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Check out info on Utility Box Murals, Bicycle Lanes on 7th Street and the Central Avenue Book Festival and More!
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October 25, 2013 Edition

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Councilmember Huizar Commissions Utility Box Murals


Councilmember Huizar, the leading force on the City Council in adopting the recent mural ordinance, announced today he has commissioned nine top artists to paint murals on utility boxes on East First Street in Boyle Heights.  
 
Most if not all of the Boyle Heights Utility Box Murals should be completed by this weekend. Councilmember Huizar will expand the Utility Box Mural Project soon to beautify El Sereno and other parts of his district.
 
“Public Art is vitality important to the life of any great City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “As we free artists of the bind they were in through our recently adopted mural ordinance on private property, it’s important that we show our support for art on public property.  Utility Box Murals are an easy and affordable way to beautify our neighborhoods. I am hoping that this will spur a Citywide movement to promote art and give our talented local artists an opportunity to show the world the amazing artistry that we have here in the City of Los Angeles.”
  
Since taking office in late 2005, Councilmember José Huizar has introduced 19 motions in support of murals and mural restoration, including calling for a new ordinance in 2008.  
 
CD 14 has twice as many murals as any other Council District, including America Tropical by David Siqueiros at Olvera Street, which later inspired a generation of Eastside artists to create an explosion of political, historical and cultural murals, setting the stage for Los Angeles’ distinction as the “mural capital of the world.”

If you are interested in painting a utility box mural in Downtown, please contact CD-14 Planning Director, Tanner Blackman, at (213) 473-7014
 
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Don't Miss The Rock 'N' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon!

When: October 27 @ 7:30am

Where: Start Line: L.A. LIVE at Figueroa St.
              Finish Line: L.A. LIVE at S Flower St. and W Olympic 
 
Road Closures: USC/ Expo Park Area (6am-9:30am). Figueroa St (6 am-10:30am0, 6th St./Whitier Bridge (6am-12 noon), Downtown Area (6am-12:45pm), L.A. LIVE Area (12 midnight- 3pm)

The world's largest running series is coming to LA! The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is hosting a half marathon on October 27 called the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon. The Marathon is set up to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Along the course there is live music set up as well as cheer teams to help motivate you along! Most exciting part is the world's largest costume contest where you can win Best Rock Star, Best Superhero, Scariest, Most Original and Best Overall Costume.

Put on your best costume and come support the ASPCA with this fun half marathon! For more information, visit their site

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New Bike Lanes on 2nd and 7th Streets Are Underway

The Department of Transportation (DOT) began installing a bicycle lane on 7th Street and 2nd Street this past Thursday evening. The installation of the bike lane began with the removal of existing striping and should be complete in about 10 days, well before the holidays.  

Councilmember Huizar is a strong advocate of “Complete Streets,” streets that work not just for cars but for people.  One of the Councilmember’s top priorities is to make streets that serve pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, sidewalk activity and, yes, cars.  Additionally, the new design for the green bike lane is more cost effective and more durable than the previous treatment, making the neighborhood streets friendlier.

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Cornerstone Theater Company Presents
Love On San Pedro

When: Saturday, Oct. 26th, 1:00 -3:00

Where: Gladys Park
              6th Street & Gladys Avenue
             Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Love on the Streets is a celebration of the Skid Row community and it's happening this weekend!  Join the Cornerstone Theater Company and Creative Seeds for an afternoon filled with art, poetry and music, inspired and created by local artists! The event is free and open to the public.  Watch the video promo.

For questions or to RSVP please contact Cesar Ortega (213) 613-1700 x 123 or at cortega@cornerstonetheater.org

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Enjoy the Social Justice Paintings of Philip Stein

Where: Fine Arts Building
             811 W. 7th St.
             Los Angeles, CA 90017

Art Meets Architecture & Take My Picture Present Blind Justice.  This exhibit of Social Justice paintings of  Philip Stein (AKA Estano) has been extended through November 10, 2013. The lobby of the Fine Arts Building is open to the public at all times.  For more information please contact Lisa Ames – lisa@artmeetsarchitecture.com or Anne Stein – echobark@roadrunner.com
 
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A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced

When: Oct. 26th and 27th, 3pm & 7pm

Where: Pershing Square
 
The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), a theater troupe comprised of people working and living in LA’s Skid Row, in conjunction with the Théâtre de Gennevilliers, France, present A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced for a limited engagement of four outdoor performances on October 26 – 27, 2013 at the amphitheater at Pershing Square.

Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time.  Integrating stories of a diverse range of Angelenos with 300 years of global economic history, this work explores the community impact of the financial crisis.

Previously staged in Paris, Tokyo and New York, our production assembles a 50 person cast of LA downtowners, blending professional and non-professional performers, including a 15-person chorus and an economist.

The play was written and directed by Pascal Rambert, artistic director for the innovative Théâtre de Gennevilliers and an artist whose theatrical works are often presented worldwide. In 2012, Rambert’s ”The End of Love” won the “Best New Play” award from the French Drama Critics’ Association.

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The Central Avenue Book Festival Is This Weekend

When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 12pm -5pm

Where: African American Firefighter Museum
             1401 S. Central Ave.
              Los Angeles, CA 90021

L.A. Stylin' and L.A. by Pam Siteseeing Tours present the Central Avenue Book Festival.  Come out and join this written word celebration.  There will be authors, food, wine-tasting, book-signings, readings, exhibitions, door prizes, gift bags and more.  For general information call (310) 272-9693 or visit the website. 

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Check Out The New Art Exhibit at Angel City Brewery

When: Oct. 10th - Nov. 10th

Where: Angel City Brewery
              216 S. Alameda St.
              Los Angeles, CA 90012

Angel City Brewery has a new exhibition opening this month that will include a collaboration between two Los Angeles native artists, Becca Midwood and Richard Kessler.  The Brewery hosts a new artist every month bringing in artists from all different areas.  They provide tours within their brewery at a walk in basis. 

Check out this great attraction in DTLA!  For more information go to this link or call (213) 622 1261

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Don't Miss the Annual African-American Firefighter Museum 
Annual Fundraiser Social

When: Saturday, Oct. 26th, 8pm - 2am

Where: African American Firefighter Museum
              1401 South Central Ave.
               Los Angeles, CA 90021
 
Come out and join KJLH's radio personality Adai Lamar at the annual African-American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM) Fundraiser Social.  There will be over 500 professionals, appetizers for the first 200 guests, lounges and more.  Please dress to impress!!!  All proceeds from this event will benefit the African-American Firefighter Museum and its Educational Programs. For more information about this event please visit the website.

The AAFFM opened it’s doors as a Museum on December 13, 1997. The dedication of the Museum also served as the acknowledgement of what was believed to be the city’s first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters (1897-1997). In 2002, the Los Angeles Times contacted the AAFFM and stated they had discovered factual information to indicate the history started before 1897 with a man named Sam Haskins, who was listed as the first Los Angles Fireman of African decent when he was hired in 1892 and killed while responding to a fire in 1895.

Today the AAFFM stands as the first and so far the only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States. The first floor contains vintage fire apparatus, stories and pictures of pioneering African American Los Angeles Firefighters. The Museum gallery is located on the second floor with pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia of African American Firefighters, Captains, Chief Officers and historical women fire service professionals from around the country. There is a memorial tribute to the firefighters that perished during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York city.

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Take Advantage of Free Legal Services

When: Oct. 20th - 26th

Where: L.A.  Law Library
 
The American Bar Association (ABA) designated the week of October 20–26, 2013, as the National Pro Bono Week Celebration. The National Pro Bono Celebration showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, government benefits, family safety and consumer debt. LA Law Library annual Pro Bono Week Celebration this year is a week-long series of events promoting and delivering legal services for the public good.

For the grand finale to the week-long celebration, LA Law Library is hosting a Public Legal Services Fair. More than 25 legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups will be represented. Legal aid and lawyer referral programs will be available to provide free consultations and referrals for those in need of legal assistance. Clinics and legal information sessions in the areas of expungements, quality of life citations for youth, family law and citizenship eligibility will be provided by legal aid organizations. There will be a variety of resources for job seekers including resume reviews, interview and wardrobe consultations. Free makeovers and haircuts will be available for disadvantaged women.

For more information please visit the website.
 
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Press Brothers Juicery Launches at Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market is pleased to announce the latest addition to our food community: Press Brothers Juicery.  Launched by brothers JD and David Jones in 2011, Press Brothers juices are USDA certified organic, locally sourced and pressed, and plain old delicious. 

Located on "the Broadway side," Press Brothers Juicery will open with the Market at 8am on Wednesday, October 16th. 

If you want to know more about why their juices are so good and good for you, check out the Press Brothers Juicery knowledge page and their FAQs. Get smart, get Press Brothers juice at Grand Central Market.

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Join JCCSC For an Informative Seminar About
Employment Audits

When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Where: JCCSC Office
              244 S. San Pedro St., Suite 410
              Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join JCCSC for an informative seminar about employment audits.  The primary purpose of an employment audit is to enable an employer to identify areas of concern and potential liability in order to comply with frequently changing labor and employment laws.  In addition, an employment audit is a tool for an employer to identify personnel and human resources areas that need improvement, including policies and practices that should be modified, created and/or implemented.  The topics that will be covered during the seminar include:

-Required Posters
-Hiring Processes
-Pay and Timekeeping Practices
-Disciplinary Procedures
-Employee Privacy
-Leaves of Absence
-Wage and Hour Issues
-Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
-Benefits
-Supervisory Training
-Independent Contractors
-Questions & Answers

Join David L. Cohen and Yuriko M. Shikai from the law firm of Neufeld Marks in exploring these issues. Parking: JACCC, lot parking $4.00 after 4:00 p.m. 

6:30 p.m. Registration/Networking Opportunity
7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. JCCSC Business Seminar
Free for members, $10 for non-members

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6th Annual Halloween Party For DTLA Kids


When: Thursday, Oct., 31 5-8pm

Where: Grand Hope Park @ FIDM
              Enter at Hope St. & 9th

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District is happy to announce that their Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids is back again! The event will be held in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) onWednesday, October 31 from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 and includes Ralphs Fresh Fare candy, hot dogs and refreshments, puppet shows, bouncy houses, crafts, face painting, video games, and "trick-or-treat" doors. Avoid the lines & purchase your tickets now online.

 For more information call: 323-221-2255 or visit this site or this one.

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Regional Connector Construction This Week 

When: Oct. 12- Nov. 23 on Saturdays; Oct. 14- Nov. 23 Daily

Where: Southwest Corner of Flower and 6th Street; 2nd St. between Spring St. and Harlem Pl., Spring St. between 1st St. and 3rd St., intersection of 2nd St. and Spring St. 

As part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, there will be excavation and placement of new piping near the southwest corner of Flower St. and 6th St. Due to the construction, the south leg pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Flower St. and 6th St. will be restricted during work hours and pedestrians will be detoured to the next available crosswalk. Also there will be a natural gas line relocated by Southern California Gas which will take place from October 14 through November 23 at the above mentioned locations. During this time access to eastbound through traffic between Spring St. and Main St. will be maintained but westbound 2nd St. traffic will be detoured at Main St. Traffic on 2nd St. in both directions will be restricted. Eastbound traffic on 2nd St. will be detoured at Spring St. and westbound traffic will be detoured at Main St. 

 Please visit this website for more information.
 
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Back on My Feet Lands in Los Angeles



Back on My Feet, a national non-profit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living, will launch its 11th chapter in Los Angeles on October 28th. The organization – which will partner with Union Rescue Mission and four other homeless and social service facilities – does not provide food or shelter, but instead provides coaching, resources, financial aid, job training, and access to employment opportunities.
 
Teams are formed at each partner facility, where the foundation of Back on My Feet is laid through dedication to running. All teams, including community volunteers, run three mornings each week. These teams create an encouraging community where challenges are overcome, goals are exceeded, and finish lines are crossed. Since the organization’s 2007 launch in Philadelphia, Back on My Feet has helped more than 1,000 members gain employment and nearly 700 members secure stable housing.
 
Visit la.backonmyfeet.org to learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can join more than 800 people at the organization’s official launch breakfast on Monday, October 28th at the JW Marriott at LA Live.

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Union Station Contract Signed for Invisible Cities

Where: Los Angeles Union Station

The Industry signed an official agreement with Metro for the use of Union Station for Invisible Cities! Christopher Cerrone's opera, directed by Yuval Sharon with choreography by Danielle Agami, will premiere on Saturday October 19.

The Industry wishes to thank the many people who helped us achieve this milestone: They are grateful for the time, effort and good will of the many Metro employees whose vision and cooperation are allowing world-class artists to celebrate this extraordinary site in a unforgettable way. The enthusiasm of so many of our fine local politicians,including Mayor Eric Garcetti, has been an overwhelmingly positive part of this process. And they are also immensely grateful for the tireless support and advice of Tara Thomas at TRAXX Restaurant. It truly takes a village to create something that stretches beyond what we normally believe possible. They are proud to be creating performances in and for a city where such seemingly impossible adventures are so openly embraced and supported.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 16 and are extremely limited. Make a tax-deductible donation to The industry today to get access to the performance you want. 

Dates:
Oct. 19 @ 7pm (Opening Day), Oct. 24, Oct. 26Oct. 29,Oct. 31, Nov. 5, Nov. 8
All dates except Opening Night include a 7:30pm and 10pm performance.

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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Grand Park is hosting a farmer's market every Tuesday this summer from 10 am until 2 pm. The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway.  Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.

For more information, visit the Grand Park website.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


Every Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Grand Park Farmer's Market
Downtown 

Every Thurday, 5:30 - 8pm
Get-Out-of-Work Thursday
Grand Park

M & W, Sep 9-Oct 23, 6:30-9:30pm
Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team
LAPD Headquarters
100 W. First St.


                  

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