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Everything You Need to Know About the Women's March in LA This Weekend

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It’d be nice if we could say we’ve solved all of the country’s problems since last year’s Women’s March, but unfortunately, you know that’s far from the case — so back at it, everyone! The 3rd Annual Women’s March LA will take place this Saturday, the same day as hundreds of others around the country and world (including the mother of them all in DC).

As usual, the goals of the Women’s Marches are many, including bringing awareness to issues like protecting reproductive freedom; equal pay for equal work; LGBTQ, civil, and immigrant rights; and ending violence against women in addition to registering and educating voters and empowering women to run for office. That’s not to say there haven’t been huge successes since the first march. In LA alone, the march drew more than a million and a half people over the last two years and those voices are clearly being heard: A record-breaking 100-plus women were elected to Congress last fall, helping to give Democrats control of the house. Despite a news cycle that can feel dismal on a daily basis, who knows what more will be accomplished in the coming year?

First things first, though: Here’s everything you know to hit the ground marching this weekend.

When and where does the march start?

The 3rd Annual Women’s March LA is happening this Saturday, January 19, with marchers gathering at Pershing Square at 532 South Olive Street in Downtown LA. The demonstration kicks off at 8:30am with a Tongva Nation Blessing, followed by speakers at 9am for around an hour. At 10am, the march will kick off with participants walking from Pershing Square to City Hall where programming on that stage will start at 11am. The whole event concludes around 2pm, and while you don’t need a ticket or anything, organizers are asking attendees to register in advance to give them an idea of how many people to expect.

How to get there

Security will be tight and plenty of roads will be blocked off as per usual, so take one of the many rail lines to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station if you can, which is just a third of a mile from Pershing Square. Keep in mind, however, that in previous years the trains were packed and it took much longer to get Downtown than usual, so allow extra time. Parking will be close to impossible, but a Lyft or Uber should be able to drop you off a short walk from the starting point.

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What’s the lineup of speakers and performers?

Organizers will most likely be making additions to the speaker lineup until the last minute, but for now, confirmed presenters include celebs, government officials and public advocates like LA Mayor Eric Garcetti; first partner and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom; actors Connie Britton, Laura Dern, Ricki Lake, and Laverne Cox; women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred; Hector Villagara, Executive Director, ACLU Southern California; U.S. Representative Katie Hill; State Senator Maria Elena Durazo; and LA City Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez. Look for plenty of musicians to take the stage, too, Right now MILCK, Raja Kumari, Ingrid Michaelson, Aloe Blacc, Lauren Jauregui, and Maya Jupiter along with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles are set to appear. 

What else to expect

The first year’s message was “Hear our voice,” and last year’s calls to action (with the midterm election less than 10 months away at the time) were “Hear our vote” and “Power to the polls.” This year, Women’s March LA is all about “Truth to Power,” focused (according to organizers) on showing elected representatives that they’re being held accountable and to encourage officials to speak truth to power at all levels of government. Look for community partner booths at the end of the route in and around City Hall, where you’ll be able to do everything from register to vote to support non-profits and grassroots organizations.

Oh, and you remember that Fearless Girl statue that made news a while back when she went head to head with the Charging Bull statue in Lower Manhattan? Well you can get an up-close look at her when she’s on display in Grand Park right next to City Hall; Kristen Visbal, the artist who sculpted it, will also appear as a special guest.

Which hashtags to use

The Twitter account for the LA march is @wmnsmarchla and, in addition to #womensmarch #womensmarchla #WMLA2019 and #TruthToPower, other hashtags to consider adding to your posts include #MeetMeAtTheMarch #WomensWave #womensrights #hearourvoice and #powertothepolls.

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Where to get Women’s March merch

If you order online now, you won’t get any of the items in time for the march, but 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of official merchandise (all of which is designed by local artisans and produced in the area) go to the Women’s March LA Foundation, which organizes the march. It’s a big part of how the group raises funds to pull the whole thing off, so buy something online anyway and/or make a purchase from one of the vendor stands on Saturday. In addition to Truth to Power and Women’s March LA-branded hats and T-shirts, there’s some great Ruth Bader Ginsburg stuff available including a hoodie that reads “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth.” Amen.

If you need last-minute poster ideas

You can find inspiration on Pinterest, but if you’re not the DIY type, you can purchase downloadable templates on Amazon. That said, we’re sure you can come up with something fresh and witty on your own — let the Putin/government shutdown/build a wall puns begin…Sign up here for our daily LA email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun Los Angeles has to offer.

Lizbeth Scordo is a food and lifestyle writer who is still wondering what the hell is going on. Follow her on Instagram @modlizbeth and Twitter @lalizbeth.

Los Angeles

How to Spend a Weekend in Topanga Canyon

Nature and the arts collide in this beloved canyon community.

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Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and known for its vibrant creative community, Topanga is one of Los Angeles’s most prized destinations for art and outdoor enthusiasts alike. And while LA boasts its own sprawling landscape of fun to tap into, you’d be remiss to miss a chance to explore this tucked-away collection of state parks, and cafes, and restaurants-especially when it all rests just 20 minutes away from the city. From a quaint caf√© with dazzling canyon views to a world-renowned, open-air theatre, here are the best ways to pass some time in Topanga now.

Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

Friday

Book dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray
Owner Lucille Yaney opened this iconic restaurant in 1975 after spotting the property on a drive through the canyon with her late husband Ralph, and it’s safe to say she had a good eye. The land perfectly fits into Yaney’s vision of a romantic, alfresco dining space with tables tucked into cozy nooks and gazebos, all beneath canapes and fairy lights. Today, Yaney co-owns the venue with executive chef consultant Brad Miller. Together, they continue to fulfil the restaurant’s original mission to serve pure, natural foods reflective of the season’s best. That approach appears in dishes like 8-Hour Black Vinegar Braised Short Rib with creamy rosemary polenta, duck bacon Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onion and fig jam; Roasted Mushroom Toast with oyster mushrooms and sherry tarragon cream; and Beets & Whipped Black Pepper Creme Fraiche. Consider the carbs here. Pastas and sauces are made in-house and from scratch, as is the bread (available regular or gluten-free), an order of which you won’t want to miss. Check out the wine list, too, which offers a robust organic and biodynamic selection that has helped the restaurant garner some impressive accolades in recent years.

Check into Topanga Canyon Inn
In addition to plenty of excellent Airbnbs available to rent in the Canyon, there’s Topanga Canyon Inn, a charming bed and breakfast comprised of two Mediterranean-style buildings-Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa-both built by the owners. Guests can enjoy bespoke design details in each room, along with gorgeous mountain views from their own private balcony. Come morning, join other travellers for breakfast, served daily at Casa Rosa.

Saturday

Get coffee at Café on 27
Ready your camera for a coffee date at this AM eatery and caf√©, where ample (and busy) outdoor seating offers some of the Canyon’s best views. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available (complete with hearty orders like eggs Benedicts, soups, and club sandwiches), but for lighter morning fare, spring for a pastry and any of their specialty drinks, such as the turmeric latte or Moroccan mocha.

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Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock

Hike Topanga State Park
Spanning 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails, Topanga State Park is the largest state park within the Santa Monica Mountains and one of the world’s largest parks within city limits. Visitors can access the grounds via more than 60 entrances. Once on the trails, enjoy sweeping vistas while exploring the region’s range of plants, habitats, and wildlife, including several resident bird species.

Grab lunch at Topanga Living Café
Guided by their Topanga upbringing and need for a community gathering spot with great eats, sibling team Agustina Ferguson and Bayu Suryawan opened this daytime eatery in 2016. Ever since, locals and visitors have found refuge in the caf√©’s warm, airy space and nourishing, hyper-fresh fare-all California-inspired with global influences. Check it out in plates like the Island Style, a breakfast salad with Balinese corn fritters, a poached egg, and house-made chilli jam, or the tacos (Baja Fish or Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, or Kabocha Squash), made-to-order and served on handmade tortillas. If you’re seeking something shareable, try the Farmers Market Crudite, a seemingly humble order whose bright beet hummus reminds us that eating your vegetables is, indeed, very cool. And take a drink to-go. The team here takes great pride in their coffee (organic espresso, courtesy of their iconic pink La Marzocco machine) and a lineup of made-to-order smoothies, juices, and teas. Shop your way through town
Visitors can stroll through the town centre’s most popular shops for various fun finds, including Moona Star, Pebbles, and Topanga Homegrown. Be sure to stock up on specialty, local snacks at Canyon Gourmet and satiate your sweet tooth while you’re at it. The organic soft-serve there is a must. Pro tip: Top it with any of their artisanal syrups for a winning combo, namely, the vanilla with cardamom.

Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Catch a show at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
This beloved open-air theatre has hosted productions for decades and is recognized worldwide for its Shakespeare interpretations. In addition to its annual summer season, which includes works like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the venue hosts concerts, rehearsals, and classes throughout the year for budding actors and playwrights of all ages.

Snag a slice at Endless Colour
This family-run pizza joint specializes in from-scratch pies with clever topping combinations (think purple potatoes, fontina, and truffle oil in the Purple Molly Potato or spinach, leeks, and goat cheese in the Super Greens). Bring some friends, order a pie or two, and check out the drinks list, which includes offbeat options like orange wines and hard kombucha.

Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery

Sunday

Check out The Canyon Bakery’s “Sunday Funday”
Situated on the grounds of the aforementioned Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, this bakery specializes in naturally leavened breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies using locally sourced, whole grain flours. There’s a takeout window on Sundays, from 9:30 am until the bakery sells out. A strong following lines up for favourites, such as whole grain croissants and gluten-free pizza, so be sure to arrive early to get your fill.

Try tacos to-go at La Chingona
On your way out of town, grab some tacos at La Chingona, where a team puts forth fresh, organic, gluten- and dairy-free tacos. Orders range to include options like grass-fed beef (carne asada), shrimp (wild-caught), and soy chorizo and can be fashioned into plates beyond tacos, too (think tostadas, salads, and bowls). Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; this taco stand sees good demand. Plan accordingly, pending your travels, especially to savour an order or two of the churros.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.

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