Come for the night life, but stay for the cultural attractions. That’s one way to describe LA. I’m Clayton Hutson and I’m here to share with you my favorite things about Los Angeles. From my favorite hang outs and music festivals, to my favorite watering holes and art museums, I’m here to show you a side to LA that’s remarkable, surreal, and fascinating all at once.
For some reason, people love to hate on LA. Blame the traffic, the air pollution, or the overcrowded places; everyone seems to have words of criticism. Once you’re in the neighborhood, however—experiencing our vibrant arts and culture scene firsthand—you’ll realize that LA is the best place to be if you want to grow as an artist.
As an actor who wants to break into Hollywood, I believe that LA is a city that inspires. Just walk down the street and you’ll run into some really talented buskers. This is besides our famous summer music festivals like Coachella, FYF Fest, and Stagecoach, which draws festival goers from all around the country year after year.
If you don’t care much about music, we have a long list of museums that will keep you busy for weeks. Check out the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center for Monet, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. The architecture of the Getty Center itself is a thing to behold.
For more of the hip galleries, there’s Gallery 1988 which is always packed. This is actually a testament as to how much LA supports its homegrown artists. At Gallery 1988, the art is, at times, affordable but the interaction with the artist is always priceless. There’s also the Taschen Gallery if you’re into coffee table books. The exhibits are always bizarre and entertaining, highly likely because of their subject matter. Think David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones; you get the idea.
How about theater and the performing arts? We got those too. The Theatre at Ace Hotel features a unique design that’s strikingly different from your textbook theater houses. Photography? Check. Visit the Annenberg Space for Photography for some of the most captivating and insightful photo exhibits.
What about public places? We’ve got well-manicured sculpture gardens and bustling farmers markets. On the other hand, if you want to experience the local vibe and mood of the city, the best place to hang out for that are the coffee shops. Personally, in Glendale, Urartu Coffee is a favorite. It’s quaint and quiet compared to Starbucks so you can really settle in and have a good time with your friends.
As for the food—of course, everyone wants to know about the food—it can’t get any better than Chinatown. Chinatown in LA is host to a variety of cuisines like Thai, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. There’s a little bit of everything; dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, Asian sandwiches, pork buns (my favorite), traditional bakeries, delis, and more.
If there’s something you’re looking for in LA, feel free to ask me. I’m Clayton Hutson and I’d be delighted to share beautiful, sunny LA with you.