The Agenda: Infinity Mirrors at The Broad, Mona Moore in Venice, and Hotel Kabuki’s Big RevampAuthor:Allison McCarthy
This fall, The Broad hosts its first visiting special exhibition and it’s a big one. Celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirror rooms are making a North American tour, and The Broad is the only museum in California where West Coasters can experience the sensory installation firsthand. Visitors can immerse themselves in six of Kusama’s kaleidoscopic environments, but don’t forget to look outside of the famously Instagrammable rooms. Large-scale installations and key paintings, sculpture, and works on paper help contextualize the artist’s career-long obsession with infinity. Advance tickets are, of course, already sold-out, but the museum is offering a limited number of same-day tickets to those willing to get up early and wait in line.
When: Sat. 10/21–Mon. 1/1/18
Where: The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
The coveted L.A. fashion destination gets a swanky new permanent home on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, which many are calling the new Abbott Kinney. Mona Moore co-founder Lisa Bush hosts a grand opening with friends and designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, making it a not-to-be-missed event. While you’re there, shop the boutique’s tightly edited selection of womenswear, runway pieces, and accessories by designers, including Haider Ackermann, Alexa Chung, Anne Demeulemeester, Maison Margiela, and more.
When: Sat. 10/14
Where: 208 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Kabuki has been a mainstay of San Francisco’s Japantown scene since 2008, but now, after a $28 million renovation, it’s looking shinier than ever. While the historic exterior has been preserved, Brooklyn’s MARKZEFF Design studio has entirely reimagined the insides. Boho-chic meets Japanese modern in the guest rooms, where custom furniture and lighting are simple and functional. Hand-worked details include gray accent walls, stitched leather furniture, and shibori crafted cloths, plus curated art walls featuring traditional and modern Japanese art and calligraphy. Guests should all take some time to lounge in the lobby, designed to feel like a living room, with natural elements—like live-edge timber reception desk, flame-treated Shou-sugi-ban wood, and access to Japanese gardens—that bring the outside in.
When: Late October
Where: 1625 Post St., San Francisco
Three years ago, work began on a $66 million overhaul of Hollywood’s historic amphitheater. Now, concerts on the brand-new stage sound so much better, thanks to a barrier installed to mitigate the noise from the nearby freeway, and a picnic area plus food stand encourage making a whole night out of it. With a design inspired by the Jerusalem gates, the great Ford Theatre takes its place once again as one of L.A.’s greatest outdoor venues.
When: Ongoing programs; check event calendar for details
Where: 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles
What happens when NYC’s AvroKO (the team behind Single Thread) takes a classic 1940s roadside motel and puts their spin on it? You get a chic but laid-back hotel and spa that pays tribute to the great American road trip. Rooms take cues from vintage camper vans, the pool area is stocked with analog games, and the spa is modeled after a traditional bathhouse—with a “mix your own” mud bar, mint-green clawfoot tubs for medicinal salt soaks, a mosaic-lined steam room, and spa relaxation garden. After a couple of nights here, you may never leave.
When: Now accepting spa and lodging reservations
Where: 1880 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga
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