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Elvira and Stan Lee descend on DTLA for upcoming Comikaze

By Hayley Fox — September 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

The two day comic convention comes to the L.A. Convention Center this weekend. Organizers are expecting approximately 60,000 people to turn out for the event, which will include a zombie-filled obstacle course and Elvira museum.

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Historic Olvera Street mural conserved; set to be unveiled

By Hayley Fox — September 11, 2012 — 1 Comment

"América Tropical," the almost 80-year-old mural on the Italian Hall in downtown L.A., has been restored and will be unveiled in a few weeks. The controversial image was almost completely whitewashed just years after it went up.

The Music Center

Five ways to cap off the summer, Downtown-style

By Rachel Garcia — September 07, 2012

Summer doesn't officially end until September 21st. We've found a few ways to finish the season with a bang.

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MTV Video Music Awards starting early to end in time for President Obama's speech

By Hayley Fox — September 06, 2012

The annual awards show will be held at the Staples Center on Thursday in downtown L.A. The VMAs pushed up their start time in order to end before President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

FYF changes line-ups around at the suggestion of fans

By Emily Chu — August 30, 2012

The popular Downtown music festival that happens this weekend revised their schedule today, taking into account criticisms made against it. None of the acts were changed, but times were shifted to accomodate the audience.


FYF Fest: Music, comedy and extended Metro hours

By Rachel Garcia — August 29, 2012

The annual festival takes place this Labor Day Weekend at L.A. State Historic Park.

Tod Seelie

From 'chaos' to crowds of more than 20,000: FYF music festival returns to DTLA

By Hayley Fox — August 24, 2012

Founder Sean Carlson said he started the punk rock/indie festival when he was only 18 years old -- and he never expected the event to grow like it has. "I had no idea that I'd get through the first one," he said.

Know Your Bartender: The Parish's John Coltharp

By Emily Chu — August 23, 2012

The Parish opened three weeks ago, and its head bartender John Coltharp is looking to distinguish this bar with fresh ingredients and high quality alcohol. But this isn't just a job for him; it's a lifestyle.

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Art Walk crowds still unquantified, but does it matter?

By Emily Chu — August 21, 2012 — 8 Comments

The Art Walk crowds have long been a topic in discussions surrounding the event. In the years since its inception, one question has never been fully answered: how many people actually attend, and does this number even matter?

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Snoop Dogg, Refused and Gustavo Galindo: This summer in DTLA concerts

By Hayley Fox — August 06, 2012 — 1 Comment

August and September are busy months for live music in DTLA, with Chinatown Summer Nights giving way to the H2O music festival and the annual FYF Fest over Memorial Day weekend. Here's a guide to this summer's musical highlights.

Co-founder of Inner-City Arts said idea came to him in a 'vision'

By Hayley Fox — August 03, 2012

Inner-City Arts based out of Skid Row provides arts education to at-risk L.A. youth. The creative program relies heavily on grants and donations, and recently received $250,000 from Dreamworks to continue the campus' animation program.