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Cultural Events in Los Angeles

Over the years Downtown Los Angeles has gone through many renovations. Current attractions in Downtown include such well-known landmarks as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the Los Angeles Central Public Library. Below are some recommendations on cultural events occurring during the week of the Self Psychology Conference.

We strongly recommend that you purchase tickets when registering for the conference as events sell out quickly.

Ahmanson Auditorium

135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: 800.348.8499
website: www.ahmansontheatertickets.com

Show: Avenue Q
A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, AVENUE Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it "SUBVERSIVE and UPROARIOUS!".

Run time: 2 hrs 15 mins. (15 minute intermission)

Show Times
(Wednesday Oct. 10 - Sunday Oct.14)

Wed 10/10Thu 10/11Fri 10/12Sat 10/13Sun 10/14
Matinee---2 pm2 pm
Evening8 pm8 pm8 pm8 pm7 pm


LA Opera

135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
phone: 213.972.7219
website: www.losangelesopera.com

Show: Jenufa
Nowhere in opera is reality more raw and uncensored than in Jenufa, an intensely dramatic and deeply moving opera by the great Czech composer Leos Janácek. The innocent peasant girl Jenufa loves the town's feckless playboy too passionately, and the devoted Laca loves her too jealously. Meanwhile, her self-righteous stepmother's misguided style of tough love leads to tragic results.

Run time: 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intermissions

Show Times
(Wednesday Oct. 10 - Sunday Oct.14)

Wed 10/10Thu 10/11Fri 10/12Sat 10/13Sun 10/14
Evening7: 30 pm--7: 30 pm-


MOCA Grand Avenue

250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: 213.626.6222
website: www.moca.org

Museum Hours
Monday 11am-5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 11am-8pm (5-8pm FREE)
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

General Admission
General Admission: $8
Students with I.D.: $5General Admission
Seniors (65+): $5General Admission
Children under 12: Free

Wells Fargo Free Thursdays
Admission is free for all MOCA venues every Thursday, 5-8pm




Matthew Monahan (b. 1972, Eureka, CA) creates striking sculptures that are built from drawings, as well as fragments of smaller artworks made with disparate materials, including floral foam, beeswax, glitter, pins, Styrofoam, glass, and drywall. From these unlikely media, he builds freestanding, assemblage sculptures within which hand-crafted characters—warriors, saints, slain heroes, and demons—seem to express heroic emotions ranging from jubilation to anguish. These figures serve as both icons and iconoclasts in a purposefully allusive narrative from a mysterious unidentified past epoch. Working simultaneously as both chronicle and summation of the artist's creative processes, Monahan's sculptures confront the formal issues inherent in figurative drawing and sculpture while addressing his artistic, personal, and political concerns.


Non-Lieux (2002), created by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, is a complex landscape that addresses the often-conflicting inter-relationships of social, cultural, political, and religious value systems. Produced shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center towers, this tableau, whose title was inspired by Robert Smithson's non-sites, is constructed primarily from "low" materials, such as paper, wax, and packing tape. Like many of Smithson's non-sites, Non-Lieux is an abstract three-dimensional metaphor for an absent, blighted site.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
phone: 323.857.6000
website: www.lacma.org

Museum Hours
Monday 12noon-8pm
Tuesday 12noon-8pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12noon-8pm
Friday 12noon-8pm
Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

General Admission
Adults: $9
Seniors (62+ with ID): $5
Students (18+ with school ID): $5
Children (17 and under): Free
LACMA is Free After Five. That means there is never a charge for general admission to LACMA after 5 pm, even on weekends. General admission allows you to visit all open LACMA galleries and all special exhibitions except those that are separately ticketed.



The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820

The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 is an ambitious, multimedia, pan-national presentation of approximately 250 works of art created in the Spanish viceroyalties of New Spain (which today comprises Mexico and Central America) and Peru (now the countries of Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru) and in the Portuguese colony of Brazil during the three hundred years between the discovery of the "New World" by the "Old" and the creation of new, independent nation-states.

SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA's Collection

The myth of California—and particularly of southern California—looms large in the modern psyche. Portrayed in the early years of the twentieth century as the land of gold and sunshine, California by the mid-twentieth century was understood in the popular imagination in more nuanced terms. Images of both the utopian and the dystopic took shape in the vision of artists working in the 1960s and 70s in southern California, emerging on the one hand in the sleek, elegant, at times even transcendental works of the so-called "light and space" and "finish fetish" artists; and on the other hand in the gritty, even tawdry imagery and materials of assemblage and California pop. This exhibition will look at both these strands in the art of southern California in the 1960s and 70s, with echoes into the 1980s and 1990s. While much of this work was seen until relatively recently as regional, in recent years it has gained international stature, thanks to such exhibitions as Sunshine & Noir (The Louisiana Museum, Humlebaeck, Denmark, 1997) and Los Angeles 1955-1985 (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006). Because LACMA in the 1960s and '70s made a particular effort to acquire the work of local artists, the museum's collection is especially rich in these holdings.

Red Cat Theatre

631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: 213.237.2800
website: www.redcat.org


Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: 213.972.7211
website: wdch.laphil.com


András Schiff Plays Beethoven - I
Artists: András Schiff, piano

Wednesday, October 10 - 8:00pm

Sibelius & Salonen
Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Anu Komsi, soprano; Piia Komsi, soprano

Friday, October 12 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13 - 2:00pm
Sunday, October 14 - 2:00pm



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