The great thing about following the home team on away games is the cities you see. This week the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes battle it out in the NHL playoffs. If you live in the Valley of the Sun and are headed to LA there’s plenty to occupy your time prior to face-off at the Staples Center. You might even extend your trip to take in more of the town. Some suggestions:
Check out the finishing stage of the Amgen Tour of California as cyclists take on the last leg between Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles. The last of eight stages plays out ‘twixt 10 a.m. and noon. This race attracts the best riders on the planet, having been voted the fourth-best bicycle race in the world, and the top one in America.
After the race, make tracks to the Venice Art Walk & Auctions. The event starts May 19 and runs through the 20th. Live music suffuses the streets, and food trucks anchor your appetite. Take in the curated art auction, or work off all that food with arts and architecture tours. The money goes for a very good cause: the Venice Family Clinic.
Even if the series is over by May 19th there’s ample reason to stay around LA. One of them is Roger Waters. Pink Floyd’s co-founder performs the 1980’s epic album The Wall live at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Cut from the same surrealistic sort of cloth is the classic film Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick’s edgy, apocalyptic masterpiece is meant for the big screen, not television. Come see Peter Sellers’ master a multitude of roles in this epic film. It’s showing May 18 at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Story by Jerry Chandler