Special Events


Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us, a new series of virtual panels with conversations and race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of film-making.   Academy Dialogues: ICON MANN:  We Are the Culture, the newest discussion in the series focuses on the Academy’s Black membership and the challenges of being successful in a system that was designed to be exclusionary. Starting Oct 1 at 9:00 am. YouTube.

Arts for LA: State of the Arts Summit 2020. convening of arts plus culture leaders from across the SoCal region.  This conference style virtual event will feature a great line-up of speakers, performers, networking opportunities and more. The inaugural class of ACTIVATE innovators will be sharing updates on their current work to leverage arts and culture for systemic change.  Oct. 16, 10 am-3 pm.  Ticketed event.

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,

Beach House Reopens:  Beginning July 2020, 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.

California Vote Center at the Skirball: 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  The Skirball Cultural Center,  will serve as an official Vote Center from October 30-November 2, 9:00 am-8:00 pm.  Inside Ahmanson Hall, on site at the Skirball all eligible California voters, regardless of place of residence may do the following:

Vote in person

Drop off their ballot

Get a replacement ballot

Vote using an accessible voting machine

Get help and voting material in multiple languages

Register to vote or update their voter registration

Everyone must wear face masks and participate in proper physical distancing. Free parking.

Calaca Workshop:  The Fowler has partnered with Self Help Graphics & Art to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with an art workshop inspired by the Fowler’s collection of Felipe Linares’s cartonerias — sculptured objects made from papier-mache.  Artist William Acedo will teach how to make your own papier mache skeleton out of household materials in this 5-park workshop.

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.

Contemporaneity Pacific Rim Artists:  Orange County Museum of Art (temporary venue)  South Coast Plaza Presenting five previously announced exhibitions that were delayed due to the pandemic.   All exhibitions employ texts, narratives and aspects of language in relationship to visual imagery to address how identity is shaped in addition to the permanent collection Opens Oct. 15.

Dia De Los Muertos:  Grand Park downtown will honor the cultural tradition of this holiday Day of the Dead, with a series of free family friendly programs curated for the COVID era with a focus on personal well being and collective healing though the 12-day celebration.The Music Center’s programming engine takes place from October 24-Nov. 4 with a mix of digital ofrendas and public art installations intertwined with personal health and wellness messages plus photo exhibits., 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Getty Goes Virtual:  The Getty Center and Getty Villa are temporarily closed and will not reopen before January 2021 but they are offering opportunities for engagement and inspiration with a full slate of free virtual programming that can be enjoyed from home. Just up…Ed Ruscha’s previously unseen photos of Sunset Boulevard, thousands of photographs taken between 1965 and 2007.

Halloween Experience: Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Of the Night are delivering a Dracula’s Disco Of The Night experience, offering a new way to celebrate Halloween…at home.  Several party packages available. Delivery directly to your doorstep brings iconic Dracula performance directly to people’s doors.

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.

Jewish Suffragists: Two prestigious Professors will discuss the important but often forgotten Jewish suffragists at Sunday Morning Zoom panel from the Braid/Jewish Women’s Theatre. Oct. 25, 11 PDT.

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)

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.

RBG Documentary: The Los Angeles Music Center is providing purchase access to the Emmy-winning documentary about the extraordinary life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Proceeds benefits ACLUs Women’s Rights Project, founded by Ginsburg in 1972. $6.99.

Rogue Lab Nano Projects: A digital showcase of its 2020 Rogue Lab New Play Incubator plays in progress. Audiences can view short surreal snippets, readings, puppet demonstrations and a play that unfurls through an Instagram feed, getting a unique view into the Rogue new play development process.  Thru Dec. 2020.


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 Stages:  Voting for All:  A Conversation with Aram Han Sifuentes celebrating the launch of The Official Unofficial Voting Station in a discussion of her nationwide project to both raise awareness of voter disenfranchisement and capture the voices of those unable to vote in US elections.  Reserve now. Oct. 4. Free virtual talk. Reservations required

Turnaway Study…Abortion: What is the impact on a woman when she has an abortion? What are the consequences when she is denied an abortion.  Professor Diana Greene Foster explains the psychological, financial, physical and family consequences of their actions.  In  interviews with women who have had or been denied abortions, she covers territory that women must consider. Free livestream Oct. 16, 5:00 p.m. PDT.  In her new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps and the Marriage of Money and Power Bernstein weaves these family histories. Presented by Writers Bloc.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101) and The People Speak featuring the words and songs of rebels, dissenters and visionaries from our past and present, producer and director Anthony Arnove has directed stage and television versions in Dublin, London and across the  USA with various arts groups. Nov. 1, 7:00 pm.  RSVP   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.

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.  Virtual Friday Night Films at the Wende, a series of movies that can be watched at home. PST, Zoom Webinar.

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