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You don't have to walk the Art Walk

February 8, 2009 |  5:00 pm

On the second Thursday of each month, the streets of downtown L.A. are transformed into an artistic fete as galleries open their doors for a daylong event known as Art Walk. Art enthusiasts wander Gallery Row and its surrounding areas for a day (or night) of gallery hopping.

This month’s Art Walk sees the addition of Mundo Maya/Galeria Mijares and Spring Street Gallery to a rich lineup that already includes Bert Green Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery at REDCAT, Pharmaka Art and the Hive Gallery, among others.

Click here for the Art Walk gallery But if the idea of strolling downtown's concrete jungle at night makes you cringe, there's a more motorized way of getting your art fix. 

Two free Art Walk shuttles transport visitors from 6 to 10 p.m. But these aren't ordinary shuttles. The street celebration is carried into their spacious interiors. Hosted by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, the vehicles feature live music, readings and curated discussions.

The north-south shuttle is a vintage retrofitted 1940s school bus known as Hippodrome. (Don't worry; there aren't any chariot races taking place inside. It's named after the Hippodrome Theater, formerly located at 4th and Main streets.) The bus is coated in a kaleidoscope of colors, and the inside beams with the glow of party lights. The east-west shuttle is a limo bus called Hazard's Pavilion (named after the building that was once at the northeast corner of 5th and Olive streets). It features TV screens that display classic scenes of L.A.

Read more about the Art Walk in today's Arts & Books.

-- Yvonne Villarreal