As a youth, trespassing public spaces after hours meant a Shangri-la of hooking up, smoking, and illin', but now one of LA's most prominent public spaces is actually welcoming you in for a trippy late-night fest that'll make you think you're stoned: Glow.
Taking place at and around the Santa Monica Pier, Glow's a mixed-media, mildly interactive art-stravaganza held during the normally verboten hours of 7pm-7am. Some highlights:
Primal Source: Surreal images projected on this beach-based 40-foot wall of mist'll move based on the sounds of voices around the installation, allowing you to see what "Dude, that's totally a 40-foot wall of mist!" looks like.
The Amazing Mental Scope: Get hooked up with an EEG, then climb on the ferris wheel, and your brainwaves will be displayed via flashing lights on a cylindrical LED display. Onlookers will enjoy the soft glow of your Pleasure Center as you enjoy top-of-the-wheel "special alone time".
Poetry Boat: Use the provided phone to call the three poets on this off-shore boat, and they'll compose and read back to you on-the-spot custom poetry. Why are they out on a boat? Because that's where they put people with leprosy.
All the while, there'll be a kickin' soundtrack from Djs like KCRW's Garth Trinidad and Postal Service member Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel -- himself so accustomed to late-night shenanigans he once took his own E.