Legacy Harmony Music Series & Zoku
When: September 7, 2013
Where: JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theater
244 S. San Pedro Street
Building Cultural Bridges Through Music, Education & Commerce among CD 14 communities, ELA-born and raised Japanese Americans and others have coalesced with the Little Tokyo business community and the Jazz At Drew volunteer support group (known as ZOKU) to launch the LEGACY HARMONY MUSIC SERIES, a community building initiative based upon music performances of all genres, starting with jazz, jazz fusion, R&B and funk, aimed at a multi-generational audience, for the benefit of student scholarships.
Noon – 4 p.m. (free to the public): Emerging Artists at JACCC Noguchi Plaza
7 p.m. – Aratani Theatre: ELA-based Japanese American taiko groups (Irasshai - Community Rhythms) With 80s Hitmakers, Lakeside & A Taste of Honey, Featuring Janice-Marie Johnson.
Tickets $50-$20 available at www.jaccc.org/Lakeside.php
Sponsorship Opportunities (private and nonmonetary for qualifying nonprofits with youth programs), including Balcony Sponsors covering balcony ticket distribution to youth and families for the Aratani Theatre performances.
Contact Michael Downer with ZOKU for more sponsorship information at (310) 384-5184.
Chipotle to Give Away $2,500 Worth of Tokens at Farmers Market
When: August 11, 9am - 2pm
Where: 5th Street between Spring and Broadway
The Historic Downtown Farmers Market is always a highly-anticipated event in the Historic Core. According to the Historic Downtown LA Business Improvement District (BID) though, this week's farmers market is going to be even more special, thanks to Chipotle. The popular Mexican grill chain will be giving away $2,500 worth of $5 tokens to residents attending the event. Valid only for that day, tokens may be redeemed to purchase any of the items at the market. They will be given at a one-token-per-person basis until supplies last.
Blair Besten, BID Executive Director, said that this isn't the first time that the Mexican grill chain extended its generosity. "Chipotle has been working with us all summer, donating to our farmers market through various means and during different occasions. The company has provided a total of $7,500 worth of contributions so far, and we're very grateful."
The Chipotle Farmers Market Tour is one of Chipotle's numerous efforts towards its commitment to serve "food with integrity." The company has partnered up with various farmers markets across the nation to raise awareness about eating locally-grown produce and support small farmers all over the US.
Summer Performances at Grand Performances
Where: California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave.
The pulse of L.A. beats at Grand Performances' free outdoor concert series! Consistently rated #1 nightlife on Yelp and hailed as "Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series" by Los Angeles Magazine, and called a "grand gift to the public... democracy in musical action" by the Los Angeles Times, Grand Performances presents high-quality music and more at the breathtaking California Plaza in the heart of Downtown. All are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening under the skyscrapers and stars! Convenient underground parking and complimentary bike valet available.
This weekend's line-up includes the Tijuana-based contemporary dance troupe Lux Boreal (Fri, Aug 9 @ 8pm), Algeria's El Gusto Orchestra (Sat, Aug 10 @ 8pm), and the family-friendly, Cinderella (Sun, Aug 11@ 3 & 4:30pm), performed by L.A.;s own Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater.
Next week: Halo-Halo, Sari-Sari: The Filipino Show Remixed (Fri, Aug 16 @ 8pm), featuring modern and traditional Fil-Am music and dance, and Brazil's A Tale of Two Nations maracatu drum ensembles (Sat, Aug 17 @ 8pm).
Our final weekend includes the Bilingual Foundation's Flamenco opera Lorca, Child of the Moon (Fri, Aug 23 @ 8pm) and the cerebral, virtuosic sounds of Fared Shafinury (Sat, Aug 24 @ 8pm).
Read this Important Message Regarding the Regional Connector
As part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, So Cal Gas will excavate a trench and place a new pipe on Hope St., between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St. Trenching operations are anticipated to start on Tuesday August 13, 2013 for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Anticipated work hours are from 9am to 3:30pm Monday-Friday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm.
What to expect:
Operations require the temporary closure of the two northbound lanes on Hope St between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St during work hours.
Detour: Northbound Hope St thru traffic will be detoured to eastbound 3rd St, to northbound Grand Av, to westbound 2nd St, back to Hope St.
Southbound Hope St traffic will be maintained.
Access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
Access to emergency responders will be maintained.
Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction zone.
This activity entails trenching and placement of new pipe; no service interruptions are anticipated as part of the construction of the new line.
Historic Core Sidewalk Dining Update
A few month ago Councilmember Huizar submitted a motion to create a pilot program intended to streamline and reduce the costs associated with obtaining a sidewalk dining permit for dining establishments. This motion was scheduled for the Public Works Committee this week and while BOE has not produced a report back as of yet, the Council Office was there to speak on the issue and urge the Public Works Committee to champion a more efficient process for issuing sidewalk dining permits. The Council Office will be working closely with BOE to produce a report by the end of August that will enable rather than discourage dining establishments to utilize outside dining in Downtown.
Fundraiser in Honor of Artwork Jamal
When: August 22
Where: Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
515 W. 7th St., 2nd Floor
On Tuesday, August 6th, local blues musician Artwork Jamal passed away. His death resulted from complication related to diabetes and congestive heart disease.
"Artwork was someone that everyone became his best friend very quickly," his wife Lida Parent said. "He had that way of making you feel comfortable."
Years ago, Jamal was a recording engineer on albums by prominent artists such as Tupac and Ice Cube. He ran his own studio, Graphic Sound Arts, but decided to sell it in order to take care of his sick mother and grandmother. Mr. Jamal would perform monthly gigs at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in downtown LA since 2010. The Seven Grand Whiskey Bar will be hosting a fundraiser on August 22nd as a way to assist in the burial costs for Mr. Jamal.
Fun Activities Scheduled for August at Grand Park
FREE / GRATIS
Splash + Surprises
11 am - 2 pm
Aug 10 / Aug 17/ Aug 24 / Aug 31
Especially made for Grand Park families, your Saturday morning splashing in the fountain gets a surprise boost with fun activities for kids big and small.
FREE / GRATIS
GRAND PARK + STREET FOOD CINEMA present
Movies in the Park
Doors Open at 5:30 pm / Movie begins at sundown (around 8:30 pm)
Grand Park partners with Street Food Cinema to bring food trucks, live performances and your favorite flicks from the 80s and 90s.
Aug 10: Back to the Future / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Aug 17: Troop Beverly Hills / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Aug 24: Sleepless in Seattle / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Aug 31: The NeverEnding Story / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Sept 7: Jurassic Park / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).
Sept 14: E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).
Councilmember Huizar Helps Bring Whole Foods Market to Downtown
Whole Foods Market, the world's leading organic and natural foods supermarket, joined Councilmember Jose Huizar and Carmel Partners in announcing plans to open a new 42,000 square-foot store at Carmel Partners' 700 unit luxury apartment project located at 770 Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The store is scheduled to open in 2015 and will create 200 quality jobs for the local community.
"Downtown Los Angeles is like a city within the city that needs a diverse range of services - including grocery stores. Bringing Whole Foods Market to Downtown is long-awaited news that represents a major coup for Downtown and is an investment in this rapidly growing market" said Councilmember Jose Huizar. "We look forward to continuing our joint partnership with the developer and city departments to ensure that Whole Foods Market comes to Downtown as swiftly as possible."
Whole Foods Market announced signing a lease with Carmel Partners for Downtown Los Angeles during its third quarter earnings call on July 31, 2013. For more information about Whole Foods Market visit their website.
US Courthouse Subcontracting Seminar
When: August 15, 12:30pm - 3pm
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, 3rd Floor Rotunda
200 N. Spring St.
All interested firms, especially Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, are cordially invited to learn about subcontracting opportunities for the U.S. Courthouse-Los Angeles. Come meet the team and learn about the project, schedule, subcontracting opportunities and Small Business goals.
Meet the Project Team and Get Involved!
Project Small Business Goals
Potential Subcontractor Opportunities
Bring photo identification for security clearance.
The Parking structure is located at 201 N. Los Angeles Street (under City Hall East), just south of Temple on the west side of the street, directly across from Parker Center. Enter underground parking structure heading south on Los Angeles St., check-in at the security kiosk. After parking, take elevators to 3rd floor. Follow the signs to the Pedestrian Bridge. See the security officer (show your ID), walk across the Bridge to the Rotunda and then the Public Works Board Room on 3rd Floor, just north of Rotunda.
Hosted by the US General Service Administration's Office of Small Business Utilization, Clark Construction Group - California, LP and the Mayor's Office of Economic Development.
State Approves New Green Spring Street Bike Lane Plan
The California Traffic Control Devices Committee recently approved a plan to modify the Spring Street Green Bike Lanes, a City of L.A. pilot program. The new plan, which was endorsed by the City Council, is a compromise brokered by the office of Councilmember Huizar between film industry representatives and the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition.
For the complete story click here.
Attend and Participate in the Senior Talent Show
When: August 23, 2:00 pm
Where: Angelus Plaza
255 S. Hill St.
Angelus Plaza will present its 13th Annual Senior Talent Show and everyone is invited. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, $1700 in prizes will be awarded to the winners: First Place, $650; Second Place, $450; Third Place, $350 and Fourth Place, $250.
There is no entry fee or audition but contestants must reside in the County of Los Angeles and be 55 years of age, or older. All acts must be three minutes or less The event will be held at 255 South Hill Street in Downtown L.A., in the fourth floor auditorium. Admission is free and open to all members of the public. The registration deadline is August 15th. Light refreshments will be served.
To obtain an application or for more information, call Sandra Howard at (213) 623-4352, ext. 317.
Read About the Amazing Community Efforts in Skid Row
The Skid Row Parks Committee has been focusing for months on ways to create a healthier drug-free environment in Skid Row. After weekly committee meetings, it was decided that a large Health and Wellness Fair should be put on in Gladys Park.
On Saturday July 20th, the Coalition Parks Committee put on its 1st AOD free event in Gladys Park, Community Health and Wellness Fair. The fair was a huge success and could not have been made possible without the many community partners showing up to be of service. The Committee members were simply amazing with their energy and attitude; each person provided invaluable help at the event. Council District 14 was more than happy to supply the rental furniture for this event.
Councilmember Teams With RAP To Add Playground Fence At Spring Street Park
Responding to residents concerns, Councilmember Huizar and the Department of Recreation & Parks are coordinating plans to add a three-foot fence around the children’s playground area at Spring Street Park. The fence will help keep dogs out of the children’s play area.
As a reminder to all visitors of the park, pets are welcomed but dogs must be kept on a leash at all times while on park grounds. Park rangers will be at Spring Street Park informing people of this requirement and if necessary, citing people who fail to comply.
Enroll In Grant Writing 101 For Individual Artists
When: August 10th, 10am - 12pm
Where: Art Share LA,
801 E. 4th Place
Joyce Clark is hosting a workshop for artists on grant writing. This 2-hour workshop will concentrate on the needs of individual artists who are looking for funding for their specific arts project. Focus will be a step by step guide on completing a grants application and will include a breakout session to critique your application. Time will be made to enable participants to network, so bring your business cards. Again, this workshop is for individuals artists who are working on that special project that needs additional funding for completion. Bring a pen and paper, tablet, etc and be ready to work; this is an interactive class!
Free parking is available on a rooftop lot on S. Hewitt St., directly across the street from Art Share LA's loading bay doors. Walk down to the bay entrance and follow signs to the workshop.
CLA Members: $10 online, $15 at the door
General Public: $20 online, $25 at the door
CLA Student/Senior Members: $5 online, $10 at the door
You can register online or by phone at (310)998-5590.
These programs are made possible by grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Arts Commission; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation, with additional support by the California arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit their website.
Skid Row's Parks, One Resident's Perspective
Photo Courtesy of Bobby Buck
Below is an article by constituent Katherine McNenny on her perspective on the role of Skid Rows' two parks.
"Among the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of distressing news stories that come out of Skid Row- there exists two notable bright spots that are often overlooked. Namely, Gladys Park at 6th & Gladys, and San Julian Park at 5th & San Julian. These two green spaces are like lifelines to the residents in an otherwise inhospitable concrete environment.
Since moving into the Little Tokyo Lofts at 5th & San Pedro 3 years ago, I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the local residents who have made these two park spaces come alive. Working with various government departments, private organizations and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), the people who live in Skid Row have uplifted these two parks with things like a Nike Basketball court, new exercise equipment, the Skid Row 3 ON 3 Street Ball League (now in it’s 7th year), Art and Music festivals, Annual Easter Egg Hunts for children and “Movies on the Nickel”, which is just across the street from San Julian Park. By the way, San Julian Park has never technically been a City of LA park, like Gladys Park is-but, this is changing.
Councilman Huizar has recently set aside $150,000 to cover a transition period for San Julian Park, which is in the process of changing hands from being owned by the CRA (now defunct) to being owned by the City of Los Angeles. Being a new Co-Chair of the DLANC Parks Committee, I look forward to learning more about what this might mean for San Julian Park’s future. After the changeover occurs, this also seems like an opportune moment for local residents to reevaluate what they would like to see at this park.
I have been attending the Skid Row 3On3Streetball League games this summer at Gladys Park, and even though I admit knowing next to nothing about sports- I was encouraged to attend anyways. The camaraderie and easy acceptance I have seen between all sorts of people there has inspired me to create a Facebook page dedicated to all things Gladys Park called “Gladys Park in Skid Row” (check it out), so that others can see the events that are constantly going on there. The founder of the League, OG Man (Manuel Compito) tells me, “It’s More than Just a Game”, and he is right….it’s about community."
Be Aware of Cesar Chavez Street Closure
As part of the ongoing construction activities for the Metro Division 13 Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, the Contractor will perform the installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit along Cesar E. Chavez Ave and the Cesar Chavez Ave & Vignes Street intersection. This activity requires full weekend and weeknight street closures of Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Road. The weekend street closures will begin Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8pm to 5am Monday, July 29. The weeknight closures will occur from 8pm to 5am (the next day) beginning July 29. The closures will continue on weekends and weeknights through September 29 (excluding Labor Day weekend).
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Underground DWP electrical and CES low voltage vaults and conduits will be installed along Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Los Angeles River Bridge.
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
Access to businesses and residencies will be maintained.
Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.
Afternoon Of Fun In South Park District
August 10th, 1 - 4pm
Corner of Flower and Olympic
Kid City, a youth leadership and academic enrichment program for kids in downtown Los Angeles, has an annual family festival and fundraiser planned for August 10, Splash of LA. Kids City is jointly sponsored by the Urban Foundation and First Los Angeles United Methodist Church. It is not a religious program, but rather offers teens and younger children a community environment where kids prepare for college, employment, and leadership.
Their annual "Splash of LA" festival is put together entirely by the young people in their program, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Kid City's college access and mentoring program, The festival features performances by the Baked Potatoes (Kid City's jazz bank), Kid City dancers, home-cooked food, games for children, a dunk-tank and a bouncy house. In the past, other sponsors have included 1010 Development Corporation, South Park Community Benefit District, and Bottlerock Restaurant.
Free on August 10th? Then drop by the 4th annual Splash of LA. As always, there will be great food, music, raffle prizes, games and performances by Kid City kids. Like years before, the event will be held in the beautiful parking lot on the southeast corner of Flower and Olympic in downtown Los Angeles. Everyone is welcomed.
Contact the event organizers if you wish to contribute or volunteer. Clink on the event link
for more info.
On the Air Waves: Skid Row 3 on 3 Basketball League
Players from the "Award Winning" Skid Row 3 on 3 Streetball League will appear on Skid Row Radio. Players will discuss the 2013 season, but more importantly, THEY will speak about other aspects of their lives, futures and careers.
IT'S MORE THAN JUST A GAME is the motto of this " amazing, community league " which has survived and continues to ignite the community of SKID ROW after 7 years.
Enjoy Food And Exercise At 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
Councilmember Huizar Announces 100 Bus Bench Art Installation
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar invites Angelenos to keep an eye out for new public art on the streets debuting this week in Council District 14. Twenty artistic installations will be placed on bus benches throughout Downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights on Friday, July 5, 2013.
The City of Los Angeles’ DoArt Foundation (DoArt) and Make Art Public (MAP) curated the installations in coordination with Martin Outdoor Media after Councilmember Huizar’s office reached out to the company with the idea of filling available spaces on the benches with art until they are leased out for advertisement.
“This project gives us the opportunity to bring art to the public right-of-way,” said Councilmember Huizar, describing how the project got started. “I want to thank all our partners, especially the artists, for lending their talents to the City.”
DoArt, a local arts organization focused on public art and education, and MAP, a Montreal-based collective dedicated to creating public art on unsold advertising space, funded and curated the project, selecting artists Dulce Pinzón and Jon Rafman for the installations.
Councilmember Huizar has long pushed for more art in public places through his initiation of a 1st Street Arts Corridor in Boyle Heights and leading the effort to adopt a new Mural Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles.