Is Downtown Ready for All-Star Weekend Parties?
Collage of fliers for 2011 All-Star Weekend parties happening in Downtown L.A.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The basketball universe will descend on Downtown Los Angeles this weekend, with the action spreading far beyond Staples Center and L.A. Live.
The four-day span from Thursday to Sunday should be a good test for how well Downtown's residents and nightlife are prepared to co-exist. Most Downtown residents live in buildings that opened since L.A. last hosted the All-Star Game in 2004.
Here's an attempt to round up what will be happening where over All-Star Weekend:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
THE 5TH QUARTER at Exchange LA: 9pm to 3am, with a portion of the proceeds going to After School All-Stars. Pre-sale tickets start at $35 and a 10-person VIP table on the dance floor will run you $3000. 618 S. Spring —Tickets
BIG HUTCH BLACK OUT at Cicada: Shawna Pat performs, and 20 girls compete in bikinis to be the "Top Black Out Girl." Tickets start at $30. 617 S. Olive —Tickets
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
PLIES LIVE at Club 740: Rapper Plies headlines a party hosted by models Jae Michelle and Cashmere. 9pm to 3am. 753 S. Spring —Tickets
NICKI MENAJ & RICK ROSS at Exchange LA: Nicki Menaj and Rick Ross headline for "The Players Ball." Tickets start at $100, and the "Playa's Suite"—including 30 tickets, ten bottles of Moet and five bottles of Ciroc—will run a cool $20k. 618 S. Spring —Tickets
PURP AND YELLOW at J Lounge: Lakers' forward Matt Barnes hosts "The Official Purp & Yellow All Star Party" presented by Shiekh and Adidas. 1119 S. Olive —Info
J.R. SMITH at Vertigo's: Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith hosts an All-Star kickoff at Vertigo's, a bar tucked into the northwest corner of Downtown at Figueroa and Temple. Music by dj mike smoove and dj ktone. 801 W. Temple —Info
PLAYERS BALL AFTER HOURS at Union Station: Hustle Gurl Entertainment and Hip Hop Weekly Magazine put on the Players Ball after-party at Union Station, advertised as running from midnight to 7am. 800 N. Alameda —Tickets
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
1000 BOTTLES, 1000 MODELS at The Palm: Former UCLA guard Russell Westbrook is scheduled to make a special guest appearance. Guests receive a bottle of Moet on paid admission. Tickets start at $75. 1100 S. Flower —Tickets
GRIND ALL-STAR JAM at Bonaventure Brewing Co: Toronto Raptors' guard Demar Derozan—a local product and former USC player—is scheduled to make an appearance at the event, which benefits The Grind Youth Basketball Summer Camp in Compton. 404 S. Figueroa —Tickets
CITY OF ANGELS VIP at L.A. Athletic Club: Lakers' forward Matt Barnes joins co-hosts model Claudia Jordan and 102.3 KJLH's Nautica De La Cruz. 431 W. 7th —Tickets
AFTER HOURS at Union Station: Trina performs at an event that runs from midnight to 7am. Tickets start at $100. 800 N. Alameda —Tickets
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20
HONEYS & HOOPS at Bonaventure Brewing Co: Celeste Diaz, Julia Pitts and Jae Michelle host a "Ladies Allstar Jam." 404 S. Figueroa
SECRET PASSWORD PARTY at LoftSEVEN: Sundy Carter and Kevin Hart host "the sexiest NBA All-Star Game after-party ever" from 10pm until 6am. Tickets start at $100, but for $6k you and 20 friends can rent the jacuzzi. 219 W. 7th —Tickets
GRAND FINALE at Exchange LA: Diddy hosts his All-Star after-party on Spring Street. Tickets start at $100 and go up to $20k for the 30-ticket "Playa's Suite." 618 S. Spring —Tickets
CLOSE OUT PARTY at Club 740: Chris Brown hosts the "All-Star Weekend Closeout Party" with DJ Biz Markie. Tickets start at $111. 753 S. Spring —Tickets