Special Events


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures presents animated feature films of auteur and cinematic visionary Hayao Miyazaki who happens to be the subject of the museum’s  first temporary exhibition.  HBO

Arena Cinelounge Sunset: 6464 Sunset Bl., Lobby Level, Hollywood.  (323/924-1644) Game of Death a horror/thriller, The Outpostconcerns a small team of U.S. soldiers battling against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.  Limited seating.

Autry Online:  articles, videos and resources for you to enjoy inside.

Beach House Reopens:  Beginning July 2020, on a rolling basis the City of Santa Monica will begin to reopen select facilities and programs with restrictions.  There are modified operating hours, staff reductions, physical distancing and infection control.

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.

Catalina Island Museum: 2217 Metropole Ave, Avalon (310/510-4650)    Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, opening June 20-Sept. 27.  The intimate exhibition displays the personal life of Mexico’s most prolific female artist captured through the lens of longtime, friend, lover and confident,.  The works include approximately 50 photographic portraits and prints from 1937-1946.  Advance purchase tickets:

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.

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.

In Search of Our Times:  Wende Museum of  the Cold War Events: 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City (310/216-1600)   We live in a polarized society.  Republicans accuse Democrats of socialism, Democrats charge Republicans with fascism.  It seems impossible to find basic agreement on topics like immigration, climate change, gun control, science, truth, the news or even the weather.  In these times of confusion and anger the Wende Museum is inviting artists, writers, scholars, philosophers, journalists, politicians and freethinkers to discuss what brought us here and to open up new perspectives.

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.

Getty’s The 1970s Domestic Interior:  The prolific architectural photographer Julius Shulman’s fascinating photographs capture 1970s Southern California’s interiors at the height of their excess and exuberance.  And more….

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.

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.

Morgan Wixon Theatre Presentations: Talkback Tuesdays. Upcoming D. E.I. (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) community discussion, July 3, 7:00 p.m.

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. 

Old Town Music Hall Film & Special Events:  140 Richmond St., El Segundo (310/322-25920)  Film and concert schedule & home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.

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.

Rogue Lab Nano Projects: A digital showcase of its 2020 Rogue Lab New Play Incubator plays in progress. Audiences can view short surreal snippets, readings, puppet demonstrations and a play that unfurls through an Instagram feed, getting a unique view into the Rogue new play development process.  Thru Dec. 2020.

————————————————————————————- Rubicon Goes Retro!:  This theatre company is the first non-profit professional regional theatre in the nation to announce a Safe-Distance Drive-In Theatre Concert Series!  Beginning July 6-Sept. 9, the Rubicon presents a series of five 75 minute concerts from the safety and comfort of their cars (parked 6 feet apart) in the parking lot of the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The lineup includes a stellar mix of performers from the world of Broadway, pop and rock who will perform on an elevated stage with video projected on four large video screens on all sides of the stage.

Drive-In Hits: Christian Hoff with Longest-Running Broadway Frankie Valli Travis Cloer and Other Stars of Jersey Boys and Million Dollar Quartet, July 6-8.

2AM at the Sands…Samonsky Sings Sinatra backed by a 9-piece swing band. July 20-22.

Forever Plaid: The 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert, Aug. 3-5. Jimmy Messin and Friends with special surprise guest TBA Aug. 17 & 18, Kenny Loggins sits in Aug. 19.

Music of the Knights: The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Paul McCartney with special  guest star Ted Neeley, Sept. 7-9.

Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor , Parking Lot A.  For tickets (805/667–2900).  Tickets may only be purchased in advance and will not be available for purchase onsite.


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.

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.  Virtual Friday Night Films at the Wende, a series of movies that can be watched at home.  Queer Spaces in East Germany: Between Persecution and Liberation, June 17, 12 p.m. PST, Zoom Webinar.

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