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Academy Presentations: Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles  (323/930-3000) The newly opened 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 Academy Museum Store features merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store including Oscars memorabilia and other film related items.   Upcoming highlights include:   Vienna in Hollywood symposium and film series at the Ted Mann Theater, Dec. 11, concerns the building of  the Hollywood film industry by Jewish immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe in the early 20th century. A six week film series will continue until January 31, 2022. New screenings every week.

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.

Annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker – Year of the Tiger: Celebrating 44 yeas, presented by ABC Laboratories, this is one of the largest and oldest running races in the U.S. with its upcoming Lunar New Year run , walk, cycling and dog walk held over the weekend of February 19-20. 2022.  Registration is open with choice to participate in person or virtually.

Art at the Hammer: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000) Artist Monica Majoli selects works from the Grunwald Center collection to explore themes of melancholy and desire. Thru Jan. 2, 2022.  Just opened, Lulu, the Hammer’s new restaurant led by acclaimed writer and cookbook author, David Tanis and conceived with legendary  chef and food activist Alice Waters is now open for lunch.

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.

Autry Museum of the American West  Reopens:  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4370)  Check for upcoming films.

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.  Cinelounge Sunset re-opened in Hollywood with strict guidelines. The premier destination for all things new independent film, horror and genre cinema. Special engagements for Nightmare Alley and Last Words. Opens Dec. 17. Cinelounge is open every night.

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.

Gettys Open:   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.  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.

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)   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)  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:   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 accomplishments, a portrait by this artist was a sure way to astonish them.

Holiday Events:  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge  (818/949-4200)  Upcoming Holiday  Events feature  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

Holiday Family Fare: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum,  1419 N. Topanga Canyon Bl., Topanga  Dec. 11- noon – 6 p.m. (if rain, Dec. 18.)  I live rendition of The Point and a 14 piece band and narrated by John C. Reilly is the centerpiece of Holiday Family Faire in their spectacular outdoor venue.  Additional performances will include aerialist acts, carolers and singing madrigals roaming the grounds and story telling from a variety of traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand.  Artisan marketp0lace will offer holiday gifts and crafts, and festive food and drink. Proof of vaccination for ages 12+ and masks required.

Hours of Gucci: FIDM Museum & Galleries:  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles This exhibit is being presented by MGM  and United Artists Releasing from November 23-December 4, Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 AM-5PM. House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. Showcasing an exclusive mix of never before seen Hose of Gucci photography, film footage and costumes curated by costume designer  Janty Yates.  An immersive experience.  Free admission.

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.

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, (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.

Kidspace Children’s Museum opens Winter Frolic:  480 N. Arroyo Bl., Pasadena  Starting Nov. 19 and running through January 9, 2020, the museum will transform into a land of wonder and delight at its first annual Winter Frolic, a joyful space for children and their families to share the magic of this holidays together.

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

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.

La Surprise: Watteau in Los Angeles:Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)    The exhibition brings together a dozen paintings and drawings from public and private collections in celebration of this recent Getty acquisition.  Nov. 23-Feb. 20, 2022.

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, (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, (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: 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.

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   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   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.

Mixpantli: Space, Time and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (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

Newest Acquisitions: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) Spotlighting 20 works from the hundreds of acquisitions the Getty has made over the past 18 months. The works enrich the six collecting areas of the Museum: antiquities, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture & decorative arts and photographs. Opens Dec. 14.

Noah’s Ark Reopens: Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)    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 (310/322-2592) Live music and classic movies. Check out the special New Year’s Eve celebration.

Obama Portraits: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (323/857-6010) The debut of the Obama portraits will be accompanied by more then 140 works of Black American portraiture.  Nov. 7-January 2, 2022.

 Paintings of the 17th Century and Contemporary Dance:   Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300) Nicolas Poussin was the most influential French painter of the 17th century and an artist fascinated by movement.  He painted scenes of wild revelry – dancing nymphs and satyrs — that drew inspiration from classical antiquity and helped make him a star of the European art world. Screened in the exhibition galleries and online, a series of original dance films  will engage Poussin in a conversation across centuries.  Feb.  15-May 8, 2022.

Palm Springs Ariel Tramway: (888-515-TRAM) The world’s largest rotating tram car. Special holiday schedule Dec. 25-Jan 2, 2022 First tram up each day is 8:00 a.m., last tram up is 8:00 p.m. Dec 25 and Jan. 1.  Ride n’ Dine tickets includes Tram admission and dinner at Pines Cafe with dinner service beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:00 p,m,

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!

Rubens: Picturing Antiquity:    (310/440-7300)  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades  This exhibition focuses on his fascination with the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.  The single-venue presentation demonstrates some of the intriguing ways in which the innovative artist both celebrated and transformed his diverse sources, including antiquities from his own collection. Nov. 10-Jan. 24, 2022.

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)   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

Shu Lea Cheang: Crafting a Genre of new Sci Fi Queer Cinema: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (310/443-7000)   In conjunction with Witch Hunt three feature length films directed by Cheang will screen in the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14.

Staples Center’s New Name:  On Christmas Day the sports area will officially change its name to Arena.  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)    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  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:   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.   Thru Feb. 20, 2022.

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’s Christmas Specials:  Yuletide favorites and  and family traditions are celebrated with Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas   thru Jan. 2, 2022.  The holiday festivities are included in the price of admission.

Unseen Picasso:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Bl., Pasadena 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.

Van Gogh Comes to Santa Barbara:  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara (805/963-4364)  Beginning in March 2022, visitors to Santa Barbara can look forward to the highly anticipated exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources. The museum will present 20 works of arat by the Dutch painter in a sea of more than 75 works of art by those that he admired. Taking cues from themes in the exhibition and serving art lovers of every age, the community partners will immerse visitors in the visual imagination of one of the most idolized artists in the world through public art, music, dance and theater performances, other museum and gallery installations, a virtual reality experience, and participation art classes. Feb. 27-May 22.

Ventura’s Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair: With more than 80 tasting locations and two VIP lounges, the event draws attendees from across California showcasing world-class wines and breweries. Tasting locations are located in boutiques, galleries and restaurants throughout  the Ventura downtown district.  Upon check in each participant receives a souvenir tasting cup and map of the tasting locations. Tickets are $55.  Check in times are from 3-5 pm Parking passes for the Ventura County Fairgrounds are $20. Dec. 11.

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.

World Arts, Local Lives: Fowler Museum Celebrating world arts and cultures.  Free.

Yoshitomo Nara: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, (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.

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