There was a moment, a decade or so ago, when flash mobs of an artier sort became a Thing, and sudden performance could show up anywhere that could be defined as a location or place on the map.
That trend quickly wrapped, but LA has been lucky to remain a center for performance in unusual places. Yep, Heidi Duckler's dancers took to a laundromat -- and yep, they even climbed inside the dryers -- but there've been many offbeat and provocative instances.
Two more are afoot. Short plays performed by the Chalk Repertory Theatre are going down inside the Natural History Museum each weekend through Sunday, Oct. 13. They're plays about LA, which fits the current California History exhibit at the museum to a T.
The second setting? It's a little place called LAX, which you might be familiar with.
The airport is hosting its first Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, and "a site-specific, multi-sensory spectacle of movement, sound, and color" called "Everywhere Nowhere" will follow. It's the world premiere, directed and choreographed by Sarah Elgart.
Head for the outdoor courtyard between Terminals 1 and 2 following the Art Walk to see the performance.
The Art Walk time is 5-7 p.m. both days, and "Everywhere Nowhere" begins at 7:30 p.m. both days.
Are you imagining first-time visitors to our city deplaning, then rolling their suitcases by people twirling and dancing and leaping outside their terminal? Will they wonder if all newcomers to the city get such an over-the-top welcome? Will they think they've walked into some sort of magical wonderland?
They have, obviously, and it is called Los Angeles, a place that doesn't need traditional venues to put on a little drama and a little dance. The creative spirit here is clearly so robust that it spills over into our natural history museums and international airports, too.