Cultural Trips

This page is subject to change. Last updated March 8, 2004

Past trips with pictures

Ideas for future trips

February 2004

Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents “Erté/Opera & Ballets Russes/Dance: Theater Costume.” 30 costumes and many sketches created by Erté, a famous fashion designer of the early 20th century. “Luxury Textiles East and West: Dress and Identity” discusses how attire defines a person’s place in the social or political hierarchy. If we have any time, we may look through LACMA’s textile collection or one of their many other standing exhibits.

Location & Parking: The main buildings at LACMA are located in the Miracle Mile area between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue, on Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Ogden Drive. Pay parking is available in the lots at Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, and at Wilshire and Ogden Drive. Parking in these lots is free every day after 7 pm. I don’t know how much they cost before then. See Yahoo maps.

Admission: The museum is free after 5 pm Here are the admission prices, if you wish to spend the whole day at the museum: Adults $9; students 18+ with ID and senior citizens 62+ $5; children 17 and under are admitted free.

No flash photography is allowed. Photography is allowed in the textile exhibit, but not the Erte exhibit.

March 2004

It's time for our annual Dim Sum and Oscar costumes outing! The Empress Pavilion is located upstairs in the Bamboo Plaza at 988 N. Hill St., Suite 201. Dim Sum is served on weekends from 8 am to 2 pm. Brunch will cost approximately $11 per person. Apparently Bamboo Plaza has validated parking. There are also pay lots across the street and around the area. There is street parking, but I do not know the hours or time limits.

Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising is holding it's 12th annual Art of Motion Picture Design Exhibition. You can get up close and personal to over 100 costumes from 24 plus films from 2003, including five Oscar nominees for Costume Design . The Oscar nominated costumes are from Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Seabiscuit.

FIDM is located at 919 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. Parking is $3 underneath the building. There are street meters, but I do not know the hours or time limits. Click here for a map. The exhibit is free. There is no photography allowed.

April 2004

Imperial Palace Auto Collection This is a beautiful collection of cars, including several Duesenbergs. They also have a small collection of vintage jukeboxes. The hours are from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. They are located on the 5th floor parking structure of the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Click the link to get free tickets. If you forget your free tickets, you may be able to finagle some out of a pit boss in the casino.

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Gardens Just outside of Vegas, they make chocolate. We plan to inspect this process. We may have to sample some of their wares. They are open from 8:30 am to 7 pm. Tours are self-guided and they are free of charge.

May 2004

Museums of the Arroyo are five museums located roughly in the Rose Bowl area. They are Gamble House, Heritage Square, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Southwest Museum. Shuttles will run between the museums, and entrance to all museums are free. We may not have enough stamina to visit all five museums. Parking will be available in Pasadena at Avery Dennison on Walnut (near Pasadena Museum of History) and surrounding streets.

Some sort of Mexican food should be in order. Any suggestions?

June 2004

Los Angeles Zoo The zoo is open 10 am to 5 pm. I will be getting group tickets to the zoo, which must be purchased by May 15. Discounted admissions are: Adults $6, children $3. Normal admissions cost $9 for adults; $4 for children. Senior tickets cost $6 regardless of when you buy them. If you want to go to the zoo this summer, but you can't come with us, you may buy with the group to get the discounted rate. Tickets have no expiration date. This is an exciting opportunity to build your Mold-a-Rama collection!

After the zoo, we will be having an exotic meat BBQ. This will be a chance to try meats that you don't normally find on your table. Please do not bring samples from the zoo.

July 2004

August 2004

Swing! Swing! Swing! at the Hollywood Bowl. L.A. Philharmonic and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. If you take what Duke Ellington said literally, this program will have as much meaning as you can possibly fit into one evening. The Philharmonic kicks it off with the classic swing tunes of the ’40s. Then Hollywood’s hippest jump-swing band joins the Phil for an exhilarating display of today’s retro-swing.

Join us early for a picnic dinner on the grounds of the Bowl.

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