Courtesy Blum & Poe and the artist Jim Shaw's Mississippi River Mural (2013)
This week, American history merges with Greek myth and Marvel comics in Culver City and a dance on the beach grapples with water and the politics that control it.
5. Mystery at the museum
Last year, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, visitors had the chance to solve a mystery using a phone app -- apparently Madame X, the red-headed subject of John Singer Sargent's famous 19th-century painting, had been murdered at a gala. Costumed performers (a detective, a reporter) helped solve the crime. Performers will appear intermittently when something similar happens at the Hammer this weekend. On arrival, museum visitors check out handheld radios, which will be triggered by transmitters around the museum, clueing visitors in to plot points in an unfolding mystery play, the exact nature of which has yet to be announced. It's organized by radio station in residence KChung. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Sat., Dec. 7. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.