Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 11-18


“Cosmogony,” a dance projected from a dance studio in Geneva, Switzerland, in real-time on LED screens, 7 p.m. May 12, at the Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)


Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, May 11-18.




RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2023: The three-day all-ages and family-friendly event includes appearances by RuPaul’s “Drag Race” personalities, exhibitors, meet-and-greet and signings, performances, panel and Q&A sessions and vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13. Admission $50; $150 All Star; $80 for weekend general admission (other options available; scroll up and down the tickets box). Children ages 8 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. There must be one paid ticket for every free child’s ticket used. Register for a child’s ticket when purchasing your paid adult ticket (there is a tab on the tickets box). Tickets must be purchased in advance here: Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. FAQ:

Farm Sanctuary’s Family Day: The event includes open sanctuary time with rescued chickens, cows, goats, pigs and other animals, a mini-garden station activity, a storytime and book signing with Ruby Roth (author-illustrator of vegan books for children), and a vegan high tea with savory and sweet foods, 1-4 p.m. May 13. Tickets $40 ages 13 and older; $20 ages 4-12. Reservations required. Location, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton.

Rose Bowl Flea Market: Find what you’ve been searching for or discover a new collectible, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 14. Admission $12; ages 11 and younger are free with an adult; $20 for early admission between 5 and 8:45 a.m. (purchase all admissions online). The flea market is held on the second Sunday of the month. Location, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. 626-577-3100.

MOMentum Place at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Lexi Pearl presents an aerial performance, modern dance and juggling, 2 p.m. May 14. Tickets $40; $15 students; $20 students; $15 ages 12 and younger. Location, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-2322.

Armed Forces Day Classic Car Show and Military Vehicles: Chat with veterans and see classic cars, hot rods, emergency and military vehicles on display, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20. Free admission to the event. The public may register to show a classic car ($25 in advance; $30 at the gate). Cars may enter from 6:30-9:30 a.m. The event kicks off with a Presentation of Colors by ROTC. Event also includes a 50-50 raffle. Event is presented by American Legion Post #288, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1614 and Moose Lodge #641 of La Crescenta. Fundraiser for local veterans and youth groups/programs. Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. Dick Clubb, 818-384-5761.

Topanga Days Country Fair and Memorial Day Parade: Hours for the “Country Fair,” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 27-29. Musical headliners: Allah-Las; Young Dubliners; the Main Squeeze (check the website for more information). Admission to Topanga Days Country Fair: $50 ages 13 and older; $20 ages 6-12; three-day pass $135 ages 13 and older and $50 ages 6-12. “Fun Zone” tickets $25 for one-day; $50 for three-day pass. All attendees are required to have a ticket for entry (on sale now: Location of the “Country Fair,” Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

The Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade, 8:30 a.m. May 29 (beginning at Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga). Grand Marshals are the Topanga Trash Warriors, including the co-founders Roger Pugliese and Joseph Rosendo. The parade ends around 10 a.m. at the entrance to the Topanga Community Center where soloist Catherine McClenahan sings the National Anthem and a flag raising ceremony will be performed. Members of United States armed forces past and current, with a military ID received free entrance to the Country Fair. Check the website for parking information, a map, activities and rules for attending the “Country Fair.” Event is a fundraiser for Topanga Community Center.




Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Immerse yourself in the time of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign and have some fun with cosplay of the time period, speaking the lingo, shopping in the marketplace, listening to music and laughing at performances, May 13-14 and 20-21. Fun dress code: period “faire” costume (optional). Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $42; $21 ages 5-12; $225 season pass. There is a mandatory entry fee $12 to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation area. Parking is free, first-come, first served; VIP parking $25 (must be purchased in advance online). Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale. 626-969-4750.

Los Angeles County Fair: The fair’s theme this year is “Spring into Fair,” May 5-29. Admission is available online now for discount. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission online $15/$18/$21 (depending on date); ages 60 and older and ages 6-12 admission online $10/$12 (depending on date). Admission at the gate $30; $15 ages 60 and older and ages 6-12. Parking in advance online $17; $22 at the gate. Also, Fairplex is a cashless venue. Some concessionaires and vendors may accept cash, but credit or debit card is preferred. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.

The 2023 Pasadena Showcase House of Design: The 58th showcase takes place at the Stewart House, a 1933 colonial estate designed by Marston & Maybury, with more than 11,000 square feet of living space situated on two acres. Explore more than 30 design spaces — by 32 interior and exterior designers — plus 20 boutique shops vendors, two restaurants, a wine bar and more than two-acres of gardens. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tour tickets are timed entry: $40 (1:30-4 p.m.); $50 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); $35 (“Happy Hour,” 4 p.m. to closing). Parking and shuttles depart from Santa Anita Race Track, Gate 6 Lot on Colorado Place. Proceeds from the event go to fund three music programs. For more information,

World of Barbie: Visit Barbie’s Dreamhouse and Camper Van and view exhibits of dolls and accessories from more than six decades. Hours vary by date, May-June dates available. Tickets are by timed admission, $40.50 ages 13 and older; $31.50 ages 1-12. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place.




Brand Library & Art Center: “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” group show on the theme of how artists cope with negative self-thought through their art. Exhibit is curated by Galia Linn. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 16. Location, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.




L.A. Louver: “Gajin Fujita: True Colors,” artwork created in 2020-2023. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 13. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955. Email:

Nicodim Gallery: Opening of art by Joshus Hagler, Devin B. Johnson, Nicola Samorì and Hugo Wilson, curated by Mihai Nicodim. Also, “Larissa De Jésus Negron: Eso Pasa,” in the upstairs gallery. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 13. Location, 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166.

Galerie Lakaye: “Impossibly Magical Women,” a solo exhibit of paintings by Los Angeles-based Wendell Wiggins. Gallery hours: by appointment. Exhibit runs through May 14. Location, 1550 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles. 323-528-4076 or 323-460-7333. Email: Artist’s Facebook:

Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Highland: “Masaomi Yasunaga: Discoveries from Picking Up Stones.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 20. Location, 720 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-450-9409.

The Artists Gallery: “Adele Mills: How Soon Is Now”; “Robert Spies: Homme et Bete”; “Emily Wallerstein: Lost Angles” open now through May 26. Also, a group show, “River: The Ribbon of Life,” through May 27. Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Location, 5458 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-297-3061.

Corey Helford Gallery: “Mayuka Yamamoto: Ephemeral Existence,” in the Main Gallery ( Also, “Hera of Herakut,” in Gallery 2 ( Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through May 27. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Melrose: “Kokuta Suda: Okuko.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 6917 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Studio Channel Islands: “Dis Connection,” eight contemporary women artists explore the subject of displacement. Artists: Nurit Avesar, Marthe Aponte, Arezoo Bharthania, Fatemeh Burnes, Maria Adela Diaz, Janet Neuwalder, Sigrid Orlet, Alicia Piller. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.

Thinkspace Projects: “Hard Candy – Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden” (Main Gallery); “Songs of Dawn – Armani Howard” (Gallery II); “Chronicles of Life – Jimbo Lateef (Gallery III); “Cookie Monster – Austyn Taylor (Gallery IV). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 27. Location, 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375. Email:

William Turner Gallery: “Jay Mark Johnson: Íslenshir Fossar,” art photography. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 2525 Michigan Ave., Site E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email:

Witness: An exhibit by Los Angeles-based Black women and non-binary artists that includes installations, moving and still images and portraiture. Exhibit is co-curated by Genel Ambrose and Tina Knowles Lawson. Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; by appointment only ( Exhibit runs through May 27. Exhibit is co-presented by Good Mirrors ( and Black Women Photographers ( WACO Theater Center, 5144 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-400-1151.

Miles of Scenic Beauty – Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center: Members of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore hold an exhibit and sale, today through May 28. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. A portion of art sales support continuing art and cultural programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. King Gillette Ranch, 268 76 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Details:

Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery: “Textures of Life,” group show. Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (hours subject to change; check the website for current gallery hours). Exhibit runs through May 28. Location, 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. and

Lowell Ryan Projects: “James Busby: Suspirium.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through June 10. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:;

Kohn Gallery: “Ricardo Cabret: Un Nuevo Manglar.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 17. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

William Grant Still Arts Center: “African American Composers’ Series: Bullerengue and Beyond — Learning the Palenques of the South West Caribbean Through Sound.” The exhibit also includes examples of Caribbean pico culture, hand-painted speaker stacks that are used to blast music out to the community. Artists: Carolyn Castano, Stephanie Christopher-White, Brian B+Cross, Gabriela Natalia Demattia. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through July. Location, 2520 S. West View Ave., Los Angeles. 323-734-1165. Email:




Diesel Bookstore: Thomas Beller discusses and signs “Lost in the Game: A Book about Basketball,” 6:30 p.m. May 11 (see reserved seat note). Laura Dern signs “Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding), 3 p.m. May 13. Maria Sansone reads from and signs “Oh S#!% What’s for Dinner? – No-Fuss Worknight Recipes You’ll Swear By,” 6:30 p.m. May 16 (see reserved seat note). JJ Elliott discusses and signs “There Are No Rules for This,” 6:30 p.m. May 17 (see reserved seat note). For reserved seating, purchase one copy of the book in advance, per each event, on the event tabs on the website. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Book Soup: Dina Gachman discusses her nonfiction “So Sorry for Your Loss,” 7 p.m. May 11. Kim Dower discuses “I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom,” an anthology of poems on motherhood, 7 p.m. May 12. Gig Gorgeous and Gottmik discuss and sign “The T Guide: Our Trans Experiences and a Celebration of Gender Expression – Man, Woman, Nonbinary and Beyond,” 7 p.m. May 15 (ticketed event, $36 plus fees; event is held at Los Angeles LGBT Center, Pride Hall, 1118 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles). Zachary Zane discusses his memoir “Boy Slut,” 7 p.m. May 16. Michelle Gagnon discusses “Killing Me,” 7 p.m. May 17. Landon Jones discusses “Celebrity Nation – How America Evolved into a Culture of Fans and Followers,” 7 p.m. May 18. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Vanessa Wilkie discusses “A Woman of Influence: The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer in Tudor England,” 7 p.m. May 11. Erica Baurmeister discusses her novel “No Two Persons,” 7 p.m. May 15. Dean King discusses “Guardians of the Valley: John Muir and the Friendship that Saved Yosemite,” 7 p.m. May 16. Connie Wang discusses “Oh My Mother! A Memoir in Nine Adventures,” 7 p.m. May 17. Andrew McCarthy discusses “Walking with Sam: A Father, A Son and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain,” 7 p.m. May 18. Holly Goldberg Sloan discusses her novel “Pieces of Blue,” 7 p.m. May 19. Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. vromans.comLocation, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Friends of the Sherman Oaks Branch Library Used Book Sale: The sale includes art books, children’s, cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, and also CDs and DVDs, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 13. (Pre-sale for members of the Sherman Oaks Friends, 4-5 p.m. May 12; join the group for a yearly fee at the door). Location, 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716. Details:

Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch Library Used Book Sale: The sale includes children’s, cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction, gardening, and also audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20. (Pre-sale for members of the Sherman Oaks Friends, 3-7 p.m. May 18; join the group for a yearly $15 fee at the door). Location, 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017. Details:

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee discuss and sign “Driving Force – Automobiles and the New American City 1900-1930, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20. Location, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.




The Adult Skills Center’s Color Our World 5K Fun Walk: The 5K walk is a fundraiser for the nonprofit that helps individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, 10 a.m. May 13. The walk includes stops at “color” stations, where those who want to have their event t-shirt splashed with colored cornstarch, will take home a fun souvenir from the event. Onsite check-in and registration,  9 a.m. Register in advance (with your t-shirt size), $30;  and free for ages 5 and younger. Location, Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 10965 Dronfield Ave., Lake View Terrace. Susan Congdon, 805-585-8614.




Cosmogony: The third installment of the Music Center’s Digital Innovation Initiative with dancers in Geneva, Switzerland, performing a contemporary dance that is projected in real time on LED screens at the Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center, 7 p.m. May 12, and also at 7 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17. The dancers, outfitted with motion capture suits, are digitally altered to become avatars (and are revealed intermittently in human form). Make a reservation on the website for in-person viewing. Free. Standing-room only. The dance is created by the Geneva-based digital contemporary dance company, Cie Gilles Jobin. Also, available on livestream on June 17 (make a reservation on the website). Parking $10 in the Music Center’s main garage (entrance on Grand Avenue) or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage (entrance on Second Street). Location, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Brand Associates 2023 Dance Series: All performances begin at 5 p.m.: Kenneth Walker Dance Project, May 13; Bernard Brown/bbmoves, May 20. Check the website for performance details. Free admission. Location, Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.




Culinary Historians of Southern California: Liz Pollock discusses “Plug It In, Turn It On: 70 Years of Kitchen Appliance Manuals,” 10:30 a.m. May 13. Pollack is the owner of the Cook’s Bookcase in Santa Cruz ( Meetings of the CHSC are now in-person only. Use garage parking at 524 S. Flower St., Los Angeles (take ticket for parking with you and get it validated if you have a library card; see details on the website for parking instructions). Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. Updates/upcoming: Details:

Rockitecture: The Little Landers Historical Society presents a talk by architect and author Barry Schweiger, 1 p.m. May 13. Schweiger’s book “Rockitecture: The Symphony of River Rocks and the Man Who Listened to Their Music – Indigenous Architecture in California 1885-1935,” will be available for purchase after the talk ($75; cash or credit card). Free admission/$3 donation suggested. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email:;

Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club: Astronomer Seth Shostak, PhD, senior astronomer at the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence in Mountain View, gives a talk on “Science Seaches for the Extraterrestrials,” 6 p.m. May 13. The talk will also be on Zoom (send an email to request the link to: Free admission. Use parking at Wildwood School garage on Mississippi Avenue (cross street is S. Westgate Avenue). Wildwood School, 11811 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.




Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays). Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall.

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays; rain or shine). Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue.

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays). Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook:

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. May 17 (and all other Wednesdays). Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway.

Northridge Farmers Market: A certified market, 5-9 p.m. May 17 (and all other Wednesdays). Location, 9301 Tampa Ave. Coastal Pacific Farmers Markets, 805-643-6458.




DineLA Restaurant Week: Participating restaurants offer a special lunch/dinner menu, May 11-12. Reservations are strongly recommended. Meal times and prices vary by restaurant (restaurants offer set prices for lunch/dinner, $15, $25, $35, $45, $55, $65+). Beverages, tax and tip are extra. Facts: Find list of restaurants by cuisine, neighborhood, price and dining option (indoor or outdoor):




Lancaster Museum of Art and History: May 13: “Sages” and “Orly Cogan: Threads of Entanglement,” through Aug. 20. Opening reception, 4-6 p.m. May 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Location, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. 661-723-6250.

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: May 14: “Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas,” through Sept. 10. The exhibit is in partnership with the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.

Grammy Museum: New: “The Power of Song – A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit,” through Sept. 4 ( Ongoing special exhibit: “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.

Skirball Cultural Center: New: “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare,” an original exhibition created by and on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee; through Sept. 3 (admission is considered special admission price; Also new, “Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light,” through Sept. 3 (included in admission price with “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.”). Ongoing special exhibit: “Chloë Bass: Wayfinding,” an outdoor exhibit with sculptures, through Sept. 3. 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; $13 ages 2-12; regular admission $12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: New: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away.” 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: This special exhibit is currently scheduled to run through Aug. 13. Regular museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  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.

Autry Museum of the American West: 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.

Bolton Hall Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: New: “Wish You Were Here – Postcards Sent from Sunland-Tujunga,” through Oct. 8. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, but a $3 donation is appreciated. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email:;

California African American Museum: Closed for facilities upgrades through Aug. 5. Check website for special programming. 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: Ongoing special exhibit: “Maya: The Exhibition,” with artifacts from the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America. Also, “Mystery of the Maya” IMAX film (see admission for film alone or in combination with the exhibit). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. Admission to “Maya: The Exhibition” is $21.95 ages 18-64; $19.95 ages 65 and older and ages 13-17; $14.95 ages 3-12 ( Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Descanso Gardens: Ongoing special exhibit: “Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art,” in the Sturt Haaga Gallery and runs through May 21. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 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.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “PAW Patrol : Adventure Play,” a hands-on and immersive exhibit, through May 14. The 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.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: 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: “Pastel Portraits: Drawn from Life?” through Sept. 17. 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: 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: 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: “Symbiosis: Living Island,” gallery visitors get a look at a tiny Japanese island, Inujima, to see how art projects there have helped to revitalize the sparsely populated island; through July 5. 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.

Japanese American National Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “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:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “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. “Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing, through July 16. “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).”Light, Space, Surface: Selections from LACMA’s Collection,” through Oct. 1. 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: Closed through May 12 for installation of a new exhibit. 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:

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: 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.

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.

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: Ongoing special exhibit: The “Butterfly Pavilion” 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.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “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. “We Are Porsche.” “Arsham Auto Motive,” life-sized vehicle sculptures and posters ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19.95; $17.95 ages 62 and older; $12.95 ages 12-17; $10.95 ages 4-11. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

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 May 21. 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: Currently closed for installation of a new exhibit “Coming Out West: LGBTQ+ Elders Share Their Stories,” opening June 1. 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.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13-14 (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:;;

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibit: “Vietnam in Transition, 1976-Present” and “David Bowie in the Soviet Union,” both exhibits through Oct. 22. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday ( Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email:




Greek Theatre: Placebo, with Cold Cave and Deap Vally, 7:30 p.m. May 11 ($29.50 and up). Hippo Campus, with Gus Dapperton, 8 p.m. May 14 ($24.50 and up). Swight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris, 7 p.m. May 18 ($59.50 and up). Brett Young, with Morgan Evans and Ashley Cooke, 7 p.m. May 20 ($39.50 and up). Location, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.

Royce Hall at UCLA: Quinteto Astor Pizzolla, 8 p.m. May 11 ($39;; the Small Glories, 8 p.m. May 12 ($38, Royce Hall Terrace; Parking information ( Royce Hall at UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood.

Dmitry Rachmanov: The pianist performs music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, 1 p.m. May 13. Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-340-9386. Details:

Mount Wilson Observatory’s Concerts in the Dome: The Lounge Art Ensemble — Peter Erskine on drums, Bob Sheppard on saxophone and Darek Oles on bass  — take the stage within the 100-inch dome at 3 and 5 p.m. May 14. Tickets $55. Notes on attending the concerts: Access to the dome performance level is by a 53-step staircase. Mount Wilson Observatory is a mile high in elevation so the air is noticeably thinner. There is no ADA-compliant access. No children ages 12 and younger are permitted. Angeles Crest Highway (CA Highway 2) from the 210 Freeway at La Cañada Flintridge (use the map here: For more information, Details and purchase tickets:

Glendale Noon Concerts: Pianist Brendan White performs music by Eleanor Alberga, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frederic Rzewski, 12:10 p.m. May 17. Free; donations welcome. Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. 818-244-7241.

Off the 405 – Concert series at the Getty Museum: SPELLING, with an opening set with a DJ, 6-9 p.m. May 20. Free admission an advance ticket reservation is required ( Upcoming concerts all begin at 6 p.m. and include a DJ set: Makaya McCraven, June 24; Etran de L’Air, July 22; Rahill, July 29; Alabaster DePlume, Aug. 26 ( Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. Museum courtyard, North Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles.

Anoushka Shankar and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Two dates and venues: The sitarist, and daughter of the late Ravi Shankar, makes her LACO debut with a performance of Concerto No. 3 for Sitar composed by her father, 8 p.m. May 20 ($32 and up; Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale;; and also at 7 p.m. May 21 ($32 and up; Royce Hall at UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood; parking information,; purchase Royce Hall tickets here:

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: A world premiere of Sergio Barer’s “The Nightmare and the Dream,” the story of Theodore Herzl and the creation of the modern state of Israel, 3 p.m. May 21. Tickets $25.50 ($30 at the door); $21.25 seniors and students ($25 at the door). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Wagner Ensemble: The ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, performs the program “Diverse Voices in Verse: Music Inspired by Poetry,” 7 p.m. May 21. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. St. Francis de Sales Parish, 13370 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. and




David Carlo – Modern Parlor Magic: The magician performs illusions and mind-reading in an interactive performance inspired by parlor shows from the Victorian age. Minimum age: 12. Dates: 3 and 8 p.m. May 13; 8 p.m. May 19-20; other dates through June. Tickets $59-84 ( Millenium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

The Revolutionists: Theatre Forty presents a play by Lauren Gunderson about four women during the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror,” opens 7:30 p.m. May 18. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through June 18. Tickets $35. Parking available in the lot beneath the theater enter at the intersection of Durant and Moreno drives. Location, 242 S. Moreno Drive, on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. 310-364-0535.

The Pirates of Penzance: Pacific Opera Project presents the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, 7:30 p.m. May 19. Fun dress code: “Pirates of Penzance” inspired costume (Victorian or pirate). Bring a picnic dinner. Show runs 7:30 p.m. May 20-21; and 7:30 p.m. May 26-28. Tickets $30 (tables for two ($120) and four ($200) are available; tables come with a bottle of wine; see the website for options). Gates open, 6:30 p.m. Forest Lawn – Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. and

3 Black Girl Blues: Danielle Moné Truitt performs her one-woman play about three friends who grew up together and now find, as adults, they have to make difficult decisions and confront their fears when personal issues have cropped up in their life, opens 8 p.m. May 19. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through June 4. Tickets $42.50. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-856-4249. Details and to purchase tickets:

The Complete History of the American Musical Theater of the 20th Century: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Los Angeles Musical Theatre Studio present the hits and flops and the stars, 8 p.m. May 19. Tickets $30. Parking $5 in the lot. Location, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Who By Fire: The Road Theatre Co., in association with the Jewish Play Project, presents a reading of the play by Talisa Friedman, 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets $15. Reservations suggested. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum – 50th Annual Repertory Season: Tickets on sale now for “Macbeth,” June 10-Sept. 23; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” June 11-Sept. 21; “Queen Margaret’s Version of Shakespeare’s War of the Roses,” June 24-Oct. 1; “A Perfect Ganesh,” by Terrence McNally, July 15-Oct. 7. Tickets: upper tier, $30; $20 seniors and students; $15 ages 5-15; lower tier, assigned seating $48; $35 seniors and students; $15 ages 5-15; also, $60 premium seating. Parking $10 in the lot; along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Location, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.




Footloose – The Musical: The production by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Tom Snow and Kenny Loggins. The musical is based on the 1984 film, 8 p.m. May 12; 2 and 8 p.m. May 13; 2 p.m. May 14. Tickets $35; $25 seniors and students. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.

The Laramie Project: The Group Rep presents the play by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski and the Techtonic Theater Project. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through May 21. Tickets $ Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

Marty and the Hands That Could: WACO Theater Center and Watts Village Theater Co., present the world premiere of a play by Josh Wilder about a man who, ready to turn his life around, becomes hampered in his effort by a cousin with problems. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday; through May 21. Tickets $20 and up. Watts Labor Community Action Committee, 10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 818-400-1151.

Moose on the Loose: A comedy by Dina Morrone about an Italian family and a Canadian moose. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through May 21. Tickets $35 online purchase; $40 at the door; $30 students. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Picnic: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the play by William Inge. Show runs 8 p.m. May 13; 2 p.m. May 14; 8 p.m. May 17; 8 p.m. May 20; 2 p.m. May 21; 8 p.m. May 26-27; 2 p.m. May 28. Tickets $37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Tornado: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents a world premiere of a play written by Chris Cragin-Day about volunteers who arrive to help people affected by a 2012 Oklahoma tornado, but find each have cultural differences that threaten to overshadow their efforts.  Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; through May 28. Also, 2:30 p.m. May 13. Tickets $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students. The Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. 323-462-8460.

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. Tickets $15. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Scintilla: The Road Theatre Co. presents the play by Alessandro Camon about a man visiting his reclusive mother when a wildfire approaches. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; also, 8 p.m. May 18 and 25; dates through June 4. Tickets $15 preview; $39; $15 seniors and students for regular performances. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.


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