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LA Film Festival returns to DTLA starting Thursday

By Hayley Fox — June 13, 2012 — 1 Comment

There will be no rest for L.A. Live this week as it transitions from Kings fans to movie lovers, for the the L.A. Film Festival that begins on Thursday in Downtown. The 10-day event includes poolside talks, bike valets and dance-alongs.

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The Last Bookstore opens second floor; $1 'labyrinth' of books

By Hayley Fox — June 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

The Last Bookstore on Spring Street held their soft opening Tuesday for a new mezzanine level which consists entirely of $1 books. Store owner Josh Spencer says 50 percent of the proceeds will go to charity.

Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra

Junior Philharmonic celebrates life of longtime conductor with concert

By Hayley Fox — June 06, 2012 — 1 Comment

In a Wednesday night concert celebrating 75 years of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, a "Battle of Batons" will include Weird Al Yankovic and Florence Henderson will be singing classic Broadway hits.

Community Torah Celebration Eric Richardson

The "unique breed" of Downtown Jews

By Omar Shamout — May 31, 2012

Rabbi Moshe Greenwald of the Chabad of Downtown LA discusses the challenges of selling the idea of spirituality to the many secular Jews living in the heart of the city. Meanwhile, a controversial decision in Israel is also affecting Jews in Los Angeles.

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LA Olympics revisited in downtown LA photo display

By Hayley Fox — May 31, 2012

In a one-day-only photo display at the Mark Taper Auditorium, a collection of photographs from the 1932 and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics will be shown with an accompanying narrative of the evolution of the international games.

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Battle of the beards moves hairy competition to Downtown theater

By Hayley Fox — May 29, 2012

The L.A. Beard and Mustache competition moves to DTLA's Belasco Theater. Facial hair enthusiasts lay down their clippers and sign up for competitions from "Business Beard" and "Whiskerina" (for the ladies).

Last Remaining Seats Ed Fuentes

Last Remaining Seats kicks off next week with 'Paper Moon'

By Hayley Fox — May 24, 2012

The annual summertime event that brings classic movies into Downtown's old movie palaces, begins next Wednesday and will continue through the end of June.

Flickr via Danny Thompson Jr

Block party open to the public at LA Live Memorial Day weekend

By Andrew Lopez — May 23, 2012

A three-day block party at L.A. Live will highlight Latin music and culture. Each night of the memorial day weekend bash will end with concerts at Club Nokia and Nokia Theater.

Staples Center Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Kings defeat Phoenix in OT to advance to Stanley Cup finals

By Tony Pierce — May 22, 2012 — 1 Comment

Staples Center will be the home to some Stanley Cup finals hockey thanks to an overtime win by the Kings in Arizona Tuesday.

By Hayley Fox — May 22, 2012 — 1 Comment

A new Italian American museum is slated to open inside Downtown's Italian Hall in 2013.

Robert Millard for LA Opera

La Bohème returns to the stage with LA Opera run

By Donna Perlmutter — May 21, 2012

Promise them anything but give ‘em … “La Bohème!” Isn’t that how it works? A theater with this title on its marquee gets sold to the walls. And so it is with the current edition of Puccini’s tuneful romantic comedy-turned-weepie.