EVENTS 2/20 to 2/25

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

MONDAY 2/20 @ 8-11 PM
FREE MUSIC: Jacques Lesure Jam Session
Kick back and eat some amazing catfish while listening to live jazz by soulful guitarist Jacques Lesure. No cover charge plus food or drinks.
NoLA’s Taste of New Orleans @ 734 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013 
TUESDAY 2/21 @ 6-11 PM
DINNER & MUSIC: Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration

“Cabrini Presents” live jazz with Floyd & the Flyboys, along with a special Mardi Gras menu in the Arts District. $10 cover charge plus food or drinks.
NoLA’s Taste of New Orleans @ 734 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013 
MUSIC: Performance by Musician Tawny Ellis
Born in Savannah, Georgia, former Arts District resident and proud L.A. Eastsider Tawny Ellis returns to the neighborhood to perform her special blend of West Coast freshness and soulful bayou depth. Also performing at 8 PM on Wednesday, 2/29. No cover charge or drink limit.
Villains Tavern @ 1356 Palmetto Ave., Los Angeles 90013 (213) 613-0766
THURSDAY 2/23 @ 6-8 PM
FREE DISCUSSION: Los Angeles River Update

Attend to hear progress of L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan and L.A. River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Los Angeles River School (part of Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies Campus) @ 2050 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles 90065
THURSDAY 2/23 @ 8 PM to 2 AM
MUSIC: Homage featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Phil Cohran, Venice Dawn, William Hart, DJ Spinna & Lefto
Admission: $25 presale / $30 door  
Table/Bottle Service Available: [email protected]
FREE Song Downloads: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble    Venice Dawn

Headlined by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a group that includes eight horn-playing brothers from the southside of Chicago, this special live experience features a rare performance by their father, acclaimed jazz musician and musicologist Phil Cohran. The event also includes music by Venice Dawn with William Hart of the Delfonics and spinning by deejays Spinna, Lefto, and KCRW’s Anthony Valadez. Presented by EVFA & ArtDontSleep.
Exchange LA @ 618 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90014
(213) 627-8070    MAP   WEBSITE
 FRIDAY 2/24 @ 4-9 PM plus
 SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2/25-2/26 @ 11 AM-5 PM
 EVENT: Factory Place Open Studio Sale
Part outdoor bazaar, part studio tour, this event features artwork and vintage items for sale by participating artisans and creative professionals who live in this 188-unit complex. Also includes live painting, cooking sessions, and printmaking demonstrations. Admission is free. Parking available on nearby streets and lots.
Factory Place Arts Complex @ 1308 Factory Place, Los Angeles 90013
SATURDAY 2/25 @ 10:30 AM
EVENT: Public Art Unveiling

Celebrate the unveiling of our neighborhood’s first-ever public art that will provide a block-by-block trail for visitors through the Arts District. Designed and created by artist and long-time resident Valerie Mitchell, the medallions artistically reflect the area as it was in the 1850s – an agricultural area full of groves and vineyards – as if seen through an opening of the 1930s-era 4th Street Bridge. The project was funded by a grant through the Arts District BID to the artist from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA). Speakers include Councilman José Huizar, 14th District, City of Los Angeles; Estela Lopez, Executive Director, Central City East Association; Michael Tansey, Chair, Arts District BID; and Valerie Mitchell, Medallion Designer and Artist.
DWP Lot across from Urth Caffe @ 451 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013
SATURDAY 2/25 @ 11 AM to 2 PM

EVENT: Fur Baby Rescue Pet Adoption

Want some love or know someone who does? Spread the word about this free community event and drop by to see the adorable four-legged friends who need a home. Volunteers needed! To help, email [email protected]
Vacant Lot near SCI-Arc @ 405 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013

— Exhibition at The Box LA on Saturday 2/25 @ 12-6 PM: “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972-2012”  WEBSITE

Benefit Auction on Friday 3/9 for Latino Arts L.A. at Vogue Station Vintage Salon  WEBSITE
2012 cicLAvia on two Sundays this year – 4/15 and 10/7  WEBSITE
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