LOS ANGELES: Happenings this Weekend

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 HQand 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

12985599_506283376238700_7287224523408756669_nSUN 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

12530938_859621714167457_1475299316_nSUN 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! 


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LOS ANGELES: Happenings in DTLA Arts District during Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17

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!):

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

2nd Anniversary AD Co-OpCelebrating 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

Music: Alex John ButteDanny Santos • Food: Roll’n Lobster Truck • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella Btq

SAT 4/16 @ 12-8pm

Music: RoseBud, Maarlon, Flow She GoesTrynket, Zephyris, Jerry Fenn • Food: Pizza & Co. Truck, Ridges Churro Bar Truck • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella Btq, Hulma Jewelry, Lux88gold, Roam.e Mobile Boutique

SUN 4/17 @ 12-8pm

Music: Runyon Wolves, Dan McNay, Danny Santos • Food: Bohemia Food Company • Pop-Up Vendors: Ella Btq, Lux88gold

Dane's SocksMEET THE ARTIST: Dane Capo
Sat 4/16 @ 5-8pm
Dane Capo Art Pop-Up
527 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
Gallery Hours: 11am-5pm Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17 • www.danecapo.com

 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!).

Bicycle Festival

Sun 4/17 @ 1-6pm
Rotelli Cyclery
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.


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
(626) 791-9600
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/

Peaking Lights and Gavin Hardkiss

NONSTOP COCKTAIL PARTY with Rum, Lingerie & Music!
Fri 4/15 @ 8pm-2am
428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013
www.residentdtla.com • RSVP on Facebook

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.


900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013
(323) 559-1840 • www.asofnowstore.com
Hours: 11am-5pm Fri 4/15 and 12-6pm Sat 4/16 & Sun 4/17

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.

900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 346-9734 • www.aplusd.org
Hours: 11am-5pm Fri 4/15 and 12-6pm Sat-Sun 4/16-4/17

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. 

Street Photography Workshop
A+ D Architecture and Design Museum
RSVP Required
Sat 4/16 @ 10am-1pm

This workshop allows confirmed guests to explore the Arts District with photographer and artist Ave Pildas.

1200 E. 5th St, Los Angeles 90013
(213) 289-9808 • www.hailthechairman.com
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-9pm

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.

800 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013
(310) 720-1759 • www.thecontaineryard.com
Open for special events and by appointment only

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.

427 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles 90013
(310) 365-2194 • www.guerillagalleries.org
Open 12-6pm Fri 4/15 & Sun 4/17 and 12-7pm Sat 4/16

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.

1242 Palmetto St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 256-0036 • www.mama.gallery
Open 12-6pm on Fri 4/15 and Sat 4/16

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.

432 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013 (213) 595-5182

Open 12-5pm Fri 4/15 thru Sun 4/17

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.

527 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
(424) 260-5880 • www.shreebscoffee.com

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!

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LOS ANGELES: Cleveland Art Reopens with Whiskey Grade® in Collaborative Arts District Space

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 and Cleveland Art

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!

Whiskey Grade®
451 Colyton St.Los Angeles 90013
(844) 446-9447
Hours: 11am-7pm Tue-Thu
and 12-8pm Fri-Sun (subject to change)

Cleveland Art – L.A. Showroom
451 Colyton St.Los Angeles 90013
(213) 626-1311 and (216) 246-7644
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm weekdays
and 11am-6pm weekends

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!

RSVP on Facebook!

–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
RSVP on Facebook!

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
RSVP on Facebook

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
RSVP on Facebook

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.