Weekend Events: February 16 – 18

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (February 16-18) includes the Chocolate & Art Show, NBA All-Star events, the Golden Dragon Parade, a Boozy Bake Off, and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday February 16th, 2018

1. Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 15-25 to celebrate all things midcentury modern including architecture, art, interior landscape design and vintage culture.

2. The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex in DTLA on February 16-17, with chocolate fondue, the work of up-and-coming artists & more.

3. The NBA All-star extravaganza is back for another year of fan celebrations, celebrity games and all things basketball. Beginning on February 16, then continuing till February 18, Los Angeles venues including Staples Center and Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center will host a variety of All-Star events, including showcases, games and trainings.

4. Jack Daniel’s has been selling its whiskey since 1866 and this weekend they will bring a pop-up shop to Los Angeles for just three days. From February 16-18, the Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg General Store will offer Angelenos a unique assortment of goods, services and events featuring live music and Southern food from Miss Mary Bobo’s, a Lynchburg institution for over a century.

5. See percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score for Birdman at Royce Hallwhile the movie is projected behind him. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. Celebrate the Year of The Dog during a Lunar New Year Celebration at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. The temple will host Chinese traditional cultural performances and the grounds will be decorated with dog decorations. Happening all weekend.

7. Bootie LA presents a 90’s vs 80’s mashup night at the Echoplex this Friday.

8. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlingsperforming this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

9. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) continues through February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them.

10. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday February 17th, 2018

11. Celebrate the Year of the Dog during Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy Asian-themed stilt walkers, traditional Korean fan dancers, Chinese music, The Voice’s Katherine Ho as emcee and more.

12. The 119th Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival returns to Los Angeles’ Chinatown with floats, marching bands, entertainers, a culinary stage, artisans & much more. FREE

13. Long Beach Comic Expo, a celebration of comic books and pop culture, returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 17-18. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV returns February 17-18 to celebrate 25 years of the annual event with an array of authentic Scottish activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment, drinks and cuisine. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

15. The 40z & Waffles Brunch Series is back for NBA All-Star Weekend. Not your ordinary Sunday Funday, attendees will enjoy brunch, cocktails, a surprise live performance and more at Viva Hollywood. Early-bird tickets are currently $40.

16. The American Youth Symphony celebrates Bernstein’s centennial with a free concert at Royce Hall this Saturday. FREE

17. The J. Paul Getty Museum will host a handful of free events to celebrate the Getty Center’s 20th anniversary, this Saturday and Sunday will host Afro-Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella (1925-2010) with two performances featuring Latin jazz standards and Aguabella’s original compositions. The series will run through May 20. FREE

18. The St. Valentine’s Day Speakeasy Party & Pie Fight hosted by Roaring 20’s Street Jams is a throw back extravaganza with music, dance, cocktails, a staged reenactment of the historic St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and one epic pie fight to close out the night. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will host an opening reception for Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop, the first Los Angeles solo show focusing on the work of the 92-year-old pioneer of Romanian Conceptualism. FREE

20. There’s a midnight showing of indie flick Once Upon A Superhero at the Hollywood Playhouse theatre. The screening will also have various live entertainment, music, comedy, a 420 market and food vendors.

21. Comedy show that’s BYOB and dog friendley? Yup On Deck Comedy is just that and they’ll be performing at the Nerdist Showroom this Saturday.

22. Long Beach Mardi Gras takes over Shoreline Village with a full day of music, dance, parades, and more. The party is free to attend and guests are encouraged to dress up. FREE

23. See My Neighbor Totoro in 35mm at the Aero Theatre this Saturday.

Sunday February 18th, 2018

24. The Great Boozy Bake Off will take place at Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Sunday. The bake off will feature bakers testing their skill at incorporating booze into cupcakes, candies, breads and more. A $2o ticket gets you a sampling of all the contestants creations and all proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will also be games, a cookie-decorating station and more to be announced. Beer is not included in the ticket price.

25. FLAX Project presents “The Dialectic of the Stars,” a free art festival taking place at five iconic venues in Los Angeles in the month of February. The festival will feature stimulating arts events incorporating cinema, music, mobile artworks, a concert of motorcycles, dance and more. This Friday the event continues at Ford Theatres with installations and performance throughout venue. FREE

26. The New Bad Boys of Magic have got some dirty tricks up their sleeves at Hollywood’s Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge this Sunday. These boys are fresh off of their sold-out run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival so expect some magic you’ve never seen before.

27. The Minor Threat art exhibit pays homage to the 80’s straight edge band of the same name with more than a dozen artists and vendors showcasing mixed media work, plus live music. Taking place this Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at 5 Star Bar in Downtown. Tickets are $20 at the door. You can read more background here via LA Taco.

28. L.A. Stories combines writers and musicians to create a story inspired by living in Los Angeles. This music and storytelling show will have performances about the L.A. droughts, celebrities, dating in L.A. moving to L.A. and more.

Schedule provided by We Like LA. 

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L.A. County Set To Build First New Freeway Since 1993

California’s Department of Transportation plans to purchase land for the development of a six-to-eight lane, 63-mile freeway in the Inland Empire, according to an in-depth report by the Los Angeles Times.

The freeway is part of an $8 billion High Desert Corridor project that would also involve rail and bike paths, and would connect Palmdale and Lancaster to Victorville, Apple Valley, and Adelanto.

Ideally this new freeway would reduce congestion in the area, including on the 210, 10, and 60 freeways. According to Ryan McEachron, coordinator of the joint powers authority working with DOT, the freeway could be open sometime within the next 20 years.

Opponents of the project argue that a new freeway would cause additional air pollution and increase sprawl, turning areas of scenic desert dotted with Joshua Trees and home to wildlife into bustling off-ramps crammed with gas stations and fast food drive-throughs. Though the project’s Environmental Impact Report has already been approved, Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 2010 to fight global warming, has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court contesting it. They are currently seeking donations to help them continue to fight the High Desert Corridor.

L.A. County’s last new freeway was the 105, which was completed in 1993.

Story courtesy of We Like LA. 

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Economic update for the week ending February 10, 2018

Stock markets drop over 10% in two weeks – A 10% drop officially is termed “a correction.” This week was a very volatile week for stocks. The markets had the two highest point drops ever this week. There were several reasons experts cited. Some experts feel that stocks were simply overbought and had just risen too high too quickly.  Some said that the administration promoting the rise in stocks may have oversold the strength, which is now correcting. Interest rates were also a concern, as higher rates increase borrowing costs to companies. The reason rates are rising is because investors are  fearing higher inflation. They feel that the tax cuts basically stimulates the economy at a time when the economy is already quite strong. Usually, tax cuts occur when the economy is slow to try to stimulate it. The budget passing today has also been a concern as it massively increased spending. The increased spending will also stimulate the economy. At a time when unemployment is at a 17 year low and the economy is strong, it is feared that the tax cuts and extra spending will overheat the economy causing inflation, which increases interest rates. Both the extra spending and tax cuts also explode an already high deficit, which will increase the amount of bonds the government will need to sell to fund the deficit spending. This will also drive rates higher. Lastly, Jerome Powell took over Monday as the new Chairman of The Federal Reserve. It is widely felt that Mr. Powell is more adverse to the risk of inflation than Janet Yellen, his predecessor, and plans to increase rates at a quicker pace than Ms. Yellen would have. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 24,190.90, down from last week’s close of 25,520.96. After dropping 5.2% this week and 4.1% last week, it’s now down 2.1% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,619.55, down from 2,762.13 last week. It lost 5.2% this week and 3.9% last week. It’s down 2% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed at 6,874.49, down from 7,240.95 last week. It dropped 5.1% this week, after falling 3.5% last week. It is down 0.4% year-t- date.

Treasury Bond Yields –  The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.83%, almost unchanged from 2.84% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 3.14%, up from 3.08% last week. We watch bond rates because mortgage rates follow bond rates.

Mortgage rates higher this week – The February 8, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.33%, up from last week’s 4.22%. The 15-year fixed was 3.77%, up from 3.68% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.57%, up from 3.53% last week.

Have a great weekend,

Syd