Usually the Downtown Artwalk routine is: 1) look for parking; 2) give up and park in a paid lot; 3) hit the first gallery serving small nibbles and wine; 4) wax poetic as you stare at the gallery’s art like you knew exactly what was going on here; 5) finish your wine, finish your looksee; 6) hit the nearest gallery with wine and nibbles; 7) repeat steps 4 through 6. Tomorrow, however, is a special day at the Artwalk, as there are at least two events within stumbling blocks of each other.
First up is a Cookie Showdown, 6pm at the Mercantile Building (620 Main Street). Seven bakeries, from Freshly Baked (the official cookie of the LA Derby Dolls) to one of my favorites in the city, Platine Cookies (their platinos are amazing, people, amazing) have their cookie horses in the race for the Cookie Showdown Trophy. Unless you want to be one of the lame-os not eating a cookie (c’mon), pick up a full sampling pass for $5; this buys you one cookie from each of the bakeries and also gives you voting rights in the Audience Favorite category. This is easier, and more immediately satiating, than voting in the general election.
After OD’ing on cookies: time to dance, natch. Hit up a few more galleries (for the art, of course) on your way over to the Rosslyn Lofts (451 S. Main Street). There, you’ll find The Must Bar – recently and tragically and probably illegally evicted from their premises – hosting a pop-up dance party (hm, I guess no one uses the term “one-off” anymore) from 7pm to 1am. (By the by, their case against Julie Rico, who was behind their post-midnight eviction, currently is in arbitration; according to the owners, it’s a “[c]ase of extensive damages but looking good!” Yay.).
And finally, if you don’t consider cookies “real” food (what?) and need some sustenance, there will – but of course – be food trucks parked at and around 3rd and Main. My current favorite, The Manila Machine, will be parked there, as will be perennial favorites CoolHaus and The Buttermilk Truck.
Walking, cookies, dancing, trucking. Be sure to squeeze some time in for art-ing, yah?