DTLA – The idea of studying theater in college, and then continuing as a professional, can be daunting. This week, Downtown’s Center Theatre Group will try to make the concept a little more navigable. On Saturday, March 17, CTG will host the daylong College & Career Fair for the Arts at the Music Center Annex at 601 W. Temple St. Representatives of more than 25 colleges and universities will attend, including USC, UCLA and Pepperdine, and students can meet theater professionals such as playwrights and directors. There will be one-on-one counseling sessions and a number of workshops, with topics such as “Applying for College” at 10 a.m. and the 11 a.m. “College Financing for Parents of Artists.” Admission is free and students can attend any time during the 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. event, but the first 100 people who RSVP have a chance to win free headshots. More information and RSVPs are at centertheatregroup.org/collegefair.
DTLA—The gubernatorial primary won’t take place until June, but next month, the leading candidates will come together in Los Angeles.
On Jan. 13, the Empowerment Congress, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC will host a town hall-style meeting with the candidates on the campus of the University of Southern California. The 90-minute event is titled “Empowering California: A Local Perspective.”
The participants will be State Assemblyman Travis Allen, State Treasurer John Chiang, attorney John Cox, former state schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The event will be free and open to the pubic, and will also be streamed on the Internet and broadcast live on local public radio. ABC7 anchor Marc Brown will moderate the forum. KPCC senior political reporter Mary Plummer will sit on the panel.
The California primary election is June 5. The top two candidates, regardless of political party, will advance to the November general election.
Anyone who wants to attend the forum can register online at empowermentcongress.org.
Much has changed in the last decade, and much has not. The biggest news came when Grand Central Market was sold on Nov. 1, just days after celebrating its 100th birthday. Longtime proprietor Adele Yellin, widow of the influential Downtown developer Ira Yellin, chose to sell to Langdon Street Capital, a Beverly Hills real estate firm led by a young USC grad named Adam Daneshgar. Talk about stunning timing.
What hasn’t changed is the building’s interior of exposed concrete and big beams and dusty skylights. You can still find the righteous regional foods of Latin America everywhere, whether that’s Salvadoran pupusas at Sarita’s or oversized gorditas from Tacos Tumbras a Tomas. China Cafe, the market’s oldest vendor, remains as delicious as ever even after its renovation.
Newer tenants from the past five years have mostly been pleasant surprises, too, bringing some real talent. The newest, Walter and Margarita Manzke’s Sari Sari Store, translates Filipino flavors into craveable dishes like fried rice with sisig (chopped pig’s head) and the blindingly delicious buko pie. G&B is one of the best coffee shops in L.A. Wexler’s Deli makes some of the best pastrami and cured fish in the city.
The balance of old and new — and of cheap vs. bougie — feels like some sort of Goldilocks principle is in effect. You look around and see Mexicans and Koreans and Caucasians, the working class and the rich, speaking a jumble of languages that melts into waves of happy noise. And this is exactly where my suspicion comes in, because real estate firms don’t usually spend millions on a project just to leave it be.
The University of Southern California is kicking off classes next week, which means students will be pouring into the gleaming, brand-new USC Village development just north of the campus on Hoover and Jefferson.
When they arrive, they’ll find a bevy of restaurants with both national recognition and more local flair.
One of the latter is Little Tokyo’s Café Dulce, dubbed just Dulce at the USC storefront. Expanding out of La Cañada is Honeybird, a spot for fried chicken and Southern sides, and there’s also another branch of Trejo’s Tacos, a fast-casual Mexican chain co-owned by actor Danny Trejo.
Barilla Group — as in that blue-box brand of pasta — is opening a sit-down pasta restaurant at USC Village, while Rance’s Chicago Pizza adds a different riff on Italian flavors with its deep-dish pies.
There’s a bunch of build-your-own spots to pick up a quick meal: Cava Grill, Greenleaf, and Asian Box, each with its own culinary niche. Burger chain Wahlburger’s, Panera Bread and Rock & Reilly’s Irish Rock Pub and Grill round out the national offerings.
Those on a juice cleanse will no doubt seek out SunLife Organic. Coffee addicts get another Starbucks. Need sweets? Find ice cream sandwiches galore at The Baked Bear.
The hippest option, however, may just be a second outpost of West Hollywood’s The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker. Just “BBCM” to most, the all-day eatery is poised to become a perennial favorite for students.
Hosted at the USC campus on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, the festival features a massive slate of authors, speakers, artists and musicians in celebration of books.
In addition to the hundreds of vendors and authors that will sell books and mingle with attendees, there will be live music, panel discussions and speakers, which require a $1 ticket to enter.
USC is also offering free health and dental screenings at its Health and Wellness Pavilion.
Parking will cost $1- at the lots near USC, but there are several public transit options as well, most notably a free shuttle that will run from Union Station to USC both days and the Metro Expo Line, which stops adjacent to the campus. More information can be found at www.festivalofbooks2014.usc.edu
Los Angeles- With many properties in Downtown LA, Geoff Palmer has now expanded throughout LA. His new project LORENZO (student & multi-family housing) located just in between USC & FIDM. Lorenzo which stands 7 stories high and occupies the majority of FLOWER ST, ADAMS BLVD, GRAND AVE & 23rd St. This property also makes it convenient for travelers because it is right off the 110 freeway and sits directly across the Expo Line and even though, Lorenzo isn’t walking distance to Downtown LA, they will begin to build a subway station on 2nd and Hope Street. It is estimated that Lorenzo will have 910 units with 34,000 square feet of ground floor made specifically for retail. For its tenants, Lorenzo has a resort-style amenities and will offer game rooms, basketball courts, 4 pools and a tanning salons! What an amazing way to live!
Just when you thought Palmer was down taking over LA, he has a new project underway. Palmer plans to build an apartment-retail complex right on the intersection of Olympic and Broadway. Downtown News predicted that this project will begin in late March and will be completed in 2015.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Developer Sonny Astani has had his ups and downs with development in Downtown Los Angeles. A low point was when he lost the Concerto, a high-rise he developed in South Park, during the depths of the recession after his lender got into financial trouble. Another owner took over and the property eventually opened as Apex.
Now, another high point has hit! Astani announced last week that his Astani Enterprises and parking company L&R Group have sold a lot at 12th Street and Grand Avenue for $45 million; they spent $29 million to acquire the property last November.
The three-acre site has been sold to the Scottsdale, Arizona-based private equity firm Wolff Company. Astani had previously revealed to Los Angeles Downtown News that he would develop the site as a project dubbed G12. Astani now plans to partner on the $245 million project with Wolff Company.
Astani said in a prepared statement, “I am thrilled to have the chance to work with the buyer to develop the last open acreage in the South Park area of Downtown. G12 will be an incredible live/work neighborhood that is also close to USC.”
Plans call for the complex to break ground in January and to be completed within two years. The development will have 640 units along with 40,000 square feet of retail space, a screening room and two pools. Plans also call for have 740 bike parking spaces, and just 595 for cars!
Los Angeles- Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.
Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the Foundation began by funding two projects at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory and the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research were funded with a commitment to support the research programs until the National Institute of Health grant recognition became available.
This month, please join the fight against pancreatic cancer at the 16th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 27th at the Veterans Administration Grounds in West Los Angeles. A family friendly Halloween Expo, costume contests, a kids zone, and a pumpkin pancake breakfast are all part of the festivities to help increase awareness and raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.
WHERE: V A Hospital Grounds – 11301 Wilshire Blvd. West LA, 90073
TIME: Sunday, 10/27 – registration opens @ 6am
To register for the event, or for more information, call 310-473-5121 or visit http://www.lacancerchallenge.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1055753
Los Angeles (USC)- “Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum” is a series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Schwarzenegger Institute.
Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean to Young People?
Obamacare is here: What You Need to Know for the California Exchange Opening Week
This week marks the rollout of the insurance exchanges provided for by President Obama’s signature health reform law. The number of people who sign up will be the key factor as to how successful the Affordable Care Act will be, and in particular, how effective the administration will be at enrolling young adults into the program. Join us for a panel of policy experts and student leaders to discuss the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act and what its implementation will mean for young adults.
Free food served at 11:30 AM. Discussion begins at noon
Food and spaces are limited. First come, first served.
Dana P. Goldman, Ph.D., USC Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Director, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Tamika Butler, California Director, Young Invincibles
Sarah Axeen, Ph.D. Student, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
Julia Wick, Student, Sustainable Planning, USC Price School of Public Policy
Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, USC Scwarzenegger Institute
Annalise Mantz, Editor-in-Chief, USC Daily Trojan
When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 11:30am to 1:00pm
Where: University Park Campus | Ronald Tutor Campus Center
No Admission Cost
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Although the fate of the USC football team following last year’s disappointing season remains up in the air, this is not stopping a perennial charitable campaign from powering forward.
Just recently the Los Angeles Sports Council announced that it is teaming with the university for the game Touchdown for Youth program, which sends economically disadvantaged kids to a Trojans’ game. Each $30 tax-deductible donation buys a ticket for a child. USC hands out the seats to youth groups that are affiliated with the university’s athletic department. Since Touchdown for Youth’s funding in 1993 by Shell Ausman, more than 48,000 boys and girls under the age of 18 have attended a game, according to the Sports Council. This year’s game in on September 21st when the Trojans play Utah State at the Coliseum. According to USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, “Touchdown for Youth can provide a special experience to young people who may never have been on a campus or inside the Coliseum, perhaps inspiring them to one day purse a college education.”
To contribute, call 213-482-6333