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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval Event Guide

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world.

This year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

The event is free and open for all to enjoy, but children and pets are discouraged from attending because of dense crowds.

“The City of West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Carnaval is free, fun, and fabulous. It’s always one of the most exciting events of the year,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Each year, tens of thousands of people craft the most amazing costumes imaginable. Come in a costume and stay for the music, the creativity, and the camaraderie. See you there!”

Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, the Halloween Carnaval will feature several areas with live DJs who will entertain wildly dressed crowds for a one-of-a-kind experience.

West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico and members of the West Hollywood City Council will host a brief program at approximately 9 p.m. at the San Vicente Stage located at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards.

The City invites Carnaval-goers to get into the spirit and show-off costumes by uploading photos to social media sites with the hashtag #wehohalloween.

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City’s diverse culture and community.

The event has grown year-by-year into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers.

For more information about the Halloween Carnaval, call the City of West Hollywood’s Halloween Hotline at (323) 848-6503.

Safety

In order to ensure a safe Halloween Carnaval for everyone, the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are reminding attendees about important safety guidelines:

  • No alcohol or public drinking will be allowed.
  • No backpacks, camera cases, tote bags, etc. will be permitted (clear plastic bags will be allowed).
  • No weapons, fireworks, or drones will be tolerated.
  • Kids and pets are strongly discouraged.
  • Festival-goers should remember — If You See Something, Say Something.

Transportation

The City encourages Carnaval-goers to leave cars at home, to carpool, or to use public transportation options. Metro offers several transit options to get to West Hollywood. A trip planner is available at www.metro.net.

The City will offer Carnaval-goers two free transit options to help get to and from the Halloween Carnaval:

  1. Cityline (Modified Route) — Cityline Commuter, which connects riders to and from the Metro Red Line Station in Hollywood (stop is located on Highland Avenue, South of Hollywood Boulevard), will run a modified route between Hollywood and Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard/Kings Road via Santa Monica Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and
  2. The PickUp (Special Service) — The PickUp will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer Avenue/La Brea Avenue. Once the PickUp reaches its La Brea Avenue stop, it will take an express route west toward the Halloween Carnaval via Melrose Avenue to its special Halloween stop on Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only provide eastbound service from Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue/Santa Monica Boulevard.

Street Closures

There will be street closures in West Hollywood on Thursday, October 31, 2019 and the morning of Friday, November 1, 2019. Main closures are:

  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • All alleyways between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Blvd. between La Cienega Blvd. and Croft Ave. / Holloway Dr. 
    from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Blvd. 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Almont Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Peer Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Cienega Boulevard between Holloway Drive and Melrose Avenue 
    from 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019, to 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto southbound La Cienega Boulevard 
    from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Parking

The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for the Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 12 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019. Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 2 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Carnaval-goers are reminded to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the City of Los Angeles or in the City of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be strictly observed.

Public parking for the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will be available at the following locations for a fee:

Kings Road Municipal Parking ($20.00 fee) 
8383 Santa Monica Boulevard
Corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road 
EV Charging Stations

La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot ($20.00 fee)
1044 La Jolla Ave
Santa Monica Boulevard and La Jolla Drive 

Orange Grove Lot ($20.00 fee) 
1114 N. Orange Grove Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue

Robertson Lot ($20.00 fee)
617 Robertson Boulevard
Robertson Boulevard at Melrose Avenue

Pacific Design Center ($25.00 fee)
8687 Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue at San Vicente Boulevard

Queens Lot ($20.00 fee)
8459 Sunset Blvd
Corner of Sunset Boulevard and Queens Road

Spaulding Lot ($20.00 fee)
7718 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue

Sunset Lot ($20.00 fee)
8775 Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard and Horn Avenue

Hancock Parking Structure ($20.00 fee)
901 Hancock Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue

West Hollywood Gateway ($12.00 fee)
7100 Santa Monica Boulevard (enter from Romaine) (Open 24 hours).  Shuttle service on Santa Monica and La Brea near Starbucks.

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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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