Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, May 18-25

Momix, dancer-illusionists, perform "Alice" an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," May 19-21 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (Photo by Sharen Bradford/courtesy of Glorya KaufmanPresents Dance at the Music Center)
Momix, dancer-illusionists, perform “Alice” an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” May 19-21 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (Photo by Sharen Bradford/courtesy of Glorya KaufmanPresents Dance at the Music Center)

Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, May 18-25.


Armed Forces Day Classic Car Show and Military Vehicles: Chat with veterans and see classic cars, hot rods, emergency and military vehicles on display, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20. Free admission to the event. The public may register to show a classic car ($25 in advance; $30 at the gate). Cars may enter from 6:30-9:30 a.m. The event kicks off with a Presentation of Colors by ROTC. Event also includes a 50-50 raffle. Event is presented by American Legion Post #288, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1614 and Moose Lodge #641 of La Crescenta. Fundraiser for local veterans and youth groups/programs. Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. Dick Clubb, 818-384-5761.

Artazan: A springtime market inspired by the 1880-1920 Arts and Crafts movement, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. Event includes more than 200 exhibits, artist demos, food and live music. Admission $8 online; $10 at the door; admission is good for both days. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

California Strawberry Festival: Celebration of the red fruit with contests, arts and crafts marketplace, music, strawberry concoctions and berries for sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 20-21. Admission $15; $10 seniors 62 and older; $8 ages 5-12. Parking at the fairgrounds is $20 (limited space). Shuttle locations near the fairgrounds available ( Also, Amtrack ( Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

Celebrating Words Festival: Sylmar’s Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore co-hosts the 18th annual event, 2-7 p.m. May 20. Activities include live music and poetry readings, a “Comic Book Row,” an art market and resources, art workshops, food for sale, vendors and a “Wellness Zone” that includes a rock climbing wall. Also, author Shonda Buchanan gives a reading from her memoir “Black Indian” and answers questions about the book and writing, 3:30 p.m. (in the school’s library). There will also be a new book-giveaway, to readers of all ages, one per person and first come-first served, with books in English, Spanish and bilingual (must answer a family survey). Free admission. Vaughn G3 Academy, 11200 Herrick Ave., Pacoima. 818-939-3433. See details here:

Casa de Lopez Adobe tours: The historic 1882 home to Catalina and Geronimo Lopez has docent-guided tours, 5-8 p.m. May 20. Docents discuss the Lopez family and their role in San Fernando Valley history. The adobe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free admission. Tours will be held either on the third or fourth Saturday of the month; 5-8 p.m. May 20; 6-9 p.m. June 24 (check the website for varying hours and upcoming dates). Also, the tours coincide with the San Fernando Mall Outdoor Market. Location, 1100 Pico St., San Fernando. San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department, 818-898-1290.

San Fernando Mall Outdoor Market: Theme is “80s-90s Throwback,” 5-9 p.m. May 20. Upcoming: “Pride Market” theme, 6-10 p.m. June 24. Location, 911 San Fernando Road (between South Brand Boulevard and South Maclay Avenue), San Fernando.

Pan-Asian Arts and Cultural Festival: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley presents the event that includes art, dance, music, demonstrations, children’s art workshops, raffles, specialty food trucks and vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. Free admission. Location, 18904 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-347-9665.

Memorial Day Flag Display and Program with Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club at Forest Lawn-Glendale: The club has set up a “Field of Honor” display of 1,000 American flags at the the entrance to Forest Lawn-Glendale (1712 S. Glendale Ave.), May 23-29. A Memorial Day program, 11 a.m. May 29. More information about the display, purchasing of American flags ($50 sponsorship to honor someone who served in the United States armed forces; proceeds help local veterans) and Glendale Sunrise Rotary, Updates:

Topanga Days Country Fair and Memorial Day Parade: Hours for the “Country Fair,” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 27-29. Musical headliners: Allah-Las; Young Dubliners; the Main Squeeze (check the website for more information). Admission to Topanga Days Country Fair: $50 ages 13 and older; $20 ages 6-12; three-day pass $135 ages 13 and older and $50 ages 6-12. “Fun Zone” tickets $25 for one-day; $50 for three-day pass. All attendees are required to have a ticket for entry (on sale now: Location of the “Country Fair,” Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

The Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade, 8:30 a.m. May 29 (beginning at Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga). Grand Marshals are the Topanga Trash Warriors, including the co-founders Roger Pugliese and Joseph Rosendo. The parade ends around 10 a.m. at the entrance to the Topanga Community Center where soloist Catherine McClenahan sings the National Anthem and a flag raising ceremony will be performed. Members of United States armed forces past and current, with a military ID received free entrance to the Country Fair. Check the website for parking information, a map, activities and rules for attending the “Country Fair.” Event is a fundraiser for Topanga Community Center.

Topanga Vintage Market: Find collectibles and that certain treasure, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. May 28. Admission $5; free for ages 12 and younger. No pets allowed. Rain or shine. The market is always the fourth Sunday of the month. Pierce College, use parking entrance from Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills. 310-422-1844. Updates: and

Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks: The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society holds walks on the fourth Sunday of every month. A walk for adults, beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours begins at 8:30 a.m. May 28. Bring your own binoculars or you may reserve binoculars, if available (Jean Garrett, 424-248-3801). Also, there is a one-hour walk for families, 10 a.m. May 28 (reservation for binoculars also applies). Dress code suggestions: dress in layers; wear subtle colors; hats. Also, families/groups of more than seven people must make a reservation to ensure enough docents are available, 424-248-3801. There is a parking lot with meters installed (credit cards accepted in meters). No parking in shopping center lots allowed. Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, Malibu. Details on walks and parking:

Memorial Day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: The Memorial Day program begins with a musical tribute by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Concert Band, 9 a.m., followed by the program with the Royal High School AFJ ROTC Color Guard, an invocation by Naval Base Ventura County Chaplian Cmdr. Song Hwang; keynote speeches by

  • Major Cole W. Lapierre, United States  Marine Corps
  • Captain Michael Meno, Jr., Commodore, Naval Construction Group ONE
  • Gold Star wife Melanie House, who lost her husband in 2005 while he served in Iraq
  • Gold Star family, Michelle Carranza who lost her younger brother  in 2012 while he served in Afghanistan

Free to attend the program, but admission charge for touring the museum’s regular exhibits ( Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354. Details, including information on a separate 4 p.m. virtual program, here:

Memorial Day Observance at Los Angeles National Cemetery: Program includes guest speaker Maj. Gen. Evan Dertien, Buffalo Soldiers and Civil War reenactors, 10 a.m. May 29. Location, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-268-4675.

Memorial Day at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills: The observance includes an invocation, a color guard, ceremonial wreath presentation, a reading of the presidential proclamation by Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan S. Hamilton, a keynote speech by Brig. Gen. Dr. David Smith and patriotic music by the Los Angeles Police Department Concert Band, 10 a.m. May 29. Location, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. 855-800-5296.

Memorial Day Remembrance at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Griffin Memorial Park Mortuary & Crematory: The Westlake Village memorial park’s 33rd annual observance begins with music, 10:30 a.m., followed by a program, 11 a.m. A fkyover is planned. The memorial park is located at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. 818-889-0902.

City of Burbank’s Remember and Honor Memorial Day: The event begins with a concert by the Burbank Community Band, 10:15 a.m. followed by the program that includes the “Ceremony of the Rose,” 11 a.m. A flyover by the Condor Squadeon, sponsored by Cusumano Real Estate Group, is scheduled. McCambridge Park War Memorial, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. McCambridge Recreation Center, 818-238-5378. Details:

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade: The 31st parade presentation’s theme is “Saluting the Price of Freedom,” 11 a.m. May 29. An opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. The parade includes bands, floats, special guests and a flyover by 146th Airlift Wing, a unit of the California Air National Guard, stationed in Oxnard.  Route: Sherman Way, from Owensmouth Avenue to Cozycroft .

Memorial Day at Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar: The San Fernando Valley Historical Society presents an observance with a flag raising ceremony, participation by the Marine Corps League, San Fernando Valley Detachment #1277, a “rifle” salute, a wreath-laying and the playing of “Taps,” 11 a.m. Bring your own chair and water. Gates open, 10 a.m. The cemetery is the second oldest graveyard in the San Fernando Valley. Location, 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar. Email:

Memorial Day at Forest Lawn-Glendale: The observance includes an invocation, a color guard, ceremonial wreath presentation, the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading of the presidential proclamation, a keynote speech and patriotic music, 1 p.m. May 29. Forest Lawn-Glendale also includes Gendale Sunrise Rotary’s “Field of Honor” American Flag Display, May 23-May 29 — a stage event takes place at 11 a.m. on May 29 (flags are available for a $50 sponsorship that benefits local veterans). Location is near the Little Church of the Flowers, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 855-800-5296.

Memorial Day in Redondo Beach: The City of Redondo Beach, Redondo Elks Lodge #1378 and the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force present the observation that includes an invocation and benediction by Chaplain David A. Godley II, USAF, Los Angeles Air Force Base, music by the Redondo Beach Union High School Wind Ensemble, and keynote speaker Rear Adm. Larry Watkins, USN, deputy commander of the United States Third Fleet, 1 p.m. May 29. A barbecue, presented by the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge, follows the event (free for veterans, current members of the military, firefighters and police officers; $5 for the public; at the Elks building parking lot that is adjacent to Veterans Park). Veterans Memorial, in Veterans Park, 309 Esplanade (corner of South Catalina Avenue and Torrance Boulevard, and near the Redondo Beach Pier).


Renaissance Pleasure Faire: 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, May 20-21. Fun dress code: period “faire” costume (optional). Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $42; $21 ages 5-12; $225 season pass. There is a mandatory entry fee $12 to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation area. Parking is free, first-come, first served; VIP parking $25 (must be purchased in advance online). Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale. 626-969-4750.

Los Angeles County Fair: The fair’s theme this year is “Spring into Fair,” through May 29. Admission is available online now for discount. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission online $15/$18/$21 (depending on date); ages 60 and older and ages 6-12 admission online $10/$12 (depending on date). Admission at the gate $30; $15 ages 60 and older and ages 6-12. Parking in advance online $17; $22 at the gate. Also, Fairplex is a cashless venue. Some concessionaires and vendors may accept cash, but credit or debit card is preferred. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.

The 2023 Pasadena Showcase House of Design: The 58th showcase takes place at the Stewart House, a 1933 colonial estate designed by Marston & Maybury, with more than 11,000 square feet of living space situated on two acres. Explore more than 30 design spaces — by 32 interior and exterior designers — plus 20 boutique shops vendors, two restaurants, a wine bar and more than two-acres of gardens. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tour tickets are timed entry: $40 (1:30-4 p.m.); $50 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); $35 (“Happy Hour,” 4 p.m. to closing). Parking and shuttles depart from Santa Anita Race Track, Gate 6 Lot on Colorado Place. Proceeds from the event go to fund three music programs. For more information,

World of Barbie: Visit Barbie’s Dreamhouse and Camper Van and view exhibits of dolls and accessories from more than six decades. Hours vary by date, May-June dates available. Tickets are by timed admission, $40.50 ages 13 and older; $31.50 ages 1-12. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place.


Art Angels: “Elizabeth Waggett: I am woman hear me roar,” a solo show of drawings and oil paintings. Opening reception, 7-9 p.m. May 18. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment. Location, 9020 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-693-5500.


Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Highland: “Masaomi Yasunaga: Discoveries from Picking Up Stones.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 20. Location, 720 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-450-9409.

The Artists Gallery: “Adele Mills: How Soon Is Now”; “Robert Spies: Homme et Bete”; “Emily Wallerstein: Lost Angles” open now through May 26. Also, a group show, “River: The Ribbon of Life,” through May 27. Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Location, 5458 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-297-3061.

Corey Helford Gallery: “Mayuka Yamamoto: Ephemeral Existence,” in the Main Gallery ( Also, “Hera of Herakut,” in Gallery 2 ( Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through May 27. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Melrose: “Kokuta Suda: Okuko.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 6917 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Studio Channel Islands: “Dis Connection,” eight contemporary women artists explore the subject of displacement. Artists: Nurit Avesar, Marthe Aponte, Arezoo Bharthania, Fatemeh Burnes, Maria Adela Diaz, Janet Neuwalder, Sigrid Orlet, Alicia Piller. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.

Thinkspace Projects: “Hard Candy – Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden” (Main Gallery); “Songs of Dawn – Armani Howard” (Gallery II); “Chronicles of Life – Jimbo Lateef (Gallery III); “Cookie Monster – Austyn Taylor (Gallery IV). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through May 27. Location, 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375. Email:

William Turner Gallery: “Jay Mark Johnson: Íslenshir Fossar,” art photography. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 27. Location, 2525 Michigan Ave., Site E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email:

Witness: An exhibit by Los Angeles-based Black women and non-binary artists that includes installations, moving and still images and portraiture. Exhibit is co-curated by Genel Ambrose and Tina Knowles Lawson. Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; by appointment only ( Exhibit runs through May 27. Exhibit is co-presented by Good Mirrors ( and Black Women Photographers ( WACO Theater Center, 5144 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-400-1151.

Miles of Scenic Beauty – Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center: Members of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore hold an exhibit and sale, today through May 28. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. A portion of art sales support continuing art and cultural programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. King Gillette Ranch, 268 76 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Details:

Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery: “Textures of Life,” group show. Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (hours subject to change; check the website for current gallery hours). Exhibit runs through May 28. Location, 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. and

Lowell Ryan Projects: “James Busby: Suspirium.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through June 10. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:;

Brand Library & Art Center: “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” group show on the theme of how artists cope with negative self-thought through their art. Exhibit is curated by Galia Linn. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 16. Location, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.

Kohn Gallery: “Ricardo Cabret: Un Nuevo Manglar.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 17. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

William Grant Still Arts Center: “African American Composers’ Series: Bullerengue and Beyond — Learning the Palenques of the South West Caribbean Through Sound.” The exhibit also includes examples of Caribbean pico culture, hand-painted speaker stacks that are used to blast music out to the community. Artists: Carolyn Castano, Stephanie Christopher-White, Brian B+Cross, Gabriela Natalia Demattia. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through July. Location, 2520 S. West View Ave., Los Angeles. 323-734-1165. Email:


Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch Library Used Book Sale: The sale includes children’s, cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction, gardening, and also audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20. (Pre-sale for members of the Sherman Oaks Friends, 3-7 p.m. May 18; join the group for a yearly $15 fee at the door). Location, 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017. Details:

Diesel Bookstore: Susan Goldman Rubin discusses and signs “The Women Who Built Hollywood: 12 Trailblazers in Front of and Behind the Camera,” 6:30 p.m. May 18. Jenna Hermans reads from and signs, “Chaos to Calm,” 6:30 p.m. May 23. For reserved seating, purchase one copy of the book in advance, per each event, on the event tabs on the website. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Book Soup: Landon Jones discusses “Celebrity Nation – How America Evolved into a Culture of Fans and Followers,” 7 p.m. May 18. Chasten Buttigieg discusses “I Have Something to Tell You – For Young Adults: A Memoir,” with Chris Colfer, 7 p.m. May 19 (ticketed event; 7 p.m. May 19 at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles; books are pre-signed; purchase from the website here: Christine Barker discusses “Third Girl from the Left,” 7 p.m. May 23. Fred Guttenberg discusses “Amercan Carnage – Shattering the Myths That Fuel Gun Violence,” with Patton Oswalt, 7 p.m. May 24. Chris Hauty discusses “The Devil You Know,” 7 p.m. May 25. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Holly Goldberg Sloan discusses her novel “Pieces of Blue,” 7 p.m. May 19. Local Author Day: Clarence Irwin (“The Fourth Canton: Adventures of the Rhett Family and Co.”), Anthony J. Mohr (“Every Other Weekend – Coming of Age with Two Different Dads”) and Melina Maria Morry (“The Manhattan Mishap”) discuss their books, 4 p.m. May 21. Héctor Tobar discusses “Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of ‘Latino,’” 7 p.m. May 22. Louise Penny signs “A World of Curiosities,” 4 p.m. May 23. Joe Ide discusses “Fixit – An IQ Novel,” 7 p.m. May 24. T.J. Newman discusses “Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421,” 7 p.m. May 31. Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. vromans.comLocation, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee discuss and sign “Driving Force – Automobiles and the New American City 1900-1930, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20. Location, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Valley Relics Museum: The museum presents a talk and booksigning by author Chris Lukather on “Homes by Byrd – The Art & Architecture of Robert Byrd and His Son Gary — From the Hollywood Hills to the San Fernando Valley and Beyond,” 4-6 p.m. May 21. Admission $14.64 ( The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys. 818-616-4083.


Race to Erase MS Gala: The 30th annual fundraising event includes musical entertainment by Flo Rida and Siedah Garrett, cocktail reception, live and silent auctions and dinner, 6 p.m. June 2. Dress code: cocktail/dressy or business attire. Individual tickets $1,000. Reservations required. Funds raised go to treatment and cure for multiple sclerosis. Fairmont Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. 310-440-4842.


Momix – Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center: The dancer-illusionists perform “Alice,” adapted story from Lewis Carroll’s novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” 7:30 p.m. May 19-20 and 2 p.m. May 21. Tickets $20 and up. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-0711. Details and to purchase tickets:

Brand Associates 2023 Dance Series: Bernard Brown/bbmoves, 5 p.m. May 20. Check the website for performance details. Free admission. Location, Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.

Benita Bike’s DanceArt: Modern dance works, 8 p.m. May 20 and 7:30 p.m. May 21. Tickets $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Stomping Ground LA, 5453 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles. 818-470-5734. Purchase tickets:


EEEEEatsCon Los Angeles: Food festival with food and drinks to purchase, music and guest speakers, noon-6 p.m. May 20-21. Participating restaurants: Various prices from the drinks and food vendors. Admission $30 (per day). FAQ: The Barker Hangar, on the south side of Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave.


My China Roots – Genealogy Garage: The Los Angeles Central Library presents an online talk by Clotilde Yap, global collections manager, discussing the newest data base for those researching their Chinese ancestry, 11 a.m. May 20. Details: Watch on the library’s YouTube:

LA’s Landmark Restaurants: The San Fernando Valley Historical Society presents George Geary, author of “LA’s Landmark Restaurants: Celebrating the Legendary Restaurants Where Angelenos Have Dined for Generations,” discussing the topic, 7 p.m. May 25. Free/donations are appreciated. Location, Andrés Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). Voicemail, 818-365-7810. and


Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays). Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall.

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays; rain or shine). Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue.

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13 (and all other Saturdays). Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook:

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. May 17 (and all other Wednesdays). Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway.

Northridge Farmers Market: A certified market, 5-9 p.m. May 17 (and all other Wednesdays). Location, 9301 Tampa Ave. Coastal Pacific Farmers Markets, 805-643-6458.


The Getty Center: May 23: “Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in 19th Century Danish Art,” through Aug. 20. New: “Play and Pastimes in the Middle Ages,” in medieval manuscripts, through Aug. 6. Ongoing special exhibits: “Pastel Portraits: Drawn from Life?” through Sept. 17. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required for now ( Parking $20 ( Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: New: “Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas,” through Sept. 10. The exhibit is in partnership with the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibit: “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971,” through July 16. Timed advance admission tickets are available for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” 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: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Donation. 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730.

Autry Museum of the American West: Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and older, ages 13-18 and students with ID; $6 ages 3-12. Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

Bolton Hall Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Wish You Were Here – Postcards Sent from Sunland-Tujunga,” through Oct. 8. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, but a $3 donation is appreciated. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email:;

California African American Museum: Closed for facilities upgrades through Aug. 5. Check website for special programming. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 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

California Science Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “Maya: The Exhibition,” with artifacts from the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America. Also, “Mystery of the Maya” IMAX film (see admission for film alone or in combination with the exhibit). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. Admission to “Maya: The Exhibition” is $21.95 ages 18-64; $19.95 ages 65 and older and ages 13-17; $14.95 ages 3-12 ( Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Descanso Gardens: Ongoing special exhibit: “Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art,” in the Sturt Haaga Gallery and runs through May 21. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The gallery is open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $15; $11 ages 65 and older and student with valid ID; $5 ages 5-12. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing: Hands-on exhibits make science fun. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $15.95 ages 15 and up; $13.95 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-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: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $20. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.

Grammy Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Power of Song – A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit,” through Sept. 4 ( “Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” through winter 2024. 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: Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday and Thursday. 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: “A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio,” through Oct. 16. 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: “Symbiosis: Living Island,” gallery visitors get a look at a tiny Japanese island, Inujima, to see how art projects there have helped to revitalize the sparsely populated island; through July 5. 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 exhibit: “Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps,” through Oct. 1 ( Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets required; no walk-ins). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook:

Lancaster Museum of Art and History: New: “Sages” and “Orly Cogan: Threads of Entanglement,” through Aug. 20. Opening reception, 4-6 p.m. May 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Location, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. 661-723-6250.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions,” through May 29. “Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938-1945,” through June 19. “Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982,” through July 2. “Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing, through July 16. “Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany,” through July 22. “Afro-Atlantic Histories,” with six sections including Maps and Margins, Enslavements and Emancipations, Everyday Lives, Rites and Rhythms, Portraits, Resistances and Activism, through Sept. 10, 2023 (the touring exhibit originated in Brazil).”Light, Space, Surface: Selections from LACMA’s Collection,” through Oct. 1. Plan your visit information here: Admission $20; $16 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). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

LA Plaza Cocina: The museum is dedicated to Mexican food and cuisine. The museum has a teaching kitchen and a store with culinary-related ingredients, cookbooks, decorative items and utensils used in making Mexican cuisine. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday). Free admission. The museum is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Location, 555 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 323-397-8365. Email:

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Ongoing special exhibit: “Arte para la Gente — The Collected Works of Margaret Garcia,” through June 11. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles.

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: Ongoing special exhibit: “Ritchie Valens” exhibit. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665.

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: Ongoing special exhibit: The “Butterfly Pavilion” in an open-air netted enclosure, through Aug. 13. (timed admission, $8, with a general museum admission; Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $15; $12 seniors and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Inside Tesla – Supercharging the Electric Revolution,” prototypes of Tesla vehicles, historical perspective and design study, through Oct. 22. “We Are Porsche.” “Arsham Auto Motive,” life-sized vehicle sculptures and posters ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19.95; $17.95 ages 62 and older; $12.95 ages 12-17; $10.95 ages 4-11. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

Rancho Camulos Museum: Rancho Camulos is the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County. Throughout the year, the museum is open for tours, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Donation $5; $3 for children. Directions: from the 5 Freeway, take the exit to Highway 126, travel 3.5 miles west of the Ventura County Line. The entrance is on the south side of the roadway. The museum is two miles east of Piru. Location, 5146 E. Telegraph Road. 805-521-1501. Email:

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away.” Minimum age recommendation: 12. Purchase tickets in advance ($29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; details on the exhibit and tickets: This special exhibit is currently scheduled to run through Aug. 13. Regular museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Santa Monica Art Museum: “Looking West,” emerging and established regional artists, through May 21. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $10 (purchase tickets online). Location, 1219 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

Santa Monica History Museum: Currently closed for installation of a new exhibit “Coming Out West: LGBTQ+ Elders Share Their Stories,” opening June 1. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for ages 11 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290.

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare,” an original exhibition created by and on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee; through Sept. 3 (admission is considered special admission price; “Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light,” through Sept. 3 (included in admission price with “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.”). “Chloë Bass: Wayfinding,” an outdoor exhibit with sculptures, through Sept. 3. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays ( Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball,” ($18; $15 seniors and students with ID; $13 ages 2-12; regular admission $12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20-21 (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). 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:;;

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibit: “Vietnam in Transition, 1976-Present” and “David Bowie in the Soviet Union,” both exhibits through Oct. 22. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday ( Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email:


Greek Theatre: Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris, 7 p.m. May 18 ($59.50 and up). Brett Young, with Morgan Evans and Ashley Cooke, 7 p.m. May 20 ($39.50 and up). Location, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.

Anoushka Shankar and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Two dates and venues: The sitarist, and daughter of the late Ravi Shankar, makes her LACO debut with a performance of Concerto No. 3 for Sitar composed by her father, 8 p.m. May 20 ($32 and up; Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale;; and also at 7 p.m. May 21 ($32 and up; Royce Hall at UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood; parking information,; purchase Royce Hall tickets here:

Anything Goes – A Cole Porter Celebration: The La Cañada Presbyterian Chancel Choir and Orchestra perform classic songs, 2 p.m. May 21. Pre-concert lecture, 1:30 p.m. Free admission. La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626-Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. 818-790-6708. Details:

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: A world premiere of Sergio Barer’s “The Nightmare and the Dream,” the story of Theodore Herzl and the creation of the modern state of Israel, 3 p.m. May 21. Tickets $25.50 ($30 at the door); $21.25 seniors and students ($25 at the door). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Wagner Ensemble: The ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, performs the program “Diverse Voices in Verse: Music Inspired by Poetry,” 7 p.m. May 21. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. St. Francis de Sales Parish, 13370 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. and

Off the 405 – Concert series at the Getty Museum: Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and include a DJ set: Makaya McCraven, June 24; Etran de L’Air, July 22; Rahill, July 29; Alabaster DePlume, Aug. 26 ( Free, but a reservation is required. Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. Museum courtyard, North Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles.


The Revolutionists: Theatre Forty presents a play by Lauren Gunderson about four women during the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror,” opens 7:30 p.m. May 18. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through June 18. Tickets $35. Parking available in the lot beneath the theater enter at the intersection of Durant and Moreno drives. Location, 242 S. Moreno Drive, on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. 310-364-0535.

The Pirates of Penzance: Pacific Opera Project presents the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, 7:30 p.m. May 19. Fun dress code: “Pirates of Penzance” inspired costume (Victorian or pirate). Bring a picnic dinner. Show runs 7:30 p.m. May 20-21; and 7:30 p.m. May 26-28. Tickets $30 (tables for two ($120) and four ($200) are available; tables come with a bottle of wine; see the website for options). Gates open, 6:30 p.m. Forest Lawn – Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. and

3 Black Girl Blues: Danielle Moné Truitt performs her one-woman play about three friends who grew up together and now find, as adults, they have to make difficult decisions and confront their fears when personal issues have cropped up in their life, opens 8 p.m. May 19. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through June 4. Tickets $42.50. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-856-4249. Details and to purchase tickets:

The Complete History of the American Musical Theater of the 20th Century: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Los Angeles Musical Theatre Studio present the hits and flops and the stars, 8 p.m. May 19. Tickets $30. Parking $5 in the lot. Location, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

David Carlo – Modern Parlor Magic: The magician performs illusions and mind-reading in an interactive performance inspired by parlor shows from the Victorian age. Minimum age: 12. Dates: 8 p.m. May 19-20; 8 p.m. June 2-3; 3 p.m. June 4. Tickets $59-84 ( Millenium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Who By Fire: The Road Theatre Co., in association with the Jewish Play Project, presents a reading of the play by Talisa Friedman, 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets $15. Reservations suggested. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum – 50th Annual Repertory Season: Tickets on sale now for “Macbeth,” June 10-Sept. 23; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” June 11-Sept. 21; “Queen Margaret’s Version of Shakespeare’s War of the Roses,” June 24-Oct. 1; “A Perfect Ganesh,” by Terrence McNally, July 15-Oct. 7. Tickets: upper tier, $30; $20 seniors and students; $15 ages 5-15; lower tier, assigned seating $48; $35 seniors and students; $15 ages 5-15; also, $60 premium seating. Parking $10 in the lot; along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Location, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.


The Laramie Project: The Group Rep presents the play by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski and the Techtonic Theater Project, 8 p.m. May 19-20; 2 p.m. May 21. Tickets $35; $30 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

Marty and the Hands That Could: WACO Theater Center and Watts Village Theater Co., present the world premiere of a play by Josh Wilder about a man who, ready to turn his life around, becomes hampered in his effort by a cousin with problems, 8 p.m. May 18-19; 2 p.m. May 20; 2 and 6 p.m. May 21. Tickets $20 and up. Watts Labor Community Action Committee, 10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 818-400-1151.

Moose on the Loose: A comedy by Dina Morrone about an Italian family and a Canadian moose, 8 p.m. May 19-20; 2 p.m. May 21. Tickets $35 online purchase; $40 at the door; $30 students. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Picnic: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the play by William Inge. Show runs 8 p.m. May 20; 2 p.m. May 21; 8 p.m. May 26-27; 2 p.m. May 28. Tickets $37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Tornado: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents a world premiere of a play written by Chris Cragin-Day about volunteers who arrive to help people affected by a 2012 Oklahoma tornado, but find each have cultural differences that threaten to overshadow their efforts.  Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; through May 28. Tickets $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students. The Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. 323-462-8460.

Hansel and Gretel: Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre presents a musical retelling of the fairy tale with book by Lloyd J. Schwartz and lyrics and music by Hope and Laurence Juber. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through June 3. Tickets $15. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Scintilla: The Road Theatre Co. presents the play by Alessandro Camon about a man visiting his reclusive mother when a wildfire approaches. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; also, 8 p.m. May 18 and 25; dates through June 4. Tickets $15 preview; $39; $15 seniors and students for regular performances. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

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

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