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April 2005

 


 

Los Angeles Chinatown

Have you visited lately?

Greetings!


We would like to share some of the activities that have been taking place in Los Angeles Chinatown with you. Should you have events that you would like us to share with the Chinatown community, please email your submission to us at info@chinatownla.com for consideration. To view back issues of the Monthly Highlights, please visit www.chinatownla.com or click on the Rooster Banner image.

Thank you for your interest in Los Angeles Chinatown!

"The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour"

Tour Dates: May 7, June 4, July 9
Time: 10:30pm to 1pm.
Cost: $20 per person
RSVP: (213) 680-0243 or chinatownlosangeles@gmail.com

Visit a temple, a tea shop, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more when guided to the unique treasures--not to mention great bargains--to be found in Chinatown. The 2½ -hour walking tour will be offered on the first Saturday of every month and will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest, and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown's best bargains and its trendiest shops. See why Chinatown is now touted by Sunset and Los Angeles magazines as one of the hottest destinations for urban adventurers! Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A.'s Chinatown.

Chinatown merchants are encouraged to contact the BID and let us know what special promotions and sales you may be offering. The tour guide will be happy to announce or handout any promotional materials from area businesses.

Art Gallery Exhibits - April 2005

For more information, please contact the art galleries directly.

4-f: [Apr 23-May 21] Gusmano Cesaretti: "Fragments of Los Angeles" - www.4-fgallery.com
Bamboo Lane / Revisited:
[Mar 19-Apr 23] "Open to the Four Winds" Long Nguyen - oil paintings [Apr 30-Jun 4] Michiko Yao, Fumiko Amano & Jessica Robbins: "Patterns" in conjunction with Project by Project SC & Cast LA - www.galleryrevisited.com
Daniel Hug Gallery:
[Apr 2-Apr 30] Hanna-Mari Blencke - www.danielhug.com
David Kordansky Gallery:
[Now-Apr 16] Mark Flores: "Angle Lovers Take a Turn" [Apr 22-May 28] Lesley Vance - www.davidkordanskygallery.com
Jack Hanley Gallery:
[Apr 23-May 14] WILL ROGAN "Turning moments into memories, moment, after moment, after moment..." - www.jackhanley.com
L2Kontemporary:
[Apr 2-May 7] Lyn Nance-Sasser: "Blindsided" - www.l2kontemporary.com
LMAN GALLERY:
[Apr 9-May 20] Hei Myung C. Hyun: HOME BOUND, part one [May 21-Jun 25] Hei Myung C. Hyun: home bound, part two - www.LMANgallery.com
Mandarin Gallery:
[Now-Apr 23] David Askevold "The Burning Bush, The Burned Bush, The Bush Trap" - www.alexishall.com
Mary Goldman Gallery:
[Apr 9-May 14] Stan Kaplan - www.marygoldman.com
Oulous Repair Shop:
[Apr 9-May 7] MAD*L Show: 2K5 - www.oulous.com
Peres Projects:
[Apr 2-May 14] Dean SAMESHIMA: Young Men At Play - www.peres-projects.com
Sister Gallery:
[Apr 2- Apr 27] ADAM HELMS, "Brother's Keeper" - www.sisterla.com
Telic:
[Apr 16-May20] Davis & Davis: '1 Year Later'- www.telic.info

BID Street Banner

Dimension: 3' x 9'
Material: Vinyl
Cost: $88 per banner

The colorful Chinese zodiac banners that line the streets of Los Angeles Chinatown each year are available for purchase at the end of the year. Beginning in February, the "Year of the Monkey" banners are available for sale for$88 each. This year, we've introduced a tote bag bearing the Year of the Rooster design for $15 a bag.

These items can be purchased directly at the BID Office at 727 N. Broadway, Suite 208 or call (213) 680-0243. The tote bags are also available at Grand Star Jazz Club at 943 Sun Mun Way and Chow Fun at 686 N. Spring Street.

Other Banners Available for purchase are:
Year of the Monkey (2004), Year of the Ram (2003), Year of the Horse (2002), Art Festival (2001), Moon Festival (2001)
NOTE: Year of the Rooster (2005) will be available early 2006. To place your name on a wait list, please email info@chinatownla.com with your contact information.

LA State Historical Park (Cornfield) Update

The Southern Pacific Railroad yard has been vacant since purchased by the State in 2001. Phase I of "The Cornfield" development will begin with an interim public use project created by Lauren Bon, a Santa Monica artist. Her vision is to turn a 32-acre plot into an art installation by planting corn. The six month project will cost $2 million and will be funded by the Annenberg Foundation of which Bon is a trustee. This project will be coordinated by the California State Parks Department. The tentative timeline is to plant the corn in mid-May with a harvest festival taking place on September 16. The project would take up the entire arrow-shaped portion of land bounded by the Los Angeles River, Spring Street and Broadway.

LA Walks Project Update

The LA Walks project will be installing LA Wayfinding Signs throughout Downtown, Chinatown and Little Tokyo areas beginning middle to late April 2005. The pedestrian signs will be located within the general area of the core of downtown Los Angeles bordered by Chinatown to the north, Sante Fe Ave. to the east, the 10 Freeway to the south and the 110 Freeway to the west. Also included is the Figueroa Ave. corridor between the 110 Freeway and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The signs will enable walkers to quickly find their destinations, including special emphasis on public transportation. The project is designed to integrate with other informational signage including Angels Walk, transit stop signage, historic or district markers and/or other established signage programs. A minor component of the signage project includes auto oriented signs directing drivers to quickly find their destination and appropriate parking thereby reducing miles driven.

Looking Ahead

Installation of Viacom Shelters & Vending Kiosks in Chinatown

A number of shelters and vending kiosks will be installed in Chinatown slated for late April to early May 2005. More to come...

SAVE THE DATE

 

2nd Annual Chinese Food Festival
Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles Chinatown
August 27 & 28, 2005
foodfestival@chinatownla.com

Progressive Dinner
Los Angeles Chinatown
Dates: May 12, June 9, July 7
(213) 680-0243
info@chinatownla.com

Chinatown Night Market
Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles Chinatown
Dates: May 28
(213) 680-0243
info@chinatownla.com

 

phone: (213) 680-0243

We love to hear from you! Please send us your comments and suggestions.

 


Sonic Fonics, a classic rock band that has performed throughout Southern California, presents a free concert every 2nd Saturday of the month. A magician or clown (and sometimes both) stroll the Central Plaza entertaining children with magic, mirth, balloon animals and face painting every Saturday.


YEAR OF THE RAM 4701
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2003

Friday, January 3
5:00PM
Networking Mixer/Press Conference
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown
Sunday, January 12
11:00AM - Reception
12:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM - Fashion Show
Miss LA Chinatown Fashion Show
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, LA
Saturday, January 18
3:30PM-5:30PM
Little King & Queen Contest
Castelar Elementary School
840 Yale Street, LA Chinatown
Sunday, January 18
6:00PM - Social Hour
7:00PM - Dinner
8:00PM - Pageant
Miss LA Chinatown Pageant
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street, LA
Saturday, February 1 CHINESE NEW YEAR DAY
YEAR OF THE RAM 4701
Sunday, February 2
8:00AM
25th Annual Firecracker Run
Start & Finish Lines
950 North Broadway
Saturday, February 8
2:00PM-5:00PM
GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
600-900 North Broadway, LA Chinatown
Saturday, February 8
12:00PM-9:00PM
Sunday, February 9
12:00PM-6:00PM
Chinese New Year Festival
727 North Broadway
Saturday, February 8
10:00AM-4:00PM
Chinese New Year Car Show
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown
Friday, February 21
6:00PM - Reception
7:00PM - Dinner
Chinese New Year Banquet
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown


2002 L.A. Chinatown Moon Festival
Saturday, September 21 Noon to 9 p.m.
Castelar Elementary School 840 Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Lion Dance
Food - Games - Rides - Rock Climbing
Entertainments

Chinese Cultural Dance, Taiko Drum, Acrobats, Magic, Elvis Impersonator,
Instrumental Performance, Story Telling
Dough Dolls & Moon Cake Demonstrations & much more...
Art & Craft Booths
Moon Viewing
Sampling of Moon Cakes & Hot Tea
Moon Festival Ceremony
Meet 2002 Miss L.A. Chinatown Queen Tiffany Liu & Court

Bring family and friends!!!!

FREE DRAWING
Win a Free Round Trip Ticket to Hong Kong
on Cathay Pacific Airways

Supporting Sponsors
ABC Toys, Amay's Bakery, Cathay Pacific Airways
Chinatown Business Improvement District
Chinese Historical Society, Cultural Affairs Department
Far East National Bank, Metropolitan Water District
Pacific Alliance Medical Center, Quon Yick Noodle Company

Special thanks to:
Chinese American Museum, Organization of Chinese
Americans, Sidewalkastronomers.com

Partial proceeds will go to Castelar Elementary School for providing
continuous services and support to the community.

For Sponsorship Opportunities / Volunteer Opportunities / Booth Reservation
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles
Tel: 213-617-0396 ext. 10 for Julie Chen or ext. 11 for Grace Kong
Email: info@lachinesechamber.org


SECOND ANNUAL CHINATOWN FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24

A selection of Chinese action films which inspired many of the modern films we see today will be shown as the featured event on each Saturday this summer. The outdoor screenings - with free popcorn and other Asian treats - will begin at approximately 8:00PM.

FISTS OF FURY
July 13 at Bamboo Plaza 988 N. Hill Street - top of parking structure

Chein (Bruce Lee) is a city boy who moves in with his cousins to work at an ice factory. He does this with a family promise never to get involved in any fight. However, when members of his family begin disappearing after meeting the management of the factory, the resulting mystery and pressures forces him to break that vow and take on the villainy of the Big Boss.

THE CHINESE CONNECTION
July 20 at Central Plaza 951 N. Broadway

Chen Chen (Bruce Lee) returns to Shanghai only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. The situation is worsened by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on with his mastery of martial arts while investigating his teacher's murder.

ENTER THE DRAGON
July 27 at Far East Plaza 927 N. Broadway

A martial arts expert (Bruce Lee) is recruited to infiltrate a drug operation under the guise of taking part in an invitational competition sponsored by the one handed crime boss.

LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER
August 3 at Jade Pavilion 686 N. Spring Street

Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong (Jackie Chan) is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don't want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong's father has taught him a style of fighting called "Drunken Boxing", which makes him a dangerous person to cross.

THE BIG BRAWL
August 10 at Mandarin Plaza 970 N. Broadway

Jerry Kwan (Jackie Chan) seeks fame and fortune in 1930s America when he enters an all-comers martial arts competition despite the opposition of the Mob, his father and several imposing opponents.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA
August 17 at Far East Plaza 727 N. Broadway - 2nd Floor

Set in late 19th century Canton, this movie follows Wong Fei-hung (Jet Li), who becomes the local leader of a martial arts school. The school is soon under attack. Wong also must protect Aunt Yee, a Westernized, pretty young woman who is nominally his aunt by adoption. Yet Wong, as well as his assistant Chung, find themselves attracted to her, which the ascetic, correct Wong is reluctant to acknowledge. .

IRON MONKEY
August 24 at Central Plaza 951 N. Broadway

A Chinese variation on Robin Hood. The corrupt officials of a Chinese village are continually robbed by a masked bandit known as "Iron Monkey," named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Governor forces a traveling physician (Donnie Yen) into finding the bandit. The arrival of an evil Shaolin monk, brings the Physician and Iron Monkey together to battle the corrupt government.


YEAR OF THE HORSE 4700
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2002

Friday, January 4
5:00PM
Networking Mixer/Press Conference
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown
Saturday, January 12
11:00AM - Reception
12:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM - Fashion Show
Miss LA Chinatown Fashion Show
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, LA
Saturday, January 12
3:30-5:30PM
Little King & Queen Contest
Castelar Elementary School
840 Yale Street, LA Chinatown
Saturday, January 19
6:00PM - Social Hour
7:00PM - Dinner
8:00PM - Pageant
Miss LA Chinatown Pageant
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street, LA
Sunday, February 10
8:00AM
24th Annual Firecracker Run
Start & Finish Lines
950 North Broadway
Tuesday, February 12 CHINESE NEW YEAR DAY
YEAR OF THE HORSE 4700
Saturday, February 16
2:00PM-5:00PM
GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
Grand Marshal Caroline Hsu, 2002 Rose Queen
600-900 North Broadway, LA Chinatown
Friday-Sunday, February 16-17 Carnival & Street Fair
Location to be determined
Friday, February 22
6:00PM - Reception
7:00PM - Dinner
Chinese New Year Banquet
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown


MOON FESTIVAL
September, 2001

Saturday, September 29, 2001
Main Entertainment Stage in Central Plaza
951 North Broadway
2:00PM Opening Ceremonies with Lion Dances and Children's Lantern Parade
3:00PM Moon Cake Making Demonstration Presented by Phoenix Bakery
3:30PM Chinese Acrobats Jason Jiang and Sha Zhou Lou
4:00PM Feng Shui Lecture with Angi Ma Wong
4:30PM Martial Arts Demonstration with the Immortals
5:00PM Southern California Chinese Folk Dancers
5:30PM Chinese Acrobats Jason Jiang and Sha Zhou Lou
6:00PM Southern California Chinese Folk Dancers
6:30PM Wushu Federation Performance
7:30PM Vocalist Evelyn Xu
8:00PM Moon Festival Ceremony with Miss Chinatown and Court
8:30PM Moon Viewing presented by Astronomy People
Other Activities in Chinatown
10:00AM-3:00PM Crime Prevention and Safety Fair sponsored by CPSA
Castelar Elementary School
Hill Street between College and Alpine
2:00PM-5:00PM Activities for Children - Crafts and Face Painting
Chinese Historical Society Heritage House
415 Bernard (near Broadway)

Sunday, September 30, 2001
Main Entertainment Stage in Central Plaza
951 North Broadway
2:00PM Chinese Magician Minh Tran
2:30PM Chinese Acrobat Sha Zhou Lou
3:00PM Chinese Musical Performance
3:30PM Moon Cake Making Demonstration Presented by Phoenix Bakery
4:00PM Wushu Federation Performance
5:00PM Fashion Show of Chinese Costumes from Imperial Dynasties
6:30PM Chinese Classical Music by Zhiming Han
7:30PM Vocalist Evelyn Xu
8:00PM Moon Festival Ceremony with Miss Chinatown and Court
8:30PM Moon Viewing presented by Astronomy People


CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 21

A selection of Chinese films - featuring Academy Award winner, Ang Lee - will be shown as the featured event on each Saturday during the Chinatown Art Festival. The outdoor screenings - with free popcorn and other Asian treats - will begin at approximately 8:00PM.

CHINATOWN June 23 at Bamboo Plaza 988 N. Hill Street
Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency - and the only real thing worth buying. The classic film stars Jack Nicholson and faye Dunaway and has been called "One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time."

PUSHING HANDS June 30 at Mandarin Plaza
Mr. Chu is a recently widowed tai chi master who moves from Beijing to New York to live with his son. Chu's American daughter-in-law, Martha, can't stand having him around the house. He finds her Western ideas on raising children and keeping a home to be curious at best. These conflicts test family bonds and Mr. Chu's highly developed sense of balance. This was the first feature as a director for Ang Lee.

THE WEDDING BANQUET July 7 at Far East Plaza 927 N. Broadway
This 1993 international hit by Ang Lee is a funny and poignant story of a gay, Taiwanese-American man who goes to some lengths to fool his visiting family that he's actually straight via a fake wedding - with unexpected complications.

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN July 14 at Jade Pavilion 686 N. Spring Street
Writer-director Ang Lee's 1994 Oscar nominee tells a family story about a chef and his three daughters through the meals the chef prepares and serves his family. This touching, dryly funny story of a family coping with personal lives and the way those lives intersect with the family relationships captures a shift in generations in Taipei.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON July 21 at Central Plaza 943 N. Broadway
The winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Film, Ang Lee joins actors Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh with the striking, charismatic newcomer Zhang Ziyi in breathtaking battles and the sweep of an epic romance.


CHINATOWN ART FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, July 22

The "Best of the Best" paintings created during the Chinatown'Paint Out' will be on display at 951 N. Broadway from 11:00AM to 6:00PM Wednesday through Sunday. Accompanying the paintings is a special exhibition from the Chinese American Museum on the history of both Chinatown and Asian-Americans in California. During the weekends of the Art Festival, cultural activities and entertainment are planned - including performances by Chinese acrobats, crafts for children and musical performances.


CHINATOWN 'PAINT OUT'
Saturday, June 9 to Saturday June 23

Approximately 100 of California's foremost artists will set up their easels on the streets of Chinatown to create "plein-air" paintings of the distinctive architecture and colorful street scenes. Come watch them create their masterpieces on canvas.


ECLECTIC GROOVE SHACK
Saturday, March 17, 2001

6:00PM Chinatown Central Plaza 951 N. Broadway (between College St and Bernard St.) A free concert featuring Lowell Edward, Pinay and Kings & Priests. Lowell Edward (lowelledward.com) has played for Promise Keepers regional meetings, recorded on Promise Keepers 2000, and played at many community events. Come listen to inspiring music by an exceptional young musician.

10:00PM-1:00AM Gourmet Carousel Restaurant 911 N. Broadway "The After Party" Featuring turntable techs AJ Mora, Prodigal Sons, DJ 404 and special guest DJs. 21 and over only. Dress code enforced. Club attire only. No shorts or tennis shoes. For more information, call (818)694-1048.


FREE CONCERT
Saturday, March 10, 2001

4:00-7:30PM Chinatown Central Plaza 951 N. Broadway (between College St and Bernard St.) Featuring Sonic Fonics, a classic rock band that has performed throughout Southern California. Free to all.


YEAR OF THE SNAKE 4699
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2001

Friday, January 5
5:00PM
Networking Mixer/Press Conference
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown
Saturday, January 13
2:00-4:00PM
Little King & Queen Contest
Castelar Elementary School
840 Yale Street, LA Chinatown
Saturday, January 20
11:00AM - Reception
12:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM - Fashion Show
Miss LA Chinatown Fashion Show
The Regal Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, LA
Wednesday, January 24 CHINESE NEW YEAR DAY
YEAR OF THE SERPENT 4699
Saturday, January 27
6:00PM - Social Hour
7:00PM - Dinner
8:00PM - Pageant
Miss LA Chinatown Pageant
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street, LA
Sunday, February 4
8:00AM
23rd Annual Firecracker Run
Start & Finish Lines
950 North Broadway
Saturday, February 10
2:00PM-5:00PM
GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
600-900 North Broadway, LA Chinatown
Friday-Sunday, February 9-11 Carnival
Location to be determined
Saturday-Sunday, February 10-11
10:00AM-6:00PM
Chinatown Street Fair
Location to be determined
Friday, February 23
6:00PM - Reception
7:00PM - Dinner
Chinese New Year Banquet
Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 North Hill Street, LA Chinatown