Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
Dec. 4, 2016 - May. 7, 2017
See more than 100 paintings, etchings and watercolors by artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera at this new exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The exhibit examines how both artists evolved from their classical training into modernism, with one of the galleries featuring works they created while living in Paris where they became participants of the avant-garde movement. LACMA presents their works in dialog with with dozens of ancient Greco-Roman, Iberian and Aztec objects to explore how the artists were influenced by antiquity. See paintings like Picasso’s first monumental neoclassical painting, Three Women at the Spring (1921) and Rivera’s Cubist Composition: Still Life with Bottle of Anis and Inkwell (1914-15), a painting owned by Picasso and never before displayed publicly.
Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media
Dec. 20, 2016 - Apr. 30, 2017
The new exhibition at The Getty Center features works by artists who turned to mass media—both print and television—for inspiration, starting in the 1960s. View photos and videos from artists who have used appropriation, juxtaposition and mimicry to create their art, commenting on the meaning of the images. (Photo © The Robert Heinecken Trust.)
Jan. 28, 2017 - Apr. 10, 2017
The multilayered, multimedia theatrical event that aims to take audiences on an often comedic tour of the collective unconscious. Ovation Award-winning co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill (The Common Air) team with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and two-time Emmy Award-winning editor/producer Peter Chakos (The Big Bang Theory) to examine how the brain is able to rewire and heal itself. In it, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while hovering family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over grave neurological decisions.
Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
Feb. 7, 2017 - Apr. 22, 2017
The FIDM Museum presents its 25th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, celebrating the creativity of costume designers for film. The free Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising exhibition, on display through April 22, features more than 100 costume designs from 23 films of 2016 representing 40 Academy Award nominations. Nominated costume designs come from the films Allied, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Florence Foster Jenkins and La La Land. The museum show is the only one of its kind to annually pay homage to the creativity of film costume designers. Exotica: Fashion & Film Costume of the 1920s runs concurrently at the venue.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
Mar. 1, 2017 - May. 30, 2017
Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this annual salute to spring. (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak).
theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience
Mar. 6, 2017 - Apr. 28, 2017
Swim alongside manta rays, angler fish and a blue whale without leaving land. The Natural History Museums’s new virtual reality exhibit, theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience, takes you on underwater journey to parts of the ocean few people get to see up close. The experience will take you through various environments like a sunken ship surrounded by sea life; coral reef where you can interact with sea anemones and jellyfish; and down to the ocean floor, where you check out a whale skeleton and bioluminescent fish. The six-minute adventure is the museums’s first. It was created by Wevr, a Venice, California-based VR studio in consultation with NHMLA scientists and directed by Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Superman Returns).
New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
Mar. 12, 2017 - Aug. 20, 2017
New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei. By examining Takei’s diverse experiences and achievements, this entertaining exhibition creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America. New Frontiers is curated by noted author, journalist, and cultural critic Jeff Yang. (Artwork by Jamie Noguchi.)
Mar. 17, 2017 - Mar. 26, 2017
The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with screenings and interactive panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows. This year’s lineup includes The Walking Dead, This Is Us, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Bob’s Burgers and Westworld.
Mar. 21, 2017 - Apr. 2, 2017
See the Orange County premiere of the hit Broadway musical. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired the beloved character Peter Pan.
Mar. 21, 2017 - Apr. 1, 2017
Fun Home, this groundbreaking Broadway show and Tony winner for best musical is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel about her childhood. (Photo by Joan Marcus.)
Mar. 22, 2017 - Apr. 23, 2017
Inspired by the cabarets of late 19th century Europe, Absinthe is billed as an adult cocktail of circus, comedy, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience. The show, which has been playing to sold-out audiences at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas since 2011, runs March 22-April 23 in the intimate Spiegelworld Tent at L.A. Live. “Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ ” wrote The New York Times. “Totally off-the-wall, sexy, funny, unabashedly raunchy,” penned the Chicago Sun-Times. Las Vegas Weekly named it the No. 1 greatest show in Las Vegas history, noting that viewers feel as if they have “stumbled onto a secret meeting of acrobats, dancers and reprobates” and calling it “almost criminally fun.” The artists perform on a central circular stage 9 feet in diameter.
Bubble Run Anaheim 2017
Mar. 25, 2017
Deck yourself in white and get ready to be drenched. Run, walk, dance and play across a 5K course of absolute fun while waves of bubbles blast you with colored foam every 3-5 minutes. At each kilometer, run through a Bubble Bog where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe. Each Bubble Bog features a different color to frolic through. 8-9 a.m. start time. $20-$50. Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. bubblerun.com
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Fair
Mar. 25, 2017
See the parade that commemorates the storied annual bird visit from Argentina. The Mercado Street Fair in Historic Town Center Park features more than 100 vendors with live music, activities for children and a variety of food and drink.
Fresh Toast 2017: A Brunch Event
Mar. 25, 2017
The ultimate weekend brunch party showcases tastings from over 35 local restaurants including Anchor Hitch, Bosscat Kitchen, Saint Marc Pub-Café, Memphis and Back Bay Bistro. Enjoy cocktail samples, brunch bites, a Bloody Mary competition, artisanal vendors and more.
Ciclavia—Culver City Meets Venice
Mar. 26, 2017
At Ciclavia—Culver City Meets Venice, several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city. For the first CicLAvia of 2017, the event returns to its fan-favorite route through Culver City, Mar Vista and Venice.
Winter Wine Series at Back Bay Bistro
Mar. 30, 2017
Join Back Bay Bistro’s executive chef Bruno Massuger and featured guest Hi-Time Wine Cellars for the launch of their winter wine series. Beginning with a welcoming reception on the Harborside Courtyard, enjoy appetizers of Maine scallops wrapped in smoked bacon and lamb lollipops with prosecco. Following the reception, experience a special five-course menu with highlights including crisp pork belly, white beans, hoisin sauce and frisee garnish; porcini dusted filet of beef with red wine sauce and roasted root vegetables; and layer chocolate cake with cranberry coulis. Each course will be paired with a wine chosen by Hi-Time Wine Cellars.
Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour
Mar. 30, 2017
Performing hits from her latest album, Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande is in the spotlight at Honda Center yet again. Songs you’ll recognize from the album include “Dangerous Woman,” “Be Alright” and “Into You.”
San Diego Crew Classic Regatta
Apr. 1, 2017 - Apr. 2, 2017
The country’s top competitive rowers gather at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its 44th year.
Get Lost VIP
Apr. 20, 2017 - Apr. 24, 2017
Embark on a powerful and emotional journey of self reflection—pulling back the layers to find yourself—lead by Certified International Life Coach Brittany, CEO of Dimensioned Wellness, radio host, author, and Huffington Post writer (featured in Essence, TD Jakes Talk Shows, CBS and NBC). The five-day retreat takes place at a private estate at a beautiful private estate in Los Angeles. In addition, experience daily yoga and meditation, cuisine from a private chef, massages and sharing of stories about failure & triumph from a group of strong women.
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Apr. 23, 2017
Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate and eat the best of the crop, including avocado-themed gifts, guacamole contests, live music and entertainment, beer gardens and plenty of food other than avocados.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Festival
May. 5, 2017 - May. 7, 2017
Head to historical Old Town for an all-night happy hour (May 5) followed by two days of festivities––including ballet folkorico, live music, children’s activities, a lowrider car show and lucha libre matches––all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride.