Exploring with Detour: Downtown Los Angeles

I took another tour of Los Angeles using the Detour app, which is a free app where you can download audio tours and use your phone’s GPS to explore cities. This tour was called “Downtown: Gateway to the City of Angels,” and it was all about the story of immigrants coming to Los Angeles to build a life and the cultures they brought with them.

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Exploring with Detour: Venice Beach


If you’ve ever wanted to experience a city through an audio tour – all on your own time, right from your phone – you should check out the app called Detour. This adventure was a walking tour of Venice Beach complete with a full history of founder Abbot Kinney, the original Venice of America, and the arts district it is today.

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Rogue Artists Ensemble’s ‘Wood Boy Dog Fish’


“There’s a kind of magic in the material of things. Don’t you think?”

This was the sixth Rogue Artists Ensemble production I’ve been to and it definitely did not disappoint. The Rogues are phenomenal at their art of puppetry, masks, and “hyper-theater.” While implementing such jarring and intricate imagery, their stories also always have so much heart. The deeper themes in each production seep through the eeriness to create something beautiful and fascinating. As the gentlemen next to me at the show said, their shows are always like a “delightful acid trip.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Natural History Museum

20151107_124105The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913 and is the largest museum of natural history on the west coast. It houses subjects such as dinosaurs, mammals, the history of California and much more. I had never been before and it was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Located in Exposition Park, NHMLA sits right next to USC and the California Science Center. There was so much to see in this historic museum starting with its temporary exhibit entitled Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs.

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The Autry Museum

IMG_7240-001For Wild West and American history enthusiasts, the Autry is a gem of a museum. Last week Brianne and I ventured to Griffith Park to see an exhibit that the Autry is showcasing entitled Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. Being more of an art museum fan, I was curious to see a history exhibit.

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Olvera Street


This small alleyway known as Olvera Street, in the heart of Los Angeles, is filled with history. It is one of the oldest parts of the city and is said to be the originating point of all of LA. Though called a street, this location is a pedestrian walkway packed with shops, vendors, and restaurants. Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and it was founded very close to this destination. While it originated as a plaza for the ethnic Californio community and a farming and cattle ranching site, the area is now a popular tourist destination for authentic Mexican food, shopping, and culture.
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The Getty Center

20141228_150945The Getty Center, contrary to the Getty Villa, is huge! I feel like I could have explored all day and still have missed a bunch of exhibitions, displays, and galleries. The museum is built on the top of a hill, so it provided stunning views of LA and the ocean. A tram took us from the parking level to the museum campus. That made it feel all the more exclusive.

We started off by taking a tour of the highlights of the museum. I have never know how I feel about tours. They are so informative and I learn so much from them, but I always want to explore on my own, too. But this one was interesting, seeing as how it chose highlights from each room and discussed them with the group. Continue reading