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MAY 13TH, 2024

MONDAY

Mondays. More like MOANdays, am I right, LA?!

Garrett of CuratedLA

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MONDAY’S VIBES

🚀 HAPPY MONDAY MORNING, GOOD LOOKIN.’ THIS IS YOUR BEST WEEK YET. BUT…IT IS STILL A MONDAY.

  • ☀️ SMALL DESIGNS, BIG GROWTH: Nerd talk disclaimer: skim if not interested in new design flow and simply want to get your day in LA started. Though a Friday newsletter was planned, I took the day to get outside beautiful LA. And the weekend rays of Vitamin D brought in some refreshing designs to all of us.

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Hang Ten Fam,

TRENDING 

NATIONAL

⚡️ SOLAR STORM: First solar storm in twenty years brings spectacular auroras over U.S.

🤖 OPENAI: Sam Altman says that OpenAI will announce new stuff that feels like magic today, via Business Insider.

🏀 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: Atlanta Hawks win 2024 NBA Draft Lottery, via Google Search Trends.

🍿 DRAKE X KENDRICK: Drake issues plea to media after third mansion intruder and feud with Kendrick Lamar, via Independent.

🌈 AURORA: What causes the different colors of the aurora? An expert explains the electric rainbow, via The Conversation.

THE HOV LANE

LOCAL

FUN

Hollywood A-Listers pay tribute to KTLA’s Sam Rubin.

Bear helps itself to watermelon from garage fridge of La Cañada Flintridge family.

Santa Monica Ferris Wheel honors Sam Rubin on Friday night.

Solar Storm brings Northern Lights to Southern California.

Los Angeles County issues beach closure and water use warning.

N2 Pink had their grand opening in Koreatown over the weekend.

Overnight closures for the next three evenings/early mornings for Freeway 2 and Interstate 5.

House of Mandi just had their grand opening in Westwood after their successful soft-opening on March 15th.

Six stunning rose gardens where we can all stop and smell the roses, quite literally.

Andre’s Italian Restaurant has made a grand return to the Dominguez-Wilshire Building.

EATS

LOCAL HEADLINES

  • ⚾️ ANGELS WIN, WE WIN FREE FOOD: The Angels have partnered with four food vendors this year, allowing us all to score big when the Angels score big.

  • 🧢 AND WE ALSO WIN WITH THE DODGERS: And I couldn’t leave out the Dodgers as they have also partnered with four food vendors for season-long winning promotions.

    • Panda Express: A Panda Plate for five dollars until 11:59pm the following day by using the code, ‘Dodgerswin’ in the Panda Express app for any Dodgers home win.

    • McDonald’s: When the Dodgers score six runs, regardless of at home or away, we can receive a free six-piece chicken nuggets with the purchase of any size fries. Must have McDonald’s App to redeem.

    • Jack in the Box: A free Jumbo Jack with the purchase of a large Coca-Cola in the Jack App with the code ‘GODODGERS24’ when the Dodgers strikeout seven opponents.

    • ampm: A free hotdog when the Dodgers steal a base at Dodger Stadium through the ampm app.

OPENINGS

  • 🥙 WESTWOOD: House of Mandi just had their grand opening in Westwood after their successful soft-opening on March 15th. This Yemeni eatery might be familiar to some as it is considered one of the top-restaurants down the road in Anaheim.

    • House of Mandi offers signature mandi dishes meant for sharing.

    • A group of three or four diners can enjoy a main dish, smaller items, and drinks for less than one-hundred dollars; dishes range from $26 - $35.

    • Notable dishes include the Hrada of Seltah, a flavorful vegetable stew, and the shafoot, a refreshing chilled yogurt dip.

    • House of Mandi is located near the corners of Gayley and Kinross Avenues.

    • 🇾🇪Middle Eastern: Mandi, Arabic

    • 🕰️ Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm | 📜 Menu

    • 💻️ Website | 📸 Instagram | ⭐️ Yelp |📍Map

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Restaurant review: House of Mandi unites Bruins with homey atmosphere, shareable food, via The Daily Bruin.

  • 🇮🇹 MID-WILSHIRE: Andre’s Italian Restaurant, a cherished gem in LA’s dining scene for nearly six decades, has made a grand return in Mid-Wilshire’s iconic Dominguez-Wilshire Building.

    • Andre’s Italian Restaurant was previously located by the Original Farmers Market but can now be found in the former Eleven City Diner.

    • The restaurant has expanded and continues to serve its classic cafeteria-style service offering generous servings of spaghetti and lasagna. Future plans include gelato and al fresco dining.

    • Inside, diners can admire a mural chronicling Andre’s storied presence.

    • 🇮🇹 Italian: Cafeteria Style | 📜 Menu

    • 🕰️ Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 7:30pm

    • 💻️ Website | 📸 Instagram | ⭐️ Yelp |📍Map

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Fifty-five year old classic Italian restaurant Andre’s has reopened in Mid-Wilshire, via Eater: Los Angeles.

  • 🍜 KOREATOWN: N2 Pink just opened in Koreatown over the weekend. The name N2 Pink represents the heart of Koreatown on 3rd Street.

    • N2 Pink puts a focus on yen ta fo, a Bangkok popularity of a soup that is stuffed with seafood with the addition of hot pink broth and fermented red tofu.

    • The noodle eatery also serves up colorful and tasty-looking dishes that are comprised of boat noodles, pork belly sticky rice, and salted egg yolk fried shrimp.

    • 🇰🇷 Korean: Tofu, Soup, Seafood, Noodles

    • 🕰️ Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm | 📜 Menu

    • 📸 Instagram | ⭐️ Yelp |📍Map

  • 📖 MORE INFORMATION: More information, and continual updates, provided by Koreatown LA Directory.

  • 🧆 WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY: Rumi’s Kitchen, the Atlanta-based Persian restaurant, is expanding to Westfield Century City. Recently applying for a liquor license within the shopping center, the eatery, helmed by chef Ali Mesghali, offers a diverse menu of Persian dishes including labne, fattoush, shirazi, falafel, hummus, various kabobs, sides, and desserts like baklava and ice cream. This new location marks a return to the chef’s roots in the City of Angels. The opening date for the new restaurant remains unannounced.

  • 💁 OPENING REMINDERS: Here are some restaurants that have recently opened since they have been blurbed about on CuratedLA:

    • Azizam: Persian | Silver Lake

    • Duchess: American | DTLA

      • 213-536-5122

      • 312 W Olympic Boulevard, 90015

      • Mon - Thu: 7:30a - 9p | Fri + Sat: 7:30a - 3:00a

      • Sun: 7:30 - 8:00pm

      • Order Online | Instagram | Yelp

    • Petitgrain Boulangerie: Bakery | Santa Monica

BIG BRANDS

  • 🍟 MCDONALD’S: With many McDonald’s customers concerned about their wallets (we all are), the company has announced that they are venturing into the strong possibility of introducing five-dollar value meals.

    • These meals would feature a choice of a McChicken or a McDouble, with McNuggets, fries, and a drink.

    • McDonald’s prices have soared by nearly 100% since 2014.

    • This strategic play comes off of CEO Chris Kempczinski’s promise to prioritize affordability for customers of the golden arches.

    • The most recent Q1 sales saw a two-percent increase in sales.

    • Currently, the price of a McDouble is $3.65.

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: McDonald’s is responding to sky-high fast food prices by rolling out a much cheaper value meal: report, via Entrepreneur.

EAT LINKS

🍪 FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Ready to Crumbl: Fountain Valley gets new cookie shop, Crumbl, via Los Angeles Times.

🏯 DISNEY CALIFORNIA: The Pixar Fest Marketplaces open at Disney California Adventure with fun foods galore, via NBC4.

🥳 GROUPS + PARTIES: Twenty restaurants for big groups and parties in Los Angeles, via Eater: Los Angeles.

EVENTS

 💸 Free

🎈Family

🐇 Politics

🪙 Budget

🙈 Adults

🏳️‍🌈 Pride

TRENDING

GUIDES

🏫 MAY MUSEUMS: Here’s a cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in Los Angeles, via We Like L.A.

🏖️ MARVELOUS MAY: Twenty-three marvelous things to do in L.A. this May, via Secret Los Angeles.

BIG LIST OF EVENTS

ACTIVITIES

Venice Art Family Walk + Clinic Auction

  • 🎨 VENICE: The 45th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction continues until this Sunday in Venice. The exhibition will showcase works by established, mid-career, and emerging artists at 910 Abbot Kinney.

    • Online viewing and bidding takes place at: bonhams.com/veniceartwalk. Proceeds from art sales support the Clinic’s innovative health care services for over 45,000 people across the Santa Monica Mountains to the South Bay.

    • A private celebration for artists, collectors, and Clinic supporters is scheduled for this Friday, followed by an extended post-auction exhibition until next Saturday, May 25th.

    • Notable artists featured include Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell, Ed Moses, Arthur Jafa, Alison Saar, Kenny Scharf, Jordan Wolfson, and Patrisse Cullors.

MORE ACTIVITIES

🖼️ ONGOING UNTIL JUNE 1ST: Jean-Michel Basqiuat: Made on Market Street, curated by Fred Hoffman with Larry Gagosian in Beverly Hills.

🎨 MUSEUM OF ART: Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Miracle Mile.

COMMUNITY

  • 🦥 GO SLOTH-LIKE SLOW ON PCH: California’s transportation leaders recently unveiled the Go Safely PCH campaign in Malibu last week., aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

    • The comprehensive safety initiative includes strategies such as increased traffic enforcement, enhanced infrastructure, and a public awareness campaign.

    • Key elements involve Caltrans investing $4.2 million for lane separators, crosswalk striping, speed limit markings, and bike lanes from the McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica to the Ventura County line.

    • Take the Pledge to save lives on Pacific Coast Highway.

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Go Safely PCH Initiative launched to enhance safety on Coastal Highway, via Santa Monica Mirror.

    • 📚️ AND FURTHER: Santa Monica working with state and local partners to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway, via City of Santa Monica.

  • 🚨 FREEWAY CLOSURES START TODAY: Caltrans will be closing parts of the 2 Freeway and 5 Freeway connector ramps in Los Angeles starting tonight. The closures will impact the next three of our evenings.

    • NB ROUTE 2 + NB I-5: Tonight 7:00pm - tomorrow morning 6:00am:

      • Northbound State Route 2 Connector to NB I-5.

    • NB ROUTE 2 + NB I-5: Tuesday night 7:00pm - Wednesday morning 6:00am:

      • Northbound State Route 2 Connector to NB I-5.

    • SB I-5 + NB ROUTE 2: Tuesday night 7:00pm - Wednesday morning 5:00am:

      • SB I-5 to Northbound State Route 2.

    • SB ROUTE 2 + SB I-5: Wednesday night 11:00pm - Thursday morning 5:00am:

      • Southbound State Route 2 to SB I-5.

    • Crews will also replace the metal beam guardrail during this project. The estimated total cost of the project is $15.9 million, and it is expected to be completed either in the winter of 2026 or 2027. Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time while the closures are in effect.

  • 🍉 WATERMELON BEAR: A hungry bear helped itself to a refreshing snack from a family’s fridge in La Cañada Flintridge over the weekend, watch above via abc7’s YouTube.

  • 🐶 WEST HOLLYWOOD: Community members gathered at Williams S Hart Park on De Longpre Avenue for a public art dedication event, celebrating the installation of the Rainbow Neon Dog. WeHo Arts Manager Rebecca Ehemann introduced Mayor John Erickson, who humorously referenced the neon art’s occasional slow rotation. Although the dog doesn’t spin, its radiant presence at the historic park is undeniable. Council members Chelsea Byers and Lauren Meister also attended, and community members received custom pins shaped like the neon art as mementos.

  • 🚇️ SPRING VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: A virtual community meeting is taking place today from 12:00pm to 1:00pm to discuss the Sepulveda Transit Corridor. Another meeting also takes place tomorrow, in-person, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Westwood United Methodist Church in Westwood.

    • The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains makes traveling between the Valley and the Westside complex and challenging. It will require innovation and multiple solutions. Metro is working to evaluate alternatives for a high-quality, reliable transit service option connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.

    • 🔗 MEETING LINK: The virtual meeting is to take place using this Zoom Link. Call-in Number: +1-669-900-6833 | Webinar ID: 848 5610 6007

      • 🖥️ VIRTUAL MEETING INVITATION: Sepulveda Transit Corridor - Spring Virtual Community Meeting, via Metro.net.

      • 🤝 IN-PERSON MEETING INVITATION: Invitation to Sepulveda Transit Corridor - In-Person Spring Community Meeting at Westwood United Methodist Church, via Metro.net.

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, via Metro Projects.

COMMUNITY LINKS

🏃 MALIBU: Zuma Foundation cancels the triathlon slated for September in Malibu, via The Malibu Times.

💸 TAX REFUND: Your tax refund could be bigger this year. Here’s what to do with it, via Los Angeles Times.

🔐 METRO LOCKERS: More coverage: Los Angeles Metro relaunches its bike locker program, via Los Angeles Times.

DEVELOPMENT

  • 🚇️ SANTA BARBARA X METROLINK: The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments is spearheading a commuter rail service initiative that will bridge Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Santa Barbara agency asks for agreement for launch of Metrolink service, via Trains.com.

    • 📚️ AND FURTHER: New Metrolink commuter rail service from Moorpark to Goleta presented Wednesday, via KEYT.

    • 📚️ AND FURTHER: Officials on track to bring Metrolink Train Service from Ventura County to Santa Barbara, Goleta, via Noozhawk.

  • 🏡 HOLLYWOOD HILLS: A Hollywood Hills duplex dating back to the early 20th century may soon give way to new small lot homes. Property owner and applicant David Hu has submitted plans to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning for a project on N. Holly Drive. The proposal involves subdividing the property to create up to five single-family homes, each reaching a height of thirty-four feet and featuring three bedrooms. Gibbs Architects is designing the three-story buildings, arranged in a row, with ground-floor garages and rooftop decks. The project site, situated just north of the US-101 Freeway and one block east of Cahuenga Boulevard, is less than half a mile from the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Five small lot houses planned at 2048 N. Holly Drive in Hollywood Hills, via Urbanize Los Angeles.

  • 🏡 CHINATOWN: Chinatown is set to transform with a proposed mixed-use on North Main Street. The project aims to replace an existing parking lot with two buildings, one seven stories and the other ranging from two to four stories. The East Phase will feature 124 residential units across various configurations, alongside substantial commercial space, while the West Phase focuses on commercial offerings. A community care facility will provide essential services, including skill training and healthcare, complemented by retail spaces serving the neighborhood. Designed to serve lower-income households, the development will integrate with the California Endowment campus via a pedestrian pathway. The design showcases a light, neutral color scheme with materials like stone and plaster, and includes terraces and balconies for private outdoor spaces.

DEVELOPMENT LINKS

🛣️ WEST HOLLYWOOD: The City of West Hollywood to host an open discussion regarding Willoughby Street design for Tuesday, May 21st, via Beverly Press.

🛝 WESTMONT: 95th and Normandie pocket park wrapping up work in Westmont, via Urbanize LA.

BUSINESS

  • 🥬 SWEETGREEN: Sweetgreen saw its shares soar by 35% following a revenue triumph that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, leading to an uplifted full-year forecast.

    • Sweetgreen reported $158 million dollars in revenue, significant leap from the $125.1 million of the previous year and surpassing the $152 million London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) consensus estimate. This surge is mirrored in the company’s stock, which has impressively climbed 189% thus far YTD.

    • Sweetgreen recently announced recent menu expansion to include meat options and also announced are the deployment of the Infinite Kitchen robotic technology, enhancing efficiency in their restaurants.

    • 🏢 HQ: Cienega |💲NYSE:SG 

      🔎 Built In LA Profile | 📸 Instagram | 💼 LinkedIn

  • 📖 READ FURTHER: Sweetgreen shares soar 35% after company beats revenue expectations, via CNBC.

BUSINESS LINKS

🐕️ SNOOP DOGG: Snoop Dogg’s Gin & Juice drink brand to sponsor college football bowl game, Arizona Bowl, via FOX Business.

💅 TOWNHOUSE: Luxury nail salon brand, Townhouse, announces U.S. expansion and opening of Beverly Hills location, via Morningstar.

🌿 WEST HOLLYWOOD: The City of West Hollywood passes ordinance to help cannabis businesses, via Beverly Press.

👔 WORK REMOTE: The most in-demand work-from-anywhere jobs that companies are hiring for in 2024 - they’re not all in tech, via NBC4.

🪸 OCEAN ECON: California is building career pathways to its next big economic sector: the ocean, especially in Los Angeles, via The Press Democrat.

🕹️ NINTENDO: Nintendo to launch new Switch console later this year, via CNBC.

ENTERTAINMENT

HEADLINES

  • 👨‍🦱 MIKE POSNER: At the Hollywood & Mind Summit’s closing session this past week in Beverly Hills, Mike Posner reflected on his journey from a chart-topping artist with hits like Cooler Than Me to a Grammy-nominated songwriter for I Took a Pill in Ibiza, and how fame led to a personal crisis. Now thirty-six, Posner has emerged from a self-reflective odyssey that included climbing Mount Everest and a cross-country trek, with a newfound focus on mental and physical health. His candid revelations at the event, which brought together nearly fifty experts from the entertainment industry and mental health field, underscored the importance of wellness in the high-pressure world of showbiz.

    • Takeaways from Posner’s insights:

      • The Power of Disillusion: ‘The things that I wanted, the fame and the money…the popularity, I thought they would change my life. But they didn’t. So if not, when? And that’s what the second chapter about my life was about.’

      • The Power of No: ‘You can always say no. If you feel like you can’t say no, you need to learn to say no.’ 

      • Get Away From Social Media: Posner writes Instagram captions that he wants, and then shares those captions with his team. He indicates that he does not have the social media apps themselves on his phone, which has helped combat trolls. ‘I [don’t] read the comments…I don’t have the apps on my phone…these things are a bit addictive. And that’s why the algorithms work. It really loves the drama of someone saying something nasty…depression, negative thoughts, cynicism, and self-pity have a truly addictive nature to them. I no longer want those [elements] to be vessels that control my life.'

    • 📖 READ FURTHER: Mike Posner serves up invaluable advice at Second Annual Hollywood & Mind Summit, via Billboard.

ENTERTAINMENT LINK

🏈 TRAVIS KELCE: Travis Kelce makes acting debut in Ryan Murphy’s horror series, Grotesquerie, via Variety.

👧 NORTH WEST: North West joins a star-studded cast for The Lion King at The Hollywood Bowl, via KTLA.

✝️ FAITH: Tyler Perry + DeVon Franklin to produce Faith-based films at Netflix, via Variety.

🍿 MAY STREAMING: The biggest TV shows dominating Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, and Max right now, via DNYUZ.

🔠 WORDLE: Play today’s game of Wordle via the New York Times.

👗 2024 GOLD GALA: Which stars showed up in style to the 2024 Gold Gala in Los Angeles? via L’Officiel USA.

🎧️ SPOTIFY: Listen to CuratedLA’s Early Summer ‘24 Playlist, via Spotify.

SPORTS

SPORTS LINKS

🏈 JERRY RICE: Jerry Rice’s son, Chargers rookie Brenden Rice, feels as if he has plenty to prove, via Stamford Advocate.

🏃 NEW RECORD: K M Deeksha sets new Indian record in athletics meet in Los Angeles, via ETV Bharat.

CU WEDNESDAY, LA!

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