HOUSTON: Solo Photography Show by Paola Isola at ART BOX Gallery

A solo show by photographer Paola Isola opens at ART BOX Gallery on Thursday, August 15 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Houston, Texas.

HOUSTON: Free Jazz at Decatur on First Wednesdays

Live jazz at 7-10pm on the first Wednesday of the month at Decatur. Details at www.decaturbar.com.

HOUSTON: Cirque du Freak Benefits Artists for Artists

Artists for Artists hosts Cirque de Freak on Saturday, September 21 at Spring Street Studios! Tickets and information at www.Artists4Artists.org.

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Dark Nights on August 2!

Kick off the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament with Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE on August 2 @ 6-11 PM! Details at www.lalive.com/darknights.

LOS ANGELES: 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 the L.A. Live series curated since 2014 by Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA.

Like previous events, Friday Night Block Party is FREE and open to the public from 6:00 PM until 12 midnight!



ARTISAN VENDORS: Amor y Flor | Canyon Collection | Delicate Raymond Jewelry | Eddy Lee Art | Esmé Design | Flea Market Girl | Freaky Record |Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | iMakeTheCase | Incandescent Bloom | J. Borda Wood Arts | Late Night Gypsy | Lit Soul CandlesLondon Manori | Oaxacan Soul | Panache Jewelry | Pileus Chaotic Art | Rock & Sock | Rose Gypsy | Rx Candles | Smiths & Kings | Sticks and Lasers | The Pretty Eclectic | Two Little Kings | Wag City Clothing | West Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS

MURALISTS: Aila | AiseBorn | Allison Bamcat | ESPY DPT ZNCPhobik | SEL

STAGE BAND: Weekend Celebrity

Support LA’s best undiscovered talent by leaving a tip for our performing buskers as they showcase their talents for you to enjoy!

PERFORMING BUSKERS: LALA Brass Band | Musician LeeMatthew Pretty, The Bucket Boy | Circus Performer Alex Bistrevsky | Juggler Pablo Paniagua | Break Dancers Hollywood Hotshots and Unity Crew LA | Magician & Illusionist The Joshua G

LOS ANGELES: 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 their special $5 menus, shop local artisan vendors, stroll among the lighted art installations, and stop to watch muralists paint live. Exclusive to this event will be a 40% discount for tickets to that evening’s performances of Absinthe L.A.



DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: BlackBrain | Black Light King | Samir Evol | MDMN | Phobik | Pops Born 2 Cre8 | Sand One | Septerhed | James Wilde XO | Zoueh

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Heather Blount-Elliott | Faeryn Rose | Surka Noelle | Jeweliette Luminess | Zaylaa van Hoops | Jill Evyn | LuLu Lam | Taylor Rose | Luminescent Luna

JUGGLERS: Alex Bistrevsky | Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Rewi Hoop Hooligan

CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Nick Kane | Roger Fojas | Jonnathon Cripple | Christiane Georgi

STILT WALKERS: Brady Spindel | Antonio G-R | Fireplug | Seraphina

BREAK DANCERS: Hollywood Hotshots

CONTORTIONISTS: Acro Yogi Cody | Siobhan Shier


VENDORS: Benjibug | Boricubi: The Art of Jolín Miranda | Cowpunk Leather Products | Downtown Muse | Eddy Lee Art | Esteve Mena Leather | Freaky Wallet | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | Jane’s Art Box | The Key Historic | London Manori | MaeMae JewelryModern Multiples | Nicolina Royale | Parlor Tattoo Prints | Peri Makes Lamps | Picka by Chris SerranoPileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Roots Revival Co. | Shay Candles | Unique Inspirations Jewelry | West Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo L.A. LIVE | Katsuya L.A. LIVE | Live Basil Pizza | The Mixing Room | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill

ABSINTHE L.A.: Want to continue the fun? Absinthe L.A. will be showing the same night just across the street at the Spiegelworld Tent. Showtimes are at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM! Save 40% off tickets to see Absinthe – a raunchy, sexy and hilarious show only in LA for 4 more weeks. To redeem 40% discount, use code “DARKNIGHTS” at check-out => BUY ABSINTHE L.A. TIX by CLICKING HERE!

LOS ANGELES: Taste the Arts District on “Sights & Bites” Tour

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, the Arts District is a popular destination to eat, drink, and explore with over 60 bars and restaurants, more than 50 retail stores, about 30 art galleries in and around the neighborhood, and high-end luxury apartment complexes.
This two-hour tour experience includes food, drinks, and a complimentary copy of my book

The price of $100 per person includes a sampling of my favorite artisanal foods (vegetarian and vegan options, too), wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages from popular Arts District establishments plus a neighborhood tour and a copy of my book MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District!


LOS ANGELES: DTLA Arts District Fri 4/29 thru Sun 5/1

MEET ME THERE! Here’s my curated list of what I’m doing this weekend in and around the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles!

BRqDV-2tStarting FRI 4/29 @ 12-6pm :: FIRST SALE EVER at GUERILLA ATELIER :: 427 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013 (310) 365-2194 This luxury boutique is relocating elsewhere in the Arts District, so founder and creative director Carl Louisville is offering a 50% discount on anything he doesn’t want to move. Three years after opening his original pop-up concept, he’s expanding with a permanent flagship store at 912 E. 3rd St. slated to open this June. Don’t miss this unprecedented sales event! More details HERE!

TIP: After shopping at Guerilla Atelier, walk around the corner west on 5th Street to visit Cleveland Art, Arts District Co-OpAs of Now Store, Shreebs Coffee, Dane Capo Art Pop-Up, Deja Vita HQand more! Get “real-time” updates by clicking on #JustOff5th posts on Instagram and Twitter!

SAT 4/30 @ 10am-4pm :: COMMUNITY DAY :: 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles 90021 Stop by The Bridge Mind Body Movement, Daily Dose CafeMenzie International, and Pour Haus Wine Bar during this special day to celebrate community and wellness. Meet your neighbors and enjoy donation-based yoga classes, discounts, raffle drawings, pop-up vendors, and more. Each participating business at 1820 Industrial St. is donating proceeds from sales during this event to GettLove, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that supports the housing needs of the homeless. More details HERE!

SAT 4/30 thru SUN 5/8 @ 10am-7pm or by appt :: SPRING SAMPLE SALE @ MENZIE INTERNATIONAL :: 1820 Industrial St. #102a, Los Angeles 90021 (310) 475-2331 This Arts District design showroom offers high-end contemporary European indoor and outdoor furnishings and window coverings perfect for modern lofts, residences, offices, and hospitality venues. Stop by for selections discounted anywhere from 30% up to 75%. More details HERE!

12357255_118488555190695_183707130_nSAT 4/30 @ 12-4pm ARTIST RECEPTION (and Grand Opening Weekend 12-8pm – also on SUN 5/1) :: PAPER AND FABRIC :: 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 (310) 498-2922 Art, fashion, food and music @12-8pm on Sat 4/30 and Sun 5/1 to celebrate the grand opening of Paper and Fabric. This is the first offline shop for the online retailer at Arts District Co-Op. Stop by to see new interior murals, limited-edition prints, and clothing with artwork by artists Colette Miller, WRDSMTH, Hagop, Calen Blake, and Michael Murphy. Refreshments for the artist reception generously provided by Urth Caffe. Thanks to KIND and People’s Choice Beef Jerky for snacks all weekend. More details HERE!

SAT 4/30 @ 12-4pm :: OSF FEST @ One Santa Fe :: 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90013 Retailers at One Santa Fe are throwing their first block party, — a quarter-mile of shopping, samples and fun for everyone! Walk, bike or drive over to check out the sales, promotions, giveaways, discounts, demos, food, drink and more. For a full list of participating businesses and descriptions of their offerings, click HERE!

CONTACT ME! Got something to share about DTLA Arts District? Send me an email at mrb@downtownmuse.comAlso, ask about my marketing services for your local business — I produce events, handle social media, host community tours, and more. And hey, BUY MY MUSE-ings BOOK by visiting local businesses that currently carry it such as Hennessey & Ingalls, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, The Corner Store, Artist & Craftsman Supply, The Library Store, The Bread Loungeand Arts District Co-Op (if you are located outside of Los Angeles, click HERE to buy online). Follow @DowntownMuse on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

LOS ANGELES: Rotary DTLA Hosts Self-Guided Benefit Tour of Arts District on Sun 5/15 @ 1-6pm

See art and support the charitable work of Rotary DTLA during the business organization’s 3rd annual Incredible L.A. Lofts Tour on Sunday, May 15 @ 1-6pm. For only $30, this self-guided tour provides ticketholders with access to the amazing culture of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with exclusive visits to artist studios, neighborhood art institutions, fascinating residences, and the warm hospitality of RESIDENT (428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013), including an extended happy hour during 1-8pm and an official after-party with live music starting at 9pm (drinks not included as part of ticket price).


Proceeds benefit local and international service projects of Rotary DTLA. Recent projects included providing clean water, handwashing stations, and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at four schools and a clinic in Kenya; support of a community garden in Watts; and dictionaries for local schools. In addition to ticket sales, sponsors ensure the success of this event. Rotary DTLA thanks its sponsors Century Housing Corporation; Loftway; Downtown News; and RESIDENT. Through @DowntownMuse, I’m providing support for the tour through my social media channels AND I’m opening up my loft for attendees, too.

The self-guided tour starts at Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013). Free parking for ticketholders is available at 321 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 across the street. Attendees are also encouraged to take public transportation. Take Metro’s Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk just a few blocks to Art Share L.A. (directions/map posted HERE).

LOS ANGELES: One Santa Fe Retailers Host OSF Fest Block Party

On Saturday, April 30 @ 12-4pm, retailers at One Santa Fe are throwing their first block party, and it promises to be a quarter-mile of fun for everyone! Walk, bike or drive over to see what each participating OSF business is offering: promotions, giveaways, discounts, demos, food, drink and more.

RSVP on Facebook!

300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles 90013

Bulletproof Coffee: Slated to open soon, stop by for a taste of their low-toxin Upgraded Coffee to learn what the buzz is all about … brewed with precision, blended with unsalted grass-fed butter and Brain Octane™!
Café Gratitude: Taste their yummy samosas and pad thai with kelp noodles!
ediBOL: Sample their crisply chewy, lemon-glazed rice fritters and $5 craft brews (Craftsman 1903 Pale Lager and Iron Triangle IPA)
Grow DTLA: This “farm fresh, city fast” market and deli is organizing a one-day California cherry sale and is hosting old-fashioned cherry pit-spitting contests with GROW gift cards given to the best pit-spitters.
Hennessey + Ingalls: Hundreds of books from this independent bookseller’s massive selection of art, architecture, design, photography, food and other subjects will be on sale, with discounts starting as low as $1!
Hue: This chic women’s clothing store is hosting a special pop-up shop with Sync Denim featuring custom denim distressing on site, a one day VIP-discount, and in-store music by DJ Hee.
Malin + Goetz: Stop by for complimentary detox mini-facials, refreshments, and 20% savings on this natural apothecary’s signature products.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream: Get two-for-one scoops of all flavors (classic and vegan!) from this made-from-scratch artisan ice cream shop.
The Voyager Shop: Local designer brand ACHRO is hosting a trunk show and sample sale at this lifestyle boutique.
Wittmore: Pick up a new 100% organic cotton t-shirt from this menswear shop and customize it for FREE with old-school iron-on graphics featuring fun LA icons – made to order in-store through a partnership with Avery Dennison. LA artist Luckey Remington, whose “Ladders” sculpture series is currently featured inside, will debut new outdoor works.

Free tastings of brews by Arts District-based Iron Triangle Brewing Company will be available at select locations.