Friday, October 15, 2010

3 Ways to Enjoy the L.A. Art Walk


Last night was the phenomenon known as the Los Angeles Artwalk. It’s an event that happens on the 2nd Thursday of the month. It brings art lovers and the community out into the streets to celebrate the arts in the evolving downtown area. It started at noon, ended well into the night and offers a little bit of everything. You’d be hard-pressed to experience everything this event has to offer, unless you have the entire day and night to trek through all the awesome sights the city has to offer.



This was my first experience with the Art Walk, and I am so glad I attended. I rarely have the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the art scene and all its wonderfully strange people, so it was a real pleasure. What follows is 3 ways you can enjoy this event.

1. Galleries: There are so many galleries and showrooms spread throughout the city. The artwork ranges from paintings, street art and sculptures, in all kinds of mediums. So where to start? My advice, take the map offered on the Art Walk website, pick a place and just start walking! The best part of the night is the endless possibilities to it, so don’t plan, just go and go wherever the sights and sounds take you. I started at the Crewest gallery at 110 Winston St and covered about 3 blocks. The galleries are just a part of the event. You’ll see countless street musicians, bands, vendors and one or two mimes. And don’t forget the food trucks…



1. Food Trucks: Speaking of food trucks… there are many and they have become a mainstay of the LA culture in the last few years. You can get anything from Korean BBQ tacos to East Indian food to Grilled Cheese. My wife and friend, who were with me, grabbed an item here and an item there trying to get taste of everything. It’s a great place to relax and get your energy levels back up. There are lots of food truck posts so you don’t have to look far to find one – just follow the aromas. It’s also a great place to meet other people and talk about what you’ve seen. And that brings me to…


3. The People: Yes, the streets are crawling with LA hipsters trying to prove how into the scene they are, but the fun of coming to an event like this is mingling with other art lovers or people who are experiencing this for the first time. I met lots of interesting people and enjoyed a rap battle. You’ll also see people in costumes and the occasional street team trying to get the word out on whatever product or procedure they’re advertising. My friend, a robust but handsome gentleman, was approached by a girl with a flier promoting “how to get rid of your muffin top”. Needless to say, we laughed. The girl back tracked and said “I’m sorry I didn’t mean it like that…it’s not evasive!” To which I replied, “My friend here feels evased, miss”. She offered a flier to my Wife, who is slender, and pointed that out to us. Hole-digging gestures were made by us in return.


You’re sold, right? But you’re thinking “I missed it!” Lucky for you there is another one next month on the 11th. Check the website for details and come out the next time you’re in the LA area. You’ll have a great time!

TB

P.S. If you want to see the rest of my pictures, go to my facebook album and enjoy.

12 comments:

Shay-12 said...

It was pretty dope. Great pics and post. You got some nice work here.

Tanoshiboy said...

Thanks, Shay-12. Come on back. I have lots more where that came from.

Lauren said...

I love the food trucks! It's the best part of the night for me. I do like the art, but i really like the music and people.

Denise Overman said...

I didn't make it but I feel like I did. Jk nice post though. I like how you change up your posts and do a little bit of everything. I noticed one of your pics on your fb page had a bunch of banksy's work being solld by some douchebag I bet. Haha if only he knew somone was out there making money off his precious work.

Tanoshiboy said...

Thanks, Denise. Ya, I don't think Banksy would care. I'm sure he's aware of it.

KeepUpWeb said...

Thanks for the glimpse into the L.A. Art walk. I love the photos and your commentary is just what’s needed to make me want to go. Being on the East coast, that’s not likely to happen. So, I hope you give us another update soon. It was fun.

keyuri joshi (on the ball parent coach) said...

What a nice photo collage. I've never been to L.A. so this was a nice glimpse!

Susan Oakes said...

Is LA the only place to hold these? Your photos and the words did seem to capture the essence of the art walk.

New Internet Horizons for Small Businesses said...

What a nice reminder that there is life on the other side of a computer screen :) It is also nice to see the sense of community the art walk brings which is something much needed in today's high tech world where we sometimes get caught up in the rat race. Would love to attend the next one - are you sending me an airline ticket? :)

Thanks for sharing your enjoyable day captured so well in your photos.

Heather Fonseca said...

That sounds like a blast! I've always wanted to go to the artwalk, but then I worry about parking. Where did you park?

Julia M Lindsey said...

Looks like a great time. I will to attend next time I am in LA. We a great art festival here in October.

Tanoshiboy said...

@Sherryl I'm glad you thought it was fun. And I'll update as often as I get to to go to art walk.

@Keyuri It's nice to visit, but very expensive to love out here. :P

@Susan Art Walk is special to LA, but I'm sure there are many festivals out there.

@Julie Any time I can get away from my computer I welcome it! I would love to have you, Julie!

@Heather I parked on Main and Winston in the public parking structure. It's right near the crewest gallery.

@Julie I'd love to hear about it. :)