10 Things to Do in DTLA That Definitely Don't Suck
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OK, so you're downtown. We'd be remiss to leave you high and dry, so we scoured our 2015 Best of L.A. issue and found a slew of things to check out — from a drive-in movie theater to a great Asian market to a chiropractic genius — next time you're in the heart of the city. Hell, you might even make a special trip.
Yuk it up on a weeknight at Good Looks
The wooden stage was built by hand. The venue looks like somebody's loft apartment. The jokes tend to be weird, surprising and/or awkward. All in all, Good Looks offers the perfect boost to a weekday night. Hosted by Portland transplants Andrew Michaan and Ian Karmel, the free show — held at 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Play, a downtown warehouse events space — brings out veteran comics and local staples who feed off the DIY atmosphere and the eager crowd as they fine-tune their repertoires and test new material. Dud sets are exceedingly rare and some of the best performances are off-the-cuff, such as the time Marc Maron riffed on the venue's crappy mic stand only to get heckled by a sound guy armed with pithy clips from Maron's own WTF podcast. —Peter Holslin
Shop for something old at Olde Good Things
One corner of Olde Good Things is jammed with mysterious unmatched industrial-chic metal doors — with or without windows — from schools or sanitariums or God knows where, arranged in easy-to-view stand-up holders. Huge iron lanterns — you couldn't say chandeliers, exactly, about these hefty orbs — hang from the ceiling in blazing glory. There's a carved treasure chest in which you could fit a one-eyed dog, if you needed to. You stop counting at about 200 or so crystal late–19th century doorknobs. You can get separated from your friends in this meandering antique store of all antique stores, hard by the 10 freeway just south of the Convention Center and a stone's throw from L.A. Trade Tech College. The proprietor calls it "the place of the architecturologists," which seems apt given the great piles of wonderful old tiles and drawer pulls and "antique" slabs of wood, all going for a pretty penny. —Jill Stewart
Stock up on veggies at Urban Radish
Pasture-raised local eggs with brown and green speckles. Homemade sausage. Baskets of colorful farm-to-store sweet peppers. Raisins on the vine. Urban Radish is every foodie's dream grocery store. Owner and passionate food enthusiast Keri Johnson envisioned it as an extension of her own pantry at home, with the added mission of bringing together the Arts District community. Johnson and daughter Mackenzie curate everything down to the most minute detail, including the pickled red onions on the delicious Dragon Chicken sandwich, which has become a neighborhood favorite. Tuesday is Oyster and Wine Night, while Wednesday night is for jazz and grilled meats. In the morning there is an omelette bar and world-class breakfast burritos, served by employees sourced from Homeboy Industries, yet another way that Urban Radish gives back to the community. —Isaac Simpson
Broaden your gastronomic horizons at Little Tokyo Market Place
Sure, downtown L.A. could use more grocery stores. But it already has the best of the best. Little Tokyo Market Place is prepared for every craving, with a sushi stand, noodle kiosks, ready-to-eat roasted mackerel and kimchi pancakes, not to mention wells of pre-marinated bulgogi. In the mood for salty Japanese snack chips and a tallboy of Yebisu? Yep, got that. What about tea time with sweet-potato pastries and soft donuts stuffed with blueberry cream? On it. Plates of sashimi and salmon eggs? Um, duh. Unlike most specialized Asian groceries, Little Tokyo Market Place also stocks all the essentials, and even hipster nonessentials — DTLA health nuts will be happy to find a full shelf of kombucha. The first thing you see when you enter is a sprawling produce section with every vegetable you'll need for whatever cuisine you're fancying. And if you arrive on the right day, wander toward the tank of live crabs and you might find a butcher slicing up a 4-foot-long tuna. —Amy Nicholson
Get an attitude and spinal adjustment at Kleinbart Synergistic Chiropractic
Armed with an uber-expansive arsenal of ever-more-out-there alternative modalities, Dr. Sally Kleinbart is so much more than a next-level, amazing chiropractor. She is a straight-up, full-service, medicine woman. Kleinbart, who works out of a DTLA high-rise, is a veritable master of structural integrity. Intuitive, educated and experienced, with a strong and varied yoga/pilates/ballet background, Kleinbart pulls from a seemingly endless array of techniques: Quantum kinetics, network spinal analysis and integrative body psychotherapy are a few of the approaches she employs with ninja-like precision in alchemically awesome ways in service to her clients' well-being. Her fundamental approach is simple: Guide the body into structural alignment, whereupon its self-correcting nature will take over and make the necessary adjustments to rebalance the system, guided by its own infinite intelligence. Genius, right? —Dani Katz
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