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Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Last but not least, let’s take in a couple of film programs on offer at the LACMA.

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Everything need a little lift now and again, with the huge monetary injection provided by super patron of the arts Eli Broad, LACMA has been undergoing a ten-year face-lift, also known as the Transformation. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the first phase of the project - the BP Grand Entrance open-air pavillon filled with lampposts and visible from Wilshire Boulevard, as well as the three-story, 60,000-square-foot Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) - opened in early 2008. The BCAM’s inaugural installation featured works by Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons (one of Broad’s favorites), and many more. 
Be sure to take some time and see the LACMA’s impressive collections of Asian and Islamic art, as they are amongst the most significant in the world. If you’re in the mood for different art forms, come enjoy the live jazz during summer months or take in a movie or two at the Bing Theater.


 
Note: With more than 100.000 art objects dating from the ancient times to the present day and located on twenty acres in a complex comprised of seven buildings, the LACMA is the largest museum in the western United-States.
 

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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5905 Wiltshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues. 323-857-6000 www.lacma.org

 

Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Next stop on our tour is LA><ART, an independent nonprofit art space presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives.

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LA><ART

X marks the spot for the LA><ART space. Not only do you get to see emerging art and design, but it also has an amazing public programming schedule. From lectures and exhibitions to magic shows involving sawing a woman in half, the spontaneity of this place is what makes it a must-see.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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2640 South la Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles 310-559-0166 www.laxart.org
 

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth installment of the series is Arts.

 

Let’s start by heading downtown to the Geffen MOCA.  Once upon a time it was the temporary location for the Museum of Contemporary Art, now the 55,000-square-foot facility is the largest and most popular of the three MOCA venues.  

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Geffen MOCA

In 1983, as ground broke on MOCA, a provisional exhibition space was opened downtown and referred to as the Temporary Contemporary. The place was leased from the city for five years at one dollar a year. Once a Union Hardware building from 1947, it subsequently became a city warehouse and then a police garage before a renovation led by architect Frank Gehry changed it into the perfect public space. Gehry built a shaded plaza out of steel trusses and chain-link fencing while leaving the exteriors intact, highlighted the large gallery spaces with industrial effect. It soon became a popular destination, lauded as one of the great museum spaces, and MOCA, in turn, extended the lease for fifty years. The largest of the three MOCA spaces, the Geffen has some of the biggest and most stunning shows in town –however, it is also known for its frequent closures.

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles 213-621-1741 www.moca.org
 

Spring and sakura celebration last Sunday at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo!

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Last stop: Echo Park. The venue of choice for up-and-coming and established bands is the Echoplex

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Why? The venue is intimate, the crowds are good, and it feels like home. Music performances here range from the soulful Jimmy Scott to indie darling Best Coast to the raging Nine Inch Nails. If you’re lucky, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the secret acts that make it onstage for impromptu performances. Find yourself face-to-face with Thom Yorke from Radiohead accompanied by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers –and if you think those two are awesome, the other guests will just blow you away. Enter through the alley.

 

 
From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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1154 Glendale boulevard, Los Angeles 213-413-8200 www.theecho.com

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth category is MUSIC and with Coachella festival coming, let's start with the infamous Palm Springs festival.

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This festival is the perfect place to kill numerous musical birds with one stone, so head to the Empire Polo Club in Indio and try to see as many of your favorite bands as humanly possible. Though it’s technically not in Los Angeles, we’ve made an exception for Coachella, which takes place in the Colorado Desert, due to its legendary status as literally and figuravitely the hottest music festival in Southern California. For six days (the line-up is now repeats over two separate weekends) in April, headliners and emerging talents from all over the world play for your viewing and listening pleasure. Major groups have had reunions here and others have had meltdowns; one deceased artist was even resurrected as a 3D hologram. And with consistently strong line-ups, this festival always incites sheer pandemonium. Sure, three days packed with music and parties sounds though and you might end up fighting your way through crowds, suffering from sunstroke, and not bathing, but for a Coachella experience, it’s worth it. Note: while you’re in the Indio area, be sure to try a sweet, delicious date milkshake. Dates are the star produce in the Coachella Valley, which produces 95 percent of the dates sold in the United States.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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Empire Polo club, 81-800 Avenue 51 in Indio www.coachella.com

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fourth category is Outdoors. First, let's go swimming with the fishes at La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve.

 

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Not all parks are on dry land and down in San Diego, you’ll find this 6,000-acre park/refuge underwater. This ocean playground, with two artificial reefs, two underwater canyons, and a kelp forest is a great place to snorkel and scuba dive.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our third category is food.
And our last stop is Taco Zone Truck!

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When this taco truck burned down several years ago, the local community quickly rallied together, threw a fundraiser, and got enough money for a new truck. Everyone can be thankful they did. Where else would be club-goers in Silverlake and Echo Park go to eat such yummy food? Parked on the streets outside of a Vons supermarket on Alvarado, Taco Zone’s suadero (brisket) tacos are so good, you’d drive across town after a night in Hollywood just for a taste.


NORTH ALVARADO STREET NEAR MONTANA STREET IN ECHO-PARK. 818-763-4085

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our third category is food.

Let's follow up with a second destination: Coleman Family Farms!

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When you come across this stall at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market it’s as if you’ve stumbled upon a cornucopia of biodynamic greenery. With unique produce like broccoli spigarello, arugula selvatica, New Zealand spinach, amaranth, chocolate mint, cherimoya, Portuguese kale, Syrian oregano, and red dandelion (that’s just the tip of the iceberg), it’s no surprise that Coleman Family Farms, now overseen by Romeo Coleman, is the go-to for top chefs and foodies alike. And if you’re ever stuck on what to make for dinner, patriarch and not-so-retired Bill Coleman is great at providing simple and delicious recipe recommendations. In fact, all the Colemans are! Those in need of a different type of greenery can find Bill’s wife Delia next to the lettuces, creating beautiful floral arrangements to take home.

 

Coleman Family Farms is at the Santa Monica market on Wednesdays : Arizona Avenue and 2nd Street 8:30am - 1:30pm

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our third category is food. 

Our first stop is Cool Haus for an ice-cream sandwich!

 

 

 

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If you have a penchant for sweets, Cool Haus is the truck to find. Savvy businesswomen with licenses to drive, owners Natasha and Freya have transformed the simple ice-cream sandwich into a masterpiece. Sustainable, handmade, and organic whenever possible, their flavors are fun and the combinations delightful. Try candied bacon ice cream on chocolate chip cookies, or go for the classic Mies Vanilla Rohe (vanilla and chocolate chip cookies) or a Richard Meier (meyer lemon peel ice cream on ginger cookies); you can even eat the wrapper. With treats so big you’d consider missing dinner and going straight to dessert, Cool Haus is giving the Good Humor man a serious run for his money.

 

Today you can find Cool Haus at this address from 12PM until 10PM: Pasadena Storefront 59 E. Colorado Blvd.

 

Check Cool Haus locations day by day here.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).


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