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Skirball Cultural Center

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2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States
310-440-4500 www.skirball.org

August 2011

Houdini: Art and Magic

August 1, 2011 @ 12:00 AM - September 4, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

“Houdini: Art and Magic” chronicles how the young Jewish immigrant became a star and pulled off some of his most daring stunts. More than 150 objects (film clips, theater ephemera, props, and more) are on display in this first show on the subject in a major American art museum. More information.

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Sunset Concerts 2011

August 4, 2011 @ 8:00 PM - August 25, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Each summer this world-music series celebrates cultural and ethnic identities from all over the globe. Look forward to free concerts on Thursday nights throughout the month that feature sounds, songs, and rhythms from Africa to the Caribbean to Yemen and points in between. Dine in the Skirball’s festive courtyard; you can get dinner there or pack a picnic. More information.

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January 2012

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

January 15, 2012 @ 2:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

In conjunction with the exhibition running through March 11, the Skirball is inviting humanitarian groups to discuss women’s rights worldwide. The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking speaks this weekend. More information

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March 2012

Mayim Bialik—Beyond the Sling

March 18, 2012 @ 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

The actress (The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Blossom), neuroscientist, and parenting expert discusses her new book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, with Dave Goetsch, co-executive producer of the Emmy-nominated sitcom The Big Bang Theory. More information.  

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May 2012

Craig Thompson—Habibi

May 10, 2012 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Normally slide shows stink, but we’re willing to bet this one won't. Graphic novelist Thompson presents his latest work, Habibi, an epic fairy tale (more than 600 pages!) centered on two orphaned lovers, illustrated with slides. A Q&A and signing follow. More information.

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July 2012

Into the Night: Playtime

July 13, 2012 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Don’t be distracted by the title of the event—this play date is for adults. Roam the Skirball campus after dark while enjoying a screening of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, a cash bar featuring specialty drinks, and live music from Sea Wolf and Geographer. The gallery will also have hours past midnight at this once-a-year event. More information. 

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August 2012

Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concert Series

August 7, 2012 @ 12:00 AM - August 30, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

In keeping with the Skirball’s goal of bringing people together from all over the planet, this world music concert series runs every Thursday through the end of August. From Congolese soukous infused with Kenyan beats, to Arabic and taraab-inflectedCuban/Jewish jazz, to traditional North American roots music, the world in song shows up in the Skirball's festive courtyard, all for free. Buy dinner there or bring your own picnic. More information

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October 2012

Creating the United States/Decades of Dissent/Free to Be US: A First Amendment Experience

October 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM - February 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Appeal to your patriotism this election season and visit these interrelated exhibits, which highlight the founding documents of the United States and examine their legacy today.  More Information. 

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Why Do We Need High Art?

October 25, 2012 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

A gleeful thrower of intellectual grenades, social critic Camille Paglia considers the role of art in American life. In her latest book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, the noted contrarian dubs George Lucas “the world’s greatest living artist.” Culture is where you find it.  More Information. 

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November 2012

Say the Word: The New America

November 15, 2012 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Beth Lapides hosts an evening of comic storytelling about contemporary American life--or as she puts it, "tales of raising children, raising consciousness, and raising hell." More information.

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The Marcus Shelby Quintet: Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom

November 29, 2012 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Music complements and narrates history in this presentation designed specifically for the "Creating the United States" exhibition. The Marcus Shelby Quintet explores the evolution of blues to contemporary popular music and the role it plays in American democratic ideals. More information.

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December 2012

Americana Hanukkah

December 2, 2012 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Kick off the Festival of Lights a few days early with pop rock jams from the Macaroons and snapworthy jazz from the Marcus Shelby Quintet. In case puppets are your thing, Story Pirates will be on hand to spin tales of Maccabee glory. More information.

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February 2013

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Tour

February 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

This free day of remembrance event, including workshops, rare films, and panel discussions, culminates in a tribute ceremony to Holocaust survivors in Southern California. More information

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April 2013

Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open

April 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM - August 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

The L.A. born-and-bred artist dove into commercial illustration before importing his pop sensibility into a painted pantheon of devilishly cute creatures. For his first retrospective, the child of Holocaust survivors re-creates his parents’ Fairfax home to showcase his collection of toys, animation, games, sketches, and fine art. More information

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July 2013

Into the Night: Secrets and Truth

July 12, 2013 @ 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Join the late night cultural fun centered around illustrator Gary Baseman’s exhibition, The Door is Always Open. You can check out the exhibit itself; hear performances by L.A. based bands Hunter Hunted and Harriet or a DJ set by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez; drink festive cocktails; see a screening of the animated film Fantastic Planet; or catch the specialart performance created just for the night by choreographer Sarah Elgart and Baseman (who will be on hand), featuring some of his most…

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Belle Brigade

July 25, 2013 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Pack a picnic and catch the classic California pop rock and close harmonies of the Belle Brigade in a wonderful way to kick off Sunset Concerts at the Skirball, the museum's annual free summer concert series. Siblings and L.A. natives Ethan and Barbara Gruska have a strong musical pedigree—their dad has written for film and television as well as hit songs for Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield. Their maternal grandfather is John Williams. They released their self-titled debut album in…

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August 2013

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

August 8, 2013 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Emerging from West Africa after escaping the bloody wars in Sierra Leone in the ‘90’s, musicians that were trying to entertain each other under horrible circumstances in refugee camps have gone on to be one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. As part of the Skirball’s free summer concerts, catch them perform their danceable fusion of vintage reggae, American soul, and funky African grooves. More information.

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Into the Night: The Wild Side

August 30, 2013 @ 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

End the summer in style at this after-dark party featuring live music in the Skirball’s outdoor courtyard. Local artist Jenny O. will be headlining the evening, supported by many other L.A.-based acts. More information.

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October 2013

Marty Sklar: Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms

October 10, 2013 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

For half a century he put the “imagine” in Disney’s Imagineers, helping design the Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World. Walt’s collaborator shares stories from his magical career. More information.

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Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

October 24, 2013 @ 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

From a Montreal community of stacked cubes to a university in Bangladesh to the Skirball itself, the visionary buildings of Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie finally get their due. More information. 

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November 2013

Hanukkah Family Festival

November 24, 2013 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

It’s a Turkey Day twofer. This year the Jewish Holy Days overlap the Great American Gobblethon, so the Skirball is presenting a holiday mash-up of Thanksgiving-inspired snacks, roving klezmer musicians, and a concert for kids by rockers ShirLaLa. More information.

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December 2013

Into the Night: Progression

December 6, 2013 @ 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Indie rock meets performance art in the live shows of People Get Ready, a Brooklyn-based band that weaves dance with guitar pop. The group joins dancer-choreographer Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers for a progressive party that inaugurates the Guerin Pavilion. More information.

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March 2014

Tent: Food LA

March 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM - March 22, 2014 @ 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Tent: Food LA inspires participants to consider the effect of Jewish food on American cuisine and how it has been transformed in this country. The program is geared to emerging chefs and restaurateurs as well as to food enthusiasts. More information

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April 2014

Puppet Festival

April 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah, transforms the early animal whisperer into an action hero. The Skirball, which has dedicated an entire gallery to the ancient flood, does its part with a day of performances and workshops inspired by the creatures on the ark. More information

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May 2014

Say the Word: Petting Zoo

May 2, 2014 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Hosted by UnCabaret’s Beth Lapides, this edition of the weekly comedy salon focuses on animal-centric stand-up and storytelling. Look for funny guy Taylor Negron, former Late Show with David Letterman writer Merrill Markoe, and essayist Dylan Brody. More information

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July 2014

Noura Mint Seymali

July 24, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Kicking off the free Sunset Concert series and playing in California for the first time, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali combines classical musical mastery with Arab and African traditions. It's a fusion of traditional Berber music, reggae, Afro-pop, funk, and desert blues. Bring a picnic or get dinner there. Come early and catch a DJ set by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel. More information.

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Conjunto Chappottín y sus Estrellas Skirball

July 31, 2014 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

Featuring members of the Chappottín family, the salsa and Latin jazz outfit from Havana has been playing its fiery rhythms since the 1940s. Although it’s one of the most famous son bands in Cuba, this is its first trip to L.A. More information.

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August 2014

The Haden Triplets

August 7, 2014 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States

The Haden Triplets (Tanya, Rachel, and Petra) are the daughters of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden (who passed away last month). All three have done their own musical thing, but now they're doing it together. In February they released a self-titled album of Americana gems, produced by L.A.’s own slide guitar hero, Ry Cooder.
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October 2014

Walter Mosley: Rose Gold

October 2, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States
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Walter Mosley returns with his thirteenth Easy Rawlins novel

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December 2014

Kimberly Truhler: The History of Fashion in Film Noir

December 7, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States
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Historian Truhler analyzes wartime influences on movie fashion

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Hanukkah Family Festival: Luz y Libertad

December 14, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90049United States
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Drop in on musical performances, peruse the museum’s collection of menorahs, and work on kid-friendly crafts

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