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Check out info on the Classic Slam, Tree Planting Projects, Fiesta Broadway and more!
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Mural atop of one of the oldest music stores in Downtown, the International House of Music Inc.
 
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April 26, 2013 Edition

In This Issue:


 



Make It To The 2nd Annual Citywide Youth Poetry Slam Festival 

When:  April 26th, & 27th

Where: The Los Angeles Theater Center
              514 S. Spring St.
              Los Angeles, CA 90013

The CLASSIC SLAM is a citywide teen poetry competition where high school students from more than 22 different Los Angeles County high schools and regions face off to "slam" classic poems by poets like Neruda, Lorca, Hughes, Dickinson, Angelou, etc.  in combination with their own spoken word responses.  The CLASSIC SLAM occurs every April during National Poetry Month, for audiences of thousands.  Scholarships are awarded to the final four teams and bouts are judged by artists from the community.  Quarterfinal bouts (all 22 teams) and semifinal bouts (top 8 teams) will be held April 26th at the LATC theater.  The final bout (top 4 teams) will be held April 27th at the Orpheum Theater.  Reserve your tickets for the Classic Slam Finals at getlitclassicslam.org. For more information on the event, visit their website.

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Help Out With The Arts District Green Project 

When: April 27th, 8:30 am - Noon  

Where: Urban Radish
             661 Imperial Street
             Los Angeles, CA 90021

In June of last year Arts District resident and landscape architect Gabrielle Newmark applied for a grant from Good Maker & TreePeople to green the Arts District.  With everyone’s voting support, Gabrielle was awarded a $5,000 grant and the Arts District Green Project was born.  Gabrielle and the Green Team’s preparation and hard work has culminated in a tree planting date of Saturday, April 27th when the community will be planting 27 trees from Mateo and Palmetto down to 7th St.
 
Please come out on Saturday, April 27th and make your mark on the Arts District  The staging location will be at Urban Radish.  Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toe shoes.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and work gloves if you have them. Please bring a refillable water bottle.  Lunch and water will be provided. There will be tree planting until noon.
 
Don’t worry if you’ve never planted before, there will be a ton of experts available and ready to assist.  A member of The Green Team will come around to your tree locations where your team will assign a name for your trees.  We will take a picture of your team and the photo will be posted on the LARABA website. 
 
If you have already signed up, no need to again, but if you haven’t please consider making your mark on the Arts District.  Click here to sign up!  

Questions?  Email larabadtla@gmail.com

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Help Out WIth Greening Downtown

When: April 27th, 8:30 am - Noon  

Where: Boyd & Omar Streets
              Little Tokyo and Skid Row Border
             
Come out and join Million Trees LA, LA Conservation Corps community members and many more in helping green the Downtown area.  If you do decide to come, please remember to bring a refillable water bottle, gloves, a hat, and sunscreen.  Snacks will be provided.  For more information email katherine.trees@yahoo.com    

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Come Celebrate At Fiesta Broadway!

When: Sunday, April 28th, 11am - 6pm    
Where: On Broadway from Temple to 4th St. 

 Fiesta Broadway  returns to Downtown L.A. this Sunday for a pre-Cinco de Mayo party of enormous proportions! The party goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and spans 12 square blocks of DTLA, with most of the event taking place on Broadway.

Fiesta Broadway is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world!

The seven-hour celebration will include food and live entertainment -- this year, all the acts will play on one main stage located at 1st and Broadway, in Grand Park. Musical acts begin around noon and culminate at 3:00 p.m. with the Riveras.

Come join us for a day of festivities at the largest Latino event, in the country’s largest Latino market!

Attention Downtown residents! From Saturday at noon, there will be street closures for Fiesta Broadway. Don't get caught up in the traffic! Visit http://fiestabroadway.la/ for more information about the street closures.

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Sixth St. Viaduct: Public Meetings on Project Updates & Intersection Improvements

 

When:  Thursday, May 2, 2013
              6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where:  Art Share L.A.
               801 E. 4th Place
              Los Angeles, CA 90013

City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and Councilmember Jose Huizar, invite you to the Public Meeting: Project Update and Intersection Improvements - at Art Share L.A.
There is free parking available on the 2nd floor of the parking structure across from Art Share L.A. (entrance on Hewitt).  Public transportation is encouraged: Montebello Bus Line 40, Metro Bus Line 18 or Dash A from Downtown.  For more information please visit the website. 

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Attend The REEL Recovery Film Festival!

When:  May 3 - 5th, 2013

Where: James Woods Community Center 

Writers In Treatment and Los Angeles Poverty Department’s present REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL ~ Skid Row Edition. Los Angeles Poverty Department is partnering with the REEL Recovery Film Festival to present 3 days of recovering themed performance, film, discussion, and fellowship. The Festival schedule will include 3 films and one performance each day and panel conversations about recovery and community. Events will be scheduled at the James Wood Community Center and Inner City Arts theater on Skid Row. 

The festival includes the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new performance, “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere” which will be presented May 3, 4, 5, at Inner City Arts’ Rosenthal Theater. Performances are at 7pm each day and are free. “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere,” documents the development of Skid Row as a site of recovery and transformation. It highlights not only the considerable concentration of professional resources and programs in the neighborhood, but also the 79 weekly meetings organized by community residents. Getting clean and sober happens in funded programs, but recovery happens in the community. Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere is also a performance by members of our theater group, LA Poverty Department, comprised of people who live and work on Skid Row.

In addition, LAPD is partnering with Writers in Treatment to present the performance within the context of a 3 day recovery film festival, “The REEL Recovery Film Festival ~ Skid Row Edition”, with recovery themed films screened at 1, 3, and 5pm each day (all events free). Post performance and film conversations will feature recovery leaders as well as several of the filmmakers. 

The festival also includes a program of Shorts, Songs and Comedy:

Gil Scott Heron BBC Obituary and Song A Tribute To Gil Scott- Heron (2010.) In honor of the passing of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron, we are proud to present this BBC commentary/obituary, paired with a hauntingly evocative visual interpretation of Scott-Heron’s classic track, “The Bottle.” 8 minutes
 
Jewelle Sturm Film Jim Carroll Song--These Are Friends Santa Monica Sam Song -- This Thing Called Addiction** Conversations With Lucifer Film* (2010) Meet Darby Quinn, a recovering drug addict going through the early stages of sobriety. Though lovely to look at, and quite charming at times, Darby is irritable and rash with a fuse as short as the cigarettes she chain smokes to the filter. She is resolved to stay clean in a twelve-step program, but her cat Lucifer has other ideas. A charming and insightful look at early recovery from a seductive woman’s point of view. Written by and starring Shevaun Kastl. Directed by Cody Boesen, 20 minutes.
 
Santa Monica Sam: the man behind the rap music video, and Star/writer Shevaun Kastl & director Cody Boesen will be present!

In anticipation of the festival, there will be a FREE movie screening on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 - 10 pm @ the Drifters in Gladys Park at the corner 6th Street and Gladys Avenue.

For a complete schedule of events see LAPD’s website: www.lapovertydept.org.

ABOUT LAPD Los Angeles Poverty Department is a theater company comprised primarily of low income and homeless people living in those blocks of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Founded in 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row.
 
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Celebrate The Art Of Children Para Los Ninos 17th Annual El Gran Baile De Cinco

When: Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 6:30 PM    

Where: Gilmore Adobe
              6301 W. Third Street
              Los Angeles, CA 90036

Come and Celebrate the Art of Children at the Para Los Niños 17th Annual El Gran Baile de Cinco fundraiser.  All proceeds support the organization’s educational and social services, which benefit thousands of children living in skid row and at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.  To purchase tickets please visit www.paralosninos.org/cinco2013

Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than thirty years to create academic achievement and social well being for children. Through early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers, Para Los Niños offers high-quality education integrated with family support, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in skid row and at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

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Attend The American Diabetes Association's Annual EXPO!

When: May 4th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Where: LA Convention Center

As a reminder, the American Diabetes Association is having their annual EXPO on May 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m at the LA Convention Center. It is FREE OF CHARGE!  It will include a variety of services and programs such as: free health screenings, over 100 exhibitors, educational seminars, cooking & exercise demonstrations and more.  There will be special sections for seniors, families and children! 

For more Information about the EXPO, please visit: www.diabetes.org/laexpo.

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It's Time To Tap


All fares purchased at ticket vending machines will need to be loaded on TAP cards. Paper tickets will no longer be available.

If you already have a TAP card, just follow the prompts to load it with the fare you want.

If you don't already have a TAP card, you can purchase one along with your fare from the TAP vending machine for just a $1. Like all TAP cards, it can be loaded with any Metro TAP product. 

For more information, please go to www.metro.net/riding/fares/tap-time/.

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Bike Nation Coming Soon

Bike Nation, a private company, will be installing Los Angeles' first bike share network here in Downtown.  They are scheduled to begin a beta test of their system this month and eventually grow the service into a 4,000 bicycle pilot program with 400 kiosks to be expanded to Venice, Westwood and Hollywood.  Last year Bike Nation approached Councilmember Huizar and the Mayor's office to work with the City to provide a pilot bike share program at no cost to the City.  

This public mobility service will be available for short trips within the City and serve as an alternative to motorized public transportation and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is regularly generated from automobiles and buses.  Bike Nation will be installing up to 15 bicycle docks, with a solar-powered kiosk and map panel located on Alameda Street, just north of Los Angeles Street.  Once installed these bicycles located conveniently close to Union Station and other Downtown locations will allow tourists, families, commuters and students to travel at their own pace in bicycle lanes recently installed as part of the City's Bicycle Master Plan.  To learn more about Bike Nation visit their website

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Attend The Small Business Development Conference & Expo 


 

Applying Strategic Planning to Help Grow your Business!

When: Thursday, May 30, 2013
            7:30am – 12:30pm     

Where: USC Health Sciences Campus
             1969 Zonal Ave.   
             Los Angeles, CA 90033

Join Councilmember José Huizar, Congressmember Xavier Becerra, the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, LA BusinessSource Center, and local small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about local, state, federal, and private resources to help strengthen your business. Topics include strategic marketing, business plan development, preparing a winning loan application, and contracting with the government.
 
This event is FREE as well as parking in a designated area. Spanish translation will be available. For more information and to register please contact Vikki at 323-264-9020 or via email at vikki@labsc-bpi.org.

We're looking forward to seeing you on May 30!

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Join the LA Phil's Composer Fellowship Program For High School Students

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s innovative Composer Fellowship Program, created in 2007 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, gives passionate young composers the tools and the freedom to shape the future of music. Through this intensive two-year program, students experience the creative process from start to finish, with the help of accomplished composers.
Students will have:

  • The remarkable opportunity to hear their compositions premiered by the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • 20 composition lessons annually with internationally renowned composers
  • Access to preeminent artists such as Johannes Moser, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös and John Adams
  • Performances of their works by professional musicians
  • Tickets to over 15 LA Phil concerts annually at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl
HOW TO APPLY:
Students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 in fall 2013 are invited to apply. Applications for 2013/14 have been provided to your school or institution. You may also find the application online at LAPhil.com/ComposerFellows. Questions? Contact Benjamin Cadwallader, Education Programs Manager, at bcadwallader@laphil.org.

Please return your completed application with supporting materials to:

Composer Fellowship Program
ATTN Benjamin Cadwallader 
Los Angeles Philharmonic Education Department
151 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2013

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Pedicabs Might Be Rolling Into Downtown  

A few weeks ago Councilmember Huizar submitted a motion in Council to instruct the Department of Transportation to prepare and release a Request For Proposals to study the implementation of a pedicab service.  In his motion, Councilmember Huizar also moved to instruct the Department of Transportation to implement a pilot program right here in Downtown L.A. 

Pedicabs are bicycle-pulled cabs that carry passengers.  Many major cities offer pedicabs as a unique transportation option to serve city centers and entertainment districts.  Pedicabs are a popular form of transportation in San Diego, San Francisco and New York City.  In fact, the Santa Monica City Council is poised to approve a pedicab ordinance in April 2013.  Advocates have noted that pedicabs provide a leisurely and enjoyable "green" transit alternative that is particularly attractive to tourists!

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See How Artists Transformed LA's Urban Landscape

   

Where: Angel City Brewery
             216 S. Alameda, 90012

Come see "In Your Face: How Artists Transformed LA's Urban Landscape." Separated into three movements, this installation showcases the artwork, photos, and ephemera documenting the anti-establishment art scene that emerged in the eighties in downtown Los Angeles and the legacy it left on the walls of the city. 

This exhibition is a visual tribute to the Atomic Cafe, the Art Dock, and the faces and walls of the Arts District, and features artists Carlton Davis, Ed Glendinning, Irving Greines, and Stephen Seemayer. 

"In Your Face" will be open from April 11 to June 9. Hope to see you there!

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Help Improve Public Safety Downtown

No one is more responsible for your public safety than yourself.  Like the LAPD's Central Area Facebook Page, and stay up to date on public safety issues. 

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Stay Up To Date On Traffic and Road Closures


 

Downtown is a uniquely dynamic, exciting and thriving area of the City, but along with all excitement comes traffic and road closers. Do not let traffic or road closures surprise you again.  Get up to the minute information on traffic conditions and street closures by visiting http://trafficinfo.lacity.org.  

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


April 27, 8:30 am to noon
Arts District Greening Project 
Urban Radish
661 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

April 28, 11am to 6pm
Fiesta Broadway 
Broadway through DTLA

May 3, 6:30pm  
The Art Of Children - Para Los Niños17th Annual El Gran Baile De Cinco
Gilmore Adobe
6301 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 4, 10am to 4pm
American Diabetes Association Annual EXPO
LA Convention Center 

May 3 - 5 
REEL Recovery Film Festival ~ Skid Row Edition
James Wood Community Center and Inner City Arts theater on Skid Row


                  

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