Friday, October 11, 2013

Exploring Downtown Los Angeles

This is the perfect weekend to explore the different neighborhoods of Downtown Los Angeles. There are so many events happening this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles that I'm sure you can find something that interests you! I have lived in Downtown Los Angeles for 2 years now and I love it! The City is so vibrant and there is always something to do.  I plan on taking the flower arranging class at the Flower Mart and attending the Brewery Artwalk.

Arts District
This formerly industrial area was transformed into an artist community in the mid-70's. Today, the Arts District thrives with galleries, photography studios, graphic artists, small advertising fi rms, video and media companies, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC).

Learn About Wine at Eat.Drink.Americano
923 E. 3rd St., Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join LearnAboutWine for a special class bringing together three divine creations... wine, cheese and chocolate. You will explore the sensual contrasts and delights that each element brings to the experience -- the crisp acidity, mouth-filling robustness or smooth viscosity of great wine; the sharp, subtly sweet or complexity of fine cheese; and the rich luxuriousness of superior chocolate ranging from creamy milk to intensely dark. Taste 5 great cheeses, 5 amazing chocolates and experience 10 great wines. $79.00 per person, special Two for $140.

Gallery Row
Located along Main and Spring between 2nd and 9th Streets, Gallery Row is lined with cutting-edge galleries and hosts the Downtown Art Walk on the second Thursday of each month.

"Oktoberfest" at Buzz Wine Beer Shop
460 S. Spring St., Downtown Los Angeles
October 11 from 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$16.25 per paddle with a soft pretzel from The Alpine Village
Ninkasi Brewing Co. "Oktoberfest" Dortmunder, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. "Oktoberfest" Marzen, Hangar 24 "Oktoberfest" Fall Seasonal, Tenaya Creek "Oktoberfest" Lager, Licher "Oktoberfest" Marzen, Weihenstephaner "Oktoberfestbier" Marzen

Bunker Hill and Grand Avenue
Bunker Hill is Downtown's cultural center and home to numerous corporate headquarters. Grand Avenue landmarks include the Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall and Center Theatre Group, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Colburn School of Music, and the Los Angeles Central Library.

Einstein on the Beach at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles
October 11 - October 13
Painting an impressionistic portrait of the bushy-maned physicist, the opera—composed by Philip Glass, directed by Robert Wilson, and choreographed by Lucinda Childs—makes its L.A. debut.

Wind your way through a myriad of bustling courtyards, alleyways, and plaza stalls to discover the charm of LA's Chinatown. Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more to find unique treasures, good food, and great bargains.

Brewery Artwalk at the Brewery Arts Complex
2100 N. Main St Unit A10, Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 & October 13 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios. Come and support LA’s finest artists, take home some great works and dine at the on-site restaurant. Admission is FREE and so is parking.

Street Food Cinema Presents: Psycho at LA State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St. Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 at 5:30 PM
Outdoor movie series also features live music, making it the perfect way to spend your fall nights with friends and family. Enjoy tasty food trucks, interactive games, comedy, live music, and a night of movies under the stars.
Tickets: $10 general admission | $15 reserved seating | Children (6-12) $5, Children 5 and under FREE, Parking $10

Star Light, Star Bright at L2Kontemporary Gallery
990 N. Hill St, Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 - November 9 at 7:00 PM
New work by George Dinhaupt, Free

Civic Center
Covering 20 square blocks of Downtown, the Civic Center is the administrative core of LA This district is a collection of city, state, and federal government offices, courthouses and monuments. Don't miss the viewing deck atop LA's iconic City Hall.

Mark your Mark in the Park at Grand Central Park
200 N. Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles
October 13 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grand Park turns into a big drawing studio! Enjoy 12 participatory drawing activities as well as a variety of dance, comedy and music performances that tie in with the theme of drawing – part of The Big Draw LA, a regional celebration of drawing presented by Ryman Arts. 

Fashion District
The LA Fashion District is the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast, where shoppers, designers, stylists, students, retailers, wholesale buyers, and residents all converge. You'll find apparel and accessories for the entire family, textiles, flowers, and more.

Artisanal L.A.
L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 & October 13 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PMMeet over 200 artisans, crafters and chefs. Enjoy food, shopping, book signings, workshops and demos.
There will be a pop-up urban farm, a mini-Altadena Farmers Market, and an organic spirits tasting with L.A.'s Greenbar Distillery. Tickets ($10-$12) at or at the door ($15).

Flower District
Take home every kind of flower imaginable at wholesale prices. The Flower District is LA's premiere flower market, famous among designers, event planners, retail florists, growers, shippers, and suppliers.

Intro to Floral Design Class at LA Flower Mart
766 Wall St, Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hit Flour L.A.’s new bloom room, tour Downtown’s epicenter of fresh buds, and walk away with some floral art know-how. The course includes all the blossoms, vessels, and tools you’ll need to appear pro. Class is $135.00 per person

Historic Downtown
Formerly the city center before World War II, Historic Downtown is rich with architectural treasures - including the largest concentration of historic theatres in the world and beloved pre-1930s buildings in Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and Spanish Baroque styles. Visit the renovated theaters on Broadway, or the famous cage elevators and detailed ironwork at the Bradbury Building.

FOR SALE: Penthouse Unit in Douglas Building
257 S. Spring St. # PH C, Downtown Los Angeles
Built in 1899 by architects James & Merrit Reid, this beautiful Penthouse in the Douglas Building is located in the vibrant Old Bank District of Downtown LA. This spacious unit features a great fusion of old and new with hardwood floors, soaring 23' high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and an entire wall of original, restored double-hung windows that allow in plenty of natural light. Mills Act Approved  
$729,000 Appointment only.

Little Tokyo
Small restaurants and retail shops intermingle with modern office buildings, hotels, shopping plazas, cultural facilities, theaters, and religious shrines. Discover the Japanese American National Museum, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, East West Players, and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Target Free Family Saturday: Zap, Pow, Bam! at Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Marvels & Monsters and draw yourself into the picture with comics-themed crafts & activities! Free.

Olvera Street at Historic El Pueblo
Olvera Street, the birthplace of LA, is home to charming cafes, marketplaces, and many cultural celebrations. El Pueblo Historic Monument features a traditional Mexican-style plaza and a cluster of landmark buildings dating from 1818. Across the street is Union Station, converging point for Amtrak, Metrolink, the Gold and Red Lines, and the city's bus services.

The Taste of Mexico at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles
October 11 from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana and La Monarca lead the lineup in this showcase of Mexican food. More information

5th Annual Taste of Italy at Pico House
424 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taste of Italy is Los Angeles' premier cultural-gastronomic event, featuring award winning restaurants and wineries with fantastic music and entertainment in a spectacular setting. This event benefits the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, slated to open early 2014.

South Park
South Park is a 50-block area anchored by entertainment and convention venues, including Staples Center, LA Live; the Nokia Theatre, and the LA Convention Center. South Park is also home to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Grand Hope Park, and an emerging residential community.

Bomba Mix at The Conga Room at LA Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles
October 11 at 9:00 PM
Performing your favorite Merengue, Cumbia & Bachata Hits

The Purge: Fear the Night at Variety Arts Center
938 S. Figueroa St, Downtown Los Angeles
October 11 - November 2 from 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
The 2-3 hour experience immersive performance plunges you into the terrifying world envisioned in The Purge, where for one horrific night each year, all crime is legal. Visitors will choose their own path through the story, exploring throughout all 6 floors of the theater.

Wholesale District
The Wholesale District in the Industrial District is a manufacturing and wholesale center for fish and produce. Buy some fresh fish to take home while having lunch at Fisherman's Outlet, or take advantage of discounts from vendors along Central Avenue and Olympic Boulevard.

Young Frankenstein at Electric Dusk Drive-In
1000 San Julian St., Downtown Los Angeles
October 12 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Gasps give way to grins when Electric Dusk Drive-In screens Mel Brooks’ affectionate parody Young Frankenstein.

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