Grand Park’s SPRINGTIME READS culminates with everyone’s favorite celebration of independent Los Angeles-based authors and publishers. This year, the annual Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest will explore, “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces,” a celebration and reflection of where Angelenos love to read and write – past, present and future. Find books by local authors and publishers. Discover great children’s books. Connect with other writers. It’s all FREE and takes place on May 4 from noon-5pm at Grand Park located at 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012.
Spring is here with beautiful breezes and lots of sunshine. It’s the perfect time to enjoy LA’s great parks. Griffith Park is a popular spot for picnics, walks, hikes, and jogging along the scenic trails. It also includes the famous Hollywood sign. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Santa Monica mountain range, the Valley, and downtown LA. The park itself is huge spanning over 4,000 acres. If walking or hiking aren’t your thing, the Griffith Observatory lets you explore the sky and the Zoo is also a great time.
Chief Curator Helen Molesworth has installed an exhibition highlighting the affinities between artists and artworks in an attempt to rethink the now conventional chronological installation of art. By exploring connections that emerge through artist friendships, the history of art schools, and artist’s own stated interest in other artist’s work, this presentation of MOCA’s esteemed collection of post-1945 art highlights iconic works alongside lesser known material drawn from the nearly 7000 objects in MOCA’s collection. Recently acquired work is on view, gesturing towards MOCA’s newly invigorated collecting. MOCA’s collection is considered to be among the most important collections of post-war art in the world, this installation aims to reintroduce its richness and depth as well as signal a new era of scholarship and a renewed commitment to collecting at the institution. CLICK HERE for more information. Image courtesy of MOCA. Learn more about L.A.’s best museums HERE.
It’s almost certain that North Hollywood has some of the most creative events around L.A. The International Film Festival in North Hollywood celebrates the art of filmmaking, helps support a community of artists and showcases North Hollywood as an entertainment and travel destination. IFFNoHo supports and nurtures emerging independent filmmakers and their stories from around the world not currently found in mainstream American cinema. This year, IFFNH is highlighting films about food, music, and dance, reflecting the creative spirit of North Hollywood. CLICK HERE for more information. When you live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, you’ll love how inspired you’ll fee every day.
Springtime means baseball season is here and it’s time for Dodgers baseball! This is Vin Scully’s last season as their announcer so it makes every game this season extra special. CLICK HERE to buy individual, group, or premium tickets. Find out about the LA Dodgers history here. While we’re on the topic of sports, we congratulate Kobe Bryant on his extraordinary career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Tonight is his last game. CLICK HERE to read more about his career and legacy. Good luck in your future endeavors Kobe!
The art scene in Southern California is definitely prolific and thriving. Now until April 24, enjoy the 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West presented by the California Art Club. Get inspired by more than 200 contemporary-traditional fine art paintings and sculpture that pays tribute to the pioneering artists who founded the organization. This is a tremendous show that spotlights California Impressionism.
The Autry was voted “Favorite Museum” by Los Angeles Daily News Readers in 2014 and 2015. Discover the art, history, and cultures of the American West! Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and more. Throughout the year, the Autry also presents a wide range of public events and programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family activities, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States.
Gotta love the array of all things creative in L.A! Complexions Contemporary Ballet will be performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from April 15-17. They bring a mixed rep this season that combines technical precision, power, passion and the occasional pop song. Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (two esteemed alumni of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Complexions delivers an exciting, genre bending performance that transcends traditions and blurs the boundaries of ballet and contemporary. CLICK HERE to buy tickets. See who else is on the performance calendar here.