Category: Featured this Week


Ireland Con: The Ireland Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Irish and Irish-American leaders in tech, finance, media, entertainment and hospitality join Orla Keane, consul general of Ireland to Los Angeles, for a series of discussions and activities about strengthening the bonds between nations through arts, culture and commerce. Tickets are $99 to $159. Loyola Marymount University’s Playa Vista Campus, 12105 W. Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista. (Post-conference networking until 7:30 p.m. at Belkin; after 7:30 p.m. at Hatchet Hall.) Irish Dancing Flashmob, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Turn out for a cultural spectacle on Santa Monica...

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Welcome to Deadchester

The quiet streets of Kentwood are never more alive than on Halloween An oasis of suburbia in bustling Los Angeles, the sleepy residential streets of Westchester are sometimes called “Deadchester” by those with a wry sense of humor. But on Halloween, the idyllic Kentwood neighborhood springs to life as little ghouls with parent goblins trot up and down West 81st, 82nd and 83rd streets to fill their sacks with candy at the stoops of homes that are also dressed up for the occasion. Giant spiders hang from palm trees, skeletons climb hedges and front lawns become boneyards for faux...

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Architecture and the Health of Cities

Architecture is unavoidable art. The design, height, positioning and location of buildings in public and private spaces are major determining factors of a city’s quality of life. A new exhibit at the 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery also considers density of housing as it relates to the affordability and sustainability of life in Los Angeles. “DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital” features models, plans, drawings and other visualizations by Brooks + Scarpa — a Hawthorne-based architecture and design collective that specializes in compact and sustainable housing — that are intended to provoke thought about “healthier...

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Culver City Arts District is on a Roll

Saturday’s festival unites creative expression and alternative transportation along Washington and La Cienega boulevards By Christina Campodonico  You could arrive at Saturday’s Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival by foot, electric scooter or e-bike, but how about rolling up in a stretch electric shuttle? Circuit, the company behind Marina del Rey’s electric shuttle service formerly known as The Free Ride, will be giving free and ecofriendly lifts between clusters of participating galleries along La Cienega and Washington boulevards, including five activity-packed Washington Boulevard side streets that will be closed to cars. “It looks like a stretch golf cart,”...

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The Lost Kids of Venice Neverland

USC film school grad screens her documentary about homeless youth — made when she was one of them By Christina Campodonico When filmmaker Victoria Peralto Cruz was tasked with making a documentary for one of her USC film classes, she made the brave decision to turn the camera in on her own homeless community — a tribe of unsheltered youths who had run away from foster care or broken homes and had adopted each other as family on the streets of Venice Beach. “It was like a Venice Never Neverland … a giant playground for forgotten street kids,” says...

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