Festival season may be drawing to a close in Los Angeles, but not before two prominent ones take place this week: one for food and wine aficionados and one for indie-music connoisseurs. For those looking for something a bit less hectic, this week also features not one but two cultural salons, plus a late-night museum shindig. Hit the jump for details.
Los Angeles has a reputation for being a sun-drenched idyll, and deservedly so. This week, however, night owls can take heart, because many of the Southland's top cultural events won't get going until the sun is setting. They include a multidisciplinary art and music showcase, an outdoor food and dance fest, and an all-night movie marathon. And just in case you need something to fill those sunlit hours, this week also brings a daytime tribute to the city's favorite snack.
With vacations and summer getaways, the pace of the city slows down a notch. Ever present is the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's back this Thursday, August 8. If you want to make it about the art, and not the party, you can start earlier by going in the afternoon, even taking the Downtown DASH around town until the official starting time. Galleries are free, but expect entrance fees at the major venues like MOCA, where hours may vary.
Woody Allen famously quipped that Los Angeles' "only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light." The reality, of course, is that L.A.'s cultural virtues are not only abundant but, like the city itself, occasionally overwhelming in their vastness. Luckily, we're here to help you navigate. This week's bounty includes an exploration of the city's alternate architectural history, a showcase of up-and-coming cinematic talent, a freewheeling talk about the intersection of style and sustenance, and some alfresco entertainment to make the most of balmy summer evenings. All this, and yes, you can even make a right turn on a red light.
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The popular Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is back this Thursday, July 11. As a self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., it's a great way to experience the city -- both as a pedestrian and art lover. If you're like us and all about the art, sneaking in earlier than later is the one good way to plan your experience before the crowds grow. Here are our hand-picked recommendations for this month.
This week, get out there and just do you. Don't let other people tell you how you should be living your life -- create something, start a DIY project, splurge on a ticket to some seriously hard-to-find craft beers. After a holiday-shortened week, coming back to the workaday life is always a struggle, so it's important that you put yourself first when thinking about great events to make it out to this week.
If you're even able to read these words, congratulations. That means that you've made it through four days of intense summer heat and the sweat hasn't stung your eyes into blindness. To celebrate, consider getting out of your furnace / apartment to see a bit of the rest of the world. With July 4th only a couple of days away, you know there are lots of fun things to look forward to. Here are some of our favorites.
The summer blockbuster films are pouring into theaters now, but that doesn't mean you can't still catch a classic for cheap. Around Los Angeles, there are countless opportunities to see films for just a few bucks, including some of the best cinema that's ever been made. This week, there are lots of screenings, lectures and festivals to keep you busy, no matter what sort of stuff you're into.
You know, a lot of other weeks, you'll find people telling you that "summer is here". They'll point to a thermometer or wave their hand towards the sunny skies, as if the these alone are truths of a turned season. And while Los Angeles especially may find the warm, beachy days that signify summer well before the solstice actually arrives, only this week can we scientifically tell ourselves that summer has arrived. Friday, June 21st is officially the welcoming of summer, and -- frankly -- it's not a moment too soon. For all of you who have been pent up and anxious, waiting nervously for the arrival of the longest days of the year, this is your week. Celebrate appropriately.
After weeks of eating and drinking and laying out in the sun, it's time for a little artistic reflection this week. Relax with some fine art, dig deep into some cinema and dance the night away downtown. Then, on Saturday, get up early to catch a lecture on the finer points of roses, or stroll the beaches looking to clean up trash. It's a week of new beginnings, with lots of events to help you get started.