MAYBE the heart of Hollywood was beating last Saturday night, and the Sunset Strip was probably jumping. But how about that traffic on Santa Fe Avenue?
Yes, in the bowels of the downtown warehouse district, there were crowds -- and music and dancing and all manner of art. "It's hard to raise a community in Los Angeles," said Lance Sanders, 30, founder of the art club Hangar 1018, "but it's down here."
Indeed, Hangar 1018, a converted industrial space cater-cornered from a strip club, is one of several downtown venues catering to what hipsters call "the underground art scene." Closed by police late last year for code violations, Hangar 1018 reopened this spring, more than $100,000 in renovations later.
Its space is rented two or three times monthly for events such as last weekend's 3 Shots, a music-art gathering that featured a performance by the rising L.A. band Gram Rabbit, even if the exhibited art was decidedly modest in ambition. The crowd was diverse, the lemonade was spiked and the kitsch was thick -- you could even get a Skooby's hot dog out back.