Art is everywhere: where to find public art in LA

June 28th, 2016

Southern California and LA have so many places with gorgeous public art! Whether you are looking for a mural or sculpture, you’re bound to be inspired. Even the pillars at LAX turn different colors. You’ll find many historical pieces and cultural themed art around town. “Street art” is a very popular medium in fine art as well as graphic art. The artist Banksy has made quite a name for himself internationally with his urban and emotionally charged art pieces that make statements. So look around you. Art is everywhere!


Summer inspiration: Creative hour at Mondrian Los Angeles

June 23rd, 2016

Mondrian Los Angeles is offering a creative happy hour that incorporates DIY & innovative classes. Every Tuesday this summer from 7-8:30p, they will offer a diverse catalog of programming from local artisans such as Succulent 101 from Rolling Greens Nursery, Tarot Card Reading & Education to Mixology with Cocktail Academy. All classes are open to the public & hotel guests 21+ and guarantee a fun educational experience unlike anything in Los Angeles this summer! You must register at this address to reserve your spot:


June 28 – Succulent Workshop with Rolling Greens Nursery – $35/student
Learn artisanal succulent arrangement with Rolling Green Nursery’s team during this private class. Each student will receive a satchel with all the materials to design your plant work of work. Take your succulent home and learn how to care for various types of succulents.

July 5 – Meditation & Detox with Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs – Pricing TBA
July 12 – Tarot Card Reading & Education with The Divine Experiment – $55/person
July 19 – Mixology Class with Cocktail Academy – Pricing TBA
July 26 – Geographic Postcard Design – $30/person
August 2 – Simply Brigadeira Cookie Creation Class – Pricing TBA
August 9 – Brush Lettering Greeting Cards with @BeAHeartDesign – $35/person
August 16 – Game Night with Cocktail Academy – Pricing TBA


Stay cool at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

June 21st, 2016

Summer has arrived in Southern California with record-breaking heat! When you live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, you’ll always have ways to stay cool and relaxed. Take a refreshing dip in our sparking pool. Staying indoors is also a good idea. Enjoy the air-conditioned amenities such as the visual arts studio, fitness studio, artist’s lounge, billiards room, literary studio, computer/business center, and more. THere’s so much to entertain yourself without ever leaving home. We’re a pet-friendly community too. Treat your furry friends to lots of ice cubes in their water and wait to walk them until later in the day so the pads on their feet don’t burn from the hot pvement. Other common sense ideas are to stay hydrated. By drinking more water than usual, you help keep yourself more hydrated and lessen the risk of heat stroke. Stock your freezer with chilly treats like ice cream, frozen fruit, or fruit sorbet.


Brickhouse Theatre: JOE & MARILYN: A Love Story: NOW –JUNE 26

June 16th, 2016

The volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood super-star Marilyn Monroe is the subject of JOE & MARILYN: A Love Story. The passion-filled two-character play by Willard Manus offers insight into a famously tragic romance, an unforgettable love story for the ages.

Although their marriage lasted only nine months, DiMaggio and Monroe remained devoted to each other until the latter’s death in 1962. From that time on, DiMaggio had half a dozen roses delivered three times a week to her Westwood gravesite. JOE & MARILYN was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow members. This new production will perform in the heart of the NOHO Theatre Arts District at the Brickhouse Theatre. Get your tickets today!

If you’re looking for books on Marilyn, check out My Story, Fragments, and Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe.



June 14th, 2016

Graphic design is one of the most popular and dynamic art forms. There’s a wonderful exhibit at LACMA featuring graphic designer leaders Alvin Lustig and Elaine Lustig Cohen. Lustig, a beloved teacher and influential critic as well as a polymath designer, advocated an ambitious mission for the discipline, insisting that a true designer could guide public taste toward “the proper expression of the society he lives in.” As head of her own office, Cohen maintained an independence that was rare for women at mid-century. In 1973 she co-founded Ex Libris, a rare book and ephemera shop that played an essential role in the development of design history. Both designers imbued their work with their knowledge and passion for modern art, translating the immediacy and psychological impact of abstract painting into mass-market communications. Made possible by a generous donation from the designers’ archive, this presentation highlights this connection through book and magazine covers, advertisements, packaging, and announcements. This exhibition is included in General Admission.


Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

June 9th, 2016

Summer is the perfect time to experience live theatrical performances — especially if it’s Shakespeare. The FREE, did we say FREE, Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival looks like it will stack up to be great. Performances will include Richard III and The Tempest.  Richard III depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England. The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such. The Tempest is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand. The performance site for both of these plays is at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.


Dance Media Festival at UCLA

June 7th, 2016

The creative Dance Center West is putting on a very cool event that combines dance with other mediums for inspired results! It takes place on the beautiful campus of UCLA. Dance Camera West (DCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance and dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace.  Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.

Saturday, June 11The Past, Present & Future of Hip Hop, MOCA’s Ahmanson Auditorium, Downtown LA

Thursday, June 16 - Opening Night w/ Pre VIP Reception, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Westwood

Friday, June 17 - International Shorts Program, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Westwood

Saturday, June 18 (evening) - UCLA’s Royce Hall, Westwood