Los Angeles - Lifestyle & Culture
When it comes to culture, LA might suffer from comparison to the super-cool New York, but Los Angeles has a rich cultural life of its own and the movie industry means it remains a beacon for artists of all kinds.
For a taste of some homegrown LA culture, experience the Downtown Art Walk. Taking place every second Thursday from 12pm-9pm, galleries open their doors, music is played and crowds gather to enjoy the electric atmosphere. A must for art lovers.
Take a tram up to The Getty Museum, where you will find stunning architecture, wonderful gardens and fantastic views over LA. Then pop in to check out the art works including Van Gogh. Best of all, it’s free.
From Summer 2011 Cirque de Soleil will set up a permanent home at the Kodak Theatre with a show fittingly based around the impact of Hollywood on the history of cinema, bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation.
Los Angeles doesn’t do partying by halves. Let LA entertain you and a memorable night out in the City of Angels is guaranteed.
The world’s hottest DJs and most cutting edge clubs can be found in LA. Try dance clubs like LAX, Las Vegas Boulevard, with its stunning roof top terrace bar, the Zen-style Mood, Hollywood Boulevard, or its sister venue, the lush Garden of Eden. Elevate Lounge, Wilshire Boulevard, is a jaw-dropping 21st floor venue, where you’ll throw shapes amongst the city’s skyscrapers or The Kress, with its spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills. For some world flavours, visit The Mayan, South Hill Street, to dance salsa or the meringue amongst other Latin styles.
At venues such as LA Live, live entertainment is always on the bill. Try LA’s Nokia Theatre and Grammy Museum for memorable concerts. At the Knitting Factory you can discover the hottest alternative bands while you can catch more familiar names at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.
Comedy abounds in LA – visit the renowned Laugh Factory where many famous comedians began their careers, or The Improv on Melrose for bigger comedy talent.