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SOUTH OF SEVENTH: House of Guvera in DTLA Arts District

The Arts District of Los Angeles (ADLA) has become so hip that new businesses in surrounding areas claim neighborhood status even if they stretch over what might be considered official boundaries. However, an area now commonly referred to as “South of Seventh” and what I coined years ago as the “BADlands” (BAD for “Beyond Arts District”) is actually part of the ADLA’s storied past and it is where one of the coolest, off-the-radar places has recently opened.

Tucked away (but in plain sight) on a little-traveled street near the Arts District’s original Clubhouse (a speakeasy-style hangout in the late 1980s), the House of Guvera is the U.S. flagship location and content division for Guvera, a global streaming music company that identifies the best playlists, music, and #tags of local bands and musicians for users of its smartphone app. The 4,000-sq.ft. space can hold up to 300 people and also serves as the offices for Guvera’s Los Angeles team.

I recently toured House of Guvera, and recorded an episode of my Downtown Muse “The AD LIVE” podcast. (You can click here to listen if the player below does not automatically start.)

As an event venue, the House of Guvera hosts live, intimate performances with established and emerging artists and is also a unique space to host events for brand partners around the world. Its website extends the onsite experience to online visitors who can enjoy original content ranging from short films about the music that inspires creative minds, to interviews of artists on tour, photography of live music, and branded content.

“Our goal is to bring the music experience to life in its rawest form and leverage our level of access to give music fans a point of view they don’t get to see on a regular basis. We’re a small team, a handful of guys who have been living in LA and loosely involved in music, with a pre-existing connection to a lot of our featured artists,” states Jake Denney, content director, House of Guvera. “Brands now provide as many resources to artists, if not more, than labels and we wanted a space to leverage that gave brands a way to interact with a music-loving audience, while providing free intimate shows of the highest quality to LA’s music fan base. House of Guvera and our work with brands is the evolution of music as a business, and where the industry is going right now.”

House of Guvera offers curation and creation of original content to create deeper, more engaging experiences on the Guvera streaming platform. Based in Australia, Guvera currently operates in 20 countries and its clients can create branded channels or environments with curated music, film, and content that reflects the brand’s personality. Guvera brand partners include Boost Mobile, Victoria’s Secret, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Nikon, Corona, 20th Century Fox, Kia, and many more.

“It’s exciting to open our flagship venue in one of the coolest emerging art scenes in the world, downtown Los Angeles. Next for House of Guvera is the screening of our first short film in Vietnam, beginning work with two new directors to film our first music documentaries in Panama and Russia, and the opening of our new House of Guvera venues in Bombay, India and Melbourne, Australia,” said Guvera‘s founder, Claes Loberg.

The space has received acclaim for its attention to beautiful sound – bringing in Chris Owens, one of LA’s most in-demand sound designers and recording/mixing engineers, to build the acoustic treatment. He most recently built the production suite for Atlantic Records, the audio room for the VICE post-production facility in Venice Beach, the acoustic treatment for Buzzfeed’s new in-house films production facility, and more. The venue’s interior design featuring steel furniture and unique lighting was a collaboration with the Arts District’s very own Brian Thoreen.

House of Guvera is the content division of global music streaming company Guvera. Within the past year, House of Guvera has worked with more than 140 artists on various projects in 15 countries, with a collective social media reach of over 60 million fans. More information can be found on their website.

Need Your Thanksgiving on the Go? Grab These in the Arts District!

Working over the holidays? Need a quick turkey fix on the run? Can’t go home for a home-cooked meal with the family? Here are just two of the many “fast and easy” holiday dining options in the Arts District for that “grab-and-go” thanksgiving experience!


TURKEY BURGER! Check out Umami Burger’s Holiday Bird — an all-in-one Thanksgiving experience (except of the pie!). This limited-edition burger is packed with a stuffing patty AND a turkey patty topped with gravy, cranberry chutney, and fried sage leaves sandwiched by spiced mashed Japanese yams on either side of the freshly made bun. Order the House Pickle Plate (ask for it to be delivered with the burger as the tastes complement well), a seasonal selection of pickled vegetables that currently includes Umami’s street cart mix (carrots, onions, and serrano peppers sprinkled with cumin), which I loved; grated beets; daikon radishes; and crunchy dill pickles. Wash everything down with a refreshing Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider for an completely amazing fast-casual meal! P.S. Umami is donating $1 from every Holiday Bird sold to Meals on Wheels America.

Umami Burger Arts District
738 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 263-8626
www.umamiburger.com

TURKEY PIE! The Pie Hole ALWAYS delivers with their changing, eclectic selection of savory (and sweet) pies! For the holidays, their Thanksgiving Pot Pie, accompanied by a side of homemade cranberry sauce, hits the spot. Like Umami’s Holiday Bird, it’s an all-in-one complete Thanksgiving dinner without the pie, but The Pie Hole has the latter covered, too. Their holiday pie selections include the seasonal Salted Caramel Pecan Pie … very sweet as every good pecan pie should be, tempered with sea salt. Speaking of holiday pies, if you haven’t ordered yours yet, the good news is that The Pie Hole has made literally hundreds of additional pumpkin and pecan pies beyond their 1,000 advance holiday orders for customers to walk in and buy on Wednesday, November 24 during 9am to 1pm. There’s still time to get your favorite holiday pie!

The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0115
www.thepieholela.com

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MY PIE HOLE PODCAST!

BOOMTOWN FRIDAYS! Tasting Room Open Every Week 6pm-2am

Boomtown Brewery continues its weekly Boomtown Fridays with $5 freshly made brews all night long, 6pm-2am!

TONIGHT 10/16: Enjoy music by Deejay Able who will be on hand mixing up some old school funk, hip hop, splashes of electro and 80’s music. To go with your beer, order a handcrafted pizza cooked onsite in a wood-fire oven by mobile pizzeria Urban Pie.

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Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012

Boomtown

THREE NEW LIMITED-RELEASE BEERS TONIGHT!

Magic Napper Scottish Style Ale (8.2%): Made with all British ingredients, the malt bill is a blend of pale, brown and caramel. This brew undergoes an extended boil to intensify the caramel aspects of the ale. The mix of sugars create a robust sweet malty base that is balanced by copious additions of East Kent Goldings hops to create a smooth and pleasant bitterness with soft marmalade notes.

Personal Assistant Pale Ale (6%): A hybrid ale, part hoppy American pale ale and part Belgian golden ale. Even the hops are hybrids, part American and part European, lending a nice mix of floral, spice and fruity flavors and aromas. Copper in color, this ale is simple and straight forward yet still has a subtle complexity.

Submission Belgian Golden Strong (8.6%): Belgian inspired ale brewed with classic Belgian ingredients, star jasmine flower and carrot blossom honey. The honey lends rich notes of cedar that creates an intriguing blend of aromatics with the Belgian yeast and Jasmine.


ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT

Ingenue Belgian White Ale (4.8%): This blonde ale is inspired by working-class ales of Hainaut, Belgium. It is a white beer made of Belgian pilsner malt, white winter wheat, rolled oats, and lightly hopped with imported Czech Saaz (which is a “noble” variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec, which in German is Saaz). It is then brewed with extremely soft water to create a feeling in your mouth that matches the effects of the oats. The Ingenue is full of sweet bready notes with a nice creamy body, yet it finishes clean and dry.

Limelight IPA (7%): This classic robust IPA is made with a blend of Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It has hoppy notes of guava, stone fruit, and grapefruit that are balanced with malty caramel tones and a solid, yet clean bitterness. The Limelight IPA is a big beer with big flavor.

Nosejob IPA (6.8%): A West Coast classic, this IPA is deep gold in color and brimming with a mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and piney hoppiness. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus mixed with deep fruity notes. The Nosejob IPA is hoppy up front, but finishes with a nice balance of light malt sweetness and a clean solid bittering.


FUTURE BREWS

After Hours (5.4%): This session stout ale is a black brew that exudes rich notes of chocolate blended with fresh roasted coffee. Its substantial body is full of roasted notes and deep caramel tones creating a complex blend of malts. A generous helping of rolled oats lends to a velveteen texture and East Kent Golding hops provide balance.

B-Side Red Stout (6.8%): This California version of an Irish Red Ale is a hoppy red ale with a great malt backbone. A blend of pale, crystal, munich and chocolate malts create a rich character to hold up the heaping helpings of Citra and Amarillo hops. Both kettle and dry-hopped, this red stout has most of its roots deep in the hop fields, but just enough malty flavor to make one wonder if it is related to a stout.

Eastside Hopster (8.4%):Double IPAs can be tough as a quality drinking experience can be hampered by too much alcohol or too much hop bittering. Boomtown is simple with its edition: Pilsner malt, bittering hops, and dry hops. A complex blend of aggressive northwestern American hops creates a heavy hop oil aroma, which prepares the palate for the firm, yet smooth  hop flavor and bitter qualities to come. Sweet grassy grain notes from the Pilsner malt are a simple background for solid Columbus hop bitter. These malt background notes, along with a warm alcohol finish, are just enough to support the hops for a mouth-watering experience.

Sound Saturday Returns to Arts District Co-Op

The Arts District Co-op is bringing back its popular Sound Saturday music event that is FREE and for ALL AGES! Come shop for art and fashion while listening to live music and noshing on goodies from the food trucks. Music takes places during 1-7pm, but shopping is 12-8pm!

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Arts District Co-op
453 Colyton Street
Los Angeles 90013

HOURS: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm; Fri-Sun 12-8pm (closed Mon)
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SET TIMES
1-2pm: Sumkind deejay set
2-3pm: Peter Su
3-4pm: Paper Chains
4-5pm: PHAIR_ by phatthighz
5-6pm: Coals
6-7pm: Dysrupt

FOOD TRUCKS
Bohemia: This eclectic truck specializes in diverse, tasty food inspired by the chef’s world travels. Don’t miss their delicious twists on burgers, fries, and classic LA street tacos!
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MUSIC

Sumkind: This LA-based electronic musician plays keyboard and guitar while singing supported by heavy sub, grimy bass, and hard drums encapsulated by a world of abstract atmospheric soundscapes. The performance and production alike combine the live improvisational energy of a traditional band with the spectral range and power of a DJ set.

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Peter Su: If The Beach Boys got together with Leonard Cohen to harmonize over some sweet melodies, you’d get an artist like Peter Su. Before he was a songwriter in LA, Peter used to be a venture capitalist on Sand Hill, investing in startups in the daytime and playing music at night. A few years ago, he realized how blindly ambitious he’d been and left the 9-to-5 path to pursue his lifelong dream to make good, loving music for people, no matter where it led. These days, he spends most of his time songwriting and making people’s days a little more joyful as a street performer on the Santa Monica Pier. This year he went into Sunset Sound to record his debut album “Into the Sea”, a song cycle about his search for his true calling, to be released this January. Besides the pier, you can peep Peter on instagram @petersumusic or find him performing around LA singer-songwriter venues like Room 5 and featuring at festivals such as 626 Night Market.

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Paper Chains: Diamonds and Jonny formed Paper Chains after relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles in 2014. Mixing Art, Fashion and Rock n’ Roll, they draw from their diverse backgrounds into an exciting multimedia experience. Stereo Diamonds’ sexy but smart vocals cut through battling guitars and synths over driving dance rock beats. This wall of sound is created live, without pre-recorded tracks giving the band freedom to push musical boundaries at any time. Paper Chains are currently playing shows along the west coast and recording an EP to be released Independently this fall.

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Phair_by phatTHIGHz: This LA-based electronic producer/beat maker is in charge of every aspect of her compositions. Using crunchy distortion, crisp high hats, glitched synth lines, samples pulled from public service announcements from the 1950’s, and screwed vocals, the visual translation of Phair’s sets would most likely look like pastel pink liquid melting, combined with color static from a glitched television.

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Coals: Owen Cole, a 22-year-old Angeleno went to school in Boston where he began studying sound and slowly found the way in which he wants to utilize it. Coals will be releasing a feature-length record in the spring that is heavily influenced from everything like ambient pieces to “chopped n’screwed” tones. Expect to hear some of his sounds along with remixes and tracks from friends and artists that inspire him. There is no guaranteed direction, just simple fun.

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DysruptCheck out the beats by Sean Sullivan, a dark and dirty DnB DJ since 1996 and working as DnB production since 2010.

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MEET ME THERE! Boomtown Brewery Launches Friday Night Series

GO! This Friday, October 9 @ 6pm-1am, Boomtown Brewery is pouring $5 freshly made brews all night long! Deejay Aubrey will be on hand until 12 midnight, spinning funk, electro, rock, alternative indie, and pop music; and there will be hot dogs and soft drinks available for sale by Dogtown Dogs food truck. Street parking is ample in this part of the Arts District.

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Come if you like beer … or if you like people who like beer (good news for single girls like me, GUYS like beer!).

Friday nights at Boomtown Brewery will continue throughout the fall.

Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012

MY FAVORITE BOOMTOWN BREWERY BEERS
Limelight IPA (7% ABV): This classic robust IPA is made with a blend of Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It has hoppy notes of guava, stone fruit, and grapefruit that are balanced with malty caramel tones and a solid, yet clean bitterness. The Limelight IPA is a big beer with big flavor.

Nosejob IPA (6.8%): A West Coast classic, this IPA is deep gold in color and brimming with a mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and piney hoppiness. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus mixed with deep fruity notes. The Nosejob IPA is hoppy up front, but finishes with a nice balance of light malt sweetness and a clean solid bittering.

Ingenue Belgian White Ale (4.8% ABV): This blonde ale is inspired by working-class ales of Hainaut, Belgium. It is a white beer made of Belgian pilsner malt, white winter wheat, rolled oats, and lightly hopped with imported Czech Saaz (which is a “noble” variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec, which in German is Saaz). It is then brewed with extremely soft water to create a feeling in your mouth that matches the effects of the oats. The Ingenue is full of sweet bready notes with a nice creamy body, yet it finishes clean and dry.

 

GO! Ode to 6th Street Bridge Exhibit at Art Share L.A.

The 6th Street Bridge, officially titled the Sixth Street Viaduct, is the subject matter of a multi-media group art show opening at Art Share L.A. on Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 7-10pm. Ode to 6th Street Bridge is on view free of charge to the public during 1-6pm starting Wednesday, September 9 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 7-10pm.  Co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, the exhibition features over 70 renditions by more than 45 local artists of the iconic, historic architecture slated for demolition over the coming months (and to be later replaced by a reimagined new structure). Situated in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Art Share L.A. is located at 801 E. 4th Pl., 90013. The Ode to the Bridge exhibition marks the 24th art show presented at Art Share L.A. under the leadership of Executive Director Cheyanne Sauter. Since January 2014, these two dozen shows have supported over 75 Los Angeles artists with the nonprofit’s art sales of more than 150 works.

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One of the most recognized and photographed structures in Los Angeles, the 6th Street Bridge has been the setting for dozens of commercials, TV and film shoots. Built in 1932, it is the longest viaduct crossing the Los Angeles River, connecting Boyle Heights to the city’s urban center. Although the landmark is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an unfortunate error made during its construction became apparent after 20 years, when a type of cement-eating disease known as Alkali-Silica Reaction began causing cracks in the concrete, thus compromising the integrity of the structure.

“It is important that we memorialize the beauty and history of this iconic bridge,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar. “This exhibit allows us to recognize the history and importance of the 6th Street Bridge to the residents of Boyle Heights, the Arts District and all of L.A.  While we are sad to see this iconic structure go, we look forward to the design and function of the new Sixth Street Viaduct, which promises to create its own substantial legacy.”

“We hope that the Ode to the Bridge show offers a raucous dirge and a fitting send off for this beloved icon of the City of L.A.,” said exhibit co-curator Tanner Blackman. “Through paintings, photos, video installations, and more, the exhibition presents artists’ reflections on the 83-year-old bridge and its place in our shared experience of Downtown and Boyle Heights.”

Exhibit co-curator Dale Youngman added, “I am thrilled at the number of submissions we received, as it shows just how much it also means to the artists living in the shadow of the bridge. Some of the participating artists live and work in the Arts District, including Tom Garner, Jim Stern, Fred Hoerr, and Qathryn Brehm.”

GALLERY HOURS: WED 9/9 thru SAT 9/19 @ 1-6pm
OPENING RECEPTION:  FRI 9/11@ 7-10pm
CLOSING RECEPTION:  SAT 9/19 @ 7-10pm

PANEL DISCUSSION:  WED 9/16 @ 7-9pm
Celebrating the future of the bridge, this panel discussion invites those working on the replacement viaduct to reflect on the new structure’s potential impact on these important, historic communities. Panelists include Tim Williams, Managing Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture; Victor J. Martinez, Vice President, HNTB; Glenn Kaino, conceptual artist designing art installations; and others. 

Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 687-4278 • EMAIL
www.ArtShareLA.org

ABOUT ART SHARE L.A.:  The Arts District is the fastest growing area in Los Angeles with real estate prices increasing and new developments springing up every day. Founded in 1999, Art Share L.A.’s 16-year history allows the creative arts center to be in a position to engage the new community while connecting them to the history of this area. Its mission is to support artists by providing a creative environment to reside, develop, perform and exhibit their works. Further, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit. To learn more, visit www.ArtShareLA.org

SHOW INFO & IMAGES: Contact Dale Youngman via email or phone at (213) 458-3735.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Melissa Richardson BanksDiane Behrens – Daniel Bernstein – Kevin Break – Qathryn Brehm – Bruce Cockerill – Diane Pirie CockerillDavid P. Cooke – Toby CorbettJean Christophe Dick – Kessia Embry – Margery Epstein – Teresa Flowers – Dwora FriedFernando Galvez – Carole Garland – Tom Garner – Patrick Haemmerlein – Teale Hatheway – Fred Hoerr – Mark IndigTom LambTod LychkoffRick Mendoza – Ted Meyer – Andre Miripolsky – Suzi MoonHarry NickelsonDavid PalmerFrancisco Palomares – Svetlana PenroseOsceola Refetoff – Richard Reiner – Michelle Robinson – Rick Robinson – Alex Schaefer – Roderick SmithCarol Cirillo Stanley – Jim Stern – Lisa TalbotSean Sepehr Talebi – Maureen Van Leeuwen HaldemanRichard WillsonMichael Wisnieux – Jerico Woggon and others

Check out this article in Fabrik magazine, too!

GO! “Bedlam Reunion” Benefit Art Auction at Art Share LA

SAT 8/15 @ 7:30-11:00pm
BEDLAM REUNION BENEFIT ART AUCTION
FREE Admission • FREE Parking during event only on Rooftop of Hewitt St. Garage
Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013
RSVP on Facebook • Details on Website

CLICK HERE TO SEE ART AUCTION IMAGES!

For one night, immerse yourself in living Arts District history by attending and BUYING ART at the “Bedlam Reunion” benefit art auction on Saturday, August 15. Over 50 artists in Los Angeles and beyond donated more than 65 works for sale during this event, plus donation-based performances by local musicians, drawing sessions by the infamous Gallery Girls, tarot card readings, and more will take place. Proceeds from art auction sales, along with donations, will support financial needs of gallerist and art advocate Jim Fittipaldi who recently underwent costly heart surgery and requires additional medical attention. Bring cash to buy art, tip performers, and purchase libations … come prepared to donate to the cause!

Jim Fittipaldi

Jim Fittipaldi

Friends of Jim Fittipaldi and fans of BEDLAM — a “hidden in plain sight” speakeasy, art salon, performance space, and magazine of former days — are invited, along with anyone interested in supporting the nonprofit Art Share L.A. and local artists plus learning about the fascinating past of those days when visual artists were more plentiful in the Arts District.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:30pm–Doors open. Donate $10 or more to take a photo by award-winning photographer Rick Mendoza in front of artist Colette Miller‘s famed Angel Wings. Enjoy live music by swing musician Eddie Reed. Get a tarot reading by Alex Koiv. Hang out in the theater lounge with old and new friends. Check out and bid on or buy the art for sale in the galleries. Bring your sketchpad to draw live models from the Gallery Girls in the front gallery (donations accepted).
9:30pm–The art auction closes. Musician Desi Ramone starts his performance. A second drawing session featuring live models from the Gallery Girls begins in the theatre.
10:00pm–Music with gypsy jazz band Vignes Rooftop Revival begins.
11:00pm–Event and all activities end. Art Share and parking lot closes (it all gets locked up for the night, so move your car!).

Generously hosted by Art Share L.A. under the leadership by Cheyanne Sauter, this event is organized and curated by designer Peri Shefik supported by Terry Ellsworth who handled the art exhibit installation and through the generosity of Rick Robinson.

SELECTED ARTISTS
Paul Arnold – Barry Boen – Qathryn Brehm – Lisa Ann Davis – Shepard Fairey – Heather Flores – Tom Fowlks – Simone Gad – Jennifer Faist Hill – Richard Godfrey – Jett Jackson – George Joaquim – Emmeric Konrad – Tod George Lychkoff – Vince Mattina – Rick Mendoza – Joel Ojeda – Elizabeth Perikli – Robert Reynolds – Melissa Richardson BanksRick Robinson – Tatiana Von Der Schulenburg – David Stone – Annie Wharton – Jerico Woggon – PLUS MANY MORE!!

ABOUT BEDLAMBEDLAM existed in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and beyond as the creative enterprise of Jim Fittipaldi and friends. Fittipaldi first opened BEDLAM in a warehouse loft that is now part of the Molino Street Lofts around 1994. It housed gallery shows, speakeasies, benefits, holiday parties, drawing salons, and more. For a short time, it moved to the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles during 2000 before returning to the Arts District, making its home at 1275 E. 6th Street (in a warehouse owned by the infamous “Potato King” Maurice Zuckerman and what is now The Unique Space). It closed in 2006, then reopened for a brief time during 2008 in the former Al’s Bar.


bed·lam [bedluhm]
noun
1. a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.

MEET ME THERE … THIS WEEKEND in DTLA Arts District

Check out FREE events this weekend at Hughes Estate Sales, Arts District Dog Park, Arts District Co-Op, Black Milk Clothing, and Artists & Fleas in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles … MEET ME THERE!


SAT 2/21 & SUN 2/22 @ 10 AM to 4 PM :: HUGHES ESTATE SALES MONTHLY EVENT @ 458 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013 Starting on the third Friday of every month, this three-day sale offers a curated selection of items gleaned from about a dozen or more estates. Return often for the best deals. Free admission. => DETAILS • RSVP on FB


SAT 2/21 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM :: HAPPY HEALTHY DOG DAY at Arts District Dog Park @ 1004 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013 An afternoon of dog health and behavior with special guest Councilmember Jose Huizar, his family, and his best friend Beau the Frenchie! Microchipping $15! Free Rabies Vacs! Dog Massages! Dog Licensing! Pupsicles! Goodie Bags! Raffles! => RSVP on FB


SAT 2/21 @ 10 AM to 3 PM :: SELL YOUR Sh#t DTLA at Arts District Co-Op @ 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 This community sale is for those who live in DTLA and do not have a garage! Come and see what fellow residents are selling, or bring your own items (to sell, please email sellyourshitdtla@gmail.com). Free admission. => RSVP on FB


SAT 2/21 @ 10 AM to 5 PM :: OPENING OF BLACK MILK CLOTHING CONCEPT STORE @ 2020 E. 7th St, Los Angeles 90021 Meet the designer, enjoy exclusive discounts, watch an in-store photoshoot, get garment alterations, and more.  Free admission. => RSVP on FB


SAT 2/21 & SUN 2/22 @ 11 AM to 5 PM :: ARTISTS & FLEAS MONTHLY MARKET @ 647 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90021 Every 3rd weekend, enjoy this free open-air market across from Urban Radish. This month’s market features colorful yarn-wrapped horseshoe wall decor by our friends at Marley and AlfieFree admission. => RSVP on FB


CONTACT ME! Got something to share about the Arts District? Send me an email at mrb@downtownmuse.com. 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!

ANNOUNCING: First Illustrated Contemporary Arts District Map Released as Limited-Edition Serigraph

Allan Finamore of Epilogue (here with Melissa Richardson Banks) purchased one of the first prints.

Allan Finamore of Arts District-based Epilogue (here at Hammer and Spear with Melissa Richardson Banks) purchased one of the first prints.

At last … my long-awaited map of my neighborhood is complete — the very FIRST illustrated contemporary Arts District map to be released as a limited-edition serigraph is available today and promises to be instantly collectible.

Artist Ohara Hale (who lived in the Arts District during 2005-2007 and is also a musician with a new album!) was commissioned by me to hand-illustrate my design using her distinctive style. Arts District-based artist and Big Squeeze Press master printer Patricia R. Mitchell hand-printed the five-color 22″x15″ serigraphs using hand-mixed, water-based inks on Stonehenge 100% cotton, acid-free paper made in America. The black ink used on each print was infused with metallic ink to give the illustration added depth and richness.

This inaugural edition features only 50 signed and numbered serigraphs; each accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. TONIGHT! Get a sneak peak of the map and snag one of the first of only 10 to be available for sale EXCLUSIVELY at Hammer and Spear during their 1 Year Anniversary Party on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 7 PM to 10 PM (RSVP required by clicking HERE).

INQUIRIES: (213) 537-4483 or email

Arts District Map redone by Patricia for WebDowntown Muse Arts District Illustrated Map
by Melissa Richardson Banks in collaboration with Ohara Hale and Patricia R. Mitchell of Big Squeeze Press 
hand-pulled serigraph, signed and numbered, edition of 50
22 x 15 inches, 100% cotton Stonehenge fine art paper
$250 unframed (22 x 15 inches); $450 (float mounted in a black frame sized 26 x 19 inches)

A-MUSE-ing Video of Me by The Skinny Gorillas!

Happy to share this “a-MUSE-ing” video by The Skinny Gorillas of me talking about my photography.

This video was produced for my exhibition as the “February 2014 Featured Artist” for the Los Angeles Downtown Art WalkSpecial thanks to Qathryn Brehm and Jeremy Quant of the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk plus my new friends from The Skinny Gorillas: Rashid Belt, Wiola Marek, Tom Colley and talk show host Ashley Iola!