EXHIBIT & BOOK: MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District

MUSEings-MRB-Colette-Miller-webCLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Arts District! Visit Art Share L.A. to see “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District.” The exhibit features artworks by artists inspired by my photographs; selections from my new book are also on view. Reinterpreting my images, over 40 artists created new works of art: Jari “Werc” AlvarezA.S. AshleyQathryn BrehmJesse BurgosGary CallahanDiego Cardoso, Susie S. Chang, Jaime ColindresKikki EderRamiro FauveClemente Garcia LassaulxMargaret GarciaTom GarnerKristopher GeeYolanda GonzalezJacinto GuevaraChristian HernandezJavi HerreraMiriam JacksonJeremy Thomas KunkelGeorge LabradaLili LakichBonnie Lambert, Lauren A. Langford, LebaTod LychkoffTed MeyerColette MillerPatricia R. Mitchell, Valerie MitchellAlberto Miyares, Birgitte MoosJ.W. PippenWenceslao QuirozPatti Lou RichardsonRick RobinsonSandy RodriguezAlex SchaeferSEKShadowMonsterBearRoderick SmithAnna StumpBob Ujszaszi, Jerico Woggon, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

Participating artists incorporated artistic license to create narrative and representational art based on my photographs utilizing a wide range of styles, including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider. Their work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more. Because I am inspired daily by art and artists, it’s natural for me to involve people whose work I love and admire by sharing their creativity through this exhibit.

Together with 52 photographs from the book, the MUSE-ings exhibit features 51 original works of art. Proceeds from artwork and book sales during the exhibit’s run benefit Art Share L.A., a nonprofit community center, which is a sanctuary for the arts and their creators that provides 30 live/work units and 14,000 sq. ft of creative space in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more, visit www.artsharela.org.

Book Launch & Exhibit Opening: Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Closing Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District
January 18 through February 8, 2014
Warehouse Gallery at Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013

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BUY MY BOOK! MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles includes 92 full-color images. Designed by Christy Addis, the book is distributed nationally through Amazon.com and other retail outlets. Locally, signed copies are available for sale in the Arts District at The Pie Hole at 704 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013 and online through my website at www.downtownmuse.com/book. The hard-cover publication retails for $25 plus tax and shipping (96 pages, 8.5” square in size).

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FREE: New Year’s Day Festival in Little Tokyo

Because of its location, I’m in Little Tokyo as much as I’m seen wandering around the Arts District. I love going there because, even with recent gentrification happening there as well, you still find traditional Japanese art and culture alive and thriving.

Coming soon is Little Tokyo’s celebration of the New Year on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, now in its 15th year. Hosted by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, the Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) Festival is a FREE community event that offers traditional food, martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, arts and crafts, dance performances, and this year, even a kimono fashion show!

OPENING CEREMONY – 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Weller Court
123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles 90012

FESTIVITIES – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Japanese Village Plaza
335 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles 90012

Scroll down to read more about this annual celebration, plus information on Japanese foods and other “first” traditions surrounding the New Year:

Oshogatsu (New Year; literally means “new month”) is one of the most important celebrations of the year in Japan. It is a festive occasion that evolved from rituals associated with the changes of season, which is important to Japanese farming. In Japan, events begin on New Year’s Eve (called “Omisoka”) with the tradition of striking the Joya no kane (Joya means “New Year’s Eve” and kane means “bell”) shrine bell at Buddhist temples. There are 108 strikes representing 108 bonno (human sins or worldly concerns in Buddhist belief); each toll symbolizes leaving each bonno from the old year behind. During this ceremony, reverberations from the preceding toll must dissipate before the next strike occurs. The last peal of the bell is struck at midnight, coinciding with the first few seconds of the New Year; signifying a new beginning, enabling the start of a prosperous and joyous year. After the bells finish ringing, the ritual is to feast on soba noodles to celebrate.

TRADITIONAL FOODS: In addition to soba noodles, other foods enjoyed during the Japanese New Year celebration include osechi-ryōri typically shortened to osechi. This consists of boiled seaweed (konbu), fish cakes (kamaboko), mashed sweet potato with chestnut (kurikinton), simmered burdock root (kinpira gobō), and sweetened black soybeans (kuromame). Many of these dishes are sweet, sour, or dried, so they can keep without refrigeration — the culinary traditions date to a time before households had refrigerators and now when most stores closed for the holidays. There are many variations of osechi, and some foods eaten in one region are not eaten in other places (or are considered unfortunate or even banned) on New Year’s Day. Another popular dish is ozōnia soup with mochi rice cake and other ingredients that differ based on various regions of Japan. Today, sashimi and sushi are often eaten, as well as non-Japanese foods. To let the overworked stomach rest, seven-herb rice soup (nanakusa-gayu) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu. Another custom is creating rice cakes (mochi). Boiled sticky rice (mochigome) is put into a wooden shallow bucket-like container and patted with water by one person while another person hits it with a large wooden mallet. Mashing the rice, it forms a sticky white dumpling. This is made before New Year’s Day and eaten during the beginning of January. Mochi is also made into a New Year’s decoration called kagami mochi, formed from two round cakes of mochi with a tangerine daidai placed on top. The name daidai is supposed to be auspicious since it means “several generations.”

OTHER NEW YEAR’S FIRSTS TO CELEBRATE: Celebrating the new year in Japan also means paying special attention to the first time something is done in the new year. There are many “firsts” to celebrate; the two most popular are: (1) Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the year. Before sunrise on January 1, people often drive to the coast or climb a mountain so that they can see the first sunrise of the new year; and, (2) Hatsumōde is the first trip to a shrine or temple. Many people visit a shrine after midnight on December 31 or sometime during the day on January 1. If the weather is good, people often dress up or wear a kimono. Other “firsts” to celebrate include waraizome (first laughter), starting the New Year with a smile is considered a good sign; hatsuyume (first dream); hatsudayori (first letter), meaning the first exchange of letters; shigoto-hajime (the first work of the new year), keiko-hajime (the first practice of the new year), hatsugama (the first tea ceremony of the new year), and hatsu-uri (the first shopping sale of the new year).

The end of December and the beginning of January are the busiest times for the Japanese post offices. The Japanese have a custom of sending New Year’s Day postcards (nengajō) to their friends and relatives, similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards. However, the origin of this custom exists for people to tell others whom they did not often meet that they were alive and well.

SHOP: Downtown Muse A.D. Shopping Guide

Think you know where to shop in the Arts District? Think again! There’s lots of shopping in the Arts District – well beyond what’s listed in a recent Los Angeles Times article.

MUSE-ings pp 10-11_1TODAY is #ShoptheBlock @ 3:00pm to 6:00pm on 3rd Street and Traction Avenue at many Arts District stores! That’s when I’ll be outside of The Pie Hole, hawking copies of my new book! BUY MY BOOK and GET A FREE PRINT! I have a limited number of prints and copies of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles (officially released and nationally distributed on January 15, 2014).

BELOW IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (available to date) TO ARTS DISTRICT SHOPPING – in person and online! To ensure that you receive current information about Arts District, join my mailing list HERE to get insider tips, news, event announcements, and special promotions!

Shop the Block 300x100HOLIDAY SALES & POP-UP SHOPS
These Arts District-based businesses create and manufacture their goods in the neighborhood, and if they don’t have a retail storefront, often sell to the public throughout the year with their seasonal sample sales, open studios, and pop-up shops.

#ShopTheBlock: This event on 3rd & Traction features holiday specials and snacks at Alchemy Works, Apolis: Common Gallery, District Millworks, Hammer and Spear, Guerilla Atelier, Poketo Store, The Pie Hole, CAN CAN Cleanse, Wurstküche, and more!

Artafacts Holiday Boutique: Artist Bridget Vagedes
428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 247-5774
Holiday Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Black Halo
648 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90021
(213) 893-7600
Holiday Hours – LAST DAY: Sat 12/7 @ 9:00am to 3:00pm

Daily Dose Café Holiday Pop-Up Mart
1820 industrial St. #104, Los Angeles 90021
Holiday Hours – LAST DAY: Sat 12/7 @ 10:00am to 5:00pm

KAIN Label Sample Sale
584 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90013
Holiday Hours: Sat 12/7 and Sun 12/8 @ 9:00am to 5:00pm

Open Studio: Artist & Jeweler Valerie Mitchell
215 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 500-3717
Holiday Hours: Sat 12/14, Sun 12/15 and Mon 12/16 @ 11:00am to 5:00pm

Many of the Arts District-based businesses offer online shopping in addition to onsite sample sales (in fact, before they had their current storefronts, both Apolis and Poketo started as online wholesalers and retailers in the area and still offer wide selections of items online and through retail outlets nationwide).

Order one-of-a-kind, handmade clothing from the comfort of your home. Apliiq uniquely offers customers the opportunity to customize tees, hoodies, sweaters, and accessories by choosing their appliqué patches from deadstock and vintage fabrics to be handsewn on their selections. Learn more about Apliiq and founder Ethan Lipsitz HERE.

Artist Emily McDowell
Check out this fun line of greeting cards and gifts such as tea towels, art prints, temporary tattoos, and even scarves; all adorned with the clever and adorable illustrations of Arts District-based artist Emily McDowell!

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Voice-over talent, “Would You Woodwork?” webseries star, and woodworker C.C. Boyce creates beautiful handcrafted goods with wood bits rescued from landfills: planters, candleholders, cheeseboards, and even menorahs! Be sure to pick up a 4-oz tin of her Wood Butter, an all-natural wood conditioner made of local beeswax, organic rosemary, coconut oil, and mineral oil. It makes a GREAT lip balm AND protects your cutting board, too!

Flowers & Bones
Check out daily $40 finds at this Arts District-based online boutique run by designer and finder extraordinaire Deborah Glovier who has a knack for discovering just the perfect vintage and artisan-made luxurious items – ranging from bracelets, necklaces, pins, rings, earrings, and handbags to custom furniture and interior accessories.

Green Dragon
Eco-friendly, Arts District-based Green Dragon pieces are made with organic, sustainable, and/or recycled fabrics (the company even repurposes fabric scraps for pillow stuffing, scarves, personal art, and other projects). It offers seasonal collections for women – dresses, tops, coverups, jackets, coats, skirts, pants, and leggings.

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Affiliated with artist RISK and LALA Arts (which also sells prints by RISK and other popular street artists), Buckshot Prints is a direct manufacturer and publisher of the finest handmade large-format serigraph and fine art editions. Each artwork sold is signed and numbered by the artist and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity. Be sure to check out the selections of prints by D*Face and Ron English available for sale online at LALA Arts!

Buy direct from this Arts District-based manufacturer of locally made luxurious linens that are otherwise exclusively distributed by fine specialty stores and interior designers. Pssst …MATTEO Home’s showroom at 912 E. 3rd St., 90013 is expected to reopen in early 2014, which means onsite sample sales may reappear in the future! For the time being, enjoy 20% off MATTEO’s Vintage and Tat Linen plus FREE U.S. shipping!

Artist Melissa Ann Lambert
Check out Arts District-based artist Melissa Ann Lambert’s limited-edition prints!

Minor Thread™ Modern Variety
Artist Charlie Wright creates and sells organic tea and spice blends, lavender sachets, pillows, recycled paper pins and magnets, ribbons, sewing supplies, and more. Be sure to pick up my favorite Tom’s Savory Dry Spice, which Charlie’s father makes using a secret family recipe!

Pink Lotus
While the activewear collection of Arts District-based Pink Lotus is really designed for yoga, working out at the gym, or running around town, it’s perfect for artists and other creative professionals and entrepreneurs who work in their loft spaces. Designed with functionality and comfort in mind, Pink Lotus pieces are made with versatile, yet buttery soft fabrics that feel like a second skin. 

Sour Girls
Through OpenSky where you can buy products online from creative independent designers and small businesses, visit The Sour Girls Store to buy locally made Antlitz Aussie Jewelry. Receive $10 credit for your purchase when you sign up as a member!

Arts District-based THVM (stands for This Here Very Moment and is pronounced “THEM”) designing and producing quality premium denim at affordable prices for men and women.

Unearthen Jewelry
Based in the Arts District (and in New York City), designer Gia Bahm is known for her “enchanting creations” that she seems to “effortlessly transform raw and organic materials into otherworldly objects.” If you missed their recent sample sale, you can still buy her jewelry online in time for holiday gifts.

By appointment recommended or preferred, many local artisans and makers offer limited public hours and some welcome public walk-ins. Call or email before going to ensure that someone is there to help and show you around.

Akai Ito Boutique
941 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles 90012
Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00am to 6:00pm and by appt

District Millworks
917 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
(323) 630-1828
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm and by appt

Replika Vintage
608 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 90012
(323) 251-7613
Hours: Vary … drop by or make an appt

Traction Press & Riitta’s Cards
837 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 617-8190
Hours: By appointment only
Not open? Buy a gift voucher from Apolis – handmade by Traction Press!

Here’s the quick list of several retail storefronts in the Arts District; some mentioned in the recent Los Angeles Times article and others that were missed. Hours may vary by season, so be sure to check before going!

12345 Clothing
811 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 221-7858
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am to 7:00pm

Alchemy Works
826 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Apolis: Common Gallery
806 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 613-9626
Hours: Mon-Wed 12:00pm to 6:00pm and Thu-Sun 12:00pm to 7:00pm

The Artform Studio: Hair & Records
701 E. 3rd St #120, Los Angeles 90013
(213) 613-1050
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am to 7:00pm

Audrey & Lenny Boutique
830 Traction Ave., 2nd Fl., #2H, Los Angeles 90013
(626) 380-7532

Cleveland Art
110 N. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 626-1311
Hours: Mon-Fri  8:30am to 4:30pm and Sat 10:30am to 4:00pm

Guerilla Atelier
821 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90012
(310) 365-2194
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 6:30pm and Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Hammer and Spear
255 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 928-0997
Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00am to 6:00pm and Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Nadia Geller Designs Studio & Home Market
1801 E. 7th St, Los Angeles 90021
(213) 488-1081
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm

Poketo Store
820 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 537-0751
Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Sat-Sun 11:00am to 7:00pm

SCI-Arc Architecture and Art Supply Store
955 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 356-5309
Hours: Mon and Wed 10:00am to 8:00pm; Tue and Thu 10:00am to 6:00pm; Fri 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sat-Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Urban Radish
661 Imperial St., Los Angeles 90021
(213) 892-1570
Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00am to 9:00pm

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: For only $25 or more, pick up one of Urban Radish’s “Made in L.A. Gift Basket, which features some of this local grocer’s most loved products. You can even customize it for yourself or the person to whom will be receiving it!

Woo HQ & Souvenir Shop
209 S. Garey St., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 687-4800
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sat 11:00am to 7:00pm

EVENTS: Booksignings and Print Sales for MUSE-ings!

Join me at these holiday events where I’ll be hawking prints and a limited number of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles books (national distribution begins on January 15, 2014!).

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The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013

TODAY is #ShoptheBlock and I’ll be at The Pie Hole where you can BUY MY BOOK, get it signed, and GET A FREE PRINT (while supplies last – 8″ borderless print comes without a frame or a mat).

SAT 12/7 @ 7 PM to 12 midnight
Plaza de la Raza
3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles 90031

ROMERO STUDIO HOLIDAY ART SHOW: Look for me on Saturday at this 32nd annual event hosted by Sharon & Frank Romero and featuring artists Margaret GarciaDavid Flury, Carlos AlmarazPatssi ValdezYolanda Gonzalez, Rosie Getz, and photographer Oscar Castillo. Visa, Mastercard, checks and cash accepted.

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Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit A7, Santa Monica 90404

BOOK FAIR for PHOTOGRAPHERS and ARTISTS: Join me for an afternoon of mingling with photo collectors, art lovers, friends, and others where I’ll be showing my photographs and selling copies of my book, along with Sara Jane Boyers, Richard Chow, Steve Daly, Elena Dorfman, Judy Francesconi, Kevin Gray, Maureen Haldeman, Lorna Hart, Liz Huston, Mark Indig, Renee Jacobs, Tom Johnson, Robbie Kaye, Sandra Klein, Clay Lipsky, Claire Mallett, Rico Mandel, Lisa McCord, Linda Morrow, Lori Pond, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Yasmina Rossi, Douglas Stockdale, and Michael Wood. There will be wine, soft drinks, and food from the Border Grill Truck, too! The event is sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and YourDailyPhotograph.com.

SAT 12/14 @ 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Art Share LA
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
(entrance on Hewitt St.)

ARTS DISTRICT WINTERFEST OPENING NIGHT: This holiday event promises lots of fun, along with great art by A.S. Ashley and other local artists from Downtown Los Angeles just in time for the gift-giving season. Check out Art Share’s Craft Bazaar with handcrafted items from local makers, too. I’ll be there signing books and selling prints, too!

BENEFIT VIP Performance by Natasha & Cheech Marin

Join Natasha and Cheech Marin on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for a special evening of art and music under the stars. The couple is bringing their exclusive Marin Salon Series outside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM • Margo Albert Theatre
$100 VIP Admission – advance purchase required

(space limited to 200 attendees)


Each VIP Admission admits one during 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM plus one Chicanitas art book  ($40 value) signed by Cheech Marin plus an exclusive Marin Salon Series performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin followed by an art talk by Cheech Marin.

VIP INQUIRIES ONLY:  Call Melissa Richardson Banks at (213) 537-4483 or email art@causeconnect.net.

6:00 PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
$10 General Admission – for sale in advance and at the door


Each General Admission admits one only after 6:00 PM. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included. This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID is required.

Mariachi Mario Lopez
Thee Commons
Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band
Danza Teocalt
Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble

Groove Radio featuring Emiliano Miranda

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores

Fernando Barragan

SPONSORS (as of 9/15/13)
KGB Gallery
Jarritos LA
Brooklyn & Boyle
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

ART TALK & BOOK SIGNING: Cheech & KPCC Pledge Party

KPCC logoTUE 10/8 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
KPCC Pledge Drive Party: Conversation & Booksigning with Cheech
KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

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OPENING TONIGHT: Wall Street Project – Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Arts District residents Donna and Dan Evans traversed the state of California to take images of people and places found on various “Wall Streets” in California — not the “Wall Street” that is so often the stand-in for the American financial industry, but the actual stretches of pavement where people live, work and dream. Here’s more information about their project from a recent Los Angeles Times article.

Check out their compelling photographs TONIGHT (and buy a few to take home!) at the Geo Gallery in Glendale (1545 Victory Blvd.) from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. RSVP on Facebook HERE

Proceeds from sales of their photographs benefit breast cancer research. They are also hosting an opportunity drawing for attendees to win photographs, movie tickets, and more. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

If you can’t attend, visit their online gallery HERE to view and purchase photographs. If you wish to make a donation to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, visit Dan’s page HERE or Donna’s page HERE.

WHAT: Wall Street Project Opening Reception
WHEN: Saturday 9/14 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: Geo Gallery at 1545 Victory Blvd., Glendale CA 91205
WHY: To support breast cancer research through Avon Breast Cancer Walks

Help Raise $$ for Art Share L.A.

View and buy paintings, sculptures, installation and other artworks submitted by local artists during this one-day pop-up art competition and fundraiser for Art Share LA. Held in the nonprofit community center’s Warehouse Gallery, the show takes place on Sunday, September 8 @ 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. In addition to buying great art, attendees can vote for their favorite piece and the artist whose artwork is selected will receive $500. Admission to the show is a suggested $2 donation at the door.


This event is generously sponsored by Arts District resident and business owner Vivian Um of Traction & Hewitt General Store.

TONIGHT: BB Bastidas Art Opening at The Kayo Store

While it’s outside of the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, tonight’s art opening and DGK collaboration release party at The Kayo Store features new works by artist BB Bastidas who recently painted a sexy neighbor named “Pluto” next to Mister Cartoon’s iconic “Big Los Angeles” mural on Garey St. in the neighborhood. The new mural spans a 15’x30’ wall on Garey St. near District Millworks. To view my photo gallery on Tumblr, click HERE. For details about the artist, his influences, and his work, check out this article by Cartwheel Art.

BB Bastidas Art Opening & Collaboration Release Party
Thursday, August 29 @ 7-10 PM
The Kayo Store
464 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036
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MEET ME THERE! Events In & Beyond in dtla/AD

Here’s where I’ll be this week in and beyond dtla/AD … Support local businesses and residents of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles who work and play in all parts of the Southland. MEET ME THERE!

~ Featured Photo: Los Fabulocos live at Plaza de la Raza

NOTE: For those Arts District Bike-Walk Social Club members and others who have been wanting to attend our fun #RADDsocial events, the next one RETURNS on WED 9/11 @ 6:30 PM – SAVE THE DATE. Due to my fall schedule commitments, the bicycling portion may switch to another night at an earlier time (to accommodate the sunset time changes). Details to follow in early September. For updates, JOIN OUR FB GROUP by clicking HERE!

TUE 8/27 @ 4:30 PM
City Hall @ 200 N. Main St., Rm. 1070, Los Angeles 90012

While this isn’t a free fun event like I normally promote, today’s hearing at City Hall promises to be interesting; heck, even downright entertaining depending on how you feel about it. Regardless of your pro-or-con position on the proposed Cedd Moses venue in the Arts District, when an event features a cast of characters that includes legendary late-night TV electronics pitchman and local developer Crazy Gideon, you gotta go (and speak your mind or forever hold your peace). Last chance … be there or be square.

THU 8/29 @ 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM :: FREE
OUT OF OFFICE CONCERT: Spirit Vine / Halfbluud / Infantree
Grand Park Performance Lawn (between Grand & Hill streets) @ 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

THU 8/29 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM :: FREE
The Kayo Store @ 464 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

FRI 8/30 @ 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM :: $10 suggested donation
CONCERT: Chicano Batman / Los Fabulocos / Plaza Youth Rock
Plaza de la Raza @ 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031

SAT 8/31 @ 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM :: FREE
BIKE RIDE: City of Los Angeles Birthday Celebration
MEET @ 7:00 AM & DEPART @ 8:00 AM: San Gabriel Mission @ 428 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776
END @ 9:30 AM (approximate): Olvera Street – El Pueblo de Los Angeles  @ 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

INFO: Eastside Bike Club • (323) 572-8211 • EMAIL

Every August, the Los Angeles City Birthday Celebration commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the City of Angels in 1781. This bike ride is a FIRST-TIME event — and some Arts District residents are planning to participate! It begins with the annual Los Pobladores historic re-enactment with cyclists joining walkers for a nine-mile trek from San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo de Los Angeles (now known as Olvera Street) in Downtown Los Angeles.

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