FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012
Skirball Cultural Center transforms into nighttime playground for
once-a-year chance to roam the campus after dark
INTO THE NIGHT: PLAYTIME
Featuring indie bands Sea Wolf and Geographer,
plus DJ Anthony Valadez
Friday, July 13, 2012, 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
$15 General Advance | $20 Day of Show/Door | Ages 21 and up; ID required
Tickets available at www.skirball.org or (877) SCC-4TIX
LOS ANGELES—Inviting music fans and Friday night fun-lovers to stay up late and play past midnight, the Skirball Cultural Center hosts a one-night-only party, Into the Night: Playtime, on Friday, July 13, kicking off at 9:00 p.m. The event—featuring live music and DJ sets in the Skirball’s spectacular central courtyard, non-kiddie crafts, film screenings, scavenger hunts, card and board games, and more—is inspired by the popular new exhibition Project Mah Jongg and L.A.’s ultimate play space, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, open for rare nighttime hours.
Headlining the evening are indie folk stars and local fave Sea Wolf, beloved for their gorgeous melodies, dark yet buoyant lyrics, and sonically rich live shows. Together with new backing musicians, founder and frontman Alex Brown Church performs this special hometown engagement just a few weeks ahead of Sea Wolf’s highly anticipated third release, Old World Romance (Dangerbird Records, release date: September 11, 2012). Attendees will be among the first to hear tracks off the new album, showcasing the band’s new stripped-back sound, along with some of the more epic-like tunes that made its sophomore LP, White Water, White Bloom, a hit among fans and critics alike.
Also on the bill is San Francisco–based rock trio Geographer, now touring in support of its latest album, Myth (Modern Art Records, February 2012). Named by SPIN as “one of the three undiscovered bands you need to know now” after its debut release in 2008, the band has earned a loyal following over the years for its synth beats combined with vocals, guitar, drums, and the unexpected twist of classical cello.
KCRW host, producer/DJ, musician, and visual artist Anthony Valadez—who packs the house weekly at Zanzibar and other L.A. hotspots—will emcee the party, spinning “future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrow’s samples” before and between the bands’ live sets and closing out the night until 1:00 a.m.
Concertgoers will also enjoy after-dark access to Skirball galleries, a chance to frolic with the whimsically designed puppets aboard Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, screenings of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s comedic masterwork Playtime, and art projects designed specially for the 21+ crowd.
Across the Skirball grounds will be plenty of space to hula hoop under the stars, team up for a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and play cards, mah jongg, Twister, oversized Jenga and checkers, and more. A no-host bar featuring signature “mahj-tinis”—riffing off the exhibition Project Mah Jongg—and other specialty cocktails rounds out the evening’s playful line-up of activities.
Into the Night: Playtime is the Skirball’s follow-up to its debut late-night event last summer, when an enthusiastic audience packed the house to hear indie rockers Autolux and Superhumanoids. Just two weeks following Into the Night: Playtime, music fans will again fill the courtyard when the Skirball kicks off its new Sunset Concerts season. Presenting the best in world music, this acclaimed summertime series of free performances runs for six consecutive Thursday nights in 2012, from July 26 through August 30.
For more information about both Into the Night: Playtime and Sunset Concerts at the Skirball, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org.
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PROJECT MAH JONGG AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING DONORS:
IN MEMORY OF LISA D. AUERBACH
PATRICIA AND STANLEY SILVER
About the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.
Visiting the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Free on-site parking is available; street parking is strictly prohibited. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum’s exhibitions educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century—before, during, and after the Holocaust. Current special exhibitions include Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles, on view through December 2012; Let My People Go!: The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967–1989, on view through August 5, 2012; and Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg, on view through October 14, 2012. It is also home to the award-winning Keeping History Center, an interactive visitor experience, and Andy Goldsworthy’s memorial Garden of Stones. The Museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall and receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.