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June 19, 2013

Friday Night Sing-alongs:  Pop Divas and Divos

Singers of all levels are welcome and easy-to-use song sheets are provided. Jun 21, 2013 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre/Walt Disney Concert Hall. FREE but tickets required. Tickets are distributed starting at 6pm, one per person waiting in line, first come, first served, no experience necessary.

Hike our park under the moonlight!
Everything changes after dark – the trails, the trees, the entire park. Experience Coldwater Canyon in a whole new light with hikes led by TreePeople staff and volunteers. Take in inspiring views of the San Fernando Valley, as the moon rises over coast live oaks and black walnut trees. Listen for owls. Absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of the canyon trails after sunset. Visit this webpage for complete schedule and details.

LAX Appreciation Day June 22, 2013
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles CA
Free; Advance Registration required
Preview the new Tom Bradley International Terminal!  Enjoy special entertainment, amazing architecture, aviation and USO displays, multi-sensory media experience, art tours, raffle prizes, and meet the new LAX PUPs (Pets Unstressing Pasengers).  Must register and show printed individual or group boarding passes to enter.

June 12, 2013

The Broad Stage presents Americana this Friday, June 14, 2013. Enjoy the exhilarating sounds of the National Children’s Chorus as it presents some of the most beloved classics along with newer works, including a world premiere by the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012/13 NCC Broad Stage Composition Competition. Experiencing the greatest music of Americans past and present is surely the perfect way to commemorate Flag Day. Tickets may become available at the last minute. Call our box office at (310) 434-3200.

The Hammer Museum presents Richard Artschwager! this Saturday, June 15, 2013.  Richard Artschwager!  a full-scale, major retrospective exhibition of the work of Richard Artschwager (b. 1923). Approximately 150 works survey Artschwager’s remarkable exploration of the mediums of sculpture, painting, and drawing, bringing to light the extraordinary breadth of subject matter and form in his practice. The selection highlights the extensive study of material, shape, and style in Artschwager’s work, while revealing how the artist’s unrelenting investigation of art objects and images has been informed by the equalizing lens of photographic reproduction in the 20th century.

The Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates presents The Flagship Show closing June 29, 2013. Recommended for Ages 3 - 12 While many children’s theater troupes tell stories to kids, the Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell – especially yours! The process begins by collecting stories from local kids, and whether it's a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters, the Pirates will turn any short story into a hilarious sketch comedy musical. Described as "Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock," this show is never the same twice. Pitched perfectly to grown ups and kids alike, The Flagship Show can set sail with your whole family on board.

June 5, 2013

The Getty Center Family Festival
Saturday June 8, 2013, 10 am - 5:30 pm
 Celebrate the gardens of the Renaissance in this free daylong family festival. Create a garden of your very own or fashion a floral wreath at one of the interactive workshops. Delight in the sounds of madrigals from the 15th and 16th centuries or listen to tales of distant kingdoms with renowned storytellers. Complements the exhibition Gardens of the Renaissance.
Natural History Museum 100th Birthday Bash!
Sunday June 9, 2013, 9 am - 11 pm
NHM is officially 100 years old! Join us for a day-to-night celebration featuring our new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Bring your family to kick off summer with kid-friendly activities, workshops in the gardens, behind-the-scenes collection tours with our scientists and musical entertainment. Nature after dark is even more fun: join JPL's Adam Steltzner for a discussion about Mars Curiosity rover, and enjoy food trucks, garden tours, DJs Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez and Canyon Cody in the Mammal Halls, and outdoor shows with DEVO and GZA/The Genius IN CONCERT! Members Only Preview 9am-12pm For more information about this and other activities at the NHM, visit
Celebrate LA
Friday, June 7, 2013, 5 pm - 10 pm
City Hall at Grand Park, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
This is a free event for all ages. Angelenos are invited to attend the ultimate LA block party, on the steps of City Hall at Grand Park. Families can enjoy dance, music and food at this fun (and free!) festival. Special guests include President Bill Clinton and Ryan Seacrest. The festival also serves as an opportunity to bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa, and welcome incoming Mayor Garcetti.

March 20, 2013

Sunday Afternoon for Kids | I WANNA ROCK: How to form an air band. SUN MAR 24, 12:00PM | HAMMER KIDS Recommend for ages 8-13.
Air guitar can help you become more creative, teach you to follow your dreams, and change your life! Students will adopt rock-n-roll personas, learn to play air guitar (and drums and keyboards), write songs, form a band, and rock out. Led by Dan Crane—journalist, musician, comedian, author, and host of the annual U.S. and World Air Guitar Championships.

Kids in the Courtyard: Kid, You've Got Style! Sunday, March 24, 2013 1-4 pm Free family program

Annenberg Space for Photography: War/Photography Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 to Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
© Louie Palu; U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos “OJ” Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from Project: Home Front (2008)
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath will open at the Annenberg Space for Photography on March 23, 2013 and run through June 2, 2013. This exhibition has been organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY encompasses over 150 images going as far back as 1887 through present-day and is arranged by themes presenting both the military and civilian point of view including the advent of war, daily routines, the fight itself, the aftermath, medical care, prisoners of war, refugees, executions, memorials, remembrance and more.  Please note that some of the photographs in this exhibit may not be suitable for all visitors.

Spring Spectacular 2013 March 23, 24, 30, 31, April 6, 7  of   2013The zoo celebrates animals and learning at Moorpark College's annual Spring Spectacular. Different animals are featured every hour in the Eye to Eye Theater, and children can also enjoy arts and crafts, live animals, a butterfly conservation station, puppet shows, and more in the Kids' Zone. Outside organizations, including the Friends of California Condors, share educational displays, too. The main showtimes are at 10:30am,  12noon,  2:00pm,  &  4:00pm, plus a cougar presentation at 3:00pm. All shows and presentations are included in the ticket price.

March 13, 2013

Afternoon of Family Fun at the Geffen Sunday, March 17, 2013

Afternoon of Family Fun Two-time Emmy Award winner Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, Identity Thief) and the Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates will present an exclusive one-hour afternoon performance of kids stories perfect for the whole family. Stories from the Pirates’ innovative in-school Play/Write Program will be selected and performed live to fans of the two-time Emmy Award winner and the Pirates who have previously produced dozens of events in the Geffen’s Theater for Families seasons. The music and comedy-filled afternoon will begin with youth activities and snacks available to all ticket holders one hour prior to the performance in the UCLA Chancellors’ Lobby.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen. 


OPEN STUDIO Family Workshops at T4T, Every Sunday 1:30-4:30

Spontaneous Creations Join us each Sunday afternoon, and bring your friends. Our vision is to offer “family time” unlike anything you have experienced before. See below for photos of last year’s family workshops if you have never been to T4T, and then imagine all these large scale building opportunities side by side with painting and small scale design work. Show up with an idea, or come up with one on the spot! Each week we will add new media (digital cameras, sewing machines, and more in the works).



On display March 1-19, 2013 George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, Acts of Congress, will be on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum between March 1 and March 19, 2013. It will be the Constitution’s first stop in a nation-wide tour to each of the 13 Presidential Libraries through a special partnership between Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, and the National Archives. The remarkably well-preserved book includes President Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations. This rare volume garnered world-wide attention last summer when it was offered for sale and then broke world records for an American historical document at auction, where it sold for $9.8 million. The106-page Acts of Congress is emblazoned with Washington’s bookplate and features his handwritten notes penciled in the margins. Washington received the book in 1789, his first year in office as U.S. president, and brought it with him to Mount Vernon upon his retirement from public office in 1797. One of the early customs for the Congress’ official printer was to prepare bound copies of the acts passed by the legislative branch which would be presented as permanent keepsakes for the country’s leaders. Prominent recipients included Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, and our first president, George Washington, who all received these beautifully bound versions of the book, which were almost as artful to the eye as they were delicate to the touch.

In addition to the Constitution, the Reagan Library’s exhibit will also include: An 1823 Stone Copy of the Declaration of Independence A July 13, 1796 letter written by President George Washington to his Secretary of War, James McHenry, in which President Washington complains of pirate activity along the Barbary Coast A memorandum from King George III, showing the King’s reluctance to acknowledge the independence of the 13 American Colonies from Great Britain (on loan from the Huntington Library) This exhibit will be the first exhibit in the Reagan Library’s brand new “Treasures” Gallery, created specifically for these small, but very important, historical exhibits. There is no additional charge to tour this exhibit, outside of the regular Reagan Museum admission fees. In addition, this extraordinary exhibit contains special student curriculum. 

March 6, 2013


Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, April 28, 2013This is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select works by the late artist supplemented with accompanying comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the universally revered “Where the Wild Things Are”. Click here for details.

The Getty Johannes Vermeer; Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
until March 31, 2013

The Getty is the last stop in a world tour for this painting. Details here.


March 3, 2013 - March 31, 2013

ADMISSION: $10 Visions of OZ + museum tour; $5 Visions of OZ exhibit only; Free to members

Visions of OZ is a multi-media exhibit showcasing over 100 works of art from a diverse group of artists including Rick Baker, Drew Struzan and Dave Dorman. This unprecedented month-long event will feature work in a wide range of media including illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and full-sized recreations of some of your favorite characters from the beloved 1939 MGM musical starring Judy Garland. The event will also showcase a dazzling display of historical memorabilia, including rare editions of the original Baum books, props, concepts and artwork from various Oz-themed film & TV projects, and many more surprises. Read more here.

February 13, 2013

114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Saturday, February 16, 2013

114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival 114th Golden Dragon Parade: Sat, Feb 16th 1pm-3pm ONLY (commencing at Hill and Ord Streets and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez). Grand Marshals are LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Honorary Grand Marshals are Councilman Ed Reyes, Sheriff Lee Baca and Bibiana Yung. For Parade information, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396. Saturday, February 16, 2013 to Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Chinatown.

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND: Creating the United States at the Skirball
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Organized by the Library of Congress, Creating the United States illuminates how the founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—were forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration, competition, and compromise. October 11, 2012– February 17, 2013, at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Annenberg Space for Photography
closing on February 24, 2013

No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World is a group show about the wonder of culture and the plight of indigenous people throughout the world. This exhibit runs through February 24, 2013. Please be aware that some of the photographs and films in no strangers contain cultural nudity and may not be appropriate for all ages.

February 6, 2013

Circus Oz: From the Ground Up Thu, Feb 7-Sun, Feb. 10, 2013 Royce Hall $15 - $65 ($15 UCLA Students)

Robert Gilliam's Do u-Dance monthly dance parties, ages 7-14: Feb. 8, March 8, Apr. 12, May 10 and June 14 6:00-9:00 pm at Manhattan Heights Community Center. Cost: $30 Note: dodgeball starts at 6:00, dance and art workshops 6:30-8:00, dance battles 8:00-9:00. Register by emailing [email protected]

LAST CHANCE TO SEE CARAVAGGIO February 10 is your last chance to see Caravaggio and His Legacy, which the Los Angeles Times named one of the top exhibitions of 2012. Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art.

January 30, 2013

Lunar New Year Festival at the Pacific Asia Museum Saturday, February 2, 2013

For the third year in a row, Pacific Asia Museum invites the community to a pan-Asian celebration of Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated by many cultures across Asia and the Pacific Islands. February 2, 2013, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shadow Veterinarian at the Aquarium of the Pacific

JAN 30, 2013 | 3:30 PM–6:30 PM

FEB 2, 2013 | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

MAY 29, 2013 | 3:30 PM–6:30 PM

JUN 1, 2013 | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

OCT 2, 2013 | 3:30 PM–6:30 PM

OCT 5, 2013 | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

$35.00 per student $29.00 for Aquarium members. Aquarium admission not included.

Please call to RSVP. AGES 7-12th Grade RSVP (562) 951-1630 

Fish can get sick too! Do you need to shadow a marine biologist for a school assignment or are you just interested in what a job in the field of animal care is like? The Job Shadow series of programs at the Aquarium is perfect for either. We have four unique 3-hour programs that are sure to give you the inside scoop on a career in marine biology. Take the entire series, one is typically offered the first Saturday of every month. Veterinarian: This Job Shadow program takes a closer look at the unique and challenging field of marine animal veterinary science.

During this 3-hour program participants will:

• Hear from our staff veterinarian what is takes to do his job • Visit various behind-the-scenes locations • Go on morning rounds to check on a range of animals currently under the veterinarians care • Diagnose and treat a “sick” stuffed animal much like our veterinarian would • Tour our veterinarian facility • Observe our staff veterinarian perform a procedure on an animal • Discover the tricks we employ to give our finicky ocean friends their medicine

*The Aquarium reserves the right to change the animal interactions without notice due to animal safety, exhibit maintenance, or animal health reasons. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes for behind the scenes access!

The Night Sky Show Santa Monica College

7:00pm - 9:00pm, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90405

Adults $6; Chidren (12 & under) $5 Contact: 310.434.3005 or [email protected] 

Ages: 6 and up

The college's Digistar II planetarium projector recreates the ever-changing night sky, as it would look away from the city's lights. The 50-minute show is updated weekly with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. Families are welcome to ask all of their astronomy-related questions. The Night Sky Show runs from 7pm-7:50pm. A second show is presented at 8pm; this is a more detailed program on a specific topic that varies by week. Check the online schedule to see the show planned for a specific date. A second ticket is required for the second show; there is a $1 discount when purchasing both together. Shows are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, in Drescher Hall Room 223. Parking for the event is free anywhere on campus.


January 23, 2012

Pantages Theater Presents PETER PAN

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Tony Award® nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN! Discover the magic all over again of this two time Emmy award winning and two time Tony award nominated production. The New York Times says “Rigby still carries off the flights, fights and acrobatics that make PETER PAN audiences mesmerized.” PETER PAN is filled with timeless magical moments and a captivating hook. The legend you thought you know, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN! Runs: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes Including Intermission Ages: All Ages (children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre)




Toyota Symphonies for Youth: The Composer is Dead

January 26 and Sat, Feb 02 at 11:00AM at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Toyota Symphonies for Youth: The Composer is Dead (Nathaniel Stookey, text by Lemony Snicket)  – a whodunit designed to help introduce orchestral instruments to children – was a work for narrator and orchestra before it was a recording or a book.



Saturday, January 26, 2013 MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL Free Admission Days January 26th and 27th, 2013 In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California.

The Museum Marketing Roundtable announces the eighth annual ‘Museums Free-For-All’ Saturday January 26th and Sunday January 27th. The museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. Participating Museums:

  • Annenberg Space for Photography- Both Days;
  • The Autry - Both Days;
  • California African American Museum - Both Days;
  • California Science Center - Both Days;
  • Craft and Folk Art Museum - Sunday, January 27th ONLY;
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA - Both Days; Hammer Museum - Both Days;
  • The Getty Center - Both Days;
  • The Getty Villa***- Both Days;
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art **** - Sunday, January 27th ONLY;
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) - Both Days;
  • Museum of Latin American Art - Both Days;
  • Museum of Tolerance***** - Sunday, January 27th ONLY;
  • Pacific Asia Museum - Sunday, January 27th ONLY; T
  • he Paley Center for Media - Both Days;
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art - Sunday, January 27th ONLY;
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art - Saturday, January 26th ONLY;
  • Skirball Cultural Center****** - Both Days;
  • University Art Museum, CSULB - Saturday, January 26th ONLY