Joan's LA: Adult Fairy Tales, Downtown History, and an Art Show for Dogs

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

It's another weekend folks and here are just a few examples of what you will find in the new downtown Los Angeles. A few weeks ago I visited the Los Angeles Arts District where I couldn't believe the fantastic art I was seeing. The art wasn't in galleries or museums. The art created by 'graffiti writers' were spray painted on the walls of downtown Los Angeles's historic buildings.

I went on an incredible tour given by Cartwheel Art where Steve Grody took us through the alleys as well as a genuine graffiti yard where walls are decorated with graffiti and street art.
But that isn't the only tour this great company provides. This weekend I will be going on their 'Underground LA tour where you can "explores the city's 'underground' past, ranging from famous prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts that the Hollywood elite would frequent" according to their tour description. You will also get to "peek into century-old tunnels and speakeasies, alongside experiencing more modern interpretations of the city's hidden watering holes".
To see what other super fun tours they have go to But you better hurry. Sadly these fabulous historical buildings won't always be here. Warner Music and Spotify are just two of the many corporations that are relocating to downtown L.A.
Hopefully they won't mess with these beautiful old buildings!
While you're downtown also check out the historic Ace Hotel located at 929 South Broadway Los Angeles. You can have a drink at their upstairs bar or take in a show at their restored Spanish Gothic style theatre from 1927. I've seen some killer concerts there. Their website is
Now for my favorite part of the weekend. I think I mentioned that I'm a crazy dog person. Well this weekend, also in downtown LA is dogUMENTA, America's First Art Show for Dogs. The event is located at FIGat7th, 735 South Figueroa Street. This free event takes place September 14-16 and 21-23 from 11am to 6pm. Each Sunday they will feature an onsite mobile dog adoption. The artwork is by, LA based artists (not dogs) who "address the canine sensibility through a variety of media—from sound and sculpture to kibble and squeaky toys". For tickets, go to Eventbrite.
Saturday night I'll be at The Pico Playhouse to see Fairy Tale Theatre 18 and Over: The Musical. Next to dogs and animals, I absolutely love musicals. Having grown up in New York I started seeing Broadway shows at the age of 8 and haven't stopped. The Pico Playhouse is located at 10508 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles The show opens Friday September 14. For tickets go to
Whatever you decide to do, have a very happy weekend everyone.

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.