All SoCal Events

Toba Khedoori Toba Khedoori
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. 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 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 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 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.)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Jan. 1, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2017

Set in 1860s Bangkok, this musical tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher. It also features classic songs like “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.”

Adele-Inspired Chef’s Table Dinner at Mesa Adele-Inspired Chef’s Table Dinner at Mesa
Jan. 3, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2017

Join Mesa on Tuesdays through January for a musician-inspired four-course meal. This month, chef Niki Starr will draw her inspiration from popular singer Adele. Course one, inspired by Adele’s hit song “Hello,” features hamachi sliced thin, avocado and tomatillo puree, tortilla strips, tangerine segments, tangerine tequila fluid gel and micro cilantro. The third course, “Turning Tables,” features grilled New York loin with a green peppercorn sauce sitting atop pomme puree, roasted bone marrow with a raisin and red onion marmalade and fresh parsley served with grilled bread.

Bakersfield Mist Bakersfield Mist
Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 30, 2017

Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett reprise the roles they created in Stephen Sachs’ hit comedy, which premiered at the Fountain Theatre and went to London’s West End and around the world. Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run down California trailer park, believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to evaluate the work, the result is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value and the meaning of art. Inspired by true events.

Beau Jest Beau Jest
Jan. 6, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2017

Sarah’s parents are delighted she is engaged to a charming doctor. Only thing is, she’s not. When they arrive in town for a dinner party, she hires an actor to keep the fiction alive—hilarity and romance ensue in this riveting production.

The Lion The Lion
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.

Winter dineL.A. Winter dineL.A.
Jan. 13, 2017 - Jan. 27, 2017

More than 300 of the county’s top restaurants offer specially priced menus for lunch and dinner during dineL.A. Discover new restaurants like Geoffrey Zakarian’s Georgie, Greg Bernhardt’s Paley and Tony Esnault’s Spring, or revisit notable favorites like Lucques and CUT. You can also splurge on fine dining at with dineL.A.’s exclusive series at Providence, Melissé and Patina. See website for all participating eateries. Lunch menus are $15, $20 and $25, with dinner menus priced at $29, $39 and $49, or beginning at $95 for the exclusive series.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Newport Beach Restaurant Week
Jan. 16, 2017 - Jan. 29, 2017

Prepare your inner-foodie for the longest running restaurant week in Orange County. The annual event features special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at more than 50 premier eateries in Newport Beach, such as The Ritz Prime Seafood, Five Crowns, Sessions West Coast Deli and Lighthouse Bayview Cafe, among others. Feed your curiosity and try new places or revisit your favorites. Find a culinary road map of participating locations online. No passes or coupons required, just visit your favorite participating restaurants during business hours.

Plasticity Plasticity
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.