Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 23-March 2



“Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow” by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japan, c. 1854, full-color wood block print, is part of “Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art” exhibit now through May 21 at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. (Photo courtesy of Scripps College, Claremont, CA)


Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Feb. 23 to March 2.

Check ahead for schedule changes for outdoor events this weekend, Feb. 24-26, due to weather conditions.




Prosperity Market at California African American Museum: Black History Month pop-up includes 30 Black-owned local businesses to explore, a farmers market, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, a DJ, photo booth and a pop-up coffee shop, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Also, a “sound bath,” 10-11 a.m., and yoga, 11 a.m.-noon. Free admission. Parking $15 before 5 p.m. (in the blue structure parking lot; entrance to the blue structure is on Figueroa Boulevard at 39th Street.). Location, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. and Reserve a spot on Eventbrite:

Dinosaurs in the Valley: An outdoor, immersive walk-through to see life-size and life-like animatronic dinosaurs. Dates: Feb. 25-26; March 4-5. Admission is by timed-entry; must be purchased in advance online; daytime or nighttime options. Admission $24.99 plus fees. Check the website for information on additional activities for children; additional fee for each; to be purchased at the venue. Parking $10 plus fees (when you purchase admission). Frequently asked questions: Pierce College, use parking lot entry at Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills.

Black History Month Festival – Celebration and Solidarity: Event includes live musical and dance performances, a panel discussion on the impact of Black Americans in the entertainment industry, educational exhibits and local vendors, 4:30-10 p.m. Feb. 25. Free admission. Third Street Promenade, between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. Details on the schedule,

Black History Month – Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills: The event kicks off with a community resource fair, networking and refreshments, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 25. A cornucopia of inspiring performances include dance, music, poetry and special guest speeches celebrating Black American culture, history and personalities, 6-7:30 p.m. An excerpt from the opera “Omar” is part of the presentation. Keynote speaker: Stephany Powell, PhD. Free admission. Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. and updates

Topanga Vintage Market: Find collectibles and that certain treasure, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission $5; free for ages 12 and younger. No pets allowed. Rain or shine. Pierce College, use parking entrance from Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills. 310-422-1844. Updates: and

CicLAvia – The Valley: CicLAvia returns to the San Fernando Valley for 5-miles of closed street for riding a bike, skate boarding, roller skating, jogging and walking, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Route: Sherman Way, from Shoup Avenue to Lindley Avenue (from Canoga Park, through Winnetka, to Reseda; or, the reverse). There is no set start or stop for the event; choose how short or long or round trip you prefer. Visit businesses along the way. The free event is not a race. Read the rules here: The map: Details on the event:

Casa de Lopez Adobe tours: The historic 1882 home to Catalina and Geronimo Lopez has docent-guided tours, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 26, and on subsequent fourth Sundays of the month. Docents discuss the Lopez family and their role in San Fernando Valley history. The adobe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free admission. Location, 1100 Pico St., San Fernando. San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department, 818-898-1290.

AlienCon: Lectures and panel discussions on unexplained mysteries and marketplace, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 4 and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 5. Autographs and photo opportunities are an extra fee (see the schedule). Schedule: Admission $65 for one-day pass; $120 Weekend pass; $349 Cosmic Pass (see the website for details and other passes). Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

Ventura Gem Show: The Ventura Gem and Mineral Society presents its “Diamond Jubilee” 60th annual event that includes exhibits of fossils, gems and minerals, demonstrations of lapidary arts, jewelry-making and vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5. The show also includes children’s activities, silent auction, raffle prizes and a plant sale. The society uses funds raised for a local college scholarship in the earth sciences and/or jewelry arts (winner to be announced at the show). Free admission. Fee for parking. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 805-312-8467. Email:

2023 West San Fernando Valley Preparedness Fair: Learn to be prepared for natural disasters at home or while driving, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 25 (event has been rescheduled from Feb. 25 to this new date). The event includes demonstrations on CPR, using a fire extinguisher and how to turn off utilities. Free admission. Use the college parking lot, 7, off of Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue. Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-347-4737.




Island Packers – Winter Whale Watching: Spot Pacific gray whales migrating through the Santa Barbara Channel as they journey from Alaska to Baja California. Cruise passengers may also see fin or humpback whales plus Common dolphins (no guarantees). Two boarding locations: Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard; Ventura Harbor Village, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. February-April tickets: $44 ages 13-54; $40 ages 55 and older; $31 ages 3-12. Check the website for all prices, other cruising trip types and island destinations through the year. Check website for details on boarding locations. 805-642-1393. and

Super Nintendo World – Universal Studios Hollywood: New theme area at the amusement park — with the ride “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.” Details: Park basic admission $109; see website for admission and passes; also, “early access” fee to Super Nintendo World (in addition to park admission). Location, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

Titanic – The Exhibition: Take an immersive and interactive tour of the White Star Line ship that hit an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean. Dates: March 16-19, 23-26 and 30-31; and dates in April. See re-creations of the interior and exterior, authentic White Star Line objects, recovered items and costumes and props from the 1997 film. Admission is by timed-entry and prices vary by day of the week (for weekdays $33.90 ages 13 and older; $30.50 ages 65 and older; $23.70 ages 4-12; VIP and VIP Plus admissions are also available. Beverly Event Venue, 4327 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. FAQs section: Details and purchase admission here:

Stranger Things – The Experience: The 45-minute immersion in all things based on the Netflix show. Dates: Feb. 23-26; March 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Unlock your power in the Hawkins Lab, enjoy an 80s-style medley of locations and fan-favorite moments, including photo ops, food and drink, and interact with performers. Fun dress code: 80s. Minimum recommended age: 13. Tickets start at $49. Location, 1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello.;




Topanga Canyon Gallery: Final reception, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 26 for the two solo shows: “John Couch: Mushin” and “June Kim: Divine Vision of Redthread.” Final reception moved from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26 due to weather conditions). Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Feb. 24 (call to confirm). Also, the gallery will be closing as its current location has been sold. As of this time, the gallery doesn’t have a new location. According to a press release, the gallery website will continue to be accessible with links to the various artist works. Location, 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-7909. For more information on the gallery closure, email: or

Valley Watercolor Society: The group holds its 2023 annual juried exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2. Reception, 3-6 p.m. March 5. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.




Gagosian:Jim Shaw: Thinking the Unthinkable.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 25. Location, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-271-9400. Email:

David Kordansky Gallery: “Bhabha Williams,” exhibit pairing art by Huma Bhabha and Michael Williams, and “Richard Tuttle: Calder/Tuttle — Tentative.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Feb. 25. Location, 5130 W. Edgewood Place, Los Angeles. 323-935-3030.

Ivan Art Gallery: “Martino Dorcé,” exhibit of the Haitian artist’s watercolors. Black History Month exhibits include Currier & Ives “Conflicts in Black Life,” vintage ethnic cards, and also an exhibit of movie posters. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday. Exhibits run through Feb. 28. Location, 2711 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-533-6021. Facebook:

Corey Helford Gallery: “Art Collector Starter Kit IX: A Group Show of 12 x 12 Works” and “Richard Ahnert: While We Wait.” Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through March 4. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Arushi Gallery: “Komla Letsu Philip: Blissful Introspection,” a solo exhibit. Exhibit runs through March 6. Location, 1243 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 213-440-2700. Artist biography:

Kohn Gallery: “Alicia Adamerovich: This is the time of the hour.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through March 11. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

L.A. Louver: “Alison Saar: Uproot” and “The Wine Dark Sea,” a group show. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through March 11. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955.

Nonaka-Hill: “Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver: Synogenesis.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 11. Location, 720 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-450-9409.

Brand Library and Arts Center: “Nexus IV: RAIZ.” The new, contemporary art exhibit is a group show with 60 Los Angeles-based artists. Exhibit is presented by Thinkspace Projects, California Cowboys Collective and Tlaloc Studios. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through March 17. Location, 1601 W. Mountains St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. Details:

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Carrie Mae Smith: Four Plates and Four Cups.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 18. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:;

Artist Co-Op 7: “Windows of Our Minds,” group show on the natural world by local artists Rosemary Altshuler, Adria Becker, Selina Cheng, Karen Alpert Entous, Denise Yarfitz-Pierre. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed on Saturday-Sunday). Exhibit runs through March 27. Encino Terrace Lobby Gallery, 15821 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

William Turner Gallery: “Julian Lennon: Atmospheria,” photography. A portion of the proceeds goes to the White Feather Foundation. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through April 1. Location, 2525 Michigan Ave., Site E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email:

Ivan Art Gallery: “Martino Dorcé,” exhibit of the Haitian artist’s watercolors. Black History Mon

Roberts Projects: “Kehinde Wiley: Colorful Realm.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through April 8. Location, 442 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-549-0223.

Hauser & Wirth: “Zeng Fanzhi” and “Rita Ackermann: Vertical Vanish.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Exhibits run through April 30. Location, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles.

Women Painters West: “Portraits,” a juried exhibition. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 7. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica.




Diesel, a Bookstore: Gregg Hurwitz discusses and signs “The Last Orphan,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. John Sayles discusses and signs “Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade,” 6:30 p.m. March 7. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch Library Used Book Sale: Items include children’s, cookbooks, fiction and nonfiction hardcover and paperbacks plus CDs and DVDs, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25. Friends of the Library pre-sale, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23 (join at the door for $15 or $20 per family). Proceeds from the sale benefit the branch library. Location, community room, 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Details:

Book Soup: Javier Sethness Castro discusses “Queer Tolstoy: A Psychobiography,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Bonnie Bartlett Daniels discusses “Middle of the Rainbow – How a Wife, Mother and Two-Time Emmy Winner Managed to Find Herself,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Hunter Hargraves discusses “Uncomfortable Television,” 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Jordan Harper discusses “Everybody Knows” and Winnie M. Li discusses “Complicit,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Martha Wainwright discusses “Stories I Might Regret Telling You: A Memoir,” 7 p.m. March 1. Mae Coyiuto discusses her young adult book “Chloe and the Kaishao Boys,” 7 p.m. March 7. Olivia Harrison presents and signs “Came the Lightening – Twenty Poems for George,” 3 p.m. March 11 (first 30 in line are admitted for the talk; everyone else in line for signing only; rescheduled event from a previous date). Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Tara Ison discusses her novel “At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Local Author Day: Scott D. Dovale (“The Blue Leash – A Year of Mourning”), Alden Reimonenq (“The Upside-Down Tree”) and Nita Whitaker (“When Your Hand Is in the Lion’s Mouth – The Life and Wisdom of a Man Named Green”) discuss their books, 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Charlotte Maya discusses “Sushi Tuesdays – A Memoir of Love, Loss and Family Resilience,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28 (free to attend; pre-order the book on the website; talk is at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid St., Pasadena). Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Be the Change Book Festival: Glendale Library, Arts and Culture presents the event to celebrate diversity in reading, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25. Event includes author talks, exhibits by bookstores and other organizations, family activities , DJ and food trucks. Free parking, with validation, at the Marketplace parking structure across the street from the library. Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Details:

Author talk at Canoga Park Branch Library: Ghanaian American author Kwei Quartey discusses African literature and his own fictional crime series (the Inspector Darko Dawson and the Emma Djan Investigations mysteries), 1 p.m. Feb. 25. Discussion is for adults. Program is presented by the Friends of the Canoga Park Branch Library. Location, library’s community room, 20939 Sherman Way. 818-887-0320. Details:




Our House Grief Support Center’s Walk ‘n’ Run for Hope: Register for the “early bird” fee now through Feb. 28 for the 5K event around Lake Balboa, 7:30 a.m.-noon April 30. Early registration fee $35/$25 children (fee increases to $40/$30, March 1-30; $45/$35, April 1-29; event day $50/$40). The event location, Woodley Park, 6076 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys.

LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Clothing Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) jackets and sweaters, pants, shirts and socks for children, men and women are accepted through March 3. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. See other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email:

Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization holds the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy-in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite:

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies,




Ruth’s Chris Steak House – TasteMaker Dinner Series: A Belle Glos Wine four-course dinner, 6:30 p.m. March 1-2. Fee $130 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. Location, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Make a reservation here:




San Fernando Valley Historical Society: Guest speaker Marc Wanamaker discusses “Hollywood’s Trains and Trolleys – The History of the Southern California Transport System and the Motion Picture Industry,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Free/donations are appreciated. Location, New Life Church, 10650 Reseda Blvd., Porter Ranch. and




Autry Museum of the American West: Feb. 24-25: “Masters of the American West,” through March 26. Special event weekend includes an artist reception and art preview (6-9 p.m. Feb. 24; panel discussions and lunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25; cocktail reception and art sale, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 (tickets: VIP Weekend, $500, for Feb. 24-25; $175 for daytime-only event on Feb. 25; $250 for evening-only on Feb. 25 (dress code: dressy American Western attire); $350 for all-day on Feb. 25; purchase tickets here: Details on “Masters of the American West” exhibit and events:  Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and older, ages 13-18 and students with ID; $6 ages 3-12. Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Feb. 25: “Arsham Auto Motive,” life-sized vehicle sculptures and posters, opens ( Ongoing special exhibits: “Electric Revolutionaries,” custom electric motorcycles, through Feb. 26. “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme, Part II,” through May 14. “Inside Tesla – Supercharging the Electric Revolution,” prototypes of Tesla vehicles, historical perspective and design study, through Oct. 22. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19; $17 ages 62 and older; $12 ages 4-17. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Feb. 25: Mexican rapper of Maya heritage Pat Boy Rap Maya (aka Pat Boy, and Jesús Pat Chablé) performs on “International Mother Language Day,” 3:30-5 p.m. (free). Ongoing special exhibit: “Arte para la Gente — The Collected Works of Margaret Garcia,” through June 11. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles.

The Huntington: March 1: “Stories We Tell: Founders’ Day at the Huntington” is a panel talk on the quirky and serious stories about the various collections at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 7 p.m. Presenters: Sean Lahmeyer, Silas Munro, Karla Nielsen, Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Li Wei Yang. The presentation is in-person and live streamed. Free with a reservation. Location, Rothenberg Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Details and to register to attend in-person or watch the live stream here:

Grammy Museum: March 4: “Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” through winter 2024. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission $18; $15 ages 65 and older; $12 ages 5-17 and college students with ID. Location, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-725-5700.

Japanese American National Museum: March 4: “Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps,” through Oct. 1 ( Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets required; no walk-ins). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook:

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: March 5: The “Butterfly Pavilion” returns in an open-air netted enclosure, through Aug. 13. (timed admission, $8, with a general museum admission; Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $15; $12 seniors and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Descanso Gardens: New: “Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art,” in the Sturt Haaga Gallery and runs through May 21. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The gallery is open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $15; $11 ages 65 and older and student with valid ID; $5 ages 5-12. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: March 24: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away,” through Aug. 13.  Minimum age recommendation: 12. Purchase tickets in advance ($29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; details on the exhibit and tickets: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Regular admission: $16; $13 ages 62 and older; $9 ages 11-17; $6 ages 3-10. Purchasing admission in advance is recommended but not required ( Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.




Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibit: “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971,” through July 16. Timed advance admission tickets are available for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” Location, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000.

African American Firefighter Museum: Artifacts, fire apparatus, pictures and stories about African American Los Angeles firefighters. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Donation. 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730.

California African American Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Adee Roberson and Azikiwe: because i am that,” through May 7 (lobby gallery; all other galleries are closed for upgrades). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking $15 before 5 p.m.; $18 after 5 p.m. (in the blue structure parking lot; entrance to the blue structure is on Figueroa Boulevard at 39th Street.). Location, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. and

California Science Center: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “PAW Patrol : Adventure Play,” a hands-on and immersive exhibit, through May 14. This new exhibit is based on the preschool series of the same name on Nickelodeon (produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis). Ongoing: Hands-on exhibits make science fun. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $15.95 ages 15 and up; $13.95 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar.

Forest Lawn Museum at Forest Lawn-Glendale: Ongoing special exhibit: “Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 years of Joy & Wonder,” through March 19. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Exhibit runs through March 19. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 323-340-4782.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings,” through March 26. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. Parking directions: enter from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, turn left into the pay-by-space area of Lot 4 (198 Westwood Plaza). Location, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood.

The Getty Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Eighteenth Century Pastels,” through Feb. 26. “A Passion for Collecting Manuscripts,” illuminated manuscripts from the Getty Center’s collection, through April 23. “Our Voices, Our Getty: Reflecting on Drawings,” written interpretations about drawings from the Getty collection that were personally selected by 23 interns enrolled in the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program, through April 30 (details here: “Connections – Asia,” five works of art are displayed near European artwork made around the same time (various galleries; on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), through May 7. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required for now ( Parking $20 ( Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

The Getty Villa: Ongoing special exhibit: “Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan,” through April 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $20. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “From the Danube to the Pacific: Reinventing Home, the Artwork of Dave Fox,” through April 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday and Thursday. Admission is by timed admission ticket. Location, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email:

Italian American Museum Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio,” through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free; donations requested. Location, 644 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-485-8432.

Japan House Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Designing With Disaster – Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities, Inspired by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,” through April 2. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission. The museum is at Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: March 5: The “Butterfly Pavilion” returns in an open-air netted enclosure, through Aug. 13. (timed admission, $8, with a general museum admission; Ongoing special exhibits: “Reexamining the Grotesque: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection,” through March 5. “New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions,” through May 29. “Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938-1945,” through June 19. “Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982,” through July 2. “Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany,” through July 22. “Afro-Atlantic Histories,” with six sections including Maps and Margins, Enslavements and Emancipations, Everyday Lives, Rites and Rhythms, Portraits, Resistances and Activism, through Sept. 10, 2023 (the touring exhibit originated in Brazil). Plan your visit information here: Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students ages 18 and older with a valid ID, free for ages 17 and younger (reserving/purchasing an advance, timed-entry online is recommended). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

LA Plaza Cocina: Ongoing special exhibit: “The Legacy of Chocolate,” through April 30. The museum is dedicated to Mexican food and cuisine. The museum has a teaching kitchen and a store with culinary-related ingredients, cookbooks, decorative items and utensils used in making Mexican cuisine. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday). Free admission. The museum is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Location, 555 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 323-397-8365. Email:

Museum of African American Art: Current exhibit: “Aiseborn: From the HeArt,” art from the Inglewood-born, contemporary muralist and painter, now through April 30. Make a reservation to visit on the form here: The museum is located at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, third floor, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-294-7071.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free but an advance online timed-entry ticket is required. Special exhibits are $18; $10 seniors and students; free for ages 11 and younger. Locations: the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA , 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-633-5351.

Museum of the San Fernando Valley: Ongoing special exhibit: “Ritchie Valens” exhibit. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665.

Rancho Camulos Museum: Rancho Camulos is the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County. Throughout the year, the museum is open for tours, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Donation $5; $3 for children. Directions: from the 5 Freeway, take the exit to Highway 126, travel 3.5 miles west of the Ventura County Line. The entrance is on the south side of the roadway. The museum is two miles east of Piru. Location, 5146 E. Telegraph Road. 805-521-1501. Email:

Santa Monica Art Museum: “Looking West,” emerging and established regional artists, through March 1. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $10 (purchase tickets online). Location, 1219 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

Santa Monica History Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Broadway to Freeway — Life and Times of a Vibrant Community,” through April 30. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for ages 11 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290.

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” through March 12. Also, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and the Quilting Corner” and Chloë Bass: Wayfaring.” Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays ( Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball,” ($18; $15 seniors and students with ID; $7 ages 2-12; Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25-26 (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys. Purchase tickets:;;

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University: Ongoing special exhibit: “To Bough and To Bend,” exhibition of trees by 30 artists and the ecological issues that the art brings up, through March 26. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4851. Details:

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibit: “(De) constructing Ideology: The Cultural Revolution and Beyond,” through March 12. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday ( Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email:




Treelogy – A Musical Portrait of California’s Redwood, Sequoia and Joshua Trees: Music by Billy Childs, Steven Mackey, Gabriella Smith and Delirium Musicum, 8 p.m. Feb. 23. The music was commissioned by the Soraya at CSUN. Tickets $41 and up. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. Details and to purchase tickets:

Culture Club and Berlin – One World One Love Tour: 7 p.m. Feb. 24-25. Tickets $84 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

The Canyon: Ace Frehley, with Evolution Eden and Eric Steckel, 9 p.m. Feb. 24 ($39). John Tesh, with KG Masden, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 ($28). Ticket price listed is standing room only; table tickets require dinner purchase. Check website for other ticket prices, added ticket fee, dinner options and reservations. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. 888-645-5006.

Vieness Piano Duo: Eva Schaumkell and Vijay Venkatesh perform classical piano four-handed works, 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-340-9386. Details:

American Youth Symphony and National Children’s Chorus: Perform Britten’s War Requiem, 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets $16 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000.   Details:

Russell Thomas: The tenor, LA Opera’s artist-in-residence, performs a recital with a chamber ensemble of musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. The program consists of new music, commissioned by Thomas, by young Black composers: Jasmine Barnes, Joshua Banbury, Damien Geter, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Dave Ragland. Check the website for description of the pieces and and texts used, and also pieces by Adolphus Hailstork and H. Leslie Adams (details: Tickets $20 and up. Zipper Concert Hall at Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 

Wagner Ensemble: The ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, performs The Slave Letters by Michal Dawson Connor, accompanied by pianist Robert Blake, 7 p.m. Feb. 26. The concert is a multimedia presentation with readings of historic letters written by slaves by Connor and with projected video images. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. St. Francis de Sales Parish, 13370 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. and and

William Chapman Nyaho: The Ghanaian American concert pianist, the Piano Spheres’ Leonard Stein resident artist 2022-23, performs piano compositions from composers in North Africa, the sub-Sahara Desert region of West Africa and regions in Southern Africa, 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets $25; $10 seniors and students. Thayer Hall at Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. and

Pink Motel: The alternative/punk rock band performs, 9 p.m. Feb. 28. Redwood Bar x Grill, 316 W. Second St., Los Angeles.

El Portal Theatre: Dionne Lea, with Keith Harrison Dworkin, 7:30 p.m. March 2-3 ($35; $45). The Kingston Trio, 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 ($65 and up). Location, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. 

Camerata Pacifica – Chamber music concert: Program is an “All-Bach: concert, 8 p.m. March 2. Tickets $68. Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. This program will also be performed, 7:30 p.m. March 3 (Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara) and 3 p.m. March 5 (Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura).

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan: The group performs their program “Hinotori: The Wings of Phoenix,” 3 p.m. March 4. Tickets $36 and up. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. Details and to purchase tickets:

Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz – Hitting New Heights: The Broadway stars of “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” perform, 8 p.m. March 4. Tickets $32.50 and up. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. Details and to purchase tickets:

Adam Sadberry: The flutist, from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, performs a recital, 2 p.m. March 5. Pianist Nathan Cheung joins Sadberry for the recital. Tickets $28. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Raitt Recital Hall, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522.

JD Souther: 7 p.m. March 9. Tickets $45 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland: Kerry Irish Productions present the concert that includes dance, 2 p.m. March 12. Tickets $50; $55. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:




Arizona Rain: World premier of a drama written by Mandy Rubeli about a woman seeking to live honestly after she has a near-death experience, 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets $20; $15 students. Studio/stage, 520 Western Ave., Los Angeles.

Under Construction 3 – New Play Slamfest: The Road Theatre Co. presents readings of new plays. “Feast” by Adam Hunter Howard, 8 p.m. Feb. 24. “Reunion” by Rafael Yglesias, 8 p.m. Feb. 25. “Electric, I” by Shayne Eastin, 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Check the website for description of plays. Tickets $15. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.

Happiest Man Alive: Show runs 8, 8:45, 9:30 and 10:15 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4. Minimum age: 16. Tickets $20 online; $25 at the door. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120.

Love and Information: Antaeus Theatre Co. presents a play by Caryl Churchill that questions our current “digital age” with easy connections with others but also alienation and anger, previews 2 p.m. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. March 1-2. Opening night, March 3 is sold out. Show runs 8 p.m. March 4; dates through April 3. Tickets for previews $20; regular tickets $40; $35 seniors; $25 college students; $20 high school students. Location, Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale.

Last Night at Mikell’s: The Robey Theatre Co. presents a reading of a new play by Larry Muhammad about a night out at a jazz club with author James Baldwin, author and poet Maya Angelou and musician Miles Davis, 3 p.m. Feb. 26. Donation $10. Los Angeles Theatre Center, , Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. Reservations requested by phone, 213-489-7402 or by email:

Theatre West’s New Works Play Festival 2023: Readings of full-length plays that were developed in the company’s Writers Workshop, 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through May 9. “Carpool,” a play by Tom Walla about four ride-sharing co-workers who may be facing an uncertain future, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Masks are required. Free admission. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Billie! Backstage with Lady Day: Theatrical show about Billie Holiday, written and performed by Synthia L. Hardy, 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Minimum age: 15. Tickets $25. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Details and to purchase tickets: or




Home Front: A play by Warren Leight about a soldier and a woman who fall in love as World War II ends and the issues they face afterward as a bi-racial couple in America. Show runs 8 p.m. Feb. 25; 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets $28; $40. Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-5421.

Beehive – The 60s Musical: Canyon Theatre Guild presents the musical created by Larry Gallagher. Show runs 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 25; 6 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets $23; $19 ages 62 and older and ages 17 and younger. Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall. 661-799-2702.

The First Deep Breath: A play by Lee Edward Colston II about an esteemed and proper church and “pillar of the community family whose secrets are going to be revealed.” Minimum age: 14; adult subjects. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24; other dates through March 5. Tickets $39 and up. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles.

Twelve O’ Clock Tales with Ava Gardner: One-woman play performed by Alessandra Assaf and written by Assaf and Michael Lorre. Show runs 2 p.m. Sundays through March 5. Show is part of the Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2023. Tickets $25. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-687-8559.

Harold and Maude: The Group Rep presents a stage adaptation of the 1971 film by Colin Higgins. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $35; $30 seniors and students with a valid ID. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

How I Learned to Drive: The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paula Vogel about a teen girl, who lacks a father at home, whose uncle helps to teach her things. Minimum suggested age: 13 (adult themes). Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $30; $20 seniors and students with valid ID. Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-860-6569. Collaborative Artists Ensemble:

Love…Or Best Offer: The Group Rep presents a romantic comedy by Phil Olson, about online dating. Show runs 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students with ID. Upstairs at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

Calvin Berger, a Musical: The Colony Theatre presents the musical by Barry Wyner, based on the play of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; through March 26. Tickets $45 for previews; $75 opening night; $55 for other dates. Location, 555 N. Third St., Burbank.

Hansel and Gretel: Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre presents a musical retelling of the fairy tale with book by Lloyd J. Schwartz and lyrics and music by Hope and Laurence Juber. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through June 3. The show will be performed with American Sign Language on March 18. Tickets $15. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.


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