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.

Ring in the 2019 Chinese New Year With a Dose of Deep Cleaning

Chinese New Year Year of the Pig
2019 Chinese New Year Greeting Card. Year of The Pig.

Move aside, spring cleaning. Since the release of Netflix’s 2018 series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, everyone’s been on the move to start deep cleaning. Today. In fact, Buzzfeed reported that the series even sparked a rise in donations in thrift stores across the nation.

With the beginning of Chinese New Year Feb. 5, 2019, there’s no better way to ring in the Year of the Pig by continuing the tradition of keeping your living space clean. Most start the cleaning in the days leading up to New Year’s Day, but it’s always good to jump in if you’re wanting to tidy up your life. There’s never a bad time to try and cleanse your house, your soul and your mind.

While you’re busy cleaning, you can also throw in some feng shui in order to really bring peace into your home for the rest of the year. But if you’re not sure where to start, here some unique ways to keep your home neat, stay lucky and full of positive energy in the Year of the Pig.

Start with the wardrobe.

Just like Marie Kondo said, does it spark joy? If it doesn’t, you probably don’t need it. Cleaning out your wardrobe should be a huge priority. It’s always good to get rid of things that you haven’t used for over six months to a year.

Don’t continue to hold onto the things that you don’t need. Start switching around your closet so your short-sleeved clothes can be accessed easier and put away heavy jackets that you’re no longer using.

Whatever you’ve decided to give away can be given away to friends, family, or to a thrift store. Other methods of getting rid of old clothes includes selling them on apps like Depop and OfferUp. Once you’ve gone through your closets, you can move onto more extensive deep cleaning.

Getting rid of dust can go a long way.

One of the biggest hassles of a dirty house includes the dust that accumulates over the years. And it’s not like every crevice of the house gets adequate cleaning every single week. That means it’s time to bust out the big guns.

Dust everything including the ceiling, make sure you sweep and after that make sure that you mop, as well as clean the furniture, writes ABS-CBN News. Pay attention to every single room of the house–especially the rooms you inhabit the most such as the kitchen and the bathroom. Once the house is spotless, you’ll feel a lot better. And continuing that cleanliness will ensure that the house stays at peace.

Take a good look at the kitchen.

The kitchen is the most essential part of any house that brings in wealth to a home, meaning you should take exceptionally good care of it, according to Gulf News. It’s the place where everyone gets the nutrition that they need to live.

Don’t hold onto old food and condiments that take up space in your fridge. Those kinds of things are magnets for pools of bacteria. Gulf News reports that many Asian households will have a rice urn on the counter that never goes empty; everything is replaced, things that are uneaten and chipped plates are to be discarded.

When you’ve got things that are broken and stale in your kitchen, it messes with your wealth. The upkeep of your kitchen is imperative to have a successful year.

How to really use feng shui in the house.

Have you reassessed the chi (also known as energy) in your house? Once you’ve begun the cleaning process, you’re well on your way. Next comes the addition of feng shui. Feng shui is a way to practically organize your home in a way that also similarly brings happiness to your life.

A HoustonChronicle.com article with feng shui practitioner Patricia Lohan and interior designers Sophia Vassiliou and Mary Lindsey Wilson offers these key tips to really bring this practice to your home:

  • Start with your front door – Since this is the first thing that anyone’s going to see when they come to your house, it’s incredibly important to make sure it’s cared for properly. If your door is painted a grand color, it actually welcomes guests to your home.
  • Be mindful and self-reflect – Think about how you want to move forward for 2019. Once you’re there, think of how you can apply it to your home in order to better yourself.
  • Work on the bedroom – This is where a majority of your energy is going to reside, so why not treat your room with kindness? Your room should be a place of calm that brings happiness to your life.
  • Position things to optimize your sleeping patterns – If you can’t sleep well, it bring negative energy in your home. Shadows reflected from any mirrors and clutter underneath your bed can impact your sleeping patterns.
  • Letting go is key –  Life is better when you’re minimalistic. Get rid of things you don’t want or figure out how to repurpose them into something that you do want.
  • Choose light colors for your home – Dark colors aren’t good for a house. Bringing in vibrant, light colors brings a sense  of loving into a home. Natural blues and greens are also great in feng shui. Also change out light bulbs in order to improve the lighting of your living space.
  • Fresh plants breathe life into a living space  – Maybe you don’t have a green thumb. But having plants in your home is a great way to bring fresh positivity into your home. It’s  really one of the best ways to dispel negativity.

Last year was the Year of the Dog, which brought about strong dynamics across the world. But for this year, the Year of the Pig is meant to bring a wave of calm over earth, according to Manilla Times. It’s a time of self-examination, strong health and bringing in happiness and wealth. Participating in the art of decluttering is a great way to maintain these important life aspects and bring joy into your life for years to come.

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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