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The Timeless Magic of Cinderella is Coming to the Stage of the Ahmason Theatre!

April 10th, 2015

There are not many stories as classic or timeless as Cinderella. We all know the story, a beautiful young girl forced to live with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters until one night, with the help of our fairy godmother, she is able to go to the ball where she meets the handsome prince. One of these retellings of this famous story is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This classic retelling of the Cinderella story offers a surprisingly contemporary take on this beloved tale. At the same time, it keeps many of your favorite moments such as the glass slipper, the pumpkin, the ball and more – but there are also some exciting new twists as well! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles from now until April 26th. The Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. This musical will be enjoyable by the whole family so feel free to bring everyone along for a night filled with magic, fairy tales, and memorable songs. Tickets are now on sale so get yours today and stay in one of the hotels near Ahmanson Theatre! Tickets for this musical range from $60 - $125. Show times vary depending on the day but are usually offered at 2pm and at 8pm. Shows are performed Tuesday through Sunday with no shows being performed on Mondays. The Rodgers & Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella is a Tony Award winning musical and... 

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Annual Art of Motion Pictures Costume Design Exhibit

March 13th, 2015

The FIDM Museum (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) is proud to present the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit. In this unique exhibit, you will be able to see the historic costumes that have been used in popular movies. You can stop by the FIDM Museum to see this exhibit from now until April 25th. Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm and it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. This exhibit is also FREE to the public so be sure to stop by if you are looking for something to do while staying in downtown Los Angeles! Costumes are an integral part in capturing the audience and making them believe that they have truly traveled back in time to whenever the movie is taking place. At the 23rd annual exhibit, there will be over 100 costumes present. These costumes will be from a number of some of the most notable films that were released in 2014. One of these movies includes Academy Award winning The Great Gatsby. Travel back to the roaring 20s and view the exquisite suits that Gatsby wore or the flapper dresses that Daisy wore. Other films include Big Eyes, which takes place during the 1960s so you’ll see costumes representing this time frame. Other films include Selma, Jersey Boys, and Belle. Not only can you see these unique costumes that are historically accurate, you can... 

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Experience the Lunar New Year at the Golden Dragon Parade!

February 14th, 2015

Although the Western world has already celebrated the New Year, Chinese communities worldwide will be celebrating the Chinese lunar New Year on Thursday, February 19th. Chinatown, in downtown Los Angeles, has been celebrating the Chinese New Year for years, in fact, since the early years when Los Angeles was first becoming a city. This year, try something new and explore this wonderful Chinese tradition. Join the community to celebrate the 116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival! This event will take place on Saturday, February 21st from 12pm – 9pm. And the best part is that this event is FREE to attend! When staying in the hotels close to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, be sure to look for the Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival, you are sure to be entertained the entire time for there is so much to do and see during this all day event. In the central plaza of Chinatown you can catch a number of performances that will be occurring all day. Depending on when you stop by, you can see acrobats, flying fork, and even a Lion dance troupe! From 12pm – 9pm there will be a craft beer garden so be sure to stop by for some refreshing beer during your stay. From 4pm – 8pm there will be a culinary stage where you can see a number of cooking demos and learn how to cook authentic Chinese dishes. Throughout the day there will... 

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Experience MOCA’s latest installment, Andy Warhol: Shadows!

January 16th, 2015

Andy Warhol was a renowned artist who was particularly known for his style of pop art during the 1960s. His art usually explored themes such as celebrity culture and consumerism from the advance of the advertising industry that flourished during this time. For a limited time, you can explore Andy Warhol’s work at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Whether you have always been a fan of Andy Warhol or you are interested in learning more about his work, you should visit MOCA to see their latest installment entitled Andy Warhol: Shadows. The gallery will be available for viewing from now until February 15th so for art fans staying in hotels near MOCA Los Angeles, don’t miss your chance to see this incredible collection of over 100 paintings that Warhol worked on. Andy Warhol: Shadows focuses on the number of silk screened and hand painted canvases that he created during his time in The Factory – his studio in New York City. Based on a number of photographs of shadows that he captured while in The Factory, he recreated these photos in different medias and a wide range of colors. Continuing in his fashion of surrealism, many of the silkscreens and canvases are of the same image but cast in different colors from electric green to darker hues such as red or brown. The Senior Curator of MOCA, Bennett Simpson says that Shadows is “one of Warhol’s most mysterious and beautiful works, full of mood... 

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Enjoy Winter Fun with Ice Skating in Downtown Los Angeles!

December 4th, 2014

With the holiday season right around the corner, the city of Los Angeles is offering fun ways to help get the community into the holiday spirit! Just because Los Angeles has warm weather, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a winter wonderland. This year, come down to the historic Pershing Square in Downtown LA where you and your family can spend time on an outdoor ice skating rink! For those interested in ice skating in Downtown LA, enjoy the festive decorations as you skate your way to some holiday cheer! General admission for the ice skating rink is $9 and it costs $3 to rent skates. Both figure skates and hockey skates are available to rent. Each ticket grants you access to one session, which lasts for 60 minutes, though you are free to buy tickets to as many sessions as you would like. The times that the sessions begin are at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. The hours that the skating rink is open from November 13 through December 18 are as follows: Monday through Thursday the rink is open from 11:30am – 9:30pm; on Friday, the rink is open from 11:30am – 11pm; on Saturday the rink is open from 10am – 11pm and on Sunday the rink is open from 10am – 9:30pm. From December 19  – 30, the skating rink is open daily from 10am – 11pm. The exceptions are on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the rink is open... 

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Cool Venues to Visit at the Los Angeles Music Center!

November 7th, 2014

While you are in Los Angeles there are a number of fantastic venues that you can go to listen to music. In fact, there is even a Music Center that offers four theaters to the public. Prestigious architects, engineers, and other experts in the field designed each theater. From the exterior design to the interior decorations, each item was considered with the result of giving attendees an incredible experience that they cannot get anywhere else. For those staying in hotels near Music Center LA, drop by and visit each of their unique venues for an amazing experience. Visit the website of each theatre to see what events are playing during your stay! The Ahmanson Theatre was created to be a diverse space offering guests a range of performances from the spectacular to the very intimate. The theatre was built in 1967 though it has recently been renovated and now has state-of-the-art sound and staging equipment. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was the first theatre built in The Music Center in 1964 and was designed by Welton Becket. Inside, the theatre is extremely elegant with three beautiful chandeliers that each has 24,000 individual crystal pieces. There are 78 crystal light fixtures and the theatre is five stories. Come here if you would like to see an opera, as it is the home of the LA Opera. The Walt Disney Concert hall was completed in 2003 and is known as a modern architectural masterpiece. Even if you don’t watch a concert inside, make a point... 

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Fight On and Cheer for the Trojans During the USC Trojan Football Season!

September 30th, 2014

If you love football, college sports or simply love watching sports, consider rooting on the USC Trojans for one of their home games! The University of Southern California has been known for having a great football team for years. For those that already know where to stay near LA Coliseum, come see the Trojans take on their opponents through the month of November. Check out their schedule and the tickets available now!

USC home games take place at the Los Angeles Coliseum, so it is also a great way to see this historic site! On October 4, USC will play against Arizona State; on October 18, they take on Colorado University and on November 13, they’ll play California State University Berkeley. Times of games are still to be determined. If you want to watch what will surely be a great game, be sure to get tickets to the USC vs. Notre Dame game on November 29, as this is sure to be an exciting game!

The University of Southern California Trojans football program was established all the way back in 1888. USC is a Division I football team and is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. The USC Trojans are a team to be reckoned with and have won an incredible 11 national championships. They have also won 36 conference titles and have had 7 Heisman winners. In fact, more Trojan football players have been drafted to play in the National Football League than any other... 

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Sensational September Events to Attend at Grand Park LA!

September 4th, 2014

Even though summer is over, the fun hasn’t stopped at Grand Park LA. Here are just a few fun things to do at Grand Park LA in the month of September!

Grand Park was made just for you, so why not enjoy all that it has to offer? You can always come here to relax, read a book, enjoy the cool water from the fountain or just hang out with friends. However, there are also fun scheduled events taking place as well. Drum Downtown: West Africa is taking place on September 6, from 10am–11:30am. Come down and start your day off right with a big bang and drum beat! Beat on drums and be part of an exhilarating outdoor music experience. The event is FREE!

Still want some more music? Then, Sunday Sessions is just for you. On September 14, from 2pm–8pm, come down to the park and enjoy some great electronic music from some of LA’s best DJs. Support the local talent and groove out to the beats. Bring blankets and make a picnic out of it! You’re allowed to bring a cooler, but please no tents or large umbrellas. Handheld umbrellas are fine and it might be a good idea to bring along some sunblock! This awesome music concert is completely FREE!

Want something for lunch but sick of all the usual places? Then, come down Grand Park for Lunch à La Park. Every Wednesday and Thursday, local food trucks will be parked along the... 

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