August 11, 2011
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk will likely never return to the days when perhaps 100 people strolled among a dozen galleries on Spring and Main streets one evening each month. Seven years after gallery owners and business leaders had the idea that Angelenos would promenade a block from Skid Row, the event now draws up to 30,000 visitors, beckoned by four dozen galleries and numerous bars, restaurants and food trucks. It has both spurred the revitalization of downtown and grown with it. But some patrons seem more interested in carousing than browsing — let alone buying — art. Bitter squabbling among business owners and Art Walk organizers has, at times, threatened to dissolve the event altogether.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 |
After the death of a 2-month-old boy last month, a new City Council-approved task force is looking at safety issues surrounding the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, and changes to the popular monthly event could be made as early as next week. The possibilities include limiting live music and food trucks, or closing streets to traffic during the event, which draws up to 30,000 people on the second Thursday of each month. The task force, approved Wednesday by the City Council, will consist of officials from transportation, public works and law enforcement, and will look for both short- and long-term solutions to growing safety concerns over the event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2011 |
The balmy summer evening and a chance to patronize art galleries, shops and restaurants had drawn hundreds to the Downtown Art Walk on Thursday. Much of the crowd was shoulder to shoulder along Spring near 4th Street where dozens of food trucks had congregated. Among the masses were Jimmy and Natasha Vasquez of Montebello. In a stroller was their son, Marcello, barely 2 months old. His aunt, uncle and four cousins were nearby. About 9:15 p.m., a silver Cadillac DeVille crept down Spring and driver tried to park in front of the El Dorado Lofts on the left-hand side of the one-way street.
May 20, 2011
POP MUSIC Kylie Minogue Though she's a huge star throughout Europe and in her native Australia, the singer's following always has stayed cult-size in the United States, where she's still best known for her 1987 cover of "The Loco-Motion. " ("Can't Get You Out of My Head," from 2001, threatened to change that but stopped just short.) Either way, Minogue gives her carefully calibrated arena-pop moves an uncommon degree of human warmth, whether stomping around the stage in thigh-high leather boots or cavorting with several slices of gym-rat beefcake in a simulated shower scene.
May 19, 2011
ART Venice's Art Walk may not have the massive crush of booze-addled fans as downtown's version, but that may be an upside. In the idyllic setting, artists will open their studios and galleries will host visitors for a variety of events, auctions and showings, along with a spate of culinary and musical accompaniments. Various locations in Venice, Fri.-Sun. See theveniceartwalk.org for full schedule.
March 22, 2011 |
Leimert Park Village, the historical enclave of black culture and arts, has been showing signs of new life lately, and not a moment too soon. The nonprofit Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, named for the veteran jazz and blues singer, opened last month. In December, the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation premiered the Leimert Project, a space for arts education that has so far mounted two solo shows for local artists. On Leimert Boulevard, native son and internationally renowned artist Mark Bradford works out of a studio that has piqued new interest in the neighborhood in fine art circles.
December 23, 2010 |
The already heavily attended monthly Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk just got a little bit bigger ? by one person, to be exact. Today the 6-year-old nonprofit organization that puts on the event announced the appointment of the first full-time, salaried executive director: Joe Moller. Moller, 36 and a Southern California native, works as an event producer and lives in the historic core of downtown L.A. His company, Joe Moller Events, has a client list that's as varied as Dr. Dre and OfficeMax, and he's produced events for the Hollywood Film Festival, Outfest, the Hammer Museum and the Santa Monica Place mall, among others.
December 18, 2010 |
The Petrojvic Blasting Company, the Los Angeles nouveau-gypsy band started by brothers Justin and Josh Petrojvic, has always let chance play a divine role in its day-to-day survival. "There are connections you make that you would never expect," Josh Petrojvic said on the phone while the band was driving from Seattle to Portland, Ore., on the Monsters of Accordion tour, a roving folk-music circus organized by Seattle musician Jason Webley. "You meet someone and they know someone and the next thing you know, you're playing at a wedding in front of 300 people," said Petrojvic, the younger of the brothers at age 21. "Being out in the world and meeting people is important to us. " There are few bands in Los Angeles that are as visible, as woven into the fabric of the city as the Petrojvic Blasting Company, currently claiming five members on a hodgepodge of instruments ?
October 15, 2010 |
The streets of downtown Los Angeles overflowed with artists, musicians and assorted revelers Thursday night, signaling a healthy rebound for the Downtown Art Walk, whose future was in jeopardy just a few weeks ago. Attendance at the monthly event appeared slightly heavier than normal, though exact figures were not immediately available. A diverse crowd milled about the area known as Gallery Row, which is bounded roughly by Spring and Main streets between 4th and 7th streets. It also drew the usual contingent of food trucks and sidewalk merchants whose presence had become a bone of contention between business owners and event organizers.
October 14, 2010 |
The Brewery Artwalk was going full-tilt last weekend, drawing art lovers of all stripes ? young professionals, couples pushing strollers, fedora-topped hipsters ? to its downtown L.A. industrial complex, an old Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery converted to one of the world's largest artists' live-work compounds. They streamed through 160 or so private studios and galleries, ogling the "art candy"-packed walls, commingling in the capacious loft hallways and gathering under tented food courts. Still, Iva Hladis, a board member of the Brewery Artwalk Assn.