Chinatown’s Moon Festival Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Chinatown’s Moon Festival: A Fun Family Event

crowds wander beneath neon framed archway to Chinatown

These balmy nights are perfect for street food and music. So hop on the LA Metro Gold Line to the Chinatown station for Chinatown’s 75th annual Moon Festival on Saturday, September 21.

The festivities run from 5 p.m. to midnight — and Metro trains run until 2 a.m. on Saturday nights.

You’ll find food trucks, cooking demonstrations and samples, live music and DJs, crafts, moon viewing and moon cakes — a flaky pastry filled with bean paste.

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CicLAvia Coming to Wilshire Blvd. Sunday, June 23, 2013

The classic architecture of the Wiltern Theater is one of the highlights of the June 23, 2013 Ciclavia route. This landmark is across from the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Western Station.

The classic architecture of the Wiltern Theater is one of the highlights of the June 23, 2013 Ciclavia route. This landmark is across from the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Western Station.

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Take a Sunday Stroll Through LA with CicLAvia and See Many LA Architectural Icons

This Sunday’s CicLAvia will highlight Iconic Wilshire Blvd. between the Miracle Mile and One Wilshire in Downtown. CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a collaboration initiated by the Getty and involving arts organizations across LA. Wilshire Boulevard traces its beginning to 1895 and is now one of the most notable boulevards in the United States.

The elevator doors at the Metro Wilshire/Western Red/Purple Line Station echo the Wiltern Theater.

The elevator doors at the Metro Wilshire/Western Red/Purple Line Station echo the Wiltern Theater.

On Sunday, June 23, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — an extension of hours from previous CicLAvias — Los Angeles streets will be closed to cars from the Miracle Mile to One Wilshire in Downtown LA. This is a chance to enjoy LA and see it from a different perspective — from a bike, skateboard, or just leisurely strolling down the middle of the boulevard. There are many great views to be appreciated, because of both the pedestrian/bike perspective and the slowed-down pace.

One of the joys of CicLAvia is that you can start and stop whenever and wherever you want, and do it on your own schedule. This is not a race — it’s streets turned into open space. Seeing the city streets filled with cyclists, skaters, and strollers — wheeled and on foot — makes one really appreciate that LA belongs to everyone from all neighborhoods.

The Korea Town Plaza, on Western 3 blocks south of the Metro Wilshire/Western Statiion, offers exotic snacks and a scrumptious food court.

The Koreatown Plaza, on Western 3 blocks south of the Metro Wilshire/Western Statiion, offers exotic snacks and a scrumptious food court.

MacArthur Park viewed through a bike wheel.

Bicyclists take over MacArthur Park as a rest stop.

The upcoming CicLAvia route covers new territory and also includes past favorites: MacArthur Park and 7th Metro/Center. CicLAvia offers a wide variety of activities for people of all interests and ages, including music, performances, food trucks galore, and just about everything else L.A. has to offer!

MacArthur Park is an oasis along the Wilshire Blvd. June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route.

MacArthur Park is an oasis along the Wilshire Blvd. June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route.

Be aware that the turnstiles at Union Station are now locked. You must have a valid TAP Card.

Be aware that the turnstiles at Union Station are now locked. You must have a valid TAP Card.

This CicLAvia route is very Metro accessible via the Red/Purple Lines. So leave your car at home and take your bike on Metro to CicLAvia. If you’re coming from Long Beach or the Westside, take the Blue Line or Expo Line train to 7th/Metro Center and join the flow. Gold Line riders will need to transfer at Union Station. Remember to TAP before you board each train. Depending on how many train rides you’ll be taking, a Day Pass may be your best bet. We have posts on how to TAPhow to use Metro, and to help you find your best train route.

The June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route along Wilshire Blvd. is accessible by the Metro Red and Purple LInes.

The June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route along Wilshire Blvd. is accessible by the Metro Red and Purple LInes.

To get more of the feel of CicLAvia, see our adventures from last April and October, 2011, and our October, 2012 preview.

Whether this is your first or seventh CicLAvia, plan on joining the fun on Sunday, June 23.

Women on bicycles, roller blades, and in a wheelchair.

Everyone enjoys wheeling along during CicLAvia.

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Pasadena’s Chalk Festival Paints the Town, June 15 – 16

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The 21st Annual Chalk Festival a Colorful Family Event

They’re painting the town – or rather the sidewalks – at Paseo Colorado (280 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101) at the annual Chalk Festival. This artform, which might be thought of as child’s play by some, is celebrating its 21st anniversary in Pasadena on June 15 and 16 and showcasing the sophistication of these pavement painters.

Recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record as the largest public art event of its kind, the annual festival is free of charge and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. Brought to the public by the Light Bringer Project – those zany folks who bring us the Doo Dah Parade – the festival raises funds for other art projects through artists’ entry fees and an auction of foot-square canvasses created by the participating chalk artists.

Chalk-Festival#0057Last year, approximately 600 artists – working solo and in teams – embellished the walkways with murals. Artworks filled the concrete areas throughout the shopping center that stretches more than three city blocks. Subjects ranged from famous paintings to comic heroes to celebrities, including Albert Einstein, portrayed in last year’s Best of Festival – First Place winner by Moe Notsu.

The Pasadena Chalk Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. To see the progress of the artwork, a fun idea is to go mid-day on Saturday, then return near the end of the day on Sunday. You will see hundreds of artists of all ages and backgrounds, on their hands and knees, filling 8-foot squares of concrete with amazing pieces of art.

In addition to the eye-popping opportunity to watch the murals develop and see how the artists work, there will be live music throughout the weekend. This is a fun family event. Children can put the inspiration of the event to work in the Kids’ Chalkland. There will also be a Pasadena Police Classic Car Show on Sunday from 10a.m. to 3p.m., featuring classic and fun cars as well as the Pasadena Police helicopter.

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Participating artists recognize the outstanding murals of the festival from amongst their peers at the conclusion of the event, awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, Best of Show, Best Technique, Best Use of Color, and Best Artist-Original Design. Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the Paseo Colorado People’s Choice award.

Light Bringer Project is a non-profit Pasadena arts organization that produces visual, performing and literary arts programs that highlight creative voices from all sectors of the community. They love to involve the community in the arts. Their projects focus on public education, AIDS awareness, the environment, homelessness, economic revitalization, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and other critical areas.

So, come out to the Pasadena Chalk Festival, see interesting works of art, enjoy live music, and support good causes.

Directions: Walk south from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station to Colorado Blvd., then walk east to Paseo Colorado.

See the map below for details.

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The 21 Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 2013
Colorado Blvd. between South Marengo Ave. and North Euclid Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

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