“What social, political, economic and historical forces made [Los Angeles] and its cultural scene flourish?” Zocalo Public Square asks in this half-day conference, a complement to Pacific Standard Time. “How Los Angeles Invented the World” dissects how and why the world at large has lapped up culture – from home-grown musical acts like the Beach Boys to less-than-realistic cinematic portrayals of the City of Angels — from a city the world also claims is bereft of culture. A number of talking heads will explain just how Los Angeles came to represent America at large in music, books, film and art — most likely going beyond Die Hard, Blade Runner, Beck and Bukowski. Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A. Sat., Nov. 19, 2-7 p.m., early check-in recommended.; free with reservations. (310) 440-7300. https://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/lectures/how_los_angeles_lecture.html

Sat., Nov. 19, 2-7 p.m., 2011

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