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POW! Comic book icon Stan Lee joins forces with LA Comikaze convention

By Hayley Fox — April 12, 2012

This fall the one-year-old comic book convention is being re-branded under Lee's name, but promises the same assortment of horror, gaming, pop culture and of course - comics. It's a "nerd's dream coming true," says founder Regina Carpinelli.

Sonali Kohli

Artist displays furniture upside down in Chinatown

By Sonali Kohli — April 09, 2012

A Downtown designer's furniture is best understood by looking under the surface.

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Thousands expected for Blessing of the Animals on Olvera St.

By Andrew Lopez — April 05, 2012 — 2 Comments

The decades-old event will help animal lovers sleep at night knowing little Fido is healthy and blessed. Aside from traditional pets, attendees are encouraged to bring their snakes, iguanas and whatever else they may own.

JC Carbonne

Snow White dances to Downtown's dark side

By Donna Perlmutter — March 27, 2012

It wasn’t just another happy-ending fairy tale that Angelin Preljocaj brought to the Music Center. The multi-awarded choreographer’s “Snow White” had the look of a Grimm graphic novel.

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Play on player: Piano public art installation to take over Los Angeles

By Hayley Fox — March 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

Pianos will be popping up all over the city in the coming weeks as part of a new art project meant to create "spontaneous music-making." There will be 10 scattered throughout Downtown and they are open for playing.

Hayley Fox

Songs about rainbows: LA Skid Row karaoke

By Hayley Fox — March 22, 2012

Skid Row karaoke is exactly what it sounds like, and it happens every week in Downtown L.A. Residents of the struggling community dress in their finest to belt out everything from the Muppets to Mitch Ryder. Electric slide participation is mandatory.

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This land is his land: LA celebrates Woody Guthrie with a Centennial series

By Hayley Fox — March 22, 2012

Events at the Grammy Museum, an educational conference at USC and a finale tribute performance at Club Nokia aim to honor the late folk musician on what would be his 100th birthday, and explore his widespread "cultural impact."

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Springfest: Chinatown event to feature ribs, beer and bands

By Hayley Fox — March 19, 2012 — 2 Comments

The first annual Springfest will be held in Chinatown next month. The "official after-party" of CicLAvia, the festival plans to bring together local businesses to host a day of music, art and a rib-eating contest.

Andrew Lopez

Street Finds: The Fashion District

By Hayley Fox and Andrew Lopez — March 15, 2012

Show us your threads DTLA! In another edition of Street Finds, blogdowntown hits up the Fashion District for Fashion Week finds. Vintage dresses, designer jackets and skinny jeans prevail.

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New custom denim store opens in Historic Core, seams like a hit

By Hayley Fox — March 15, 2012 — 2 Comments

Den.m Bar opened last week on 7th Street and is selling handmade jeans starting at more than $200. Customers dictate the cut, color, style and material for each individual pair. So far, the small factory has received about 40 orders.

Hayley Fox

No sleep til MOCA: Beastie Boy Mike D. curates art festival

By Hayley Fox — March 14, 2012

Mike Diamond is putting together "Transmission LA: AV Club," an artistic event at the Downtown Geffen Contemporary space. Today he talked about exploring Little Tokyo, his love of coffee and being in way over his head.