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Jackalope Arts Brings a FREE Summer Night Market to Pasadena This Friday & Saturday

July 31, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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

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Summer evenings in Los Angeles are made for exploring, and there’s no better place to hang out this weekend than in the heart of Old Pasadena.

This Friday and Saturday Jackalope Summer Nights comes to Central Park in Pasadena with a curated shopping experience featuring trendsetting makers, designers, food vendors, and a whole lot more. And the best part? Entry is free!

Jackalope Arts has been hosting semi-annual events in both Pasadena and Denver since the spring of 2015, but this will be first-ever night marketplace. So what does a evening of Jackalope Arts look like? Well, guests can expect:

Shopping from 200 local, hand-selected artisans, artists, jewelers, designers and makers.

Activities including free sunset yoga (each night at 6 p.m.), an essential oil perfume workshop, handkerchief stamping, a photo booth, and more.

Food from a delicious selection of local favorites such as India Jones Chow Truck, Drunken Cake Pops, Kogi BBQ, Hungry Nomad, Belly Bombz, and many more. PLUS: Sample brews from Jackalope’s first-ever beer garden!

Music provided by a terrific lineup of acoustic musicians.

All in all, Jackalope Summer Nights promises a splendid evening of creative vibes and the perfect atmosphere to come and hang with friends and family.

Want to attend? Here’s all you need to know.

WHEN:
Friday, August 3 from 5 to 10 p.m,
Saturday, August 4 from 3 to 10 p.m.

WHERE:
Central Park
275 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena CA 91105

ADMITTANCE:
Free!

More info: www.jackalopeartfair.com/visitpasadena


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How to Spend a Lovely Day in Santa Monica Without a Car

July 30, 2018 by Sponsored Post

*** This is a sponsored collaboration between Pacific Park and We Like L.A. ***

Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Sometimes it’s nice not having car. Sometimes what you really want is to be in a place where you don’t need a car. Santa Monica can be such a place, especially if you’re a visitor just trying to make a day of it.

This beachside city offers a world of opportunities, attractions, and landmarks all concentrated in a central downtown area, and/or easily accessible via public transit. Shopping, art, food, and entertainment are available virtually everywhere you look. But where to start?

Let’s imagine you’ve just arrived at the Downtown Santa Monica Metro station. Or maybe you’re staying at a nearby hotel for work or pleasure. It’s 11 a.m. and you’re now standing at the corner of 4th and Colorado with an open day you aim to fill with adventure.

Where might you go? What might you do? How will you get there? Let us offer you a few starting points below.

Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Getting Around Santa Monica

The great news is that public transit in Downtown Santa Monica is in no short supply. As a primer, we wanted to just go over a couple of local transit options so there’s no confusion if we make references later on.

Metro (L.A.’s light rail system) has an east-west route called the Expo Line that originates at the 7th Street station in Downtown Los Angeles and ends at the Downtown Santa Monica Station. If you’re coming into the city from an outside area and want to avoid the traffic, this is a terrific entry point. One-way rides on Metro are $1.75 and you can purchase a day-pass for $7. For more detail we suggest checking out their fare sheet and trip planner.

The Big Blue Bus is Santa Monica’s municipal bus line, which offers a dense grid of service routes criss-crossing the DTSM area. Individual rides are $1.25 if you pay cash. For more info check out the BBB fare sheet and Routes & Schedules page.

In addition to the city-run public transit options, you might use ridesharing services (like Uber and Lyft), or bike and scooter rentals (like the ubiquitous Bird scooters). Any or all of these can be handy in a pinch depending on where you need to go, and how fast you need to get there.

Things to Do and See in Santa Monica if You’re Car Free

Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier

Walk west on Colorado from the Expo station and in just a few short blocks you’ll arrive at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. Chief among the Pier’s many attractions is Pacific Park, L.A. County’s only admission-free amusement park (and the only amusement park located on a pier on the west coast!). A visit to Pacific Park includes everything you’d want in an authentic California experience: games, twelve different rides, cotton candy, ice cream, an ocean-air food court, and tons of family fun. Rides and attractions are priced individually and range in price from $5 to $10, or you could buy an unlimited ride wristband for $32.95 (or grab them online ahead of time for a discounted price) that gives you access to all 12 rides as many times as you’d like.

Additional to-dos along the Pier include Trapeze School New York, Playland Arcade, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (just to name a few). More than anything, you’ll want to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the sights and sounds!

Pacific Park rides

Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica State Beach stretches over 3.5 miles of Southern California coast line, with the sand space divided in two by the Santa Monica Pier. Just south of the Pier is the Original Muscle Beach (not to be confused with Muscle Beach Venice), and at the far north end you’ll find one of our favorite spots in all of Santa Monica: The Annenberg Community Beach House.

The Annenberg Community Beach House offers all you’d ever want from a private beach club experience, just without the fancy price. In fact, it’s free. So what does free get you? Among the features and amenities are a pool, playground, splash pad, beach courts and fields, beach access, free wi-fi, tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Some free reservations are available online, but mostly it’s first-come, first-serve. A couple things to keep in mind: It’ll draw big crowds on hot days (you could be put on a wait list) and the pool is closed from October to May.

There isn’t a bus stop directly in front of the Beach House on Pacific Coast Highway so if you’re coming from near the pier your options become walk (about 30 minutes), rent a bike to go along the beach path (about 10 minutes), or perhaps, most advisedly, take a rideshare (7 minutes during low traffic times… longer if there’s gridlock on PCH)

Santa Monica State Beach

Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica’s most walkable street features four lively blocks of retail shops, restaurants and performers of all sorts. On the southern end you’ll find Santa Monica Place, a traditional outdoor mall sprinkled with luxury boutiques. Dining options around the Promenade are endless, but we have a few suggestions you might look into. Try SUGARFISH for a five star sushi fix or True Food Kitchen for innovative and delicious health conscious eats. Top the evening off with a posh cocktail at Copa d’Oro, a dimly lit bar with speakeasy vibes.

Third Street Promenade is also near a few unique spots worth going off the path for. We Like L.A. recommendations includes live music at Harvelle’s Blues Club located on 4th street (jazz, hip-hop, blues and more every evening since 1931) and M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater which offers affordable ticketed improv shows and occasional drop-ins by some of the most famous names in comedy (Dave Chappelle, Dana Carvey, Judd Apatow, Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, to name a few).

Bergamot Station

Bergamot is a massive art gallery complex spread over 5 acres of city-owned land multiple buildings that offer more than 60,000 square feet of space. The site is open daily, with most galleries open for view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Two great things about Bergamot: entry is free, and there is an Expo line stop literarily at the doorstep of the facility.

Bergamot Station

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

McCabe’s Guitar Shop claims to have the “largest collection of stringed things to make music in California,” which would be impressive enough on its own. What’s even cooler is their stripped-down backroom / concert space, which regularly showcases some amazing players and musicians. Any guitar player or hardcore music fan owes themselves a visit if they’re in the area.

The shop is about 2.5 miles from Downtown Santa Monica. You could take the Expo line, depart at Bergamot Station and then walk an extra 15 minutes (0.8 miles). If that’s not in the cards, a rideshare works just as well, and the Big Blue Bus #7 has a stop on Pico Blvd not too far away.

Camera Obscura at the Santa Monica Art Lab

The Camera Obscura Art Lab on Ocean Ave plays host to a number of community classes and workshops throughout the year, but perhaps the most unique feature is a dark room on the second floor that contains a four-foot disk in the middle of the space. Light from outside is projected onto the disk via a mirror from the ceiling and casts an image of what’s happening directly outside the building. It’s kind of like being on the inside of a giant, working camera as you watch what looks like a surveillance footage being beamed in from above. You won’t spend a ton of time here, but the cost (free!) makes it worth a visit. The Camera Obscura mechanism is free to visit on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camera Obscrura Art Lab

Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Tongva Park

Tongva Park is a beautiful six-acre public space divided into four sections (or hills). The park features gardens, a natural amphitheater, a children’s splash pad, shaded picnic areas, a restroom, and free-wifi. It makes for a perfect morning walk destination, or a lovely spot for an afternoon family outing. You can get there with a short walk southwest from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line station.

Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market

The best Los Angeles chefs know you won’t find fresher produce anywhere in the city than at The Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market, which you’ll find twice weekly on Arizona Ave near 2nd St. Two version of this market happen weekly: The Wednesday edition (that’s the larger one) runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and routinely hosts over 75 different farmers. A smaller affair focused on organic produce runs at the same location (but a couple blocks shorter) on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market makes for a perfect morning stroll filled with plenty of tasty samples to enjoy.

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Santa Monica History Museum

If you want to learn about the Santa Monica of yesteryear, the Santa Monica History Museum is the place. The museum features six galleries and a research library. The collections include over six hundred rare photographs, and a permanent exhibit on the city’s history that features authentic artifacts and fabricated environments. Admission is normally $10 per adult, $15 for couples (two adults), and the museum offers a free day every second Thursday of each month. To get there is about a 10-minute walk from the Third Street Promenade at Santa Monica Blvd.


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Come Help Jillian Michaels Break a World Record at The Rose Bowl on August 4!

July 24, 2018 by Sponsored Post

*** This is a sponsored collaboration between LIVESTRONG.COM and We Like L.A. ***

Want to take part in history and get inspired to live your fittest life? Join Jillian Michaels and LIVESTRONG.COM for a once-in-a-lifetime workout opportunity to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most people holding an abdominal plank! It’s all part of Stronger | Weekend, taking place at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 4, starting at 8 a.m.

This very special event will feature an inspiring day of wellness, workouts and panels with leading nutrition and fitness leaders including Cassey Ho (aka Blogilates), Anna Victoria, Koya Webb, Kelly LeVeque and Max Lugavere. You can meet George Hood, the former Marine who set a world record with a 10-hour plank, and you’ll also have an opportunity to try healthy eats and drinks and go home with some sweet swag!

As a special bonus to We Like L.A. readers, use the promo code LOSANGELES10 for $10 tickets to the event (that’s $25 off the regular purchase price!). Each ticket includes your own yoga mat, a free t-shirt, snacks, beverages and healthy living swag.

For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, go here.


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We’re Giving Away Tickets to See Hershey Felder: Beethoven at The Wallis

July 23, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Want to enjoy a classical music experience unlike any other? We Like L.A. is teaming up with The Wallis to hook up a lucky reader with a pair of tickets for an upcoming performance of Hershey Felder: Beethoven, which begins its run at the Beverly Hills venue starting July 26.

Felder’s Beethoven brings the iconic composer to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of Beethoven’s most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, and 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. The San Jose Mercury News calls it  “Riveting, fascinating walk through the life and music of possibly the world’s greatest composer….  On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.” Talkin’ Broadway says it’s “Not to be missed,” and the Palo Alto Weekly calls it “Rapturous and exhilarating.”

So how do you win tickets? Just go to this post on the We Like L.A. Instagram (the same one we’ve embedded below) and leave a comment naming YOUR favorite classical composer. And be sure to tag a friend who you’d like to take with you to the performance! And that’s it!

#sponsored GIVEAWAY TIME! Any classical music fans out there?! We’re teaming up with @TheWallisBH to give away a pair of tickets to Hershey Felder: Beethoven, which begins its run at The Wallis on July 26 and continues through August 26. Simply comment below with your FAVORITE classical composer and you’re entered to win. Be sure to tag a friend who you’d like to take with you to the performance! Comments will be tallied until Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m., and then one winner will be drawn and announced shortly thereafter (see rules below) About this performance: Felder’s Beethoven brings the iconic composer to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of Beethoven’s most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, and 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. Giveaway Rules & Restrictions: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to qualify. One entry per Instagram user. Duplicates comment entries will be not be counted. Last entry will be tallied on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST. Winner will be drawn at random from list of entrants collected via Instagram. Winner announced via this blog post and on Instagram by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, July 27, 2018. An Instagram direct message will be sent notifying winner, who will then have 24 hours to claim the prize. If prize is not claimed within 24 hours we reserve the right to choose another winner from the pool of entrants. Prize is non-transferable.

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Comments will be tallied until Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m., and then one winner will be drawn and announced shortly thereafter.

And remember, if you miss out on the giveaway prize, tickets are still available for performances starting at $35, with dates from July 26 through August 26.

Good luck to all entrants. See rules and restrictions below.

Giveaway Rules & Restrictions:

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to qualify
One entry per Instagram user. Duplicates comment entries will be not be counted.
Last entry will be tallied on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST.
Winner will be drawn at random from list of entrants collected via Instagram.
Winner announced via this blog post and on Instagram by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, July 27, 2018.
An Instagram direct message will be sent notifying winner, who will then have 24 hours to claim the prize. If prize is not claimed within 24 hours we reserve the right to choose another winner from the pool of entrants.
Prize is non-transferable.


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Experience OUE Skyspace LA with the Whole Family!

July 10, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Unlimited Skyslide rides for kids at California’s tallest outdoor attraction makes for a perfect family funday!

OUE Skyspace LA is California’s premier destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles and now visitors can take advantage of a special Family Funday ticket package on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Family Funday packages include admission for a family of four to ride the exhilarating Skyslide!

The entire Skyspace experience takes place on multiple floors. Families can enjoy fun, interactive multimedia as they head up to the top. On the 54th floor, take in a 360-degree time-lapse video wall, an infinity mirror and video installations celebrating all things L.A. featuring notable L.A. icons. Then journey up to the top to take in the stunning views and of course the thrilling all-glass Skyslide on the 70th floor. Kids will have a blast!

Enjoy Family Four ticketing packages every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for adults and children. Each ticket includes:

– $20 Skyslide Combo

– Unlimited Skyslide rides for kids between 5 and 12 years old until 2 p.m.

– Access to all four levels of Skyspace LA.

Buy Tickets Here!


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Catch FREE Film Screenings All Throughout July at Old Pasadena Summer Cinema

July 2, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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What’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening in SoCal? Picture this: You’re chilling with friends and family, enjoying the perfect weather, and catching a flick in the heart of one of L.A.’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Sound like your jam? Then Old Pasadena Summer Cinema needs to be on your summer to-do list.

Starting on July 5, Old Pasadena Summer Cinema returns with a lineup of 17 films screened over 24 days at four unique Old Pasadena locations. And the best part? Each screening event is FREE and open to the public!

Central Park takes center stage on three select nights when screenings will be accompanied by DJ sets, free family activities, costume contests, themed-giveaways, and special treats tailored just for each night’s film: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on July 7, Mars Attacks! on July 14, and The Muppet Movie on July 28.

One Colorado is another open-air option, with films projected in a charming courtyard just off Colorado Blvd. The lineup of films at this venue includes family friendly features like Back to the Future, The Incredibles, and The Princess Bride, plus recent favorites La La Land and Wonder Woman, along with the noir classic Sunset Boulevard. Seating is provided at One Colorado, but be sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

Two Old Pasadena businesses will also host screenings inside their spaces on select evenings throughout the month. Distant Lands Travel Bookstore will show a travel-related film every Friday in July including Departures, One Week, In Bruges, and How Much Further. Meanwhile CTRL Collective hosts its first-ever Old Pasadena Summer Cinema films on July 5 and July 19 with presentations of the Farrelly Brothers’ Something About Mary and John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. Please keep in mind for both screenings at CTRL Collective seating will be limited and therefore not guaranteed.

Scroll down for the complete list of dates, locations, and films. For details on each evening’s events, including special activities at Central Park, be sure to go to https://www.oldpasadena.org/summercinema

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema 2018 Schedule

There’s Something About Mary
CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Pkwy
Thursday, July 5, 2018 8:00pm–10:00pm

Departures
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Avenue
Friday, July 6, 2018 8:00pm–10:15pm

Sunset Boulevard
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Friday, July 6, 2018 8:30pm–10:30pm

La La Land
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Saturday, July 7, 2018 8:30pm–10:45pm

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Avenue
Saturday, July 7, 2018 6:30pm–10:00pm

One Week
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Avenue
Friday, July 13, 2018 8:00pm–10:00pm

Back to the Future
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Friday, July 13, 2018 8:30pm–10:30pm

Star Wars Episode VII
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:30pm–10:45pm

Mars Attacks!
Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Avenue
Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:30pm–10:15pm

A Quiet Place
CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Pkwy
Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:00pm–9:30pm

In Bruges
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Avenue
Friday, July 20, 2018 8:00pm–10:00pm

The Incredibles
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Friday, July 20, 2018 8:30pm–10:30pm

Wonder Woman
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:30pm–11:00pm

How Much Further
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Avenue
Friday, July 27, 2018 8:00pm–9:30pm

500 Days of Summer
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Friday, July 27, 2018 8:30pm–10:00pm

The Princess Bride
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley
Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:30pm–10:00pm

The Muppet Movie
Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Avenue
Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:30pm–10:00pm


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How to Spend the Perfect Day in DTLA

June 20, 2018 by Sponsored Post

*** The following is a sponsored collaboration between OUE Skyspace and We Like L.A. ***

Downtown L.A. is one of the most culturally vibrant, diverse and exciting neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles. As an explorer there’s a lot to see, do, and taste. In fact, there’s so much packed into such a small area you might wonder… where do I begin?

Well, with a little help from our friends at OUE Skyspace LA we’ve created a handy guide that clues visitors in to some the best free things to do in the neighborhood, showcases DTLA’s unique history, and culminates in the most spectacular view of Los Angeles you could possibly imagine.

[SPECIAL DEAL: Take $5 off a ticket to OUE Skyspace]

Sound like that might be something you’re into? Good. Now let’s get to it!

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Marvel at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore boasts one of the largest collections of and new and used books and records in all of California. It’s also one-of-a-kind space that hosts events, talks, and workshops on a regular basis. The main shopping floor is punctuated by massive columns that shoot up towards cloud-high ceilings. On the second level you’ll find more genres to browse, plus a whimsical book archway and corridor that’s more than a little Insta-worthy.

Stroll over to the Bradbury Building

Go a half block up from the Last Bookstore, take a right on Broadway, walk five minutes and you’ll find yourself at The Bradbury Building. With its iron railings, glass ceilings, and unmistakable birdcage elevators, The Bradbury is a living piece of art history that’s made cameos in numerous notable films including Blade Runner and 500 Days of Summer. And the best part? The first two floors of The Bradbury are free to explore during normal building hours.

Grab lunch at Grand Central Market

Directly across the street from The Bradbury Building you’ll find Grand Central Market, a 30,000 square-foot arcade and marketplace that’s been in continuous operation for over a century. Hungry visitors will find dozens of vendors to choose from with options ranging from BBQ and gourmet coffee to oysters, ramen, seafood, and LOTS more. Take your time examining all the options and make it a meal worth remembering.

Angels Flight Railway

Angels Flight Railway. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Take a ride on Angels Flight

Just northwest of Grand Central Market is another historic marvel: Angels Flight Railway. Once billed as “the world’s shortest railcar” Angels Flight was original built in 1901 as a practical means to transport Bunker Hill residents to the rest of Downtown south of Hill Street. After periods of on-again, off-again service, Angels Flight is back up and running offering one-way fares for just one dollar. Take a ride and experience life as an early twentieth century commuter on your way to your next location.

Interior of The Broad. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Spend an afternoon at The Broad

Downtown’s largest art Museum features over 2000 works its collection, including a pair of world famous Infinity installations designed by artist Yayoi Kusama. The Broad offers free general admission, and advance online tickets are distributed for reservation on the first of every month. Although reservations are recommended, same day tickets are available through an onsite standby line with first-come, first-served access.

Enjoy the views at OUE Skyspace

Now that you’ve had a chance to take in some of the sights up close, there’s no better place to marvel at the splendor of it all than at the stunning perch of OUE Skyspace. From nearly 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic US Bank Tower, OUE Skyspace LA is the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the thrill of a ride on the world’s first ever Skyslide or grab a drink at the all new Skyspace bar. We honestly can’t think of a better way to cap the day than with a trip to Skyspace. The view is just the beginning!

And keep in mind there’s no better time to visit! Right now, Skyspace is giving away a family fun-day four pack for We Like LA readers. Enter to win by commenting on THIS @WeLikeLA Instagram post. This pass includes unlimited Skyslide rides for kids and access to all levels of the attraction. Also remember that Skyspace is offering a special promo code that gets you $5 off any ticket, so even if you don’t win the giveaway, you’ve still got a great chance to save!

#sponsored Giveaway time! Enter to win a Family Funday four pack of tickets to @skyspacela by commenting below with YOUR favorite place to take a photo of Los Angeles! And be sure to tag a friend who you'd like to take on a Skyspace adventure 😉 Remember Skyspace LA is the premier destination for incredible panoramic views of Los Angeles and the world's first all-glass Skyslide. A family fun day four pack includes access to all levels of Skyspace LA, two (2) outdoor terraces and the Skyspace Bar plus unlimited Skyslide rides for youth between the ages of 5-12 until 2:00pm. Just be sure to read the additional terms below before entering our giveaway: 1) One entry per person 2) Must 18+ to enter 3) Entrants will be tallied until June 27 at 2 p.m. PST. 4) One winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on THIS post by June 27 at 3 p.m. PST 5) The winner will have 24 hours to claim his/her prize, otherwise we reserve the right to select a new winner. That's it! Good luck to all!

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Wherever your adventure takes you, we hope this guide has been a useful tool in helping you plan your own perfect day in DTLA. Mostly we just want you to open your eyes and take a look.

We have a feeling you’re going to like what you see.


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Annenberg PetSpace is Hosting a FREE ‘AnnniFURsary’ Celebration This Sunday

June 18, 2018 by Sponsored Post

* * * This post is a sponsored collaboration between Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and We Like L.A. * * * 

In 2017 Wallis Annenberg PetSpace opened its doors with a mission to strengthen the human-animal bond, educate the community, and find loving homes for pets in need. One year later… it’s time to PAW-TY!

This Sunday, June 24, Annenberg PetSpace is hosting a special AnniFURsary celebration fit for the whole family. Festivities for the day include meet-and-greets with adoptable pets, behind-the-scenes tours of PetSpace, FREE food trucks, and a few other family-friendly surprises. And the best part? Sunday’s event is free and open to the public! There’s no better day to come and find a new addition to the family.

For dog owners wishing to attend with their canine companions, keep in mind that pets are welcome (one visiting pet per family), provided they meet a few requirements, including being up to date on vaccinations.

To register for free tickets, and to learn about rules regarding bringing your own four-legged friend to the event, please visit the official event page on Eventbrite.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is located at 12005 Bluff Creek Dr, Playa Vista, CA. The AnniFURsary celebration takes place on Sunday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See you there!


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You Don’t Want to Miss Long Day’s Journey Into Night at The Wallis

June 14, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Entertainment Today calls it “The finest production of one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century.” Out Magazine hails it as “A tormented triumph at The Wallis!” The Daily Mail gave it 5 stars.

But for Angelenos who want to see this critically acclaimed production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night there’s only one place on the west coast to do it, and that’s at The Wallis until July 1.

Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece has been brought to life like rarely before, 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). The Los Angeles Times raves “There are two main reasons to undergo Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The first is Lesley Manville’s breathtaking performance.  The second is Jeremy Irons’ suave and subtle portrayal of James Tyrone.”

The story centers on one fateful summer’s day in the life of the Tyrones. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons test the bonds of 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.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night continues at The Wallis now through July 1. For tickets and additional program information please visit thewallis.org/longdays.


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FIGFest Brings Free Concerts to DTLA on Fridays in June

May 29, 2018 by Sponsored Post

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Looking for the best way to start your summer? Check out an awesome free concert experiences in Los Angeles where music lovers can dine, drink, and shop all in one downtown L.A. location.

This June the FIGat7th Downtown Festival (aka FIGFest) celebrates its sixth year with an incredible lineup of performers. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the festival kicks off June 1 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown L.A.’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th.

This year, Spaceland Presents, L.A.’s leading concert promotion firm, has collaborated with Arts Brookfield to curate the lineup. The outdoor plaza at FIGat7th will be transformed into an urban concert venue and dance floor brought to life with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists.

Kicking off the festival June 1 is Poolside, the dreamy “Daytime Disco” project of California duo, Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise.

June 8 brings an electric performance by fresh-from-Coachella, sexy New York R&B duo, Lion Babe. Their sound is seductive and eclectic, promoting messages of empowerment supported by clanging percussion, a thumping synth bass, and notes of soul, dance, hip-hop and pop.

On June 15, Gabriel Garzón-Montano takes the stage with layer upon layer of his characteristically thoughtful, sultry, saturated soundscapes that oscillate between new soul, electronic, funk and R&B.

The festival closes with the indie-pop-punk a yet-to-be-announced act, bringing their bold, raw, stumbling-through-life synergy to the FIGFest stage. See them crank it up a notch on June 22 when they are joined by the LA-based funk-rock ensemble, Thumpasaurus.

Each Friday event will begin with a beer garden and games starting at 5 p.m., a DJ set at 6 p.m., an opening performer at 7 p.m., and the headliner on stage at 8 p.m. A second DJ set will close each evening at 9 p.m.

As always, FIGFest is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield Properties’ public spaces to life through music, film, interactive experiences, and visual arts.

Attendees can find $5 parking with validation after 4 p.m. at the FIGat7th parking structure, located at 735 S. Figueroa Street.

For more information on all the performances scheduled for FIGFest, please visit http://www.artsbrookfield.com/event/figfest-2018.


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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

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

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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