Here are some of the best indoor activities in Los Angeles, whether it's a rare rainy day or a blisteringly hot week. Browse the list below and enjoy while staying safe!
1. CULTURE DIVE
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact
For the first time, acclaimed painter Amy Sherald, known for capturing the contemporary Black American experience through arresting portraits, will present her raw work on the West Coast in a solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Slated to open March 20, Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact features all-new works created by Sherald and will showcase both group and individual portraits. After the heavy focus on racial injustice in 2020, the East Coast-based artist encourages viewers to engage with her subjects in order to challenge the accepted notions of race and representation in today’s society. Through June 6, 901 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles
Rele Gallery, Orita Meta - Crossroads
In 2015, Adenrele Sonariwo founded Rele Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, to support contemporary African artists and spread their messages globally. In 2021, the opening of the gallery’s new West Hollywood location makes that dream a reality. To mark its debut, a powerful exhibition, Orita Meta – Crossroads— which, loosely translated, means “a junction where three roads meet”— spotlights three female Nigerian artists whose captivating artwork challenges objectifying portrayals of women in contemporary art. “It was important to us to present the unique perspectives of these artists— perspectives that are somewhat different from what the U.S. audience might be familiar with,” says Sonariwo. “We think that the works, and the messages contained within, will provide illumination, inspiration and understanding to both men and women.” Luckily for Angelenos, this is just the beginning of a years-long program presenting many talented African artists. Through March 28, 8215 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
2. PAMPER YOURSELF
Located within the new Tuscan-inspired Spa Relais at Westlake Village Inn, Starr MedSpa is an oasis of self-care 45 minutes from L.A. proper. Led by founder Tenley Starr Fabian, RN, BSN, the serene spot boasts offerings like injectables, microneedling, PRP and more. The best part? An appointment includes access to the spa’s luxe amenities, like the Himalayan salt sauna, a snow shower and the gorgeous outdoor pool. “You get to make what used to be a benign appointment to get poked into a full day of relaxation and fun,” says Fabian, who takes a less-is-more approach to cosmetic enhancements. “My philosophy follows a very simple route that starts with a question: What is the simplest thing I can do to enhance my natural beauty?” she says. “The less, the better.” Westlake Village Inn
The Beauty Sandwich’s Tour De Force Treatment is the answer to all of your skin problems. Meant to refresh and rejuvenate the face and neck, Iván Pol uses gentle RF layered with infrared and blue light to reinvigorate the entire area. The results are the same (or maybe even better) than seen with needles, chemicals or lasers—and without any of the downtime. “It’s carb-loading at its best,” he says. 869 Via De La Paz, Bungalow B, Pacific Palisades
Founded by Camrin Agin—who found relief from acupuncture, meditation, sound baths and crystal therapy after suffering from chronic, debilitating migraines and back pain for years—ALTYR is a wellness concierge service that delivers healing practices to you at home via in-person or Zoom appointments. ALTYR’s menu includes a variety of grounding, holistic services, including energy healing, sound baths, breathwork and meditation, space clearing and more. “The whole point of our business is to give our clients the tools to slow down, notice what they’re feeling and why, and approach it in a self-compassionate, nonjudgmental way,” says Agin.
3. SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
Bags in a variety of fabrics and a multitude of colorful shades rule at Clare V.'s three L.A. locations, as does apparel in eye-catching patterns. The cozy jaguar-printed sweatsuit in green, the Grande Fanny in Loden Croco and the Jewelry Roll in Salmon New Look are perfect for those who appreciate clothing and accessories with a bit of quirk. Santa Monica, Silver Lakes, West Hollywood
Visit the gorgeous Brentwood Country Mart boutique and peruse covetable clean-beauty finds to functional and chic kitchen essentials, the lifestyle-focused brand’s offerings will be sure to impress the pickiest present recipients. Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St ., Ste. 37, Santa Monica
A staple for interior design buffs, Lawson-Fenning’s thoughtfully crafted offerings will appeal to the aesthetes in your life. Treat yourself with home decor pieces like the Holbox molcajete, a marble bowl and tzalam wood mallet designed and handmade in Mexico by Ayres; the volcanic rock-inspired Tephra cup and coaster; or the soy wax Ojai candle that boasts an 80-hour burn time and a soothing frankincense, cypress, patchouli and palo santo scent. Whatever you choose, it'll instantly brighten your home on gloomy days like today. 6824 Melrose Ave., L.A.
Head to this luxury lifestyle-focused shop within The Peninsula Beverly Hills to peruse a plethora of enticing pieces. Pick from items like the sumptuous silk printed city pajamas in gold, silver and nude that can be worn from morning till night; handmade accessories for dogs in a chic metallic color palette; and home items, including Italian-made leather trays and the enticing MF candle. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
This beautifully curated shop is just the place to go for finds with an international edge. It has everything you need, including artsy fine jewelry by Polly Wales and Retrouvai, handmade-in-L.A. Weiss watches, sculptural kitchen and tableware items, coffee-table books, Japanese pens and more. 8303 West 3rd St., L.A.
4. TIME TO FEAST
“From the beginning, it was our intent to bring the best local chefs and restaurateurs to Citizen Public Market,” says Rick Moses, one of the developers on the Culver City-based project. Now open, the historic building serves as a market hall, with four current restaurant tenants—including The Jolly Oyster, featuring California seafood with an emphasis on sustainable production; The WEHO Sausage Co., offering gourmet burgers, sausage patties and artisanal charcuterie; goodboybob, your go-to for all things coffee, food and wine; and Pizzette, bringing the tastes of Italy right to your table—with room for eight total stalls. We’ll certainly be on the lookout for news of the final four tenants, opening their doors over the coming months.
On the other side of town in Hollywood’s Sycamore Corridor, Sightglass recently reopened with the debut of its new specialty grocer, Sightglass Marketplace & Coffee Roastery. Founded by brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison, the new location is your one-stop-shop for housemade prepared foods, baked goods, farmers market produce, responsibly sourced proteins, wine and beer, flowers, single-origin coffees, and the list goes on.
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