This Summer at the Skirball is Going to be Awesome

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Art. Movies. Music. There’s something magical about that combination that defines a truly memorable summer in Los Angeles. But if you’re wondering where to find the perfect mix, look no further than the Skirball Cultural Center.

In the months to come, the Skirball will activate its campus with a series of fun-filled, after-hours events, including the annual free Sunset Concerts beginning July 18. First though, you’ll want to check out their latest outdoor movie series, which kicks off on the last day of May. Let’s talk about it all below!

Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball return for three dates this summer, featuring a slate of films inspired by the new exhibition Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, which chronicles the beloved author’s sixty-year career with over 150 objects—including original paintings, drawings, videos, and more.

Each evening includes pre-screening gallery access, cocktails, popcorn, and the perfect setting to take in a gorgeous sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains. 

The 2024 Outdoor Movies lineup taps into the same childlike imagination that resonates throughout Sendak’s artistic career, including one film directly adapted from the artist’s work. Here’s the full schedule:

Doors open at 6 p.m. for each event, with films to begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Members, and $15 for seniors, students, and kids/teens. Free parking available too!

Sunset Concerts

For the twenty-seventh season of Sunset Concerts at the Skirball, expect a diverse lineup of artists that’ll have you grooving to rhythms from around the world as the golden hour light fades into the evening at the Skirball’s hillside courtyard. Artists include the Afro-Puerto Rican ensemble El Laberinto del Coco (July 18), Franco-Moroccan group Bab L’ Bluz (July 25), and Montreal-based hip-hop artist Waahli (August 1).

And of course here’s the best part: Admission to each Sunset Concerts event is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. so you can swing by early to check out all the museum exhibitions, plus there will be bites and drinks for purchase throughout the night.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • July 18: with El Laberinto del Coco – Delight in the sounds and culture of Puerto Rico through the magic of music with Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Fusion ensemble El Laberinto del Coco, founded by visionary percussionist Hector “Coco” Barez.
  • July 25 with Bab L’ Bluz – Be hypnotized into a mystical and liberating headbanging frenzy by Bab L’ Bluz! Armed with their electric guembris, the French-Moroccan power quartet delivers a mixture of trance rhythms, soaring vocals, and bass-heavy grooves.
  • August 1 with Waahli – Journey to the four corners of the world with the ancestral Haitian rhythms, sharp words, and innovative hip-hop of Waahli, performed in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
  • August 8 with Sinkane – Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist Sinkane returns to the Skirball with his signature blend of krautrock, free jazz, funk rock, and Sudanese pop.

Remember that free walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is $20, but rideshare/carpooling is encouraged. And if you want to get there by Metro, you can take line 761 to Sepulveda / Skirball Center Drive.

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