Once desolate, Downtown L.A. was recently hailed by GQ as “America’s Next Great City.” There is no hotter neighborhood at the moment for dining (Alma, Bottega Louie, Orsa & Winston, Redbird), boozing (Perch, The Varnish, Villain’s Tavern), and shopping (Acne Studio, Rory Beca, Aesop) than DTLA. Then there’s the historic Art Deco theaters such as the Orpheum and The Theater at Ace Hotel, where you can take in world-class music, dance, and theater. Explore Grand Central Market, a landmark since 1917 that’s akin to San Francisco’s Ferry Building and home to Eggslut and Belcampo Meat Co., hit up MOCA’s latest, and take a walking tour with the Los Angeles Conservancy for an in-depth look at treasures such as the Bradbury Building, Angels Flight, and the Central Library. The hot real estate market includes loft-style apartments and condos and Art Deco office building conversions with insanely good views.
Hollis Benton was a Los Angeles based gallerist whose gallery and exhibitions helped define the visual culture of the 1980s. Curated by Aaron Moulton, Over the Influence Los Angeles’ latest exhibition pays homage to Benton with a stunning group show. In 1980, Benton opened his gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. For nearly a... Keep reading →
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative... Keep reading →
Downtown Los Angeles has come alive with a new pop-up art festival that focuses on activism and community building. The We Rise festival features over 150 artists in an eye-opening exhibition. We Rise also includes workshops and activities aimed at improving our communities’ overall understanding of mental health. The We Rise festival strives to send... Keep reading →
Designed by John Parkinson, John C. Austin, and Albert C. Martin Sr., Los Angeles City Hall was completed in 1928. The building houses the mayor’s office, meeting chambers and offices of the Los Angeles City Council. For decades, City Hall towered over the downtown cityscape at 454 feet high. It was the only building to... Keep reading →
This week, we take a tour of the 32-acre historic park directly adjacent to Chinatown, between the LA River and the Elysian Hills. A $20 million renovation paved the way for new paths, wetlands, and a pedestrian walkway.