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Local Information


That page gives public transit information, including detailed instructions and photos for the trip from downtown. If you plan to drive, visitor parking is $8, and is likely a 10-15 minute walk from the conference venue.


There are many, many dinner, drink, and coffee options in downtown LA, most of which are less than five years old. The map collects ones that I have enjoyed or had very strongly recommended to me. Price ranges on restaurants are approximate.

Travel to Pasadena for the SEP

Local Events and Activities during FEW
The Million Dollar Theater (historic 1920's movie theater at 3rd St and Broadway)
Thursday - screening of Chef followed by discussion of the movie, the Korean taco truck, and more with local multicultural food hero Roy Choi
Grand Performances (free concerts at California Plaza, up the escalators at 3rd St and Grand Ave)
Friday at 8 pm - Angélique Kidjo
Saturday at 7:30 pm- Panóptica Orchestra
DTLA Night Market (at Pico and Flower, by the Staples Center)
Friday and Saturday - outdoor market featuring southeast Asian food and goods - $10 admission, discount with Metro pass
The Hollywood Bowl (major concert venue, ride the Red Line to North Hollywood and take the free shuttle)
Saturday - Opening Night star-studded gala (tickets available from $18)
Sunday - Janelle Monae (tickets available from $36)
The La Brea Tar Pits (outdoor park and Ice Age fossils as well as a museum, ride the 20 bus to Wilshire and Hauser)
Saturday - the Ice Age Hair Ball - party with scientists with funny hair styles ($75)

Accommodations:
Accommodations appear to be fairly expensive. Most hotels in reasonable locations seem to be about $200 a night, though a few appear to be cheaper at the moment. If you would like to be put in touch with other conference-goers to try to share the costs of accommodations (either splitting a hotel room with two or three, or an AirBnB apartment with a larger group), contact Kenny Easwaran at easwaran@usc.edu.

Recommended hotels: (prices may change as the dates get closer)
    • Kawada Hotel - Old hotel in downtown, a 15 minute walk, or 3 minute subway ride, from a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 15 minutes. Slightly dead area, but lots of bars and restaurants about three blocks away. Approximately $130 a night during the conference.
    • Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles - Bland chain hotel in downtown, directly above a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 15 minutes. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby. Approximately $155 a night during the conference.
    • The O Hotel - Fancy boutique hotel, one block from a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 15 minutes. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby. Approximately $160 a night during the conference.
    • Vagabond Inn Los Angeles at USC - Budget motel, a few blocks from USC, about a 15 minute walk to the conference site. A few lunch-oriented restaurants nearby, but a 12 minute Metro ride to downtown, where there are more options. Approximately $160 a night during the conference.
    • The Figueroa Hotel - Historic 1920's Moroccan-themed hotel, two blocks from a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 13 minutes. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby, including the Staples Center and Nokia Theater. E-mail them for prices - reviews say it is less expensive than other downtown locations.
    • The Millenium Biltmore - Historic downtown hotel, three blocks from a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 15 minutes. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby. Approximately $200 a night during the conference.
    • The Hilton Checkers - Historic downtown hotel, three blocks from a Metro station that takes you to the conference site in 15 minutes. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby. Approximately $200 a night during the conference.
    • Radisson Midtown at USC - Chain hotel across the street from campus, about a 10 minute walk to the conference site. Very few bars and restaurants nearby, but a 12 minute Metro ride to downtown, where there are more options. Approximately $200 a night during the conference.
Slightly higher end hotels available in downtown range from The Standard to the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton.

Some other slightly higher end hotels are available at subway stations in Koreatown or Hollywood, at stops 7-15 minutes from the Metro station where one will transfer to the 15 minute ride to the conference. Some noteworthy examples include The Line Hotel in Koreatown, The W Hollywood, The Redbury, and The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

There are many lower-budget hotels available in Koreatown and East Hollywood within a block or two of subway stops, 7-15 minutes from the Metro station where one will transfer to the 15 minute ride to the conference. I haven't checked rates and availability to see which are better priced than ones listed above. Some examples are the Comfort Inn and the Howard Johnson.

AirBnb is also a great option for finding a place to stay, especially if you have a group of people that want to share an apartment. Look for places in downtown within walking distance of 7th and Flower - definitely stay west of Main St. Also look for places in Koreatown or Hollywood within walking distance of a subway station.
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