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