Community, Crafts and the Alexandria Hotel

la%20times%20palm%20court.jpgThis Sunday it’ll be an extraordinary event as Fleur de Lethal Productions–the brainchild of one Nico Bella–co-conspirator of the 1947project, impresaria of artsy-tartsy nightlife, and one helluva crafty burlesque dancer–partners up with the shady lady of Downtown’s SRO hotels-cum-historic destination, the lavish Alexandria. Together they’re hosting the “Ballroom Blitz,” designed as not just a craft fair, but as a community event, drawing in some of Downtown’s coolest DJs and the good folks of the Lost Souls Cafe.

There’ll be 30 vendors ranging from vintage rags and records to crafts, corsets and jewelry, all together to create the ultimate “yard-less yard sale” for Downtown’s urban jungle. “Simple events like yard sales become a
huge challenge because — we have no yards!” says Nico. “However we do have access to unusual and gorgeous spaces. I hope that this inspires residents of downtown to start thinking different about the spaces they live in.”

And the Alexandria ballroom is a helluva space (here’s a kinda tour…and here). Unseen by most non-residents for decades (the Alexandria has been notorious in the past for making it hard for photographers, architectural historians and reporters to access the building’s faded glories–but that seems to be changing), the ceiling of the Palm Court ballroom is a giant vista of Tiffany glass. Tiffany ceilings are now extraordinarily rare in the US. You should go just to check out the building, seriously, even if you don’t buy a single thing.

More details–like DJs and food and stuff–behind the jump.

Thanks to the LA Times for the bitchen’ photo.

Here’s the essential details:

Fleur De Lethal Productions (in co-operation with The Alexandria) presents
“The Ballroom Blitz,” an indie swap meet and art mart in the historic Palm Court Ballroom of The Alexandria.

They will have DJ’s spinning under the landmark Tiffany glass ceiling and the in-building bar, Charlie O’s, will open at 12pm, providing deluxe Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas to limber up shopping tendencies!

Lost Souls Cafe will also be on site selling iced coffee and biscotti!

DJ’s include:
Local Denizens-
-Kim Cooper of Scram and 1947project
-Jim Freek of Teenacide Records
-Greg Belson and Andy Cobb of The Hogwash Jump Joint @ Bordello
-Jason 71 Downtown Luminary & member of the band Eskimohunter
-DJ Alexander Lawrence-“Music is My Boyfriend” @ Bar 107 & Safari Sams
-Disc Jockey Full of Bourbon – “Raindogs and Bluebirds”

There will also be raffles every hour for gift certificates, goods and goodies from swap-o-riffic vendors and downtown businesses. Raffle tickets will sell for $1 with all proceeds going to support The National Night Out on August 7th.

The Alexandria (in The Palm Court off the main lobby), 501. S. Spring, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Doors open @ noon and stay open until 7pm.