Hang with Miranda July, Trek Boyle Heights: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

Happy weekend, L.A.! Get heavy with Miranda July's new show at MOCA PDC, and walk the secret history of the Boyle Heights neighborhood.

Summer's in full swing, and without any of that icky humidity you might find in other places this time of year. So why not get out and enjoy Los Angeles this weekend? Check out yet another place to see a movie under the stars, climb atop a statue designed by Miranda July, or hike through the ever-changing community of Boyle Heights. Got something we should know about? Email us at la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Friday Flicks in Pershing Square: As if you didn't have enough places to watch movies outside! Last week kicked off another series of outdoor film screenings, this one at downtown's Pershing Square park. No alcohol allowed (booo), but you can bring picnics, and the backdrop of glittery skyscrapers against the darkening summer sky can't be beat. The theme for the summer is the "silliest, funniest, most over-acted films" of all time. This Friday is Young Sherlock Holmes. Next week, Mommie Dearest. Friday, 8:00 p.m.

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Tell Los Angeles Where You Get Your Food

Download an app that helps The Foodprint Project track L.A. food purchases, then head to a food-focused party with the Levi's Film Workshop at MOCA.

Ideally, the farmers within L.A.'s "foodshed"—the 200 mile radius around the city—could feed the 15 million residents of the Los Angeles. But right now, that's not the case. So where is L.A.'s food coming from? And how can we help L.A. feed itself more effectively?

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Hike Bunker Hill, Bike Boyle Heights: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

It's hot out there, L.A.! Stay cool with three events this weekend, from hiking downtown's vistas to peeking into Wilshire's past.

After this steamy short week, we've got some ways to cool off. Embark upon an outdoor expedition in L.A.'s urban center, discover the hidden history of a famous street, and take a bike ride through an underappreciated neighborhood. Know of summer fun that we should be covering? Reach out at la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Take an Urban Hike Through Downtown: You don't need to go to Yosemite to find unexplored trails or untamed wildlife. Why not ascend the dramatic elevations of the Bonaventure Hotel or meet the grazing goats of Angels Flight Park right here in the city? As part of MOCA's Engagement Parties, the Los Angeles Urban Rangers are leading three evenings of adventures in downtown L.A. The first event kicks off tonight with an exploration of Bunker Hill, and upcoming events feature a tour of the L.A. River and a campout—yes, really!—on MOCA's plaza. Thursday, 7:15 to 10:15 p.m.

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Blu Responds to MOCA Censorship; Won't Paint Over Erased Mural

Blu says getting buffed from MOCA's wall amounts to censorship that almost turned into self-censorship. The artist won't paint another.

Here's the next installment in our ongoing coverage of the curious case of Blu's disappearing mural, which MOCA removed one day after the artist finished it because of the work's proximity to a veterans center and Japanese American memorial.

This was posted at Blu's blog:

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Blu's MOCA Mural Erased; Who's to Blame?

Jeffery Deitch was meant to bring street art to MOCA. So why was the mural he commissioned from Blu painted over after only one day?

When Jeffrey Deitch was named Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, critics hailed it as sea change for the art world. As the first private gallery owner to run an American museum, and with his famous connection to the world of street art, Deitch was expected to bring a new life to MOCA. Meant to formally announce his arrival and set to open in Spring 2011, his massive "Art in the Streets" exhibition aspires to survey a history of street art from the 1970s to today.

In preparation, Deitch commissioned a piece from the artist Blu, painted directly on one wall of the museum. On Wednesday, December 8, the artist created his mural: a series of giant coffins wrapped in dollar bills.

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