Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 14-21

Jorge Luis Santos’s “Gran naranja como una flor,” acrylic on canvas, is part of his “Manchas de Zapatos” exhibit at Lowell Ryan Projects. (Courtesy of Lowell Ryan Projects)

Take a chance on cultural experiences, Jan. 14-21.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Togetherhood Celebration: The City of Glendale presents the 5th annual event — virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic — noon Jan. 14 ( The Rev. Bryant T. Marks Sr., founder and CEO of the National Training Institute on Race and Equality, and a psychology professor at Morehouse College, is the keynote speaker. Ways to watch include the city’s Facebook here:, and YouTube here: Check the website for other viewing choices.

50th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Celebration – Online: YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation present a multimedia event with keynote speaker Stedman Graham, CEO at S. Graham and Associates, 9 a.m. Jan. 15. Honorees: Dave Roberts, manager, Los Angeles Dodgers (Brotherhood Award), and Sharon Robinson, vice-chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (Human Dignity Award). Celebration is live streamed from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. Register in advance here:

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru: Family-friendly dinosaur safari, Jan 16-31. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Tickets $49 per vehicle (must be purchased online in advance). Check the FAQs section on the website for rules about vehicles, audio sound and add-on dinosaur-related purchases. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

2021 MLK Day Celebration – A Virtual Festival from California African American Museum: The online event celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begins with music from the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, 10 a.m. Jan. 18, followed by a Martin Luther King study group, 11 a.m., followed by a panel discussion “Black Workers and Social Justice: From Memphis, 1968, to Today,” 1 p.m., and a family story time and poetry workshop, 2:30 p.m. Free. Make a reservation to receive the Zoom instructions here:

MLK Service Celebration – City of Santa Clarita: Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda, members of the city council and the Human Relations Roundtable present a video on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m., and rebroadcast at 7 p.m., on Jan. 18. The city encourages residents to perform “Acts of Kindness and Service” with ideas found here: Watch the program on City of Santa Clarita Facebook page here: or YouTube channel here:

Kingdom Day Parade 2021 – Virtual ABC-7 broadcast special: The annual in-person parade in Los Angeles has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the parade’s organizers, with partner ABC-7, present a look back at previous parades plus special guest commentaries on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights leadership and legacy, 11 a.m. Jan. 18 on ABC-7. Find more information about the parade and the history of Congress of Racial Equality of California on the website. 844-454-6432; 323-934-3683.


Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain: A thrill of a different kind for the holiday season with lights choreographed to festive sounds in eight different scenic areas plus catch a glimpse of Santa Claus and elves, Jan. 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31. Reservations required in advance (no tickets sold at the venue). Minimum of two per car (no buses, RVs, commercial vehicles, dually pick-up trucks, trailers, motorcycles). Admission $25 per person (free for ages two and younger). 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.


CSUN Art Galleries: “24th Annual High School Invitational,” art from students and teachers from 24 San Fernando Valley high schools. View online here:

Topanga Canyon Art Gallery: “New Year, New Dreams,” group show from 16 local artists. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. weekends; and by appointment; or in the virtual gallery on the gallery’s website. Exhibit runs through Jan. 31. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 424-326-6429.

Gavlak Los Angeles:Karen Carson: Middle Ground.” Gallery hours: call or send an email to schedule an appointment. Exhibit runs through March 6. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., #440, Los Angeles. 323-467-5700. Email:

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: “Tristan Espinoza: Index, Interiors,” opens Jan. 14. View the exhibit online through April 22.

Corey Helford Gallery: “Kazuki Takamatsu: Your Wings” (main gallery) and “Chishi Morimura: Aimai” (gallery three). Virtual opening, 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 ( Exhibits run through Feb. 20. The gallery, closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, is in Los Angeles. Email:

Regen Projects: “Doug Aitken: Flags and Debris,” handmade fabric wall hangings and a multi-screen installation. Opens, Jan. 16. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 13. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

Shulamit Nazarian Gallery: Two exhibits: “Michael Stamm: So Super Sorry Sir!” paintings, and “Cammie Staros: What Will Have Being,” sculptures, opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 16. Reservation information and gallery hours here: Exhibits run through March 6. 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961. Email:

TAG Gallery:Pam Douglas: Sanctuary,” installation on the theme of refugees and their struggle for a better life. Opens, Jan. 20. Opening reception, 3-7 p.m. Jan. 23 (masks required). Also, Douglas discusses the artwork online, 3 p.m. Jan. 28 (, and also 3 p.m. Feb. 4 ( Register in advance for the free online talks. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 13. 5458 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-297-3061. Email:


California Art Club: “Welcome to California,” an exhibit and sale of small works. See the exhibit of paintings and sculptures online through Jan. 29.

ReflectSpace Gallery – Glendale Library, Arts and Culture: Virtual exhibit of “Nowhere and Everywhere: Indigenous in America,” exploring ways in which Native Americans have been represented in popular culture. Also, a counterpoint exhibit of contemporary art by Pamela J. Peters (Navaho) and photographer Horace Poolaw (Kiowa). Exhibits run through Jan. 31. View online here:

William Turner Gallery: “Andy Moses: Recent Works,” paintings. Gallery hours: appointments required, use this link to make an appointment: Exhibit runs through Feb. 10. 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email:

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Antonio Adriano Puleo – Four Fours, a subsequent work and small sculptures” and “Jorge Luis Santos – Manchas de Zapatos.” Gallery hours: by appointment only 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (reservations required here:; masks and social distancing enforced). Exhibits run through Feb. 27. 4851 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-998-0063. Email:

ReflectSpace Gallery – Glendale Library, Arts and Culture: Virtual exhibit of “Beyond the River: Free Zone-DMZ, The City that Lost the River.” A partnership between the gallery and GLAC and the City of Gimpo, South Korea, and the Gimpo Cultural Foundation, brings art from Korean artists who reflect on the once maritime city’s lost access to the Han river that is a border river between North and South Korea. Gimpo and Glendale are sister cities. Exhibit runs through March 15. View online here:


Vroman’s Bookstore: Alexi Pappas discusses “Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain and Other Big Ideas.” 6 p.m. Jan. 14 ( Matt Coyle discusses “Blind Vigil,” 6 p.m. Jan. 19 ( Eliza Jane Brazier discusses “If I Disappear,” 6 p.m. Jan. 26 ( Register in advance for the free, online Crowdcast events. 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Book Soup: John Kim discusses “Single on Purpose: Redefine Everything. Find Yourself First.” 6 p.m. Jan. 15 ( Peter Ames Carlin discusses “Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince,” 6 p.m. Jan. 19 ( Ellie Eaton discusses “The Divines,” 6 p.m. Jan. 21 ( Doug Brod discusses “They Just Seem a Little Weird – How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll,” 6 p.m. Jan. 26 ( Register in advance for the free Crowdcast live streaming talks through the links. Purchase books from the website. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Recent and New Books from Penguin Random House: Liz Camfiord, a library representative from the publishing company, discusses the topic, 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting here: Email Emily at for questions about the event. Event is presented by Studio City Branch Library.


Cookin’ with GAS: The Groundlings Theatre presents the short-form improv show, 7 p.m. Jan. 14. The show is directed by Lisa Schurga with cast members Michael Churven, Patty Guggenheim, Karen Maruyama, Misty Monroe, Edi Patterson, Jay Renshaw, Leonard Robinson, Amir Talai. Tickets $12. Show is presented on Zoom.


Virtual Community Fair for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Customers – How Conserving Energy & Water Saves You Money: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 16. Reservation by phone, 818-708-4379. Reservation online here: Watch the Zoom presentation and use ID: 99735264922 and Password: 03892. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use the ID and press #. More information: Contact the community outreach coordinator by email,, or 818-708-4759.

Virginia Kamhi – Pastel Painting Techniques: Santa Clarita Artists Association presents the talk and demonstration, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Check the link for the Zoom link. The artist’s website:

Juno and the New Renaissance: Scientist and engineer Theo Clarke discusses the Juno spacecraft that is studying the planet Jupiter and what NASA hopes to learn from the mission, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Jan. 25. Free but preregistration is required. The Zoom link will be sent 48 hours prior to the event. The talk is presented by Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library and Friends of the North Hollywood Library. Preregister here:


A Bruce Lee Online Tribute Weekend – Asian World Film Festival: “Fist of Fury” (1972), Jan. 15 ($5; “Bruce Lee the Legend”(1984, documentary), Jan. 16 ($5; Once you get your ticket you may watch any time on the date. A panel discussion on the martial artist and actor with Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, 5 p.m. Jan. 16 ($5; sign up for the link and submit one question for Shannon Lee here: “Enter the Dragon” (1973), and “Be Water” (2020, documentary) on Jan. 18 (links will be posted here: Information about Asian World Film Festival:

Film Fanatics at Calabasas Library: An informal discussion of a 2017 film, 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Send an email to learn the title of the film, how to watch it ahead of time and the Zoom link:


Craft in America Center: Jan. 16: “Making Waves: Ocean Ecology & Craft,” a group show of artwork that reflects the natural world underwater. Exhibit runs through June 19. View the exhibit on the website. The center is in Los Angeles. 323-951-0610.

Holocaust Museum LA: Jan. 19: “Inside the Acid-Free Box: Symbols of Hate and the Nazi Propaganda Machine,” a webinar discussion with Jordanna Gessler, the museum’s vice president of education and exhibits, and Christie Jovanovic, collection manager, 4 p.m. Tickets $12. Register in advance; a link will be sent after payment:

Petersen Automotive Museum: Jan. 21: Deadline to join in the museum’s “American Car Cruise-In Virtual Event.” Submit information about your car to be included in the show on Jan. 31 ( Museum exhibits on YouTube: “Tour of Actor Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS” here: “Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Show Car” here: “Ultimate Supercar Collection Tour” here: “Full Peterson Collection Tour” here: “Secret Beverly Hills Car Collection: Bruce Meyer’s Garage” here: “Magnus Walker: Full Porsche Garage Tour: Part 2” here: Online activities and education on cars for all ages:

Skirball Cultural Center: Jan. 21: “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,” photography by Lynsey Addario and stories based on the book of the same name by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The online exhibit runs through May 31. Also, “An Evening with Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn,” discussion and question-and answer, 6 p.m. Jan. 26 (free but a reservation is required from here:


Autry Museum of the American West: Ongoing: “When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California,” through January ( Check the museum’s Facebook for updates and online offerings including “Crocheting the Collection” classes:


Charles Lloyd: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents the jazz musician and band performing Lloyd’s most recent album “Kindred Spirits,” 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Watch here:

Xiao Chen: The pianist performs music by Bach, Chopin and Schumann, 2 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets $15. The link for YouTube Live will be sent by email following payment. The concert is presented by Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The musician’s website: Purchase tickets from here:

Glendale Noon Concerts: Violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and pianist Brendan White perform Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor and the premiere of Kirstin Fife’s Violin Sonata, 12:10 p.m. Jan. 20. Free; donations welcome. 818-244-7241. Use the link for the concert from here:


Risk! True Tales Boldly Told: Kevin Allison hosts an evening of stories by Calvin S. Cato, Joe Charnitski, Annie Tan and Randi Williams, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Minimum age: 17. Tickets $15. Register in advance here for show on Zoom:

Solofest 2021 from Whitefire Theatre: A series of solo show premieres and favorites from the past, through March 28. Tickets $15.99. Click on the show tabs on the website for more information and how to watch on Vimeo:

Where Do We Go from Here? A Pandemic Cabaret: A one-woman show written and performed by Ana Guigui, 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets $15.99. Purchase ticket in advance and watch on Vimeo (live stream from Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks).

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

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