Harvest Festival 2018 @ San Antonio Winery DTLA – Sept. 29th, Unlimited Drinks/Food and Fun!


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Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Hawaiian, Cajun; LA is a melting pot of delicious food from all around the world. And here’s your chance to get a true taste of LA all in one place! All you have to do is purchase your ticket to our 2nd annual Harvest Festival to join in on the fun! Your ticket will cover all food, drinks, and entertainment! Tickets are going fast, so get yours today – your taste buds will thank you.Food Banner Harvest

USE Code “WeAreDTLA” and get $5 off your tickets until September 9th!


Grand Opening celebration this week for Beautiful new Cafe in DTLA – DF Casa Cubana

Don Francisco’s Coffee just opened it’s first brick & mortar location in Downtown Los Angeles with “Casa Cubana” a beautiful Cuba inspired Café complete with sweet and savory Cuban bites, beer, wine and of course Coffee!

Grand Opening celebration all week with giveaways, samples and events. Bring your camera, and get your Instagram ready as this little cafe is picture perfect.

See schedule of events below.

After 140 years, the Gavina Family prepares to celebrate 50 years in the coffee business in America. This year they have taken a bold move for a coffee roaster, they have opened their first ever brick & mortar location for the Don Francisco’s coffee brand with “Casa Cubana” a beautiful Cuba inspired Café complete with sweet and savory Cuban & Spanish –style bites, beer, wine and of course on-site coffee roasting!

This new venture is more than a mere café, it is an expression of the culture, both the coffee and that of rich Cuban traditions. Steeped in tradition and four generations in the coffee business, the details and care will make this coffee shop special.

The interior is decadent, floral and tropical, a sort of sanctuary right in the middle of Downtown LA, it will transport you to the warm tropical breezes of Cuba. The interior is an instagram goldmine with so many interesting details around every corner; you’ll want to stay a while and just soak it in, while you post your pictures; #DFcasacubana. Th design is by DTLA locals Omgivning. Nothing was overlooked, you will find antiques of the coffee business, tables used for coffee cupping, comfy lounge areas with foliage, patio seating and a free Wi-Fi.

Once inside prepare yourself for a tsate of Cuban and Spanish delights! The menu boasts over 20 items to indulge in ranging from breakfast, sandwiches, savory & sweet pastries and desserts. Pork & Plantain Hash Sandwich, Tortilla Española, Media Noche, Ropa Vieja, Pollo al Ajillo, Papa Rellena, Empanada de Chorizo, Pastelitos de Carne and Pastelito de Guayaba y Queso are less than half the offerings on the menu and that does not even touch the juices, coffee, espresso, beer and wine!

Coffee is the key to the success of the Gavina family and at Casa Cubana it is front and center. Traditional Cuban coffee drinks include Café Cubano, Cortadito, and Café Latte which can be ordered from the coffee bar. For a more personal experience, customers can visit the onsite roasting and cupping area. The café will sell Don Francisco coffee brands as well as a unique blend roasted onsite and specifically for Casa Cubana.

This new opening represents another great leap for the rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building and continues to solidify it as the next “go to” spot for food & drinks with a side of history! Nestled between Cliftons near 8th and Grand Central just passed 4th, Spring Arcade bridges a wide gap in the historic core and brings some luster back to the famed Broadway Avenue corridor.  This new addition will join the ranks of Blu Jam Café, Guisados, Kai Japanese Roots, Gelateria Uli, Crepes Sans Frontieres, Garcons de Café and the soon to open Royal Claytons as the hot new culinary enclave in the Historic Core of DTLA.

Gavina Coffee roasted over 44 million pounds of coffee last year and is expected to grow again this year. Don’t be surprised if in the next few years you see a few more coffee shops and cafés pop up for the company in Southern California, but for now let’s enjoy our little slice of Cuba in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 5th, 7 am – 7 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
Wednesday, September 6th, 7 am – 9 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• Meet World Barista Champion Pete Licata
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
• 6 – 9 pm Barista Throwdown (go to our event page for more details)
Thursday, September 7th, 7 am – 8 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• Meet World Barista Champion Pete Licata
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
• 5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting with L.A. City Council Member Jose Huizar
• 6 – 8 pm Reception with Musical Entertainment


Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana

Open 7am-7pm daily (dinner hours coming soon)

541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

#DonFranciscoscoffee #DFcasacubana


Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE!

Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA are proud to announce that we are back with our fourth year of producing and securing talent for Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVEOur first event of this season begins on Friday, May 19 @ 6-11pm. Like years before, you can sample food and drink at participating restaurants with their special $5 menus, shop local artisan vendors, stroll among the lighted art installations, and stop to watch muralists paint live. Exclusive to this event will be a 40% discount for tickets to that evening’s performances of Absinthe L.A. 



DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: BlackBrain | Black Light King | Samir Evol | MDMN | Phobik | Pops Born 2 Cre8 | Sand One | Septerhed | James Wilde XO | Zoueh

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Heather Blount-Elliott | Faeryn Rose | Surka Noelle | Jeweliette Luminess | Zaylaa van Hoops | Jill Evyn | LuLu Lam | Taylor Rose | Luminescent Luna

JUGGLERS: Alex Bistrevsky | Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Rewi Hoop Hooligan

CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Nick Kane | Roger Fojas | Jonnathon Cripple | Sarah Llewellyn | Christiane Georgi

STILT WALKERS: Brady Spindel | Antonio G-R | Fireplug | Seraphina

BREAK DANCERS: Hollywood Hotshots

CONTORTIONISTS: Acro Yogi Cody | Siobhan Shier


VENDORS: Benjibug | Boricubi: The Art of Jolín Miranda | Cowpunk Leather Products | Detroit Trash | Downtown Muse | Eddy Lee Art | Esteve Mena Leather | Freaky Wallet | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | Jane’s Art Box | The Key Historic | London Manori | MaeMae Jewelry | The Marbled Mermaid | Modern Multiples | Nepal Handicrafts Studio | Nicolina Royale | Peri Makes Lamps | Pileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Roots Revival Co. | Shay Candles | Straight-Faced Woodworking | Unique Inspirations Jewelry | WIKIDCANVAS

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo L.A. LIVE | Katsuya L.A. LIVE | Live Basil Pizza | The Mixing Room | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill

ABSINTHE L.A.: Want to continue the fun? Absinthe L.A. will be showing the same night just across the street at the Spiegelworld Tent. Showtimes are at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM! Save 40% off tickets to see Absinthe – a raunchy, sexy and hilarious show only in LA for 4 more weeks. To redeem 40% discount, use code “DARKNIGHTS” at check-out => BUY ABSINTHE L.A. TIX by CLICKING HERE!

Kai Japanese Roots opens in DTLA Historic Core to rave reviews from locals!


Broadway Avenue in DTLA just got a little bit hotter as a new addition to the ever-growing restaurant scene pops up, the beautiful new Kai Japanese Roots has taken anchor at the now rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building.

Menus for Kai Japanese Roots show off that this is no ordinary Japanese restaurant only catering to the sushi crowd, they boast a variety of favorites, from hand rolls, rice bowls, yakitori, to sashimi and cut rolls as well as assorted vegetables, salads and soups. The bar stands on it’s own with a full bar that includes beer, sake, wine, draft spirits, craft cocktails and an extensive curated list of Japanese whiskeys.

The Spring Arcade has had its ups and downs over the years, despite first emerging as a possible contender for the title of “next great thing” after the boom of Grand Central Market began a few years ago. Plenty of concepts have moved in, including Guisados, Gelateria Uli, and the awesome Garçons de Café wine bar, but plenty of other names have dropped in and out of the conversation just as quickly too. Hopefully with the new arrival of this delicious-looking Japanese restaurant, some more folks will be drawn to the airy open arcade. This new anchor to the neighborhood will join the soon to open Royal Claytons, Blue Jam Café and Don Francisco Coffee roasters as the new food enclave takes shape.

When brothers Ben and Bobby Davidson set out to create a Japanese restaurant 2 years ago, they had already been doing business in Downtown Los Angeles for over two decades. Their goal was to craft something that would not only be authentic to Japanese cuisine and aesthetics, but equally rooted in our historically rich environment.

The guiding principle was to create a space that exemplifies the elegance of honesty and incorporates the vibrant rhythm of our surrounding environment, foremost in cuisine and design. Years of research, months of selection, hours of interviews and a trip to Japan led us to the point where we are proud to present our conception as Kai: Japanese Roots.

Executive chef, Miki Fujita, trained and apprenticed in Japan and working for 27 years in Japanese cuisine, exudes a deep pride and enthusiasm for every dish that he carefully crafts. This same ethic flows through all aspects of food and drink, as our sake list is carefully curated to appreciate the robust spectrum of flavor and dimensions of sake in a meaningful way.  We sought out the best and most celebrated Japanese whiskey and malts, craft beers, and sochu spirits to be both comprehensive and precise.



Indoor and patio dining with private event space for 40. Weekday Happy Hour 3-7pm. Open daily at 11:30am for Lunch. Spring Arcade Building 542 South Broadway St.Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 232-4900 http://www.KaiJapaneseRoots.com/

Mezcalero DTLA – Grand Opening + Tres Papalote Mezcal


FRIDAY DEC. 9th from 6pm-2am in Los Angeles.

Discover The Spirit of a New Era, Mezcalero.

GRAND OPENING of Mezcalero DTLA! Join us in a celebration of al things DTLA, Mezcal & Tacos!

DTLA residents show your ID for a Local Treat!

Tres Papalote Mezcal is proud to be presenting the opening of what is sure to be a mecca for Mezca, Tequila and Cerveza drinkers!

Mezcal Drink Specials All Night, Plus Full Bar and local Beer menu. Seasonal Food Menu > https://www.mezcalerodtla.com/

Mezcalero DTLA is open 3:00 pm to 2:00 am Every Day
Happy Hour 3-7pm. Available for Holiday Parties.
510 S. Broadway, Historic Core, DTLA

Tres Papalote Mezcal is the Mezcal of Cheech Marin (Art Collector/Comedian/Mezcal & Tequila Enthusiast)



The Nickel Market @ Spring & 5th, DTLA


The Nickel Market is a new weekly Sunday market that hosts local DTLA and Los Angeles based vendors featuring arts, crafts, fashion, vintage, furniture, home goods, handmade leather, jewelry and other great items + Live Music on most weeks! The market creates a synergy with already popular Farmers Market that happens every Sunday, increasing the daytime shopping population for the entire neighborhood. With the increased traffic and mix of creative vendors this new market is already helping to draw new customers to the existing neighborhood shops and restaurants.


Join us every Sunday from 9am to 2pm,  bring all your friends as they help back our streets and help create more community in DTLA. Vendor Applications are OPEN, please apply to be a vendor or simply attend and do some shopping! The market hours are every Sunday from 9am-2pm right in the street in the heart of DTLA! 5th Street between Spring Street and Main Street (Use125 w. 5th Street, 90013 if you need for GPS).

FREE, Family Friendly, come take a walk in your neighborhood. Organized by your neighbors with support from the Southland Farmers Market and the Historic Core BID! www.TheNickelMarket.com Sept.18, 25 Oct.2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov.6, 13, 20, 27 Dec.4, 11, 18


FRI 4/15 @ 4-8 PM … you’re invited to Cleveland Art’s Grand Opening at its new Arts District location!

Celebrate Cleveland Art’s New Location in the Arts District!



Friday, April 15 @ 4-8pm


featuring goodies from The Pie Hole and Boomtown Brewery!

RSVP on Facebook!


Saturday, April 16 @ 11am to 8pm

Sunday, April 17 @ 11am to 7pm

Sip and shop at the new location of Cleveland Art this weekend! Meet Cleveland Art’s owner/designer/maker Jason Wein. Sample neighborhood offerings generously provided by Boomtown Brewery, The Pie Hole, and People’s Choice Beef Jerky. Check new photographic works by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse, Mark Kovacs, Kate Mueller, and Shelby Wolstein.By doubling the size of its former L.A. Showroom (previously located on Santa Fe Ave.), Cleveland Art can now display an even greater selection of its vintage and recycled industrial design furnishings and handmade blown-glass lighting, perfect for loft living, retail displays, and decor for hotels, restaurants, and offices.

Cleveland Art’s L.A. Showroom now also includes a retail partner! Whiskey Grade is opening its first L.A. store in the Arts District at the same location! Come and meet Whiskey Grade owners Tom and Shirley Wronkovich, along with style expert Jamison Aweau, who will be on hand this weekend to talk about their Cleveland-based independent retailer’s fuel-inspired apparel for men and functional, yet chic, fashion for women! They’ve also invited special guests such as the East Side Moto Babes, a Los Angeles-based community of female riders, and motorcycle products and apparel designer Roland Sands.

Questions? Contact Melissa Richardson Banks @DowntownMuse at (213) 446-3467 or Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA at (213) 446-2055.


451 Colyton St.

Los Angeles 90013

(213) 626-1311 and (216) 246-7644


Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm weekdays

and 11am-6pm weekends


RSVP on Facebook for our 4/15 Grand Opening Party!


Free Block Party! Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center launch party – Friday April 1, 6-10pm!

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Join us for our launch party celebration with a FREE block-party style event on the streets located in front of the theater. You can experience the outdoor street party 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

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Outdoor Street Party

– KIIS FM Live DJ – Manny on the Streetz
– Street performers – POP Unplugged Drum Troop, Hula Hoop LED Lit Dancers, Freestyle Dance Crew, Breakdancing Crew
– Local artists – Armando Rosete, The Black Light King, Phobik, Sand One
– Free small popcorn and small fountain soda*
» Purchase movie tickets for April 1 – http://fandan.co/1RjFmGy
– $5 parking (Lot W, Gate B)
*For every movie ticket purchased for April 1st from 6 p.m. or later


Entertainment curated by We Are DTLA

New Eats! Spread Mediterranean Kitchen opens this week in DTLA.

Spread Mediterranean Kitchen opens this week in DTLA. 

The intersection of 4th & Main just added one more restaurant to the list of great places to eat in the Historic Core. Spread mediterranean Kitchen is a tapas style casual eatery with its roots in fine dining and a killer beer/cocktail program.  We were able to get a sneak peek and a taste of what is to come as they prepare to open for lunch starting Wednesday February 2nd and later hours starting Saturday February 20th. Check out these design details and some of the food. You can find a full menu on their website below.
Brandon Parker and Dan Coury are childhood friends that for years have talked about creating a restaurant together. Their mutual love of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods led them on a two-year journey researching great restaurants specializing in the cuisine. They realized that Downtown Los Angeles was in need of a fine-casual Mediterranean restaurant, so they created Spread. The chef has spent the past nine years at The Peninsula, working his way up to the position of Senior Sous Chef before joining Spread Kitchen.

334 S MAIN STREET   LOS ANGELES, CA 90013 . (213) 537-0284      HI@SPREADKITCHEN.COM



(213) 347-5211

GO TONIGHT! Boomtown Fridays – Tasting Room open every Friday 6pm-2am

Boomtown Brewery opens its doors this Friday with $5 freshly made brews all night long, 6pm-1am! Come if you like beer … or if you like people who like beer. Part of a continuing fall series of Friday night events (mark your calendar!), this Friday, October 16th offers music by Deejay Able mixing up some old school funk, hip hop, splashes of electro and 80’s music and Artisan Pizza by Urban Pie.

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Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012



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! Dark Nights at L.A. Live on Friday Aug 28th. Free DTLA Fun.

L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, August 28 @ 6pm to 12 midnight! Don’t miss live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors PLUS unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Fun, fun, fun all night in Downtown Los Angeles!

Dark Nights


DEEJAY: DJ Gazoo Olmedo​ (Calentura, Subsuelo)

MUSIC: Ben Caron & The Joy Machine​ – Bullet & Snowfox​Brenda Carsey & The AweThe Vignes Rooftop Revival​Hedgehog Swing​ – Ryan & Liz Dueling PianosSaxophonist Justin Klunk  – Rachel Grace Electric Violin

MURALISTS: EvolPaul JunoRon KingJames WildYo ChubsZouehMDMNArmando RoseteBlacklight King

EASEL PAINTERS: David SchonhoffJulie ArnoffJett JacksonNora Ann-Francis Martin-Hall

ART INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES: P.O.P. Unplugged Drumming Troupe – Stilt Walking Costumed Performances by Rebecca “Fireplug” Levis & Brady SpindelLED Hula Hoop performances – Break Dancing and Swing Dancing by Hollywood Hotshots & Versa Style Crew – FREE Glowing Tarot Readings by Seraphime Angelis – Fire Dancers & LED CharactersBody Painting by Nicolette Spear

ARTISANS: A Blonde & Her BagBenjibug ArtBottled Up LampsCandle StashCopra SoapCowpunk LeatherCurmudgeon CardsDowntown MuseFreaky WalletHeadband HavenHeather Renae DesignsHollyWood & TwineHumanTreeRobotiMakeTheCaseLA-matic SkateboardsLondon ManoriMabuhay CollectionMacBeanieMaeMae JewelryMayu Silk ArtNightFloObjects with PurposeONYX XOXOPanache JewelryPileus Chaotic ArtPop & TimberQuetzal BoutiqueRad UncleRoots Revival Co. – ROTD CreationsShay CandlesSilla Dilla GrapeSoCal Etsy GuildThe Record TruckUnique Inspirations Jewelry


$5 FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS: Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live – KATSUYA – Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza LA Live – The Mixing RoomRed MangoRock’n Fish LA Live – Rosa MexicanoSmashburger LA Live – Tom’s Urban LA Live – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Los Angeles

$10 PARKING (cash or credit, free for Preferred Members): Be sure to park in Lot W aka West Garage and enter through Gate B to get this special rate! CLICK HERE for PARKING MAP!

TEAM LA STORE: Enjoy 40% off store merchandise during 5-9pm![/info]

CREDITS: Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE is presented by L.A. LIVE with entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks (aka Downtown Muse and South Bay Muse) with Edgar Varela; collectively of @WeAreDTLA.

Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our events? Submit an application by clicking HERE!

Round Up at L.A. LIVE – Country Street Party – Friday July 24th

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Grab your Western boots, put on your cowboy hats, and come party with me on FRI 7/24! Round Up at L.A. LIVE is an event that is part of the venue’s 2015 Summer in the City series.

FREE FUN FOR ALL AGES! Music Performances • Line Dancing Lessons • Beer Garden • Mechanical Bull • Horseshoe Toss • Cornhole Tournament & Free Play • Western Character Performers • Artisan Vendors • Saloon Fortune Teller • Live Western-Themed Mural Painting by Artists Sand One​ and Septerhed • $5 Food/Drink Menus • Discounted Parking in Lot C North Only

THE GETDOWN STAGE: Southern Caliber​Chris Johnson and The Hollywood Hillbillies​ • Paul Chesne Band​JT Ross The Harmonica Boss​ • Line Dancing Lessons by Cindi Massengale & Friends • Deejay Gregory Place of Gone Country Promotions

HONKY TONK HACIENDA: The Podunk Poets​ JD Bender​ • Elijah OceanMadam FierceAlice Wallace​

FOOTSTOMPING MUSIC: Deep Cut featuring former members of Triple Chicken Foot​ • The New Historians • Dueling Country Pianos by 2 Grand Entertainment • Dueling Banjo Duo featuring John David of Lewis Events

CONCERT TICKET GIVEAWAYS: Each hour, tickets to the Kenny Chesney concert at the Rose Bowl on SAT 7/25 will be given away! Here’s how to be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets => (1) Come to Round Up at L.A. LIVE on FRI 7/24; (2) Take a photo at the event using hashtag #DTLARoundUp; (3) Follow @mylalive on Instagram.

ARTISAN VENDORS: Anci Decor Jewelry​Anvil HandcraftedBottled Up LampsCandle Stash​ • Copra Soap​Cowpunk Leather Products​ Flower Gypsies​ • Freaky WalletiMakeTheCase​ • MyIntent ProjectPretty & PerkyRoots Revival Co.SoCal Etsy Guild​ • Swing-Dash BagsSucculent Heaven • Tabitha’s Creations • Unique Inspirations Jewelry

$5 FOOD/DRINK MENUS AT PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar » Katsuya L.A. LIVE » Lawry’s Carvery » Live Basil Pizza » Red Mango » Rosa Mexicano » Rock’N Fish » Smashburger » The Farm of Beverly Hills » Tom’s Urban » Triple 8 » Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

$10 PARKING: This discounted rate is ONLY valid for attendees who park in LOT C NORTH, which is located south of Chick Hearn Court at 1150 L.A. LIVE WAY, Los Angeles CA 90015.

Round Up at L.A. LIVE is a FREE community event featuring entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse and South Bay Muse with Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA​.

Free Event: Friday June 12th, 6pm-Late, DARK NIGHTS at LA Live curated by WE ARE DTLA


L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 12 – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on all of the fun in Downtown Los Angeles!

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Ford’s Filling Station – Katsuya L.A. LIVE – Lawry’s Carvery – Live Basil Pizza – Red Mango – Rosa Mexicano – Rock’N Fish – Smashburger – The Farm of Beverly Hills – Tom’s Urban – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

$10 PARKING (cash or credit, free for Preferred Members)
Lot W, Gate B » PARKING MAP HERE => http://lalive.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/2015-LA-LIVE-Parking-Mapl.pdf


DEEJAYS: Anthony Valadez, Francesca Harding & Canyon “El Canyonaso” Cody

MUSIC: The Midnight Blues Band, Hedgehog Swing w/ Dancers, Ben Caron & The Joy Machine, Rachel Grace Electric Violin, Ryan & Liz Dueling Pianos

MURALISTS: Evol, Germs, MDMN, Phobik. SART, Septerhed, Michael Pukac, Vyal One, Zoueh

EASEL PAINTERS: Nicholas Bonamy, Bert Hewener-Esenherz, Dan Gonzales Milnor, and over 10 featured members of RAW Artists

—Mural installation by The Container Yard
—Digi-Graff Digital Spray Paint by HearSee
—P.O.P. Unplugged Drumming Troupe
—Stilt walking costumed performances by Nomadik’s Antonio G-R and Rebecca “Fireplug” Levis + Friends
—Aerial Performances by The Furies!
—SpinFX Hula Hoop performances
—Break dancing by Hollywood Hotshots and Versa-Style
—Tarot card reading Jesselynn Desmond
—Body painting by Robert Yancy and Nicolette Spear
—Chalk art by Markus Walker
—MAPJACKS Projections

ARTISANS: A Blonde & Her Bag, Black Brain, Bottled Up Lamps, Candle Stash, Copper Mug Co., Copra Soap, Cowpunk Leather, Curmudgeon Cards, Downtown Muse, Freaky Wallet, Goat & Kettle, Handcrafted Honey Bee, Haven Studio & Gallery Publishing, HumanTreeRobot, Ichiban Bath Co., In The Deep Hue Sea, JDN73, KANI Arts, London Manori, Mabuhay Collection, MacBeanie, Micha Design, Nicolina Royale, Objects with Purpose, Panache Jewelry, Phraseology, Pileus Chaotic Art, Pocket Square Clothing ,Pop & Timber, Queens Banners, Roots Revival Co., Salty Language, Shay Candles, Sour Girls / Fox Force Three, The Container Yard, UPCYCLED ARTE by Micha Design, UI Jewelry by Stephanie Payan

EVENT INFO => http://bit.ly/1Jutddl

CONGA ROOM AFTER-PARTY with All NEW #CRLA Fridays at L.A. LIVE with amazing House Music, DJs, Dancers and four HOT Performers Eric Sharp, Story Of The Running Wolf, Liquor Box, and HART. Get on Conga Room Guest List here => http://www.congaroom.com/guestlist/lalive

INTERESTED PERFORMERS & ARTISTS: Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our upcoming Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE? Submit your application! http://bit.ly/1F85IqR

Entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse and Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA


POPUP MARKETPLACE – Wednesday, May 20 @ 5-10pm

POP UP Marketplace

Featuring over 60 handcrafted vendors – many from the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, this FREE weeknight event curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of@WeAreDTLA also includes DJ music by Francesca Harding and Matthew Rubino​ plus $5 food and drink specials from eateries including Katsuya, Rock’N Fish, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Tom’s Urban, and more.

RSVP on Facebook!

INDIE MAKERS, CRAFTERS & ARTISTS:Agapantha Jewelry​, Anvil Handcrafted,Articulum General Store​, Arts District Printing Co., Barney & Clyde Mercantile​, Big Squeeze Press​, Black Brain, Brinko Ties​, Cactus Club Paper​, Candle Stash​, Cowpunk Leather Products​, CRASH Jewelry, Curmudgeon Cards,Detroit Trash, Downtown Muse, Few Bits, Goat & Kettle​, HollyWood & Twine​,HumanTreeRobot​, Ichiban Bath Company​,Library Store on Wheels, Lindall Leather Works, London Manori​, Luke Hobbs Design​,Macbeanie, Marley & Alfie​, Mayu Silk Art​,Objects With Purpose, Oceguera Handmade Felted Goods, Panache Jewelry, Pocket Square Clothing​, Pop & Timber​, Quetzal Boutique, Rad Uncle​, Record Truck, Roots Revival Co.,ROTDcreations, Shay Candles​, SoCal Etsy Guild​, Sour Girls (Fox Force Three), Succulent Heaven​, The Glass Studio, The Tin Man Art,Topanga Patina​, UPCYCLED by Micha Design(list current as of 5/15/15)

PARKING: Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) only IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members only)

POP UP Marketplace

DARK NIGHTS @ LA Live. May 15th from 6-10pm. Art, Music, Performances + Food/Drink Specials.


Celebrate the ups of being Downtown at L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night – Dark Nights – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on Downtown’s best night of the month!


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Katsuya L.A. LIVE – Lawry’s Carvery – Live Basil Pizza – The MIxing Room – Red Mango – Rosa Mexicano – Rock’N Fish – Smashburger – The Farm of Beverly Hills – Tom’s Urban – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

The GRAMMY Museum will be open until 9PM with $8 admission after 6PM.

$10 PARKING (cash or credit, free for Preferred Members)
Lot W, Gate B | » Parking Map http://lalive.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/parkingmap-011615_dark-nights_grammy-loadv2-3.pdf

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Music, Art & Performers!

Dark Nights Flyer 5.15.15

MUSIC: Anthony Valadez, DJ Panamami, Pop Noir, son ark, AK and Her Kalashnikovs, Kapali Long, Vince Bigos, Katie Ferrara, Miranda Zeiger andRaul Pacheco & Friends.

ART: VYAL ONE, Robert Cortes, Hans Haveron, James Wilde, Ron King,Annie Preece, Andrea LaHue, Armando Rosete and Black Light King

Art Installations, roaming performers and more by Antonio G-r, Rebecca Fireplug Levis, Faeryn Rose, Minn Vo, & Seraphime Angelis!

Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our upcoming Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE? Submit your application! http://bit.ly/1F85IqR

More info: http://bit.ly/1H4iI13

Dark Nights Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JWwBKs-eI8


PICNIC DTLA – Free Picnic at Grand Park – Saturday April 18th, Free Music and Activities. #DTLA




PicnicDTLA launches picnic season with togetherness and deliciousness in the most magical of LA’s spaces. Spend the day with DJs, food trucks, best friends, best kids, best recipes and your favorite Angelenos. **Please note this is an alcohol-free family friendly event**


LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU: Motown On Mondays – Los Angeles “MOM LA” DJs (with special guest Jeremy Sole of KCRW) spinning sweet soulful sounds / Foodie theatrics from COLD TOFU Improv

BREAD N’ BUTTER N’ KIMCHI: Bake bread with MOMO – a mobile, wood fired oven / Feel the churn with BUTTER AEROBICS (“say wha?” KCRW’s blog explains) / FERMENTATION STATION with make-your-own kimchi

RECIPES TO THE PEOPLE: Hummus Tacos? Vegan Kimpap? Goat-Cheese-with-Dried-Date Things? Jot down favorite snack inventions for trading / Leave a cookbook, take a cookbook at the COOKBOOK SWAP / Get crafty with POP-UP RECIPE BOOK STATION

WHEN PICNICS WIN: Fun and wacky picnic spreads encouraged! Everyone will get a chance to to win cool stuff including: HOLLYWOOD BOWL PICNIC SURVIVAL KIT (performance tickets + the essential picnic basket) y màs prizes!

Pick up the essentials at nearby Grand Central Market (RED/PURPLE LINE PERSHING SQUARE or 10 MIN WALK TO HILL+3rd) or The Springs (Arts District) / Food trucks will be onsite: STREET KITCHEN LA / THE SURFER TACO / ROUNDS PREMIUM BURGERS




This event is located on the Event Lawn, nearest City Hall on Spring St. Between First and Temple. Grand Park’s playground and dog run located in this area will be open for play. Other amenities including the splash pad, Little Libraries and Grand Park’s Walking Paths are available for use.

THANK YOU! County of Los Angeles / The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles / The James Irvine Foundation / FUSICOLOGY /Metro Los Angeles / Alta Dena

Go Metro: METRO RED/PURPLE LINES TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the info table and receive a special Hollywood Bowl Picnic Gift while supplies last.


More Info: http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/picnicdtla/




MOPLA Event: INSTAGRAM JAM – Saturday April 11- DTLA Arts District. Free

Instagram Jam

2015 marks the third iteration of the Lucie Foundation‘s Instagram Jam, originally conceived by Shaughn Crawford. This year will feature 20+ Instagram sensations including Tasya van Ree ARTIST, Downtown Muse and many more. A portion of the print sales will benefit SNAPSHOP!, Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth workshop program. This event is produced in partnership with Edgar Varela and Melissa Richardson Banks of We Are DTLA.

Admission is FREE, but RSVP on Eventbrite (http://instagram-jam.eventbrite.com/) is recommended (plus your name gets entered for a drawing to win a FREE Arts District print!).

Cash bar and food for sale during event. Photo by Tasya van Ree.

Featuring an all-star ladies line-up of DJs from The Real Roxanne featuring Suzie Asmar Strong (Legends DJ’s, Sparkletrot), Dot (Team Supreme, Unspeakable Records), DJ Syrena (Mastro’s Penthouse) and more…!

PPSST! Want to go on a FREE guided tour of the DTLA Arts District BEFORE the opening of Instagram Jam? First 30 people can sign up for the Downtown Muse Photo Walk. Meet at LOT 613. The guided walking tour starts promptly at 6:00 PM and ends at 7:30 PM. RSVP for FREE tickets onEventbriteLA here => https://downtownmuse-photowalk.eventbrite.com/

LA Weekly’s Artopia is April 30 in DTLA Arts District … Get you earlybird tickets NOW!


The third annual LA Weekly‘s Artopia will be held on Thursday, April 30, 8-11 PM in the Arts District at The Container Yard, featuring live art, live music, performance-based fashion, and more. This year’s immersive art experience is curated by none other than renowned art critic and writer Shana Nys Dambrot. With more to come, she’s gathered an amazing array of artists to participate, including Victor Wilde and his Bohemian Society, Mud Baron,Debi Cable and her 3D Art Gallery, Mikael B. Design, interdisciplinary artist Amy Kaps,Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and KCRW deejay Jeremy Sole.

In addition to the immersive art experience, Artopia will offer guests hand-crafted cocktails, shaken and stirred by the city’s most respected bartenders. A curated selection of Los Angeles’ hottest food trucks will on hand to enhance the evening by selling their signature dishes to hungry art aficionados. Last, but not least, new to Artopia this year is a special area devoted to vendors and artists who are showcasing and selling unique and handcrafted art and gift items. Produced by WeAreDLTA (a collaboration between Edgar Varela andMelissa Richardson Banks), the event’s first Artisan Village features an invited group of only 20 vendors.

Admission is limited to only 1,500 guests so buy your tickets NOW while they are still available and still only $30 (prices go up weekly until the event is sold out!)


LA Weekly’s Artopia on Thursday April 30, 2015 @ 8pm -11pm
The Container Yard @ 800 E. 4th St, Los Angeles 90013

Participating artisans include the following:

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DARK NIGHTS at L.A. Live > Friday Feb. 6th from 6-10pm (FREE) Art, Music & Performance.

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Celebrate the ups of being Downtown at L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night – Dark Nights – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on Downtown’s best night of the month!


Lawry’s Carvery   » menu
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar » menu
Ford’s Filling Station   » menu
Katsuya L.A. LIVE   » menu
Live Basil Pizza   » menu
Red Mango   » menu
Rosa Mexicano   » menu
ROCK’N FISH   » menu
Smashburger   » menu
The Farm of Beverly Hills   » menu
Tom’s Urban  » menu
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill   » menu

$5 PARKING (Free for Preferred Members)* » Parking Map 



Stonefeather l Ben Caron & The Joy Machine l Trio Ellas l Midnight Blues BandWaterparx l DJ Panamami l Anthony Valadez l Hendy & Thee Rockafarians l The Gajillionaires l


John Kilduff l James P. Scott l Patricia R. Mitchell l Dan Milnor Gonzales l Tamboura the Violinist l Mear One l Ted Meyer and Anna Stump l Man One lLEBA l Sand One l Danger Beez l Blosm l Nora Ann-Francis Martin-Hall l Blacklight King l Armando Rosete l 3D Art Gallery by Debi Cable l Drew Merritt l


Hula Hoop LED-Lit Dancers l Live Body Painting by Michael Buntyn l Live Body Painting by Robert Yancy l Microsoft Interactive Piano l

Indie Craft Vendors

HumanTreeRobot l A Blonde & Her Bag l Anvil Handcrafted l Blackbrain LA l Downtown Muse l Arts District Co-Op l Mayu Silk Art l London Manori lMacbeanie l Church of Type l Pocket Square Clothing l Btwn Wind & Water l Goat & Kettle l Objects with PurposeRoots Revival l Pop & Timber l Late Sunday Afternoon l

*Cash only. Lot W, Gate G. For Dark Nights parking map, click here.

Here’s a sneak peak of what Dark Nights is all about!

Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our upcoming Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE? Submit your application here!

Entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse and Edgar Varela of WeAreDTLA.

Help Youth Enter Toyota Dream Car Art Contest by 12/13!

Dream Car

Know a child whose imagination
never stops racing?

Help them submit a drawing of their Dream Car
by Saturday, December 13, 2014!

Click HERE for Details and Official Forms!

  • Original drawing of “Dream Car” with illustrated background
  • Recommended paper size of 8.5” x 11” up to 12” x 18″
  • Created using crayons, markers, pencils, and/or watercolors
  • Includes written description of “Dream Car” plus entry form signed by parent or guardian

The Recycle Car 843x403px Solar-Powered Nature Car 843x403px My Music Car by Leah Choi 843x403px Inside Martian Toyota Truck by Enoch Christian Kim 843x403px Infinity and Beyond 843x403px Future Car 843x403px Fossil Finder Car 843x403px Flower Fantasy Car 843x403px Child Rescue Mobile 843x403px
Click HERE for Details and Official Forms!

POPUP Marketplace at LA Live, Wednesday Nov. 12th


Make your way to the first ever POPUP Marketplace at L.A. LIVE on November 12 from 5 – 10PM for an evening of shopping all things local and handmade. The district will transform into a night time craft fair showcasing over 60 of LA’s best and brightest indie makers, crafters and artists. DJs will be spinning tunes while you hop from booth to booth and participating L.A. LIVE restaurants will offer food and drink specials so you can relax and unwind with all of your new wares. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to get some early shopping done whilst sneaking in a treat (or two) for yourself!

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP

The Details:
  • Specially Curated Marketplace with Over 60 Vendors
  • Food & Drink Specials at Participating Restaurants
  • Live Music & Entertainment
  • $5 Cash Parking All Night – Lot W, Gate B Only(Free for Downtown Preferred members)

Indie Makers, Crafters and Artists: 

Candle Stash | Detroit Trash | Downtown Muse Photography | Few Bits | Fox Force Three | Marley & Alfie | Modern Multiples Fine Art Editions | Roots Revival | A Blonde and Her Bag | Agapantha Jewelry |Amy’s Reclaimed | Anvil Handcrafted | Barney & Clyde Mercantile | Big Squeeze Press | Btwn Wind & Water |Claudia Rossini Handbags | Clocks in Books |Cowpunk Leather Products | Cullquipuma Jewelry & Handbags | Curmudgeon Cards | DesignsByDex | Arts District Flea | Sour Girls | Soulful Essence | Chop Siouxy | Chrysalis Natural Theraputics | BlackbrainLA |Goat & Kettle | Industrial Vintage | Indica Design |ISIMO Co. | Late Sunday Afternoon | Lindall Leather Works | London ManoriMark Brunner/ HumanTreeRobot | Mezachica | Micha Design | Minabea Jewelry | Minion Me |MiyaSakiCanShoppe | Mochie Couture | objects with purpose | Omeyocan | Perfect Reject | Phraseology | Pocket Square Clothing | Pop&Timber | Pretty for Peanuts | RadUncle | Rico Adair | Sara Horne Jewelry | Smithy Jewelry | Sorenity Rocks | StainGlass Car-toons | Studio DGH | Succulent Heaven | Zanna Girl Scrubs | The Exiled Elite | The Fenix | The Glass Studio | The Tin Man | Urban Star Organics | Quetzal Boutique | MexCo Collective | Wilcox Art | Paula Carlotto Jewelry | MTNT Mutante Leathers | African Baskets | NON ULTRA | ETHER Jewelry | Tiger Moon | James Haunt | MacBeanie | Artist Sunny May Allison | pxydst

Live Music:

KCRW’s DJ Anthony ValadezDJ PanamamiWillow Willow | Waterparx

Participating Restaurant Specials:

Katsuya | Lawry’s Carvery | Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar | Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill | Red Mango | The Farm of Beverly Hills | Rosa Mexicano | Tom’s Urban |Smashburger | Live Basil Pizza | ROCK’N FISH

Stop by our info booth on the way in and be one of the first 300 early birds to receive a complimentary POPUP tote bag!

We’re no longer accepting vendor submissions for the November 12 event. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about our next event, please emailedgar@edgarvarela.com.

POPUP Marketplace at L.A. LIVE is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse andEdgar Varela aka EVFA; collectively of WeAreDTLA.

L.A. Live presents Downtown DARK NIGHTS on Friday Oct. 3rd > Art, Music, Food & Drinks!


Dark Nights is coming back in a bigger and better way on Friday, October 3! With the same awesome $5 food and drink deals, $5 parking and even more live entertainment, this is the best night for locals to be at L.A. LIVE!


$5 Food and Drink Menus

Red Mango . Katsuya . Lawry’s Carvery . Lucky Strike . Rosa Mexicano . Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill . The Mixing Room . ROCK’N FISH . Tom’s Urban . The Farm . Smashburger . Boca at The Conga Room

Menus: http://bit.ly/ZrZpep

$5 Parking All Night (Free for Downtown Preferred members) Parking for Dark Nights is only in the West Garage, Gate B. Only cash accepted.

40% Off Team LA Store (5-9pm) Some restrictions may apply. See store for details.

Yes, this is happening. See you there.

More info: http://www.lalive.com/events/la-live/detail/dark-nights-at-la-live-1


dublab (music & visuals) l Holland & Clark l The Capgun Holdups l Marissa Gomez and the Ghosts of Echo Park l Subsuelo Crew l Jack Landron l Tamboura Plays Violin l El Mister Mudd l Swim Lessons l Eric Kufs l DJ Marlon Fuentes | DJ Monalisa Murray | Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch l Sin Color l The Icy Hot Club l Hedgehog Swing l The Hollywood Hotshots Swing | Santiago Brothers Breakdancers | Faeryn & Ahni Hula Hoopers | Tarot Readings by Seraphime Angelis l Special late night performance in the Conga Room by The Toledo Show


Thom Foolery l Miriam Jackson l Bonnie Lambert l Agapito Doronio l Keith Magruder l Mobile Mural Lab l Robert Yancy + Live Model Body Art l Nora Ann-Francis Martin-Hall l Yuki Miyazaki l Julie Arnoff l Live Linocut Printing by Juan Rosillo l Phobik l Septerhed l Tanner Goldbeck l Emmeric Konrad l Curtis Gutierrez l Isabel Gutierrez l Rula Kaliroi Papoutsis l Jennifer Korsen l Sand One l The Blacklight King l Armando Rosete l Cookie | special showcase by RAW Artist Collective

featuring a curated ARTISAN MARKETPLACE

Entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse and Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA.




Saturday, September 27 2014
04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join in celebrating dublab’s 15th anniversary at Bedrock.LA in Echo Park!

The party, happening exactly 15 years to the date and hour we started broadcasting, will feature live music performances, DJ sets, film projections, custom t-shirt screen-printing, food trucks and art installations

Andres Renteria
Andrew Aged
Arshia Haq
Austin H.
Avey Tare (dj set)
Carlos Niño & Friends: (featuring Paul Livingstone, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Farmer Dave Scher, Eugene Owens, Dexter Story, Andres Renteria…)
Contact Field Orchestra
Deantoni Parks Presents: Technoself (West Coast Premiere!)
Gifted and Blessed
Heidi Lawden
Jake Jenkins
Jen Ferrer
Jenny NONO
Jimi Hey
Katie Byron
Low Limit
Metro Gnome (Butchy Fuego & Angel Deradoorian)
Money Mark
Moon B
Mor Elian
Mystery Cave
Puro Instinct
Raga Meditation with Partho Sarothy (Sarod) & Paul Livingstone (Sitar)
Sana Shenai (Jimmy Tamborello & Nanny Cantaloupe)
Sarah Zoraya
Secret Circuit
Seven Davis Jr.
SFV Acid
SK Kakraba
Southern Soul Spinners
Sun Araw
Suzanne Kraft
The Urxed
Weyes Blood

Visual Projections by Alex Pelly, Miko Revereza & Ghosting.TV

Art Installations by Dave Muller & Freegums

Live Screenprinting by HIT+RUN

Food by Mandoline Grill & Plant Food for People

Lighting by Najafi Design Group

Free before 6pm, $10 after.
Your donation benefits dublab’s non-profit music mission. Purchase tickets: dublab.brownpapertickets.com

1623 Allesandro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cool Valley Nights – Melrose Trading Post at Taft. Music, Shopping, Food & Fun.

MTP Cool Valley Nights

NOW MONTHLY! Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High in Woodland Hills is a flea market in the Valley that takes place EVERY MONTH on the FIRST SATURDAY.

LATE NIGHTS on SEPT 6th & OCT 4th! Cool Valley Nights programming offers EXPANDED HOURS (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM), LIVE MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, and FREE ADMISSION. Visit our Holiday Markets on NOV 1st & Dec 6th during 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

APPLY ONLINE TO BE A VENDOR! Visit www.MelroseTradingPost.org/taft. Questions? Contact Kim Sharp at MTPatTAFT@gmail.com or (818) 406-2893.

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Y2EggsOnTheRun Truck

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
California Taco Bear Truck

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Grilled Cheese Truck

produced by Jayk Gallagher of All Scene Eye

Space Rock

Intergalactic Doom Pop

Electronic Folk Rock

Alternative Hard Funk

California Indie Rock

Every 1st Saturday of the month
Cool Valley Nights @ 9 AM to 9 PM (September/October)
Holiday Markets @ 9 AM to 5 PM (November/December)
5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Corner of Winnetka Ave. and Ventura Blvd. Exit Winnetka Ave. off 101 Fwy and go one block south to Ventura Blvd. FREE PARKING on site and in the lot BEHIND Ralphs.




DTLA Dark Nights

L.A. LIVE presents DARK NIGHTS bringing you the best nights in town, the “dark nights”. Dark Nights are historically “dark” for L.A. LIVE with no other major events happening at L.A. LIVE which means these are the BEST nights to hit up L.A. LIVE for a night out in DTLA. No traffic, inexpensive parking and simply a great time.

DARK NIGHTS is a celebration at L.A. LIVE representing the Downtown community, local beats and culture.

More Details:

$5 Parking All Night* (Free for Downtown Preferred members)

$5 Food & Drink Menus All Night at the following restaurants:

Free Bike Valet 

Live music and performances throughout L.A. LIVE

*Parking for Dark Nights is only in the West Garage, Gate B. Only cash accepted.

Yes, this is happening. See you there.

Artopia 2014 – May 15 2014 – Grand Central Market

ArtopiaGet tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1gMdLLF

L.A. Weekly is excited to confirm the artist lineup for this year’s Artopia! Taking place Thursday, May 15 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Grand Central Market, this year’s Artopia will focus on L.A.’s vibrant arts and culture scene, with a special focus on downtown, as well as celebrate the L.A. Weekly’s People Issue.

Curated by art critic (and L.A. Weekly contributor) Shana Nys Dambrot, this year’s Artopia features live mural painting by artists HUEMAN, Jim Mahfood and Jason Shawn Alexander, sculptural installations by Ramiro Gomez, a 3D Blacklight Experience from Debi Cable as well as a high-fashion peep show from the Bohemian Society featuring special guests Alexey Steele, Mika Mae Jones, Tyson Lee Smyer, Cielo Garcia, Kaylani Lei and Annie Cruz. Creative collective dublab will be curating a music installation including multiple DJ stations and performances. The Peach Kings and The Record Company will be performing live.

Curator Shana Nys Dambrot describes the vision of Artopia as experiential, saying: “We are entranced by the allure of experience. Art is a visual language, of course; but art, like life, is much more than pictures. Artopia is a place where art is everything and everything is art — painting, yes of course, and fashion (especially fashion), architecture, bustling crowds, film, food, open bars and dance music. Society is a fantastic spectacle of simultaneity, immersion, transgression, beauty, history, surprise, decadence, and most importantly, other people. And since we gather to celebrate the new People Issue, for Artopia we’ve assembled a family of performers, models, painters, designers, technicians, and deejays to weave a multi-sensory experience of after-hours culture in an historic location, with freehand mural-making, interactive projections, peep shows, body-printing, sculptural installations, and living dolls — all with a particular nod to the seduction of the handmade and the extravagances of the people who make downtown L.A. a haven for the urban avant-garde.”

General admission tickets are $30 and include entrance to the event as well as wine and beer. For more information and updates on Artopia and more information on the participating artists, check out laweekly.com/artopia

See you there!

Artisinal LA Spring Show 2014


About Artisanal LA (buy Tickets Here > http://www.eventbrite.com/e/artisanal-la-spring-show-tickets-3934632592 <


Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at our seasonal shows and pop-up shops.Artisanal LA is a pop-up community event with weekend long seasonal shows and shops celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles.

Artisanal LA showcases the best artisanal food vendors around the country. Attendees shop a wide array of edible treats from butchers to chocolate makers, and enjoy programming like hands-on workshops, chef-led demos, expert panels and speakers educating guests on various food related topics as well as the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations changing the local food scene in Los Angeles.


Attendees have the rare chance to shop from nearly 100 hand-selected food and beverage artisans at our seasonal shows. Meet up-and-coming food and drink vendors who share a passion for healthy, local, and sustainable ingredients. Many of our artisans aren’t yet accessible through retail stores or even through farmers markets. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local, support LA’s economy, discover new favorites, get a jump on holiday shopping, and join in community while having a ball. 100% of our vendors’ products are made right here in Southern California with local and sustainable goods. Spend the weekend with the growing number of Angelenos who want to know where their food comes from and how to live a healthy and locally sustainable life!


Saturday, April 26th
12-1pm | Learn about Tea, Beyond the Brew | Socha Tea
1-2pm | Master Food Preservers present Bacon-Curing | Diane Trunk
2-3pm | Edible Weeds & Foraging Around LA | Emily Ho
3-4pm | Food Photography 101 | Ryan Tanaka

Sunday, April 27th
12-1pm | How to Make Soapy Pops | Naiad Soaps
1-2pm | Milling Around with Whole Grains | Grist & Toll
2-3pm | Bugs Today, Bugs Tomorrow | Chirp Farms
3-4pm | Craft Beer Panel | Los Angeles Craft Breweries


Saturday, April 26th
2-3pm | Growing Edible Flowers | Hank Jenkins, Plant Provocateur
3-4pm | Creating an Edible Landscape | Sian Seligman, Sow Swell

Sunday, April 27th
1-2pm |Building a Backyard Orchard | Maya Yaniv
2-3pm | Growing Edible Flowers | Hank Jenkins, Plant Provocateur
3-4pm | The Bee Friendly Garden | Christy Wilhelmi, Gardenerd
4-5pm | Urban Farming Tech & Innovation | Sian Seligman, Sow Swell


Saturday, April 26th
12-1pm | Art of Cake Decorating | Chef Briana
1:30-2:30pm & 4:30-5:30pm | Fusion Cooking | Chef May Henneman
3-3:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar  | Greenbar Distillery

Sunday, April 27th
12-1pm | Master Food Preservers
2-2:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar | Greenbar Distillery
3-4pm | All About Sourdough Rye | Erik Knutzen
4:30-5:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar | Greenbar Distillery




Paris Photo 2014 – Los Angeles

parisphoto1Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated  to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at theParamount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April.

Paris Photo Los Angeles, the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios April 25th-27th offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Leading international galleries will present historical and contemporary bodies of works by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages. The New York Street Backlot, the one-of-a-kind replica of New York City’s streets, will be dedicated to the presentation of cutting-edge solo shows, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects, each exhibiting within an exclusive movie set.

The public program is also an important component of the fair. Built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions, this year’s program will include special exhibitions and the Sound & Vision series of conversations and screenings.

Join us for this highly anticipated major event.


Paramount Picture Studios

5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


April 25 and 26: noon – 7 pm

April 27 : noon – 6 pm


Open on Fri-Sat-Sun – $12

LEMON GROVE PARKING, 5675 Lemon Grove Avenue
VAN NESS PARKING, 783 N. Van Ness Street
GOWER PARKING, 801 N. Gower Street

Shuttles will be avalaible from the parking facilities to the Fair entrance


Purchase your ticket for Paris Photo Los Angeles 2014 on the online shop 

Full rate Entry : $28 
Student/ Senior (+65) Entry : $20 
12 and under : free admission 
Bundle (Entry with catalogue) : $40
Read more at http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles/visitor-info#3ysWChXiRYt1pgmr.99parisphoto3


Exhibition and Book Launch, Jan.18th – “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District”

“MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District”

Book Launch Event  – Jan. 18th – 7-11pm

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Photos & Artwork
Inspired by the Images

Jan. 18 – Feb. 8
 Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Pl
Downtown LA, 90013

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One of Los Angeles’ most popular neighborhoods, the Downtown Arts District, is revealed and celebrated in a new book of photographs by Melissa Richardson Banks, “MUSE-ings:  Snapshots of the Arts District,” and in an exhibition featuring the photographs with artworks by over 40 artists inspired by the images.

A book launch event and exhibit opening will be held Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Warehouse Gallery of Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles. The exhibit will be on view through February 8. A closing reception and book signing will be held Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Proceeds from artwork and book sales benefit Art Share L.A., a nonprofit community center (www.artsharela.org).

Captured and shared daily through her “Downtown Muse” blog and social media postings, the photographs by Richardson Banks reveal an insider’s view of the Arts District, which was transformed in the 1980s by artists who created studios in former industrial warehouses and is now in the midst of yet another major renaissance.
As characterized by airbnb.com, “Color spills from every surface among one of the city’s favorite neighborhood canvases, Los Angeles’ Arts District. Insatiable creative energy and unstoppable trendiness emanate from the walls of its swiftly repurposing warehouse spaces and industrial-inspired artists’ lofts. Galleries, studios, and connoisseurs of coffee, cocktails, and challenging concepts crowd into this unmistakably painted bastion for incoming artists and fresh-faced visionaries.”
Richardson Banks’ point of view in her photos chronicling this extraordinary community is more like someone admiring a loved one, rather than documenting a neighborhood. Images include a pile of colorfully painted bricks covered in graffiti from a demolished industrial building, luscious blossoms against stark concrete, bold skies crisscrossed by power lines, serpentine wire caressing iron fences, and sunlight washing over historic bridges. These are among the many images that evoke the sense of a place more pastoral or exotic than what one expects to find in the center of the nation’s second largest metropolis.

“I’m not longing for the past as much as I am appreciating the present and hoping for the future,” says Richardson Banks. “Since rapid changes are in the making, I feel compelled to capture what moments I can so I don’t forget a thing.”

Together with 50 photographs from the book, the MUSE-ings exhibition features over 45 works of art inspired by Richardson Banks’ images and created by artists, many of who follow the photographer’s blog online. “I’m especially inspired by art and artists because of my surroundings,” she says, “so it was natural for me to involve people whose work I love and admire by sharing their creativity through this exhibition.”

Using one or more photographs as inspiration, the artists created their own interpretation and incorporated their artistic license to create unique works of art.  The exhibit features narrative and representational art utilizing a variety of styles including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider.  The work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more.

Artists include Jari “Werc” Alvarez, A.S. Ashley, Qathryn Brehm, Jesse Burgos, Gary Callahan, Diego Cardoso, Susie Chang, Jaime Colindres, Kikki Eder, Margaret Garcia, Clemente Garcia Lassaulx, Tom Garner, Kristopher Gee, Yolanda Gonzalez, Jacinto Guevara, Christian Hernandez, Javi Herrera, Miriam Jackson, Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, George Labrada, Bonnie Lambert, Lauren Langford, Leba, Lili Lakich, Tod Lychkoff, Ted Meyer, Colette Miller, Patricia R. Mitchell, Alberto Miyares, J.W. Pippen, Wenceslao Quiroz, Patti Lou Richardson, Rick Robinson, Sandy Rodriguez, Alex Schaefer, SEK, ShadowMonsterBear, Roderick Smith, Anna Stump, Bob Ujszaszi, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

For more information about “MUSE-ings,” visitwww.downtownmuse.com. Art Share L.A. is a community art center that is a sanctuary for the arts and their creators, providing 30 live/work units and 14,000 sq. ft of creative space in Downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned on Facebook/ArtShareLA.  For questions, please email info@artsharela.org.

Richardson Banks, Melissa-Lavender tree and street art near Challenge Creamery

BOOK: Signed copies of “MUSE-ings” are locally available at The Pie Hole, 714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles. The book is also available nationally through Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/MUSE-ings-Snapshots-District-Downtown-Angeles/dp/0989114813. Signed copies of the book and photographic prints can also be purchased through the photographer’s website atwww.downtownmuse.com/book.

EXHIBIT: “MUSE-ings:  Snapshots of the Arts District,” featuring 50 photographs from the book, as well as work by 41 L.A. artists inspired by the images, is on view January 18 through February 8 at the Warehouse Gallery of Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles. Free. Info at www.artsharela.org.
Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Launch party for the book and opening reception for the exhibit. Free.
Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Closing reception and book signing. Free.

EVENTS: Thursday, February 13, Melissa Richardson Banks is the featured artist in the Downtown Art Walk’s Art Walk Lounge at 634 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles.  Books and prints will be available for sale.

Praise for “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles” by Melissa Richardson Banks:

Melissa Richardson Banks is our secret eyes, finding the secret light that illuminates the secrets of an ever-changing neighborhood and bringing them out into plain sight so that they are secrets no more. ~ Cheech Marin, collector, art advocate and entertainer

Melissa Richardson Banks offers a poignant long-form photo-essay chronicling the changing contours of a singular place and time. Her taste for saturated color is met by the neighborhood’s organic proliferation of street art and industrial palimpsests. Her instinct for painterly detail appreciates the way rail tracks or light posts recede just so, the way the sun paints the sky and myriad reflections paint each other, and the peculiar architectural romance of the moribund manufacturing sector. In the tradition of classic street-photographers like Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson, her images capture a specific sense of place that looks like poetry, but does the job of documentary. Her unerring eye for the rhythms of her environment approaches the power of, if not nature exactly, then the thing that people like us chooses instead of nature. ~ Shana Nys Dambrot – art critic, Whitehot Magazine

Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see. Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That’s why Melissa Richardson Banks’ online anthology of downtown Los Angeles’ Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Richardson Banks shares her “fly-on-the-wall” view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours weekly. ~ Judge, 2013 LA Weekly Web Award.

BOOK LAUNCH: Join Downtown Muse in celebrating the publication of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles is a new book that features Downtown Muse’s signature “on-the-fly” narrative images depicting her fast-changing urban neighborhood. Slated for nationwide distribution in January 2014, a limited number of advance copies and prints are available for sale NOW just in time for the holidays.

Captured and shared daily, her photographs are intended to give an insider’s glimpse into the Arts District, which was transformed in the 1980s by artists who created studios in former industrial warehouses and is now in the midst of yet another major renaissance, complete with new restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, retail stores, condo lofts, and more.

It’s been said that her point of view seems more like someone admiring a loved one than a tourist taking photos on vacation. A pile of colorfully painted bricks covered in graffiti from a demolished industrial building, luscious blossoms against stark concrete, blinding rooftop sunsets, bold skies crisscrossed by power lines, serpentine wire twirled around iron fences, and the promise of a new day as the sun rises over historic bridges are among the many images that evoke the sense of a place more pastoral or even more exotic than what you’d expect to find in the center of the nation’s second largest metropolitan area.

MUSE-ings pp 10-11_1The book includes 92 full-color photographs and an introductory essay. It was designed by art director Christy Addis who began collecting low-res images for personal enjoyment months prior to knowing her. Shortly after she did, out of the blue, Addis emailed Richardson Banks a draft layout of images, suggesting that we collaborate on a book.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles is sold online through the Downtown Muse blog and distributed through Amazon.com and other retail outlets. The hardcover book retails for $25 plus tax and shipping. While the official release date for the book is Wednesday, January 15, 2014, a limited number of advance copies and prints are available for purchase in time for the holidays.

“BUY THE BOOK – GET A PRINT” HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Through December 31, 2013, purchase a book AND receive a FREE print(Restrictions apply. Book must be bought from Melissa Richardson Banks either in person or here online at http://www.downtownmuse.com for the full $25 retail price plus tax and shipping. Valued at $25, the unframed borderless 8″ print will be selected from the four images below by the photographer and accompanied by a gift envelope. Order by December 15, 2013 to ensure delivery by Christmas!)

To purchase books, click HERE. You can also buy online on Amazon (NOTE: Purchases made through Amazon are not eligible for my “Buy a Book – Get a Print” Holiday Special). Need assistance with a purchase or have questions about wholesale or bulk orders? Call me at (213) 537-4483 or email me by clicking HERE.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Specifications: 92 color images and an introductory essay
Hardcover: 96 pages
Retail Cost: $25
Publisher: CauseConnect LLC
Publication Date: January 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989114813
ISBN-13: 978-0989114813
Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 16 ounces

BOOKSIGNINGS & ART EVENTS: Want a signed book or print? Bookmark this page for updates and be sure to sign up for my mailing list HERE!

“THE INSTAGRAM SHOW: Celebrating the Art of the Camera Phone” at Melrose Lightspace: Two photographs from MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles are included in this juried exhibition, which features a diverse selection of more than 100 images selected from all over the world. Admission to the three-day event is free. Hours are Thursday, December 5 from 6 PM to 9 PM; Friday, December 6 from 12 noon to 11 PM (artist reception at 7-11 PM); and Saturday, December 7 from 12 noon to 11 PM. Melrose Lightspace is located at 7600 Melrose Ave. Ste. N, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Information online at www.instagramshowla.com and www.melroselightspace.net.

ROMERO STUDIO XMAS ART SHOW & SALE at Plaza de la Raza: Prints and a limited number of advance copies of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles will be for sale on Saturday, December 7 from 7 PM to 12 midnight and Sunday, December 8 from 12 noon to 6 PM. This year’s show and sale will be held in Plaza’s Boathouse Gallery (3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031). Information online atwww.plazadelaraza.org and www.romerostudio.net.


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER & AUTHOR: Melissa Richardson Banks refrains from calling herself as a photographer, but she plays one most every day in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. During her daily walks with her dogs Vatche and Foxy, she often takes unplanned photographs with an iPhone. A native of Texas, she’s an adopted Angeleno who was drawn to the Arts District 20 years ago since its industrial feel and close-knit creative community reminded her of where she grew up in Flour Bluff. To earn a living and inspiring other parts of her life, she runs a marketing firm called of CauseConnect, which helps businesses and nonprofits work well together to change the world. She also shares photos, stories, and information about the Arts District through her Downtown Muse website and social media (her Tumblr blog won a 2013 LA Weekly Web Award!). Her artistic side is satisfied by managing the Chicano art collection of Cheech Marin, producing museum exhibitions and publishing art books for others, and, of course, taking snapshots.

ABOUT THE BOOK DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR: Christy Addis was leaving Los Angeles right about the time Melissa Richardson Banks was arriving. Nights of performing in the Arts District’s much-loved but now-closed Al’s Bar, and working in the set decorating departments of the film industry, were left behind to raise her kids in Virginia with her artist husband, Curtis Gutierrez. But eventually those kids grew up, and she has moved back to Los Angeles, this time with both an artist husband and an artist daughter, Isabel Gutierrez. She brought her degrees in graphic design and interior design together to establish her company, True Design, to develop products and provide design services reflecting her eye for color and balance, obsession with textiles, understanding of design history and appreciation of fine art. Her blog is called True Design Report.


Melissa Richardson Banks is our secret eyes, finding the secret light that illuminates the secrets of an ever-changing neighborhood and bringing them out into plain sight so that they are secrets no more. ~ Cheech Marin, collector, art advocate and entertainer

Melissa Richardson Banks offers a poignant long-form photo-essay chronicling the changing contours of a singular place and time. Her taste for saturated color is met by the neighborhood’s organic proliferation of street art and industrial palimpsests. Her instinct for painterly detail appreciates the way rail tracks or light posts recede just so, the way the sun paints the sky and myriad reflections paint each other, and the peculiar architectural romance of the moribund manufacturing sector. In the tradition of classic street-photographers like Atget and Cartier-Bresson, her images capture a specific sense of place that looks like poetry, but does the job of documentary. Her unerring eye for the rhythms of her environment approaches the power of, if not nature exactly, then the thing that people like us chooses instead of nature. ~ Shana Nys Dambrot – art critic, Whitehot Magazine

Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see. Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That’s why Melissa Richardson Banks’ online anthology of downtown Los Angeles’ Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Richardson Banks shares her fly-on-the-wall view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours. ~ Judge, 2013 LA Weekly Web Awards

Ace Hotel opens in DTLA (January 2014)

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles opens early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, this ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem stands as a monument to a group of seminal American artists pushing out on their own, and anchors the Broadway Theater District’s modern renaissance. Mary Pickford’s love for the ornate detail and stone spires of Spanish castles and cathedrals is manifest at the theater — a true temple of the arts. (Ace Website http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles)

The mixture of reverent awe and irreverent independence is right up Ace’s alley — this is the kind of project that all of us in DTLA have been waiting for. This is a game changer.

Already by the look of the website that Ace has presented for Downtown LA they are getting to know the neighbors, they are exploring the cultures unique to Los Angeles and they are making efforts to make a contribution.

The corner of 9th and Broadway is already seeing the changes with retailers Aesop, A.P.C, Acne Studio, Tanner Goods, Oak NYC, Kinfolk, etc all grabbing up spaces around the new Ace Hotel. I love that they are on the right track, they are creating culture and not just using it for profit.

Reservations are being taken now for dates in January at http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles


New Gastropub in DTLA (Chinatown) with great drinks!

643 North is Downtown’s latest gastropub with an Italian twist. Like similar establishments, the focus is on featuring great drinks paired with sophisticated small and larger bites. In this case, the food is comforting (and reasonably priced!) while keeping somewhat of an edge to satisfy most L.A. diners. The challenge is its location: its building is off the beaten path in Chinatown on North Spring Street near Cesar Chavez Avenue.

Let’s get down to the important stuff … the well-stocked and carefully crafted drink menu! Many of the cocktails were designed by bartender Adam Acuff (Far Bar) and the full bar has 12 beers on tap, a menu for patrons to craft their own martinis and Manhattans, specialty cocktails, artisanal wine, aperitifs, digestifs, and alcoholic coffee drinks made with beans from Little Tokyo’s Demitasse Roasters.

Luckily, Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse joined me for my first visit to 643 North, which allowed us to sample a greater variety of drinks. We started off by sipping from the restaurant’s signature menu. Our first drink was the “Red Hot Cherry Pepper,” which is a spicy mix of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and Cherry Heering liqueur accented with a sliced red bell pepper and chopped jalapeno pepper. It had a nice kick in the mouth with a balanced spicy, yet gentle flavor.

Our next drink was “Smokey the Pear,” a light mix of High West Whiskey Campfire®, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, spiced pear syrup, lemon juice, and Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters. This refreshing cocktail is just right and is not overpowered with sweetness.

“Go Figure Yourself” – perhaps 643 North’s most complex and best signature cocktail – offers a perfect mix of Avion Reposado tequila, Bénédictine liqueur, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, fig thyme syrup, lime juice and fig bitters topped with a splash of Pinot Noir. The drink evolves the longer it sits – the first sip gives you a nice wine flavor followed by a nice second layer of reposado with a fig finish. After 10 minutes, the flavors mature (wine breathing!) and the flavor solidifies into a complex rich flavor that pleases the palate and does not overpower … potent, rich and downright delicious.

Regarding beer, 643 North has done a great job in selecting seasonal craft beers. From the current menu, I love the Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co. and the Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company. There are also selections from Black Market Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing. You can get a flight of four for a reasonable $12.

Last, but not least, 643 North offers a hefty selection of aperitifs and digestifs.  After tasting several small bites and sampling pizza, we opted to share a flight of digestifs (four for $16). I recommend the Fernet Jelinek (Czech) if you like strong, explosive flavors and the Rhubarbo Zucca Amaro if you prefer velvety smooth complex flavors. Either one will pacify you into a well-earned food coma destined to come.

Be sure to ask bartender Adam Acuff for suggestions as he is well versed in his craft and can  help guide you in your adventure. Cheers to the newest – and most welcomed – addition to the DTLA culinary family!

For a full story on the space and food check out my friend Downtown Muse‘s story at http://downtownmuse.com/go-spring-over-to-chinatown/ All images below by Downtown Muse

"Smokey the Pear" photo by Downtown Muse
“Smokey the Pear” photo by Downtown Muse
"Red Hot Cherry Pepper" photo by Downtown Muse
“Red Hot Cherry Pepper” photo by Downtown Muse
"Go Figure Yourself" photo by Downtown Muse
“Go Figure Yourself” photo by Downtown Muse

This weekend at LA Mart, Artisanal L.A.

This weekend at LA Mart,  Artisanal L.A. brings together community shopping, tasting, programming and learning experiences, showcasing Los Angeles’ finest local, sustainable, handmade edibles and home goods. Along with a pop-up urban garden, lectures, workshops ranging from pickling, cocktails, and baking to butchering with Lindy and Grundy and the intricacies of the Home Food Act, there’s a pop-up book shop where Nancy Silverton of Mozza and other food-focused authors will be signing their books. And of course there’s art (curated by EVFA), gift items, and a cafe showcasing local foods and beverages. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local, support LA’s economy (100% of vendors’ products are made right here in Southern California with local and sustainable goods), discover new favorites, get a jump on holiday shopping, and join in community while having a ball.

Admission to Artisanal LA is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, children under 10 free with paying adult. The ticket is good for both Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. The LA Mart is accessible by public transportation, and there is metered parking, or you can park in the lot for $15

BENEFIT VIP Performance by Natasha & Cheech Marin. Night of Art & Music.


Join Natasha and Cheech Marin on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for a special evening of art and music under the stars. The couple is bringing their exclusive Marin Salon Seriesoutside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM • Margo Albert Theatre
$100 VIP Admission – advance purchase required

(space limited to 200 attendees)


Each VIP Admission admits one during 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM plus one Chicanitas art book ($40 value) signed by Cheech Marin plus an exclusive Marin Salon Series performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin followed by an art talk by Cheech Marin.

VIP INQUIRIES ONLY:  Call Melissa Richardson Banks at (213) 537-4483 or email art@causeconnect.net.

6:00 PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
$10 General Admission – for sale in advance and at the door


Each General Admission admits one only after 6:00 PM. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included. This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID is required.

Mariachi Mario Lopez
Thee Commons
Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band
Danza Teocalt
Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble

Groove Radio featuring Emiliano Miranda

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores

Fernando Barragan

SPONSORS include:

Stella Rosa Wines
KGB Gallery
Jarritos LA
Brooklyn & Boyle
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Art, Music, Culture & Family!


In the next 3 weeks Plaza de La Raza features two new events, one for the whole family and one for the sophisticated art & music lover. Please join us for both and thank you for your support. Plaza de La Raza is a 501-c3 Non-Profit.


Feria de La Familia

Sunday Sept. 22nd

Bring the entire family to enjoy and celebrate the sounds, sights, and traditions of Latino art and culture at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education in East Los Angeles. Highlights of the Target Feria de la Familia include: music and dance performances on Target Stage in Lincoln Park; art activities for youth in Plaza’s courtyard and patio; storytelling, puppets, and songs in the Margo Albert Theatre; and performances on the Willie Velasquez Outdoor Stage

FREE ADMISSION. Food, drinks, artisan crafts, and artwork for sale.
Sunday, September 22 • 12 noon to 6:00 PM  • www.plazadelaraza.org


Noche de Arte y Musica
Saturday Oct. 5th

Join Cheech and Natasha Marin for this very special evening of art and music under the stars. The couple is bringing their exclusive Marin Salon Series outside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970.

During their special VIP Pre-Event from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM only, classical pianist Natasha Marin will perform with cellist Maksim Velichkin followed by an art talk by Cheech Marin. Attendees will join afterwards for the Public Event that starts at 6:00 PM and ends at 12 midnight.

– Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble
– Danza Teocalt
– Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band
– Thee Commons
– Mariachi Mario Lopez
– Quitapenas
DJ – Emiliano Miranda

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores

Live Art performance – Fernando Barragan

$10 GENERAL ADMISSION admits ONE GUEST ONLY from 6:00 PM until 12 Midnight. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included in the cost for General Admission. NOTE: This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID required.

$100 VIP ADMISSION admits ONE GUEST ONLY DURING 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (limited to 200 attendees) for an exclusive Marin Salon Series performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin and an art talk by Cheech in the Margo Albert Theatre plus one Chicanitas book SIGNED by Cheech ($50 value) plus access to a VIP-only exhibit walkthrough with Cheech in the Boathouse Gallery. VIP ADMISSION tickets must be purchased in advance. VIP INQUIRIES ONLY:(213) 537-4483 or art@causeconnect.net

 >> TICKETS <<

Please Support! 2013 Target Feria de la Familia

Plaza2013 Target Feria de la Familia

Sunday, September 22 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Plaza de la Raza @ 3540 N. MIssion Rd., 90031
Enjoy free music, dance, art activities, storytelling, and more for the entire family at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights (East Los Angeles).
Check out the Target Stage featuring Latin jazz, rock en Español, indie rock, and mariachi. Visit the Margo Albert Theatre for children’s performances by Bob Baker Marionettes and We Tell Stories. Don’t miss folklórico dancing and traditional music from Mexico by Plaza’s award-winning youth and adult performers, too.
Premiering during the 2013 Target Feria de la Familia is the annual exhibition of Con Nuestras Manos | With Our Hands, which features artwork by Plaza students. On view in the Margo Albert Theater Lobby, the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge through Friday, December 6 during regular operating hours of Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031 (off the 5 Freeway one mile north of Downtown’s Brewery Arts Complex)
FREE ADMISSION. Parking available on surrounding streets and at nearby parking lots of DMV and LAC-USC Hospital. Accessible to Metro bus routes 78, 79 and 378.
PRESS INQUIRIES: (213) 537-4483

Free “Out of Office” music series at GRAND PARK for Summer curated by EVFA

Picnics on the lawn


EVFA is proud to have curated the Indie performances at Grand Park for the remainder of summer, please spread the word and Bring your friends and family.

“Out of Office” concert series at GRAND PARK 

Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Chillax after a hard day’s work, meet new people and count down to the weekend with live music and full bar.

Preview  playlist >> Out of Office at GRAND PARK <<

THURSDAYS / August 1st -thru- Sept 5th

August 1: 

The Rebel Light / Holly Conlan / The Young Romans

August 15: 

Hobart W Fink / Blackfeet Braves / J E F F E R T I T T I ‘ s N I L E

August 29: 

Spirit Vine / Halfbluud / Infantree

Sept 5:

Bullet and Snowfox / Silver HandsMonster Paws

Prepared food picnics encouraged. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park. A cash bar will be at the park.


GO METRO and get a free pair of Grand Park sunglasses! Bring your TAP Card, Metro/LA County employee ID to the info table at this event. More info:http://www.metro.net/service/discounts/family-friendly/grand-park-sumer-2013/


George Takei & Friends at OPODZ Grand Opening Event


Reserve a place at the event with our eventbrite page as space is limited http://www.opodz.eventbrite.com/

Opodz Launch Party!

Opodz opened on June 3rd, 2013 at its Little Tokyo location on 362 E. 2nd Street in Los Angeles, CA. The grand opening is Friday, June 21st featuring a panel of socially conscious business owners and organizational reps talking about “doing business by doing good”.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 and is by Invitation only from 6-9pm. The night will feature speakers; Internet Superstar George Takei, Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, Drew Tewksbury of KCET’s Artbound, Shauna Nep of Goldhirsh Foundation / LA2050. These innovators will share a little about their respective company’s vision.

The night will begin and end with a cocktail mixer and tours of the new OPODZ facility. The night is organized by Edgar Varela of EVFA, a cultural production company in DTLA. There will be a small art exhibition featuring work by local artist Rachael Rendon.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 @ 6-9 PM

6:00 PM–Networking cocktail hour
7:00 PM–Welcome and introductions followed by guest speakers
7:45 PM–Surprise Speaker
8:15 PM–Q&A


Special Guest Speaker: GEORGE TAKEI

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies.
Mashable.com says Takei is the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 4 million friends. Takei has nearly 650,000 followers on Twitter. Takei authored “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” released in e-book and paperback earlier this year, and it ranked #10 on the New York Times E-book nonfiction list.
Takei currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad Takei. They were married at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Sept. 14, 2008.

Melissa Richardson Banks (CauseConnect)

As President and Founder of the consulting firm CauseConnect, Melissa Richardson Banks specializes in helping companies reach their target markets and fulfill corporate social responsibility goals through signature community programs designed to engage employees, meaningfully connect with charities and causes, and uniquely incorporate the arts and the environment. In addition to major corporations such as Toyota Financial Services and Target, she advises small businesses on best practices when partnering with nonprofits. As an independent cultural producer, she manages Cheech Marin’s noted Chicano art collection and produces cultural events such as museum exhibitions, festivals, speaker events, concerts, and salons designed to engage audiences and foster community. An author, book editor, and art publisher, Richardson Banks is also a photographer who documents her changing Arts District neighborhood in Los Angeles through her Downtown Muse blog.

Drew Tewksbury (KCET Artbound)

Drew Tewksbury is Managing Editor and Producer of KCET public media’s cultural journalism project Artbound. He has come from a diverse media background, having worked as a producer for NPR, a regular music columnist for L.A. Weekly, and Senior Writer/ Contributing Editor for Flaunt Magazine. He curates Los Angeles Magazine’s Guide section and has produced bi-weekly, on-air music review pieces for KPCC’s Madeleine Brand Show. As a freelance arts and culture journalist/critic, he has written and produced pieces for NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ Los Angeles Times, Nylon Guys, BoxOffice Magazine, NME, Art News, Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage Magazine, Swindle Magazine, Style in Progress (Austria), People Magazine, and more.

Shauna Nep (Goldhirsh Foundation / LA2050)

Shauna Nep is a social innovation manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. She has a background in program development, and in mobilizing online and offline engagement with various organizations in Los Angeles. She previously worked in programming at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and as program director of the Woolly School Garden Program. She has a master’s degree in bioethics from New York University.

Opodz is a new creative coworking space located at 362 E. 2nd Street in Los Angeles, CA 90012. Opodz provides comfortable shared desk space and high speed WiFi Internet access in a well-designed, creative office environment. Opodz also features an event space, conference room, kitchen, and above all, a friendly, collaborative, professional atmosphere among members. Opodz offers various levels of month-to-month membership, and a daily drop-in rate is also available. It is also available for events, seminars, and meet-ups.

Coworking provides the opportunity for small business owners, independent contractors, virtual employees, and other freelancers to build a collaborative community of professionals that inspires creativity, serendipity, and exploration. Coworking attracts a wide spectrum of users, including web developers, programmers, graphic designers, writers, editors, technology professionals, artists, Internet marketers, and other such creative professionals who often find themselves in coffee shops or libraries in an effort to increase their productivity and stimulate social interaction.

Opodz chose Downtown LA as its location because of its bustling street life and unique creative vibe, as well as its proximity to the neighboring creative neighborhoods The area is lined with many new, up-and-coming businesses, including restaurants, shops, galleries, artist studios, cafes, pubs, and salons, providing a cool and contemporary backdrop for professionals who choose to spend time working and interacting at Opodz.

To learn more about Opodz or to be invited to the inaugural event on June 21st please call John at 949.212.3561 or email info@opodz.com. For complete information, visit www.Opodz.com. Join the Opodz community and socialize online at www.Facebook.com/Opodz and Twitter atwww.Twitter.com/Opodz. Edgar Varela can be reached at Edgar@EdgarVarela.com


Paris Photo Los Angeles

Paris Photo

Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated  to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at theParamount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April.

Over the past 16 years, Paris Photo has become a significant event for collectors of contemporary and modern art, photography professionals, artists,  as well as for an ever-growing audience of art appreciators. Each edition is unique and brings together a distinguished selection of exhibitors with diverse collections focused on the photographic medium. A public program is also an important component of the fairs which is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions.

Enriched by the unique cultural environment of these two cities, Paris Photo  offers its visitors an unsurpassed experience in two historic locations which bring together all the different trends in photography.

Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Download fair map (pdf, 568 KB)


Friday, April 26 – 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday April 27 – 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday April 28 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Full rate Entry: $28
Student Entry: $20
Catalog: $20
Bundle 1 entry + catalog: $40
Children under 12 = Free Admission with Adult.

Lines – A Group Show (Sat. Feb. 2nd)

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  • ‘LINES’a group show.Matt Maust
    Cody Comrie
    Harley Cortez

    727 Spring St. Downtown LA



    MATT MAUST ( http://mistermausters.tumblr.com/ )

    Matt Maust has been making mixed media art since around 2000.  he combines illustration, photo and type.  he has been in a few group shows and even fewer solo shows since the last 10 years.  He has also been regularly playing bass in the band cold war kids since about 2004.

    CODY COMRIE (  http://www.codycomrie.com/ )

    Cody Comrie is an multimedia artist based in LA. He graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle majoring in Industrial Design. He has been a part of numerous group shows and has had one solo show at the R&R gallery. His recent design work has been featured on record covers as well as posters and adverts. He is co-founding a clothing line called The End. His favorite band is Joy Division.

    HARLEY CORTEZ ( http://harleycortez.tumblr.com/ )

    Harley Cortez is an artist/musician raised in Inglewood, CA & Queens, NYC. Currently based in Echo Park, he uses multimedia and classic materials to create portraits and images of the world he finds locally and in his travels (Japanese train workers, teachers, street vendors, homeless artists). He has been involved in numerous group shows in recent years. He has played music and toured (Red Cortez, Weather underground, Just Animal) for the last 8 years. His new musical moniker is called ‘halfbluud’.

Vote for Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council


Hello Fellow Downtowners, I am running for the At-Large Director seat on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC). Elections are being held on November 15th in DTLA. As a 10 year resident and a business owner in DTLA I feel that I know some of our needs and I want a chance to continue to make a difference. Spread the word, come out and Vote. It’s your neighborhood, participate, help mold its future!


Vote! Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood

Council (DLANC)

Here are my recommendations:

At-Large Director: Edgar Varela

Arts & Culture Resident: Joe Moller

Arts & Culture Interest: Tati Simonian, Montana Graboyes, Nancy Lee & Anastasia Johnson

Area Wide Business Director: Hal Bastian

Area Wide Resident Director: J. Russell Brown

Public Sector Workforce: Gretchen Siemers

South Park Resident: Scott Bytof

I have served as Arts, Culture & Education Resident director for the past two years. This year I am running for the At-Large Director on the Neighborhood Council, which means you can all vote for me!

Election day is November 15th, so I will remind you as things get closer. I will also post my recommendations on candidates for the Arts, Culture and Education seats.

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) will be holding its bi-annual elections on Thursday November 15th from 2-8 pm. I strongly suggest that all downtowners vote. Stakeholders in this election are not limited to local residents; anyone who does any kind of business in downtown or lives here is eligible to vote. That means that if you work here, own a business, are homeless and live on the streets of downtown, live in a SRO, a loft, or a hotel, you can vote. Stakeholdership is self-declared and no proof is required.

The polling location will be at The Exchange, at 114 West 5th St, between Spring and Main Streets. That is the community space on the ground floor of the Rosslyn Hotel, next door to my gallery.

Please come out and vote. DLANC is an advisory board which gives local citizens information and input into any and all public and community projects, as well as providing a small budget for the Board to initiate its own projects. The most useful aspect of DLANC’s activities is the role it plays in providing community voice to the decisions made at City Council. The two City Council members representing Downtown LA, Jan Perry and Jose Huizer, pay close attention to the advice they receive from DLANC. It is vital that our community participate and provide this advice to our elected leaders. It is possible for us to influence city policy this way; in fact DLANC has been the single most effective Neighborhood Council in the short history of the system, which was created at the beginning of the last decade.


“We Were In Sicily” (Revisited), Photographs by Rachel Roze

“We Were In Sicily” (Revisited)

Photographs by Rachel Roze

Opening Reception
Saturday Oct. 20th (7-10pm)

October 20th – November 11th

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

EVFA is pleased to present a revisiting of Rachel Roze’s solo show, We Were In Sicily, a selection of work from Il Pesce Pazzo. Here are a couple statements about this collection of works.

+The collection of photographs taken in the summer of 2011 and shot entirely in film showcases her 40-day trip in Sicily, Italy. An enticing invitation to her Italian peregrination, her works offer stills flooded with sexuality, nationality, and the naked truth of seductive youth. Voluntarily, the viewer joins Roze in exploring the female body, men, and a culture of lust and the content. Playfully pushing the boundaries between personal and shared, Il Pesce Pazzo infiltrates the viewer into a sea of curiosity while the heat of the city, the men, and the markets, shower the voyeuristic onlooker. Layers of affection and admiration meet a hot and sticky meat-market, and with religion on every wall and the nude on every floor, Roze beautifully appropriates the rediscovery and documentation of the illicit. The onlooker can’t help but join Roze in her escapades into the grainy crevices of sex, and Sicily.
– Elena Parasco

+Photographer Rachel Roze’s “We Were in Sicily” is not subtle at first glance, but take a longer look, because you are going to want to, and you will find layers upon layers in a singular composition. The work was all done on film, not Instagram, and has a quality that feels vintage, although it was made during a 40-day trip to Sicily, Italy, in the summer of 2011. The work has sexually charged overtones, while the muted tones give an old-world romance quality. However, I urge you to not only focus on the obvious ones. Roze views the city and her perspective offers a sense of familiarity and complete immersion that is unlike anything a tourist could accomplish.
– Kathy M.Y. Pyon, LA Times

About Rachel Roze:
“I have a lot of chameleon qualities, I get very absorbed in my surroundings”
River Phoenix

I grew up in an untraditional family in a traditional suburb outside of New York City; a place where artists were not appreciated and the norm was. Craving change, I packed my bags at nineteen and decided to move myself to California; I wanted to live “over the rainbow,” something about California was calling me. I arrived in California for the first time and quickly realized I had accidentally rented a room in a trailer park, not in an apartment, in a strange area known as Ojai. Living in that trailer park for almost a year, before later moving to LA, flipped my whole world around. I needed to capture everything, the vividness, the chaos; I needed to capture my surroundings. This is where I picked up photography. It was my way of holding on to the newness of this strange place, like keeping a visual journal. I spent the following years in LA developing my hobby into a profession, working with a handful of well-known photographers and artists, who helped guide my craft, and along the way graduated from Brooks Institute Of Photography with a Bachelors degree in Visual Communication. My work is a look into my life, capturing moments, people, and myself on a daily basis; I capture my surroundings.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to exhibiting compelling work from exciting emerging and mid-career artists as well as providing a platform for interaction and conversation about the contemporary art world. EVFA also curates and produces relevant cultural happenings that impact the perception on traditional art roles in society. The gallery space is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. For more information call Edgar Varela at 213-604-3634, e-mail at edgar@edgarvarela.com or visit www.EdgarVarela.com.

“GROUP PORTRAIT” 2012 Yale University MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents

2012 Yale University MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition

Gallery hours are Wed-Sat from Noon-6pm
Exhibition runs September 8th to October 14th

Peter Baker

Richard Choi

Felix R. Cid

Thomas Gardiner

Pao Houa Her

Katie Koti

Kate A.T. Merrill

Sarah Muehlbaur

Maayan Strauss

EVFA Gallery
727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

SWAN LAKE, a contemporary rock rendition by the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet (EVFA)

EVFA is proud to be the Visual Art Presenter for SWAN LAKE

Following a sold-out debut season, Silverlake Contemporary Ballet presents Swan Lake, featuring live music by three acclaimed indie rock bands. In our present-day adaptation of the full-length ballet, we tell a classic story through contemporary movement and large-scale paintings, created by artists throughout the progression of the show. Silverlake Contemporary Ballet has set the three-act piece in present day Los Angeles to tell the story of a love that is tested by Hollywood morality.

Featuring the LIVE music of:

The Young Romans
Holly Conlan

Music Presented by The Silver Lake Jubilee
Visual Art Presented by Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
Costumes provided by American Apparel


September 21-23
Fri Sep 21st @ 8:30pm
Sat Sep 22nd @ 4:30 and 8:30
Sun Sep 23nd @ 3:30 and 7:30

Tickets on sale now!

Show run time including intermissions: 90 minutes

Tickets start at $25 online

The Assistance League of Hollywood
1367 North St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8529

EVFA (The Backstory)

Many moons ago as a teenager I began producing small music events in the city of Los Angeles. These events involved navigating a nightlife scene in Los Angeles that now looking back on was a little dangerous for a 15-year old. Warehouses, lots, clubs, pop-up art shows is where it all happened, where my love of artistic creators began to flourish.

This continued for years until the day I decided that I might take a more serious stance in my life. I studied Business and Marketing, started working, built a career and 10 years after I started creating events I found myself deeply entrenched in the world of commercial banking and real estate, my role was as the commercial real estate analyst and appraiser for major developers and banks.  I was drawing a good salary and at the time, was happy with my direction in life. However slowly but surely my urge for more creativity began to emerge and was no longer satisfied with the occasional museum visit, concert or party. With my brother Rush going to Art Center College of Design, I felt the urge creeping back even more. As a side project I began to put together small networking events in order for my brother and his friends to have a great meeting spot and network with my other friends in the film, fashion, music and art fields.

This was the spark. At this point what was a hobby took a life of its own. Leaving the safety of the corporate world I started my EVFA art gallery out of my loft and began presenting monthly art shows, music shows, producing small films and facilitating in all aspects of fashion, it was a fantastic rush of creativity. Now, I wont give away all my secrets that have led to a successful transition from the corporate banking world to the world of Art and production, but I will say this; I started EVFA as a labor of love with a make or break attitude as far as financial success, I love what I do as I get to choose all the amazing people I work with and I am surrounded in amazing visual and audio art, so my passion for it is on everything you see my logo on. EVFA will always strive to provide you with a little extra no matter what we do.

Look for the Gallery Openings which mostly feature outstanding emerging artists from U.S., Music happenings which feature Breakout music talent from California with special touring guests, Film community networking events and small art film production (I will start posting some here) and larger scale community festivals. It is all about being creative, expressing your passion, to me all these industries are all the same, we all want to make a living doing what we love, I try to make a living helping people do what they love, pushing them to the front of the stage and showing off there talents like a proud parent, regardless of financial success. I believe art and culture to be a necessity of life and I am here to help you get your share of it.

Edgar Varela produces public and private cultural events throughout Los Angeles; he is based out of his Downtown Los Angeles art gallery where he maintains regular art openings. On his spare time he sits on the board of two arts non-profits and is the board director on the Neighborhood Council. You can find him working production, music and art at Bloomfest LA, Abbot Kinney Fest, Target Fiesta de la Familia and at his gallery @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014.

EVFA Summer Group Show

Summer Group Show

On August 4th we will be hosting a summer group show that will showcase some new work by talented Painters, Illustrators and Photographers.

Cocktail reception generously sponsored by PAMA liquor & Friends.
All exhibitions are FREE and open to the Public.

Catherine Asanov
Dan Milnor
Brian Ramirez
Rachael Rendon
Rush Varela

Reception is 7-10pm on August 4th. Show Runs through August 25th.

The front room will have the Freestyle Photo Employee show, it is sure to be a great exhibition by DRKRM Gallery.

Flashback to Now: Eloy Torres and Juliane Backmann, A New Art Exhibition @ EVFA

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is proud to present :

Flashback to Now, A new exhibition featuring the paintings of Eloy Torrez and the photography of Juliane Backmann

Exhibition Opens Saturday June 23rd from 7-10pm

Exhibition runs June 23rd to July 21st.

EVFA @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014
Spring Street between 7th and 8th Street

There’s something profoundly unsettled about Flashback to Now, a series of oil on canvas paintings by Los Angeles based Eloy Torrez and photographs by Juliane Backmann.

In Torrez’s “She Said He Said” A hollow-faced couple stares out of the canvas from a rumpled bed. A businessman levitates front and center above a desert floor while other working professionals recede with backs turned. A white-faced autobiographical character jumps into the foreground as an office building and a pair of car stereo speakers take to the air in “Somewhere between Los Angeles and Albuquerque”. What is the relationship between these subjects? Who are they now? Who were they before?

Juliane Backmann’s photographs of urban landscapes likewise asks more questions than it answers. Using a large format field camera with color negative film, Los Angeles based Backmann captures banks, lobbies, churches, courtyards, parking lots and other silent protagonists of the urban landscape, each one devoid of people. Her empty vignettes speak as much to what’s in the frame as what’s not. Where has everyone gone? What is the purpose of these spaces when empty?

In the case of both Torrez and Backmann, the work isn’t about what unfolds in front of the viewer. It’s about the cracks in between. It is work that tells of the passing of time–not of people and not of places. Generations unfold in Torrez’s surreal scenes–that which brings his subjects together is seemingly less powerful than the stories that divide them. In Backmann’s photographs, time of day is obscured and purpose of space is obscured too. Hers are still lives of a place caught off-guard and off-duty. Combined, the works of these two artists is a convergence of oblique narratives and stories partially told.

As one of Los Angeles’ most iconic muralists over the past three decades, Eloy Torrez has long been to uncovering such stories. Among his works are the Pope of Broadway mural on the Victor Clothing Company building in downtown Los Angeles, and Portrait of Hollywood, a John Ritter tribute mural at Hollywood High School. He is a 2009 C.O.L.A. grant recipient. A native of New Mexico, Torrez is a graduate of Otis Art Institute.

Juliane Backmann too has had turned her lens on the people and places of her adopted city. Originally from Muenster, Germany, Backmann has chronicled the Los Angeles art scene over the last fifteen years for a forthcoming book of portraits, featuring artists Carlee Fernandez, Eugenia Butler and more. She has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of a 2013 Emily Harvey Foundation artist residency in Venice, Italy. Backmann studied photography at the Academy of Photography in Munich.

Totaling five works by Torrez and six by Backmann, these two series will be exhibited as one, intermixed on the walls at Edgar Varela Fine Art (EVFA) in downtown Los Angeles. The exhibition is on view from June 23 – July 21, 2012.

Piano Duo in Concert: Natasha Marin + Gerald Robbins @ UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall on June 16th

Pianists Natasha Marin and Gerald Robbins
Announce Classical Music Performances

West Coast Premiere on June 16 at UCLA Schoenberg Hall

LOS ANGELES – Pianists Natasha Marin and Gerald Robbins announce an exciting collaboration, which launches this summer with a concert at UCLA Schoenberg Hall on June 16 followed by a performance this fall at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York.

The West Coast premiere showcases works by 19th-century quintessential romantic composers. The hour-long program opens with Anton Arensky (Silhouetten, Suite op. 23) and Johannes Brahms (Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56b). After intermission, the performance continues with Sergei Rachmaninoff (Suite No2 op. 17) and Camille Saint-Saëns (Variations on a theme by Beethoven op. 35).

Natasha Marin & Gerald Robbins
Piano Duo in Concert
Saturday, June 16 @ 8:00 PM
UCLA Schoenberg Hall
445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS $15 general / $10 students & seniors • http://bit.ly/marin-robbins-piano
PARKING $11 in Lot 2 (enter at Hilgard & Westholme) • www.ucla.edu/maps-directions-parking
Doors open at 7:30 PM • INFO (213) 537-4483 • www.natashamarin.com

The East Coast premiere is at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York on Thursday, November 8. Program and ticket information will be released later this summer. Both concerts are produced by CauseConnect and EVFA. To receive notifications on this and other performances by Natasha Marin, sign up online to join her mailing list atwww.natashamarin.com.

GERALD ROBBINS – www.geraldrobbins.com
“A pianist of authority and imagination. Versatile, secure in every respect, a spectacular technique.”
~ Los Angeles Times

Gerald Robbins has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician of poetic sensitivity and virtuosic technique. Since capturing a major prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1969, he has performed regularly in the world’s major music centers throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. As a soloist accompanied by an orchestra, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and its affiliates, and Royal Liverpool Symphony under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Neville Marriner, Edouard van Remoortel, Okku Kamu, Jorge Mester, and Lawrence Foster. In addition, Robbins’ chamber music activities include collaborations with noted violinists Nathan Milstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Glenn Dicterow, and Ruggiero Ricci. Featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, Robbins performed Rhapsody in Blue on the Emmy-award winning Gershwin TV special starring Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and was the featured pianist on the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning British film, A Shocking Accident. A champion of neglected romantic repertoire, Robbins’ artistry on the London-Decca, Orion and Genesis labels include world-premiere recordings of concerti by Litolff and Reinecke. He is co-founder of the Lyric Piano Quartet and is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

NATASHA MARIN – www.natashamarin.com
“… balancing pianistic flair with musical intellingence, Marin’s playing of the cadenza was a dazzling showstopper”
~ Crescenta Valley Weekly

“Natasha Marin was impressive … Under her hands, she nearly pinned the audience to their seats with a fiery rendition of Chopin’s scherzo” ~ Boulevard Sentinel

Russian-born Natasha Marin began studying piano at age 6 and was later accepted into the Special Music School for Gifted Children at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She earned her B.A. in piano performance from the conservatory’s Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, graduating with honors, and later studied with Leonid Sintsev and Igor Lebedev. After moving to California, she attended UCLA where she studied piano with Vitaly Margulis and Professor Antoinette Perry, contemporary music with Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, and worked with acclaimed scholar/media author Robert Winter.

Currently, she performs classical genres (and non-classical repertoire) as a soloist and with piano duos, vocalists, and chamber ensembles. In addition to radio and television appearances, she has recorded and performed live at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in Russia, Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Gable Theater Stage in Coral Gables, Florida, Leo Bing Theater, Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, and Thorne Hall in Los Angeles, and other U.S. and international venues.

Premiering June 2008 in Los Angeles, her piano duo “Double Sharp” with Maria Demina won the Grand Prize at a regional competition and appeared live and on the radio nationwide. The program features music of Russian romantic and 20th-century composers, incorporating an innovative presentation with custom costumes by designer Vera DeFehr. “Double Sharp” has performed also at charity events like Robert Shapiro’s Foundation and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.

Together with French soprano Nicol Mecerova, Marin created “Voyage a Paris,” program spanning 200 years of the French Art Song, which was presented in the US and Russia. She also performs with her husband actor/comedian Cheech Marin. The couple has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Valley Performing Arts Center of the California State University, Northridge, and Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. She has also worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Asher, playing piano on “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” for the album “Siren” by vocal duo Sasha and Shawna (Manhattan Records, 2007).

John Klukas, Solo Exhibition “Phantom Queen” at EVFA 4/28


Edgar Varela Fine Arts is proud to present:

A solo exhibition for John Klukas ( http://www.45houses.com/ )

“The Phantom Queen”

Opening reception is April 28th from 7-10pm
Exhibition runs to May 15th.

727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90014

Pages 24-42 of Fabrik

Artist Statement: ( http://www.45houses.com/ )

I like creating something that doesn’t really exist – a physical representation of a fantasy or dream. I begin an image usually with a vision or a sketch from a dream. From there I pull together my team, cast a model and build the environment in which the image is to take place. I often invent lighting schemes and camera techniques to support the realization of my images. These settings do not exist and so I cannot use traditional means to document them. I must go outside the normal boundaries of how a camera is used and instead use it’s unique characteristics to distort and blur reality in order to create my images.

I do my work because it is the only way I can communicate these beautiful visions. They are my representations of the beauty which I see in the world. When I create, I am reminded that the vision inside of me is larger than the sum of the individual parts that are invested in its creation. I view being able to create these images as a remarkable gift and the amount of trust and cooperation that it takes to create my images is reflected in the intimacy present within them.

Currently, I’m trying to refine the language I use to communicate my dreams. I want to increase the impact and potency of my images. I am exploring how far I can bring the camera into my dreams and how well I can document things that don’t exist and have never happened. I am exploring people’s reactions to these things and using their perceptions of the camera as an archival truth-teller to confuse and disorient the viewer into believing that these ephemeral apparitions exist in the material realm. When people see my work I would like them to use it to reflect upon their own attitudes about beauty and to see that these visions are an intimate part of me, which I am sharing with the world.