Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. Photo: Megan Miller
By Megan Miller
The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast. Los Angeles boasts various aspects of arts and culture, yet finding things to do on a budget can seem like quite the task. I am constantly trying to find new and interesting things in LA while still being financially savvy.
Being an LA native, I’m fortunate to have been surrounded by a somewhat diverse culture. The Huntington Library and Gardens, the Skirball Center, and the Getty are among the few LA cultural centers that have piqued my interest in the arts. Yet, as I’ve grown financially independent, I’m forced to find more frugal means of entertainment.
One of my favorite events in Los Angeles occurs the second Thursday of every month: the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. The art walk boasts an eclectic crowd of people gathering to explore various galleries, peruse shop street vendors and indulge in some food truck deliciousness! Be mindful that the (free) galleries close at around 9 p.m., and finding parking can be a little tricky. I definitely recommend going early to avoid the crowds and enjoy exploring the miscellaneous galleries. Read more »
Leaving on a jet plane. Photo: Alice Campbell
By Alice Campbell
With finals underway, we might all be feeling a little stressed and bummed out. But winter break is right around the corner, and luckily we have that to keep us motoring through.
Here’s a study tip from The Casiano Chronicle: take breaks! Spend a couple minutes daydreaming about your winter plans and adventures. And if you have no adventures planned, then you can plagiarize some of these: Read more »
Audience members listen to speakers Freeman and Umugiraneza. Photo: Shana Weitzen
By Shana Weitzen
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a residential community in rural Rwanda that is home to youth who were orphaned during and after the 1994 genocide. The community, which spans 144 acres, was modeled after an Israeli community system designed to reclaim the lives of those who were orphaned in the Holocaust.
Agahozo-Shalom is a place where agahozo (the Kinyarwanda word for “tears”) are dried and where people live in shalom (the Hebrew word for “peace”). The ASYV’s website explains: “The marrying of these two languages and concepts in the name of the Village is intended as a reminder of the success of similar efforts in Israel, where genocide also changed the face of a nation.” Read more »
Keep On Truckin': Food trucks bring international cuisine to L.A. streets. Photo: Alice Campbell
By Alice Campbell
Whether Los Angeles has been your home for many years or it’s new to you, there are still tons of interesting things to do that you may never have tried.
With the advent of food trucks in a variety of cuisines and styles, you can walk around some fun parts of the city while doing food truck tastings. The Westside, a popular destination for young media professionals, boasts a whole line of food truck cuisines. Read more »
The Getty Museum. Photo: PB-PSBear
By Emily Bayer and Karin Ziv
Many students living on campus argue that once the week transitions into the weekend they are left stranded on Mulholland with a lack of activities. But do not fear! There is a free and fun local scene to be discovered! Museums, bars, live music and restaurants that are either free or offer student discounts all lie within a 15-mile radius of AJU.
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