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Making the Best of a HAWT Situation: Fun ways to Beat the Heat

Making the Best of a HAWT Situation: Fun ways to Beat the Heat

“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” Walter Winchell

Summer officially started yesterday, but the heatwave came a little ahead of schedule here in SoCal with tempetures reaching triple digits in some areas, like mine in Echo Park reaching 107 it was all any of us living without A/C could do to beat the heat this weekend. I woke up--well I was woken up by the sun bearing down on me in my bedroom at 9:00am and know that it was going to be really hot, really early so got up and took a shower then made my way to my local coffee place The Fix for an iced latte. After getting caffinated and colded I took out the list of museums in the area that were and went to one of all time favorite places The Gamble House in Pasadena.  It was designed by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene of the architectural firm Greene and Greene and constructed 1908–09 as a home for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company. Stayed in the Gamble family until 1966, when Cecil and Louise Gamble turned the house over to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture. The Gamble House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

The Gamble House is the best remaining example of craftmen style artitecture in the United States...please go see it my fellow inner nerds you'll love it! It's FREE some weekends and it's air conditioned. I included a list of FREE museums at the end of the post.

After spending a few hours at the Gamble House it was nearing lunch time but since it was hot I opted to catch a movie instead. So I headed to the ArcLight in Hollywood...more AC!

Inside Arclight

Inside Arclight

I got there in time for Central Intelligence starring the Rock and Kevin Hart...totally mineless fun but it was good, funny and had a actually story. It won't be winning any awards but it will win you over in the end.

Okay, so maybe not ready for food but I was screaming for ICE CREAM! Why not head over to Salt & Straw? On my way over their I was hoping the line wouldn't too long and surprising I think I missed the rush. 

Outside Salt & Straw in Larchmont

Outside Salt & Straw in Larchmont

Double Vanilla (Hey that's mine)

Double Vanilla (Hey that's mine)

I got the Double Vanilla--anything but plain--it was amazing! If you haven't been to Salt & Straw it's a cute ice cream shop (note: there is no seating inside) but you might be able to find some on the Larchmont. I found a little shady spot a few blocks down because I wanted to enjoy my cone.

I thought I would share my little adventure tryin' to beat the heat this weekend. There area a lot of FREE museum offerings this months and their is still plenty of time to go: below is little at a glance for you---You're Welcome!

[JUNE 2Japanese American National Museum (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 2 MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 2Skirball Cultural Center

[JUNE 2Huntington Library (note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. For this reason, I’d suggest you take a look at the free day for July and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

[JUNE 3Norton Simon Museum (5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 3Pasadena Museum of California Art (12:00pm to 5:00pm)

[JUNE 3Long Beach Museum of Art

[JUNE 5Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[JUNE 5Museum of Latin American Art

[JUNE 7Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 7Natural History Museum

[JUNE 7Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits

[JUNE 9Japanese American National Museum (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 9 MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 9Skirball Cultural Center

[JUNE 12Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[JUNE 12Museum of Latin American Art

[JUNE 12Pacific Asia Museum

[JUNE 14Autry National Center of the American West

[JUNE 14Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[JUNE 16Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[JUNE 16 MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 16Skirball Cultural Center

[JUNE 16Pasadena Museum of California Art (5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 19Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[JUNE 19Museum of Latin American Art

[JUNE 19Museums of The Arroyo Day

[JUNE 21Descanso Gardens

[JUNE 21Los Angeles County Arboretum

[JUNE 21South Coast Botanic Garden

[JUNE 23Japanese American National Museum (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 23MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 23Skirball Cultural Center

[JUNE 24Long Beach Museum of Art

[JUNE 26Museum of Latin American Art (5:00pm to 9:00pm

[JUNE 26Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[JUNE 26Museum of Latin American Art

[JUNE 30Japanese American National Museum (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 30MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5:00pm to 8:00pm)

[JUNE 30Skirball Cultural Center

As a reminder, it’s always good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the above links to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. I don't want any calls or e-mails. Unless you had fun :)

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