Design East of La Brea's architecture and design tours usually include at least one stop at a food landmark, and when music and art collectives like dublab drop a party, you might find a food truck or two circling the gig. But in honor of the close of this year's Proton Drive fundraiser, dublab and deLaB bring the party to the food. Eat to the Beat combines your interests in progressive DJ culture, historic architecture and eclectic cuisine into a free, one-stop, all-day adventure amid the 45,000-square-foot, 100-year old bustle of downtown's Grand Central Market. The market itself is a perfect microcosm for the unique (and frequently surprising) juxtaposition of old and new, tradition and innovation, that's defining downtown right now. There are farmers market stalls, authentic street-food stands (pupusas, y'all!), and a host of new-breed food and coffee artisans like Eggslut and G&B bumping up against seriously old-school fare like China Cafe, where Harrison Ford rocked some spicy soup in Blade Runner. Start at noon with author Kevin West's expertly guided tour of the building and enthusiastic insight into its role in the still-evolving urban community it anchors. Stay for eating, dancing, sustainable fashion and crafts from the Little Junebugs kids boutique, live screen-printing from HIT+RUN — and maybe some inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Sat., Nov. 23, noon-6 p.m.; free. (213) 624-2378,

Sat., Nov. 23, 12-6 p.m., 2013

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