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.  93RD OSCARS awards April 25.

Academy Museum: (323/930-3000) 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. 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.  On April 25, the Academy Museum will launch a series of virtual conversations, screenings and education programs.  Conceived as digital prologues to the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema, these programs will share the varied voices of extraordinary film artists, t5ell the stories of their inspirations and collaborations and explore the art, technology, history and social impact to the movies.

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.

Autry Museum of the American West  Reopens March 30: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4370)  Offering free admission through April 18. Advance reservations required. Three new onsite exhibitions include Masters of the American West thru April 11; 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:  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.

Broad Reopens with New Exhibitions: and  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: 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. Featuring The Big Lebowski and Oscar nominated shorts, April 14-18.

Cinelounge Sunset: 6464 Sunset Bl, Hollywood.  On March 22, Cinelounge Sunset re-opened in Hollywood with strict guidelines.

Cottontail Hop..the story of the magical egg:  Special live Easter Show, April 3, Concerts in Your Car. Ventura County Fairgrounds, a family event.  Cottontail Hope is a live stage production featuring acrobats, twirling cirque performers and magicians who will join the Easter Bunny to search the sky and sea for a missing mysterious and magical egg. The wee ones will be delighted with sing-alongs and a special bunny bag of Easter treats. 90-minute live stage pr9oduction presented on the Concerts in Your Car signature theater in the round stage.  Three performances at 11:30, 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. on April 3.  Ticket prices start at $49.00 per car for up to four people.

Explore LA@Home:  A Woman’s Place: A Virtual  March 17 & 31, 6:00 pm. Explore the history of union Station and Chinatown through the stories of women such as Arcola Philpott, the first African American and first woman to be hired by the Los Angeles Railway; Esther Wong, the Godmother of Punk and the Harvey Girls, the country’s first national corp of independent women working in the 1800s to 1900s. Charge.  Register in advance.

Gettys Reopen!!!!:   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades  Both Getty Museums are scheduled to reopen with restrictions around mid-April.  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.” Getty Get Togethers will be featured April 16, 23 and 30 at 5:00 PT via zoom. Explore the Museum collection with a gallery educator and other art enthusiasts from around the world.  Register for these online events  Much more to come.  Getty Villa museum and gardens in Pacific Palisades reopens to a limited number of guests with free reservations on April 21 with specific one way routes and other measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

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.  Ed Hirsch & James Davis: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Reading, April 12; Lunchtime Art Talks, Mindful Awareness Meditation, Thursdays at 12:30 PDT.  The Hammer reopens April 17 featuring Made in L.A.  Advance reservations necessary.

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.

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).

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 WilshireBl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010)   After more than a year of closure, LACMA  reopens its galleries to the public on April 1, 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 in-person events including art classes and activities, talks, concerts, screenings and group tours have been suspended.   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.

Six new exhibitions feature: Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative thru June 27; Yoshitomo Nara thru July 5; NOT I: Throwing Voices, featuring ventriloquism (1500BCE-2020CE) thru July 25; 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.


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.

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

Oscar Sunday:  Street Closures …Alameda Street between Cesar E. Chavez and 1st St.. Los Angeles St. between Alameda and 1st Street and intersecting streets beginning midnight April 25 and will remain closed until 4 00 a.m. April 26.  The 101  freeway off and on ramps at Los Angeles St. will also be closed during this period.  The awards will be held at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

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.  National Poetry Month features US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as she reads from her celebrated body of work including from her latest book An American Sunrise, April 22. Free virtual talk, reservations required. View Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, featuring photographs and stories that highlight viable solutions to some of our nations most complex problems.  Thru May 31.  Free online exhibition.

Staples Center Opens for Sports:  Lakers vs Celtics, April 15, Clippers vs Timberwolves,  April 18, Kings vs Ducks, April 20.  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.

TEDxUCLA: A unique virtual  event dedicated to spreading ideas and sparking creativity.   This years theme speaks to the power of sharing your voice, your views, your curiosities and engaging in respectful conversation that leads to understanding  and insights that enable those around us to also have Agency. People who feel a sense of Agency are more hopeful and hopelessness is one of the transformational tools that the world needs right now.   May 15, 12-3:00 pm

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.

Universal Studios Hollywood Reopens:  Reopening on April 16 with tickets going on sale April 8. Tickets will be available to California residents only and can be purchased online. Guests may experience the all new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash ride and Jurassic World — The Ride featuring the stunningly realistic dinosaur Indominus rex.

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.