When in Los Angeles, there are a multitude of fun events to see and do. One of my Top 5 favorites is The Broad museum – It’s FREE. Here are 10 Things to Know Before Exploring The Broad –
The museum is closed on Mondays. It opens at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays through Saturdays it stays open until 8 p.m. Sunday is opens at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Make a reservation online to get a free ticket – www.thebroad.org. You can go there spur of the moment, however lines are long on the weekend for stand-by. While you are online, make a reservation to eat at the new contemporary American restaurant Otium before or after your visit. Enjoy wood fired meats, vegetables and pizzas, a full bar, indoor and outdoor dining space. There are other restaurants nearby. On weekends there are usually three to four food trucks.
The Broad has more than 2,000 pieces of work by over 200 artists. Eli and Edythe Broad have been collection postwar and contemporary art for the past 50 years. Once inside log in to see Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. When I visited, there was a four hour wait to enter the room. Go early when the museum opens.
The architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Benfro collaborated with Gentler in designing The Broad. It’s titled, “the veil and the vault.” The veil is 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels on the outside of the building. The vault walls are made of Venetian plaster and 36 million pounds of concrete. Viewing windows allow guests a peek into the vault area where many of the Broad’s collected pieces are stored.
There are 318 skylights in the ceiling of the third floor gallery allowing diffused, natural light.
Outside of The Broad are 100-year-old Barouni olive trees offering a park-like setting.
On Level 3 is an Andy Warhol Exhibit with Campbell Soup Cans – Clam Chowder-Manhattan Style, Two Marilyns, and Twenty Jackie Kennedy.
Kids will love the huge Takashi Murakami – Hustle ‘n’ Punch By Kaikai and Kiki, 2009. This artist not only has his art displayed in The Broad, he also has exhibited his works at the Palace of Versailles in France, filling 15 rooms and the park with his sculptures, paintings, a decorative carpet, and lamps.
Stand under Robert Therrien’s – Under The Table, 1994. The artist takes ordinary items and gives them an Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland spin. It’s to bring back the memory of when you were a small child and could stand under tables during family gatherings. Another fun Therrien piece in on the ground floor of ceramic epoxy on fiberglass stacked on top of one another.
See some classic pop art Roy Lichtenstein pieces – I…I’m Sorry, 1965-66, and a stand-alone table with fish in water, titled Goldfish Bowl. These were radical in the 1960s.
Right in the heart of Los Angeles is the San Antonio Winery offering locals and visitors FREE tastes of their award-winning favorite wines that include wonderful whites, robust reds, Champagnes, semi-sweet and sweet wines.
Afterwards, take a tour of the winery to learn about how wine was originally made by the Franciscan Fathers of the early Spanish Missions. Later in the 1830s discover who brought European vines from Bordeaux to downtown LA. Los Angeles soon became the premier grape growing and winemaking region in California.
Santo Cambianica founded San Antonio winery almost 100 years ago. It is still a family run and owned winery. Tour hours are Monday – Friday: 12pm to 4pm, on the hour. During the weekend the tour starts at 11am to 5pm, on the hour. Reservations required for groups of 8 or more. Parties of 21 or more must call for a reservation.
When hungry, inside the winery is a trattoria-style Maddalena Restaurant. It offers a variety of healthy and hearty Italian and American dishes. Choose from fresh pastas, grilled meats, gourmet salads and sandwiches, and delectable desserts. Tables are among redwood casks in a wine county environment.
There is also a wine, cheese and gift shop for guests to purchase items for a picnic or gifts for family and friends.
Once a month the winery offers a wine tasting class. For a fee guests can participate on Sunday – October 9, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Guests get to taste domestic and international cheeses paired with wines from San Antonio Winery and wines from around the world. Learn how to create your own wine and cheese event at home. Register ONLINE. Here is a sample of what guests will receive –
Manchego Quesadilla with green olive tapenade and chili onion tortillas
Tea Time at Downton Abbey – English cheddar melted on open-faced sourdough bread with Dijon mustard
Ball Park – Smoked andouille sausage, Havarti cheese, and dill mustard on a hot dog bun
Peaches and Cream – Sweet potato tortilla chips with mascarpone cheese smothered in a smoky peach salsa
PBCJ – Peanut butter strawberry preserves and Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese on open-faced white bread
Blue Cheese Apricot Scone – Castillo Danish blue cheese and apricot preserves on an open-faced biscuit
Tomato Tuna Goat Cheese Bite – Fresh open-faced tomato topped with a tuna goat cheese salad
Lemon Cheesecake – Canadian extra-sharp cheddar topped with lemon curd on a graham cracker
Buffalo Chicken Hot Wing – Cambenzola blue cheese spread on celery and underwood chicken spread with Frank’s RedHot sauce
Nutella Delight – Nutella spread accompanied with cream cheese and fresh berries on lavash bread.
Click on San Antonio Winery to make a reservation or learn more. 737 Lamar St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (323)223-1401.