Ride the Arts District Downtown – That’s R.A.D.D.!

Join us for easy bike rides, weekly walks, and after-work socials around the neighborhood. Meet your neighbors, enjoy the camaraderie, visit local spots you may have never seen before, and learn about interesting people who live, work, and play here (ranging from the early adopters to the newbies!).

LIKE BIKES? Join local cyclists and R.A.D.D. Social Club members for occasional rides throughout the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles. During June through September, meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in front of Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013). The ride will take about an hour or so, and return to the same spot. Wear a helmet and mount lights on your bike!

NO BIKE? Please WALK weekly with the Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group, which was founded ten years ago and is now faithfully led by our friend and neighbor Scot Ezzell. Walkers meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM outside of The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013).

WALKERS & CYCLISTS: Meet together for our #RADDsocial after walking or riding around 8:30 PM at various neighborhood locations to chat and get to know each other.

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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Wed 7/31: Highlights included checking out the last presentation of the 31 July Kamikazes at PØST on 1904 E. 7th Place, 90021 (featured artist Carl Berg) followed by a post-event social 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) and shows by Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque and RT N’ the 44s.

Wed 7/24: Highlights included attending Day 24 of the July Kamikazes at PØST (1904 E. 7th Place, 90021). The featured artist was Salomon Huerta. The post-event social was held at Pour Haus Wine Bar (1820 Industrial St., 90021).

Wed 7/17: Highlights included stopping for Day 17 of the July Kamikazes at PØST (1904 E. 7th Place, 90021). Curated by Jonathan Hornedo, the show was called “Managing Modality” and in addition to Hornedo, featured artists Veronica Duarte, Lukas Fiala, Eben Goff, Evan Higgins, and April Street. Afterwards, the group visited Little Bear Belgian Beer Cafe (1855 Industrial St., 90021).

CHECK OUT MY LIVE PODCAST OF DAY 17 by clicking HERE

PØST (2009 to present), and its predecessor POST (1995-2005), is a subversive venue in the Arts District for contemporary art in Los Angeles, where nearly four hundred exhibitions have been hosted. For the past five years in July, the venue has hosted daily Kamikaze Shows. Each day during that month, a new show is installed (and the previous day’s one removed) and an opening is held that evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Every show is curated by an artist to feature his/her work and/or works by a group.

Wed 7/10: Highlights included a ride over the 1st Street Bridge along the East Bank of the Los Angeles River followed by a visit to the Arts District studio of artist Tom Garner and ending with a rooftop social watching the setting sun over the Downtown skyline.

Wed 7/3: Highlights included a stop at a recently discovered CHAKA wheatpaste under the 4th Street Bridge and an advance tour of the new artisanal grocery store Urban Radish followed by libations at Pour Haus Wine Bar on 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles 90021.

Wed 6/26: Highlights included visits to Arts District studios of artists David Hollen and A.S. Ashley plus a sunset rooftop social overlooking the Downtown skyline.

Wed 6/19: Highlights included crashing the groundbreaking party for the new L.A. Cleantech Incubator’s La Kretz Innovation Campus, a visit to the studio of artists Isabel & Curtis Gutierrez, a sunset view from a private rooftop, and an exclusive social at the soon-to-open EightyTwo vintage arcade, which will offers fully restored arcade and pinball machines from the 1950s-1990s.

Wed 6/12: Highlights included visiting the neighborhood studios of well-known street artist Marquis Lewis aka RETNA and veteran photographer Don Miller. Cyclists and walkers met afterwards at XLanes on 333 S. Alameda St., 3rd Fl. in Little Tokyo Galleria Mall.

Wed 6/5: Highlights included a guided mural tour by local residents Steve Grody of Graffiti L.A., street art writer/photographer/curator (and self-defense expert!) and a demonstration by Andrew Jackson, a professional BMX rider. Like previous weeks, we encountered random surprises such as a secret shoot for Ninja-Con (which we photo-bombed!) and dropped in on other events such as the exhibition opening at Dilettante.

Wed 5/29: Highlights included a impromptu talk by one of the designers of SCI-Arc’s Earthwave now on view in the triangle lot of Bloom Square; a sunset ride over the 6th Street Bridge; tasting mulberries from The Produce Project at Handsome Coffee; a curator talk by Ken Marchionno of TRACTIONARTS at his new video window gallery located at Traction Ave. and Avery St.; and an excellent social afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St).

Wed 5/22: Highlights included a stop at the Downtown Artist Space, a collaborative artist work space run by Mark Walsh, where we explored a secret garden, and took amazing sunset rides over the 1st St. and 7th St. bridges.

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