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.
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!
LIVE MUSIC | LIVE ART | STREET PERFORMANCES | ARTISAN MARKETPLACE
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 Candles| London 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 Art | WIKIDCANVAS
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 Lee | Matthew Pretty, The Bucket Boy | Circus Performer Alex Bistrevsky | Juggler Pablo Paniagua | Break Dancers Hollywood Hotshots and Unity Crew LA | Magician & Illusionist The Joshua G
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.
LIVE MUSIC | LIVE ART | LIVE PERFORMANCES | LOCAL ARTISANS
BREAK DANCERS: Hollywood Hotshots
LIGHTED ART INSTALLATIONS: AirDD
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 Jewelry | Modern Multiples | Nicolina Royale | Parlor Tattoo Prints | Peri Makes Lamps | Picka by Chris Serrano | Pileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Roots Revival Co. | Shay Candles | Unique Inspirations Jewelry | West Coasterz Engraved Wood Art | WIKIDCANVAS
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!
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!
ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Click HERE!
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!
Starting 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, As of Now Store, Shreebs Coffee, Dane Capo Art Pop-Up, Deja Vita HQ, and 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 Cafe, Menzie 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!
SAT 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 email@example.com. Also, 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 Lounge, and Arts District Co-Op (if you are located outside of Los Angeles, click HERE to buy online). Follow @DowntownMuse on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
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).
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.
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.
Check out these FUN events where I’ll be this weekend — in and outside of the Arts District Downtown Los Angeles! MEET ME THERE!
SAT 4/23 and SUN 4/24 @ 12-6pm :: ARTISAN POP-UP SHOP at AS OF NOW STORE at A+ D Architecture Museum :: 900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013 Don’t miss this one-weekend-only event at As of Now Store, a curated boutique tucked inside the museum. In addition to their regular selection of unique home goods, jewelry, accessories and gift items, there will be an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind handmade creations for sale by ceramist Beth Katz of Mt. Washington Pottery and textile artist Cathy Callahan! Bubbles and smiles served all weekend long, but be sure to stop by on Sat 4/23 @ 2-6pm to meet the two master artisans. Details at www.asofnowstore.com
TIP: When you are in the neighborhood, be sure to reserve time to tour the museum and walk down the street to visit Cleveland Art, Arts District Co-Op, Shreebs Coffee, Dane Capo Art Pop-Up, Deja Vita HQ, and more!
SAT 4/23/16 @ 11am to 6pm :: CLOSING SALE at BLACK MILK CLOTHING CONCEPT STORE @ 2020 E. 7th St, Los Angeles 90021 While it’s the end of the retail storefront in the Arts District, it is not the end of this popular clothing line in the United States. Grab huge discounts off everything – including gym wear and museum items. RSVP on FB
SUN 4/24/16 @ 10:30am to 1:00pm :: VNTGPOP FLOWER FIESTA WORKSHOP at The Container Yard @ 800 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013 Come mix + mingle at this gardening workshop curated by the purveyors of VNTGPOP Oasis. $45 workshop fee includes one pot, floral cutters, gardening gloves, reusable burlap bag, spray bottle and succulents plus complimentary mimosas and refreshments by Cafe 86 AND a tour of Fishy Farms, the aquaponic fish farm container within The Container Yard. And hey, since it’s not always open to the public, it’s a good chance to tour this creative compound adorned inside and out with murals by top street artists, national and international. RSVP on FB
SUN 4/24/16 @ 4-7pm :: ART SHOW & WAREHOUSE SALE at Rude Chix @ 4720 San Fernando Rd., Unit A, Glendale, CA 91204 Yep, I know this event is NOT in the Arts District, but it will feature my Arts District photography, so it counts! So there … it’s MY blog, and I’ll do what I want 🙂 … Seriously, join me at this cool venue where tattoo-inspired and alternative apparel is made and sold by Queen Rude, aka Sherry Mattson. It will be a cool celebration during which you can meet the L.A. Derby Dolls, and check out artwork by Joey Feldman, Emmeric Konrad, and Ninoska Arte in addition to my work. There will be stuff to clean you up by The Dirty Soap Co., and tunes spun by DJ Scott Whitaker. So make plans to go already and hopefully, I’ll see you there!
CONTACT ME! Got something to share about the Arts District? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, ask about integrated marketing opportunities for your business through my blog. And hey, BUY MY MUSE-ings BOOK by clicking HERE. Follow @DowntownMuse on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, too!
Not going to Coachella this weekend? No problem! There’s LOTS to eat, see and do this weekend #JustOff5th in the DTLA Arts District! Below is a listing I’ve gathered for you to enjoy three days of fun in the central Arts District! Get “real-time” updates by clicking on #JustOff5th posts on Instagram and Twitter!
Kick off your weekend on Friday, April 15 @ 4-8pm by joining me aka @DowntownMuse and my business partner Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA as we help welcome Cleveland Art into their new, expanded space at 451 Colyton St., just one block west of Urth Caffe. Based in Cleveland but here for the Open House Weekend, come over to meet designer/maker/owner Jason Wein! There’s even a new retail store opening up inside Cleveland Art => Whiskey Grade, and they’ve invited the East Side Moto Babes to ride over. Need any more enticement? We’ll have food and drink by local businesses such as homemade mini-pies by The Pie Hole (three flavors: Salted Caramel Pecan, Mom’s Apple Crumble, and Mexican Chocolate), Cold Brew Coffee with Almondmilk by Califia Farms, and handcrafted beef jerky by People’s Choice, a family business based in Downtown Los Angeles since 1929! Be sure to RSVP to this private party, so you can enjoy locally brewed suds by Boomtown Brewery, too (you must be over 21 AND have your name on the guest list).
Say “hello” to me on Friday night to receive your exclusive @DowntownMuse walking tour curated just for the evening PLUS an updated list of retailers, eateries, hangouts, and special events taking place during April 15-17, 2016.
Below is just a sampling of what’s happening nearby during April 15-17, 2016 (yep, there’s even more!):
ARTS DISTRICT CO-OP’S 2nd ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17@ 12-8pm
Arts District Co-Op
453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
www.adcoopla.com • RSVP on Facebook
Hours: 11am-7pm Tue-Thu and 12-8pm Fri-Sun
Celebrating its second year, this community marketplace of independent artists and designers offers an eclectic mix of apparel, accessories, home goods, art, candles, body products, toys, and more! Enjoy a weekend of live music, art, and food while shopping locally made products offered by the Co-Op’s current retailers plus a pop-up selection of artisan vendors. Musical performances take place all weekend and there will be food trucks, too! Admission is always free at the Arts District Co-Op.
INDEPENDENT RETAILERS: Back Beat Rags, Hart, Jacqueline Bianche Design, Lala Dudley, Living A Dream Boutique, Meena Mahal, Metropolitan Kids, Mr. James, OPNK, Paper and Fabric, Souvenir, Summer Sisters, The Fenix LA, Westside Couture
FRI 4/15 @ 12-8pm
SAT 4/16 @ 12-8pm
SUN 4/17 @ 12-8pm
Twenty-year-old Dane Capo is a new artist in the Arts District who just happens to also have epilepsy and autism. Five weeks ago, he set up a pop-up gallery in a container near Palmetto and Colyton streets. A South Bay resident, for the past four years, he has primarily created portraits ranging from the local crossing guard to the Beatles. Images of Einstein, Matisse and Bob Dylan co-mingle with faces of his cousins, chromatic pandas, and sailors.“One day Dane just decided to start painting, and that’s where he came from,” explains Dane’s mom, Krista Capo. Learn more about Dane and his artwork by clicking HERE.
Sat 4/16 @ 5-8pm: Stop by to meet the artist, see art, and listen to music by Robbie McVean (he will also be playing at 12-2pm Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17!).
LA BIKE FEST PAINT PARTY at ROTELLI CYCLERY
Sun 4/17 @ 1-6pm
1133 E. 5th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 621-7922 • www.rotellicyclery.com
Store Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-7pm and Sat-Sun 11am-6pm
Are you a painter? Or just like hanging out on a Sunday? Come to Rotelli Cyclery for a super chill afternoon of painting, building art installations, drinking coffee, drinking beer and hanging out with friends while getting excited for the Los Angeles Bicycle Festival. This is a free pre-event open to anyone. They’ll have the basics for participating, and you are welcome to contribute materials, talent or just good company.
MONTHLY THREE-DAY SHOWROOM SALE
Open late this month on Fri 4/15 @ 10am-6pm
plus Sat 4/16 and Sun 4/17 @ 10am-4pm
Hughes Estate Sales
458 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013
www.HughesEstateSales.com • RSVP on Facebook
Every month, the L.A. Showroom of Hughes Estate Sales is packed fresh with a new selection of vintage goods and designer finds culled from several estates.
OPEN until 6pm on Friday, April 15! Drop by early to scoop the BEST items gleaned from multiple estates throughout California! This month, there is an AMAZING selection of rare vintage 45 records!!
Return on Saturday and Sunday for daily markdowns to snatch remaining items until all items are sold by the end of the day on Sunday. Sign up for their Pre-Sale “Hughes Insider” newsletter, which goes out the week prior to each monthly event with an exclusive sneak-peek gallery of items for sale: https://www.hughesestatesales.com/become-a-hughes-insider/
Come for the drinks, see the fashion, and stay for the music – tropical, afro-latin, techno cumbia, house! Resident kicks off Friday night with Batiste Eco-Positive Rhum signature cocktails followed by Jewel Toned’s lingerie fashion show. At 10pm, Gavin Hardkiss vs. Peaking Lights performs until close.
OTHER NEARBY PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO
This curated boutique offers unique home goods, jewelry, accessories and gifts all chosen with care by Brad Cook and Melissa Ritchie to embody the spirit of the West Coast. As of Now shares a loft-like space with the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and has the same operating hours.
Come In! DTLA is a series that celebrates the museum’s new home in the Arts District and more importantly, the artists who find inspiration here. This latest installment features 18 Los Angeles-based artists, architects and designers who have work on display that pushes the boundaries of traditional forms of architecture and design, extending to graphics, digital media, landscape, fashion, furniture, installation, photography, sculpture and more.
This workshop allows confirmed guests to explore the Arts District with photographer and artist Ave Pildas.
Using secret recipes from its Little Red Cookbook, food at The Chairman is inspired by the original street food of Asia – bold, spicy, unique, fast and delicious. In addition to steamed and baked buns, they also serve rice bowls generously topped by pork belly, chicken, and more.
This creative compound is one of the coolest spaces ever for makers, artists, foodies, shoppers and others — it is adorned inside and out with murals by top street artists, national and international.
OPEN for a special event on Sun 4/17 @ 1-3:30pm! Buy your $15 tickets HERE for this exclusive pre-festival screening of Dark Progressivism — a documentary about Los Angeles art, graffiti, tattoos and gangs. A Q-and-A session with director/writer Rodrigo Ribera d’euro and legendary Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, owner of Copro Gallery and the newly opened Gregorio Escalante Gallery. Be sure to check out the optional neighborhood tour following the film (3:30-5:30pm) … pricing and details in the ticket link above.
Don’t miss the current art show on view in the back of this 7,000-sq-ft luxury lifestyle boutique located next to Urth Caffe. One of Australia’s most recognizable artists David Bromley has taken up residency in this stunning retail space owned by Carl Louisville. Guerilla Atelier also has an ongoing retail collaboration with Taschen Books, so be sure to stop by and view the selection of books on art, design, and photography; many of which are works of art in themselves.
Wonderland Avenue is a solo show on view by artist Ariana Papademetropoulos with paintings and installations that explore physical and psychological surfaces, a duality made manifest in the unsolved Wonderland murders of 1981.
Check out Line Segments Number 40,” a new large-scale wall mural by Ryan Campbell painted on the gallery’s exterior walls facing Alameda St. (latex and aerosol on corrugated metal and steel bars sized 9’ high x 56’ wide). On view inside the gallery thru Sat 5/14 is “Karen Lofgren: Other Relevant Experience,” the artist’s first solo show featuring sculptures, installations, and collage that employ medicinal plants and objects of desire.
Come hang out “on the green” at the corner of Palmetto and Colyton where Ren Fuller-Wasserman and Casey Goch have set up their amazing pop-up coffee shop in a bright orange shipping container. Offering organic single-origin coffee, freshly ground hand-poured hot or over ice, the coffee shop has proven to be a popular neighborhood hang-out, and often hosts yoga and music events. Be sure to check out their selection of yummy empanadas!
GRAND OPENING PARTY: Fri 4/15 @ 4-8pm – RSVP on Facebook
WEEKEND OPEN HOUSE: Sat 4/16 thru Sun 4/17@ 12-8pm
Meet the makers and creative minds behind Cleveland Art and Whiskey Grade® on Friday, April 15 @ 4-8pm during their collaborative Grand Opening and Weekend Open House events at 451 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 in DTLA’s Arts District (for updates, check out #JustOff5th updates on Instagram and Twitter).
Whiskey Grade® owners Tom and Shirley Wronkovich, along with style expert Jamison Aweau, will be on hand to talk about the Cleveland-based independent retailer’s fuel-inspired apparel for men and functional, but chic, fashion for women. By doubling the size of his former L.A. showroom with this new shared space, Cleveland Art designer/owner Jason Wein is displaying an even greater selection of his vintage and recycled industrial design furnishings and handmade blown-glass lighting perfect for loft living, retail displays, and decor for hotels, restaurants, and offices.
During the Grand Opening, meet the East Side Moto Babes, a community of Los Angeles women who ride and race motorbikes; check out bikes by Roland Sands Designs; and enjoy a sampling of neighborhood offerings, including Boomtown Brewery and The Pie Hole. On view all month are new photographic works by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse, Mark Kovacs, Kate Mueller, and Shelby Holstein. Next door, the Arts District Co-Op is also celebrating its 2nd Anniversary all weekend long with art, music, food trucks, and artisan shopping! Details HERE!