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Six Artsy Things To Do In Los Angeles


From cultured to compassionate to campy

Los Angeles has been accused of lacking culture, but with more museums than any other U.S. city, we may have to disagree. In fact, Los Angeles offers numerous fantastic venues to take in art, music, theater and other cultural endeavors. Here are some favorites.

The Hollywood Bowl


With its vast open-sky seating and iconic concert shell, the Hollywood Bowl is one of the most spectacular places to watch a concert. From May to October, The Bowl offers up a jam-packed schedule of shows ranging from classical symphonies and jazz quartets to pop performances by the likes of Lana del Rey and Lady Gaga, among many others. The Bowl also stages the annual The Sound of Music sing-a-long that anyone should experience at least once (or twice, or three times...). Click here for more information.



Outfest is one of the largest film festivals in L.A., which says a lot considering there seems to be a film festival in town every other week. Each year the festival grow and gets more competitive, meaning that the selection of films depicting LGBTQ lives keep improving in quality and inclusivity. The festival runs from July 9-19, 2015. Click here for more information.

KCRW Twilight Concert Series


Southern California's NPR affiliate, KCRW, has brought free music to L.A.'s residents for years, and 2015 won't be an exception. Each Thursday night in summer, up-and-coming acts perform live at the Santa Monica Pier. Although it does get crowded, there are usually plenty of spaces on the beach. Click here for more information.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the NuArt


Put on your fishnets and go do the time warp with Sins O'the Flesh, the longest running show cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every Saturday at midnight follow Brad and Janet along on their harrowing encounter with Dr. Frank N. Furter. Click here for more information.

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries


ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives hold the world's largest collection of LGBTQ materials, including more than two million documents, books, photographs, periodicals, and films. ONE also organizes regular exhibits such as Leon Mostovoy: Market Street Cinema, a photo series on queer femme sex workers at a San Francisco strip club between 1987 and 1988 that runs until March 23. Click here for more information.

"From Hate to Hope" at the Museum of Tolerance


Matthew Boger, a victim of a hate crime, and Tim Zaal, his assailant, are the subjects of the Oscar-nominated short film "Facing Fear." On the first Sunday of the month at the Museum of Tolerance, the two men share their story of redemption, reconciliation and forgiveness. Click here for more information.

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