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Summer. As much as I scoff at the city’s most beloved season – what with its stifling heat (and no A/C), excessive tourists, and the resultant inability to drive just about anywhere – there’s a small part of me that, all pretension aside, secretly loves summer. Maybe its the residual feelings of being a student set free for three months. Or maybe because there’s so much more Vitamin D coursing through my veins. Or maybe still its just because everyone just seems happier, livelier, more adventurous. There’s so much more activity and spirit here in the summer and its highly contagious.

One of my favorite things about an LA summer is the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. The entire city seems to migrate to the coast come sundown Thursday night. Sweaty, happy citygoers take in the salty air of the Pacific alongside the company of incredible performers and there is a collective sigh of relief as the  crazy/busy/bustling day melts away into the warm evening. It’s really quite amazing.

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This year’s line-up was just announced, and it’s perfect. There’s Khalid, a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter proving to be a master of mixing genres. There’s the indie favorite Warpaint playing with a mysterious TBA surprise guest. And then folksy Valerie June who was just recently called out for her musicianship by none other than the great Bob Dylan. It’s an eclectic mix, as always. And that’s what makes it great.

Check out the full line-up here.

Boozy Tuesday, Vol. 4

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday…we meet again.  Stuck somewhere between the lost memories of Saturday + Sunday past and those waiting to made in the weekend ahead, you’ve brought on fatigue + foreboding.  Will I ever make it to the week’s end?  With a good, strong dose of creative drinks + stimulating culture, making it to Friday might just be feasible.

With July nearing its final days (sidebar: Noooooooo!), I thought squeezing in some final festivities in honor of the month’s nationwide holiday.  July is National Blueberry Month.  Yes, it’s also National Ice Cream Month, but let’s be honest, we’ve all celebrated that numerous times these past few weeks.  Instead, this week’s helping of cocktail + culture stars the jubilant little berry famous for its minerals + muffins.  Enjoy yourself a Blues-y Tuesday.

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Images via freepeople, laylitasrecipes, atelierchristine, willdomedia.  Recipe via laylitasrecipes.

By The Boardwalk

Los Angeles is a love/hate city. Love the weather, hate the traffic. Love the laid back attitude, hate the pretension. Love the tacos, hate the pizza. The list goes on and on (see this  article by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on trying to embrace his inner Angeleno). But because summer is this city’s season to shine and, after all, as Bethany Cosentino so eloquently put it, “we’ve got the ocean, we’ve got the babes, we’ve got the sun, we’ve got the waves”, let’s focus on the positives. And one of those just happens to be the annual Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier.

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In short, it’s a series of outdoor concerts by the beach for free. It’s like LA’s equivalent to the rooftop parties of Brooklyn, like a tiny taste of Coachella circa 2001 when it truly was about  sights + sounds rather than seen or be seen.  Folks young + old migrate to the coast as the sun casts rich copper light over the sea, signally the near-end to another work week. From indie rock to Arabic electro (yes, there is such a thing), previous years have included such acts as Haim, Best Coast, Patti Smith, No Age, Surfer Blood, Dawes, Joan Baez, and many more.  The lineup for this season also features some names of note.  Opening the season tomorrow are Cults, and later in the season on the 24th, Cayucas + Papa.

Whether you’re living the LA life or not, its events like these that are prime opportunities for savoring summer + reconnecting with your local community.  And nearly every city has them – community sponsored gatherings that, no matter where you call home, make you grateful to have one.

Image via pistollake.