De-Stress & Energize at Home with Online Classes & Apps

Just because you’re staying at home, there’s no reason to slack off on your exercise routine. As fitness and dance studios transition to online classes, there are more choices than ever to maintain your health and wellness, and support local businesses as well. We also found some great resources from Self Magazine for fitness apps to keep you motivated. Stressed out or losing sleep? There’s an app for that. One of the best methods for managing anxiety and stress is through meditation. Not only can regular meditation help reduce the effects of troublesome feelings, it also can help reduce depression, improves memory function, and boost your well-being. We’re going to get through this together. In the meantime, get ready to de-stress and energize with online classes and apps.

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Yogis On The Move

Your favorite Yogis On The Move classes are now available on Zoom, so Watermarke residents can participate with their normal class and instructor. Watermarke classes are scheduled for Wednesdays @7pm. Reach out to Jessica Kang at Yogis On The Move yogisonthemove@gmail.com or building management for Meeting ID#s. Yogis On The Move is a mobile yoga studio bringing convenience to busy professionals living in the urban jungle, with a mission is to break down the walls of urban life, and help neighbors connect in the convenience of their own residential community. Yogis On The Move has highly trained and experienced teachers with minimum 500 hour Teacher Training Certification, 5 years minimum of self-practice along with continued practice, and 3-5 years of teaching experience.

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Calm App for Sleep, Meditation & Relaxation

Calm is the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, with over 50 million downloads and over 700,000 5-star reviews. Learn the life-changing skill of meditation. Get more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Watch video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching, and listen to audio programs taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts. The app also has exclusive music and nature scenes to help you focus, relax, and sleep. Available for Apple IOS and Android. Calm is subscription based, but you can try it for free.

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Headspace App for Meditation & Sleep

With millions of users in more than 190 countries, Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world through guided mediation for relaxation and sleep. To help support you through this time of crisis, Headspace is offering some meditations you can listen to anytime. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress to focus to relationships; stories, soundscapes, and music to help you sleep soundly; and a new meditation delivered to your phone everyday. Available for Apple iOS or Android devices. Headspace also has subscription options, with a free trial.

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Mindful Awareness Meditation on Zoom

Since 2010, the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has been holding a weekly meditation at the Hammer Museum on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. For the next few months, these meditations will be held weekly via Zoom for you to enjoy at home. Mindful Awareness Meditation is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. Please consider making a donation to the Hammer Museum to help keep culture alive.

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Online Yoga – Namaste With Shay

Shay is a mobile yoga, spin and fitness instructor living in the Coachella Valley, but travels the world with her daughter Jae, one of the world’s youngest yoga instructors. As COVID-19 evolves, Shay, along with other fellow yogis across the country, are no longer able to teach the way they once did, but recognize their students need physical movement more than ever. Shay and her daughter have put together a schedule of online Zoom classes that they will teach completely complementary from their home to yours. Simply choose a class from Shay’s Facebook schedule, then register in advance with the link provided. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Pony Sweat Aerobics Live Stream Classes

Pony Sweat is a fiercely non-competitive, radical dance aerobics celebration located in Los Angeles. A dance-exercise class that feels like dancing in your bedroom! And now, you can dance in your bedroom, living room, or anywhere else in your home, because Pony Sweat has set up a live stream through Zoom so we can dance together while we are apart. These online classes will help support Pony Sweat. They are asking for a $5 fee to pay the folks that work for Pony Sweat and for the costs to run the live streams. If you are unable to pay, you can dance dance regardless! For free access, please email vmponysweat@gmail.com at least an hour before class time.

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Fit & Bendy Zoom Classes

Fit & Bendy is a flexibility fitness studio dedicated to unlocking the body’s range of motion. Their mission is to empower humans to stretch into the unknown and find joy in being alive. A healthy, high-functioning body must have both strength and flexibility in order to move through the world with grace and ease. Their methods safely and effectively build these two attributes together through a variety of techniques drawn from dance, circus, pilates, and the latest in sports science. Fit & Bendy is offering online classes via Zoom for $8.99. Private lessons via Skype are also available.

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Mind & Motion Pilates Mat Classes Live Streamed On Zoom

Begin changing your body through a series of classical pilates exercises, intended to bring about consciousness, mobility, posture and strength. Every class at Mind & Motion strives to bring balance to your physical structure as well as your mind. Owner/Director Megan Pickrell, M.S, is a kinesiologist and movement specialist who started dancing at age 7. She opened Mind & Motion in 2011, solidifying her commitment to helping others through a holistic approach to the practice of movement.

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Steezy Studio Online Dance Platform

Whether you’re a beginner who’s just starting out or an advanced dancer looking for in-depth training, consider your dance goals now within reach. Learn moves, skills, and full routines in a range of popular styles including Urban Dance, Popping, House, Krump, DanceHall and more. Every class and program is thoughtfully designed by dance style pioneers and sought after choreographers. Not a YouTube-style tutorial, Steezy uses custom features so you can see everything, review faster, and practice more efficiently. This is a subscription service, but during these challenging times, they are offering a series of one free class a day online.

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Dancing Alone Together

In this unprecedented time of isolation, Dancing Alone Together aims to be a central resource for the digital dance world that is beginning to bloom. Dancing Alone Together does not host classes or events, but rather collects information about online opportunities to make them easily accessible. Dancing Along Together has three pillars: MOVE — Live-Streamed Dance Classes. CREATE — Dance-Making Prompts and Communities. WATCH — Dance Performance Footage & Films. This project is currently being run single-handedly by Katherine Disenhof, a professional dancer with NW Dance Project, who is experiencing a temporary layoff due to COVID-19 closures. She is also a graphic designer for various Bay Area arts organizations, all of which have been severely impacted by the current situation. To support Dancing Alone Together and her work, you can donate via PayPal or Venmo. Access schedule of live streamed dance classes HERE

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Yogis On The Move

Photo #2: Calm

Photo #3: Headspace

Photo #4: Mindful Awareness Meditation

Photo #5: Namaste With Shay

Photo #6: Pony Sweat Aerobics

Photo #7: Fit & Bendy

Photo #8: Mind & Motion Pilates

Photo #9: Steezy Studio

Photo #10: Dancing Alone Together

 

 

 

 

 

Your Favorite DTLA Restaurants Are Offering Pick Up & Delivery!

Staying in doesn’t mean your can’t tuck into a great meal. Your favorite DTLA restaurants are offering a range of services including home delivery, curbside pick-up, and even a Pop Up Market. From your breakfast coffee to a lovely lunch, delicious dinner, yummy comfort food, and even pantry items, they’ve got you covered! Please support your local restaurants and consider buying gift cards for friends and family as well.

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Free Delivery from The Pie Hole

Get your comfort food fix from The Pie Hole – delivered right to your door! Just place your order on their website or with one of their delivery partners to claim your sweet deal Curbside handoff is available at the Arts District and Hollywood locations. The Pie Hole bakes sweet and savory pies from scratch, by hand, using only the highest quality ingredients. Pie is served by the slice, individual sized savory pies, and whole pies to order, along with their signature, specialty coffee program.

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Zinc Cafe & Market

Zinc Cafe & Market is now offering take-out and delivery services. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are available, and their marketplace has an abundance of prepared foods such as salads, entrees, appetizers and desserts to enjoy at home. Please call the store to place a take-out order or use the EZ Cater link to order family size meals for delivery!

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Red Herring LA

DTLA’s Red Herring offers takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery from 11am to 9pm daily. They are currently accepting phone orders at 213-375-3290. Food delivery app services are still underway, but they recommend checking their Instagram page for more info! Founded by husband and wife team Chef Dave Woodall and Alexis Martin Woodall, Red Herring offers Refined New American cuisine with global influences.

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LA Café

LA Café offers all day and all night delivery in Downtown LA. Call (213) 612-3000, or order online. LA Café strives to give you the freshest and best experience for your health and enjoyment. They use organic ingredients whenever possible, and all-natural meats, roasted in-house. Soups, sauces and salad dressings are made from scratch. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

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Here and Now

Here and Now is offering food, beer and wine delivery through their partners at Postmates. Voted one of the Best Bars in America in 2019 by Esquire magazine, Here and Now is a lively eatery and bar with train-style booths, swank travel-inspired drinks, and a playful small plates menu. Click HERE to order directly through their point-of-sale for pickup and delivery.

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Go Get Em Tiger

Go Get Em Tiger coffee was originally conceived as a place that was not quite as experimental as its sister shop, G&B, but over time the brand has defined itself naturally by the ways that coffee, food, and community intersect fluidly. They are offering take-out and delivery of coffee and pantry items such as Clover Whole Milk, Oatly Oat Milk, ranch farm eggs, a variety of rice and dried beans, breads, granola, and more.

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Sam’s Crispy Chicken

From the folks who brought you Umani Burger, Sam’s Crispy Chicken is a new fried chicken chain with four locations across the US. The twist is that all Sam’s Crispy Chickens are virtual restaurants or ghost kitchens, with no sit-down dinners available. Sam’s Crispy Chicken is chef-driven by chief culinary officer Martin Heierling, who previously cooked with chef Stephen Starr. In addition to fried chicken sandwiches, Sam’s offers salads such as green goddess fried chicken, fried chicken Caesar salad, and taco fried chicken salad, along with chicken tenders, cauliflower bites, and crispy waffle fries with dips.

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JINYA Ramen Bar

Anyone from Japan can tell you that real Japanese ramen isn’t about the noodles, it’s about the broth. That’s why JINYA Ramen Bar’s signature stocks take center-stage on their menu. Slowly simmered for more than ten hours, they combine whole pork bones, chicken, or vegetables with just the right amount of bonito, dashi, kombu and other authentic ingredients. The result is a rich broth that is thick, full-flavored, and healthful. At this time, they accepting takeout orders via phone as well as online ordering available at select locations including DTLA.

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Joe’s Pizza Downtown LA

Giuseppe (Joe) Vitale is the Sicilian-born owner of Joe’s Pizza. After moving to New York, his talent and love for Italian food led him to becoming a pizza maker, where he developed his skills in the kitchen. After conquering New York, Joe moved to Los Angeles to bring “A Taste of New York” to the West Coast, where he has earned the reputation as a gem hiding in plain sight!

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fundamental DTLA

fundamental is a casual, all-day counter-serve restaurant, specializing in seasonal comfort food and house-baked pastries. fundamental is offering an all-day take-away and delivery menu. For takeaway or curbside pickup orders, please call 213-935-8180 or 310-463-3113. For delivery please order through DoorDash.

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Barcito

Barcito is an entrepreneur-owned and operated Argentine-style bar & eatery offering small plates and cocktails. Located on the corner of 12th & Grand in Downtown LA’s South Park, just 3 blocks from the Staples Center, Barcito is currently open for takeout/delivery, offering full menu, pantry goods, natural wine, and craft beer.

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Spread Pop Up Market

Mar 20-21 Spread Mediterranean Kitchen may be temporarily closed, but you can still stock up on your favorite foods at the Spread Pop Up Market this Friday and Saturday. Shop for pantry items, fresh produce, meats, and wines. Over the last four years, Spread has become a grateful member of our beloved DTLA community, cooking and delivering food with love and pride. You can also order online HERE

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Faith & Flower

Faith & Flower is a contemporary Los Angeles restaurant located in the Watermarke Tower in DTLA’s South Park district. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the two major renaissance periods  – the 1920s and modern day – that have fundamentally shaped the Downtown Los Angeles community. “Flower” refers to the street on which the restaurant lies today, and “Faith” for the street’s alleged name during the early 1920s. Inspired by a global influence of flavors and techniques, complemented by the use of a wood-fired oven and pristine raw bar, the menu redefines Californian rustic cuisine. Brunch, lunch & dinner menu items are available for delivery and pick up. Call 213-239-0642 or email info@faithandflowerla.com

 

Photo credits:

Photo #1: The Pie Hole

Photo #2: Zinc Cafe & Market

Photo #3: Red Herring LA

Photo #4: LA Cafe

Photo #5: Here and Now

Photo #6: Go Get Em Tiger

Photo #7: Sam’s Crispy Chicken

Photo #8: JINYA Ramen Bar

Photo #9: Joe’s Pizza Downtown LA

Photo #10: fundamental DTLA

Photo #11: Barcito

Photo #12: Spread Mediterranean Kitchen

Photo #13: Faith & Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious DTLA: Delis, Diners & Dips!

Do you ever get the urge to dive into a big juicy sandwich, stacked a mile high and dripping with gastronomic goodness? How about whiling away a lazy Saturday morning over blueberry pancakes and a fresh brewed cup o’ joe? Or do you prefer your meal with a side of noir? DTLA is the ultimate destination for vintage diners, traditional delis, Prohibition-era eateries, and legendary French Dip spots – with a shady past! DTLA has many delicious stories to reveal, told through the language delis, diners, and dips!

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Cole’s French Dip

118 E 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Cole’s, Originator of the French Dip Sandwich, opened in 1908 in the Pacific Electric building. Evoking the spirit of an early 20th century saloon, the welcoming 40-foot Red Car Bar boasts original glass lighting, penny tile floors, and historic photos, preserved in the restoration of the cherished landmark. During Prohibition, Cole’s was a favorite hangout for gangsters like Mickey Cohen (If you were a regular customer, your “coffee” came with a little something extra!). Today, continuing the tradition of the Golden Age of American cocktails, the Red Car Bar’s ample selection of premium spirits, drafts, and historic cocktails compliment the saloon’s classic French Dip sandwiches, appetizers, salads and sides.

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The Original Philippe

1001 N Alameda

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Philippe The Original was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who also claimed the distinction of having created the “French Dipped Sandwich.” One day in 1918, while making a sandwich, Mathieu inadvertently dropped a sliced French roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The patron, a policeman, said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the “French Dipped Sandwich,” – so called either because of Mathieu’s French heritage, the French roll the sandwich is made on, or because the officer’s name was French. The answer is lost to history. To accompany your sandwich, Philippe’s offers a tart, tangy cole slaw, homemade potato and macaroni salads, hard boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers.

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The Original Pantry

877 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Established in 1924, The Original Pantry has spent eight decades providing its customers with generous portions of traditional American cuisine. More than just a casual eatery, The Pantry offers diners an atmosphere rich in character and history. An integral piece of Los Angeles culture, The Pantry has served many movie stars, politicians and other celebrities and continues to be a gathering spot for the city’s movers and shakers. As The Pantry’s current owner, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan likes to boast, “We never close. We’re never without a customer.”

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Nickel Diner

524 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, the Cooking Channel and Jonathan Gold’s 101 List, this cozy vintage-style diner serves updated versions of old-school comfort fare, such as maple-glaze bacon doughnut, baked eggs, steak sandwich, and catfish, plus creative desserts. Located on a historic stretch of Main Street between Fifth and Sixth, the restaurant occupies the site of a long-forgotten diner, with the original hand-painted wall menus still intact. High ceilings, vintage wallpaper, wooden tables, scuffed tile floors, cushy red leather booths and an old-school, lunch counter-style open kitchen evoke a picture-perfect model of a pre-WWII-era diner.

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Nick’s Cafe

1300 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nick’s Cafe started back in 1948 by Nick, his Navy buddy, and Lois the server. Nick was just out of Navy and decided to open a little diner across from the River Station freight yards. Known for serving bone-in ham at the horseshoe counter, customers started calling the little cafe the “Ham House.” After a successful run, Nick sold his diner to a couple of LAPD detectives who put in a train that ran around the ceiling. After many good years, the place fell into dark times–the old rail yards were grown over and the freight buildings were empty. Flash forward to 2009, when the current owner took over. Over 60 years later, Nick’s is still known for the ham, the smiles, and the coffee.

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Wexler’s Deli

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

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D-Town Burger Bar

216 W 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Buddy’s

363 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Ready for some classic affordable diner-inspired grub? Buddy’s, from the team that brought you Bernadette’s (located next door!) is located in the heart of downtown LA’s Historic Core, just steps away from Grand Central Market. Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm, where you can feast on stick-to-your-ribs meals like French Toast Fried Chicken Sandwich, Tots Benedict (Poached egg, breakfast sausage, spicy hollandaise, served on a bed of crispy tater tots), Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Breakfast Burrito and Potato Hash. Lighter options include Bruschetta (tomato, avocado with white balsamic on a pair of small toasts), Overnight Oats, and a selection of seasonal fruit.

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Cassell’s DTLA

421 W 8th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

When Al Cassell opened Cassell’s Hamburgers in 1948, it became an instant icon in the LA lunch counter scene. Cassell’s DTLA stays true to the founder’s original principles of being a hamburger shop with a focus on premium beef, ground daily in-house. Cassell’s uses many of the legacy recipes, but the menu has been expanded to include classic milkshakes and malts, a 50s breakfast menu, coffee bar, house made pies, and a fully stocked bar.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Cole’s French Dip

Photo #2: The Original Philippe

Photo #3: The Original Pantry

Photo #4: Nickel Diner

Photo #5: Nick’s Cafe

Photo #6: Wexler’s Deli

Photo #7: D-Town Burger Bar

Photo #8: Buddy’s

Photo #10: Cassell’s DTLA

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in DTLA!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all chocolate and roses! Whether or not you have a “special someone” in your life, V Day is a great excuse to get out and party! From wine festivals to Valentine-themed movies, DJ dance parties, a free concert at Grand Park, and yes, romantic dinners for two – DTLA is your celebration central for Valentine’s Day!

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Be Wine Tasting

OUE Skyspace

US Bank Tower

633 W 5th St #840

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Feb 14 Calling all couples and singles alike for a unique Valentine’s Day wine tasting experience! OUE Skyspace is presenting the Be Wine Valentine Tasting Event from 7pm-9pm. Sample 5 different wine varietals paired with delicious bites and breathtaking views. Hang around after the event and dance the night away at the Skyspace Nights after-party with Lani Love and Diall Jess (House, R&B House, Funk, and Disco music).

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Love is in the Air

OUE Skyspace

US Bank Tower

633 W 5th St #840

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Through Feb 16 Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! Skyspace has the perfect package to celebrate with your loved one. Your Love is in the Air General Admission Ticket includes 2 Rides on the Skyslide, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, a bottle of Champagne, and Viewfinder Brochure. Your bottle of champagne and strawberries can be picked up at the Skyspace Bar on the 69th floor. Pick up your Viewfinder Brochure at the Skyspace Box Office upon entry. Package is 21+

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LA Opera “Eurydice”

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N Grand Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Through Feb 23 LA Opera presents the world premiere of Eurydice. In the Greek myth, she was a shadowy figure we barely knew. Let’s change that. Matthew Aucoin partners with playwright Sarah Ruhl for a new opera that reimagines ancient mythology for a modern age. This time, the tale unfolds from the heroine’s point of view. (Finally, right?) Tragically killed on her wedding day, a young bride descends into the underworld, where she reconnects with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband in the world of the living, she must choose between the two men she loves.

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SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Skylight ROW DTLA

777 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Feb 14-16 SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized art fair that activates atypical spaces and challenges the traditional cultural landscape of the art market. The fair will showcase the area’s rich contemporary art culture, featuring exhibitions from 60 independent curators, artists, and gallerists. Entrance is down the Narrows Alley in Building 3.

interior view of an empty Million Dollar Theatre

Street Food Cinema Valentine’s Weekend

Million Dollar Theatre

307 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Street Food Cinema Valentine’s Weekend presents two events: One Sweet. One Bitter

Feb 14 La La Land While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. Event features a Valentine’s Photo Booth and specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to bring food from the Grand Central Market inside the Million Dollar Theatre or eat at one of the vendors inside the theater.

Feb 15 Bloody Valentine’s: The Silence of the Lambs A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. Live music by DJ Ivy. You may bring food from Grand Central Market into the theater!

Screenshot of Adam Sandler from the Wedding Singer movie

The Wedding Singer + Valentine’s Day Party

Cinespia at the Los Angeles Theatre

615 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Feb. 14 The Wedding Singer Valentine’s Day Party features live music, DJ dance party, 5 floors of bars, free photo booth, and a special screening of The Wedding Singer in one of LA’s most beautiful movie palaces.

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Crush Valentine’s Wine Festival

City Market Social House

1145 San Pedro St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Feb 15  Crush Valentine’s Day with a tasting festival celebrating wine, for friends and lovers alike! Sample a remarkable variety of wines from esteemed and emerging vineyards across California and the world. Join representatives from wineries to taste their current releases and learn about what makes their vintages special. This is a wine festival that’s all about the play and precision defining viticulture today, and an opportunity to have fun with tarot card readers, florists, jewelry vendors, and more! Food will be prepared by chefs from local restaurants while you enjoy music and the gift shop vendors. Cheers!

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Love on the Vine: A Valentine’s Dinner!

San Antonio Winery

737 Lamar Street

Los Angeles, CA 90031

Celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day at San Antonio Winery with a special three-course Prix Fixe menu. Bypass the Valentine’s Day dinner lines and you’ll be escorted directly to the dining area, where table service will be provided. Begin with a Champagne toast. Dinner includes a complimentary bottle of Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon or Stella Rosa Red, your choice, to be enjoyed at your meal. One bottle per couple. Family-owned San Antonio Winery is the oldest winery in Downtown Los Angeles, a hidden gem and historical landmark operating in the same community where it was founded in 1917. Wine Enthusiast recently awarded Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery with the prestigious American Winery of the Year award.

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Valentine’s Day at Grand Park: Lovers Rock

Grand Park

200 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Rooted in the reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London, Lovers Rock is more than a music genre—it serves as a space of love, identity and resistance, fostering a nuanced intersection of gender and expression. Grand Park celebrates Lovers Rock and transforms the 12-acre urban oasis with mood lighting and curated music into the premier date spot for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget, or singles who just want to get out and party!. Angelenos can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a romantic evening at tables for two around Grand Park’s iconic Arthur J. Will Memorial fountain followed by a moonlit walk throughout the park’s Olive Court amidst the historic views of Los Angeles City Hall. Guests will experience special music curated to enhance the park’s beautiful surroundings.

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February 13 is Galentine’s Day

We’re quick to shower our significant others with gifts and treats on February 14, but the day prior was designed to celebrate other equally important relationships in our lives – our girlfriends! Galentine’s Day was the creation of the beloved fictional deputy director of Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana, Leslie Knope. So gather your gal pals and celebrate with a special brunch, spa day, or fabulous night out on the town!

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Image courtesy of OUE Skyspace

Photo #2: Image courtesy of OUE Skyspace

Photo #3: Image courtesy of LA Opera

Photo #4: Image courtesy of SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Photo #5: Image courtesy of Million Dollar Theatre

Photo #6: Image courtesy of Cinespia

Photo #7: Image courtesy of Crush Valentine’s Wine Festival

Photo #8: Image courtesy of San Antonio Winery

Photo #9: Image courtesy of Grand Park

Photo #10: Image courtesy of National Today

 

 

Feed Your Head! Exhibitions, Theatre, Music to Experience Now!

There’s nothing like an appetizing creative encounter to set the table for inspiration! DTLA is a banquet of major museums, experiential pop-up spaces, award-winning theatre, and immersive performances that will satisfy your cultural cravings and make you hungry for more. And you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the feast. Many museums don’t charge an entry fee, or designate certain days of the month for free admission. So get out there and feed your head – with the best exhibitions, theatre, and music to experience now!

sunglassed women amongst a sea of dumplings

Dumpling Pop Up Museum

ROW DTLA 757 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

LA’s first dumpling pop-up art exhibit! Thirst Project has teamed up with ZJZM, a creative art label, to bring you Dumplings & Associates, a one of a kind pop-up art museum in DTLA. Explore interactive art installations based on dumplings and their associates, including a giant garlic swing, an anti-gravity kitchen, dumpling jacuzzi and a simulated meat grinder. You may not actually be able to eat the dumplings, but each pair of tickets to Dumplings & Associates provides three people one year of clean drinking water!

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Free Museum Days

Did you know that there are more than 20 museums you can visit for free in 2020? Many of LA’s most popular cultural institutions, such as The Broad, California Science Center, Natural History Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art LA, either don’t charge an entry free or designate certain days of the month for free admission. Here’s a handy cheat sheet from DOLA

exterior view of WAREHOUSE at MOCA Geffen

MOCA + Geffen Contemporary

MOCA 250 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, California 90012

Geffen Contemporary 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to a $10 million donation by MOCA Board President Carolyn Clark Powers, general admission to MOCA at both locations is now free, except for special exhibitions. WAREHOUSE at MOCA Geffen is open with an expanded bookstore, a reading nook, rest, meet, and workspaces with free WiFi, a coffee cart featuring drinks and food by Cafe Dulce, and several video installations. The current video works on view are by artists Fischli & Weiss and Mark Leckey. Over the course of the coming months, MOCA will be actively transitioning this space into a vibrant, multi-use anchor under the umbrella of WAREHOUSE Programs.

Beyond Black - a poster featuring a profile view of Amy Winehouse

Beyond Black: The Style of Amy Winehouse

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Winehouse has been widely renowned not just as a British music icon and pop royalty, but as a trendsetting fashion influencer. To showcase the late singer’s iconic outfits, as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, journal entries and other reflections from her family’s personal archive, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly presents Beyond Black: The Style Of Amy Winehouse. The exhibit will run through April 13.

interior view of Grammy Museum

Mono to Immersive

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

While you’re at the Grammy Museum, check out the Mono to Immersive Experience Room. Ever wonder what Cardi B would sound like on a gramophone? Mono to Immersive, presented by Harman, takes you on a visual and audible journey of recorded sound from the dusty cylinders of the 19th century to the surround sound of the present as you engross yourself in your favorite GRAMMY performances. In Mono to Immersive, you will hear how recorded sound has changed and journey from the acoustic era to the digital world of today.

2 men acting on stage in The Last Ship

The Last Ship

Ahmanson Theatre

135 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Inspired by Sting’s 1991 album “The Soul Cages,” The Last Ship tells the story of Gideon, a prodigal son returning home after 17 years at sea to find that the local shipyard his town was built around is closing and Meg, the love he left behind, has moved on. Tensions flare and picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) rallies the workers to take over the shipyard and build one last ship in the face of the gathering storm. A passionate homage to the shipbuilding community Sting grew up in, The Last Ship features a Tony-nominated original score by Sting including some of his best-loved songs “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance.”

view of an exterior wall at L.A. Murals

L.A. Murals

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

“L.A. Murals,” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress, documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles, an epicenter of the world’s street art scene. “L.A. Murals” features 30 photographs curated from the archives of photographers Carol M. Highsmith and Camilo José Vergara, which are part of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division of more than 14 million photographs documenting America. The focus of the exhibition was inspired by the vitality of the visual arts and creativity of LA. The photographs are on view at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery. The exhibition, which is free and open to visitors of the Concert Hall, will close in September 2020.

3 bikes in the air at Cirque de Soleil Volta

Cirque de Soleil Volta

Dodger Stadium

1000 Vin Scully Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

The 70's turn 50 poster

Curating the City: The ’70s Turn 50 Various locations

The 50-year mark is significant when it comes to preserving buildings! The Los Angeles Conservancy is excited to present The ’70s Turn 50, an initiative exploring the 1970s’ lasting imprint on L.A. County’s built environment. In the Southland, the ’70s marked a time of unprecedented architectural exploration, and the structures left in its wake are some of the finest examples of that creative spirit. On the social and cultural front, the ’70s were a period known for strong civic engagement and activism. Frank Gehry’s use of cheap and accessible materials seen in his Santa Monica residence, from 1978, catapulted the Los Angeles Postmodernism movement onto the national stage. Throughout 2020, The LA Conservancy will tell the story of the ’70s and the decade’s lasting legacy.

interior view of an empty LA Art Show

LA Art Show

LA Convention Center South Hall

1201 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Feb 5-9 Need some inspiration to pimp your pad? The LA Art Show is the most most comprehensive international contemporary art expo in America. Los Angeles has emerged as a global epicenter of art & culture, with a distinct, interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to the city. As LA rises as the world-class destination for art, LA Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience. More than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space are committed to today’s prominent galleries. Beyond the booth, these domestic and international galleries are curating special exhibits that are at the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary art movement.

 

 

 

 

Shop, Savor & Explore DTLA’s Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market has been a downtown landmark since 1917. Bringing together the wealth of cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles, the Market provides a national-caliber eating experience that showcases California’s best ingredients, chefs, and entrepreneurs. The 30,000 square-foot arcade in the historic Homer Laughlin Building encompasses a food emporium and retail marketplace that continues to grow by offering downtown a shared gathering place and a dynamic hub for public programming and events. With some 38 vendors, you’ll find everything from grocery essentials to prepared foods, sweets & treats, beverages, and even jewelry!

2 sandwiches in wrappers from Eggslut

Eggslut Stall D-1

Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast at Eggslut. Founded in 2011, Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both novice and extreme foodies through classic comfort fare with a twist, all encompassing the key ingredient, eggs. No longer just a breakfast staple, Eggslut make eggs appetizing all day, everyday.

top view of sliced watermelon, jicama, mango and cucumber

La Fruiteria

What’s more refreshing than a bowl of delicious watermelon, jicama, mango or cucumber? La Frutería brings the Mexican street-snack tradition of spicy and healthy fruit cups that beat the plain,old fruit routine. This authentic Mexican frutería from the team behind Villa Moreliana and La Tostadería offers a wide assortment of exotic fruit salads, licuados (fruit shakes) and more. A highlight of the La Frutería menu are Biónicos, tasty bowls of seasonal fruits, drizzled with a combination of yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, and Mexican crema. La Frutería is also the place for the best aguas frescas in town!

fried chicken from Lucky Bird

Lucky Bird

The market’s first-ever stall dedicated solely to fried chicken and its accoutrements, Lucky Bird features their famous citrus-brined chicken recipe developed by Chef/ Owner Chris Dane. Everything is made from scratch, from the buttermilk biscuits to the house made hot sauce. Ingredients are locally sourced to ensure the freshest and highest quality product, from Mary’s Organic Free Range Chickens to their organic produce and spices. Beverages include local craft beers. Happy Hour takes place Monday through Thursday from 3 PM to close!

sign of McConnell's over a crowded counter

McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream Stall D-4

For 70 years, McConnell’s has been making dense and pure-flavored ice creams, with smooth, consistent texture and a rich, velvety mouth feel – all made from scratch with a few, simple ingredients. McConnell’s mission is to produce the finest ice creams in the world, in the most responsible and sustainable way possible. In the process, they aim to enrich and enliven the communities in which they operate, and leave the world just a little bit “sweeter” than they found it.

bowl of ramen from Ramen Hood

Ramen Hood

This ramen and pho shop by Chef Ilan Hall of The Gorbals is 100% vegan. The broth is made by simmering kelp and shiitake mushrooms to extract their maximum umami. Roasted sunflower seeds with white miso are combined with the kelp/mushroom stock, then the mixture is pressure cooked to release the natural oils and starches from the seeds. What’s left is a rich, creamy, broth that rivals it’s non-vegan counterparts flavor and texture. The “egg” is completely vegan, made in two parts using a little magic, so that the yolk pops just like the real thing!

2 pieces of cheese from DTLA Cheese

DTLA Cheese and Kitchen Stall A-7

DTLA Cheese is Downtown’s first full-service cheesemonger, specializing in domestic and imported cheese plates, griddle sandwiches and seasonal salads. DTLA Cheese is the passion of Lydia & Marnie Clarke and Chef Reed Herrick, who opened their first store in 2010 in the historic downtown Claremont Village with the mission to bring something exciting to the culinary forefront.

selection of fruits at Torres Produce

Torres Produce Stall D-7

This is the perfect time of year to dust off your recipes for homemade soups, salads, snacks, and sides!  Stock up on healthy ingredients at Torres Produce, a produce stand offering a bountiful selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

side view of sliced sandwich

Wexler’s Deli Stall D-5

Wexler’s Deli stands for three things: tradition, craftsmanship, and quality. Born of a desire to serve classic Jewish deli food made by people who care, Wexler’s uses old-school methods to handcraft their pastrami and smoked salmon. After curing in a special blend of salt and spices, the meats and fish are slowly smoked in-house over apple wood and sliced by hand in front of your eyes. Wexler’s also serves breakfast sandwiches, and a selection of sides including coleslaw, potato salad, egg salad and tuna salad. Wash it all down with a good old fashioned Chocolate Phosphate or Chocolate Egg Cream.

counter at Belcampo Meat

Belcampo Meat Stall F-9

Part country cafe and part full-service butcher shop, Belcampo Meat presents organic, grass-fed meats that have been raised on their own 10,000 acre ranch near Mount Shasta, and custom-butchered in house. Grab a seat at their modern-meets-retro counter service diner for breakfast or lunch. Indulge in the signature organic grass-fed burgers while people watching and enjoying a glass of beer or wine. Or stop by after work to pick up their ever-changing rotation of Grab & Go foods and convenient reheat & eat options to bring home for dinner.

oysters on the half shell

The Oyster Gourmet Hill Street Platform

The Oyster Gourmet Kiosk is the realization of Christophe Happillon’s dream of creating a forum to share his passion for the oyster and the ocean. Designed by The Los Angeles Design Group, The Oyster Gourmet Kiosk was created to be a a hybrid restaurant and performance piece with Happillon on stage in the center, akin to the pearl within the oyster. The menu of the new Oyster Bar displays oysters, of course, but also clams, shrimp, sea urchin, and some raw fish. Most of the seafood is sourced from the West Coast, with each selection certified ecologically sustainable. 

coffee being ground on a counter

G&B Coffee Stall C-19

From champion baristas Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, G&B Coffee serves up coffees, espresso drinks, and teas selected from the world’s top roasters and farms. If you’re craving a special treat, G&B’s coffee milkshake and hop-infused carbonated ice tea are instant Market classics. Stop by for weekly cuppings every Tuesdays at 2pm to taste the range of G&B coffees from around the world. Parking Tip: Miraculous free 5 minute parking in the drop-off lane in front of the G&B stall.

 

 

Ring in the New Year in DTLA!

Can you believe New Year’s Eve is right around the corner! Time to order the bubbly, round up your crew, and get ready to party! From epic bashes at some of LA’s most ionic venues to curated experiences, a mind blowing funk extravaganza, and even a ride on the SkySlide atop LA’s tallest building – if you dare – DTLA offers endless NYE options to ring in the New Year in style!

Night view of Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A.

N.Y.E.L.A.

Grand Park + The Music Center

200 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles CA 90012

Ring in 2020 at the West Coast’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration! For the 7th year, Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to come together and party with live music, food, photo booths and amazing projection art on beautiful City Hall.

Champagne and champagne filled glasses

Downtown LA Bar Crawl

Downtown LA is the place to be this New Year’s Eve! Celebrate with 10+ parties in one night, bouncing from bar to bar to celebrate NYE at multiple venues. Each location offering exclusive drink specials to ring in the New Year.  This is the best deal to celebrate NYE in Downtown LA  with the NYE 2020 Bar Crawl all-access ticket! 

“I Wanna Take You Higher” NYE 2020

Wisdome Immersive Art Park

1147 Palmetto St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Kentyah & Wisdome.LA present “I Wanna Take You Higher” NYE 2020, a blowing funk extravaganza! Ring in 2020 at Wisdome as legendary New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk performs a special Sly & The Family Stone set alongside surprise special guests. The theme of the evening in the immortal words of Sly Stone is “I wanna take you higher!” So get ready to blast off as an all-star cast jams out to mind-blowing custom 360 visuals for a one-of-a-kind NYE experience!

Night view of a crowded Two Bit Circus

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus

634 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Play elbow to elbow with friends old and new! Try adventurous twists on carnival snacks, enjoy signature cocktails and craft beers, take in interactive game shows, the midway arcade, AR & VR games – Two Bit Circus has everything you need to ring in the New Year!

Dita Von Teese New Years Eve Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles

Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show

The Orpheum Theatre

842 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Embark on a journey into fantasy and spectacle with Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show. Renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes, lavishly adorned with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals, Von Tease is sure to please! Performing since 1992, Dita Von Tease is the biggest name in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.

Inside party atmosphere at Union Station

Prohibition at Union Station

800 N Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Welcome to the New Roaring Twenties! For its 8th year, Prohibition NYE will return to the iconic Union Station and revive the excitement and glamour of this fabulous decade. Experience Los Angeles’ premier New Year’s Eve Party with theatrical burlesque, live jazz ensembles, a premium open bar featuring champagne & specialty cocktails, a headlining DJ Set from RAC, and Prohibition NYE’s signature 60-foot, midnight ball-drop celebration!

Minimal Effort New Year's Eve poster

Minimal Effort

Los Angeles Theatre

615 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Minimal Effort: NYE is back to ring in 2020 at the Los Angeles Theatre, presented by Underrated, Spaceland, L’Affaire Musicale, and Orlove & LOST. Dance to your fave acts including Bart Skils b2b Layton Giordani, Detlef b2b Latmun, Doc Martin (Sublevel), Human Resources, and more! For general questions or VIP Table information, please email orlove@orloveentertainment.com or call 310-384-3789.

Outside view of OUE Skyspace open-air observation deck

NYE Party at OUE Skyspace

633 W 5th St. #840

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Hit the heights this New Year’s Eve at LA’s tallest open-air observation deck – OUE Skyspace! Enjoy two floors of entertainment from three DJ’s, two open air terraces and unlimited SkySlide Rides. Your All-Inclusive General Admission package includes Open Bar (9pm-1am), Appetizers, and Champagne Toast at Midnight.

NYE @The Reserve poster

NYE @The Reserve

650 S Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Once filled with riches of the wealthiest Angelenos in the 1920s, the modern-day Reserve continues the tradition of excellence and sophistication, giving old-school elegance a new-school flair. Enjoy an unforgettable night filled with top notch glamour and enchantment setting the tone for 2020! The Reserve presents a unique taste of American History, featuring three rooms inside The Reserve and the entire venue of The Majestic, with its crystal chandeliers, painted Italian ceilings, arched windows, sculpted marble columns and original marble floors. All tickets and bottle service packages include a 5-hour open bar (9pm to 2am), midnight toast, photo booth pictures, and a special Midnight Countdown celebration in each room.

Downtown Countdown 2020 NYE Party poster

Downtown Countdown

Treehouse Rooftop Lounge

686 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ring in 2020 in style at the vibrant Treehouse Rooftop this New Year’s Eve! Treehouse Rooftop is a beautiful indoor/outdoor venue in the heart of Chinatown, featuring state of the art design, sound, lighting and a heated outdoor patio. LA’s hottest DJ’s will welcome the new year with a special midnight countdown at the last party of the decade! Photo booth, NYE party favors, food & snacks will available for purchase all night

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the Season! DTLA’s Best Shopping, Ice Skating, Holiday Lights and More!

Tis the season to sparkle and shine – and DTLA offers a Santa’s sleigh full of festivities to make your spirits bright! Get ready to shop til you drop at craft and maker faires, immerse yourself in brilliant holiday light displays, and ice skate under the glittering LA skyline  – you can even learn to curl (that crazy sport that has enthralled Olympic audiences)! Tis the season for DTLA’s best shopping, ice skating, holiday lights and more!

view of empty outside skating rink

Winter Wonderland Pershing Square

532 S Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Lace up your skates and glide into the holidays with ice skating in Pershing Square! The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity, and the impressive city skyline, you can enjoy enjoy holiday concerts and other festive events under the sun and stars. Complete schedule HERE

Holiday Style Soiree poster

Fig at 7th Holiday Soiree

735 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dec 7 SIMPLY and FIGat7th invite you to their Holiday Style Soiree! Crush your holiday to-do list with gift-giving tips from some of our favorite LA influencers at this festive trend talk. Learn about the biggest trends of the season, meet the influencers, enjoy tasty bites and sips, create holiday bouquets, and get a customized ornament—all in the heart of DTLA!

exterior view of the Los Angeles Central Library

DTLA Maker Faire

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Dec 7 The DTLA Mini Maker Faire is taking over Los Angeles Central Library, Maguire Gardens and part of Fifth Street from Grand Avenue to Flower Street in the heart of downtown, making it the largest Maker Faire to-date in the City of Los Angeles. This event is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees, and include more than 110 exhibitors from all over California and beyond. The fourth-annual gizmodic gathering will showcase some of LA’s best tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, tinkerers, inventors, educators, and artists of all ages. Stroll through a wide variety of displays and hands-on exhibits featuring robotics and artificial intelligence/machine learning, AR/VR, sustainable making, engineering, kinetic art, microelectronics, 3D printing and imagery, space exploration, health, drones, handmade arts and crafts, music and more.

view of a crowded West Coast Craft Faire

West Coast Craft Faire

Skylight ROW DTLA

777 Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Dec 7 & 8 The first West Coast Craft Faire Los Angeles takes place in the South Lot at Skylight ROW DTLA in the heart of LA’s historic downtown. This festive outdoor market will feature over 300 of the best artist and designer craftspeople just in time for the holiday season! The West Coast Craft (WCC) Scholarship Program awards four half booths to emerging designers and artists who have never shown at a major craft and design show. As part of their ongoing efforts to make WCC increasingly diverse and inclusive, two of those four spots are reserved for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Free and open to the public.

Shopify Holiday Marketplace 2019 poster

Shopify LA Holiday Marketplace

Row DTLA

777 Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Shopify LA is hosting hosts a “Shopify LA Holiday Gift Shop” featuring 11 Shopify merchants and a selection of their most giftable merchandise. Merchants include Paper Chase Press, Blind Barber, HipDot, Modernica, The Hundreds, Ember, Theragun, Donni, Belief, Equal Parts, Fleur Marche. The gift shop is free and open to the public.

James Hood Mesmerica poster

Mesmerica 360 Live

Los Angeles Center Studios

450 S Bixel St.

Los Angeles, CA

Dec 14 James Hood and Vortex Immersion Media present Mesmerica 360 Live Los Angeles. Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and also stimulate your mind and senses.

illuminated interactive holiday display surrounded by people

Sparkle DTLA

The Bloc

700 W 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Experience the world’s largest illuminated interactive holiday display at The Bloc in DTLA. Sparkle DTLA takes you through a magical nighttime journey of 16 million beautiful hues of lights that illuminate the city skyline and synchronize to your favorite holiday songs at the top of each hour. The display features a 16-foot larger-than-life ornament that you can walk through, and a 32-foot tree that you can enter to capture your perfect photo-op moments. The dazzling light display and interactive experience is the ideal holiday backdrop to creating special memories with your friends and family.

LA Kings Holiday Ice poster

LA Kings Holiday Ice

L.A. LIVE

800 W Olympic Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Skate like a King as the LA Kings bring the Ice Skating Rink back to L.A. Live. Skate around a huge Christmas tree, surrounded by the signature vibrant LED screens of LA Live. Go early or stay late after a concert or sports game to skate the night away.

2 outside views of Union Station - 1 with a christmas tree

Holidays at Union Station

800 N Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Explore one of L.A.’s most iconic gems – Union Station – during the most festive time of the year. Learn the history of this extraordinary Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco monument as you enjoy the sounds, and sights of the season. You’ll cover the majority of Union Station from the famous Waiting Room—seen in countless movies—to the Fred Harvey Restaurant, much of which has been beautifully decorated for the season. Stay after the tour on December tour dates for Union Station’s free Cocoa Concerts. Enjoy a concert, cocoa bar, holiday light display, and more from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on the South Patio.

Dusk view with illuminated lighting saying Grand Park

Grand Park Winter Glow DTLA

Grand Park Performance Lawn and The Music Center Plaza

200 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Expanded across Grand Avenue to include the newly renovated Music Center Plaza, Grand Park’s Winter Glow returns for its second annual nighttime public art display, offering an immersive experience that spans two county locations this holiday season. As the days shorten and darken, the park celebrates light as a giver of warmth, a source of beauty, and the key component to bringing people together during the fall and winter months. In this interconnectivity, guests and families can share thoughts, identity, and space, making new holiday memories as they stroll through an illuminated and interactive art installation. Familiar pathways and historic fountains will lead to exciting new discoveries as the latest in light and projection technology transform spaces on The Music Center Plaza and in Grand Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving in DTLA!

Making Thanksgiving plans? This year, why not ditch the kitchen and dine out. Popular DTLA restaurants are dishing up some fabulous fare to share with family and friends. If you’re on pie patrol for Thanksgiving dinner, you can order a pie to go and save yourself the fuss and muss. Want to give back? Trot before you gobble at the DTLA Turkey Trot, which benefits the Midnight Mission. The long weekend is also a great time to get a head start on your holiday shopping or check out a new ride at the LA Auto Show. One thing’s for sure, you’ll always have a reason to be grateful when you celebrate Thanksgiving in DTLA!

top view of a Thanksgiving spread

Thanksgiving Pre-Fixe at Patina

141 South Grand Avenue

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gather around the table and enjoy a feast for the senses by Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Choose from three- and six-courses for $75 and $110 per person. Children’s menu available $35. Complete your Patina experience with a custom wine, water or specialty non-alcoholic beverage pairing. Located in the spectacular Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group expresses the highest culinary ideals of Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal, with cuisine by Executive Chef Andreas Roller.

Thanksgiving Gather Around Our Table

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

330 S Hope St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings including Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, JBS potato puree, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote, and turkey gravy. Not craving turkey? Nick + Stef’s signature dry-aged steaks and the full a la carte menu will be available as well. Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse offers contemporary high-design showcasing a menu combining steakhouse tradition and culinary flair. Indulge in the expanded dry-aged prime steak options and fresh-catch seafood selections, paired with a curated world-class wine list of over 500 labels and craft cocktails.

spread of sweets and empty glasses

Thanksgiving in Paris

Le Petit Paris

418 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles 90015

Spend Thanksgiving in Paris! Le Petit Paris, the authentic Parisian brasserie in the heart of Downtown LA, will be offering a French-inspired three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner. After an amuse-bouche of sweet & salty s’mores, starters feature a choice of scallop, “perfect egg,” crab cake, or vegan hummus. Main courses include stuffed turkey medallion, smoked pork ham, cod fish, and vegan spaghetti. For dessert, choose from pecan pie, pumpkin choux, or vegan pie.

view of a gelato holiday pie

Gelateria ULI

The Spring Arcade Building

541 S. Spring St. #104

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Are you on pie duty for Thanksgiving? Gelateria ULI’s got you covered. Their gelato holiday pies are delicious and different, but still reminiscent of the best traditional pies you’ve ever had. Choose from Pumpkin (pumpkin gelato with freshly ground spices and a layer of dark chocolate gelato, with a hint of sea salt, topped with torched meringue and toasted, candied pumpkin seeds); Caramel Apple (VEGAN using the best Murray Family Farms apples, laced with house-made totally vegan caramel); and Maple Pecan (n-house made pecan butter spun into creamy maple gelato, topped with torched meringue and pecan crumble). All pies are 8 inches.

The Turkey Trot Los Angeles November 28, 2019

7th Annual Turkey Trot 2019: Downtown Los Angeles

200 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 28 Trot before you gobble! Join thousands of runners and walkers for the seventh annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this event benefits the Midnight Mission – an amazing organization that offers a path to self sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness. This year all 5k and 10k participants will receive a Turkey Trot LA race t-shirt and Unique Finishers Medals for all participants!

poster of Jackalope Art Fair

Jackalope Art Fair

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nov 30 & Dec 1 Shop small on Small Business Saturday weekend and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair at Grand Central Market’s newly renovated downstairs “underground” event space. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more.

view of cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Nov 22 – Dec 1 One of the world’s largest auto shows with 1,000 vehicles on display, the Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the public from November 22 – December 1. The show is a great one-stop-shop for comparison shopping cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more, without any sales pressure. Whether you’re new vehicle shopping or a lifelong auto enthusiast, there’s something for everyone, including 65+ debuts; free test drives of 100 of the latest models; stunning custom builds, VR experiences, the life-size LEGO Bugatti Chiron, and a real-life version of Guinevere, the van from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film, Onward.

4 members of the Los Angeles Mission's annual Thanksgiving celebration

Los Angeles Mission

303 E 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Los Angeles Mission’s annual Thanksgiving celebration serves over 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes, 800 pounds of green beans and 600 pies to their neighbors experiencing homelessness. They also give out over 1,400 blankets and over 1,200 tarps in preparation for the colder winter months. Now that we’ve seen a 16% increase in homelessness across Los Angeles, the Mission is expecting more people to attend their Thanksgiving event than ever before. If you can’t volunteer this Thanksgiving, you can still help by making a donation.

 

 

 

Explore DTLA’s Chinatown: Bars, Bobas, Bakeries and More!

As early as 1852, a Chinese settlement was recorded near the site of today’s Union Station. The community resettled some 86 years later a few streets over, and in 1938, with the dedication of Central Plaza, became the first modern American Chinatown, owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese. This colorful urban setting, only a stone’s throw from the city’s civic and cultural center, explodes in a fantasy of sights, sounds and colors during Chinese New Year, Chinatown Summer Nights, the Moon Festival and CicLAvia. On any given day of the year, Chinatown is a veritable movable feast for the senses – and your destination to explore bars, bobas, bakeries, and more!

view of Chinatown's entrance

Chinatown Self Guided Walking Tours

The official Chinatown website has a great self-guided walking tour to guide your exploration of this historic neighborhood. Start your visit at Central Plaza (947 N. Broadway) where you will be enchanted by the quaint walkways and tiny shops. The sound of clicking mahjong tiles can be heard from upstairs windows where many of Chinatown’s family associations hold their social meetings. A popular place for filming, Central Plaza with its distinctive “Gate of Filial Piety” also boasts a statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Republic of China, a wishing well dating to 1939, and a five-tiered pagoda. Get your map HERE

cake slices from Phoenix Bakery

Phoenix Bakery

969 N Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A real Chinatown icon, Phoenix Bakery has been creating delectable cakes and pastries since 1938. Founded by, and still operated by the Chan Family, the bakery serves families and celebrities alike for all occasions. Famous for their fresh strawberry whipped cream cake, Phoenix Bakery cakes have become a tradition across generations as families and friends celebrate special occasions from kids birthday parties to quincineras, retirement parties and more. If you’re just stopping by, try their yummy sugar butterflies and almond cookies – the perfect sweet bite for any day!

interior view of Steep LA

Steep LA

970 N. Broadway Ste. 112

Los Angeles, CA

Steep LA is a modern tea room located in the heart of DTLA’s Chinatown! Founders Samuel Wang and Lydia Lin come from different backgrounds, but share the same gratification through similar tea drinking experience with their families. After they both took a long hiatus from traditional Chinese tea drinking, the passion for tea slowly returned as they started to mature, and found the serenity of the tea ceremony to be exceptionally balancing for the fast-paced life in Los Angeles. Steep LA offers a simple menu focusing on the premium teas the founders handpicked from China and Taiwan that covers four tea categories: Black, Green, Oolong, and Pu-er.

cup of bubble tea

Bubble U LA

843 N Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The original pearl milk tea – bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base, and flavors of milk and sugar. Toppings, known as “pearls,” such as chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, sago and puddings are often added. Bubble U offers a sweet menu of fresh teas, smoothies, and specialties such as Iced Sea Salt with organic cream, Rose Matcha, Honey Ginger Tea, Iced Cucumber Green Tea, and Tiger Milk Tea, along with scrumptious desserts laced with little bubble balls.

three shots of SPLA Coffee

SPLA Coffee

714 N Figueroa St,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

SPLA brings specialty coffee and urban culture from São Paulo, Brazil, to Los Angeles. In 2015, the founders were part of the team that opened the first retail shop for roaster/producer Isso é Café in the heart of Downtown São Paulo. With direct farm relationships and a brand unique to the city, they realized they had something special and cutting edge, and became obsessed about bringing this spirit to Los Angeles. Featuring a curated program of farm-direct microlot coffees and beverages you can only find in Brazil, SPLA Coffee is doing things with a Brazilian accent!

interior view of dining area at Majordomo

Majordomo

1725 Naud St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A majordomo is a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. In that spirit, the restaurant aims to go above and beyond for guests. Located on the northern outskirts of Chinatown, was founded by noted chef and restauranteur David Chang, with Jude Parra-Sickels serving as executive chef. With an ever-changing and evolving seasonal menu, Majordomo offers California cuisine inspired by the different food cultures present in Los Angeles and the bounty of Southern California products.

exterior view of General Lee's Cocktail Bar

General Lee’s Cocktail House

475 Gin Ling Way

Los Angeles, CA 90012

General Lee’s Cocktail Bar has served LA Chinatown since 1890. Hidden in a dark corner of Old Chinatown in Chinatown Central Plaza, this historic space once entertained the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gary Cooper. Now a two-story “Modern Tiki” mashup, General Lee’s serves a creative menu of Asian-inflected cocktails with a twist, like wasabi-infused vermouth and black sesame syrup. The venue also features DJs and live entertainment.

three tinted pharmacist's vials

Apotheke

1746 North Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Backed up against the LA River and the underpass that leads into Lincoln Heights, Apotheke exudes an air of mystery where speakeasy meets Absinthe bar. Once you’ve found the unmarked entrance on Doyer Street, make your way to the back bar, which holds rows of tinted pharmacist’s vials with hand-lettered Latin labels. In keeping with the apothecary theme, the cocktail menu is described as a “prescription list,” and offers categories based on healing properties rather than alcohol selection. For those who take their cure seriously, the establishment offers Apotheke Academy, featuring interactive hands-on mixology and cocktail classes on-site. Upon completion, each guest may purchase Apotheke’s full service mixology kit to recreate cocktails at home. Courses are also available for off-site private events. For more information Reservations@ApothekeLA.com

exterior view of Highland Park Brewery

Highland Park Brewery

1220 N Spring St

LA, CA 90012

From their original space in Highland Park as a production-only facility, Highland Park Brewery has expanded into Chinatown, housing their first tasting room and second Brewery. HPB, as the brewery is affectionately known, was founded with the goal of making excellent beer in LA, focusing on fresh hoppy beers, lagers, and mixed culture fermentation, accompanied by unique processes, wacky microbes, and local ingredients. HPB offers a robust, beer-friendly food menu including Queso and Chips, Fried Cheese Curds, and a Sausage Plate with Chorizo, Salsa Verde and Focaccia. The Chinatown tasting room is kid friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio (no pups inside). Guests are also asked to not bring in any food not prepared in their kitchen.