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It seems like it’s as hard to keep up with new happenings around town as it is to get across it during rush hour. So here’s your short list of the latest goings-on to drop into your next chitchat session. And if you can actually experience all these things, you get a gold star for most engaged Angeleno.

Have you seen the Broad Museum?

Located just across the street from the Disney Concert Hall downtown, the Broad Museum is a big cheese-grater-looking building that displays 250 pieces of art from patron Eli Broad’s personal collection. (Hint #1: There are lots of shiny Jeff Koons pieces.) Entrance is free, but you have to reserve online, and weekends are already full through November. (Hint #2: Reserve a timed ticket for the trippy mirror room once you arrive.)

221 S. Grand Ave.; 213-232-6200 or

Did you hear about the opera on the freeway?

Late next month, musical-theater troupe The Industry debuts “Hopscotch,” a performance for which buying a ticket ($125) gets you a seat in one of 24 cars filled with actors. As you traverse the city, they sing--in character--an interconnected libretto in ten-minute scenes. Sounds iffy, until you remember the company’s triumph last year with its rush-hour opera in Union Station.

213-626-0750 or

Can your dog surf?

Lots can, and there will be a competition for the best shredder this Saturday and Sunday in Huntington Beach. The Surf City Surf Dog Competition starts at 8:30 a.m., when scores of surfing pups that travel from as far away as Brazil split into four weight classes--including one “tandem” heat for owner-dog duos. Our money’s on Tillman, the bulldog pride of SoCal’s skate parks.

500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach;

Listen to who covered Taylor Swift!

Perpetually boyish Angeleno indie rocker Ryan Adams has recorded a version of Swift’s 1989 album (have a listen to “Blank Space”) as a non-ironic homage to her songwriting skill. It’s pretty great, and you can buy it on iTunes. In related news, Father John Misty covered Adams’s cover of the same song in the style of Lou Reed, then took the song offline after having a dream that the late Velvet Underground singer didn’t approve.

Have you tried Mexican sushi?

The new foodie rage comes from the coastal region of Sinaloa and is assembled like a California roll with crab, cooked shrimp and avocado and/or cream cheese. It?s become popular in the immigrant-dense South L.A. communities of Downey and Bell, but now West Hollywood will be getting its first taste of Mexican sushi when El Sushito opens next month. Don?t forget to order a Michelada!

8768 W. Sunset Blvd.; 310-360-0366 or

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