By Evan Henerson

Ethical Consumer Week (ECW) is in full swing. If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area here are 10 fun ways to enjoy the week. 

1. First the Snakes, then the ‘Works. On Friday, April 14, the city’s beloved baseball team, the Dodgers, return home to beautiful Chavez Ravine to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks with a post-show fireworks display to follow the game. Dodger Stadium is an ethical arena as concession workers and players alike are all members of UNITE HERE.

2. Scalia is Back. -- As the fight over who will fill his vacant Supreme Court seat rages on, the late Justice Antonin Scalia will be center stage in “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse. John Strand’s play depicts the sparks that fly between Scalia and the liberal law student who serves as his clerk. Performers at all productions at the historic Pasadena Playhouse are members of Actors Equity Association (AEA).   

3. The Hammer is the Center of the World. Multi hyphenate Artist/activist Jimmie Durham enjoys a major North American retrospective, “Jimmie Durham, at the Center of the World,” at the Hammer Museum. In addition to being staffed by employees from UPTE, the museum is always free. As a bonus, on Wednesday, April 12, the Hammer will screen “A Good Day to Die,” the acclaimed documentary about the life of American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks.

4. #19 is #1 at Langer’s Deli. Hungry foodies flock from all over the city (heck, from all over the state) to consume a mouth-watering #19 hand-cut pastrami sandwich at Langer’s Delicatessen. In addition to its 70 years as an L.A. institution, Langer’s employs proud members of UNITE HERE, Local 11. On April 11, Langer’s receives the first Ethical Employer Buy Blue Ribbon.

5. Guaranteed Star Sightings. When the sun goes down, the night lights come out and Griffith Observatory has the equipment to help bring them that much closer. In addition to regular shows in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon and Samuel Oschin Planetarium, the Observatory offers free public telescope viewing on any evening that the skies are clear. During Ethical Consumer week, star-minded families will enjoy the “Let’s Make a Comet” presentation that has demonstrators mixing common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that's just like the real thing. Griffith Park Employees are members of SEIU. 

6. A Day at the Lake, Valley Style. With more than 250 facilities in L.A. City Recreation and Parks Department, your outdoor recreation choices are practically endless. Lake Balboa at Anthony Beilenson Park is a hub of activity in the San Fernando Valley. With its surrounding bike paths, boats and water fowl, and with sports facilities and golf courses in easy walking range, Lake Balboa offers something for everybody. 

7. Ice(land) Ice(land), Baby! The two-month long Reykjavik Festival continues at the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall (staffed by IATSE). During the “Green Umbrella” performance April 11, conductor/composer Daníel Bjarnason returns to the Disney with a survey of new Icelandic music.

8. Try Your Luck. Whether you go in for Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em or Baccarat, you’ll be sure to find a table at the intimate Crystal Casino. We can’t guarantee winning hands but with UNITE HERE and AFM workers on staff, the odds are good that you’ll have a great time. 

9. Take a Spin Above the City. The view from the BonaVista Lounge at the top of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (staffed by UNITE HERE) is not to be outclassed, and if you don’t care for one particular vista, just stay put, and the revolving lounge will spin you slowly giving you a gorgeous city panorama. The cuisine at the restaurant’s LA Prime, also in the Bonaventure, more than lives up to its name. 

10. No Gondola Needed. Venice is must-do L.A. no matter what the season. The iconic Boardwalk (AKA Ocean Front Walk) is the second most visited spot in Southern California. The artists and street vendors and locals are distinctly L.A. Muscle Beach and the skate scene ooze with character and the beaches (maintained by union lifeguards and maintenance workers) are one of a kind.  

 

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