Music and Medical School
Medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are not at a shortage for free things to do in the Los Angeles area. LACMA concerts have been popular for more than 20 years. After a hard week of classes and rotations, head to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) for its free Friday jazz nights. The April through November outdoor concerts are a great way to take in the music scene and enjoy the temperatures that make LA famous.
LACMA is on Wilshire Blvd. in the middle of LA's Miracle Mile section of museum row. As the largest art museum in the western United States, you'll need to visit several times to take in all that's there. Because the museum is free to southern California residents after 3 pm each day, take advantage and see the art before settling in for the concert. It also gives you extra time to put your blanket or chairs down for a good spot. With 42,000 visitors enjoying the concerts each year, you'll want that!
Bring a picnic to enjoy, or pick up something in the neighborhood or from on-site vendors. The concerts typically start at 6 pm and last about two hours.
The LACMA concerts focus on the jazz of Los Angeles locals. Past concertgoers heard Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, the Cannonball-Coltrane Project, Les McCann and Friends, the Eric Reed Quartet and others. This upcoming season, look forward to Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Sweet Baby J'ai. The museum chooses a variety of jazz styles, including traditional and acoustic, and the last Friday of the month features a vocalist.
The Friday night jazz LACMA concerts are only part of the museum's hundred or so concerts they put on each year. But don't ignore the inside of the museum either. In the museum, you can see a variety of art genres. Current exhibits range from the Renaissance to Picasso and Rivera to 21st-century art.
Don't miss the James Turrell exhibit, "Light Reignfall." It includes freestanding sculptures that allow one guest at a time to slide into it on a bed while wearing special headphones and experiencing a saturated light program.
Take advantage of opportunities like the LACMA concerts when studying at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It's one of the things that makes the school special — access to world-class cultural activities.
By Deborah Abrams Kaplan