Since its inception in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art has devoted itself to post-1940 artwork, a focus that sets it apart from all other Los Angeles museums. Its permanent collection harbors more than 5,000 art objects, encompassing media from video installations and documentary photography to pop art. Works from renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Diane Arbus share gallery space with pieces from up-and-coming artists across the museum’s three facilities.
To complement its permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating temporary exhibits, such as the current Mike Kelley exhibit, which explores american pop culture through irreverent, multimedia pieces. The museum staff also augments these displays with events, such as their screening series in collaboration with the Los Angeles Filmforum, which explores the intersection of experimental film and art like a projection screen sewn with pages from DaVinci’s journal.
Featured on Fox 5 and CBS 8, PaintNVineyard's painting classes give students of all skill levels the chance to learn how to paint under the direction of a professional artist in a state-of-the-art, fixed-location studio. Each class focuses on a specific subject that everyone in the class re-creates, such as a Tuscany hillside, a view of outer space, or an implausibility of gnus. The staff equips each workstation with acrylic paints, a tabletop easel and canvas, paintbrushes, and any other needed materials, while patrons bring their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. During birthday parties and group outings, the 40-person studio whispers with the sound of brushstrokes and hushed debates about whether Monet knew he was inventing impressionism or was just nearsighted.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Summer Camps
Recommended Age Group: Kids
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We are a one-stop shop for parents to find and book summer camps and classes for kids. Parents can search for activities by their child's age, activity type, location, dates, find discounts all in one place. Once they find what they are interested in, they can add it to their ActivityHero calendar, share with friends and complete the booking using one form.
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Though it survived six war patrols in the Pacific and an at-sea rescue of 73 POWs, the USS Pampanito is no match for the ravages of salt and wind. That’s why every seven years the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association hauls the 300-foot submarine from its perch at Pier 45 and restores it, piece by piece, to its WWII-era glory. Such meticulous upkeep and respect for original detail have earned the vessel its status as a National Historic Landmark. While the museum's crews keep the exterior free of salt erosion and smudge marks from nuzzling seals, curators use the interior as a gallery for historic artifacts that tell about the ship's accomplishments and the men who ran it. The vessel's narrow halls host the 80-man crew’s letters, memorabilia, and oral histories, as well as interactive educational programs for adults and kids. For an extended visit with history, the ship is available for educational birthday parties that offer access to otherwise restricted areas of the vessel, as well as daylong and overnight outings.
The seasoned coaching crew behind Fresno World of Baseball has helped hone hacking slashes and correct poor batting form since 1999, opening their current clean, well-lit, and air-conditioned facility in 2007. They'll supervise your swing time inside any of their nine indoor batting cages. After approaching the plate, a machine with a mechanical arm and intimidating rusty sideburns will spit rawhide bullets at anywhere from 40 to 70 miles per hour, its lifelike delivery simulating in-game at-bats far better than traditional wheel-feeder machines or dolphin blowholes. Square off against softballs or baseballs, either with your own hickory stick and helmet or with weaponry borrowed from the friendly cashier. Budding national pastimers can also refine their stroke inside a whiffle-ball-tossing cage, making today's Groupon a fine family outing for all ages and skill levels.