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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 16-23

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The San Fernando Valley Meiji Ondo Dancers perform a traditional dance during the 2nd Annual Pan-Asian Pacific Arts & Cultural Festival at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley Sunday May 21, 2023. The free event highlighted Asia and the Pacific Islander culture through art, music, dance, food and activities.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)
The Pan-Asian and Pacific Arts and Cultural Festival is presented on May 19 by the Museum of the San Fernando Valley in Northridge. In the file photo, the San Fernando Valley Meiji Ondo Dancers perform a traditional dance during the 2nd annual Pan-Asian and Pacific Arts and Cultural Festival at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Sunday, May 21, 2023. The free admission event highlighted Asia and the Pacific Islander culture through art, music, dance, food and activities. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area.


Los Angeles Yarn Crawl: Do you crochet, knit, spin, weave or simply love all fiber arts? Get ready for the 2024 event at participating stores in Los Angeles County, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17-18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19. Update:

Disaster Preparedness Drill – Volunteers Needed: Sherman Oaks-Encino Chamber of Commerce presents the emergency preparedness event, 8 a.m.-noon May 18. Register to attend to serve as a drill rehearsal victim or to train as a responder. The drill will also have a “Stop the Bleed” training. Check-in time, 7:30 a.m. Free sign-up. Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd. Sue DuBrin, 818-445-3211. See the flyer: Details and to sign up on Eventbrite:

Hands for Hope LA – Hopewalk 2024: The event begins with a registration, 8 a.m., followed by a 5K walk, 9 a.m. May 18. A “Kids Healthy Activity Fair” includes activity stations for children, a DJ, dance and performances, 10 a.m. A “Taste of Healthy North Hollywood,” at 11 a.m. The host is Sid Garcia, reporter KABC-7 ( Free to attend. Event runs through 2 p.m. Register on the website for a free “goodie bag.” The event is partnered with “Take Action for Mental Health” campaign ( through the California Mental Health Services Authority ( North Hollywood Park, 5015 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-4673. Email: Updates and additional details: Details and to register for a t-shirt:

California Strawberry Festival: The celebration of the red fruit with strawberry-theme foods, strawberries for sale, arts and crafts marketplace, entertainment on three stages, carnival rides and a Ninja Nation Obstacle Course, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 18 and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 19. Admission $15; $10 ages 62 and older; $8 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and younger (advance online purchase is available). Information about “Strawberryland” carnival rides and the Ninja Nation Obstacle Course (ticket prices) and a “Kids Care Zone” for parents with babies and young children: The festival is a nonprofit and proceeds go to various charities and organizations: Parking at the fairgrounds is $20 (limited space). Shuttle locations near the fairgrounds available: Also, option to the Ventura Amtrak Station across the street from the fairgrounds. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

Disaster Preparedness Evacuation Simulation: Los Angeles City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez’ office presents the event that includes information on receiving emergency alerts, what to do about horse safety during an emergency and a resource fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18. Hansen Dam Recreation Area, soccer fields, 11658 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. Sunland-Tujunga District Office, 818-352-3287. Details on the flyer:

Celebrating Words Festival: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore presents the 19th annual event that includes a book-giveaway, to readers of all ages, one per person and first come-first served, with books in English, Spanish and bilingual, 2-7 p.m. May 18. Also, a variety of live performances, a “Wellness Zone,” a rock climbing wall, cultural art workshops, information on low cost community resources, artisan market and food vendors. Free admission, but the organizers request a RSVP on Eventbrite here: Vaughn G3 Academy, 11200 Herrick Ave., Pacoima. 818-939-3433. See details on the festival, parking here:

Smorgasburg Los Angeles – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Day: Outdoor food and drink market with an emphasis on AAPI cuisine, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19. Check the website or Facebook for vendors. Free admission. No pets allowed at this venue. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles. and

Pan-Asian and Pacific Arts and Cultural Festival: The third annual event includes art workshops, dance and music performances, food trucks and vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. Free admission. Tours of the museum are available during the festival. Free Starbucks coffee or tea (one per festival-goer; courtesy of Starbucks Pan-Asian Partner Network). Free parking (go through the white gates at Rancho Cordillera del Norte on Wilbur Avenue). The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665.

Topanga Days Country Fair and Topanga Memorial Day Parade: Hours for the 49th annual “Country Fair,” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 25-27. Musical headliners: Fantastic Negrito, Missing Persons, Jonathan Wilson, Krooked Kings, Nosotros. Presale tickets (must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. May 24): $50 ages 13 and older; $20 ages 6-12 (add $5 extra to single-day tickets after the presale deadline); three-day pass $135 ages 13 and older and $50 ages 6-12 (add $10 to three-day passes after the presale deadline). “Fun Zone” tickets exxtra (check the website for pricing). All attendees are required to have a ticket for entry (on sale now: Location, Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

The Topanga Memorial Day Parade, 8:30 a.m. May 27 (beginning at Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga). Grand marshal for 2024 is Bill Dillon, a World War II veterans and a 50-year Topanga resident. The parade ends around 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Topanga Community Center where Gabbi Beauvais sings the National Anthem and a flag raising ceremony will be held. Check the website for parking information, a map, activities and rules for attending the “Country Fair.” Event is a fundraiser for Topanga Community Center.


The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Final weekend to 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, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 18-19. Fun dress code: period “faire” costume (optional). Admission $42; $21 ages 5-12. Food and drink booths are cash-only. There is a mandatory car entry fee, $12, to the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area ( Parking is free, first-come, first served; VIP parking $25 (must be purchased in advance online; does not include the mandatory car entry fee). Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale. 626-969-4750.

Los Angeles County Fair – Stars, Stripes and Fun: The fair is open, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, and also Memorial Day (May 27). Admission is available for purchase in advance online. Concerts are a separate cost: Carnival information, tickets and wristbands (click on Los Angeles County Fair option): Parking in advance online $20; $25 at the gate. Also, Fairplex is a cashless venue. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Updates:


Corey Helford Gallery: “Troy Brooks: Bloom,” “Ben Frost: This Way Up,” and “Springtime Serenade: Sylvia Ji, Josh Keyes, Annie Montgomerie, Yuka Sakuma.” Opening reception, 7-11 p.m. May 18. Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through June 22. Location, 571 S. Anderson St. (enter on Willow Street), Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.


Babst Gallery: “By Her Hand,” group show by contemporary artists — Nora Berman, Star Feliz, Marcelle Hanselaar, Sylvia Maier, Jamilla Okubo, Billie Q, Susana Wald. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through May 17. Location, 413 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. 424-600-2544.

Regen Projects: “Alberta Whittle: Learning a new punctuation for hope in times of disaster” and “By the Sea,” a group show. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 18. Location, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

James Fuentes Gallery: “John McAllister: sometimes splendid seeming…stellar even…ripping.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 25. Location, 5015 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. 323-380-6199. Gallery’s Instagram:

Charlie James Gallery: “Lee Quiñones: Quinquagenary.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through May 25. Location, CJG2, 961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles. 213-687-0844.

Nazarian/Curcio: “Daniel Gordon: Orange Sunrise With Flowers, Fruit and Vessels,” photographs and sculptures. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 25. Location, 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961.

Nicodim Gallery: “Yoora Lee: Shadow Etched in Stone” and “Maureen St. Vincent: Maenads” (Upstairs Gallery). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 25. Location, 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166.

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Amy Kim Keeler: Some Future Refuge,” artworks hand stitched on corrugated cardboard, and “Patti Oleon: Tomorrow Looks Like Yesterday,” oil paintings. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 25. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:

Thinkspace Projects: “Esao Andrews: Beetle Shell” (Gallery I); “Marie-Claude Marquis: Something Light” (Gallery II); “Amy Sol: Dear Creatures” (Gallery III); “Brad Woodfin: Hold On” (Gallery IV); “Jimmy Bonks: Pórtate Bien…Y si no, me invitas” (Doghouse Gallery. . Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 25. Location, 4207 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375. Email:

Michael Kohn Gallery: “Siji Krishnan: Liminal Spaces.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 8. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

dnj Gallery: “Breath-Taking,” a group exhibit by artists with cystic fibrosis. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; or by appointment. Exhibit runs through June 22. Location, 3015 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Email:

Blazing Star Arts: “Bonnie Quintanilla and Sue Wolhaupter: Capturing Light – Fused Glass and Nature.” Hours for the show and sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; through June 30. Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Visitor center, 805-370-2302 or email Facebook updates:

ReflectSpace Gallery: “Before, After: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide,” a group show — John Avakian, Anush Babajanyan, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Diana Markosian, Jacqueline Kazarian, Talin Megherian, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Jessica Sperandio, Scout Tufankjian. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through July 7. The gallery is inside the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. 818-548-2021.

Artist Co-Op 7: “Touch of H’art,” interpretations of the natural world by local artists — Susan Ahdoot, Selina Cheng, Beverly Engelberg, Cheryl Mann, Debbi Saunders, Joi T. Wilson. Show is curated by artist Helen Kim. Gallery Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday and holidays. Exhibit runs through Sept. 27. Encino Terrace, lobby gallery, 15821 Ventura Blvd. (between Densmore and Gloria avenues), Encino. Artist Co-op 7 contact, Jeanne Hahn, 818-885-8306 or


Book Soup: Alana B. Lytle discusses her novel “Man’s Best Friend,” 7 p.m. May 16. Zoe Schlanger discusses “The Light Eaters – How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth,” 7 p.m. May 17. Emanuel Xavier discusses his poetry collection, “Love(ly) Child,” 7 p.m. May 23. Cass Stein discusses “How to Become Famous: Lost Einsteins, Forgotten Superstars and How the Beatles Came to Be,” 7 p.m. May 30. Location, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Diesel, A Bookstore: Graham Moore discusses and signs “The Wealth of Shadows,” 6:30 p.m. May 21. Bonnie Hammer discusses and signs “15 Lies Women Are Told at Work…and the Truth We Need to Succeed,” 6:30 p.m. May 22. Free seating is limited at the outdoor events. Purchase a book in advance to reserve a seat (click on the website’s tab for the author’s date). Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.


Valley Community Healthcare – Celebrating 54 Years Gala: The disco-theme fundraiser, hosted by comedian and author Paula Poundstone, includes dinner, dancing and entertainment, 6:30 p.m. May 23. Tickets $300. The nonprofit medical center, with locations in North Hills and North Hollywood, offers low-cost primary care to low-income families and individuals. Location, Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Ballroom, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Details and to purchase tickets on Eventbrite:

William Shatner’s Priceline Hollywood Charity Horse Show: The event is a fundraiser for various Los Angeles-area charities. The 45-minute-long equestrian show, 5 p.m. June 1, is free for the public to attend to attend (no reservations are required to attend the horse show). Purchase tickets by May 30 for the dinner and entertainment — an Elvis Presley tribute concert by Las Vegas-style Elvis Presley impersonator James Cawley — that follows the equestrian show. Tickets $300 (entry and dinner); VIP dinner ticket $400 (entry, dinner and a table photo opportunity with William Shatner); check the website for table-for-10 ticket options. Ticket sales end on May 30. Sponsors of the event include Banc of California and Priceline. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Charities to benefit: Details and to purchase tickets:

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


Comedy Night at the Odyssey: The third Thursday of every month show, curated by Kevin Flynn and Dana Gibson, 8 p.m. May 16. Comedy by Greg Behrendt, Al Ducharme, Greg Fitzsimmons, Kira Soltanovich. Tickets $30 (includes one drink: beer, coffee, soda or wine). Location, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Fritz Coleman: The “Unassisted Residency” show, 3 p.m. May 26. Tickets $35; $45 for cocktail table seating (must purchase two tickets for this option). Upcoming shows: June 23, July 21, Aug. 18. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200.


Brand Associates 2024 Dance Series: Rangoli Dance Co., 5 p.m. May 18 ( Free admission. Location, Brand Library and Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.

Heidi Duckler Dance: “Herald In, Examine Throughout,” a site-specific dance, choreographed by Heidi Duckler and with a musical score by Jessie Cox, 6 p.m. May 18. Tickets $80. Location, in front of the historic Herald Examiner building (1111 S. Broadway, Los Angeles) and inside the Downtown LA Proper Hotel (1100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles). 213-536-5820.


San Fernando Valley Historical Society: James T. Bartlett presents a program on “Murder and Mayhem in the San Fernando Valley,” 7 p.m. May 23. Bartlett is the author of “The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets and the Hollywood Story That Shocked America.” Free to attend the meeting; donations are accepted and appreciated. The historical society meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Location, Andrés Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). and


Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall.

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Rain or shine. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue.

El Nido Farmers Market – Pacoima: El Nido Family Centers and the City of Los Angeles present the market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, Pacoima Family Source Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd.

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook:

Encino Farmers Market: ONEgeneration presents the market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. Location, 17400 Victory Blvd. (between Balboa Boulevard and White Oak Avenue). Farmers market manager, 818-708-6611 or email:

Good Times Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. Los Angeles Valley College, parking lot A, 5800 Fulton Ave. (at Burbank Boulevard), Valley Glen. Email: Instagram:

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway.


Petersen Automotive Museum: New: “Best in Low: Lowrider Icons of the Street and Show,” through April 2025, see details on the exhibit ( Ongoing special exhibits: “Splendor & Speed: Treasures from the Petersen Collection,” through June 2 ( “We Are Porsche,” through July 7 ( “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape,” through Nov. 2024. “GM’s Marvelous Motorama: Dream Cars from the Joe Bortz Collection,” 6 concept cars from the 1950s, through March 2026 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $21; $19 ages 62 and older; $13 ages 12-17; $12 ages 4-11. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: May 18-19: The museum’s 38th annual “Bug Fair,” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ( Ongoing special exhibit: “Butterfly Pavilion,” through Aug. 25. Admission to this special exhibit is $8 by a timed ticket (30-minute time slot) and also, a general museum admission is required ( Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $18; $14 ages 62 and older and ages 13-17; $7 ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger, but a ticket is required. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Autry Museum of the American West: May 19: “Out of Site: Survey Science and the Hidden West,” through Jan. 5 ( Ongoing special exhibits: “Sherman Indian School: 100 + Years of Education and Resilience,” through May 26 ( “Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Vision of Freedom,” a juried exhibit with more than 100 middle and high school students’ artwork exploring the idea of one’s personal freedom and moving to/living in the American West, through June 5 (details: “Reclaiming El Camino: Native Resistance in the Missions and Beyond,” through June 15, 2025 ( Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $18; $14 ages 62 and older, and ages 13-18 and also students older than 18 with ID; $8 ages 3-12 ( Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

California African American Museum: May 22 reopening: The museum has announced it is reopening with “Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door,” a traveling museum, through Aug. 18 ( and, on May 26, the opening of a second traveling exhibit “Simone Leigh,” co-presented with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (artwork to be presented at both museums), through Jan. 20, 2025 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (check the museum’s hours before you go). 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

The Getty Center: May 22: “Poetry in the Garden” series continues with Ariana Reines, May 22 (Center Garden; free to attend the 2 p.m. Wednesdays in May series, but make a reservation to attend on the website; upcoming: Yesika Salgado, May 29). Ongoing special exhibits: “Blood: Medieval/Modern,” through May 19 (”Hippolyte Bayard: A Persistent Pioneer,” photography, through July 7. “Nineteenth-Century Photography Now,” through July 7. “Camille Claudel,” sculptures, through July 21 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required ( Parking $25 ( Location, 1200 Getty Center Drive (at North Sepulveda Boulevard), Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibits: “Outside the Mainstream,” through Aug. 4. “Shifting Perspectives: Vertical Cinema,” through Aug. 4. “John Waters: Pope of Trash,” through Aug. 4. “Significant Movies and Movie Makers,” three exhibits through Jan. 4, 2026: “Casablanca,” “Boyz n the Hood,” and Lourdes Portillo.” Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and Monday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students, age 18 and older with ID; free for ages 17 and younger. 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: timed entry admission, 1, 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday (make a reservation on Eventbrite here: Donation. Location, 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730.

Bolton Hall Museum: Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission; $5 donation is appreciated. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: and

California Science Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “Leonardo Da Vinci: Inventor. Artist. Dreamer.,” through Sept. 2 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center’s permanent galleries, but there is a charge for special exhibits. Admission to the “Leonardo Da Vinci” exhibit: $22.95; $20.95 seniors and students; $15.95 (timed tickets are required for special exhibits, and also the Imax Theater; Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Craft in America Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “Between the Lines: John Luebtow and Stephen Edwards,” through May 25. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free admission. Location, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-951-0610.

Craft Contemporary: Galleries are closed through May 24 for upcoming installation; the Craft Contemporary Shop is open during its regular hours. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $9; $7 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Location, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: The Discovery Cube has ongoing exhibits that aim to make science fun for children. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $18 ages 15-61; $17 ages 62 and older; $16 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. and

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: Ongoing special exhibit: “Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora,” through Sept. 8. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibit: “I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art,” through May 26. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. 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 Villa: Ongoing special exhibits: “Pictures Worlds: Greek, Maya, and Moche Pottery,” through July 29 ( “Sculpted Portraits from Ancient Egypt,” through Jan. 25, 2027. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $25. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.

Grammy Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “KQ Ent. (ATEEZ & xikes): A Grammy Museum Pop-up,” exhibit featuring two K-pop boy groups who are represented by KQ, a South Korean entertainment agency and record label, through June 10 ( “Roxy: 50 and Still Rockin’,” through spring 2024 (”Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” through spring 2024. “Hip-Hop America: The Mix Tape Exhibit,” through Sept. 4. 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.

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “To Paint Is to Life: Art and Resistance in Theresienstadt,” artwork from four artists who depicted life in the Theresienstadt ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Information about the exhibit that runs through Nov. 30 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday. 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: “Louis Prima: Rediscovering a Musical Icon,” through Oct. 13 ( 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: “Yes, KAWAII Is Art – Express Yourself,” through Nov. 3 ( 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 exhibits: “Giant Robot Biennale 5,” an exhibit of art by Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean, Taylor Lee, Mike Shinoda, Rain Szeto, Yoskay Yamamoto (co-presented by Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot), through Sept. 1. “J.T. Sata: Immigrant Modernist,” photography exhibit by the late James Tadanao Sata (1896-1975), through Sept. 1. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; closed on national holidays ( Admission: $16; $9 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets are recommended). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook: and

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except closed on the first Tuesday of the month and national holidays. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older and students ages 13-17; $7 ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger, but a ticket is required ( Parking $18. Location, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3499.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Ongoing exhibit: “18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium,” through May 19. Permanent exhibits: “LA Starts Here!” “Calle Principal: Mi México en Los Ángeles.” Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “Korean Treasures from the Chester and Cameron Chang Collection,” through June 30. “Yassi Mazandi: Language of the Birds,” kinetic bronze sculptures, on the Resnick Lawn, through June 30. “Imagined Fronts: The Great War and Global Media,” through July 7. “Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca,” through July 21. “Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting,” through Aug. 4. “Vincent Valdez and Ry Cooder: El Chavez Ravine,” through Aug. 11. “Ed Ruscha/Now Then,” through Oct. 6. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Plan your visit information here: Admission $23; $19 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; these prices are for residents of Los Angeles County with an ID). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

Martial Arts History Museum: Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $12; $5 ages 6-17. Location, 201 N. Brand Blvd. (corner of North Brand and Wilson Street; use entrance at 111 Wilson St.), Glendale. 818-245-6051.

Museum of African American Art: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Level Two, Suite 283, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Crenshaw. 323-294-7071. Email:

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: Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission; donations appreciated. Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Star Wars and SDI: Defending America and the Galaxy,” through Sept. 8. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Jan. 1). Admission: $25; $22 ages 62 and older; $18 ages 11-17; $15 ages 3-10 (purchase online here: Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Santa Monica History Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “From the Ground Up – The Life of Vernon Brunson,” through Dec. 15 ( “Unhoused – A History of Housing in Santa Monica,” through Dec. 15 ( Hours: 2-5 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for 65 and older and ages 17 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290.

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhbit: “Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak,” through Sept. 1 ( Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays ( Admission $18; $13 seniors, full time students with ID and ages 2-17 Admission for the “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball” is an extra charge and by a timed-entry (purchase online). Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibit: “Undercurrents I: Stories, Symbols and Sounds,” through Sept. 15. ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday ( Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email:

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 (see website for other dates). 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 at the door or online. and

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale perform
The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale perform “Dreamscapes, a Musical Voyage to the Stars” on May 18 in North Hills. (Photo courtesy of San Fernando Valley Master Chorale)


San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: “Dreamscapes — A Musical Voyage to the Stars, 3 p.m. May 18. Pre-concert talk with Charlie Kim, the chorale’s artistic director, 2 p.m. Tickets $20. Program details, and to purchase tickets, on the website. Location, Vida Church (aka “The Onion”), 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills.

Greek Theater – 2024 Season: See the schedule here: Location, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles (directions and parking information:

Hollywood Bowl – 2024 Season: See the schedule, subscription packages (Classical Tuesdays/Thursdays; Jazz Plus; KCRW Festival; Sunday Sunset Concerts; Weekend Spectaculars) and special events: Tickets on sale now for: Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, 3:30 p.m. June 15 and 3:30 p.m. June 16, and also, Roots Picnic: Hip-Hop Is the Love of My Life, 8 p.m. June 29.


Pang Spa: Chalk Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of a dramedy written by David Johann Kim about a man who, after returning home to Los Angeles’ Koreatown to help his parents, discovers new perspectives on life, previews 8 p.m. May 16-18. Opening night, 6 p.m. May 19. Minimum age: 12. Show runs various dates through June 9. Tickets for previews $25; $35; $30 seniors; $25 students. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles.

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum’s 2024 Repertory Season: Tickets are on sale now for the season that begins on June 1 with Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” with various dates through Sept. 30. In addition: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (June 2-Sept. 23); “Wendy’s Peter Pan,” a retelling of the J.M. Barrie play by Ellen Geer (June 22-Oct. 4); “Tartuffe: Born Again,” the 1664 play by Molière, translated from the original French and adapted by Freyda Thomas (July 13-Oct. 13); “The Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latine Vote” by Bernardo Cubría (Aug. 24-Oct 19). Tickets: upper tier (general seating), $32; $20 ages 62 and older and students; $15 ages 5-15; lower tier, assigned seats $48; $35 ages 62 and older and students; $15 ages 5-15; also, $60 premium seating. Parking $10 in the lot; or, for free along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Location, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.  


High Maintenance: The Road Theatre Co. presents a world premiere of a play written by Peter Ritt about an actor coping with career issues that include playing opposite a robot in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” Show runs 8 p.m. May 17-18; 2 p.m. May 19. Tickets $39; $20 ages 65 and older; $15 students. Road Theatre at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

Nora: Antaeus Theatre Co. presents a version of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 “A Doll’s House” play, adapted by Ingmar Bergman, and translated and adapted by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker. Minimum age: 16. Show runs various dates through May 26. Tickets $40; $35 seniors; $25 college students; $20 high school students. Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-506-1983.

Singularities or the Computers of Venus: The Road Theatre Co. presents a play written by Laura Stribling about how some things change over time and some things don’t — especially for women in science. Show runs 8 p.m. May 16; other dates through June 2. Tickets $39; $20 ages 65 and older; $15 students. Road Theatre at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

Cinderella: Storybook Theatre presents a musical by Michael Paul and Lloyd J. Schwartz for children and their families, 1 p.m. Saturdays through June 8. Tickets $15. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. Reservations, 323-851-7977.

Two Stop: Ensemble Studio Theatre presents the world premiere of a play written by David Johann Kim about what may happen when cultures and prejudices collide. Minimum age: 12. Show runs 8 p.m. May 16-18; 3 p.m. May 19; other dates through June 9. Tickets $35; $30 seniors; $25 students. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles.

Hooray LA – Bob Baker Marionette Theater: The show — the last new show that the late Bob Baker created (in 1981) with updates in 2023 and 2024 — celebrates the city’s cultures, history and nature. Show runs through June 16. Tickets $25. Location, 4949 York Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-250-9995.

Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to 818-713-3708.

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