Being at USC means being
part of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cultural
landscapes: Los Angeles! Visions and Voices encourages students
to explore L.A. and take advantage of the fantastic cultural opportunities
available. To make your exploration easier, below you will find
information on several websites filled with diverse cultural and
art events in Los Angeles. We are also happy to share a few best
bets—some of our favorite goings-on about town that are either
free or low-cost. So check them out and find something fabulous
to do in L.A.!
Produced by the Los Angeles Times, this site pulls together
cultural and entertainment news, reviews and events in the greater
Los Angeles area. There are “critic’s choices” with
recommendations for movies, theater, concerts and art exhibits,
as well as reader reviews. Calendar Live also features restaurant
listings and reviews.
KUSC is the largest public classical radio station in
the country, offering classical music and Southern California
arts programming. In addition to listening to KUSC at 91.5
FM, the KUSC stream is available online. KUSC features performances
by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Performances
produced by the USC Thornton School are highlighted on Thornton
Center Stage Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m., and Dean Rob Cutietta
of the USC Thornton School answers listener questions on the "Ask
the Dean" segment arts magazine Arts Alive (airing
Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.). Also available online for on-demand
listening or podcasts are interviews with Southern California
arts leaders conducted by Gail Eichenthal, director of arts programming.
Experience LA website is compiled by a unique partnership of public
and private sponsors and over 1,700 actively contributing arts
and cultural organizations. With information on Los Angeles destinations
and events including maps, itineraries and public transit, Experience
LA is the only comprehensive compilation of cultural opportunities
throughout Los Angeles county with information about how to use
public transportation to get there.
LA as Subject
L.A. as Subject is an association of cultural organizations, official archives and private collectors dedicated to preserving and improving access to the raw material of Los Angeles history. Aggregating news and event information from Southern California museums, libraries and other member institutions, the L.A. as Subject website is an excellent place to explore L.A.ís cultural offerings and discover the diverse stories of the cityís history.
Los Angeles Conservancy Website
The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local
historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated
to the recognition, preservation and revitalization of the architectural
and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. The LA Conservancy
holds walking tours, usually on Saturdays, of interesting Los Angeles
architectural landmarks and neighborhoods. Tours range from neighborhoods
such as Little Tokyo, USC and Angelino Heights to thematic tours
on art deco architecture or downtown’s skyline. The website
also includes information on a self-guided walking tour of historic
buildings in downtown Los Angeles, with a map and information about
the buildings. Guided tours are $10 for the general public.
Best Bets—Goings-on about Town
ALOUD at Central Library
Since the re-opening of Central Library in 1993, ALOUD at Central Library has presented over twelve seasons of programs with leading figures in the world of literature, art and ideas. These dynamic programs are designed to contribute to an informed, engaged and democratic community and to foster life-long learning in a welcoming environment. Past presenters include poets, novelists, scientists, educators, performing artists, environmentalists, journalists, political figures and filmmakers. A local scholar, critic or fellow-artist is frequently invited to engage the featured speakers in a public conversation. The issues addressed in the ALOUD series range from the topical to the enduring.
The Brewery Artwalk
Brewery Art Colony is the world’s largest art colony, encompassing
18 acres and 21 converted warehouses. Located at Moulton Avenue
and Main Street, the artists and residents of the Brewery Art
Colony open their doors twice a year for the Brewery Artwalk,
a two-day event in the spring and fall.
California African American Museum Events
addition to powerful exhibitions, the California African American
Museum (CAAM) located in Exposition Park across the street from
USC, holds a variety of special events, including “Target
Sundays.” Through the eyes and voices of traditional and
contemporary artists, community leaders, cultural historians, activists
and educators, this once-a-month Sunday cultural experience celebrates
the diverse influences and achievements of art and culture from
the African Diaspora. Admission to the California African American
Museum is free.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
one of downtown’s latest crown jewels, this cathedral
is reminiscent of the California missions featuring plazas, staircases
and colonnades. It was designed by Spanish architect Jose Rafael
Moneo. The cathedral features world renowned architecture and art,
including bronze sculpture by Robert Graham and John Nava’s
stunning tapestries. Free guided tours are available Monday through
Friday at 1 p.m.
Chinatown Self-Guided Walking Tour
walking tour takes visitors to a number of off beaten track points
of cultural and historical interest, including a temple, the
first modern ethnic shopping mall in America, the oldest bakery,
ethnic bazaars, a five-tiered pagoda, and popular filming sites. This
area is considered the first modern American Chinatown, owned and
planned from the ground up by Chinese. In addition, Chinatown’s
Business Improvement District provides a two and a half hour walking
tour the first Saturday of every month for a small fee. They
can be reached at 213-680-0243.
are free docent-led tours of the El Pueblo de los Angeles Historical
Monument, which is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places and includes 26 historic buildings, at 130 Paseo de la Plaza,
Tuesday through Saturday, at 10 AM, 11 AM, and noon. The
tour includes visiting Olvera Street, a major “Mexican marketplace,” and
touring the oldest building and church in Los Angeles. For
more information, contact the above number.
First Fridays at the Natural History Museum
the first Friday of each month, January through June, the Natural
History Museum, located in Exposition Park across the street from
USC, is open late for “First Fridays.” Designed to
bring the museum’s exhibitions to life in a dynamic and thought-provoking
manner, these evenings include discussions with leading thinkers
on topics pertaining to our natural and cultural worlds, as well
as access to the museum’s collections, video screenings and
Free Night of Theater
Organized by Theatre Communications Group and the LA Stage Alliance, Free Night of Theater 2010 gives you the exclusive opportunity to sign up and get free tickets to performing arts events throughout Greater Los Angeles. Tickets to 103 performances at 30 theatres are available for Free Night Patrons throughout the month of October. Theatre companies participating in this event include Theatre @ Boston Court, Company of Angels, A Noise Within, The Antaeus Company and The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Don’t miss out on the chance to see some of the best small and large theatres in Los Angeles for free!
Los Angeles Opera
Opera is the fourth largest opera company in the country and stands
out as a newly important force in American opera under the dynamic
leadership of world renowned General Director Plácido Domingo.
LA Opera provides highly acclaimed, fully staged operas in the
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Performing Arts Center of Los
Angeles County. USC students can become members of LA Opera’s
Opera U program for free at http://www.LAOpera.com/OperaU.
Opera U members receive regular e-mail offers for $20 student tickets,
as well as occasional e-mail offers for free tickets and special
Metro Art Tours
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) has
commissioned over 250 artists to incorporate art into a wide array
of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles county. This
MTA initiative has been praised as “one of the most imaginative
public art programs in the country” by the New York Times.
The Metro’s Docent Council offers free art tours to exhibit
the broad range of art in the Metro Rail system and provides insights
into the artworks and the artists who created them, as well as
the communities they enhance. Tours are available the first Thursday
and Saturday of every month. They are roundtrip and last approximately
Music Center Symphonian Tour
free tour, whose start times vary daily, takes visitors into portions
of all four Music Center venues and includes architectural highlights,
a historical overview of the Music Center and its resident companies,
and a tour of the lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For
a daily schedule, call 213-972-7483.
We want to hear from you. If you know about other free or low-cost
art and cultural spaces and events in Los Angeles, tell us about
it. Email us now!