The sounds of beating drums, clashing cymbals and thundering gongs echoed across Playa Vista as a troupe of lion dancers in bold crimson-and-gold costumes used a mix of martial arts and dance to imitate the movements of lions. The occasion: Lunar New Year.
Local residents and employees came out to the Central Park Bandshell on Jan. 28 and to Concert Park on Feb. 2 to watch the traditional lion dance that first began in China in the third century. For Playa Vistans, celebrating Lunar New Year was not only a way to deepen their connections with co-workers, family and neighbors, but also a way to celebrate the beautiful diversity in our community.
This is the year of the Fire Rooster, and the Chinese zodiac says that people born under this sign are trustworthy, punctual and have a good work ethic —
qualities perfect for fitting into this progressive tech hub.
In this issue of Playa Vista Direct, hard-working “Top Chef” alum Brooke Williamson personally introduces us to her new restaurant, Da Kikokiko, a cozy Hawaiian poke café that opened at Runway in October. Williamson and her self-proclaimed “Spam fanatic” husband Nick Roberts were eager to try their hand at bringing a taste of traditional Pacific island culture to curious palates in Playa Vista.
Interior designer Marisa Avallon and her husband Greg opened up their Woodson home to share the “beachy, organic” design choices that fit their active lifestyle amidst the peacefulness of Playa Vista.
Tanya Fishburn and Erica Brookhart are the founders of So Fly Kids, a new dance studio at Runway. Together they are fostering the creative spirit of tiny dancers by encouraging laughter and imagination while teaching precise ballet moves with funny French names, inspiring dozens of happy toes daily.
As you read this issue of Playa Vista Direct, I hope you take time to recognize the diversity and creative fire in your own life as you begin this Year of the Fire Rooster.
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