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Funky Sole takes over Grand Park for free, nighttime dance party

By Hayley Fox — February 27, 2013

This Thursday night DTLA's Grand Park will turn into a dance party; there will a full-service bar on the lawn, a performance by Breakestra and DJ sets by the crew behind Funky Soul, a weekly soul dance party at nightclub The Echo.

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Silver Lake Jubilee music, arts festival moves to DTLA this summer

By Hayley Fox — February 25, 2013 — 2 Comments

What began as a Silver Lake neighborhood festival is moving Downtown to the Arts District this June. The two-day festival typically includes musical performances, community activities and food trucks.

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Grand Park BookFest celebrates local bookstores and all things literary

By Hayley Fox — February 21, 2013

Downtown's Grand Park continues to expand its roster of events; this time, with a BookFest scheduled for next week. The all-day event includes readings, arts and crafts, pop-up bookstores, DJs and of course, food trucks.

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Library's ALOUD spring lineup includes coffee tasting and animal music

By Hayley Fox — February 11, 2013

The Downtown library's ALOUD series of speakers and discussions has recently published their spring line-up. Topics of conversation range from autism to domestic violence, coffee production and treks through the wilderness.

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Beyoncé and the BET Experience arrive at LA Live this summer

By Hayley Fox — February 05, 2013

Only a day after Queen Bey nailed her Super Bowl halftime performance, AEG announced that she will be kicking off her North American tour this June. Her concert will be part of the three-day BET (Black Entertainment Television) awards weekend in DTLA.

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Help create a record-breaking paper snake at Chinatown's New Year Festival

By Hayley Fox — January 24, 2013 — 392 Comments

At this year's Chinese New Year Festival, organizers and attendees will attempt to break the world record for paper-folding by making 800,000 individually folded pieces of paper and then assembling them into a giant snake.

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LA Art Show holds opening party tonight; DTLA fair begins tomorrow

By Hayley Fox — January 23, 2013

Last year's art show at the L.A. Convention Center attracted more than 50,000 visitors. It includes four sections of art; modern and contemporary, historic and traditional, vintage posters and fine art prints.

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High-tech webcam streams coverage of Broad Museum construction

By Hayley Fox — January 22, 2013

The three-story, Grand Avenue Broad Museum is expected to be completed in 2014 -- but if you can't wait that long to see it, its construction process is being streamed online through high-tech webcams.

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Cans of food assembled into art in DTLA, then donated to a charity

By Hayley Fox — January 11, 2013 — 1 Comment

The project dubbed Canstruction was featured at Thursday's Art Walk and will remain on display until 7 p.m. this evening. Then, the cans will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and distributed throughout the county to those in need.

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Survey says: 6th Street Bridge is one of LA's most popular film shoot locations

By Hayley Fox — January 02, 2013 — 3 Comments

According to a survey commissioned by the Los Angeles Times, the 6th Street Bridge -- which is currently poised for demolition -- ranked at the top of the list for most used film shoot locations in 2012.

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Nasty Gal new, vintage clothing retailer to open new headquarters in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — December 21, 2012 — 3 Comments

The new and vintage online retailer has grown in leaps and bounds since it started in 2006 as an eBay store. Now, Nasty Gal has signed a lease for 50,000-square-feet of space in the Pac Mutual building.