Special Events

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition: Wende Museum of the Cold War, 10808 Culver Bl.,  Culver City.   (310/216-1600)  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)

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.

Beach Eats:  L.A. County Parking Lot #10, Marina del Rey (Admiralty Way across from the Marriott Hotel.)  Free ride complimentary on-demand transportation offered daily noon-9 pm.  Beach Eats is a weekly food truck event at Marina “Mothers” Beach on summer Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy live music from 6-8 p.m. while you picnic by the sea.  Bring your own beach chair and enjoy the free show.  May 17-Sept. 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.

Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (323/857-6000 ) The first major exhibition on the subject in the United States organized by LACMA in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this groundbreaking show brings together some 100 rare and seldom-exhibited chiaroscuro woodcuts alongside related drawings, engravings and sculpture, selected from 19 museum collections..  Offering the most comprehensive study on the art of the chiaroscuro woodcut.  June 3-Sept. 16.

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.

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.

Downtown LA Artwalk:  This popular tour explores downtown’s historic Spring Street and its transformation over the years. Stay downtown after the tour to visit the art galleries, bars, restaurants and more.  Second Thursday of each month in July, August and September for our Past Meets Present walking tour.

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.

Evolution of Puppetry with Brian Henson: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) An award winning director, producer and puppeteer as well as son of Jim Henson and chairman of The Jim Henson Company, Brian Henson will give an inside view of the history and future of the unique Henson technique and style of puppetry that revolutionized the art form for television and film.  He will share personal stories, show examples of the company’s work throughout the years and give a live puppetry demonstration.  Free admission and open to ticket holders from 6:00 pm until the program begins.  August 31, 8:00 pm.

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

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.

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.

Ernie & Bert, part of the Jim Henson Exhibition at the Skirball.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) Features more than 100 objects and 25 historic puppets including Kermit the Frog, Ernie and Bert, Grover and other popular favorites.  The exhibition illuminates Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image.  An unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages to create a kinder and gentler world.  June 1-Sept. 2.

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.

John Gerrard: Solar Reserve:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)   LACMA in collaboration wit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation presents this exhibition, a monumental digital simulation which recreates a solar thermal power plant in Nevada and the surrounding desert on a frameless LED wall.. At the center of this virtual world is a tower encircled by 10,000 mirrors that adjust their positions in real time according to the location of the sun, and reflect light on the tower to generate electricity.  July 12-Sept. 3.

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.

Leonard Bernstein at 100:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  A celebration of the life and work of the great American  composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture.  The retrospective highlights Bernstein’s creative process and legacy as well as his contributions as an educator and engaged citizen who lent his voice to many social justice causes. Encompassing half a century of activity by the “Renaissance man of American music” (New York Times), the exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting.  More than 150 objects — including photographs, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and films as well as interactive displays, April 26-Sept. 2.


Magic Monday 10 x 10:  Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica (310/450-2849)   Ten master magicians X ten 10-minute acts of amazement = a fundraiser for Swing Left helping the audience to find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018. Hosted by Albie Selznick, lifetime member of the Magic Castle and creator/performer of the hit theatrical magic show Smoke and Mirrors.  Sept. 24.

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.

Modern by Moonlight Walking Tour: Guided exploration of the sleek architecture, fascinating public art and hidden plazas of downtown’s Bunker Hill area.  Then head to the revolving Bona Vista Lounge at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel for not host cocktails, dining and spectacular nighttime views.  Friday evenings July 20-Sept,. 7.

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. 

Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library:   Annenberg Photo Space, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  For the first time in its 218-year history, the Library of Congress is heading to the West Coast for the first major exhibition of photographs from its collection of over 114 million images.  The result of Anne Tucker’s excavation of nearly 500 handpicked works from the world’s largest library. Thru Sept. 9.

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.

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.  May 12-Jan. 6, 2019.

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.

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.

 Your Ticket to Santa Barbara Car Free Experiences:  The City’s award winning project with more than 100 community partners dedicated to making car free vacations care-free.