Special Events

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, 919 S Grand Ave., Los  Angeles.  (213/623-5821)  Emmy-nominated costumes from nine TV shows are among the ensembles drawn from the 24 featured titles.  The more than 100 ensembles on display exemplify the technique, vision and artistry required to created the authenticity and vibrancy that bring our favorite characters to life.   Aug. 21-Oct. 6.  (Photo:  The Alienist, courtesy TNT)

All That Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court:  Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  (310/440-7300) The objects featured in this exhibition include a selection of luxury textiles and clothing, a drawing, a hand colored print and glass that complement the wide variety of lavishly illuminated manuscripts that found an enthusiastic audience in the palaces and chateaus of late medieval and Renaissance Europe. Aug. 28-Dec. 2.

Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration:  The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/972-3099) Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’s biggest holiday show with choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures  of L.A. to celebrate the season during this  three-hour extravaganza.  Free. Dec. 24, 3-6 pm.

Anniversary Walking Tours: L.A. Conservancy,  523 West 6th St., #826, Los Angeles (213/623-2489)   On their 40th Anniversary, the Los Angeles Conservancy offers walking tours which include the three downtown sites with ties to Conservancy’s history ending at the OUE Skyspace LA observation, a glass slide located 1,000 feet in the air. Select Saturdays in November and December.

Art of Three Faiths:  A Torah, A Bible and a Qur’an: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  (310/440-7300)  Represented is the medieval art of illumination in sacred texts from three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Thru Feb. 3, 2019.

Autry Museum 30th Anniversary Celebration:  Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4331)  To commemorate its founding in 1988 as a museum dedicated to telling the diverse stories of the American West, the Autry will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 13 .  The event honoring      late museum founder Gene Autry will feature a private concert by Grammy-award winning recording artist Willie Nelson.  Festivities will include a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner and dancing under the stars with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Bob Woodward, Author of Fear: Trump in the White House:  Microsoft Theater, Downtown Los Angeles (888/929-7849), The extraordinary interest in this book is fueled by people’s hunger to truly understand what is going on in Washington.  Nov. 27.

Catalina Adventure Activities: A new ropes and planks course weaves through a grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon.  Other adventurous activities nearby include Zip line Eco Tour and Catalina Climbing Wall and there is always hiking, camping and an adventure expedition.

Champions of Magic:  Microsoft Theater, Downtown Los Angeles (888/929-7849),  Five world-class illusionists, coming from London, England, make up this mind-bending theatrical production. Nov. 23 & 24.

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival:  Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica (310/392-7327) Presenting films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium.  Includes narrative feature, documentary and short film programs.  Jury and audience awards will be given in each category.  Nov. 1-4.

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

Cold War – War of Nerves and Red Shoes:  Wende Museum of the Cold War, 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City A collaborative initiative of the Wende Museum and Wellcome Collection and Red Shoes: Love, Politics and Dance During the Cold War. Opens Sept. 16.

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.

Dia de los Muertos:  24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., Los Angeles (213/745-6516)  Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at this free annual block party with music, dance, homemade tamales , face-painting, crafts booth and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones.  Evening kicks off a 5:30 pm with a procession from the corner of 24th st and Magnolia to the theatre.  Bring a flashlight.  Nov. 2, 5:30-10:00 pm.

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: Town Plaza at the intersection of Culver Bl. and Van Buren Pl., Culver City Santa Claus makes a special visit.  Festive treats.  Free.  6:00pm

Enchanted: Forest of Light: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  Seasonal light show, Nov. 18-Jan. 6, 2019.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Available dates for purchase announced in October.

Exhibitions and Events at the Norton Simon Museum:   Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Bl., Pasadena 

Fall Home Tours:  Oct. 20….Malibu…  The first tour  is the more than 13,000 square foot Doug Burdge private estate situated on an oceanfront bluff

Getty Villa Reinstallation: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300) This reinstallation of the Getty Villa’s collection allows visitors to follow the historical development of Greek and Roman art from prehistory to the late Roman Empire.  The new presentation is a chronological arrangement that follows the historical development of classical art from the Neolithic Period through the late Roman Empire.    New displays showcase masterpieces of sculpture, vase painting, bronzework, jewelry, mosaic and glass, tracing the evolution of styles, iconography and technology throughout antiquity.  A new gallery devoted to the Classical World in Context illuminates the many artistic connections with other cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East. (Pictured: The Getty Bronze)

Harvest Festival: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Bl., Ventura, Oct. 5-7; Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Bl. Del Mar, Oct. 12-14; Pomona Fairplex, Fairplex Expo, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.  Showcasing a collection of handmade creations comes to three key southland locations with more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide.   The artful celebration boasts live entertainment, strolling performers, a Kidzone demonstrations, contests and more.

Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza  This year’s lineup of mazes and attractions includes Stranger Things, Trick ‘R Treat, The First Purge, The Return of Michael Myers, Walking Dead and much more. Select nights from Sept. 14-Nov. 3.

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011:         J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.   (310/440-7300) This exhibition surveys the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated wit the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty.   More than one hundred sixty photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos and advertisements.  June 26-Oct. 21.

Japanese Garden Celebration: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  Descanso Gardens Fall Events:  Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual event set in the Japanese Garden.  Enjoy family friendly events including a tour of the garden, ikebana demonstrations, taiko drum performances and crafting, Oct. 13-14.

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.

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh:  California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Driver, Los Angeles (323/724 3623)  To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center presents the world premiere of this exhibit, the largest King Tut exhibition every toured.  More than 150 authentic artifacts from the celebrated tomb — 60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt until now.  In a dramatic presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the   pharaohs quest for immortality.   Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300 year old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage and how cutting edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.  Thru Jan. 6, 2019.

Los Angeles Westside Food & Wine Festival:  Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City,(310/827-0873) Serving up delicious tastes from some of the West Los Angeles popular restaurants, food trucks and caterers, paired with an abundance of wine, craft beer, spirits tastings, non alcoholic beverages and plenty of entertainment with live music, vendors, silent auction and giveaways.   Proceeds benefit Westside Food Bank. Oct. 14, 4-7 pm,

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.

Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens: Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (323/857-6000 )  An exploration of the famed choreographer’s dynamic artistic collaborations.  Cunningham revolutionized dance through his partnerships with leading artists who created costumes, films, music and decor and whose independent creative instincts he held in the highest regard.  Known for embracing risk and chance, he believed in the radical notion that movement, sound and visual art could exist independently of each other, coming together only during the “common time” of a performance. This exhibition features immersive installations by Charles Atlas and Andy Warhol, two artists associated with the choreographer’s company along with two video projections of early dances by Cunningham.  Oct. 28-March 31.

National Geographic Photo Ark:  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City ( ) The exhibition will bring visitors eye to eye with endangered wildlife .  Opens October 13.

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. 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) The new exhibition on the Supreme Court Justice turned culture icon is based upon the popular Tumblr and best selling book of the same name, the exhibition will offer an entertaining yet rigorous look at the life and work of the famed associate justice. Through archival photographs and documents, contemporary art, media and interactives, the exhibition will present a unique take on the American Legal system and civic rights movements through the lens  of Ginsburg’s personal experiences and public service. It will examine her continuing work to protect civil rights and equal opportunity for all.   Oct.  19-March 10, 2019.  Coffee talk with authors Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m.

On Fire: Transcendent Landscapes by Michael Scott:  Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)  Featuring selections from the artist’s most recent series of paintings, this exhibition looks at the sublime visuals and transformative impact of fire on the land and the imagination.  Sept. 15-July 28, 2019.

Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection:  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara (805/963-4364) This exhibition examines the aesthetics of Japanese art within both private and public interiors by showcasing nine folding screens, two scroll paintings and examples of lacquerware selected from the permanent collection and supplemented by two local loans. Nov. 10-Feb. 10, 2019.

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.

Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile: Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (323/857-6000 ) An expansive and immersive installation featuring Robert Rauschenberg’s magnum opus The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981-98). Completed over a period of 17 years, the piece is composed of 190 panels that, combined, measure approximately 1,000 feet in length.  The 1/4 mile span is representative of the artist’s central belief in working in the gap between art and life.  Oct. 28-June 9, 2019.

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)  Artist Rick Bartow’s work transcends the notions of Western and Native art, realism and abstraction and the traditional and contemporary.  The first comprehensive exhibition on this important American artist and member of the Mad River Band Wiyot tribe this exhibition examines forty years of the artist’s work across a variety of media.  Thru Jan. 6, 2019.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings:  J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.   (310/440-7300) For more than 40 years Sally Mann has made experimental, intimate and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore themes of memory, desire, death, the bonds of family and nature’s indifference to human endeavor.

Short + Sweet Hollywood Film Festival: Lee Strasberg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood. The world’s biggest festival of short works for film stage and dance occurring in nine countries and thirty cities.  The Hollywood festival will present five weeks of short films.  The third week (Sept. 29) will be devoted to Latino filmmakers with screenings held Saturdays at 10 p.m. at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre. Sept. 15-Oct. 13.

Stones to Stains: The Drawing of Victor Hugo:  Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles, (310/443-7000) Exhibition sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practice as a draftsman and includes over 75 drawings and photographs from major European and American collections. Closes Dec. 30.

Theatricum Boo-tanicum:  Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Bl., Topanga (310/455-21322) Unique outdoor theater garden transforms into the haunted Boo-tanicum with the company’s 8th annual Halloween extravaganza.   Stage and sets are converted into frightening maze and haunted house.  Food and spooky drinks, actors telling ghost stories, face painting, games and more.  Oct. 27, 4-10pm.

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.

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife: J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.   (310/440-7300)  What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died?  Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and Southern Italy.  Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death.  Oct. 31-March 18, 2019

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights:  Halloween 4: Universal Studios Hollywood The Return of Michael Myers will come slashing to life alongside some of today’s most iconic TV and film properties.  The list of mazes and shows includes Stronger Things, Poltergeist, The First Purge, Trick ‘r Treat, Halloween 4 and The Walking Dead. Starts Sept. 14.

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