Summer may be coming to an end, but we can still squeeze in a little more fun before the days get any shorter. What I love about Los Angeles is that there’s truly something for everyone—from athletes and film aficionados to wine lovers and photography buffs. You can always stretch that vacation feeling out a little longer here in LaLa Land.
Friday, August 23rd, get your glow on at the Los Angeles Neon Run. Epic colors, lasers and black lights coupled with dance music and a party vibe will trip you out and make you forget that you’re actually getting exercise. Run or walk through the safe, water-based solution so that you fit in or stand out among this neon flash mob, and proceed to the Neon Experience Festival afterwards for a glowing experience like no other. The event takes place at The Home Depot Center located at 18400 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson.
If you feel like absorbing a little culture, the Annenberg Space for Photography is currently hosting the first large scale exhibition of Helmut Newton’s incredible work to ever take place in Los Angeles. Featuring more than 100 images and three compelling documentaries about his life and work, this exhibit is one you won’t want to miss. It’s your chance to see images from three of Newton’s groundbreaking books, White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes. Admission to this remarkable space is free, and worth the visit just to see the unique architecture of the building, which is designed to look like you’re walking through the inside of a camera. The show runs through September 8.
Punk’s not dead—and the FYF Fest is here to prove it. Taking place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park this weekend, the FYF Fest rallies the gamut of anti-establishment types, from anarchist skaters and post-punk rockers to low-brow artists and caustic stand-ups. The weekend of indie fringe culture includes headliners such as MGMT, My Bloody Valentine, TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Mosh pit, anyone?
From August 22-25, epicureans can indulge at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, located in the cultural mecca that is downtown LA. Celebrity chefs and other culinary luminaries will come together to represent the diversity of Los Angeles in an exclusively curated schedule of tasting events and demonstrations that will blow both your palette and your mind. Expect the likes of Giada De Laurentiis, “Iron Chef” Morimoto, Top Chef Masters’ Curtis Stone, Grant Achatz, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello and Rick Bayless, among many others.
For film lovers, there’s always a trip to the cemetery—the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, that is. Catching one of the Cinespia screenings that take place there during the summertime is one of the coolest ways to take in Hollywood culture on another level. Back to the Future screens Saturday, August 24, the legendary classic, The Graduate, screens on Saturday, August 31, and The Breakfast Club shows on Sunday, September 1.