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NEW Arts District Community Calendar by Downtown Muse

ANNOUNCING: I have introduced NEW features to my blog to help manage a growing number of requests to post event announcements and neighborhood news. In addition to weekly events that I select to attend and promote for my new “Meet Me There” eblasts and posts, other events can now be posted and viewed on the site at www.downtownmuse.com/calendar.

Got a community event planned for the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles or something that might be of interest to local residents and visitors to our neighborhood? Now you can post them online here by yourself to be considered for inclusion. Submit your event by clicking HERE. Be sure to upload a photo, graphic, or logo as no events will be considered or posted without images. Once reviewed and if approved, your event will be listed in the Downtown Muse calendar and shared with our audience.

Questions? Send me an email at Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse.

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

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


photo-25WED 7/24  – ARTS DISTRICT BIKE-WALK SOCIAL (weekly)
WALKERS meet 6:30 PM and depart 6:45 PM from The Pie Hole • CYCLISTS meet 6:45 PM and depart 7:00 PM from Eat.Drink.Americano

ART STOP @ 7:30 PM: Meet the group at PØST on 1904 E. 7th Place, 90021 to view Day 24 of the July Kamikaze Shows . Tonight, the featured artist is Salomon Huerta.

POST-EVENT SOCIAL @ 8:30 PM: The group may stay at PØST (while it closes at 9:00 PM, it often stays open until 10:00 PM) or depending on timing, might stop by Daily Dose at 1820 Industrial St. #260, Los Angeles 90021 for their pop-up this week with Bling Bling Dumpling.


THU 7/25 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM – EXHIBIT OPENING
“3: Nancy Uyemura, Sheila Rollins, Jamie Itagaki”
District Gallery @ 740 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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This exhibition features three women artists in the Arts District whose works in mixed media photography, mixed media and painting have been seen around the world and influenced generations of younger artists. Work by Nancy Uyemura deals with memory, the physical artifacts of nostalgia and longing and suggests a fascination with the often whimsical associations conjured by cabinets of curiosity. There are faint echoes of Georgia O’Keefe in the work of Sheila Rollins and Jaimee Itagaki whose graceful, abstract and subtle use of warm color and soft forms reveal complimentary sensibilities.

416_los-angeles-free-music-societyLOS ANGELES FREE MUSIC SOCIETY – Three Nights @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
THU 7/25 “Small Drone Orchestra / Rick Potts / Smegma” • FRI 7/26 “Waxy / Joseph Hammer / AIRWAY” • SAT 7/27 “XEXP / Hanger Quartet / Extended Organ”
The BOX Gallery @ 805 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
WEBSITE • (213) 625-1747

The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) is a loose collection of like-minded noise anarchists from the mid-’70s who found commercial rock too boring, slick, and predictable, and set out to reinvent improvisation and sound experiments with a DIY ethic. Inspired by Zappa, Captain Beefheart, John Cage, the Residents, Dada, Surrealist, Pop and Post Minimal art, “bad” T.V., rural music, World music, Free Jazz, “outsider” rock, European and American electro-acoustic music, punk attitude, musique concrete, suburban aesthetics, acid rock, and Japanese popular culture, the LAFMS struggled to shape a new art form. As their movement spread, they became a lightning rod for art-damaged, weird-music lovers everywhere. There are three nights of LAFMS performances at The BOX.

RDh_DaughterChautauquaTHU 7/25 @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – DAUGHTER CHAUTAUQUA: “RIVERS”
Art Share LA 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, 90013
$5 ADMISSION • (213) 687-4278
Guest speakers and performances from members of MESTO accompanied by music and stories from Run Downhill. MESTO was established to combine the traditions of many ethnic musical genres and those of Western classical traditions. Run Downhill combines the classic country stylings of the mid-20th century with indie rock aesthetics; add a pinch of the California coast for flavor.


FRI 7/26 @ 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM – SAMPLE SALE FRIDAY (monthly)
California Market Center @ 110 E. 9th St., Ste. A727, Los Angeles 90070
FREE ADMISSION • SHOPPING GUIDE
$6 PARKING (enter CMC underground garage on Los Angeles St. or Main St. – take elevator to lobby)

On every last Friday of the month, the California Market Center opens hundreds of its showrooms to sell items at below-retail prices from LA’s best collections for men, women, children, gift, and home. CMC houses thousands of brands in showrooms located on 13 floors and 3 wings: A, B & C.

PRINT_4x6-Postcard-(front2)FRI 7/26 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – L.A. REGATTA CLUB’S “Dark & Stormy Night”
Greenbar Distillery @ 2459 E. 8th St., Los Angeles 90021
$25 members / $30 nonmembers (includes tour, tastings, treats) • TICKETS
Support the Los Angeles River and join the L.A. Regatta Club for a look inside our city’s first distillery! This special tour includes a curated jaunt around the distillery, organic premium liquor tasting, and lite bites from Mercato LA.


SAT 7/27 @ 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM – FOOD TRUCK HAVEN
Angel City Brewery @ 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 622-1261 • RSVP on FACEBOOK

Free admission, but bring your wallet to chow down from local food trucks, buy from fashion trucks, and get your locally crafted beer. VCR by Day / FUTRA by Night will also be on site with their collaborative shopping experience of art, fashion, and music.

Neon Workshop Invite summer13SAT 7/27 @ 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – NEON EXHIBITION & PARTY
Lili Lakich Studio @ 704 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 620-8641

Join Andrew Cohen, Keri Ann Frankel, Jack Gerard, Julie Gerard, Paul Keister, Ella Matthes, Meagen Minnaugh, Leticia Maldonado, Andy Raitt, and Bianca White to celebrate the opening of this exhibition of their neon art.

SAT 7/27 @ 5:00 PM to to 10:00 PM – PERFORM CHINATOWN
Chung King Road, Los Angeles 90012 • (213) 687-0844
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Presented in part by former Arts District resident Mat Gleason, this one-night-only international exhibit of action art features work by artists Scott Benzel, Claudia Bucher, Jeffrey Byrd, Mariel Carranza, Mideo Cruz, Racquel De Loyola, Alexander Del Re, Joe Deutch, Dino Dinco, Rafa Esparza, Kate Gilbert, Ryan Hawk, Natalie Loveless, Sinead O’Donnell, Vela Phelan, Dominic Quagliozzi, Christy Roberts, Sheree Rose, Sara Schnadt, Vasan Sitthiket, Paul Waddell, Samuel White, Allison Wyper, and Tim Youd.


SUN 7/28 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – SHOP: “Downtown Flea Los Angeles”
Historic Core • PURPLE LOT @ 253 S. Main St. • RED LOT @ 236 S. Spring St. • GREEN LOT @ 243 S. Spring St. • YELLOW LOT @ 246 S. Spring St.
$5 ADMISSION (pay at YELLOW LOT) • MAP • WEBSITE • LA TIMES ARTICLE

Antiques, collectibles, vintage and indie designers – some from the Arts District — are featured among the 250 vendors in this new monthly vintage market in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles assembled in FOUR parking lots!

SUN 7/28 @ 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – VIDEO SCREENING & ZINE LAUNCH PARTY
“Sawa Travel Diary Vol. 1: Europe”
Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater @ 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036
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Don’t miss this travel video journal of girls, guts, and graffiti featuring the Arts District’s own Sawa. Doors open at 1:00 PM with complimentary drinks in the courtyard. One-hour movie starts promptly at 2:00 PM. Book signing in the lobby from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The zine features the body of work that Sawa created in Europe to make this project. The movie has some nudity so this event is a private event for adults ages 18+.


Got a community event coming up that might be of interest to residents in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles? NEW! Now you can submit your online request for consideration HERE!

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)
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FREE ADMISSION

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
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FREE ADMISSION

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
WEBSITE • SCHEDULE
FREE ADMISSION

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
WEBSITE • FREE ADMISSION – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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
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FREE ADMISSION

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
WEBSITE • FREE ADMISSION

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.

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

ADMISSION: FREE!!!


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!!!

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.

EVENTS 4/18 to 4/22

THIS WEEK in the ARTS DISTRICT by Downtown Muse
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, please LIKE my public Facebook page (even if we are also personal friends on my Facebook profile) since I will be posting updates there.

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WEDNESDAY 4/18 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
ONGOING: Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk

The longest-running event of its kind in the city, meet your neighbors and get some exercise while ensuring our community’s safety. Co-founded by Joel Bloom, the weekly event has been kept alive since 2007 by local photographer Scot Ezzell and others.
Meet at The Pie Hole @ 716 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
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THURSDAY 4/19 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CONTINUING: Witness Los Angeles: Investigating Our City through the Block Print by William J. Acedo

PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Sunday @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Thursday, May 31
Stop by and see these detailed block prints of downtown scenes by local artist William J. Acedo, which are remarkable for their hallucinogenically lucid detail, texture, and visual depth. Acedo is an artist/sculptor who has lived in Downtown Los Angeles since 1988. He joined Self Help Graphics “De Los Abajos” Print Collective in 2005. There, he created a series of prints — many of which are on view in this exhibition.
District Gallery @ 740 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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FRIDAY 4/20 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
OPENING: Large: Paintings of Wicked Adults by Raul Guerrero, Anna Stump, and Tim Youd

PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday @ 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Friday, June 8
Painting the human figure is a bit of an anachronism in the contemporary art world. Painting LARGE figures is a statement of defiance.Three contemporary artists who paint large, emotionally messy and questionably moral figurative compositions demonstrate that “size DOES matter.” In contrast to their large works, each artist also presents small sketches, providing insight into their creative processes.
Warehouse Gallery of Art Share Los Angeles @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013

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SATURDAY 4/21 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
GRAND OPENING & INAUGURAL EXHIBIT: L.A. Freewalls Inside

PUBLIC HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Wednesday, June 6
Celebrate the opening of the LALA Gallery, an international street art gallery by renowned L.A. Freewalls and Jetset Graffiti founder Daniel Lahoda. The inaugural exhibition features over 30 artists who have helped make Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District one of the biggest and most recognizable public art spaces in the world. In addition to Shepard Fairey, Risk, Saber, Swoon, How & Nosm, and Ron English, this group show includes Anthony Lister, Askew One, Becca, Cern, Chris Brand, Cryptik, Cyrcle, Dale Vn Marshall, Dan Witz, Daze, Dee Dee Cheriel, Evan Skrederstu, Insa, Jaybo, Kim West, Kofie, Lady Aiko, Ludo, Mear, The Perv Brothers,Poesia, Push, Pyro, Ripo, and Zes.
LALA Gallery @ 1335 Willow St., 2nd Fl. (near Villains Tavern), Los Angeles 90013

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SATURDAY 4/21 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
GRAND OPENING & INAUGURAL EXHIBITS: Coney Island of the Mind by Tim Youd + Beuys in the Basement by Michael Montfort

PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday @ 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Sunday, June 3
Celebrating 20 years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, join acclaimed editor, art critic, curator and Arts District stakeholder Mat Gleason for this grand opening of his premiere exhibition space of contemporary art and two inaugural shows: CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND, a solo show by artist Tim Youd, which combines his love of literature with his lust for the flesh; and BEUYS IN THE BASEMENT, an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs of artist Josef Beuys taken in the 1960s by the late German emigre photographer Michael Montfort.
Coagula Curatorial @ 977 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles 90012

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SUNDAY 4/22 @ 10:45 AM
EVENT: Little Tokyo Blessing of the Animals
ADMISSION: Free

Bring your furry loved ones for a unique Japanese-style Blessing of the Animals.
Centenary United Methodist Church @ 300 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90013
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SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS & NEWS FOR THE COMING WEEK BY THE SUNDAY PRIOR. AVOID DRAMA — ALWAYS CHECK WITH VENUE or EVENT FOR DETAILS PRIOR TO ATTENDING. Want to know more about these events? Visit my Facebook Page HERE or click HERE for photos and details.

EVENTS 3/28 to 3/31

THIS WEEK in the ARTS DISTRICT by Downtown Muse

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, please LIKE my public Facebook page (even if we are also personal friends on my Facebook profile) since I will be posting updates there.

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WEDNESDAY 3/28 @ 7:00 PM
PUBLIC TALK: Nicholase de Monchaux “(intro by John Enright)
ADMISSION: Free

Architect and author of “Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo” presents an architectural history of Apollo 11’s 21-layer extra-vehicular garment, which offers an object lesson about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity. He states that “it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario …  particularly important lessons for our own era, where architects grapple daily with the conflict and concurrence of nature and technology.”
SCI-Arc in W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 613-220
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WEDNESDAY 3/28 @ 7:30 PM to 10:45 PM
FILMS: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (90 min.) & Rock n Roll High School (93 min.)
This double-feature is presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive. In “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), Sean Penn fronts a terrific cast in this snapshot of Southern California high-schoolers bewildered by the world they’ll soon be entering. In “Rock n Roll High School” (1979), it’s total war between high school staff who don’t understand rock music and students who live for The Ramones.
Million Dollar Theatre @ 307 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90013

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THURSDAY 3/29 @ 7:30 PM
EVENT: Musement “Scribble”

ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation

Enjoy this art-thrashing event driven by inspiration and community. Launched February 16, this competitive team-based series is wrapped around different forms of art and events take place every other Thursday night through April 26. Scribble is the fourth in the series and engages writers, animators and artists to create a story for all to share. Come join a team (no previous experience is required). (Next dates are 
April 12 – Compose and April 26 – Perform)
Mosaic at the Artspace @ 826 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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FRIDAY 3/30 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
EVENT: Sample Sales at California Market Center
ADMISSION: FREE   PARKING $10

Mall schmall! Every last Friday of the month, those in-the-know flock to the Fashion District for amazing shopping at our renowned public sample sales. Score incredible deals in HUNDREDS of showrooms on 13 floors of the Calfornia Market Center filled with L.A.’s best collections for men, women, children, gifts, and home at below-retail prices.
California Market Center @ 110 E. 9th St., Ste. A727, Los Angeles 90079

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FRIDAY 3/30 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
EVENT: Mix & Mingle Friday

This drop-in event is a new weekly series in the Arts District presented by Hub Los Angeles and Mindshare designed to provide residents a chance to get to know each other, build community, and learn about everyone’s professional expertise and projects.
Hub Los Angeles @ 830 Traction Ave., Ste. 3A, Los Angeles 90013

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SATURDAY 3/31 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
EXHIBIT CLOSING: Bow & Arrow

Check out the art of artists Eva Huber and Mandy Tsung before this show closes. 
La Compound Get Her Gallery @ 830 Traction Ave., Ste. 2G, Los Angeles 90013

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!

THURSDAY 4/5 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
EXHIBIT CLOSING PARTY: Wounded Beast by David Hollen
Join us for “Arts District Inside the Belly of the Beast”, a community photo shoot of neighbors inside Hollen’s sculpture by local photographer Rick Mendoza and hosted by LADADspace.
District Gallery @ 740 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
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SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS & NEWS FOR THE COMING WEEK BY THE SUNDAY PRIOR. AVOID DRAMA — ALWAYS CHECK WITH VENUE or EVENT FOR DETAILS PRIOR TO ATTENDING. Want to know more about these events? Visit my Facebook Page HERE or click HERE for photos and details.

Love Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District? Stay current on neighborhood events that I find “aMuse-ing” — join my mailing list at www.DowntownMuse.com. Don’t want weekly emails? Visit my website for this same list of events posted each Monday. Stalk me on Twitter @DowntownMuse. Give me a thumb’s up with your LIKE at www.facebook.com/DowntownAmuse. Sustain my addiction to Instagram by commenting on my daily DowntownMuse photos.

WED 3/7 @ 9-11:30 PM

Don’t miss avant garde improv-based acoustic and electronic-infused music by Polarity Taskmasters featuring Arts District pianist Motoko Honda with flutist/vocalist Emily Hay, percussionist Brad Dutz, theraminist/organist Wayne Peet.

Blue Whale @ 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Ste. 301, Los Angeles 90012 (213) 620-0908 $10 general / $5 students (two sets) www.bluewhalemusic.com www.motokohonda.com

EVENTS 3/5 to 3/11

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, please LIKE my public Facebook page (even if we are also personal friends on my Facebook profile) since I will be posting updates there.

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MONDAY 3/5 @ 8:30-9:30 PM
CLASS: Social Dancing         COST: $5/class or $45/series

Learn to dance with professional dancer Sherry Novak. Drop in this weekly group class, solo or with a partner, or take the entire 8-week series – two dances taught per series. Starting tonight through April 30, learn the tango and the cha cha.
Maryknoll School Gym (St. Francis Xavier Chapel) @ 222 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90012, (626) 375-6960  sherrydanceteacher@yahoo.com    MAP    WEBSITE   YOUTUBE
 
TUESDAY 3/6 @ 7:30 PM
EVENT: Team Trivia Night

Bring your friends, and make new ones! Play Action Trivia for free and win prizes. See if your team can beat the 3-in-a-row winning streak by Barker Block’s Gedaliah Bublick!
Le Pour Haus @ 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles 90021
(213) 327-0304  
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WEDNESDAY 3/7 @ 9-11:30 PM (two sets)
MUSIC: Polarity Taskmasters
ADMISSION: $10 general / $5 students
Avant garde improvisation-based acoustic and electronic-integrated music featuring Arts District pianist Motoko Honda with flutist/vocalist Emily Hay, percussionist Brad Dutz, and theraminist/organist Wayne Peet in this musician-serious Little Tokyo performance lounge.
Blue Whale @ 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Ste. 301, Los Angeles 90012
(213) 620-0908
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THURSDAY 3/8 @ 6 PM to 1 AM
EVENT: Illuminated L.A. “Secret Society” Pop-Up Art Mart

Art exhibits, live paintings, deejays, and more at this event presented during this month’s Downtown Art Walk. Free admission with raffle prizes plus food and drink for sale.
NoLA’s Taste of New Orleans @ 734 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 680-3003   MAP   VENUE WEBSITE   EVENT WEBSITE
 
FRIDAY 3/9 @ 7-9 PM
EVENT: Showbiz Charity Auction to Support Latino Arts L.A.

Fashionable, chic and vintage items for sale with proceeds benefiting after-school programs of Latino Arts L.A. Free admission.
Vogue Station Vintage Salon @ 440 S. Main St. Los Angeles 90012
(213) 627-7834   
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SATURDAY 3/10 @ 7-11 PM
OPENING: The Art of Bleehouse: Abstract Pop Surrealism
(exhibition on view through 4/10 during gallery hours of Tue-Wed 1-7 PM; Thu-Sat 1-10 PM; Sun 12-6 PM)

Original abstract paintings as visual metaphors of what drives global culture and an exploration of realism and pop culture by curator and Hold Up Art owner Brian Lee through his design group, BLEEHOUSE.
Hold Up Art @ 358 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles 90012
(213) 221-4585   MAP   WEBSITE
 

SUNDAY 3/11 @ 8 PM to 1:30 AM
EVENT: Ecléctica & DeeJay Bennett (Amoeba Music)

Visuals, art, and music every 2nd Sunday at this Eastside venue just over the 1st St. Bridge. This month, resident DJ Reyes is joined by guest DeeJay Bennett, along with Afro Funké Glenn Red and Las Cafeteri@s McDaniel French. $5 drink specials all night.
Eastside Luv Wine Bar y Queso @ 1835 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 90033
(323) 262-7442  MAP    VENUE WEBSITE   DJ SOUNDCLOUD

LOOKING AHEAD

— Sunday 4/15 (and Sunday 10/7): 2012 cicLAvia, L.A.’s biggest street bicycling party
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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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SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS & NEWS FOR THE COMING WEEK BY THE SUNDAY PRIOR. AVOID DRAMA — ALWAYS CHECK WITH VENUE or EVENT FOR DETAILS PRIOR TO ATTENDING. Want to know more about these events? Visit my Facebook Page HERE or click HERE for photos and details.

Love Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District? Stay current on neighborhood events that I find “aMuse-ing” — join my mailing list at www.DowntownMuse.com. Don’t want weekly emails? Visit my website for this same list of events posted each Monday. Stalk me on Twitter @DowntownMuse. Give me a thumb’s up with your LIKE at www.facebook.com/DowntownAmuse. Sustain my addiction to Instagram by commenting on my daily DowntownMuse photos.