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-Op</