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.

Spring Season includes tribute to Midnight Movies, a live commentary on John Waters ‘s first two films, a conversation on climate change and activism featuring Jane Fonda, Earth Day programming  featuring Arctic Indigenous films, a retrospective series on Korean actor Youn Yuh-jung, a Fanny Brice-inspired film series spotlighting comedic Jewish women in film, a celebration of Oscar-winning music in Indian cinema, a tribute to Marlon Brando and much more.

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

Arts Festival Family Day:  Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles  Free family festival open to the public takes over Jerry Moss Plaza April 27, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Offers unique opportunities for creative expression.    Empowered by the Arts sets the tone for all Angelenos to discover  the express  their  creative potential.  Includes Dance lessons, drumming lessons  art making and face painting workshops.

Annenberg Community Beach House:  Santa Monica (310/458-4934)  .  Grounds include playground, volleyball courts, sandy area, splash pad, courtyard, view deck, gallery.  Beach house open.  Pool closed. Back on the Beach, an indoor, outdoor restaurant overlooking the beach – (310/393-8282.)

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

AR Monuments:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  59005 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  LACMA and Snap Inc.release the third and final collection of AR Monument, bringing together artists and technologists to create augmented reality, monuments that explore histories of Los Angeles s communities and amplify perspectives from across the region.

Benevolent Beings:   Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Bl.,  Pasadena  (626/449-6840)  Buddhas and Bodhisatvas from south and southeast Asia, an exhibition that explores how representations of protective deities have been seen to offer blessings, guidance and security to their devotes.

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

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 .

Dining With The Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  5905 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  The first exhibition to explore Islamic art in the context of its associated culinary traditions.  Features some 250 works from 30 public and private collections across the U.S.. Europe and the Middle East.  Celebrating how gustatory discernment was a fundamental activity at the great Islamic courts.   Thru Aug. 4. 2024.

Ed Ruscha/ Now Then:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  5905 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  The artist’s first retrospective in more than 20 years.  This  comprehensive retrospective presents his remarkable career and extensive exploration of all media, including painting, drawing, printmaking and artist’s books.  With more than 250 works, the exhibition will feature his most acclaimed works alongside lesser known aspects of his more than 60 years practice.  April 7-Oct. 6.

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.

Frank Stella: Had Gadya: Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  This renowned American artist’s Had Gadya series of prints, inspired by the beloved Passover song and the world of Russian Jewish modern artist El Lissitzky.  Opens April 4.

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 and virtual tours held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Korean Treasures from the Chester and Cameron Chang Collection:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles.  A selection of works drawn from the largest gift of Korean art in the museum’s history.  The collection consists primarily of  Korean paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, furniture and other works of art ranging in date from the Three Kingdoms Period (c.57 BCE-668 CE) to the 20th century.  Feb. 25-June 30.

LA Auto Show:  Los Angeles Convention Center,  1201 S Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles.An overwhelming display of every automotive brand imaginable and featuring RDJ Dream Cars, the Kevin Hart Kollection, Test Drives, The Garage, Galpin Hall and more.  Nov. 22-Dec.-Dec. 1.

Laguna Art Museum Marks an Era:  307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach   On the Edge:  Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection.  The exhibition reveals the vital role the family has played in both documenting and contributing to the story of  Los Angeles art from the 1970s through the 1990s.  The exhibition explores the experimental approach to minimalism, new materials and the diversification of practices.   March 23-Sept. 2.

Last Remaining Seats: Los Angeles Conservancy (213/623-2489) for information. Downtown Los Angeles movie theaters.  General sale of tickets begins April 17 with features from the past shown at several downtown movie palaces.  Orpheum Theatre, June 1, Los Angeles Theatre, June 8 and Palace Theatre June 15. General admission tickets are $25,

Magic of Movies:  The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles    The Museum of Modern Arts renowned series of influential, innovative films.

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

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

Only the Young:  Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s-1970s:   Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000)   The first North American exhibition to explore the groundbreaking work of a generation of artists who emerged in the decades following the Korean War (1950-53). Feb. 11-May 12.

Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall:    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  5905 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  This is a monument to the people of California where over five summers ,the artist collaborated with 400 youth, artists and community members on a mural that told the erased histories of local communities.    Thru  June 2, 2024.

Pageant of the Masters:  650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach The 2024 Pageant of the  Masters will mesmerize audiences wit a captivating journey though history’s most iconic fashion trends and spectacles, brought to life through the artistry of living pictures, unforgettable music and engaging storytelling.  Performances nightly July 6-Aug. 30.

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.

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

Shifting Perspectives: Vertical Cinema: Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles  (323/930-3000)   An exhibition that reorients standard perceptions of making and  watching movies.   Located in and inspired by the museum’s double height Hurd Gallery, this exhibition offers a viewing experience featuring a 20′ high x 3 ft. wide screen which can be viewed from both the second and third floors of the museum.  The show honors the spirit of experimentation in cinema and draws connections between the earliest days of moving pictures to  contemporary film makers.   Thru Aug. 4, 2024.

Skirball Exhibitions:  Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)      Common Ground, is a major new addition to the Skirball’s permanent museum collection, 224 pieces of tableware and ceremonial pots created by artist Adam Silverman celebrate American pluralism while fostering human connection.  Exhibited throughout 2024.  Hello Gorgeous! A Barbra Streisand Film Series.  March 10, 24 & 31. The Art pf Maurice Sendak:  Wild Things Are Happening, an exclusive West Coast display of the largest and most complete exhibition  of this artist’s sixty year career.

Treasures at Kylin Gallery – Yoshio Ikezaki:  8634 Wiltshire Bl., Beverly Hills  (310/990-6378)    The unveiling  of one of the artists 43″ x 393″ magnificent horizontal rolls is on display titled “Condensation: 60 Years of My Life and Art Practice Into the Roll Paper” along with several other examples of his artistry.  His works have been exhibited in the past at LACMA and the Pacific Asia Museum.   He is recognized for designing the largest paper sculpture ever in Japan and also treasured for his masterpieces from mulberry paper and sumi ink, both of which he creates. March 16-April 16.

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.

Vincert Valdez & Ry Cooder: El Chavez Ravine:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles  Introducing  a recent addition to the museum’s permanent collection through a generous gift, painted on a 1953  Chevrolet ice cream truck is an elaborate work… a mobile monument to the predominantly Mexican American community that was forcefully removed from the Los Angeles Chavez Ravine to make way for the construction of Dodger Stadium in the late 1950s.  Thru Aug. 11, 2024.