Game Summary

On a typically beautiful LA night, LAFC played it’s first game in Banc of California Stadium, the most expensive and newest soccer specific stadium in the US.

To complete the four-year journey LAFC scored the game winner on a 30-yard kick in the 93rd minute of stoppage time; beating the Seattle Sounders.

First Half

In the first-half, Seattle controlled a majority of the action by attacking the left side and setting up crosses. There were dangerous moments for the home team with opportunities by Midfielders Nicolas Lodeiro and Alex Roldan. But LAFC survived without allowing a goal to be scored in the new stadium.

Second Half

LAFC started much better in the second-half and controlled the action.

Benny Feilhaber had a shot in the 25th minute that went just wide. In the 78th minute, Walker Zimmerman just missed heading a deflection over the bar.

Finally, in stoppage time, 2015 MLS Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman fired a knuckling free kick from 30-yards out that dropped at the last second; finding the back of the net. Clearly with help from Seattle Keeper Stefan Frei who makes the save 99 times out of 100. It was Ciman’s second goal in as many games.

In the post-game press conference, Coach Bob Bradley suggested divine intervention from the “Football Gods”.

The win jumped LAFC into second place of the Western Conference two points behind Sporting KC.

Next Up – May 5th Home Game

Next up is a 1 PM Cinco de Mayo home game against FC Dallas. A Cinco de Mayo match looks to be quite the don’t-miss event considering LAFC’s large Mexican-American fan base.

See you on the Pitch at the World’s Greatest Soccer Stadium !!

Entrance to Banc of California Stadium
Bermuda grass on a sunny LA day
LAFC team shot!
Haydon in the front row!
Navy Seals coming for the pregame
Pregame festivities continue
Carlo Vela, LAFC’s first player
LAFC’s 2nd-half attack picked up with addition of Latif Blessing. Here working towards a cross. 
#9 Uruguayan Diego Rossi, playing keep-away from Seattle players.
LAFC fans going crazy in the North-End after game winning goal.
“Ball Kids” Celebrating the goal!
Team’s Victory Celebrations.

Photography by Richard Harris (📸 @agentrichla)

  1. City Hall Observation Deck
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👤 📷 Rich Alossi

Chances are you probably haven’t heard much about visiting LA’s City Hall…unless you’ve done jury duty there or know someone who works there. But, did you know you can visit the observation deck on the 27th floor for FREE and see great views of the city? From a spectacular view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the entire DTLA skyline, this is one of my favorite views in the city of Los Angeles.

If you are planning a visit to the Observation Deck at LA’s City Hall, you will need to bring a government ID (you check in at the front desk and will get a visitor sticker. You will also have to go through a metal detector.) and go on a weekday during business hours – it’s only open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can walk 360 degrees around the outside deck on the 27th floor and enjoy stunning views of the city. LA’s City Hall is located at 200 N. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles.


  1. Visit Olvera Street & Free Walking Tour
Olvera Street Los Angeles
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Olvera Street
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Olvera Street, in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles.” According to the City of Los Angeles, “El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781.” Today it is home to monumental and historic buildings mostly built in the 1800’s that are open to the public as either businesses or museums and a beautiful outdoor marketplace on Olvera Street, all of which is waiting to be seen and explored.

According to the Olvera Street website, “Olvera Street was created in 1930 ‘to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California.’ Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors.If you are interested in purchasing anything while strolling through the merchants on Olvera Street, you will see a variety of beautiful handcrafted items such as clothing, purses, leather items, art, pottery, jewelry, and more.

Las Angelitas del Pueblo gives free hour-long tours of Olvera Street, Tuesday-Saturday at 10am, 11am, and 12pm (subject to the availability of docents). Click here for more information on the free walking tour, or visit Olvera Street on your own at: 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


  1. Hang Out at The Last Bookstore
The Last Book Store
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The Last Book Store

The Last Book Store
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A book lover’s paradise, The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. This two-story bookstore covers 22,000 square feet and is located in the heart of DTLA. This eclectic and enchanting place to explore has over 250,000 new and used books, thousands of vinyl records, and lofts full of local artists’ studios and galleries.

You will need to purchase any books that spark your interest, of course, but it’s an adventure in itself (and a free one!) just walking through this mecca of a bookstore. If you decide you want to pay it a visit, don’t forget to look for the Labyrinth (awesome-looking tunnel of books that you can walk through), rainbow color-coded bookshelves, book frame wall, and many other unique and special design touches throughout the bookstore. Check out this one-of-a-kind bookstore, open at 10:00am daily, at 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Visit The Last Bookstore’s website for more information.



  1. Game & Trivia Night at Grand Central Market
👤 📷 John Verive for LA Times
👤 📷 John Verive for LA Times


Grand Central Market – a historic Downtown L.A. landmark since 1917 – hosts a variety of mouth-watering food options from their 90+ vendors. Although you’ll have to pay if you want to order anything to eat or drink, Grand Central Market hosts FREE game nights every Thursday evening until 9:00pm. You can choose from both the classics and newer games, including cornhole, jenga, board games, card games, ping pong, and more! Game night is located at the Hill St. Platform. Grand Central Market also hosts FREE trivia nights on Tuesdays at 8:00pm.

A true culinary gem in DTLA, you can check out all of the vendors here before you plan your free Game Night or Trivia Night at Grand Central Market. Go and get you’re your game on – Grand Central Market is located at 317 S Broadway; Los Angeles, CA 90013, and you can visit their website for more information.


  1. Check Out The Murals in DTLA’s Arts District

When I first moved to L.A, I had never before seen so much beautiful, colorful street art. The Arts District in Downtown LA, in my opinion, is the best place in the city to see some unique and colorful murals. In this neighborhood, you’ll have plenty of public art and expression to marvel at all around you as you explore – all for free of course. In a city full of grey walls and buildings, prepare to be inspired by the amount of color and self-expression at every turn here.  Click here for a map of the Arts District; feel free to start your adventure anywhere around this area (central starting points could be Angel City Brewery, Wurstkuche, or Umami Burger), walk around and explore at your leisure.

You can also tour the Arts District Murals and Murals around Los Angeles with Cart Wheel Art Tours.  They’ve established a solid reputation and have access to places and spaces that you may not.

Here are some examples of murals located in the Arts District to get you inspired to visit:

5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA
5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA
5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA

5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA

There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


July 13

Eat|See|Hear Outdoor Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

EatSeeHear features outdoor movies, food trucks and live music at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. This Friday, from acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry, comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. An all-star ensemble cast shines in this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Before the screening, enjoy music by Karmic and a plethora of food trucks to choose from.

Doors open at 5:30, music starts at  7:00, and the movie starts at 8:30.

EatSeeHear takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St. Tickets and info can be found here.

July 14

Fashion Mamas Pop-Up at ROW DTLA

From July 12 through 15, Fashion Mamas, the first members-only network for influential mothers working in fashion and creative industries, pop-ups at ROW DTLA with a 4-day celebration including a dance party, mommy + mini crafts, trunk shows, enlightening panel discussions, kids fashion fair, and a blogger bazaar. The pop-up will give the L.A. community a taste of the Fashion Mamas membership experience—a place where mothers can network, collaborate, talk business, talk motherhood, and seek non-judgmental support, all while watching the little ones grow.

The event requires an RSVP, and you can choose how many days you’d like to attend.

ROW DTLA is located at 777 Alameda St. RSVP info can be found here.

Yogaraj DTLA

Join the crew at the Yogaraj Annex in Downtown Los Angeles for a relaxing time. Located within the A + D Architecture and Design Museum in the heart of the Arts District, around the corner from Urth Café. Classes are offered Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:00am – 11:30am for just $10 per class, plus get free admission to browse the museum afterward!  Walk In,  Bliss out.

A+D Architecture and Design Museum is located at 900 E. 4th St . 

Rooftop Pool Party at Hotel Indigo

Beautiful People, Sunshine & Good Vibes. That’s what you’ll find at one of the best pool parties in Downtown LA. Live DJ’s will be spinning some of hottest summer jams, while you spend the day enjoying delicious drinks and awesome activities. Don’t forget the epic views of Downtown!

Doors at 1:00pm, party goes until 7:00pm.

Hotel Indigo is located at 899 Francisco St. RSVP and info can be found here.

July 15

Lost Angeles Tour by LA Cycle Tours

Join other riders of all skill levels on this one of a kind historical tour of Los Angeles. The ride will start off near the birthplace of the city and get into the history of Los Angeles. Topics covered will include the naming of the streets, skid row, speakeasies, vaudeville acts, nickelodeon’s, arcades and historic movie theaters.

After doing this tour, you’ll walk away with different perspectives about Downtown Los Angeles and and learn a little bit of the Lost History of LA.

The Lost Angeles Tour will start near Chinatown. Info and registration can be found here.

GALERIE.LA x And Comfort Pop-Up at ROW DTLA

GALERIE.LA welcomes San Francisco-based plus-size apparel brand, And Comfort, for a one-day pop-up offering effortless wardrobe staples in sizes 10-28. Marking the shop’s first foray into physical retail in L.A., customers will have the opportunity to learn more about the brand’s story and trying on their newly launched line. And Comfort’s beloved styles are inspired by streamlined structure and clean lines made from luxurious natural fibers.

ROW DTLA is located at 777 Alameda St. The pop-up shop goes from 11:00am – 5:00pm. More info on the event can be found here.

LA Made: Adventures in Starry Kitchen–Food, Dreams, and Failing Upwards

Meet Nguyen Tran–the unlikely banana suit-wearing, culturally confused Vietnamese-American son of Vietnam War refugees.

After a failed career in the industry, and in the depths of the 2008 fall of the economy, Starry Kitchen, the illegal-and-underground apartment restaurant he and his wife Thi Tran created out of sheer necessity to survive, was born. Although that restaurant was discovered and shut down by the authorities, Nguyen persevered on his path of “failing forwards” and created a few other restaurants, the most recent of which is Button Mash in Echo Park.

With this LA Made program, you should expect the unexpected! With a “Nguyen Tran Variety Hour” flavor, this unique program will include Nguyen’s reflections on the wild pendulum of success and failure, audience karaoke, storytelling, a cooking demo, and a free sampling of Starry Kitchen’s signature Crispy Tofu Balls for everybody.

LA Made takes place in the Mark Taper Auditorium in the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West 5th Street . Reservations and more info can be found here.


Physical Science & Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer from PC Muñoz, at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present San Francisco recording artist PC Muñoz celebrating the release of his new album Physical Science and its companion chapbook Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer. Join us for an evening of music and literature featuring PC and a special musical guest.

PC Muñoz is a recording artist, drummer, writer, and producer based in San Francisco. His diverse body of work includes GRAMMY-nominated contemporary classical music, CMJ-charting funk music, an award-winning haiku CD, and free-jazz compositions for film and dance.

The purchase of a ticket includes a copy of the album and a copy of the book.

The Last Bookstore is located at 453 South Spring Street. 

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles

Nowadays the food industry has a bad reputation. Overly processed, unimaginative products have taken the shine away from the few who do things right. So when food is made with handcrafted, artisanal care, people take notice. People’s Choice Beef Jerky is a family owned and operated company that has brought their long-standing tradition of high-quality, handmade production into modern times. Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles.

Specializing in beef jerky, among other meat products, People’s Choice has seen four generations of the Bianchetti family build a sustainable and respected business in Downtown Los Angeles from the ground up.

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles
John Bianchetti, founder of People’s Choice Beef Jerky

It all began in 1929 as People’s Old Market, founded by the patriarch of the company, John Bianchetti. The company now sits in the hands of John’s grandson, Mark Bianchetti, with his son Brian and daughter Sara also taking part in the operation of People’s Choice. Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles

Nearly unchanged for almost a century, People’s Choice is one of the few companies around that maintains a high standard of care in the products they create.

We take great pride in our process. It is testament to our tradition. said Brian Bianchetti in an interview with Voyage LA. “We have purposely retained the handmade element in each step of our process. It is our way of preserving tradition, remembering our history, and ensuring the highest quality product.”

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles
Brian and Mark Bianchetti outside of the factory.

Originally started as an all purpose meat shop serving the Downtown area, John decided in 1939 to rename the brand to People’s Sausage Company, starting their path towards meat specialization. It was also at this time that the operation was moved into the location it still occupies to this day on Pico Boulevard in the Fashion District of Downtown.

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles
An employee prepping jerky.

Taking great pride in their process, work is started early in the morning to ensure that time spent crafting each product is ample. Although technology has made it easier for companies to take shortcuts in production, People’s Choice spares no expense. Methods used by John Bianchetti in the 30’s to prepare jerky has remained unchanged by Mark Bianchetti all of 80 years later.

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles
Cured jerky waiting to be packaged.

After that long of a time, recipes and methods of production are all but mastered, leaving room for innovation and creativity to take hold. Aside from the 90 year-old family jerky recipe, People’s Choice offers several other variations to entice your taste palette.

Let’s start with the originals. The Old Fashioned and Classic product lines offer a timeless eating experience, shared by generations of hungry people. Old Fashioned jerky are lengthwise strips of meat and come in two flavors; Hot & Spicy, and Original. Classic jerky is thin slabs of meat and come in Teriyaki, Original, and Hot & Spicy.

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles

The Carne Seca line of jerky draws inspiration from the diverse culinary background Los Angeles has to offer, specifically taking cues from Hispanic jerkys found in Mexico and the Southwest United States. Flavor offerings for Carne Seca include Limon Con Chile, and a shredded Machaca style jerky.

The Tasting Kitchen line of jerky is where the creativity of the company really shines through. Rotating every few months, flavors from around the world will be showcased through the lens of high-quality meats. Some of the flavors in store include; Garlic Ginger, Sweet Chili Habanero, Sriracha, and Orange Honey Teriyaki. Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles

Peoples Choice Beef Jerky Los Angeles
A Jerky Box from People’s Choice.

Best part is, if you can’t make up your mind, People’s Choice offers several options of jerky boxes to try. The boxes are broken up into several categories, so that everyone can find the flavor profile that’s right for them.

By being dedicated to the formula that made them successful in the first place, People’s Choice Beef Jerky is a company that has perfected what they do best, in order to keep growing in the future.

Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with all your favorite people or simply groove to the beat of some really great tunes, we’ve got you covered. Checkout Our Monthly DTLA Show Roundup Below!


Vampire Weekend

Location: The Novo

Date: Thursday July 12th

Latest Release: Modern Vampires of The City

Sounds Like: a relaxing weekend at cape cod sipping on a hot toddy


Best Coast


Location: Pershing Square

Date: Saturday July 14th

Latest Release: California Nights

Sounds Like: the rock band you started with your best friends in your parents garage in college. youthful, filled with hope, and just pure love for making music

Tickets:  FREE SHOW || Full Details Here


Foster The People

Location: The Forum

Date: Wednesday July 18th

Latest Release: Ride or Die [ Dave Edwards Remix]

Sounds Like: sipping on a corona with a lime on a beach in Mexico with the girl of your dreams and without a care in the world

Tickets:  Purchase Here


Imagine Dragons

Location: The Forum

Date: Sunday July 22nd

Latest Release: Born To Be Yours

Sounds like: surrounding to serendipity and thanking your lucky stars that you did 

Tickets:  Purchase Here


Location: Microsoft Theatre

Date: Friday July 27th 

Latest Release: Pollinator 

Sounds like: like traveling to the 80s and having the best one night stand of your life

Tickets:  Purchase Here


In May 2018, there were 19 sales in Echo Park totaling $24,685,000Silver Lake had 18 sales for $25,054,000

Together they totaled $49,739,000. Silver Lake is extremely hot. Everything is selling for over asking!

Echo Park

The first May Echo Park sales was a $2,750,000 remodeled 5 unit income property one minute away from Sunset Blvd. 1441 Echo Park Ave. has a main home of 4 units and a guest house in the back!

Silver Lake

The highest May sale in Silver Lake was stunning a 4-Bed/3.5-Bath two-level home with 4,213 Sqft. It went for $2,380,000 on 2055 W Silver Lake Dr. Beautiful oasis over looking the famous Silver Lake Reservoir

All Sales



(May 2018)
5/1/18 1441 Echo Park Ave 3,304  $2.75M
5/4/18 1642 Morton Ave 2,896 $1.450M
5/7/18 1878 Echo Park Ave 1,092 $1.31M
5/9/18 623 Rosemont Ave 882 $760K
5/11/18 2137 Avon St 980  $910K
5/17/18 1026 N Bonnie Brae St 2,869  $1.050M
5/18/18 1441 Carroll Ave 4,071  $1.426M
5/18/18 521 N Via Artis Ave 1,730 $915K
5/21/18 1017 N Bonnie Brae St 4,144  $1.310M
5/22/18 2139 Baxter St 1,086  $791K
5/22/18 2020 Vestal Ave 1,365  $988K
5/24/18 2140 Ewing St 1,948  $930K
5/25/18 1334 Calumet Ave 1,672  $1.8M
5/25/18 2275 Lake Shore Ave 998 $790K
5/25/18 2127 Princeton Ave 863 $980K
5/29/18 2519 Berkeley Ave 2,737 $2.350M
5/31/18 2392 Allesandro St 2,581 $2.223M
5/31/18 2219 Clinton St 1,077 $795K
5/31/18 2132 Cove Ave 2,328 $1.150M
TOTAL: $24,685,000
(May 2018)
5/1/18 1416 Lucile Ave 2,410 $1.801M
5/3/18 1143 Manzanita St 1,041 $1.235M
5/4/18 2233 Aaron St 1,388 $1.450M
5/4/18 817 Robinson St 988  $725K
5/4/18 2147 W Silver Lake Dr 2,475  $2.1M
5/7/18 948 Tularosa Dr 997  $802K
5/8/18 1630 Elevado St 1,744  $1.047M
5/8/18 2055 W Silver Lake Dr 4,213  $2.38M
5/10/18 1827 Silver Lake Blvd 2,146  $1.540M
5/11/18 2267 Edendale Pl 1,202  $968K
5/11/18 2420 Ivanhoe Dr 882  $950K
5/18/18 1318 N Benton Way 1,458  $1.4M
5/18/18 1831 Redcliff St. 2,237  $1.950M
5/22/18 2330 Duane St 1,501 $901K
5/23/18 2224 Kenilworth Ave 1,449 $1.675M
5/24/18 1860 Redcliff St. 3,700 $1.855M
5/29/18 2344 Griffith Park Blvd 1,154 $1.050M
5/31/18 1608 Silver Lake Blvd 2,380 $1.225M
TOTAL: $25,054,000

When Vicky Wang first learned about a company that held secret undercover live music shows in her home-base Chicago (and hundreds of other cities around the world), she became a woman obsessed. “My involvement with Sofar Sounds started like that of most volunteers. I heard about it through word of mouth. I remember thinking what’s this cool, underground community that I don’t know anything about. I immediately began applying to get into a show.”


Wang’s fascination with Sofar stemmed mostly from the company’s exclusivity. To even purchase a ticket to see a show, Wang first had to apply. Sofar’s application process is a lottery system, Wang explains to me. Once guests have created a profile on Sofar’s website or mobile app, they can apply to attend a show in the city of their choice. Once a guest applies to attend an upcoming Sofar, their name will be entered into a draw, from which Sofar’s local teams will select their guests. Guests are notified about the show’s location 30 hours before the event, and they don’t find out who is performing until the second they walk into the venue.

“I never got selected to attend because I applied to so many damn shows,” Wang tells me as we both laugh hysterically over her adolescent eagerness. Luckily, she enlisted all of her friends to apply as well and ended up attending a show as her roommate’s plus one. “That Sofar that I got invited to is still my favorite show to date,” she recalls. “It was in The Top note Theatre in Chicago, which is a music venue that isn’t open to the public anymore. Legend recorded there so it was definitely like a one time deal getting to see a band perform in that space. It was one of my favorite shows with one of my favorite acts at the time. That night I fell in love with the entire Sofar community. The employees, volunteers, guests, all of it.” It wasn’t long after the show that Wang made it her mission to be a part of the Sofar community one way or another.

“I volunteered for the company for three months and applied to work with them full-time when a position opened up. I got the job, and the rest is history. I was with Sofar Chicago for about a year and then moved out to LA six months ago.”


Today, Wang serves as Sofar’s LA City Director. “Benjamin who is our assistant director handles all artist bookings and artist communications, and I am in charge of managing our ambassadors, venues, partnerships, and overall city financial goals and the future of Sofar LA,” Wang tells me the talent selected to perform is acquired from both outbound and inbound request.

“All artist apply through our website, and since each show artists play an acoustic set, we really ask that they provide live performance links for us to review. Our team is really looking for that unique live performance experience.”

Since Sofar’s conception in 2009, the company has featured live performances from Ed Sheeran, Sylvan Esso, Leon Bridges, Billie Eilish, and several other artists who are now playing at massive music festivals like Coachella and SXSW.

“Billie’s video is absolutely incredible, she was only 14-years old when she performed for us,” Wangs tells me. “The Broods video where they performed a stripped down version of their song “Heartlines” is my personal favorite. They performed in New York or D.C. and they did this wonderful acoustic version of one my favorite songs. I was swooning the entire time.”


Wangs shares with me that a successful show to her is one where the energy in the room feels the way it did on Sofar LA’s first ever hip-hop themed night. “The most special part of that night happened before the show even began. Two of the acts we had that night met backstage and introduced themselves by freestyling. It was magical, and that encounter set the tone for the entire evening.”

Wang tells me seeing the different artists connect is her favorite part of hosting these events. “They won’t even know each other’s music, but there’s so much raw talent in the room that it allows for in-the-moment collaboration to transpire. That’s something that you rarely see happen on the spot at other live music venues.”


Wangs tells me that the reason why she thinks up and coming artists love performing at Sofar is because the Sofar team really encourages artists to try things they typically wouldn’t during other live performances. “What’s great about Sofar is that these artists are sitting in front of an audience who aren’t doing anything but attentively listening to them,” she says.

“People came to this show not knowing who they are, they just attend knowing that they are eager and excited to find out what this musician has to offer and what they have to say. So as an artist, if you want to try something new and get people’s  real-time reaction, this is the perfect setting to do that. If people aren’t digging it or if they really love it, you can tell immediately. The community aspect of Sofar exists just as much with the artist as it does with the people who are attending.”

Wang tells me that its the community aspect of Sofar that not only attracted her to the company but it’s also what draws hundreds of Sofar attendees and volunteers all around the world. “At all of our shows, no matter what city you’re in, everyone sits on the floor. It’s a very attentive crowd in a very intimate venue. We range everywhere from as small as a 60 cap session all the way to 150 cap so even in our larger venues we try to keep that cozy, intimate feeling.”

Wang says that at every Sofar show guests are encouraged to engage with someone they didn’t come with. “You know you’re in a room with like-minded people, so why not get to know them? In a Sofar setting, we’re totally flipping the normal way of consuming live music.  You don’t know the acts that are coming, so you’re really just attending for the experience.”


The idea for Sofar — short for “songs from a room” was created precisely for this reason.  “Our founders were not happy with the way live music was being consumed. Meaning they were tired of seeing bands perform in loud bars, crowded venues, places where people were talking, clinking glasses, and not truly there to appreciate or revel in the music.”

In 2009,  Rafe Offer,  invited some friends over to his London flat for a low-key, intimate gig. Eight people gathered in the living room to listen to live music performed by friend and musician Dave Alexander. The room was so quiet, you could hear the clock ticking in the background.

Quickly, what started as a hobby spread into a global community for artists and audiences to come together in unique and welcoming spaces – with an added element of surprise – to share, discover, create and, hopefully, make a friend or find their new favorite band along the way.

Wang tells me a large part of Sofar’s continued success is due to their amazing network of volunteers. “Benjamin and I would not be able to do 23 shows a month without our ambassador team. Our ambassador team is a group of individuals who donate their time to help us put on our shows. 

In LA alone we have 90 ambassadors, and they’re all individuals who take time out of their 9-5 jobs to help us put on the shows because they love the sofar community and they want to get involved. I hated the 9-5 job I had and just keep thinking, ‘I NEED something that I’m excited about to put my time and energy into that I genuinely love and believe in,” Wang shares with me. “We have 3K volunteers all around the world that are so vital to our success. They are the foundation of our company.”


For a full list of the Sofar shows occurring the month of July CLICK HERE and be sure to use the promo code (HAPPENINGINDTLA-996D5) to gaurantee you a spot to buy tickets.

There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


July 6

Ride to the Beach – LA Cycle Tours

Take a one-of-a-kind tour of the city with LA Cycle Tours’ Ride to the Beach. The trip takes you through many neighborhoods and communities including Marina Del Rey, Venice of America, the Venice Boardwalk and then finally ending at the Santa Monica pier. Once at the beach, you decide if you want to ride back or take public transportation to DTLA. The trip back will take you though Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Century city, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Silverlake, Echo Park, Angelino Heights and Chinatown. In total, the trip will be about 57 miles.

Ride to the Beach starts near Union Station in Downtown at 6:00pm, more information can be found here.


July 7

Digital LA – Anime Poke Party

Digital LA teams up with Pokemon GO Club Los Angeles & SoCal to bring their 3rd annual Poke Party at CTRL Collective.

At the height of Anime Expo here in Los Angeles, take this opportunity to mingle and have fun with other fans of Pokemon GO and Pokemon in General.

Entrance is free for those in cosplay, or with an anime expo badge.

Anime Poke Party will take place at CTRL Collective, 833 S Spring St. More info and tickets can be found here.

July 8

The Salsa Festival

The Salsa Festival is coming to Pershing Square in Downtown LA. Spend the weekend of July 7th & 8th living it up at this fun, cultural event. What will you find at the Salsa Festival? Fun for the entire family! You’ll find tons of delicious salsas to sample in the Salsa Tasting Tent, along with local food vendors offering up their best selections throughout the Festival. Live music, dancing, and Beer & Margarita Bar making the Salsa Fest the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon- spice up your weekend!

The Salsa Festival is taking place at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive. More info and tickets can be found here.

Mezcal is taking over Los Angeles. Bars and restaurants that specialize in the Mexican spirit are popping up everywhere. This can make it hard to pick out the best ones. Enter Mezcalero DTLA, a mezcal-centric bar with awesome food that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Situated on Broadway near the corner of 5th Street, Mezcalero is a high-end, yet affordable spot that has one of the most well thought-out specialty bar menus in the city.

Along with a healthy assortment of beverages to choose from, the food offered at Mezcalero is well rounded. There’s an assortment of taco and burrito options, a varied selection of starters, and larger entrees for those with a bigger appetite.

The space feels like a cozy, rural cantina; with brown tiled flooring, exposed brick, wood paneling, dim lighting, and plant life sprinkled around. The bar itself sports a sleek wooden counter and has ample seating, with several small tables adjacent to it. Near the back of the space there are some comfy booths and tables meant to sit larger parties. The dim lighting in this area is offset by murals that take up the entire wall.

Artisanal liqueurs from regions all over Mexico are highlighted in the bar program, put together by Nathan McCullough. Although selections do rotate as availability changes, expect to find around 70 bottles of Mezcal, 30 Tequila selections, and lesser-known, but very enjoyable agave spirits Sotol and Raicilla.

The well-trained staff at Mezcalero will help you pick out the right drink for your taste palette. Aside from the smokey characteristic that Mezcal is known for, other flavors can range from citrus and floral notes, to stronger flavors of anise. If you still have a hard time choosing what you want, they offer flights of mezcal so that you can experience the full gamut of flavor.

A unique list of specialty cocktails help set Mezcalero apart from other bars. Standouts include the Oaxacan The Garden, made with maestro dobel tequila, por siempre sotol, el silence mezcal, mint, cilantro, basil, red and yellow bell peppers, fresno pepper, fresh pineapple & lime juice; the Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, roasted corn infused maestro dobel tequila, cinnamon, burnt tortilla syrup, byrrh quinquina, fresh celery & lime juice; and the Unseaworthy, made with sailor jerry spiced rum, jamaican overproof rum, allspice dram, pomegranate syrup, coconut cream, bitters, fresh lemon & pineapple juice.

Mezcalero has set high standards for bar food in the area. There is an assortment of meat and veggie fillings for tacos or burritos, each served with hand made tortillas. From fresh, tender carne asada, carnitas, peanut mole chicken, brussel sprouts, and even tofu. A great summertime choice is the Baja style taco, with your choice of fish or shrimp, served with cole slaw made in house, cranberries, and a chipotle sauce.

Two not-so-common taco choices that are sure to set your tastebuds off are the fried chicken taco, served with a watermelon salsa and habanero mayo; and the octopus taco, served with salsa verde, avocado mousse and pickled onions.


Mezcalero DTLA is located at 510 S Broadway. They’re open from 3:00pm – 2:00am, Monday – Saturday. From 11:00am – 2:00am on Sundays.


May 2018 Jefferson Park Sales Summary

In May 2018, there were 21 sales in Jefferson Park totaling  $14,840,500.   The small community of Jefferson Park has opened up its doors to residents and investors in the last couple months


Dig out all the last nickels from your sofa cushions!! The highest April sale was at 27th St. for $1,375,000. A 5 unit apartment building in the beautiful area of Jefferson Park.

All May 2018 Jefferson Park Sales

May 2018 Sales



(May Sales)
05/01/2018 4227 11th Ave. Single Family Residential 1570 $757K
05/01/2018 4024 Abourne Rd. Condominium (Residential) 719 $255K
05/01/2018 2903 Halldale Ave. Duplex (2 Units, Any Combination) 1911 $700K
05/01/2018 2531 Thurman Ave Single Family Residential 1186 $810K
05/01/2018 2536 Clyde Ave. Triplex (3 Units, Any Combination) 1952 $486K
05/01/2018  2829 Vineyard Ave Single Family Residential 1536 $694K
05/03/2018 3688 4th Ave Duplex 1586 $525K
05/03/2018 1935 8th Ave Single family 2762 $901K
05/09/2018 1737 W. 35th Pl. Single family 720 $1.2M
05/10/2018 3844 W 27Th St Apartment House (5+ Units) $1.3M
05/10/2018 3660 4Th Ave Single Family Residential 1488 829,500
05/10/2018 2953 11Th Ave Single Family Residential 1416 $690K
05/14/2018 2321 W 29Th Pl Duplex (2 Units, Any CombiSingle Family Residentialnation) 1730 $495K
05/16/2018 2918 S Norton Ave Single Family Residential 1048 $728K
05/16/2018 2347 W 29Th Pl Single Family Residential 1304 $930K
05/18/2018 2345 W 30Th St Single Family Residential 1286 $755K
05/22/2018 1837 W Jefferson Blvd Single Family Residential 1604 $725
05/25/2018 2190 W 28Th St Single Family Residential 1664 $775K
05/30/2018 2350 W 30Th St Single Family Residential 2066 $800K
05/31/2018 2932 Edgehill Dr Single Family Residential 1647 $495K
TOTAL: $14,840,500

We first heard of canadian-born pop artist Odie when he released his music out into the world back in 2014. The move was bold and necessary but it wasn’t by choice.  The loving push came from his best friend and now full-time manager Christopher Emmet. Now, nearly four years later, Odie and Emmit sit outside a pair of cathedral steps in Paris, France, as the two embark on Odie’s very first  world tour. Upon the release of Odie’s debut album Analogue, the 21-year-old living legend announced he’d be going on an eight city stop Spiritual Noise tour. The tour starts in Paris, ends in New York and makes a pitstop in good ole LA this July at The Moroccan Lounge.


Inspired by the sounds of African gospel music and Feel Kuti, Analogue  provides its listener with a truly spiritual experience, hence the name behind the tour. I was fortunate enough to sit down  with Odie before he set out on a two month trip that could potentially change his life as he knew it. If his live show is anything like the encounter we shared, its safe to see you should prepare yourselves to witness a glimpse of heaven.


Meeting with Odie at Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve in San Diego, CA serves as the perfect landscape for embarking on a day that feels like a dream within a dream.  We climb up bigger than life branches. Trek across a bridge overlooking the creek and revel in the nature that surrounds us. We do this as Odie begins to share with me his thoughts on perception vs. reality while he stares intently at the light dancing on the trees. We discuss the concept of mermaids, aliens, spirituality, and his greatest fear of being lost at sea.

He tells me, “I love the water but I respect it so much that I fear it. Could you imagine? Being stranded on a boat, looking into the horizon and seeing nothing but a vast blue ocean ahead? Nah, Fuck that.” He tells me he”ll try to stay alive until his mind gives out on him and he wonders what I would do if I ever find myself stranded at sea. As our day continues I begin to realize this guy is just as curious about me as I am about him.

He wants to know if I think time is real. If love is real. He’s curious about  how I can be so sure of something that I can never physically touch or feel. I tell him love for me is not a feeling, it’s a person. When I touch her she’s soft and when we kiss it feels like home. He pauses for a moment. Processes what I’ve said. Looks at me, and smiles. Odie’s journey into the music industry is much like the journey we are taking today. Filled with events that feel like a scene from the show Atlanta.  I refer to these moments as magic. Odie calls them “weird as fuck.”


We talk about his lyrics and I admit to him how impressive I think it is that he’s only twenty-one years old yet he writes about love and life with decades worth of wisdom. Odie tells me that  while he’s never been in a serious relationship himself, he’s seen enough of them evolve and dissolve around him to know the biggest mistake one can make is “staying in it for too long.” When it comes to soulmates, he believes we all have multiple soulmates. They come in the form of friends, lovers, parents, children but in the end he believes we all have that one person we’re intended to be with. “If you’re lucky you meet your soulmate in this life. If you really lucky, you spend forever with them.” 

He reveals to me that his biggest struggle as an artist and as a human being, is the battle he fights inside his head.  That’s part of the reason why he’s never been in a relationship. But being inside his head and analyzing life, love, and every topic under the sun is also what makes him so brilliant. He tells me he’s never let any external circumstances keep him from believing in himself or his music. “Not race, economic status, nothing,” he says. “The only thing that can stop me from being the version of myself I see inside my head is me.”

While Odie didn’t elaborate on exactly who he is inside his head, I’ve got a feeling he’s getting ready to reveal him during this Spiritual Noise Tour. Curious? Me too. Join me on July 9th at the Moroccan Lounge, its time to find out who Odie really is. Ready or not, here he comes.

There’s always things to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


June 29

Taco Tour by LA Cycle Tours

During this bicycle tour, you will be taken to what we consider are some of LA’s best taco spots. You will experience a taco tour of Los Angeles that takes your body and taste buds on an unforgettable ride to some of LA’s hidden gems. We will ride through different neighborhoods, historic sites and we’ll stop at various taco stands and trucks so you can experience one of LA’s most popular on the go foods.

Booking and other information about Taco Tour can be found at

Drake Party


Celebrate the drop of Drake’s highly anticipated album, scorpion at The Reserve in DTLA.  

Drake Party is a celebration of all things Drake, they’ll be playing all the classics plus the newest tracks. Get in free before 10:30 with an exclusive RSVP!

Drake Party takes place at The Reserve, 650 S. Spring St. Party goes from 9 PM – 2 AM and is  21+. RSVP at


June 30

DTLA Pub Crawl / Club Crawl

Party with 30-50+ other locals and tourists on this special event to four of the best bars and clubs that Downtown LA nightlife has to offer! Enjoy drink specials, no cover charges and express entry to all venues for an unforgettable night out.

The line up this time includes:

Golden Gopher – 9:30pm meet up & check in / free welcome shot with a drink purchase / $5 select beers / $8 Bees Knees

Clifton’s – express entry / DJ 1st floor / band and swing dancing 2nd floor / impromptu burlesque shows popping up all night / feels like you are partying in a museum!

The Reserve – newest LA nightclub / old bank vault basement club / two rooms with dance floors and DJs

Ending Club for this Saturday – TBA

Tickets for the DTLA Pub Crawl can be purchased here.


Murder, Mystery & Ghost Tour

Go on an exploration of the noir underbelly of Los Angeles – and enjoy cocktails in a some haunted hotels.

First stop is the Biltmore Hotel, where the famous Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was last seen alive. Next, the notorious Cecil Hotel – nicknamed the suicide hotel for reasons you’ll learn about on this tour. From there, visit the Alexandria Hotel, where Rudolph Valentino’s ghost haunts his old penthouse suite, then the Barclay Hotel, temporary home to two serial killers. After that we head to the Halls of Justice, site of the trials of Charles Manson’s, before finishing at the Los Angeles Pueblo, scene of the 1871 Chinatown Massacre.

The Murder, Mystery & Ghost Tour starts at Pershing Square at 6:00pm then goes on for 2 miles.  More details and booking info can be found here.


July 1

Soulful Sundays

The first Sunday of every month brings the hottest open mic and jam session in the city to Comfort LA.

Soulful Sundays gives an opportunity to those looking to strut their stuff on stage. There’s more space, more vendors, and the same great food, good music & good vibes!

OPEN MIC RULES-If you want to sign up for the open mic follow our IG @soulfulofnoise. The sign up sheet will be posted the day of the event. Bring your music on a flash drive. The Dj plays your record and our house band, The Noise, will learn your music on the spot. The Dj cuts the track and you perform with the band. Each artist is allowed to perform ONE record, and if the crowd wants to hear more then by all means keep them entertained!

Soulful Sundays takes place at Comfort LA, 1110 E 7th St. The event is free with an RSVP here.

With summer quickly approaching- Angelos are looking for things to do to fill up the break. We all attempt to use the time off to try things we normally don’t do or what we wish to do.

What if I told you that you have the opportunity to experience culture, adventure, foodie finds and more within your own backyard and without breaking the bank?

Not sure how to spend the Summer in DTLA? Happening DTLA got you covered with our DTLA Summer Bucket list!


1. Watch a rooftop film at LEVEL Downtown LA


888 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Take advantage of the Los Angeles summer nights and while you’re at it enjoy a great movie. Watch Oscar nominated productions such as “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” or cult classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Mean Girls”. Catering to all genres and offering alcohol, Los Angeles’ Rooftop Film is a summer experience for adults 21 and over. Surrounded by an endless amount of stars and the towering Downtown buildings; sounds like the best way to watch an iconic movie.


2. Take a dancing class @ DANCE DTLA at Grand Park


200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Returning for its 14th summer, DANCE DTLA is taking over Grand Park! Spend the day time enjoying a picnic at the park; but at night watch it transform into summer concert with live music and dancing. Alternating Fridays, have been pre selected for days that a dance instructor will teach guest some cool dance moves for free. Each night will have a dedicated genre including: Samba, 90s, Salsa and more! For a detailed schedule of the events visit the link above.

3. Go shopping on Olvera Street



Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

No need for summer traveling to experience another culture. Take a trip to Los Angeles’ “first street”, Olvera. Shaded by the line of trees and occupied by hundreds of vendors selling purses, jewelry and more; this historical block is reminiscent to a small Mexican marketplace. Visitors travel far and wide to take have a bite of authentic Mexican treats, listen to Mariachi performers and take part in the Aztec and Mexican folk dancing. Celebrating Latin culture and supporting local businesses, this is a great place to visit for the summer.

4. Attend a free summer concert at Pershing Square


532 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
     Continuing its10 year tradition, Pershing Square is hosting their annual summer concert series. The concert series celebrates culture and the community, by inviting local performers of all ages to present their talents. Bring your blanket and stop on by for music, food and a cool photo booth. Did I mention for free?
*Performers this year includes: Bright Light Social Hour, The Wallflowers and more! A full list of the dates and schedule are on the link above!

5. Take a tour of the DTLA Art District


DTLA W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Interested in Wall Art and Selfies? Then this activity should definitely be on your summer bucket list. The Arts District is a section of Downtown that allows artists to use the streets as their canvas. These artists tackled subjects such as equality, feminism, and other political interests thus gaining a growing audience. Come to DTLA bright and early, park in a nearby location and be ready to walk. Different sponsored organizations hold their own tours to display the artwork of the city such as the DTLA Art Walk and Downtown LA Walking Tours. Artwork featured on the tour includes: the Polka Dot wall, the Colette Miller: Angel Wings and Hueman’s “Bloom” wall.

6. Enjoy a summer cocktail at a DTLA rooftop bar


Raising the Bar: DTLA’s Top Rooftop Bars


Temperatures are rising and its only right to follow the summer Angelo tradition of attending a Rooftop party. Take a day off and have some fun in the sun! Various hotels in Downtown Los Angeles are home to the tastiest restaurants and bars located on their roofs. Some of theses places even host monthly events including pop up shops, pool parties, DJs and live music!
Checkout our list of the top DTLA Rooftop Bars on the link above.

 7. Go on a DTLA Scavenger Hunt


(Starting Area)
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Explore LA the right way! Twenty plus challenges. Gather your friends and get ready to compete. Big City Hunt throws scavenger hunts throughout Los Angeles. Take part in the Downtown series to catch out LA top destinations including: Grand Park, the Broad and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This activity will lead to team growth, sight seeing and an amazing adventure. To sign up check out the link above.

8. Visit all of the Downtown Districts



We previously went over the wonder of Downtown’s Art District. However, we could not end this list while shouting out the other districts. From live music and dancing to fresh flowers and fashion, the DTLA districts has it all! Spend the summer trying out the different districts including: the Arts, Floral, Jewelry and Fashion District. Each of these locations are about a block over from the other and specialize in their own themes. The Floral District is perfect for picking fresh flowers for every occasion. Looking for wholesale and retail apparel, check out the fashion district for a shopaholic paradise. To add accessories to those new outfits, you can also take a visit to the Jewelry District for wholesale costume jewelry.



There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


June 22

The BET Experience: Chris Brown, SZA, Teyana Taylor + More

The BET Experience returns to L.A. LIVE this June 21-24 for the ultimate music, celebrity & lifestyle weekend! A weekend full of performances are set to take DTLA, all leading up to the BET Awards on Sunday at Microsoft Theater.

This Friday get ready to get your groove on with Chris Brown, SZA, Ella Mai and Teyana Taylor

The BET experience is taking place at the Staples Center all weekend, 1111 S Figueroa St. More information and tickets can be found here.


Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits

Join other eager archeologists for Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits. All summer long through August 31, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Fridays with Free General Admission. Plus exciting special activities will be planned for each weekend.

The La Brea Tar Pits are located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets can be reserved here.


June 23


Stones Throw Soul

Los Angeles based record label Stones Throw Records has cooked up something special for local music lovers.

A live showcase of hometown artists will be featured at the newest warehouse venue in Downtown, 1720.

The likes of MNDSGN, Sudan Archives, and Keifer will be playing new music, while Stimulator Jones, Prophet, Jerry Paper and Peanut Butter Wolf will be playing soul-inspired jams all night long.

Stones Throw Soul is set to go from 9:00pm – 2:00am at 1720, 1720 E. 16th St. Tickets can be purchased here.


The BET Experience: Ferg, Lil Pump, Rae Sremmurd + More

The BET Experience returns to L.A. LIVE this June 21-24 for the ultimate music, celebrity & lifestyle weekend! A weekend full of performances are set to take DTLA, all leading up to the BET Awards on Sunday at Microsoft Theater.

Saturday night will see a line up of Ferg, Lil Pump, Rae Sremmurd, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, Playboi Cardi and more!

The BET experience is taking place at the Staples Center all weekend, 1111 S Figueroa St. More information and tickets can be found here.

June 24

La Junta: Solstice Spectacular

La Junta, or ‘the gathering’ in Spanish, began as a biweekly summer event bringing together people of all backgrounds in the name of friendship, dancing, and deep music from points all across the globe.

On this edition of La Junta, catch QVLN (que-violin) performing his brand of Latin grooves mixed with Jimi Hendrix on an electric violin.

Also preforming is undoubtedly one of LA’s finest deejays/tastemakers,

Jeremy Sole from KCRW.

La Junta takes place at Don Chente DTLA, 1248 S. Figueroa St. Tickets can be purchased here.


Bumps and Brewses

Come grab a beer and enjoy the heavy hitting action when Bumps and Brewses returns to the Boomtown Brewery this Sunday. A host of top wrestling talent will be o display including Hardcore Holly and Al Snow, two of the most recognizable faces of the WWE’s Attitude era. Doors open at 3:00pm and the bell will ring for the first match at 4:00pm.

Bumps and Brewses will take place at Boomtown Brewery, 700 Jackson St. Tickets can be purchased here.



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Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
The Entrance of Beyond the Streets DTLA, Art by Retna. Photo: Andre Karimloo

The growth of street art has been long coming.

Originating from what seemed like crude sprawlings of paint onto city surfaces, to taking its place among the respected art forms of the world. Street art transcends the walls, billboards, and trains where it first appeared. It’s safe to say that graffiti and street art combined are the most important movement in modern art. Beyond The Streets Los Angeles 

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
From Ron Finley’s Gangsta Gardener. Photo: Andre Karimloo

Of that movement, Beyond the Streets is best collection of this brand of art the world has ever seen.

Spanning a vast 40,000 square-foot warehouse on the outskirts of Chinatown, the nine-week exhibit is curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
Takashi Murakami. Photo: Andre Karimloo

A comprehensive selection of paintings, sculptures, photography and installations carry visitors through the ebb and flow of street art over the past decades.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
Sculpture by Slick. Photo: Andre Karimloo

Over 100 international artists were selected to be a part of the show, with some big time names included, like: Shepard Fairey (Obey,) Invader, Banksy, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
Piece by Invader. Photo: Andre Karimloo

It’s hard to categorize pieces in the collection into genres of art, leading to the umbrella term of street art. But that itself is one of the best things about the exhibit; letting people enjoy the art for what it is, rather than what it’s said to be.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
Art by C.R. Stecyk III. Photo: Andre Karimloo

While the collection spans the whole history of the form – perfect for any hardcore street art fan to absorb and enjoy – the exhibit is still easily digestible for more passive spectators.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
Neon by Patrick Martinez. Photo: Andre Karimloo

There are plenty of “insta-worthy” picture opportunities, while some of the more thought provoking pieces can be understood by most passers-by.

Some in the art community see the social media-friendly art installations as diluting the form, Gastman thinks it can help expand it.

Art by Timothy Curtis. Photo: Andre Karimloo

“People want to take photos and interact with things. It’s fun. So of course, during our exhibit, we’ll have that,” he said in an interview with L.A. Times. “But we also want to educate and entertain. Part of [the exhibition] will be ephemera, part will be historical, and part will be more of a photo opportunity mixed in with the paintings, sculpture and other art.”

While many will take the quick route to the photo-friendly pieces, the truth is that Beyond the Streets is a serious exhibit, showcasing a serious art form. That cannot be taken away from it.

Beyond The Streets Los Angeles
The Venice Skate Pavilion. Photo: Andre Karimloo

The exhibit is a testament to the off-the-grid art scene that operates outside of the parameters of the traditional museums. While some street artists have eventually broken through to the other side – so to speak – there is still a need for them to be grounded in what bred the art they make and made; the streets.

Beyond the Street runs until July 6, 2018 and is located at 1667 N Main St. in Chinatown. Tickets can be purchased here.


There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


June 15


FIGFest 2018: Gabriel Garzon-Montano with Jarina De Marco

Free and open to the public, FIGFest transforms the outdoor plaza at Figat7th into an intimate summer concert venue with performances by leading hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and electronic artists.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano takes the stage with layer upon layer of his characteristically thoughtful, sultry, saturated soundscapes that oscillate between new soul, electronic, funk and R&B. Creative visionary Jarina De Marco takes the stage prior, whose unique blend of global rhythms and defiant resistance embody the sound and color of a multi-ethnic future.

FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa St, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


June 16


DTLA Donut Festival

Mark your calendars for a one-day edible exploration of LA’s favorite pastry at the first-ever DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station. Stroll through the The Whole Donut Marketplace showcasing donuts in all their many forms. From plain, glazed, and filled; to traditional and new wave varieties. Also in store are “donut-adjacent” treats including churros, apple fritters, and donut holes. This event is not to be missed!

Union Station Los Angeles, 800 N Alameda St. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

La Bulla: A Lucha Libre Experience, Featuring Mil Mascaras

Plaza De La Raza at Olvera Street will host the 4th annual La Bulla: A Lucha Libre Experience. This event celebrates the beloved culture and spirit of Lucha Libre and will honor the legendary luchador (wrestler,) Mil Mascaras, or Man of a Thousand Masks. A percentage of all proceeds from ticket sales, art sales, and other event activities will benefit the Plaza De La Raza Cultural Center.

The 21 & over event will feature an art exhibit showcasing over 100 various artists. Also in store will be various arts & crafts, live music, food vendors, a fashion show, a live art competition, and movie screenings

You can purchase tickets here.

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main St. 7:00 pm – 1:30 am


June 17


Lucky Wheels Garage Bike Night at Wendell, DTLA

Wendell Bar, Lucky Wheels Garage, and Moto FAM join forces to make a killer Sunday for motorcycle riders and aficionados. The evening begins with a group ride at 6pm from Lucky Wheels through the beautiful hills and ending up back in DTLA at Wendell Bar.

Burgers by Meatzilla, a raffle with prizes provided by local businesses, rad tunes by Vinyl Club, Lagunitas drink special. There will also be a secure parking lot near the bar to store your vehicle while you hang out.

No need to own a bike to come hang, just join after 8pm at Wendell, you won’t regret it!

Wendell Bar, 656 South Main Street. 6:00pm – 8:00pm Group Ride, 8:00pm till late at Wendell