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"Dozens of intricate slapstick setups and a seemingly endless cascade of carefully constructed flubs fly so fast and fur...
07/16/2019
The ‘Wrong’ Stuff

"Dozens of intricate slapstick setups and a seemingly endless cascade of carefully constructed flubs fly so fast and furious that it’s hard to remember which moment is causing the riotous laughter."

The Play That Goes Wrong runs at the Ahmanson Theater through Aug. 11.

Almost all successful comedic farces begin with realistic situations and properly motivated characters who gradually become more exaggerated until they reach a fevered pitch of ridiculousness.

The Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot is slated to relocate in the fall, but only a block away. The new location will be t...
07/16/2019
Skid Row ReFresh Spot Gets New Location

The Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot is slated to relocate in the fall, but only a block away. The new location will be the long-term home for the hygiene center, and operators plan on expanding the services once the new facility is set up.

A lauded hygiene center in Skid Row is on the move. After months of uncertainty, a long-term home has been secured.

A few months ago a leading councilman sat down with a leading rat to discuss rodent infestation in DTLA and other matter...
07/15/2019
Return of the Leading Rat

A few months ago a leading councilman sat down with a leading rat to discuss rodent infestation in DTLA and other matters. Well, the issues continue, and now the rat is back for round 2. He's got plenty to say.

DTLA—Over the course of the last year, people in Downtown Los Angeles have grown alarmed by the presence of rats in municipal buildings, including City Hall and the Central Division

A Downtown resident recently took home the major prize at a violin competition. Hao Zhou, a student at the Colburn Schoo...
07/12/2019
Downtown's Master of the Strings

A Downtown resident recently took home the major prize at a violin competition. Hao Zhou, a student at the Colburn School, once the grand prize at the Concours Musical International de Montreal.

Last month, some of the world’s finest classical music students descended on Montreal for a series of prestigious concerts and competitions. By the time the proceedings wrapped, a Downtown Los

The Board at Metro Charter opted to close the school after a string of impactful campus switches cut away at the school'...
07/12/2019
Metro Charter Elementary Closes

The Board at Metro Charter opted to close the school after a string of impactful campus switches cut away at the school's enrollment numbers. The school was formed in 2013 by a group of Downtown parents as a walkable option for Downtown's growing population.

DTLA-Metro Charter Elementary School, which opened six years ago and was heralded as the first school pitched to a new legion of Downtown Los Angeles residents, has closed. Its operators

Joey DTLA, one of the largest food additions this year, will hold a grand opening on July 31 at the Bloc.
07/11/2019
Joey DTLA Bulks Up the Bloc

Joey DTLA, one of the largest food additions this year, will hold a grand opening on July 31 at the Bloc.

One of the largest food additions yet is coming to The Bloc.

In this play arriving at the Ahmanson Theatre this week, mishap is the name of the game. In 'The Play That Goes Wrong' e...
07/10/2019
'The Play That Goes Wrong' Imagines a Murder Mystery That Goes Off the Rails

In this play arriving at the Ahmanson Theatre this week, mishap is the name of the game. In 'The Play That Goes Wrong' everything that can go wrong does, as a would-be murder mystery turns into a madcap comedy.

Theater is a refined medium powered by elegant prose in which professional thespians dig deep to don new personas and bring unique stories and settings to life. It’s live art

Downtown Los Angeles loves dogs. Tomorrow, there's a chance to celebrate that love. Dog Day is back for its 13th year, w...
07/09/2019
The Bark is Back as Dog Day Returns

Downtown Los Angeles loves dogs. Tomorrow, there's a chance to celebrate that love. Dog Day is back for its 13th year, with a new home and a chance to adopt puppies. The free event is expected to bring in more than 1,000 local dogs.

It’s impossible to avoid dogs in Downtown Los Angeles. Thousands of residents walk their pets on local streets (and hopefully clean up after them), new residential buildings are increasingly offering

Two weeks ago Downtown News wrote an editorial about the desperate need for high-quality elementary schools in DTLA. The...
07/08/2019
Downtown Does Have High-Quality Education Offerings

Two weeks ago Downtown News wrote an editorial about the desperate need for high-quality elementary schools in DTLA. The head of Para Los Niños responds, pointing out that the nonprofit operates a collection of high-performing schools for people in Downtown.

DTLA—I read your recent editorial “Downtown’s Desperate Need for Elementary Schools” (June 24) with great interest. It makes a strong plea for “walkable, high-quality schools” for the “legions of people

Health Wellness Store Specializing in Organic Hemp-based CBD Is Now in DowntownBlis is a health wellness nutritional sup...
07/08/2019

Health Wellness Store Specializing in Organic Hemp-based CBD Is Now in Downtown

Blis is a health wellness nutritional supplement store specializing in organic hemp-based CBD. It is located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Blis offers a variety of organic hemp-based CBD products including consumables, smokables, skin-care products, pet products and accessories. Blis boasts a large selection at the highest quality, while providing excellent customer service as well as local delivery options.

Blis has always believed in the power of hemp-based CBD, but today that power is even greater. Today, people who live within the CBD lifestyle are bonding over collective experiences, and that is what motivates them and allows them to live a healthy, rejuvenated life. In the end, it makes for a stronger community.

In 2019, Blis embarked on a path forward, setting a course to become the undisputed hemp-based CBD retailer. For Blis, this shift was about claiming a position the brand envisioned from the beginning. Blis was looking to its heritage to define its future.

Before announcing this message to the world, Blis decided to look internally and begin with its own employees. To be successful, Blis understood that it first needed to make believers out of those who would ultimately be spreading this powerful message. We want Downtown to be a part of the Blis movement.

Stop in for sales and specials during our Grand Opening on July 14, 2019. Blis is at 752 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9800 or blisbrand.com.

A new time capsule was installed at the base of the flag pole at the recently refurbished Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial mo...
07/08/2019
Preserving a Point in Time In Los Angeles

A new time capsule was installed at the base of the flag pole at the recently refurbished Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial monument last week.

Last week, the past, present and future all came together in Downtown Los Angeles. It also involved a waterfall.

In the patting-ourselves-on-the-back department, Downtown News had a big night at the L.A. Press Club awards, with top p...
07/05/2019
Downtown News Grabs Six Press Club Prizes, With Three First-Place Awards

In the patting-ourselves-on-the-back department, Downtown News had a big night at the L.A. Press Club awards, with top prizes in a trio of categories. That included Editorials, for a piece about ugly barricades that stood outside a state building and blocked off a plaza for nine years.

DTLA—On June 30, the Los Angeles Press Club held its 61st annual Southern California Journalism Awards. Los Angeles Downtown News had a big night, earning three first-place prizes in addition

Thinking about attending Anime Expo 2019? Downtown News has you covered with nine concerts, panels and competitions to p...
07/02/2019
Nine Can’t-Miss Events at Anime Expo

Thinking about attending Anime Expo 2019? Downtown News has you covered with nine concerts, panels and competitions to pencil into your schedule.

It’s time to dust off that crimson Edward Elric jacket or Goku’s iconic orange and blue karate gi. If you know what that means, then you’re likely already aware that

With seven out of Los Angeles' 11 professional sports teams playing in and around Downtown Los Angeles, it should go wit...
07/02/2019
A Deep Sports Impact

With seven out of Los Angeles' 11 professional sports teams playing in and around Downtown Los Angeles, it should go without saying that the Central City plays a massive role in Los Angeles' growing sports framework.

Everyone talks about sports being a big business, but the conversation rarely specifies how big. Now that’s been quantified: Sports generated $6.2 billion in economic activity and $327 million in

The ceremony will include the burial of a new time capsule, mimicking the capsule removed from the memorial's flag pole ...
07/01/2019
Fort Moore Rededication This Week

The ceremony will include the burial of a new time capsule, mimicking the capsule removed from the memorial's flag pole during the sites recent renovation.

Downtowners began buzzing last December when the water feature at Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial was turned on for the first time in 42 years. But that was only part of

Today is the six-year anniversary of our mayor's first full day leading LA. How's he doing? He scored some big victories...
07/01/2019
Six Years and Four Chapters of the Mayor

Today is the six-year anniversary of our mayor's first full day leading LA. How's he doing? He scored some big victories, but has had several recent, very difficult stumbles. After soaring high, he has come crashing down to Earth. Call him 'Ericarus' Garcetti.
What do you think of his performance after six years?

DTLA—In the story of Icarus, the son of a prominent leader is given a pair of wings fashioned from wax and feathers. He straps them on and, thrilled by the

In celebration of its opening on July 9, Marugame Udon plans to hold a grand opening party at The Bloc featuring live mu...
06/28/2019
Marugame Udon to Open at the Bloc Next Month

In celebration of its opening on July 9, Marugame Udon plans to hold a grand opening party at The Bloc featuring live music and giveaways.

Downtown will soon have yet another place to slurp up a hearty bowl of traditional Japanese soup.

Nimbus Coffee, inspired by the popular book series Harry Potter, opened in South Park on June 18.
06/26/2019
Nimbus Coffee Brings the Magic to Downtown

Nimbus Coffee, inspired by the popular book series Harry Potter, opened in South Park on June 18.

Feeling magical? Then Nimbus Coffee, Downtown Los Angeles’ first permanent Harry Potter-themed cafe, is for you.

It's summer break for local schools, but when it comes to elementary education, DTLA has a massive problem. More than a ...
06/25/2019
Downtown’s Desperate Need for Elementary Schools

It's summer break for local schools, but when it comes to elementary education, DTLA has a massive problem. More than a year after Metro Charter left the community, there is no momentum to bring in a new high-quality school. If this doesn't change, families will leave Downtown.

DTLA—The school year has ended and kids have moved on to summer vacation. A vacant LAUSD school board seat has been filled and on June 4 voters shot down the

LA politicians really, really like having the power to raise money for their favorite charities. The problem--well, one ...
06/25/2019
The Bungling Boondoggle of Behested Payments

LA politicians really, really like having the power to raise money for their favorite charities. The problem--well, one of the problems--is that when they ask for a donation, which player who does business with the city can possibly say no?
Welcome to the world of perception, pay-to-play and, uh, Monkey Island.

On May 22, the City Council approved a motion that could lead to a drastic change in political campaign donations in Los Angeles. If everything goes as these things normally

The five-building complex at Third Street and Santa Fe Avenue adds 472 apartments to Downtown Los Angeles, as well as a ...
06/24/2019
Massive Development The Aliso Takes Root in the Arts District

The five-building complex at Third Street and Santa Fe Avenue adds 472 apartments to Downtown Los Angeles, as well as a new paseo linking Third Street to Traction Avenue.

In recent years a lot of attention has focused on the Arts District, as the once sleepy neighborhood has attracted a slew of housing, cultural and culinary projects. But almost

Indecent explores censorship and artistic freedom following the 1906 Broadway premiere of Shalom Asch’s God of Vengean...
06/21/2019
A Powerful Look at an ‘Indecent’ Play at the Ahmanson

Indecent explores censorship and artistic freedom following the 1906 Broadway premiere of Shalom Asch’s God of Vengeance.

It doesn’t matter if a writer turns away from his creation or allows it to be censored and have its textual heart and soul ripped from it. It doesn’t matter

The taproom and brewery opened in January 2016 and has been a staple of the Arts District's expanding brewing industry. ...
06/21/2019
Iron Triangle Brewing Company To Close Next Week

The taproom and brewery opened in January 2016 and has been a staple of the Arts District's expanding brewing industry. The space will close after a farewell party on Sunday, June 30.

After three and a half years, the Arts District’s Iron Triangle Brewing Company is calling it quits next week.

After a set of delays, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater is finally opening in Downtown next month. The 12-screen space...
06/19/2019
Alamo Drafthouse to Open Next Month

After a set of delays, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater is finally opening in Downtown next month. The 12-screen space will have a soft opening in early July, with a full bar and a mix of independent and major releases.

After a long wait and a few delays, Los Angeles’ Alamo Drafthouse will finally open in Downtown next month. No exact date has been set for the Austin-based cinema chain’s

The BET Experience is going on its seventh year in Downtown Los Angeles and like the previous years, there's a healthy m...
06/19/2019
Building the BET Experience

The BET Experience is going on its seventh year in Downtown Los Angeles and like the previous years, there's a healthy mix of new and old coming to L.A. Live.

In just six short years, the BET Experience has cemented itself as one of, if not the biggest celebrations of black media culture in Los Angeles.

The Last Bookstore organizes 11 book clubs each month, each of which draws in a dedicated group. Topics range from femin...
06/18/2019
Taking the Book Club in Novel Directions

The Last Bookstore organizes 11 book clubs each month, each of which draws in a dedicated group. Topics range from feminism-focused books to dystopian literature, current events to graphic novels, and the clubs' moderators say that readers are looking for a community with which to share their thoughts.

It’s almost 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, and on the darkened upper level of the Last Bookstore seven people sit around a small table. It is illuminated only by

As part of its plan to overhaul and expand the Los Angeles Convention Center, Anschutz Entertainment Group plans to reva...
06/17/2019
Community Weighs In on Green Space Plans at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza

As part of its plan to overhaul and expand the Los Angeles Convention Center, Anschutz Entertainment Group plans to revamp Gilbert Lindsay Plaza. At a community meeting earlier this month, preliminary plans, based on local feedback, called for a lawn, many more trees and public art spaces, including a small amphitheater.

Gilbert Lindsay Plaza links Staples Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but for many visitors to either, it might be seen as a bland concrete space. Now the city

Antonio Gonzalez's new book looks at the early days of Los Angeles and Southern California and the architects who design...
06/13/2019
Three Questions With: An Architectural Historian

Antonio Gonzalez's new book looks at the early days of Los Angeles and Southern California and the architects who designed some of the most iconic buildings of the area. A great number of them were in Downtown Los Angeles, and many survive to this day.

Much of Downtown Los Angeles was built at the turn of the 20th century, and many landmarks from that era still stand. Antonio Gonzalez’s new book, Architects Who Built Southern

For the last three years Yuval Sharon has served as "artist-collaborator" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For his last...
06/11/2019
Yuval Sharon Brings A Globe-Trotting Opera to Disney Hall

For the last three years Yuval Sharon has served as "artist-collaborator" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For his last collaboration, the director is staging Meredith Monk's 'Atlas,' an opera that hasn't been produced since 1992, and only by Monk.

In 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that the acclaimed young composer and theater director Yuval Sharon would join the orchestra for three years as its “artist-collaborator.” Sharon, perhaps best

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new methods to combat illegal dumping during a press conference in Downtown Los Angeles ye...
06/07/2019
City Seeks to Respond to Illegal Dumping

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new methods to combat illegal dumping during a press conference in Downtown Los Angeles yesterday.

City leaders yesterday sought to respond to an epidemic of illegal garbage dumping that has infuriated people in Downtown and other communities.

Downtown has experienced a rash of big name restaurant closures as of late which begs the question: Should people expect...
06/05/2019
Competition and Concern in Downtown's Restaurant Market

Downtown has experienced a rash of big name restaurant closures as of late which begs the question: Should people expect more of the same in the future or is the trend simply a coincidence?

The news hit the Downtown Los Angeles dining scene like a flurry of powerful punches from a championship boxer: In the space of a week, three landmark institutions shut down.

The homelessness crisis in the city and county has just reached a new and stunning level. Homeless Count numbers include...
06/04/2019
Homelessness Soars by 12% in County, 16% in City

The homelessness crisis in the city and county has just reached a new and stunning level. Homeless Count numbers include a 17% surge in people experiencing homelessness for the first time, and a 24% spike in youth homelessness.

DTLA—The number of people living on the streets or without shelter in Los Angeles County shot up by 12% in a one-year period. Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles

Many in Los Angeles applauded last year when homelessness decreased slightly. The new figures will be released tomorrow,...
06/03/2019
Brace for a Spike in Homelessness

Many in Los Angeles applauded last year when homelessness decreased slightly. The new figures will be released tomorrow, and many people expect an unsettling rise.

DTLA—The annual Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tally of people living without shelter is scheduled to be released this week. Members of the public should brace themselves: A year after

Learn a life saving skill at City National Plaza this week.
06/03/2019
Free CPR Training at City National Plaza

Learn a life saving skill at City National Plaza this week.

Downtowners who have wanted to learn CPR, but always came up with an excuse not to, now have the opportunity to pick up the life-saving skill.

The parcel tax Measure EE is a big test for local schools, but it may be even bigger for the mayor of Los Angeles. Eric ...
06/03/2019
A Test for Eric Garcetti’s Super Power

The parcel tax Measure EE is a big test for local schools, but it may be even bigger for the mayor of Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is out campaigning hard for it, but is facing serious opposition from local business organizations.
How do you feel about Measure EE?

DTLA—Eric Garcetti has a super power.

The terms of the Mitchell settlement have been made public, setting new rules for property seizures on Skid Row and crea...
05/31/2019
Homeless Property Settlement Imposes New Rules for Skid Row, Surrounding Areas

The terms of the Mitchell settlement have been made public, setting new rules for property seizures on Skid Row and creating further division in Downtown Los Angeles.

Here's what the settlement entails, and what it means for Downtown:

In a landmark legal settlement, the City of Los Angeles agreed not to limit the amount of belongings homeless individuals can have in or around Skid Row, and set new

The California Department of Industrial Relations levied six violations and approximately $5,400 in fines against the Lo...
05/31/2019
Health Problems, Fines, at Downtown Police Station

The California Department of Industrial Relations levied six violations and approximately $5,400 in fines against the Los Angeles Police Department for poor conditions at the Central Division police station.

DTLA—A number of health issues have surfaced at the Central Division police station in Skid Row.

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