FIDM Costume Exhibit

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Open now at the FIDM Museum it is their 25th annual display of movie costumes. These are actual costumes used in films from the previous year, including many that were nominated for Academy Awards. Past costumes have included films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cinderella (live-action), and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Viewing the exhibit is free to the public. The museum is located at 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015 and is easy to access from the Metro Red or Purple Lines.

The museum is open 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. These costume displays will be available until April 22, 2017. You can visit their website for more details.

Metro Art Presents: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith | Gifted & Blessed

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On Friday, March 3, 2017 the Arts department of the Los Angeles Metro presents an evening with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. This will take place in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 8 PM and the show starts at 8:30.

Her music is a unique blend of rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, inspired by Kaitlyn’s time spent on Orcas Island in Washington state. According to the event, her work “her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas.” Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, known as Gifted & Blessed, will also play his music before Kaitlyn performs.

This event is free to attend, no reservation required. But seating is first-come, first-serve. Check Facebook or their website for more information.

 

LA Art Book Fair

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Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting their 5th annual LA Art Book Fair from February 23 to 26, 2017. This unique event gives artists displays books, art catalogs, zines, and more for three and a half days, giving artists a chance to share their work. This event is free and open to the public.

If you want a special experience, you can purchase VIP tickets ($10 each) for a preview on February 23rd that includes access to the displays and a special musical performance.

Public hours for the display:

  • Friday, February 24, 2017: 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017: 11 AM to 6 PM

You can check out the event on their Facebook page or official website.

¡LUNCHTIME! at Grand Park

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Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles has a variety of lunchtime activities that are free* to enjoy.

Activities include:

  • Writing Meetups
  • Yoga
  • Food Trucks
  • Concerts

Check their online calendar for which activities are offered each day. Most lunchtime events are scheduled through the end of May. And Grand Park is easily accessible by Metro Red and Purple lines.

*Food trucks are not free. But it is a good way to try some new cuisine from local chefs.

Union Station Tango Party

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You can spend your Valentine’ Day learning a dance of love! Free tango lessons will be offered at Union Station on February 14, 2017, followed by social dancing (milonga). Music will be provided by a live orchestra – Tangótico, led by Matias Piegari. Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes will also dance for the audience.

Schedule

  • 7:30pm Doors open
  • 8:00pm Dance lesson
  • 8:30pm Milonga
  • 9:00pm Tangótico + Milonga continues

It’s easy to arrive by Metro and avoid parking hassles! The event is free and open to the public. Check their website for more details.

All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory

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Friday, February 3, 2017 is the first Friday of February. It is also the monthly date for Griffith Observatory’s “All Space Considered” event, where they discuss the latest in astronomy news, and what observers can hope to see in the February sky.

The discussion begins at 7:30 PM, but make sure to leave time to find parking on a Friday night. Or leave enough time to park below by the Greek Theatre and catch the DASH Shuttle to the top for just $0.35 with your Metro TAP card.

The event is free to the public, and happens each month. Please visit their official website to see the list of guest lecturers, and updates for future events.

Free Movie at Petersen Automotive Museum

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Petersen Automotive Museum, located on Wilshire Boulevard, will be treating guests to a free screening of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. They will also be serving complimentary popcorn and other refreshments. Screening is Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7 PM.

Go to their website to RSVP for the event.

The event is free, but parking on-site is $12 so consider finding cheaper parking, taking the Metro, or carpooling with a large group to split the cost.

DTLA Art Walk

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The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a nonprofit that organizes monthly art walks in LA. They are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine.

If you decide to join in the event, start at the Art Walk Lounge (634 S. Spring St.), the visitor center for the Art Walk. Visitors can pick up maps, view and purchase art from local and international artists, support artisans through the Art Mart, and sample promo items from our sponsors. The Art Walk Lounge is open from 6-10 PM.

Be sure to check out their website, as this nonprofit also hosts other events such as building tours throughout the city.