Activists in the predominantly working class and Latino community of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown LA, are calling on art galleries to pack up and leave, arguing that they contribute to rising rent prices and the displacement of low-income residents.
In downtown Los Angeles, there’s an all-ages punk club called The Smell. In the 17 years that it’s been open, it’s become a real hub for local underground music. But after the land it sits on was purchased last year, it now faces the possibility of being shut down. The news sparked outrage mixed with anxiety that the changes taking place in downtown are not all for the better.
The long-vacant, fenced-off lot at First Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles will soon be developed into a two-acre public park. The $28 million sand-covered parcel next to City Hall and Grand Park will be designed by a team led by the architectural firm Mia Lehrer + Associates.
Generally, disaster preparedness is something many of us ignore — especially newcomers to LA who haven’t yet felt the earth move. But Chalk Repertory Theatre is thinking ahead — and over four weekends they are performing “In Case of Emergency,” a play about earthquake readiness. Is the play any good, and does it get the message out?