Jennifer K Lee's Art Show

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Friday at 8 PM - 11 PM, Opodz 362 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, California 90012

Jennifer K. Lee invites you to her first solo exhibition in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA. Join us for an amazing night with light refreshments, then party it up at Wolf and Crane with discounted drinks. Parking is $4 at the Joe's Parking lot next door.

Jennifer K Lee - Artist Statement, Instagram: @jennifer_k_lee

Social media has never been more prominent in our lives than today. Our culture tends to be driven by phone apps that are easily accessible with the tap of a finger and the whole world is literally at our fingertips. We as a society are swayed by the images, music and videos that are embedded into our minds, thoughts, and behavior on a daily basis. I like to bring those social influences to life through my art.

As a Los Angeles native, for years I have enjoyed watching sports, listening to hip hop music, exploring different fashion trends, and indulged in movies and films. I've experimented with all types of mediums including pencil, colored pencils, pen, marker, pastels, and watercolor. I've practiced on paper, cardboard, wood, glass, and fabrics. But my most preferred medium is acrylic or oil paint on canvas. My style can be described as a mild distortion between reality and animation. Some may say it has a "pop art" appearance. I like contrasting, opaque colors with clean lines that will give the viewer a solid and aesthetically pleasing visual.

You're Invited to A Bit of Coin Inaugural Event

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RSVP now! https://www.facebook.com/events/1943521749198097/

Tuesday, January 30 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Why did cryptos fall every January? Have you heard of Ripple? Have you invested in cryptocurrencies? 

The value of cryptocurrencies have skyrocketed in the past year, and major news outlets and financial analysts alike are scrambling to weigh in and report on it. Cryptocurrencies have been called everything from a scam to the next revolution in the financial industries and beyond. 

Who are we? A Bit of Coin is a space dedicated for the cryptocurrency enthusiasts to discuss the various events in the markets, the new technology arising, and the investment opportunities this space holds. 

Come check us out at our inaugural meeting!

Five Ways to Enjoy #LittleTokyo after Work

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Working in Little Tokyo has its perks. You can grab a coffee and pastry at many of the cafes in our neighborhood, or take a stroll down the block for a quick break. You can also pop into one of several supermarkets including Niijiya, Marukai and Mitsuwaa for a delicious lunch to go. But what do you do after the work day is done?

Here are some fun ideas to inspire you, in case you want to extend your stay in J-town:

  1. Walk over to many museums nearby: the Japanese National Museum, Go For Broke, MOCA Geffen, Broad, Hauser & Wirth, MOCA Contemporary.
  2. Watch a play at East West Players, the premiere Asiaan American theater company located in the history Union Center for the Arts on First Street.
  3. Grab some boba at Milk + T, Snociety, Twinkle Brown Sugar or Gong Cha. Otherwise, head to happy hour at Far Bar or Wolf & Crane.
  4. Enjoy a workout at Grand Park and relax by the fountain works close to Walt Disney Hall, home to the LA Philharmonic Association.
  5. Grab some friends for bowling at XLanes or karaoke at Max on the third floor of the Little Tokyo Market place.

Share with us, what do you like to do in Little Tokyo? Did we leave anything out?

Happy Thanksgiving from our Opodz Family

Happy Thanksgiving from our Opodz Family

Some of our community members are traveling - visiting friends and relatives from neighboring Canada to faraway Pakistan. The rest of us are relaxing in the warm November days in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Wherever you are, we wish you a happy holiday season. Stay happy, stay healthy and come back to California soon, 

We hope this new year brings amazing memories, and look forward to seeing you in two weeks at our holiday party: December 7th, 2017.

Check Out DNAMAG's Feature on Creative Coworking Spaces in LA

  OPODZ / Little Tokyo: in the Arts District of DTLA / @opodz  

A block away from the Metro Gold Line @ The Little Tokyo Station, you know for LA. people who don't drive. This is for the artist at heart, because they have open calls for gallery shows as well as feature local artists within the work space. Day rates start at $20 to a dedicated desk for $375/month. 

🍱  Amenities:

  • wifi obviously
  • free coffee/tea
  • parking on site
  • sponsored events
  • conference room
  • print/scan/fax 
  • showers / bike room
  • exclusive discounts at local vendors 

Kathy from Opodz took a few minutes to talk about what's really cool and wonderful about their coworking space. 
 

First tell us about your neighborhood Little Tokyo. If you had to describe it to someone who has never been to L.A. or is  considering a new work area. How is Little Tokyo different than other parts of LA?
Little Tokyo is a vibrant, eccentric neighborhood, located in Downtown LA, next to the Arts District. It's a place to grab ramen for lunch, take an afternoon tea break and get work done.
Here you'll find good eats, cute clothing boutiques, and museums including the Japanese American National History Museum and the Geffen Contemporary. Compared to other parts of LA, it's pretty walkable and friendly. On weekdays, you'll see folks gathering for Happy Hour at local bars. On weekends, you'll see the cosplayers gathered around Weller Court and the businesses catering anime otakus.

Opodz does a lot to support local artists. What was one event in particular that you felt brought the essence of what your co-working community is all about?
It's hard to pin point just one, but I think one of our highlights was the Francisco Palomares public art show. One of our members Danny really spearheaded this. He hit up his friends, and brought over some vegan friendly carnitas and food from Boyle Height restaurants. Two local artists played some sick acoustics setting the mood for the night. While LoCo CoCo (the clown), face-painted and handed balloon figures for guests. We were all happy to bring all our skills together and make the night happen!

What are the advantages of working in an open space? 
An open space means the freedom to work without feeling physically limited to a spot. You're able to move around from a counter to the couch over to any desk you feel more productive. You'll also be able to get your private time when work needs to be done, but come lunch time -- there's a great chance to share snacks and drinks in the kitchen area with coworkers and new friends. Without the cubicle walls, this environment means you're free to meet people from programmers, nonprofit members, journalists to lawyers who you could brainstorm new ideas with, or potentially collaborate with.

Your $20 day passes are really affordable in comparison to other co-work spots (in LA and other cities). On the site it's  described for the "casual coworking person". For someone who's never co-worked before, define what is casual coworking. 
Day passes are perfect for the casual co-working person. This would be a person who's looking for to meet other professionals, or another place to work out of --- but not necessarily the commitment of sticking to one place.

Best lunch spots in your neighborhood? 
Cafe Dulce, Hakata Ramen, Snociety, Subway's, Daikokuya, Monzo...ask anyone and they'd give you a dozen other options too. Little Tokyo is known for its excellent food! For a memorable and very "Little Tokyo" experience, go to Chado Tea Room for lunch and then play the ukelele at U Space.

What was the most recent happy hour like at Opodz? 
A couple of us met up for drinks at a casual low-key bar on 8th. We chilled waiting for some friends to join us, and then we headed out to the Downtown Art Walk. It's wonderful that every second Thursday we're able to browse the nearby galleries and see local artists. Then we called it a night at the bar next door - Wolf and Crane. On a less formal level, you can usually spot our members at Wolf -- we do get neighbor's discounts there after all!

What does Opodz offer creative types that can possibly spark inspiration to their work life?
Our famous chalk wall is a great place for doodles and leaving your prized signatures. We have also host arts and crafts events with our members from coaster making, origami to needle-felting. A lot of us, even those who work outside the field of art, have some sort of creative talent to share. On Thursdays, most of the museums downtown have free admissions, so a group of us have made it a tradition to go out and explore. 
The Arts District is a minute away from us, so walking down the neighborhood -- we're surrounded by unique sights and see a lot of cool folks in action. In general, we're pretty excited to see creative people and share ideas at Opodz.

Is there a typical day at Opodz?
Hard to describe a typical day, since it all depends on the collective vibe of our members. Some days are social and talkative, other days like quiet days when we're all concentrating on our projects. But it's safe to say around noon time, we're usually inviting each other to lunch or picking up orders for each other.

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