As much as I love love love football Sundays, it is REALLY tough to justify sitting inside watching television when you’re living in SoCal (especially when your team isn’t on TV 95% of the time). This past Sunday, I decided to get up off the couch and go see what Downtown Los Angeles had to offer. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the house lately
getting over my post-election grief in an effort to save money, so I decided to give myself a $50 budget for the day and go on an adventure.
After skimming a few articles online, I decided my lunch stop would be Sack Sandwiches on Melrose. It was started by Top Chef contestant Michael Voltaggio and is incredibly affordable – almost everything on the menu is under $10. So I happily order my $5.50 cold fried chicken sandwich, sat outside and watched as someone was filming a reality show in the Alexander McQueen shop across the street. The chicken was delicious, my total with drink and parking was $9, and I had some entertainment so I’d say it was an excellent choice.
Once I had a full stomach, I hopped in the car and ventured a few miles to LACMA. Art museums are not really my boyfriend’s thing, so I figured I would take advantage of going solo and soak in as much art as I could. The usual tickets are $15, but I sprung for the $25 pass so I could also get into the limited exhibit – Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters”.
“Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.”
I am glad I paid the extra $10 – I really enjoyed his film Pan’s Labyrinth and the exhibit was equal parts creepy and cultured. They had a soundtrack playing throughout and you could hear rain, creaky footsteps, and loud bangs as you walked through it. Some of the sculptures were so creepy I was worried they were going to suddenly start moving.
After I went through the del Toro exhibit, I tried to make my way through as much of the rest of the museum as I could. What I didn’t realize was how massive the place is! LACMA consists of FIVE different buildings, each with 3-4 floors of exhibits. I was there for 4 hours and feel like I only saw a small portion of it, so I know I’ll definitely be heading back.
From what I did see, I had a few favorites. First, they had some Picasso’s on display which are always impressive (but no pictures were allowed there, so you’ll have to go and see them for yourself!). They also had Andy Warhol’s infamous Campbell’s can and the well known “Urban Lights” display outside which were awesome to see in person. I also really enjoyed a lot of the modern art they had on display, which is kind of surprising because I usually find it silly. While some of it is pretty silly (like a phallic bracelet or a beetle board), a lot of it was pretty cool.
There was also TONS of historical pieces, some from Asia dating back to 250 BC, which were very interesting. I love learning more about other cultures, and every few minutes someone would be giving free tours/lectures throughout the exhibits. I took advantage and spent 20 minutes learning about Hindu art and the god Shiva. It was awesome information, and the speaker spent a lot of time explaining the purpose behind each detail in the art piece which made me appreciate it even more.
After four hours at the museum, my feet were tired and my phone was dying so it was time to make my way home. After I paid for parking at the museum, my day came to $48 – $2 under budget and worth every penny. It was definitely a fun day that I couldn’t have had if I stayed home for football, and I would recommend a stop at LACMA next time you find yourself in LA!