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.

The first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to John Waters’s Pope of Trash,  contributions to cinema.  Exploring his process, themes and unmatched movie-making approach, the exhibition traces the grotesque, daring, deliberately  tacky, hilarious and salacious elements that recur throughout Water’s 66 year career of film-making and reveals how his movies have redefined independent cinema.  A robust  film  program complements the exhibition .  The Museum also pays homage to the world of other radically independent filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes and Rose Troche — who operate beyond the pale of mainstream cinema.

Limited Film Series begins Dec. 7 with Song Kang-ho, the first retrospective film series showcasing the Korean cinema  actor featuring four in-person conversations with him.

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


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. Opens Sept. 10.

Arthur Tress:  Rambles, Dreams, and Shadows: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) The first exhibition  to chronicle the early career of one of the most innovative American photographers of the postwar era.   His artistic practice evolved from being rooted in social documentary tradition to  a bold new approach drawing inspiration from the inner worlds of fantasies, daydreams, and nightmares.  Up to February 18, 2024.

Benevolent Beings:   Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Bl.,  Pasadena  (626/449-6840)  Buddhas and Bodhisattvas 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.

Bring Out Your Inner Artist:  The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl.,  Beverly Hills    (310/295-1918)  Courses for older adults designed to stimulate creativity, connect to others and tell our personal stories .  Courses are held in-person  at The Wallis or virtually through the Zoom platform.  Classes start several times per year and sell out quickly.    Classes include  creative writing, dance/movement, Acting, Staged Stories. Classes begin  Mid-October.

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 .

Egyptian Book of the Dead:  Getty Villa Museum, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific  Palisades  (310/440-7300)     A modern term for a series of ancient Egyptian spells — instructions and incarnations that would help the deceased find their way to the afterlife.  This new exhibition  features the Getty’s Book of the Dead manuscripts — on view for the first time.  The book shows how the Egyptians were making sense of the world around them.  Thru Jan. 29, 2024.

Eternal Medium: Seeing the World in Stone:   Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  59005 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles  This exhibit focuses on the role of the imagination in perceiving images in the natural markings of stones.  This product of a collaboration between  LACMA. tthe Rosaline and Arthur Gilbert Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition brings together objects that utilize the natural features of stones and places them alongside similar works in other mediums for context and comparisons.   Features a selection of 125 works ranging from historical to contemporary.    Aug. 20-Feb. 11, 2024.

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.

Graphic Design in the Middle Ages:    The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) This exhibition explores the way design influenced the making, reading and interpretation of  the design and creation of medieval books.  Aug. 29- Jan. 28. 2024.

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.

Holiday Family Faire: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Bl., Topanga     Ring in the holidays on Dec. 9  featuring photo ops with Santa and Mrs Claus, holiday stories, artisan market plus special outdoor screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol 5:00 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum Marks an Era:  307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach  Laguna Art Museum presents Marking an Era:  Celebrating self help graphics & Art at 50.  Aug. 19- Jan. 15, 2024.

Made In L.A. Acts of Living:  Hammer Museum 10988 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles  (310/443-7000)  Filling nearly every gallery of the museum this year’s edition address he intersection between art, community and everyday life.  These practices embrace the value of craft, materiality, performance and collectivity.  Accompanying the exhibition are artist talks, performances, screenings and conversations.

Magic of Movies:  The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Los Angeles    The Museum of Modern Arts renowned series of influential, innovative films from the past 12 months.  Each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance includes Oppenhemer Nov. 29, The Boy and the Heron Nov. 30, The Taste of Things Dec.4, The Zone of Interest Dec. 5, Priscilla Dec. 6. Maestro, Dec. 7, May December Dec. 11,  You Hurt My Feelings Dec. 12,  Past Lives Dec.13 and Killers of the Flower Moon , Dec. 14.   General Admission  $20.

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.

Monthly Focus Tours:  Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles  Docents explore stories found within  the Autry’s vast collection with a new theme each month:  Firearms, Nov.  11; Animals,  Dec. 9; Transportation Across the West, Jan. 13, 2024.

Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall:    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),  59005 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.   Oct. 26-June 2, 2024.

Palm Springs Ariel Tramway: (888-515-TRAM) The world’s largest rotating tram car. Breakfast With Santa  with Mr. and Mrs Claus for breakfast, holiday crafts and storybook readings Dec. 2, 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Santa tickets $55 adults and seniors and $45 for children 3-10. Tram fare included.  Advance tickets required (760) 325-1449.

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

Sheila Metzner: From Life:  The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) This  internationally acclaimed American photographer made her mark on the history of late 20th century  photography in the areas of fashion and still li8fe.  Her unique style blends aspects of Pictorialism and Modernism to forge an aesthetic that not only stands out in the history of photographer but became closely associated with the best of the 1980s fashion, beaut and decorative arts trends.  Thru  Feb. 18, 2024.

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.   Nov. 12-Aug. 4, 2024.

Skirball Exhibitions:  Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)     Three exhibitions open October 19 featuring  This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers from the Civil Rights Movement,  Reclaimed: A Family Painting tells the story of three generations of women who spent decades trying to recover what the Nazis had stolen from their Jewish family during the Holocaust.  The American Library by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, a vibrant portrait of a nation exploring how ideas of citizenship, home and nationalism hold complex meanings. Thru Feb. 25, 2024.

Sounds of the Holidays:  Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs  The holiday choir season kicks off Nov. 30 continuing a decades long seasonal tradition.  Visitors enjoy holiday favorites performed by high school choirs on select dates Nov. 30-Dec. 10 –  5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collector’s Cabinet and the politics of Possession:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010)   L An immersive exploration of the economic and  political structures that laid the groundwork for today’s museums.  Assembling an imagined 17th century Dutch collector’s cabinet the exhibition brings together over 300 artworks, animal and mineral  specimens, scientific instruments, books and maps, artworks,  with a rich landscape of multivocal narratives by experts ranging from environmental historians and zoologists to contemporary artists and indigenous activists. Sept. 17-March 3, 2024.

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.  Nov. 12-Aug. 11, 2024.

William Blake Visionary: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)   A remarkable printmaker, painter and poet, Blake developed a wildly unconventional worldview, representing universal forces of creation and destruction — physical, psychological, historical– through his own cast of characters.  He created his poetry and images on the page through radical graphics techniques.  This major international loan exhibition explores the artist-poet’s imaginative world through his most celebrated works.  Oct. 17-Jan. 14, 2024.

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles  This exhibition explores the intersection of abstract art and woven textiles over the past century.  The nexus of textiles and abstraction embodies key political, social, economic and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of the modern era.  Beginning in the first decades of the 20th century, the exhibition presents a diverse range of genres, materials, processes and technologies.  Sept. 17-Jan. 21, 2024.