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Why We Love L.A. Summers: LACMA's Free Tuesdays, Concert Series & Summer Passes

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Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks -- we love L.A. summers.

By Sam Brodey

LACMA made big news with the recent opening of the Levitated Mass exhibit, but there's a lot more to love about L.A.'s largest art museum, especially during the summer months. Every Tuesday from 12-8pm, admission to the entire museum is free. If that's not enough, consider taking advantage of LACMA's sweet summer pass deal -- buy a general admission ticket before June 30 and you'll get free admission to the museum, plus member benefits, all summer. It's worth a trip to check out the buzzed-about sculpture, but here are some more reasons why you may want to make a few pilgrimages to L.A.'s temple of art.

Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico
The exhibition showcases pre-Columbian and early colonial native Mexican art and artifacts, crafted by the people of southern Mexico. Spotlighted is Quetzalcoatl, the serpent-bird deity they worshiped, and its role in their culture and history. It's on view until July 1.

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...Is James Bond
This exhibit pays homage to the title credits of all the James Bond films, showing each one, organized in order of the actors who played the legendary spy. The goal: slip into the "sensibility of 007" and appreciate each sequence as a unique work of art. It's at LACMA until September 9.

Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
In this exhibit, acclaimed L.A.-based artist Sharon Lockhart explores the work of Israeli dance composer Noa Eshkol, who pioneered an innovative system of movement. Lockhart uses film and photography to tell the story of her life and work. It’s open until September 9.

Fracture: Daido Moriyama
"Fracture: Daido Moriyama" exhibits the extensive oeuvre of renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. On display are his gritty, black-and-white depictions of life in postwar Japan and his more recent work on modern Tokyo. It's on view until July 31.

LACMA also offers several free concert series: "Sundays Live" showcases classical musicians every Sunday at 6pm, and "Jazz at LACMA" presents jazz music every Friday at 6pm. This summer, they're also offering the free "Latin Sounds" series, featuring a different Latin musical act every Saturday at 5pm. We're excited about "Through the Mic," a new summer series at LACMA focusing on contemporary LA hip-hop. Concerts take place the third Thursday of every month through October and tickets run $15 ($10 for LACMA members).

Plus, if you haven't ventured into LACMA in a while, there's likely new additions to their vast permanent collection. If nothing else, you can at least check out the grand prize winner of this year's L.A. Architecture Awards.