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There Will Be A Free, Daylong Launch Party For PST: LA/LA Thursday In Grand Park

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Grand Park. (Photo by Steve Rhodes via the Creative Commons)
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Feeling overwhelmed (but excited!) by the massive, multi-venue launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA? Come get oriented Thursday at the official, free launch party for the four-month initiative, which begins this week across Southern California. The daylong party will have music and dance performances, food and drinks, activities, and "a chance to plan your itinerary for Southern California’s largest arts experience."

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles housed at different arts institutions across Southern California. It involves more than 70 Southern California cultural institutions, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, and will extend from September 2017 into January 2018.

Thursday's festivities will kick off at noon with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dance and music performances, and continue on until 10 p.m. Themed food trucks will be available all day, and starting at 5 p.m. there will be a cash bar. DJ Cee Brown and Aponte will perform at 6 p.m., and headliner Quantic Live ("blending the sounds of global dance music with the powerful, iconic rhythms of Tropicalia, Cumbia, Soul and Salsa," according to the event page) will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

For Angelenos who are excited to experience all that PST:LA/LA has to offer but is perhaps a little daunted by the initiative's scope, the real draw of the event will be the interactive installations where you can learn more about the 80-some exhibitions ahead over the next four months.

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The ¡Momento! pop-up pavilion at Grand Park will have an information kiosk and a “reading room” of exhibition catalogues, so you can start thinking about which you might like to visit.

The “All Hands on Deck” workshop will have cards representing each of the exhibitions in PST: LA/LA. Visitors will be able to build their own unique structures, work on several collaborative mega “card houses” on site, and take home a limited set representing the PST: LA/LA experiences they want to check out.

There will also be a traveling PST: LA/LA Mobile, with a customizable selfie station and interactive technology offering a sneak peek at the many cultural institutions and works of art participating in PST: LA/LA.

Grand Park is located at 200 North Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The launch party will run from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. A full list of Pacific Standard Time events can be found here.