Occupying the last surviving building of the original Los Angeles Chinatown, the Chinese American Museum preserves the history and legacy of the city's Chinese American community. Over the past 10 years, it has fostered an environment where current and future generations can learn about this group's contributions to the area's diverse heritage. The museum's current collection includes more than 7,500 culturally relevant artifacts?many donated by local community members?including antique furniture, photographs, traditional wedding gowns, and artwork. Special exhibitions complement this collection, exploring themes ranging from the immigrant experience to the greater implications of the rise of Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces in LA and beyond. With an emphasis on the community's impact on Los Angeles culture in particular, the Chinese American Museum embraces the group's past while also emphasizing its present-day role within Southern California.
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.
Rated “very highly recommended” by Frommer’s, the Smithsonian-affiliated Japanese American National Museum is one of the largest museums in the United States dedicated to sharing the untold stories, the fascinating culture, and the rich history of Japanese Americans. With more than 60,000 artifacts and a rotation series of exhibitions, the Japanese American National Museum offers hours of information displays, including the current Zen Garage exhibit. Holding an array of public programs, film screenings, arts-and-crafts workshops, and cooking seminars throughout the year, the Japanese American National Museum was recently awarded the 2010 Institute of Museums and Library Services’ National Medal, the nation's highest honor for museums and its second-highest honor for monocle-wearing intellectual dolphins. Those purchasing the Supporting membership will receive discounts on museum store items, and film, concert, lecture, and workshop tickets, as well as the following:
A century ago in The Crocker Club, bank-goers made deposits and stored their most valued possessions in the space where diners now sip craft cocktails. That's because the Crocker Club transformed the former Crocker Citizens National Bank into a restaurant and night club, complete with dance floor, DJ booth, and bar that's said to be haunted by a deactivated debit card. Diners can walk right through the vault door and sidle up to candlelit tables to nosh on pineapple beignets, housemade chicken fingers, or french fries drizzled in truffle oil and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
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.
If there's anything bad about Halloween, it's that it's only one day long. ScareLA aims to fix that, though, with its Halloween preview weekend in early August. The spooky convention scares and delights patrons with horror movie screenings, ghastly costume-creation demonstrations, and panel discussions on haunted houses led by scare masters from around the country. More than 100 curated vendor booths showcases all sort of scary goods throughout the convention. There are on-site haunted houses, too, giving guests a sneak peek of what's to come in October's ghoul-filled mansions and every house sooner or later. Scares abound even walking between the events and exhibits, thanks to the costumed monsters who roam among the crowds.