LA's far more cultured than people give it credit for -- but that doesn't prevent you from ignoring that fact to chase your breakout role/warm silicone. Get a concentrated, pain-free shot of the culture LA's supposed to not have at this weekend's first annual Swervefest.
Swerve's a 3-day outdoor fest from arty-insider Jonathan Wells, expected to draw 2000+ people a day to celebrate the mainstays of West Coast creative culture: art, film, music andÂ…action sports.
Art: In true street fair fashion, there are graffiti'd high-art cutouts for you to stick your head into for photos, while ten visual artists (i.e., guys who design album covers) have erected trippily vibrant 15-foot-high Pinwheels -- odes to renewable energy, and the Nickelodeon show that made Sesame Street look cooler than Airwolf.
Music: Acts like Illinois and We are Scientists'll play both the park and Echoplex, while 25 other bands (including goofball ensemble Animal Collective) are actually embedding tracks in trees, listenable to via dangling headphones. Musical fruit, if you will.
Film: A myriad of screenings highlighted by the Joy Division biopic Control, from "Heart Shaped Box" video director Anton Corbijn (whose historical foray's a hedged bet against another subject committing suicide after his film's release).
Which brings us to action sports: sign up in advance, and the Fest is offering the chance to design your own skateboard deck -- so you'll be able to satisfy your arts & crafts fix, then 'board off towards your plastic surgeon and a chesty cameo in Gleaming the Cube II.