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.

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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