Visual & Performing Arts
Sure, Los Angeles is probably best known as the center of the
pop-culture universe, as home to big-budget Hollywood film studios,
glossy MTV music videos, and the plastic celebrity-filled clubs of the Sunset Strip
. But don't let this
single dimension eclipse what else this multifaceted city has to offer:
LA is also home to world-class theater, an astounding variety of
critically acclaimed music from classical to jazz, and a thriving
international fine art scene.
Classical music lovers can't miss the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, which has been billed as the best in the nation and has
been thrilling audiences since 1919. Or check out the Los Angeles
Opera, which, under the talented artistic direction of Placido Domingo,
is well known for staging fresh adaptations of old favorites.
If you go for something other than classical music, you're
still sure to find something to get your toes tapping. Jazz fans can't
miss the legendary annual Playboy Jazz Festival; and there
are plenty of clubs all around the city that cater to all kinds of
musical taste, from jazz and blues to Latin beats and hip-hop.
Theater fans of all stripes will
also find something to love in LA, which hosts scores of lavish
Broadway musicals as well as many exciting, independent theater troupes
specializing in cutting-edge work.
If gallery-hopping gets you excited, then LA is your paradise.
Throughout this expansive area you'll find art galleries specializing
in era-defining work displayed by today's hottest artists, from
politically subversive and Pop Surrealist to postmodern ceramics and
fresh takes on still life.