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November 22, 2013 Edition

In This Issue:



 




Second Pershing Square Community Outreach Meeting
 



Please join Councilmember Huizar’s Pershing Square Task Force in sharing your opinions on Pershing Square. Community meetings will be held in November, January and March around three key areas:

November: How Do You Want to Use Pershing Square?

January: What Type of Programming Do You Want To See at Pershing Square?

March: What Type of Design Compliments Your Desired Uses?

Join us for our November community outreach meetings! For more information on Councilmember Huizar's Pershing Square Task Force, please visit http://pershingsquaretaskforce.nationbuilder.com/
 

Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30 AM
506 S. Grand Ave., Biltmore Hotel, Heinsbergen Room
To RSVP, text BILTMORE to (213) 785-7849  
 
Monday November 25th at 6:00 PM
526 W. 6th St., Pacific Room
To RSVP, text PACIFIC to (213) 785-7849
 
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Department of Parks and Recreation Wants
Your Input for Our Public Spaces

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to announce the schedule of community workshops for the Downtown LA Creative Open Space Visioning Plan. 
 
We will be holding three workshops to introduce this project and get feedback on what types of open space you would like to see in the Downtown neighborhood(s) where you live, work, or visit. To encourage attendance we are holding the workshops in the Arts District, Fashion District and South Park.  
 
Workshop 2: Tuesday, Dec 3
                       Cooper Design Space 
                       860 S. Los Angeles St

 
Workshop 3: Thursday, Dec 5
                      California Hospital Medical Center
                      Keck Auditorium - Leavy Hall

                      1401 S. Grand Ave
 
This plan is neighborhood-specific and driven by community input - the more public participation we have, the more impact this plan will have.  Please help spread the word by sharing this email! 
 
We look forward to seeing you at a meeting!
 
For updates and more information, please contact either Melinda Gejer at melinda.gejer@lacity.org or Sara Hrynik at sara.hrynik.parks@gmail.com.
 
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Bring the Entire Family to the
2013 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony!

 
Where: El Pueblo De Los Angeles

When: December 6, 5pm - 9:30pm

Bring the entire family to the annual Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony to start off the most wonderful time of the year! On December 6th, a free event will be hosted for the public for all ages to enjoy. There will be musical performances from Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, and Ballet Folklorico Ollin. Bring your children to take pictures with Santa. Children can also enjoy the snow play area, face painting, and the piñata breaking. There will be a toy giveaway for children ages 5-10. For more information, see the flier above or contact (213)- 628-1274.


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The Nightmare Before Christmas Historical Matinee Screening:


Where: Orpheum Theatre
             842 South Broadway, DTLA
When: Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:15 p.m.)

In an effort to revitalize Broadway Street, Councilmember Huizar is proud to announce a classic film screening in one of Broadway's most historically iconic theatres.  Part of the Broadway Historic Theatre District, the Orpheum Theatre (1926) was the fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. Its Beaux Arts exterior leads to a grand French interior with gold-leaf decoration, silk wall panels, marble pilasters, and enormous chandeliers. The Orpheum was beautifully renovated in 2001 and is now a popular venue for concerts, special events, and filming.

The Los Angeles Conservancy will celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, December 8 with a matinee screening of the popular holiday film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), at the historic Orpheum Theatre. This is a unique opportunity to see this film on the big screen in a beautiful movie palace, surrounded by hundreds of fellow fans. A great event for families, architecture lovers, animation fans, and film fans, the Conservancy’s eighth annual holiday film matinee begins at 2 p.m., allowing time before or after the film to explore the theatre, the Broadway Historic District, and Downtown Los Angeles.

The event also includes holiday music attractions, with Dean Mora playing holiday music on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ, the last remaining theatre organ on Broadway, and the Sound Stage Barbershop Quartet singing carols around the theatre. Attendees can show their movie tickets at nearby restaurants for special discounts: UMAMIcatessen (852 S. Broadway) will offer a 10% discount per table, and Two Boots Pizza (826 S. Broadway) will offer a 10% discount per order. Be sure to try a slice of Two Boots Pizza’s Oogie Boogie pizza, inspired by the movie and offered as a special just for the day of the film. (Discounts valid only on December 8, 2013.)

Tickets are $15 general public ; $10 Conservancy members; $5 children 12 and under. For more information about the event please visit https://www.laconservancy.org/holiday.
 
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Highlighted Venue: The Vortex

Located on 2341 East Olympic Boulevard in DTLA, The Philanthropic Center for the Arts, AKA "The Vortex", is a community venue. It's purpose is to facilitate and empower people who are working for positive social change at a grass roots level by providing a performance/event space at low cost. Funded through contribution of donors, the purpose of The Vortex to support individuals, groups, or organizations who seek to raise awareness on issues they think are important to a better community. They invite all participants to think of solutions in a long-term model of sustainability.
 
The events they host are as varied as the space itself. The high wood vaulted ceilings are contrasted with an industrial themed interior with graffiti art sourced from local DTLA artists. The open floor plan is constantly being transformed to host art exhibits, music videos, community meetings, and even bike race headquarters. The Vortex has been the host for the 2012 and 2013 Downtown Los Angeles Veterans Stand Down for the homeless veterans in DLTA. Their contributions have certainly made DTLA a better place. For more information, or if you wish to host an event in their space, please email info@vortexla.org or visit their website at http://vortexla.org.

 
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Cornerstone Theater Company Presents Love on San Pedro

When: Nov. 7 - Nov. 24

Where: Los Angeles Mission – 4th Floor Gymnasium
             303 E 5th St
             Los Angeles, CA 90013

Love on the Streets is a celebration of the Skid Row community and previews start now!  The writers of this play have sat down with hundreds of skid row residents, writing a performance that would truly capture the amazing stories of those who have found love despite facing hardship in Skid Row. Click here to view the inspiration for such a play.  Join the Cornerstone Theater Company this entire month, for a night of entertainment put on by Skid Row residents. Tickets and showtimes can be found here, for a pay-as-you-can donation. Click to visit their website and find out more. 

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

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Tell Us How to Improve Public Transportation in DLTA

How do you travel to and from Union Station to the nearby neighborhoods of Downtown LA? How can those routes be made faster, safer and more enjoyable? The answer lies with you!
 
Please fill out our 5 minute online survey to tell us about your pedestrian and bicycle experiences in Downtown LA – and how you think it could be improved. The survey will be open until November 30, 2013. Your input is crucial for the next steps as we plan to renovate Downtown LA’s public transportation system. By identifying improvements, you can help us create connections and pathways between and through downtown neighborhoods.
 
We want to hear from you! The Union Station and 1st/Central Station Linkages Study is tasked with improving the historical and cultural connections in downtown Los Angeles by enhancing pedestrian and bicycle travel options through and between communities.
 
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You Are Invited to The Six Street Viaduct Replacement
Project Public Briefing

When:  Thursday, December 5th, 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Boyle Heights City Call- Community Room

             2130 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, 90033

Come find out why the new Six Street Viaduct will be more than just a bridge. The project hopes to transform Boyle Heights and the area surrounding the LA River. The project calls for a renovation of green spaces around the bridge and new trees planted in Viaduct Park. Once completed, bike lanes and wide sidewalks will make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross between Boyle Heights and the Arts district. According to Mayor Antonio Villariagosa, the bridge will become a new landmark for the city of Los Angeles as well as an iconic piece of LA infrastructure. Viaduct Park. Click here to see the press release for the Six Street Viaduct.

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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


Dec 5, 6 - 7:30pm
Six Street Viaduct Public Meeting
Boyle Heights City Hall

Dec 6, 5 - 9:30pm
Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony
El Pueblo Monument - Pacita Olvera

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

                  

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City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

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2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788
Boyle Heights
1870 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 266-7511>
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Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
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