October 18, 2013 |
Those who commute past Chinatown this week are forgiven for thinking the circus had arrived in town. Although the candy-striped tents occupying the L.A. State Historic Park may suggest ringmasters, clowns and lion tamers, in truth the tents will house the first Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' Big Top Festival, a four-day festival engineered by Los Angeles group Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Which is kind of like a circus, come to think of it. The band, whose rise over the past half-decade has been as unlikely as it has been impressive, revels in joyful chaos, audience participatation and celebration -- and they dress kinda like vintage circus bums.
October 15, 2013 |
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and his wife, Anita Greenspan, must have decided it was time to go forward. Move ahead. They have bought a multi-use building containing apartments and a gallery in Chinatown for $798,000. The 3,300-square-foot structure includes 300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and twice that much in the ventilated basement for storing, say, the flower-pot hats favored by the new wave band. OK, they are also known as energy domes. There also are two one-bedroom apartments with wood floors and granite countertops.
October 13, 2013 |
After a decade of delays, a $100-million real estate development in the heart of Chinatown is getting underway as the changing neighborhood catches a wave of investment sweeping through downtown Los Angeles. Work began this month on the Blossom Plaza apartment and retail complex that will take over the space formerly occupied by Little Joe's, an Italian restaurant and bar that was once a beloved fixture on North Broadway. The eatery has been closed for 15 years, and its shabby-looking building and parking lot have long been considered a blight on the community's main thoroughfare.
October 10, 2013 |
For more than a decade, Jennifer Dalton has made interactive art in a vein -- often varicose -- long opened by artists such as Edward Ruscha and Erika Rothenberg. The circulation system doesn't seem swollen or knotted at first, but it becomes so the longer you linger. In works designed expressly for the purpose of social interaction, a sense of perpetual yearning happily trumps final closure. At Charlie James Gallery, the New York-based artist shows sculptures, paintings and mixed-media objects.
September 5, 2013 |
In what organizers expect to be the largest demonstration since last year's Black Friday protests, labor-backed activists are set to rally and march Thursday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in downtown L.A., calling for better jobs. The Los Angeles demonstration is part of planned action in 15 cities, organizers said. In addition to seeking better jobs, the protesters are calling for alleged retaliation against outspoken Wal-Mart employees to end. Organizers said workers and their supporters will rally at 11:30 a.m. at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
August 15, 2013
Of the many festivals putting down roots at L.A.'s State Historic Park in Chinatown, the H20 Fest might be the most curious. A melange of modern hip-hop and Latin music, this year sports headliner Pitbull alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and scads more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown. 3 p.m. Sat. $39.50-$95. ticketmaster.com .