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How Pacific Standard Time celebrates our unique “LA/LA” land
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How Pacific Standard Time celebrates our unique “LA/LA” land

Choose a single metropolis as the capital city of the Americas, and it would have to be Los Angeles. It’s a bold claim, sure, but a group of art exhibitions opening in September—covering thousands of years of Latin American culture, from pre-Columbian gold work to postwar architecture—make a compelling case. “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” assembles 70 Southern California cultural institutions, each of which presents coinciding exhibitions that explore the intersection between Los Angeles and Latin American and Latino art. While the first PST, a 2011 multi-museum display of 20th-century art in L.A. organized by the Getty Foundation, was a coming-out party of sorts for the Los Angeles art world, “LA/LA” takes a more international approach. “[PST] established the Getty as an institution that supports a program much bigger than itself,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, which itself presents five exhibitions. “[With ‘LA/LA’] we’re letting each institution focus on the aspects of the chosen theme that resonate with their collection or their community.” Photograph: Courtesy the Ministry of Culture, Peru/Juan Pablo Murrugarra Villanueva   For Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, that means leveraging L.A.’s curatorial expertise in Latin American art to challenge the traditional idea of borders. “We cannot look at Latin America as if it were ‘over there’ when our histories continue to overlap,” he says. Noriega cocurat

Tickets are going on sale for the Broad's 'Infinity Mirrors' exhibition
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Tickets are going on sale for the Broad's 'Infinity Mirrors' exhibition

Last summer the Broad announced that "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors," a traveling exhibition dedicated entirely to the Japanese artist's immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms, would be coming to the Downtown museum. Since then, we've looked on with envy as the traveling exhibition, which was organized by and premiered at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, brought an insane demand for tickets—and selfies—to D.C. and Seattle. Now we know when you can secure your spot for the exhibition's run here in L.A.: Tickets for "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" go on sale Friday, September 1 at noon. Reservations for the entire run—October 21 through January 1—will go on sale then. If you miss out on an advanced ticket, a limited number of same-day standby tickets will be available, but we urge you to try your hand at securing a reservation instead. Advanced tickets will cost $25 and include admission to the rest of the otherwise free museum. Standby tickets cost $30. "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" will include six rooms as well as more than 60 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 87-year-old artist. The museum's current "Infinity Mirrored Room" will remain on view for free through September 30; after that it will become part of the paid Kusama special exhibition. Once the exhibition is over, though, "Infinity Mirrored Room" will once again be included with free admission. The roughly chronological exhibit will begin with Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli'

Best art walk events in Los Angeles
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Best art walk events in Los Angeles

Whether you're just looking to support the cause or you're in search of that perfect piece to hang above your mantle, here are the best art walks in L.A.

L.A.'s three most exciting museum openings of 2017
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L.A.'s three most exciting museum openings of 2017

L.A.’s contemporary art scene looks bright with a gaggle of museums opening in the coming months

The best art supply store options in L.A.
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The best art supply store options in L.A.

You'll find all you need for your next art project in this L.A. art supply store guide.

Best performing arts centers

Geffen Playhouse
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Geffen Playhouse

The West Side's most glittery theatrical venue is home to a good-sized main stage, the Gil Cates Theater, and the cozier Skirball Kenis Theater. The company offers a mix of new work and local premieres, frequently with big-name (though sometimes second-tier) Hollywood talent. Special nights include Wine Down Sundays, Lounge Fridays and Talk Back Tuesdays, where a special drinks or coffee reception is held before the performance. Saturday mornings often feature great kid-oriented shows.

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A Noise Within
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A Noise Within

The LA region's leading classical theater company presents two annual seasons, each containing three productions in repertory. Workshops, lectures and classes are also held in  the splendid new Pasadena facilities, opened in 2011.

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Mark Taper Forum
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Mark Taper Forum

Distinguished as the first non-New York theater to win consecutive Pulitzer prizes two years in a row (for The Kentucky Cycle and Angels In America), this 739-seat theater holds a high standard for its year-round program of plays—and as a result, tends to draw keen, theater-literate audiences.

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Bootleg Theater
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Bootleg Theater

This 1930's warehouse-turned-theater (complete with an exposed beam ceiling, swoon) hosts performances of all kinds, including music, theater, dance and film. Indie rock bands and local talent are often on tap here, and it's one of the best small music venues on the Eastside. The theater's owners are steeped in the arts as well, from actors to set designers to welders—it's no wonder they fill Bootleg's calendar with such varied and quality shows.

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Best museums in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA is truly a multi-day destination, given the size and scope of its collection. From Chris Burden's iconic entrance installation Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around LA, to the Pavilion for Japanese Art, a day at LACMA can span hundreds of years and thousands of miles. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum is home to a dazzling collection of modern works. Spread over three floors, the selection of pieces on display is strong on American artists—from Richard Serra's massive sculpture to another Chris Burden installation, the buzzing and hypnotic Metropolis II. Recent exhibitions at the Resnick Pavilion have included retrospectives by artists such as Alexander Calder, James Turrell and Tim Burton.

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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. It's also not a destination that you should attempt to explore in full during a single day: between the art, the library holdings and the spreadeagled outdoor spaces, there's plenty to see, and most of it is best enjoyed at lingering leisure rather than as part of a mad day-long dash. From a Gutenberg Bible to an exquisitely landscaped Japanese garden, nearly every inch of the estate's ever-growing grounds and collection is essential.

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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The NHM's original Beaux Arts structure was the first museum building in LA, opening in 1913 with Exposition Park itself. The new Otis Booth Pavilion welcomes visitors into the museum with a six-story glass entrance featuring a stunning, 63-foot-long fin whale skeleton. Twelve new galleries and five exhibits have opened since the museum's 2013 renovation, including "Becoming L.A.: Stories of Nature and Culture," which examines the Los Angeles region's history from Native Americans to the present day. Other highlights include the Gem & Mineral hall, spectacularly presented dinosaur and mammal fossils, and the Nature Gardens, a 3.5-acre urban wilderness. Book Online

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The Broad

The Broad

LA's newest contemporary art museum, the Broad, is the public home for Eli and Edythe Broad's collection of 2,000 post-war works. You'll find familiar pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, as well as spectular installations like Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room." Outside, the museum's plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum's signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth. The museum is free, though reservations are highly recommended. Find out more in our complete guide to the Broad.

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Getty Center

Getty Center

LA's hilltop acropolis was conceived as a home for the contents of the J. Paul Getty Trust, but that's the only straightforward thing about it. The 13-year-long, $1 billion project open in 1997 with a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that resembles a monastic retreat with panorama views James Bond would dig. The museum's gardens are a highlight, as is the lobby, an airy, luminous rotunda that opens to a fountain-filled courtyard surrounded by six pavilions housing the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Make sure to check out the museum's original home, the Getty Villa, which now houses Greek and Roman antiquities.

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

This iconic Art Deco building has sat overlooking LA for more than 80 years and is a popular destination for locals and tourists, especially at sunset. Marvel at the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope, once again open to the public. The ground floor holds the Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye, a pair of complementary displays that focus on humans' relationship to the stars; a Foucault pendulum, directly under Hugo Ballin's famed mural on the central rotunda; and the handsome, high-tech Samuel Oschin Planetarium. It's easy to spend all of your time outside enjoying the view, but don't miss the Tesla coil and the seismograph machine downstairs. Book Online

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