“When the Weekend shouldn’t have all the fun.”
I feel like the weekend is the thing we wait Monday through Thursday for so why not mix it up and go crazy – go out during the week?! This page is devoted to those in Southern California. Whether you’re here on vacation or live here and want something to do, Midweek Mysteries is my way of giving you a reason to get out of the house. You’re welcome.
If you want something to last past Thursday, visit “Weekend Whirl” for what’s going on Friday-Sunday.
All of August will be focused on finding rare performances, authentic Cafe’s, beautiful exhibits, and cultural events.
What’s happening NOW
OC Art | OC Fare
Special Events | Spring 2012
Newport Film Festival
Newport Beach Lido
April 26-May 3rd
Cirque de la Symphonie | Pacific Symphony
May 3-5, 2012 (3 concerts)
Orange County Performing Arts Center, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, CA
“The Magic of Cirque at the Music Hall”
Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world- aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These artists are among the best in the business, and they include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared by symphonies, and each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the maestro.
Orange County, Calif.—April 12, 2012—Be dazzled by the magic of Cirque set against the dramatic backdrop of a full symphony orchestra, when Pacific Symphony presents “Cirque de la Symphonie.” This jaw-dropping blend of circus acts accompanied by classical and pops music is performed live in the pristine acoustical gem of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Returning after a spectacular performance at the 2010 Summer Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, “Cirque de la Symphonie,” led again by Assistant Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy, offers a feast of feats performed on and above the stage. Aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen choreograph their acts to the mesmerizing sound of classical masterpieces and memorable contemporary music chosen by the Symphony. The Cirque performers include world-record holders, Olympians and gold-medal winners of international competitions who rank among the most exceptional cirque artists in the world.
“Cirque de la Symphonie” takes place Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25- $160; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
Show at Barre
1714 N. VERMONT AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90027 | (323) 661-6163 (EXT 20)
Getty Museum | Getty Center, Los Angeles
Getty Museum | 1200 Getty Center Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90049
Aide/AIDS-mémoire: Herb Ritts and the Picture of Health
In this talk, Jonathan Katz, director of the Visual Studies Program at the University at Buffalo, re-situates the work of Herb Ritts in the social and cultural context of the worst years of the AIDS crisis. Katz suggests that the importance of Ritts’s work stems in large part from his being an openly gay photographer who proffered a utopian dream of impossibly perfect bodies at a time when the impact of AIDS was becoming increasingly visible. Free; reservations recommended.
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Curator’s Gallery Talk
Paul Martineau, associate curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free, no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Food should be an adventure. Be willing to throw caution to the wind and entice your taste buds:
| Haven Gastropub | Nick’s Laguna | Lumberyard | Tamarind of London | CUCINA enoteca | Paul Martin’s | Lola Gaspar | Taco Asylum | Broadway
Delicias | The Addison | Burlap | PrepKitchen | Searsucker | Bleu Bohème | 1500 Ocean
Try checking out a list of some of my “Favorite Cafe’s” in Los Angeles, “Los Angeles Fare“, “Orange County Fare“, and the Latest Reviews: “Reviews”
The Hollywood Bowl
Hotel Cafe is a secluded, artsy little spot located in the midst of a creative corner of LA.
Where: 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga / Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets: $10-15 per person
Pre-Sale Price: $10.00
Service Charge: $2.50
The Mint is one of LA’s best kept secrets. The Mint, established in 1937, is a local landmark. Many music greats have not only played here, but broke here. Stevie Wonder, Willie Dixon, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and more have graced our seasoned stage. More recent prominent artists include Ben Harper, Macy Gray, and The Wallflowers. Live Performances by Artists, most featured on KCRW, all month.
6010 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
21 + Nightclub
For a CURRENT & DETAILED list of Los Angeles Art Exhibits,visit
May 10th, 2012
Disrupting people’s negotiation of their city, the pianos are aimed to provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape. Like Facebook, the pianos, together with this website, provide an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves.
2nd Sunday of EVERY month
Welcome to the world’s most unusual flea market the shopping place of
the stars. Featuring over 2,500 vendors and 15,000 to 20,000 buyers
every Month. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most famous
markets in the world. Celebrating over 40 years of continued success
at the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. If you come to
shop or just browse you will truly enjoy the experience.
LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 857-6000
Buddha Seokgamoni (Shakyamuni) Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak
This important large-scale ritual painting displays many characteristics of mid-eighteenth-century Buddhist art, including the complex composition and the strongly formulated patterns in the floral motifs and clouds. A recent conservation project for this painting took over a year to complete. (Watch the video.) LACMA is deeply grateful to Professor Park Chisun and her talented team from Korea for conserving this work. The painting depicts Seokgamoni (Shakyamuni), the historical Buddha, seated on a lotus pedestal in the center, preaching to a large assembly, as described in the Lotus Sutra. The painting’s long inscription at the bottom states that the scroll was created for the Shinheung Temple in Yangyang, Gangwon Province. It also identifies ten monks who participated in its production. According to the inscription, the painting was completed in the sixth month of the twentieth year of the (Manchu) Qing dynasty Qianlong Emperor’s reign (the thirty-first year of the Joseon dynasty King Yeongjo’s reign), which corresponds to 1755.
In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States
North America represented a place free from European traditions for women Surrealists from the United States and Mexico, and émigrés fleeing war-torn Europe. While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation and imagination, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams. The knowledge they derived from such exploration empowered them to create extraordinary visual images, both personal and universal. Their art was primarily about identity: portraits, double portraits, couple portraits, self-portraits, self-referential images, and masquerades that demonstrate in deceptively straightforward as well as ambiguously abstract terms their trials and pleasures.
Arranged thematically, approximately 175 works in a variety of media date from 1931 to 1968. A handful of slightly later examples demonstrate Surrealism’s historical overlap and influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners, including Maya Deren, Helen Lundeberg, María Izquierdo, Jacqueline Lamba, and Janet Sobel.
Metropolis II is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city.”
Beginning Saturday, January 14, to see Metropolis II in action, please visit the gallery at these times:
Fridays: 12:30–2 pm; 3–4:30 pm; 5–6:30 pm pm; 7–8:30 pm
Weekends: 11:30–1:00 pm; 2–3:30 pm; 4–5:30 pm; 6–7:30 pm
MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art
MOCA | 250 South Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90012
MOCA, Los Angeles
THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA