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Academy Museum: www.academymuseum@oscars.org (323/930-3000) The newly constructed museum, dedicated to the moving picture industry,  situated on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles will open September 30, 2021. To celebrate Women’s History Month, two recent Academy Museum costume collection acquisitions that illuminate the brilliant work of costume designer Isis Mussenden and the early career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a remarkable feminist and equal rights icon.  The artistic process of the fabulous costumes in On the Basis of Sex are brought to life.  he Academy Museum Store will feature merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store including Oscars memorabilia and other film related items.   Visitors will find clothing, furniture, accessories, vinyl records, toys, games and more.  Also included will be a comprehensive collection of cinema books and catalogues and other items for visitors of all ages.   Upcoming highlights include: Stories of Cinema, Oscar Sundays, Family Matinees, Legacy (launching with a discussion betgween Laura Dern and her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd,) In Conversation launching with a discussion of how to contextualize cinema.

Acting Out: Cabinet Cards Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography,  1870-1900: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010) The first in depth examination of the cabinet cad phenomenon in the United States. Cabinet Cards gave rise to the golden age of photographic portraiture in the second half of the 19th century. Aug. 8-Nov. 7.

Amazing Ai Weiwei Exhibition: TRACE:  Skirball Museum,  2701 N Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) www.skirball.org A monumental display of LEGO portraits honoring activists, prisoners of conscience and advocates of free speech by this famed contemporary artist. The installation features portraits made up of plastic LEGO bricks each assembled by hand and laid out on the floor.  These portraits depict individuals from around the world whom Ai  and lading human rights groups consider to be activists, prisoners of Advance timed entry reservations required.  Reservations open May 15-Aug. 1.

Artist Spotlight:  tickets@thewallis.org  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 will be held Nov. 19-28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Save up to 30% off full ticket price using code LAAS30. This exhibition will feature the most diverse range of brands and vehicles of any north American  auto show. The show’s one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spacer will showcase the dynamic and evolving industry at its best, as startup and established brands participate to deliver the widest range of vehicles and experiences of any auto show in North America this year.

Autry Museum of the American West  Reopens:  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4370) TheAutry.org/visit   Onsite exhibitions include When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, thru Nov. 15; What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives, thru August 28; Art of the West, ongoing.

Beach House Reopens: www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-reopenings  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.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com/summer2021 A return to the stage with a series of  FREE with RSVP  in person puppet shows held at outdoor venues throughout Los Angeles in July and August. A rollicking trip through the calendar to all things celebratory throughout the year.

Broad Reopens with New Exhibitions: www.thebroad.org/visit and www.thebroad.org/fromhome  The Broad reopens on May 26 with free new exhibitions on the first floor.  Single artist presentations will be featured in the skylit third floor galleries featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. As a way of saying thank you to health care workers and community organizers who have worked to keep Los Angeles safe and have served our local community and nation at large The Broad will provide early access to visit the museum during two preview weekends on May 13-16 and 20-23.


Catalina Adventure Activities: www.catalinachamber.com/ 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 Outdoors: 1625 N. Las Palmas Bl.,  Hollywood. (323/924-1644) www.arenascreen.com  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.

Cinelounge Sunset: 6464 Sunset Bl, Hollywood.  Cinelounge Sunset re-opened in Hollywood with strict guidelines. The premier destination for all things new independent film, horror and genre cinema. Open 7 nights a week.

Cold War Blockbusters of the 1980s Outside:  Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seeing-red-film-series A series of outdoor film screenings both examine and ridicule the heightened paranoia that marked the last decade of the Cold War.  Seeing Red series features Red Dawn, Aug. 6; War Games, Aug. 20; The Hunt for Red October, Aug. 27; Top Secret!, Sept. 10. Free but reserve in advance. Doors open at  7:00 pm

Gettys Reopen: www.visitorservices@getty.edu   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades  Getty Center are now open.  Meanwhile online exhibitions feature Faces of Roman Egypt including mummy portraits and masks;  read A family history inspired a winning artwork entitled “Immigration Built This Nation.” Online: Conservation of Historic places, sacred spaces and the pandemic; join a gallery educator and fellow art enthusiasts for a casual hour-long exploration of works in the collection.  July’s theme is Art from Different Points of View July 10, 24 & 31 at 1:00 p.m.  Register for these online events.  Much more to come.  Getty Villa museum and gardens in Pacific Palisades is open to a limited number of guests with free reservations  with specific one way routes and other measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.  The Getty Center is now open by free  reservation only, with specific one-way routes and other measures to insure safety. The gardens are in full bloom.

The Hammer : info@hammer.ucla.edu (310/443-7020)  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.   Lunchtime Art Talks, Mindful Awareness Meditation, Thursdays at 12:30 PDT.   Made in L.A., in conjunction with The Huntington closes Aug. 1.  Works by 30 Los Angeles based artists are presented at both institutions — two versions make up the whole with new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings.

Historic Downtown in-person & Virtual Tours:  Los Angeles Conservancy (213/623-2489) info@laconservancy.org  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.

Holiday Events:  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge  (818/949-4200)  www.descansogardens.org  Upcoming Holiday  Events feature Carved with thousands of carved pumpkins lining a one mile walk through the Camilla Forest and Oak Grove along with oversized sculptures. Oct. 11-31 and  Enchanted Forest of Lights, an entire town of magical stained glass creations built in the Rose Garden and sparkling swirling installations on the Main Lawn, and exquisite lighting effect in the Ancient Forest. Nov.21-Jan. 10, 2022

In Search of Our Times:  Wende Museum of  the Cold War Events: 10808 Culver Bl., Culver City (310/216-1600)  info@wendemuseum.org   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.

LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives:   Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  Artists and technologists collaborate to create five new augmented reality monuments exploring history and representation across LA.  Initiative rolls out with dynamic schedule of programs including panels, podcasts and a docuseries.

Laemmle  Theaters Reopen: Movies are back on the big screen with limited seating (310/478-3836).

Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)  This exhibition brings  together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists om response to international trade political conflict and global artistic exchange exchange. July 4-Feb 13, 2022


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)   After more than a year of closure, LACMA  reopened its galleries to the public  following the guidelines provided by L.A. County for museums.   New health and safety protocols and procedures in accordance with the guidelines provided by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.. All visitors, including members, must purchase or reserve advance timed entry tickets online or by calling 323-857-6010, 10 a.m.-5 pm daily. Onsite ticket purchase is not available.

New exhibitions feature: The Modern Art Collection returns in a new presentation of 250 works by nearly 200 artists including Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, thru Sept. 12; Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave, thru Oct. 31; View From Here: Recent Acquisitions (ongoing)….in addition to many of LACMA’s ongoing exhibitions.  The museum’s outdoor sculptures and public park space will continue to be open to visitors.

Upcoming exhibitions include:   the first ever in-depth examination of cabinet cards, the arrival of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama along with a companion show featuring approximately 150 works of Black American portraiture. Also: Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation INK Collection, Mixpanti: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico, Mixpanti: Contemporary Echoes.


LRS Unseated: https://www.laconservancy.org/events-tours/self-guided-tours  Los Angeles is home to Hollywood’s golden age so its no surprise that many of film history;s most iconic locations can be-found right here in L.A..  What part of L.A. doubled for Skull island in the first movie version of King Kong?  Was Sunset Boulevard actually filmed anywhere near Sunset Boulevard? Where did James Dean first say hi to Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause? Tours are released on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of June. More tours of different locations upcoming

Marionette Theater:  Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 4949 York Bl., Highland Park www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com   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. www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events

Morgan Wixon Theatre Presentations: Talkback Tuesdays.  7:00 p.m. www.morgan-wixon.org/

Natural History Museum: 900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-DINO)  Now open with extended summer hours from 5-8 pm every Friday through Aug. 6. Visitors can enjoy evenings with live DJs in the Nature Gardens, DIY activities for the family and food and beverages.  The ground and first floors of the Museum will remain open.Walk ups are welcome. Reserving general admission, special exhibition and theater tickets in advance is encouraged.  NHM.org/nhm-extended-hours.

Noah’s Outdoor Explorers: Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  www.skirball.org   Spark your senses on a self guided nature walk, get to know diverse plant life, contribute to a community art project and a timeless flood story told by a Noah’s Ark educator.  As you traverse the campus keep an eye open for Noah’s Ark puppets scurrying past or flying overhead.  Two hour time slots offered Tuesday-Sunday, weekdays at noon or 2:30 p.m. Weekends beginning June 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 2: 00 p.m.  Reserve in advance.  Tickets $8 general admission, $5 for children.

OC Fair: ocfair.com  Tickets for the Orange County Fair are available and must be purchased in advance with limited daily capacity. Same day Fair admission is included with concert tickets. Music and comedy under the stars returns  with the Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheater as well as tribute bands and more at The Hangar beginning July 29.

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

Photography at the Getty:  www.visitorservices@getty.edu   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) Getty Center are now open.    Explore new photography exhibitions opening June 2 including modern and contemporary landscape photography. In Focus:Protest  is an exhibition featuring images made during periods of social struggle, June 29-Oct 10.   Make free timed reservation.

Public Gardens of Santa Barbara: Tour these spectacular gardens but check websites in advance. Casa del Herrero www.casadelherrero.com; Ganna Walska Lotusland www.lotusland.org; Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden  www.santabarbaraca.gov/Parks/parks_passive_main.html; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden www.sbbg.org 

Public Programs and Exhibitions at The Huntington: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd.,  www.huntington.org    An assortment of fascinating topics and displays with talks and book signings, garden tips, music, film, lectures, exhibitions and tours.

Pumpkin Filled Family Fun at Descanso Gardens: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge.  descansogardens.org  A family friendly event for all ages, Oct 11-31, features exciting new displays and experiences.  Thousands of carved pumpkins will line a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove.  Pumpkin carving demonstrations,  pumpkin house, hay maze and themed food and beverages.

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!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Re-opens: 1130 State St., Santa Barbara (805/963-4364) www.sbma.net The Museum celebrates a grand re-opening after major renovation on August 15.  Marking the museum’s 80th anniversary this year, the renovation of the original 1812 building improves 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 after July 15 at  tickets.sbma.net

Skirball Programs and Exhibitions: www.skirball.org 

Southwest Museum Reopens:  Mt. Washington, 234  Museum Drive, Los Angeles. (323/221-2164) TheAutry.org/visit Opens Saturdays June 26 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. On June 26th visitors  can enjoy exhibitions at the museum Two exhibitions feature Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery  and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummus.  Additionally, they will continue to share the stories of the American West digitally through video programs and blog posts at the Autry Online. Check for entry protocol.

Staples Center Opens for Sports:  www.staplescenter.com/SAFE   Ticketed guests are advised to visit website before attending.  Health verification, mobile ticketing and entry process,  face coverings, no bags or purses of any size are permitted.  Fans are advised to keep their distance and sanitize hands.  Staples Center is cash free venue. Guests are asked to order any food and beverage using the QR code located at the concession  stand or QR located at their seat.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101)  www.arts.ucla.edu/calendars and www.tickets.ucla.edu  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.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween:  www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com  Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to Hollywood in all new mazes for Halloween Horror Nights 2021 which is officially back beginning in September.

Unseen Picasso:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Bl., Pasadena  www.nortonsimon.org A small exhibition featuring 16  exceptional prints made between the 1930s and 1960s that illustrate Pablo Picasso’s bold experiments, technically and stylistically in the graphic arts.   Sept. 3-Jan. 10, 2022.

Virtual L.A. Neighborhood Tours: www.antaeus.org  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)  info@wendemuseum.org  Now open  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  with free advance reservations available through June 30th. 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  www.fowler.ucla.edu/at-home/november-2020 Celebrating world arts and cultures.  Free.

Yoshitomo Nara: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)  The first international retrospective of this artist, surveys more than 30 years of the artist’s work though the lens of his longtime passion to music.  More than 100 major works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio and never before exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artists empathic eye. Thru Jan. 2, 2022.

Your Ticket to Santa Barbara Car Free Experiences:  www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org  The City’s award winning project with more than 100 community partners dedicated to making car free vacations care-free.