Silver Lake Band YACHT's App Tells You Five Cool Things To Do In L.A. Every Day
(Left to right) Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans of YACHT created an app that helps people explore Los Angeles (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for TOMS)
The indie darlings of Silver Lake band YACHT took a little break from making music over the past year to make an app that gets folks to explore Los Angeles—in a different, off the beaten path way.
Couple Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt launched the free iPhone app "Five Every Day," with the intention of letting folks know five cool and handpicked things to do in Los Angeles every day. Each of the items fit in a category: checking out art, going on an urban exploration (like visiting a secret garden), dining at an eatery, listening to some live music, and a "wildcard" category for those things that just can't be bound the the restrictions of a category.
When we clicked on the app today, we were given the choices of going to a Mike Kelley art show at MOCA, the Walt Disney Hall's rooftop Blue Ribbon Garden, Superba Food + Bread for grub, an Arthur Russell Tribute at Pehrspace, and a variety hour at Melody Lounge. Each item came with details on location, hours, price, photos and extra tidbits of info. And the items are never archived—what you see is what you get every day.
"L.A. rewards curiosity," Evans told the L.A. Times. "It's a big city and not everybody wants to go tromping all around. But if you allow yourself to cut out and through and across and between all these little micro-pockets and mini-cities, you feel like you are traveling through the universe, like you are a space explorer."
They created the app because they felt local alt weeklies and event calendars were too broad and overwhelming, and didn't have any voice. Evans writes the copy for the descriptions of the things to do in their app. They don't consider themselves experts on the city, but they do love exploring it and sharing the information.
Here's the trailer on how the app works. Happy exploring!