Walking The Artwalk

With the Downtown Artwalk every second Thursday of the month, the ritualistic artwalk is becoming ingrained into Angeleno culture.  Paralleling those exceptional Saturday evenings in which groups of neighboring galleries have opening receptions on the same night, the artwalk is not only the home of rising talents from local and international artists, but also a place for sipping a Tecate or two  — the gallery opening drink of choice here in LA.

This Saturday, we have two more artwalks to schedule into your iCal: the 4th annual ARTWALK Culver City and Art Walk 2009 in the Miracle Mile.  In terms of Angeleno traffic, the two locales are nothing more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other on La Cienega.

Culver City is the place to be for galleries.  Running all the way up La Cienega in between Venice and Washington, you can catch all those exhibition spaces, which are technically in Los Angeles if you go by zip code.  And for those that need to ease into Culver City culture, just hang a quick right onto Washington to catch another slew of galleries. Starting up at noon, the Culver City arts district will be bumpin’ until 8.  From 5 until 8, members of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective will be performing all along Washington in between La Cienega and Fairfax.

The Miracle Mile Artwalk is the place for museums with not one,  not two, but four of them giving free general admission all day long. LACMA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Page Museum, and the Petersen Automotive Museum along with galleries up and down Wilshire and La Brea open their doors to this self-guided tour in and about the Miracle Mile. Extra bonuses include  a Kogi taco truck pitstop and a performance by Bollywood Step Dance.

You can’t be at two places at once, but you can go to two artwalks on a Saturday.

The Culver City Artwalk and Miracle Mile Artwalk both run from 12 – 8 and the Miracle Mile Artwalk  ends with LACMA’s MUSE afterparty at El Rey.  Tickets are $40. Visit both websites for each artwalk to download a schedule of events and map.

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