Need a meet cute? Head to Lacma

Lacma's Chris Burden installation Urban Light is already a popular meeting spot
Calling all affable art lovers: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) wants you. On 27 January, the museum is launching a new membership programme, Lacma Local, which grants access to bi-weekly Saturday events that combine art and socialising. Possible activities include creating a work of art in small groups after visiting an exhibition or sitting in silence to watch the sun rise over Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass.

“Almost all of the events will involve Locals, as we are calling them, dividing into groups of about 8-12 people to do things together,” says Kristen Shepherd, the museum’s associate vice president of audience strategy and services, who is spearheading the initiative. “We think that’s a good group size to encourage conversation and allow people to get acquainted.”

Lacma superfans looking to meet like-minded souls can buy a yearlong membership to Lacma Local for $40. (It costs an additional $25 to add Lacma Local to an existing, standard $60 membership.) Additional fees may apply depending on the week’s activity.

Jhumpa Lahiri Says Writing In Italian Makes Her A ‘Tougher, Freer’ Writer

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“A week after arriving, I open my diary to describe our misadventures and I do something strange, unexpected. I write my diary in Italian. I do it almost automatically, spontaneously. I do it because when I take the pen in my hand I no longer hear English in my brain. During this period when everything confuses me, everything unsettles me, I change the language I write in.”