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.

New Year’s Eve Local and Around The World

2018 has come and gone; it’s time to prepare for what 2019 has to offer. New Year’s Eve is generally that one holiday where everyone feels they either go all out or go home. While every country has different traditions, one thing stays the same–December 31 is the day to celebrate. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Australia or anywhere else, you’re going to want to know the direct hubs where individuals get together. Here’s some key gatherings locally and around the world that you’re not going to want to miss this year.

Local Celebrations

Not everyone likes to go out of town for the holidays. Oftentimes, it’s much easier to simply stay put. If you’re trying to have fun in Southern California, Los Angeles is a really good place to start. Here’s a short list of some of the best events happening on New Year’s Eve, with a more extensive list on Eventbrite:

LURE Hollywood NYE ‘19/ Le Jardin

LURE and Le Jardin are teaming up for their 21+ NYE party this year with a night hosted by none other than TOO $HORT. It’s two venues and one massive party. Simply put, it’s a performance you’re not going to want to miss. There will be a multi-service open bar with fun-filled complimentary party favors. Finish the night with complimentary champagne or purchase a VIP table and get bottle service all night. Ticket prices start $79 and the party starts at 9 pm, ending at 1 am.

Minimal Effort NYE

Happening at Belsaco Theater, ring in the New Year with Sasha, Skream, Justin Jay, Will Clarke and more. Starting at 8 pm, the event goes on till 4 am. Ticket prices start at $59–just a reminder, the event is 21 and up.

2018 Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square

If you’re looking for a family-friendly event, then the holiday ice rink is the one for you. Presented by Bai, this event is essential to bring in holiday cheer. Surrounded by art, activities and an impressive skyline, this $5-$9 event lasts until Jan. 21, 2019. Grab your friends, coworkers and family–head down to Pershing Square as soon as you can.

LA Zoo Lights

Check out giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball, animated elephants and a tunnel full of colors with the LA Zoo Lights. An event that originated in 2014, the LA Zoo Lights is family-friendly fun that call can enjoy until Jan. 6, 2019. Come explore new areas, various displays and your favorites revamped. On value nights, tickets start at $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. On premium nights, tickets for children start at $16.95 and adults $21.95. And if you have kids younger than two, they are free.

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios is already a fun place to be. Why not spend your NYE there? Jam packed with dance parties, fireworks and celebration must-haves, get the best NYE experience straight out of Hollywood. Each party area will have an assortment of specialty desserts, beer, wine and champagne for purchase. And glow items will also be available for the fun. The party also doesn’t end until 2 am. Tickets for this exclusive night start at $329. And for that price, you’re paying for unlimited night access to certain areas with cash bars and lounges, as well as reserved firework-viewing access.

Celebrations Around the World

Sure, some people stay local for the holiday. In fact, some people don’t even leave their house. But others love spontaneity and the unknown. If you’re trying to have the best night of your life not in your hometown, this is how. If you’re out of town or want to get out of town quick for the holiday, then here’s a good list for you. Compiled by Fordor’s Travel, here’s some of the best places to spend your New Year’s Eve:

New York City

Times Square has been the place to be for years on end. If you’re willing to brave the cold, it’s a magical night. More than one billion people tune into this event on the television every year. Sure, more than 38 different time zones are celebrating this moment. But most people are tuning into the Big Apple. Not only is there the huge ball drop but there’s concerts all over the city as well as endless rooftop parties to attend.

Orlando

There’s one big thing that Orlando has that’s always a good time: Disney. NYE at Disney is packed with parties, special menus, photo ops and restaurant events all over the park. The main attraction is the Countdown to Midnight. This event includes cocktails in the Fantasia Ballroom, chefs bringing your food to life, an interactive DJ, a live band and finally, a champagne toast to end the night with fireworks.

Hong Kong

While NYE isn’t the biggest firework display for Hong Kong (Chinese New Year and National Day have larger displays), the show over Victoria Harbor is hardly anything but meager. There’s synchronized fireworks visible from nearly everywhere in the city. A nightlong streetparty is right at your fingertips, with “shooting stars” beginning at 11 pm, with rooftop launches every 15 minutes until the clock strikes midnight. Having a spot along the harbor here is key if you really want to enjoy the sights because you’re going to want to walk home after this event. Public transportation and driving in general is a nightmare after this.

Sydney

Sydney Harbor is hand-down the most attended NYE event–far outpacing NYC’s Times Square. Sydney’s fireworks are simply some of the best in the world. Fireworks are launched from the Opera House, nearby buildings, water barges and from the Harbour Bridge. It’s a fantastic 12-minute display, meant to stand for the 12 months of the year. On top of fireworks, you’re also going to get to witness the waterfall: a shower of 1,100 candle-fireworks streaming from the bridge to the water below. This “bridge effect” is a pyrotechnic element that changes in design each year.

Tokyo

If you’re looking for night-long parties and endless fireworks, then Tokyo is the place to go. Other places would be Yokohama, across Tokyo Bay. Long story short, lots of places celebrate the Western tradition. And with four million people living in Greater Tokyo, there’s no end to what kind of fun you can get into here. Other approaches to New Years include visiting one of the many temples to check out the ringing of the bell. At midnight, a monk rings the temple bell 108 times to rid you of 108 worldly desires. This annual tradition is pretty big, so make sure you get in line early for it.

So whether you’re local or in another part of the world, you can definitely take the time to celebrate this day. And if you’re staying local, there’s a plethora of events that one can choose from for the night. Whether you need something kid-friendly or you want to have adult fun, there’s plenty of events available for you to enjoy the last holiday of the year.

Los Angeles Halloween Events Worth Seeing

Halloween is around the corner and it’s a given that spending it in Los Angeles is going to be a blast. Whether you’re trying to have some scary adult fun or take your kids out for a good time, there’s plenty of events to choose from. Discover Los Angeles put together a guide of the hottest attractions across the city–here’s some of the best things you can do on Halloween:

 

Family Friendly Events

  1. Boo at the L.A. Zoo (happening all month long) – This little event is taking place at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and it’s both spooky and family safe. There’s adventures every day with special events on the weekends, which include things like musical puppet shows, crafts, pumpkin carving and roaming costumed characters. Wearing costumes is encouraged, so make sure you and the family get into the spirit. Trick or treating will happen Oct. 28-29, so be on the lookout for that. There will be treat stations all over, with candy courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. The best part about this event is that it is free to attend with zoo admission.  
  2. 11th Annual DTLA Halloween Festival (Grand Hope Park at FIDM, Oct. 31, 2018)- Happening at the Grand Hope Park located near the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, this family-friendly event takes place from 5pm to 8pm. There will be a ton of kids activities from face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors and much more. There will be pirates, superheroes and fairies running afoot for your kids to meet. While optional for adults, costumes are requested for children. Make sure you bring something to put all of your candy in. Just a rule of thumb–no pets allowed. Tickets are $10 at the door, including all activities and snacks.

 

Adult Events

  1. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood (happening till Nov. 3, 2018) – Hands down one of the of the best events of the season, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is something that you definitely don’t want to miss. This year will feature Netflix’s Stranger Things on top of some other spectacular mazes like Poltergeist, Halloween 4, The First Purge, AMC’s The Walking Dead and more. And if you’re about entertainment, then make sure you check out an exclusive Jabbawockeez performance. Tickets are on sale online now. There’s general admission, day/night, Frequent Fear Passes for multiple nights, and the R.I.P. tour for groups of 14.
  2. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo (through Oct. 31, 2018) – “Old Zoo” and “B Rock” in Griffith Park are well known for being highly paranormal areas, even being called the most active paranormal site in the entire state. This place is the site of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. This adult-only event is not for the faint of heart, with vicious clowns lurking in each corner, ready to jump out. All from the safety of the wagon, you’ll get to see an all-star crew put in some serious work. But at some point, you’ll have to get out of the wagon for the corn maze. When that happens, you’re on your own. Other features include the House of Shadows dark maze, “Trick Or Treat” interactive neighborhood and an Old World haunted village, Purgatory. As for ticket options, there’s hayride only, general admission, VIP (front-of-line access), group rates, and a private wagon for up to 30 guests.
  3. Dark Harbor – Queen Mary (through Nov. 2, 2018) – This event is definitely not meant for those who get scared easily. With over 200 heinous monsters let loose across six terrifying mazes, this is one of the most intense L.A. attractions of the season. There’s plenty of paths to brave, along with secret rooms, nightly live entertainment, haunted bars and exciting rides–starting at just $20.
  4. The W Rooftop Halloween Masquerade (Oct. 31, 2018) – VIP Nightlife presents the fourth annual Masquerade Halloween Party, hosted at the W Hollywood Loft & Wet Deck. With two areas of music, three areas to mingle, amazing views and a list of DJ’s, this night is surely to be one for the books. If you’re looking for something exciting to do on Halloween night, this party is it. While costumes aren’t required, they are strongly encouraged.

This list is just some of the things that you can do for Halloween. A more extensive list can be found at Discover Los Angeles or Eventbrite.

2018 Local Día de los Muertos Festivals to Check Out

Marigolds adorning an altar with the favorite things of those who have passed is a signature note of Día de los Muertos, also known as The Day of the Dead. While the marigolds are tradition, the things that line the altars vary–from a bottle of liquor to a stuffed animal, the Orange County Register wrote in a 2017 article about the Mexican holiday. The Day of the Dead is when those still on Earth celebrate the departed with festivals and lively celebrations, according to National Geographic. While one would think the holiday would be associated with mourning, it’s actually the opposite. It’s a way to recognize death as a natural experience, National Geographic writes; it’s a special day of all the activities that those who have departed would enjoy if they were here. Beginning before the arrival of the Spaniard conquerors, the Mexican festival was merged into All Souls Day and All Saints Day, according to National Geographic. A day held dear to many families, it’s best spent with those that you love and care for. No matter where you’re at, take the time to celebrate Día de los Muertos.

Celebrated between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, there’s plenty of time to hit some festivals. If you’re looking for a Día de los Muertos gathering to attend in Orange County, look no further. There’s plenty all over Southern California to attend, but there’s one in Fullerton located off Maiden and Wilshire that should be exciting if it’s close to you. Forth’right Productions Studio is putting together their “final event” also known as the 7th annual Día de los Muertos. Happening Nov. 3, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Max Bloom’s Cafe, entertainment is set to be provided by Freshsoul Alliance. Also performing is Icpaxochitl from de Poetras Cultura. Food will be provided by Forth’right Productions Studio. Vendors will include Freshsoul Apparel. HIP KATZ Car Club will also be in attendance. The following activities will be available for families:

  • Free coloring book
  • Free candy
  • Free snacks
  • Free entertainment/music/poetry
  • Free toy Hot Rod/custom cars from the HIP KATZ Car Club, for the first 12 children

Another festival to check out just over in Los Angeles County is the sixth annual Downey Día de los Muertos Art Festival, happening Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 from 11am to 8pm at the Downey Theatre. Featuring a slew of festival artists (both local and regional) and activities such as Casa Calaveras, a pop-up exhibit, will be available for all festival goers. This is another good one–make sure you go check it out.

Casa Calaveras

Beginning in 1999, Casa Calaveras is a pop-up exhibit featured during the Downey Día de los Muertos Art festival. The exhibit has traveled all across Southern California, featured in places such as the Museum of Latin American Art, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Old Town San Diego’s Fiesta de Reyes and 10 years at Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. The exhibit celebrates the marriage of José & Gloria, the couple from the hereafter, according to Yelp. The bride and groom go on a multicultural adventure traveling the world as they meet a host of happy skeletons from nations all over. A heart-filled tale of two lovebirds, it’s all expressed through life-sized happy skeleton figures. It’s a family fun event that’s perfect for introducing your kids to the holiday. For more information about the exhibit, check out their Yelp page here.

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Some of the groups that are set to perform include Resurrección Mexican Folk, Grupo Folklorico Mexcaltitán, Tradición Dance Company, with others. Full schedules can be found here. There are three stages during the festival, so the amount of entertainment is going to be plentiful. There won’t be a single dull moment, so plan for an all day trip.

Don’t forget that there’s free admission and free parking as well. For more information about the festival, including how to get there, photos, event schedule (coming soon) and a festival map, visit their website. Don’t sleep on these events. If you can, try to attend both and help support local communities coming together.

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