Feed Your Head! Exhibitions, Theatre, Music to Experience Now!

There’s nothing like an appetizing creative encounter to set the table for inspiration! DTLA is a banquet of major museums, experiential pop-up spaces, award-winning theatre, and immersive performances that will satisfy your cultural cravings and make you hungry for more. And you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the feast. Many museums don’t charge an entry fee, or designate certain days of the month for free admission. So get out there and feed your head – with the best exhibitions, theatre, and music to experience now!

sunglassed women amongst a sea of dumplings

Dumpling Pop Up Museum

ROW DTLA 757 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

LA’s first dumpling pop-up art exhibit! Thirst Project has teamed up with ZJZM, a creative art label, to bring you Dumplings & Associates, a one of a kind pop-up art museum in DTLA. Explore interactive art installations based on dumplings and their associates, including a giant garlic swing, an anti-gravity kitchen, dumpling jacuzzi and a simulated meat grinder. You may not actually be able to eat the dumplings, but each pair of tickets to Dumplings & Associates provides three people one year of clean drinking water!

street view of a museum in the day

Free Museum Days

Did you know that there are more than 20 museums you can visit for free in 2020? Many of LA’s most popular cultural institutions, such as The Broad, California Science Center, Natural History Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art LA, either don’t charge an entry free or designate certain days of the month for free admission. Here’s a handy cheat sheet from DOLA

exterior view of WAREHOUSE at MOCA Geffen

MOCA + Geffen Contemporary

MOCA 250 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, California 90012

Geffen Contemporary 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to a $10 million donation by MOCA Board President Carolyn Clark Powers, general admission to MOCA at both locations is now free, except for special exhibitions. WAREHOUSE at MOCA Geffen is open with an expanded bookstore, a reading nook, rest, meet, and workspaces with free WiFi, a coffee cart featuring drinks and food by Cafe Dulce, and several video installations. The current video works on view are by artists Fischli & Weiss and Mark Leckey. Over the course of the coming months, MOCA will be actively transitioning this space into a vibrant, multi-use anchor under the umbrella of WAREHOUSE Programs.

Beyond Black - a poster featuring a profile view of Amy Winehouse

Beyond Black: The Style of Amy Winehouse

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Winehouse has been widely renowned not just as a British music icon and pop royalty, but as a trendsetting fashion influencer. To showcase the late singer’s iconic outfits, as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, journal entries and other reflections from her family’s personal archive, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly presents Beyond Black: The Style Of Amy Winehouse. The exhibit will run through April 13.

interior view of Grammy Museum

Mono to Immersive

Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

While you’re at the Grammy Museum, check out the Mono to Immersive Experience Room. Ever wonder what Cardi B would sound like on a gramophone? Mono to Immersive, presented by Harman, takes you on a visual and audible journey of recorded sound from the dusty cylinders of the 19th century to the surround sound of the present as you engross yourself in your favorite GRAMMY performances. In Mono to Immersive, you will hear how recorded sound has changed and journey from the acoustic era to the digital world of today.

2 men acting on stage in The Last Ship

The Last Ship

Ahmanson Theatre

135 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Inspired by Sting’s 1991 album “The Soul Cages,” The Last Ship tells the story of Gideon, a prodigal son returning home after 17 years at sea to find that the local shipyard his town was built around is closing and Meg, the love he left behind, has moved on. Tensions flare and picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) rallies the workers to take over the shipyard and build one last ship in the face of the gathering storm. A passionate homage to the shipbuilding community Sting grew up in, The Last Ship features a Tony-nominated original score by Sting including some of his best-loved songs “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance.”

view of an exterior wall at L.A. Murals

L.A. Murals

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

“L.A. Murals,” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress, documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles, an epicenter of the world’s street art scene. “L.A. Murals” features 30 photographs curated from the archives of photographers Carol M. Highsmith and Camilo José Vergara, which are part of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division of more than 14 million photographs documenting America. The focus of the exhibition was inspired by the vitality of the visual arts and creativity of LA. The photographs are on view at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery. The exhibition, which is free and open to visitors of the Concert Hall, will close in September 2020.

3 bikes in the air at Cirque de Soleil Volta

Cirque de Soleil Volta

Dodger Stadium

1000 Vin Scully Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

The 70's turn 50 poster

Curating the City: The ’70s Turn 50 Various locations

The 50-year mark is significant when it comes to preserving buildings! The Los Angeles Conservancy is excited to present The ’70s Turn 50, an initiative exploring the 1970s’ lasting imprint on L.A. County’s built environment. In the Southland, the ’70s marked a time of unprecedented architectural exploration, and the structures left in its wake are some of the finest examples of that creative spirit. On the social and cultural front, the ’70s were a period known for strong civic engagement and activism. Frank Gehry’s use of cheap and accessible materials seen in his Santa Monica residence, from 1978, catapulted the Los Angeles Postmodernism movement onto the national stage. Throughout 2020, The LA Conservancy will tell the story of the ’70s and the decade’s lasting legacy.

interior view of an empty LA Art Show

LA Art Show

LA Convention Center South Hall

1201 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Feb 5-9 Need some inspiration to pimp your pad? The LA Art Show is the most most comprehensive international contemporary art expo in America. Los Angeles has emerged as a global epicenter of art & culture, with a distinct, interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to the city. As LA rises as the world-class destination for art, LA Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience. More than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space are committed to today’s prominent galleries. Beyond the booth, these domestic and international galleries are curating special exhibits that are at the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary art movement.