Entries by MRB

GO! Friday Night Block Party Returns to LA Live

Enjoy a night of shopping, live music and FREE entertainment at the Friday Night Block Party at L.A. LIVE on September 28 in Downtown Los Angeles. Stroll around and shop in the artisan marketplace of 26 local vendors while listening to live music and watching art and dance performances. This marks the 25th event in […]

It Was Time to Move On …

This poignant painting by Glenn Waggner is the latest acquisition into my art collection. Its title of “It was Time to Move On” is timely and appropriate … As of May 31, 2017, I have vacated my loft in the Arts District after 20 years (I’ve lived in Downtown Los Angeles even longer … since […]

Good night, sweet Vatche …

On 5/13/05, I adopted this little guy — my first dog since I was a child — and he changed my life. It was because of Vatche that I took early-morning strolls of the streets in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, which led to my photography of my beloved neighborhood. On Saturday, 5/13/17 […]

Downtown Dark Nights Returns to LA Live!

Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA are proud to announce that we are back with our fourth year of producing and securing talent for Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE! Our first event of this season begins on Friday, May 19 @ 6-11pm. Like years before, you can sample food and drink at participating restaurants with […]

Taste the Arts District! Reserve Your Spot for “Sights & Bites” Tour on Friday, January 13

Sample the Arts District of today through my latest walking tour featuring art and food. Explore the neighborhood I’ve called home for nearly 25 years. For more than two centuries of constantly reinventing itself, the area has evolved from vineyards and citrus groves and working-class neighborhoods into artist studios, creative offices, and luxury living. Today, […]

Metro Slated to Launch DTLA Bike Share Program on Thu 7/7

Metro’s long-awaited Bike Share program with the City of Los Angeles is scheduled to launch on Thursday, July 7. Up to 1,000 bicycles will be available at up to 65 strategically placed downtown L.A. locations (over seven in the Arts District), connecting our neighborhood with Union Station, City Hall, Grand Park, L.A. Convention Center, South […]

Crafted Kitchen Soon to Open Shared Space for Culinary Entrepreneurs

The first of its kind in the Arts District and even Downtown Los Angeles, an incubator-style, shared-use commercial kitchen called Crafted Kitchen is under construction at 672 S. Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District. Slated to open later this summer, owner and founder Cindi Thompson is now hosting private preview tours for media, culinary bloggers, and event planners interested […]