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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

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

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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

The following is a sponsored collaboration between Squarespace and We Like L.A. Use the code “WELIKELA” for 10% off your first Squarespace purchase. It’s time to create your own website today.

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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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10 Essential Tips for Small Business Success in Los Angeles

October 12, 2017 by Sponsored Post

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


We Like L.A. didn’t start out as a business. First and foremost it was a personal project. But as our website morphed from mere passion into a profitable venture, we learned a lot of stuff along the way. One major takeaway: You need the right online tools to succeed as a scrappy upstart.

Squarespace knows this, and that’s why they’re so dedicated to is helping entrepreneurs and small business owners bring their ideas on to the web.

Of course we all know it takes more than a great website to bring a business to life. And it starts with a few foundational principles. Master them, and you might just find out what the thrill (and struggle!) of creating a successful business is all about.

1. Define Your Core Beliefs

Ok, so you want to start a business. You have a trade or a service or a product or maybe just an idea, and you want turn that, somehow, into money. But what do you stand for? Why do you do what you do? These two key questions will pull you through almost any challenge you’ll face, whether in business, or in life. If the magnetic power of the why is powerful enough, the how always seems to reveal itself.

2. Focus on Creating Value

Figure out what you’re good at, and then be better at it then anyone else. It turns out that people like things that offer value, and the greater value you create, the more customers/clients/buyers/advertisers you’ll attract.

3. Keep it Lean

Starting a business is costly, and in Los Angeles especially so. It’s your job to overhead low to give plan as much runway as possible. Are you sure you need to hire yet? How much should you spend on marketing? One of the biggest ways to stay lean is to avoid a physical footprint. Sometimes that even turning your spare bedroom into a clothing warehouse and selling online using an e-commerce solution like the one provided by Squarespace.

4.  Balance Long Term with Short Term

It’s easy to get stuck in the weeds with day-to-day stuff, but try to periodically (as often as you can) reevaluate the course you’re on to see if you’re heading towards your long-term goal.

5. Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

L.A. is huge. And expensive. And competitive. But the upside is that are lots of interesting, smart, successful people in the mix that you can form relationships with. And there’s nothing wrong with going out of your way to meet those kinds of people. Go to networking events. Send email inquiries. Talk to shop owners or business owners or entrepreneurs every chance you get. Get really lucky, and you might even forge the most valuable kind of relationship: a mentor.

6. Research Your Local Considerations

When it comes to mucking through red tape Los Angeles doesn’t make it easy. Fortunately for us we don’t have to deal with the ins and outs of code enforcements and building permits. But remember if you want to do business in the city of angels (even as an independent contractor!), you’d better get familiar with the L.A. Office of Finance.

7. Measure Your Success

The old Peter Drucker adage goes: “What gets measured gets improved.” It’s true. But in order to figure out what moves the needle you need to watch the needle. Find ways to track your progress, and then reverse engineer your learnings into growth and progress. For us no tool has been more valuable in this process than Google Analytics. Fortunately, Squarespace offers seamless integration with GA, making measurement of digital impact that much easier.

8. Be a Master Communicator

You can’t succeed in business, in L.A. or any other city, without mastering the art of communication. Any person who combines great technical skill with masterful communication can conquer the world.

9. Have a Growth Mindset

Fact: You’re going to make mistakes along the way. You’re going to have setbacks. The difference is whether you will approach these hurdles as learning opportunities from which you can gain valuable insights, OR as an excuse to give up along the way.

10. Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Take a shot and fail, it probably won’t be as bad as you think. But if you succeed? Your whole life could be changed. And while we accept that everyone’s financial situation and life circumstances is a mitigating factor, we would also say this: Don’t let fear be the thing that holds you back.

Remember that you’re not alone. There are online resources to provide guidance. There are mentors out there willing to share their knowledge. There are amazing tools and companies like Squarespace that can help you bring your vision to life.

But it’s up to you to make it happen.

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UnSilent Cinema Brings Two FREE Nights of Silent Films & Live Scores to DTLA

September 25, 2017 by Sponsored Post

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


Ready for a music and movie night unlike anything you’ve experienced before?

UnSilent Cinema is back from September 28-29 pairing classic silent films with contemporary live scores to create a one-of-a-kind DTLA experience. And the best part? Admission is FREE and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s mission to bring public spaces to life through visual and performing arts.

Unsilent Cinema at Fig at 7th

The two-night production of UnSilent Cinema will take this Thursday and Friday at downtown Los Angeles’s premier shopping and dining destination, FIGat7th. This year’s lineup is inspired by female-focused music and film. Two full-length features with strong female leads have been paired with world premiere scores written and performed by top female musicians.

Screening on Thursday, September 28 is The Goddess (1934, directed by Wu Yonggang), with Argentinian singer and songwriter, Juana Molina, performing an original score written specially for UnSilent Cinema.

On Friday, September 29, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer) will be screened with a unique performance by American singer, songwriter and artist Julia Holter.

Both nights begin with a DJ set by Raul Campos of KCRW, along with a set by composer and filmmaker Noveller, who recently toured Europe and the US with Iggy Pop. The DJ’d music starts at 7 p.m., with screenings beginning at 8 p.m.

UnSilent Cinema is produced by Arts Brookfield in partnership with Martin Fleischmann of Rum & Humble and David Spelman of the New York Guitar Festival (NYGF).

Picnicking is encouraged and blankets provided while supplies last. Admission is free, but seating is limited and is first come, first served.

FIGat7th is located at 735 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Parking available for $5 with validation after 4 pm.

Enjoy!


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The L.A. Public Library Will Host a FREE Party This Saturday for a New Oaxacan Art Exhibition

September 11, 2017 by Sponsored Post

This post is a sponsored collaboration between the Los Angeles Library Foundation and We Like L.A.


This weekend the Los Angeles Central Library is hosting a shindig to open a new art exhibition and everyone is invited!

On Saturday, September 16 from noon to 5 p.m. the the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Public Library will present the opening for Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition celebrating the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of our city’s vibrant Oaxacan community.

Featuring new murals for Central Library by artist collective Tlacolulokos, the bilingual exhibition runs through January 31, 2018 as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and will include more than 70 individual programs and workshops on Oaxacan culture taking place at L.A. Public Library branches throughout the city.

Saturday’s opening festivities feature a performance from Grupo Folklórico Guish Bac and la Banda Grandeza Oaxaqueña, a stencil workshop with the exhibition artists, plus special exhibition tours and refreshments.

Visitors will also enjoy a look at new murals for the Central Library by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos. The new artwork will be displayed in juxtaposition to the Library’s existing murals depicting the history of California from the 1930s and will portray, from a contemporary perspective, what it means to be Indigenous and migrant in Los Angeles and Oaxaca, Mexico in the 21st century.

If you can’t make it to the Saturday opening remember there are plenty of ways to take part in the exhibition in the coming months, including:

  • six multilingual programs as part of the Library Foundation’s acclaimed ALOUD series at Central Library as well as free programs offered at 15 neighborhood libraries across the city.
  • an Oaxacan food lecture series with writer Bill Esparza
  • a Barbacoa Demonstration with Zapotec chefs from Gish Bac Restaurant
  • a workshop on the fabric dyes of Oaxaca with artist Ashley Thayer

Oh, and the best part, all of the programs mentioned above, including Saturday’s opening, are free and open to the public!

For more information on the upcoming exhibition or any of the individual programs, visit lfla.org/oaxaca.


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A Better Way to Find Attractive & Ambitious Singles in L.A.

August 29, 2017 by Sponsored Post

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So what’s The Inner Circle? It’s a hyper selective dating app that connects like-minded, ambitious and attractive singles via the app, website and meet-up style events.

The app is based on a premise that people with similar backgrounds and interests are more likely to hit it off. And to make this happen member profiles are personally vetted and approved by a real-life human curator. That means the “creep factor” that comes attached to some other dating apps goes down significantly.

Once you’re a member you only receive introductions to singles with whom you have high a statistical matching probability. Then The Inner Circle takes its step further by organizing monthly events that facilitate genuine connections between you and your matches. The app is, literally, doing all the hard work for you!

Now, we know what you’re thinking: Personally curated? Members only? Doesn’t this sound just slightly elitist? Well, yeah, honestly maybe a little.

But that’s the point. The Inner Circle is designed to help inspiring, motivated individuals seek out other quality people. And in our book there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want, and then having the follow-through to go after it.

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