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BAND TOGETHER As founder and singer for the hit pop group DNCE, Joe Jonas has found a new groove.

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Best of Los Angeles: Arts &Culture

By The Editors

Photo by Dennis Leupold

12.27.16

Be it an inspiring design showroom, a bold new menu or an exuberant comeback, in the City of Angels, creativity is thriving like never before. Here’s a look at the people and places responsible for putting L.A. in the global spotlight, for 2017 and beyond.

Round Two
With his new band, DNCE, Joe Jonas is forging a bold new path.

Most of us are happy to have one successful career in a lifetime, but Joe Jonas isn’t like most of us. After outgrowing his family boy band, the Jonas Brothers, the performer is now finding instant success as an adult with DNCE—the already multiplatinum pop group he formed in the summer of 2015. In 2016, DNCE was not only named best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the band of four also added a nationwide tour and performances at the MTV EMAs, Billboard Music Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards to its repertoire. “It is nice to see a dream become reality for the second time in my life,” explains Jonas. “It is rare to be able to evolve and create, and I feel really blessed that I have a new band and a new career.” DNCE is an undeniable evolution for the musician, and an outlet for him to explore his adult experiences (freedom, love and sexuality). “It really describes where we are in our lives,” he says. The band’s pulsating sound—which brings fervent fans to life at each concert—developed organically. “We started to have fun and let loose, and the music pointed to this wacky, funky pop with weird lyrics,” says Jonas. “We stuck with it.” DNCE’s first full album launched November to huge success, bringing with it many popular radio hits. Thankfully there is more to come. Jonas is already writing songs with plans to release a follow-up album very soon, and hopes to be playing with his new group for “10 years or 40 or 50 years.” Jonas is also harnessing his superlative creativity for other projects, like Verlane, his newest restaurant, and says acting is also on the table. “There were some dreams I never thought could be a reality, and they became true. Now, I shoot for the stars.”

Fernando Luna

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS “Residence in El Pedregal de San Angel” by Fernando Luna will be one of several dynamic pieces on view during Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

A Rich History 
The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative has been considered the catalyst for contextualizing L.A. as an art capital. Set to open this coming September and run for four months, the organization’s third iteration, PST: LA/LA, focuses on Latino and Latin American art as it pertains to Southern California. “Los Angeles was born in 1781 as part of New Spain, so our roots are deeply Latin American,” says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. With exhibitions, performances, talks and cuisine events set in over 70 institutions across SoCal—from Santa Barbara to San Diego—PST: LA/LA is poised to vaunt not only contemporary and modern Latino and Latin American art, but will also showcase important artifacts from the ancient world. “I hope that Angelenos of all ages, more than half of whom are of Latin American descent, will gain a greater understanding of Latino and Latin American artistic heritage and the connections between them,” says Marrow. “We expect local audiences will be fascinated to see their own artistic heritage, and visitors from all over Latin America, the United States and Europe will be introduced—many for the first time—to the power of Latino art.” 

“Residence in El Pedregal de San Angel” photo by Fernando Luna, © Fernando Luna, courtesy of LACMA

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Open Air 
The historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre recently got a face-lift and has never looked—or sounded—better. After being closed for nearly two years, the 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheatre, known for iconic performances against the rugged beauty of the Cahuenga Pass, had a booming reopening this past fall with new renovations by architect Brenda Levin (Griffith Observatory, Wiltern Theater) and landscape architect Mia Lehrer (Annenberg Community Beach House). Visitors can expect redesigned landscaping and an added picnic terrace, while artists will experience a new state-of-the-art stage with upgraded acoustics and modernized production from lighting to sound. Going into the 2017 season, the venue’s exciting roster of events (everything from jazz to Brazilian dance to Broadway is fair game) will continue to reflect the city’s diverse cultural heritage. 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3673  

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre photo by Tom Bonner, courtesy of the Ford theatres

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