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LA's 5 Sonic Museum Nights To Wrap Up Summer: Fusion Of Art & Music

LA's 5 Sonic Museum Nights To Wrap Up Summer: Fusion Of Art & Music

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Updated: 11 December 2015
The tandem of art and music is one of the most eloquent pairings, similar to the California sunset and the Pacific Ocean. And finding such a combination in Los Angeles is a lot easier than you might imagine! Los Angeles, as a megacity, permits a wide variety of artistic and musical expressions, and these five museum curations in the LA area are no exception to the rule.

Saturdays Off the 405 at the J. Paul Getty Center
Shannon and the Clams Performance June 2015 | © SagaciousEyelashes

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27th, is the closing evening of the 19th annual free community Sunset Concert series, hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center. Temperatures are expected to peak well within the mid-90s this Thursday, along with vibrations courtesy of Peruvian electronica group Novalima. This amalgamation of periphery meets core, inspiring music is a tantalizing alchemy fit to tame this restless summer evening. In 2010, Novalima’s song ‘Machete’ was featured in Robert Rodriguez’s blockbuster film of the same title and was nominated for a Latin Grammy the previous year. A glorification and expression of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, dub, salsa, hip-hop, reggae, electronica, and many more genres, mirror the Skirball’s musical selection of this season’s past line-up, which featured music from around the globe. Doors open at 7pm, and all concerts are free and for all ages. Please note that seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis in the central courtyard. Parking is cash only ($10) and alternative modes of transportation are strongly encouraged. All Skirball galleries, with the exception of Noah’s Ark, are free and open to the public until 10pm. Concertgoers can visit for more information.

Jazz at LACMA

August 28-November 27, 2015

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been welcoming Jazz at LACMA for over 20 years, celebrating LA’s finest jazz musicians and legends. Known for being LA’s premier museum music program, this is a weekly Friday evening event commencing at 6pm, from April through November, under the BP Grand Entrance. Over 42,000 visitors attend annually, so plan to arrive early and bring blankets plus picnic gear. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The buildings surrounding the BP Grand Entrance allow for the music to be ubiquitously heard, so nestling in the grass is just as great as being up close! To ‘jazz up’ the evening (or if you didn’t have time to pack a picnic), consider making a reservation at Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA. Jazz at LACMA is a one-of-a-kind celebration and is made possible by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Fowler Museum at UCLA | Summer Concert on the Green: Rangoli Dance Company

August 30, 2015

In its second year of existence, Summer Concert on the Green is a free show presented by the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Summer Concert on the Green: Rangoli Dance Company will take place outside of the museum on Sunday, August 30, beginning at 4pm. Viewing the Rangoli Dance Company enables audience members to absorb the elegant art, music, dance, and visual arts of India. UCLA alumni, Malathi Iyengar, established the Rangoli Dance Company and the Rangoli Foundation for Art and Culture. This classical style of dance stems from Bharatanatyam in southern India, incorporating strong technique, storytelling, and intricate gestures and expressions. This event will not only include the classical dance of Bharatanatyam but also the folk dance of Garba. This performance is a unique blend of all things exotic, enchanting, educating, and family-oriented. Come early for the family Flamenco dance lesson (from 2-4pm) for an extra bonus! Checking out the Fowler Museum website is a great way to find the best navigation routes around the vast UCLA campus.

Saturdays Off the 405

September 19, 2015

Since 2008, Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Center have had the reputation of being a summer concert series with breathtaking scenic views and an eclectic array of musical features. With this year’s concert series coming to a end, Mac McCaughan + The Non-Believers are taking the reins for this season’s closure. The summer exhibitions and the casual-yet-spontaneous atmosphere enhances Mac McCaughan’s mature and mellowed form of storytelling. Concertgoers should take the opportunity to arrive at the Getty at least an hour prior to the show to ensure ample time for parking, finding a seat, and perhaps a chance to scope some of the exhibits before the show begins. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring their own food, but the museum also hosts several areas, including a concert café and food stands, surrounding the stage. For updates, follow the hashtag #SaturdaysOffthe405

Long Beach Museum of Art After Dark
After Dark 2014 | © Sam Graham/Courtesy of LBMA

Long Beach Museum of Art: After Dark

October 2015

Long Beach Museum of Art is orchestrating its most sought after contemporary art event of the year, After Dark. Whisking together an evening of dancing under the stars, live music, eating, and drinking, there is also the excitement of the museum’s latest exhibition, Vitality & Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape. Shifting away from the traditional landscape of developing art within the studio, this event illuminates the transformation of the urban setting that current artists are placing upon it by utilizing outdoor elements as their canvas, creating another dimension within the realm of contemporary art. After Dark focuses on ephemeral murals and multimedia installations by established and emerging artists. Admission for After Dark is $10, and there are incentives for art enthusiasts to bike to the event and to become a member beforehand. Since the complete details for After Dark have not yet been disclosed, stay updated via the LBMA website or on Instagram @lbmaorg. This is an interactive experience that you do not want to let pass by!

By Moj Mehr-Assa

Moj Mehr-Assa is a LA native who was raised on a multicultural upbringing. Traveling between Tehran and Los Angeles, she follows the mantra that you can be awesome in two places at once. She enjoys getting caught up in the dalliances of the city and exploring its dimensions with candor. Keep in touch with her on LinkedIn and on Instagram @sagaciouseyelashes