This Thursday is the monthly Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, and now, with daylight saving time in effect, it not only means extra sunlight for gallery-goers' enjoyment, but also more time to capture themselves as Angels by posing with Collette Miller's painted wings on Main Street between 5th and Winston. To help plan your self-guided experience, the below guide will help you find some of the best art this week, and don't forget to check the Art Walk website, which will be updated more throughout the week.
In the run up to Sunday's St. Patrick's Day festivities, you may have considered taking things easy. Well, all that's about to change, because there is just too much great stuff happening in Los Angeles this week to waste your days at home. Here are a few of our favorites for the next seven days.
If you don't know who Mary Baldwin is, that means she's doing her job correctly. The former GOOD staffer currently heads up the Farmers Market Recovery Program for Food Forward, an L.A.-based nonprofit that seeks to reconnect our city with the true foods we need to survive. As the Recovery manager, Baldwin's job is simple: work with the vendors, farmers and wholesalers at some of the city's most popular weekly markets to procure pounds and pounds of fresh produce for the poor. Using volunteers, networking and her own determination, Baldwin is helping to transform the pantries of some of Los Angeles' most desperate social service agencies, while maintaining positive relationships with the farmers markets that the city has come to rely on.
For all of you Los Angeles county dwellers, today is election day! There are mayors to be picked, city council members to chosen, and district leaders to be discussed at length. While your votes shall forever remain anonymous, it's no secret that gloomy election days like these can drain people of their desire to do anything other than lay under the covers. That would be a shame, though, considering all of the great things that Southern California has to offer this week.
Everyone's beginning to get a bit antsy in Los Angeles. The sun is shining, but there's still a chill in the air, and spring just can't seem to find its way here. So what are we as citizens to do when the calendar has turned its back on us? Find some place to explore, grab a bite to eat and soak up some culture.
Anyone who follows food in Los Angeles has heard of Zach Brooks. The irascible New York City transplant made a name for himself in The Big Apple with the website Midtown Lunch, scouting midtown Manhattan lunch spots that passed the crucial "under $10" test. Now that he calls Los Angeles home, the former music industry nine-to-fiver has begun chronicling great lunchtime eats from Santa Monica through Downtown on beyond on the sister site Midtown Lunch L.A..
This week, you should change everything that you think you know about food in Los Angeles. You might expect a certain price for a bowl of ramen at Daikokuya, for example, or that beer is only for afternoon or evening enjoyment. Both are wrong, but that's OK. It takes a week like this to show us the error of our ways.
After a quiet start in January, Los Angeles Art Walk livens up in February. The monthly event falls on Valentine's Day this year, so you may see couples using the self walking tour as a date night and witness the ongoing revival of downtown. If the decade old downtown renaissance was an art movement, it would be called urban romanticism.
Galleries on the self guided walking tour are free. Admission for the major museums still apply. Here is a look at the exhibitions you can find during Art Walk, and all during the month of February 2013 in downtown Los Angeles.
This is a week of opposites. On the one hand, the city is filled with delicate dinners and lovely nights of wine and chocolate, thanks to the unstoppable force of Valentine's Day. If the idea of a Hallmark Holiday filled with empty declarations of love makes you want to gag, there's a pretty strong pushback movement underfoot that you may just be interested. With the forces of good and evil, love and sweatpants, battling it out for the city's attention this week, the guaranteed winner is you.
100 years ago this November, as he stood among a crowd of tens of thousands at the edge of the San Fernando Valley, William Mulholland said a line that's gone down in the history books: "There it is--Take it." The engineer said it as crisp Sierra Nevada mountain water from more than 200 miles north flowed down the San Gabriel Mountains onto the valley floor, forever changing, or, as some would say, giving birth to the Los Angeles we know today.