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Tour of DTLA Arts District and Hopscotch Murals with Cartwheel Art Tours

November 14, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm



Join us on an urban exploration tour in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, where Cartwheel Art Tours is offering to our guests, a unique perspective and immersive experience in art, food/beverage and history, with a focus on supporting artists and artisan businesses in our neighborhood.

This tour itinerary has been created as a tie-in to Hopscotch, a unique opera performance occurring for three weekend in the DTLA Arts District, and will be led by Cindy Schwarzstein, Cartwheel Art Tours, founder and director, All City Mural Endeavor (ACME) founding member and Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA) board member.

Cindy will guide us through her neighborhood, where in addition to learning about the developments occurring in one of Los Angeles’s most unique, dynamic, art-centric and rapidly changing neighborhoods, once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the LA River, we will be viewing murals including those specifically being painted during the weekends of Hopscotch in the Arts District. This in addition to meeting some of the artists painting the murals, who have been invited by All City Mural Endeavor (ACME).

The tour will end at The Central Hub, the focal point of the entire Hopscotch production, located in the parking lot of SCI-Arc in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, where guests will experience 24 live chapters of the intimate performance occurring inside the cars, that will be streaming live from 24 screens offering guests a glimpse of simultaneous life in Los Angeles. As headphones will be distributed on a first-come limited capacity beginning at 12:30pm when the Central Hub opens, we have planned for the tour to end there in order to receive Sennheiser’s superb Momentum headphones. It is here where guests will be experiencing the temporary structure designed by SCI-Arc faculty members Constance Vale and Emmett Zeifman as well.

Note: the finale for Hopscotch will be will occur at the end of each performance day at approximately 4:30pm.

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NOTE: Cartwheel Art Tours was recently mentioned as a go-to for guided tours in the DTLA Arts District by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

More about Hopscotch:

What if a car became the tool for a transformed view of your own city? After the runaway success of INVISIBLE CITIES, The Industry, LA’s home for new and experimental opera, will move audiences in a whole new way with its latest project Hopscotch, an audacious new operatic experience that takes place inside a network of crisscrossing cars throughout the cityscape of Los Angeles. The first-ever car opera, Hopscotch makes its world premiere on Saturday, October 31 for a limited run through November 15. Because the live performance will be experienced inside the vehicles, tickets will be limited. Tickets for Hopscotch can be purchased here.

Performance dates for Hopscotch are Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Nov. 14, and Nov. 15. There will be three performances each day.

“After embedding opera into the everyday life of LA’s Union Station in Invisible Cities, we’re now turning the entire city of Los Angeles as the stage for Hopscotch,” said Yuval Sharon, director of Hopscotch and artistic director of The Industry. “By disorienting the audience’s experience of the city, we want Hopscotch to consider driving a metaphor for understanding identity, community, and love.”

A large-scale collaboration created with six Los Angeles-based composers (Veronika Krausas, Marc Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Norman, Ellen Reid, and David Rosenboom) and six writers (Tom Jacobson, Mandy Kahn, Sarah LaBrie, Jane Stephens Rosenthal, Janine Salinas Schoenberg, and Erin Young), and featuring more than 100 artists—not to mention 24 drivers, Hopscotch tells an original story of a disappearance across time. Additional music for Hopscotch is composed and performed by Michelle Shocked, Odeya Nini and Phillip King.

The audience can experience the work in both the intimacy of a car, where artists and audiences share a confined space; or for free at The Central Hub, a large pop-up outdoor structure at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in downtown Los Angeles. At The Hub, all 24 journeys are live-streamed simultaneously to create a dizzying panorama of life in Los Angeles while allowing a much larger audience to experience the performance. The Central Hub is being created with technical support by Sennheiser and Bexel Audio Specialists.

The opera is divided into three distinct 90-minute routes. Patrons will embark on multiple journeys to secret destinations while experiencing a patchwork of scenes both inside and outside the vehicles. Each journey tells eight chapters of one master narrative, with each car offering a new experience. Hopscotch makes each audience member the protagonist of their own experience, offering both an unforgettably intimate experience inside the car and a spectacular overview of LA for a larger audience at The Central Hub.

Hopscotch follows up on The Industry’s widely acclaimed INVISIBLE CITIES, a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the subject of an Emmy-winning documentary. An innovative collaboration with Sennheiser, INVISIBLE CITIES gave audience members wireless headphones to discover the singers and dancers among the everyday life of LA’s Union Station. Selling out before opening night, the production became a cultural sensation in Los Angeles resulting in international attention.

Hopscotch is being independently produced by The Industry with generous support from individual patrons and foundations. The piece is commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Yuval Sharon’s ‘Director’s Chair” is underwritten by Stephen Block, Leslie Lassiter, and Raulee Marcus. Leadership support for Hopscotch comes from the Aileen Getty Foundation. Major support is also provided by Mary Ann O’Connor and Stuart Meiklejohn, and Daniel Lewis. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional commissioning support for Ellen Reid is provided by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

More about The Industry:

Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry is an independent, artist-driven company creating experimental productions that expand the traditional definition of opera and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes “The Industry is quickly and dramatically becoming an essential component in American opera. It’s now indispensable to the LA scene.” The Industry’s inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney’s Crescent City, was instantly hailed as “reshaping LA opera” (Los Angeles Times). In October 2013, The Industry staged the world premiere of Christopher’s Cerrone’s award-winning Invisible Cities. Experienced via headphones at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station, the production became a runaway success, completely selling out all 13 performances before opening night. Lauded as “the opera of the future” by WIRED Magazine, the production received awards across multiple disciplines, including an Emmy Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Music, Ovation Award nominations and acceptance to the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. By merging media and through interdisciplinary collaborations, we produce works that inspire new audiences for the art form. We believe that new opera opens space for imagination, engagement, dialogue, and connection. The Industry serves as an incubator for new talent and for artists predominantly based in Los Angeles. For more information visit: www.TheIndustryLA.org.