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Obscura Day 2016 to Bring a Massive Day Of Cool Events to L.A. on April 16
April 16, 2016$20 – $25
Image credit Atlas Obscura
Looking for a great excuse to see parts of Los Angeles you’ve never dared to discover for yourself?
Put on by Atlas Obscura, Obscure Day 2016 provides angelenos a collaborative and crowd-sourced guide to the world’s “wondrous and curious places,” including 15 L.A. events of exploration all scheduled for April 16, 2016.
Have great memories of your childhood rock tumbler? Explore space rocks at UCLA’s meteorite collection, one of the world’s largest collections of extraterrestrial materials. Cosmochemist Alan Rubin will conduct an exclusive tour (10:00am-11:30am) of UCLA’s vast collection, highlighting specimens from the Moon and Mars, and some found in California. (595 Charles E. Young Dr., Geology Building Room 3697, Los Angeles, California, 90095; tickets $20 + service fee)
If you’re into typography (or just hate Papyrus), check out The Church of Type (11 am-12:30 pm) in Santa Monica for a tour of some rare and archaic letterpress and printmaking accoutrements (3215 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, California, 90405; tickets $25 plus service fee).
Pay homage to David Bowie’s black velvet painting during an exclusive tour at Velveteria, a Chinatown museum of over 3,000 black velvet paintings from around the world. (12:30pm-1:30pm, at 711 New High Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012; tickets $20 + service fee).
Other awe-inspiring events in LA on April 16th:
- Ruins of the White City and Inspiration Point: Hike to the ruins of the ‘White City’ on Echo Mountain with Modern Hiker’s Casey Schreiner.
- Pioneer Dynasty – Rancho La Puente & the Conquest of California: Search for LA’s hidden past with KCET’s Hadley Meares at the Workman-Temple Homestead in the City of Industry.
- Retreat to Rockhaven Sanitarium: Stroll through a vacant sanitarium that was once home to Hollywood elite.
- Space Rocks – UCLA Meteorite Collection: Encounter extraterrestrial materials at one of the world’s largest meteorite collections.
- Hunting Bollards In The Wild: Trek through the streets in search of bollards with LA Poet, Andrew Choate.
- Church of Type: Explore the letterpress studio, print shop, and storefront of artist Kevin Bradley.
- Murals of the Gabba Arts District: Zigzag through a labyrinth of vibrant murals in Historic Filipinotown with Cartwheel Art Tours’ Cindy Schwarzstein.
- Behold the Art of Black Velvet Paintings: Experience the black velvet craze of the mid-1970s during an exclusive tour of Velveteria.
- Birds of Prey at Prey Taxidermy: Investigate the art and science of taxidermy during a demonstration with Allis Markham, award-winning taxidermist and owner of Prey Taxidermy.
- Jeepney Tour of Historic Filipinotown: Ride a vintage Philippine Jeepney, a military jeep converted into a colorful open-air shuttle.
- Seduced by the Tom House: Discover a house in Echo Park containing one of the most revolutionary art collections of the 21st century.
- The Wende Museum – Hot Topics on the Cold War: Enter a vault of Cold War-era artifacts at the Wende Museum, one of the world’s largest collections of Soviet ephemera, paraphernalia, artifacts, and archives.
- Backstage at Bob Baker Marionette Theater: Rejoice during “Hooray LA” a marvelous marionette experience that pays homage to Los Angeles. Afterwards, go behind the red velvet curtain to explore the magic of marionettes.
- Abandoned Zoo Ruins: Roam the grounds of LA’s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
- After-Party at Valley Relics w/ DJ Mukta Mohan & Magician Siegfried Tieber: Celebrate adventure with your fellow explorers surrounded by vintage neon signs, salvaged curiosities, and other glorious gems of commercial archaeology.
After you’ve checked out all the events the day has to offer, join the Atlas Obscura team and fellow LA explorers at the after party at Valley Relics in Chatsworth (tickets $25 + service fee).
Check out the complete schedule of events at locations throughout LA (including Culver City, La Crescenta-Montrose, Santa Monica, Altadena, and City of Industry) at the Obscura Day 2016 homepage.
Keep in mind some events are kid-friendly; be sure to check out the details on each individual event’s page.
Tickets are selling fast to many of these exclusive events, so buy early!