Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts


Make plans to enjoy live music this summer in an environment that is an inspiration for people of every ethnic identity and cultural background.

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts
Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga performing at the Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concert Series on July 26, 2012.

I was just about to walk into the exhibit “Jewish Life from Antiquity to America” at the Skirball Cultural Center when I heard a familiar voice behind me. I’d arrived earlier that night to see Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, a dynamic Congolese rhumba band, first up in the Skirball’s free summer concert series that had the audience up and dancing within minutes.

It was my first time ever at the center; a beautiful building designed by architect Moshe Safdie, nestled just west of the 405 Freeway off of Mulholland Drive, on 15 acres of Santa Monica mountain terrain.

I heard the voice again, closer, clearer, and now unmistakable: “Kim! Kim Calvert!”

I turned and there was my former boss, a man I hadn’t seen or spoken to since I quit a job some 10 years earlier. My departure was done with the proper decorum, but there had been unspoken acrimony on both sides.

He approached, his hand reaching out to mine, smiling, saying how he’d seen me snapping photos of the band and scrambled out of his seat to catch up to me. But even more amazing was how the old resentment between us had evaporated — an exclamation point on my introductory visit to the Skirball — a place I’d mistakenly perceived as an oddly named cultural center created by Jewish people for Jewish people.

Yes, the Skirball Cultural Center was named after Jack Skirball, a former rabbi who became a Hollywood motion picture producer, and yes, it houses one of the largest museums in the world on Jewish history, but what it truly is, in its essence, is an urban oasis that embodies cultural reconciliation, spiritual connection and a celebration of the bond that exists not only between Jewish people, but between all of humanity when we choose to be in our higher selves.

Now in its 16th year, the Sunset Concerts at the Skirball are an ideal way to become acquainted with this Los Angeles treasure. The Skirball courtyard is transformed into an intimate, celebratory gathering and concert goers arrive early to dine under the stars, visit the museum galleries, and explore the Skirball’s spectacular architecture and hillside setting. Then, as the performers take the stage, festivities spill out into the aisles and music lovers of all ages take to the dance floor.

Video Montage of the Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

On the night of the concerts, the museum exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark) are free and open to enjoy until 10 p.m. The seating for the concerts, however, is limited and it’s first come, first served unless you make reservations to enjoy the buffet dinner at Zeidler’s Café that includes reserved seating for the concert. Lighter fare can be purchased at Zeidler’s Cart, adjacent to the courtyard and you can also bring your own food to enjoy under the stars.

Take a break from the stress of living in Los Angeles and discover one of reasons why living here is worthwhile.

Let’s Go Together!

Eric Bibb String Band
The Eric Bibb String Band will perform at the SingularCity event at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Join us on Thursday, August 30, for the final concert of the season from the Eric Bibb String Band featuring Grammy Nominee and 2012 Blues Music Award-winner, folk-blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb, pre-eminent Appalachian fiddler/mandolinist/banjoist Dirk Powell, Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler/accordionist Cedric Watson, and virtuoso harmonica player Grant Dermody.

Tickets are first come, first serve unless you make a reservation for the buffet at Zeidler’s Café, which includes reserved seating for the concert. We will dine with Kim Calvert, editor of Singular magazine, at 7 p.m. If you would like to attend the Singular dinner party prior to the concert, e-mail The cost of the buffet dinner is $27.95, plus tax and tip. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

If you are a SingularCity member, you will receive parking validation worth $10 (carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited) and will also receive a voucher for a free wine or beer during the concert. (This is regardless of whether you also join us for the buffet dinner.) Members MUST RSVP at least 48 hours in advance in order to receive this SingularCity membership benefit.

If you cannot join us for the buffet dinner, arrive early to make sure you get a seat for the concert. We suggest arriving by 6:30 p.m.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

FREE ADMISSION; no reservations
Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis

Sunset Concerts parking: $10 per car (cash only).
Carpooling is encouraged.
Street parking is strictly prohibited.
Or take Metro Rapid 761.

All Skirball exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark) are free and open until 10:00 p.m. during Sunset Concerts, including Project Mah Jongg, Jewish Homegrown History, and Visions and Values.

Zeidler’s Café’s dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made starting two weeks prior to the Thursday evening concert by calling (310) 440-4575. Lighter fare can be purchased at Zeidler’s Cart.

Guests may bring their own food, but no outside alcoholic beverages or chairs are permitted.

Copyright © Kim Calvert/2012 Singular Communications, LLC.

Kim CalvertKim Calvert is the editor of Singular magazine and the founder of the SingularCity social networking community. An outspoken champion of people who are living their lives as a “me” instead of a “we,” Kim oversees the creative direction and editorial content of the magazine and online social networking community. She secures contributors and is responsible for maintaining the fun, upbeat, inspirational and often-humorous tone of Singular, a lifestyle guide for successful single living.

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