When I hear someone bemoan the lack of culture in Los Angeles, I always feel the need to pipe up and explain to the poor lost soul that culture does indeed exist in the City of Angels for those who know where to find it. So when Passport Magazine asked me to sit down for a chat about my favorite cultural institutions in Los Angeles, I didn’t hesitate to take up the challenge.

From LACMA and the Hammer Museum to the Walt Disney Hall and the Dorothy Chandler, below is my response to LA’s critics: