August 7th, 2015
Every year, Little Tokyo in Los Angeles has hosted a Japanese Festival for the people of LA. During this festival, learn more about Japanese culture through traditional dance, music, various activities and more. This year, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival
will take place from August 15 through the 23. The events will take place at a variety of locations throughout the city but if you’re staying in an affordable Downtown Los Angeles hotel near Little Tokyo
, you’ll be in the heart of the event.
On Sunday, August 16th, there will be a Grand Opening Parade in Little Tokyo to kick off the celebration. The parade will begin at 5:30pm and will start at Central Avenue and head east on 2nd street. After traveling around the block, the parade will once again end at Central Ave. While there are a number of events that will take place throughout the week, on the 22nd and 23rd there will be a number of fun activities set up. For example, at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, there will be free outdoor entertainment including musical performances, taiko drums, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese dancers, food and drink vendors, and cultural exhibits within the Community Center.
There will also be children’s activities so feel free to bring the whole family along! On Saturday, August 22nd, there will be a World Gyoza Eating Championship at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza from 12 - 2pm. On Sunday, August 23rd, also at the...
July 9th, 2015
Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. One of the great things about Los Angeles is that there are many opportunities to listen to live music since there are a number of music festivals that take place throughout the summer months. One of these festivals is the FYF Fest that takes place on August 22nd and 23rd at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Headliners include Frank Ocean, Morrissey, Bloc Party, The Jesus & Mary Chain and many more! If you plan to attend both days of the festival and you’re staying in one of the affordable hotels in Downtown Los Angeles
, get your tickets to the FYF Fest today!
Frank Ocean is an R&B singer and songwriter from Long Beach, California. Initially, he started out as a writer for artists such as John Legend, Brandy, Julian Rivera, Damienn Jones, and Justin Bieber. In 2012 he released his debut studio album entitled Channel Orange
. His hit songs include tracks such as “Thinkin Bout You”, “Novacane”, “Super Rich Kids” and “Pink Matter”. Bloc Party is an indie rock band heralding from London, England. They have released four albums throughout the years and have had chart-topping songs on the UK Albums chart as well as the Billboard 200
. Top hits include “Helicopter”, “Banquet”, “This Modern Love”, and “I Still Remember”. Frank Ocean and Block Party will be headling the festvial on Saturday August 22nd. Morrissey is a British singer...
June 8th, 2015
Whether you study films for a living or simply enjoy sitting back and watching a good movie, the Los Angeles Film Festival is a great event for everyone. If you are a lover of movies, then mark your calendar because the LA Film Fest is something that you will not want to miss. This year, the festival will take over Los Angeles from Wednesday, June 10th through Thursday, June 18th. Since this event is a week long, stay in one of the centrally located Downtown Los Angeles hotels with affordable room rates
and don’t miss a film. Tickets for individual screenings as well as passes for the entire festival are on sale today!
The LA Film Fest
offers a variety of movies from shorts to full length movies as well as spanning a variety of genres such as documentaries, dramas, comedies, and horror. Another great thing about the festival is that there are a number of different screening venues throughout the city, which means you get to explore places that you may not have been to before. The hub of the festival will be at L.A. Live, the city’s premier entertainment center located in downtown. Screening venues include the Regal Cinemas at LA Live Stadium 14, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), FIGat7th, The GRAMMY Museum at LA Live, and even Union Station. If you will be attending the festival, consider downloading the Los Angeles Film Festival app for your smartphone. On the app you...
May 19th, 2015
If you are looking for a fun new place to check out in LA, consider heading to Olvera Street
, an area that is rich with history. Olvera Street, located in downtown Los Angeles, is a cultural getaway amidst the busy streets of LA. Known for its pedestrian mall marketplace, the street is a must do for tourists and locals alike. The location is also great. No visit to Downtown LA would be complete without a stop to Olvera Street so come down and visit today!
Olvera Street is actually located in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, dating all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, visitors can visit Olvera Street and get a taste of the Mexican culture that Los Angeles grew out of. As you walk down the brick patterned road, look through all the different market stalls that sell a number of different items. You will find fun souvenirs like Mexican wrestling masks to hand made leather goods made by talented artisans. If you are hungry, no problem, Olvera Street has its fair share of restaurants, all serving up authentic Mexican food. If you want to taste genuine Mexican food like tacos, enchiladas, or horchata for example, be sure to stop by Olvera Street.
Also located at Olvera Street is the El Pueblo de Los Angeles monument. This represents the historic district that was once the city’s center during the Spanish and Mexican rule during the late 1700s to mid 1800s. A visit to Olvera...
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...
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...
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...
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...