Happy Chinese New Year!

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The Year of the Snake
The Snake (蛇) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar, as well as in related East Asian zodiacal or calendrical systems. The Year of the Snake is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
According to one mythical legend, there is a reason for the order of the 12 animals in the 12 year cycle. The story goes that a race was held to cross a great river, and the order of the animals in the cycle was based upon their order in finishing the race. In this story, the snake compensated for not being the best swimmer by hitching a hidden ride on the horses hoof, and when the horse was just about to cross the finish line, jumping out, scaring the horse, and thus edging it out for sixth place.
The same 12 animals are also used to symbolize the cycle of hours in the day, each being associated with a two-hour time period. The “hour” of the snake is 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the time when the sun warms up the earth, and snakes are said to slither out of their holes.

JDilla Tonight!

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Each year in February we pay tribute to one of the most slept-on producer’s of all time, J DILLA. James Dewitt Yancey, also known as Jay Dee, J Dilla, King James, Dil Cosby, McNasty Filth, JD, Dil Withers or just plain Dilla, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990’s hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. Dilla worked with big-name acts such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Common & many more including his group Slum Village, all the while releasing countless productions, solo albums, singles, beat tapes and collaborations up until his death. Yancey died in 2006 from a rare blood disease, but his legacy lives strong in the hearts of hip hop lovers around the world. Tonight, February 7th would have been DILLA’s 39th birthday, so Los Angeles is celebrating the birth of a legend! Join us at NOLA’s in downtown LA for “RAISE IT UP” one very special night in observance of the late great J DILLA, with an amazing line-up of guest performers including HOUSE SHOES, DJ RHETTMATIC, OH NO, BLU, MED and many more, plus a rare appearance by the spectacular FANTASTIC FOUR (J.Rocc, C-Minus, Mr. Choc & Truly Odd) paying tribute. HIT+RUN will be in the house screenprinting exclusives DILLA designs with all proceeds going to Ma Dukes. The event is FREE so there’s no excuse for anyone to miss this awesome night in LA….F the police, Turn it up, and Let’s go!

NOLA’s (734 E. 3rd St, downtown LA, CA 90013)
930pm – 2am | 21+ | FREE ADMISSION All Night!