Long Term or Summer Love, I’Ve Got Dates for You
By Melissa Heckscher
If there’s ever a time to be in a relationship (or go out on a date), it’s summertime.
Why? Because Los Angeles is so chock-full of perfect-for-two activities this time of year, you’d think there’s actually a bona fide “summer” to be had.
So grab your sweetie and try some of these seasonal spots:
Like it or not, some guys will only go to the art museum at the prompting of a significant other. So take advantage of his amorously inspired artsy side by heading to LACMA for free Friday night concerts featuring jazz bands.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, through November
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Cost: Free (after 5 p.m., LACMA admission is pay-as-you-wish).
Information: (323) 857-6000, www.lacma.org.
Cinespia’s Cemetery Screenings feature old-time favorites such as “Blue Velvet” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” all projected under the stars onto the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s giant mausoleum building. Food and drinks (including alcohol) are allowed, so pack a picnic, stake your spot on the lawn and make a night out of it. DJs spin records before and after the screening.
Superstitious folks, don’t worry. You don’t actually sit on the grave sites. Seating for the films is on the lawn beside the graves.
When: Saturdays and Sundays through September. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; film starts at 9 p.m. (People start lining up about 5 p.m.)
Cost: $10; parking is $5.
A summertime tradition in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States and the warm(er) weather home of the L.A. Philharmonic. Performances range from jazz and classical to Broadway and world music.
When: Through September (days and times vary).
Cost: $1 to $100 depending on the show and your seat.
Information: (323) 850-2000,
There’s nothing like dancing on the sand. The Santa Monica Twilight Dance Series features world-renowned acts every Wednesday evening in the summertime. Music ranges from salsa and hula to Afropop and reggae.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28.
The Sunset Summer Concert Series in Hermosa Beach offers a similar program, featuring local but long-celebrated musical acts.
When: At sunset, three consecutive Sundays beginning July 20.
Information: (310) 318-0280,
Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts is like going to the theater, the art museum and the symphony in one fell swoop. The keystone of the festival is The Pageant of the Masters,
a spectacle in which actors are painted, posed and inserted like puzzle pieces into giant replicas of art masterpieces.
When: Daily through Aug. 30 (closed Aug. 23).
Cost: $15-$30 for upper-tier seats (all other seats are already sold out)
Information: (800) 487-3378, www.foapom.com.
There’s something about seeing the Bard performed on a warm summer night. And, not surprisingly, in a city full of actors, there are plenty of options for seeing Shakespeare.
Here are a couple:
TAKE IN SOME JAZZ AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART SEE A MOVIE IN A CEMETERY Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.
SEE THE SYMPHONY AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL Where: 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.
DANCE ON THE BEACH
Where: Santa Monica Pier.
WATCH ART COME ALIVE
AT THE LAGUNA BEACH FESTIVAL OF ARTS Where: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.
SEE SHAKESPEARE OUTDOORS By the Sea …
Details: Lay down a blanket and take in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “Antony and Cleopatra,” sea breeze-style.
When: Wednesdays through Sundays until Aug. 9.
In the Park …
Details: presents “Henry V” and “The Tempest” under the stars.
When: “The Tempest” plays 23.
Where: Festival Amphitheatre at Village Green Park, 12740 Main St., Garden Grove.
Cost: $32; $30 for seniors and students.
Information: (714) 744-7016, www.shakespeareoc.org.
Where: Multiple locations including Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, Valley Park in Hermosa Beach, Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach and Bluff Park in Long Beach.
Shakespeare Orange County “Henry V” opens tonight and plays 8:15 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through July 26. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays from Aug. 7 to Melissa Heckscher is the author of six books including “Date Him or Dump Him? The No- Nonsense Relationship Quiz” (Quirk Books, 2005). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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