Zócalo at the Hammer: Christopher Isherwood's Los Angeles

Zócalo at the Hammer: Christopher Isherwood's Los Angeles

British writer Christopher Isherwood arrived in Los Angeles after a long slow bus ride from New York, where he had emigrated with his friend W.H. Auden. After unforgettably chronicling the underworld of interwar Berlin, Isherwood settled into L.A. with its circle of European émigrés, writers, painters, and spiritual seekers—Aldous Huxley, Truman Capote, David Hockney, and Don Bachardy, who would become Isherwood’s longtime partner after a chance meeting on Valentine’s Day on the beach. Isherwood wrote for Hollywood—and unlike so many novelists, enjoyed it—translated Hindu scripture, hung out at Musso and Frank’s, and captured L.A. in some of his most acclaimed works, A Single Man and Prater Violet. To celebrate the release of Christopher Isherwood’s The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969, Zócalo hosts a panel that includes Bachardy, Isherwood Foundation executive director James White, and Huntington Library curator of manuscripts Sara S. Hodson to consider the life, work, and legacy of Christopher Isherwood in Los Angeles.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

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Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.