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!