Main Draw This Saturday: MAK Games 2013

Ditch the Halloween blacks for tennis whites this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 26, and join us in saving some of the best in L.A. architecture at the MAK Games, the annual match in support of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, a nonprofit hailed for its critically-acclaimed, discipline-crossing programming to conserving and maintaining 3 significant works of modern architecture by R. M. Schindler.

Andy and I are among a fantastic group hosting this special happening, and we’re particularly excited to finally witness in person the Sheats/Goldstein House, designed by architect John Lautner in 1963. Owner James Goldstein is among the city’s most iconoclastic eccentrics (from his penchant for snakeskin fashion to his obsession with the Lakers) and on the hosting committee, which also includes our pals vintage guru Cameron Silver and the architects Barbara Bestor, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee among others. We also love that Maison Martin Margiela signed on as an underwriter, as we showcase their home goods at A+R, not to mention count the brand among our favorite in both our closets.

Guided tours of the house will be conducted throughout the event, and our friends organizing the MAK Cup tell us a few tickets are still available.

Besides the tour and bbq, we’re all keen on seeing the talent on the newly minted courts at the house—all masters in racquets of another kind: musician Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, film producer James Dahl, writer/director Stephen Gaghan, artist Charles Gaines, social entrepreneur Ben Goldhirsh, Hammer Museum director of exhibitions and publications Brooke Hodge, screenwriter and producer Adam Leff, architecture historian/archivist/curator Nicholas Olsberg, design and fine art auctioneer Viveca Paulin, LACMA chief curator Franklin Sirmans and writer Benjamin Weissman. Calling the matches is broadcaster and former pro Justin Gimelstob.

Two amazing raffle prizes will also be up for grabs: a glam trip for two to Vienna, Austria; and a tennis session with friends at the new the Goldstein Court.

If you cannot make it, please consider supporting MAK (and definitely find time to visit the MAK Center, headquartered on Kings Road in L.A.). There’s even a novel way to do it in the lead up to the event by sponsoring a player online. Even $15 can go a long way in maintaining this incredible nonprofit.

MAK stands out in the Los Angeles cultural landscape through its projects and conservation. A satellite of the Museum for Applied Art and Contemporary Art in Vienna (MAK), the L.A.-based MAK Center runs an international artist and architect in residency program at the Mackey Apartments (RMS, 1939). The MAK Center mounts exhibitions exploring contemporary and modern art and architecture, and presents publications, new art commissions, symposia, lecture series, performances, concerts, public art projects, architecture tours.


The MAK Cup is this Saturday, October 26, from 2-6 pm with games starting promptly at 3 pm, at the Sheats/Goldstein Residence, Los Angeles. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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