Downtown Los Angeles
Happy to welcome our first satisfied customer in Los Angeles. A good luck patron enjoying the fruits of everyones labor. Don’t be a stranger.
Photo by Matthew Brown of the landscape design team.

Downtown Los Angeles

Happy to welcome our first satisfied customer in Los Angeles. A good luck patron enjoying the fruits of everyones labor. Don’t be a stranger.

Photo by Matthew Brown of the landscape design team.


While under the spell of a cotija-dusted puffy taco at Chef Josef Centeno’s Bar Ama our minds’ eye takes a culinary-cum-Tree-of-Life style journey through foodways and space-time, into a place where corn is a giver of life, not a syrup for bonding disparate particles into pockets of infinite shelflife. In this dream-Eden, bell peppers swell like Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks beneath a canopy of trees and oceans eddy with forests of kelp and untold schools of fish, unencumbered on their rounds by lost cities of PET. And when we touch back down in our seat back at Bar Ama the dream seems within reach.    

While under the spell of a cotija-dusted puffy taco at Chef Josef Centeno’s Bar Ama our minds’ eye takes a culinary-cum-Tree-of-Life style journey through foodways and space-time, into a place where corn is a giver of life, not a syrup for bonding disparate particles into pockets of infinite shelflife. In this dream-Eden, bell peppers swell like Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks beneath a canopy of trees and oceans eddy with forests of kelp and untold schools of fish, unencumbered on their rounds by lost cities of PET. And when we touch back down in our seat back at Bar Ama the dream seems within reach.    


Silence has a lot to tell us. Even the sounds we forget to hear are always narrating the world. Few humans really know how to slow down and tune in as well as the once and future king John Cage, maestro of underdog aural landscapes and forgotten frequencies. His particular magic was a balm, koan and sigh for a natural and unnatural world that does its best, frequently fails and always tells a good story. Born in Los Angeles September 5, 1912, his compositions are being celebrated just in time by the LA-based Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) with a series of classes for kids September 3-5, Kids Play Cage, with three foci: What is Music?, Silence and Chance, culminating in a free performance by the students September 8. The class costs nothing and is open to the public —- register your small person as soon as you can, though, and get a spot at the performance.

Silence has a lot to tell us. Even the sounds we forget to hear are always narrating the world. Few humans really know how to slow down and tune in as well as the once and future king John Cage, maestro of underdog aural landscapes and forgotten frequencies. His particular magic was a balm, koan and sigh for a natural and unnatural world that does its best, frequently fails and always tells a good story. Born in Los Angeles September 5, 1912, his compositions are being celebrated just in time by the LA-based Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) with a series of classes for kids September 3-5, Kids Play Cage, with three foci: What is Music?, Silence and Chance, culminating in a free performance by the students September 8. The class costs nothing and is open to the public —- register your small person as soon as you can, though, and get a spot at the performance.


United Artists Theater — the site of the soon-to-be Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — during a parade photographed for the cover of the 1936 Los Angeles City Planning Commission Report. On the marquis, Piccadilly Jim starring Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans and Frank Morgan, and Star For a Night with Claire Trevor.

United Artists Theater — the site of the soon-to-be Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — during a parade photographed for the cover of the 1936 Los Angeles City Planning Commission Report. On the marquis, Piccadilly Jim starring Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans and Frank Morgan, and Star For a Night with Claire Trevor.


Ace Hotel #DTLA marquee baby steps.

Ace Hotel #DTLA marquee baby steps.


RARE VINYL SERIES: ORIGAMI VINYL, DTLANeil Schield : The Jacks, Vacant World
About five years back I was trolling the internet for Japanese Rock and stumbled upon some outdated website documenting the lost sounds of Japanese Garage Rock from the 60’s. Many of the bands were influenced by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. The Jacks were Japan’s most interesting and creative answer to that sound. Their album “Vacant World” displayed the most awesome heavy fuzz sound that spun my head around. I’ve been rocking this album ever since. Sadly the thing is so rare, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy. You can get a fix of The Jacks here, and read more about their releases on Garage Hangover.
We’re featuring rare vinyl profiles by some of our favorite record labels and shops around the world. Keep an eye out for more.

RARE VINYL SERIES: ORIGAMI VINYL, DTLA
Neil Schield : The Jacks, Vacant World

About five years back I was trolling the internet for Japanese Rock and stumbled upon some outdated website documenting the lost sounds of Japanese Garage Rock from the 60’s. Many of the bands were influenced by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. The Jacks were Japan’s most interesting and creative answer to that sound. Their album “Vacant World” displayed the most awesome heavy fuzz sound that spun my head around. I’ve been rocking this album ever since. Sadly the thing is so rare, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy. You can get a fix of The Jacks here, and read more about their releases on Garage Hangover.

We’re featuring rare vinyl profiles by some of our favorite record labels and shops around the world. Keep an eye out for more.


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Légumes printaniers spring green vegetables, red quinoa and garlic chips at Church & State in Downtown LA. Communion, in our book.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Légumes printaniers spring green vegetables, red quinoa and garlic chips at Church & State in Downtown LA. Communion, in our book.


…there exist these opulent gardens
With flowers as large as trees, wilting, of course,
Very quickly, if they are not watered with very expensive water. And fruit markets
With great leaps of fruit, which nonetheless
Possess neither scent nor taste. And endless trains of autos,
Lighter than their own shadows, swifter than
Foolish thoughts, shimmering vehicles, in which
Rosy people, coming from nowhere, go nowhere.

Excerpted from Bertolt Brecht’s Contemplating Hell, featured on Literary LA.

…there exist these opulent gardens

With flowers as large as trees, wilting, of course,

Very quickly, if they are not watered with very expensive water. And fruit markets

With great leaps of fruit, which nonetheless

Possess neither scent nor taste. And endless trains of autos,

Lighter than their own shadows, swifter than

Foolish thoughts, shimmering vehicles, in which

Rosy people, coming from nowhere, go nowhere.

Excerpted from Bertolt Brecht’s Contemplating Hell, featured on Literary LA.


The proposed LA Streetcar would provide carbon-emission free transportation in Downtown LA, home of the soon-to-be newest member of the Ace Hotel family. We can tell you that we love our streetcars in Portland and Seattle. But you have to make up your own mind. If you’re a resident of Downtown LA, there’s a Q&A about the project — going to vote by special ballot in November — October 17. Next stop on this trolley, Informationville.

The proposed LA Streetcar would provide carbon-emission free transportation in Downtown LA, home of the soon-to-be newest member of the Ace Hotel family. We can tell you that we love our streetcars in Portland and Seattle. But you have to make up your own mind. If you’re a resident of Downtown LA, there’s a Q&A about the project — going to vote by special ballot in November — October 17. Next stop on this trolley, Informationville.


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