MeFi L.A. Museum & Art Crawl Part 3: Watts Towers
posted June 2, 2014 12:38 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun July 13 at 12:00 PM, Watts Towers
1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Let's go to Watts Towers! The Watts Towers structure consists of seventeen major sculptures of steel, covered with mortar and embellished by decorative finishings of mosaic tiles, glass, clay, shells, and rock. This folk art employs assemblage construction. There are three tall spires, several small towers, two walls, gazebo, patio, ship, and other structures. In addition to the towers, the The Watts Towers Arts Center is the home of International Ethnic Instrument Collection consisting of 144 primarily non-western instruments collected from around the world. Watts Towers on Wikipedia
The site is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday. Since we're probably looking at a weekend date, the hours are 10am-4pm on Saturday and 12pm - 4pm on Sunday.

Tour guides takes groups of up to 20 through the towers every 30 minutes or so from 10:30 - 3:00 on Saturday and 12:00 - 3:00 on Sunday. Tours are on a first come, first served basis.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors and children (children under 12 free!)

Watts Towers Art Center (WTAC) is located in Watts (1727 E 107th St. Los Angeles, CA 90002), which is off the 105 between the 110 & the 710. The Metro Blue Line [PDF] also stops at WTAC.

I left a message to get info on parking and accessibility, but if anyone has other questions or wants to try calling, their number is 213-847-4646

UPDATE: July 13th cast the widest net. I hope everyone can make it.

Here are some upcoming weekend dates:




I know Deoridhe expressed a preference for Sundays, which works for me. I'm also open to whatever everyone agrees on.

I hope I didn't leave anything out!

*There is another meetup in Anaheim on June 29th so that's probably not a good date. (I'm hoping to go myself if the logistics work out.)
posted by Room 641-A to Meetup (47 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I'm in. Never been even though I've lived in LA for years.

Only time I can't go that I know of is the 14th/15th of June.
posted by mosschief at 9:41 PM on June 2, 2014

There is only street parking around the towers.
posted by amapolaroja at 12:28 AM on June 3, 2014

I would love to do this. The weekend of the 14th/15th is probably worst for me, but I could probably squeeze it in even then.
posted by Lyn Never at 7:16 AM on June 3, 2014

I'm in, and I'm flexible schedule-wise.
posted by Alterscape at 7:42 AM on June 3, 2014

I'd love to come. I've been working a lot of weekends and often don't know my work schedule until a day or two before, so I'll have to play it by ear.
posted by ljshapiro at 8:19 AM on June 3, 2014

I'm in if we can do it on a Sunday. Would love to see the towers again!
posted by chicainthecity at 11:26 PM on June 3, 2014

Toward the end of the month my parents are coming into town, so I may end up bringing extras. 21st/22nd and 5th/6th's would work best for me as well, since before then is the dreaded Cleaning Of The Apartment.
posted by Deoridhe at 12:29 AM on June 4, 2014

Sundays definitely better for me.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:55 AM on June 4, 2014

We are moving to LA and probably won't get there until the 5th/6th, but on the off-chance it works out, I'd love to come.
posted by jetlagaddict at 2:34 PM on June 4, 2014

July 6 or July 13?
posted by betweenthebars at 11:09 AM on June 6, 2014

Okay. I totally forgot about Fourth of July weekend, but if Sunday the 6th still works it looks like that would probably be the best for everyone.

After that, we're looking at either June 22 or 29th, but I'd be happy to go an extra week to July 13 so that jetlagaddict and betweenthebars can come.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:25 PM on June 7, 2014

The more the merrier! If we move it to July 13th, how about doing a Sunday dinner meetup between now and then? My suggestion would be the Indian fusion gastropub in downtown I was talking about -- Badmaash -- but I'd be open to whatever.
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:56 PM on June 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

I would love to do a Sunday dinner meetup at Badmaash! And we could make July 13 but July 6 isn't great for us.
posted by rednikki at 4:50 PM on June 8, 2014

Ooh, the place with the Indian poutine! Sounds great!

I'll wait a couple of days to see if anyone else chimes in otherwise I'll go ahead and make this an official meetup for July 13.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:12 AM on June 9, 2014

I went to Badmaash a couple weeks ago and was quite pleased!

I'll have to miss any June meetup, but will probably be available for a July date.
posted by itesser at 11:37 AM on June 9, 2014

There's a nonzero chance I'd have to miss July 13th, but I can certainly try. July 6th is arguably better, but also not a certainty.
posted by Alterscape at 8:22 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks Room 641-A! I'll set up a separate meetup for the dinner.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:40 PM on June 9, 2014

There's a chance I may have to miss the 13th as well, it turns out. Will know closer to the date.
posted by chicainthecity at 7:17 PM on June 11, 2014

I can say with almost complete certainty that I'll be on travel on the 13th, so for me July 6th it would have to be.
posted by Alterscape at 4:48 PM on June 14, 2014

And this is where I eat my words and put myself back on the 'Yes' list on account of happy scheduling news.
posted by Alterscape at 6:38 PM on June 16, 2014

NEAT! Adding it to my calendar.
posted by samthemander at 8:19 AM on June 19, 2014

Was really interested but I can't go anymore due to the world cup finals! Have fun :)
posted by doctordrey at 12:31 PM on July 10, 2014

The dinner makes this even more attractive, so I will do my level best to be there. Anyone know about parking options?
posted by Deoridhe at 3:43 PM on July 10, 2014

If all goes well I should be there between 11:45 -12:00. See everyone tomorrow!

Deoridhe, I believe there is visitor parking at Watts Towers.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:23 PM on July 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Is there a good place to meet up at Watts? Identifying [!] signs or anything? I'll probably be wearing a goofy grey hat if that helps.
posted by jetlagaddict at 10:45 AM on July 13, 2014

Ugh! I came down with food poisoning Wednesday night and it is just now abating. I'm concerned that standing out in the heat would set me back, so I'm afraid I'll have to skip this one.
posted by rednikki at 10:48 AM on July 13, 2014

I'm wearing my MeFi shirt!
posted by Room 641-A at 10:57 AM on July 13, 2014

Our ETA is 11:50. I will have a beige umbrella.
posted by Lyn Never at 11:12 AM on July 13, 2014

Feel better rednikki :(

Ooh, I forgot my hat. Que lastima. About 7 stops away woo!
posted by Room 641-A at 11:26 AM on July 13, 2014

I'm here. Looks like plenty of street parking available. I'm chilling out on a bench between the arts center and the towers themselves, under some trees. I think most of you know what I look like but if not, green t-shirt, khaki shorts.
posted by Alterscape at 11:41 AM on July 13, 2014

Chicainthecity and I just drove up. Will keep an eye out for y'all.

Feel better rednikki!
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:49 AM on July 13, 2014

I'm working my way from the stop to the towers
posted by Room 641-A at 11:58 AM on July 13, 2014

We are still on a freeway but getting close, sorry!
posted by jetlagaddict at 12:04 PM on July 13, 2014

We just met two very nice people who are apparently not Jetlagaddict and +1, although we were somewha confused about this for the first few seconds. A bunch of us went into the visitor's center but I'm hanging out outside for a bit longer. If I'm not outside, I'm probably inside!
posted by Alterscape at 12:18 PM on July 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wait we are here!
posted by jetlagaddict at 12:20 PM on July 13, 2014

Sorry to miss at the last minute - my cousin finally had her baby and playing taxi for elderly relatives and all their stuff took much, much longer than I thought it would.
posted by betweenthebars at 12:49 PM on July 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Chicainthecity & celcius1414 and I are at the Tar Pits.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:01 PM on July 13, 2014

Tar pit folks: there is pay lot parking by the food trucks, we are going to go there first because Jay hasn't eaten today
posted by Lyn Never at 2:02 PM on July 13, 2014

I am en route to the tar pits now. Just walking up to the entrance and ran into Jetlagaddict and husband where are you lot?
posted by Alterscape at 2:06 PM on July 13, 2014

We're walking towards food trucks now.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:09 PM on July 13, 2014

Thanks for coming out everyone! Great to meet you, Jetlagaddict and +1!
posted by Alterscape at 5:02 PM on July 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Awesome day everybody! Thanks for coming out again, and see y'all next Sunday.

I put up a few random pix during the day on my Instagram.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:14 AM on July 14, 2014

That was so much fun, and much more moving than I expected. It was nice to see everyone and meet our new Angeleno MeFites!
posted by Room 641-A at 7:34 AM on July 14, 2014

I added a few pics to flickr.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:26 PM on July 14, 2014

It was really lovely to meet everyone, and hopefully see you all soon!
posted by jetlagaddict at 7:10 PM on July 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

As part of the anniversary celebrations we should have the ultimate LA meet-up on Saturday that is just pictures of everyone holding up a sign that says "I flaked" wherever they happen to be that night.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:31 PM on July 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

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