This Weekend at LACMA: Free Community Weekend!


Today (Friday) is the last day of Members-Only Preview Days (11 am–4 pm). If you’re not yet a member, come down today and join—you’ll get right into the new building, parking is on us, and we’ll also give you an invite to tomorrow’s New Members Party for the Resnick Pavilion—and a 20% discount on membership (onsite only). While you’re here, be sure to stick around into the evening for the Tom Rizzo Quartet, part of our weekly Jazz at LACMA series.

Saturday and Sunday mark the official opening of the Resnick Pavilion and its three exhibitions—finally! LACMA is free all weekend, though admission to the new exhibitions requires a timed ticket. Online reservations are now sold out—though there will be some held for walkups on both days (first come, first served). In any case, there is plenty happening at the museum all weekend long even if you miss your chance for the tickets. There are other exhibitions, special installations, and tons of permanent collection galleries that are also totally free and don’t require tickets of any kind. There’s also a lot happening all around campus, also free and not requiring a ticket: Saturday in Hancock Park we’ll have live Latin music from noon to 6 pm, including performances by the Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, Angel Lebron y su Sabor Latino, and, starting at 4 pm, Quetzal. If you’re not familiar, check out the video below, or some of their songs on their website—they’re terrific. 

Sunday will be a great day for kids with art-making activities and performances from We Tell Stories.  If you’re looking for a fun and free party in the park, it’s here at LACMA. Click here for specific details on the weekend’s events.  As Sunday draws to a close, be sure to stop into the Bing Theater in the evening for our weekly free Sundays Live concert.  This week guests from the New England Conservatory will be performing works in celebration of Robert Schumann’s bicentennial.

In addition to the Community Weekend celebration, we’re also screening a two-day film series: Spotlight on Marco Bellochio. Tonight will be the double-feature of his 1965 debut, Fists in the Pocket and his 1968 film China is Near.  Tomorrow, the racy Devil in the Flesh (no one under 18 admitted) followed by La Balia / The Nanny.

While you’re on campus this weekend, take a minute to interact with Michael Tirigilio’s Resonant Pavilion. Where is the Resonant Pavilion? In your ears: download the sound file and listen while you’re in the vicinity of the Resnick Pavilion. While you’re at it, call 1-888-361-4NPR (4677) and sing, speak, or make any other noises you want—your sound will be folded into the Resonant Pavilion when others call in the future.

It’s busy and fun-filled weekend at LACMA and we really hope to see you all down here. We want to hear from you while you’re here! Tell us on twitter  how you’re liking the new building, the exhibitions, the concerts, and anything else happening on campus this weekend. As long as you mention @LACMA, Your tweets will appear on the front page of (as they do every day—just click on the “community” tab under Twitter to read what everyone is saying about LACMA).

Scott Tennent

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