The 5 Coolest Things to See in L.A. This Summer
Political nuns, hermit artists and rock and roll are on the list
It’s hot. You’ve got an afternoon to fill. Why not skip the beach-bound traffic and see these quirky entertainments?
ART: “SOMEDAY IS NOW”
Sister Mary Corita Kent was a social activist, Newsweek cover subject and Warhol-influenced printmaker. See her bright collages at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and buy some original prints at the Los Feliz convent where she worked.
Pasadena Museum of California Art. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena; 626-568-3665 or pmcaonline.org
Dope is the just-released teen film that wowed Sundance. It’s like a John Hughes film from the ’80s, except it’s based in Inglewood and set to a hip-hop beat. Check out the social-media-lampooning music video.
MUSIC: ROCK-AND-ROLL LEGENDS
Hit the Skirball Center for not one but two epic musical exhibits: Bill Graham & the Rock & Roll Revolution shows behind-the-scenes peeks at Jagger, Madonna and Prince back in the day, while a rock billboards retrospective shows retro-cool cityscapes featuring bygone Cher, the Beatles, Bowie and more.
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; 310-440-4500 or skirball.org
PERFORMANCE ART: HANDLE THE FLAG
Through June, this MOCA art show is built around noted conceptual artist William Pope.L’s Trinket, a flag the size of two minivans being whipped and frayed by huge industrial-grade fans--and you're encouraged to touch it.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave.; 213-626-6222 or moca.org
POP CULTURE: TV FASHION
Having withdrawal from Empire? You can see the show’s Emmy-nominated costumes, as well as clothes from Mad Men and other series, at FIDM Museum and Galleries beginning July 21. (Fingers crossed for animal print and purple fur from Cookie’s closet.)
FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Ave.; 213-623-5821 or fidmmuseum.org