EVENTS 2/28 to 3/4

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS DISTRICT by Downtown Muse

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Join me this week in and around the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles — click HERE for photos and more details. While you’re here, eat and drink at our local spots – click HERE for my current Top 10 plus other recommended places to go. If you haven’t already, LIKE my public Facebook page (even if we’re personal friends on my Facebook profile) since updates are posted there.

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TUESDAY 2/28 @ 5-6 PM (Vinyasa) & 6-7:15 PM (Hatha)
ONGOING: Yoga with Annie Freeman
Admission: $12 class (first week FREE for new students – membership available)

Zen out in Al’s Bar? The former punk club – home of “Tip or Die” and where musicians ranging from Beck to Bimbo’s Toolshed played – is now a peaceful oasis/performance space where Annie Freeman can help fix your body after your late-night Saturday stage dives elsewhere in the city.
Archway Yoga @ 305 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013
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WEDNESDAY 2/29 @ 7 PM
PUBLIC TALK: Ectoplasmatic Manifestations
London-based architect Ricardo de Ostos discusses how architecture can mediate the pervasiveness of the contemporary ‘infocalypse’ age and can be an architectural experiment of physical and digital space through the use of interactive design and augmented reality.
SCI-Arc in W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013, (213) 613-2200 x347, public_programs@sciarc.edu
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WEDNESDAY 2/29 @ 6-8:30 PM
FREE EVENT: Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk

The longest-running of its kind in the city, meet your neighbors and get some exercise while ensuring our community’s safety. Founded by Joel Bloom, the weekly event has been kept alive for the past five years by local photographer Scot Ezzell.
Meet at The Pie Hole @ 716 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
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THURSDAY 3/1 @ 8 PM
EVENT: Sketch Comedy Improv Night (Thursdays through March 15)
Admission: $10
Featuring Jackson’s Onus with special guests Popular Science and The Idiots
Archway Theatre @ 305 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013, (213) 237-9933
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THURSDAY 3/1 @ 7-10 PM
FREE EVENT: MOCA Engagement Party “Two in the Bush”
This group gathering is a response to an economy gone to the birds, “instrumentalizing” money and intention led by “economicalists” of CamLab who engage attendees in graphically converting cash amid the sounds of steel (oil) drumming.
MOCA Grand Avenue @ 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012
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FRIDAY 3/2 @ 1-10 PM
ONGOING: Enter the Dragon Exhibition (through Wednesday 3/7, hours vary)
Don’t miss this street art exhibition that celebrates 2012 Chinese Year of the Dragon and showcases art representative of what the Little Tokyo gallery has shown over its past two years of existence. Included are works by artists Cryptik, Tony Hong, Eye One, and Allison Torneros, along with a large-scale collaborative graffiti installation by artists Zes & Augor and affordable prints priced at $500 or less to deck out your own walls. Check out the new retail section focused on local Los Angeles artists. Currently, merchandise by Hit + Run, Cyrcle, James Haunt, Crytik and Grindhaus is available for sale, but owner Brian Lee promises a rotating selection of artist goods, even expanding to include instant and polaroid film, vinyl toys, and zines.
Hold Up Art @ 358 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles 90012, (213) 221-4585
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SATURDAY 3/3 @ 8 PM
MUSIC: Speedway
Based in Venice, California, Speedway is a two-man band featuring Chicagoan muti-instrumentalist J.T. Ross on harmonica, drums and vocals, and Angeleno Kirk “Eli” Fletcher on guitar and vocals (the latter is an ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds sideman considered one of the greatest living blues guitarists of his generation). No cover charge or drink limit.
Villains Tavern @ 1356 Palmetto Ave., Los Angeles 90013 (213) 613-0766
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SUNDAY 3/4 @ 1-3 PM
FREE EVENT: ArtCard Workshop at MOCA Sunday Studio
Attend this drop-in family workshop, get a guided tour of MOCA’s permanent collection, and create your own ArtCard inspired by art in the museum. Presented by a collective of artists through LA-Artist.com (founded in 2009 by filmmaker Oliver Shipley), ArtCard is a community-based art project designed by Shipley to promote and share the wide range and diversity of Los Angeles artistic talent. Blank pre-addressed postcards are given to artists who design them, and volunteers from LA-Artist.com distribute them in public venues throughout Southern CaliforniaWorkshop p
articipants receive free printed ArtCard stickers and six-family passes to MOCA.

MOCA @ 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012 (213) 621-1745
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LOOKING AHEAD
— Sunday 4/15 (and Sunday 10/7): 2012 cicLAvia, L.A.’s biggest street bicycling party
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— Friday 3/9: Benefit Auction for Latino Arts L.A. at Vogue Station Vintage Salon
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