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Get Out Of Town!: Mid-City Adventure At LACMA And Korean BBQ

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers a lot of options for your visual arts and music fix. With programs like “Free After 3,” free jazz, Latin and classical concerts for the public and the NextGen program, there are many ways to keep a visit low-cost.

Add in a side trip for some excellent Korean BBQ in nearby Koreatown and your Get Out Of Town! adventure in Mid-City goes up a notch.

LACMA Rain Room. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

LACMA Rain Room. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Rain Room at LACMA is a paid, ticketed esxperience, but well worth the $10-15 fee. This way, smaller, timed-entry groups have access to the room for 15 minutes, making the experience more enjoyable and less crowded.

Some basic tips for a more satisfying and less-wet experience: wear light colors and walk really, really slowly through the rainfall.

The sensors cannot distinguish black clothes from the dark floor and will not stop the water flow.

Slow motion allows time for the area you are in to register with the sensors, to shut off the rain.

The LACMA Rain Room is an amazing and immersive (literally) experience.

LACMA’s NextGen program, which provides free general museum access to children 17 and under, also allows free entry to an accompanying adult. The museum offers senior, student and KCRW member discounts, along with free access for EBT card holders and members of the military. On weekdays, the “Free After 3” program grants free admission to all.

In addition to an excellent permanent collection spanning much of human history, LACMA also offers a series of top-notch special exhibitions, some free with general admission and others require an additional entry fee.

Street parking may be available but is often hard to find. Parking in the LACMA lots costs $14. General adult admission to the museum is $15.

 (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The museum’s free concerts are a huge draw. During the summer, Jazz at LACMA on Fridays and Latin Sounds on Saturdays bring a multitude of Angelenos with camp chairs and picnic baskets to the museum plaza grounds. Seating directly in front of the featured band is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sundays Live, the museum’s chamber music series, runs year-round in the Leo S. Bing Theater and features the best of national, international, local and emerging classical musicians.

After immersing oneself in all that art, music and culture, one can get pretty hungry. Nearby Koreatown offers excellent Korean BBQ, with a lot of busy restaurants. Since our favorite, Woo Lae Oak, left its Western Avenue location years ago and ultimately closed the La Cienaga spot recently, we needed a new Korean BBQ joint.

One of the top-reviewed Korean restaurants in town, Kang Ho Dong Baekjong, did not let us down. On a crowded Friday night, we were able to get a table inside in less than 30 minutes. Excellent, attentive service helped us navigate this vibrant and noisy restaurant.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong offers only beef and pork to grill, along with the requisite accompanying dishes such as green salad, seaweed and bean sprout salad, bean stew, fried kimchi, kimchi prepared three different ways, sweet potato and daikon. Roasted pepper, onion, corn and egg are cooked next to the grill top.

Brisket at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Brisket at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Refreshing, cold barley tea, which tastes like water, washes everything down. Soju and Korean beers are also available.

We ordered the large beef combo platter, of brisket, short rib and prime rib – it was a little too much food for four, although we were very hungry. The beef was excellent quality and was cooked by our servers, something we’re not used to at a Korean BBQ restaurant.

Servers refilled the sides and tea when asked and generally made sure our table was having a good time.

Short rib at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Short rib at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Seats on the quieter patio provide an alternative to the loud music and slightly smoky interior, but we much preferred the party-like energy of the room, especially on a Friday night.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong is not all-you-can-eat, thus the quality of meat is better than an AYCE place. Everyone working at the restaurant was super friendly and answered questions, so there’s no reason to be intimidated if you don’t speak Korean.

In the future, we would probably order meat a la carte, because there was a lot of brisket. The restaurant also offers cold and hot noodles and soups. The bean soup that came with the BBQ combo was also delicious.

 (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Parking for the restaurant enters off Alexandria Avenue from Sixth Street, to a valet stand in the back. Street parking is very challenging in the area.

About a 20-30 minute drive from Burbank, both LACMA and the Koreatown area provide a fun alternative for an afternoon or evening out, close to home.

Media City Dance to Presents “Atlantis” in the Burroughs Auditorium

A fusion of classical ballet, martial arts and jazz will be showcased when Media City Dance takes center stage with “Atlantis” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at John Burroughs Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Ave.

Stephanie Pease, 25, who has been studying ballet for 19 years, is director/choreographer for this production based on the mysterious city on the lost island in the Atlantic Ocean. She will be collaborating with martial artist Grant Tovmasian and jazz choreographer Allen McCormick, who has choreographed for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Classical ballet sequences will be danced to music by Igor Stravinsky while the contemporary segments will be to music by Philip Glass.

Performing will be 70 dance students of the Media City Dance classical ballet studio ranging in age from 3 to 70.

This is the first time the school’s owner, Natasha Middleton, has delegated the director/choreographer role to someone else, said Pease, who came up with the idea for the show.

“I knew I wanted to do something really entertaining and it had to involve the students,” Pease said. “We have a fair amount of children in the school so I wanted [the production] to be something fantastical and fantasy-oriented. I actually visited the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach last year, which gave me the idea for ‘Atlantis.’ ”

The story is about a little boy and his older sister who works in the coal mines during the Industrial Revolution, Pease said. The sister reads them stories about Atlantis, an island that, according to lore, sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. The little brother goes off to find Atlantis, and the sister follows him.

Peter Yedgarian is dancing the role of Caleb. The 9-year-old, is a fourth-grader at Dunsmore Elementary School. He has been studying ballet for two years. He also likes to play soccer and video games.

Lauren Santia, who dances the role of Ali, is 12 years old and is an honor roll student at Laurel Hall. She is in the seventh grade. She has been studying with Kristine Gregorian, Natalya Shoaf and Tina Yedgarian.

Studio owner, Middleton, who is also artistic director of the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, asked Pease to direct and choreograph “Atlantis” because Middleton wanted to focus on the professional company’s August performance at the Ford Theatre.

Pease has been choreographing shows for the drama department at Taft High School and productions at a theater in North Hollywood.

“She has been with me as a student and teacher for many years,” Middleton said. “This is a chance for her to show her colors. She came up with the fun idea of going down into the city of Atlantis. We like to keep our shows original. That’s what sets us apart from everybody. Her show has all kinds of characters ~ a dragon, octopus and fish ~ so it should be lots of fun!”

Pease calls the chance to direct/choreograph the production a blessing.

“It has allowed me to further my career in choreography, and I have made it my goal to uphold the reputation of high quality productions the school is known for,” Pease said.

Downtown Burbank Car Classic Announces Jazz Sensation David Benoit

The Downtown Burbank Car Classic, an exciting showcase for restored and pre-1974 sports cars, exotics and hot rods, will cruise into Downtown Burbank with engines roaring and horns a-blazing on Saturday, July 28 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm.  Contemporary jazz pianist and composer David Benoit will perform from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, with a cappella legends The Alley Cats taking the stage at 5:00 pm. Included in the six block festival will be lots of free family entertainment and car-related vendor booths. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.

Coordinated in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum, cars will stretch along San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue as well as adjacent streets in Downtown Burbank’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  The Petersen Museum will feature 1929 DuPont, 1928 Studebaker and 1934 La Salle cars from its collection.

In tune with Downtown Burbank’s connection with the entertainment industry, vehicles with a Hollywood twist will be in the spotlight.

For retro fans, the fun begins the night before with a special preview party, Friday, July 27, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Participants will join in a nostalgic trip down memory lane at the original Bob’s Big Boy, 4211 West Riverside Drive in Burbank, where the 1950s are still being celebrated. It’s a chance to bask in the golden rays of a California sunset while enjoying tasty burgers and fries served by authentic car hops. The preview is also a great time to meet fellow automotive enthusiasts and admire select vehicles before the following day’s show.

In addition to spectacular automobiles, the Downtown Burbank Car Classic delivers packed entertainment including talented street painters, interactive activities for kids, a heart-stopping flyover and nationally known music headliners.


3:00 pm

KABC Street Team entertains with music, swag and prize giveaways.

Check out Disney Ride Makerz Cars. Build and customize your own ride!

Talented Street Painters will create supersized artworks directly on the tarmac.  Watch these amazing artists as they bring historic vehicles to life before your eyes!


4:00 pm

The Car Classic takes flight with an airborne salute.  Watch for helicopters and contemporary and vintage aircraft in magnificent formation in the skies above Downtown Burbank.


5:00 pm

A cappella legends The Alley Cats perform a perfect blend of musical talent and comedic timing. The band never misses a beat as they sing the greatest hits from the 50s and 60s.


7:00 pm

Awards ceremony. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Best in Show, Most Unusual Vehicle, Classic Award, Jay Leno Award, Best pre-1960 Vehicle, Best post-1960 Vehicle and Petersen Museum Preservation Pick


7:30 pm

Contemporary jazz pianist, composer and five time Grammy nominee David Benoit performs.