Here are five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music to an adventure we’ll call the Wild Card from the makers of the 5 Every Day app. Get this as a new podcast in iTunes. If you want five hand-picked things to do in Los Angeles every day, download the free 5 Every Day from the App Store.
If you haven’t had your fill from Take Two's extensive anniversary coverage of the Watts Rebellion, LACMA’s got another perspective for you.
It’s “Junk Dada,” a career-spanning exhibition of late Angeleno artist and social activist Noah Purifoy—an under-recognized, West Coast descendant of the European Dadaists.
“Junk Dada” is a first-of-its-kind retrospective. It’s been on display since June, but now’s an especially timely week to visit. One of the show’s big draws is Purifoy's early body of sculptures, grouped together as “66 Signs of Neon,” which he famously pieced together from debris he salvaged from the streets of Watts after the riots. It’s all pretty awe-inspiring.
At LACMA through September 27, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
City: The Wisdom Tree
Griffith Park has a long history of quasi-legal improvements.
There’s Amir’s Garden, a secret hilltop garden planted over the course of three decades by an Iranian immigrant armed with only a pick and shovel.
And there’s the now-dismantled tea house built this year in a hidden corner of the park.
But we’ve got a tip today from our fellow LA lover Casey Schreiner, of the Modern Hiker blog, whose favorite DIY project in Griffith Park is the "Wisdom Tree."
The Widsom Tree is a pine supposedly planted by an anonymous hiker some 35 years ago, along with a few other giveaway saplings from a local Vons. A 2007 wildfire ravaged the hillside, but the Wisdom Tree survived.
Today, an old ammo box stores wishes, prayers, and musings of hikers who make the trek to the Tree. There’s even a register where you can write your own deep thoughts for future hikers.
FOOD: Conflict Kitchen
We’re strong believers in food as a form of cultural exchange.
That’s why we love Los Angeles’ many ethnic enclaves; by exploring culinary delicacies from around the world, we get a global education in our own backyards.
It’s also why we love the Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant in Pittsburgh–of all places–that exclusively serves food from countries with which the US is currently in conflict.
Think North Korean Bi-Bim-Bap, Iranian kebabs, Venezuelan empenadas...all served in beautifully-designed wrappers that feature interviews with people from those places talking about food, life, and politics. This Wednesday, the Conflict Kitchen’s co-director Dawn Weleski will be at the Hammer Museum, serving Afghan Cuisine, and discussing the restaurant’s culinary—and cultural—aspirations.
Make lunch, not war!
Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
MUSIC: Body High FYF Kick-off
Single day tickets to this year’s FYF Fest are gone, meaning that if you want to see Morrissey flounce around in front of his most devoted disciples, you'll have to fork over for the full weekend.
Which is a commitment. As the city's flagship Summer music festival, FYF is a massive sprawl. But if you can't bring yourself to drop close to $200 on those two-day tickets, there are plenty of other adjunct musical happenings and parties to take in this weekend, clustered like moths to the festival’s flame.
Here’s a good one. Body High, a record label of forward-thinking dance music producers, are throwing a great big FYF kickoff party on the roof of the Standard downtown this Friday.
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9:00 PM at The Standard hotel rooftop, 550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
WILDCARD: '2001' with orchestra
There's never been a movie quite like Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Sure, it's often imitated, but when it comes to megalomaniacal sci-fi cinema, everything else pales.
It’s just the gold standard: an existential space drama so deeply ingrained into popular culture that people who haven't seen it know exactly what it means when Richard Strauss' Thus Spoke Zarathurstra's big pomp and circumstance kicks in.
This Tuesday, the LA Phil takes that pomp and circumstance to the next level, providing a live soundtrack as the movie beams across the eons onto the big screen at the Hollywood bowl.
Take the trip.