The Ultimate Day Trip “On Location” in Culver City

The Music Center is hitting the road and taking our innovative programming to new locales around Los Angeles! ‘Until the Lions’ marks the first time in its history that Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center will present a performance outside of our Downtown Los Angeles campus.

As President and CEO Rachel Moore says, “We have ‘opened the architecture’ of The Music Center.” Home isn’t so much a place as a state of mind.

What does this mean for you? It gives you the chance to explore new places outside of Downtown Los Angeles, as well. Our first stop, October 18-21, is The Culver Studios in the heart of downtown Culver City. Before stepping into one of Hollywood’s most famous studios and sound stages, take a couple of hours to explore this rapidly transforming city. Enjoy discounts at local vendors, grab dinner or a cocktail within walking distance of the studio, and settle down for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Places to Explore Before the Show:

Experience Platform, a brand-new colorful luxury shopping complex with nearly 20-high-end eateries and shops. We recommend stopping by Hayden – a neighborhood café and wine shop with California-inspired cuisine led by a James Beard semifinalist. Looking to pamper yourself before the show? Tenoverten offers an exceptional Christian Louboutin Manicure Experience.  The trendy coffee retailer, Blue Bottle Coffee, is also located here if you are looking for your caffeine fix prior to the show. (0.3 miles from The Culver Studios / 7 min walk)

Taste and shop your way through the historic Helms Bakery District. Once a large-scale bakery from the early 1900s, Helms Bakery has transformed into a unique block of award-winning restaurants and a unique collection of design stores. Looking for a drink? The resident gastropub, Father’s Office, is also notable for its robust beverage program. Father’s Office offers 36 rotating craft beers on tap and rare small producer wines. If you get there early enough, catch a sneak & sweet peek at the upcoming relaunch of the historic Helms Bakery. Order at a vintage Helms Coach outside for a sweet treat Thursdays from 1-5pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12-4pm. (0.7 miles from The Culver Studios / 15 min walk)

Create an evening of culture with a visit to the nearby thinkspace gallery. A wonderful gallery committed to the promotion of emerging talent and work that spans popular culture, graphics, art, design, and street art. On display Andy Kehoe’s Prismatic – a collection of transcendent landscapes and galaxy illustrations. (1.1 miles from The Culver Studios / 20 min walk)

Places for a Pre-Theatre Meal: 

If you have less than an hour –

Lunch for two. We hope you enjoyed, @javiermiyasato! #bacoshop

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BäcoShop serves up Chef Josef Centeno’s delicious half-pita, half-burrito creations. L.A. Weekly recommends the “green herb chicken” with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette. However, there are vegetarian dishes and Centeno’s famous rice pudding, as well. (0.2 miles from The Culver Studios / 5 min walk)

Grilliant‘s new Culver City location just opened with a large variety of homemade Mediterranean kabobs and salads. The restaurant prides itself on its organic ingredients and open flame grilling. (0.1 miles from The Culver Studios / 3 min Walk). 

PLUS: Grilliant is offering a 10% discount for ticket-holders if you show your ticket before or after a performance, from October 18-21, 2017. 

If you have more than an hour –

Potato | Tonnato | Radish | Pickled Daikon 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷 #thewallace #hillaryswank

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The Wallace has a menu filled with small plates featuring local California ingredients and a Mediterranean vibe. There is a lot to love here for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. (0.2 miles from The Culver Studios / 3 min walk)

Mexican Restaurant, Kayndaves, is a Culver City staple famous for its homemade corn tortillas and tamales. Its Seared Ahi Tacos are not something you’re going to want to miss during your trip to Culver City. (0.1 miles from The Culver Studios / 2 min walk)

PLUS: KAYNDAVES is giving ticket holders 15% off our regular menu, and also off of a special 3 course “prix fixe” menu. Kayndaves is offering the discount on show days, from October 18-21, 2017. 

Brisket, football, weekend. 📷 @lindseyeatsla #mapleblockmeatco #bbq #culvercity

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Try the authentic wood-smoked brisket Chef Adam Cole is serving up at newcomer Maple Block Meat Co. You can get any type of BBQ here you’d like, along with “sinful” buttermilk biscuits and cornbread. (1.7 miles from The Culver Studios / 35 min walk)

Places for a Nightcap:

Although a cocktail may cost you more than a buck nowadays at the historic Culver Hotel’s lobby bar, a dollar was supposedly all John Wayne needed to purchase the hotel from Charlie Chaplin. The hotel’s ties to the golden age of Hollywood and its Neo-Renaissance design make it the perfect destination for a ‘Ruby Slipper’ or a ‘Yellow Brick Lemonade.’ Live Jazz will play your troubles away every night after 7:30 p.m.  Early? Get there in time for happy hour 4-7 p.m. There is also a 1920’s speakeasy – the Velvet Lounge just up the stairs from the lobby. Looking to stay the night like Joan Crawford and Clark Gable? The hotel’s 46 stylishly renovated rooms are seamlessly woven into the historic setting.  (0.1 miles from The Culver Studios / 3 min walk)

PLUS: Enter to win a one night stay at The Culver Hotel and two tickets to Until the Lions at musiccenter.org. Contest ends 10/9/2017. 

Still a bunch of great brews to be had! Come on by! #labw9

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The City Tavern is known around town as one of the best craft beer joints in Los Angeles. Stop by to try a new favorite brew. It also offers booths with built-in taps, perfect for those wanting to test their ability to pour their own beer. (0.3 miles from The Culver Studios / 7 min walk)

PLUS: City Tavern is offering a 10% discount for ticket-holders if you show your ticket before or after a performance October 18-21. 

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter to end your night, Cold Stone Creamery (0.2 miles) and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (0.1 miles) are within walking distance of The Culver Studios.

Forget the pot of gold, we'll take the rainbow 🌈

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Dream of something a little more unique? Los Angeles’s favorite ice cream sandwiches are located within 15 minutes of The Culver Studios. The Coolhaus Shop closes at 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday) so run, don’t walk, to get your fix.

Have more recommendations on where to spend a day in Culver City? Leave them in the comments below!