It’s a town where Cirque du Soleil turns out to dance to the sounds of Los Lobos. What city could be more deserving of an arts month than Los Angeles?
The third annual LA Arts Month kicked off January 5 with an open air performance by Dos de Los Lobos—David Hidalgo and Louie Perez—and members of the Montreal-based Cirque at the downtown Music Center Plaza. LA Arts Month encourages residents and visitors to attend local cultural events during the month of January and beyond. It is a celebration of local museums, galleries, theater, music, dance an festivals. First put forward in a City Council motion by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LA Arts Month has expanded this year to include county as well as city venues. It functions as a collaborative effort on the part of city and county agencies, private partners and arts organizations.
Also on the bill at the Music Center were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who pointed out that every dollar spent on arts generates $2.53 in economic impact for the City; County Supervisor Gloria Molina; selections from About Productions’ “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe,” a theaterwork co-written by Lobo Louie Perez about an Eastside girl who dares to dream big; and the Hollywood High School Show Choir.
Visit laartsmonth.org for info on Museum Free For All Weekend January 29 and 30 and other cultural opportunities.