Finding New Arts and Culture Events in Los Angeles

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In Los Angeles (the biggest county in California) there’s an estimated 10,163,507 and it’s continuing to grow at a 13 percent rate over the past year, according to the most recent data from the United States Census Bureau.

And we’re going to just keep growing. It’s because of our lack of seasons.

It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s time to revisit all of the things that you can do in Los Angeles but with a twist. We’re looking at everything that is new. Sure, we don’t have snow. But you can get really artsy and dive into the intense cultures that the city has to offer.

Find love in art exhibits and great food. Harbor yourself with the best company. Take a peek at a rooftop movie theater and check out something to watch in a new way. Check out the great views.

If you’re looking for something that’s a creative way to pass your time, check out the list below–via Discover Los Angeles.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

This is one of the most essential cultural events of 2019, so make sure it’s on your bucket list. It’s the debut of the first institution that holds the past, present and future of film. Some of the inaugural exhibitions include Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies and a retrospective of famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Occupying two floors and 30,000 square feet in the newly renovated Saban building, make the most of what the Academy Museum has to offer.

Experience Frieze L.A. (Feb. 15-17, 2019)

If you’re into art, you’re going to want to check out this immense multi-cultural event featuring acclaimed artists and 70 forward-thinking galleries from LA and around the world. If you know where the New York Street Backlot at Paramount Pictures Studios is, then you know where you need to go from here. If you’re looking for tickets, go here. The presale is going to sell out fast, so make sure you’re ready.

Art By Chuck D and Lee Quiñones

These two hip-hop and graffiti pioneers are going to have separate art exhibits that you can check out. Chuck Dee, the frontman of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage, will be hosting the event “Behind The Seen.” It’s a compilation of his works that were completed while on tour, meaning that each piece is entirely unique in its own way. If you’re around Gallery 30 South in the month of March, then go stop by.

Lee Quiñones opened his first ever gallery this month called “If These Walls Could Talk.” Featuring a series of framed tablets–writings on slabs of drywall and wood paneling that once adorned his studio walls–it’s a glimpse into the painstaking rawness behind the art.

Landmark African American Art Exhibits

If you like The Broad, you’re going to want to check out the new exhibit coming mid March dubbed Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. It’s going to be a compilation of extensive artwork created by Black artists during the Civil Rights Movement. There’s going to be three galleries dedicated to LA alone, so if you’re a lover of the city, definitely check it out. There’s also focuses on other cities and different kinds of art production. That means there’s going to be all kinds of different art, not just paintings.

The second exhibit you’re going to have to check out will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. Charles White: A Retrospective puts a modern spin on a mid-century artist. From Feb. 17 to June 9, check out the physical biography of a man that can’t be put into just a few words. Everywhere that he had impact is discussed through 100 drawings and paintings.White was able to bring to life the issue of racial injustice through the pieces of art that he left behind.

Check Out a Rooftop Movie Theater

There’s a few in town that you’re going to have to take a gander at.

There’s The Montalbán, which caters to the young Latinx community in the hills of Hollywood. It’s been 10 years of servicing LA and things haven’t changed. Get a mixture of old classics and new films that were just in the theaters. Eat a little Umami Burger while you’re at it. And if you’re vegetarian don’t worry. They’ve got the Impossible Burger.

The Melrose Rooftop Theater will be back in April of this year and Rooftop Cinema Club will be springing into action the beginning of March. Both are definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking  for a new, exciting way to watch movies, then this is it.

Rare Books L.A.

Just like the name says, get a chance to purchase some rare books that you can’t find anywhere else. Make your way to the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau in Pasadena. It’s taking place from Feb. 1, 2019 to Feb. 3, 2019 and it won’t break the bank. There’s over 120 leading specialists in rare books, fine prints, photography, ephemera, maps and more from the United States, Europe and Asia. Opening night tickets go towards the Huntington Library. The first day starts at 2 pm and runs till 8 pm. Second day is from 10 am to 6 pm. For ticket information via the Eventbrite page, click here.

Night of Ideas

Happening at the Natural History Museum located near the University of Southern California on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 beginning at 6 pm is the free LA program Night of Ideas. In collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, this worldwide event brings together the ideas of different countries, cultures and generations. If you want to have awareness about what is going  on in the world today, then this is the event to attend. There’s going to be a vegan fashion show produced by Le Frenchlab, panel discussions with US and French thought leaders, live DJs; French film screenings; science speed dating and more. If you want to know more about the event, click here.

Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for the Fall Season

If you’re a pumpkin lover, then this blog is simply calling out to you. October and November begin the succession of holidays, and it’s the time where everyone wants a little pumpkin in their life. Even if you don’t like pumpkin, these dishes just might make you turn a new leaf. Pumpkin can be a delicious edition to your palate. Regardless of the meal, these recipes are sure to leave your taste buds wanting more. Here’s three of the best pumpkin recipes for 2018, courtesy of Closet Cooking:

 

     1. Pumpkin Butter Tarts with Pepitas and Cranberries

 

Completely exquisite, perfect for fall butter tarts mixed with toasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. It’s a great finger food and delicate dessert. The amount of time you should spend on this dish is 40 minutes and the dish will serve 12 people. And to top it off, it’s vegetarian.

Ingredients

Produce–½ cup cranberries, dried | ½ cup pumpkin puree

Refrigerated– 1 egg

Condiments–½ cup maple syrup

Nuts & seeds–½ cup pepitas

Bread & baked goods–1 pie crust pastry

Dairy–¼ cup butter, unsalted

Baking & spices–1 tsp vanilla extract | ¼ tsp salt | ½ cup brown sugar, packed

Directions

  1. Roll the pastry out to ⅛ inch thick, cut into 12 four-five inch circles
  2. Mix the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, egg, vanilla extract, salt, pepitas, and cranberries and divide the mixture between the tarts.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F/180C until set, about 15-20 minutes.

 

  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Gingersnap Streusel Bars

Absolutely appetizing pumpkin and spice cheesecake bars with a gingersnap crust, complete with rolled oat streusel/crumble topping. It’s a great way to end dinner. The amount of time this one should take is about 30 minutes, serving up to nine people. The dish is also vegetarian-friendly.

Ingredients

Produce–½ tsp ginger, ground | ½ cup pumpkin puree

Refrigerated– 1 egg, large

Breakfast foods–¾ cup rolled oats, old-fashioned

Baking & spices–1 tsp vanilla extract | ¼ tsp salt | ½ cup brown sugar, packed

Snacks–1 ¼ cups gingersnap cookie crumbs

Dairy–8 oz cream cheese | ½ cup butter, unsalted

Directions

  1. For the gingersnap crust:
  • Mix everything, press into the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350F/180C until lightly golden brown, about 12-14 minutes.
  1. For the pumpkin cheesecake:
    • Beat the cream cheese until smooth, beat in the sugar, followed by the egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, and the spices.
    • Pour the mixture on top of the baked crust.
  1. For the streusel topping:
  • Cut the butter into the flour (a food processor is helpful) and mix in the remaining ingredients before grabbing a bunch and squeezing gently and crumbling in your hands over the cheesecake layer.
    • Bake in a preheated oven at 350F/180C until the cheesecake layer has set, which should take about 20-25 minutes. (Loosely cover the pan in foil if the crumbs start to brown.)
    • Let cool and chill in the fridge as desired.
  1.  Pumpkin Goat Cheese Fettuccine Alfredo with Crispy Fried Sage

While goat cheese might not seem like it’s good, it’s actually a great combo with pasta. Who knew pumpkin could go along with Alfredo? Both fast and simple, this is the creamy goat cheese pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo with crispy fried sage. A vegetarian-friendly dish, it takes about 15 minutes to cook and serves about two people. Your taste buds are going to be delighted with this one.

Ingredients

Produce–1 clove garlic, ½ cup pumpkin puree | 1 tbsp of sage | 1 handful of sage, leaves

Pasta & grains–6 oz pasta

Dairy–2 tbsp butter | 4 oz goat cheese | 1 cup heavy cream or milk | ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano

Baking & spices–1 salt and pepper | ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. First things first–time to cook the pasta as directed on the package.
  2. Next, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, and add garlic. Cook until it’s fragrant (about a minute).
  3. Add cream, pumpkin puree, goat cheese, parmesan, sage, and pumpkin pie spice and simmer until the cheese has melted.
  4. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, let it turn a light brown, add the sage and fry until crispy.
  6. Serve hot over the pasta garnished with extra parmesan and crispy fried sage.

Quick Ways to Spice Up Your Brunch

Brunch is the perfect time to relax and reflect on your past week. It’s not something that young people often enjoy, but as we get older and age like fine wine, it becomes more of a societal necessity. It’s that special time we don’t often get with our family and friends. It’s a time for laughter and smiles all around. All in all, brunch brings people together. But don’t be boring about your brunch plans. Think outside of the box for your next get together. If you’re trying to do brunch soon, try to plan ahead with this list of ways to spice up your brunch:

  • Try a New Cuisine – Maybe you’ve always wanted to have a Hawaiian-style breakfast but have never made one. Then, it’s time to breakout the spam, eggs and white rice. Or maybe you’ve never had a Mexican breakfast and want to try making some chilaquiles for size. Trying new foods makes us not only get out of our comfort zone, but it makes us appreciate something new at the same time. Testing out new eats for your brunch can spice things up quick.
  • Host Brunch at Home – Having a brunch isn’t like a having a party. It’s actually much better than that. Hosting a brunch is a simple thing that actually shows a lot of character in a person. It takes a lot of effort to put together a brunch and it should never go unnoticed. Try hosting a brunch in the comfort of your own home if you’re tired of going out. Nothing beats homemade brunch goodies like pancakes, eggs and french toast. Having brunch at home also means that you get to safely enjoy some champagne. You can always take a little nap before getting ready to clean later.
  • Have Brunch Outside – Thinking of preparing for a picnic? Sometimes eating outside can be a good thing. It definitely holds a cute factor, if anything. If the weather calls for it, hold a brunch in the great outdoors. Everyone will thank you later. Nothing beats spending a little bit of time outside, surrounded by beautiful nature.
  • Test Out a New Recipe – Always make the same thing at brunch? Do you always eat the same thing when you go out as well? It may be time for a change. Google holds all of life’s unanswered questions, complete with hoards of recipes that are just waiting to be tried out at your home.
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