Night on Broadway will mark the eighth anniversary of Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative – a 10-year plan to revitalize the historic Broadway corridor – with free entertainment and Los Angeles events for all ages along Broadway from 3rd Street to Olympic Boulevard from 5-11 p.m. Jan. 30.
Seven of Broadway’s historic theaters will be filled with acts ranging from acrobats to performance art and comedians to recording artists, while the storied corridor itself will come alive with a multi-block, arts-focused street festival and a huge slate of outdoor activities and entertainment.
Broadway between 3rd and 7th streets will be closed to traffic for the street festival. A stage with live entertainment by Aloe Blacc, Ozomatli, the Spazmatics and others will anchor the northern end of the festival at 3rd Street near the Million Dollar Theatre, where “The Million Dollar Cabaret” will be performed throughout the evening. Grand Central Market will be open late and the remainder of the block will feature popular food trucks and pop-up vendors.
The festival block between 5th and 6th streets will boast a Kids’ Zone presented by Star Education featuring entertaining, interactive and educational S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) exploration for kids of all ages and their parents. Kid’s Zone visitors will enjoy musical performances by talented young rockers in their very own bands, autograph signings by celebrity guests, face painting, karaoke, a giant peg light board, robot games, student-made artwork and exotic wildlife rescued by STAR Eco Station. The Kid’s Zone will also feature a special area dedicated to toddlers and preschoolers offering of inflatable obstacle courses, beach ball fun and creative art making.
Also between 5th and 6th , the kid in all of us will be enthralled by Two Bit Circus, back for 2016 by popular demand. Presenting a space where interactive engineering intersects with technology and spectacle, Two Bit Circus blurs the line between physical and digital playgrounds with robotics, lasers, arcade games and a wearable technology fashion show. By presenting art and science as interactive and fun, they create a gateway that inspires, engages and reinvents the way that people of all ages play and learn.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is curating the festival block of Broadway between 4th and 5th streets, presenting art activations from Downtown artists Andre Miripolsky, as well as a self-contained Zine Fest and printmaking exhibition titled “Paperland Two” at DAC Gallery. Throughout the evening a variety of artist and performers hosted by Isabel Omero will enchant the public with dance, movement and art performances. Street artists will compete live – armed only with paint, brushes, and canvas – to win the favor of the crowds. Last but not least, LA Opera feature large-scale video projections and a booth installation to introduce its latest production of The Magic Flute.
A Silent Disco Party will unfold for participants between 4th and 5th streets through a HUSHconcerts headphone interface, offering a unique way to experience live music. Guests wear wireless headphones and enjoy an individualized, high-energy musical performance with crisp, clear sound regardless of their position in the audience. The Silent Disco Party will feature music by DJ Spumoni, Winner, DJ Oscure, Noncoding, LVNGRM and Morillo.
The intersection of Broadway and 5th Street will also be alive with activity – from a complimentary bike valet coordinated by the L.A. Bicycle Coalition and DTLA Bikes to a five-story Ferris wheel overlooking the Downtown L.A. skyline and historic Broadway corridor, allowing a bird’s-eye view of Downtown.
Down the block, ArtShare L.A. will bring the Arts District to Broadway with an “Arts District Arcade,” representing more than 100 local artists. The arcade will feature seven pop-up galleries in the historic Broadway-Spring Arcade building, eight live mural activations, a community LEGO mosaic and a 20-foot community mural. In a first-ever attempt at projection mapping on Broadway, the exterior of the historic Roxie Theatre will be transformed. Mapjacks Projection Mapping Crew and Evan Weitzberg will tell a story through the surface of the Roxie Theatre using light and video projection. Adjacent to the Roxie, an interactive Tetris installation will captivate audiences.
The cutting-edge creatives at DTLA’s Think Tank Gallery will curate art and activities between 6th and 7th streets. Chessboxing will make its encore Night on Broadway appearance in a special outdoor ring. Chessboxing bouts will feature special guest boxers competing for charity, and a surprise referee or two! A mural garden curated by Think Tank Gallery and Superchief Gallery will line the street, featuring vans and box trucks up to 16 feet covered in murals by world-renowned artists. They will additionally host installation artists and pop-ups inside the vehicles, on view for guests to enjoy and even take home with them, with a custom-built prints boutique selling works from international and local artists.
Also on this block, inside the Los Angeles Theatre, sculptor/installation artist Scott Hove, known for his work with Banksy on Dismaland, will stage an exhibit in the dramatic L.A. Theatre ballroom. “Slow Disco” is a dreamy and ethereal light experience resembling a disco, but on a very slow speed. Elsewhere in the theater, New Filmmakers Los Angeles will present a program of short films made by L.A. filmmakers about Los Angeles. Think Tank Gallery and Superchief will once again host a split exhibition, with the former presenting Broadway-centric watercolor works painted by artist Shplinton. Superchief will be curating an immersive pop-up with some of the most culturally progressive artists around!
Across the street, the historic Palace Theatre stage will host electronic musical artists The Clouds Below, while Patrick McPheron’s sci-fi photographic experience INVASION, depicting a retro-futuristic society inhabited by beautiful humans, diabolical masterminds and alien life forms both organic and synthetic, will captivate audiences downstairs,.
The street festival concludes at 7th Street, but Night on Broadway continues south all the way to Olympic. The Tower Theatre curated by Think Tank Gallery will feature comedic acts including Reggie Watts; BAKED with Brendan Small and Steve Agee; The Blue Truth; and parody heavy metal tribute band Mac Sabbath. The Globe Theatre will stage the Broadway debut of Rebel Bingo, curated by Think Tank Gallery.
At 9th Street, the Orpheum Theatre will feature performing arts troupe ZenArts with “The Last Night,” and onward to Olympic Boulevard, the Theatre at Ace Hotel will host multiple acts curated by The Well, including OWSLA and Mad Decent recording artists; Viva Presents Thee Commons and Slow Hollows; Calentura; and a special engagement by singer songwriter James Fauntleroy providing a fantastic array of live entertainment. An L.A. designer fashion showcase, market and exhibition including Zanerobe, Skingraft, Drifter, The Squad, YRU, Dimepiece and others will round out the robust activities at the Ace.
Learn more about the full slate of activities and transportation options at www.nightonbroadway.la.