Los Angeles Free Friday

Jul 30, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Maybe because it’s the end of the month, or it’s the middle of the summer, or we’re all into the dog days of summer–that explains the a potential reason that we need a respite from all activities except hanging out at the house or going to the beach.

Whatever the reason, this weekend is a bit shorter than usual for free events. Also the end of July is the time people take their family vacations for time to get away from the city for a awhile.

If you’re planning a short or long vacation before the end of August, but don’t know what to do with your beloved houseplant, the Hammer Museum has the answer to your prayers. Tomorrow and only tomorrow, you can drop off your green and lush houseplant from 11:00am to 6:00pm. For the entire month of the A.I.R. Machine Project, your plants will be well cared for on their light flooded Lindbrook terrace. As well, there will be a series of readings, performances, and musical events for the “plants” every Saturday from 1-4pm. What a treat. If you’re interested, the Hammer Museum has more information, including a plant waiver, just in case.

An idea whose time has finally arrived is high speed rail. Even here in car-centric Los Angeles, high speed rail is on many people’s minds. In fact, rail LA, a group who believes “Los Angeles is the ideal location to illustrate the positive impacts of high-speed rail on the environment, traffic congestion, and sustainable urban design and planning,” is sponsoring an event, ‘LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space.’ From 10:00am to 7:00pm from July 29 to August 28, the public is invited to view a multimedia experience that takes Los Angeles to a future beyond cars.

On Sunday, August 1st you are invited to bring homegrown or street-picked fruit and participate in a collective jam making session at the EATLACMA Public Fruit Jam. Without a recipe, everyone collaborates to come up with the best taste that represents all of the participants. How cool is that!! All the action takes place on Sunday, starting at 12:00pm. Tickets will be handed out the day of the event with a limit of 150 per hour from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations.

Jazz on the Lawn in Santa Monica returns on Sunday, August 1st. Enjoy the high energy funk of Pinot from 5:00-7:00pm at the Santa Monica City Hall. Oh, don’t forget to bring your blanket and a little spending money. Although the concert is free, self-serve frozen dessert from The Big Swirl Truck will be available. So, after you get a sweat dancing, you can cool off with a treat.

Okay, that’s it for this week.

To ensure that you’re weekend is full of art and other activities, we’re including two great calendars for your weekend planning. This is Travelin’ Local’s Free Museum Calendar, so if you have a hankering to visit a local museum, you can have fun as well as enjoying the experience for free.

Next is the Travelin’ Local 2010 Free Summertime Concert and Movie Calendar. You’re sure to find something here to catch your fancy:

Although we all have our favorite beaches to travel to, hot shopping spots, restaurants, and parties and picnics to attend, there’s still plenty of free stuff happening all over town.

Just remember to tell everyone that you saw it first on Travelin’ Local.

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