DTLA – Some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be coming to Exposition Park. Recently, organizers of the music festival Rolling Loud announced the lineup for the two-day event that will take place at Banc of California Stadium on Dec. 14-15. Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert will serve as headliners, and more than 80 acts are scheduled to perform. The festival originated in Miami in 2015 and has since expanded to locations including the Bay Area. This will mark its first stop in Los Angeles. Two-day passes start at $200. Additional information is at rollingloud.com.
DTLA—A coterie of politicians, civic leaders and entertainment-industry luminaries, including a baseball cap-wearing Steven Spielberg, joined filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, this morning for the groundbreaking of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park.
The event marked the start of construction for the massive project. The nonprofit museum will house Lucas’ personal collection of film artifacts and art. The Lucas family provided a gift of more than $1 billion for the museum’s construction, endowment and collection. The project, rising on a pair of surface parking lots on the western side of Exposition Park, will be a sleek, five-story, spaceship-like building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects.
Lucas and Hobson touted the project’s location in the center of Los Angeles. Hobson said that she and her husband were looking to create “a school for schools,” a destination where students from elementary schools through universities could advance their education.
Lucas grew animated as he discussed the role of “narrative art.”
“This is an art museum, but I’m trying to position it almost as an anthropological museum,” Lucas said. “Popular art is an insight into a society and what they aspire to. What they really want, what they really are; it’s telling the narrative of their story, their history, their belief systems.”
The 300,000-square-foot building will be divided into two wings holding libraries, exhibition space, theaters and classrooms. It will showcase Lucas’ collection including photography, artwork ranging from Norman Rockwell to pulp artist Frank Franzetta, as well as storyboards, costumes, animation and behind-the-scenes components of motion pictures. The museum will also display items from the Star Wars films and the Indiana Jones franchise.
Lucas and Hobson originally intended to build the privately funded museum in Chicago. That plan fell apart in 2016 after community opposition erupted. A bidding competition ensued between Los Angeles and San Francisco, where a home was proposed on Treasure Island.
Lucas announced the selection of the Exposition Park site in January 2017, with the museum’s team saying they were attracted to the neighboring museums at Exposition Park, as well as the presence of nearby public transit options and schools.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who led the campaign to get Lucas to choose Los Angeles, said the project will complement existing destinations such as the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum, as well as the under-construction Banc of California Stadium.
During his public remarks, Garcetti recalled a conversation he had with Lucas, saying, “At one point when you talked about this place you said, ‘Imagine a child can come to our museum and see how we imagine going into space, then go to the other end of Exposition Park and see how we actually did it.’”
The project will have a fifth-floor terrace with a meadow of native plants, and will also create 11 acres of surrounding green and park space. That will be based on California’s geological features, according to landscape architect Mia Lehrer, whose firm will design that part of the project. The surrounding acreage will play with elevation and try to tell a story about California’s natural development, she said.
“We’re going up 80 feet in a series of gardens, with places to sit and trees from the different topographic areas,” Lehrer told Los Angeles Downtown News. “It’s everything from the ocean up to the mountains.”
Admission at the museum will be free. The project will include 2,425 parking spaces.
County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas cited the jobs-generating power of the museum. The Lucas Museum staff estimates that more than 1,500 construction jobs will be created, and at least 350 permanent positions.
Ridley-Thomas also said the facility will “raise the cultural IQ” of Los Angeles and serve as a destination for children and adults.
Once open, the museum will have daily movie screenings in its two theaters. The educational component, housed in the southern wing of the building, will include a public library and digital classes. There will also be lessons and lectures in the museum itself, according to Deputy Director Judy Kim.
Lucas views the museum as filling a cultural niche.
“I think it’s important to have a museum that I used to jokingly say supports all the orphaned arts that nobody else wants to see, but everybody loves,” Lucas said. “That’s my dream for this.”
Construction is expected to wrap in late 2021.
Third- through fifth-grade students at Metro Charter Elementary School walk, with chaperones, from the school’s main facility at 700 Wilshire Blvd. to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA at 401 S. Hope St., which has recreational space.
A physical altercation on Tuesday, Dec. 12, however, raised concerns about safety.
According to Metro Charter Principal Kim Clerx, a third-grade class was walking through the Central Library to the steps at the U.S. Bank Tower on Fifth Street.
While waiting to cross Fifth Street, an allegedly homeless man approached and jabbed at a student’s abdomen with a sharp metal object.
The child was injured and taken by police to L.A. County + USC Medical Center, but returned to school on Thursday.
Two passersby restrained and began striking the man who assaulted the student, and library security showed up “within a minute or two,” Clerx said.
A statement to parents from Clerx says that Metro Charter will continue to use two school staffers, plus staff from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, on the walks to and from the YMCA.
The school will also work closer with the LAPD, and talk to students about how to be aware of their surroundings, Clerx said.
“We spoke with the students about finding the nearest adult if they ever feel uncomfortable,” she added. “We’ve been discussing and implementing more rules, like how students now have to have a partner to take the stairs on campus.”
Details have not been revealed on the assailant’s identity or any pending charges.
Metro Charter is currently in a split-campus configuration, with kindergarten through second graders commuting to Pleasant Hills Baptist Church near Exposition Park and older students in 700 Wilshire.
DTLA – Last week, Los Angeles completed a remarkable comeback, with the city formally being awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee. The announcement, made on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Lima, Peru, is a victory for the region. The dividends will pay off not just 11 years from now, but for decades beyond that.
Credit goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was the face and driver of the Olympics effort, and his team, which includes civic leader Casey Wasserman. Over the course of more than four years they assembled a game plan based on feasibility, financial acumen and, not least, preparedness and perseverance. The latter factors proved unexpectedly important — in 2015, after the city of Boston backed out due to community concerns over the price of the Games, Garcetti and his squad picked up the baton as the U.S. nominee. Then they outlasted a handful of foreign competitors.
Credit the local leaders with flexibility, too. When it became clear that the International Olympic Committee was willing to take the unprecedented step of awarding two Games at once, and that Paris was the frontrunner for 2024, local officials were willing and able to pivot. Yes, 2024 is preferable, and a lot can happen over more than a decade, but hosting any Olympics is a big win.
There are questions and legitimate financial concerns. The estimated $5.3 billion budget for 2024 has not yet been updated for 2028. Expect the price to rise. Beyond that, the Olympics traditionally wind up costing hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars more than what is budgeted. Many cities have suffered devastating deficits — Los Angeles will need the most stringent financial safeguards.
Still, a local bid that emphasizes using existing structures can put a cap on potential costs. Unlike other recent Olympics, no new stadiums or arenas will be built for LA2028. Another high-priced element, the athletes’ village, will come in the form of UCLA dorms. After the Games end, the students will again take over.
Events at Exposition Park, Staples Center, the L.A. Convention Center and Microsoft Theater will draw huge crowds to Downtown. The streets will be alive and the international media attention will shine a light on the area. Tourists around the world will be exposed to the community and hopefully will be drawn here.
The 1984 Games continue to be celebrated more than three decades after the Olympic flame was extinguished. We look forward to a similar bounce from LA2028.
DTLA – For more than two years, Mayor Eric Garcetti has been trying to convince George Lucas to bring his proposed $1 billion, self-financed museum to Exposition Park. Leaders in San Francisco have been trying just as hard to land the facility in their city.
A decision may be imminent. The San Francisco Chronicle this month reported that Lucas and his museum board expect to announce a decision on Jan. 6, 2017.
Museum representatives did not respond to numerous requests for comment, and officials with Garcetti’s office would not say anything about a decision date. However, local efforts are moving forward.
Last month the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the ideaof erecting the 312,000-square-foot complex with a gleaming futuristic design at 3800 S. Vermont Ave. City leaders are seeking to convince Lucas and his team that permits and entitlements could be granted quickly.
“The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would be perfect for Los Angeles,” Garcetti said in a prepared statement. “Tens of millions of people visit our city every year — and L.A. has unquestioned stature as a world arts capital, thanks to institutions like The Broad, the Getty, MOCA, and LACMA.”
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would house Lucas’ personal art collection. It includes photographs, film props and storyboards, including pieces from the Star Warsand Indiana Jones series, as well as digital art and animation. Other works set for display include paintings from Norman Rockwell and Howard Chandler Christy, plus Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s famous “Air Force Pilot” illustration.
The project would include a theater, a library and classrooms. At Exposition Park there would be underground parking for approximately 1,800 cars and up to seven acres of green space.
Los Angeles officials are also trying to point to the potential ease of reaching the site. They have noted that the location is near mass transit stops and both the 10 and 110 freeways.
Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects is designing the Lucas Museum. The firm is doing designs both for Exposition Park and for the location on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, between San Francisco and Oakland.
Garcetti has been courting the Star Wars creator since 2014, at one point urging Angelenos to lobby Lucas online with the hashtag #WhyLucasinLA.
Lucas announced in June 2014 that the museum would be built in Chicago. However, the deal fell apart following months of opposition and a lawsuit from a group called Friends of the Park who were against the private institution being built on public lakefront land.
Los Angeles: The Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ event in Los Angeles, which is part of America’s largest lupus walk program, will take place in Exposition Park on September 28th. The event will bring together local Los Angeles residents to raise money for lupus research and education programs, increase awareness of lupus and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact. Every step you take and every dollar you raise supports the Lupus Foundation of America and its efforts to solve the mystery of lupus, one of the cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases.
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00PM
Address: Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, 90037
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner and great summer weather, Downtown Los Angeles has plenty of options.
Yoga at Grand Park: Free yoga sessions at Grand Park are now a bi-weekly occurrence, but what better way to relax for the long weekend then with a little Friday, lunchtime yoga. The 45-minute sessions are built to help you relax, rejuvenate and re energize. Event is on 5/24 from 12:15p.m. to 1p.m.
Street Food Cinema: Located in Exposition Park, this outdoor movie screening will be debuting this weekend. “Stand By Me” followed be a musical performance by the real Corey Feldman will be accompanied by food trucks, serving everything from coffee, to popcorn to grilled cheese. Event is on 5/25 with doors opening at 5:30p.m.
Angel City Brewery’s Food Truck Haven and Memorial Day BBQ: This downtown brewery begins the long weekend on Saturday at 1p.m. with a monthly food truck round-up. Owners encourage people to grab a bite at one of the many food trucks and then head inside to wash it down with beer. Enthusiasts of beer are invited to return to the brewery on Monday for “grills, games and beer.” Doors open at 1p.m. with free sliders and mini hotdogs for the first few hours. There will be board games to play and the brewery will offer “bonus points” to anyone wearing red, white and blue.
HempCon: Billed as America’s “largest medical marijuana show” and “largest hemp convention,” this three day expo at the Convention Center includes live performances and booths of all kinds. There will also be legals services on hand as well for doctors’ evaluations. Event goes from 5/24 – 5/26 and begins at 3p.m.
Swimming with Sharks Pool Party: Located on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel, this pool party includes water guns, music and free jello shots. First 100 RSVPS can get in for free. Event is on 5/25 at 1p.m.