Special Events

 Academy Presentations: Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles  (323/930-3000) This unique museum, dedicated to the moving picture industry, brings us back in time to the beginning of the film industry through never to be forgotten films and into the present.  Fabulous costumes and even more fabulous and memorable creatures, Academy Award acceptance speeches, art, a look into the production work, movies and politics, documentaries, musicals.

Summer programs  feature a concert film series, book signing  with Oscar winning costume designer, spotlight on Korean women directors, Bob Baker marionette theater pride month events, and short film sccreenings

May Film, Education and Public Programming Updates presents Sammo  Hung: From Stuntman to Star showcasing selections from the star who helped change the face of martial arts fills and his varied career as an actor, director and producer, and Lourdes Portillo, presenting a series that compliments Portillo’s vignette in the Significant Movies and Movie-makers  gallery of our Stories of Cinema. 

Social Series from 6-9 pm. Explore the museum after hours and enjoy music, food and cocktails out on the Dolby Family Terrace under the twilight sky. Tickets are $45 general admission and $25 for members. Check for dates.

The Academy Museum Store features merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store including Oscars memorabilia and other film related items.


All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Bl.,  Pasadena (626/449-6840)  This exhibition explores how artists responded to and shaped food cultures in Europe from 1500-1900.  Food and drink appear nearly everywhere in the history of European art, in depictions of luscious fruits and vegetables, sumptuous feasts and bustling markets.   Some 60 paintings, prints, phonographs and sculptures from the collections examine the range of relationships with eating and drinking, both positive and negative.  April 14-August 14.

Annenberg Community Beach House:  Santa Monica (310/458-4934)  Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m..  Grounds include playground, volleyball courts, sandy area, splash pad, courtyard, view deck, gallery. Special events. Back on the Beach, an indoor, outdoor restaurant overlooking the beach – (310/393-8282.)

Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia:  California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323/724 3623) An international touring exhibition  featuring over 120 ancient artifacts, half of which are on tour for the first time. Start the visit with Angkor 3D, an immersive IMAX adventure where science and mystery intersect. See one of the archaeological wonders of the world on a 7-story screen.  After IMAX enter the exhibition and journey back 900 years to discover engineering and cultural marvels and daily life in the Khmer empire.

Art of Costume Design Film Exhibition:   FIDM Museum,  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles  (213/623-58210)  The  Art of Costume Design in Film exhibition final day of May 6.   Outstanding collection of costumes from films released in 2022.

At the Hammer: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000)    The newly opened Hammer Store offers a wide selection of books, housewares, artist projects and Hammer items plus a pop-up from Peoples Potter Project.

Autry Museum of the American West  Reopens:  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4370) 

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: A rollicking trip through the calendar to all things celebratory throughout the year.

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Opening May 4th, Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare  explores the story and impact of the Hollywood Red Scare and its contemporary implications for civil liberties, propaganda and shifting definitions of American patriotism.    Closes Sept. 3.

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 Sunset: 6464 Sunset Bl, Hollywood.  (323/924-1644) Cinelounge Sunset re-opened in Hollywood .

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010) This exhibition explores how the rise of computer technology, together with its emergence in popular consciousness impacted the making of what we now call digital art.   Feb. 12-July 2.

Dance the Night Away:  Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave.,  Los Angeles  The Music Center’s  Dance DTLA series is back with dancing under the stars.  Shake your groove things to various music genres fro free every Friday from June 23 thru  Aug. 18 between 7:00-11:00 p.m. Dance instructors return to pump up the crowds and instructors new to the series are ready to teach genres offered for the first time in Dance DTLA history. New Dance Genres for  all ages including free lessons,, live DJs and Open Dance Floor.

Food Themed Art:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Bl., Pasadena   All Consuming –Art and the Essence of Food, explores how artists responded to and shaped food cultures in Europe from 1500 to 1900. April 14-Aug. 14.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: 308 Charles E. Young Dr., N. Los Angeles (310/825-4361) Public programs celebrating world arts and culture online and in person.  All programs are free. Must RSVP.

Gem Faire:   Orange County Faire and Event Center, Costa Mesa  Fine jewelry and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices.  Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world.  Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop.  May 12-14.

Hammer Projects: Ho Tzu Nyen:  10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000)   This artist’s video installation, complemented by a soundtrack developed with collaborators, explores the construction of cultural memory and political narrative surrounding the history of the Korean peninsula.  Now open.

Heritage Farm: 1336 Gladys Ave., Long Beach (562/343-1068)   This new fine dining concept  offers artisanal sandwiches by day and a refined tasting menu  in the evening.  Heritage is a certified Green and Blue fully zero-waste concept.  Over 60% of produce is grown at their urban farm.  Heritage Farm is hosting a series of dinners at the farm in partnership with celebrated local chefs offering guests the opportunity to enjoy firsthand the culinary experience that the Farm offers.  Dinners begin at $125 per person.

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.

Kaari Upson: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection: Hammer Museum,   10899 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (310/443-7000)  This artist de eloped an elaborate universe woven out of memory, conjecture, fact and fiction.   She felt the key to accessing the spsyche could be found in a person’s possessions, especially those contained in the home.   Thru June 18,

Upcoming Exhibitions at LACMA:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010)

Marionette Theater:  Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 4949 York Bl., Highland Park

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

National Theatre Live Screenings:  Los Angeles Theatre Works, UCLA James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. E. Los Angeles (310/827-0889)

Off the 405:  Getty Museum,  1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles (210/440-7330)  Free outdoor concert series begins every Saturday at 6 p.m beginning  May 20  Free tickets available  three weeks prior to the performance.

Pageant  of the Masters Tickets:   650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (800/487-3378)  Celebrating the 90th anniversary  of the first presentation of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.  This year’s production, Art Colony: in the Company of Artists, will acknowledge the deep connections and memorable stories of artists assisting one another throughout the world and throughout history.  Tickets are now available for nightly performances July 7-Sept. 1.  Celebrate Mother’s Day with 20% off Pageant Tickets using promo code 23.

 Palm Springs Ariel Tramway: (888-515-TRAM) The world’s largest rotating tram car.

Photography at The Getty:    The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) The museum has recently acquired works by Japanese American artists of the 1920s and 30s, members of the Kamoinge Workshop, contemporary women photographers and Southern California  artists, all to shape a more inclusive canon of photography for current and future generations.

Poetic Celebration of Camellias:  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  All kinds of wonderful bloom-related  activities fill the next few months that are guaranteed to delight, educate and inspire.  Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season.  These brilliant flowers contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity.  Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America.  Descanso offers a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection and participation.

Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany:   Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010)   LACMA  This exhibition highlights the contributions  of 20th century Mexican and German artists to a global iconography of political graphics.  Thru July 22, 2023

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.

Revered Residences:  Los Angeles Conservancy Virtual Program   Historic walking tour adventures are offered on Saturdays. Register in advance.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: 1130 State St., Santa Barbara (805/963-4364)    Renovation of the original 1812 building has improved the exhibition space, making it possible to show more of the 27,000-object permanent collection and will enhance visitor experience through improved flow through the museum, newly created galleries dedicated to contemporary art, photography and new media. Advanced tickets are encouraged for admission and can be purchased  at

Spring Classes:  Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Opening March 1, Broadway Greats…the careers of Kander and Ebb, Bock and Harnick and Bob Fosse; creative writing workshop presents Peter Krasnow and the Cultivation of Inspiration, Skirball Movie Group: Film Noir and the Hollywood Red Scare.

Standard Candle: Mt. Wilson  Observatory, Pasadena (626/440-9016) A series of woven and beaded textiles made using computer code and based on archival glass plates captured by the 100 inch Hooker telescope in the early days of the Observatory.  Presented by  Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Observatories, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an interdisciplinary artist and researcher will stage  her exhibit at the Museum of Photon Technology on the ground floor of the 100-inch telescope dome at Mount Wilson Observatory.  May 19-June 18,

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.

Wende’s New Exhibits: Wende Museum,  10808 Culver Bl., Culver City The Medium is the Message:  Flags and Banners, this exhibition combines Cold War era political flags from Eastern Bloc countries alongside contemporary artworks that reflect critically on the here and now.

Wellbeing Wednesdays: Ganna Waiska Lotusland , 659 Ashley Rd., Montecito Nature restores and promotes a sense of well-being.  This year Lotusland launched a series of programs  designed to have visitors engage with nature and experience the Garden with fresh perspective.   Skilled professionals  lead a series of of Well-being Wednesdays, special sessions for regular doses of nature’s healing,  resilience  and a sense of wholeness.  Each class consists of a 45 minute guided activity followed by a 45 minute walk in the Garden.  April 5, May 10 and June 7.

Women Defining Woman in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wiltshire Bl., Los Angeles This exhibition is comprised of works by artists who were born or live in what can be termed Islamic societies.  Depicting a breadth of inventively and often ideologically conceived women’s imagery,the works bear witness  to rapidly shifting political developments  and often accelerated social transformations taking place in lands extending from Africa to Western, Central and Southern Asia as well as diasporic communities.  April 23-Sept. 24.