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Museum of Contemporary Art is like a mall for cool kids

 Hello, fellow adventurers! Never spend another weekend bored in a mall ever again (please). This column is dedicated to showing you the coolest places around the City of Angels. To tag along or tell me about a great place, contact me fshalalookout@gmail.com

One of my adventures took place last month at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) on Grand Avenue. To sum up the experience, here is I heard a mother tell her daughter: “You’re not supposed to understand it you’re supposed to feel it.”

For those who do not already appreciate artwork, I highly advise taking a tour, which hugely shaped my own experience. My guide, this cool dude named Juan, shared fun facts about the artists and encouraged me to think deeply about what was right in front of me. Without him, I wouldn’t have noticed Jasper Johns consistent recreation of maps, the sarcasm of John Baldessari or the historical significance of Black Mountain College. Is Jackson Pollock’s artwork really just splatter paint or the rather work of an artistic genius? Go find out!

Address: 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Hours: Mon., Wed., and Fri.: 11 a.m. -6 p.m.; Thurs.: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: General $12; Students and seniors $7; children (12-) & jurors free.

Free for all on Thurs., 5 p.m., -8 pm.

Free Tours: Thurs. at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sat. and Sun.: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Website: moca.org

Catch these other cool events in Oct. before they’re gone!

From The Archives: Art and Technology, LACMA; Oct. 1-18; free-$25

Street Food Cinemas, various locations; Saturday nights of Oct.; $5-15

Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios; Oct.; $55-85

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Griffith Park; Oct. weekends; $30

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns, Descanso Gardens; Oct.; $22-30