Special Events

A Whistling White House Wonderland:  Richard Nixon Presidential  Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Bl., Yorba Linda  This holiday celebration features a 24 foot wide, 10 foot tall snow capped mountain of toy trains featuring classic model trains of Christmas past plus Thomas the Tank Engine, whistling over bridges and chugging though tunnels handcrafted by the Train Collectors Association.  The six track design , with more than 50 feet of rails, features an all American 1950s Midwestern town with billowing factories, quaint family homes, expansive farms and more. Check out Candlelight evenings. Nov.  20-Jan. 7, 2018.

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.

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.  Thru 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 (213/403-3000)  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.  Thru 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.

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.  Thru Jan. 7, 2018.

Echo Park Craft Fair: Mark Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles This fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement.  Showcasing a meticulous creation of work that spans all categories, this gathering features everything from ceramics to jewelry, handcrafted beauty products, clothing, woodworking, and textile art.  Dec. 9-10.

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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 

Christmas Celebrations:  Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City 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.

Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA: Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)     This year’s festival explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of Los Angeles’s rich and diverse Latin American communities.  Get on your feet for musical performances by Latin Jewish bands and learn salsa, cumbia, mambo, hip-hop and more with the beloved dance ensembles Versa-Style and Mambo Inc.  Plus participate in hands-on workshops, enjoy storytelling, visit exhibitions and more.  Dec. 10.  Mix and mingle at this grown up take on a traditional Jewish holiday celebration.  Join whiskey connoisseur Dan Friedman and Leah Koenig for a sampling of whiskeys and tasty bites, cooking demo and Q&A, Dec. 14.

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.

Harlem Globetrotters Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour:  www.harlem  Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Feb. 17, 2018; Honda Center, Anaheim, Feb. 18 and 24; Staples in Los Angeles, Feb 25.

Heroes Hall Exhibition: Orange County Fair & Event Center 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa  Kimberly Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom features images captured by Public Affairs Specialist Kimberly Millett while on assignment with the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2009.  The photography exhibit features aluminum prints as well as several mementos from her tour.

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.  Thru Jan. 7, 2018.

Holiday Celebration:  Los Angeles Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/ 972-3099)  Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free three hour holiday show that is perfect for the whole family, 3-6pm, Dec. 24.

Holidays at the Palm Springs Tramway:  1 Tram Way, Palm Springs (760/969-4356)  Holiday choir season commences on December 1 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 15,  Show times are 5 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Complimentary with regular Tram admission.  Shari Belafonte serves as this year’s celebrity  at the tree lighting ceremony which begins at 5:30pm on Dec. 3 at the tram’s Mountain Station.

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.

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.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA:  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 


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.  Marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with an exhibition that explores the power of the written word as a mechanism for radical change.   Included are 50 rare manuscripts, books and prints made between the 1400s and 1648.  Oct. 28-Feb. 26, 2018.  Check for the variety of programs and events.

Robert Polidori Photographs Exhibition: Getty Museum: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)   In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Getty Center, an exhibition of 20 works by renowned photographer Robert Polidori, the first public exhibition photographs showing the first installation of the Getty Center in the month leading up to its opening in December 1997.  Dec. 12-May 6, 2018.

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.

Solvang Julefest Holiday Event:  Solvang Visitor Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive., Solvang Solvang, named on of the “Most Christmassy Towns in America” will sparkle again from Dec. 1-Jan. 5, 2018.  This year’s theme is A Danish Tradition.  The traditional Community Tree lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade and Nativity Pageant and more.

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.

Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs and Mark-Making in LA:  Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)      Experience Los Angeles through a new lens.  The show features more than 140 new photographs that capture murals, street art, graffiti an sign painting across the city from East LA to Venice Beach, from Pacoima to Watts.  The exhibition illustrates how murals portray the experiences of diverse communities and degine the visual landscape of Los Angeles.  Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.  Oct. 6-Feb. 25, 2018.

Tall Ship Sails  Into Oxnard:  3900 Pelican Way, L#5200, Oxnard (800/200-5239) A rare opportunity to see a historic sailing vessel in action. Dec. 15-20.

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.

The Wende Cold War Museum Opens: 10808  Culver B., Culver City The 1949 National Guard Armory Building has begun a second life as the headquarters for this newly opened museum preserving  and displaying a vast collection of Soviet and East German artifacts to illuminate the complexities of our fraught Cold War past.   The building housing the collection paradoxically designed to fight the enemy showcases the objects of the enemy. The philosophy of the newly opened museum is to allow people to think about different layers of history.

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.

Tattoo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: 900  Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-3218)  This international touring exhibition explores more than 5,000 years of history culture and art connected to ink through specially commissioned tattooed silicone forms, hand-drawn art, videos of tattoo ceremonies, interview footage of luminary practitioners and the technology and tools of the trade — all while spotlighting the vibrant tattoo scene in Los Angeles. Thru April 15, 2018,

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.


Yayoi Kusama: Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity at The Broad.

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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