The Getty Villa and The Getty Center
In a building that recreates a Roman villa in a spectacular setting on a bluff above the Pacific, the recently renovated and re-opened Getty Villa in Malibu is dedicated in its entirety to ancient art.
The Getty Center in Brentwood houses a major art collection and is also home to the Getty Research Institute (the "GRI"), a major library specializing in scholarship in art history, material culture and related disciplines. For classicists, their special collections holdings and photography archives are especially valuable. USC faculty and graduate students regularly work in the GRI library and attend special exhibits, events and lectures at the GRI and the Getty Villa.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("LACMA")
Located in the Miracle Mile in West LA, the museum houses major collections in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian art, photography, European painting and Asian art, as well as one of the most significant collections of Islamic Art in the world. They also have a substantial collection of Greco-Roman objects. In addition, LACMA regularly hosts exciting temporary exhibitions.
Huntington Museum, Library and Gardens
The Huntington galleries and library are set in the middle a stunning botanical garden, the former estate of a 19th century railroad tycoon, in San Marino just south of Pasadena. The library specializes in American and British history, early printed books and women's history. USC enjoys a special, collaborative relationship with the Huntington through the interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI).
Los Angeles Public Library
After a devastating fire in the late 1980s, the city's central library re-opened as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
Norton Simon Museum
Great collection of European, American and South Asian art, conveniently located in Pasadena next to the Rolls Royce dealership
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The downtown site houses one of the most important collections of post-1940 American and European art; the nearby branch at Geffen Contemporary MOCA hosts large, temporary exhibitions in a converted police car garage while the sister site of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood is a regular venue for rotating exhibits, usually with an architecture/design slant.
Museum of Jurassic Technology
This amazing place has been analyzed by Lawrence Weschler as a postmodern parody of the idea of the museum (Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder), and indeed features in the introduction to the Norton Anthology of Postmodernism.
L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra
Performs under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, at the stunning new Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown.
The Hollywood Bowl
Performances of classical, world music, jazz and rock under the stars (take a picnic!) at one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world.
L.A. Culture Net
For the Los Angeles everybody warned you about; sand sculpture, dolphin therapy and more.
L.A. Times "Calendar" section, what's doing
Online pages on restaurants, neighborhoods, where to hear jazz in museums, where to go rollerblading, the usual.
USC's own famed cam, which has spawned its own urban legends of broken romances. For a truly surreal view of the USC campus, try the Quicktime video version available at this site, which gives you 24 hours in rapid timelapse.