Southland Ensemble : Byzantine Rites @ Automata
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm

New Work by Laura Steenberge

Southland Ensemble concludes it’s 2017/18 season with the premiere of a new work by LA-based composer Laura Steenberge:

Byzantine Rites is a new collection of pieces in which chant-inspired musical textures accompany actions performed with household objects. The title speaks in part to the borrowing of fragments of medieval Byzantine chants to form the musical materials, and in part to the use of Byzantine to refer to unnecessarily complicated procedures.

This concert is presented in conjunction with the Dog Star 14th annual festival of experimental music.

Disability Rights California, Canine Companions for Independence and Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living @ California Endowment
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Disability Rights California and Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living Present: Who Let the Dogs In? Service Dogs in Private Businesses and Public Spaces 

Want to Know More about Rights and Responsibilities Involving Service Dogs in Private Businesses and Public Spaces? 

Join us for an overview and panel discussion of service animal law. 

You will learn:
1. The legal definition of a service animal
2. Legal rights associated with service dogs in private businesses and public spaces

Space is limited. Please RSVP to: or 213-536-9349 

Please call 213-213-8115 if you need a reasonable accommodation or an interpreter. Interpreter requests must be made no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.

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 (5pm-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.

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
Balam Creations
california cowboy
Flea Market Girl
Graphic Villain
Robot By Matt Q Spangler
Shelly & Co Jewelry
Sol De Cobre
Vintage Statement Pieces by NyLaurent

Culinary Stage
Hosts: Royce Burke, Lindsay Louie
6:30pm  Demo by Chef Tian Tian Qiu (Hip Hot)
7:00pm  Eating Contest
7:30pm  Demo by Chef Lupe Liang (Hop Woo)

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
Crepes Bonaparte
Fluff Ice
Jogasaki Truck
Tokyo Doggie Style
Vivace Pizza

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

West Plaza (949 N Hill)

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8:30pm)
Dancing Lion

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
coming soon

The Far Bazaar (Vintage, Modern & Sustainable Marketplace)
East West Shop
Intentionally Blank
Jada N Jon
mamori maru
Miss Ing Artist
Primary Deodorant
wardrobe divas
Zero Waste Cart

Pop Up by Redemption Ribs 5pm-10PM (or until food runs out)

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage 5pm-midnight
Curated by Kevin Bronson of

Second Annual Summer Train Festival @ Union Station LA
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Experience the magic of train travel on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a FREE family event that will showcase the storied history and inventive future of trains.

Train enthusiasts will be treated to a rare collection of beautifully restored vintage train engines and cars from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and will experience the future of train travel with rarely seen train cars from Metrolink and Amtrak.

Model Train displays, virtual reality stations, a Kids’ Zone, vintage automobiles, L.A.’s premier food trucks and music from the city’s hottest DJ’s will keep the festivities “on track” throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on this fun, family event— reserve your spot HERE!

Check in at the Union Station Information Booth for a festival map and free Event Passport. Be one of the first 1,000 guests to complete the passport and receive this commemorative Summer Train Fest pin!

Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

Episode 3: FALLEN OBJECTS! (Space Paranoids part 2)

Exactly seventy one years ago this month, something crashed in the New Mexico Desert near the town of Roswell. It was an actual thing. It actually crashed. Beyond that fact, we just have stories which have mutated into the modern UFO mythos, with this fallen object at its foundation.

For this Paranoid Machines incident, we’ll unpack some of the epistemological tangle of the Modern UFO, and look at how it relates to something that happened a little ways down the road from Roswell, exactly seventy three years ago this month — the Trinity test. Road trip slide show included. Might talk about Q. Might get silenced by DeepState. Who knows??


Directions to Betalevel

an alley in chinatown

  1. Find yourself in front of “FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT” located at 963 N. Hill Street in Chinatown.
  2. Locate the alley on the left hand side of Full House.
  3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).
  4. Stop.
  5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side.
  6. Take a right and continue down the alley.
  7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot
  8. The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side,
    behind a red door, down a black staircase.
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.


  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 for consideration.

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

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 (5pm-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 (6pm-9pm)
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS Inc.

Central Plaza Main Stage | KCRW DJ
5:00PM Sean Wang & Students on Guzheng (Chinese zither)
5:45PM Jason Arimoto/Jim Duncan on Ukelele “Island Time”
6:30PM Sean Wang & Students on Guzheng (Chinese zither)
7:15PM Jason Arimoto/Jim Duncan on Ukelele “Island Time”
8:00PM KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer
10:00PM KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

Craft & Vintage Market
Balam Creations/Eternal Glyphics
Lotus Era
Noral Collection
Shelly & CO
sol de cobre
Vintage Statement Pieces by NyLaurent

Street Food Lot – A Tribute to Jonathan Gold – City of Gold
Brothecary – Pan Fried Juicy Dumplings (Shen Jian Bao 生煎包)
CSC Youth Center Fundraiser – Ice Cream Sandwich (made w/Scoops ice cream, Phoenix Bakery cookies)
Good Gravy Baker – Good Goddess Slice, Strawberry Shortcake Stuffed Mini Biscuit
Hip Hot – Solo Hot Pot & Big Toothpick Lamb
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant – Roast Pig & Hong Kong Egg Pancake (雞蛋仔)
Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food – Sausage on a Stick & drink
Yarrow – Carrot Tartine, Impossible Burger & [limited quantity] Leek Cakes

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
India Jones
Jogasaki Truck
Prince of Venice
Spoon & Pork
Tokyo Doggie Style
Wise Barbecue
Yalla Truck

Roaming Magician
Makato (7pm-10pm)
Minh Tran (8pm-10pm)

West Plaza (949 N. Hill)

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8:30pm)
Chinese Paper Cut

“Tara” Capuchin Monkey & Trainer (6pm-9pm)

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
Ohana – Spa Water Cucumber Saison- Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winner 2017, Hill Street Hefeweizen, #hashtag Hops IPA
HPB – Boot Goof, Cool Feeling Hazy IPA, Fill Pils, Radio Hill, Timbo Pils
Stone – IPA
Three Weavers – Seafarer Kolsch

The Far Bazaar (Vintage, Modern & Sustainable Marketplace)
The Pretty Cult
Wardrobe Divas
Max Li Photos

Live Music Stage 5pm-midnight
Curated by Kensington Presents
5PM – La Louma
6PM – Cosmos and Creature
7PM – Krys Wright
8PM – Iconique
9PM – Hamish Anderson
10PM – Rosehardt
11PM – Arms Akimbo

Pop Up by Redemption Ribs 5pm-10PM (or until food runs out)
Pop Up by Sticky Rice 5pm-10PM (or until food runs out)

Blossom Plaza (900 N. Broadway)

Pop up by Bolo – Ube Bae Ice Cream Sando & Hot Butter Toasted Bolo
Pop up by CLAY CA – wheel demo
Eastern Projects – Opening reception for All Lit Up!
LA Wine

8:30PM  The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie Screening & Popcorn

Diagenesis Duo @ Automata
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm

Diagenesis Duo (Heather Barnes-soprano and Jennifer Bewerse-cello) makes their first appearance in Los Angeles performing contemporary classical music from their recently released debut CD, Hands and Lips of Wind. The concert features commissions Diagenesis has made throughout their 7-year collaboration and Harrison Birtwistle’s elegant miniatures, Twelve Settings of Lorine Niedecker. Also on the program is Diagenesis’s most recent commission, Marti Epstien’s Different Kinds of Light featuring the poetry of Jackson Mac Low.

Harrison Birtwistle: Twelve Settings of Lorine Niedecker
Mischa Salkind-Pearl: Hands and Lips of Wind
Marti Epstein: Different Kinds of Light
Adam Scott Neal: Travels
Scott Ordway: Black is the Color

Armando Lerma’s “RIO XANTA” @ Eastern Projects Gallery
Sep 15 – Nov 3 all-day

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th, 6pm-10pm

In his second solo exhibition, Armando Lerma of the “Date Farmers” collective, invites us yet again into other worlds. His show, titled “Rio Xanta” includes glimpses of colorful scenes that encapsulate unique dimensions, drawing us into their timelessness. Inspired by hand-painted signs, commonly associated with the mundane, Lerma elevates their functionality to a place of intrigue. His appropriation of old signage mixed in with original works bends space and time, weaving the past with the present, and creating a multi-dimensional reflection of commercialized brands, painted over and drowned out by new colors and expressions.

Ultimately, the playful and colorful worlds on display seem to evoke an attempt at escapism. The imperfect fantastical images of exotic animals and seductive dancers, only almost take the viewer away from the trappings of reality. In their modest attempts at commercial functionality, the flawed signage speak to the inescapable human deficiency at play. Despite our hopes, there’s no escaping a mild disappointment with man’s present relationship to nature; exoticizing its creatures and exploiting the natural flow of the universe’s inherent balance.

Yet despite their obvious imperfections, the placement of works invites the viewer on a journey into the artists’ sentiment and offers an intimate look into his delicate approach to a harsh and dark world. At closer glance, there is a belief that although the imbalance between man and nature produces so much detachment, that there exists beyond space and time an inherent connection to the waters of an ancient balance–by which the artist opens himself, and invites the viewer to wade. It is a balance uninterrupted by an ancestral connection, that flows through despite all obstacles, offering more than escape but a redemption.