Special Events


Artists on the Move: Journeys and Drawings: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405  (310/440-7300)  This exhibition examines the travels of European artists from the 16th and  19th centuries on view.  This show looks at the travels of artists as they became exposed to different artistic traditions and new knowledge while at the same time disseminating their own knowledge and traditions wherever they went. Thru May 3.

Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design:  FIDM Museum  & Galleries, 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/623-5821)  More than 100 costumes representing  30 films from 2019, including all five Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design: The Irishman, Aladdin, Dumbo, Maleficent Mistress of Evil and Missing Link, Avengers: End Game, Captain Marvel, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Booksmart, Knives Out, Last Christmas, Late Night, Hustlers, The Laundromat, Queen & Slim, Us, Aeronauts, Harriet: Be Free or Die, Once Upon a Time, 1917, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Downton Abbey, Dolemite is My Name, Ford & Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Rocketman, Shadow and Black Panther.  Feb. 4-March 21.

Broad Celebrates Fifth Anniversary: 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/232-6250)  A series of exhibitions, installations and events are scheduled through 2020 that explores its world renowned collection of postwar and contemporary art built over 50 years by the museum’s founders. Ten artists will be highlighted through free exhibitions and in-depth installations including John Baldessari, Jean Michel Basquiat, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Roy Richtenstinn, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool.  Throughout the anniversary year, The Broad is dedicating its first and third floor galleries to showcasing the Broad collection, which ecncompasses approximately 2,000 artworks and reflects many of the forces and ideas that have shaped art since the mid-twentieth century.

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.

Celebrating Raphael:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Bl., Pasadena Joining museums around the world to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, a special display and a serious of programs focus on the artist’s Madonna and Child with Book.  One of the treasures of the Museum’s early Renaissance galleries also has the distinction of being the only painting by Raphael in a public collection west of the Mississippi.  Raphael 2020, Jan. 15-May 18.

Cinema Tuesdays: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Free movies featured on the first two Tuesdays of each month, 1:30 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil Volta: Dodger Stadium, Jan. 18-March 8, OC Fair & Event Center, March 18-April 19

Culinary Events at the Gettys: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300)   The J. Paul Getty Museum is offering a number of culinary events in the coming months spotlighting the lush gardens and bountiful herbs at both locations. Tea by the Sea, at the Villa, ongoing Thursdays and Saturdays. Limited tickets.

Culver City Walking Tours:  Los Angeles Conservancy (213/623-2489)  Award winning tours include the special Culver City’s Unique History plus Broadway Historic Theatre District,  Art Deco, Angelino Heights, Historic Downtown.

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000) The first substantial project on the art of Fiji to be mounted in the United States features more than 225 artworks drawn from major international collections including figurative sculpture, ritual kava bowls, breastplates of pearl shell and whale ivory, weapons, and European watercolors and paintings. Thru July 19, 2020.

Free Play Readings: For reservations: (213/972-8028) Center Theatre Group offers free library play reading series with six plays on select dates from July to December.  The plays will be presented at Benjamin Franklin Library on Tuesdays, Malabar Library on Wednesdays and Robert Louis Stevenson Library on Thursdays.  All reading begin at 6 p.m.

Gold at the Autry: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000) Gold is a precious, beautiful metal but it can also be an empty promise.  A desire for gold has led to atrocities, large and small yet its allure remains.  Discover a range of gold-related artworks and artifacts through a new self guided tour and special exhibits, thru July 19, 2020.

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.  The six panel discussions are presented as part of Wende Conversations. RSVP necessary. Discussion series includes Roads and Shortcuts to Utopia March 8, Fact and Fiction May 10,  Walls and Borders July 12, Ethics in Unethical Times Sept. 13.

Jazz at LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  Free jazz concerts every Friday night at 6pm at the Grand Entrance.

LACMA New & Upcoming Exhibitions: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000) Exploration of Qiu Ying, an artist from the Ming period who remains the most copied painter in Chinese history, Feb. 9-May 17.  The first career survey of paintings and works on paper by Luchite Hurtad: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn, Feb. 16-May 3.  A new body of photographic work by Vera Lutter, Museum in the Camera, March 29-Aug. 9.  Yoshitomo Nara exhibition viewing the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion– music, April 5-Aug. 23…. and more.

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.

Meet and Greet Series:  Skylight Studios, Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  Multi-media venue located directly across from the Space for Photography offers a free lecture series with attendees given the opportunity to interact one on one with the featured guest speakers.  Free. No reservations necessary.

Mesopotania:  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300) The land between the rivers in modern-day Iraq was home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians.  Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script, the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge and spectacular artistic and literary accomplishments. covering three millennia.  March 18-July 27.

Michelangelo: Mind of the Master: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405  (310/440-7300)  One of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art, the Michelangelo exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Medici Chapel tombs.  Feb. 25-June 7.

Natural History Museum Events:  900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-DINO)  First Fridays — Walk on the Wild Side after hours features cocktails, KCRW DJ  lounge, LA bands, tours and talks…a unique adventure.  Live music and discussion series continues. 

New Exhibitions at LACMA:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  Betye Saar: Call and Response addresses spirituality, gender, and race and she ruminates and plays with objects and ideas making sketches inspired by specific found objects in her possession. She is one of the most significant assemblage artists working today. Thru April 5, 2020.

Old Town Music Hall Film & Special Events:  140 Richmond St., El Segundo (310/322-25920)  Film and concert schedule & home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.

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.

Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash Ride:  Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City,  Opening March 27, 64 animated figures are brought to life in this all new tech savvy ride based on the blockbuster films which answer the question “What are your pets really doing when you are not at home?”  Guests are transformed into stray puppies as they journey to become loved and adopted.

Skirball Events: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)   Esteemed immigrant poets Ilya Kaminsky and Dunya Mikhail on exile, war and love, March 25.  Trace the dramatic story of the Sarajevo Haggadah through a multimedia works for accordion, piano and video March  29. Free Tuesday matinees, March 3 and 10.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture, this immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art and technology.  The exhibition also explores how boundaries were broken with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans and aliens work together for the common goal of exploring the galaxy.  April 30-Sept. 6.

Sweet Land: Creating a Contemporary Opera: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles  Learn about the creative process and larger themes of this new opera that reimagines stories of America’s founding and westward expansion.   The discussion includes the founder and artistic director of The Industry, co-composers, and artist and co-director.  Jan. 26. Production runs Feb. 29-March 22.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101) and     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.


Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling: Annenberg Space for Photography: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles (213/403-3000).  In this arresting and iconic exhibition curated by Vanity Fair’s creative development editor David Friend and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White, the show features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades. The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties and the power-brokers through the distinctive lens of the most widely celebrated journalistic arbiter of Hollywood power and personality.   Free Admission. Thru July 26.

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. The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain …this exhibition pairs counterculture women artists from Cold War-era Eastern Europe with contemporary subversive women artists from Southern California.  Thru April 5, 2020.

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