Amidst the kick off for the Performance And Public Art Festivalyesterday, another event was taking place late night in the heart of Hollywood: Black Box presented by Liz Glynn. The affair–which is part bar/part performance art space–is being touted as the social hub for the festival and a place for performers and viewers to gather nightly from 8pm to late through the end of the festival on January 29.
We made our way to the pop-up bar last night in the heart of cool Hollywood (just North of Mozza and Susan Feniger’s Street). The bar, which is located in a vacant warehouse at 830 Highland Ave, has a discreet entry through the back alleyway. The space itself is a large, somewhat empty warehouse with a stack of old school chairs in a corner, signs for a cash bar along the walls, and an empty space interspersed with a bunch of stacked wood palettes. Turning the corner, the walls are lined in various gradients of black sheets of paper, there’s a grand piano and chalkboard with the evening’s affairs, and a bar built into a corner for the occasion.
The performance events at the Box are unannounced and a surprise to everyone. Even though we were going there to cover the night’s events, we had no idea what to expect. We hung out for a bit and had a good time taking in the artgoers, who consisted of attractive people with varying hairstyles and differing fashion forward outfits. All in all? Black Box attracts cool people that you want to be friends with but are maybe too intimidated to approach. The drinks that are available are very good and affordable ($3 beer/PBR, $4 wine/Merlot or Chardonnay, and $7 mixed drinks/a great selection of liquor). However, the bar only accepts cash, an important detail as they do not have an ATM on site.
Black Box is great fun, but keep in mind that the evening’s events happen by chance. We arrived around 9:30PM and left after 11:30PM and–although things were being set up while we were there–we didn’t get to see any actual performances. We missed an earlier performance by local artist Kim Jones and waited around for the later performance by Corey Fogel, Aaron Wrinkle, and Margarete V. Haines, who we saw setting up instruments for some time (artist Dawn Kasper had an upstairs performance limited to ten audience members).
For more on Black Box (and some very important pointers for your visit there), check out the Pacific Standard Time Blog!