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Here’s a Preview of What You Can Expect at Enchanted: Forest of Light for 2017-2018

November 20, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Enchanted: Forest of Light is back at Descanso Gardens from November 19 through January 7, and they’re stepping up their game this year with a couple of new attractions, including a Starlight Garden and Aqueous, an interactive pathway of lights.

We were able to attend the preview night this past Saturday, and we’ve put together a quick video offering highlights of what you can expect. Give it a watch below!

For sake of clarification, my understanding is that some of the live performers that made cameos in the video above (the costumed dancers, the choir, etc…) were only their for the preview evening, so don’t expect that to be part of the experience if you decide to go.

Tickets for Enchanted: Forest of Light are on sale now starting at $28 for non-members of the botanical garden. Remember that tickets must be purchased in advance if you want to attend.

Additionally, if you enjoyed the above video, we urge you to subscribe to We Like L.A. on YouTube to get more of the same, and to get help finding new places to explore in Los Angeles.

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Cool Spots, Lifestyle, sightseeing

25 Incredible Places to Take Pictures in Los Angeles

November 19, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Looking to take cool photos in and of Los Angeles? We’ve been exploring the city for the past three-plus years and we’ve taken literally thousands of photos and many hours of video footage (seriously!). Now what to do with it all?

Well, we thought it might be helpful to compile some of our most-loved spots in a little video montage that we put together on our YouTube channel. The idea is that you’ll give it a watch, get some inspiration, then go out to take a few photos of your own!

For more information on each of the locations mentioned in the video, scroll below for links to all. I’ve also sprinkled in a few videos spotlighting a couple of the locations so you can get a closer look at the look and feel of each.

As a reminder, you should be fine doing recreational photography at any of the locations mentioned below, but be sure to double-check what fees/permits are required if you’re planning to do professional work.

Hope the list helps!

1. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (free)

2. Eaton Canyon Falls (free)

3. Venice Canals (free)

4. Santa Monica Pier (free)

5. Hollywood Bowl (free during day)

6. The Bradbury Building (free)

7. The Huntington Library ($$)

8. Echo Park Lake (free)

9. Chinatown Central Plaza (free)

10. Ascot Hills Park (free)

11. Vista Hermosa Park (free)

12. Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail (free)

13. Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area (free on weekdays, $6 on weekends and holidays for single vehicles)

14. 1st Street Bridge (free)

15. Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve (paid parking)

16. El Matador State Beach (free)

17. The Getty Villa (free admission w/paid parking)

18. The Getty Center (free admission w/paid parking)

19. Walt Disney Concert Hall exterior (free)

20. City Hall Observation Deck (free, only open on weekdays)

21. Grand Park (free)

22. Urban Lights at LACMA (free) – Note that the museum offers free admission on second Tuesdays and after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

23. Descanso Gardens ($$)

24. Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles (free)

25. Griffith Observatory (free)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for October 29, 2017

October 29, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, October 29, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [10 a.m.] The undisputed king of comics, Stan Lee is returning to L.A. for his 6th annual Comic Con at the L.A. Convention Center. Hosted on October 27-29, this annual event is a pop culture haven for comic, video game, fantasy and multi-media fans.

2. [11 a.m.] Check out Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s renowned Historic Walking Tour this Sunday. The popular, fact-filled tour are led by film historian Karie Bible.

3. [noon] The First-Ever Growlers Six Music Festival happening on October 28-29 at the Port of Los Angeles will feature acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, The Growlers, The B-52s, Girl Talk and more.

4. [1 p.m.] The Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party and Kittie and Doggie Rescue Adoption comes to Eagle Rock City Hall on Sunday for the cutest Halloween-themed event all for a furry cause. FREE

5. [1 p.m.] There’s an All-Star Cookout happening at Mack Sennet Studios in Silver Lake this Sunday. Expect chefs like Jonathan Yao of Kato, Erwin Tjahyadi of Bone Kettle and Avner Levi of Cento Pasta Bar to grill up some good eats right before your very eyes.

6. [2 p.m.] LAVA (the Los Angeles Visionaries Association) will host a free tour of civic art in Los Angeles’ civic center. There will be an illustrated lecture focused on the rich architectural legacy of Downtown L.A.‘s civic center and a group walk to visit a number of historic and more recent civic artworks. FREE

7. [2:30 p.m.] Do you think your dog has the best Halloween costume? Enter your for legged friend in the 17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach! Expect over 500 pups during this popular annual parade through Belmont Shore.

8. [7 p.m.] he Los Angeles Master Chorale will present a Dia de los Muertos inspired concert of mostly Latin American composers, themed around “death” and “celebration.” The concert will take place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

9. [variousOld Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend starts this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. [various Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $20 tix to the Lagunitas Beer Circus

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for October 28, 2017

October 28, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, October 28, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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Image via Hollywood Forever


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1. [noonL.A.’s Day of The Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the largest Dia de Los Muertos celebration in L.A. featuring four music stages, live entertainment, 100+ altars, traditional dancing and delicious Mexican cuisine.

2. [noon] The First-Ever Growlers Six Music Festival happening on October 28-29 at the Port of Los Angeles will feature acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, The Growlers, The B-52s, Girl Talk and more.

3. [4 p.m.] Theatricum Botanicum will transform itself into a haunted Halloween extravaganza with various activities and entertainment. Highlights include ghost stories, game booths, themed food and libations, live music and performances by zombie thespians and improv groups.

4. [6:30 p.m.] In honor of Halloween, visit the Huntington in San Marino for Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe & Gorethis Saturday. Watch an enactment of creepy works on the moonlit grounds of the Huntington like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” and more.

5. [9 p.m.KCRW’S Masquerade Ball is back from the dead and headed for The MacArthur! Lucent Dossier, Lucha Vavoom, and belly-dancing flappers Les Petites Bonbons are just a few of the high-profile acts performing at the ball.

6. [8 p.m.Halloween weekend at Clifton’s Republic in Downtown Los Angeles welcome ghost, goblins and gauls to The Neverlands, an immersive haunted forest experience. Featuring live and dead entertainment, rare concoctions of alchemy and mayhem, including fiery cocktails and devilishly delicious food items by Executive Chef Andrew Pastore.

7. [10:30 p.m.] The Ace’s annual Halloween party, the Beastly Ball, features DJ sets by special guests Thee Mike B, DJ Franc, and the Restless Nites DJs, with dark arts provided by Super Deluxe and special cocktails. Dweller-of-the-night attire encouraged.

8. [various] his Saturday enjoy free admission to a dozen exhibits across Los Angeles County during PST: LA/LA West LA & Valley Free DayFREE

9. [variousOld Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend starts this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. [various Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $10 tix to see John Hodgeman with Nick Offerman in Conversation at the Ace Hotel Theatre

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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Food, Happenings

There’s a ‘Saved By the Bell’ Pop-Up Diner Coming to Los Angeles (and they just announced the location)

October 25, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Shoutout to all the early nineties kids out there!

Saved by the Max, a Saved by the Bell pop-up diner experience, is headed to Los Angeles in the very near future. But we knew that already.

The new news? A location has just been revealed, and if you live in WeHo (and you’re a fan of the classic Saturday morning staple) then this might make you very happy.

Yesterday the new diner confirmed the address of their soon-to-be home: 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard at the West Hollywood Gateway Shopping Center. Actor Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) announced the news in a video posted to the Saved By The Max YouTube channel.

Saved By the Max first came to the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago in June of 2016 and closed after a one-year run with plans in place to take the operation to the west coast.

The menu features typical American fare named after Saved by the Bell characters including Tori’s fried chicken, A.C. sliders, Mac & Screech, and the Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo.

If the first iteration of the pop-up is any indicator, then visitors of the L.A. version can expect a high level of detail to sell the throwback vibe, from bright neon booths and formica countertops to vintage arcade games and a jukebox, all modeled after the set of the original series.

Tickets are not yet on sale for L.A.’s Saved by the Max but there is a waitlist via the official website.

There’s still no word on an official opening date, but stay tuned.

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The Museum of Ice Cream in L.A. is Being Extended One Last Time

October 16, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Did you miss the most hyped installation pop-up of the year? Well, now you’ve got one last chance to scoop up tickets.

The Museum of Ice Cream came to Los Angeles back in April complete with a melted-popsicle jungle, a banana split made of 10,000 bananas, and a pool filled with over 100 million tiny plastic sprinkles. And that’s just for starters.

For some the installation has been a sort of social media nirvana. For others, not so much. But one thing is for sure: The demand has been extraordinary.

In my element 🌈🌈🌈 #welikela #museumoficecream

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With multiple date extensions, $29 tickets (not cheap!) selling out within days of release, and tens of thousands of Instagram hashtags and mentions, the MOIC has been nothing short of a sensation.

And here’s the good news: If you missed out and really wanted to see the spot for yourself, you’re going to have one last chance for 2017.

The final (we think?!?) L.A. ticket extension will be released on Wednesday, October 18th at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets will be sold via the Museum of Ice Cream website, with dates available through December 2017.

 

The price breakdown is as follows: $29 for adults and $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+).

We suggest you bookmark the site and refresh often on the day of if you expect to get a few of the coveted tickets!

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The Catalina Express is Ending Their Birthday Ride Promotion

October 14, 2017 by Brian Champlin

If you’ve celebrated a birthday in Los Angeles over the past few years you’ve probably had a friend or two suggest taking advantage of the birthday ride promotion provided by the Catalina Express.

The promo, which was introduced in 2012, was at one time a ‘free birthday ride’ to Catalina Island that changed to a ‘share your ride’ promo in 2017 (two for the price of one). The sweet b-day discount has resulted in nearly 500,000 registrations and 200,000 round-trip voyage since its inception, with 60% of the birthday riders being first-time visitors to the island. But now all that is coming to an end.

On Friday, October 13, the Catalina Express announced via press release that they’ll ending birthday ride offers at the conclusion of 2017.

Avalon Catalina Island

Overlooking Avalon on Catalina Island. Credit: Mark Roland via flickr cc

Greg Bombard, President/CEO of Catalina Express thanked the many passengers that have traveled to Catalina in the past six years through the promotion:

“We launched the program not only to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but to provide an incentive for visitors to get a ‘taste’ of the new Catalina, which has grown and evolved with the opening of new attractions, restaurants, culture and entertainment.”

No specific reason was offered in the release for discontinuation of the program.

Note that anyone with a birthday between now and the end of the year can still sign-up for the current offer. To take advantage you just have to book a trip that takes place on or before December 31, 2017.

If you are planning a visit to the island in the near future, be sure to check out We Like L.A.’s handy list 16 Fun Things to Do on Catalina Island If You Happen to Make The Trip.

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Things To Do

21 Free Things To Do in L.A. Before 2017 is Over

October 10, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Remember how you made that big list of all the fun things you were going to do for 2017? Remember how busy you got instead?

There’s still time!

Whether you’re looking for cultural festivals, seasonal celebrations, parades, art tours, hikes, or something in between, the end-of-year events calendar in Los Angeles has plenty to offer. And all of it at everyone’s favorite price… FREE!

So circle a date, message a friend, and be sure to follow through this time. You won’t regret it.

Kiss Bridge at Venice Canals

Venice Canals Holiday Lights. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Items listed below in chronological order, numbered only for reference.

1. Late-Night! Música y Arte at Skirball Cultural Center – Live music, food trucks, a cash bar, and free access to Skirball’s current exhibits. (Oct. 13)

2. Front Porch Cinema – Free Friday film screenings at the Santa Monica Pier all throughout October (Oct. 13, 21, & 27 still remaining)

3. Pasadena ArtWalk – Local art, free museum admission, live entertainment, a juried art show & hands-on activities (Oct. 14)

4. Archaeology Day Returns to the Santa Monica Mountains – Learn how to dig like an archaeologist, throw a spear, and watch flintknapping (making stone tools) – Oct. 14)

5. Friends of Griffith Parks Public Hikes (formerly the Ranger Ernie Hikes) – Three ranger-led hikes are on the books for the end of 2017 (Oct. 15, Nov. 23, Dec. 10)

6. 12th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar – Archival materials and experts come together to celebrate (and explain) the marvelous diversity and history of Southern California

7. P-22 Festival in Griffith Park – A public party to celebrate L.A.’s favorite big cat (Oct. 21).

8. Sunland-Tujunga Open Studios – A free guided weekend tour of local art studios and creative venues featuring 40+ artists. (Oct. 21-22)

9. Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Altar Tours – Music, activities, and self-guided tours o traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. LA Critical Mass: America’s Largest Community Bike Ride – This year’s ride starts ride at Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, California at 6:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged! (Oct. 27)

11. DOPIUM.LA — A FREE Cultural Festival in Chinatown – Celebrating Asian American expression through food, music and never-before-seen art exhibits. (Nov. 4)

12Grand Ave: All Access – A huge day of free events all taking place along Grand Ave. in DTLA. (Nov. 4)

13. Woofstock 90210 at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills – 35+ pet-related vendors, food trucks, a pet parade, and more (Nov. 5)

14. Inglewood Open Studios – Inglewood’s only art walk is a two-day affair now in its 11th year. (Nov. 11-12)

15. UCLA Game Art Festival 2017 – A night of games and game art, live performance, music, and refreshments co-resented by the UCLA Game Lab (Nov 14)

16. Great LA Walk comes to Beverly Blvd – Starting at 1st Street in Little Tokyo and trekking all the way to the ocean – (Nov. 18)

17. L.A. County Tree Lighting Ceremony at Grand Park – You can enjoy the holiday decorations in Grand Park through Dec. 26. (Nov. 27)

18. Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade – the 35th annual boat parade took place last year on Sunday December 11. No specific announcement has been made on this year’s date as yet, but refer back to www.voiceofthecanals.org as we get closer to December.

19. Echo Park Community Parade – 50+ entrants celebrate this year’s theme: “Golden Memories of Echo Park”  (Dec. 9)

20. 55th Annual Marina Del Rey Boat Parade – An estimated 25,000 people come watch the Boat Parade each year. (Dec. 9)

21. 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration – An afternoon of music and dance to celebrate the season (Dec. 24)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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Griffith Observatory at Sunset

Griffith Observatory at Sunset. Credit: Adam via flickr cc


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1. [6:30 p.m.] Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month. At this free event, guests will enjoy a sunset hike led by a Griffith Park park ranger and a museum guide. FREE

2. [7:15 p.m.] Catch L.A. based DJ Bonobo at the Greek Theatre as he performs from his latest album, Migration with opening sets by Bob Moses and Tourist.

3. [7:30 p.m.Two Films by Lourdes Portillo: Free Screening at the Hammer. FREE

4. [8 p.m.]  The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Beauty & The Beast (2017) at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Pulp Fiction at Montalban in Hollywood.

5. [8 p.m.] Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen The Sandlot on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

6. [8 p.m.] The Groundlings’ The Crazy Uncle Joe Show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. [8 p.m.] Short Film Night (Female Filmaker Edition) at El Cid.

8. [8:30 p.m.] NTS Wednesday Night Takeover of the Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel.

9. [9:30 p.m.] The Underground Jazz Sessions at the Continental Club.

10. [10 p.m.Honeymoon presents: RECESS at the Del Close Theater. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: $27 tix to see the LA Phil perform Mozart: 1791 at the Disney Concert Hall (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 L.A. County Museums Will Offer Free Admission This Saturday for Museum Day Live!

September 20, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Another free museum day? Well sure why not!

Museum Day Live!, an annual (and sometimes biannual) event hosted by Smithsonian magazine offers a special day where participating museums across the country offer free admission to any and all guests presenting a free online voucher. The next edition will be this Saturday, September 23, with over 1,200 museums taking part in the event nationwide.

Locally, there will be 10 museums in L.A. County who will be participating. Guests who want to take advantage of the offer simply have to register on the Smithsonian website (free) and they will receive a voucher for participating museums.

Each ticket allows general admission for a ticket holder plus one guest. If you go to Museum Day Live! with more than one guest, your other guests will have to pay full admission (so make sure you get enough vouchers!).

Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The 10 museums participating within L.A. County are:

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Pasadena History Museum
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • The International Printing Museum
  • California African American Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum
  • Forest Lawn Museum
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

You can check out this handy map to see the locations of participating museums closest to where you are.

Some museums will require that you print out the voucher beforehand, others will allow check-in via a smartphone. Make sure you do a little research to know what’s required before you visit.

Enjoy!

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A Brand New Free Museum Space is Opening in DTLA This Saturday

September 6, 2017 by Brian Champlin

This weekend a familiar local art institution is opening in a fresh space, under a new name.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), will open the doors on a new 12,700-foot facility located on the south side of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

ICA LA’s new digs include 7,500-square-feet of exhibition space, a designated area for public programs, plus offices. Still yet to open is a cafe, which is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2018. And here’s the part you’ll want to note: Admission, both for the opening celebration and ongoing visitation, is free!

[RELATEDHere’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For September (2017)]

ICA LA Courtyard

“now I’m going to tell you everything” is the inaugural project for ICA LA’s courtyard wall on 7th Street. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

After opening in 1984 SMMoA had spent it’s final 17 years as a tenant of Bergamot Station before shutting down in May 2015. For the past two-plus years former employees of the museum have been focused on looking for a new home, along with a strategy to rebrand and generate the operating funds necessary for a new endeavor. Now, all the hard work has come to fruition.

ICL LA has defined it’s mission as to “support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other,” according to the museum’s new website.

To launch that vision the museum will open with three exhibitions, all running through December 31, 2017:

– Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation features approximately 50 drawings and collages as part of the artist’s first presentation in Southern California.

Sarah Cain: now I’m going to tell you everything is the inaugural project for ICA LA’s courtyard wall on 7th Street (see photo above).

– Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter) will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Additionally, the opening weekend of Sept. 9-10 includes several special activities, tours and talks to welcome the public to the new space.

Saturday features:

  • Bilingual guided tours of Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation at 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m.
  • Matchsticks and Mashed Potatoes workshop on collage drawings and alternative image-making in the spirit of Martín Ramírez from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte (The Day Laborers of the North) at 5 p.m.

Sunday features:

  • Migrar storybook reading and art workshop with Spanish-language children’s bookstore LA librería and Book Arts LA from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • A conversation with leading scholars of Latin American art and culture: James Oles, Rubén Gallo, Josh Kun, and conservator Harriet Stratis, moderated by Elsa Longhauser, discussing the life and work of Martín Ramírez from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • An interactive dance class by Cambalache, featuring Maestro Cesar Castro, Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, and Juan Perez from 4 to 5 p.m.

ICA LA is located at 1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.

Opening weekend (Sept. 9-10) hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ongoing hours thereafter will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed. – Fri., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat.-Sun. Admission is free.

For more information on visiting ICA LA, or to help plan your visit, be sure to visit theicala.org.

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50+ SoCal Museums Will Be Free on Sep. 17th to Help Launch Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

August 22, 2017 by Brian Champlin

One of SoCal’s largest artistic collaborations is right around the corner, and this year it comes with a freebie day that readers of this blog are sure to love.

Starting next month Pacific Standard Time LA/LA will shine a spotlight on Latin American and Latino art. The five-month long effort, which will officially launch via a massive party at Grand Park on September 14,  will present its theme through a variety of modes and mediums, with each exhibition tackling the topic from a unique angle, from activism and displacement to the very definition of identity itself.  The endeavor is both a celebration of our region’s diverse roots, as well as an opportunity to reframe the important connection between Los Angeles and its ties to Latin American culture.

Programming for PST LA/LA will appear at dozens of institutions all over Southern California, from university galleries to performing arts centers to iconic museums stretching from San Diego all the way up to Santa Barbara. And yes, there will be plenty of free ways to experience the collaborative movement, perhaps most noteworthy of which is a large scale free museum day happening during the kickoff weekend.

As part of the launch for PST LA/LA over 50 SoCal museums will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17, with thanks to the support of presenting sponsor Bank of America. Participating institutions include some that always offer free admission, such as The Getty, the California African American Museum, and others, plus museums that will be specially free just for this event, such as The Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA, The Autry Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art, and many others.

Just be advised (as is our usual disclaimer) that big free days like this tend to attract large crowds (be advised) and parking expense should always be taken into consideration when planning your day (think carpool, rideshare, or public transit if its close enough). No matter where you go, you should definitely check with the official website of the museum you plan on visiting before you make the trip.

If you want options outside of the PST LA/LA big free day, be sure to check out our handy guide of free museums and free museums days.

List of participating museums after the jump!

Free Museum Day Participants for PST LA/LA

Wilshire Blvd outside LACMA

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

West Los Angeles & The Valley
18th Street Arts Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Skirball Cultural Center
The Annenberg Space for Photography
The Getty Center

Midcity
Craft & Folk Art Museum
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

South Bay & Long Beach
Angels Gate Cultural Center
ESMoA
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Matlz Gallery
Torrance Art Museum
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach

Downtown & East LA
California African American Museum
Chinese American Museum
ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Central Library
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
Self Help Graphics & Art
The Mistake Room
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Vincent Price Art Museum

Hollywood & West Hollywood
Autry Museum of the American West
LAXART
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) at West Hollywood Park
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood

Orange County
Chapman University
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Pasadena & San Marino
Pasadena Museum of California Art

San Diego
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
University of San Diego, University Galleries

Santa Barbara & Ventura County
Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Inland Cities
American Museum of Ceramic Arts
Millard Sheets Art Center
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
Pitzer College Art Galleries
Pomona College Museum of Art
Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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