Performance art and dance turns a crowd on a sidewalk into a captive audience at the July 2010 Downtown Art Walk. Photo: Ed Fuentes I viewfromaloft
With the city task force making changes in time for August Art Walk, there has been a lot of cross talk. Much of it showing how art walk is divided by Historic Core locals wishing it was about art, and those who come for the party and food trucks.
Residents in the core may be thinking back to the good old days when the biggest controversy were protests improvised by LA CAN.
It was such a simpler time back then.
So while some try and convince you purpose of art walk is the party, and continue to rattle their sabers and ice shakers over the relocation of food trucks, have some links on the topic of tonight's new rules.
IF WALLS COULD TALK: The 50th Anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall is commemorated with an installation of 16 Soviet portraits dating from 1949 to 1988. They will on display on Main, between 4th and 5th, from August 13 through September 1 and can be previewed during the August Downtown Art Walk beginning at 5pm. Entitled "Across the Wall," the exhibition is an offering from The Wende Museum, founded in 2002 to preserve artifacts and histories from the Cold War front in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Art Walk Talk: A release from City Hall taps into the current buzz as covered in Art Walk Preview. It states that the August Art Walk will be the first month LAFD and the County Health Department will "no longer issue any permits for vending between 3rd and 7th street and Spring and Main, areas identified to be overly congested by art walk activities."
The two agencies, part of the Art Walk task force, are working to "expedite permits" with interested vendors in the areas outside the zone, designed to shift Art Walk's growth outside the four-block area in Downtown's Historic Core and Gallery Row.
“Art Walk is an organic event that has grown in attendance and popularity alongside the revitalization of our urban downtown," said Councilwoman Jan Perry in the Wednesday morning statement. "Our number one priority is to support public safety efforts and ensure that Art Walk continues as a sustainable, positive event for the entire Los Angeles community."
“Art Walk is a fantastic event that draws thousands downtown and we want to ensure that it remains active and viable,” says Councilmember José Huizar. “We’re hopeful that the safety changes we’re implementing for tomorrow’s Art Walk will allow us to reduce large crowds drawn to non-art related activities.”
In the Historic Core, Spring street divides Perry's 9th District and Huizar's 14th District.
The statement also says the city will continue police presence to handle previous turn restrictions on Main for northbound traffic at 3rd and 4th, and on Spring from southbound traffic at 4th St. and 6th St.
Inspectors from different departments will keep sidewalks clear of DJ equipment, craft vendors and carts, plus monitor permitted food / craft lots. The city is prepared to shut down unpermitted lots.
Memorial for Baby Marcello on Spring St, July 21 2011.
As can be expected, it is not the usual Art Walk Preview this month. After the jump, you will find information on a fundraiser for baby Marcello, learn about the first shot across the Spring Street bow from the task force, and a list of some of the exhibitions you can find during Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on August 11, 2011.
Last call for brunch, downtowners. There will be no more "Je ne sais quoi" at 840 Spring. A phone call to Angelique Cafe confirms the rumor floating around Saturday morning. The French bistro-like eatery will close tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 6.
UPDATE SEPT 7: Casey Lane revealed plans to use the former Angelique Cafe as a new "gastropub" by New Year's Eve, reports EaterLA. Planned aesthetics inspired by Old Hollywood, and former Seven Grand mixologist John Colthrap will reside.