Calendar

Sep
2
Sat
Nervously Engendered @ Coagula Curatorial
Sep 2 – Dec 31 all-day

As part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Participating Gallery Program

The late Gerardo Velazquez was one of East L.A.’s first Chicanos to embrace punk rock. His band, Nervous Gender, combined avant-garde approaches to noise-making with the innovations of the gestating punk rock sound and scene.

Nervously Engendered documents how the band’s aesthetic pioneered by Velazquez shaped how the culture at large sees queer, ethnic, and alternative “outsiders.” In addition to his radical work on stage, his recordings, and his own self as a transformative work of art, Velazquez shaped the look of his band as an art project.

In the 1980s, he continued to work as an artist, assembling a provocative oeuvre that included forays into computer-based media. He tirelessly established and embodied the edge of cultural production past which few if any artists have treaded. Most West Coast experimental movements share a synergy with this relatively unknown yet radically influential figure.

Nervously Engendered is part of the Participating Gallery Program of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious of Latin American and Latino Art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Gallery Hours: Wed- Fri, 1-6pm, Sun 1-4pm, & by appt.

Nov
22
Wed
AUTOMATA WINDOWS @ Automata
Nov 22 2017 – Jan 2 2018 all-day

Automata is thrilled to present Molly Allis’s Cardboard Dystopiaan public installatiion in Automata’s east Window during the holiday season.  Cardboard Dystopia is an illuminated cardboard city, and will be on continuous view for visitors and passers-by in our Chung King Court storefront windows through January 2, 2018. Using found and recycled materials, Molly Allis constructs a cautionary ephemeral cardboard cityscape, with billowing plastic-bag smoke and a mechanical, hovering helicopter. Alternately playful and ominous, CARDBOARD DYSTOPIA raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make-believe with ephemeral materials.

In addition to Cardboard Dystopia, Automata’s west window will feature the animation Go! Go! Go! by Molly Allis and Tempe Hale.

Molly Allis is a multi-media artist and musician based in Los Angeles. She designs and constructs interactive environments that encourage audience participation and improvisation within a narrative. Working primarily with recycled materials, she re-imagines everyday objects that serve as props for participants to play with. Her work raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make believe. The hidden potential within discarded objects extends into her work with children, where she teaches kids how to use tools to build large-scale structures out of recycled materials. Her award-winning animations have screened in festivals internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. She has worked with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and Great Small Works Toy Theater Company in Brooklyn. She plays the drums in an all-ages, female circus project in elementary schools centered around empowerment, and teaches rock band and chorus classes to youth. She also sings and plays guitar in the band Bear Club. Molly received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theater Directing/Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Integrated Media and Experimental Sound Practices.

Tempe Hale (co-creater, Go! Go! Go!) is a Los Angeles born and raised director, editor & animator. She creates short films, live concert visuals, and is currently developing a musical VR experience in collaboration with composer Laura Karpman, based on her GRAMMY award-winning album “Ask Your Mama” featuring The Roots. Her work has screened at Chitrakatha Festival in India, Expotoons in Buenos Aires, EICTV Cuba, DropInk TV in Japan, The Pacific Symphony, Grand Performances, The Industry LA, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony San Francisco, Ghosting TV and won “Best Animated Short” at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles, 2013. She received her MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts.

Cardboard Dystopia was originally presented as a part of the exhibition A Child Was The One That Turned On The Switch ,  commissioned by the Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, and curated by Deena Selenow, with generous funding by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Molly Allis’ Cardboard Dystopia is a project of Automata Windows, and is funded, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Cardboard Dystopia will be on view at all hours in Automata’s Windows through January 2, 2018.

 

Dec
15
Fri
Annual Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert @ Los Angeles Union Station
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Craft Corner, Kids Zone, Santa Selfies and Free Hot Chocolate Flowing All Evening from the Classic “Cocoa Bar”

Union Station will summon the sights and sounds of the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. with the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars on the station’s south patio, accompanied by a performance from L.A.’s celebrated Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra followed by the internationally acclaimed All-American Boys Chorus.

The event kicks off a month-long series of free “Cocoa Concerts” at the historic downtown destination (Nov. 30, Dec. 8, 15 & 22).

The festive, family-friendly holiday celebration will transform the station into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for cookie decorating and ornament making, a Kids Zone, a Naughty & Nice photo booth, free candy canes and kettle corn and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinseltown (Santa).

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting slated for 7:15 p.m.

Dec
22
Fri
Annual Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert @ Los Angeles Union Station
Dec 22 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Craft Corner, Kids Zone, Santa Selfies and Free Hot Chocolate Flowing All Evening from the Classic “Cocoa Bar”

Union Station will summon the sights and sounds of the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. with the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars on the station’s south patio, accompanied by a performance from L.A.’s celebrated Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra followed by the internationally acclaimed All-American Boys Chorus.

The event kicks off a month-long series of free “Cocoa Concerts” at the historic downtown destination (Nov. 30, Dec. 8, 15 & 22).

The festive, family-friendly holiday celebration will transform the station into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for cookie decorating and ornament making, a Kids Zone, a Naughty & Nice photo booth, free candy canes and kettle corn and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinseltown (Santa).

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting slated for 7:15 p.m.

Jan
4
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Jan
6
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Jan 6 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.

Jan
25
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Chinatown BID Board of Directors Meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of odd months.

AGENDA

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approval of Previous Minutes
  3. Chinatown Development/Projects Update
  4. New Business
  5. Chinatown Marketing/Events Update
  6. Chinatown Quality of Life Update
  7. Adjournment

Any questions, or to request to be added to the Board Agenda, please submit a request prior to the meeting to info@chinatownla.com for consideration.

*Validated Parking in Far East Plaza parking garage below building.

Feb
1
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Feb
3
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.

Feb
15
Thu
Midnight Temple Ceremony @ Thien Hau Temple
Feb 15 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:30 am

LA Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Dog at Thien Hau Temple where attendees can experience traditional incense burning, make offerings to deities, watch traditional lion dancers, and witness 500,000 firecrackers in action.