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Rest Your Head at a Weho Hotel During Sunset Strip Fest

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The Sunset Strip Music Festival coming up at the end of August is shaping up to be another legendary day in West Hollywood history. It will be a massive event, filling the streets with people and music radiating from numerous stages.

If you want to save your energy for the party, a smart way to do that would be to book a room at a hotel right in the center of the action.

West Hollywood’s hotels have you covered for SSMF 2010, including some special packages just for the occasion.  Here is a rundown.

Andaz West Hollywood is the official hotel partner of SSMF 2010. For rates and reservations, contact 323-656-1234.

Located directly behind the Viper Room in the heart of all the action is the The London West Hollywood, which is offering rates from $269 per night including breakfast for two and two tickets to the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday. 310-854-1111

Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas, an epicenter of rock and roll history, is offering a special SSMF rate of $250 per night for the Superior One Bedroom Suite. This rate is inclusive of daily American breakfast and parking, as well as two tickets to the street festival. Contact the reservations department directly and mention the SSMF rate. 310-657-1333.

Residential style Le Parc Suites Hotel is offering a SSMF package that includes two tickets to the SSMF street festival, complimentary glass of wine following check-in, 15% off lunch or dinner served in restaurant Knoll, delivered in-suite, or served al fresco on the Rooftop Sky Deck. Package is $239 single or double occupancy in a Studio King Suite per night. 310-855-8888

The newly-redesigned Chamberlain West Hollywood is a boutique hotel, just steps from the action. One package includes suite accommodations, two tickets for the SSMF Saturday street festival, a bottle of Jack Daniels, a bottle of Handbanger Rock N Red Wine, and even a copy of Slash’s debut solo album, Slash. Two night packages start at $820,  and three nights start at $1150. They also have just a room and ticket package starting at $720.  310-657-7400

Ramada Plaza Hotel
is conveniently located in the heart of West Hollywood amongst the outdoor cafes and fine dining of Santa Monica Boulevard. For SSMF the hotel is offering attendees a special SSMF rate of $129.00/night (15% off regular rate) including two tickets to Saturday’s street festival. 310-652-6400.

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Ahmanson Releases Statement on Suspending 60 Year LACMA Relationship

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LOS ANGELES — The Ahmanson Foundation is suspending its 60-year funding relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) pending a clear understanding of how the works acquired over that time at a cost of more than $130 million will be displayed in the proposed new building.

Over the past few years Ahmanson has sought information about future display plans from LACMA.

“The museum has chosen to not address these concerns,” said the Foundation. “If an understanding is not met, the suspension will become permanent and The Ahmanson Foundation may need to deepen its relationship with other museums if art acquisition is to remain a funding interest.”

“It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.”

“It’s a regretful end to a trusted partnership where the Foundation worked closely with museum curators to acquire 114 European Old Master paintings and 15 sculptures, including one of the museum’s crown jewels, Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame,” the foundation said in a statement. “The Foundation’s giving history with LACMA was guided by the museum’s mission and expressed commitment to build a world class encyclopedic museum to be enjoyed by the public at the Wilshire location.”

Despite public outcry, the existing buildings where the permanent collections have been shown are scheduled to be razed for a new building designed by Peter Zumthor. The new one-story building will replace three multi-story buildings and will have less square footage and less space for LACMA’s expansive permanent collection, including European Old Master’s. Without space to exhibit existing works, collection growth will be limited as well. The Ahmanson Foundation believes past commitments have been breached.

In 2006, Michael Govan, who had just been appointed LACMA’s director, made assurances to the foundation that if a new building were to be built “the Ahmanson Collection will be displayed with equal, and likely much better, space and galleries than today…” Govan has yet to divulge how much of the collection purchased or donated with Ahmanson assistance will be on view in the new museum and has yet to provide the Foundation with any confirmation or promise for the collection’s future display.

Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view
Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view

William Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, said, “It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.” In a 60-year history of giving, this was the first denial. Over the years The Ahmanson Foundation purchased at least one work a year. The last work acquired with funds from the Foundation was January 2017, Alessandro Algardi’s Baptism of Christ for $2,500,000.

The Foundation’s greatest concern is that the public will have limited or no access to works carefully curated and collected over decades and that these works will be removed from the Wilshire Boulevard site which was championed by The Ahmanson Foundation founder Howard F. Ahmanson Sr.

For more information about Ahmanson gifts of European art, visit www.lacma.org/publications to view the 3-volume electronic catalog.

THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION — The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services. By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo without a Queer Nightlife Scene
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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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LA Mayor to Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Soon Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

LOS ANGELES (Eater LA) — LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an interview on CNN this afternoon that the city of Los Angeles will order a shutdown of bars by today, adding that dine-in restaurants will likely be ordered to close very soon, pending orders from governor Gavin Newsom.

Last week Garcetti cautioned against dining in at restaurants , encouraging the public instead to order take-out in order to support local LA businesses. This shut down order today for bars comes amid guidance from the CDC to reduce interaction and mitigate the spread of coronavirus .

Many bars were already struggling to stay remain in operation in light of last week’s orders for the public to avoid crowded spaces, resorting to increased sanitation protocols and capacity […]

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