Angelenos came out in force for the Women's March Los Angeles, held between Pershing Square and City Hall on Saturday. Organizers were expecting 70,000 protesters, but multiple sources are reporting up to 750,000 people showed up to the L.A. event in solidarity with other marches taking place across the world. This is the largest gathering to happen in the city since the Immigration March in 2006, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's important to note that the vibe has been extremely optimistic and peaceful. Organizers stressed multiple times on the Facebook event page that they didn't want anyone to incite violence. Just in case, the Los Angeles Police Department was on hand to provide support, which especially came in handy as they facilitated the arrivals and departures of mass Metro commuters. There were speakers at both Pershing Sqaure and the rally at City Hall, including Eric Garcetti, Janice Hahn and a slew of celebrities. A-listers like Miley Cyrus, Mandy Moore, Kerry Washington, Jamie Lee Curtis and Natalie Portman, Zoe Kravitz and Zach Braff were all on hand to show their support. Angelenos protested with creativity and showed support for each other through thoughtful signs on women's rights and renouncing, among other things, discrimination, racism and Islamophobia. "Did you save that sign from the '60s knowing you'd need that today?" a woman asked an older gentleman holding up a sign about peace. There was an abundance of strollers with babies wearing the
On the very day of Donald Trump’s Inauguration in Washington, D.C., the L.A. City Council voted unanimously to approve a motion to move forward with protecting undocumented immigrants who live in Los Angeles. Among the measures passed today is the creation of a new role in city government of an appointed immigrant advocate, the first job of its kind in any U.S. city. The immigrant advocate will work with the existing Office of Immigrant Affairs to help oversee the delivery of services and legal aid to undocumented city residents, particularly those facing deportation actions, as My News L.A. reports. The Council’s motion notes that an estimated 850,000 people living in L.A. today are non-citizens and many of those individuals are undocumented. That means about one-in-five Angelenos could be impacted if mass deportations really start happening. According to a statement from the office of City Council President Herb Wesson, the passage of the motion and the creation of the advocate position are prompted by concerns about what federal policy may hold in the coming years, calling this move a “response to the incoming administration’s pledge to take drastic action on immigration.” Creating the immigrant advocate is another step on top of the city’s ‘sanctuary city’ status. Additionally, Mayor Garcetti and L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck have both issued public statements that the LAPD will refuse to comply with federal requests to assist with any deportation efforts. Program
Echo Park art gallery Subliminal Projects will host an opening reception tonight, January 20, for its "American Civics" installation. The exhibition features mixed media collages from the gallery's founder, Shepard Fairey, based on images from the late rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall. In addition to the works on display, Fairey and his team will be passing out free posters from his "We the People" series as well as T-shirts from his and Amanda Fairey's "Make America Smart Again" voting campaign. They're being distributed in limited quantities ahead of Saturday's Women's March. Earlier in the day, Fairey had announced that they'd be distributing free posters at drop-off locations around the city on Friday. Join me TONIGHT for the opening reception of my show #AmericanCivics, a collaboration with the estate of photographer #JimMarshall at Subliminal Projects in #EchoPark! During tonight’s opening, my team and I will be passing out #WeThePeople and #MakeAmericaSmartAgain posters to carry at this Saturday’s #WomensMarch. Because we’re only handing out a limited quantity at tonight’s event, we’ve decided to also pass out a select amount TODAY from 12-3 PM at Subliminal. Additionally, here is a list of other drop off locations to pick up your posters: DTLA: Last Book Store: 453 S. Spring Street Mama Gallery: 1242 Palmetto Street ACE Hotel: 929 S. Broadway Alchemy Works: 826 E. 3rd Street Hollywood: Wacko Gallery: 4633 Hollywood Blvd The BE Hive: 6427 W. Sunset B
It looks like the story is ending for one of L.A.’s oldest book shops. Alias Books, a fixture along Sawtelle Boulevard in West L.A. since 1959, is closing. The building where the store is located was sold two years ago and plans are in the works to turn the plot into a condo development. Alias Books specialized in used and collectable books and was known for stocking its charmingly-ramshackle shelves with rare finds as well as the usual bargain classics. Once, the L.A. Times writes, the shop acquired the entire personal library of the L.A. City College’s long-serving librarian, some 150,000 volumes, including signed, original works by the likes of Pablo Neruda and Ted Hughes. If you want to get your bookstore fix, you can still swing by until March 14. A clearance sale is already on, with inventory discounted by 40 percent. Anything left over when the doors shut will be donated to a local library. This isn't the last you hear from Alias, though. In 2009, the owner, Brian Paeper, opened a second location, Alias Books East, in Atwater Village. That store is doing well and will stay open after the Sawtelle shop shutters. Paeper is also already looking for the perfect place to open a new Alias shop, which is most likely to be in the West Adams neighborhood. “I do think that there’s room for bookstores,” Paeper told the Times. “I believe in these places.” Alias Books is located at 1650 S. Sawtelle Blvd. Shop hours are 11am to 10pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 8pm Sund
Los Angeles is a pretty awesome place for astronomy buffs. Observatories dot our hillsides and mountaintops. There's a space shuttle in the middle of Exposition Park. The Port of Los Angeles has turned into a temporary spaceport. L.A. also happens to be a damned good place to go drinking. One event, Astronomy on Tap, has combined our fondness for both full-bodied beers and celestial bodies. The series brings astronomy lectures and pub games once a month to Der Wolfskopf—an appropriate location given that Pasadena is home to the Carnegie Observatories, the Planetary Society and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each month, a different pair of scientists, typically from one of those previously mentioned locations as well as UCLA, delivers a short lecture over drinks. The evening starts with two 15-minute talks and includes opportunities to compete in an astronomy quiz with the chance to win NASA prizes. Attendance is free and includes access to happy hour food and drink pricing at the German beer hall throughout the event. Astronomy on Tap started in New York in 2013, and since then has spread to over a dozen cities. Here in L.A., Caltech has spearheaded the programming. For Monday's event, the first of 2017, Dr. Adric Riedel will present a lecture entitled "The Speed of Light is Slow" while Dr. Johanna Teske will tackle "The Discovery of Dark Matter: Vera Rubin’s Missing Nobel Prize." Astronomy on Tap takes place one Monday a month at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena. The next eve
There are a number of reasons why today is probably difficult for some people, but the announcement that Gill's Ice Cream Parlor is closing puts the proverbial cherry on top. Los Angeles Magazine brings word that the 80-year-old ice cream shop, owned by Jody Gill, will be serving its last scoop of soft serve on February 2. So what brings about the impending closure? It's not a raise in rent prices, but a cosmetic demand—the Original Farmers Market has asked Gill's to get rid of its retro vibe and instead update the façade with a more modern decor. Jody's father, Bob Gill, was the original owner and responsible for the parlor's funky, whimsical design; after choosing not to comply with the market's request, the family-owned business has decided to close instead. The article goes on to mention that another old-fashioned ice cream shop will be moving into Gill's place. But we'll miss this 80-year-old staple—one of the Market's very first vendors—and are rooting for its comeback elsewhere. It's an important reminder that we, as diners and consumers, need to continue frequenting our favorite restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee shops and bars—that checking out the newest eatery is fun, but supporting our go-to spots is just as important. In the meantime, you can check out some of L.A.'s other venerable ice cream shops, and hope for a Gill's reopening in the future. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
As of today, we’re all officially living in Trump’s America. Whatever you think of that idea, any new President is always going to be a favorite source of fodder for comedians, and one local comedy club wants to make sure they’re really getting it right. They’ve opened up a contest to find the very best Trump impersonator around. The Laugh Factory is launching a new web series, Fake News/Real News, and they are seeking a new comic to portray President Trump, with at least an Alec Baldwin level of flair. “We’ve launched a competition that is open to every race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and age,” Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory, stated in a press release about the contest. If you think that you might have the greatest Trump impression of all and you're up for the gig, which includes hosting the web series and a headlining spot on the Laugh Factory stage (no previous comedy experience is required), then you should apply. To enter, you’ll just need to upload a video of your impersonation to YouTube and then post a link to the clip on Twitter, tagging @TheLaughFactory and #TrumpImpression before February 28. The club’s staff will take a look and narrow it down to 10 finalists who will be invited to perform live for an audience, who will get to vote for the winner. A contest where you can win by posting on Twitter. Now, that seems appropriate. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Yes, the freeways flood, traffic gets (even more) horrific and all backyard BBQs are put on hold—but here in L.A., we love the rain. We love that freshly-wet pavement smell, the excuse for hot soup and comfort foods, and perhaps the most fun of all, we love snuggling up warm and dry with our significant others. It's tempting to just stay inside all day, but rain or shine, the dates must go on! In a city with so many great date ideas contingent on equally great weather, it can be tough to know exactly what to do with your babe when it's wet and gloomy out. So we put our heads together to come up with a few fun date options for even the rainiest of days. Enjoy—and don't forget an umbrella! 1. Grab an oversized umbrella and take a stroll through one of the city's beautiful parks; to stay dry you'll have to stay close! 2. Indulge in a relaxing couples massage at one of the city's top spas. 3. Have a lunch date at a top pho or ramen shop—share a bowl and you can attempt to recreate that iconic Lady and the Tramp noodle moment. 4. Watch the waves break on the beach from an oceanfront parking spot. 5. Finally make it to that museum or gallery you've been talking about going to forever—each of you can pick one and show the other around. 6. Escape the rain for hours at a double feature at one of L.A.'s independent movie theaters. 7. Cozy up with a drink at one of L.A.'s best bars with fireplaces. 8. Have a drink or a bite high above the city with a great view of the city getti
When the organizers behind Women’s March L.A. filed their initial permits to hold a rally in Pershing Square, they were estimating a crowd of 1,000 to 3,000 people. Now, they say, they’ve received 92,000 registrations on their website and almost 70,000 Facebook event sign-ups. If you’re going to be among those numbers, it will be helpful to plan ahead for how you’ll get to the march and what to expect once you’re there. Driving directly to, or parking anywhere near, the Pershing Square rally site is likely to be a challenge. Organizers are strongly encouraging marchers to arrive by Metro, either to the Union Station or Seventh Street/Metro Center stops. If you haven’t tried getting to Downtown by Metro before, check out our guide or consider parking in Pasadena and joining up with the pre-rally there, where a group of marchers plans to board the Gold Line en masse and travel to Pershing Square together. If you’re coming from West Hollywood, that city will be providing a special free shuttle service to get people to and from the Hollywood and Highland stop on the Red Line. For those coming from farther away, Women’s March leaders say they are aware of plans for 20 buses from Ventura County, 15 buses from Long Beach and 15 buses from Santa Barbara to be among the loads of marchers arriving for the day. To find a spot on one of those rides, check sites like Rally Bus or search for informal ride-share groups organizing on Facebook. Before you hop on the bus or train to head to
We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you. Friday Kick off RIOT LA, the annual alt-comedy festival, with a screening of Blazing Saddles at the Microsoft Theater. Mel Brooks himself will be on-hand to discuss the 1974 Western farce. Alternatively, watch The Great Dictator at the Aero Theatre. Surely it's just a coincidence that Charlie Chaplin's iconic condemnation of authoritarian leaders is screening on Inauguration Day, right? Swing by UCB Sunset for the George Lucas Talk Show. Comedian Connor Ratliff dons a Lucas getup and hosts—along with his sidekick Jar Jar Binks (Shaun Diston)—this live talk show that takes place in a bizarro alternate universe where the Star Wars creator gave up directing for stand-up comedy. Saturday Just an FYI, whether you plan on taking part or sitting it out, that the Women's March Los Angeles will be making its way between Pershing Square and City Hall this morning, likely shutting down much of Downtown in the process. Hear that old piano during a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. New host Chris Thile has brought a new approach to the beloved variety show, with a more modern, music-first approach. Ryan Adams, Kacey Musgraves and Kevin Nealon guest this afternoon at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Kickstart your wine education at the Uncorked Wine Festival. More than 50 wineries, a champagne bar, an international wine market and more arrive at Union Station duri