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The Watts Towers

January 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”), are within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park, in the Watts community of Los Angeles. They are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures, the tallest reaching a height of over 99 feet.

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The towers and walls were designed and built by Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia (1879-1965), over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art, vernacular architecture and Italian-American naïve art.

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The towers were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.

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WHAT: The Watts Towers
WHEN: Open daily – except closed to the public Monday and Tuesday, but Towers Structure can still be viewed as the structure is outdoors.
WHERE: 1727 East 107th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90002

DETAILS: 

  • Tours: Thursday, Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
  • Admission: Adult $7, Seniors and Children 13 – 17 $3, Children 12 and under Free

CONTACT INFO: (213) 847-4646

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | YouTube | Yelp

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Come get your glide on this holiday season at Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, celebrating its 17th season for fun in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, open everyday November 13, 2014 through January 19, 2015. 

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Nothing compares to the picture perfect setting of ice skating under the sun and stars surrounded by towering skyscrapers and historical landmarks at LA’s largest outdoor skating rink with the smallest admission price.

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The newly renamed rink kicks off the winter season with a host of free community events for the coolest place with the hottest holiday happenings. With free events like DJ Thursday nights, skating exhibitions, a Snoopy on Ice Showcase, “Single in the City,” and “Polar Bear Skate” theme skating sessions, and more,  there is always something guaranteed to engage and entertain.

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The rink is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro (Pershing Square stop). Underground discount parking is available with rink validation. A partnership with Metro and Metrolink allows riders to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing their Metro/Metrolink transit receipt/pass.

WHAT: Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
WHEN: November 13, 2014 through January 19, 2015
WHERE: 532 South Olive Street | Los Angeles 90012

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $9 per person for a one-hour skating session | Skate Rental: $3 (figure/hockey)

CONTACT INFO: (213) 624-4289

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Beach Nation

June 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Imagine a day at the beach without the hassle of getting there. Sinking your feet in the sand, the sun in your face, a breeze in the air, your favorite drink in hand, a selection of healthy snacks just steps away. Now imagine all of this just down the street in the middle of West Hollywood. A beach in the middle of the city? Welcome to Beach Nation.

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Beach Nation is the new outdoor beach-style cafe on Santa Monica Boulevard, just blocks from Beverly Hills, Melrose, and the Sunset Strip. The spacious deck is an oasis in the middle of the city: waving palm trees, rustling sea grasses… a stylish beach cafe vibe created by famed designer Thomas Schoos. Plus a huge sand box right in the middle of the action — take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes!

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Summer never ends at Beach Nation. Perfect for all occasions and seasons, fit “a day at the beach” into your busy schedule, between errands, classes or business meetings — without having to trek all the way to the coast!

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All of their food is made fresh daily by their executive chef, with an array of healthful and vegan options. Bread, pastries, and desserts are provided by LA bakery Rockenwagner.

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Beach Nation’s coffee program features single origin roasts and distinctive blends created for them by Barefoot Coffee of Santa Clara, California, one of the West Coast’s finest small batch roasters. They also serve a selection of juice and soda.

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Designed and created by internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Thomas Schoos (Herringbone at the Mondrian LA, The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, Tao in New York and Las Vegas) Beach Nation is the result of a vision Schoos had to bring some of his favorite beach experiences to his own neighborhood in Los Angeles. The eclectic furniture and design adds a modern twist to the traditional beach bungalow vibe, giving the laid-back California lifestyle a progressive new attitude.

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Beach Nation is located in one of the most famous and desirable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, sandwiched between Beverly Hills and Hollywood, blocks from Melrose and the Sunset Strip.

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WHAT: Beach Nation 
WHEN: 
Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm | Friday 8:00 am – midnight | Saturday 9:00 am – midnight | Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
WHERE: 
8289 Santa Monica Blvd. | West Hollywood, CA 90046

CONTACT INFO: (323) 654-0020 | info@beachnation.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramYelp

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