Here are five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music to an adventure we’ll call the Wild Card from the makers of the 5 Every Day app. Get this as a new podcast in iTunes. If you want five hand-picked things to do in Los Angeles every day, download the free 5 Every Day from the App Store.
Art: The Broad Museum
It’s not every week that a major contemporary art museum just falls into our civic lap. But after years of planning, downtown’s new Broad Museum is finally opening this weekend. Suffice to say: a big deal.
For those of you who have been in a fugue state for the past few couple of years: The Broad’s that 120,000-square-foot, $140 million building parked next to Stainless Steel Disney Concert Hall Downtown. You know the big white one? That looks like it was built in the fourth dimension? It’s the pet project of billionaire art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad. His private collection boasts something like 2,000 major contemporary art works.
But private no more—they’ll be on display for the public, for free, starting this Sunday. The Broad Museum’s opening show is said to feature works by a veritable laundry list of contemporary heavyweights: from Baldessari to Beuys; from Koons to Kruger. It’s even got Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's :Infinity Mirrored Room," a celestial installation you’ve probably been seeing all over the internet.
Advanced tickets for opening day got scooped up like that, but the Broad’s website says some same-day tickets will be available to walk ups starting this Sunday. And if you can’t squeeze it in this weekend, The Broad will be open every day but Monday, beginning September 20th.
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)
City: Hollywood Pool
It never ceases to amaze us where you can swim for $3.50 in LA.
In Griffith Park, a stone’s throw from the freeway! Or out in the Valley, next to a dam! Each of the Park Department’s many watering holes has its own charm. We love LA public pools because they’re oases of municipal fun—where people from all walks of life come together to cool off, cannonball, and doggy-paddle.
And in this heatwave, that’s a precious resource. Right now we’re super-partial to the Hollywood Pool. It was revamped recently, and it’s got one very important new addition: a waterslide. A bona fide, two-story, high-speed waterslide that will blast you into the pool screaming. Granted, it’s been a while since we’ve been to Hurricane Harbor, but we’re pretty sure the water slide at the Hollywood Pool provides water park-levels of thrill. With none of the waiting around.
1122 Cole Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (map)
Food: Jurassic Restaurant
Imagine, if you can, a theme restaurant in direct defiance of all applicable intellectual property laws. Imagine: Jurassic Restaurant.
This sounds like a Jurassic Park-themed restaurant? Oh, and that’s what it is. Even though it’s located between a strip club and a massage parlor in a City of Industry strip mall, you can tell it’s legit from the bootleg Jurassic Park-branded Jeeps in the parking lot.
Once inside, you’ll find lots of dinosaur bones—of course—and cavelike walls covered in plastic vines. They serve Taiwanese food, because, as everybody knows, T-Rex and spicy pork intestine go hand in hand.
The restaurant’s barely-dressed waitresses, in confusing cavewoman-via-Native American uniforms, have earned the place a problematic Yelp reputation (well, that and the "15% cleaning surcharge for vomiting.")
Jurassic Restaurant is real. Jurassic Restaurant is too real.
15301 E Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91745 (Map)
Where would we be without dublab? We’d be lost is where we’d be.
Streaming 24 hours a day, dublab is an online radio station that’s been on the air for 16 years. Think of them as the city’s unofficial arbiter of what’s new and what’s good for your ears.
On Saturday night—late, late Saturday night—dublab and the Music Center are joining forces to present SLEEPLESS. It’s a special after hours happening that’ll transform the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with live DJs, insomnia-inspiring video and lighting installations, a disco in the center’s exclusive founders room, and a ton of other attractions. None of which start before 11:30p.m.
The lineup includes special contributions from Devendra Banhart, Peaking Lights Acid Test, Alexandra Pelly, Southern Soul Spinners, and more, who’ll be keeping things interesting until well after last call.
Wildcard: Hidden Oil Wells
Los Angeles is the third largest oil field in the country, but you'd never know to look at it. If we’re really pumping out so much oil, where is it?
Turns out, everywhere. There are close to 4,000 derricks scattered all over the city. Some are pretty obvious—like the vast oil field in Inglewood, the largest contiguous oil-producing site in the Los Angeles area, with hundreds of wells.
But others are hidden in plain sight. Like: camouflaged beside the football field of Beverly Hills High School. Wrapped up inside of the Beverly Center. On artificial islands off the coast of Long Beach. Pumping crude out from beneath the Grove.
Weirder still, there's actually a 14-story building at W Pico and S Genesee, without windows or a roof. Ever noticed it? It’s perfectly invisible. That windowless building is just a front. Within its walls, 40 tightly packed oil wells, each angling out beneath all parts of the city, pump around 260,000 barrels of oil a year. Nothing is as it seems.
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