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Saint Vincent Court

July 22, 2013 — 2 Comments

In a discreet dark alley way in the middle of downtown’s Jewelry District lies a hidden gem. Saint Vincent Court is home to a Persian/Middle Eastern community nestled amongst chaos. Complete with faux European awnings over street café’s, small specialty food shops, and local businesses.

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Once upon a time, Broadway was the financial and high-end commercial shopping hub for metro Los Angeles. But in the 1960s and 70s a wave of new commercial development on Figuaroa Street left the historic core basically deserted. The upside is that many of the best surviving examples of Beaux Art and Art Deco architecture were left unmolested.

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Shops and restaurants with colorful awnings and peeling brick facades present a kitschy, Old World scene, complete with a pot-bellied chef statue and a Marilyn Monroe perched in a pink Cadillac.

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The recently restored alleyway is supposed to look like a quaint Parisian street, lined with Middle Eastern cafés where clusters of men sip minty tea, and workers, shoppers, and the occasional hipster chow down on gyro, kebabs, and hummus.

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Driving along Seventh Street between Hill and Broadway, the break between the solid building frontage on the north side of the street is easy to miss. But as a pedestrian, it’s impossible to pass St. Vincent Court without popping in through the breezeway. In its current incarnation, a look around the court might very well have turned into sitting down for a serious meal, most likely one involving hearty portions of grilled meats and traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern appetizers. 

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Rising gracefully within the heart of the jewelry district, down the street from the business district at the famed place where Hill, 7th and Broadway streets meet in downtown Los Angeles, St. Vincent Jewelry Center stands as a brand new gem in a grand old setting. Being the largest jewelry complexes in the world, it encompasses over 700,000 square feet of space, and houses nearly 500 independent merchants under one roof, where you will find jewelry manufacturers, designers, retail, and wholesale dealers.

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WHAT: Saint Vincent Court
WHEN:
Open during business hours
WHERE:
650 S Hill Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Back by “Popular” demand! Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played at the Segerstorm Center for the Arts, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).

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Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. How these two unlikely friends end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for the most spellbinding new musical in years and makes for “the most complete— and completely satisfying—new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

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Wicked is a musical that opened on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater October 30, 2003. It is touted as the untold story of the witches of Oz and is loosely based on the best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento, Wicked is directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts is among the nation’s premier cultural institutions, presenting a broad range of world-class performances and innovative education programs to an increasingly diverse, enthusiastic, and growing audience on its multi-venue campus. World premieres, free performances, festivals, workshops, and other programs invite you to explore the arts in new ways – a place of innovation and tradition where creativity, culture, and community connect.

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The Center engages a growing and diverse audience with one of the most eclectic performing arts programs in the country, including an internationally acclaimed dance series, top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, leading artists from classical music, family entertainment, up-and-coming indie bands, and contemporary theatre and performance artists.

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WHAT: Wicked The Broadway Musical 
WHEN: 
February 20 – March 17, 2013
WHERE:
Segerstorm Center for the Arts | 600 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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CONTACT INFO: (714) 556-2787 or boxoffice@SCFT.org

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp

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