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This Saturday BoldPas Returns for a Massive Day of Free Public Art in Old Pasadena

May 7, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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For the second year in a row Boldpas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena offers a unique experience of one of Los Angeles County’s most walkable neighborhoods. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s happening on May 12. And most importantly? It’s free and open to the public.

Think of Old Pasadena as a canvas, and Boldpas as an infusion of color to highlight and showcase the surrounding area. Visitors can hang with friends, wander the alleys, talk with artists, and capture plenty of Instagram-worthy content. More than anything, it’s a chance to explore and connect with Pasadena’s creative community.

Temporary art installations will line the historic alleyways of the historic 22-block district. Selected works from L.A. artists will feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness. There will also be 30+ Art Stops, live painters, an activity hub, and maps available for self-guided tours. In short, there’s a lot to do.

A full list of activities for the day includes:

13 Temporary Art Installations by selected artists: Kelley Anderson, Todd Bank, Ash Cano, Leah Clancy, Maxwell Coppola, Hannah Hiler, Phillip Meacham, Rebekah Neel & Meagan VanDeventer, Nathaniel Osollo, Keith Patterson & Viviana Palacio, Robyn Sanford, Amy Van Gilder, Rachel Visalda

Live Painters Allison Bamcat, Luke Chueh, and Valerie Pobjoy working all afternoon on new large canvas pieces

“Beautiful Pasadena”: A Special Installation Presented by Flower Pepper Gallery featuring 5 artists each taking over a display window: Valerie Pobjoy, Ivana Quezada, Shangee Shin, Amy Van Gilder, Po Yan Leung

Pasadena Walking Tours hosts two tours at 12:30pm and 3:00pm, highlighting both the temporary installations and Old Pasadena’s permanent public art, as well as offering a chance to meet the onsite artists. Tours require advance registration.

30+ Art Stops at participating stores and restaurants create the perfect backdrop for selfies and one-of-a-kind photo ops.

Friendship Church Activity Hub offering poetry writers in the “Haiku Garden”, KCRW DJ Glenn Red, food trucks, Friendship Gospel Choir performance, and tours of the historic church

Warrior Painters capturing the event scene en plein air at several locations

Self-guided tours via event maps available at three Info Booths and all Art Stops.

Boldpas takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from noon to 8 p.m. Metro ridership is strongly encouraged, with nearby Gold Line stops at Memorial Park or Del Mar Station.

If you’re mapping directions to the event please use 36 W. Colorado Blvd., 91105 or 109 E. Union Street, 91103. Alleys hosting installations include Mercantile Place, Mills Place, and Big Bang Theory Way. Friendship Church Pasadena will host one installation and many
additional activities, including a DJ, food trucks, and gospel choir performances.

For a complete overview of this year’s installations, as well as other relevant information to plan your day, please visit https://www.oldpasadena.org/visit/events/signature-events/boldpas/.

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This L.A. Distillery Has Planted Over 700K Trees in the Past Decade

April 19, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Greenbar Distillery may be Los Angeles’ oldest operating distillery in a long time but that doesn’t mean it can’t take a fresh approach to how to serves its customers, and the world at large.

Ten years ago, Greenbar Distillery made a firm commitment to sustainability. That meant using only organic ingredients for their spirits, focusing on energy efficient production practices and using lightweight and recycled packaging. More specifically, Greenbar Distillery made a promise to plant one tree per bottle sold starting in early 2008. As of April, 2018, Greenbar Distillery has planted more than 700,000 trees. The milestone is a testament to the powerful idea that doing a little every day makes a huge difference over time.

“It’s amazing what a small company can accomplish by making better choices available to the public,” said Greenbar Distillery co-founder Melkon Khosrovian via a release. “We want to send out a big thank you to our customers and business partners for helping us get here.”

Ultimately, sustainability is about more than just good intentions. It’s about results. Greenbar Distillery’s trees are planted in the Central American rainforests, providing not only carbon sinks but shade for fair trade crops of coffee and cacao so local farmers can better feed their families.

Families in Honduras participate in Sustainable Harvest International.

The distillery’s decade-long commitment to sustainable practices is akin to erasing the carbon footprint of 12 million Americans for a day. Put another way, that’s the equivalent of offsetting 550 metric tons of CO2-eq greenhouse gases. That’s not to say they haven’t had some help.

In addition to tens of thousands of spirits lovers choosing Greenbar Distillery products, some of the company’s biggest retail and bar supporters include Whole Foods Markets, True Food Kitchen, Total Wines & More, Mohawk Bend, Coastera, Cafe 21 and Manuela.

Of course, all this makes one wonder: How much of a Greenbar Distillery spirit does someone need to imbibe to erase their carbon footprint for a day? A 1.5 ounce pour, or about what goes into a typical drink, would do the trick.

To learn more about Greenbar Distillery, their products, and their mission for sustainability, visit greenbardistillery.com/sustainability.


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Greenbar Distillery Teams Up With The Burrito Project to Donate 10,000 Burritos to The Hungry This Spring

March 6, 2018 by Sponsored Post

The following is a sponsored collaboration between Greenbar Distillery and We Like L.A.

The Burrito Project is a group of people who meet monthly to commune with one another and share quality food with the disenfranchised people of downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Greenbar Distillery knows how important it is to give back. Together these two organizations are teaming up to make a real difference to our community.

Over the coming month Greenbar Distillery will work with The Burrito Project, and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. But they need YOU to get involved too. Here’s how it works:

Participating establishments around L.A. will feature a brand new CITY Bright gin cocktail and, every time it’s ordered, they’ll donate a burrito to help the hungry. It’s that simple! There are more than two dozens locations where you can order a cocktail to donate, including Baldoria, Cafe Gratitude, Library Bar, Mohawk Bend, The Corner Door, The Virgil, True Food Kitchen, and many more.

The goal is donate a total of 10,000 burritos by the end of spring. Greenbar Distillery is spearheading this campaign because they care about our community, love nutritious burritos, and want everyone to feel a little happier.

As a bonus to guests who participate, anyone who follows @GreenbarDistillery on Instagram can snap a photo of their CITY Bright gin cocktail, then post it to IG with the hashtag #DRINKCITYGIN in order to enter the Ultimate L.A. Staycation contest, with a prize including a stay in Downtown Los Angeles.

For more information on Greenbar Distillery’s partnership with The Burrito Project, and for the full list of participating establishments please visit greenbardistillery.com/burritos.

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Things to Do, See & Eat on a Lovely Long Beach Staycation

March 1, 2018 by Sponsored Post

The following is a sponsored collaboration between Hilton and We Like L.A.

View of Downtown Long Beach

View of Downtown Long Beach from the Hotel Maya. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

A few weeks back the folks at Hilton presented us with an offer we simply couldn’t refuse: Come enjoy a complimentary stay at the beautiful Hotel Maya (a DoubleTree hotel by Hilton), explore the downtown Long Beach area, and tell our readers all about our adventures.

Long Beach, and specifically downtown Long Beach, provides a perfect blend of landmark attractions, cultural experiences, and delicious dining options for staycationers of all types. For Angelenos on the search for a getaway idea that won’t break the bank and is just a short distance away, LB is a fantastic choice.

Our Stay

The Hotel Maya provided the perfect jumping off point for getting to know the area. The hotel is situated on a palm tree-lined resort on the south side of Queensway Bay, almost within shouting distance of the Queen Mary. The Latin vibe and decor is chill, the views are great, and there’s even a man-made beach with cabanas to help relax on hot summer days and fire pits for guests to toast marshmallows during the evenings. And you’re only minutes away from most of Long Beach’s most famous things to do.

Hotel Maya Interior

Interior of the Hotel Maya. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

One other great thing if you book now: Participating Hilton hotels in Los Angeles and Orange County are offering a Dine In/Dine Out package where you can save up to 20% off dinner at your hotel restaurant, local food tours or at one of many participating local restaurants during your stay. Be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts!

Things to Do & See

You can only do and see so much if you’re on a two or three-day vacation, but luckily, we’re expert planners and were able to get a lot done in a short window. You may or may not want to pack in as much as we did, but we’re here to give you options.

One note on getting around: The Passport is a free bus that connects you to many of downtown Long Beach’s signature attractions including the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, and Shoreline Village. We suggest taking advantage of it if you can!

Ok, now let’s take a look of some of the experiences you might want to check out for yourself.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Inside the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

The Aquarium of the Pacific

Fun fact: The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. With over 11,000 animals on display in more than 50 exhibits, there’s no better place in SoCal to get to know the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean. The sea otters will make you smile, the manta rays will inspire awe and wonder, and the sharks will shiver your spine (though you’ll learn they’re far less scary than you think!) → More information

The Queen Mary

It’s very rare to be able to step on to a piece of living history, but the Queen Mary offers just that. Retired from service in 1967, the Queen Mary sailed to Southern California the same year and has called Long Beach home ever since. The ship now serves as a tourist attraction with restaurants, a museum, and hotel. On board you can take a guided tour, explore the gift shops, poke your head into an exhibit with a massive LEGO replica of the ship itself, or just wander the decks and interior (like we did!) soaking up the views and hunting for Instagram opportunities. → More information

Queen Mary

Exterior of the Queen Mary. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. The permanent exhibition space includes work by Rufino Tamayo, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Los Carpinteros and Tunga. There are also special exhibitions and events happening all the time that you might be able to check out. BONUS: Sundays at MoLAA are free thanks to the kind folks at Target, and the museum also offers free admission on every fourth Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. → More information

Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum isn’t grand by square footage, but the collection is diverse with more than 3,200 works encompassing 300 years of American and European art in all media. Some highlights include furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, ceramics by Beatrice Wood, and sculptures by Claire Falkenstein, George Rickney and Peter Voulokos. Regular adult admission is $7, but keep in mind they offer free entry on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. → More information

Retro Row on 4th St.

Simply put, Retro Row offers one of the most densely packed vintage shopping destinations in all of L.A. County. Within a few city blocks you’ll find vintage-inspired clothing and furnishings, record stores, a 50s-style barbershop, a restored 1920’s Art Theatre, and lots more. The area also features many locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops, plus every month they have a community event called 4th Fridays that activates the neighborhood with discounts and food deals, live music, pop-up shops, and art. → More information

Gondola Getaway

Sunset aboard a Gondola Getaway. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Gondola Getaways

Want to kick up the romance a notch? Gondola Getaways has been offering romantic and relaxing cruises through the canals of Naples Island since 1982. We honestly can’t think of a more idyllic spot for a kiss in all of Long Beach than passing under a canal by gondola during sunset. BONUS: Ask your gondolier about their vocal training and abilities, because you won’t want to miss getting a little romantic serenade under canals (the acoustics are incredible!) → More information

Places to Eat

As in the previous section, we know your time would be limited if you’re staying for just a couple days, but we’ve curated a diverse list of eating options, from casual coffee spots to higher end dining, that you might want to try.

Brunch at Fuego

Brunch at Fuego. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Fuego at The Maya

Fuego offers stunning, picturesque views of Downtown Long Beach and the Queen Mary. The Modern Latin restaurant serves a variety of antojos (appetizers) including a Spicy Lobster Guacamole, alongside fresh ceviche and dinner staples like a Gaucho New York Steak served with red chimichurri. We suggest making a reservation for either dinner to catch the glowing sunset or for Sunday brunch which includes a cocktail, an entree, endless food stations and a dessert bar for $45 a person. Keep in mind the aforementioned Dine In/Dine Out package applies here as well. → More information

Roe Seafood

Chef Arthur Gonzalez’s Roe Seafood located in Belmont Shore serves sustainable seafood in a casual atmosphere. Diners will find seafood towers, sashimi, crab croquettes, swordfish “al pastro” and land options like a grass fed flat iron steak on the menu. Not to be outdone by the impressive food menu, Roe’s bar program offers guests Tiki inspired libations, sake, craft beers and a wide range of wines from Sonoma to Burgundy, France. We suggest having dinner at Roe or catching the happy hour specials that run 3 to 6 p.m. daily. → More information

Roe Seafood

Sashimi at Roe Seafood. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

George’s Greek Cafe

A favorite among locals, George’s is a family owned institution in Long Beach. Their happy hour is unbeatable with $2.50 small plates of dolmathes and falafel to $3.50 well drinks served everyday from 3 to 7 p.m. If you’re vacationing with a big group, this might be the best spot on this list, as the ambience is warm and inviting, and the portions are generous. There are three George’s locations in Long Beach and Lakewood, but if we had to choose we’d rank the Pine Ave location as the best.  → More information

Parker’s Lighthouse

Located in the heart of Shoreline Village, Parker’s Lighthouse is a truly unique place to dine. The restaurant is situated inside a lighthouse and serves mesquite grilled seafood, sushi and land options like a “Garlic Cheese Bread” Burger. Wine lovers can checkout their two-story wine cellar and sip from the award winning wine list. We suggest going for lunch to enjoy the view or during their happy hour, Monday through Thursday 3 to 7 p.m., Friday 3 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 7 to 9 p.m. → More information

Beachwood BBQ

Beer and barbecue go hand in hand and at Beachwood BBQ that’s exactly what you’ll get. Smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket are all on the menu, along with 22 rotating beers on tap. Head in for lunch and stay late tasting special and hard to find beers. → More information

Cafe Piccolo

Dinner at Cafe Piccolo. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Cafe Piccolo

Opened since 1985, Cafe Piccolo has racked up a loyal following with their eclectic Italian menu and one-of-a-kind outdoor/indoor space. Considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Long Beach, Cafe Piccolo is best enjoyed in the evening where the dimly lit space is illuminated by a fire pit in the center of the room. On the menu you’ll find stuffed mushrooms, Chicken Piccata, Veal Florentine and linguini with clams. → More information

Recreational Coffee

Located in Downtown Long Beach, Recreational Coffee offers elevated caffeinated drinks in an approachable atmosphere. On the menu guests will find lattes, curated pour over coffees and desert type drinks like a Chocolate Cappuccino. They also have a delicious variety of breakfast/lunch items where the bacon & egg sandwich with melted gouda and sriracha ketchup is an absolute must. We suggest saving room for a vegan donut from the award winning The Caffeinated Kitchen, a local small batch bakery dreaming up donut flavors like guava, churro and pecan praline. → More information

Portfolio Coffee

Portfolio Coffee on Retro Row is a quintessential coffee shop with great coffee, free WiFi and comfy armchairs. We suggest easing into the morning with a Mexican Chocolate Mocha or ice blended vanilla latte. Coffee beans are from illy, Intelligentsia and local roasters Heartbreak and Lord Windsor. This is also a good choice for a casual breakfast or lunch where you can find breakfast sandwiches, wraps and grilled paninis. → More information

Portfolio Coffee

Breakfast sandwich at Portfolio Coffee. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Final Thoughts

While the above list features more than a dozen ways to explore and eat your way through the greater Downtown Long Beach area, we’re well aware we’re just scratching the surface of all of the possibilities.

That said, remember that the Hotel Maya offers a wonderful destination to begin your DTLB adventure. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and with the Dine In/Dine Out package currently being offered, there’s no better time to check it out for yourself.

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Dating After Heartbreak

February 14, 2018 by Sponsored Post

The following is a sponsored collaboration between The Inner Circle and We Like L.A.

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It’s not easy getting over a bad breakup, and living in Los Angeles doesn’t make it any easier. When your friends offer cliches like ‘there are plenty of fish in the sea’, you probably ask yourself, ‘But where are all the good ones?’

While Los Angeles might the biggest ‘sea’ in the dating world, too many people here tend to go for quantity over quality. ‘Swiping’ for your next date inevitably creates a series of hollow encounters. And if you’re on the wrong end of that encounter? Heartbreak. Eventually you go through the cycle enough times and you think, what’s the point?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a dating app that fosters mutually respectful relationships, whatever length works out best. An app that champions communication, not ghosting. Where smart, savvy individuals can look for a connection without playing games. There is. It’s called The Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle can work for you, just like it worked for Rob Ward, a London-based recruitment specialist who met his fiancé and mother to his baby son-to-be on The Inner Circle more than a year ago. Rob’s story can inspire us all:

‘After a terrible break-up, I genuinely didn’t know where to start again. A friend recommended the Inner Circle on the basis that people were so straight-forward and respectful and I thought, what the hell. Before I met Rachel, I went on a number of great dates with other people. Even though we obviously weren’t compatible, I never felt as though I’d wasted my evening because everyone I met on the app was successful, smart, warm and emotionally sound. The Inner Circle gave me my dating confidence back.’

The Inner Circle can’t promise you true love over your next cup of coffee with a stranger, but it will give you the best chance to break the cycle of heartbreak and make a real connection.

Sign up today to give it a chance.


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Cocktails for Lovers at Greenbar Distillery is the Perfect Date Idea for This February in L.A.

February 13, 2018 by Sponsored Post

The following is a sponsored collaboration between Greenbar Distillery and We Like L.A.

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UPDATE 2/16/2018: Reservations for February Cocktails for Lovers consultations using the promo code LALOVERS have reached max capacity, but remember that you can still book a 75-minute consultation (sans promo code) at Greebar Distillery by checking available dates here. It’s perfect for anyone planning a big event or someone who wants to surprise their partner with a unique date experience!


What’s the perfect way to celebrate your love this February? Book a date, create a cocktail, and make a memory, all at Los Angeles’ oldest distillery… and all for FREE… but only this February. Check it out:

Cocktails for Lovers is a new program at Greenbar Distillery that offers couples a detailed, 75-minute cocktail experience to develop a signature cocktail based on their flavor preferences.

Each couple receives a detailed consultation plus a recipe to keep at the end of the session. They’ll also get a bottle of their new signature cocktail to take home PLUS a voucher for money off Greenbar Distillery spirits valid for 20 days.

Now here’s the amazing part: We Like L.A. readers can sign up for the Cocktails for Lovers consultation for FREE using the promo code LALOVERS when you book. The estimated value of the recipe, instruction, and takeaway bottle is $256 (and yes it’s 100% free with the promo code).

Freebie consultations are available Tuesday-Friday throughout February. The only catch is there are a limited number of reservations slots available. Basically, you’ll want to claim your spot as soon as possible.

And that’s it!

For more information on the consultation, and to book your experience, you can visit greenbardistillery.com/cocktailsforlovers.


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Packfed is a New Dog Food Delivery Service That Will Change How Angelenos Feed Their Pups

February 9, 2018 by Sponsored Post

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Packfed and We Like L.A.

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Angelenos love their dogs. In fact there are now 1.2 million pups calling Los Angeles County home, with that number growing every year.

You know what else we like? Food delivery apps. Delivery app usage has skyrocketed in growth year-over-year, and who among us hasn’t come home from a long day of work, seen nothing in the fridge, then immediately fired up Postmates or UberEats because, well, who wants to deal with L.A. traffic at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday?

But here’s a question: Have you ever thought about buying your dog’s food online too? It turns out many people already do.

Dog food is one of the quickest growing segments of e-commerce, expanding by 92.2% in 2017 alone. With that trend in mind, one group of dog-lovers saw an opportunity to create a unique on-demand service that benefits both humans and their four-legged friends. It’s called Packfed.

Packfed is a new delivery app serving Los Angeles by offering dog food and other dog-related products online with same-day delivery on a selection of 250 popular recipes across 21 trusted dog food brands.

Part of what makes the app stand out is how simple it is to use. Here’s how it works:

1. Pick your food.

2. Pick your delivery schedule.

3. Have your order delivered for FREE with delivery costs built into the price of food so there are no hidden fees.

4. Feed Fido, and track his or her diet.

And that’s it! When you run out of food, Packfed will deliver more. Plus, there are no commitments and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

Unlike other online dog food services, Packfed can deliver on the same day you purchase, usually within four hours of an order. That means even if you run out of food you can always refresh your dog’s supply immediately, and then never run out again.

If you’re interested in trying Packfed you can sign up for the service by going to packfed.com.


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10 Productions at The Wallis You Need to Know About in 2018

February 8, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is home to some of Los Angeles’ finest cultural programming. Since opening in October 2013, The Wallis has produced or presented more than 150 dance, theatre, opera, classical music and family programs to an ever-expanding audience, and this year promises even more extraordinary work.

But with such a robust schedule to choose from, one might ask themselves, where to begin? We suggest you start with this list of 10 productions at The Wallis you won’t want to miss in 2018.

Great Expectations comes to The Wallis from February 8-11

1. Great Expectations  (FEB. 8-11)

Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man-adaptation of the classic tale, directed by Simon Harvey and performed by David Mynne. -> Get tickets

2. Jackie Unveiled (FEB. 22 – MAR. 11)

From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan’s world premiere of the one-woman drama Jackie Unveiled explores the life of America’s most private public figure, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and stars Saffron Burrows (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”). -> Get tickets

3. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (FEB. 23 – MAR. 11)

Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th Century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution and each other. The Guardian calls it, “Deeply personal and deeply felt… a whirl of color and surreal humor.” -> Get tickets

4. wild Up (MAR. 17)

wild Up, under the direction of conductor Christopher Rountree, is an adventurous Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking musical happenings. The New York Times hails wild Up as “A raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant… fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family!” -> Get tickets

The LA Dance Project will perform at the Wallis April 5-7

5. The LA Dance Project (APR. 5-7)

The Wallis’ first ever Company-in-Residence returns for a spring concert of dance in collaboration with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied. -> Get tickets

6.  Blues in the Night (APR. 27 – MAY 20)

The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers – by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more –  tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will you leave you energized, inspired and ready to wail. The Stage raves, “Absolutely show-stopping.” -> Get tickets

BODYTRAFFIC at The Wallis from May 31 to June 2

7.  BODYTRAFFIC (MAY 31- JUNE 2)

Over the past decade BODYTRAFFIC has traveled the globe as L.A.’s most invigorating dance ambassadors. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season, BODYTRAFFIC comes home for its debut at The Wallis. “Invention, attitude and urban edge.” – The Boston Globe. -> Get tickets

8. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (JUNE 8 – JULY 1)

Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece captures one fateful summer’s day in the life of the Tyrones, a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and each member of the family indulges in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. The Wallis is honored to present the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production, led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons (“Brideshead Revisited”, Reversal of Fortune, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) opposite Olivier winner Lesley Manville (Another Year, “Harlots”, Phantom Thread). -> Get tickets

Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis from July 26 to August 12

9. Hershey Felder: Beethoven (JULY 26 – AUG 12)

Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer’s most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, selections from the 5th and 9th Symphonies, Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring you closer to the essence of a genius. -> Get tickets

10. Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen (EVERY SECOND SUNDAY)

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen leads the third season of her Dance Sundays, an exhilarating, family-friendly series of FREE outdoor dance events with instruction on styles including Salsa, African, Tap, Hip-Hop and more. -> More information

For more information on any of the programming listed above be sure to visit thewallis.org.


 

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Catching Up with the Creators of Smorgasburg: One of L.A.’s Most Dynamic Food & Shopping Destinations

January 9, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Since opening in June of 2016 at the Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles, Smorgasburg LA has continued to distinguish itself as one of the most dynamic food and shopping destinations in the city. Taking place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Smorgasburg serves both as an incubator for burgeoning small businesses, and an experimental forum for food creators who may not yet have a brick-and-mortar, but want to show off their flavors.

We Like L.A recently had a chance to chat with Eric Demby, co-founder of Smorgasburg, along with the L.A. market director Zach Brooks to discuss the genesis of the Los Angeles version of Smorg, plus a look at what’s in store for 2018, and a word on how they’ve grown their digital presence with the help of Squarespace.


Can you tell us about how the original Smorgasburg got started in Brooklyn?

[ERIC] Smorgasburg launched on the Brooklyn waterfront in May of 2011—a smorgasbord in Williamsburg—as an offshoot of the Brooklyn Flea, an outdoor shopping market where demand to be one of its food vendors became so high that we spun off the food into its own market. A real estate developer had a parcel of undeveloped land following the financial crisis and invited us to activate what was then a virtually deserted stretch of Brooklyn’s waterfront. Mighty Quinn’s BBQ debuted at the first Smorgasburg with already huge lines for its giant smoker, many vendors from opening day remain at the core of the market.

What was the reaction when it first opened? Was it an instant hit or did the market slowly build up notoriety and attendance?

[ERIC] The original market featured about 40 food vendors plus a large farmers market in the center, and was not as popular in its first year on Saturdays as the Brooklyn Flea in the same location on Sundays. Folks were excited, but it was a mostly local crowd. The nearby river-ferry stop wasn’t yet open, most of the high-rise apartments in the area either hadn’t been built or weren’t yet occupied, and in general it was a slow build. For some reason, after every winter when we close the market (it moves indoors technically) for four months, in the spring the attendance just seems to jump. Every April, including this year, the crowds grow, to where this past spring we saw 30,000 people on one day alone two different times.

What was the impetus to open up a Los Angeles edition?

[ERIC] Mainly, we love L.A. Our friends and creative circles in Brooklyn are closely interconnected with the food/art/maker/fashion worlds out there, increasingly so with each passing month it seems. I personally relish my weeks of meeting fun people in beautiful places in L.A.—what you call “work”—and of course L.A. is second in size only to New York in this fair country, so it had the best chance of becoming a success on the scale of the Brooklyn markets. We almost did a market right in the Arts District back in 2012, as we felt the moment was right even then. But by 2016 when we started working on L.A. for real, it was obvious that the stars were aligning for a food-driven community experience and gathering place. Plus, that gigantic Produce Market site within the larger ROW DTLA site, which is so cool and exciting—not to mention the 4000-car garage!—just screamed promising potential to New Yorkers like us.

Trying to recreate the magic in a completely different type of city must have been a unique challenge. What were the biggest hurdles to moving to the West Coast?

[ERIC] The hurdles were mostly psychological to be honest. The graveyard of NYC—>L.A. expansion attempts is bursting at the seams with corpses of failure. Everyone in L.A. told us that no one would get in their car and drive downtown on a Sunday. They told us there are farmers market everywhere already. And we were nervous about moving literally next to Skid Row inside a walled-off fortress with zero foot traffic. But we felt the rightness in our guts and we trusted that.

How many vendors are active at the market on a weekly basis? What are the ranges of cuisine one can experience?

[ZACH] We have 60-70 food and shopping vendors at the market every week… and features pretty much every kind of food imaginable, from BBQ to Pizza to Thai Noodles to dumplings to grilled lobsters to tacos and dessert.

Photo via Smorgasburg

We know how important managing one’s online presence is, especially when it involves driving guests from the digital world into a real life location or event. Can you tell us about your decision to use Squarespace as your website creation platform? How has that played a part in the success of Smorgasburg?

[ERIC] Squarespace is actually huge for us, seriously. Our old website until about 2015 was literally a WordPress blog template we’d been using for seven years, it was embarrassing at a certain point. Georgia from our Brooklyn HQ deep-dove on the SS tools and has evolved and improved our digital presence over the last two years to where we almost seem like we’re up-to-date with our online look and feel. But we’d be nowhere on that front without Squarespace.

Just to dig a little deeper on the transition from WordPress to Squarespace, what’s been the biggest benefit you’ve noticed overall since changing platforms? Do you feel like the upgraded look and feel has met your goals for branding Smorgasburg online? Is it leading to more foot traffic at events? 

[ERIC] The biggest benefit of switching to Squarespace is the much cleaner overall look-and-feel…. The cross-platform consistency of that tight look conveys a more mature, sophisticated brand to our audience, which was a major factor in our switch to SS. And photos, which certainly drive our social-media presence, look so much better on Squarespace, which I’m sure is also helping drive traffic to our IRL events.

A lot of food creators who can’t afford a brick-and-mortar location but need a forum to showcase their food. How do you think Smorgasburg helps these types of small business owners? How do you think Smorgasburg impacts the food culture of Los Angeles overall?

[ERIC]  Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea have quietly been the biggest small-business incubators in New York City over the last decade, launching dozens of companies from our platform. To pay $800 a month to sell to 20-30,000 people is a pretty low-risk way to try out a concept, especially compared to any type of brick-and-mortar option. It’s impossible to overestimate the value of being part of a community of knowledgeable, talented, like-minded folks when you’re in total start-up mode. And so for L.A., that means a farm team that’s going to bear fruit in the form of places like We Have Noodles in Silver Lake, Bub & Grandma’s Bread, Maury’s Bagels, and many more delicious hits to come.

Photo via Smorgasburg

Because We Like L.A. is very much focused on ‘things to do in L.A.’, we definitely take notice when Smorgasburg has special pop-ups, events or seasonal offerings (like the holiday market for example). Can you give us a sneak peak about anything in the works for 2018?

[ZACH] Most of our big theme days will be back in 2018, including BBQ Day, Put an Egg on Everything Day (Easter) and our summertime Ice Cream Alley… plus there will be new theme days, like a Vegan Super Sunday in February.  We’ll also be popping up on the Santa Monica Pier again in March, and we’re planning a dumpling event at Santa Anita Park on Feb 3rd.


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Get Ready for a Three-Day Celebration of Cuba in L.A. Starting This Thursday

November 28, 2017 by Sponsored Post

This post is a sponsored collaboration between The Music Center and We Like L.A.

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Los Angeles is nothing if not a hub for cultural exploration, and there’s no better provider of unique cultural experiences than The Music Center.

Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now is the Music Center’s latest offering. This three-day celebration of traditional and contemporary Cuban art will provide more than 48 Cuban artists the opportunity to engage with their U.S. neighbors and present their distinctive art forms.

The Music Center’s Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now will showcase Cuba’s dance and musical heritage at a variety of unique events from November 30-December 2 as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The fun kicks off with the artists themselves in conversation this Thursday, and concludes on Saturday with a dance presentation by the Malpaso Dance Company. In between will be a free dance / percussion workshop and a free Rumba Dance Party and Jam Session in Grand Park, and a Cuba-inspired version of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours.

Here’s a quick overview of all the events on the schedule:

  • Artist Conversations at the Annenberg Space for Photography on Thursday, November 30 (free reservations for this event have sold out!)
  • An Afro-Cuban Dance + Percussion Workshop at Grand Park on Friday December 1 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (free)
  • A special Cuba edition of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, December 1 (ticketed)
  • A Rumba Dance Party + Jam Session in Grand Park on Saturday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (free)
  • Two performances by the Malpaso Dance Company at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (ticketed)

Guests are encouraged to take public transport to attend, with the closest Metro stop located at the Civic Center/Grand Park station, accessible via the Red or Purple lines.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit The Music Center’s website.

Enjoy!


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This Saturday Grand Ave Arts: All Access Brings a HUGE Day of Free Arts & Culture Events to DTLA

November 1, 2017 by Sponsored Post

This post is a sponsored collaboration between the arts organizations on Grand Avenue and We Like L.A.

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For the third year in a row Grand Ave Arts invites all to explore, be curious, pop in, and choose their own adventure at some of the finest artistic spaces in Los Angeles.

Grand Ave Arts: All Access takes place on Saturday, November 4, and features more than 10 participating cultural institutions along Grand Avenue. Visitors can choose from rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, workshops, food and drink specials, and family-friendly activities. And the kicker? All happenings are free and open to the public!

Just a few of the many highlights include:

  • LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
  • Free general admission to The Broad along with special pop-up tours throughout the day.
  • Tours of The Music Center’s iconic venues and family-friendly workshops.
  • Dia de los Muertos Altar Tours in Grand Park.
  • A Los Angeles Central Library pop-up that includes a scavenger hunt in Grand Park and exhibition tours at the main library
  • Free admission at MOCA.
  • Gallery tours at Redcat.
  • And MUCH more!

Participating organizations include: The Broad, Center Theatre Group, Colburn School, Grand Park, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, LA Phil, MOCA, The Music Center and REDCAT. The massive day of fun activities will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Grand Ave Arts: All Access spans Grand Avenue from Temple Street to 6th Street.

Guests are encouraged to take public transport to attend, with the closest Metro stop located at the Civic Center/Grand Park station, accessible via the Red or Purple lines.

For a complete schedule of events to take place please visit grandavearts.org.

Enjoy!


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Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend Kicks Off This Friday!

October 23, 2017 by Sponsored Post

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Old Pasadena and We Like L.A.


How do you celebrate Day of Dead in L.A.? Come to the heart of Old Pasadena for a three-day tribute to the cherished Mexican holiday from Oct. 27-29.

More than two dozen Old Pasadena businesses will create beautiful altars in their spaces as part of the weekend-long Day of the Dead Celebration. The altars will be on view Friday through Sunday during normal hours at all participating businesses. Other events sprinkled throughout the weekend include a salsa dance party, calavera face painting, live music, free lectures and workshops, plus a number of special merchant promotions.

The 2017 Community Altar, Wings of the Dead, will be created by Los Angeles artist Sonia Romero and will be on view the entire weekend at Indiana Colony. Dedicated to our ancestors and honoring the natural cycle of life, the altar highlights the migration of monarch butterflies, said to be the souls of the dead returning home to Michoacán, Mexico, in early November. Guests at the altar are invited to leave handwritten messages on a paper butterfly to honor lost loved ones.

All events are open to the public and/or free (unless otherwise noted). Check out the full schedule of weekend to-dos listed below:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • Wings of the Dead Community Altar & Artist Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Indiana Colony Marketplace, 59 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • Salsa Dance Party Presented by La Junta from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street.
  • Free calavera face painting from 6 to 8 p.m at Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street.
  • Amara Chocolate $1 Drink Promotion from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Amara Chocolate & Coffee, 55 S. Raymond Avenue.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • Music with Marimba Tropical from 1 to 4 p,m. and free calavera Face Painting from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
  • SOLD OUT | “Chocolate: Gift of Mesoamerica” a talk by UCLA Lecturer and chocolate guru Lee Scott Theisen, Ph.D., from 1 to 2 p.m. at POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street (free registration required). A gourmet chocolate tasting is included with the event!
  • SOLD OUT | “La Madrina de Pasadena: The Remarkable History of Doña Eulalia” – Roberta H. Martinez shares the story of centenarian Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen Mariné and her impact at the Mission San Gabriel and the early days of Pasadena and surrounding areas. A mole tasting is included! From 3 to 4 p.m. at POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street (free registration required)
  • Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft from 1 to 4 p.m. at Paper Source,163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29

  • Music with Marimba Tropical from 1 to 4 p.m. and free calavera face painting 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
  • Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft from 1 to 4 p.m. at Paper Source, 163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).

Keep in mind altars will be viewable during normal business hours for each location. To find more information on registering for free events and to view a map of where to view the altars please visit www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead.


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