Downtown LA Art Walk – What a bust! But 5 STARS for Bestia and Peddler’s Creamery!!!

The Last Bookstore - AMAZING!!!

The Last Bookstore – AMAZING!!!

Let’s start with what worked:  LOVED, LOVED, LOVED The Last Bookstore and it’s upstairs galleries especially Liz Huston’s studio.  Definitely worth checking out anytime – no need to wait for the Art Walk.  Also loved many of the downtown buildings that are currently housing galleries.  What makes the Art Walk so sketchy is how disorganized it is. There is a map that we managed to get our hands on and that definitely helped but overall it just seems to be one big pot-smoking mess.  Also, while there was lots of interesting art, the price points were confusing e.g. an unremarkable painting is priced at $6,000 and hangs next to some totally amazing eclectic sculpture for $40.  Now this was my first time at the Art Walk so perhaps I missed the best but what we experienced last night would not encourage a second visit.

Two non-gallery highlights were:  Peddler’s Creamery – an artisanal ice cream place that churns it’s ice creams by bicycle.  Really fabulous and worth checking out.  And dinner at Bestia was awesome!!!  Great space, great food!!

Peddler's Creamery - customers who elect to peddle, get a free scoop of ice cream!!!  really fun store and fun concept!!

Peddler’s Creamery – customers who elect to peddle, get a free scoop of ice cream!!! really fun store and fun concept!!

Bestia - wow!!  so amazing.   Highly recommend: roasted marrow bone, grilled beef meatballs with soffritto, grilled octopus and calamari salad.  Pizza was the only disappointment.

Bestia – wow!! so amazing. What to order: roasted marrow bone, grilled beef meatballs with soffritto, grilled octopus and calamari salad. Pizza was the only disappointment.

MORE FROM THE ART WALK:

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Diagnosis installation by Jenna Priebe and David lovejoy at The Last Bookstore

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Books, Books, Books at The Last Bookstore

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Not sure what this is – we think it is a sculpture on top of one of Tom Gilmore’s buildings. If anyone knows for sure – let me know!

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At The Hive

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Howard Griffin Gallery

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Thierry Noir in the alley behind Howard Griffin Gallery

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114 W 4th Street (GR Space Gallery?)

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Margaret Kilgallen quote/poster

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