10 Great Places You Don’t Wanna Miss This Art Walk

Of course, this Downtown Art Walk, you’ll probably hear about the usual Art Walk Lounge happenings, and it’s tours, the fairy tale labyrinth of books at the Last Bookstore and the oh so, elegant findings at the Gloria Delson Contemporary, but be sure not to miss the politics, cultural diversity, delicious eats, free drugs? memorials, celebrity artists, musical talent, free giveaways, anniversaries, and charity events, taking place in some of the less talked about stops along the way. Here’s a list of our favorites.

ART APPETITE – Taste Of Art Walk

It’s Official; Art Appetite – The Taste of Art Walk is the number 1 flavored attraction during the Downtown Art Walk. Celebrating its 3rd year, with live DJs, independent artisans and tons of giveaways from Choice Teas and many others. Featuring T-Mobile Magenta Truck, there are no starving artists in their camp. The park is located just south of  7th and Spring, has already made the pages of LA Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly and National Geographic as representing the Downtown Art Walk, and is celebrating its success as a major Downtown Art Walk hub hosting up to 5000 people in the peak summer months. The City of Los Angeles has been known to donate tables and chairs to help the park organizers, who are artists dedicated to raising money for local charities. The Head Hunter Truck will provide delicious gourmet sausage varieties including camel and kangaroos sausage? Yeah, we said it! Also, on deck Ridges Churro Truck, Divine Dips Vegan Ice Cream, and Baon Filipino Truck all available to feed the Art Walk masses from 5pm to 10:30pm. http://facebook.com/artappetitela

DIMEPIECE POP UP at DTLA Weekly Headquarters

Fans of DIMEPIECE can visit their two-day pop up during the Downtown Art Walk to find out what DTLA’s sexiest feminists are wearing this season! Dimepiece, founded in 2007  by co-creators Ashley Jones and Laura Fama has since become an international stable of street style with its openly suggestive messages and raw reality-urban, sex appeal.  Fans including Nicki Minaj, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez, have kept Dimepiece in the mix as one of the world’s most influential voices for women within their apparel line. This is no ordinary pop up! Them girls ain’t NO wifeys. 715 S. Los Angeles, CA 90014. https://www.dimepiecela.com/

REN GALLERY presents “Street Chic”

Street Chic features seven of LA artists and one designer. Gallery owner and curator and long time Queen of Art Walk Renee Warren, known for her Art Walk pop ups at the Hotel Alexandria, Spring Arcade, and the Medalion Promenade fpr almost a decade continues her support of the arts within REN Gallery, this time partnering with designer Alejandro Saavedra, selecting a group of street artists to paint his newest creation, the Kandinski chair, launching a custom line of fine art furniture. The Kandinski chair has a sleek modern feel, made of triangular wood panels and a simple circle seat. Street Chic offers you a taste of what happens when LA art meets design. Artists include Aise Born, Clairfoster Browne, Rob Grad, Emmeric Konrad, Jennifer Korsen, (Happy Birthday Jenny!!!), Louis XXX,  JW Pippen, and Alejandro Saavedra. REN Gallery is located in the inner courtyard of Santee Village, enter thru the alley entrances to the courtyard on both Los Angeles St at 7th Ave, and Santee St at 8th Ave.  743 Santee St. unit B. Los Angeles CA 90014 www.rengallery.com 

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER

Owner/curators Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird of Please Do Not Enter are, although off of the usual beat and path located on Olive Street, monthly participants of the Downtown Art Walk who enjoy the opportunity the Art Walk brings to lend to a wider clientele. Opening their doors not only because they love what they do but also because they want to share it and see how people react, PDNE has hosted an Art Walk exhibit most months, including two separate pop ups in the Pac Mutual Building and in the Biltmore Hotel. 549 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. http://www.pleasedonotenter.com/

SHOPWALK inside THE SPRING ARCADE BUILDING 

ART WALK celebrations abound inside the Spring Arcade Building with vendor pop ups provided by SHOPWALK, inside the Spring Arcade’s entirely delicious restaurant hub consisting of everything you’d ever want to eat from authentic French crepes to sushi with local musical talent and live artists. Located inside the Spring Arcade Building built in 1923 by a San Francisco engineer trained at L’école des Beaux Arts de Paris, this group event has become one of the most anticipated celebrations of creativity supporting the artists of the Historic Core, during the Art Walk event produced by DLANC member Amara Onowinu.   541 South Spring Street, DTLA – (213) 863-9318. https://shopwalkdtla.tumblr.com/

Seven Ghost presents…ROCK Walk – VR, Drugs and Rock & Roll

What’s better than drugs? Free drugs? Ah, No. But that was funny, wasn’t it? Really the event is free and offers music performances by Rumble Pak, Oh Yeah Sumi, Gal Pal and No Telescopes with visual artists Mike Habs, Ted Asbille, Dekker Dreyer, Edrok One, Edwurd Desvermin and Bill Bronson. Oh yes, the drugs… well, they will be provided to those over 21 with the proper paperwork by JADE Apothecary who will be presenting their GRAND OPENING Boutique Dispensary & Smoke Lounge. Oh, we almost forgot to tell you about the GoGo dancers and VR Experience… must have been short term memory loss.  734 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. https://www.facebook.com/Seven-Ghosts-925163167611840/

The Hive Gallery

The Hive presents “TAWDRY” + “Rising Stars of LA” with Paz, Joey Stupor, Chris Lowail, Opal Unicorn, Sydtropolis, Sunol Golden, George Hobbs & over 50 new artists to the Hive Gallery on view during the Artwalk from 1-11pm. The Hive Gallery is the oldest gallery in Gallery Row, a must see during the Art Walk and is a long established sanctuary for pop surrealism, giving its unusually talented artists space to create, grand promotions and monthly themed receptions for the past 13 years. Be prepared to have your mind altered, no one who goes in the Hive ever comes out the same. The Hive Gallery is located 729 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. www.thehivegallery.com

90x90la presents Read Beats

The intersection of music and poetry at the Los Angeles Theater Center this Art Walk as part of the highly acclaimed 90-day event produced by downtown local, Peter Woods and Writ Large Press. Showcasing PIEL with their soul soaring, sensual, electro laced, tribal dance pop romps, dosed with punked out, bombastic liberation frequencies and Earth Arrow, a Los Angeles Afro-Cuban hip hop based band focusing on reviving ancient African and indigenous rhythms and dance. Poetry readings from Fresno based poet Sara Borjas who currently lectures in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside and lives in Los Angeles and Joseph Rios a VONA alumnus, a Macondo fellow, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Sounds selected by StreetlifeLA and live art on the outside patio featuring. LATC is always free during Art Walk and opens to all ages, with a full bar with 21+ id. 514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. http://90x90la.com/

LE PETITE PARIS

Le Petite Paris is excited to celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary during the month of October, giving art walkers, not only the chance to take delight inside their elegant, bi-level, true South of France brasserie, offering a full immersion of the finer things of France, but also live jazz and a complimentary glass of Rose Kir Royal when you say the MAGIC word: “La vie en rose”. Also, don’t forget to stop in the retail store, “La Boutique”, for an enhanced shopping experience and take in the environment while admiring displays of art by some of France’s most notable artists. 418 South Spring Street, DTLA – (213) 217-4445. http://lepetitparisla.com/

SPONTANEOUS HAT PARTY AT CLADE
DON’T MISS your last opportunity to shop the collection for Symbiosis & the Burn with Clade’s Spontaneous Hat Party to honor the memory of our recently departed Amin Moinzadeh, who was taken from us in a freak car accident July 31st. If you own an Ariane Millinary or Mode Haute Hat, please WEAR IT!  If you don’t have a Hat yet you can try them on!  Clade’s got some brand new super dope caps & fedoras in stock Knitwear by UNCOMMON THRDS & Jewelry by Lou Guerin. Also, at Clade photography exhibit featuring Nik Hampshire for UNCOMMON THRDS X CLADE captured by Glenn Campell Photography. 600 South Spring St. 90014. http://clademan.com/

 

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Yup, you guessed it. It's me Keri Freeman, publisher and concept designer for Downtown Weekly. Living, working and playing in Downtown coming from an entertainment background...I discovered something about myself. I discovered I really liked sharing my knowledge of DTLA and its awesome hospitality movement. Also in doing so I have the great pleasure of working with incredible sponsors (who believe in the vision), extraordinary literary artists, photographers, event coordinators and many talented artists and musicians who inspire me every day to keep the DTLA Weekly going. Also, it would seem I'm the only woman of color to publish a newspaper here in over 100 years, so hopefully that inspires some future generations as well....Just remember if its fun...it can't be work....Thank you, people of Gaia, for your continued support and thank you for reading!