Posts from the Looking Ahead Category

Lummis Day Festival
Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and an annual festival that draws the community together for a shared experience while providing a platform for cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.
When: June 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Where: Various locations

Future Aleppo
This summer, visit Future Aleppo at the Skirball—an installation about the human capacity for resilience, hope, and perseverance in times of darkness. A four-by-four-foot model, Future Aleppo was created by a young Syrian boy and aspiring architect named Mohammed Qutaish while living through the indiscriminately violent war in Aleppo. Between 2012 and 2015, as he witnessed his beloved city being demolished, Qutaish crafted his vision for the future of Aleppo using paper, wood, colored pencils, and glue.
When: Thru August 18, 2017
Where: Skirball Cultural Center

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and The Fight for the Neighborhood
Gentrification has become a household word, but few really understand its causes. We talk about hipsters, craft beer and condos as they’re all unexplained phenomena, part of some mysterious process that we can neither foresee nor control. But gentrification is more predictable and more pernicious than we’re often told. In How to Kill a City, journalist Peter Moskowitz explains the hundred-year-long quest to turn cities into gated communities for the rich at the expense of the lives of the poor and middle classes.
When: May 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Where: The Last Bookstore

Charles Phoenix: Long Beachland
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea … Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.
When: May 28th, 2017, 11:00am
Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach

Design Now, or Design for the Future?”
The climate is changing. Long predicted impacts of a changing climate are now beginning to manifest with impacts out to mid-21st century dependent on greenhouse gases already emitted. Shall we start to design for a future climate today? Presented by COTE-LA, and hosted by Gensler, Dr. Robert Kay, Principal at ICF on Climate Change, and Heather Rosenberg, USGBC Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow and Director of USGBC-Los Angeles’s Building Resilience program, will address these questions in their work consulting, analyzing and shaping the future of cities like Los Angeles under the forces of climate change and rapid urbanization.
When: May 24th, 6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Where: Gensler – 500 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90071

Activate the Rio Vistas with River LA & Broccoli City
Broccoli City satellite event with an emphasis on bringing diversity to celebrate nature along the River.Top LA based DJ playing music, selected food options and local vendors, speaking from select stakeholders, participatory activities highlighting the LA River.
When: May 27th, 12pm-3pm
Where: LA River

Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People
Curated photographs from world renowned chef Magnus Nilsson will take you on a culinary journey through Sweden through his original travelogue photography with accompanying narratives that he wrote while conducting research for the project. The large-scale photographs transport visitors to the landscapes Nilsson encountered, the communities he visited, and personalities he met along the way. Admission is free.
When: Until May 31, from 8:00 am – 10:00pm
Where: Daily in Union Station’s Historic Waiting Room

Traction on Traction
A Reception Celebrating LA’s Social Change Makers. Past guests have included advocates from community-based organizations, elected officials’ and agency staff, philanthropy partners, and community members from across Los Angeles County.
When: May 25th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Impact Hub LA, 830 Traction Ave. Third Floor

Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans?
Speakers will discuss recent studies by conservation scientists, the economics and sustainability of offshore aquaculture, how aquaculture could serve the restaurant industry, and the details of running an aquaculture operation. Speakers include: Jerry Schubel of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Halley Froehlich of UCSB, Sam King of King’s Seafood, Don Kent of Rose Canyon Fisheries, Kyla Wilson of UCLA; moderated by Peter Kareiva of UCLA.
When: May 25th, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
When: Sat, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Where: Royce Hall, UCLA

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary
Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with toilet water.
When: Sat, May 20, 2017
Where: Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91406, United States

Free Metro Bike Share Monthly Pass
May is Bike Month, and we’re celebrating by giving you the opportunity to try Metro Bike Share for a whole month…for free! Sign up online at any time during the month of May and use the promo code BIKEMONTH17 at checkout for your FREE monthly pass.
When: Thru May 2017
Where: Various DTLA locations

The Garden
The South Central Farm was a 14-acre community garden in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Created as a form of healing after the Los Angeles uprising in 1992, the urban oasis was leveled by its landlord in 2006. The Garden follows the farmers who organized, fought back, and demanded answers. The Oscar-nominated film is about greed, power, racial discord, and the importance of grassroots activism. (2008, dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 80 min.)
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:30PM
Where: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater

FutureLA: Contemporary Arts and Culture in the City of Angels
Please join the Asian Business League of Southern California and DTLA Rendezvous for a fire-side chat on the exciting state of contemporary culture in Los Angeles, the many projects in the pipeline, how they figure into the greater development of our city, and our rise as an international-caliber metropolitan destination. Panelists: Danielle Cornwell, Managing Partner of District Realty Group / Dixon Lu, Associate Partner of MAD Architects / Han Lo, Executive Director of Open House Los Angeles / Samuel Vasquez, Deputy Director of Advancement at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)
When: Wed, May 17, 2017 6pm
Where: Cross Campus Downtown LA, 800 Wilshire Boulevard #200, 90017

The Museum of  Ice Cream
“Remember those crazy ideas you dreamed up as a kid? The Museum of Ice Cream is the place where ideas are transformed into real life experience. A place where flavors are mysteries, toppings are toys, and sprinkles make the world a better place. Our mission is to design environments that bring people together and provoke imagination.”
When: Thru May 29, 2017
Where: 2018 E 7TH Place, Los Angeles CA 90021

IMAGINING LA – 2017 AWA+D Symposium, AWAF Awards Ceremony
“In celebration of our 95th year, AWA+D’s symposium entitled IMAGINING LA draws inspiration from the rich history of women who have imagined the future for Los Angeles. Never has it seemed more vital to remember the role women have played in building our metropolis and to amplify our ideas for LA’s evolution in the 21st century.”
When: May 13, 2017 10:00 am
Where: Women’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles 90046

La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society Show & Plant Sale
The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1950, will hold its Annual Show & Plant Sale with the Sunset Succulent & Cactus Club simultaneously happening in the Garden Room & Patio of the same building. There will be a professionally-judged Exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles and a Club plant sale table. Admission is free and there is free parking, with vendors selling gardening supplies & plants. Each day at 2:00 PM, we’ll have Plant Workshops/Talks.
When: May 6, 2017, 10am-5pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Old & New Downtown LA Walking Tour
“Experience the history of Los Angeles from its mirrored development in the early 20th Century to its eventual growth of unique landmarks, which have become new destinations for all to explore.”
When: May 10, 2017 1:30 PM
Where: 351 S. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Proyecto Jardin in collaboration with the LA Community Garden Council celebrates International Compost Awareness Week with the launch of an 8-week Compost Academy that prepares participants to manage a sustainable composting system and facilitate Community Compost Hubs.
When: May 13, 2017
Where: Mott Street Urban Farm, 1020 S. Mott Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Bird & Beers
Join Bird L.A., Audubon California, Audubon chapters, and a huge collection of other cool groups on May 7 for a celebration of birds all over LA County. From this lofty setting at the Ace rooftop bar we’ll scan the skies for raptors and their prey and discuss what makes Downtown LA an appealing place for such birds. Enjoy a cool beer and relax while a National Park Service ranger from the Santa Monica Mountains will be on hand with binoculars to share and to explain local bird phenomena, like the roosting of thousands of little Swifts nesting inside a downtown chimney every dusk. To find more events go to
When: May 06, 2017, 5pm
Where: The Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2017 Obscura Day
Celebrate Exploration and Discovery on Obscura Day 2017. On May 6, we’re hosting over 170 events in 36 states and 25 countries. A kayak exploration through the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. A private tour of the world’s original nuclear power plant. A classical concert in an abandoned hilltop spy station outside Berlin. What discoveries await you?
When: May 6th
Where: 21 events across California.

NTS Radio and MOCA present an afternoon of live, outdoor music at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. MOCA is proud to collaborate with NTS Radio, known globally for its boundary-pushing radio programming and eclectic event lineups, on this ongoing sound series starting on May 6.
When: May 6, 2017, 12pm – 5pm
Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

Julius Shulman Institute presents Todd Eberle: Empire of Space
On May 4, 2017, Woodbury University’s Julius Shulman Institute will honor photographer Todd Eberle with the prestigious JSI Excellence in Photography Award. Eberle studied at The Cooper Union in New York and was Vanity Fair’s Photographer at Large for over 20 years. Todd Eberle is an acclaimed New York City-based photographer whose work is united by a clean and analytical minimalist aesthetic. Eberle’s subjects run the gamut from political, art, and cultural figures to architectural landmarks and technology.
When: May 4, 20176 PM — Sunday, Jun 25, 20176 PM
Where: Woodbury University’s Hollywood Outpost (WUHO)

The Getty Center Architecture Tour
Non-hosted lunch at noon at the cafeteria-style Cafe followed by the architecture tour. Discover more about Richard Meier’s architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this 45-minute tour. Admission to the Getty is free, but parking is $15. We’ll meet inside the Cafe, have some lunch and get to know each other, then head out for the tour.
When: May 6, 2017, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
Where: The Getty, 1342 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049