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Perched like an eagle high up in the Sepulveda Pass, halfway between the Valley and the West L.A. basin, the Skirball is one of the country's leading Jewish cultural centers, but it also celebrates an impressively expansive variety of cultures, music and art from around the planet. Fittingly for such an ambitiously broad-minded institution, the center is divided into a museum, galleries, a theater, Zeidler's Cafe and a fantastic re-creation of Noah's Ark. The Skirball's large stone courtyard, ringed by a rock-faced wall and towering trees, is the site of ambitiously varied performance art, film and music events. Along with the Skirball's noteworthy world-music concerts, the curators have been recently reaching out to indie-rock hipsters by booking such intriguing local bands as Autolux and Superhumanoids. The museum features several levels of permanent and changing exhibits, along with a large gift shop. Lot parking.