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Urban Hiking With A Poet (Dontcha Knowit)


The Architecture + Design Museum, located just down the street from LACMA, is hosting Urban Hikes, a walking tour program that explores Los Angeles’ neighborhoods and hidden gems on foot. The tours are led by local poet, media / education contributor, and city activist Mike Sonksen, better known as Mike the Poet. Understandably, any tour led by a spoken word aficionado is going to be a whole lot more zany than your neighbor’s grandma who gives docent tours after her Wednesday bridge game, so be prepared for some impromptu rap-monologues and zealous reflection on the roads you wander over while on the tour. If you’re hip to that aspect, however, you may find yourself enjoying the wealth of information on the architectural, cultural, and historial highlights that each of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods have to offer.

The next Urban Hikes tour is June 9th at 11am and will explore the stretch of Beverly Boulevard that is examined in Windshield Perspective, A+D Museum’s contribution to this year’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Counterbalancing Mike Sonksen’s frenetic energy for this hike are Todd Erlandson and Laura Hoad, Principals at the (M)Arch Studio that designed the Windshield Perspective exhibition.

For more information and to purchase tickets ($20; tours don’t come free unless you know someone!), please visit the A+D Museum Urban Hikes event page.

Image courtesy A+D Museum.

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