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Downtown public art pianos up for auction

By Andrew Lopez — May 09, 2012

Of the six pianos being auctioned off from the "Play Me, I'm Yours" art project, four were featured in Downtown locations. Bids on eBay are starting at $150.

Unique LA brings designers, artists and Caine's Arcade to Downtown

By Hayley Fox — May 07, 2012

This independent design expo comes to the California Market Center this weekend. The two-day event includes craft workshops, photo booths and about 325 vendors.

Beastie Boy Mike D.'s art festival closes with huge turnout; includes Adam 'MCA' Yauch fans

By Hayley Fox — May 07, 2012

Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys curated "Transmission LA: AV Club” at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary in Downtown. The show closed Sunday with an outpouring of attendees -- some mourning the loss of Diamond's bandmate, Adam "MCA" Yauch.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Keeping outdoor art safe, almost a year later

By Sonali Kohli — April 30, 2012

“All of those [materials] were specifically selected and tested to withstand an urban environment, inclusive of other street artists and the weather,” said Joe Moller, the executive director of the Downtown Art Walk.

LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival comes to DTLA this weekend

By Hayley Fox — April 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

The festival began last night at the Downtown Independent theater and will continue through April 29. It includes four days of screenings, industry panels and more.

Courtesy of Homeboy Industries

'Southland' honored for hiring homeboys

By Sonali Kohli — April 24, 2012

Homeboy Industries recognized TNT's "Southland" TV series for providing jobs to former gang members.

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Festival of Books brings together Betty White, Scooby-Doo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

By Hayley Fox — April 23, 2012

The Los Angeles Times event drew more than 100,000 people to USC this weekend for a celebration of all things literary. The campus located just south of Downtown hosted an array of book sales, panel discussions and author book-signings.

City of Los Angeles

LA City Council declares April 20 'Siqueiros Day' after pioneer muralist

By Hayley Fox — April 20, 2012

Today the city council named April 20, 'Siqueiros Day,' in honor of David Alfaro Siqueiros -- "father of L.A.'s mural movement."

Courtesy of cARTel

Brokechella: Coachella's Downtown alternative

By Andrew Lopez — April 19, 2012

For $5, music lovers can enjoy about 18 artists late into Saturday night in Downtown. Beer and wine is a mere $3. "It's not just a music festival, it's not just an art festival," artistic and executive director Negin Singh said.

Central Library Ed Fuentes

Central Library named one of top 25 most beautiful in the world

By Hayley Fox — April 17, 2012 — 3 Comments

Downtown's Central Library was named one of the top 25 prettiest in the world by culture-centric website Flavorpill. It joins the ranks of innovative and grandiose libraries from Japan to Denmark.

courtesy of LALA gallery

Big-name street artists showcased at opening of 'Freewalls' art exhibit in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — April 17, 2012

LALA art gallery is opening in Downtown this weekend with an inaugural event titled "LA Freewalls Inside." Works from powerhouse street artists such as Saber and Shepard Fairey will be shown at the space dedicated to murals and public art.