Calendar

Sep
8
Sat
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.

Program:
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

Sep
15
Sat
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.

Sep
27
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Sep 27 @ 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.

Sep
29
Sat
80th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival @ Central Plaza
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 12:00 am

The annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrates the full harvest moon and is a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, and to celebrate and share the generous bounty with family. We will be celebrating with our Los Angeles family in Chinatown style! Traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations alongside hot local bands mark a celebration uniquely Angeleno and uniquely Chinatown. Come by for our annual Dessert Eating Competition, or to taste Mooncake samples from Chinatown’s popular bakeries, or to take a peek at the full moon in her glory through scientific telescopes!

West Plaza (900 N Broadway)

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8:30pm)
Paper Cutting: Moon Lady, Panda, Temple

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

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
Dough Sculptor by Shi Zhen Shan
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Sugar Art by Tony Shi

Roaming Magician
Makoto Halverson (6pm-9pm)
Minh Tran (8:30pm-10:30pm)

Central Plaza Main Stage (6pm-9pm)
6:00PM Sean Wang on Guzheng (Chinese Zither)
6:40PM East Wind Lion Dance Troupe
6:55PM Chinese Hula Hoop
7:00PM Moon Cake Making Demo by Wonder Bakery
7:15PM Moon Festival Ritual by Miss Chinatown
7:30PM Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Demo
7:50PM Chinese Hula Hoop
7:55PM Sean Wang on Guzheng (Chinese Zither)

Craft & Vintage Market
California Cowboy
Gyozados
ini creations
Lioness Jewelry
LA MENO
Lotus Era
Pattras Home
Robots by Matt Q Spangler
Sol de Cobre
Thunderbachs

Street Food Lot
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant – Roast Pork or Roast Duck or Soy Sauce Chicken served over rice, Hong Kong Egg Pancake
Good Gravy Bakes – Donut Holes with Horchata Dipping Sauce; Full Moon Almond Cookie with Jasmine Tea Buttercream
Pique-Nique – Butter Mochi with Seasonal Fruit
Yarrow Cafe – Impossible Burger; Beggars Chicken Prata Taco

Star Gazing (6:30pm-10:30pm)
Telescope supplied by Hector Vasquez
6:30pm – Venus
7pm – Jupiter
8pm – Saturn
9pm – Mars
10pm – Moonrising

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
Fluff Ice
India Jones
Jogasaki Truck
Kogi
Love Bird
LuckDish Curry
Prince of Venice
Tokyo Doggie Style
Vivace Pizza

Phoenix Bakery (969 N. Broadway)

7:00pm – Lion Dance by East Wind Foundation for Youth
7:15pm – Moon Cake making demonstration & sampling by Phoenix Bakery

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

Star Gazing (7pm-10:30pm)
Telescopes supplied by Griffith Observatory (Tony & Therese)
7pm – Jupiter
8pm – Saturn
9pm – Mars
10pm – Moonrising

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
Highland Park Brewery – Quinoa Cowboy, Good Green, Radio Hill
Ohana Brewing Company – Spa Water Saison, Hashtag Hops IPA, Saison Kau Wela, Hill Street Hefeweizen

The Far Bazaar (Vintage, Modern & Sustainable Marketplace)
Mamorimaru
Miss Ing Artist

Gourmet Concept 5pm-10PM (or until food runs out)
Sticky Rice

Live Music Stage
Curated by Kensington Presents
5 pm – Chris Avetta
6 pm – O Future
7 pm – Parker Ainsworth
8 pm – Nico Franc
9 pm – Klez
10 pm – The Roswell Universe
11 pm – The Thens

OWSLA (1001 N Broadway)

Kite Making Workshop: will have blank kites with stations set up for kids to decorate

Blossom Plaza (900 N Broadway)

Pop up by CLAY CA
Eastern Projects
LA Wine

5:00PM-10:00PM  Lantern Making Workshop
8:00PM  Jurassic Park – Jurassic World Movie Screening & Popcorn

Oct
6
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Oct 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.

Oct
19
Fri
A Machine for Living by Susan Simpson @ Automata
Oct 19 – Nov 3 all-day

A science fiction about enlightened aliens, botanical intimacy and the end of the body as we know it

Live Cinema performed with puppets

A Southern California artist absorbs errant extraterrestrial DNA and slowly evolves into highly advanced alien other. As she receives revelations from a distant planet her body transforms. She finds herself capable of a supernatural botanical reproduction that could transform the human race. Pursued as a biological terrorist she must decide her next steps.

All scenes are performed on stage with small-scale puppets, sets and hand-operated special-effects. The performance is captured by multiple cameras and mixed live to create a live film experience.

Video Design: Ting Zhang
Sound Design: Jesse Mandapat
Lighting Design: Moira MacDonald
Set and Puppet: Design Susan Simpson
Puppeteers: Molly Allis and Moira MacDonald.

Vocal Performances by : Anne Yatco and Samuel Camp

Showtimes:
Friday, Oct. 19 at  8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 at  8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:00 pm

Oct
20
Sat
Fearless Paint @ Tieken Gallery LA
Oct 20 – Nov 20 all-day

Opening Reception, Saturday October 20th 6pm-10pm
Gallery Hours: Friday-Sunday 1pm-6p

The Art of Bibi Davidson and Fred Tieken

Bibi Davidson is an Israeli born, Los Angeles based artist whose illustrative-style works are allegorical representations of the chaotic and unsettling realities of her childhood.

Fred Tieken was born in a small, rural Illinois town on the Mississippi River during the Great Depression. He thought early on that there was more to life and his artistic endeavors have helped him to achieve a life he dreamed of.

With Fearless Paint, our last show of 2018, we strive to show how two artists from opposite sides of the globe and with very different influences have used art to settle internal conflicts by chronicling their lives through their art.

Oct
27
Sat
Boo-nion Station @ UNION STATION
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Union Station, LA’s historic downtown landmark, will become a party palace for ghosts and goblins at the first-ever Boo-nion Station, a free two-day, family-friendly Halloween Hoopla.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon–6 p.m. the Union Station South Patio will be transformed into ghostly grounds where guests are invited to don their most haunting or hilarious costumes and enjoy a Halloween haven including:

Zombie Zone Hay Maze – A meandering and mesmerizing maze of more than 200 hay bales.

Treats-on-Track Trail – A treacherous trail of tricks and treats from 1–2 p.m. and 4–5 p.m. each day.

Creepy Craft Camper – A frightfully fun Halloween craft zone.

Monster Mash Dance Party with music from “Sweet Beats” – A devilishly delightful hourly dance party for all ages.

Pumpkin Patch Picnic – Food trucks dishing up some frighteningly fabulous food throughout the day.

Additional activities include face painting, temporary tattoo station, balloon artists and Halloween stilt walkers for younger goblins and a craft beer garden for their petrified parents.

Don’t miss out on the festivities- reserve your spot here!

Oct
28
Sun
Boo-nion Station @ UNION STATION
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Union Station, LA’s historic downtown landmark, will become a party palace for ghosts and goblins at the first-ever Boo-nion Station, a free two-day, family-friendly Halloween Hoopla.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon–6 p.m. the Union Station South Patio will be transformed into ghostly grounds where guests are invited to don their most haunting or hilarious costumes and enjoy a Halloween haven including:

Zombie Zone Hay Maze – A meandering and mesmerizing maze of more than 200 hay bales.

Treats-on-Track Trail – A treacherous trail of tricks and treats from 1–2 p.m. and 4–5 p.m. each day.

Creepy Craft Camper – A frightfully fun Halloween craft zone.

Monster Mash Dance Party with music from “Sweet Beats” – A devilishly delightful hourly dance party for all ages.

Pumpkin Patch Picnic – Food trucks dishing up some frighteningly fabulous food throughout the day.

Additional activities include face painting, temporary tattoo station, balloon artists and Halloween stilt walkers for younger goblins and a craft beer garden for their petrified parents.

Don’t miss out on the festivities- reserve your spot here!

Nov
3
Sat
Yoga Class @ Blossom Plaza Cultural Stage, which is the wooden platform by the plaza area
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Yoga classes are coming to Blossom Plaza in November!
These are free classes open to the community.
Saturday, November 3rd, 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, November 10th, 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, November 17th, 10 AM to 11 AM

The yoga classes will be held on the Blossom Plaza Cultural Stage, which is the wooden platform by the plaza area.  Please bring your own mat and water bottle.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the waiver and sign in sheet.