The view from Runyon Canyon. Credit: Jeff Gunn via flickr
You can pretty much count on lots of sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and a great view — yep, Los Angeles is the ideal place for torching calories all year long. We have ample outdoor spots for beginners and advanced alike. Say goodbye to the StairMaster, treadmill, and spin bike, and give a warm hello to the beautiful landscape and geography of Los Angeles.
You’ve got the mountains and the beach available for walkers, hikers, and runners, park sweat sessions for the new year’s resolutions community, groups for running together, access to some of the nicest Olympic-size swimming pools in town, and only-in-L.A. scenery to enjoy while practicing yoga.
In an effort to create more healthy environments accessible to all Angelenos, Los Angeles Parks and Recreation is devoted to offering workout equipment at various parks with fitness zones. The department offers a varied workout which includes strength training, along with jogging, to increase cardiovascular strength.
Whatever your fitness vibe is, exercising outdoors helps to decrease stress and increase your energy level. The options are endless, and below we’ve provided an extensive list giving you plenty of choices of where to take your workout. Enjoy!
Baldwin Hills Scenic OverlookYour legs and heart are going to thank you after this steep climb. The best part about the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with an extraordinary panoramic view of Los Angeles (cameras required). You’ll see everything from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. But first you’ll be challenged to hike straight up the staircase (exactly 282 recycled concrete steps) or take the zigzag trail. This hike requires stamina, but you can go at your own pace. Up and down it’s about 1.5 miles. Once used to drill oil, the 58 acres of land is now an official California State Park. -> More information
Beach Yoga with BradOnly in L.A. or on an exotic vacation can you do yoga on the sand looking out over the ocean. Brad Keimach, the lead instructor, emphasizes breathwork while moving through the poses vinyasa style, all while making guests chuckle and appreciate the environment. Beach Yoga with Brad is offered year-round at $15 per person. Bring a mat or towel (whatever you don’t mind getting sandy). Sunset classes can get chilly, and wearing layers is suggested. Weekend mid-morning classes are available, and Brad always has sunscreen on hand.
Santa Monica StairsFor the love of the burn, several trips up and down the Santa Monica Stairs will torch calories and help to sculpt quads, hamstrings, and calves (is it ski season yet?). Two sets of steps are set amid this posh Santa Monica residential area: the concrete staircase is narrow, with 199 steps, while the wider wooden staircase’s 170 steps allow for easy passing and two-way traffic. Here you’ll work out with some serious L.A. hardbodies, NOMO moms (North of Montana, yes) and if you’re lucky enough, you may catch a glimpse of the Santa Monica Fire Department running the stairs. Park on 4th St., and be sure to check the parking signs. -> More information
In popularity, location, and terrain, Runyon Canyon in Hollywood is one of the best places for a hike in L.A. You’ll get a hard-core workout, amazing views of the city and by association, an L.A. attitude. One of the reasons Runyon Canyon is a favorite is that dog owners are welcome to bring their pups on the trail. A few off-leash areas help make it even more fun for you and your dog. After securing a parking spot off of Vista Street or Fuller Street, you’ll enter the park, and basically the world is your oyster. -> Hours and information
Upper Beachwood CanyonOnce upon a time, Hollywood was named Hollywoodland. Today, the area is home to a landmark — you know it — the historic Hollywood sign that millions of tourists (and locals) photograph each year. Athletic or not, doing a couple flights of the Beachwood Canyon stairs (965 steps) will kick your tush. The climb begins near Beachwood Market (on Belden Drive) and leads you along several staircases. Climbers get a vigorous workout while checking out Hollywoodland’s historic neighborhood. Be sure to walk through Upper Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywoodland historic stairs. 85 years old, the staircases were built to offer locals easy access from neighborhood to neighborhood. -> Directions and information here
Morning Crunch BootcampWhen you’re in need of some extra motivation and you’re ready to ditch the gym, the trained instructors at Morning Crunch Bootcamp are ready for you. Operating throughout Los Angeles with ten locations, this strength and cardiovascular training company is all about successful fitness experiences in many of the city’s outdoor parks. All fitness levels are encouraged to join the Morning Crunch Bootcamp community in the morning or evening. What makes this bootcamp especially appealing is the fact that you only sign up for a five-week session at a time. Come on, you can do anything for five weeks…right?!? -> More information
BootCamp LAThe BootCamp LA program challenges its recruits (yep, you read that correctly) to do their very best. Participants will complete a myriad of strength exercises with dumbbells and medicine balls, run drills, do push-ups and sit-ups, lunges and stretch exercises over a four-week period. Certified personal trainers throw fun surprises into the workout program so they’re always challenging the recruits. BootCamp LA is geared toward the exercise nut and the newbie alike. AM and PM classes are available at George C. Page Park, and are a fun way to make new friends. Nutritional counseling and individual sessions are also offered. -> More information
Downtown LA Running GroupWhen you slept through the alarm and missed your morning run (insert sad face emoji), Downtown LA Running Group is your answer to collect those miles after work. The free group offers those who live or work in DTLA a running community to go out with every Tuesday and Thursday evening (check schedule for time and meet-up details) and on Saturday mornings. You’ll run throughout Downtown along different routes, taking in the sights. It doesn’t matter if you are the turtle or the hare, different paced runs are available. Just register to sign up and you’ll have access to join the different runs. Check the schedule to see how many runners have signed up.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics CenterYou are never too old to splash around in a pool, an the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is a great place to explore water fitness. Swimmers will find two warm-water Olympic-size pools that cater to adult lap swimming. A daily pass is $10, and monthly and yearly passes are also offered. Depending on what classes are taking place, the number of lanes will vary. The swim program offers a safe environment for people to get their fitness on, and helps to build confidence for all levels. Adult swim lessons are available, at $84 to $112 per session, along with triathlon swim training classes for beginners or advanced at $112 per session. -> More information
November Project™ Los AngelesNovember Project originated in Boston as a free way to stay in shape during the cold winter months and it’s now offered in other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. The goal is to motivate people to join the fitness movement, and give participants a way to be accountable for actually getting off the couch. Once you sign up (it’s beyond easy — just click and register through your Facebook account), you’ll be asked to select your home tribe (Los Angeles). Your invitation to the next November Project workout will appear, along with time, destination, and a map. You never know who will show up. Members include professional and collegiate athletes, Olympic medalists, and everyday fitness rookies. -> More information
Griffith ParkOne of the largest urban parks in the U.S., Griffith Park’s 4,300 acres offer connecting trails, paths, and fire roads covering 53 miles. Favorite hikes include the Mount Lee trail to the iconic Hollywood sign (6.5 miles) and the West Griffith Observatory trail (an easy-to-moderate two miles that take you up to Griffith Observatory). Depending on your fitness level, either could give you a good workout. Prepare to see wildlife, including foxes, coyotes, deer, and even rattlesnakes. It’s suggested that all trails be approached with caution. Check the park website for info on trail closures and restrictions. -> More information
Drake StadiumDrake Stadium, known to Angelenos as Bruin territory, is set on the UCLA campus. Open and free to the public, Drake Stadium is an ideal venue for any kind of track exercising. Running or walking laps (four times around is one mile), running the stadium stairs, doing pull-ups on the bars,using the rings — you will see it all here. As early as 6:00 a.m., fitness buffs are out and about doing their thing. If you are a night owl, it is definitely recommended to come and go in a group. Metered parking is expensive, and if you find a spot in the residential area next to the stadium, just read the signs for restrictions. Just be sure to check the schedule below, as some evening hours are restricted to student use only. -> More information
Yoga reTreat in DTLA Grand ParkIn need of a quick recharge? Check out the 45-minute yoga sessions in Downtown L.A.’s Grand Park. There’s no fee and no sign-up. You just show up to the Performance Lawn, located between Grand Avenue and Hill Street. Yoga reTreat gives the local office community a great mid-day opportunity to move your body, and Grand Park is a great place to eat your lunch afterwards. -> More information
Muscle Beach at Venice BeachA landmark for famous bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, Muscle Beach’s outdoor gym is located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Using this weight lifting equipment, which is maintained by the City of L.A. Recreation and Parks, is perfect for those who want to build lean muscle by “pumping iron.” If you want to change up your workout routine, Muscle Beach offers a $10 day pass, a $50 week membership, and a very affordable annual pass of $170. -> More information
Marvin Braude Bike TrailGet pedaling while breathing in fresh ocean air along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. This 22-mile trail, mostly beachside, stretches from Will Rogers State Beach on Pacific Coast Highway to Via Riviera and Paseo de la Playa in Torrance. Bikers will certainly get a coastal tour of L.A. along this bike path. From the Santa Monica Pier and Muscle Beach in Venice Beach (see below for another great outdoor workout option) to yacht viewing in Marina del Rey, riders may choose to stop along the way for a selfie or two. Once you make it onto the Ballona Creek Bike Path, you’ll be heading into Playa del Rey. (Is it time for a snack? Lots of options in Playa). Manhattan Beach volleyballers will catch your eye from the trail, and once you pass Hermosa Beach, you’ll ride Harbor Drive into Torrance Beach to the Palos Verdes cliffs. Then the challenge becomes, will you ride the 22 miles back? -> More information
North Hollywood Recreation CenterPark of the LA Parks Fitness Zones, the North Hollywood Recreation Center is just one of many parks citywide encouraging fitness. Each park offers lots of awesome outdoor options for good old-fashioned sweating. These newer outdoor fitness zones include durable resistance equipment that challenges strength cardiovascular and flexibility. Most of the designated fitness zone parks are spacious and family-friendly. The challenge here is that it’s up to you to create your own exercise routine. -> More information
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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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend (Mar. 31 to Apr. 2) includes International Pillow Fight Day, Bring the Noise at LACMA, a Roaring 20’s Street Jam in Griffith Park, the 420 Games, and LOTS more to choose from.
International Pillow Fight Day 2009. Photo by Brooke via flickr cc
Friday March 31st, 20171. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE
2. The Spirit Guild Distillery Tour and Tasting will educate attendees on how fruit and juice from California farms become bottles of gin, vodka, and other spirits. This hour-long, hands-on event includes a tour of the working craft distillery and a taste of the finished products. Tickets are just $10.
3. WonderCon returns to Anaheim Convention Center March 31 through April 2 for the ultimate comic book convention weekend also focusing on TV, film, animation, and more.
4. Every Friday in March Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classesfeaturing seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails using rum, whiskey and vodka.
5. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
6. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
7. The 19th Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood will take place March 24 through April 2.
8. There is a public opening reception (7-10 p.m.) for a new series of artwork by painter Andru Sisson titled Black Privilege, at the Tappan Atelier this Friday. FREE
9. Second City Tours reveals the dark side of the famed Hollywood Boulevard. The walking tour, led by an informed guide will take you through ghostly crime scenes and spooky landmarks. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)
10. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art
Saturday April 1st, 201711. The 7th Annual Artisanal L.A. Spring Show is back for two-days of exploring handmade crafts, chef demos, pop-ups, DIY stations, workshops, a lounge and plenty of shopping. Be sure to grab discount tickets (while supplies last) from our friends at Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. A CURRENT AFFAIR is hosting a two-day pop-up vintage marketplace at the iconic Cooper Design Space in DTLA. Shop from 65 premier vintage retailers and private dealers showcasing their best vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry.
13. 6th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship returns to Santa Anita Park for a mouthwatering showdown. Guests will have a chance to taste some of the best BBQ as sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. There will also be a People’s Choice Award at the end of the event! Some discount ticketsavailable. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
14. This Saturday, April 1 is International Pillow Fight Day. Here in Los Angeles a group will be gathering to celebrate around 2:30 p.m. at Pershing Square. If you plan to participate, please lend a hand in helping clean up after the event. Bring your own pillows (soft pillows only!). FREE
15. Arranged by the Atlas Obscura Society, A Night on the Battleshipcomes to Battleship Iowa in Los Angeles on Saturday April 1 for an overnight adventure aboard the USS Iowa featuring tours of the massive warship, mess hall meals, a special Q&A session and maybe even an appearance by the mysterious “Gray Ghost.”
16. Roaring Twenties Street Jam returns with a spring edition April 1-2 with speakeasy parties, Marry-go round party, Lawn party and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Some discount tickets also availabe for April 2. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
17. As part of Bring the Noise, Film Independent at LACMA’s new music program, guests are invited to hear a new live score accompanying John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, courtesy Jack Antonoff of Bleachers.
18. On Saturday, April 1, visit the Petersen Automotive Museum for Keith Haring Day, a celebration of the art of the late, great pop artist and the focus of the Petersen’s current exhibit, The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring. This five-piece art exhibit features Keith’s paintings on different cars and bikes.
19. Vanessa Mooney is hosting a one day sample sale over in Eagle Rock with a few Cleobella, Beach Riot, Mate the Label, and Indah Clothing. Dubbed as the ultimate festival jewelry brand, Mooney’s items will also be on sale online starting Thursday March 30 and will continue through the weekend until Monday April 3.
20. Handcrafted ice cream sandwich purveyors CREAM will grand open in North Hollywood this Saturday, giving out one free ice cream sandwich to each guest from noon to 7 p.m. FREE
21. 2nd Annual 420 Games Los Angeles heads to the Santa Monica Pier for an active day of sports, music, yoga, beer tasting, standup comedy and more. The goal of the event is to combat the stereotypical ideas of cannabis use. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on the types of activities you sign up for.
22. 22nd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire will feature 90+ vendors selling collectibles from woodcraft, hat to home goods FREE
23. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre returns with their signature horror-theatre show Urban Death revamped for this year! The show will take a deep dive into unspeakable horrors, monstrosities, and disturbed spirits that walk among us. Highly regarded as one of the must see shows in L.A. annually this show is perfect for horror fans.
Sunday April 2nd, 201724. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will screen at the El Capitan Theatrewith special pre-show activities including a light show, an all-new Beauty and the Beast overture arranged by Michael Kosarin and costumes, props and sets from the movie. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. 2 Girls 1 Pup Show features LA’s top-dog comedians raising money “FUR a Good PAWS” this Sunday. Guests are highly encouraged to bring their dogs and enjoy the pre-show red carpet event with a PUParazzi included.
26. The Federal Bar presents another installation of Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series. The free show will feature Jimmer Podrasky and Skylar Gudasz this Sunday.
27. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)
Article courtesy of We Like LA.
Stocks markets rise in April – Stocks declined in the first two weeks of the month after disappointing March job gains, a decline in the pace of wage gains, lower retail sales, and a decline in the CPI rate were announced. Stocks rallied in the final week of April as first quarter earnings that beat expectations were announced by several companies. A disappointing first quarter GDP growth report slowed the earnings rally. Next Friday’s jobs report is on everyone’s mind. After strong January and February job growth, March’s figure, which showed that only 98,000 new jobs were created, about 1/2 of what was expected, surprised everyone. The April report will show if the pace of hiring is slowing, or if March’s results were just an aberration. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the month at 20,940.51, up from its March 31, 2017 close of 20,663.22. The S&P 500 closed the month at 2,384.20, almost unchanged from its March close of 2,362.72. The NASDAQ closed the month at 6,047.61, up from last month’s close of 5,911.74.
Treasury Bond yields end month lower – The 10-year Treasury bond closed on April 30, 2017 at 2.29%, down from 2.40% at the end of March. The 30-year treasury yield ended the month at 2.96%, down from 3.02% last month.
Mortgage Rates lower in April – Mortgage rates dropped to a 5-month low in April. The April 27, 2017 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30 year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.03%, down from 4.14% on March 30, 2017. The 15 year fixed was 3.27%, down from last month’s close of 3.39%. The 5-year ARM was 3.12% down from 3.18% on March 30.
California’s unemployment rate falls to 4.9% in March – The Employment Development Department reported that California’s employers added 19,300 new non-farm jobs in March. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% from 5% in February. Since February 2010 when the state’s unemployment peaked at 10%, California has gained 2,507,400 jobs.
Economy grows at slowest pace in three years – Gross Domestic Product rises just 0.7% in Q1 2017 – The Commerce Department reported that the Gross Domestic Product, the broadest measure of growth in the economy, rose at just a 0.7% annual rate in the first quarter of 2017. That was the slowest quarterly growth in 3 years.Consumer spending was up at an annual rate of just 0.3% in the quarter. It was the smallest increase since 2009. Economists surveyed expected GDP growth to be closer to 1% in Q1, and expect growth to pick up in the second half of the year.
Retail sales fall for second straight month – The Commerce Department reported that retail sales dropped 0.2% in March. This followed a 0.3% decrease in February, which was the first decrease in a year. Last March retail increased 5.2%, so a 0.2% decline this March has investors wondering just how strong the economy is.
Inflation becomes more tame in March – The Labor Department reported that it’s Consumer Price Index slipped 0.3% in March. It was the first decline in prices since January 2015. For the last 12 months through March the consumer prices rose 2.4%. That’s down from last month when prices were 2.7% higher than last February.
California existing home sales and prices strong in March – Low inventory pushes prices up – The California Association of Realtors reported that home sales totaled 416,580 in March on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. That represented a 4% increase from February’s pace and a 6.9% increase from last March’s sales pace. The Los Angeles Region was even stronger. It saw an 8.5% year over year increase in sales numbers from March 2016. The median price paid for a home in California was $517,020. It increased 8% month over month from $478,570 in February. We did see month over month prices down in January and February, so the 8% rebound made up those declines. Year over year the median price was 6.8% higher than $484,120 last March. Inventory levels decreased as less people put their homes up for sale. The unsold inventory index dropped one full month to a 3 month supply of homes for sale. That’s down from a 4 month supply in February. A 3-month supply of homes for sale is the lowest March reading ever.
California pending home sales decline in March – The California Association of Realtors reported that new contracts for existing single family homes declined in March. The number of contracts signed statewide in March declined 4.5% from the number of contracts signed in March 2016. They were also down 2.9% month over month from February. Los Angeles County faired better than the state as a whole. Contracts signed in Los Angles County increased 1.6% from the number signed one year ago. The C.A.R. attributed an unusually tight supply of inventory as the reason for the decline in new sales contracts. There was just a 3-month supply of homes for sale in March. A normal market has a 6 to 7 month supply. We watch pending sales because they are an indicator of what closed sales will 30 to 60 days later.
U.S. existing home sales at highest pace in over 10 years in March – The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of single family homes increased 4.4% in March to an annualized adjusted rate of 5.71 million homes. March’s sale pace was 5.9% higher than March 2016. It was the highest monthly rate of sales since February 2007.Year over year the median price paid for a home nationwide increased 6.8% from last March. It was the 61st consecutive month of year over year price gains. The number of homes for sale has dropped year over year for 22 straight months. Nationally there is just a 3.8 month supply of homes for sale. The National Association of Realtors single family home figures include sales of detached homes, condominiums, town-homes, and co-ops.
U.S. new home sales at 8-month high – The Commerce Department reported that new home sales jumped 5.8% in March. Analysts expected a much tamer jump. New home sales were at an 8-month high.
Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).
This week, from Monday, Mar. 20 to Friday, Mar. 24, features a Basement comedy show, Wu-Tang Clan at The Palladium, a Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Sleepless at The Music Center, a Latin Food Fest in Santa Monica, and LOTS more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
A view from the Japanese Garden at the Double Tree in Little Tokyo. Credit: Brian Champlin
Monday March 20th, 20171. Every third Monday of the month head to Basement Tavern in Santa Monica to see top comedy headliners for free. This months special guest will be Lachlan Patterson of Last Comic Standing. FREE
2. Enjoy free music during Bach in the Subways a four-day celebration (March 18-21) of free performances at Union Station, Hollywood/Vine and other public venues in honor of J.S. Bach’s birthday. FREE
3. PaleyFest L.A. is back March 17 through 26 with ten-days of panels bringing together actors, producers and directors of some of the most popular shows in the television and streaming content universe.
4. On the Lot in Los Feliz returns to the parking lot at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish for a Monday-night array of gourmet food trucks from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
5. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
6. Plasticity is a multi-media infused one-man show that combines family drama with a thoroughly scientific investigation of neurological function to produce something unlike you’ve ever seen before., Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings at the Hudson Theatres. Highly recommended!
7. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring Nicole Byer, Mike Lawrence, Ian Karmel, Candy Lawrence and Tommy McNamara. FREE
Tuesday March 21st, 20178. The Hollywood Jane Revue presents BurlyQuest: A Burlesque Fantasy Adventure show featuring sexy dragons, mermaids, princesses and even hobbits at the Rockwell Table & Stage. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)
9. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.
10. The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo performing March 7-26. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens
Wednesday March 22nd, 201712. Every Wednesday in March, Glendale Arts is offering FREE early-evening yoga classes in the forecourt of Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre. The classes are taught by Spiral Path Yoga Center. FREE
13. Every Wednesday night is Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. It’s a comedic event featuring transgender hosts, celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.
14. The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is having previews this week for a new show titled PUNK ROCK! Mention “WE LIKE LA” when making your reservation, or use promo code: WELIKELA online for free general admission tickets for Wednesday through Friday showings FREE
15. VAROLA will host an opening reception for The Interior and The Carpet, an exhibition of artist commissioned carpets produced by publisher, Petra Grunert Singh of Equator Production. The exhibit includes works by 13 artists and will be on view from March 22 through June 23. The public reception takes place this Wednesday. FREE
16. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE
Thursday March 23rd, 201717. The Wu-Tang Clan brings their one of the kind hip-hop sounds to the Hollywood Palladium. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will take place at The Forum with an 80-piece orchestra, Composer Ramin Djawadi and a 360-degree stage.
19. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will screen at the El Capitan Theatre with special pre-show activities including a light show, an all-new Beauty and the Beast overture arranged by Michael Kosarin and costumes, props and sets from the movie. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
20. Join a conversation with Roy Choi and Tara Roth, with moderator Raphael Bostic as they discuss social medias impact on philanthropy and building communities in hard to reach areas. FREE
21. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
22. Mass Appeal presents Music Video Night celebrating the best new music videos and directors at Delicious Pizza in West Adams this Thursday. Open to all ages. FREE
23. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens RoboCop this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
24. HUMANS! a comedy show hosted by a real live Robot will take place at Amplyfi this Thursday. The show cost $5.
25. Free admission days this Thursday for: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)
Friday March 24th, 201726. The Music Center’s signature late-night event is back! The spring edition of Sleepless includes large scale oceanic projections, ambient music in the plaza, a virtual reality experience, large scale installations, hand-made origami tutorials, the Founder’s Room dance party, and much more.
27. Head over to the Latin Food Fest at Santa Monica Beach (March 24-25) featuring Latin chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, distillers, and purveyors. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. The 7th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival returns to the desert’s famous El Paseo shopping district for three amazing days (March 24-26) of wining and dining from some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers along with a select group of the United States’ top craft brewers.
29. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
30. Second City Tours reveals the dark side of the famed Hollywood Boulevard. The walking tour, led by an informed guide will take you through ghostly crime scenes and spooky landmarks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
31. Every Friday in March Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is a City Series on Venice.
32. The 19th Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood will take place March 24 through April 2 it’s the longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles. Opening night will screen a double feature of This Gun For Hire and Quite Please, Murder.
33. Splendid, Ella Moss and 7 for All Mankind are joining forces with one epic warehouse sale happening in Vernon March 24 through March 25. Prices start at $5, we’ve been told this is the biggest sale yet!
34. Metro Art presents a free performance by Jazz Fusion Trumpeter and Composer Josef Leimberg at the historic Union Station in DTLA. FREE
35. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art
Article by We Like LA.
Federal Reserve raises benchmark rates – The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that they had increased their benchmark interest rates. The 1/4% increase was the second increase in less than 90 days, but just the third increase in a decade. The Federal Funds and Discount Rate, the rate which the Fed charges banks for overnight lending, now stands at about 1%. It had dropped to 0 – 1/4% during the recession and stayed at that level until December 2015 when the Fed rose the rate by 1/4%. The economy showed signs of slowing in the first two quarters of 2016, so rate hikes were put on hold. The next increase didn’t happen until December 2016, and the third increase was March 16. The Fed still expects two more increases this year, and stated that the policy still is “accommodative”, and “neutral” and would have a rate near 3%. Following the increase, banks increased their prime rates by 1/4%, which increased all loans tied to prime like home equity lines of credit, and most business loans. Some banks increased rates paid out to on bank accounts, which will increase adjustable rate mortgages, as those are tied to bank’s cost of funds. The 15 and 30 year fixed actually dropped after the announcement. They had increased over the last two weeks. Higher rates generally mean less inflation. Interest rates fixed for long periods need to be at a higher rate than inflation, which they call “the spread” to make a profit. To put it simply, the Fed uses interest rate policy to help the economy when slow by lowering rates. Lower rates make borrowing less expensive to encourage people and companies to borrow more to increase investing. When the economy is so strong that inflation is a risk, the Fed increases rates to slow the economy so it doesn’t overheat. Technically, that’s not exactly what has happened. What they have done is raised rates and will continue to raise rates to a “neutral rate”, as they dropped rates to the lowest level in history, because the recession was so deep. Now that job growth has been so strong, and we are seeing signs of inflation, they don’t feel that historically low rates are needed and are gradually trying to get them to a more neutral level. Without getting rates up they don’t have the valuable tool to drop them if the economy slows, as you can’t go down from zero!
Stock markets slightly higher this week – All eyes were on the Federal Reserve the last two weeks. Stocks dropped over the last two weeks on speculation that the Fed would raise its benchmark rates at the conclusion of their meeting on March 15, which they did. Following, the hike stocks actually rose making up about 1/2 of the drop over the last two weeks on speculation of a rate hike. It’s a funny thing, investors expect a hike which will increase borrowing costs and hurt profits, so stocks drop. Sometimes the hike doesn’t happen and rather than stocks rising they fall, because investors think that no hike means the economy is not as good as they thought and maybe the Fed knows something they don’t know. In this instance, the Fed’s statements about the strength of the economy outweighed the fears of higher borrowing costs and stocks increased. The Dow gained over 100 points after the rate hike was announced, making up all its losses earlier in the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 20,914.62, up slightly from last week’s close of 20,908.72. The S&P 500 ended the week at 2,378.25 almost unchanged from its close of 2,372.60 last week. The NASDAQ closed the week at 5,901.00, up from last week’s close of 5,861.73.
U.S. Treasury Bond yields dropped slightly despite Fed rate hike – The 10-year U.S. Treasury Bond closed the week yielding 2.50%, down from 2.58% last Friday. The 30-year Treasury Bond yield closed the week at 3.11% down from 3.16% last week. Mortgage rates follow bond yields, so we watch treasury bonds closely.
Mortgage rates higher again this week – The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey released on March 9, 2017, reported that average mortgage rates from lenders surveyed for the most popular mortgage products were as follows: The 30-year fixed rate average was 4.30%, up from 4.21% last week. The 15-year fixed average rate was 3.42%, 3.50%, up from 3.42% last week. The 5/1 ARM average rate was 3.28%, up from 3.23% last week.
California home sales pace, and prices continue to rise – The number of existing homes sold in California increased 4.7% month over month from January. Year over year the number of homes sold were up 4.9% from February 2017. The median price paid for a home in California was 478,790. The median price represents the point at which 1/2 the homes sell for more, and 1/2 sell for less. Month over month the median actually dropped, which we have often seen over the last year, as one month is not a large sample. Month over month the median dropped 2.2% from January. Year over year, which is a better indicator of price movement, were up 7.6 in February from February 2016. Inventory increased to a 4 month supply as more homeowners began putting homes on the market. That was up from 3.7 months in January, but down from 4.7 months last February. Inventory levels are also better to compare year over year due to seasonal purposes.
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Stocks clambered higher Wednesday for their biggest gain in two weeks and easily absorbed the Federal Reserve’s latest increase in interest rates, a move that was widely expected.
What was perhaps unexpected was the big drop in bond yields and the dollar’s value against other currencies after the Fed’s announcement. The central bank emphasized that it plans to move gradually and stuck to its projection that it will raise rates a total of three times this year. That cooled speculation among some investors that the Fed could move more aggressively.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 19.81 points, or 0.8%, to 2,385.26. It had been up through the day, and the gains accelerated immediately after the Fed made its announcement.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 112.73 points, or 0.5%, to 20,950.10. The Nasdaq composite climbed 43.23 points, or 0.7%, to 5,900.05. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks jumped 20.45 points, or 1.5%, to 1,382.83. Gains were widespread, and seven stocks rose on the New York Stock Exchange for every one that fell.
The Fed raised short-term interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, its third such move since the end of 2015. The move was widely expected after various Fed officials gave speeches telegraphing the increase and reports showed that the economy continues to strengthen and inflation has picked up.
The data have been so encouraging that some investors began to speculate whether the Fed may raise rates more aggressively. The yield on the two-year Treasury note, which is heavily influenced by changes in Fed policy, jumped on expectations for Fed action, for example. It climbed nearly a quarter of a percentage point in a little more than two weeks to 1.38% late Tuesday.
When the Fed said that it’s sticking with its forecast for three rate increases this year, the two-year yield gave up nearly half of that increase in just a few minutes. It later pared its loss and sat at 1.29% late Wednesday.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.49% from 2.60%, and the 30-year yield fell to 3.11% from 3.18%. Both remain higher than they were a few weeks ago, though.
The dollar’s value likewise sank as some traders got out of deals built on the expectation of a more aggressive Fed, said Nate Thooft, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.
The dollar sank to 113.39 Japanese yen from 114.72 yen. The euro rose to $1.0713 from $1.0632, and the British pound climbed to $1.2301 from $1.2145.
“People got ahead of themselves,” Thooft said. “That’s a pretty big move off something that seems to be, ‘This is what we told you we were going to do.’ ”
The drop in bond yields shined a warm light on stocks in industries known for paying relatively big dividends. Lower bond yields make the income provided by dividends more attractive, and real-estate investment trusts in the S&P 500 jumped 1.9%. Utilities rose 1.6%.
The day’s biggest gains came from energy stocks. Those in the S&P 500 rose 2.1% after the price of oil climbed Wednesday, the first time oil prices have risen in more than a week. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.14 to $48.86. The 2.4% jump was the largest since January. Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, rose 89 cents to $51.81 a barrel.
The weaker dollar also helped to lift prices for metals. Gold settled at $1,200.70 per ounce, down $1.90. But it climbed after the Fed’s announcement and was trading at $1,221 late Wednesday. Silver and copper also rose after the announcement.
Natural gas rose 4 cents to $2.98 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil rose 2 cents to $1.51 per gallon and wholesale gasoline was flat at $1.58 per gallon.
The Commerce Department said early Wednesday that retail sales inched up 0.1% in February, and it said sales in January were better than it previously believed. However, delays in tax return payments may be holding spending back somewhat.
The Labor Department said consumer prices were 2.7% higher in February than a year earlier. After excluding the costs of food and energy, inflation was 2.2%. That’s above the 2% target set by the Federal Reserve.
A housing market index by the National Assn. of Home Builders surged to its highest level since 2005. Los Angeles homebuilder KB Home climbed 2.1% to $18.91.
Rubicon Project dived 27.8% to $6.06 after the Los Angeles digital ad exchange operator forecast a first-quarter loss and lower sales than Wall Street expected.
In overseas trading, the German DAX stock index rose 0.2%, the British FTSE 100 index rose 0.1% and the CAC 40 in France was up 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index lost 0.2%, and South Korea’s Kospi was little changed. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged down 0.1%.
Article by Associated Press.
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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend (Mar. 17 to Mar. 19) includes Alton Brown live, the Natural History Museum Nature Fest, a St. Patrick’s Day Street Party, PotternCon Los Angeles, and LOTS more to choose from.
Wild flowers in bloom at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.
Friday March 17th, 20171. The Food Network’s Alton Brown brings his love of cooking and science to the Hollywood PantagesMarch 17 and 18. The show is part comedy, food demo, musical and like his show Good Eats crazy experiments are bound to dazzle as Alton teaches the audience about the science of food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
2. Hollywood’s legendary Pig’n Whistle is hosting a St. Patty’s Day Beer Fest on March 17 and 18. Discount tickets for admission are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
3. Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival comes to Downtown Los Angeles on March 17 for the ultimate celebration of the greenest day of the year.
4. Home of the Irish Coffee, Tom Bergin’s Public House, open since 1936, will throw another of their famous parking lot parties all day and all of the night on St. Patrick’s Day. You can dine on an Irish breakfast, sip their famous Irish Coffee, get a tall one from the Guinness truck, play beer pong, imbibe Irish-inspired cocktails, visit the four satellite bars, listen to the DJ spin, and a whole lot more at this historic pub.
5. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at V Lounge in Santa Monica March 17 and 18. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
6. Honor St. Patty’s Day at the Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Santa Monica Bar Crawl the ultimate beach city bar hop.
7. Every Friday in March Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classesfeaturing seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Green Cocktails to celebrate St. Patricks Day.
8. Tam O’Shanter, one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, will be home to an epic St. Patrick’s Day party. It begins at noon in a special tent area in the parking lot. The music will then fire up at 12:30pm, and the party will go well into the night. Come get your fill of green beer, pub food, and rockin’ music.
9. Outpost Hollywood is hosting a huge two day party and a pub crawl for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
10. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Angel City Brewery starting at noon.There will be corned beef tacos from Downtown Taco Co. and green ice cream and churros from Ridges Churro Bar. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and the party spans Friday and Saturday. No cover.
11. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen a St. Patricks Day cult favorite Leprechaun. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)
13. PaleyFest L.A. is back March 17 through 26 with ten-days of panels bringing together actors, producers and directors of some of the most popular shows in the television and streaming content universe.
14. The Arcade Expo comes to the Museum of Pinball in Banning March 17 through 19 for a weekend of gaming, art, and the culture that surrounds this world.
15. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. Happening Tuesday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
16. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
17. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. Some of your favorite Old Pasadena restaurants, bars, and lounges will offer extended food and drink promotions as part of “Get Happy” Old Pasadena Happy Hour happening March 6 to 17.
19. Second City Tours reveals the dark side of the famed Hollywood Boulevard. The walking tour, led by an informed guide will take you through ghostly crime scenes and spooky landmarks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
20. 2Cents Theatre Group returns for the 4th annual Female Playwright & Art Festival. The popular 3-day festival will have 100 artists from playwrights to directors to actors and street artists. Happening on March 17 to 19 at the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood.
21. The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo performing March 7-26. Check for discounted tickets this weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
22. Los Angeles Fashion Week takes over the city March 16 through 19 check the schedule on their website for all happenings.
23. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art
Saturday March 18th, 201724. Calling all wizards, witches and muggles! The first annual PotterCon Los Angeles is coming for one night only. Harry Potter fans from around Los Angeles will gather at The Echoplex for a night of Potter fun featuring a sorting hat ceremony, costume contest, a trivia game and photo booth.
25. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’ Nature Fest is back on March 18 and 19. Adults and kids alike will have a chance to explore, learn and interact with nature. Activities will be hosted within the museums nature gardens and led by scientists and wildlife experts.
26. Enjoy free music during Bach in the Subways a four-day celebration (March 18-21) of free performances at Union Station, Hollywood/Vine and other public venues in honor of J.S. Bach’s birthday.
27. Venice Arts is hosting a benefit party beneath a very old speakeasy called Townhouse. The party will feature complimentary whiskey tastings, appetizers and desserts from local restaurants, a silent auction, raffle prizes and other surprises.
28. The East San Gabriel Valley Cherry Blossom Festival comes to South Hills Plaza in West Covina on Saturday for a day of food, entertainment and fun!
29. Electric Dusk Drive-In, LA’s only drive-in movie will screen Shrek this Satruday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
30. Santa Anita Park celebrates St. Paddy’s Day trackside. Guests will get four 3 oz. stout tastings, a full craft beer, clubhouse admission, and access to trackside seating. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
31. The Electric Asian Night Market will host a variety of specialty food and drinks in Alhambra as well as live entertainment.
32. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening this weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
33. Spend a day at the Claremont Pie Festival! Partake in a pie tasting, there’s also a baking contest, demos, a vendor market and a meet and greet with master pie maker Kate McDermott. FREE
34. Top comics will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
35. Plasticity is a multi-media infused one-man show that combines family drama with a thoroughly scientific investigation of neurological function to produce something unlike you’ve ever seen before., Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings at the Hudson Theatres. Highly recommended!
36. The inaugural RESON8 Festival takes over Mid-City Arthouse March 18-19 for a day-to-night fest that includes deep house yoga, and open bar, live entertainment a Sound Off Silent Disco + Meditation, acro yoga and more.
37. Art Directors Guild Gallery 800 will host an opening reception for the late Seymour Klate and other artists. Free and open to the public, the reception will also host live music by the Do Drop In jazz trio. FREE
38. The 8th Annual Native American Festival returns to Shoreline Village to celebrate the vibrant traditions of Native Americans through cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, drumming, dancing, singing, art, and more. FREE
Sunday March 19th, 201739. Welcome springtime during the 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival this Sunday. The festival takes place at Huntington Beach Central Park and will feature plenty of Japanese food, taiko drums, traditional dance, crafts, games, and even an anime costume contest! FREE
40. The Skechers Performance L.A. Marathon comes to the city of L.A. for one of the largest road races on the map.
41. American Cinematheque host Sunday film screenings at the Egyptian Theatre with Planet of The Apes and The Omega Man. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
42. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE
43. 7th Annual Adler Paddler is a free stand-up paddle race taking place in Long Beach on Sunday morning. Open to all ages. FREE
44. SHINE returns on the theme “Comeback” where storytellers tell inspiring true stories about when they were down and how they got back up and thrived. Hosted by Alan Aymie and musician Amy Rieckelman.
45. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)
Article courtesy of We Like LA.
The Rooftop Cinema Club outdoor movie series, which debuted in Los Angeles two years ago, has just announced the first two months of their 2017 schedule. The screening schedule opens with Blade Runner on April 5.
For those who have no yet attended, Rooftop Cinema Club screenings are held on the roof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (just across from the Hollywood / Vine Metro Station). The screenings offer Angelenos a unique vantage point to take in a film, enjoy the view, and savor the experience… but with a little wrinkle.
Rather than use an outdoor speaker system, guests relax in lawn chairs while enjoying the movie’s audio via headphones, which are provided for each attendee. Blankets are also provided (on the rare chilly L.A. night).
Doors open for each screening at 6 p.m., with snacks and drinks available for purchase, and (on most nights) a beautiful sunset to take in all before the movies start around 8 to 8:15 p.m.
Regular tickets are priced at $19 per person, and special ‘Love Seats’ (basically you buy two seats at once) are being offered for $29.
The complete schedule (as released so far) is listed below, with links to purchase via Eventbrite.
Image via Rooftop Cinema Club
Wed April 5: Blade Runner
Thu April 6: Donnie Darko
Fri April 7: Goodfellas
Sat April 8: Mulholland Drive
Tue April 11: The Edge of Seventeen
Wed April 12: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Thu April 13: Jackie
Fri April 14: Heat
Sat April 15: Dirty Dancing
Tue April 18: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wed April 19: Hell or High Water
Thu April 20: Vertigo
Fri April 21: Top Gun
Sat April 22: Moonlight
Tue April 25: Gimme Danger
Wed April 26: Back to the Future
Thu April 27: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Fri April 28: Rogue One
Sat April 29: Zootopia
Tue May 2: Ghostbusters
Wed May 3: Drive
Thu May 4: Florence Foster Jenkins
Fri May 5: Selena
Sat May 6: Rogue One
Tue May 9: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wed May 10: Memento
Thu May 11: Hidden Figures
Fri May 12: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Sat May 13: 20th Century Women
Tue May 16: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Wed May 17: The Bad and the Beautiful
Tue May 23: The Big Lebowski
Wed May 24: Manchester by the Sea
Thu May 25: Lost in Translation
Fri May 26: Moana
Tue May 30: Sunset Boulevard
Wed May 31: L.A. Confidential
As a reminder Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ to drink alcohol.
The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Visit http://rooftopcinemaclub.com/la/ for more information.
Article courtesy of We Like LA.
Excited about St. Patrick’s Day 2017? You should be. As March 17 lands on a Friday this year, many bars are extending the festivities, making this year’s wearing-of-the-green a three-day affair.
You can get the party started early in Downtown with an Irish coffee, grab a traditional Irish breakfast in a historic pub, stroll a street festival, or head over to the Westside to partake in a pub crawl. Honestly, your options are endless!
Check out our rundown below for all the best St. Paddy’s Day events, deals, dinners, and more.
1. Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street FestivalCasey’s in Downtown Los Angeles is once again hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. Enjoy food, drinks, games and DJs spinning your favorite tunes. The festivities begin early, at 6:00am. Admission is free before 3:30pm and $20 afterwards.
2. St. Patrick’s Day Pub CrawlsIf you want to drink beers at multiple locations, you can try this St. Patrick’s Day themed pub crawl in Hollywood OR if you’re on the westside you can check out Santa Monica’s Kiss Me I’m Irish pub crawl.
3. Great Horror Movie Night: St Patrick’s Day EditionThe Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen cult favorite Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)
4. Venice WhalerThe Venice Whaler is a Westside stalwart — in fact, it was a premier watering hole for such musical titans as the Doors, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys. Just steps from the beach and boasting a big patio, on St. Paddy’s the Whaler’s offering some seriously great drink offers, including Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Shots at $5, Guinness Pints for $7, and a Guinness and Irish Whiskey Special for $10. Festivities begin at 11:00am and go all the way till 2:00am.
5. Take a Green Cocktail Class at Greenbar DistilleryEnjoy a unique and educational St. Paddy’s at Greenbar Distillery in DTLA, where you can learn how to make tasty green cocktails from experienced mixologists. You’ll be provided with homemade syrups, fresh juices, herbs, fruits, liqueurs, and bitters to create cocktail magic. Get more details here.
6. Attend Tom Bergin’s Public House’s 81st St. Patrick’s Day BashHome of the Irish Coffee, Tom Bergin’s Public House, open since 1936, will throw another of their famous parking lot parties all day and all of the night on St. Patrick’s Day. You can dine on an Irish breakfast, sip their famous Irish Coffee, get a tall one from the Guinness truck, play beer pong, imbibe Irish-inspired cocktails, visit the four satellite bars, listen to the DJ spin, and a whole lot more at this historic pub.
7. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Golden Road BreweryAll day long at Golden Road Brewery, you can buy four beers for $16 and indulge in Irish-inspired dishes like corned beef and hash sliders, stout beef stew, Irish soda bread, and Lucky Charms Rice Crispy treats.
8. See Flogging Molly LiveMerging traditional Irish music with punk rock, with a sound influenced in no small way by The Pogues, Irish-American band Flogging Molly are playing the world-famous Forum on St Patricks’s Day. Click here for more information.
9. Party Cruise in Long BeachThe Long Beach Pier Pressure Shamrock Cruise is a three-hour Irish-themed excursion where you can enjoy DJ-spun entertainment on two decks and drink from the cash bar as you take in the Long Beach skyline. Goldstar (affiliate) has limited discount tickets here.
10. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at TARTTART at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is offering numerous specials on St. Patrick’s Day, when happy hour begins at 2:00pm. Enjoy games, contests, green cocktails and an Irish-inspired menu through the evening.
11. Tam O’ShanterTam O’Shanter, one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, will be home to an epic St. Patrick’s Day party. It begins at noon in a special tent area in the parking lot. The music will then fire up at 12:30pm, and the party will go well into the night. Come get your fill of green beer, pub food, and rockin’ music.
12. St. Patty’s Beer Fest at the Legendary Pig ‘n WhistleRaise a pint and pinch the nearest person who’s not wearing green down at the Pig ‘n Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard. Live DJ and plenty of drink specials on Jamison and Guinness all day. Reminder you can get discount tickets to this Irish themed party via Goldstar (affiliate).
13. All-You-Can-Drink Beer at The CannibalGet yourself to The Cannibal on St. Paddy’s. Beginning at 7:00pm at this Culver City beer and butcher shop, the patio beer garden will offer all-you-can-drink beer for $25. In addition, savor all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage for $25.
14. 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Whiskey Red’sHead to Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey for a party featuring drinks specials like $4 green beer, $5 Jameson shots, and $7 Guinness, along with live music from The Molly Maguire’s Band.
15. Enjoy Irish Food & Drink Specials at Hyperion PublicAt Hyperion Public in both Silver Lake and Studio City, enjoy a Guinness paired with Jameson whiskey for $12, along with Irish-inflected comfort food like the HP19 sandwich, loaded with corned beef, Swiss cheese, bacon cole slaw, and spicy Russian dressing on rye bread. Both locations will be open from 11:00am to 11:00pm.
16. Visit Santa Anita for the St. Paddy’s Trackside CelebrationThis L.A. landmark is celebrating St. Paddy’s in style on March 18 with their Trackside Celebration. Your ticket gets you four 3 oz. stout tastings, a full craft beer, clubhouse admission, and access to trackside seating. Get more info and access to Goldstar (affiliate) discount tickets here.
17. Toast St. Patrick’s Day at The Fat DogCelebrate the luck of the Irish at both Fat Dog locations, on Fairfax and in North Hollywood, for $3 Wonderland lagers (tinted green), $5 Irish Setters (whiskey, Irish cream liquor, and creme de menthe), $7 St. Paddy’s themed drink, and two special dishes: Tri-tip Shepherd’s Pie, and Corned Beef and Cabbage Sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Whole Grain Mustard Aioli.
18. Live Music & Food Trucks at Angel City BreweryAngel City Brewery in DTLA’s Arts District is saluting St. Patrick’s Day with food trucks (don’t miss Downtown Taco Co’s corned beef tacos), along with live music from We the Folk, The Lavender Scare, and The Howling Faith. Get more details here.
19. Drink Green Beer at The MorrisonThe Morrison in Atwater Village will offer food and drink specials all day, including Guinness for $5, green beer for $4, corned beef specials, and more.
20. Party at Classic Irish Pub Molly Malone’sA beloved L.A. landmark for over four decades, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub is throwing a party featuring live music all day long, along with traditional Irish fare like Irish stew and corned beef. Admission will be $10 and tickets can be purchased here.
21. Drink Up at Villains TavernLocated in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, Villains Tavern and its steampunk vibe is home to some great St. Patrick’s Day specials: $6 pints of Guinness, $6 Jameson shots, $8 Irish Car Bombs, and $10 Jameson Casemates Drink Special, along with live music from Rob Leines.
Article by We Like LA.
U.S. Employers add 235,000 jobs in February – The Labor Department reported that 235,000 new jobs were added in February. Experts had expected a gain of 190,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% down from 4.8% in January.The labor participation rate, which shows the share of working-age people in the workplace, increased to 63% from 62.9% last month. Wages in January grew 2.8% from last February, according to the report.
California unemployment rate drops to 5.1% – The California Employment Development Department reported that California’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% in January. The L.A. County unemployment rate also dropped in January to 5%, down from 5.6% in January 2015. Unlike federal jobs numbers, state unemployment numbers lag a month behind.
Stocks decline slightly after 6 weeks of gains – Stocks lost a little ground this week after 6 straight weeks of gains. Speculation of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve next week let to investor’s reluctance in a lackluster week. Energy stocks also declined as oil prices fell after months of gains. Even a better than expected new jobs report didn’t help stocks. Perhaps it even made investors even more apprehensive of a Fed rate hike. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 20,908.72, down from last week’s close of 21,005.71. The S&P 500 ended the week at 2,372.60, down from its close of 2,383.12 last week. The NASDAQ closed the week at 5,861.73, down slightly from last week’s close of 5,870.75.
U.S. Treasury Bond yields rise on expectations of a Fed rate hike at next week’s Fed meeting – The 10-year U.S. Treasury Bond closed the week yielding 2.58%, up from 2.49% last Friday. The 30-year Treasury Bond yield closed the week at 3.16%, up from 3.08% last week. Mortgage rates follow bond yields, so we watch treasury bonds closely.
Mortgage rates rise on anticipation of Fed rate hike – The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey released on March 9, 2017 reported that average mortgage rates from lenders surveyed for the most popular mortgage products were as follows: The 30-year fixed rate average was 4.21%, up from 4.10% last week. The 15-year fixed average rate was 3.42%, up fro. 3.32% last week. The 5/1 ARM average rate was 3.23%, up from 3.14% last week. Rates rose at the end of the week. Next week’s rates will be at least 1/8% higher.