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 Academy Presentations: Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles www.academymuseum@oscars.org  (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.

Every Saturday films for families of all ages are screened, all rated G or PG unless otherwise noted.The final Family Matinee of every month is an accomodative screening where open captioning, keep the theater dimly lit and maintain a lower volume for neurodivergent viewers. Upcoming:  new film series featuring Dorothy Dandridge and Ruby Dee Nov. 3-25.  Hollywood Chinese ..The First 100 Years, Nov. 4-27

Social Series from 6-9 pm. Explore the museum after hours and enjoy music, food and cocktails out on the Dolby Family Terrace under the twilight sky. Tickets are $45 general admission and $25 for members.Check for dates.

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

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Annenberg Community Beach House:  Santa Monica (310/458-4934) beachhouseevents@santamonica.gov  Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m..  Grounds include playground, volleyball courts, sandy area, splash pad, courtyard, view deck, gallery. Special events. Back on the Beach, an indoor, outdoor restaurant overlooking the beach – (310/393-8282.)

Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia:  California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323/724 3623) An international touring exhibition  featuring over 120 ancient artifacts, half of which are on tour for the first time. Start the visit with Angkor 3D, an immersive IMAX adventure where science and mystery intersect. See one of the archaeological wonders of the world on a 7-story screen.  After IMAX enter the exhibition and journey back 900 years to discover engineering and cultural marvels and daily life in the Khmer empire.

At the Hammer: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000) hammer.ucla.edu  Joan Didion: What She Means curated by Hilton Als, this exhibition as portrait, a narration of the life of one artist by another.Newly 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.  The newly opened Hammer Store offers a wide selection of books, housewares, artist projects and Hammer items plus a pop-up from Peoples Potter Project.

Autry Museum of the American West  Reopens:  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/495-4370) TheAutry.org/visit 

Automobility LA: Los Angeles Convention Center. 2022 Automakers Revealed when featured automakers fill both halls of the LA Convention Center. showcasing the latest electric, plug in hybrid and gas powered vehicles  Opens Nov. 18.

Becoming America:  Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Bl., Yorba Linda  nixoneducation@nara.gov  (714/983-9296) Lecture series about how we gained and secured freedom and self government.   The Constitution of the United States Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 28 & Dec. 6. The Bill of Rights and Guarantees of  Liberty Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 21, 28.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com/summer2021 A rollicking trip through the calendar to all things celebratory throughout the year.


California Biennial and 13 Women:  Orange County Museum of Art: Segerstrom Center, 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa    Inaugural programming will open OCMA’s new home located on the Segerstron Center for the Arts Campus.  The opening program will feature a diverse array of exhibitions including a survey of artist Fred Eversley, thru Feb. 5;  special project about landscape architect Peter Walker thru Jan. 15;  monumental outdoor sculpture by Sanford Biggers and many more exhibitions.

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 Sunset: 6464 Sunset Bl, Hollywood.  (323/924-1644)  http://cineloungehollywood.com Cinelounge Sunset re-opened in Hollywood .  Special engagements  start November 4 for When Men Were Men,  The Banshees of Inishern.

Dia De Los Muertos:  Grand Avenue Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles grandparkla.org  This twelve day public art installation honors customs and traditions of the Angeleno Community’s Day of the Dead.  Park goers will discover altars made by professional artists and local organizations displayed in the part and contribute to a community in partnership with Self Help graphics  Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

Dia de los Muertos Block Party: 24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., Hoover St. between 23-25th  Streets.  Celebrate this annual holiday headlined by three top music acts.  Entertainment on the outdoor stage will also include performances by Aztec dance group, Ballet Folklorico and more.  Enjoy homemade tamales, craft booths and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for departed loved ones plus a Ferris wheel and merry go round. Kick off at 5:45 p.m. with procession led by ceremonial dancers.  Come in costume. Free.  Nov. 2.

Dress Codes: Autry Museum of the American West,  4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)  This exhibition is about what we wear, how we wear it and why. Explore how the clothing in out closets have long and often surprisingly histories.  Organized around six enduring icons of western style.  May 22-Dec. 31.

Fall Exhibitions:  Hammer Museum,  10899 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles (310/443-7000)  Picasso Cut Papers, spans the full career of the artist featuring a little know foundational aspect of Pablo Picasso’s artistic practice, Oct 1-Dec. 31; Joan Didion: What She Means curated by Hilton Als, Oct. 11-Jan. 22, 2023; Bob Thompson: This House is Mine, Oct. 11-Jan. 8, 2023.

Fabric of A Nation: American Quilt Stories: Skirball  Museum, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  www.skirball.org   This exhibition tell s a rich story of American history and identity through more than 40 quilts from the past five centuries.   Free admission on Thursdays.

Festivities at the Tramway:  Palm Springs (760/325-1391)  www.pstramway.com  UFC Hall of Famer Cub Swanson will serve as the 2022 celebrity tree lighter on December 4.  Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Live music with holiday favorites.

Film at the Autry: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)   Easy Rider, Nov. 1;  La Recua- The Mule Pack Train, Nov. 13.

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.

Hammer Projects: Ho Tzu Nyen:  10899 Wilshire Bl.,  Westwood (310/443-7000)   hammer.ucla.edu   This artist’s video installation, complemented by a soundtrack developed with collaborators, explores the construction of cultural memory and political narrative surrounding the history of the Korean peninsula.  Now open.

Heritage Farm: 1336 Gladys Ave., Long Beach (562/343-1068) heritagerestaurantib@gmail.com   This new fine dining concept  offers artisanal sandwiches by day and a refined tasting menu  in the evening.  Heritage is a certified Green and Blue fully zero-waste concept.  Over 60% of produce is grown at their urban farm.  Heritage Farm is hosting a series of dinners at the farm in partnership with celebrated local chefs offering guests the opportunity to enjoy firsthand the culinary experience that the Farm offers.  Dinners begin at $125 per person.

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.

Holiday Familly Faire:  Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Bl., Topanga  theatricum.com/holidayfamilyfaire-2  A spectacular outdoor venue where  carolers and singing madrigals roam the grounds and Theatricum company members tell winter holiday stories from a variety of traditions including Christmas,  Hanukkah and Kwanza.  Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand to take family photos and performances will include aerialist acts.  An artisan marketplace will offer holiday gifts and crafts and a 14 piece orchestra will entertain.  Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  (Rain date Dec. 17)

Laemmle  Theaters Reopen: Movies are back on the big screen with limited seating (310/478-3836). Objects of Desire:  Photography and the Language of Advertising traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful mainstream visual language, Sept. 4-Dec 18.

Letters From the Black Sea:  Getty Villa Theater Lab, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300) getty.edu  Written by Oliver Mayer, this work in progress is a play dedicated to the exiles of the world, past and present and to the eternal flame of their hopes of returning. Performances take place Nov. 12 and 13.

Upcoming Exhibitions at LACMA:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010) Objects of Desire: Photography and Language of Advertising traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language, Sept. 4-Dec. 18;The Space Between: The Modern Korean Art covers the years 1897-1965 and the influences of America and Europe, Sept. 11-Feb 19, 2023;  Scandinavian Design and the United States 1890-1980 examines the extensive design exchanges between the USA and Nordic countries, Oct. 9-Feb. 5. 2023.


Marionette Theater:  Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 4949 York Bl., Highland Park www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com   Nutcracker, a holiday favorite returns bringing together traditional favorites featuring large scale marionettes and intricate sets.  Reserve in advance to this very popular family show.  Nov. 26-Jan. 8, 2023.

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

National Theatre Live Screenings:  Los Angeles Theatre Works, UCLA James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. E. Los Angeles (310/827-0889)  www.boxoffice@latw.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.  Reserve in advance.

Nubia – Jewels of Ancient Sudan:  Getty Villa Museum, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy (310/440-7300)     VisitorServices@Getty.edu  For nearly 3,000 years a series of kingdoms flourished in ancient Nubia (present day southern Egypt and northern Sudan.  The region was rich in sought after resources and its trade networks reached far.  This exhibition presents highlights from the extensive collection of Nubian objects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston featuring superbly crafted jewelry, metalwork and sculpture and reflect the wealth and splendor of Nubian society. Oct. 12-April 3, 2023.

Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl, www.lacma.org  This exhibition explores the artistic appropriation of advertising techniques by photography-based artists whose innovations expanded the possibilities for photography as creative expression.  Sept. 4-Dec. 18.

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

Park Dae Sung: Virtuous Ink and Contemporary Brush:    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)   LACMA  This exhibition spotlights the artist’s large scale ink paintings that portray contemporary subjects with calligraphic lines, effortlessly fusing the aesthetics of East and West.  Thru Dec. 11

Particular Histories: Provenance Research in African Arts:   Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Dr. N. Los Angeles,  www.fowler.ucla.edu  Investigation of an artwork’s past ownerships traces the movement of a given object through different cultural, economic and political contexts.  This exhibition presents five provenance case studies drawn from African material dating to the early 20th century that came to the Fowler from the collection of Sir Henry Wellcone (1863-1936).  The exhibition highlights recent findings that shed light on shifting perceptions of the objects value over time and offer some surprising revelations.   Thru Nov. 13.

Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World:  Getty Villa Museum, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy (310/440-7300)     VisitorServices@Getty.edu  

Photography at The Getty: www.visitorservices@getty.edu    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.

Picasso Ingres: Face to Face:  Norton Simon Museum,  411 W. Colorado Bl., Pasadena  www.NortonSimon.org  This exhibition brings together  two extraordinary interrelated paintings for the first time.  Pablo Picasso’s Woman With a Book and Jean-Augus-Dominique Ingres’s Madame Moitessier.  A partnersip between the Norton Simon Museum and the National Gallery, London, this exhibition explores Picasso’s long-standing fascination with Ingress and the generative process that resulted from his confrontation with a celebrated work of art.  Oct. 21-Jan. 30, 2023.

Poetic Celebration of Camellias:  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818/949-4200)  descansogardens.org  All kinds of wonderful bloom-related  activities fill the next few months that are guaranteed to delight, educate and inspire.  Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season.  These brilliant flowers contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity.  Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America.  Descanso offers a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection and participation.

Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany:   Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)   LACMA  This exhibition highlights the contributions  of 20th century Mexican and German artists to a global iconography of political graphics.  Oct. 29-July 22, 2023

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.

Reinventing the Americas: www.visitorservices@getty.edu    The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, West Los Angeles (310/440-7300)  This show reexamines  the Americas and prompts us to reevaluate critically materials from the past.   This exhibition analyzes  the creation of the mythologies that arose during the conquest and exploration of the continents and reveals the influence that these myths and utopian visions have had on defining the American.   Aug. 23-Jan. 8, 2023.

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: 1130 State St., Santa Barbara (805/963-4364) www.sbma.net    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  tickets.sbma.net+

Screenings at The Autry:   Silent Film Screening of The Wild Horse Stampede, Nov. 5; Easy Rider Nov. 12, La Recia – the Mule Pack Train, Nov. 13;

Super Nintendo World: Universal Studios  www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com The highly anticipated opening of Super Nintendo World will debut in the United States, designed to transport guests  and Nintendo fans into the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to be part of the Mushroom Kingdom. Guests will be propelled into a multi-dimensional experience that recreates iconic environments from the Mario Kart games  and where no two races are alike. Opening in early 2023.

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions at LACMA:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): 5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, www.lacma.org (323/857-6010)  Objects of Desire: Photography and Language of Advertising traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language, Sept. 4-Dec. 18;The Space Between: The Modern Korean Art covers the years 1897-1965 and the influences of America and Europe, Sept. 11-Feb. 19, 2023;  Scandinavian Design and the United States 1890-1980 examines the extensive design exchanges between the USA and Nordic countries, Oct. 9-Feb. 5. 2023.

Upcoming Exhibitions at the Norton Simon Museum:  411 W Colorado Bl., Pasadena  nortonsimon.orgModernism in Miniature features 25 small scale artworks from early to mid-20th century, thru Jan. 9, 2023;  Ink, Paper, Stone: Six Women Artists and the Language of Lithography, Oct. 14-Feb. 13, 2023; Picasso Ingres: Face to Face, Oct. 21-Jan. 30, 2023.

Wende’s New Exhibits: Wende Museum,  10808 Culver Bl., Culver City info@wende.org The Medium is the Message:  Flags and Banners, this exhibition combines Cold War era political flags from Eastern Bloc countries alongside contemporary artworks that reflect critically on the here and now.  Also Martin Roemers: Relics of the Cold War this exhibition presents work by Dutch photographer Martin Roemers  when he captured the structural and topographic remnants of the Cold War both the East and West over an 11 year period.  In its permanent home in the Wende Garden, artist Farrah Karapetian turns the original East German guardhouse into a lighthouse changing a gesture of suspicions into a gesture of welcome.

We Are Here: A Celebration of Legacy:  Grand Park,  200 N. Grand Ave.,  downtown Los Angeles   musiccenter.org/wearehere   This free public event will offer Angelenos the opportunity  to learn through augmented reality and with hands on artistic experience about the legacies of Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and individuals who have contributed to Los Angeles’s rich diversity.   Live music and DJs. Noon to 4:00 p.m.  Nov. 12.