By Carina Calderón and Alfredo Hernandez
One of the advantages of living close to one of the world’s largest metropolitan centers is the variety of places one can go for fun and entertainment. Los Angeles provides a wealth of unique twists on business models that are more extravagant and avant-garde than down here in the Valley.
The Nuart Theater offers a unique spin on the cinema experience. First opened in 1929, this cinema is different from others because on the weekends, the theater transforms into something more than a standard multiplex. At midnight on Fridays, the Nuart has an event called, “Cine Insomnia.” On these Friday nights, they screen a variety of cult-classic movies. Some of these movies involve live-acting from a theater group known as, “Sins of the Flesh,” who act out and add their own little zest to the movie-watching experience.
The theater troop is also known for their Saturday night showing of the controversial classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” On these special Saturday nights, the group performs the film in tandem with the screening while encouraging the audience to participate through props, shouts, and singing along.
A word of caution though, some of these movies and performances may contain subject matter unsuitable for younger viewers, so do your research and watch at your own risk.
Da Poetry Lounge:
If the theater is not your style, then maybe poetry is. Da Poetry Lounge bills itself as, “the nation’s largest running weekly open mic,” and offers to all those who can the chance to listen to or recite poetry.
For a mere five dollars, Angeleños can witness either an Open Mic on Tuesdays from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. or a ten dollar Slam Poetry Night on the third Tuesday of every month. Many comment on the atmosphere and ambience of Da Poetry Lounge as an excursion that any and all should encounter. Lines start forming around 8:00 p.m., so plan on arriving early and dressing comfortably.
However, if you are not interested in poetry or movies, a great place to go is Griffith Park. Not only does Griffith Park have picture-perfect scenery, it holds various attractions within itself. If you’re looking to get active, Griffith Park is the ideal spot for hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and even playing sports such as tennis and soccer.
And after all of that exercise, if you’re interested in taking a break, visit the out-of-this-world Griffith Observatory.
With different activities and places to see, one should definitely give Los Angeles a try. If you are willing to brave the occasional bout of traffic, a trip downtown can be a welcome change of pace to the humdrum drone of the Valley.