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Angelenos in search of intelligent entertainment needn't look any further than LACMA's Friday night jazz series. Accessible, low-key and free, it is possibly one of L.A.'s best kept secrets (until now).

Upon entering the courtyard, we could already feel our blood pressure drop. The smooth music provided an interesting contrast to the city and museum architecture. The audience was decidedly mixed, consisting of a post-work cocktails crowd, families and locals from Park La Brea. Surprisingly, everyone mixed well. Perhaps it was due to the wine, beer and spirits on-hand. Or maybe we can attribute it to the relaxed nature of jazz music itself... Either way, this was the perfect elixir for a stressful week.