TONIGHT: BB Bastidas Art Opening at The Kayo Store

While it’s outside of the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, tonight’s art opening and DGK collaboration release party at The Kayo Store features new works by artist BB Bastidas who recently painted a sexy neighbor named “Pluto” next to Mister Cartoon’s iconic “Big Los Angeles” mural on Garey St. in the neighborhood. The new mural spans a 15’x30’ wall on Garey St. near District Millworks. To view my photo gallery on Tumblr, click HERE. For details about the artist, his influences, and his work, check out this article by Cartwheel Art.

BB Bastidas Art Opening & Collaboration Release Party
Thursday, August 29 @ 7-10 PM
The Kayo Store
464 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036
RSVP on Facebook

RECAP: dtla/AD in the News

Did you catch these stories about the Arts District and some of our residents and businesses? Some old, some new … I love discovering more about our neighborhood. Got anything to share? ~ #MRB

Featured Photo: Steve Grody at his studio in downtown Los Angeles. © William Anthony

Steve Grody: Beyond the Surface
by William Anthony, WM.A Photography, August 22, 2013

“… If there ever was an Indiana Jones of graffiti, it’s Steve. Instead of avoiding anacondas and rolling boulders, Steve ventures into decrepit neighborhoods and abandoned buildings to document the urban hieroglyphs we know simply as graffiti …”

Graffiti Beyond the Surface: Steve Grody at TEDxSitka
by Steve Grody, videotaped live at TEDxSitka, August 21, 2013

“… When Grody saw spray can murals popping up around Los Angeles, he immediately recognized their creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across L.A., exploring its back alleys, washes and abandoned lots in search of graffiti. Over the years he has cultivated trust among L.A.’s most prolific, skilled and infamous graffiti ‘writers,’ allowing him access to obscure locations …”

Zinc Cafe & Market Looking at Fall Debut in Arts District
by Kat Odell, Eater LA, August 22, 2013

“… Zinc Cafe & Market, a cutesy eatery and retail shop … is looking to open right by Handsome Coffee in the Arts District this fall … Management just acquired a full 47 license to serve booze, in addition to a permit enabling the sale of beer and wine to go …”

In Arts District, Two Groups Battle to Replace Disbanded Business Improvement District
by Donna Evans, Downtown News, August 20, 2013

“… One group, Arts District Los Angeles, touts “Bring Back Blue” as its motto, indicating the importance of returning the bicycle safety patrols to the neighborhood. Members of the rival Arts District Community Council Los Angeles agree that “clean and safe” are top priorities for the area …”

Guerilla Atelier Brings Lux Designer Fashion to Arts District in Downtown LA
by Brigham Yen, August 19, 2013

“… What started out as a pop-up store in the Arts District testing the downtown market, Guerilla Atelier has done so well, it is now here to stay permanently …”

Los Angeles Neighborhood Tries to Change, but Avoid the Pitfalls
by Jennifer Medina, New York Times, August 17, 2013

“… Gentrify? No! Gentefy? Sí!: In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights [DM NOTE: sister neighborhood of the Arts District!], young Latinos are trying to stave off gentrification with what they call ‘gentefication’ by opening their own hip businesses …”

Downtown Los Angeles’ Biscuit Company Lofts Attract A-Listers
by Whitney Friedlander,, August 2, 2013

“… Constructed in 1925 and restored in 2006, the Biscuit Company Lofts above the restaurant Church & State on Industrial Street is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has served as home to several life-work spaces — including Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods. and Justin Lin’s production company, Perfect Storm …”

Angel City Brewery: Craft Beer Resurrection Gets its Wings in Heart of Los Angeles
by Good Beer Hunting, July 1, 2013

“… After lying dormant for some time, Alan Newman and the Alchemy & Science division of Boston Beer Co. (the makers of Sam Adams) bought the Angel City brewery — the brand, the building, the brewing equipment — all of it. With many of the traditional Sam Adam’s markets flat-lining against newer, more ambitious craft offerings, Boston Beer Co. has been making numerous investments. Sam Adams looks for new markets while the Alchemy & Science team is devoted to continued experimentation both in product and acquisitions …”

Eleven Madison Park chef comes to Ink, offers glimpse of new downtown restaurant
Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2013

“… The neighborhood on the eastern edge of downtown’s Arts District, already home to Church & State, Bestia and Bread Lounge, is attracting another restaurant newcomer. Come late summer, the hospitality group behind the Churchill, the Hudson and Clover will open a new restaurant at 7th and Santa Fe in the building that once was a loading dock for food company Heinz …”

ART: Lonely Hearts in the Arts District

Riddled HeartOne sad morning, right after I regretfully broke up with a long-time love and had to end my work on a beloved project, I was up at sunrise taking my daily walk with my two dawgs, looking up as I normally do to capture snapshots of my fast-changing neighborhood. I stubbed my toe on what I thought was just an uneven sidewalk, and look down to find … my lost heart, seemingly riddled with bullet holes. I’d never seen this artwork before, questioning myself as to how I could’ve missed it and why it revealed itself to me on this day when I really needed to know if I still had a heart, if it could beat again since it had seemed to stop, and all of those thoughts you have after losing someone and/or something very special. There was nothing on the heart to indicate who left it there, and so it was a secret that I was not able to uncover until now.

In the Arts District, there is a triangle lot (near what is called Bloom Square), which used to be a gas station up until around 2000, then it was removed and converted into a place for parking. Recently, street artists have been leaving creative installations there … most recently, Wild Life and now someone whose work is being seen increasingly in the Arts District, Elmer the Wild (he has a real name, but asked me not to share!).

Artist Elmer the Wild encourages you to pick up a heart with his message on the back that states “This is a magic heart. It is meant for everyone. I left it here for you. Take it home if you want. Enjoy. Return it when you like; and another one will fly just as you and I. Forever. Linked.”

Take a heart while you can … perhaps a painted stone can weigh down the pain of losses like mine. Here’s hoping … 🙂

MAN sign on Traction Ave at 3rd St

Brighter Than Me

Aw, I beg to differ (at Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles)

Sadly, the robot won its standoff with our local giraffe #wildlife #streetart #artsdistrict #dtla #losangeles (at Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles)

Bus arrives at 7th & Mateo #streetart #artsdistrict #dtla #losangeles #artsdistrict (at Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles)

Waiting for a bus at 7th & Mateo #streetart #artsdistrict #dtla #losangeles #artsdistrict (at Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles)

Thanks @gregorysiff … I read this everyday “You will lose and lose. Don’t stop. One day you will win.” #streetart #mymantra (at Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles)