Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Back on 2011 and Running Forward to 2012

2011postAs the end of the year approaches, we look back on 2011 as documented in's blog. 

We began the year with a great honor - being named by Arts Media Contacts as an Art Blog of the Year for 2010

But it was also a year of endings.  We said good-bye to the Wilshire Grand Hotel and the Mulholland Dr. Bridge began its demolition and reconstruction project - which means we also survived round 1 of Carmageddon.

We ate.a lot.  And enjoyed every bit of our Chinatown Thanksgiving, the local ingredients at West Restaurant & Lounge, learning cultural foods via food trucks, and more.

We experienced LA in new ways.  From laser shows in one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles to  Halloween night adventures at the Aquarium.  We loved the take over of Los Angeles streets by CicLAVia and how rich Los Angeles is in musical experiences (Sarah Jarosz, The Greencards, Zydeco and Cajun Dancing, Alice Wallace, All for the Hall Fundraiser). 

We learned (once again) the rich history of Los Angeles. From the Restoration of the Great Wall of Los Angeles to LA230: Celebrating Los Angeles' 230 birthday with over 200 eventsLA Plaza de Cultura y Artes was also built, celebrating the influence of Mexican and Mexican American culture in Los Angeles and Southern California.

So.what's next?  We're looking forward to 2012 with the continuation of a retrospective of Los Angeles arts and artists with Pacific Standard Time and Cirque du Soleil's OVO.  Up ahead in January is LA Arts Month and the Museums Free-For-All.  Other great happenings include Gustavo conducting Mahler's entire works, including the symphony of 1,000 in February, and the highly anticipated LA opening of the controversial The Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theatre. 

We wish you all a happy and safe New Year!  Here's to great Los Angeles experiences in 2012.

-ExperienceLA Staff

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