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Westweek, Art & Design Walk Begins

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For the first-time ever, Pacific Design Center and the Avenues of Art & Design (a West Hollywood Business Improvement District) are joining forces to produce WESTWEEK + Art & Design Walk: a week-long celebration of great fashion, art, and design in West Hollywood; it was announced jointly today by Charles S. Cohen, president/founder of Pacific Design Center and Darren Gold, Chair of the Avenues of Art & Design. WESTWEEK 2010 will take place at Pacific Design Center, Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25; and the. Art & Design Walk is Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2010.

“Pacific Design Center is a cornerstone of great design from its Cesar Pelli-designed facade to thousands of quality showroom products,” said Charles S. Cohen. “We are delighted that the Avenues of Art & Design community will join us this year to celebrate a week’s worth of great design in West Hollywood.”

“PDC has always been a great neighbor,” said Darren Gold. “By aligning our annual Walk with WESTWEEK in 2010, for the first time we can offer art lovers, design enthusiasts, design professionals, and fashionistas a complete sampling of everything the Design District has to offer.”

An institution for more than 25 years, WESTWEEK is Pacific Design Center’s annual design industry/trade event that combines keynote lectures, showroom programs, new product introductions and book signings. WESTWEEK 2010 also marks the 16th annual Stars of Design Awards recognizing southern California professionals who have made significant contributions in their respective areas including: interior design, architecture, photography, product, urban and graphic design and fine art.

The Avenues’ annual Art & Design Walk, a district wide public event, encompasses free open studio tours, book signings, artist receptions, product offerings and demonstrations from the more than 300 business, including over 30 art galleries, 100 antique and contemporary furniture and interior design stores, 40 restaurants and a variety of premier fashion designer boutiques.

Pacific Design Center, the west coast’s premiere luxury interior design facility, announces WESTWEEK 2010: DESIGN REVOLUTION, WED., MARCH 24 and THURS, MARCH 25, 2010. The market for design professionals will include three keynote panels, more than 50 showroom programs, book signings, new product line introductions and a roster of lectures by renowned experts in the field. It will be capped by the 2010 Stars of Design Awards, Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 in the PDC’s Blue Conference Center, Suite B259.

WESTWEEK 2010: DESIGN REVOLUTION will be anchored with three keynote panels presented by PDC media partners: ELLE DÉCOR magazine, Editor-At-Large and Interiors magazine:

ELLE DECOR magazine’s keynote panel, Wed., March 24, 11:00 AM will be moderated by Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell with panelists
• Michael Bruno, founder of 1st Dibs
• Designer Vicente Wolf
• Los Angeles Times magazine design and culture editor Mayer Rus
• Patricia Shackelford, author of the blog Mrs. Blandings.

Editor-At-Large’s panel, Wed., March 24, 3:30 PM, introduced by Julia Noran and moderated by Sophie Donelson, features:
• Michael Bruno, founder of 1stDibs.com
• Ronda Carman, founder of AlltheBestBlog.com
• Brian Patrick Flynn, designer, founder of DecorDemon.com
• Brad Ford, designer and founder of DesignTherapy.com
• Jilllian St. Charles, vice president and site director, HGTV.com
• Vanessa de Vargas, interior designer and host of Designer Tag Sale

Interiors magazine panel, Thurs., March 25, 11:00 AM, led by editorial/creative director James Barra and Editor-in-chief Arianne Nardo, features:
• Carlos Barbosa, set designer for “24
• Orlando Diaz-Azcuy
• Kara Mann
• Roger Thomas

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RAGE is Latest Venue to Fall Victim to the Pandemic

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Another LGBTQ+ Nightlife Destination Has Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

WEST HOLLYWOOD (L.A. Magazine) — Rage nightclub has been a destination for LGBTQ+ nightlife in the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard corridor of West Hollywood for decades. Now, nearly 40 years after first opening its doors, the club has announced it has permanently closed, yet another local business to collapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rage nightclub management lays some portion of the blame on their landlord, Monte Overstreet. The club’s now-former general manager, Ron Madrill, told Q Voice News that rent for the location was already “very high” prior to operations shutting down in March. He says he believes an impasse over rent payments may have contributed to Rage’s closure.

Overstreet also reportedly owns the space formerly occupied by neighboring bar Flaming Saddles Saloon, which also announced […]

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21 Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus at Rock n Roll Ralphs

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Workers protest outside Ralphs in Hollywood where 21 have tested positive for coronavirus

HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Workers rallied Friday outside a Ralphs store in Hollywood where 21 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The group called on the store to take more aggressive action when staff test positive for the virus, and to ramp up efforts to protect the grocery store employees, who are considered essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

They said they speak for thousands of workers who are afraid they aren’t getting enough protection as the virus continues to spread countywide, infecting more than 24,000 as of Friday.

The Ralphs at 7257 W. Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving several workers who tested positive for the virus, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which lists businesses and […]

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‘Stay Put, Order In’ and Dine With Friends on Zoom, Says Mayor

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and our community members are used to gathering around restaurant tables and enjoying meals together. Now, there’s an opportunity to, instead, gather around kitchen tables at home and enjoy a meal (or many!) while supporting our local restaurants.

“One of the worst things about the Safer At Home directive is being disconnected from friends, neighbors, and the city around us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Don’t be alone if you don’t have to be – take advantage of the technology out there and invite a friend to Zoom in for Ziti or share some Farfalle over FaceTime.”

Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones using virtual teleconferencing technology, while partaking in your favorite delivered or takeout food.

City Encourages Residents to Support Local Restaurants During Safer At Home Orders

Many West Hollywood restaurants remain open and are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery meals, which are sensitive to social distancing during the emergency. The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a directory of “Stay Put, Order In” eateries in West Hollywood, which is accessible by visitingwww.weho.org/coronavirus (click the “Stay Put, Order In” link!) or www.wehochamber.com/dinein. This list is updated daily.

“We need to start hanging out together, and talking, and seeing each other again. So, why not plan to #WeHoDinnerConnect this week – maybe Saturday at 8 p.m.? Or Sunday at 7 p.m.? Or even just 15 minutes of screen-to-screen gossip,” said Mayor D’Amico. “And you don’t have to cook a thing… local restaurants have meals and menus tailored to take-away choices and they’re ready to send food over to your house or make arrangements for you to pick it up.”

If picking up food, remember to wear face coverings, which are required to enter essential businesses.

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