By Samantha Oltman
Outsiders and newcomers to Los Angeles often complain that Los Angeles is a cultural wasteland, devoid of art or significant history and ruled by an often shallow entertainment industry. But they’re just not looking in the right places.
Our city is living entity made up of its almost 10 million inhabitants, and it’s constantly changing and growing with us. We have a vast array of resources, opportunities, and enviable features that residents of other major cities should be jealous of—Angelinos get it all. L.A. offers us fantastic weather and miles of beaches. It also offers cultural diversity (Korea Town, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, Leimert Park, Chinatown, Little Armenia… to name a few), a vibrant social scene, ever-evolving artistic communities, and intellectual enclaves.
This blog is a bucket list of the things both native and newcomer Angelinos need to do, see, taste, and hear while they have the luck to live in a culturally rich, vibrant, and blossoming city like Los Angeles. The items on this list aren’t ordered in terms of importance or superiority—their ordering is subject to my whims. Just pretend we’re driving through L.A. and stopping at random destinations.
Number one on my list is First Fridays at the L.A. Natural History Museum.
Where: The Los Angeles Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007.
When: The First Friday of every month, January to June. Evening start times vary, but the museum stays open until 10 P.M. Get there early because tickets, especially those for the live concerts, usually sell out quickly.
What: The natural history museum is turned into a lounge, complete with a bar, DJs, and concerts… How awesome is that?
Go here for more information: http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays
I’ll see you there on Friday, April 2nd!