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Get Out: Tarfest, Abbot Kinney Festival and Photographer Oscar Castillo

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SONG: Today's the day to hear music on the Miracle Mile at the Tarfest Music Festival. The groups Saint Motel, Everest, Obi Best, A House for Lions, Infantree and Ash Panda will be playing from noon until 6 p.m. There will live painting, art installations and sculpture curated by Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA Art Machine, and Los Angeles Art Association. The festival is at Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. For more info about today's Tarfest and some of the other programming going on, check out their website.

SOLIDARITY: Today the exhibition "Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo" featuring the work of the Chicano photographer opens at the Fowler Museum. Castillo focused his lens on the Chicano community in Los Angeles, capturing major political events as well as cultural mores and artistic movements. This exhibition promises to feature his rarely seen photographs from 1969-1980, drawing from an on-line digital archive of over 3,000 images by Castillo at the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus at 308 Charles E. Young Drive North. For more info about the exhibition which last through the end of February, visit the website here. If you are interested in more art that put Los Angeles on the map, there are so many, many more interesting exhibits going on as a part of Pacific Standard Time.

SUSTAINABILITY: Head out to Venice for the Abbot Kinney Festival (but beware the traffic-diverting triathlon) to enjoy live music, crafts and foods. The festival organizers have avowed dedication to the environment (that means they want you to recycle, carpool, ride your bike — and not just because it's Abbot Kinney Fest Day). The mile-long fest will include "Sustainability Street," which will feature the latest in urban planning and electric and hybrid vehicles technology. The festival stretches from Venice Blvd. to Main St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more info, visit the festival's website.

BONUS: The Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo is still going on. Also, TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkey, Panda Bear, Warpaint and Smith Westerns are going to be at the Hollywood Bowl tonight.

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