Oxford Basin Enhancement Project

The Oxford Basin Multiuse Enhancement Project

For decades, the Oxford Retention Basin has had little appeal to residents and visitors of the area. But all of that is set to change with a $12 million enhancement project recently approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The project, under development by the LA County Public Works Department, will transform the 10.7 acre site, which serves as a vital flood control facility, into a recreational destination by significantly improving its aesthetics and the value of its wildlife habitat while also enhancing its flood control function.

The Oxford Basin Multiuse Enhancement Project’s Coastal Development Permit application was approved by the California Coastal Commission on June 13, 2014.

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Project Description

The Oxford Retention Basin Multiuse Enhancement Project, scheduled to begin construction in 2014, is designed to enhance flood protection, reduce runoff pollution, and significantly improve the quality of plant and wildlife habitat within the facility, as well as its aesthetic appeal. Diseased trees and non-native plants will be replaced with more native, drought-tolerant species. The project will also provide new recreational and safety amenities, including a walking path, observation areas, wildlife-friendly lighting and more attractive tubular fencing.  (Source – L.A. County: Department of Public Works)

For more renderings please visit the Department of Public Works’ Website 

New Playa Del Rey 4-in-1 Restaurant

Playa Provisions – King Beach Cafe, Small Batch Ice Cream, Dockside Seafood Restaurant, Grain Whiskey Bar

From the husband and wife team behind The Tripel and Hudson House. Playa Provisions, a four-in-one restaurant is open in Playa Del Rey. This new eatery includes a house-made ice cream shop called Small Batch; King Beach, a market counter serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; a back-room whiskey bar called Grain; and Dockside, a higher-end seafood-focused dining room.

Their Menu Can Be View Using this Link

Located at 119 Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey

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Playa Provisions Hours:

King Beach Cafe: 7:30am-6:00 pm, 7 days a week
Small Batch Ice Cream: 11am-10pm, 7 days a week
Dockside Seafood Restaurant: Brunch 11am-3:30pm, Saturday & Sunday
Grain Whisky Bar: 6pm-2am, 7 days a week

Here’s a Link to Their Twitter for some Delicious Pictures

Feature Image Photo credit: Ryan Tanaka.

Every Free Concert In Los Angeles This Summer

June 5
Nina Fetter & the Feds (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

June 6
Grace Kelly Quintet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

June 6
Slim Jim Phantom Trio (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

June 7
WATERS, KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox (click here for info)
Location: One Colorado, Pasadena
Amenities: Bar, limited seats.

June 7
Make Music Pasadena (click here for info)
Location: All over Pasadena
Amenities: Cash bars, food trucks, and a ton of stages

June 8
Ozomatli (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 8
World Beat Keynote Maestro Freddy Ravel & Friends (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 11
Boom Boom Boom (click here for info)
Location: Wells Fargo Center Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic.

June 12
Angel City All-Stars Brass Band and Zoom B (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: TAMALES!

June 12
Otis Hayes Quartet (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

June 13
Big Lucky (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

June 13
KiT (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

June 13
Ernie Watts Quartet  (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase.

June 14
Mariachi Divas (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 15
Which One’s Pink (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 15
Barbara Morrison (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 16
Bella Donna (click here for info)
Location: Library Park on Main Street, El Segundo
Amenities: Food vendors, arts & crafts for kids

June 18
Pasadena Symphony (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 19
Elliot Caine Quintet (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: So much food.

June 19
Dublab: The Album Leaf & Bell Gardens (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 19
Jumpin Joz (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOPicnic, chairs.

June 19
The Delirians, Dub 8 and LA Collective (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 20
Upstream Caribbean Band (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: So much food.

June 20
Angelique Kidjo (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs.

June 20
Incendio (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 20
Nick Mancini Collective (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

June 21
Marley’s Ghost (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

June 21
Kan Wakan, KCRW DJ Marion Hodges (click here for info)
Location: One Colorado, Pasadena
Amenities: Bar, limited seats, free.

June 21
Jungle Fire & Batala Los Angeles (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

June 21
Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

June 21
Kuenta i Tambú (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, free (with $10 parking).

June 22
Lao Tizer (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 22
10,000 Maniacs (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 22
Funky Punks (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 22 
Perla Batalla (click here for info)
Location: UCLA Art Council Amphitheater
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 23
Hyperion Outfall Serenaders (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 25
Funky Punks (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

June 25
Subsuelo (click here for info)
Location: Wells Fargo Center Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, free.

June 26
Janiva Magness (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

June 26
Very be Careful (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 26
Chuck Wansley After Hours (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food.

June 27
Merle Jagger (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

June 27
Playing for Change (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

June 27
The Tamlins and Arise Roots (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

June 27
Sara Gazarek (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

June 28
Pistolera (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 28
daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs.

June 28
Playing for Change (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

June 28
The Allah-Las (click here for info)
Location: The Promenade, Long Beach
Amenities: Vendors, food

June 29
Kenny Burell Big Band (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

June 29
Ticket To Ride (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

June 29
Moona Luna (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

June 30
Scott Bruce (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

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July 2
Rhythm Child (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 3
The Duhks (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 3
Peaking Lights and Pharoahs (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 3
Ron Kobayashi Trio w/ Andrea Miller (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food.

July 4
Decades (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: Fireworks, BYOPicnic

July 4
Night Train Music Club (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

July 4
Rickey Woodard Sextet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase.

July 5
Vaud & the Villains (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

July 6
Billy Mitchell & Friends (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 6
The Party Animals (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 7
Mira Costa Jazz Band (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 7
The Trip (click here for info)
Location: Library Park on Main Street, El Segundo
Amenities: Food vendors

July 9
Greaseland (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: lunchtime show; farmer’s market

July 9
The Party Animals (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 9
Ethio Cali (click here for info)
Location: Wells Fargo Center Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, free.

July 10
Cecilia Noël (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 10
The Do-Over with De Lux and KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer (click here for info)
Location: The Hammer Museum
Amenities: Bar, beer garden, late museum hours, free.

July 10
Cults w/ James Supercave (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

July 10
Richard Thompson (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 10
Opera at the Shore (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOpicnic.

July 10
California Feetwarmers (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food

July 10
INXS-ive (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

July 11
Reasons Be (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

July 11

Fartbarf (click here for info)
Location: The Pike, Long Beach
Amenities: Beer garden & Food vendors

July 11
David Garza (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 11
Spirit of Cesaria (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

July 11
CALArts Concert (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 11
Grant Geissman & the Bop! Bang! Boom! Band (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

July 12
Carlos Nuñez (click here for info)
Location: Food tents, Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 12
KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Liza Richardson (click here for info)
Location: Chinatown Central Plaza
Amenities: Food trucks, craft and vintage market, cooking demos, dance floor.

July 12
Adventures from Paradise (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

July 12
Whiskey Shivers (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 12
Chicano Batman (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, free (with $10 parking).

July 12
The Orchestra (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of downtown’s food; easy metro access.

July 13
Ring Of Fire (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 13
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs.

July 13
Sunday Sessions: Anton Tumas and other DJs (click here for info)
Location: Grand Park
Amenities: Food trucks, cocktails, BYOPicnic.

July 13
Rhythm Child (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets.

July 13
Salsa Caliente (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff, Mexican vendors

July 14
Doo-Wah Riders (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 16
Princess & Pirate (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 16
Chris Latzero (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: Lunch show; farmer’s market

July 17
Kamasi Washington, Teebs Band (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 17
Community Music with Alex Ebert and KCRW DJ Liza Richardson (click here for info)
Location: The Hammer Museum
Amenities: Bar, beer garden, late museum hours, free.

July 17
Aeromyth (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

July 17
Yuna w/ King, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

July 17
Louden Wainwright III (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 17
The Jazz Mikan Trio (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food.

July 18
Orquesta Charangoa (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food.

July 18
Johnny Tillotsen, Bryan Hyland (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 18
Chop and Quench, The Fela! Band Paradise (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs.

July 18
No Age (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Cash bar, food tents.

July 18
Jonathan Wilson (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7Th
Amenities: All the vendors at FigAt7th

July 18
Buyepongo (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 18
Henry “Skipper” Franklin Quintet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

July 19
Gregg Allman (click here for info)
Location: Century Park
Amenities: Beer garden, food for sale, free admission to the Annenberg Space For Photography.

July 19
Jimmy LaFave (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 19
Yuna (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOpicnic.

July 19
Moshav (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 19
Dead Sara and Tonic (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of downtown’s food, easy access to metro.

July 20
Open Hands (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 20
Con Gangas (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff; Mexican vendors

July 20
The Music of Abba — Arrival From Sweden (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 20
Youth Talent Night (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 20
Bola da Vez and Samba N’ Motion (click here for info)
Location: Fowler Museum’s UCLA Art Council Amphitheater
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 21
Scott Whyte (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 21
Doobies (click here for info)
Location: Library Park on Main Street, El Segundo
Amenities: Food Vendors

July 23
Kiddle Karoo (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 23
Jazzedelics (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: lunchtime show; farmer’s market

July 23
Grupo Los Dreamers (click here for info)
Location: Wells Fargo Center Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic.

July 24
Richard Benard’s Oy! Stars (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 24
Afro Funke with Rocky Dawuni and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole & DJ Glenn Red (click here for info)
Location: The Hammer Museum
Amenities: Bar, beer garden, late museum hours, free.

July 24
Cayucas, PAPA (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

July 24
William Hagen (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOPicnic.

July 24
EarthRise SoundSystem (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 24
Noura Mint Seymali (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Food cart, café, seats, free.

July 24
Mighty Cash Cats (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

July 24
Jennifer York Quartet (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

July 25
The Four Fabs (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

July 25
David Lindley (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 25
The Internet (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7th
Amenities: All of the FigAt7th vendors

July 25
Nina Diaz, Elsten Torres (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 25
Sunnie Paxson Trio with Cynthia Calhoun (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

July 26
The Four Preps (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 26
Radiotron (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 26
Caught a Ghost (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, free (with $10 parking).

July 26
When In Rome, Information Society, Missing Persons (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of Downtown’s food; easy access to Metro.

July 26
Shelby Lynne, Jamestown Revival (click here for info)
Location: Century Park
Amenities: Beer garden, food for sale, free admission to the Annenberg Space For Photography

.July 27
The Long Run (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 27
Kiddle Karoo (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 27
Sitarason (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOstuff

July 28
Woodstock Tribute (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

July 29
Pete Escovedo (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 30
Steve Songs (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 30
Crowd Theory (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: Lunchtime show; farmer’s market

July 31
Upstream (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

July 31
DEEP with DJ Marques Wyatt, DJ Doc Martin and KCRW DJ Raul Campos (click here for info)
Location: The Hammer Museum
Amenities: Bar, beer garden, late museum hours, free.

July 31
Omar Souleyman and KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

July 31
Pyromania (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

July 31
Upground (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

July 31
Conjunto Chappotín y sus Estrellas (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Free with spectacular sunsets.

July 31
Bill Watrous w/ Rob Stoneback (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

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August 1
Dustbowl Revival (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, and it’s free!

August 1
Las Cafeteras (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7th
Amenities: All the FigAt7Th Venues

August 1
Luz Roja de San Marcos and Sonora Santanera (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 1
John Daversa Small Band, Henry “Skipper” Franklin Quintet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

August 1
Inca (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 2
Wynonna and the Big Noise (click here for info)
Location: Century Park
Amenities: Beer Garden, food for sale, free admission to the Annenberg Space For Photography.

August 2
Laith Al-Saadi (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 2
Blue Oyster Cult (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOPicnic.

August 2
People Get Ready – Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

August 2
Benny y sus Tropicales and Chavos de la Cumbia (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 2
Survivor (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of Downtown’s food; easy Metro access.

August 3
Scott Healy (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 3
Hollywood U2 (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 3
José-Luis Orozco & Friends (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 3
AC Jazz Project (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

August 4
ZZ Ward (click here for info)
Location: Hermosa Beach pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 4
Barley Legal (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 4
Neon Nation (click here for info)
Location: Library Park on Main Street
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 6
Star 80’s (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: Lunchtime show; Farmer’s market

August 7
Echocell (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 7
Jagwar Ma and KCRW DJ Jason Bentley (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

August 7
Yana Reznick (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOPicnic.

August 7
Myron & E. and Wondem Band (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 7
Conjunto Oye! (click here for info)
Location: The Autry National Center, Griffith Park
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, salsa lessons.

August 7
Red Not Chili Peppers (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

August 7
The Haden Triplets (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Food cart, café, seats, free.

August 7
Sydney Weisman & The Wayne Peet Trio (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 8
Blue Hawaiians (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 8
Ceci Bastida (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 8
Gardens and Villa (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7th
Amenities: All the FigAt7th Vendors

August 8
Los Dos Marks – DJ Nu-Mark & Mark de Clive-Lowe (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

August 8
Mikael Jorgensen (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Cash bar, food tents, free (parking $10).

August 8
KPOP Night: Mike B. (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 8
Kamasi Washington and the Next Step (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

August 9
Mariachi Divas (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 9
KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez (click here for info)
Location: Chinatown Central Plaza
Amenities: Food trucks, craft and vintage market, cooking demos, dance floor, free.

August 9
Boca de Rio (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 9
Stan Ridgway, The English Beat (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of Downtown’s food; easy access to Metro.

August 10
Hot Club of Detroit (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 10
Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 10
Queen Nation (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 10
Sunday Sessions: Benjamin Beck and other DJs (click here for info)
Location: Grand Park
Amenities: Food trucks, cocktails, BYOPicnic, free.

August 10
Sitarason (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

August 11
Wayward Sons (click here for info)
Location: Hermosa Beach pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 11
Hard Day’s Night (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 13
Shaky Pete and the Faultline (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: Lunchtime show; farmer’s market

August 13
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 14
Dwight Trible Ensemble, SK Kakraba (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 14
La Santa Cecilia w/ Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkestra, KCRW DJ Raul Campos (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

August 14
Born Jovi (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOstuff

August 14
Metalachi (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 14
Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Food cart, café, seats, free.

August 14
John Daversa Small Band w/ Katisse (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 15
Susie Hansen Latin Band (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 15
Blame Sally (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 15
Master Blaster Sound System, Niña Dioz (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 15
Fool’s Gold (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7Th
Amenities: All the FigAt7th vendors

August 15
Katisse (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

August 16
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 16
Beatles Retrospective with the Omega String Quartet (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 16
Roberta Flack (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOpicnic.

August 16
Dread Zeppelin, The Original Wailers (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: All of downtown’s food; easy access to Metro.

August 17
Richard Smith (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 17
Poncho Sanchez (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 17
Silk Road II (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 17
Son Cache (click here for info)
Location: Pershing Square
Amenities: BYOStuff

August 17
DAFRA Drum (click here for info)
Location: Fowler Museum’s UCLA Art Council Amphitheater
Amenities: Family mask-making

August 18
Anuhea w/ Cas Haley (click here for info)
Location: Hermosa Beach pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 18
Susie Hansen Latin Band (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 20
Birdies’ Playhouse (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 21
The Zombies w/ Mystic Braves, KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

August 21
Cow Bop (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 21
Omega String Quartet (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 21
Cambalache (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 21
Bernadette Peters (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase park, Marina Dey Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOpicnic.

August 21
Yiddish Tango Club (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Food cart, café, seats, free.

August 22
Dorian Holley World Beat Soul (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food, and more food, and free.

August 22
Brothers Joscephus & The Love Revolution (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 22
The Belle Brigade (click here for info)
Location: FigAt7th
Amenities: All the FigAt7th vendors

August 22
Young Dubliners (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 22
Phil Ranelin Sextet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

August 23
John Fullbright (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Amenities: Food tents, BYOPicnic, blankets, lawn chairs, it’s free!

August 23
Rocky Dawuni (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 23
BADBADNOTGOOD (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, free (with $10 parking).

August 24
The Al McKay Allstars (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 24
Birdie’s Playhouse (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 25
Lou Giovannetti (click here for info)
Location: Hermosa Beach pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 25
Fantastic Diamond (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 28
Lee “Scratch” Perry w/ Mexico 68, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

August 28
La Resistencia (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 28
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (click here for info)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Amenities: Food cart, café, seats, free.

August 28
Don Peake Jazz Quartet w/ Scarlet Rivera (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food and more food, and free.

August 29
Katia Morales Brazilian Sounds (click here for info)
Location: The Original Farmer’s Market
Amenities: Food, food and more food, and free.

August 29
Quetzal (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

August 29
Janis Mann (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

August 30
Rhythm and Joy Festival (click here for info)
Location: Warner Park, Woodland Hills
Amenities: BYOPicnic

August 30
Pacific Mambo Orchestra (click here for info)
Location: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Amenities: Oceanside views, BYOPicnic.

August 30
La Santa Cecilia (click here for info)
Location: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, free.

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September 1
Nathan Shrake (click here for info)
Location: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach
Amenities: BYOPicnic

September 5
DakhaBrakha (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

September 5
Ernie Andrews (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

September 6
Yuna (click here for info)
Location: California Plaza, DTLA
Amenities: BYOPicnic, blankets, chairs, free.

September 6
Buskerfest (click here for info)
Location: 4 stages in Long Beach
Amenities: Beer and food

September 11
Charles Bradley w/ King James and The Special Men (click here for info)
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Amenities: BYOPicnic, beer garden, blankets, beach chairs, free.

September 12
Dale Fielder Quartet (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

September 13
Kan Wakan (click here for info)
Location: The Getty Center
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, art, free (with $10 parking).

September 14
Sunday Sessions: Idiot Savant and other DJs (click here for info)
Location: Grand Park
Amenities: Food trucks, cocktails, BYOPicnic, free.

September 19
Angel City Jazz Festival w/ Roberto Miranda Band (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

September 26
Kathleen Grace (click here for info)
Location: LACMA
Amenities: Food and alcohol for purchase, free.

Southern California Home Buyers Face International Competition

Home buyers in Southern California markets have been seeing more and more  competition lately. We have seen several listings sell with multiple offers, which is not a rare occurrence in our market. However, 27 offers on a single property is a bit out of the norm for us!

Recent research from the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) has provided some insight into this interesting phenomenon. According to C.A.R. survey, “U.S. ranks as top destination for international home buyers, specifically the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara.” 

Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international home buyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2013 International Clients Survey.”

85 percent of international buyers said they only considered purchasing a home in the U.S., citing that the stable government and financial system would guarantee their home investment. International buyers also chose to purchase in the U.S. for its desirable location and climate (20%), to be closer to family and friends (20%), investment opportunities (9%), changes in work and employment (9%), educational opportunities (6%), and affordable prices (4%).

International buyers purchased a property in the U.S. primarily for investment purposes or tax advantages (18%) or to rent out (14%), contrary to traditional home buyers, who purchased primarily because they were tired of renting (23%).

Looking at California specifically, Los Angeles County was the top location where international buyers purchased properties (35%).  International buyers also purchased homes in Orange (22%), San Diego (20%), Riverside (14%), Contra Costa (7%), and Santa Clara (7%) counties.

Additional findings from C.A.R.’s 2013 International Clients Survey include:

• Sixty-nine percent of international buyers paid all cash for their properties, compared to 27 percent of traditional buyers who paid all cash.
• Thirty-two percent of international buyers purchased the home as a primary residence, compared to 75 percent for traditional buyers, and 33 percent purchased the home as an investment or a rental property, compared to 19 percent of traditional buyers.
• While the primary language of many international buyers was Chinese (36%), 70 percent communicated in English, illustrating a highly educated international clientele.
• International buyers typically spent five weeks looking for properties, compared to 10 weeks for traditional buyers.
• Forty-four percent of international home buyers purchased homes with designer kitchens, 26 percent purchased homes with a wine cellar, and 9 percent purchased homes with a sauna.  Other home amenities that international buyers wanted include private beach, putting green, heated floors, and outdoor kitchens.

The International Clients Survey was conducted via email to a random sample of REALTORS® statewide who worked with international home buyers. Eligible respondents all closed escrow on their homes within the 12 months prior to October 2013.  Access the full report on the survey findings here: http://www.car.org/marketdata/surveys/other/ and view the webinar presentation here: http://www.car.org/marketdata/videos.

According to the Wall Street Journal, these are 10 countries racing to buy American Homes:

  1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) – 352.2% (Growth in prospective homebuyers from 2009)
  2. Switzerland – 269.7%
  3. Hong Kong and China – 254.2%
  4. France – 190.0%
  5. Italy – 178.4%
  6. United Kingdom – 153.8%
  7. Australia – 121.9%
  8. Canada – 107.7%
  9. Sweden – 100.0%
  10. Germany – 95.2%