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'Lit Fest' at King Eddy Saloon celebrates bar's bookish history

By Hayley Fox — July 16, 2012

This week at Downtown's dive bar the King Eddy, writer John Fante's son, along with others from L.A.'s literary world, will gather to read memoirs, share poetry and explore the location's connection to local history.

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Pershing Square Lunchtime Concerts series kicks off

By Rachel Garcia — July 11, 2012

Pershing Square's Lunchtime Concert series kicked off Wednesday. The Susie Hansen Latin Band performed for a crowd of about 75 people. Concerts will take place every Wednesday at noon and will run until August 15.

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Former Vaudeville performer gives new light to Bunker Hill in photo exhibit

By Kylie Reynolds — July 10, 2012 — 1 Comment

The "George Mann Lost Bunker Hill" exhibit this weekend at the Take My Picture Gallery highlights a different side of Bunker Hill's history.

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Downtown artist installs paper geodes in unexpected locations

By Emily Chu — July 09, 2012 — 1 Comment

DTLA artist Paige Smith creates intricate, three-dimensional paper shapes and places them in the crumbling infrastructure of buildings. She's a graphic designer by day, but the artist behind street art Urban Geode by night.

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Downtown film fest introduces 'Hecklevision' to screening on Friday the 13th

By Hayley Fox — July 05, 2012 — 1 Comment

This independent festival begins Friday and runs until July 13. Opening night includes a reception at Towne Food and Drink and the closing features a screening of "Night of the Living Dead" -- with an interactive, technological twist.

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Freeway murals along the 101 attract attention, resist graffiti

By Kylie Reynolds — July 04, 2012 — 2 Comments

New mural replicas along the downtown 101 are part of project to enhance L.A. freeways without worry about vandalism.

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The BET Experience arrives at LA Live next summer

By Hayley Fox — July 02, 2012 — 1 Comment

Coinciding with the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards move from the Shrine Auditorium to L.A. Live, the BET Experience is a three-day "celebration of music, entertainment, and Black culture."

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Historic Dutch chocolate shop to become sweets store, vegan restaurant

By Hayley Fox — June 29, 2012 — 4 Comments

The recently revealed tiled chocolate shop in Downtown is being renovated with plans to create a sweets store, hot chocolate bar and upstairs, a vegan restaurant.

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King Eddy's popularity with Charles Bukowksi stirs up debate

By Kylie Reynolds — June 28, 2012

The recently sold Downtown dive bar has a disputed history: While the bar's longtime manager claims Bukowski used to be a regular, some historians and experts say there is no solid proof of these claims.

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Short film about the King Eddy to be screened at the historic bar

By Hayley Fox — June 27, 2012

On Thursday night at the Downtown dive bar, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association is screening a 23-minute film called about some of the historic saloon's patrons.

More performing arts space to be built Downtown

By Omar Shamout — June 15, 2012 — 4 Comments

Three Downtown arts projects received over $1 million total in grant funding this week - all of which involve the creation of new performing arts space.