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Downtown Dark Nights Celebrates 10th Birthday of L.A. Live!

Celebrating the 10th birthday of L.A. Live AND the 5th year of producing Downtown Dark Nights, Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA proudly announce L.A. Live’s Downtown Dark Nights: Birthday Edition on Friday, June 8 @ 6pm to 12 midnight. 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.



VENDORS: Amor y FlorBenjibug Vinyl Art | Canyon CollectionClenn Designs | Cowpunk Leather Products | Flea Market Girl | Karmic Fox | La Casa de FridaLondon Manori | Maiden Voyage Clothing Co. | Parlor Tattoo PrintsPocket Square Clothing | Rock & SockShay Candles | Urban GeometryWag City Clothing

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo | Katsuya | Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza  | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill | Wolfgang Puck

DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Ryan & Liz Dueling Pianos | The Bucket Boy | Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: PhobikSepterhed | Brett Crawford | Armando Rosete | MDMN | VYAL | Why.HerWIKICANVASJames Wilde XO

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Hooptown Hotties | Heather Blount-Elliott | Claire Bush | Pamela Crawford | Morgan JenkinsFaeryn Rose | Lauren Shaw of SpinFX

JUGGLERS: Alex Bistrevsky | Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Pablo Paniagua

STILT WALKERS: Antonio G-R | Stephen Hues |Brady Spindel | Rebecca “Fireplug” LevisSeraphina | Star Child


CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Ringmaster Roger | L.A. Clown



Join us on SAT 5/19 for L.A. Live’s DTLA BLOCK PARTY!

Join us at L.A. LIVE Block Party for a night of shopping and drinking! Stroll around and shop at our Pop-Up Marketplace with over 40 local vendors while listening to live music! Enjoy $5 food and drink menus at participating restaurants.

The event is FREE and open to the public! Details at

– Pop-Up Marketplace
– $5 Food & Drink Menus
– Live Music
– Street Performers
– 30% OFF New Era Store (open until 9 PM)
– 30% OFF Team LA Store (open until 9 PM)
– Public Skate session at STAPLES Center (6 PM to 10 PM) for $20 (including skate rental) or free with your LA Kings season tickets member card.

ARTISAN VENDORS: Amor y Flor | Arts Petite | Benjibug Vinyl Art | Bori Cubi: Art by Jolín Miranda | Canyon Collection | Cowpunk Leather Products | Curmudgeon Cards | Cute Laces | Detroit Trash | Eddy Lee Art | Flea Market Girl  | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | Ichiban Bath Co. | Incandescent Bloom | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | La Casa de Frida | Lit Soul Candles | London Manori | Marston Company | Mountains & Skye | Oaxacan Soul | Olivia’s Heritage | ONYX XOXO | Panache Jewelry | Piece by PiecePocket Square Clothing | Pop Art by PJ Andrews | Railcar Fine Goods | Rose Gypsy | Sabukana DesignsSECOSCAPES | SoCal Etsy Guild | Stephanie Payan DesignsThe Key Historic | Tiff Wu Bags | Tiger Moon Designs | Trece Cielos | Two Little Kings | UNiiqueWest Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS | YHF Los Angeles

Matthew Pretty, The Bucket Boy | Unity Dance Crew | Body Painting by Robert Yancy | Biorhythms by Body Paint | Hollywood Hotshots | All Night Diner Music | Violinist Tamboura Baptiste | Sethward Productions | Darin Malfi | One-Man Band by Gilbert Montoya | Juggling by Pablo Paniagua | Bob’s Flow Circus | Derek McAlister

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Katsuya | Lawry’s Carvery| Live Basil Pizza | Red Mango | Rock’n Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill | Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

DJ Canyon Cody
– Live music by Weekend Celebrity

– Skate inside STAPLES Center during 6 PM to 9 PM for $20 (includes skate rental or bring your own skates!)
– LA Kings Season Ticket Members skate for free (must show their Season Ticket Member Card upon entrance)

1005 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (click HERE for a map and directions!)

Now in our 5th year, the Downtown Dark Nights event series is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse and Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA. The series is organized by L.A. Live Properties and is presented onsite at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

VENDORS & PERFORMERS! For consideration to participate in a future event, submit your info at HERE!

We’re BACK at LA Live with Downtown Dark Nights on FRI 5/19 @ 6-11pm!

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 | 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 JewelryModern Multiples | Nicolina Royale | Parlor Tattoo Prints | Peri Makes Lamps | Picka by Chris SerranoPileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Roots Revival Co. | Shay Candles | Unique Inspirations Jewelry | West Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS

$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!

Downtown Dark Nights Returns to L.A. LIVE with Entertainment Curated by @WeAreDTLA

Downtown Dark Nights Fri 6/3/16One of DTLA’s most exciting late-night FREE art events returns to L.A. LIVE on Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 6-11pm! In addition to entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA, L.A. LIVE turns into a “happy hour” celebration with $5 food and drink menus until 10PM from participating on-site restaurants.

RSVP on Facebook

DEEJAY: Francesca Harding 

MUSIC: BECA :: Bombay Beach Revival :: Diana Meyer :: Disco Shrine :: Sunshine Mind

MURALISTSAiseBorn :: Andre Miripolsky :: Armando Rosete :: Cache :: Devin Liston :: Evol :: James Wilde XO :: Joseph Lee :: Nathan Smith :: Paul Juno :: Phobik :: Yo Chubs

ART INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES: Air Dimensional Design :: Body Painting by Nicolette Spear :: Global Angel Wings Project by Colette Miller :: Hula Hoopers :: LA Clown :: LED Sculptures by Artist Cynthia Minet :: Live Painting by Jesse Fortune :: The Ringmaster :: Roaming Dancers + Break Dancers by Hollywood Hotshots :: Stilt Walkers & Character Performers :: Break Dance Performances by Versa Style Dance

VENDORS: Benjibug Art :: BlackBrain :: Brinko Ties :: CA Souls Jewelry :: Dane Capo Art :: DejaVita :: District Los Angeles :: Downtown Muse :: Freedumb Founded :: Goat & Kettle :: Hollywood & Twine :: Ichiban Bath Co. :: I Must Draw :: London Manori :: Mayu Silk Art :: Mexico Collective :: Modern Multiples :: Nepal Handicrafts Studio :: Panache Jewelry :: Paper & Fabric :: Pileus Chaotic Art :: Pop & Timber :: Princess CNK :: REN Gallery :: Reza Kassai :: Rozella ImageWorks :: Shay Candles :: Silhouettes by Jordan :: Silla Dilla Grape :: Soy Candles by Susan B :: Swing-Dash Bags :: THTLA :: Twisting Metal Arts

SUN 5/15 @ 1-6pm: Rotary DTLA Hosts Self-Guided Tour of the Arts District

See art and photography by @DowntownMuse and other artists who live and work in DTLA Arts District! Support the charitable work of Rotary DTLA during the business organization’s 3rd annual Incredible L.A. Lofts Tour on Sunday, May 15 @ 1-6pm. For only $30, their self-guided tour provides ticketholders with access to the amazing culture of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with exclusive visits to artist studios, neighborhood art institutions, fascinating residences, and the warm hospitality of RESIDENT (428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013), including an extended happy hour during 1-8pm and an official after-party with live music starting at 9pm (drinks not included as part of ticket price).


Proceeds benefit local and international service projects of Rotary DTLA. Recent projects included providing clean water, handwashing stations, and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at four schools and a clinic in Kenya; support of a community garden in Watts; and dictionaries for local schools. In addition to ticket sales, sponsors ensure the success of this event. Rotary DTLA thanks its sponsors Century Housing Corporation; Loftway; Downtown News; and RESIDENT. Through @DowntownMuse, I’m providing support for the tour through my social media channels AND I’m opening up my loft for attendees, too.

The self-guided tour starts at Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013). Free parking for ticketholders is available at 321 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 across the street. Attendees are also encouraged to take public transportation. Take Metro’s Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk just a few blocks to Art Share L.A. (directions/map posted HERE).


GRAND OPENING PARTY: Fri 4/15 @ 4-8pm – RSVP on Facebook
WEEKEND OPEN HOUSE: Sat 4/16 thru Sun 4/17@ 12-8pm

Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA are proud to produce the collaborative Grand Opening and Weekend Open House events for Whiskey Grade® and Cleveland Art in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.

Join us on Friday, April 15 @ 4-8pm to meet the makers and creative minds behind Whiskey Grade® and Cleveland Art  at 451 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 (one block west from Urth Caffe down 5th Street and around the corner – for updates, check out #JustOff5th updates on Instagram and Twitter).

Whiskey Grade and Cleveland Art

Whiskey Grade® owners Tom and Shirley Wronkovich, along with style expert Jamison Aweau, will be on hand to talk about the Cleveland-based independent retailer’s fuel-inspired apparel for men and functional, but chic, fashion for women. By doubling the size of his former L.A. showroom with this new shared space, Cleveland Art designer/owner Jason Wein is displaying an even greater selection of his vintage and recycled industrial design furnishings and handmade blown-glass lighting perfect for loft living, retail displays, and decor for hotels, restaurants, and offices.

During the Grand Opening, meet the East Side Moto Babes, a community of Los Angeles women who ride and race motorbikes; check out bikes by Roland Sands Designs; and enjoy a sampling of neighborhood offerings, including Boomtown Brewery and The Pie Hole. On view all month are new photographic works by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse, Mark Kovacs, Kate Mueller, and Shelby Holstein. Next door, the Arts District Co-Op is also celebrating its 2nd Anniversary all weekend long with art, music, food trucks, and artisan shopping! Details HERE!

Whiskey Grade®
451 Colyton St.Los Angeles 90013
(844) 446-9447
Hours: 11am-7pm Tue-Thu
and 12-8pm Fri-Sun (subject to change)

Cleveland Art – L.A. Showroom
451 Colyton St.Los Angeles 90013
(213) 626-1311 and (216) 246-7644
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm weekdays
and 11am-6pm weekends