Calendar

May
19
Sat
Manuel Lopez’s “So Mundane And Incomplete” @ Eastern Projects Gallery
May 19 – Jun 29 all-day

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19th, 6pm-10pm

Eastern Projects is proud to present the first solo exhibition by Manuel López, “SO MUNDANE AND INCOMPLETE (some drawings & paintings)” May 19-June 29, 2018.

López’s work is informed by his immediate surroundings. Each drawing is a careful examination of elements found around his environment: an old decrepit home, a hill with houses, crooked telephone poles, bent palm trees, tall cypresses, a sitter caught in mid-thought, the stillness in a yet continually shifting landscape, and the fleeting appearance of an everyday object forever caught on paper. López relies on interest, observation, memories, materiality, touch, and presence, in order to reach and evoke a feeling of familiarity.

For the exhibition SO MUNDANE AND INCOMPLETE (some drawings & paintings), López gives us a series of landscape drawings developed on location, with attention to detail, a confident line, whimsical pattern, and flattening of space. Beautifully capturing views of East L.A., City Terrace, Boyle Heights, El Sereno, etc., López’s drawings breathe and expel energy and freshness. He portrays friends and loved ones in natural settings and takes figures of local Mexican-American pop culture, as images filtered thru his memory.

His still life works call forth objects from his childhood not only as simple, limited, flat, one dimensional objects but bearers of memories, beauty, design, and influence. On these sheets of paper, the viewer will experience the moments of isolation on top of a hillside spent contemplating roof tops, a friendly showdown between drawer and sitter, the quiet contemplation of a banal object, and López’s simple joy of placing a well put mark that carries a certain ‘un no se que’ on paper.

He draws from many spheres, a scope of which includes engaging, both high art and lowbrow, the sublime and mundane, American and Mexican, high craft and rasquachismo—ultimately digesting it all—what is regurgitated is something singular and uniquely his.

 

 

Jun
9
Sat
Art Salon Chinatown presents Milton Quon @ Realm
Jun 9 – Jul 30 all-day

Hours: Wednesday through Monday 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Closed Tuesday

 

Please join us for a special reception to celebrate Milton Quon’s exhibition and the 80th anniversary of New Chinatown at Realm on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

The exhibition presents a sampling of his original watercolors, and the artist will be present for a rare public appearance. Milton will celebrate his 105th birthday this summer Chinese American artist Milton Quon was born, raised, and educated, and built a professional career as a commercial artist in Los Angeles. His long career included work for Disney Studios, international ad agency BBD&O, and projects throughout LA’s changing Chinatown communities.

Art Salon Chinatown, a new program series of solo exhibitions and accompanying artist talks is presented by The Ministry of Culture, and is organized by curators Sonia Mak and Shervin Shahbazi. The salon takes place at Realm, located in Los Angeles Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza, with the primary focus of showcasing contemporary Chinese American and Asian American artists.

Jun
30
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Highlighted Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Held in conjunction with the 6/30 Chinatown Summer Nights Event 5pm-midnight.

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 1 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.

Chinatown Summer Nights (6/30) @ Central Plaza
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 12:00 am

Central Plaza (943 N Broadway)

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth (6pm-10pm)
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940

Artisan (5pm-9:30pm)
Calligraphy by Guojian Cui
Clay Sculpture by Keluo Xu
Dough Sculpture by Chris Lee
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS Inc.

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8pm)
Dancing Lion 

Central Plaza Main Stage | KCRW DJ
5:00PM – 8:00PM TBA
8:00PM KCRW DJ Liza Richardson
10:00PM KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad

Craft & Vintage Market
more info to come

Culinary Stage
Hosts: TBA
more info to come

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
Jogasaki Truck
Tokyo Doggie Style
Vivace Pizza
more info to come

Roaming Magician – Minh Tran (8pm-10pm)

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
coming soon

The Far Bazaar (Vintage, Modern & Sustainable Marketplace)
coming soon

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage 5pm-midnight
Curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbandla.com
5PM – SOFT STREAK
6PM – ENOLA FALL
7PM – THE TRACKS
8PM – HOLY WARS
9PM – BLACKTOP QUEEN
10PM – GOTHIC TROPIC
11PM – HAWK PERCIVAL AND FRIENDS

Jul
5
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Jul 5 @ 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!

Jul
7
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Jul 7 @ 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.

Jul
26
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Jul 26 @ 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.

Jul
28
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Highlighted Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Held in conjunction with the 7/28 Chinatown Summer Nights Event 5pm-midnight.

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 1 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.

Chinatown Summer Nights (7/28) @ Central Plaza
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 12:00 am

Central Plaza (943 N Broadway)

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth (6pm-10pm)
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940

Artisan (5pm-9:30pm)
Brush Painting by Nori Shirasu
Calligraphy by Guojian Cui
Clay Sculpture by Keluo Xu
Dough Sculpture by Chris Lee
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS Inc.

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8pm)
more info to come

Central Plaza Main Stage | KCRW DJ
5PM -8PM TBA
8PM KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer
10PM KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

Craft & Vintage Market
JDN73
more info to come

Culinary Stage
Hosts: TBA
more info to come

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
Jogasaki Truck
Tokyo Doggie Style
more info to come

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
coming soon

The Far Bazaar (Vintage, Modern & Sustainable Marketplace)
coming soon

Live Music Stage 5pm-midnight
more info to come

Aug
2
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Aug 2 @ 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!