Special Events

Allure of Matter:  Material Art from China:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (323/857-6000 )  This exhibition brings together 34 works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’s expression.  Features 21 of the most important and influential Chinese artists working today including Ai Weiwei, Aci Guo-Qiang, Zhang Huan and more.  June 2-Jan. 5, 2020.

Automobility LA:  Los Angeles Convention Center  Vehicle debuts, and auto tech exhibits. This year’s show will continue its focus on autonomy, connectivity, electrification and sharing.  Nov. 18-21.

Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  The exhibition is the first major U.S. surveey to examine the history of Korean calligraphy.  June 16-Sept. 29.

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) Iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s.  Features more than 40 photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots. First ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. April 11-Sept. 1.

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri:  Getty

Woman wearing a Peplos (“Demeter”/”Hera”) Roman, first century AD. Marble with pigment. Found in the Seaside Pavilion, April 1997

Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300) The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum.  Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient villa was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and’60s and was partially re-excavated in the 1990s and early 2000s.  It has yielded colorful marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary and a unique library of more than a thousand papyrus scrolls.  This exhibition presents may of the most spectacular finds and examines attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri.  June 26-Oct. 28.

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.

Christian Marclay: Sound Stories: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  Art and technology  are fused using social media messages as raw material.  A collaboration between the artist and Snapchat, this innovative project draws on the sounds and images of everyday life found on the multimedia messaging app Snapchat. Aug. 25-Oct. 14.

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.

Contact High: Annenberg Photo Space, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/ 403-3000)  Celebrating the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is an inside look at the world of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets. April 26-Sept 8.

Creature Crawl: So Cal Museums Families can explore the real and imaginary animals that will be on view in exhibitions this summer at the Getty Center, Los Angeles Zoo, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Skirball Cultural Center.  Designed for kids and families, this activity allows visitors to explore the many museums that currently have animal themed exhibitions on view.  Participants can collect puzzle pieces at each of the five participating museums and use them to create a mythical beast that kids can design and color.   June 15-Sept. 2.

Culver City Walking Tours:  Los Angeles Conservancy (213/623-2489)  Award winning tours include the special Culver City’s Unique History plus Broadway Historic Theatre District,  Art Deco, Angelino Heights, Historic Downtown.

Dinner Cruise: Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village (805/642-1393) Beginning June 29, two hour harbor cruises includes live music and dinner.

El Sueno Americano/The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) Drawn from the artists ongoing series of the same name the exhibition features more than 100 photographs of objects that once belonged to migrants and were seized and discarded by United States border officials in southern Arizona.  Blending documentary and fine art photography, he created these images as a poignant treatment to the hardships of migration and a call for human decency in how we treat each other.  Oct. 17 -March 8, 2020.

Fearless Fashion: Rudy Gernrich at the Skirball Cultural Center

Fearless Fashion:  Rudi Gernreich:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) introduced the “monokini” the thong, unisex caftans, pantsuits for women and enough inventive clothing to earn him a worldwide reputation.  Yet he was far more than one of the most prominent designers of his time — his clothing was fearless.  This exhibition explores the visionary and progressive ensembles that transcended rigid social expectations and championed authenticity above all.  The exhibition features more than 80 Gernrich ensembles along with accessories, original sketches, photographs, ephemera and newly filmed interviews of friends and colleagues.  Illustrating how Gernreich challenged conventional notions of beauty, identity and gender, the show reveals how the designer redefined style in ways that continue to influence fashion today.  May 9-Sept. 1.

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000) The first substantial project on the art of Fiji to be mounted in the United States features more than 225 artworks drawn from major international collections including figurative sculpture, ritual kava bowls, breastplates of pearl shell and whale ivory, weapons, and European watercolors and paintings. Dec. 15-July 19, 2020.

Free Play Readings: For reservations: (213/972-8028) Center Theatre Group offers free library play reading series with six plays on select dates from July to December.  The plays will be presented at Benjamin Franklin Library on Tuesdays, Malabar Library on Wednesdays and Robert Louis Stevenson Library on Thursdays.  All reading begin at 6 p.m.  and are read in Spanish.

Guided Nature Walks: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs (888/515-TRAM) Free guided nature  Walks by State Park volunteers continue Saturdays and Sunday through September 1.  These walks feature a choice of two easy trails beginning at 11 a.m.  No advance reservations required.  No charge for this program except for regular Tramway admission.

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.

Marciano Art Foundation Exhibitions: 4357 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (424/204-7555)   Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder, the first large scale solo exhibition in the United States by the Bolivian American artist reveals a new topography of triggered senses in MAF’s 13,000 square foot Theater Gallery, combining sound, scent and live performance.  These elements will be experienced together against a constellation of caravel steel sculptures and skin paintings.  June 28-Dec. 1.

Marionette Theater:  Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 4949 York Bl., Highland Park   After 55 years this theater for children has moved to a new location.  The new location will continue its mission to educate, celebrate and rejuvenate puppetry and the allied arts.  The historic marionette company will begin its preview season early summer of 2019.

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000) The artist’s first solo museum survey.  The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints bringing together Corse’s key bodies of work including her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures and light encasements that she engineered in the mid 1960s.   Thru Nov. 11.

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. 

Obsidian Ladder:  Marciano Art Foundation, 4357 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  The first large scale solo exhibition in the United States by Bolivian American artist Donna Huanca.  Her site specific installation for this exhibition ‘s 13,000 square food Theater Gallery will reveal a new topography o triggered senses, combining sound, scent and live performance.  These elements will be experienced together against a constellation of carved steel sculptures and skin painting.  June 28-Dec. 1.

Ojai Playwrights Conference: OPC 2019 New Works Festival titled Wake Up! features workshop presentations by Eight Playwrights, two special intersection events, two young artist Showcase Events in addition to hosting three playwrights in residence. The eights playwrights chosen for this reason range from emerging to veteran, and their work encompasses the deeply personal, as well as societal themes of race, class and sexual dichotomy.  Aug. 4-11.

Orange County Fair’s Entertainment Lineup:  81 shows will b e featured at three venues: Pacific Amphitheater, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.  Pacific Amphitheater kicks off its summer concert season with four pre-Aair concerts.  Pacific Symphony’s July 4th Spectacular featuring Hotel California on July 4, The Damned – X- and Reverend Horton Heat on July 6 and Rennie Adams on July 10 and Rick Springfield with Pacific Symphony on July 11. The Hangar will feature a concert every night of the 2019 OC Fair. Action Sports Arena promises to woo the crowds with non stop adrenaline pumping performances from monster trucks to rodeos.  July 12-Aug. 11.

Pageant of the Masters/Festival of Arts: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (800/487-3378) The world famous, unique 2019 Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine, takes audiences around the globe and into the past, present and

Time Machine Clock (with live figures) at Pageant of the Masters.

future in search of great art and amazing stories, where art literally comes to life..  Taking its cues from science fiction and steampunk fantasies the Time Machine is your ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music and extraordinary living art under the stars. July 7-Aug. 31.

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.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983:  The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles   The internationally acclaimed exhibition celebrates the world of Black artists made over two decades beginning at the height of the civil rights movement.  Los Angeles based artists appear throughout the exhibition, foregrounding the significant role of Los Angeles in the art and history of the civil rights movement and the subsequent activist era, and the critical influence and sustained Originality of the city’s artists.  Ticketed show.  March 23-Sept. 1.

Sounds of L.A.: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  (310/440-7300) The Getty’s annual concert series exploring the city’s varied musical landscape.   Each month features two concerts by charismatic musicians who combine global influences in unexpected and original ways. The lineup includes performances by Los Pleneros de la 21, LADAMA and Adiyta Prakash Ensemble.

The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present:  Forest Lawn Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Bl., Glendale (323/340-4545) An examination of the history of aerial photography from its origins in the 19th century to the boundary-pushing technologies of the 21st century.  It traces the parallel progressions of flight and photography and focuses on the development of Southern California over the course of more than a century.  Oct. 10-March 8, 2020.

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) For those who know him as a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick’s early career as a photojournalist is a revelation.  In 1945, the        future director of such classic works as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Clockwork Orange was just a teenager — but one with uncanny photographic sensibility who was already scouting human-interest stories for Look magazine.  Explore this formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most influential figures in cinematic history.  Oct. 17-Mach 8, 2020.

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.

Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe:  The Wende Museum of the Cold War, 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City What was on TV in the Soviet Bloc?  If propaganda is your response, Watching Socialism will complicate the picture with excerpts from news programs, sitcoms, cartoons, subversive interventions and other televised content alongside TV related magazines, artifacts and TV sets from the Eastern Lock showing what it was really like to watch TV on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Opening June 23-Oct. 20.

Wende Museum of  the Cold War Events: 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City (310/216-1600) This multi-faceted museum offers not only a visual experience but lectures, movies, happy hour, family day, music and yoga. On view now Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe and Nonalignment and Tito in Africa.

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