Special Events


Academy Dialogues: An exclusive look into thew Academy’s film archive with Hollywood Home Movies event now: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive on YouTube.

Academy Museum:  The newly constructed museum, dedicated to the moving picture industry,  situated on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles has changed their opening date due to the COVID-19 to September 30, 2021.

Artist Spotlight:  Artistic director of the Wallis in conversation with artists from the 2021 season on Wednesdays. He will connect with each  artist from the worlds of theater, music and dance to talk about their projects and how they are navigating these challenging times,

Automobility LA:  Los Angeles Auto Show wishes readers Happy Thanksgiving.  The show will be held May 19-29, 2021 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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.

Cinelounge Drive-In: 1625 N. Las Palmas Bl.,  Hollywood. (323/924-1644)  Cinelounge has re-opened as an outdoor venue, a drive in theatre  at a new destination for all things new independent film, horror and genre cinema.  Hollywood’s only nightly drive in cinema. Health and safety protocols will be observed.

Getty Goes Virtual:  The Getty Center and Getty Villa are temporarily closed and will not reopen in  2021 but they are offering opportunities for engagement and inspiration with a full slate of free virtual programming that can be enjoyed from home. Just up…Ed Ruscha’s previously unseen photos of Sunset Boulevard, thousands of photographs taken between 1965 and 2007.  Check their website for weekly offerings.

The Hammer :  200 days, 160-+ programs…a global community shaping a better future.  The Hammer is committed to presenting powerful ideas that help all of us envision a more just world.

Historic Downtown in-person & Virtual Tours:  Los Angeles Conservancy (213/623-2489)  Award winning docent led tours include the L.As most beloved landmarks including the Los Angeles Central Library, the Million Dollar Theatre and the Bradbury Building. Visit Pershing Square and learn about the founding of this great city and its architecture. In person Walking tours, Saturdays at 10 a.m.. general public sales begin Thursday at noon. Live virtual tours held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

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.

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.

Mindful Awareness Meditation:  presented by the Hammer Museum Thursdays 12:30-1:00 via zoom.  Reserve in advance. Free.

Morgan Wixon Theatre Presentations: Talkback Tuesdays.  7:00 p.m.

NOld Town Music Hall Film & Special Events:  140 Richmond St., El Segundo (310/322-25920)

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.

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!

Skirball Programs and Exhibitions:  Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, online exhibition, Jan. 21-May 31.  A humane approach to understanding America’s most complex problems. An Evening with Nicholas D. Kristol and Sheryl WuDunn takes us on a journey across 21s century America whose book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope serves as inspiration for the Skirball’s online exhibition. Jan. 26. Free.  Reservations required. A Conversation with Ai Weiwei, a rare speaking engagement as he explores his vast body of work in the context of social justice.  Feb. 21. Reservations required.  Free.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101) and  Ongoing 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.

Virtual L.A. Neighborhood Tours:  Antaeus Theatre Company has created a virtual interactive touring experience of six Los Angeles neighborhoods as an adjunct to the company’s recently released podcast series of original audio plays entitled The Zip Code Plays Los Angeles.  Tours highlight landmarks and small businesses in each zip code that can also be explored once it becomes safe to do so, in person.

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.

World Arts, Local Lives: Fowler Museum Celebrating world arts and cultures.  Free.

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.