Jul 022017

FREE Concerts, Movies And Events In L.A.


Downtown Los Angeles
Pershing Square
FREE Concerts, Movies And Events


The Pershing Square Downtown Stage offers eight weeks of free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events from July 8th to August 27th 2017.

Friday Night Flicks are shown at the Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles at sundown. Bring a chair and a blanket! Your dog is welcomed too.

Friday Night Movies Schedule

  • July 21: “Underworld” screening
  • July 28: “World War Z” screening
  • August 4: “The 6th Day” screening
  • August 11: “The Mortal Instruments” screening
  • August 18: “Cell” screening

Saturday Concert Series open doors at 7 pm. The music begins at 8 pm. (Food trucks and drinks will be at hand, too.)

Saturday Concert Series Schedule

  • July 15: The Wallflowers perform
  • July 22: Boogie Knights perform
  • July 29: Los Lonely Boys perform
  • August 5: Toad the Wet Sprocket performs
  • August 12: The B-52s perform
  • August 19: X performs

Looking for events? The Salsa Festival features family fun: live music, dancing, an interactive Kids Zone and Beer & Margarita Bar. July 8th & 9th from 12 pm to 8 pm.

For other events and / or for additional information visit Department of Recreation and Parks’ Website: http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/dtstage

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm




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Jun 242017
Grand In Downtown Los Angeles

Photo copyright AC Martin

The Wilshire Grand Center has opened in Downtown Los Angeles, setting records. The 73-story building at 1,100 feet high is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and 9th tallest in the entire United States! Yes, there is more! The spectacular roofline of the new building is designed to reflect the shape of the Half Dome rock formation in Yosemite National Park. (The building is one of very few high-rise structures in DTLA without the mandatory flat roof providing helipad.) Another striking characteristic of the Wilshire Grand Center are its millions of programmable LED lights. So is its cost: $1.2 billion.

Grand In Downtown Los Angeles

Photo copyright AC Martin

Here in Los Angeles where we’re all concerned with the possibility of a major earthquake, one has to wonder about the safety of a building as tall as the Wilshire Grand Center. Well, it is supposedly safer than our one family homes. The specifics are actually quite stunning, you can read more about them here.

The spectacular skyscraper, a new landmark in Downtown L.A., is the brainchild a Korean businessman Yang Ho Cho, 68, a chairman of Hanjin Group (the owner of Wilshire Grand Center) whose father Choong Hoon Cho founded the Hanjin conglomerate. The lead designer of the project is David C. Martin.

Grand In Downtown Los Angeles

Photo copyright AC Martin

To paraphrase the owner, The Wilshire Grand Center is an upscale world-class 73-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. Wilshire Grand Center boasts not only the 900-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, but also cutting edge restaurants, business spaces, and attractive nightlife offerings. It is the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline and it will contribute to the rich cultural and economic revival of Downtown.

Wilshire Grand Building
900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California
Phone: (213) 550-1878
Website: www.wilshiregrandcenter.com

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich



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Dec 032016
“Amélie, A New Musical”

L-R Adam Chanler-Berat, Sam Pinkleton and Phillipa Soo at a workshop for “Amélie, A New Musical,” which will be produced at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre December 4, 2016, through January 15, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus



“Amélie, A New Musical” Coming to the Ahmanson Theatre on December 4th

In anticipation of “Amélie, A New Musical” coming to the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group and The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles will present a special screening of the five-time Oscar-nominated film “Amélie” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Center Theatre Group’s production of “Amélie, A New Musical” at the Ahmanson Theatre begins previews December 4, 2016, opens December 16 and continues through January 15, 2017. Based on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, “Amélie, A New Musical” will have its Broadway premiere at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning performances on March 9, 2017 and opening April 3, 2017.

Amélie captured our hearts in the 2001 French film. Now Amélie (played by Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo) comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Clybourne Park”), with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (“An American in Paris”), music by Daniel Messé (of the band Hem), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (“Tuck Everlasting”) and Daniel Messé, musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.

In addition to Phillipa Soo in the title role, the cast will feature, in alphabetical order, Emily Afton, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Lily Sanfelippo, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.

The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.



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Oct 122016


Regional Connector Transit Project Decking Installation Work to Start this Weekend along Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles

Regional Connector Constructors (RCC) work crews under contract to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will begin a series of full weekend closures along Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles between 3rd and 5th Streets in order to perform cut and cover/decking activities for the Regional Connector Transit Project.

The first of up to 14-weekend closures will begin on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. and will remain in place through 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17. The weekend closure of Flower Street will occur every weekend through Feb. 13, 2017, excluding Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday weekends.

The work to be done, known in the construction industry as “cut and cover”, will include the removal of the roadway, installation of steel beams and a temporary installation of deck panels. The deck panels will serve as a temporary roadway to facilitate excavation and construction of the project’s underground tunnel box for the light rail project while maintaining access to traffic using Flower Street.

During the initial six-weekends, lower 4th Street from Figueroa to Flower Street will also be closed. Local access to businesses in the area will be maintained and construction flaggers will be onsite to facilitate access. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction area.

Detours in effect during the weekend closure will take traffic off of Flower Street and detour to Grand Avenue at 1st Street then to 5th Street and back to Flower Street. An alternate route to southbound Flower Street traffic will be detoured westbound at 3rd Street to Beaudry, then to 6th Street and back onto Flower Street.

For local access to the World Trade Center and Bank of American, motorists will need to enter at 3rd Street and Flower. For the J2 Garage, Citigroup Center and The Bonaventure Hotel, motorists will need to enter at 5th Street and Flower. Drivers must make a right turn onto Flower Street from 5th Street. A construction flagger will on onsite to assist motorists during the weekend closures.

The $1.55 billion Regional Connector Transit Project is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street. The rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily – including 17,000 new riders – and save commuters up to 20 minutes by reducing the need to transfer. The connector will provide a one-seat, one fare ride for commuters from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Completion of construction for the project is 2021.

The new Metro rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout the County. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.

For more information on the Regional Connector Transit Project got to metro.net/regionalconnector.



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Aug 152016

The Old Sixth Street Bridge

The Sixth Street Bridge (also known as The Sixth Street Viaduct) has been Downtown Los Angeles landmark since 1932. It “starred” in several box office hits such as “Grease” and “Terminator 2” to mention just a few as well as in a slew of TV shows.

The demolition of the bridge started in February 2016 and caused the closure of 101 Freeway. On Saturday, August 13th 2016 another milestone was celebrated: The Sixth Street Bridge Giveaway. It was called Rock Day L.A. – Own a Piece of the Sixth Street Viaduct. Everybody was invited to get a free piece of the old viaduct. The event was held between 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 585 S. Santa Fe in Los Angeles CA 90015, next to the Sixth Street Viaduct. All rocks included a Certificate of Authenticity. There was food, music and other activities as well as pictures of the new, replacement viaduct that will replace the old, Sixth Street Bridge.

The Sixth Street Viaduct connectes the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with the Boyle Heights neighborhood since 1932. It bridged the Los Angeles River, the Santa Ana Freeway (US 101), the Golden State Freeway (I-5), as well as Metrolink and Union Pacific railroad tracks not to mention several streets.

Even though the Sixth Street Viaduct was found eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, it was closed for demolition in January of 2016 due to safety concerns.

The original bridge constructed in early 1930 was build of concrete with a high alkali content which led to an alkali-silica reaction (ASR) resulting in cracking of the concrete and weakening of the structure. According to current estimates, there was a 70% probability of the Sixth Street Viaduct’s collapse in a major earthquake.

Earthquake warnings not withstanding, many Angelenos loved the old Sixth Street Bridge. It had sentimental value. It had a place in our hearts, minds and memories. Even the city engineer Gary Lee Moore expressed his nostalgia while watching the initial demolition of the Sixth Street Bridge in February: “These pylons were the gateway to Los Angeles.”

The new Sixth Street Bridge was designed Michael Maltzan, a talented architect who designed several other remarkable projects.
The new Sixth Street Bridge promises to be not only safer and contemporary-looking, but more bike and pedestrian-friendly than the old structure.
The unveiling of the new Sixth Street Bridge is anticipated for 2019.


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Jul 122016

Los Angeles Metro Bike Share

Mayor Garcetti and hundreds of cyclists launch Metro Bike Share in Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles has officially joined the bike share revolution — giving Angelenos and visitors a new, fun, and exciting way to explore Downtown L.A.
Hundreds of L.A. area cyclists gathered in Grand Park to launch Metro Bike Share, which will consist of up to 1,000 shared bicycles at approximately 65 stations throughout the downtown area.
“Downtown L.A. is a fascinating place to explore on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor and MTA Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Metro Bike Share gives Angelenos and visitors an easy, affordable way to experience some of our city’s most incredible sights.”

The $11 million project is a joint initiative by Metro and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. It is the first pilot to establish bike sharing in the City of Los Angeles, and has the potential to bring up to 4,000 bicycles to communities throughout the region.

Several bike share stations are now located in close proximity to the Metro rail and bus network, giving transit riders a convenient way to combine bicycle and transit trips. The system is the first in the nation to be operated by a transit agency, and the first to use a single fare card — the TAP card — for both the transit system and bike share.

Bike share stations have been strategically placed at major transit hubs and key destinations to benefit people who live, work, play, and socialize in the downtown area.

Metro and the City selected bike share locations to increase access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, and residential areas. Downtown Los Angeles is the county’s highest job concentration, and its residential population is growing. It is also leading tourist destination, with several world-class sports, entertainment, dining, and cultural attractions.

To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at www.metro.net/bikeshare. Beginning August 1, it will be possible to walk up to a bike share station and check out a bike with a credit card. Users can download a special Metro Bike Share App available on iOS and Android that will enable them to buy a pass, check bike and dock availability, and find the nearest station.

About Metro
Created in 1993, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.4 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail,

May 262016

New option will ease congestion on I-10 freeway

Expo Line Extension Connects Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES: Marking the first time in a generation that passengers can take a train from Downtown L.A. to the coast, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica was officially dedicated today by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and state and local officials.
“For the first time in a generation, Angelenos and visitors from around the world can travel from our skyline to the shoreline without setting foot in a car — bringing needed relief to some of our most congested corridors,” said Mayor Garcetti, who is Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “This extension of the Expo Line — along with the recently-opened Gold Line extension and the Crenshaw-LAX Line that is now halfway complete — will improve quality of life by delivering convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation to more people than ever before.”
As part of the grand opening, Metro will provide free rides on the entire Expo Line beginning at noon Friday and continuing until the end of service. On Saturday, free rides on the Expo Line will be offered the entire service day and there will be community parties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stations:

• Downtown Santa Monica
• 17th St/SMC
• 26th/Bergamot
• Expo/Bundy
• Palms
• Culver City

The $1.5-billion extension is the second Measure R-funded rail project to open this year, following the March debut of the Gold Line extension to Azusa. Almost 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008 approved the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase to fund new transportation projects and programs.

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 27th St/Bergamot, 17th St/Santa Monica College, and Downtown Santa Monica.

The Expo Line now stretches for 15.2 miles between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica, with 19 stations. In Downtown L.A., the Expo Line offers easy transfers to the Blue Line, Purple Line and Red Line at the 7th/Metro Center Station.

The Expo Line extension includes a paved bike path that runs adjacent to the tracks for most of the route between Culver City and the 17th Street/SMC Station. The bikeway includes lighting and landscaping. Each station has secure bike racks and lockers.

There will be parking available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th Street/SMC (67 spaces). As part of a test parking fee program, the daily parking rate is $2 and the monthly fee is $39. Each station has a drop-off area and is served by buses from Metro, Big Blue Bus, or Culver CityBus.

The Expo Line to Santa Monica was built by the Exposition Construction Authority and the project was completed on time and on budget. The project broke ground in 2011 with heavy construction beginning in 2012. In February, the project was turned over to Metro, which will operate the line. Extensive system testing and employee training have been conducted on the line over the past year.
Other Measure R projects under construction include: the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector project, and the first section of the Purple Line Extension.

About L.A. Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.



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