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

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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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