KCRW Sound in Focus and CicLAvia

One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is all of the free events happening around town throughout the year. This weekend, we took advantage of two of them.

On Saturday, my husband and I got a babysitter and went to KCRW’s outdoor summer concert series, Sound in Focus. Dwight Yoakum was the headliner and X was the opening band. It was a beautiful night and Dwight Yoakum was great – I love me some country music and no one does it better (except Willie of course).

It was in Century City park, which is the center of an office plaza that also houses the Annenberg Space for Photography. We not only saw a concert, but toured the gallery’s latest exhibit “Emerging.” It featured emerging photographers and it was unbelievably good, especially the video about the young photographers.



On Sunday, the entire family and friends went out to CicLAvia. CicLAvia is an occasional outdoor festival where the streets are blocked off for bike riders, rollerbladers, jog strollers – anything on wheels that isn’t a car – and pedestrians. It was a fantastic day filled with bikers, food trucks, farmers markets, and happy people. We had an excellent time riding from downtown Culver City to Venice Beach.





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The group CicLAvia shut down 7 1/2 miles of city streets today so people could safely ride bikes, run, and walk through busy streets. My brother, who is visiting from Tucson, and I walked while the 1st grader rode his bike and the preschooler rode his scooter. We got a really late start, but it was still a lot of fun (maybe not so much for the preschooler). Downtown was surprisingly pretty without cars and so quiet. Here are a few picture highlights from the afternoon.