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 Blog

LOS ANGELES: Metro Slated to Launch DTLA Bike Share Program

Metro’s long-awaited Bike Share program with the City of Los Angeles is scheduled to launch on Thursday, July 7.

Up to 1,000 bicycles will be available at up to 65 strategically placed downtown L.A. locations (over seven in the Arts District), connecting our neighborhood with Union Station, City Hall, Grand Park, L.A. Convention Center, South Park, Chinatown, Fashion District, Little Tokyo and more. Many bike share stations will be placed in close proximity to the Metro Rail and Bus network, giving transit riders direct access to Metro bikes to easily combine bicycle and transit trips.


“We are excited that L.A. will officially join the bike share revolution that is now giving city dwellers across the nation new ways to explore their urban communities,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair. “Marrying bicycle and transit trips will go a long way in supporting healthy lifestyles, easing traffic on downtown streets and, perhaps most importantly, getting Angelenos where they need to go in an efficient and affordable manner.” People who live, work and play in downtown L.A. are encouraged to sign up for a Metro bike share pass in advance of the launch at www.metro.net/bikeshare. The system will be accessible exclusively to pass holders from July 7 until August 1, 2016, when it will open for all users, including walk-up customers. People who purchase their pass early will get a limited edition Metro Bike Share Kit. The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive exclusive Metro bike share pins.

The installation of bike share stations throughout downtown L.A. will begin in early June, with work expected to continue until the stations open to the public on July 7.

“We are always looking to help people explore our incredible city in new ways. Now, through Metro’s new bike share program, residents and visitors from around the world can to check out a bike and see downtown L.A. with a fast, fun and affordable system,” said Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “Paired with our city’s new bicycle infrastructure, this is going to make it easier and safer to travel through our city on two wheels.”

Metro will become the first major transportation agency in America to offer a single card that allows access to both transit and bike share systems. To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at http://www.metro.net/bikeshare. New customers will receive their TAP card in the mail. Existing TAP card holders have the option of registering their current TAP card in the system and simply adding bike share access to it.

Pass holders will use their Metro bike share-registered TAP card to access any Metro bike from a dock at a station. Bike share-registered TAP cards identify each user to both Metro bike share and Metro transit lines. As with all TAP cards, transit fares can be loaded onto the bike share-registered TAP card at any Metro ticket vending machine, online at taptogo.net or at any of the hundreds of TAP vending locations across the county.

The Metro bike share fare structure is designed to be flexible and affordable for all users. The agency has created three simple pass options:

A monthly pass is $20 per month. All trips 30 minutes or less are free and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This pass option is best if the user expects to take more than five trips per month. People use their registered TAP card to get a bike.
A Flex Pass is $40 per year. All trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This option is best if users expect to take two to five trips per month or want the convenience of using their TAP card to get a bike.

A Walk-Up is $3.50 for 30 minutes. This option will be available starting Monday, August 1. All trips 30 minutes or less are $3.50, and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter. An introductory 50% discount rate will be offered in August-September. This option is best for tourists and visitors to downtown LA. Users can pay per trip using their credit card at any station kiosk.

Metro and the city of Los Angeles worked closely with downtown L.A. community stakeholders, taking into consideration crowdsourced public input to select initial station locations that will better connect people to key neighborhood destinations. Special consideration was given to locations that created better access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, residential areas and transit hubs. A map of current station locations is now available at www.metro.net/bikeshare. Users are encouraged to check back often, as new station locations will be added regularly.

Metro is now offering an exclusive naming and branding rights partnership for its bike share program. The sponsorship opportunity will enable a single company to advertise its products on the bicycles on a 24/7, year-round basis with dense coverage in downtown L.A. and future expansion planned for Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, Huntington Park, East Los Angeles and elsewhere across the region.

The system will be operated by Bicycle Transit Systems, with bikes and stations provided by BCycle, a unit of Trek Bicycles of Wisconsin. These companies have successfully launched and/or operate more than 40 bike share systems in metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad.

LOS ANGELES: Crafted Kitchen Offers Shared Space for Culinary Entrepreneurs

The first of its kind in the Arts District and even Downtown Los Angeles, an incubator-style, shared-use commercial kitchen called Crafted Kitchen is under construction at 672 S. Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District. Slated to open later this summer, owner and founder Cindi Thompson is now hosting private preview tours for media, culinary bloggers, and event planners interested in learning more about LA’s new home for culinary entrepreneurs.

“For food entrepreneurs who are hungry for success, the road has many hurdles,” said Thompson, a former small-food business owner herself, who founded Crafted Kitchen in order to provide others access to quality, affordable commercial kitchens and resources. “We are small-food business advocates with a passion for supporting local culinary artisans. Crafted Kitchen is the low-cost, low-risk, full-service culinary flex-space that supports artisans as they create, produce, and expand their businesses.”

Housed in a fully restored 95-year-old warehouse, the 7,982-sq-ft. state-of-the-art facility offers a shared-use commercial kitchen, four private kitchens, and a test kitchen with access to an outdoor 1,360-sq-ft patio. By leveraging industry resources, regulatory and licensing experience, bulk purchasing power and culinary expertise, Crafted Kitchen also provides tools, resources, and services to help food entrepreneurs accelerate business growth, giving them what they need to make their culinary dreams a reality.

With the culinary boom in Downtown Los Angeles and beyond, Crafted Kitchen is poised to meet the demand for temporary and long-term on-site kitchen spaces for chefs and restaurant investors interested in testing and exploring menu ideas. Its test kitchen is also an ideal special event venue, which can be rented for culinary classes, cooking parties, corporate events, pop-up dinners, and even filming.

Crafted Kitchen
672 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90021
(213) 477-1127
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Cindi created Crafted Kitchen when she hit a roadblock in growing her own small-food business – a scarcity of quality, affordable commercial kitchens. Determined to provide fellow culinary entrepreneurs access to the quality space and resources she needed in order to grow and thrive, she founded Crafted Kitchen. Prior to pursuing her passion for the culinary arts, Cindi enjoyed a long career in the financial services industry. Now living in the Arts District, she is a lifelong resident of California.


LOS ANGELES: Menzie Showroom Sample Sale

Menzie LogoReady to furnish your new loft or redecorate your existing one? Check out the Spring Sample Sale at Menzie with discounted offerings from Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, May 8 At its Arts District design showroom at 1820 Industrial St., you can find high-end contemporary European indoor and outdoor furnishings and window coverings perfect for modern lofts, residences, offices, and hospitality venues, too.

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Click HERE for List of Sale Items (30-75% off)!

Housed in the Arts District’s south end near Daily Dose Cafe, The Bridge Mind Body Movement, and Pour Haus Wine Bar, Menzie’s design showroom is open to trade customers and the public as well. The cool thing is that your options extend beyond the showroom samples. For example, that sofa you want could be ordered in the fabric of your choice as well as other companion items from that same brand. You could even order additional pieces from Menzie’s collection of manufacturers and designers in Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

NOTE: Showroom hours for this sale are 10am-7pm on Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, May 8 or by appt.

NOTE: First come, first served. All items are sold in ”as-is” condition. All sales are final. Sales tax of 9% applies. Delivery services are additional. Cash and credit cards accepted (American Express, Visa, Mastercard).

Menzie International – Arts District Showroom
1820 Industrial Street #102a
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(310) 475-2331 • Like on Facebook!
Email => Menzie McKinley


Arts District Showroom for Menzie International

Menzie International has proudly conducted contract installations for numerous clients, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Pickford Center, Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino, American Express, Asylum FX, Bellagio Hotel, Bonaventure Hotel, British Academy of Motion Pictures, California Institute of Technology, Crunch Club, Disney, Evo Condominums, Factory Place, Galpin Ford Jaguar Showroom, Guitar Center, Hilton Hotel, Hustler Cafe, Hyatt Hotel, Italian Trade Commission, Johannes Restaurant, Kimpton Hotels, Le Canal Plus, Luscen Marketing Solutions, Mazzetti Regional Offices, McCourt Regional Offices, Motown Records, Oakwood School, Orthomedics Clinics, Pagent Communications, Paramount Pictures, J. Paul Getty Museum, Sir Speedy Printing, Sony Development, Talesai Restaurant, Telepictures Productions, Touchstone Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, University of California, UNet, Warner Bros, Western Bagel, and Wynn Hotel.

LOS ANGELES: Guerilla Atelier Hosts Unprecedented Moving Sale

One thing’s for sure: the Arts District is in flux. From construction to renovation, from downsizing to upgrading, locations — commercial and residential — are in motion.

Sometime soon, Guerilla Atelier is relocating to an even bigger location at 912 E. 3rd St., just down the road from where founder and creative director Carl Louisville first launched what he thought would be a short-term pop-up shop. Now, three years later, he is actually moving — and expanding into his flagship store — in the spot he always wanted, and now it’s his! The new 5,000-sq-ft location became available after longtime Arts District business MATTEO relocated its luxury linen factory and design showroom to the corner of Mission Rd. and Cesar Chavez Blvd.

To prep for the move and to make it easier, Louisville is hosting his FIRST sale at Guerilla Atelier! This is a rare chance to snag savings on big-name luxury designers and artists whose works are not slated for the move.

Starting Friday, April 29Guerilla Atelieris knocking 50% off anything not going to the new location — clothing, furniture, fixtures, and more.


Guerilla Atelier
427 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, 90013
(310) 365-2194
Tue-Fri & Sun 12-6pm :: Sat 12-7pm
Closed Mon

LOS ANGELES: 1820 Industrial Hosts FREE Community Day

Meet your neighbors and check out The Bridge Mind Body Movement, Daily Dose Cafe, Menzie International, and Pour Haus Wine Bar during this special day celebrating community and wellness. These local businesses are located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles at 1820 Industrial St. Los Angeles, CA 90021.

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HOSTS: Pam Johnson of The Bridge Mind Body Movement, Sarkis Vartanian of Daily Dose Cafe, Menzie McGinley of Menzie International, and Lorena Porras of Pour Haus Wine Bar are donating proceeds from sales during this event to GettLove, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that secures permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals and provides support services to assure their housing is sustained. Something special for attendees will be available at these local businesses during this free community event:
THE BRIDGE MIND BODY MOVEMENT: Donation-based classes all day featuring a variety of class types. Walk-ins ONLY, so come early and sign up: 9 AM–Hatha Yoga • 10 AM–Buti Yoga • 11 AM–Dance It Up • 12 PM & 1 PM–Intro to Aerial Yoga • 2 PM–Aerial Performance • 3 PM–Mat Pilates • FLASH SALE 50-75% of ALL retail products at The Bridge! Buy a membership on the day of event and receive a one-time discount PLUS 10 raffle tickets to win great prizes (see list below).
DAILY DOSE CAFE: Owner Sarkis Vartanian is planning a special “Community Day” entree. Stop by!
MENZIE INTERNATIONAL: The L.A. Showroom is hosting its annual sale, so drop in and check out the savings on designer furnishings.
POUR HAUS WINE BAR: Enjoy “happy hour” drink and food specials all day.
RAFFLE DRAWINGS ALL DAY! In addition to those provided by the four hosting businesses and nine pop-up vendors above, prizes will be awarded from Amanda Keidan Fine JewelryBlack Milk ClothingElisa’s Garage Hair Studio, Hammer and SpearIron Triangle Brewing Company, Zenify, and more.
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LOS ANGELES: The Best Poetry Hour: Today Means Amen on WED 4/20

WED 4/20/16 @ 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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DOORS 7:30 PM – SHOW 8:00 PM

Hosted by Joshua Silverstein, The Best Poetry Hour returns to celebrate the release of Sierra DeMulder’s latest book, “Today Means Amen,” featuring the author and performer with special guests Jeremy Radin, Tonya Ingram, Edwin Bodney, Yazmin Monet Watkins, and more.

801 E. 4th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4278

LOS ANGELES: Hughes Estate Sales Monthly Three-Day Showroom Sale

Fri 4/15 thru 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. Come early on Friday to scoop the best items gleaned from multiple estates throughout California!

Then, return on Saturday and Sunday for daily markdowns for any remaining items until all items are sold by the end of the day on Sunday. Be sure to 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/