Often times, when friends ask me why I choose to live in Los Angeles and brave the smog, traffic, earthquakes, and proximity to Hollywood, my answer is “There’s always something to do.”
Recently, however, I’ve been struggling with the concept that perhaps there is too much to do. Last Thursday I had to decide if I wanted to go see a band I love, or a friend’s improv comedy show, or a lecture by a photographer who is a living legend, or try a new restaurant with my sister. Instead of picking one thing, my brain overheated, and I went home and fell asleep.
How do we decide which event of a hundred warrants our time and attention (and is worth sitting in traffic for?) I often rely on a series of culture-savvy website editors for suggestions. One website/newsletter that I enjoy is Flavorpill. They send me weekly e-mails with picks for art, film, multimedia, music, performance, photography, spoken word and theater events in Los Angeles. I also rely heavily on LA Weekly reviews, and I’ve noticed that The Onion has some interesting (real) event listings.
What resources do you use to keep up to date with cultural happenings in Los Angeles? Personally, I love receiving the Hammer Museum’s catalog – they always have several events that I immediately get tickets for. If anyone has a favorite source for cultural news, or wants to share a secret purveyor of fun times, leave it in the comments.