POSTED: March 31st 2017
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BRENDA DURAN: Get Some Culture....in LA

Paramount Pictures © Bigstock
Paramount Pictures © Bigstock

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Bigstock

Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard © Bigstock
Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard © Bigstock

BRENDA DURAN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Music, art, dance, film and entertainment - you name it, when it comes to getting your culture fix in Los Angeles (LA) you will never run out of options. LA is currently bidding to host the 2024 summer Olympics against another cultural titan, Paris, France.  

As the capital of entertainment, Los Angeles is filled with the best in music, art and live theatre pretty much every day of the week. The city is overflowing with talent and the surplus of art exhibits, musicals, concerts and insider tours of your favorite primetime shows and movies.

The options can get overwhelming, that is why we put together a handy starter list for you to tackle to get a good sense of what the city has to offer. To get a good snapshot of the city's cultural offerings, it is best to get a mix of the arts when planning out your itinerary.

Here are the essentials to get you on your way to a new fun filled experience.

View the Collections 

Picasso and Rivera are a few of the mega artists you can see at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which boasts 130,000 plus objects for you to peruse. It is the largest art museum in the western United States and is easy to navigate thanks to its gorgeous layout and coordinated tours. You can easily spend an entire day at the museum, making the $15 admission fee worth every penny.

Another spectacular way to see some amazing art is at both the Getty Center and its sister location the Getty Villa, which offers a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. The Center is filled with European paintings, sculptures, photography from all over the world. The Villa offers more than 40,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities and the chance to see historical reenactments from another era in their live theater space. Win-win.

If you are more of a modern art lover, there is the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles. This place is a hot ticket in town and the best part is that admission is free. You can catch a glimpse of Basquiat, Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein. Always makes for great travel photos and the gift shop stands out with fun items for souvenirs.

Tour the Studios

The best way to learn more about the history of entertainment in Los Angeles is to take a studio tour. Studio tours are the best way to get an insider look at production, stages and backlots and if you are lucky you might get a celebrity sighting.

Some to consider include the Paramount Studio Tour - it is also one of the best ways to see east coast city replicas and cool movie scene locations you could have sworn were not fake storefronts. You can also do a tour of the Warner Brothers Studios, which includes a comprehensive tour of some of the most iconic Hollywood productions and some amazing prop departments from all of your favorite films. With interactive exhibits and comprehensive behind-the-scenes tour guides at every corner, these tours will change the way you look at entertainment production forever.

Music, Dance and Theatre

On any given day of the week, Los Angeles theatre is thriving. With countless small theatres across the city for comedy, plays and dramas the list can go on for days. So, where to start?

Start with a classic theatre. You can enjoy traveling Broadway shows like the Book of Mormon or Lion King in the heart of Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, the theatre outing will make your Hollywood experience complete with the lights, glamour and Hollywood Walk of Fame right outside the door.

If you prefer more of a low-key theatre experience, downtown offers places like the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre with local talent on stage with a diverse list of productions. With amazing restaurants in close vicinity, you can bet on a great night out before watching show here.

This list is a perfect way to get a first glimpse of what the city has to offer in the arts, once you check these off you will be ready to take on the hundreds of other offerings that the city has to offer. The opportunities are endless in La La Land.

The IOC will select their final host city in Lima, Peru on September 13, 2017.

**BRENDA DURAN has Over 10 years of documented success in writing within media and communication for leading publications, including: The North County Times, The Denver Post, PEOPLE, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, Us Weekly and Long Beach Magazine. Winner of more than a dozen national and regional writing awards for feature stories and breaking news. Expertise in strategic communications, social media and marketing.


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