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The ‘Hot Tub Cinema Club’ Series is Coming to L.A.

March 9, 2018 by Brian Champlin
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Movies. Friends. Hot tubs. If that sounds like an intriguing trio then you might fancy something called Hot Tub Cinema Club, an international movie screening series set to debut in Los Angeles later this year.

Hot Tub Cinema Club has been putting on events in Europe and Australia over the past two years. The premise is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Small groups gather in inflatable hot tubs to hang out on warm days/evenings and watch cult classic films, with a bit of drink and grub thrown in for good measure.

According to a release, HTCC’s L.A. debut will feature six screenings which will be limited to 20 tubs per screening with up to five people per tub. That’s 100 people per engagement. We Like L.A. spoke with a rep from Hot Tub Cinema Club via email who was to fill us in on some additional details. Here are few key need-to-knows:

  • Showers and a changing room will be available on site, meaning you don’t necessarily have to show up or leave in your swimwear.
  • Towels can be provided to guests, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.
  • Food and drink on hand should include pizza and beer.
  • About 80% of the tubs get sold on an entire tub basis (think: bring your group of friends) but individual tickets can be purchased for shared tubs, meaning it’s possible you end up tubbing with strangers.
  • The ticket price is projected to be $40 per person.

If the $40 ticket point sounds pricey, that’s probably because it’s more than double the cost of what two of L.A.’s more popular screening series have announced for 2018. Street Food Cinema and Rooftop Cinema Club both range in somewhere in the low to high teens per ticket on average, depending on the package you purchase. Then again, those series don’t include hot tubs, so we’ll let you be the judge of whether you think it’s worth it.

Hot Tub Cinema Club is targeting late September for its Los Angeles debut, but no official date has been confirmed as yet. The location will be somewhere in Downtown Los Angeles, but again, no venue has been confirmed. For now, interested guests can sign up to stay apprised of pre-release tickets at hottubcinemaclub.com.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, March 9, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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L.A. History Mexican Perspective

L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective at Natural History Museum. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [9:30 a.m.] Chicano artist Barbara Carrasco’s 80-foot mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit coming to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The mural will be on view through August 18, and is included with general admission to the museum.

2. [10 a.m.The Museum of Failure returns in a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails.

3. [6 p.m.] 19 Pasadena cultural institutions will participate in ArtNight Pasadena a night of free art, music, and entertainment. Complimentary shuttles will transport guests to each destination and venues include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Kidspace Children’s Museum, and more. FREE

4. [6:30 p.m.] LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a free screening of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, a chronicle of radical Chicano lawyer, author and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. this Friday. FREE

5. [7 p.m.] Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology welcomes the esteemed Dr. Cornel West to speak at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel L.A. Part of the Weber Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. West’s public lecture, “Prophetic Fire,” will encourage attendees to live and inspire through more-than-ordinary means.

6. [7:30 p.m.] The Music Center presents Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo & Juliet performed by The Joffrey Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 9, 11 and 17.

7. [8 p.m.Metro Art Presents Josh Nelson & The Discovery Project at Union Station this Friday. The  jazz group will bring “a multimedia love letter to Los Angeles” combining video, light and live music to the iconic train station. FREE

8. [9 p.m.Echo Flex a 2000’s era hip hop jams party happening at the Echoplex will include a live performance from Ghostface Killah and Smoke DZA.

9. [variousAll-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live in DTLA, from March 7-10, will feature dinners made by top chefs like Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggo, Jose Andres, Nyesha Arrington and Jose Garces. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. [variousFirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles 18 happening March 8-11 will screen over 40 award winning indie films from across the globe at the Laemmle NOHO 7.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $26 tix to the New Jack City Jam Tour featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, and more 90’s legends

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Returns to L.A. Starting This April

March 7, 2018 by Brian Champlin
Rooftop Cienma Club Los Angeles

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The most popular rooftop movie series in Los Angeles has announced the first leg of its 2018 schedule, which starts on April 4. As with last year, Rooftop Cinema Club’s 2018 edition features two venues for guests to choose from: The rooftop at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood and a rooftop setting at LEVEL, DTLA, a luxury apartment building in Downtown L.A.. The distinguishing features of a typical RCC include early access to enjoy sunset views (which at the Montalban, at least, are quite lovely) plus a unique sound system.  Rather than relying on outdoor speakers, guests watch films in lawn chairs while enjoying the movie’s audio via noise-cancelling headphones, which are provided for each attendee. Blankets are also handed out upon request if the weather gets a bit chilly.

A quick glance at this year’s schedule shows a densely packed lineup of acclaimed recent releases (I, TonyaCall Me By Your Name, Get Out) mixed with classics (Casablanca, Blade Runner, The Godfather). There are numerous double-bills at The Montalban, including same-night screenings of The Breakfast Club with Fast Times at Ridgemont High as well as Pan’s Labryinth with The Shape of Water. However, I should note that a quick look at the ticketing system on RCC’s website makes it unclear whether a purchased ticket for an early screening (say Fast Times at 7:45 p.m.) also gets you access to the screening that follows (Breakfast Club at 10:30 p.m.) or if you would have to purchase two tickets to see both. I strongly recommend inquiring on this point before purchasing for a double-bill evening.

That said, individual tickets are $19 per screening, and you can also buy a ‘Love Seat’ for $28, which includes a double deckchair for two and bottomless popcorn. Cocktails, candy and street food are available for purchase on site. You can take a look at the full schedule of dates, times and films (released so far) below.

Also, if outdoor movies are your jam, you may want to take a look at the recently released schedule for Street Food Cinema 2018.

Rooftop Cinema Club Schedule – April + May 2018

April 4 – I, Tonya at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 5 – The Florida Project at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 6 – The Big Lebowski at LEVEL Downtown L.A. – 8 p.m.

April 6 – Back to the Future at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 6 – Raiders of the Lost Ark at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 7 – Memento at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m

April 7 – The Prestige at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m

April 7 – The Shape of Water at LEVEL Downtown L.A – 8 p.m.

April 10 – Chinatown at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 10 – Drive at LEVEL Downtown L.A. – 8 p.m.

April 11 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 11 – Frances Ha at LEVEL, Downtown L.A. – 8 p.m.

April 12 – Gone Girl at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 12 – It at LEVEL Downtown L.A. 8 p.m.

April 13 – La La Land at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 13 – The Notebook at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 13 – Heat at LEVEL, Downtown L.A. – 8 p.m.

April 14 – Baby Driver at The Montalban Holywood – 7:30 p.m.

April 14 – Murder on the Orient Express at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 14 – Dunkirk at LEVEL, Downtown L.A. – 8 p.m.

April 17 – The Godfather at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 17 – Dirty Dancing at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 18 – The Godfather: Part II at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 18 – Coco at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 19 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 19 – Lady Bird at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 20 – Mean Girls at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 20 – The Lost Boys at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 20 – Blade Runner at LEVEL, DTLA- 8 p.m.

April 21 – Fast Times at Ridgemont High at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 21 – The Breakfast Club at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 21 – Blade Runner 2049 at LEVEL, DTLA- 8 p.m.

April 24 – Boyz in the Hood at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 24 – Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 25 – The Greatest Showman at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 25 – All About Eve at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 26 – Thor: Ragnarok at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 26 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 27: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

April 27 – Rebecca at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 27 – Phantom Thread at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 28 – Terminator 2 – Director’s Remastered Version at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

April 28 – Twelve Monkeys at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

April 28 – Silence of the Lambs at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 1 – I, Tonya at LEVEL, DTLA-  8 p.m.

May 1 – Some Like It Hot at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 2 – Goodfellas at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 2 – Casablanca at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 3 – Sleepless in Seattle at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 3 – The Ashphalt Jungle at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 4 – Stronger at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 4 – Taxi Driver at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 4 – Midnight Run at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 5 – Pulp Fiction at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 5 – Dunkirk at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 5 – Darkest Hour at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 8  – Battle of the Sexes at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 8 – Do The Right Thing at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 9 – Pretty Woman at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 9 – Scarface at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 10 – Clueless at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 10 – Call Me By Your Name at The Montalban Hollywood –  7:45 p.m.

May 11 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 11 – Muriel’s Wedding at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 11 – The King’s Speech at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 12 – The Post at LEVEL LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 12 – Pan’s Labyrinth at The Montalban Hollywood – 7:45 p.m.

May 12 – The Shape of Water at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 15 – Girls Trip at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 15 – Charade at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 16 – It at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 16 – On The Town at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 17 – Happy Death Day at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 17 – No Country for Old Men at The Montalban Hollywood, 8 p.m.

May 18 – La La Land at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 18 – Hell or High Water at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 18 – Get Out at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 19 – Coco at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 19 – Risky Business at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 19 – Top Gun at The Montalban Hollywood – 10:30 p.m.

May 22 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 22 – The Greatest Showman at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 23 – The Breakfast Club at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 23 – Lady Bird at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 24 – Casablanca at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 24 – Dirty Dancing at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

 

May 25 – The Godfather at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 25 – Blade Runner at The Montalban – 8 p.m.

May 26 – The Dark Knight at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 26 – Blade Runner 2049 -at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 29 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 29 – Inception at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 30 – Back to the Future at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 30 – L.A. Confidential at The Montalban Hollywood – 8 p.m.

May 31 – Brick at LEVEL, DTLA – 8 p.m.

May 31 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at The Montalban Hollywood- 8 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit rooftopcinemaclub.com.

 

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Cool Spots, Happenings

You Can Now Ride Swan Boats at Echo Park Lake

March 6, 2018 by Brian Champlin
Swan pedal boat Echo Park Lake

New swan pedal boat at Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Swans have arrived at Echo Park Lake just in time for spring. Well, sort of. The pedal boat services at the lake are under new management, and part of the change includes an upgraded fleet of swan-shaped pedal boats available for rental. Wheel Fun Rentals has taken over the pedal boat rental space previously run by Chaffin & Reeves (doing business as Echo Park Lake Pedal Boats Canoe & Gondola). The first day of new service was this past Saturday, and it included the debut of the aforementioned swans.

According to The Eastsider the previous operators were outbid by Wheel Fun for the rights to manage the rentals in a decision approved by the Department of Recreation and Parks this past September. Chaffin & Reeves had provided pedal boat rental services at the lake since the extensive renovation of the area that took place in 2013.

Swan boat prep Echo Park Lake

Riders are prepped for a swan boat ride. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

We Like L.A. spoke to assistant manager Tom Oddo, who was has worked at the pedal boat rental space for the past 10 months, and was kept on during the transition of service providers. Oddo said the newer boats represent a significant upgrade, both in terms of size and the notable addition of canopies to shade pedal-boat riders on the open water. A small swan boat can accommodate two adults and two children under 10 years old. A large swan boat can hold up to five people. Presently about half the fleet has been swapped out for the new swan models, but the plan is to convert all of the boats in the near future.

Rentals cost $11 per hour for adults and $6 per hour for children (ages 2-17). This is a $1 increase for both adults and children compared to the old rates. Weekdays are your best bet if you want to guarantee rental availability, as weekends tend to sell out quickly. Once summer begins Oddo told We Like L.A. he expects to see high demand every day of the week.

Swan boat on Echo Park Lake

A swan pedal boat glides across the lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Boat rentals are available year-round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to sunset. The boathouse is located on the eastern side of Echo Park Lake, adjacent to Beacon at 751 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

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Happenings

The 2018 Schedule for Street Food Cinema is Here

February 27, 2018 by Brian Champlin
Street Food Cinema 2017 LA State Historic Park

Image via Street Food Cinema

We must be getting close to March because we’re about to be hit with an onslaught of outdoor movie possibilities for the rest of the year. First out of the gate: The 2018 schedule for Street Food Cinema has just dropped.

For those unfamiliar, Street Food Cinema is one of several large-scale outdoor movie screening and entertainment series that dominate the Los Angeles events scene during the summer months. The concept is pretty simple: pick large outdoor venues, bring in opening musical acts and food trucks, then show classic films on a giant screen for all to see.

Street Food Cinema is arguably the largest of these series (Eat|See|Hear is another one with a litany of screenings), with last year’s season opening screening of La La Land garnering an estimated 5,000 attendees. In recent years the series has even expanded to two other cities: San Diego and Phoenix. For this year’s L.A. version there are once again 50+ screenings to choose from.

The newly released schedule opens with Dazed and Confused at LA Historic State Park on April 28, and the rest of the year features some of my all-time favorite films including Raiders of the Lost Ark on May 26, The Sandlot on June 30, and Casablanca on August 25. The October portion of the schedule gets decidedly more spooky, with It, The Corpse Bride, Scream, and Edward Scissorhands all playing in the month leading up to Halloween.

On the downside, prices for Street Food Cinema are going up (again). Advance tickets are $19 for reserve seating and $14 for general admission. That’s up $1 each compared to last year. Also keep in mind if you decided to show up on a whim and buy at the door, each ticket is $3 more. If that price point is too much for you, consider other community-based free outdoor movie series such as the Silver Lake Picture Show.

For those that want to peruse the upcoming Street Food Cinema schedule, I have provided an overview below. To see more info on times, prices, and to purchase tickets, you can go here.

Street Food Cinema 2018 Schedule

April 28 | Dazed and Confused at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles

May 5 | I, Tonya at Poinsettia Rec Park in West Hollywood

May 5 | Get Out at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles

May 12 | Wonder Woman at Verdugo Park in Glendale

May 12 | Selena at Exposition Park

May 19 |  The Land Before Time at Park Center in Griffith Park

May 26 | Girls Trip at Exposition Park

May 26 | Raiders of the Lost Ark at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

June 2 | Space Jam at Park Center in Griffith Park

June 2 | Spice World at Poinsettia Rec Park in West Hollywood

June 9 | The Big Lebowski at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles

June 9 | Dirty Dancing at Victory Park in Pasadena

June 16 | Mrs. Doubtfire at Park Center in Griffith Park

June 16 | The Greatest Showman at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

June 23 | Stand and Deliver at Central Park in Glendale

June 23 | Back to the Future at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas

June 30 | The Sandlot at Victory Park in Pasadena

June 30 | Top Gun at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Culver City

July 7 | My Girl at Central Park in Glendale

July 7 | E.T. at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

July 14 | Romeo + Juliet at Brand Library Park in Glendale

July 14 | 500 Days of Summer at Marriott Golf Course in Manhattan Beach

July 21 | Grease at Park Center in Griffith Park

July 21 | Lady Bird at Pan Pacific Park in Beverly Hills

July 28 | Bring it On at Park Center in Griffith Park

July 28 | Frida at Eagle Rock Rec Park in Eagle Rock

August 4 | Hairspray (1988) at Poinsettia Rec Park in West Hollywood

August 4 | The Mask at Victory Park in Pasadena

August 11 | Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at Verdugo Park in Glendale

August 11 | Pretty Woman at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

August 18 | She’s The Man at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Culver City

August 18 | The Lion King at Park Center in Griffith Park

August 25 | Casablanca at Victory Park in Pasadena

August 25 | Xanadu at Pan Pacific Park in Beverly Hills

September 1 | The Wizard of Oz at Park Center in Griffith Park

September 1 | The Wedding Singer at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

September 8  | Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist at Central Park in Glendale

September 8 | La La Land at Marriott Golf Course in Manhattan Beach

September 15 | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Brand Library Park in Glendale

September 15 | The Craft & Teen Witch (pajama party) at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles

September 22 | Magic Mike at Poinsettia Rec Park in West Hollywood

September 22 | Mean Girls at Victory Park in Pasadena

September 22 | Moonrise Kingdom at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

September 29 | Practical Magic at Park Center in Griffith Park

September 29 | The Nightmare Before Christmas at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas

October 6| It at Poinsettia Rec Park in West Hollywood

October 6 | The Corpse Bride at Victory Park in Pasadena

October 13 | Twilight at Central Park in Glendale

October 20 | Scream at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles

October 20 | Edward Scissorhands at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

October 27 | Shaun of the Dead at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Culver City

October 27 | Coco at Victory Park in Pasadena


For more information on Street Food Cinema visit www.streetfoodcinema.com.

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KPCC Is Going to Revive LAist… So What Does That Mean?

February 23, 2018 by Brian Champlin
DTLA Skyline daytime

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

LAist is coming back, only this time under new management. In an open letter published on their website this morning, Southern California Public Radio Station KPCC announced that they have acquired LAist, the hyper-local Los Angeles news site that was shutdown this past November as part of the overall shuttering of Gothamist and DNAInfo properties by billionaire owner Joe Ricketts.

KPCC’s acquisition of LAist includes the site’s internet domain, story archive, and social media profiles. The move is part of a joint deal by multiple public radio stations to acquire Gothamist properties from Ricketts.

KPCC joins WNYC (New York), and WAMU (Washington, D.C.) to acquire Gothamist, DCist, and LAist. SFist and Chicagoist also appear to be part of the transaction, though neither are mentioned in the press release. If you go to any of the sites at this very moment you’ll see a notation on top alerting readers to the acquisition.

“It’s been a rough couple of months for media in L.A,” KPCC chief content officer Kristen Muller wrote in the open letter, “But the mission hasn’t changed. The health of our local media landscape matters. Public officials need to be held accountable for their actions. The future of our city depends on engaged residents to make informed choices.”

Agree, agree, and agree.

And as for how KPCC will match up with LAist’s historically irreverent tone? “It’s unknown,” Muller said, according to KPCC. “We have to figure it out internally how best to live up to the expectation of the audience that LAist has accumulated over years.”

On the one hand, LAist’s resurrection is an exciting development for a city starved for metro coverage. The people in our area deserve more. And whatever your thoughts about LAist’s snarky tone and content, their contributions really added something to the overall conversation within L.A. media. I know for me personally the events, arts and entertainment stories by LAist was a core inspiration for the birth of We Like L.A.

On the other hand, it’s unclear at this time who, if any, of the old LAist staff would be brought back on to run the site, or how closely it will resemble its prior version. According to Wired, the deal was led by Gothamist founders Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung, with cash for the transaction coming from “two anonymous donors who have contributed an undisclosed sum to acquire the brands.” Dobkin and Chung will start publishing content for the “new” Gothamist starting this spring. As for other writers, sales people, or other former staff, nothing is said.

Another aspect that rubs me the wrong way is how Ricketts is portrayed in press release announcing the acquisition:

“The most important thing for me was to make sure the assets went to a news organization that would honor our commitment to neighborhood storytelling. I can’t think of a better home for these sites and their archives than WNYC and public radio stations KPCC and WAMU.”

Really? Awfully magnanimous for a guy who turned over dozens of people’s lives on a whim (and without notice) when he decided to terminate the sites.

When the Gothamist websites were closed this past November it sent a shockwave through hyper-local media. Ricketts, a vehement opponent of unions, pulled down the sites without notice to the staff only a week after the Gothamst and DNAinfo New York employees had voted to unionize. The swiftness and forcefulness of his decision was a warning bell for anyone who cares about local coverage, as former LAist editor-in-chief Julia Wick explained in an outstanding piece for City Lab published only days after Ricketts pulled the plug.

This is all to say that Los Angeles is in the midst of one of the most uncertain times of its journalistic history.  In the past few months the LA Weekly changed ownership and had its staff gutted. The L.A. Times has had its own recent newsroom dramas and was ultimately sold by Tronc to billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Looking into the future, my inner-cynic wonders if LAist 2.0 can flourish as its earlier incarnation did. It’s unclear just how much funding and staffing KPCC is going to put behind the new venture. Will there be a new full-time team or will it simply become an amplification tool of existing KPCC content (not that this would be a bad thing). At this point, there’s no time frame for when publishing new stories would begin, but I imagine we’ll start seeing something by the spring.

For now, color me cautiously optimistic, but not quite ecstatic. LAist deserves a second chance. Los Angeles deserves more coverage. In those ways, it’s a good day to be a consumer of local news.

We’ll see how it all shakes out in the coming months.

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Happenings, Lifestyle

Cherry Blossom Festivals in L.A. Return Starting in March

February 21, 2018 by Brian Champlin

Spring is on our doorstep, and the corresponding flower blooms in Los Angeles County (such as they are) are right around the corner. While places like the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve are likely to have a  down year due to lack of winter rains, there are still spots in the greater L.A.-area where you can enjoy a bit of colorful and fragrant fun. Case in point: Cherry blossom festivals.

To that end, if you’d like to check out some of the cherry blossom related events/festivals/walks available in and around our city, I’ve compiled a handy list of locations, dates, times, and costs for you to peruse below. These include the South Coast Botanic Cherry Blossom Festival, The West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival, the Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival, and Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park.

And of course if you need a little inspiration to plan a date, you can check out the video below showing off the cherry blossom bloom from last year (2017) at Descanso Gardens.

One quick note on Descanso for 2018: Instead of back-to-back weekends of cherry blossom festival events, this year they’re spreading out their talks/workshops/performances on various dates throughout March, while also offering ‘spring bloom walks’ every weekend in March and April.

Just something to bear in mind as you scan the list. In any case, enjoy!

2018 Cherry Blossom Festivals and Events in L.A.

South Coast Botanic Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
General Admission is $9, seniors and students are $6, and children are $4

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in West Covina
Saturday, March 17, 2018, noon to 6 p.m.
112 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
FREE

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in Huntington Beach
Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
711 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
FREE

Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11 am.m. to 4 p.m.
Columbia Park, 4045 190th St, Torrance
FREE

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA
FREE

Cherry Blossom Month at Descanso Gardens
various dates throughout March and April 2018
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
General $9. Seniors 65 and over/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4.
Keep in mind some special talks and workshops include additional costs.

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Cool Spots, Food, Happenings

Here’s a Look at the New Pinball, Beer & Wine Spot That Just Opened in Eagle Rock

February 19, 2018 by Brian Champlin
Walt's Bar Eagle Rock

Walt’s Bar in Eagle Rock. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

If you’re looking for pinball action, craft beer, and hot dogs served from a rotisserie, this new spot in Eagle Rock just might be your new jam. Walt’s opened its doors this past Friday at the storefront previously occupied by Connors Plumbing & Heating on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd and Westdale Avenue.

The laid back vibe inside Walt’s is exactly what you’d expect after a conversation with co-owner Jeff Johnsen, who started Walt’s along with brother Brad and friend Travis Echert. The inside is dimly lit, a bit noisy, and highlighted by the nine pinball machines lined up in the back right corner opposite the bar.

Walt's Bar Eagle Rock

Walt’s Bar in Eagle Rock. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

For Echert and the Johnsen brothers, this isn’t their first foray into the arcade-bar scene. The trio also owns Add-a-Ball in Seattle, which opened in 2011, and boasts some 60 vintage pinball machines. According to the The Occidental Weekly Jeff had been living in Los Angeles when the space at Connors became available this past November, and he jumped at the chance to lease it out.

In addition to pinball, visitors can expect a quality list of brews and a few light bites. The current beer selection includes 11 choices, among them Smog City’s Wow Pop! Pale Ale, Fremont Lush IPA, Mason Mexican Lager, Port Chronic Ale, Boulevard Imperial IP, and Mother Earth Honcho Hefe.

On the food front, visitors can snack on the aforementioned hot dogs ($3.50 for either a beef or veggie version), plus two kinds of soft pretzels, which in come in either a standard German style ($5) or something called ‘El Jefe’ ($7). If beer isn’t on your agenda, there are also five wines available on the menu.

Walt's Bar in Eagle Rock

Walt’s Bar in Eagle Rock. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

When I visited this past Friday evening Jeff confirmed to me that the daily hours for Walt’s will be from 11 a.m to 2 a.m., although the outdoor patio area will have to close early to conform to neighborhood noise limits. Competitive pinball players will take note that the owners plan to host tournaments on Wednesday nights. Although nine pinball games are currently being offered, the plan is to rotate games in and out moving forward. I’d suggest following Walt’s Bar on Instagram to check for updates on specific times and/or changing of the current pinball lineup.

Although some speculated the new bar would be named Connors in reference to the current signage and plumbing biz, it turns out the name has a more familial connection.

According to Jeff, the father of the Johnsen boys taught them “everything they know about drinking and fixing stuff.” Those lessons have come in handy curating a craft beer menu and repairing old pinball machines. It’s fitting then that their newest venture would also bear the name of one of their biggest inspirations: their dad Walt.

Walt’s is located at 4680 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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Things To Do

Here’s What New Disneyland Ticket Prices Look Like for 2018

February 12, 2018 by Brian Champlin

In a move that surprises literally no one, Disneyland is raising their theme park prices for 2018. The price hike comes as the Southern California park prepares for opening of Pixar Pier this summer followed by the debut of Star Wars Land in 2019.

As of yesterday the price of all tickets and annual passes has gone up, with two exceptions: The price of a value 1-day pass remains the same at $97, and the value 1-day park hopper will decrease from $157 to $147. The price of a regular, 1-day, 1-park pass has increased from $110 to $117.

Annual passholders will the most drastic increases, with most annual passes increasing by $100 (or more) per yearr. Purchasers of the Southern California Select pass, which is blocked out on weekends, will go up from $339 to $369.

Disneyland CA

Disneyland, CA. Photo by HarshLight via flickr cc

Here’s a price comparison of 2017 and 2018 Disneyland tickets based on type:

Value: 1-day, 1-park 2017: $97 | 2018: $97
Value: 1-day parkhopper 2017: $157 | 2018: $147
Regular: 1-day, 1-park 2017: $110 | 2018: $117
Regular: 1-day parkhopper 2017: $165 | 2018: $167
Peak: 1-day, 1 park 2017: $124 | 2018: $135
Peak 1-day parkhopper 2017: $174 | 2018: $185
Signature Plus Annual Passport 2017: $1049 | 2018: $1149
Signature Annual Passport 2017: $849 | 2018: $999
Deluxe Annual Passport 2017: $619 | 2018: $729
So Cal Annual Passport (on hiatus – only renewals) 2017: $469 | 2018: $549
Select Annual Passport: 2017: $339 | 2018: $369

Martin Lewison, a Disney price expert and assistant business professor at Farmingdale State College in New York, told the Los Angeles Daily News that the focus on raising prices for annual passholders is to be expected, as these customers are the least profitable segment of the park’s visitors.

“They’ve been trying to trim the number of annual passholders for some time,” Lewison explained. “The number of annual passholders is more than they have capacity for at the parks.”

Pixar Pier will open June 23, 2018 at the soon-to-be revamped California Adventure Park. Pixar Pier will be composed of four distinct “neighborhoods” with each inspired by a specific Pixar movie (or movies), including The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Inside Out. The centerpiece for the new Pixar Pier will be the Incredicoaster, a new Indcredibles-themed ride that replaces California Screamin’, which closed on January 8 in advance of the renovation.

There is still no firm date for Star Wars Land to open, other than sometime in 2019.

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Things To Do

10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Thursday, February 8, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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DTLA Theatre District

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [12:30 p.m.] There’s a free mindful awareness meditation going on at the Hammer. Participants are welcome to stay for the entire 30-minute session or leave when they choose. FREE

2. [6 p.m.Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

3. [7 p.m.] Nerd Nite Los Angeles at Busby’s East.

4. [7 p.m.] L.A. native Lesley Telléz will head to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to share her insights and dishes from her cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas this Thursday.

5. [7:30 p.m.] Laemmle NoHo 7 and Eat|See|Hear return with Throwback Thursdays. This week they’ll screen The Big Lebowski(DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. [7:30 p.m.] Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization will join forces with the LA Opera for Night OUT at the Opera. Guests will be treated to a production of Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE, followed by a post-performance party with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and special performances. Get 20% off your ticket and receive admission to the post-show party with promo code: EQCA

7. [8 p.m.]  There’s a one-man, family-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens Great Expectations at The Wallisin Beverly Hills. Performances will run February 8-11.

8. [9 p.m.Tha ‘Licious Party at The Virgil. FREE (before 10 p.m.)

9. [various] The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them.

10. [variousFree admission at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

DEAL OF THE DAY: Get a FREE distillery tour and tasting at Greenbar Distillery with the promo code LAHEART.

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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Free Museums, Happenings

Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For February (2018)

January 30, 2018 by Brian Champlin

The intent of this “cheat-sheet” is to denote specific free days in any given month where Los Angeles museums that normally charge an admission waive their entry fees (not including parking).

For this post we’re detailing the month of February, 2018, which includes a special free admission day at LACMA for President’s Day on February 19. As always please keep in mind there are over two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer free admission ALL the time which are not listed here.

To this end we’ve compiled a handy list of ALL of those free museums (including favorites like The Getty, California Science Center, The Hammer Museum, and more) if you’d like to explore all your freebie options for February.

Enjoy!

Urban Light Sculpture at LACMA

Urban Light at LACMA. Credit: Sarah Ackerman via flickr cc

[FEB 1] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 1MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 1] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 1] Huntington Library (note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. For this reason we’d suggest you take a look at the free day for March and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

[FEB 1] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 2] Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 2] Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm)

[FEB 2] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 6] ] Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 6Natural History Museum

[FEB 6Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits

[FEB 8] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 8MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 8] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 8] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 9] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 11] Museum of Latin American Art

[FEB 11] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 13] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[FEB 13] Autry Museum of the American West

[FEB 15] Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[FEB 15MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 15] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 15] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 16] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 18] Museum of Latin American Art

[FEB 18] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 19] Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free on President’s Day.

[FEB 20Los Angeles County Arboretum

[FEB 20South Coast Botanic Garden

[FEB 20Descanso Gardens

[FEB 22MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Skirball Cultural Center

[FEB 22] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

[FEB 23] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 25] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 25] Museum of Latin American Art


As a reminder, it’s always good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the above links to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. If there are any errors, omissions, or corrections you’d like to note for this list, feel free to comment below or email us at tips@welikela.com.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 20, 2018

January 20, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Saturday, January 20, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Paramount Ranch at Night

Photo via National Park Service / Public Domain


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1. [9 a.m.Women’s March Los Angeles 2018 taking place in Pershing Square.

2. [9 a.m.]  Enjoy a snow day in Diamond Bar at the annual Winter Snow Fest. Over 100 tons of snow will provide hours of sledding on four hills and other wintery fun.

3. [9 a.m.]  The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening January 20-21 in City of Industry is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

4. [10 a.m.] Forest Lawn Museum’s latest exhibition Pigskin Peanuts is an homage to the late great Charles M. Schulz. Featuring 50 Sunday and daily football-themed comic strips and other Peanuts related objects, the family friendley exhibit will be on display from January 18 through March 15, 2018. Admission to the museum and parking is always free. FREE

5. [noon.]  Iron Triangle turns two this Saturday with an epic BBQ Showdown where you decide the winner. $20 gets you a three item plate from competitors Moo’s Craft Barbecue and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen, feast and then vote for your favorite. The BBQ starts at 1 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. or until the food runs out. Iron Triangle will also have new beers on tap including Sluice Gate IPA, Blasting Cap Vienna Lager, Stock and Trade: English Pub Ale on Nitro and Barrel Aged Jawbone Stout.

6. [6 p.m.] The National Park Service will host Mysteries of the Night Sky a Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch. Guests will have a chance to see star clusters, nebulae and more through high-powered telescopes with astronomers and children can become an official Night Sky Junior Ranger. FREE

7. [6 p.m.Gateway to the Moon 3.0 is a new immersive installation from artist Gazoo opening at de Plume gallery in East Hollywood this Saturday. The large-scale installation, is designed to transport visitors into a 360° retro-future dimension created from tape, lighting, and sound. FREE

8. [6 p.m.]  There’s an extra cute and powerful art show titled I Am Extraordinary curated by Bored Inc.happening at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock. The group show will feature 28 female artists and a portion of the sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and She Should Run. FREE

9. [7 p.m.]  ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011,’ will close this weekend at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. To celebrate, the gallery will host free musical performances inspired by Kelly from anti-rock noise bands Extended Organ, Lonely Street, and telecaves. FREE

10. [various] dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) continues with exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $4.75 tix to the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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