Art and Entertainment In Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas

 by PBS


Orange County

2012 Imagination Celebration

April 21 – May 30, 2012

Over 20 cities throughout Orange County

The Imagination Celebration Family festival will feature over 60 events in more than 20 cities with participation by arts organizations, cities, libraries and universities throughout the country. (2012 Imagination Celebration poster contest winner, Brandon Ponce, 11th grade, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana.)

Santa Monica

Piotr Beczala, Tenor

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 pm

The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica

Although born in Poland, this Grammy-winning star is in such international demand for the operatic repertoire that the lyric tenor now seems to live on stage. He’s been accused in the press of “stealing the show” as Faust and declared “MVP” as Rodolfo in La Boheme.


Presented by the Malibu Art Association

“Enchanted Spaces”

Exhibit Through April 25, 2012

Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, E3A, Santa Monica

Founded in 1963 by local artist Marjorie M. Knowles, the Malibu Art Association’s (MAA), mission is to support, inspire, and develop the Spirit of Art for all. As a service oriented and educational organization, the MAA provides a yearly grant to local high school seniors studying art.


Malibu Chamber of Commerce hosts

Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address

Friday, April 27, 9 – 11 am

Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu
Members $30, Non-Members $40

Mayor Laura Rosenthal will deliver the State of the City Address at Malibu City Hall on Friday, April 27 during a two-hour breakfast hosted by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District, will also speak about California’s budget. In her speech, Mayor Rosenthal is expected to review the accomplishments and goals of last fiscal year as well as those the City hopes to accomplish in the fiscal year to come.


Pepperdine University

Senior Student ART Exhibition: Caravan

Through April 28, 2012

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University

CARAVAN will feature works by eight artists who are graduating from Pepperdine’s Seaver College in April with B.A. degrees in art:  Blair Berger, Emily Branch, Hudson Campbell, Lo Formaz, Jamie Pillsbury, Amanda Ponce, Cara Strever and Alexandra Williams.


Pacific Palisades

Spring Cleaning Event: Ewaste & Trift Shop Drop-off

Saturday, April 28, 10 am – 3 pm

St. Matthew’s School, 1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades

On April 28th, St. Matthew’s School is having an Electronics Recycling Event and the St. Matthew’s Thrift Shop is gathering re-sellable items to support Westside charities. The drop-off location for both events is in the St. Matthew’s main parking lot from 10 – 3.


Beverly Hills

Ivan Amodei’s Intimate Illusions

Fridays & Saturdays

Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills

Intimate Illusions is multi award-winning magician Ivan Amodei’s ninety minute presentation of mystery, comedy and magic held in the intimacy of his private, luxury European salon (only 65 guests) at the famed Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.



Wednesday Evening Public Shows

Wednesdays through April 25 at  8 pm

UCLA Planetarium, UCLA Campus, Westwood
Free Event

Public planetarium shows (suitable for all ages) are given by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students. Content varies with presenters, but commonly includes discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more!


Santa Monica

Dino Fair at the The Growing Place

Saturday, April 28, 11 am – 4 pm

The Growing Place, 401 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica

This year’s Dino Fair will feature two bouncies, papier-mâché volcanoes, games, live music, food, a bake sale, raffle prizes, a silent auction, a presentation of unique animals from The Reptile Family, and other entertainment. The activities and amusements provide fun times for kids of all ages, while a warm and welcoming environment draws several hundred families from the Santa Monica area and beyond.


Palisades-Malibu YMCA/Optimist Club presents

40th Annual Track Meet and Healthy Kids Day

Sunday, April 29, 11 am – 2 pm

Carl Lewis Track @ the Stadium by the Sea, Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades
Registration $30

Fun for the whole family! Join us for competitive events where boys and girls ages 3 – 15 can grow and challenge themselves in a very positive environment. All levels of athletic ability welcome, your child will enjoy prizes, photo ops and more! Sign up today at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA! Cost includes a t-shirt.



Brentwood Spring Art Show

Sunday, April 29, 10 am – 6 pm

San Vicente Boulevard, beginning at Saltair and running east to Barrington.  FREE Event.

This year’s event presents festival-goers an entire day packed with family-friendly fun activities.  The art extravaganza features hundreds of great gift items, art collector’s favorites, eclectic home decor and more.  Other festivities include an International Food Court offering tasty treats, live jazz entertainment throughout the day, a children’s amusement area presented by KidsAre1st and the WLAChamber Business Expo with exhibits, demonstrations, free prizes and more.


Hollywood Bowl

Korean Music Festival

Saturday, April 28, 6 pm

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles

The Korean Music Festival key element of success is a result of the all-star casting of the artists whose fan base virtually covers all generations. In close cooperation with its broadcasting partners in Korea, the Korea Times has been able to invite artists that are reflective of all generations. The Korean Music Festival’s patrons will enjoy the best ensemble of contemporary Korean music from traditional trot singers to teenage idol groups along with spectacular fireworks



Screeening of George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Monday, April 30, 7 pm

Grammy Museum, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

Martin Scorsese’s GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, which premiered on HBO last October, makes its home video debut in North America. Universal Music Enterprises is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the film on May 1, 2012, in three editions: 2-DVD set, Blu-ray, and a Deluxe Edition that will include the DVD, Blu-ray, special packaging and a 96-page book of photography to accompany the film, plus the exclusive 10-track CD EARLY TAKES Volume 1, featuring previously unreleased music from George Harrison.


Santa Monica

UCLA Philharmonia

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 pm

The Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica

UCLA Philharmonia’s music director Neal Stulberg conducts this family concert spotlighting UCLA’s finest student soloists. The performance will include music of Mozart, Prokofiev, Griffes and Bartok, and will feature interviews with the student soloists.


Skirball Center

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

On view now through May 20

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Experience a groundbreaking new exhibition inspired by the critically acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.



Good People

Tuesday, April 3 – May 13, 2012

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Westwood

Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, Margie is faced with the reality that South Boston is providing her the same level of opportunity it always has: none. Wry, rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes to seek out the one who got away – both from “Southie” and from her.


Malibu Stage Company presents

The Oldest Living Graduate

Friday – Sunday through May 20

Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

A powerful, moving and humorous study of a lovable, curmudgeon.  Colonel Kincaid is the oldest living graduate of the Mirabeau B. Lamar Military Academy.  Confined to a wheelchair, he resists the loss of his ideals and values.


Century City

Digital Darkroom

Through May 18

The Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10, Century City

DIGITAL DARKROOM features the work of 17 artists from around the world that explore the intersection of art and technology. The artists come from a range of backgrounds, each specializing in fine art, commercial art, portraiture, still life, fashion, architectural or other types of photographic and illustrative expression.


Newport Beach

Butterfly House Opening

Saturday, May 5, 10 am – 3 pm

Environmental Nature Center, 1601-16th Street, Newport Beach

Butterfly House Opening, Purchase Handmade gifts from local Artists, Buy Butterfly host and nectar plants, Chidren’s Art Juried Exhibit, Breakfast, lunch, dessert and beverages, Recycled Butterfly themed crafts- $3 donation, Face Painting, Eco-games and Live Music.


Heal The Bay

Sea of Love – Annual Awards Gala

Thursday, May 17, 5 – 11 pm

The Jonathan Beach Club, 850 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica

Relax with your toes in the sand while you meet and mix with leaders from Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment communities. Join us for a fun-filled evening under the stars to celebrate our honorees and support the mission of Heal the Bay.


On Expedition with National Geographic

Being There

Thursday & Friday, May 3 & 4

The Broad Stage – 1310 11th St, Santa Monica

Take an awe-inspiring journey around the world, featuring unique perspectives on some of Earth’s natural wonders—including Africa’s Okavango Delta, Iceland’s glaciers, and the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Your guide? One of the most important natural history photographers of our time.


Theatre Palisades

“The Supporting Cast”

Runs April 13 – May 20, Fridays & Saturdays: 8 pm, Sundays: 2 pm

Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades – (310) 454-1970

Ellen, the wife of a successful author, has herself just written a sizzling tell-all autobiography and assembles four of her closest East Coast friends to her Malibu beach house to read it. Imagine their surprise as they read their own secrets exposed…then step back and watch the sparks fly! A sharply funny play that pokes fun at both the Malibu Colony and New York sensibilities. The Supporting Cast runs the gamut from slapstick to satire-a hilarious play not to be missed!


Costa Mesa

Million Dollar Quartet

Opens April 24 runs through May 6

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Million Dollar Quartet is the smash hit musical from Broadway, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.


Beverly Hills

A Child Left Behind

Fridays & Saturdays, April 21 through May 26

The Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 South Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills

While painting a compelling and powerful portrait of the daily challenges that teachers face in Los Angeles, Aymie also takes a poignant look at his own experiences of trying to teach his son who was recently assessed with Asperger’s Syndrome. This stunning piece provides a voice for the teaching professional.


Santa Monica

The Night Sky Show

Friday Nights, 7 pm (READ More to check specific dates)

Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
Admission is $5 ($4 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under).

Our Digistar II planetarium projector recreates the celestial wonders of the ever-changing night sky—as you would see it far from city lights—in a 50-minute show updated weekly with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. Bring the whole family to “tour” the constellations and ask questions about anything related to astronomy.


Long Beach

SoCal Test Drive Expo

Friday – Sunday, June 15 – 17

Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach

Looking for a killer Father’s Day weekend activity? The SoCal Test Drive Expo, the nation’s first-ever all test drive auto show, will have the streets of Long Beach filled with dads and grads test driving the newest vehicles from auto manufacturers. With a choice of nearly 130 different cars to choose from, guests to the event will drive outside onto a portion of the same seaside street course used for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.


Santa Monica

“Art Conversation” Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 3 – 7 pm
May 19 – June 16, 2012

Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, E3A, Santa Monica

“Art Conversation” curated by Helen Kim showcases the artwork of creative and diverse artists from the Artist Co-op 7, Abira Breskal, Selina Cheng, Judy Dekel, Guilda Daniel-Elias and Caren J. Gafni.


Getty Center LA

Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity

Runs through August 29

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
Free, parking $15

Photography’s remarkable propensity to shape visual identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration. In the twentieth century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame have helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet.  (Andy Warhol, New York City, Marie Cosindas, American, 1966. © Marie Cosindas)


Pepperdine University

On Location in Malibu 2012: Paintings by the California Art Club

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 5 – 7 pm
Exhibit runs through August 4

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University

On Location in Malibu 2012 is the fifth in a series of triennial exhibitions that began in 1999. It consists of over 70 paintings of Malibu created by artist-members of the California Art Club, the oldest continually operating art association in the state. Many were produced over the past year especially for this exhibition.


Costa Mesa

Orange Coast College Swap Meet

Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Orange Coast College- 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa
Free admission and parking for customers

Held each Saturday and Sunday on campus (Adams Ave. parking lot) from 8 AM to 3 PM.

Pacific Palisades

Palisades Symphony Free Concert

Sunday, May 6, 7:30 pm

Palisades Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades

The Palisades Symphony is a community orchestra founded in 1966 by director Joel B. Lish to foster, promote and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public; to provide qualified musicians with a venue to perform; and to afford contemporary composers an opportunity to have their works performed and heard.


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