Los Angeles is the Entertainment Capital of the World

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One of the great things about Los Angeles is that you never know when you’re going to literally encounter or find fantastic entertainment.

On any given day, also, there’s a plethora of creative things to do, go and to see.

For example, on Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and on Friday, I could have gone to a Andy Warhol Exhibit at the USC campus, or to rocking with Britney Spears at the Staples Center.

For instance, the day I was at MacArthur Park, I got to check out an exciting scene of Dennis Haysbert shooting his way out of a tricky situation, during a film shoot of The Unit.

A few days ago, I was downtown taking some pictures for an upcoming article, when I decided to do a little exploring.

As I was walking on Figueroa Street, I suddenly heard music—the exciting mellow drawl of a proper drum downbeat, along with funky bass played along with an eclectic and electric piano.

Of course, I stumbled upon live Jazz.

The kind of music which lures and begs you to sit down, listen, and be entertained.

Following my ears, I entered the 7+Fig.

As I approached, I had no idea what this place was, however, the first thing I discovered was a local farmer’s market.

In the heart of the city, lining one street block was several farmers, who were selling their wares to the local lunch crowd. Fruits and vegetables of all kinds were available, and lots of people were carrying bags of goodies to take home.

The strawberries looked great, and as I was rather hungry, I bought a basket and proceeded to continue my mission, to find the source of the music.

I didn’t have to go too far because right around the corner from the Farmer’s Market was an escalator beckoning me to the sound.

From there, I found an open air food court with live lunch time music.

So I made my way down for a closer look, grabbed a nice table to sit and enjoy my strawberries, plus listen to the band.

Then I leaned back, and let the music do its work. Although, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the jazz lunch entertainment, I think I was the only one that had a camera.

The percussionist is Mr. Phil Beale. He’s not only a drummer, but also an instructor, arranger, and clinician.

The group’s keyboardist is, Mr. Edell Shepherd, who is also a producer and arranger.

Surrounded by the iconic forms of the city, but in a world all its own–with 3 floors of shops, restaurants, and several other businesses–7+Fig is a great place for a relaxing lunch away from the office, right on the corner of 7th and Figueroa.

When Travelin’ Local, where do you like to go for lunch? A quiet café?

Here, in the Entertainment Capital of the world, I can listen to some cool jazz, finish my workday, and head home all within a few hours of time.

Just another day in paradise, what else can I say, expect for my next story!

Pershing Square is the Place to be

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Pershing Square has a long and rich history dating back to 1866.

Its last redesign was in 1994, led by the famed architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect, Laurie Olin. As you can see from the pictures, they did a great job:

Pershing Square is playful and elegant; modern but classical; fun and serious; and it’s practical for the people who work, play, and live in Los Angeles. Pershing Square is able to offer many different things for different people.

With its outdoor concert and event center, Pershing Square hosts an array of free programs for the downtown community. While I was there, people were relaxing, reading, walking their dogs, and just taking in the multitude of sights and sounds of the city.

One of the major annual events Pershing Square hosts is the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, featuring arts and crafts, clowns, magic, and storytelling. It’s a must attend program for families. Did I mention it’s free?

Because I went to Pershing Square on Car-Free Friday, I took the Metro, combining of both bus and subway.

In fact, this was my first time taking the Los Angeles subway. It was easy to navigate, clean, and fast. Although the underground rail was an expensive and controversial project throughout the 80’s and 90’s, obviously its promoters and advocates were correct—an investment in mass transit for Los Angeles was extremely important.

I will definitely be riding the Metro more often–it’s economical, I don’t have to worry about parking, it’s green, and if I want, I can bring my bike along with me.

What more could I ask for?

What park do you enjoy spending a relaxing afternoon at? Did you take a local bus or subway to get there?

For many, Travelin’ Local is the only place and way to go.