Special Events

Another Promised Land:  Anita Brenner’s Mexico:  Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)   Mexican-American Jewish trailblazer who inspired great artists and fostered goodwill across the border.  Through more than 150 objects including artworks by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Edward Weston, Jean Charlot and Frida Kahlo, this exhibition underscores her efforts to build cultural understanding between the United States and Mexico.  This exhibition is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative.  Opens Sept. 14.

Art + Film Gala: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  On November 4, this seventh annual event, co-chaired by Leonardo DeCaprio and Eva Chow with presenting sponsor, Gucci,  will gather to honor artist Mark Bradford and filmmaker George Lucas. Proceeds from the event go towards underwriting LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming while also funding its broader mission.  This includes exhibitions, acquisitions and educational programming in addition to screening that explore the intersection of art and film.

Autry Annual Gala Celebration: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park  Honoring Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate.  The annual gala includes a cocktail reception, live auction, elegant dinner and dancing under the stars.  Honoring  Mr. Herrera, the the nations first Latino poet laureate, who has produced some of the most significant writings that examine culture hybridity.  Oct. 7.

Autumn at Descanso Gardens: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  When the leaves turn brilliant shades or orange, gold and red and when a hint of crispness hangs in the air, what lovelier time to revel in all the season has to offer than fall at the Gardens.  Enjoy a wide array of nature filled celebrations this September, October & November. Events include Native Plant Garden Walk, “H20,Where did You do?” shows that teach, Rain Barrel Sale, Water Agency Info Booths, Native Plant Display. Japanese Garden Festival Register for programs at the Visitor Center or by phone (818/949-7980) Some classes require advance registration.

Bhakti Fest:  Joshua Tree Retreat Center  This pioneering gathering, known for non-stop yoga, kirtan, meditation, sound baths, vegetarian cuisine, healing body work, spiritual study, conscious community and transformation continues to serve as a beacon for spiritual seekers from around the world.  Sept. 6-11.

Chagall: Fantasies For The Stage: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905

Costumes by Chagall for Daphnis and Chloe

Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  The First U. S. exhibition to spotlight the principal role that music and dance played in Marc Chagall’s artistic career.  Concentrating on four theatrical productions created over a quarter century (Aleko, The Firebird, Daphnis  and Chloe and The Magic Flute), the exhibition comprises 145 objects including 41 vibrant costumes, nearly 100 preparatory sketches, rare 1942 film footage of the original performance of Aleko; musical accompaniments for each selection and a selection of paintings depicting musicians and theatrical scenes. Artists have long been inspired to expand their practices by engaging in compelling collaborations with the ballet, theater and opera and Chagall was at the forefront of such interdisciplinary efforts among modern artists in creating inventive visual environments for the stage.  July 31-Jan. 7, 2018.

Cinema Tuesdays: Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Free movies featured on the first two Tuesdays of each month, 1:30 pm.

Cuba Is:  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars. Century City (213/5403-3000)  Revealing the complexities of Cuban life both on and off the island, the new multimedia exhibition captures a range of subjects from defiant youth known as Los Frikis to the hard-partying children of the country’s elusive 1%.  Featuring more than 120 photos that challenge historical preconceptions and enlighten its viewers to the nation’s current reality.  Sept. 9-March 4, 2018.

Culinary Events at the Gettys: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300)   The J. Paul Getty Museum is offering a number of culinary events in the coming months spotlighting the lush gardens and bountiful herbs at both locations. Tea by the Sea, at the Villa, ongoing Thursdays and Saturdays. Limited tickets.

Dancing Through Parkinson’s: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl. Beverly Hills A weekly movement class providing people living with Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases an inviting environment specially designed to explore dance and encourage movement presented by the Invertigo Dance Theatre.  Offered every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 12:30pm.

Dino Fest:  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles   A weekend festival celebrating dinosaurs, bit and small, and everything in between.  An inside look at the work of paleontologists  and how artists and filmmakers use science to create pop culture beasts.  Talks, performances, tours, hands on activities and special specimens on views.  Sept. 23-24.

E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena (626/568-3665)  This California artist came of age during a time when women began to challenge the status quo and redefine their expected roles in society.  This exhibition showcases the work of this trailblazing female and one of California’s most significant artists.  She had a thriving career as a painter until the age of 43 when she began a pioneering new vocation as a liturgical artist and as the leader of the Monterey Guild.  The exhibition pairs the artist’s impressionistic and modernist landscapes with her ecclesiastical paintings, furnishing and other work produced for the Catholic Church.  Aug. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

Emmy Award Costume Nominees on Display:  FIDM Museum, 919 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/623-5821 x3275)  Get an up close view of the wonderful costume designs on your favorite TV shows. Among the ensembles drawn from the 24 featured shows are Emmy-nominated costumes from nine titles. The more than 100 ensembles on display exemplify the technique, vision and artistry required to create the authenticity and vibrancy that bring favorite characters to life. August 22- Oct. 7.

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Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Enchanted: Forest of Light:  1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  The Garden’s hallmark oak trees and botanic collections will be bathed in glorious color as a variety of unique lighting experiences illuminate some of the Gardens’ most beloved locations including the Japanese Garden and the Camellia Forest.  A holiday tradition. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance… on sale to the public Oct. 16 at Nov. 19-Jan. 7, 2018.

Exhibitions and Events at the Norton Simon Museum:   Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Bl., Pasadena   RIP: On Art and Mourning, this intimate exhibition presents a small but moving group of seldom seen works of art that expound on the theme of mourning, Sept. 8-Nov. 27.  Film series When LA Grew Up: Galka Scheyer’s Hollywood on the Eve of WWII starts July 7.  Summer Concert Series performed on select Saturday evenings at 5:00pm.  Chess at the Museum, a drop in program every Saturday in August and September 5-7:00pm.

Extreme Mammals: The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-DINO)  Exploring evolutionary standouts and oddities in the 200-million-year  history of mammals, the exhibition introduces animals many visitors will have never heard of or seen.  Vivid reconstructions, animated computer interactives, and hands on activities, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of species ranging from massive Colombian mammoths and and whales to minuscule monotremes and from speedy cheetahs to super slow tree sloths. The exhibit marvels at remarkable features and adaptations these animals have made over time.   Thru Sept. 10.

Globe Guilders:  Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad (619/889-7121)  The Globe Guilder’s 27th annual fashion show “Art of Fashion: Fall 2017 will showcase select  celebrated couture and pret-a-porter fashions curated by Neiman Marcus featuring the Fall collection. Aug. 30.

Halloween Horror Nights and Christmas Celebrations:  Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City A living, breathing  three dimensional world of terror featuring an all new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined Terror Tram experience. Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.  Sept. 15-Nov. 4. Starting this holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with festive decor, new holiday themed food and stunning projection that wraps Hogwards castle in sparkling holiday spirit.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hockney: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)   In celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday,  the Getty Museum presents a two part exhibition featuring Hockney;’s rarely seen self-portraits, Polaroid composites and photo collages, including the Pearblossom Hwy.  The senior curator of drawings at the Getty commented that “Hockney’s self-portraits in many ways reflect his career, exploring interests ranging from his flamboyant fashion sense to his own changing features and the consequences of ageing, but always laced with wit and deep sensitivity.   Thru Nov. 26.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Bl., Ventura (925/392-7300)  Featuring more than 24,000 handmade original creations.  Nealy 300 artisans join in the showcase that combines shopping and entertainment for limitless fun with live entertainment, contests, strolling performers, demonstrations and a Kidzone with a pumpkin patch. Treasures range from stunning jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, hand-turned wood, leather goods, clothing, specialty foods, eclectic art pieces, seasonal decor, ornaments and more. Many artists can also personalize items for the perfect gift.  Oct. 6-8.

Hollywood in Havana:  Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U. S. Films:  Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union St., Pasadena (626/568-3665)  An assemblage of nearly 40 Cuban posters publicizing Hollywood films from the 1960s to 2009.  Aug. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World:  J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)    This exhibition reveals the vibrant and complex medieval representations of women, real and imagined, who fill the texts and images within illuminated manuscripts.  Ranging from the Virgin Mary to the adulterous Bathsheba, the exhibition is divided into five sections and features a wide variety of female figures and roles  Thru Sept. 17.

IRIS Nights Lecture Series:  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  Attendees can hear first hand from photographers featured in the newest exhibition.  Call for specifics.

Jazz at LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  Free jazz concerts every Friday night at 6pm at the Grand Entrance.

LAX Presents: Los Angeles International Airport .   Live music program where guests will be treated to a variety of live music, dance and theatrical performances and special events at Los Angeles International Airport year round. These performances aim to enrich the airport environment, ambiance and guest experience with moments of cultural enlightenment.  The performances will alternate throughout terminals to ensure an LAX guest experience that is continually fresh, exciting and inviting in the entertainment capital of the world.

Meet and Greet Series:  Skylight Studios, Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  Multi-media venue located directly across from the Space for Photography offers a free lecture series with attendees given the opportunity to interact one on one with the featured guest speakers.  Free. No reservations necessary.

Moonlight Sonata: Centennial Square, City of Pasadena, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena (626/793-7172 x45) Under the stars at the iconic City Hall, the Moonlight Sonata Gala offers lush music amidst historic architecture, a silent auction  and a luxe dinner at the magically transformed Centennial Square benefiting the Pasadena Symphony and POPS.  Sept. 23.

Modern by Moonlight Tours:  Los Angeles Conservancy On Fridays from Aug. 11-Sept. 22, see downtown’s modern skyscrapers gleaming in the evening twilight ending at the rotating Bona Vista Lounge at the top of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites for a no-host cocktail and incredible nighttime views.

Natural History Museum Events:  900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-DINO)  First Fridays — Walk on the Wild Side after hours features cocktails, KCRW DJ  lounge, LA bands, tours and talks…a unique adventure.  Live music and discussion series continues. 

Odd Market at Casa Vertigo: 1828 Oak St., Los Angeles  A new and inspired event continues each Sunday featuring up to 88 hand-picked crafters, live music and gourmet food trucks.  Visitors of all ages will enjoy a full day of shopping, exploration and fun in the comfort of a historic indoor venue, originally the stunning Odd Fellows Temple.

Opening Night Feast for Carmina Burana: Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/972-4355)  What better way to cap a rousing Carmina Burana performance than with a decadent feast to celebrate the opening of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s new season. BP Hall will be transformed into a medieval tavern replete with minstrels, palm readers, sumptuous food and copious goblets of wine and beer.   Special entertainers. Single reservations not including concert tickets are $500.  Sept. 24.

Orange County  Marathon Relay:   Mike Ward Community Park, Irvine The Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County Walk for a Cause will donate proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.  A 5K walk will take place Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m., one of four 2017 LaceUp Running Series events.  Registration starts at $25.

Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition: FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/623-5821 x3275) Pre-Emmy Awards Party — join the day before the awards ceremony for raffles, treats, special sales and ti fill out your own Emmy ballot for a chance to win a gift certificate to the FIDM Museum Shop, Sept. 16, 11am-4pm. The exhibit continues through Oct. 7.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA: More than 50 museums throughout Southern California will offer free admission on Sunday September 17.  More than 70 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs will participate in a diverse array of exhibitions, public events and performances that explore Latin American and Latino art.  A list of Free Day participating institutions is available at

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA  Plus:  Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)  An abundance of riches from the Americas, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, on display including the development of gold working and other luxury arts in the ancient Americas from approximately 1000 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.  (Sept. 16-Jan. 28, 2018).  The exhibition also features results from the first comprehensive technical study of artworks by abstract artists working in Argentina and Brazil in the 1940s and 50s, Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. (Sept. 16-Feb. 11).  Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010: Contradiction and Continuity, nearly 300 works by 60 artists spanning the history of the photographic medium. (Sept. 16-Jan. 28, 2018).

LA/LA at LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)   Home– So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957 features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who have used the deceptively simple of idea of home as a powerful lens through which to view the profound socioeconomic and political transformations in the hemisphere, thru Oct. 15. Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz, a major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 80s.    Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985:  a groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book about design dialogues between California and Mexico, Sept. 17-April 1, 2018. Painted in Mexico: Pinxit Mexici, 1700-1790, a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, Nov. 19-March 18, 2018.

An exhibition exploring the architecture of six capital cities in Latin America, 1830-1930: Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile in The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830-1930, (Sept. 16-January 7, 2018). More than 60 works of Video Art in Latin America from the 1960s until today (Sept. 16-Dec. 16) on view at LAXART, 7000 Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood  The Santa Barbara Museum of Art will be participating, along with two other curating organizations at six venues throughout the Santa Barbara area. More than 65 art galleries throughout Southern California will participate in the exploration of Latin American and Latino art that launches on Sept. 15 and runs though Jan. 2018 

FREE DAY LONG PUBLIC LAUNCH PARTY: Grand Park, Sept. 14, noon-10pm, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Metro Access.  Music and dance performances,  local food trucks and a themed bar.  An opportunity to learn more about PST:LA/LA’s vast array of exhibitions and programs from museums, performing arts organizations and other partnering institutions across Southern California.

Odd Nights at the Autry: The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)   Outside on the Autry Lawn, enjoy an evening of shopping, live music, food and crafts at the independent bazaar with more than 100 vendor booths.  Select museum galleries will be open from 6-9:00pm. Aug. 18, Sep. 15 & Oct. 20. For a list of vendors visit


Paul Simon: Words & Music: Skirball Cultural Center,  2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Making its only West Coast stop, the traveling exhibition curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum highlights the artist’s creative process and illustrates how his music has reflected social and cultural ideals. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes and stage maquettes as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Thru Sept. 10, 2017.

Public Gardens of Santa Barbara: Tour these spectacular gardens but check websites in advance. Casa del Herrero; Ganna Walska Lotusland; Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 

Public Programs and Exhibitions at The Huntington: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd.,    An assortment of fascinating topics and displays with talks and book signings, garden tips, music, film, lectures, exhibitions and tours.

Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts:  Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)  Green spaces have a universal appeal.  This exhibition explores the genre of landscape painting in illuminated manuscripts of works created for personal or communal devotion. Oct. 10-Jan. 14, 2018.

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)    The artists first full scale museum exhibition in Los Angeles.  Featured are photographs from 10 bodies of work. Aug. 20-Nov. 26.

Standing Rock: Art and Solidarity:  The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000) In April 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota launched a large public campaign to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Over subsequent months  an unprecedented movement developed among allies from hundreds of other indigenous nations as well as large numbers of non-Native activists, organized around the Dakota/Lakota principle “Mni Wiconi,” translated as “Water is Life.”  Artists joined in this effort, producing works that connected this issue to broader questions of resource use, climate change and tribal sovereignty.   Thru Feb. 18, 2018.

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Bl., Pasadena  This exhibition marks the centenary of Degas’s death by presenting the museum’s entire collection of bronze models for the first time, Nov. 1-April 9, 2018.

Tiffany Favrile Glass: Masterworks: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd.,     Thirty two exquisite glass vases designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, on loan from a private collection, will survey the full range of Tiffany Favrile  glass vase production from experimental pieces made in the 1890s to the widely admired peacock vases produced in the early 20th century.  Oct. 7-Feb. 26, 2018.

Titanic in Photographs:  Queen Mary, Port of Long Beach  Nearly 100 period photographs are displayed, guiding the visitor through the immersive story of Titanic, from conception to her tragic demise.  The exhibit offers a comprehensive, educational view of one of the most memorable moments in history, a story that continues to captivate the public’s imagination more than 100 years later.  Also included are display cabinets containing more than 150 genuine artifacts from Titanic, her identical twin sister Olympic and the rescue ship, Carpathia and much more.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101) and     Programs include distinguished lectures by luminaries such as Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and Phillipe Vergne, student exhibitions showing work from UCLA’s top ranked fine arts programs, student performances directed by renowned faculty and the rich offerings of the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.  Many of the events are free and all are open to the public.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace:  12005 Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista  This unique space is dedicated  to pet adoptions, educational programming and the science behind the human-animal bond.   For animal lovers, come by and learn about this unique service which includes high tech adoption platforms, scientific information about why pets have evolved to be our best friends.  Health and rescue services for dogs, cats and rabbits using advanced technologies.  Community spaces, meetings and ongoing workshops and programs.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Mirrors: 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/232-6200) The Broad visitors will have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms — the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments — alongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper. The installations include Phalli’s Field, Love Forever, Love Transformed into Dots Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.  Simply spectacular!!!  The Broad will be the only museum in California to host the spectacular, unique exhibition. Timed tickets. Oct. 21-Jan. 1, 2018

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