 12/6 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

At The Row DTLA

Each family-friendly holiday celebration is a winter wonderland featuring free cocoa flowing from “Cocoa Bars” with Elftenders, Santa selfies and our very own “Candy Cane Lane” where a custom neon photo-op will make your season bright alongside a soaring Candy Cane Queen and holiday-themed arts, crafts, interactive games and entertainment.

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Boogie Nights at the North Pole

Boogie Nights at the North Pole

Friday | 12/20 | 8:00PM – 1:00AM

At Wisdome LA

Come enjoy 3 channels and 15 DJs presented by EMX & Poler Nights as we boogie into the holidays at our immersive art park in DTLA. Join us for the biggest holiday party in Los Angeles and a night filled with electronic music as we showcase some of the hottest DJs in the underground of Los Angeles.

FULL DETAILS HERE


SATURDAY ☀️

 

Gift Shop by GALERIE.LA at ROW DTLA

Gift Shop by GALERIE.LA at ROW DTLA

Saturday | 12/21 | 11:00AM – 6:00PM

At ROW DTLA

A rotating holiday pop-up marketplace at featuring all ethical and local designers. Every Saturday & Sunday November 23rd to December 22nd from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, GALERIE.LA showcases its selection of favorite designers to make buying a thoughtful gift effortless. Whether its shopping for a loved one or a co-worker, Gift Shop is offering shoppers five weekends to get all holiday shopping done! The event is free and open to the public.

FULL DETAILS HERE


Brujas & Brunch

Brujas & Brunch

Saturday | 12/21 | 12:00PM – 3:00PM

At Sum Shop

Brujas & Brunch! Happening Noon-3pm. Follow @thelittleeasydtla. Enjoy $25 mimosas that goes perfectly with the southern comfort food eats .Funk. Dance. Boogie beats by LABellatini.

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Home Alone – Open Captions (1990)

Home Alone – Open Captions (1990)

Saturday | 12/21 | 5:00PM – 9:00PM

At Rooftop Cinema Club – DTLA

On the rooftop of the LEVEL apartment block in Downtown, this location is a fantastic spot to sit back and enjoy movies on the big screen under the stars. Doors open an hour before the film begins, so please join us for food and drink, popcorn and games. The cinema area will be available for you to take your seat just before the film begins. This screening may feature a 10 minute intermission roughly halfway through the event.

FULL DETAILS HERE


Broadway Treasures – Documentary Film Screening

Broadway Treasures – Documentary Film Screening

Saturday | 12/21 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM

At Downtown Independent

Through interviews with historians, theater owners, preservationists and Los Angeles natives, find out why so many are still in love with these theaters. Also, why it’s important to preserve them for future generations. The film encourages you to explore a historic theater near you. Treasure what remains of the past and imagine what went on behind the red curtains.


Ambiente Holiday Party

Ambiente Holiday Party

Saturday | 12/21 | 10:00PM – 2:00AM

At Treehouse Rooftop

Join us at the beautiful Treehouse Rooftop, an indoor/outdoor venue featuring a heated patio to celebrate the holidays with us! Dance the night away to all your favorite music. We’ll also be giving away tons of Santa Hats and Xmas goodies to add to the good vibras. Music features Cumbia, Bachata, Latin Pop, Throwbacks, Merengue, Reggaeton & More.


SUNDAY 🌤️

 

Smorgasburg LA Holiday Market

Smorgasburg LA Holiday Market

Sunday | 12/22 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM

At Row DTLA


 

White Christmas Sing-Along

Sunday | 12/22 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Get dressed up in your snazzy best and sing along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and the film’s remastered soundtrack – plus hundreds of your fellow snow-dreaming Angelenos – at our special holiday screening of this classic 1954 film, presented with lyrics on screen.

FULL DETAILS HERE


Super Sunday Mashup Funday

Super Sunday Mashup Funday

Sunday | 12/22 | 12:00PM – 11:30PM

At Video Vortex


What?! Cats AND Star Wars!?!? WHAAAAT?!!? Aw, let’s just celebrate them both! Come for our mashup game jam, mashup cosplay contest (with some very epic prizes), Our Very own Jellicle Karaoke Ball, a sabacc tournament and a mashup dance party at the end. WHAT A DAY!

FULL DETAILS HERE



Original Article Credit by ALEX LASKER for AOL.com

Good People” profiles everyday individuals who are bettering the lives of those in need and improving their communities.

Shirley Raines founded “Beauty 2 The Streetz” to empower those in need, using her cosmetic skills to bring confidence to struggling people in places like Skid Row, a particularly impoverished area of downtown Los Angeles.

“I didn’t know about homelessness,” Raines told In The Know. “I thought all they wanted was shelter and food.”

Raines, a mother of six who hails from Long Beach, Calif., says she was spurred to found her company following the death of her son in 1990.

“I was broken, I didn’t have any goals, I had nothing. I thought life was just sad,” she explained. “And then a friend suggested one day I go out and feed the homeless with them, and it was just like a missing piece of my life just clicked. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is what I should be doing.'”

One day, as Raines was passing out food and other supplies to the homeless, a group of women began complimenting her on her look.

“As I was passing out stuff to the Queens, they were like, ‘Oh, we love your hair, we love your makeup,’ and I started taking makeup and stuff out,” she explained.

“As I was passing out stuff to the Queens, they were like, ‘Oh, we love your hair, we love your makeup,’ and I started taking makeup and stuff out,” she explained.

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