MAK Games Rallies Champs in Tennis+Architecture

  • The John Lautner home known as the Sheats/Goldstein. (Image Courtesy Elizabeth Daniels photography)

  • An inside peek at Club James, the disco under the tennis courts at the Sheats/Goldstein Residence.

Watch musician Gavin Rossdale and actor/director Timothy Olyphant go racquet to racquet on the spectacular court of the John Lautner-designed Sheats/Goldstein Residence this Sunday, October 12, in an afternoon of tennis, bbq, cocktails and saving part of LA’s architectural legacy that is the MAK Games.

At stake—besides a gorgeous trophy at day’s end—is the ongoing support of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the only non-profit arts organization that runs an active contemporary art and architecture program AND stewards 3 masterworks of modern architecture—including the Rudolph Schindler home on North King’s Road in this city where the MAK Center is based. If you’ve never been to the home, built in 1921, do yourself a great favor and visit it. Like all MAK programming, it’s free—thanks in part, to benefits such as Sunday’s multi-match between pros and non-pros.

Last year, Grammy-winning musician Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan played hard to win the MAK Cup. The rest of us toured the magnificent Lautner home, sat inside the James Turrell “Sky Box,” and enjoyed the magnificent views of the world from this private hilltop estate.

The tennis court that homeowner James Goldstein spent nearly a decade building was christened during last year’s inaugural MAK Games. This Sunday also marks the grand unveiling of the just-scarcely completed Club James under the court (scroll through photos for a sneak peek!). That’s right, it’ll be a Sunday disco dance party, too.

Vanity Fair and Brooks Bros. have come on board as partners, and this year’s Honorary Chairs are Pritzker Prize-winning architects Thom Mayne and Peter Zumthor.

There’s a pro clinic from 10-noon. Then the matches begin at 1 and run through 6 p.m. when the winners are announced.

To learn more and buy tickets, click here.

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