Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THE LAST BOOKSTORE Named The Project of the Year in Historic Downtown Los Angeles

In the Downtown Los Angeles News annual awards, Historic Downtown's THE LAST BOOKSTORE was selected as the best development project of the year in our district:

Winner: Last Bookstore

lot of things are important in making a neighborhood a place where people actually come together. Few are as crucial as a bookshop. Although the Historic Core (aka Historic Downtown Los Angeles) last year lost its stalwart Metropolis Books, it scored when Josh Spencer moved his Last Bookstore to a mammoth space at Fifth and Spring streets. The 10,000-square-foot literary emporium is filled with great deals — many of the used tomes cost just $5. The room, meanwhile, reflects and serves its neighborhood, with a funky feel — there’s a taxidermy-style Wooly Mammoth head — amid soaring ceilings. The book business is brutal these days, but this community gathering place does more for the Historic Core than a thousand online retailers will ever do. 

Not mentioned in the article is that THE LAST BOOKSTORE is already expanding - again - and just signed a lease for the entire mezzanine level at the Spring Arts Tower - which will double the amount of space they will have for selling books at the corner of 5th and Spring.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tonight's The Night For the Edwardian Ball at Downtown LA's Historic Belasco Theater!

Tickets for TONIGHT'S EDWARDIAN BALL in Downtown Los Angeles's historic BELASCO THEATER can still be purchased on line!

                                                                                           Order Tickets!

The Los Angeles 2012 Line Up features
Edwardian Ball Creators & Co-Hosts
presenting an original staging of ”The Iron Tonic” by Edward Gorey
and of course… YOU!
Emcee’d by
Vegas E. Trip
LA Art Curation by Debi Cable
Kevin Rolly – photography (web)    Lilli Muller – body installation (web)
Raquel Lopez – fabric installation (facebook)    Gabe Leonard – artwork (web)
Sean Boones – live painting! (facebook)    Amy Kaps – performance art (web)
James Stewart – red art paintings (web)    Ashley Bowers – live painting, artwork (facebook)
Michael Pukac – live painting, artwork (web)    Gypsy – live painting, artwork (web)
Michael Stubbs – artwork (web)    Shira Loa – sculpture (web)
Joseph Fernandez – sculpture (facebook)    Nicole Fornier – photography (web)
David Haskel – sculpture (facebook)    Jason Sarrow – blacklight /crystal installation
Ryan Patterson – “Lets Play Dead” installation (website)    Chango – sculpture (facebook)
Debi Cable – artwork and installation (website)    Richard Wilks – big sculpture(website)

ANNOUNCING! Our 2012 Performers & Features!

Featuring… Edwardian Ball Creators & Co-Hosts
Performing an Original Presentation of Edward Gorey’s “The Iron Tonic”
And don’t miss…
NEW! Tours through the Museum of Wonders (The Edwardian Odditorium) (Both Nights)
NEW! Animated FLIP-BOOK Photo Booth (Both Nights)
Ballroom Dancing (Saturday Only!)
Barbary Midway Gaming (Friday Only!)
Vendor Bazaar & Piano Saloon (Both Nights)
And much more in store…!

ZineFest All Day Sunday At The Last Bookstore! All Day Sunday the The Last Book Store!

453 S. Spring Street at 5th and Spring!

The first LA Zine fest will span two levels, include 60-plus exhibitors, zine making workshop with Grrl-Zines-A-Go-Go, a panel moderated by Machine Project on how to run your own DIY art space with panelists from The SmellSynchronicity SpaceEcho Curio, and Home Room, interview of V. Vale of RE/Search Publications by Henry Rollins, and much more!

Panel is at 11:30am on the Last Bookstore stage.
Vendor floor in the Mezzanine closes at 5:00 p.m., with live bands rocking The Last Bookstore stage afterwards, sponsored by L.A. Record.
Entry to the Zine Fest is FREE to the public.
Check out the full list of exhibitors here, at the Zine Fest website.


2012 Exhibitors

4AllEyes Zine
A Book A Week
Adam Roth
Adam Villacin
Allison Krumwiede
Amanda Makes Comics
Andy Ristaino
Autopilot Press
Ayun Halliday/East Village Inky
Band of Outsiders
Bianca Barragan
Bombshell Comics & Hello World Zine
Brainscan/Stolen Sharpie Revolution/Small World Buttons
The Braskis
Brass Tacks Press
Carrie McNinch
Champoy Hate
Crossroads School
Daisy Noemi
The Devastator
The Doktor is In
Doodling Nerd
Double Fur Press
Drippy Bone Books
Edward Bolman
Emilio’s Pocket
Emily Alden Foster
Eyeball Burp
Foolish Heart
Gabrielle Gamboa
Galatea’s Pants
Ginger Rabbit Studio
Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go
Gulahlah Comics
Home Room
I Love Bad Movies
Igloo Tornado
Impossible Moon
Josh Crampton
J.T. Steiny
Jed McGowan
Jennie Yim
Jennifer Tong
Jesse Tise, Brad Lynn, Liz Mamont & Javier Ramirez
Jon Barba
Jon Clark
Jon Vermilyea
Kelli Callis
Library Sciences
Luke Mahan / Selfish Steam
Malachi Ward
Mari Naomi
MARS Design
Meltdown University
Meredith Wallace
Michel Valdes
Most Ancient
My Little Friend Zine/Eryca
Never Press
No Girls Allowed Records
No Kings
Nowhere Place
OMGCow: A Diary Comic
Pentagram Press
Peter Lorre Is Dead Productions
Punk Tree Records & Distro
Red Forest Distro
Revival House Press
Robin Enrico
Rhea Tepplim
Secret Headquarters
Seite Books
Shako Art
She’s Not A Morning Person
Shako Art
Simon Sotelo
Sparkplug Books
Super Secret Pow Wow
Super Trooper
Synchronicity Space
Thi Bui
¡Three Amigos Press!
Tom Neely
Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad Zine)
Tugboat Press
Ultraculture Comix
V. Vale
Van Patten Art
The Wonderful World of Rolnik
Xmas on TV
Yumi Sakugawa
Zebratron Friendship Association