Art at The Rendon: STORIES

It was with considerable success when Hidden Rooms, Art at The Rendon’s first installation, was launched early this summer in the three-story brick Rendon Hotel by Event Producer Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art. With its fantastic and varied approach to performance and encounters with the arts, this inaugural offering set the stage for another exciting installation, Art at The Rendon STORIES.

STORIES is an immersive, performance-oriented operatic work featuring original content inspired by DTLA’s florid and decadent past that will be expressed through film projections and live performances both inside and outside The Rendon Hotel in this three-day pop-up. The Rendon has been a brothel, a flophouse, and a filming location over the decades in DTLA and is now being transformed into both an art space, performance, and installation location where artistic expression is explored and prized.

STORIES will explore the sordid history of The Rendon Hotel with antidotal tales. The Arts District’s Licha’s Bar and Grill—a critical part of The Rendon’s history—will be transformed into a 1920’s speakeasy, designed by Dion Antic, with cocktails and libations offered by Angel City Brewery, Infuse Spirits and Pali Wine to activate your curiosity and satisfy a thirst for unusual and seedy pleasures. As well, The Vignes Rooftop Revival will offer a musical backdrop for your sumptuous fantasy and charming folly.

All three days, November 9, 10, and 11, 2018, will add to the artistic narratives launched by Hidden Rooms with illuminating theatrical performances that will set STORIES apart from Hidden Rooms. There’s an operatic performance by Rachel Staples Guettlerand exterior projection mapping with films by director Ralph Ziman created in collaboration with Nolan Silverstein of DromeBox Laboratories, and cinematographer Stevie George

Director Ralph Ziman will curate these experiences and projects offering exciting and unique ways to engage and thrill the observer.

“Building on the immersive, exploratory momentum of the last event, we’re creating original material specific to the Rendon Hotel’s location and transforming the building itself into a three-story stage and screen to share its story,” Ziman said in a statement.

The idea that drives STORIES will be the unfolding of the history of The Rendon with a series of different tales and anecdotes. These stories will explore the people that have occupied The Rendon through various vignettes and incarnations, involving the observer in their daily affairs and various intrigues.

STORIES offers the participant the opportunity to explore and create their own experience from the moment they step into the hotel, where they are romanced by DTLA’s rich and engaging history, where you can be an observer or a participant. 

Tickets for STORIES are available through Eventbrite. The Rendon Hotel is located at 2055 E 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Art At The Rendon: STORIES
Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 6 p.m.– 9 p.m.




Billy Bennight

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