What's New in Los Angeles

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Winter in Los Angeles might not include the glistening of snow, but visitors can expect the city to be glowing with celebrities, red carpets and champagne toasts as the beginning of Awards Season is here. This year, the Academy Awards celebrated its 90th Anniversary on Sunday, March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Beyond Awards Season, there is much to celebrate in Los Angeles in the coming months including new hotel openings such as NoMad Los Angeles and Hotel Figueroa, major new restaurant openings like David Chang’s Majordomo in Chinatown and exciting exhibitions such as KING TUT opening at California Science Center on March 24. 

ACCOMMODATIONS

CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. Opened in July 2017, the hotel is developed by Fillmore Hospitality and features 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. www.cambriahotelsandsuites.com

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (Downtown) – Proper Hospitality, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to debut their first Los Angeles hotel (joining their residential project, Hollywood Proper Residences) with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-story property, which was built in 1924, will have 148 rooms and has plans to open in fall 2018. www.properhotel.com/hotels/downtown-la

Dream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel debuted in the heart of Hollywood on Selma and Cahuenga in July 2017. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-story boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area. www.dreamhotels.com

Fairmont Century Plaza (Century City) – AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge will take over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when the property is redeveloped. Scheduled to open in June 2019, the Fairmont Century Plaza will have 394 rooms and 63 luxury residences, down from the hotel’s 726 rooms when it shuttered in 2016. The project will also have 290 luxury residences in the project’s two new 46-story towers. www.fairmont.com

The Godfrey Hotel (Hollywood) – The 60,000-square-feet Godfrey hotel will be a high-end boutique hotel that addresses the lifestyle of the contemporary jet-setting professional. The project features amenities that will allow travelers to conduct business both locally and remotely, while enjoying the unique room and food experiences that the Godfrey brand has become known for in Chicago and Boston. The property is slated to open in 2018. http://godfreyhotelhollywood.com/

Grupo Habita Project (Arts District) – The first L.A. project for Grupo Habita, a hotel group that develops some of the hippest hotels in Mexico City, Chicago, and New York will take over a 109-year-old brick warehouse in the Arts District into modern accommodations with a rooftop lounge, garden and pool. Construction on the property is taking place with a projected opening date of late 2018/early 2019.

Kimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) – Kimpton Everly Hotel opened in August 2017 and features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast. www.everlyhotelhollywood.com

Freehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles in June 2017 after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-story building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or “poshtels”) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge. www.thefreehand.com

H Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms. http://curiocollection3.hilton.com

Hotel Figueroa  (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa is in its soft stages of opening after a renovation that will transform its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa will offer expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. www.hotelfigueroa.com

Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in April 2017. The 18-story Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property sits at the heart of Downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the roaring twenties. www.ihg.com/hotelindigo

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) –InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center and opened in July 2017. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a “sky lobby” on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project, which is developed by Korean Air and Hanjin Group, and also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas. www.ihg.com

The Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – Opened August 2017, The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The 286-room hotel, which was previously earmarked to be operated under Denihan Hospitality’s James brand, will be transformed into a 1 Hotels eco-luxe property during the next year. www.jeremyhotel.com

La Peer (West Hollywood) – Opened in January 2018, La Peer Hotel features 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness center and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat. www.lapeerhotel.com

Native Hotel (Malibu) – Originally built in 1947, Native Hotel (formerly known as the Malibu Riviera) was remodeled in Spring 2017 and has unveiled a modern new look inspired by old paradise charm. Thirteen individually curated king-size rooms make up this mid-century modernist retreat. Surrounded by acres of lush greenery and perched on the Pacific Coast Highway, guests are just steps from some of the most idyllic beaches in the world including Zuma Beach and Point Dume. www.thenativehotel.com

Nobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) –Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms and opened in April 2017.  www.nobuhotels.com

NoMad Hotel (Downtown) –  Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, has opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel on January 20, 2018. The NoMad is redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-story hotel has about 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented. www.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angeles

Park Hyatt/Oceanwide Plaza (Downtown) – Oceanwide Plaza, the mixed-use project that will be built adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, will include L.A.'s first hotel under the Park Hyatt luxury badge. Slated to open in early 2019, the Park Hyatt Los Angeles will have 184 rooms, including 34 suites. www.oceanwideplaza.com

The Pod (Downtown) – The New York-based micro-suite specialist will enter Los Angeles with the redevelopment of the old Hotel Cecil site, which houses the Stay on Main budget property as well as about 300 residential units. The new hotel will have 340 rooms when it opens in mid-2019.

Soho Warehouse (Arts District) – Construction is now underway for the anticipated Soho Warehouse in the Arts District taking over in a six-story, 100-year-old building at 1000 S. Santa Fe Avenue. It will have a 71-seat music performance room, 800-seat public market, restaurant, bar and backyard, 39-seat spa and salon, 10-seat gym area and flexible event space, 39-seat screening room, 267-seat club, music room, restaurant and bar and 197-seat pool terrace, lounge and bar. Soho Warehouse is scheduled to open in 2018.

The Surfrider Malibu (Malibu) – A modern California Beach House, inspired by the picturesque Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture. Personifying Malibu’s historic beach-town community, the complete redesign of the original 1950s-era motel has transformed The Surfrider into a contemporary boutique hotel that gives guests an unparalleled and elevated visit to Malibu. The Surfrider opened summer 2017. www.thesurfridermalibu.com

Thompson Hollywood (Hollywood) – Two Roads Hospitality’s Thompson lifestyle brand, which previously operated the Hollywood Roosevelt, will return to the area in mid-2019 with a new-build property on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The 200-room hotel, to be built by Dream Hollywood developer Relevant Group, will have a rooftop deck with a pool.

Tommie Hotel (Hollywood) – With lush greenspace and an array of communal amenities, this new Tommie Hotel is designed to entice the young professional crowd going out in Hollywood to stay for the night or weekend. The Tommie Hotel Los Angeles sits at the intersection of Wilcox and Selma Avenues in Hollywood, adjacent to an existing Mama Shelter hotel. The property is slated to open July 2018.

Waldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand opened in June 2017 on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 stories tall and features 170 rooms. www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com

westdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Debuting in January 2018 as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach will boast 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness center and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. westdrift Manhattan Beach will provide the ideal blend of business and pleasure, the ultimate space for gatherings large or small. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation. http://westdrift.com/

LAX AIR SERVICE AND TERMINAL UPDATES

Delta Air Lines – On December 1, 2017, the airline launched non-stop daily service from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

Air China – On December 7, 2017, the airline launched non-stop service from Shenzhen, China to Los Angeles, operating three times a week.

Xiamen Airlines – On December 11, 2017, the airline launched non-stop service from Qingdao to Los Angeles, with flight originating from Xiamen, operating three times a week.

Viva Aerobus – On December 14, 2017, the airline launched non-stop daily service from Guadalajara, Mexico to Los Angeles. It is the first time that the airline is operating at LAX.

Hong Kong Airlines – On December 18, 2017, the airline launched non-stop service from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, operating four times a week. The route is slated to expand to daily service beginning January 14, 2018.

Volaris – On December 19, 2017, the airline launched non-stop service from Acapulco, Mexico to Los Angeles, operating once a week.

Volaris Costa Rica – In March 2018, the airline will launch non-stop service from San Salvador, San Jose and Guatemala City to Los Angeles.

Biometric e-Gates – LAX is the first location in the U.S. to pilot this unique, paperless, biometric boarding process. The program uses facial recognition technology in place of a paper boarding pass, where it captures each passenger’s photo and sends it to Custom Border Patrol for matching with the digital photo captured at the initial immigration process.  The e-Gates have been installed at Gates 152, 154 and 156 in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and additional airlines are making plans to test the technology. British Airways travelers to London will begin to use biometric boarding gates to gain access to their nightly flights at LAX.

Midfield Satellite Concourse – Designed as an extension of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the new $1.6-billion, 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse will feature 12 boarding gates, L.A.-centric dining and shopping options, airline lounges and other guest services and amenities. The design will complement the architecture of TBIT and feature a roof emulating an ocean wave prior to breaking on the shore. It is also poised to become one of the “smartest” concourses with automated biometric boarding gates and flight information display scanners allowing passengers to receive personalized maps on their boarding passes. The MSC will be connected by a 1,000-foot-long underground tunnel and is slated to open by 2020. www.laxishappening.com

ARTS & CULTURE

Academy Museum (Mid-City) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world’s leading movie museum in the heart of Los Angeles. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the six story Academy Museum will contain state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The museum is planned to open in 2019. www.oscars.org/museum

Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown) – The world premiere of Soft Power will come to the Ahmanson Theatre from May 3 – June 10, 2018. A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award® winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. Hwang and Tesori have created one of the most eagerly anticipated new works of the year. www.centertheatregroup.org

The Broad (Downtown) – On view from February 10 – May 13, 2018 is Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth.’ This exhibition will feature more than 100 works spanning Johns’ 60-year career. The Broad will be exhibition’s only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist’s work to be shown in Los Angeles. A collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will feature more than 100 of the artist’s most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. www.thebroad.org

California Science Center (Downtown) – A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Exhibitions International, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun's (also known as King Tut) tomb. On display from March 24 – January 2019 will be many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including: golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities. www.californiasciencecenter.org

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Downtown) – Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)’s history is founded on organizing exhibitions of internationally recognized artists. During its tenure in Santa Monica, ICA LA (then SMMoA) organized over 250 shows featuring more than 300 artists and welcomed over one million visitors. ICA LA’s new Downtown home is a 12,700 square-foot industrial building featuring ample spaces for exhibitions, education, dialogue, and collaboration. From February 4 – April 22, 2018, on display is Harald Szeemann Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us. After organizing the landmark exhibitions Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and documenta 5 (1972), renowned curator Harald Szeemann staged Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us in his apartment, a collection of various objects and inventions made or owned by his grandfather, Etienne Szeemann, a noted hairdresser. This exhibition will feature a detailed recreation of Szeemann’s exhibition with materials from the Getty Research Institute’s recently acquired Szeemann archive. www.theicala.org

The Fahey/Klein Gallery (Mid-City) – Celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston will have an exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery from March 2 – April 21, 2018 titled, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles. Rolston’s portraits of Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and more from his new book, Hollywood Royale will be featured. 30 portraits will be shown in total. www.faheykleingallery.com

The Getty Center (West Los Angeles) – On display from March 13 - June 24, 2018, Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India is one of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt’s oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt’s depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, this exhibition reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style prompted by his curiosity for a foreign culture.
Also at The Getty Center from March 27 – September 9, 2018 is Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World. Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. This major international loan exhibition explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times (2000BX – AD 300). The installation includes royal Egyptian stone vessels sent to Minoan Create and Mycenaean Greece, archaic Greek pottery and sculpture inspired by Egyptian models, superb portraits in Egyptian and Greek style created during Greek rule in Egypt, and remarkable religious images and luxury goods in made for Roman patrons in Italy.  www.getty.edu

The Getty Villa (Beach Cities) –In April 2018, the Getty Museum will debut newly reinstalled galleries for its antiquities collection at the Getty Villa. Previously displayed thematically, the new presentation will be a chronological arrangement that follows the historical development of classical art from the Neolithic Period through the late Roman Empire (ca. 6000 BC – A.D. 600). With almost 3,000 square feet more gallery space and redesigned display cases, the new installation will also showcase the extraordinary artistic quality of the most important objects in the collection, such as the Statue of a Victorious Youth, which will now be viewed beside other works of art of similar date and style. Also new, is the “Classical World in Context,” a gallery dedicated to the featuring important long-term loans from major international museums of works of art representing the cultures that engaged with ancient Greece and Rome. www.getty.edu

Hammer Museum (Westwood) – The Hammer Museum’s multi-year project to renovate, expand, and transform the institution has taken a major step forward with the public launch of a $180 million capital campaign. The announcement coincides with a lead gift of $30 million from L.A. philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick—the largest in the museum’s history. In addition, the museum has announced the dates of Made in L.A. 2018, taking place from June 3 – September 2, 2018 and is the fourth iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition, continuing to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The exhibition is organized by Hammer curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, as well as a full roster of free public programming.

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles (Downtown) – L.A.-based artist, Mark Bradford will present new works in his first solo exhibition with the gallery in Los Angeles from February 17 – May 20, 2018. The exhibition follows a recent major solo presentation at the US Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. www.hauserwirthlosangeles.com

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Downtown) – Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)’s history is founded on organizing exhibitions of internationally recognized artists. During its tenure in Santa Monica, ICA LA (then SMMoA) organized over 250 shows featuring more than 300 artists and welcomed over one million visitors. ICA LA’s new Downtown home is a 12,700 square-foot industrial building featuring ample spaces for exhibitions, education, dialogue, and collaboration. From February 4 – April 22, 2018, on display is Harald Szeemann Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us. After organizing the landmark exhibitions Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and documenta 5 (1972), renowned curator Harald Szeemann staged Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us in his apartment, a collection of various objects and inventions made or owned by his grandfather, Etienne Szeemann, a noted hairdresser. This exhibition will feature a detailed recreation of Szeemann’s exhibition with materials from the Getty Research Institute’s recently acquired Szeemann archive. www.theicala.org

Japan House (Hollywood) –Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) presents works by the internationally acclaimed Japanese fashion label, ANREALAGE (AN-REAL-AGE), on exhibit now until March 23, 2018. Titled A Light Un Light, the immersive and highly experiential exhibition marks the solo North American debut by designer Kunihiko Morinaga, one of a vanguard of next generation Japanese fashion innovators. A Light Un Light will introduce visitors to the conceptual practice of Morinaga and ANREALAGE over the past 10 years with a special concentration on a selection of recent ANREALAGE experiments with technology, specifically light, inviting new ways of seeing and integrating materials and techniques, from illusions of light and perspective, to photosensitive and mechanochromic fabrics. Inspired by the experience of daily life in Japan today, these experiments are designed to shift how we see, wear and think about the clothing of tomorrow. http://www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (Mid-City) – On view from April 15 – July 29, 2018 is David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life. In this exhibit, David Hockney offers a vibrant and intimate view of people with whom he has developed relationships over the past 50 years. The majority of the portraits were painted in Hockney’s Los Angeles studio, all from life and over a period of two or three days, which the artist has described as “a 20-hour exposure.” None of Hockney’s portraits are commissioned; for this series he invited family, members of his staff, and close friends to sit for him—including several curators, art dealers, and collectors with local and international renown. This exhibition originated at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and has traveled to Melbourne, Venice, and Bilbao. LACMA will host the only United States presentation. www.lacma.org

Los Angeles Philharmonic (Downtown) – The world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating its 100th season in 2018-19. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, all of Los Angeles is invited to join in a free, day-long festival called LA Phil 100: Celebrate LA! The extraordinary day will include CicLAvia, an open streets event with performances by professionals and amateurs from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl. The street festival will later flow into a free, massive kick-off concert at the Bowl, featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil and guest artists in a celebration of all the artistic communities that make L.A. such a vibrant, creative city. Adding color and movement to the celebration, the LA Phil will also light up Walt Disney Concert Hall with a dynamic media installation, WDCH Dreams, created by the award-winning artist Refik Anadol. Launched at the end of September 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 Gala California Soul, featuring the works of California artists from John Adams to Frank Zappa, the installation will animate the night-time façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall, announcing to the entire city that the centennial year has begun.  www.laphil.com 

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Downtown) – Los Angeles will welcome an exciting new museum from George Lucas’ personal collection of art, which consists of about 10,000 paintings and illustrations including works by Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.” The planned 275,000-square-foot, $1-billion museum will be located in Downtown’s Exposition Park and targeted to open by 2021. www.lucasmuseum.org

Marciano Art Foundation (Mid-City) – The Marciano Art Foundation was established by Maurice and Paul Marciano to grant the public access to the Marciano Art Collection through presentations of rotating, thematic exhibitions housed in a permanent exhibition space in Los Angeles. On display from March 1 – June 2018 is Line Packers, a special exhibition, conceived by Cornelius Tittel, of two German painters Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986, Bottrop) and Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld). The foundation’s Lounge Gallery will feature Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings responding to the architecture of the Lounge Gallery itself alongside works from Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, which is now regarded as a turning point for contemporary painting.  
Also on display from March 1 – August 2018, the museum’s second artist project, a site-specific installation created for the foundation’s expansive first floor Theater Gallery. Maurice and Paul Marciano have invited renowned interdisciplinary artist Olafur Eliasson for his first major exhibition in Los Angeles, in over a decade. Eliasson’s art–comprising sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation–is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. www.marcianoartfoundation.org

Music Center (Downtown) – The Joffrey Ballet returns to Los Angeles from March 9 – March 17, 2018 with a stunning take on the perennial classic, Romeo & Juliet. Much more than the archetypal tragic story of forbidden love, this reimagined tale takes place amid the tumult of 20th century Italian politics and sets Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers against a backdrop of politics and war. The ballet begins in Mussolini-era 1930s Italy and spans three decades of political strife, illustrating that generations of families can be affected by the decisions of their forefathers—a lesson especially relevant to modern audiences. The Joffrey Ballet’s magnificent dancers are propelled by Sergei Prokofiev’s lushly dramatic 1935 score and the strikingly modern costumes of Tatyana Van Walsum. www.musiccenter.org

Natural History Museum (Downtown) – On view from now until April 15, 2018, Tattoo is an exhibition 5,000 years in the making. The art of marking skin with ink spans cultures, continents, and has evolved over time. Are tattoos considered a part of sacred ritual or an act of rebellion? A sign of belonging or expression of individuality? In the special exhibit Tattoo, visitors will explore the history, technique, motivation, and sheer artistic genius that are connected to one another by ink. The exhibit will feature more than 125 images and objects, ranging from historical artifacts to intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body. Each tells the story of this unique and diverse art. The Museum will enhance the West Coast incarnation of Tattoo with objects from the Museum’s expansive collection, as well as features specific to the rich tattoo cultures of Southern California, from Ventura to Los Angeles to Long Beach and Orange County. https://nhm.org

Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) – The 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple at the Hollywood Pantages has been hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” by The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Tony winner John Doyle with a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, this joyous American classic is a stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Performances will last from May 29 – June 17, 2018.  www.hollywoodpantages.com

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley) – Guests can discover the man behind the legend as the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum from February 16 – August 19, 2018. This is the only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Opening on February 16, 2018, the start of the Mongolian New Year, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour. www.reaganfoundation.org

The Velaslavasay Panorama  (University Park) – Located at University Park in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents an art form that has been nearly lost due to modern technology and the numerous ways that the public consumes mass entertainment. The panoramic exhibition encircles the spectator within a vast painting of a continuous landscape, accompanied by sound and 3-D elements. The Velaslavasay Panorama is currently raising funds to exhibit Shengjing Panorama in the spring of 2018. Painted by masters Li Wu, Yan Yang and Zhou Fuxian, Shengjing Panorama depicts an urban Chinese landscape during an era of great technological change, global exchange, and diversity in architecture, religions, and culture. Shengjing Panorama will be the first ever China-USA collaborative panorama since the artform emerged in the late 18th century. www.panoramaonview.org

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts  (Beverly Hills) – Considered a must-see play of 2018 is Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Led by director Sir Richard Eyre, the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production stars Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier-winner Lesley Manville in their Los Angeles stage debuts. Performances will last from June 8 – July 1, 2018. www.thewallis.org

The Wende Museum (Culver City) – The Wende Museum of the Cold War has opened its expanded campus at Culver City’s iconic Armory Building on November 19, 2017. Since 2002, the museum has housed its collection of 100,000+ art and artifacts from the Cold War era in an under-the-radar space in a Culver City industrial park. The museum’s new home is at the historic Culver City Armory building, featuring a significantly larger exhibition space, open collection storage, an outdoor sculpture garden, and a public-facing space. Opening exhibitions include: Cold War Spaces, an exhibition exploring the spatial characteristics of Cold War era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in ten sections; Vessel of Change, a video installation by artist and filmmaker Bill Ferehawk, who also edited The Wende Museum documentary “Collecting Fragments,” and multimedia designer David Hartwell; Russians, a photography exhibition by Nathan Farb, based on a trip he took in 1977 to Novosibirsk as a host of the American exhibition Photography USA, part of a cultural exchange program under President Carter’s administration. All opening exhibitions are on display now until April 29, 2018.  www.coldwarculvercity.org

ATTRACTIONS

Banc of California Stadium  (Expo Park) – Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will begin its inaugural season on Sunday, March 4 against the Seattle Sounders for an away game at CenturyLink Field. LAFC will open its new home, the $350-million Banc of California Stadium, versus the Sounders at 6pm on Sunday, April 29. The 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. https://www.lafc.com/stadium

Clifton’s Republic (Downtown) – A Los Angeles landmark for 83-years, Clifton’s Republic—the oldest surviving cafeteria-style eatery in Los Angeles, and the largest public cafeteria in the world—is a legendary establishment re-opened by Proprietor Andrew Meieran in 2015. Aiding Downtown L.A.’s culinary, cultural, and theatrical renaissance, Clifton’s Republic celebrates California’s natural and intellectual magnificence while continuing the venue’s legacy of innovation, education, and social commitment. The fabled five-story compound offers an immersive and truly distinct hospitality experience, fusing seasonal, California ingredients with classic dishes alongside museum-quality, natural and scientific artifacts. Six distinct and dreamy escapes nourish the body, soul, spirit, and imagination, inviting guests to get lost among the whimsical love letter to California and its magic. www.cliftonsla.com

Lost Spirits Distillery  (Downtown) – In early 2017, Lost Spirits opened in the Arts District. The Lost Spirits Distillery tour transports consumers into a theatrical universe involving talking computers, jungle boat rides, and a deranged carousel. The spirits are experienced in rooms designed to mimic the imaginary environments that inspired the creation of each rum, whisky and brandy expression. Rums are sampled in a candle lit jungle, peated malts are sipped in a safari tent deep in a bamboo forest, allowing customers to enjoy the distillery’s celebrated products in a radically new way. Tours require a reservation. http://www.lostspirits.net/tours

The Museum of Selfies  (Glendale) – Open for a limited time in Los Angeles, The Museum of Selfies is an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie - an image of oneself taken by oneself - with historical roots dating back 40,000 years to the first depiction of human art. From cavemen drawings to a "Narcissist" installation to a vertigo-inducing rooftop selfie illusion, the museum touches on a variety of points in human history that examines the intention of the selfie and what it means to the artist and its viewers. The interactive exhibit will allow visitors to create art of their own through the lens of history, art, and immersive vignettes. The exhibition will be open for a limited run from April 1 – May 31, 2018. www.themuseumofselfies.com

OUE Skyspace L.A.  (Downtown) – In June of 2018, this open-air observation deck and home to the world’s first Skyslide will celebrate its 2-year anniversary with the debut of its very first bar/lounge: touting the highest 360-degree views west of the Mississippi. Paired with the fabulous food and beverage program, OUE Skyspace L.A. will also be home to one of the most romantic experiences in Los Angeles: a private terrace-top dinner and exclusive helicopter tour leaving from the crown of the tower. Lastly, backed by popular demand, Skyspace’s Sunrise Yoga Series (sold out last year) will return starting in April – giving guests a chance to practice their dawn-ward dog pose from Skyspace’s terrace at daybreak. www.oue-skyspace.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain  (Valencia) – With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for the most roller coasters in an amusement park. The "Thrill Capital of the World" will add to its title in the spring of 2018 when it opens CraZanity, the world's tallest pendulum ride. Standing a record-breaking 17 stories high, CraZanity will reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour as it whips back and forth, higher and higher - riders will experience weightlessness with a staggering view of the world below. CraZanity is the centerpiece of the newly themed Boardwalk area with renovated attractions, including enhanced bumper cars, dining, games and shopping. Thrillseekers will be excited to know that beginning Jan. 1, 2018 Six Flags Magic Mountain is now open 365 days a year. www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

Universal Studios Hollywood  (Hollywood) – Universal Studios Hollywood will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Opening in 2018, this newly designed venue will play host to a variety of DreamWorks Animation themed attractions, beginning with a multi-sensory adventure inspired by the global blockbuster franchise Kung Fu Panda. Created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks' Artists, this new attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for an immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.  Sanrio's beloved global pop icon, Hello Kitty will also join Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow, along with more Sanrio friends including My Melody, Keroppi, and Chococat, will be featured on park-exclusive merchandise including accessories, apparel, collectibles, and confectionery. Highlights of the exclusive product offerings include designs incorporating classic Universal titles such as Jaws, ET, Back to the Future and more. Hello Kitty herself will also appear to meet and greet guests. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

ANNIVERSARIES

Academy Awards  (Hollywood) – The 90th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the permanent home of the ceremonies since 2002. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second consecutive year, the ceremony is being broadcast to a global audience that spans more than 225 countries. The Oscars recognize the previous year’s greatest cinematic achievements, as determined by some of the world’s most accomplished motion picture artists and professionals. Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, and since then the Oscars have taken place at some of L.A.’s most famous and historic hotels and theaters including Millennium Biltmore Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre, Pantages Theatre and more. http://oscar.go.com/

Getty Center (West Los Angeles) – December 2017 marked the Getty Center’s 20th Anniversary. The iconic Getty Center was the result of 15 years of research, planning, design and construction. After purchasing the hilltop site in the Sepulveda Pass in 1982, the Getty invited 33 architects to submit qualifications. In 1984, Richard Meier was selected as the architect. Construction began in 1989 – and was briefly halted by the Northridge earthquake in 1994. In December of 1997, the Getty Center opened to the public, with initial demand for visits so strong that advance parking reservations were required for the first few years. In February and March 2018, Jim Cuno will present a special series of the Art and Ideas podcast focusing on the anniversary, featuring interviews with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, architect Richard Meier, and Stephen Rountree, who served as the director of the Getty’s building program. www.getty.edu

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills  (West Hollywood) – The hotel is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary with an $11 Million Upgrade. The redesign will focus on the new London Bar, enhanced Boxwood restaurant and a stylishly transformed rooftop pool deck, in addition to enhanced meeting spaces and guestroom suites. Since the hotel debuted its last renovations, it has become a mecca for the entertainment industry – for screenings, junkets, parties and events. Now, the Hollywood crowd as well as the greater public can take advantage of these new bar and restaurant spaces, for everything from holding an afterparty reception or for guests needing a work space to plug in while enjoying coffee and a meal. Likewise, the stunning rooftop pool area will be redesigned to become more picturesque and enjoyable for guests. www.londonwesthollywood.com

Los Angeles Dodgers (Downtown) – The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate their 60th anniversary season since coming to L.A. in 1958. The 2018 season begins on March 29 when the Dodgers face their archrivals, the San Francisco Giants for a four-game homestand. https://www.mlb.com/dodgers

Millennium Biltmore  (Downtown) – The Biltmore is celebrating a major milestone with its 95th Anniversary the first week of October 2018. The legendary Biltmore was designated the “Host of the Coast” upon opening in October 1923 and was the grandest hotel west of Chicago. With its architectural grandeur, Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles is the fourth largest hotel in DTLA and continues to serve discerning guests including dignitaries, celebrities and presidents, with enduring elegance and contemporary amenities and service. The hotel is nearing completion of a multi-million-dollar guestroom refurbishment program updating the soft goods, or décor, in each room. The hotel was acquired by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in 1999 and continues to be owned and operated by that Singapore-based public company traded on the London Exchange. www.millenniumhotels.com

RESTAURANTS

189 by Dominique Ansel (Mid-City) – The Cronut inventor opened his first full-service restaurant at The Grove in November. Guests can enjoy the excellent food and dessert menus in a beautifully-designed space. Dominique has taken inspiration from L.A. for several of his menu items, such as the ice cream avocado toast sandwich and a street corn elote. The pastry case has a sweet “California roll” with avocado mousse and honey gelee. https://dominiqueansella.com/

Best Girl  (Downtown L.A.) – Michael Cimarusti, owner and chef of one of L.A.’s best seafood restaurants, Providence, has recently opened Best Girl inside of Ace Hotel, taking over the former LA Chapter space. The menu at Best Girl goes beyond his usual seafood-focused dishes and offers seasonal veggies and meats along with delicious pastries and desserts from Michael’s wife, Crisi Echiverri. The name “Best Girl” comes from the movie “My Best Girl,” the first film shown in the adjacent Theatre at Ace Hotel, which opened on Halloween, 1927. https://www.bestgirldtla.com/

Broken Mouth  (Downtown L.A.) – Broken Mouth is located in the middle of the Fashion District and offers high-quality lunch menu of Hawaiian and Filipino food like shrimp fritter plate, spicy chicken sandwich and bread pudding. https://www.eatbrokenmouth.com/

Cosa Bouna  (Echo Park) – Alimento chef Zach Pollack, unveiled his new creation, a new school Italian-American restaurant called Cosa Bouna inside the former Pizza Buona space in Echo Park. The pizzas are delicious and the appetizers are standouts, including burrata-stuffed meatballs, chopped salad, and house made mozzarella sticks. http://www.cosabuona.com/

Dialogue  (Santa Monica) – The 21-course tasting menu with a handful of seats hidden deep inside a food court on Third Street Promenade is from former Alinea and Next Chef Dave Beran. Meals are available via tickets. During the meal, diners will get a front row seat to dinner service and learn from the chefs about the thinking behind every course on the season-themed meal. https://www.dialoguerestaurant.com/

Felix  (Venice) – Latin for “happy” or “lucky,” Felix is inspired by the deeply rooted culinary traditions of regional Italy and enriched with ingredients grown by California’s greatest family farms. Evan Funke of Bucato and Janet Zuccarini bring the best of Italy to Abbot Kinney.  ttp://felixla.com/

Freedman’s (Silver Lake) – This space is a sit-down restaurant serving fantastic Jewish deli-type dishes. The reuben sandwich and potato latke are must tries and the smoked fish plate is a favorite of diners. The restaurant is the work of Jonah Freedman, co-owner sister Amanda Freeman, and Nicholas Papadatos, with chef Liz Johnson (NYC’s MIMI) at the helm. The space, located in a corner strip mall, is decorated with retro wallpaper, small tables, booths and a bar. http://www.freedmansla.com/

Jane Q  (Hollywood) – Opened in August within the Kimpton Everly Hotel, Jane Q focuses on locally sourced, seasonal farmers market ingredients. The restaurant is a casual coffee bar and restaurant with views of Hollywood streaming in through double-height atrium windows.
http://www.everlyhotelhollywood.com/

Majordomo (Chinatown) – Chef David Chang’s first Los Angeles restaurant, Majordomo, opened at the end of January 2018 in an industrial section on the northeast corner of Chinatown. In an effort to do something different, Chang opted to build his restaurant in a former warehouse and off the beaten path. The menu features a mash up of dishes that have a lot in common with Korean food, such as bing bread, a yeasted and griddled flatbread served in a bowl with fermented chickpeas and uni; spicy lamb; soft-boiled effs with potato chips and smoked salmon roe. Other items include fried butterball potatoes, puffed rice, tempura-fried peppers stuffed with Benton’s sack sausage. Along with fermented products, Chang will be incorporating local produce into the menu. https://www.majordomo.la/

Mama Lion (Koreatown) – Adding to Koreatown's evolving dining scene, Michael Hung, who was previously at Viviane and Faith & Flower has opened his latest concept offering contemporary California cuisine. The bar program lead and GM is Aiden Demarest from Seven Grand and The Spare Room. Mama Lion features an upscale and creative dining menu from tater tots topped with braised short rib ragout to caviar service. www.mamalion.com

Oriel  (Chinatown) – As Far East Plaza in Chinatown continues to evolve, so do the tenants. The latest opening is Oriel, a French-style bistro offering classics (cheese and charcuterie boards, frisee salads, croque monsieurs, etc.) a low-lit ambiance and hard to find wines. The new spot comes from Dustin Lancaster, who’s responsible for stylish places like Bar Covell and Augustine and was designed by Sally Breer, L.A.-based designer responsible for Hotel Covell in Los Feliz and many others. http://orielchinatown.com/

Partido (Highland Park) – Newcomer to the ever-changing Highland Park neighborhood is Partido, a French/Filipino weekend pop-up from Chef Lynne Tolentino and a trio of developers from CODA Equities. Before Partido, Tolentino was with Superba Food & Bread, as the chef de cuisine. Prior to that, she spent time in the kitchens of Providence and Patina. The pop-up will eventually become a diner-only eatery with a full bar. https://www.instagram.com/p/BWuDIIRgryh/

Pollen (Echo Park) – Pollen is the latest Australian-owned and mostly-outdoor café to open in L.A. Diners can come here for laid-back brunch on the patio with breakfast options that skew Australian such as avocados, eggs, thick salty bacon, halloumi cheese and lemon-poppy pancakes. Dinner service is forthcoming. http://pollenlosangeles.com/

Rossoblu (Downtown) – Chef Steve Samson has vivid childhood memories of Bologna’s outdoor festas that recall a spirit of conviviality and celebration around food that was lovingly made and produced by the community. The city of Bologna and its region of Emilia-Romagna serve as Samson’s inspiration. It is the region where his mother, her parents, and countless generations before were born. It is also the place where he spent his childhood summers, fomenting a passion for Italian food and cooking. After years cooking in some of Italy and Los Angeles’s finest kitchens, Samson opens a restaurant that tells the tale of his two cities. www.rossoblula.com

Sari Sari (Downtown) – Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept from James Beard Nominated Chef Margarita Manzke with business partner and husband Walter Manzke. In Tagalog sari sari translates to ‘whatever’ and is used to describe small stores that sell everything from candy to skewers. The menu is based around savory rice bowls or ‘silog’ that pull from Margaritas’s Pinoy heritage, as well as a few sweet items like halo halo. Sari Sari Store is located within Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market, and is small, colorful and casual. www.sarisaristorela.com

Taco Window  (Jefferson Park) – One of L.A.’s newest taco spots is from two French men who moved to L.A. a few years ago. The menu offers up handmade corn tortillas, carne asada, fried fish, scallop tostadas and churros. Everything is under $3, including six rotating $2 taco selections. Keep an eye on Jefferson Park and adjacent West Adams for big names who are starting to descend on the area include Daniel Patterson and Tony Yanow. http://www.tacowindow.com/

The Mighty  (Downtown) – Located in a former Pitfire Pizza in Downtown’s Historic Core, The Mighty is an all-day eatery from Quinn and Karen Hatfield, known for Sycamore Kitchen and Odys + Penelope. The space is light and bright with a minimalism touch. The menu features seasonal fare with items such as salads, toasts, sandwiches, homemade pastas and rotisserie chicken. www.themightydtla.com

Triniti (Echo Park) – Echo Park’s emerging dominance as an Eastside dining force continues with the opening of the new, high-end coffee and small plates restaurant, Triniti. The shop is co-owner’s Joseph Geiskopt’s first venue outside of working at some very notable restaurants including his position as sous chef at Jordan Kahn’s Red Medicine and Destroyer, personal chef for Apple’s Tim Cook and chef de partie at Copenhagen’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Noma. The space is self-described as European café and espresso bar. Triniti sources beans from the Bay Area’s Tartine Manufactory and offers small seasonal plates. https://www.triniti.la/

Vespertine (Culver City) – Vespertine is the latest restaurant concept from Chef Jordan Kahn of Destroyer fame. The restaurant is a gastronomical experiment seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant. Reservations are required and tickets are $250 for the eighteen-course meal. http://vespertine.la/

SHOPPING

Westfield Century City Mall (Century City) – Westfield Century City has emerged from a $1-billion makeover as a 1.3 million square-foot destination with over 200 shops and restaurants, including a new three-level Nordstrom, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale's, a modern new two-level Macy's, a luxurious Equinox fitness club and spa, and the West Coast's first Eataly, which opened in November 2017. In between shopping and dining, guests will take in the showcase of local arts and entertainment, or simply relax and unwind under the Southern California sky. Shoppers visiting from near and far will be invited to visit the dedicated Tourist Lounge to meet the concierge, store luggage and receive special savings for traveling shoppers. www.westfield.com/centurycity

AT MATEO  (Arts District) – This $32.5 million joint venture, will transform five large warehouses occupying a huge block at the corner of Mateo and Palmetto into an open-air retail hub and office spaces. AT MATEO will be activated from breakfast to night, seven days a week. Opening date is to be announced in 2018. www.atmateo.com

Beverly Center  (Westside) – The Beverly Center has unveiled a massive $500 million renovation plan, aiming to draw more shoppers with increased food offerings and improved open-air designs. The new design will feature a continuous ribbon of skylights to bring more natural light to the eight-story mall’s interior. In addition to great retail, an estimated ten dining destinations will be developed, including two by Michelin starred, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina. Renovation to be completed by holiday 2018. www.beverlycenter.com

Oceanwide Plaza (Downtown) – Oceanwide Plaza will introduce globally inspired sophistication to Downtown Los Angeles, featuring the new Park Hyatt Los Angeles, a collection of residential offerings and an open-air retail destination. The retail and dining collection at Oceanwide Plaza will offer a selection of shops and restaurants, a 50-foot open-air galleria and a third-floor deck overlooking the Staples Center and L.A. Live. Completion of Oceanwide Plaza is expected by the fourth quarter of 2018. www.oceanwideplaza.com

ROW DTLA  (Arts District) – First known as the LA Terminal Market, ROW DTLA was built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad and for years was a major hub for the distribution of produce across the region. The space is undergoing historically sensitive renovations and its buildings are being thoughtfully repurposed into creative offices, retail, restaurants, and galleries. ROW DTLA puts an emphasis on creating a unique and highly curated tenant list, bringing complementary retailers, restauranteurs, and creative brands together in an authentic environment. While nearly 50 retail, restaurant, and creative office leases have been signed, when completed, ROW DTLA will include over 100 of the most progressive shops and restaurants from across the city and world—a new center, uniting food, fashion, creativity and innovation.  Among the most highly anticipated openings is Tartine Manufactory slated for spring/summer 2018 at ROW DTLA. San Francisco’s reputable Tartine Bakery will make it’s a mark in Los Angeles in a collaboration between Tartine’s husband-and-wife team Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt and notable pizza maker Chris Bianco. The 38,500-square-foot, two-story food hall will be managed by prolific restauranteur Bill Chait, introducing multiple components including The Bakery and Mill, The Market and Market Restaurant, The Dinner Restaurant, The Coffee Roastery and Lab, and Tartine Cookies & Cream. www.rowdtla.com

DISCOVER LOS ANGELES PROGRAMS

L.A. Waterfront (San Pedro) – L.A. Waterfront, a new VR experience from Discover Los Angeles (in partnership with USC Annenberg) allows viewers to explore the up and coming neighborhood of San Pedro. The project launched on February 27, 2018, as a part of Discover Los Angeles’s popular #TravelTuesday series. The project was created in partnership with USC’s Annenberg professor, Robert Hernandez, and his students. Professor Hernandez’s area of focus, for which he has been recognized by JPL/NASA, include VR, the changing news industry and new media. The L.A. Waterfront project highlights activities and attractions for visitors and locals to enjoy. The neighborhood’s locations were selected by students in Professor Hernandez’s VR class, which includes Point Fermin Lighthouse, Korean Bell of Friendship, Battleship Iowa, San Pedro Fish Market and AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles. Visitors can visit online here: www.discoverlosangeles.com/lawaterfront

Summer dineL.A.  (Citywide) – Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Summer dineL.A. will return from Friday, July 13 – Friday, July 27, 2018. dineL.A. is a 15-day dining event that takes place at over 300 restaurants throughout L.A. county, offering specially priced lunch and dinner menus. www.dineLA.com

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