MEET ME THERE: This Week In & Beyond Arts District & DTLA

Here’s where I’ll be this week in and around the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles, and elsewhere if I’m following my dtla/AD buds. MEET ME THERE!

Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90012
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ARTS DISTRICT MEET-UP @ 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk and then walk together as a group to Little Tokyo for National Night Out.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (1st St. between San Pedro & Alameda): Join attendees such as LAPD, SWAT, LAFD, Central City Police Boosters, and Councilmember Jose Huizar. Activities include live bands, deejays, and karaoke; face painting and jumpers; food trucks; and self-defense demonstrations.

WED 8/7 @ 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Arts District Bike-Walk #RADDsocial
Eat.Drink.Americano @ 923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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WALKERS meet 6:30 PM at The Pie Hole on 714 Traction Ave., 90013 and leave promptly at 6:45 PM. CYCLISTS meet 6:45 PM at Eat.Drink.Americano and leave promptly at 7:00 PM. ART STOP @ 7:30 PM: This week, we’re doing a meandering ride with surprise stops along the way. POST-EVENT #RADDsocial @ 8:30 PM: Walkers and cyclists meet up at Eat.Drink.Americano.

THU 8/8 @ 7:00 PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
CHARITY ART AUCTION: TKU (The Karma Underground)
Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90012
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Buy art (and beer – $1 from every glass sold) to support Tibet House U.S. Artwork on sale by Aaron Smith / Allison Torneros / Andrea Lahue / Andy Moses / Angela Clayton / Anthony Ausgang / Austin Young / Bill Barminski / Birdman / Brandon Boyd / Clayton Brothers / David LaChapelle / Filthgrime / Gary Baseman / Jason Shawn Alexander / John Park / Kazuki Takamatsu / Lantz Huston / Laura Shumate / Leba / Lord Jim / Lydia Emily / Malleus / Margaret Leahy / Marjan Vayghan / Mark Dean Veca / Matt Heller / Max Grundy / Max Neutra / Mear One / Meggs / Molly Murphy / Ransom & Mitchell / Sage Vaughn / Samir / Shark Toof / Shaunna Peterson / Tim Kerr / Van Arno / William Dailey Rare Books / Zero+ Publishing. Live screenprinting by Hit+Run

FRI 8/9 @ 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
CRAFTING PARTY: Makers & Makers
Treehouse Loft @ 900 E. 1st St. #308, Los Angeles 90012
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The August theme of this monthly event is “Muppets.” Bring old socks and get ready for this hand-puppet bonanza. Bring snacks, enjoy monster-shaped Jello shots, and if you feel like it, wear a furry costume. Be there or be square.

SAT 8/10 @ 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
BIG PARADE MASH-UP: Downtown, Ramps, Victorians, Freeways & More
Angels Flight Railway @ 351 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 90013
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This is a repeat experimental walk that starts downtown with ramps and passages; moves into stairways through Angelino Heights and Echo Park; hits the dirt in Elysian Park; then heads along freeway passages to the L.A. River. Total mileage: about 12. Lots of options, too: The first two miles of the route – urban tunnels – will be an easy jaunt, with a looped return for those who’d prefer a shorter option. A second bailout (via bus) will be offered at six miles. Details to follow online on Facebook.

SAT 8/10 @ 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
SHOP: Eastside Handmade Outdoor Pop-up Market
Shopclass @ 5215 York Blvd. 90029
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This quarterly event features Arts District’s Minor Thread into the mix of other Los Angeles artisans and makers, and takes place during the monthly NELA Art Gallery Night in Highland Park.

SAT 8/10 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
OPENING: M.O.M. 2013 | Made of Memories Art Exhibit
KGB Gallery @ 1640 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012
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This exhibit represents how each participating artist’s upbringing has shaped their lives. Curated by Summer Bernal of Love 19 Productions, artists include AJ Herrera, Anna Drumm, Buffet, Chubs, Carole J’McCoy, Danielle Nicolé, Emily Bradley, Fernando Barragan, Gregory Siff, Hector Silva, Hugo Romo, Jorge Bernal, Joshua Keen Valencia, Leaf Exposures, Lindsey Peeples, Margaret Garcia, Michael Buntyn, Morris Wright, Neneki Nick McGee, Rachael Cordova, SEK, Trish Ortega, and y. mascot. On view through August 23, 2013 (Tue-Fri 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Sat-Mon by appt)

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MEET ME THERE: This Week in the A.D. & DTLA

Here are the events where I’ll be this week in and around the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles. MEET ME THERE!

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WED 7/31 @ 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Arts District Bike-Walk #RADDsocial
Eat.Drink.Americano @ 923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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WALKERS meet 6:30 PM at The Pie Hole on 714 Traction Ave., 90013 and leave promptly at 6:45 PM. CYCLISTS meet 6:45 PM at Eat.Drink.Americano and leave promptly at 7:00 PM. ART STOP @ 7:30 PM: Join us for the last of the 31 July Kamikazes at PØST on 1904 E. 7th Place, 90021 featuring artist Carl Berg. POST-EVENT #RADDsocial @ 9:30 PM: Walkers and cylists meet up at One-Eyed Gypsy on 901 E. 1st St., 90012 for the Arts District LOCALS NIGHT ($2 off signature cocktails and $1 off all draft beers) plus shows by Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque and vintage country/folk noir musicians RT N’ the 44s.

THU 8/1 @ 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Grand Park @ 200 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, 90012
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Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Chill after a hard day’s work, meet new people, and count down to the weekend with live music and full bar. THIS WEEK: Indie music with The Rebel LightHolly Conlan, and The Young Romans. The indie music performances on 8/1; 8/15; 8/29 and 9/5 that are part of the Out of Office concert series are curated by Edgar Varela of EVFA.

FRI 8/2 @ 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
CONCERT: Songs in the Key of L.A. with Ozomatli & Friends
Grand Performances @ 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071
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As one of L.A.’s most dynamic bands, Ozomatli was the natural choice to bring to life the hidden treasures of the Los Angeles Public Library’s sheet music archive. With selections hand-picked in collaboration with USC Professor Josh Kun, Ozomatli and its friends invite you to experience the rich musical tapestry of our city, and to rediscover songs that celebrate the hopes and dreams of L.A.’s future through its late 19th- and early 20th-century songwriters and visionaries. SCHEDULED GUEST ARTISTS: La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A., Petrojvic Blasting Company, Ceci Bastida, Rob Gonzalez, Cheech Marin, and Jackson Browne.

SAT 8/3 @ 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
PARTY: Caine’s 11th Birthday + Closing of Caine’s Arcade?
Caine’s Arcade @ 538 N Mission RdLos Angeles 90033
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This may be your last chance to visit Caine’s Arcade in East L.A.! Grab a “fun pass” and play Caine’s handmade, cardboard games. Caine is now turning 11 years old, and is considering an “early retirement.” While his arcade may be closing at his father’s used auto parts store, it may live on in new, unexpected ways. Join special guests and media crews to hear big news announced by Imagination Foundation. 

SAT 8/3 @ 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
OPENING: Video Installation by Kim Abeles
TRACTIONARTS @ 821 Traction Ave, Los Angeles 90013
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Celebrate the opening of Time-Line-Space by artist Kim Abeles and the closing of the video installation Transit by Zeina Baltagi. Founded by Ken Marchionno, TRACTIONARTS is a video “venue” in the Los Angeles Arts District — actually, it’s a window facing Traction Ave. at the corner of Avery St. that airs shows daily from twilight to midnight.

Originally created in 2010, Time-Line-Space is a video by Abeles to embed in the floor of the library entrance at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, which is located on the historical site of the Ambassador Hotel. It shows the people passing over the same spot through time. Flanking the video are 60 dioramas, castings, photographs and drawings about the site. Her installation is a permanent public artwork commissioned by the Los Angeles Unified School District for the school, which was designed by Gonzalez-Goodale and opened in 2010.

SUN 8/4 @ 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
BENEFIT ART AUCTION: Lance van Gils Celebration of Life
Eat.Drink.Americano @ 923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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Join family and friends of Lance van Gils for this community event to bid on artworks generously donated by nearly thirty local artists and collectors in the Arts District and throughout Los Angeles. His mother Christina Borraez is a designer who raised Lance and his sister Camille Lei Rodriguez in the Arts District. Recently, she has been teaching at Art Share L.A.

Confirmed artists (as of 7/31/13) include Kim Abeles; William Acedo; Scott Berg; Qathryn Brehm; Jaime Colindres; Gary Callahan; Jacqueline Daralsfy; Leah Doyle; Megan Garol; John Hale; Victoria Helena; Stacy Henning; Iva Hladis; Andrew Jefchak; George Joaquim; Emmeric Konrad; Tod Lychkoff; Lisa McDonnell; Deborah Meadows; Patricia Mitchell; Valerie Mitchell; Colette Miller; Rachael Neubauer; Raymond Newton; Henry Schwartze, Jr.; Tatiana Von Der Schulenburg; Taz; Chris Wettersten; Elizabeth Wild; and Gene Wyrick.

Music for the benefit art auction is generously provided by Los Angeles-based (and former Arts District resident) alternative violinist/composer David Strother and the Arts District’s own Devil Dogs featuring Jessie Easter, Alberto Miyares, and Emilio Pesquiera. There will be a poetry reading by Leah Doyle. In addition to participating artists and musicians, special thanks to Eat.Drink.Americano; Angel City Brewery, Roxy’s Doggy Day Care & Boarding; Taix French Restaurant; and collector Darrel Frank Loyd for their generous donations.

DONATIONS: If you have artwork to donate, contact Patricia Mitchell at (323) 715-1331 or via email HERE. Food and beverages are also needed and welcomed. While the venue was generously donated, the restaurant is closed for the day, so the event is being presented as “potluck style.” Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) will be accepted for art sales and donations. Donations may also be made online at Lance van Gils Memorial Fund. Proceeds will support the family’s costs for Lance’s memorial services, burial, and other needs related to this tragedy.

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THIS WEEKEND: DTLA Sample Sales & Bazaars

For details and downloadable map, visit Racked L.A. HERE

SAT 7/27 @ 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Greylin Sample Sale
2812 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90015

SAT 7/27 @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM & SUN 7/28 @ 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rachel Pally Sample Sale
2301 E. 7th St., Ste. C100, Los Angeles 90023

SAT 7/27 @ 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM & SUN 7/28 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Well Shoe Sale
1006 S. Olive St., Los Angeles 90015

SAT 7/27 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bay Street Bazaar
1917 Bay St., Los Angeles 90021

SAT 7/27 @ 1:00 PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
Double Vision and VCR: Vintage Contemporary Reconstructed
Angel City Brewery
@ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012

SUN 7/28 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Downtown Flea
246 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

BENEFIT ART AUCTION: Lance van Gils, 1990-2013

Lance van Gils (11/24/90 to 7/11/13)
Sunday, August 4
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
INFO: (323) 715-1331

The little boy with the goofy grin who used to help me bake cookies in my loft is gone. Lance van Gils grew up to be an amazing young man, and tragically, his life ended short sometime on Thursday night, July 11, 2013. Coincidentally, I was on the 1st Street Bridge earlier that night taking sunset photos of Downtown Los Angeles. It was only after I was informed of his passing that I recalled I was there … I wonder if I had stayed just a while longer — could this tragic event have been prevented?

Lance, the son of Art Share LA workshop teacher and local designer Christina Borraez, was discovered the morning of July 12, 2013 in the Los Angeles River at the bottom of the 1st Street Bridge. His life tragically and unexpectedly ended sometime the night before as he was walking home after an evening that included working out at the gym and hanging with friends at local art galleries—a police investigation is underway.

Lance was a sweet and creative soul who spent most of his 22 years growing up in the Arts District with his mom and his sister Camille. If you knew Lance and/or his family, you can leave messages of support on their Facebook Group page. A memorial service is expected to take place sometime in August.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the family, including artwork for the benefit art auction, can be arranged by contacting Patricia Mitchell at (323) 715-1331. Donations may also be made online at Lance van Gils Memorial Fund.


GO: Bridges, Renegade, Barrels, Chinatown, Crafts and more

There are LOTS of fun events planned for this weekend in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles. Here are just a few (whew … SO many to attend!):

SAT 7/20 @ 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
WALK: Ten Bridges Epic
Starts Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station (south end near Spring St.)
Ends Indiana Street Metro Gold Line Station (train returns to Chinatown)

Explore the Los Angeles River by walking over ten of the historic bridges that connect East Los Angeles with Downtown! The epic adventure starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Chinatown stop of the Metro Gold Line station, then heads south for about 14 miles, crossing east and west over the intervening bridges between Broadway and Olympic Boulevard. At the end of the walk, the group heads back to the starting point on the Metro.

Saturday promises to be a hot day, so bring lots of water and sunscreen – also wear a hat and sunglasses! The group will plans to picnic in Hollenbeck Park around 12 noon (or as late at 1:00 PM, depending on group’s pace), so also pack your own lunch and snacks (no stops for food otherwise). For location links every 15 minutes during the day and along the way, follow @BigParadeLA on Twitter.

SAT 7/20 @ 6:30 PM to MIDNIGHT
EXHIBIT: “Over a Barrel” (on view through SUN 8/4)
Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012 (213) 622-1261

Using barrel tops as their canvas, six local artists are featured in this exhibit, with their barrel art and other work on display through August 4. Artists include Andre Miripolsky, Scott Forrest, Jaime Colindres, A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad, and J.W. Pippen (latter is also the curator of the show). During the event, artists will be auctioning off their barrel art to support Free Arts. Taqueria el Severo will be on site cooking up street tacos. Live music will be presented by Fiz. A percentage of all beer sales from the event will benefit Free Arts.

Chinatown Summer NightsSAT 7/20 @ 5:00 PM to MIDNIGHT
FESTIVAL: Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown Central Plaza @ 943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights features culinary offerings by Chinatown eateries and LA’s gourmet food trucks; shopping for traditional Chinese wares and artisan handicrafts, Chinese cooking demonstrations; large-scale, outdoor video projections; hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; craft brews and dance music on LA Weekly Stage in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s deejays!

SAT 7/20 @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MOVIE: Chinatown Screening
Union Station Old Ticket Concourse @ 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012

This Oscar-winning 1974 neo-noir film “Chinatown” has long been hailed as one the greatest films of all time and one of the defining movies of Los Angeles, so don’t miss the chance to see it in the gorgeous atmospheric setting of Union Station’s old ticketing concourse. Present Metro TAP card at check-in for preferential seating and to receive one free beverage. Picnics welcomed – no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

SUN 7/21 @ 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (also on SAT 7/20)
FESTIVAL: Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park @ 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

Don’t miss this curated, modern craft fair with hundreds of contemporary makers, creators, movers, and shakers. Shoppers will find a wide variety of goods such as jewelry, custom clothing, pottery, perfume, textiles, and original artwork. The event includes tunes by KXLU DJs, workshops, free-to-use photo booth, and food trucks, too.

Zenshuji Obon CarnivalSUN 7/21  @ 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (also on SAT 7/20)
FESTIVAL: Obon Carnival
Zenshuji Soto Mission @ 
123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles 90012

Now in its 55th year, this annual cultural event honors traditions of the past and includes food (e.g., sushi, udon, teriyaki, snowcones, fresh corn, octopus), live music, dancing, demonstrations, and displays celebrating Japanese heritage.

MUST-SEE // MUST-DO: Art Events featuring A.D. Artists


Leba Solo Show at The Navarro Residence-300pxSAT 6/22 @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM – LEBA SOLO SHOW
The Navarro Residence @ 5704 Baltimore St., Highland Park 90042 (909) 565-7808

See new paintings by Arts District artist LEBA in his first solo show at this unique Highland Park space. The artist has been a street activist for nearly a decade, and is recognized for combining biting social commentary and fine art imagery into his work. The artist’s street art is always relevant, exploratory, skillfully crafted, and many times, politically charged. His skills range from sculpting, wheat pasting, stencil cutting, and spray painting.

The Navarro Residence offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience “living with art.” Designed to spark interest in new collectors as well as introduce experienced buyers to emerging artists, owner/curator/collector Jessica Navarro opened the venue in March 2012.

ADMISSION: FREE (but bring your wallet to buy art either there or here ONLINE!!)


ShadowMonsterBear-BaconSocial-300x298SUN 6/23 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM – PUB CRAWL: Don’t miss this fun Birthday Fiasco/Pub Crawl/Street Art Scavenger Hunt by Arts District artist ShadowMonsterBear known for her playful, childlike colorful characters infused with street art style. At each stop along the way, stickers, photography, prints, paintings, and other art will be hidden. Celebrate in the Arts District, Downtown and Hollywood! RSVP on Facebook.

(times approximate … follow ShadowMonsterBear on Instagram for updates)

12:00 PMThe Power House @ 1714 N. Highland Ave.
1:00 PMJameson’s Irish Pub @ 6681 Hollywood Blvd.
2:00 PMTavern on Hollywood @ 6327 Hollywood Blvd.

3:30 PMThe Down & Out @ 501 S. Spring St.
4:30 PMRedwood Bar & Grill @ 316 W. 2nd St.
6:00 PM –Villains Tavern @ 1356 Palmetto St.

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TODAY in the AD and DTLA: Parachute Market, Cornerstone Block Party, Beat Swap Meet

SAT 6/22 & SUN 6/23 – Arts District
Parachute-300pxPARACHUTE MARKET @ 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (SAT) &  12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (SUN)
405 Mateo St., 90013 (in historic Maxwell House Coffee building)

Don’t miss this seasonal design fair themed “Psychedelic Summer,” goods for sale from Handsome Coffee Roasters, Rachel Craven, Scout Regalia, Tracy Wilkinson, Moon Canyon, and lots, lots more.

ADMISSION: $6 ONLINE // $8 ONSITE (proceeds benefit Inner City Arts)

SAT 6/22 – Arts District

Cornerstone-Bday-300pxCORNERSTONE BLOCK PARTY @ 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
708 Traction Ave., 90013 (next door to The Pie Hole)

Kick off the summer and celebrate 27 years of theater by Arts-District-based Cornerstone Theater Company. This community event features local artists, live music, food vendors, and more. Schedule includes a story circle (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) followed by festivities during 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM


SAT 6/22 & SUN 6/23 – Chinatown

Beat-Swap-Meet-300pxBEAT SWAP MEET @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (both days)
943 N. Broadway St., Los Angeles 90012

Over 20 invited record collectors and dealers from all over the West Coast and beyond. Buy, sell and trade music on vinyl (45s and LPs) in genres such as blues, boogie, funk, hip hop, jazz, Latin, new wave, psych, punk, rap, rock, ska, soul and world. Event features three music areas and Djs spinning rare selections from their personal record collections plus an artisan vendor village with jewelry, clothing, and more.

ADMISSION: FREE with a canned good!!!

GO: A.D. & DTLA Events – Week of 6/19 (“Oh, Myyy!”)

This week’s events include vintage arcade games, grand openings, block parties, free concerts, surprise “Oh, Myyy!” speaker (pssst – it’s actor and social media star GEORGE TAKEI), a pub crawl, an education fundraiser, and MORE — all in and around the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles!


Artist RETNA gives private studio tour to RADD Social on 6/12/13. © Photo by Downtown Muse

WED 6/19 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – ARTS DISTRICT BIKE & WALK SOCIAL: Join us for our neighborhood R.A.D.D. Bike & Walk Social! WALKERS @ 6:30 PM near The Pie Hole at 714 Traction Ave.; walk starts promptly at 6:45 PM and CYCLISTS @ 6:45 PM near Eat.Drink.Americano; ride starts promptly at 7:00 PM. POST-EVENT SOCIAL @ 8:30 PM at the not-yet-opened EightyTwo at 707 E. 4th Pl. (entrance on 3rd St. near the elephants mural). If you are a 1980s pinball wizard, you’re gonna love this! EightyTwo celebrates a lost era of history: “The Golden Age of the Arcade.” Once opened, it will feature a curated selection of 50 fully restored arcade and pinball machines from the 1950s-1990s.

WED 6/19 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY: Join the Arts District community and elected officials for a celebration to mark the groundbreaking of La Kretz Innovation Campus, the future home of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Enjoy music, complimentary food and drinks, networking opportunities, and interactive booths by LACI’s portfolio companies. LACI @ 521 S Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013 – RSVP on Eventbrite

THU 6/20 @ 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM – FREE CONCERT: Thursday is the new Friday in Downtown Los Angeles with Grand Park’s OUT OF OFFICE music series, now weekly on Thursday until September 13. This first concert features Becky Martin Jazz Orchestra. Ride your bike or take the DASH over to Grand Park and chill after a hard day’s work, meet new people, and count down to the weekend with live music and full bar. Grand Park between Grand and Hill, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012 – RSVP on FacebookIMG_3456mjartofficial

THU 6/20 @ 9:00 PM – LIVE MUSIC: Jam to some hard-hitting classic porch stomp by My Graveyard Jaw, a New Orleans band known for its country-americana tunes at The Escondite @ 410 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 626-1800

imgresFRI 6/21 @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – LAUNCH PARTY: A new creative coworking space, OPODZ offers a street-accessible, professional environment for entrepreneurs, small business owners, independent contractors, virtual employees, and other freelancers in Downtown Los Angeles. RSVP for the reservation-only OPODZ Launch Party featuring socially conscious speakers like Drew Tewksbury of KCET’s Artbound, Shauna Nep of Goldhirsh Foundation and LA2050, and Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect and Downtown Muse. OH MYYY! NEW SPEAKER social media star George Takei, Star Trek actor-turned-Internet-juggernaut, plans to speak, too! Little Tokyo @ 362 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles 90012

SAT 6/22 @ 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM – BLOCK PARTY: Join the Arts District community for a FREE block party with food, music, and storytelling to celebrate the 27th birthday of Cornerstone Theater!  In the Arts District @ 708 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013

SUN 6/23 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – CICLAVIA: No cars, open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks this latest CicLAvia along the iconic Wilshire Boulevard … the most walkable CicLAvia route ever and of course, it’s FREE! RSVP on Facebook

ShadowMonsterBear-BaconSocial-300x298SUN 6/23 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM – PUB CRAWL: Don’t miss this fun Birthday Fiasco/Pub Crawl/Street Art Scavenger Hunt by ShadowMonsterBear, an Arts District artist known for playful, childlike colorful characters infused with street art style. At each stop along the way, stickers, photography, prints, paintings, and other art will be hidden. Celebrate in the Arts District, Downtown and Hollywood! RSVP on Facebook.

identityMON 6/24 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – DESIGN CHALLENGE: Support education and have fun! The 2013 Design Challenge at LOT 613 in the Arts District honors David Abel and Peggy Funkhouser, co-founders of Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), a recognized school reform nonprofit and the evening’s beneficiary. Some of the event’s luminaries are locals like Kim Abelesartist and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and Brigham Yenrealtor & DTLA Rising bloggerMention “Downtown Muse” when ordering your ticket and save $25 off your tax-deductible ticket (normally $125). Produced by local Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect. Details online HERE!

Got a community event coming up that might be of interest to residents in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles? For consideration, send a request to me via email HERE.

GO: Events this Week in the A.D. & DTLA

This week’s events include a tour of street artist RETNA’s studio, gallery openings, documentary screenings, and a festival — all in and around the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles!

Steve Grody and Andrew Jackson on 6/513 tour

Street art expert Steve Grody and BMX rider Andrew Jackson at 6/5/13 R.A.D.D. Bike & Walk Social

WED 6/12 @ 6:30 PM Walk (walkers meet up at The Pie Hole on 714 Traction Ave.) • 7:00 PM Ride (cyclists meet up at Eat.Drink.Americano on 923 E. 3rd St.) • 8:30 PM Post-Event Social (walkers and cyclists convene afterwards this week at XLanes): Join us for our weekly neighborhood R.A.D.D. Bike & Walk Social! Plans include visiting the studios of well-known street artist Marquis Lewis aka RETNA and veteran photographer Don Miller. Afterwards, join other neighbors bowling at the DTLA Rendezvous event at XLanes @ 333 S. Alameda St., 3rd Fl. in Little Tokyo Galleria Mall.

THU 6/13 @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Artists on Tap exhibition features 16 artists from the Arts District: Matt Aston, Matt Blackwell, Jaime Colindres, Cosmo, Yuri Elvin, Scott Forrest, Calder Greenwood, Minas Halaj, Michael Hayden, David Hollen, Nicholas Knudson, Emmeric Konrad, Colette Miller, Terrell Moore, J.W. Pippen, and Rick Robinson. Music by Lightnin’ Woodcock. On view at Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013

Barminski DistrictTHU 6/13 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Highland Avenue: Works by Bill Barminski showcases the visually colorful, ironic and graphically strong paintings by Bill Barminski, a self-taught artist whose work extends across a broad range of mediums. On view at District Gallery @740 E. Third St., Los Angeles 90013Lisa Adams As it Appears to Be-300px

FRI 6/14 @ 8:00 PM Reception • 8:30 PM Screening:Lisa Adams: As it Appears to Be” captures the life and work of  a Downtown artist. This 53-minute documentary by Juri Koll also includes Peter Frank, Shana Nys Dambrot, and Clyde Beswick. Seating limited to 50 attendees. One-night-only screening at Cero Space @ 676 S. Ave. 21, Studio 33, Los Angeles 90031 (directly above LA Artcore Brewery Annex).

SAT 6/15 @ 5:00 PM to 12 midnight: The ever-popular FREE Chinatown Summer Nights starts this week and not a moment too soon! Dine on Chinese food (and hey, now Roy Choi’s Chego is open, too!), sip on craft brews, and dance to tunes spun by 89.9 KCRW DJs! Chinatown @ 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles 90012 (Central and West Plazas)

meander_200SUN 6/16 @ 3:00 PM: Go Metro on the Gold Line from our Little Tokyo/Arts District station (depart no later than 2:00 PM) and join artist John O’Brien for an “Insight Talk” and walkthrough of his museum exhibition Meander. Afterwards, gain insight into his process during a short meander led by the artist to nearby sites in Pasadena to see public artworks and other unnoticed, but notable urban features. Free for museum members and free for non-members with paid museum admission. On view through July 28, 2013 (closed July 4), Wed–Sun, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at  Pasadena Museum of California Art @ 490 E. Union St., Pasadena 91101

Got a community event coming up that might be of interest to residents in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles? For consideration, send a request to me via email HERE.

RECOMMENDED: A.D. & DTLA Events Week of 6/5

IMG_6452Melissa-on-Tern-and-NutcaseWED 6/5 @ 6:30 PM (walk) or 7:00 PM (bike): Join us for our neighborhood R.A.D.D. Bike & Walk Social! We do an easy, meandering ride packed with surprise stops and special guests. This week, we have a couple of cool local residents riding along with us. The first is street art writer/photographer/curator and self-defense expert Steve Grody of Graffitti L.A. who has lived in the Arts District since 1986 and curated a graffiti exhibition in 2011 called Street Cred at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, among other art-related projects over the years. I’ve asked Steve to talk to us about the murals near Megatoys, a now-closed business located in an amazing Art Deco industrial building that sadly will be torn down to develop a new residential project and that is adorned with lots of important classic murals. We’ll also have professional BMX rider Andrew Jackson cycling with us and can hopefully coax him to do some of his signature pegless/brakeless West Coast style moves on his bike.

Walkers meet up with Scot Ezzell and the decade-old Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group at The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave., 90013). Cyclists meet up with Melissa Richardson Banks and R.A.D.D. Bike Club members at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St., 90013). All reconvene afterwards around 8:30 PM to socialize and build community relationships (this week, at Eat.Drink.Americano).

summerland_06THU 6/6 @ 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Summerland Produce is hosting a weekly mini-farmers market with local and organic produce outside of The Pie Hole. Make a purchase, and The Pie Hole will give a 10% discount for any hand pies or slices of pie purchased that night! Located at 714 Traction Ave., 90013.

FRI 6/7 @ 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Celebrate Los Angeles at what is being billed as the “Ultimate L.A. Block Party” at Grand Park. This community event is a farewell to the city’s outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and features special guests Evan Kleiman, President Bill Clinton, Ryan Seacrest, and more. Free and open to the public. More info at CelebrateLA2013 or call (213) 365-0605.

Baby-Grand-300pxSAT 6/8 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Enjoy music by pianist Stuart Elster, drink some bubbly and shop at our neighborhood’s latest pop-up shop, Guerilla Atelier. While the event itself is free, attendees are asked to RSVP and bring their wallets to shop! Located at 823 E. 3rd St., 90013.

SAT 6/8 @ 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM: The Control Room opens its latest exhibition of artwork that includes sculpture, paintings, and videos. Ten visual artists are featured in “The Privilege Show”: Math Bass, Sara Clendening, Jonathan Fields, William Kaminski, Devin Kenny, Nick Kramer, Adam Mason, Michael Parker, Sally Spitz, and Christine Wang. Performances by Devin Kenny, Sally Spitz, and Christine Wang start 9:00 PM. Located at 2006 E. 7th St., 90021 (across from Pizzanista), (818) 720-2713.

Summer_Shop_Walk_Flier-300pxSUN 6/9 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Support local businesses, meet new friends, and get some exercise in Downtown’s Historic Core this Sunday during ShopWalk DTLA. Check out the Merchant Directory HERE.

SUN 6/9 @ 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM: The Daily Dose hosts “Seeds of Love: The Butterfly Project”, a garden party featuring a butterfly installation and a fashion show by Closets for Causes. Refreshments courtesy of Anything & Everything LA and Golden Road Brewery. Gift bags for the first 200 guests. Cocktail attire recommended. All food and beverage proceeds support the Nature Conservancy of California, dedicated to conserving the lands and waters of our beautiful state. Located at 1820 Industrial St., #260, 90021.

Chuch & State logoMON 6/10 (and on Mondays through August): Throughout the summer on Mondays, dine at Church & State, show your MOCA membership card or a recent ticket stub to your waiter, and the restaurant will donate a portion of your check to support the museum.

Got a community event coming up that might be of interest to residents in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles? For consideration, send a request to me via email HERE.