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August in LA: Cultural Highlights

August 07, 2017

Think LA’s all teeny ‘kinis, razzle-dazzle and starlet-spotting? Think again. As summer in the city hots up, so too does its cultural scene, with more theatre, music and art events kicking off in August than you can shake an inflatable flamingo at. On your marks, jet set, go!

Bonkers for Broadway? Well thankfully you won’t need to schlep it over to NYC for award-winning theatre this summer. Catch five-time Tony-sweeping spectacle The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – an adaptation of Mark Haddon's cult 2003 mystery novel – at the Los Angeles Theater (until 10 Sep). Or, wrestle your way into a seat at the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Hamilton, a musical showcase following the story of America's Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, storming into Pantages Theatre (until 30 Dec).

Prepare to be dazzled at The Hollywood Bowl this month by the Tchaikovsky Spectacular (18-19 Aug) where the Philharmonic and American Ballet’s prima-rinas do their thing, crowned by some stunning pyrotechnics, or suit up for All-Vivaldi (10 Aug), a curation of the famed Italian Baroque composers’ greats, including Gloria and Stabat Mater. Aim for VIP box tickets and get a Champers picnic and primetime views as standard.

Also flitting through La La Land are Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (20 Aug) with his first US performance of Northern Stars, and flamboyant pop diva Lady Gaga (8-9 Aug) dropping by on her World Tour at The Forum.

Should you prefer something a little more interactive, join arty Angelenos for the monthly Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, a self-guided tour which whisks you through some of the district’s most prominent galleries, primarily on Spring and Main between 2nd and 9th Streets. You’ll also have the chance to dabble in plenty of art-related events, activities and dedicated programs taking place all over Downtown, as well as rubbing shoulders with the local creative crowd.

Or, head north to the Marciano Art Foundation to take a peek inside LA’s newly unveiled contempo art space which showcases Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano’s own private collection of over 1,500 pieces gleaned from the 1990s to today. Once you’ve wrapped your peepers round museum’s permanent collection, check out temporary exhib Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum; the artist’s West Coast solo debut which spotlights examples of his entire thought-provoking portfolio, including painting, sculpture, drawing, and installation.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / Los Angeles Theater / 615 S Broadway / +1 213 629 2939 /

Hamilton / Pantages Theatre Los Angeles / 6233 Hollywood Blvd / +1 323 468 1770 /

The Hollywood Bowl / 2301 N Highland Ave / +1 323 850 2000 /

Rufus Wainwright / The Ford Theatres /  2580 Cahuenga Blvd E / +1 323 461 3673 /

Lady Gaga / The Forum / 3900 W Manchester Blvd / Inglewood / +1 310 330 7300 /

DTLA Art Walk / Downtown / +1 213 617 4929 / 2nd Thu of month /

Marciano Art Foundation / 4357 Wilshire Blvd / +1 424 204 7555 / 11am-5pm Wed-Thu, 10am-6pm Sat /