LOS ANGELES: 2nd Anniversary Celebration at Arts District Co-Op Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17 @ 12-8pm

Arts District Co-Op is celebrating its second year in the Arts District. RSVP on Facebook!

Located #JustOff5th near Urth Caffe in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, this community marketplace of independent artists and designers offers an eclectic mix of apparel, accessories, home goods, art, candles, body products, toys, and more.

From 12 noon to 8pm daily during Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17, enjoy live music, art, and food while shopping locally made products offered by Arts District Co-Op’s year-round 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 to the Co-Op.

INDEPENDENT RETAILERS: Back Beat RagsHartJacqueline Bianche DesignLala DudleyLiving A Dream BoutiqueMeena MahalMetropolitan KidsMr. JamesOPNKPaper and FabricSouvenirSummer SistersThe Fenix LAWestside Couture

FRI 4/15

Music: Alex John Butte • Danny Santo • Food: Roll’n Lobster Truck • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella Btq

SAT 4/16

Music: Flow She GoesMaarlonRoseBudTrinket MusicZephyrs • Food: Pizza & Co. TruckRidges Churro Bar Truck • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella BtqHulma JewelryLux88goldRoam.e Mobile Boutique

SUN 4/17

Music: JD, Dan McNayDanny Santos • Food: Bohemia Food Company • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella BtqLux88gold

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

LOS ANGELES: Group Show in Jesus Wall Gallery during Brewery Art Walk on SAT 4/2 & SUN 4/3

This weekend, perform penance by visiting me and eight other artists in the Jesus Wall Gallery on SAT 4/2 and SUN 4/3 @ 11am-6pm during the Spring 2016 Brewery Artwalk at Studio 205 (on the 2nd floor across from the restaurant Barbara’s at the Brewery). Stop by to take a photo with the Jesus stuff, watch live painting, and see our latest artwork and photography!

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–Photography by Kevin Break
–Custom lamps by Peri Shefik
–Photography by Melissa Richardson Banks @DowntownMuse @SouthBayMuse
–Paintings and prints by Patti Lou Richardson
Paintings by Kristine Augustyn
–Paintings by Bonnie Lambert
–Paintings and drawings by Glenn Waggner
–Hand-painted ties and photographs by Jerico Woggon
–Live painting and street art by Menso One of The Seventh Letter
Phresh Cru clothing by Jovan Jackson
–Batik and marble art by Ferril Nawir

Sat 4/2 and Sun 4/3 @ 11am to 6pm
Admission is FREE • Street and lot parking
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The Jesus Wall Gallery
600 Moulton Ave., #205
Los Angeles, CA 90031
INQUIRIES: (213) 446-3467 or mrb@downtownmuse.com

LOS ANGELES: Free Block Party to Celebrate Downtown’s Regal LA LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center!

Join us for our launch party celebration with a FREE block-party style event on the streets located in front of the theater. RSVP on FACEBOOK NOW!

Come TONIGHT for our FREE outdoor street celebration, then head inside and experience the new Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center is excited to bring moviegoers the latest in cinema technology:

– Movies in Laser: game-changing laser projector, clearest picture your eye can see!
– Lobby Domination: numerous digital displays, lights and other innovative technology to captivate moviegoers
– Barco Escape: three-screen, panoramic movie format that offers the ultimate immersive cinema experience
– Immersive Sound: most advanced immersive sound technology generating the most natural life-like audio experience imaginable

Regal Barco Promo Image


– Tunes by KIIS FM Deejay Manny on the Streetz
– Street Performers! P.O.P. Unplugged Drumming Troop, Hula Hoop LED-Lit Dancers, breakdancing performers from Hollywood Hotshots and freestyle crews from Versa-Style Dance Company
– Local muralists painting live! Armando Rosete, The Blacklight King, Phobik, Sand One
FREE small popcorn and small fountain soda for each person purchasing a ticket for a movie showing tonight, starting 6 PM or later! Buy now by clicking HERE!
$5 parking (limited to Lot W, Gate B)

Entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA


LOS ANGELES: The Container Yard goes Hawaiian with “LA TIKI”

On Saturday, February 13 at 11am-8pmThe Container Yard opens its massive 60,000-sq-ft arts complex for its second event in a series of FREE community festivals designed to highlight LA’s best street artists, deejays, chefs, and bartenders — all for a good cause! If you haven’t yet been inside this amazing venue, you’re in for a treat – it is RARELY open to the public unless there is a special event, so be sure to come! Artwork adorns the walls of this multipurpose, indoor/outdoor venue, inside and out, up and down, all around. Just touring the place is well worth your time. Add an amazing selection of food and drinks for sale by some of the coolest new places, and you’ve got a very hip, very fun Saturday planned. Parking is available in nearby lots and streets, but always limited in the Arts District, so consider walking, riding your bike, or using public transit (the nearest DASH stops take you to either the front of The Pie Hole on Traction Ave. near Hewitt St. or SCI-Arc on Merrick St. at 4th Pl.).

The Container Yard
800 E. 4th St. (spans Colyton and Seaton streets)
Los Angeles 90013

(310) 720-1759

(NOTE: While you are there on Saturday, be sure to walk down the street to check out the Arts District Co-Op, which is open the same hours on Saturday (453 Colyton St.). Lots of great fashion and home decor items plus my photography is on view AND you can BUY MY BOOK, too!)

Sticky Rice of Grand Central Market: Menu includes Thai dim sum; Kanom Jeeb (steamed Thai dumplings), fried onion cakes, mango sticky rice, and fresh coconuts.

Shuck It: Menu includes grilled oysters with brown herb butter topped with romano cheese and chilled oysters with a sugar-cane mignonette. (FYI: This is a new mobile oyster bar concept by Lobsterdamus grillmasters Johnny Angeles, Francis Reyes, Loni So, and Ramon Almario.)

Ramen Yeah!: Menu includes Hokkaido Miso Ramen; Hokkaido Miso Chashu (braised pork belly) Ramen; and Shoyu Chashu Ramen. (FYI: This is the premiere of new Hawaiian-Hokkaido ramen concept by Chef Yusuke Morita formerly with Kohaku and Japanese Ramen Kai with restaurateur Shintaro Yano who helped open Honolulu hot spot Sushi Ginza Onodera.)

DRINKS: Handcrafted Tiki cocktails made with rum and agave will be created on site by mixologist Aaron Melendez (The Walker Inn, LA Cantina Califa, and Salazar, the new Mexican barbecue spot soon to open in Frogtown).

GIVING BACK: The Container Yard has partnered with the Global Inheritance and the nonprofit’s “Rain Supreme Program” for this event. Selected artists will receive one blank 60-gallon rain barrel to design. An exhibition of the artist-designed rain barrels will tour California through the spring, along with a water conservation and rain collection workshop. Tour destinations may range from university campuses and studio lots to venues like the Ace Hotel and Soho House. After the exhibition ends its tour, the painted Rain Supreme barrels will be auctioned off to raise funds for Global Inheritance water education initiatives or donated to community spaces, schools, museums, and/or gardens. To date, selected artists include Vyal OneJames HauntBrandon Sopinsky, Ben Swenson, Jeremiah GarciaAshley Macias, with others to be added.



LOS ANGELES: Weekend Holiday Markets in DTLA Arts District

SHOP! There are so many great places to shop nowadays in the Arts District, and this time of year offers EVEN MORE for gift-seekers. A multitude of seasonal events, pop-up shops, and community gatherings abound that supplement retail storefronts. Meet up with me on Saturday at the Arts District Co-Op (one block west of Urth Caffé) and walk over to several other nearby holiday markets! For a full list of year-round shopping in the Arts District, click HERE and see what else is in store during the holidays. Be sure to check out my “Where to Park” suggestions HERE!

SAT 12/19 @ 4 PM to 8 PM
Arts District Co-Op @ 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 223-6717 • www.ADcoopLA.com
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Shop FRI 12/18 thru WED 12/23 @ 11 AM to 8 PM
Open THU 12/24 @ 11 AM to 5 PM

The Arts District Co-op is ALL decked out for the holidays!  Pop-up shops this holiday season include Knight Owl CoffeeMoveable BoutiquePanik Ryder, Soul FashionedWolf & Man, and others. Year round, Arts District Co-Op has locally owned retail shops, including The Fenix LAOpen MarketLala DudleyDowntown MuseMinnigurumiThe Conservatore, and Westside Couture. Visit the 10,000 sq. ft. cooperative marketplace daily for giveaways and door prizes!

Check out my latest Arts District photography and other merchandise, including serigraph prints, metal maps, greeting cards, and coasters. Sip on champagne mimosas compliments of Arts District Co-opEnjoy a local brew from Boomtown Brewery. Munch on sweets and savories from The Pie Hole and Cerveteca DTLA. Make your own greeting cards at Artist & Craftsman Supply‘s craftmaking station! Take a photo with one of Santa’s sexy elves and maybe even the jolly fellow himself! Enjoy FREE samples of Fair Trade Certified dark snacking chocolate compliments of barkTHINS! Taste and buy homemade holiday goodies from local One & Stuffed baker Sarah Lauer.

Candles and body care by The Fenix LA

Candles and body care by The Fenix LA

Here’s more info on the year-round retailers at  Arts District Co-op:

THE FENIX LA: This luxury collection includes Jack Frysztak’s signature candles, along with his line of bath and body care products, designer sunglasses, and jewelry. I highly recommend buying his natural wood-wick candles, which are hand-poured with coconut and soy oils scented with one or more of his 200  fragrances — they seemingly last forever, too!

OPEN MARKET: This Americana-inspired menswear line features Kevin Chen’s signature 6-pocket jeans made of premium Japanese and Italian Selvedge raw denim. The collection also includes uniquely oil-stained carpenters, henleys, tees, chunky-knit sweaters, leather and denim jackets, blazers, hooded/non-hooded sweatshirts in a multitude of fabrics. All of the designs reflect a deconstructed approach to vintage work wear, re-engineered with a modern appeal.

Downtown Muse sporting LALA DUDLEY fashion and sunglasses by The Fenix LA

Downtown Muse sporting LALA DUDLEY fashion, sunglasses by The Fenix LA, and a Moroccan belt by Westside Couture

LALA DUDLEY: This local designer makes one-of-a-kind custom sweater vests, dresses, hand-painted tees, handbags, and jewelry.

DOWNTOWN MUSE: My Arts District photographic archives are the most expansive of its kind (follow me on Instagram!). At Arts District Co-Op, I have framed prints displayed on the walls, along with unframed prints on paper (only $25!),  ready-to-hang prints printed on metal, images hand-transferred on wood, art books, greeting cards, calendars, coaster sets, and limited-edition serigraph Arts District maps.

MINNIGURUMI: This handmade Amigurumi line by Minny Chen features crocheted stuffed animals, hats, and capes just for kids, but adored and collected by adults, too!

THE CONSERVATORE: This boutique is for the contemporary woman who is classic AND bold with a high fashion sensibility. The Conservatore offers rare and unique hand-picked new, gently worn, vintage and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories from all over the world.

WESTSIDE COUTURE: This local fashion shop offers organic and imported cotton dresses plus handmade leather belts from Morocco, too.

FRI 12/18 thru SUN 12/20 @ 10 AM to 4 PM
458 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013
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Deco delights, Spanish-style furnishings, American junk, and more gleaned from multiple estate sales are for sale just in time for the holidays at this monthly 3-day shopping event!

SUN 12/20 @ 12-6 PM
Rotelli Cyclery @ 1133 E. 5th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 621-7922 • info@citynightshift.com

Donate an unwrapped new children’s toy and receive a raffle ticket to win prizes during this special event hosted by DTLA’s weekly ride Citynightshift at Rotelli Cyclery. Want to win a Leader Bike USA frame? Enter the Alley Cat Race ($5 entry) and you might be taking one home. There will also be food, drinks, music, and even a silent auction.

Based in the Arts District, Rotelli Cyclery repurposes quality vintage steel frames to create custom-built and ready-to-ride bicycles. The bike shop also offers fine leather goods, dry goods, hardware, and accessories for the cycling enthusiast.

SUN 12/20 @ 11 AM to 4 PM
Arts District Container Park @ 527 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
FREE – RSVP required on Eventbrite

Shreebs Coffee is hosting a selection of local artists and makers: Because the Wind, Boyce Studio, Kellee Creative, LATIN POSH, Meadow at Dusk, Priscilla Witte and Spoken Glass. (Psst! While it is not a “holiday event,” you can also RSVP using the same link above to a free yoga event hosted by Shreebs Coffee on Saturday.)


FRI 12/18 @ 5-11 PM
Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 687-4278 • www.ArtShareLA.org
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Support a local nonprofit that supports local artists. Stop by and pick up that last-minute holiday gift for a friend or treat yourself to a work of art. Art Share’s Hallway Gallery will be filled with local artwork for sale ranging in price from $250 to $700. There will also be a “Best Offer” wall for pieces under $200. Proceeds benefit this vital community center. The art sale runs during public hours thru December 23.

SAT 12/19 @ 8:30 PM until Santa Comes
The Downtown Playground @1720 E. 14th St., Los Angeles 90021 (behind the dispensary)

Local artists, craft beer, games, live music, and late-night tarot readings are the focus of this holiday shindig “South of Seventh” in the Arts District. BYOB is encouraged, but hosts plan to share liquid goods from their holiday stockings with lucky attendees. When there, pick up a copy of my friend’s latest book “10 West: A Collection of Art & Poetry by Joe Wright” as a gift for a friend (it’s also available online at Amazon!).

SAT 12/19 and SUN 12/20
Artists & Fleas @ 647 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90021
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This artist, designer and vintage market happens every third weekend in the Arts District. This special holiday weekend marketplace is expected to have almost 100 local vendors.

LOS ANGELES: Artist Lisa Solberg’s Mister Lee’s Shangri-La at MAMA Gallery

Mister Lee's Shangri-la by Lisa Solberg
Mister Lee's Shangri-La by Lisa SolbergWondering what neon, plants, and strippers have to do with Arts District artist Lisa Solberg‘s work? Find out by seeing her latest atmospheric show “Mister Lee’s Shangri-La,” which opens on Saturday, December 19 @ 7-10pm at MAMA Gallery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles — it’s on view during public hours until Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Solberg brings her “immersive exotic dance club sheltered inside an exotic greenhouse” experience fresh from its star-studded debut at this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach. Plan to see an amazing array of choreographed colorful performances inside of the otherwise stark gallery space that will be packed with “lush plant life and pink neon lights.” A mix of works for sale and as an experiential installation, the show includes a range of Lisa’s art from her signature large-scale paintings and reflective works to charcoal sketches, watercolors, and more. Additionally, she’s set up multiple stations around the gallery where dancers perform against a neon-lit greenhouse setting.

Coco Bunny

A former professional skier who also happens to be married to Wurstküche co-founder Joseph Pitruzzelli, Solberg is an accomplished abstract expressionist painter and innovative installation artist who has exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally. She is the creator of Coco Bunny, an existential rabbit avatar and “psychic guide to the light.” Her IMG_6212_15282024HR PSYCHIC installation formerly occupied what is now Blacktop Coffee as a “ghost gallery” open to the public 24 hours a day every day during December 2013 thru February 2014 (it currently exists as 24HR PSYCHIC ONLINE, which allows people to digitally submit “burning life” questions through the website).

Plan to attend the show and get ready to transcend into what Solberg promises to be “the shape of a golden citizen, allowing your self-consciousness to rust away, your morals to melt, and merge with the immaterial in a one-time-only no-place.” Mister Lee’s Shangri-La is intended to “strip you bare, exposing your truth in a sweet-smelling, earthly paradise.” See you there, golden and bare!

ARTIST OPENING: SAT 12/19/15 @ 7-10pm

Mister Shangri-La by Lisa Solberg is on view during gallery hours SAT 12/19/15 thru SAT 1/23/16.

MAMA Gallery
1242 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 256-0036

LOS ANGELES: Zany Holiday Show Performances at The LOFT Ensemble 11/14-12/20

Tis the season to be jolly! Grab your antlers and your finest holiday sweater as The LOFT Ensemble cordially invites you to the Arts District for a family dinner with the Murphys and a night of arguments, booze, secrets, candy canes, mistletoe, and overall holiday chaos. The Murphys are sure to deck the halls in laughter as they discover the true meaning of family. Written and directed by Alex Fream and April Morrow, this world-premiere farce is sure to have you tangled in the tinsel! What does a Christmas show look like in the Arts District? “Christimas is Dead” answers that question as a comedy full of farce with a family where everybody is just a little bit crazy. (NOTE: The show contains some strong language and adult situations that may not be suitable for kids.)

During Saturday, November 14, 2015 through Sunday, December 20, 2015, performances take place in the Arts District on Saturdays (8pm) and Sundays (7pm). NOTE: There are no performances during Thanksgiving weekend of November 28-29. Tickets are $20. Purchase or reserve tickets at www.loftensemble.org or (213) 680-0392.

The LOFT Ensemble
929 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles 90012 
(corner of 2nd and Vignes – entrance to the theater is on Vignes)

TIX: $20 General • $10 Student (with valid ID)
www.loftensemble.org • (213) 680-0392

ABOUT THE LOFT ENSEMBLE: The LOFT Ensemble is a theatre company based in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and is a member of the LA STAGE Alliance (winner of two Ovation Awards) and the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPLLA). The ensemble is led by Artistic Director Adam Chambers (star of Disney Channel’s Girl Vs. Monster and I Heart Vampires), and Managing Director Kevin Meoak (producer A Ring in Brooklyn – NoHo Arts 2012, LoveSick – Fringe NYC 2012, 2008 LA Weekly Awards, Assoc. Prod. Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara at The Matrix). The company was founded in 2007 by a group of actors who participated in a full year of Viewpoints workshops before producing any shows. The LOFT Ensemble started its full seasons in 2010, and has since presented over 20 original plays and several successful revivals. In 2012, The LOFT Ensemble traveled to the New York International Fringe Festival and was recognized for Outstanding Ensemble with its production of LoveSick. The ensemble is one of the fastest growing companies in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES: Artists Bring Four Perspectives to ¡Dyslexia! Exhibit in Arts District

Artists see the world in a different way: To them, up may be down and left may be right. It is from this perpetually altered perspective that ¡Dyslexia! was born.

Opening Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m., the works of four Downtown artists — Terrell Moore, J.W. Pippen, Emmeric James Konrad and Dan Evans — will hang and glow from the walls of Imperial Gallery, 683 S. Santa Fe Avenue, at the Imperial Art Studios. Curated by Faye Konrad, the show runs through Saturday, November 21. RSVP on Facebook!

Situated in the gentrifying Arts District, an increasingly ironic name as the artists, themselves, are becoming priced out of their homes, ¡Dyslexia! gives the public a chance to spy the kind of talent that long predates the area’s $12 smoothies and $7 lattes.

“Supporting this show, and buying the art, helps to keep art alive in Downtown,” said Evans, a journalist who tapped into his love for making neon art in 2014, after taking veteran artist Lili Lakich’s class on Traction Avenue.

Konrad, a painter who started drawing at age 3 and hasn’t stopped in the decades that followed, believes a show like ¡Dyslexia! underscores the diversity of Los Angeles’ culture, as well as the ever expanding pool of artistic talent living in and moving to Downtown. In fact, he sees parallels to New York and Paris.

“There’s something going on here. There’s a rawness, a fun craziness that’s happening in Downtown that New York [no longer] can duplicate,” he said, noting the Central City “tastes like home but feels like something from the Old Country.”

Saturday’s event runs from 7-10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The opening features electronic music by Grammy Governor Robin Nixon. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. or by appointment (for access, please call property manager Julio Hechavarria, Jr. at (310) 435-1051).

Terrell Moore is depth in layers. Viscosity, autobiography, a void embellished: pathos and necessity reverberate in the dialogue between the willing, the reluctant and row artist.

J.W. Pippen’s contemporary paintings and sculptures draw influence from roots set deep in Japanese motif, tradition and allegory. Kinetic and decisive strokes analogous to Kanji convey the dichotomy between chaos and precision in nature.

Emmeric James Konrad prods the fissures of our collective morals and desires. Cracks in the armor are not only revealed, but presented to us as skin.

Dan Evans works with gas and electricity to illuminate aspects of the past that are at once jarring and soothing, helping to light where we are heading.

–written and submitted by contributor Donna Huffaker Evans, DTLA journalist, writer, urban explorer, and Arts District resident. Follow @DonnaDowntown on Twitter.