Ecuador is a democratic republic located in the South America.  The famous Galapagos Islands are also part of Ecuador. It gained its independence in 1830 with Spanish as the main language along with eleven other languages.  Because of the huge diversity of species in plants and animals available there it is considered one of the most biologically diverse countries of the world.


The Ecuadorian community in Los Angeles started celebrating their independence day since 1999.  This festival parade known as Fiestas Patrias invites the other Ecuadorians as well as other people in the community to take part in their celebrations.  This platform serves as an important point for promotion of business, tourism, as well as culture of the republic.  The entrance into the parade is absolutely free.  The fun festival brings to the people its unique cuisine, dancers, crafts, musical groups and so much more to cherish.  The festival is equipped to cater thousands of people to full Ecuador cuisine menu.  The people in Ecuador eat a variety of dishes with meat, corn, potato and rice.  You will find sea food as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.  The festival shall include a display and sale of commercial products, tourism tickets, fun games for everyone as well as business promotions.  Ecuador is a medium income country that is working hard to better its economy by promoting its tourism and businesses.  This is one such platform.


The sixteenth annual parade shall be conducted on the 10th of August starting from Placita Olvera, Main Street, Cesar Chavez Avenue, down town Los Angeles.  Sunday is great for participation in parades.  The parade shall include car clubs, motor bikes, dance groups, beauty queens and businesses.  The parade and the festivities shall carry on from 10a.m till 6p.m evening.  Kids and adults both will have a great time in the colorful activities of the day.


Reaching the festival will not be much of a problem as the transport system of Los Angeles is well intact with taxis, metro and lax car services.  One finds the transportation services as convenient.  Taxis can be expensive; however there always is the metro to the rescue.  If you are less familiar with these, 1800fly1800 can always be opted for which have proved good over time.  though the peak hours are rush in spite of humongous road system, going a bit early towards the desired place is always advisable as might get stuck in a traffic jam.  This is one of the most populous metropolitan cities of America.


Los Angeles is well known for its never ending events and buzz life.  It is true to be known as the city of lights or the city that never sleeps.  Home to the world of stars, Hollywood, Disneyland, this place has so much in the offerings.  Spending vacations here or coming for a business this place welcomes everyone with an agenda with open arms.



About the Author

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist born in December 1961 in West Germany. Thirteen of his novels have so far been published while seven non-fiction books also adds to his credit. He also contributed towards films and television by his dramatic works and screen plays. He received an honorary degree from University of British Columbia in May 2010. He further received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Simon Fraser University in 2007. In recognition of his work and contribution to literature, Douglas was also awarded honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University presented to him in University’ 2013 Convocation at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto Ontario. He was given membership of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007.

He wrote his first book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture in 1991. The term Generation X was although existed before but he used this term in his novel to describe about the generations that were born in late 1950s and 1960s. The book was a great commercial success.

His second novel Shampoo Planet was published in 1992 which was focused on next generation ‘Global Teens’ who are born with computers and music videos surrounded them. He comes back to Generation X in his third book, Life after God (1994) which is a collection of short stories about faithless and hopeless young adults. In 1995 he wrote ‘Microserfs’ the story of which revolves around young computer programmers who are dissatisfied with this big corporate’ environment. His other novels includes Girlfriend in Coma (1998), Miss Wyoming (2001), All Families are Psychotic (2001) and God Hates Japan (2001) among others.

His non-fiction writings were Polaroids from the Dead (1996), Lara’ s Book : Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider phenomenon (1998), City of Glass (2000) and Extra Ordinary Canadians : Marshall McLuhan.

Douglas is not only a writer but also a famous visual artist and his work has been exhibited and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In collaboration with the architectural firm ‘Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, he also designed a downtown Toronto Park in which Douglas’ own sculptures are incorporated.

Douglas is a well-known commentator on art, literature and culture in Canada, America and Europe. He was nominated for The Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, and Roger Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2009.

About the Event & Venue 

In his appearance at Skirball Center, Coupland will discuss about his new novel ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’ on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm. ‘Skirball Cultural Center is one of the world’s most dynamic and leading Cultural institution and among top of the line cultural venue in Los Angeles. With more than 600,000 foot fall every year, it welcomes all sort of ethnic and cultural events in America.

It is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles. If you are coming on your own car from Lax, Take the I-405 (San Diego Freeway) North and then exit from Skirball Center Dr./Mulhland. You need to take right then to Skirball Center. For further directions for driving to the venue or taking Metro, you may visit Skirball Center’ official website. You can also hire 1800fly1800 to reach the venue.

An Event at Zocalo to Discuss: Will Obama care Really Help L.A.’s Immigrants?


About the Event

The event is organized on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm to discuss about the details and implications of The Affordable Care Act of Obama as it affect the Immigrants of Los Angeles and in general the health care services as a whole. This Act has been portrayed as to have a universal cover for health care but as a matter of fact it do not even cover the undocumented adult immigrants and they have been deprived of the benefits of this Act and in the same way the obligations. At the same time not only the undocumented immigrants but also many thousands of people who are living lawfully in the country would not be able to get cover under the Act. At the same time, the complications in this Act are more likely to affect the immigrant’s families in which the legal status of each member and the English Language skill differs. The discussion will cover how the immigrants whether they are documented or not can go through the bill which is famous for it’s difficult to understand complexities. It will also be discussed if the new clinics and further investment in health care which will take place as a result of provisions of this law will ultimately benefit the immigrants. Will the expansion of US citizen coverage and that of the Green Card holders will further isolate people who recently arrived US.

The Visitors

The health insurance study director at University of California, Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research, Shana Alex Lavarreda will be among the prominent speakers to discuss how immigrant’s communities in Los Angeles and throughout the California could cope with the new health care laws that are brought through this Act.

Miss Shana Alex has previously worked on numerous projects with respect to Health care which includes the Evaluation of 12 Months Continuous Eligibility in Medi-Cal Project, the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) and State of health insurance in California (SHIC). She is also an expert in analysis of health insurance data from California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) through which she gives comprehensive estimates on the health care services in the state. Her research particularly focuses on the discontinued heath insurance with respect to low income children and further its impact on access to health care.

Among other speakers will be CEO St. John’s Well Chid and Family Centre, Jim Mangia and health policy attorney at National Immigration Law Centre Gabrielle Lessard.

About the Venue

Situated at Goethe-Institute Los Angeles at 5750 Wilshire Boulevard, Zocalo Public Square is a place where people are connected to ideas and to each other for discussion on topics in an open, accessible and broad minded spirits.

How to Reach

If you are coming on your own car, you should enter on Wilshire at Courtyard Place, one block to the east of Curson.  Parking Fee is $1 while free street parking is available after 7 pm. You can also hire 1800fly1800 to reach the venue. If you opt to come on public transport, Metro is another option to reach Zocalo.

1800fly1800 Celebrating Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 At Hollywood Bowl

Coming Soon Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 At Hollywood Bowl

comming soon Play boy Jazz Festival 2014 at Hollywood Bowl

This is an annual event which is being held in Los Angeles since 1979 at the Hollywood Bowl.  The event was held for the first time in Chicago in 1959.  It is organised by the Playboy Enterprises which features new as well as established music icons.  Like always this festival shall be held in the month of June on a Saturday and Sunday that is 14 and 15 of April from 3 am to 11 am at the Hollywood Bowl.  It is an example of good quality entertainment and Playboy has been striving to give the maximum to its fans.  The event shall mark the 36th anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival.  Numerous artists like Dianne Reeves, Jamie Cullum, Kenny Barron Trio, Tia Fuller, Fantasia, and many more are coming to give you the best performances of a life time.  Enjoy yourself by planning your time and clock with the calendar for the Playboy concert.  There will be the perfect ambiance created with the high tech beautiful shell of performances matched with the gat music by the solo artists and the bands.


This event has always been a treat for jazz and non jazz lovers both.  This event invites record number of fans to make the event a success.  Its tickets are available online on various rats depending upon the place of your seat.  You could easily buy them online through ticketmaster.com.

The Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheatre built in the 1920’s is located in the north of Hollywood Boulevard.  It gets its distinctive name because of its egg shell shaped construction.  This place has a long history of demolishing and reconstruction of its designed shells from acoustics point of view.  However in 2003 it as constructed keeping in view the previous designs and the most technologically advanced acoustics.  Many a great performances have been held here by well known artists and bands.  Behind the shell on can see the famous Hollywood hills and the famous Hollywood sign.  The highest number of fans made to this place is more than twenty six thousand.

Parking & Charges

Parking at the bowl can be a difficult task because it is very limited. The parking charges are $17 to $45.  General parking is available in lot A, B and C.  Lot B also has an electric cart available.  Arriving early at the bowl is an option to do away with the hassle.  The Bowl’s shuttle service also turns to provide you the service. A round trip costs $5 per person and its tickets are easily available online.  You may park your car in the neighborhood and take the shuttle for going and coming back from the concert.  The regular metro lines no.156 and 222 will be dropping you off at the Bowl.   (1800fly1800 ) are also available which let you be picked up and dropped only by a call away.  Motor bikes can also be parked in lots A and B with minimal charges of $8.