Downtown Los Angeles

Purple just shared Samantha Casolari's kaleidoscopic throwback to last February's residency with L.A. Dance Project — a dreamland look at the Theatre and the show, with National guitarist Bryce Dessner’s score for choreographer Justin Peck’s “Murder Ballads” soundtracking.


Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.
They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.
Congrats, boys.

Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.

They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.

Congrats, boys.


Fullerton, CA
We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 
The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:

Fullerton, CA

We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 

The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:


Los Angeles, CA

The inaugural issue of Ren Quarterlya court-side compendium from editor Ben Taylor and creative director Davor Krvavac focused on Basketball in L.A. and beyond — hits the stands any minute now.

You can pre-order your very own today.


Downtown LA
The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  

Downtown LA

The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  


Downtown LA
Now playing at LA Chapter.

Downtown LA

Now playing at LA Chapter.


Downtown Los Angeles

"Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone," from Lykke Li’s forthcoming I Never Learn.

Tickets for Lykke’s May 19 show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, sponsored by Martin Guitar, go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am PST.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Simon and Lukas. The Haas Brothers. These true LA darlings and dear, new friends evidently didn’t get enough of us while outfitting LA Chapter and our mezzanine bar with smart pencil drawings of deeply-plumbed references to LA’s social history. Here’s some evidence of their enduring and inspirational presence. If you see them, say hello.


Downtown Los Angeles
In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.
Lux perpetua luceat eis.

Downtown Los Angeles

In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.

Lux perpetua luceat eis.


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With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.


Photo by Lauren Coleman


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