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.
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
Thrown by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Taste of Italy immerses Italian aficionados in an afternoon of delicious Italian cuisine and rollicking entertainment. More than 50 restaurants and wineries ply their toothsome wares, letting festival-goers indulge their oenophilia with piquant pours or tear into delectable pasta drizzled with delicate sauces. While filling tummies and furtively filling purse-hidden tupperware, guests can take in shows by Casa Italiana Opera Company, Italian reggae chanteuse Mama Marjas, commedia dell'arte troupe I Zanni, and honey-voiced crooner Luca Ellis. VIP ticket holders jump ahead of lines with exclusive entry, sipping on gourmet cocktails while savoring the prospect of using their culinary gift bags to impress dinner guests or taunt dinner hostages.
The GRAMMY Museum aims to immerse guests in a historic and melodic experience with four floors devoted to American music. The 30,000-square-foot museum celebrates the American musical tradition with concerts, lectures, and exhibits on genres ranging from classical and jazz to rock and hip-hop. The Clive Davis Theater sits at the center of the museum, ready and waiting for the gold-plated performances of tiny GRAMMY trophy orchestras. In the interactive exhibit space, visitors can peer into musical time capsules with stage outfits that once belonged to Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Unless they have the ability to warp the time-space continuum, most art aficionados won’t be able to visit galleries in Madrid, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Miami all at once. Luckily, the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair unites pieces from around globe—along with live performances and projects—under one roof. Each carefully curated event is dedicated to modern works from artists both established and up-and-coming, and nascent talents are encouraged with the awarding of the PULSE Prize grant.
Reflecting their zeal and do-it-yourself confidence, the LA. Derby Dolls zip around a 100?x60? banked oval track that they built themselves with the help of friends and family members. The track?s customized slope and elevation enables them to hit breakneck paces normally reserved for cheetahs that can afford their own cleats. Bout attendees can wander over to the factory?s Doll Mall for Stila Cosmetics, apparel and jewelry, food from the likes of Garage Pizza, and visit the Mohawk Bend Bar for craft beers from Golden Road Brewing or a Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktail.
Although fans keep the air moving, the Doll Factory doesn?t have air conditioning or heating, so audience members should dress according to the season. Bout attendees can park their cars for $10 at Silver Lake Medical Center or their motorcycles and scooters for $5 at the Westlake entrance.
Recognizing the opportunities that having such a large track gives them, the Derby Dolls have expanded their community involvement by offering the venue for events such as the TwentyWonder fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.