Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, this live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for six minutes or less before a panel of all-star judges. After each reading, the judges take turns spouting hilarious commentary about each story, and then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete for the Literary Death Match crown.
Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk will be led by Anne Ellegood, senior curator.
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.
The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.
Sessions are led by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Visit www.marc.ucla.edu to learn more about the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
The Hammer and public radio station KCRW present four nights of free live music in the courtyard. This year, the series spotlights some of L.A.’s most enduring club nights and residencies, showcasing the city’s vibrant and diverse music scenes.
Afro Funke' featuring Rocky Dawuni+ KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole & Afro Funke' resident DJ Glenn Red
Open Rehearsal provides studio space for people of the Pieter Community. This stage as studio space is an experimental practice in designing a truly functional space to work in, conscious that the courtyard is public, yet protected.
Similar to KCHUNG Radio, all KCHUNG TV content will be produced by the KCHUNG community with programs that include sports, news, talk shows, wildlife conservation, live music, game shows, telenovelas, sitcoms, experimental video, true crime stories, docudramas, performance art, telethons, and more. KCHUNG TV will be filmed before live audiences on select Saturdays and Sundays at the Hammer Museum. Episodes will be played continuously in the lobby during regular museum hours. Additionally, all programming will be contained in an online archive for video playback.
In each 45-minute tour, Hammer educators provide insight into the Made in L.A. 2014 exhibition and highlight key works. Hammer educators are multidisciplinary UCLA students and other trained educators who bring unique perspectives to the artwork on view. Tours convene in front of the Museum Store and reservations are not required.
Students draw inspiration from places as varied as the Capitol Records building, Watts Towers, and Googie-style restaurants as they create their own city landmarks. Instructor Jayne Marie Kennedy works in television and is an avid explorer of Los Angeles.