FLORENCE WHITE

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FLORENCE WHITE

1932 - 2017

On June 10, 2017, One of DTLA’s Angels and one of DTLA LIFE MAG ® biggest fan has left us for now. Flo White, passed away peacefully in her sleep in her EVO condominium, in Downtown Los Angeles, at age 84. 

Flo was a well-known DTLA celebrity who everyone loved and adored. She was known for talking to strangers and inviting them to “smile, it doesn’t cost you anything”, she told them.

Flo was born to Polish immigrants and was raised in the Chicago area. She moved to her home in Carter Lake, Iowa in 1962 with her husband John White from Alabama.  

Together, Flo and John raised two boys. One of her son, Jim White, is a long-term resident of Downtown L.A. and a co-founder of the successful Real Estate firm knowed today as DTLA LIFE. 

Flo loved her life in and on Carter Lake.  She spent many hours boating, paddle boating and swimming in the actual Lake, on her backyard.  She always welcomed friends and acquaintances into her home to “enjoy life on the lake”.

Florence began her career at the Carter Lake Library as a volunteer.  She went on to become the Head Librarian for over 25 years. In addition to her work as the Librarian, Flo spent countless hours as a volunteer in and around Carter Lake.  

She was one of the original members of the Carter Lake Betterment Committee.  Flo cherished the time she spent as a volunteer at the Carter Lake Boys and Girls Club.  In her later years, Flo volunteered as a home Hospice worker and helped those in need as they spent their last hours and days before passing.  

When someone needed a volunteer they knew they could count on Flo to step up to the plate and share her skills. She also wrote a weekly column for the Daily Nonpareil newspaper in Council Bluffs, Iowa for over forty years. 

In a brave move in 2007, Flo at the age of 74 left Iowa and moved to Los Angeles to live in Downtown, in a Loft at the Continental Building. 

While in DTLA, Flo made new friends daily.  She loved her new life, while still cherishing fond memories of her life in Carter Lake.  Downtown L.A. and Iowa could not be more different, yet Flo embraced the community just as she always had back there. 

She was active in volunteering with Chrysalis and had input into the design selection of the Spring Street Park. She would meet her new DTLA friends at Pete’s Cafe for cocktails regularly and was adopted by Ricky the Pirate as his ‘GodMother’. Flo would stay in contact with Ricky’s Mother when she was concerned about her son.

What Flo loved most about Downtown, was that she lived near her son Jim, and that he took such wonderful care of her every need.  She could frequently be heard saying, “My Jimmy treats me like a queen”

Flo was a master of relationships because she expressed so much love and respect for everyone in her life.  People were attracted to her glowing presence and she was a wise sage to many. 

She adopted her dear friend Julie Anderson of DTLA as her official daughter. Julie was a key person in her life along with her favorite French son, Alex LiMandri. Both of whom were with her when she passed with a smile on her face.

Those who knew Flo loved her for her unconditional love, wisdom, eccentricities, eclectic style and compassionate caring for others. 

She was truly a woman before her time. Flo did not want tears at her death and she wished for her flowers to being to her while she was still alive (which thanks to Julie Anderson and the LA Flower Market her wish came true twice a week). 

Rest in Peace dear DTLA friend.  You will be missed and will not be forgotten. You were an important part of the amazing growth and evolution of DTLA, and a huge part of so many human been that crossed your way for a few minutes, or for a lifetime .

The whole team at DTLA LIFE MAG will miss her very much and would like to express our condoleances to her son, Jim White, a true Downtown Pioneer, dedicated to make “THE WORLD IS A SAFE PLACE”, by helping as much as he can, as soon as he can, to improve the conditions of the Homeless population in Los Angeles. We know that Flo will be watching over him, forever.

www.florencewhite.com

SUMMER TIME

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SUMMER TIME AT THE MUSIC CENTER

& GRAND PARK

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA

A summer favorite now in its 13th year, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is an evening of dance under the stars on most Friday nights in the summer months, from June – September 2017. Hosted this year entirely in Grand Park, the series features Dance Downtown (7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), every other Friday night, where participants can learn new dance moves in a judgment-free zone with a different dance genre at each event.  From Cumbia to Disco and Line Dancing, Dance Downtown welcomes anyone who loves to dance to learn some new moves in the heart of Los Angeles’ civic center. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA events will be held at various locations throughout Grand Park. Held on alternating Friday nights and curated by influential artists and tastemakers who give voice to Los Angeles’ dynamic and vibrant culture through music, dancing, arts, and aesthetics, DJ Nights (9:00 p.m. – midnight) offers Angelenos the opportunity to dance the night away in Grand Park. 

Fridays: June 23 to September 1, 2017 | Including Dance Downtown, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.



DJ Nights, 9:00 p.m. – midnight 


The Red Shoes

Dance at The Music Center opens the season with Matthew Bourne’s signature blend of inventive choreography, whimsical costuming and beguiling theater in the U.S. premiere of The Red Shoes, presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and Center Theatre Group.  As a beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, this captivating story has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.  A quintessential backstage drama brought to life on stage, the ballet echoes the movie’s storyline where Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. 

Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists who created Sleeping Beauty, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).  The Red Shoes is set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Martin Scorsese). 

“Bourne’s production provides something that Powell and Pressburger by definition couldn’t: the immediacy of flesh-and-blood dancers, right before your eyes,” said Mark Monahan of The Daily Telegraph. “It’s a complicated story, one that ricochets between London and France, art and real life. And, brilliantly aided and abetted by his long-standing designer Lez Brotherston, Bourne lets it unfold clearly and urgently, with no prior knowledge of the film necessary.”

September 15, 2017 – October 1, 2017 | The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre


MUSIC CENTER ON LOCATION

This summer, as part of The Music Center On Location, The Music Center will partner with the Ford Theatres, as part of IGNITE @ the FORD, to present three special evenings at the beautifully renovated amphitheater.  The Music Center On Location at the Ford Theatres will include performances by internationally acclaimed dance company Aszure Barton & Artists; a double bill of contemporary dance by Jacob Jonas The Company, along with another artist to be announced; and a concert under the stars by singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright.


GRAND PARK BOOTCAMP

All summer long, Grand Park visitors can explore the entire park and get a free workout at the same time at Grand Park’s Bootcamp. Open to everyone and all fitness levels, this free series is a fun way to connect with others and make an end-of-day workout accessible and fun. Boot camp sessions are held on Grand Park’s Event Lawn (between Spring St. and N Broadway) every Tuesdays beginning June 6th through September 26th.


L.A. TACO FESTIVAL

Benefiting the non-profit Jovenes, Inc., the L.A. Taco Festival welcomes more than 30 taco vendors from all around Los Angeles to Grand Park. Angelenos can enjoy the many varieties and flavors of tacos made throughout the county. DJs, games and art-making round out the day’s festivities and make for a full and fun day in Grand Park.


BALLET NOW

As The Music Center wraps up its 14th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, Angelenos have the opportunity to see some of the world’s finest dancers perform a mix of iconic ballets and new pieces in The Music Center’s BalletNOW™. 

Following the popularity of the first BalletNOW in 2015, The Music Center commissioned this highly innovative three-performance program, featuring international ballet sensation and New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck as curator.  Peck created a mixed repertory to highlight the versatility and athleticism of today’s ballet dancers including pieces that pair classical dancers with their contemporaries in other dance genres.  With BalletNOW, audiences will be treated to the performances of 24 dance superstars, including dancers from New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, television’s So You Think You Can Dance, Dorrance Dance, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and Miami City Ballet, many of whom will be performing on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage for the first time.  

Each distinct program in the three-performance series features works from varying choreographers.  BalletNOW will be presented with a live orchestra conducted by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler artistic director of The Music Center resident company, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and resident conductor of The Music Center resident company, LA Opera.  BalletNOW is produced in association with Lexikat Artists.

Please visit both , the Music Center and Grand Park websites for more events and informations.

Photos Courtesy of the Music Center

Photos Courtesy of the Music Center


THE MUSIC CENTER

135 N Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

GRAND PARK

200 N Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON

SECOND HALF

OF THE SEASON

DODGERS

The halfway point of the Major League season has come and gone and the second half of the Los Angeles Dodgers season is upon us following the All-Star break. The Dodgers, leaders of the Western Division and aiming for their fifth consecutive divisional title in hopes of bringing a World Championship back to the city of Los Angeles, have some kid’s promotional Sunday afternoon dates during the second half of the season.

These dates kick-off on Sunday, July 9th, the final game before the All-Star break, as the Dodgers take on the Kansas City Royals on Corey Seager bat day.   In addition to this date, kids will be able to get a Dodgers’ pillow case on Sunday, July 23 vs. the Atlanta Braves; a Dodgers’ backpack on Sunday, Aug. 13 vs. the San Diego Padres; a Dodgers’ hamper on Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers and a Dodgers’ trash can on Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers also announced they had added a Cody Bellinger Bobblehead Night on Friday, Sept. 8 against the Rockies to their promotional schedule. The Stadium also has various theme nights during this season for you to enjoy.

Star Wars Night on July 7: The force returns to Dodger Stadium Friday, July 7 as the Dodgers take on the Royals at 7:10 p.m.  The Dodgers will be offering a Star Wars ticket package that includes a ticket to the game and a Star Wars T-shirt. Tickets are available by visiting www.dodgers.com/starwars. Pregame ceremonies will include Star War-themed games, tributes, and a character ceremonial first pitch. Postgame Friday Night Fireworks are presented by Denny’s.

Olympics Night on July 20: Join the Dodgers for Olympics Night on Thursday, July 20! This special event ticket package includes your ticket to the game, a legacy LA84 Foundation cap, and an LA2024 t-shirt*; please visit www.dodgers.com/olympics for more information.

Clippers Night July 25: The Dodgers will be paying tribute to the Clippers on Tuesday, July 25 (7:10 p.m. vs. Twins). A ticket package that includes a ticket to the game and a co-branded Clippers/Dodger t-shirt starting at $25 available at www.dodgers.com/clippers

Jewish Community Night on August 13: Celebrate the 18th annual Jewish Community Day on Sunday, August 13 when they play host to the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m. The Dodgers are offering a special ticket package, which includes a ticket to the game and a Dodgers-in-Hebrew cap. In addition to Jeff’s Gourmet Kosher stand on the field level, there will be a second kosher stand on the reserve level behind Section 37. Tickets start at $32 at www.dodgers.com/jewish

Lakers Night on August 16: Basketball and Baseball fans together for a tribute to the Lakers on Wednesday, August 16 (7:10 p.m. vs. White Sox). A ticket package that includes a ticket to the game and a co-branded Lakers/Dodger t-shirt starting at $30 can be purchased at www.dodgers.com/lakers

LA Kings Night on August 26: More Hockey fans that basketball? The LA Kings fans are invited to purchase a ticket package that includes a ticket to the August 26 game (6:10 p.m. vs. Brewers) and a co-branded LA Kings/Dodger reversible cap starting at $34 which can be purchased at www.dodgers.com/kings. Kings players will be on hand for pregame ceremonies. The LA Kings Ice Crew, mascot Bailey, Kings Care and former players will be on hand in the right-field plaza. 

Law Enforcement Appreciation on Night September 7: The Dodgers will play host to the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night Thursday, September 7 (7:10 p.m. vs. Colorado). A ticket package that includes, a ticket to the game, and an exclusive Dodger Law Enforcement Appreciation Night mug, starting at $21 would be available by visiting www.dodgers.com/lawenforcement. Groups that purchase 50 or more tickets can have one department representative recognized on the field as part of Law Enforcement Appreciation Night pregame ceremonies. 

Golf Night on September 8: On Friday, September 8 the Dodgers will host a new golf-themed ticket package.  The package will include a ticket to the game and a Dodgers golf towel only available at www.dodgers.com/golf.

Scouts Day on September 9: On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Dodgers will play host to their Annual Scouts Day and Egg Drop Contest. This particular event ticket package includes a ticket to the game; an exclusive Dodger themed Scout Night patch and the opportunity to participate in a special pregame Egg Drop Contest, where scouts will test the laws of gravity by engineering the perfect apparatus to keep a raw egg from breaking and. All scouts participating in the Egg Drop contest will be recognized in centerfield during pregame ceremonies. Tickets start at just $27 and can be purchased at www.dodgers.com/scouts.  

Dodger Pet Lovers Leash Night on September 25: On Monday, September 25, pet lovers are invited to buy a special ticket package that includes a ticket to the game vs. the Padres and an exclusive retractable Dodgers’ pet leash.  Tickets start at just $24 and can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/doglovers. Please note: Pets are not invited to the stadium for this event, but for dog owners wanting to share the game with their pooch, Pups at the Park will be held on May 20, visit www.dodgers.com/pups for more details.  

Hispanic Heritage Night on September 27: The Dodgers will play host to Hispanic Heritage Night in the final regular season game of the season on Wednesday, September 27 (7:10 p.m. vs. San Diego). A ticket package that includes a ticket to the game and an exclusive Dodgers Hispanic Heritage Night T-shirt (image attached) starting at $27 can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/latino.

Photos courtesy of Dodgers Stadium


DODGERS STADIUM

1000 Vin Scully Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | (866) DODGERS

 

ANIMAL SOUL

ANIMAL SOUL

FIGAT7

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, London, Perth, and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. 

This Summer, they are introducing Animal Soul in Downtown LA, the out-of-this-world artworks by Jason Hackenwerth are coming to Downtown Los Angeles through his site-specific installation.  Three large-scale, internally lit, inflated sculptures to span across Brookfield’s campuses. Starting July 14 through July 22, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Arts Brookfield is dedicated to showcasing free, open to the public art and cultural initiatives, in a continued to effort to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life.  

Exhibited at several famous institutions and fairs including the Guggenheim, Scotland Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Venice Biennale, and Art Basel, Miami, Hackenwerth is known and praised for transforming everyday materials, such as the latex balloons, into sculptures with outrageous color patterns and designs, that resemble animals, insects, aliens, and more. 

“Brookfield is committed to enlivening the public spaces within our portfolio through public art,” said Bert Dezzutti, Executive Vice President and Head of the Western Region for Brookfield Property Partners’ U.S. Office Division. “Through Arts Brookfield, we aim to identify initiatives that will provide dynamic experiences for those who work in and visit our sites, and we think Jason Hackenwerth’s installation, Animal Soul, will add a unique and exciting element to our properties in Downtown Los Angeles.”

The three Animal Soul sculptures will tower over the viewer at 20 to 30 feet high and will be on view for nine days in Downtown Los Angeles this summer. Additionally, Hackenwerth will create two wearable sculptures made entirely of sewn balloons. These sculptures double as costumes and come to life when donned by performers dancing through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles at random times during the run of the exhibition.

“Animal Soul is intended to surprise those who encounter it with wonder and awe. When we are stunned and amazed by something beautiful and exciting, for a brief moment all of our other thoughts disappear, and there is only the experience,” says Hackenwerth. “In an urban landscape setting, the enormous and strange animal-like sculptures of Animal Soul will feel wild and playful and might transport visitors to a fantastical imaginary world if only for a short time.”

To celebrate the installation, Arts Brookfield will host a Show-Your-Spirit-Animal Quiet Clubbing Party! Dance among the giant internally lit sculptures on FIGat7th Plaza and check out the whimsical, wearable balloon sculptures as they bounce to the beat of the Quiet Clubbing DJs. FIGat7th and Arts Brookfield invite guests to wear costumes showing their most wild spirit animal! Those who do can enter a raffle with the winner receiving a $250 gift certificate to FIGat7th. For those who want to start the night off early, a happy hour and live DJ will take you to an animal state of mind in the FIGat7th TASTE Courtyard at 4 p.m. with the Show-Your-Spirit-Animal Quiet Clubbing Party starting at 6 pm. RSVP recommended and early arrival suggested. 

Animal Soul opens Friday, July 14, and will be on display through Saturday, July 22, free and open to the public.  For more information about Arts Brookfield and Jason Hackenwerth’s Animal Soul art installation, visit www.artsbrookfield.com/event/animal-soul

For further details on the Show-Your-Spirit-Animal Quiet Clubbing Party, visit http://www.artsbrookfield.com/event/animal-soul-quiet-clubbing

Photos courtesy of Brookfields


FIGAT7

735 S Figueroa St | Los Angeles, CA 90017