Los Angeles River Center & Gardens

Where to Party in L.A.'s Public Places

11/08/2018

Discover Los Angeles

Many Angelenos are rightfully proud of our historical waterway, the Los Angeles River. But not many people know about the hidden gem that currently houses the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. Located in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles (immediately east of the river, where the 110 and the 5 meet), this compound of stunning buildings in the Midcentury version of “Spanish” or “Colonial” style (both euphemisms that try to conceal the obvious Mexican influences) was built by the Lawry’s spice company in the 1950s. They expanded it in the 1960s) and Lawry’s became a famous collection of restaurants that highlighted the brand’s seasonings. The complex, known as Lawry’s California Center, operated until the early 1990s, when the City prevented its demolition and redevelopment by turning it into the Los Angeles River Center, with a stated mission of serving as "a focal point for the renewal of the Los Angeles River, and a prime location for community gatherings, educational conferences, and special events.” The buildings also serve as a home to several conservancy groups, including the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which manages it.

The combination of open and closed environments that look like a Technicolor, movie-set version of a Spanish-style villa—complete with ivy-covered walls, courtyards, soothing fountains, lawns, and even a working fireplace!—has made the Los Angeles River Center a word-of-mouth success with people planning all manner of events, especially weddings. (The location is reportedly recouping its entire operational costs out of wedding rentals.) Located in an inconspicuous nook of the city, guests are surprised and then thrilled when they arrive to this ideal (and idealized) version of a California-style fantasy only a few minutes away from DTLA and northeastern neighborhoods like Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The complex also features an educational exhibit about the L.A. River, and it’s right next to the River Garden Park.

570 W Ave 26, Los Angeles 90065

Liberty Larsen at Black Rabbit Rose

What’s Your Sign? An Astrological Los Angeles Experience Scorpio

10/16/2018

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One of the most gossiped-about signs of the zodiac, Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) has a weird, intense rep that is not entirely unearned. Lovers of mystery, mystification, and mist in general, Scorpios look for mind games with high emotional stakes and magic, both real and the parlor kind.

Elvis Crespo live at The Conga Room

Discover the Best Live Latin Music in Los Angeles

10/09/2018

Discover Los Angeles

Given the diversity of our city, looking for venues where Latin music in the wider sense is offered means looking at nearly every general venue in the city, especially for acts that bring in massive audiences. These days you won’t find Mexican norteño supergroup Los Tigres del Norte at a Latin-only club—they recently headlined the Hollywood Bowl. Likewise, Rock en Español stars Café Tacvba play classic rock mecca the Troubadour; '60s nostalgia packages headlined by Argentine-Mexican crooner Leo Dan pack the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood; DTLA’s Microsoft Theater books any big-ticket Latin act from romantico singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona to the Reggaeton Kings; and pop reggaeton sensations like Ozuna can commandeer The Forum in Inglewood. Brazilian acts of all types also constantly play the mainstream venues.

So besides the venues below, if you’re looking for “live Latin music in Los Angeles” you should really check the calendars of every major L.A. music spot. After all, Latin music is Los Angeles music (and vice versa).

Daniel Henney at Universal Studios Hollywood

Discover L.A. with Daniel Henney

09/26/2018

Take a ride through Los Angeles with Daniel Henney, the Korean-American actor known for his roles in Criminal Minds,  Big Hero 6, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Seducing Mr. Perfect

"Life Cycle" by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei in L.A.

09/12/2018

Liz Ohanesian

This fall, acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will have three concurrent exhibitions in Los Angeles: at Marciano Art Foundation, Jeffrey Deitch's new gallery in Hollywood, and UTA Artist Space, which was designed by Ai himself.

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