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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 opened 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. Thru Nov. 7.

American Indian Arts Marketplace Returns: Autry Museum of the American West,  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles ( Contemporary and traditional Native art forms are exhibited at the 31st annual Marketplace where one of a kind artwork, jewelry and fashion may be purchased.  You may also attend live theatrical performed from Native Voices. June 11-12, 2022.

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  Featuring The Silent Treatment Film Series,,,see it in 35mm with live musical accompaniment. In celebration of the first National Silent Movie Day, they are screening The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. Check for upcoming films.

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 rollicking trip through the calendar to all things celebratory throughout the year.

Brian Jungen at the Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles  (310/443-7000) hammer.ucla.edu    In The Evening Redness in the West, Canadian artist Brian Jungan addresses the legacy of colonialism and violence in Hollywood Westerns, informed by the artist’s Dane-zaa First Nations heritage, the world exemplifies his use of consumer goods and materials to question depictions of Native American experience in popular culture. Open thru Oct. 31.


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.

Dia De Los Muertos: Grand Park, across from the Los Angeles Music Center grandparkla.org  Free family friendly community focused altars and traditional noche de ofrenda ceremony. Twelve day public art installation returns with live programing to honor customs and traditions surrounding important Day of the Dead commemoration.   Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

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

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.  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.

GRoW Fall Virtual Courses:  The Wallis   If you have a story to tell and are 55+this offers an opportunity to connect t with others, spark your creativity and share your story.  During this virtual course, participants learn how to write and share stories from their lives that are important to them through journaling and creative writing.  Staged Stories limited enrollment $75. Beyond Words for 55+ connects you with others to share stories from your life using various forms of artistic expression, Oct. 6-Dec. 22. $75.

Hammer Projects: David Hartt:  10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000)   hammer.ucla.edu   The Histories (Old Black Joe) centers on two Jacquard-woven tapestries and a quadraphonic soundtrack arranged by musician Van Dyke Parks. The installation questions the underlying myths of modernism in the Americas, examining the lasting effects of colonial empire and the complex interplay between geography and culture in the shaping of these narratives.  Thru Jan 2, 2022.

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.

Holbein the Younger: www.visitorservices@getty.edu   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300). The first major U.S. exhibition of Holbein…capturing character in the Renaissance, Oct. 19-Jan. 9, 2022 In the early 1500s, if you wanted to impress people with your good looks and accomplishsments, a portrait by tyhis artist was a sure way to astonish them.

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.

In The Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohi Photography Collection. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)  Photo based artwork made after the year 2000 by nearly 40 women artists born or working in Europe. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists and societal forces are challenging traditional descriptive categories of gender, nation and photography.   Nov. 14-Feb. 13, 2022.

Jane Fonda’s Workout on Big Screen:  Cinelounge Outdoors, 1625 N.  Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, (323/924-1644)  http://arenascreen.com   Bring your yoga mats, leg warmers and exercise togs and exercise with Jane Fonda on the big screen every Tuesday evening now through October.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. . Workout starts at 8:15 p.m. for approximately 2 hours.   Tickets $20 with a portion of proceeds donated to Greenpeace.

LA Phil Sound Stage: Free series of new digital concerts and conversations features Gustavo Dudamel as host, Billie Eilish, Boston Ballet, Father John Misty and YOLA (Young Orchestra Los Angeles. Also a Gen X program, A Power to the People! curated by Jessie Montgomery and a Salute to John Williams.Launches Oct. 1 and continues into 2022.  Series available at laphil.com/soundstage.

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)   LACMA  has 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, opens Nov. 7. Also: Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation INK Collection, Mixpanti: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico, Mixpanti: Contemporary Echoes.


Manet’s Philosophers:  Norton Simon Museum. 411 W Colorado Bl.,  Pasadena nortonsimon.org   Special installation of Edouard Manet’s three Philosopher paintings, Beggar with Oysters, Beggar wtih Duffrle Coat and the Ragpicker.  Shown together for the first time in more than 50 years, these works reveal Manet at his most provocative harnessing the authority of an established style to convey dignity on a class of people overlooked by French society.  Nov. 19-Feb. 28, 2022.

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

Mixpantli: Space, Time and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010) This exhibition coincides with the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochittan (modern day Mexico City). Features more than 30 works of art, and centers on the creative resilience of indigenous artists, mapmakers and storytellers who forged new futures together and made their world anew through artistic practice.  Dec. 12-May 1, 2022

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

Noah’s Ark Reopens: Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  www.skirball.org    A uniquely wonderful experience for young children and their parents.  Reopening Sept. 9. Reserve in advance.   Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, an exhibition that sheds light on the enduring relevance of this pop-culture phenomenon opening soon.

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

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

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!

Revered Residences:  Los Angeles Conservancy Virtual Program https://www.laconservancy.org/events/2021-benefit-revered-residences-virtual-program   Historic walking tour adventures are offered on Saturdays. Register in advance.

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  at  tickets.sbma.net

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.

Star Trek: Exploring News Worlds:  Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  www.skirball.org    This exhibition sheds light on the enduring relevance of this pop-culture phenomenon. More than 50 years ago this TV show broke ground with its daring vision –an inclusive cast of humans and interplanetary beings cooperating to overcome challenges as they explore the cosmos.   With themes of heroism, optimism, equality, and humanity, the franchise has continued to pose questions about real life on Earth as much as it its fictional future worlds. This fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art and technology through more than one hundred rare artifacts, set pieces and props plus state of the art photo and video interactives. Opens Oct. 7.  Advance reservations. Come celebrate Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds during an interstellar evening featuring after-hours access to exhibitions, a DJ set, screen-printing station, food and drunk and more.  Oct. 22.  Advance reservations required..includes first come first served timed entry.

The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400-1750) Norton Simon Museum. 411 W Colorado Bl.,  Pasadena nortonsimon.org  Displays over 60 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures,  the exhibition reveals the historical potency of the represented body to move the mind through the flesh and it invites us to examine our own responses to these works today.  Oct. 15-March 7, 2022

Transcending Time at the Getty: www.visitorservices@getty.edu   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)   The Medieval Book of Hours were among the most widely produced and used manuscripts in the Middle Ages.  These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers but met an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion.   Aug. 31-Feb. 20, 2022.

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  Get ready to go off the leash, an all new ride bringing your favorite movie franchise from illumination to life with The Secret Life of Pets. 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.

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.