Sep. 25, 2016 - Mar. 19, 2017
The first major retrospective of UCLA alumna, Toba Khedoori features 25 works spanning the arc of her autistic oeurve over the last 20 years, from her more recent oil-on-canvas paintings alongside her earlier large-scale works on paper. Her contemporary pieces frequently explore architectural form from distanced perspectives. The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in 15 years.
Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Mar. 12, 2017
Renowned for his representations of everyday objects and his inventive interplay of line, dot and color, Roy Lichtenstein (1923–97) shaped the Pop Art movement. The Skirball Cultural Center’s new exhibition explores how the artist and the movement, buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, made fine art accessible to the American public in ways that had not been achieved before. By exploring the historical and cultural context of Lichtenstein’s life and work, the exhibition sheds light on the social impact of Pop Art. The show coincides with the 50th anniversary of prominent Los Angeles printing house Gemini G.E.L. and features more than 20 of its Lichtenstein prints.
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.
Diamonds: Rare Brilliance
Dec. 16, 2016 - Mar. 19, 2017
Get your bling on. The U.S. debut of the gemstone exhibition at the Natural History Museum features a stunning 30+ carat Juliet Pink diamond, an exceptionally rare Argyle Violet diamond and other outstanding gems. Diamonds brings to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color.
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. 6, 2017 - Feb. 19, 2017
The Drama Desk Award-winning piece written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, has redefined the genre of musical theater. Scheuer tells, sings, and plays the turbulent story of his family and his own brush with mortality, with his supporting cast of six guitars.
Jan. 28, 2017 - Mar. 13, 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.
Marvin Gaye-Inspired Chef's Table Dinner at Mesa
Feb. 7, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2017
Join Mesa on Tuesdays through February for a musician-inspired four-course meal. This month, chef Niki Starr will draw her inspiration from Marvin Gaye. Course one, inspired by Marvin Gaye’s hit song “Let’s Get It On,” features oysters on the half shell with coconut curry foam, finger lime caviar and micro cilantro. The third course, “Ain’t Nothing But The Real Thing,” features pomegranate braised short rib, parsnip puree, fresh pomegranate and crispy parsnip chips. Full menu will be online soon. Reservations required.
Feb. 11, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2017
Get ready for mayhem and destruction with the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business. Monster Jam, one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, features drag racing and freestyle contests in which trucks face death-defying jumps and other obstacles. This year’s lineup features appearances by Monster Jam powerhouses and multiple world finals champions Join the Pit Party before the show where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from the drivers.
ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIX
Feb. 17, 2017 - Feb. 19, 2017
Celebrate Scottish heritage at the annual event. The festival will kick off with the Burns Supper on Friday night followed by a weekend of rich Scottish culture highlighted through authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine. In honor of Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, the Burns Supper includes a complimentary cocktail, the piping of the haggis, a traditional four-course dinner and all the Scottish entertainment imaginable. The official ScotsFestival opening ceremonies begin Saturday morning with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis. Saturday and Sunday’s festivities include border collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and historic re-enactments in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Forty members of the US Marine Corps Pipe Band are set to perform a traditional hymn with the LA Scots Grade 1 Pipe Band, the premier pipe band in the United States.
Paws Fur Pink
Feb. 26, 2017
Leash up your pup and break out your pink clothing for a dog-friendly 5k run/walk. In honor of breast and canine cancer awareness, you can sign up to run or walk with your dog and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include the Orange County and Los Angeles affiliates of Susan G. Komen and the National Canine Cancer Foundation. In addition to the 5k, participate in the Dawdling Doodle 1-mile walk, the Furever Yours expo and the Pawsitively Pink costume contest. All participants will receive custom medals and T-shirts.
Grand Opening Show at House of Blues
Feb. 28, 2017 - Mar. 1, 2017
Experience the recently relocated House of Blues Anaheim with its first performance at the all-new Anaheim Gardenwalk location. American punk rock band Social Distortion will perform a two-night grand opening show, the first taking place February 28, the second on March 1. Doors open 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m.
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). 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352. theflowerfields.com
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Mar. 11, 2017
Festivities begin six days ahead of the official holiday. Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities. Juniper and Sixth Street, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org.
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. Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org
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. Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.
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. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town, cincodemayooldtown.com.