Out and About: Spring Bloom in SoCal

If you din’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those from our visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year.  An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.

From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.

Death Valley National Park

Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to wildflower event, although this year scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.

Joshua Tree National Park

While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.

Channel Islands National Park

These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

In late March, the flanks of this summit(50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.

Pinnacles National Park

Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.

Out and About: Museum Edition

Do you know the perfect activity for a rainy day in LA? No it is not Netflix-ing the newest show or all of The Office. Head over to your nearest Museum for a proper dose of culture. While the clouds play a game of hide-and-seek, LA is offering a bounty of famed art and it’s all right outside your door. Well not literally but you get the jest of it. From LACMA to MOCA, we’ve got you covered with a list below of current exhibits and museum deets(details but shortened for the millennial reading this).

When you gotta Van Gogh. You gotta Van Gogh check out some art!

LACMA

LACMA’s collections boast modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works (including Richard Serra’s massive swirling sculpture and Burden’s buzzing, hypnotic Metropolis II), traditional Japanese screens and by far L.A.’s most consistently terrific special exhibitions.

Current Exhibits: Charles White: A Retrospective (February 17-June 9, 2019), The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies(February 16-May 5, 2019), Life Model: Charles White and His Students (February-September 15, 2019), Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from David and Elizabeth Resibord Collection (February 3- July 28, 2019), Teresa HUbbard/Alexander Birchler: Flora(January 20-April 7, 2019), The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka(December 9, 2018-June 23, 2019), Outliers and American Vanguard ARt (November 18, 2018-March 17, 2019), Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile (October 28, 2018- June 9, 2019).

Hours:

Monday 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Admission:

L.A. County with Valid ID Outside L.A. County
Members Free Free
After 3 pm, Mon–Fri Free $25
Children (17 & under) Free Free
Adults $20 $25
Seniors (65+ with ID) $16 $21
Students (18+ with ID) $16 $2

More info.

Getty Center

What’s now called the Getty Villa served as the decades-long home for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s extensive art collection. But in 1997, the Getty Center opened. The end result is a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that houses ornate French furniture, recognizable Impressionist pieces and rotating exhibitions. Its relative inaccessibility is more than compensated for by free admission and panoramic views, from the hills and the ocean in the west all the way around to Downtown in the east.

Current Exhibits: Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (February 26-July 15, 2019), Marks of Collaboration: Drawing in Context (February 5-April 14, 2019), Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (February 5-April 28, 219), Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts(December 18, 2018-April 7, 2019), Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Reveled (December 121, 2018- April 28, 2019), MONUMENTality (December 4, 2018-April 21, 2019), Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits (August 28, 2018-October 13, 2019)

Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pmSaturday 10 am–9 pm

Closed Mondays
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Admissions: Admission is FREE. Parking is $15, $10 after 3pm

More info.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. It’s also a destination that demands an entire day should you attempt to explore it in full: Between the art, the library holdings and the spreadeagled outdoor spaces, there’s plenty to see, and most of it is best enjoyed at lingering leisure rather than as part of a mad day-long dash. From a Gutenberg Bible to an exquisitely landscaped Japanese garden, nearly every inch of the estate’s grounds and collection is essential.

Current Exhibits: The Huntington presents a range of pieces focused on American and European Art. See American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, and European art from the 15th to the early 20th century in the Huntington Art Gallery, the original Huntington residence.

Hours:

Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.

Admissions:

Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (except on Free Days). Tickets may be purchased on site at the time of your visit or online in advance. Parking is free.

Weekdays/Weekends*
Adult $25/$29
Senior (65+)
$21/$24
Student (f/t ID)
$21/$24
Youth (4-11)
$13
Child (under 4) free
Groups (15+) $19/$23
Members free

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The Broad

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (and the stand by queue to prove it). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

Current Exhibits: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Coming Soon: Soul of a Nation(March 23-Sept 1, 2019) and Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet The Sun Again(October 19-February 16, 2020)

Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.

Admissions:

General admission to The Broad is free and includes access to the third floor galleries, which display a robust and changing selection of work by artists including Jean-Michel BasquiatMark BradfordJeff KoonsBarbara KrugerYayoi KusamaTakashi MurakamiAndy Warhol, and more.

GA tickets are timed and available every half hour, up until one hour before the museum closes. General admission tickets do not include access Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. To experience this artwork, a separate signup is required after you enter the museum with your admission ticket.

More info.

Hammer Museum

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, the free, UCLA partner institution stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, often with an emphasis on local artists. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer’s public events calendar (arguably one of the best in the city), chock full of free lectures, concerts and screenings.

Current Exhibits: Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2019(February 10-May 12, 2019), Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection (January 24- May 19, 2019), Hammer Projects: Tschabalala Self (February 2-April 28, 2019), Jamilah Sabur(January 19-May 5, 2019), Math Bass(September 29-March 17, 2019).

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

The museum is open every day, except Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission:

Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public.

Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of Erika J Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.

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MOCA Grand Ave.

The main branch of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art houses thousands of artworks. They range in those crafted from 1940 to today, and it’s an efficient primer on post-war art. Spend half an hour or an entire afternoon absorbing contemporary pieces. From lesser known artists, punctuated by sightings of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. The museum’s most exciting exhibitions take place at the nearby Geffen Contemporary, while interior design buffs will want to visit their outpost at the Pacific Design Center.

Current Exhibits: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art (October 14, 2018- March 11, 2019), Zoe Leonard: Survey (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Questions)(1990/2019’ (October 20, 2018- November 30, 2020), Laura Owens (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Cameron Rowland D37 (October 14, 2018- June 24, 2019)

Hours:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

Admissions:

Members: Free
General Admission (valid all day at both DTLA locations): $15
Students with I.D.: $8
Seniors (65+): $10
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with I.D.: Free

Admission is free every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

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Fun things to do in LA this March

There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout  the month and discover your inner Angeleno!

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up (March 1-17)

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up opens its doors March 1 – 17 for a pop-up exhibit that showcases the alternate history of toys. The museum features interactive exhibits, photo opportunities with a life-size action figure box, and over 100 toys and games that have been altered with a funny spin, alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys. You can read our interview with the creator Jeff Wysaki, here. -> More information

Delusion: The Blue Blade (March 1-17)

Delusion: The Blue Blade is an immersive play that puts in the center of a time travel adventure narrative. After a successful run last fall, the new ‘director’s cut’ edition of the play will run through March 17. -> More information

First Friday’s at Natural History Museum (March 1)

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) First Fridays returns on March 1 for a monthly party after hours in the museum including live musical performances, DJs, cocktails, and food trucks. -> More information

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare 2019 (March 7)

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare kicks off at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on March 7 featuring over 150 of Southern California’s best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors all in support of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) initiatives. -> More information

ArtNight Pasadena (March 8)

20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination.. -> More information

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse (March 9)

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday March 9 for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era. -> More information

45th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival (March 10)

The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on March 10 for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest sponsored by Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital -> More information

Metro Arts Presents: 10-Hour Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A (March 16)

On Saturday, March 16 come to Union Station for Metro Art Presents: 10 HR Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A. The event features a variety of musical performances to celebrate the legendary Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday. Program highlights include the annual Noontime Organ Concert in the historic Ticket Hall featuring organ virtuoso Christoph Bull and Church Keyboard Center; Lady Bach, an all-female group; plus a solo from multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. -> More information

L.A. Nature Fest at The Natural History Museum L.A. (March 16-17)

L.A. Nature Fest comes to The Natural History Museum L.A. (NHMLA) March 16-17 for a special visit with some of our coolest animal neighbors! -> More information

Arcade Expo 2018 at the Museum of Pinball (March 16-18)

PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong fans rejoice because the Arcade Expo is returning the Museum of Pinball in Banning from March 15-17 with some 1,100 retro and modern arcade games and pinball machines. -> More information

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 17)

The Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival returns for 2019 with another special viewing of the world’s largest blossoming plant, plus 200 arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music. Paid shuttle service is available to and from the private residence that contains the plant and the main festival area. -> More information

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (March 17)

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday March 17 is an awesome way to celebrate your favorite green-themed holiday. The block party includes all kinds of fun activities like street games, delicious food, plenty of Guinness, prizes, music, and more.  -> More information

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration at California African American Museum (March 20)

The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration returns to the California African American Museum. Enjoy a night of fun on March 20 for an evening of art, food trucks, music, and more. The Opening Celebration includes Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, and more! -> More information

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live (March 21)

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live comes to the Bootleg Theater Thursday March 21. Enjoy an evening Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss. During this enchanted evening, Harvard Divinity graduates Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile will review and discuss a chapter of Harry Potter, share some their own stories, and offer a medieval religious reading practice with this modern day classic. -> More information

The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space.  -> More information

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)

This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information

Courtesy of: WeLikeLA

LA Eats of the Week

With all the hustle and bustle in LA, narrowing down the best places to grab a bite can be tricky. Rather then making your routine stop at Panera Bread, why not try something new. LA has more restaurants then there are Bird scooters. With that in mind we’ve narrowed down the best places to nosh this week.

Breakfast is the most Important meal of the day!

Here’s Looking at You

Location: Koreatown

While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus,  chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table. Take for instance his coconut waffle with koji, blueberries, ume (Japanese salty plums), and smoked maple syrup.This dish is far more interesting than it needs to be, going above and beyond the brunch-time status quo. Respect the waffle. 

Pikoh

Location: Los Angeles, CA

The menu weaves across the hours with a mix of rethought American classics. From breakfast bowls with activated charcoal or a smoked salmon tartine with yuzu cream cheese. To lighter lunches like grilled tuna salads or hummus and steamed mussels. For dinner there’s a full bar run by lead bartender Jamie Clark and surprises like an all-vegan beet-based bao, or a throwback filet mignon atop wasabi mashed potatoes. Throw in a daily happy hour, and it feels like Pikoh really can do it all.

Lately

Location: Chinatown

Lately’s menu is an all-day savory jaunt, with their breakfast sandwich sporting an organic fried egg, gouda, and oven roasted tomato on an English muffin. They also serve biscuits, a soft scrambled toast, a heaping avocado toast, salads, breakfast bowl, and a country-fried steak sandwich.

Power Lunch

Urban Radish

Location: Arts District

Urban Radish, the healthy-eating oasis in the Arts District is the perfect lunchtime spot. The outdoor grill is hidden behind a row of water-circulating vertical planters brimming with kale and other greens. Look through the foliage to find one man and a stack of tickets. Skirt steak, salmon, chicken; it all hits the hot metal and gets served over healthy grains and greens to a slew of daytime diners. Yum! 

Tacos 1986

Location: Koreatown

 LA’s best new taco stand has landed a highly visible location in Koreatown. Meaning it’s the best time to stop by during weekdays. Ask nicely for the chicharron de queso con hongos, paired with the stand’s excellent mushrooms. The best part about Tacos 1986 is its accessibility, placed right in the heart of Koreatown. Located at a crossroads for anyone traveling to Hollywood or Downtown, South LA, or Mid-City. What’s better than a taco pit stop? 

KazuNori

Location: Los Angeles

With open seating and rapid rounds of sushi hitting plates, KazuNori is the place to find some of the LA’s freshest fishes. It’s not uncommon to find a long line, which can be surprisingly short thanks to the restaurant’s efficiency. Choose from three to six hand rolls, which are made in plain view. The chefs transform the sea bream’s tender flesh and shiny silver skin into an elegant and perfect hand roll. Order a Sapporo and watch the chefs do their magic. 

What’s for dinner?

Tartine Bianco

Location: Los Angeles

Newly opened, Tartine Bianco is a hot ticket dining spot. The chicken liver toast is an early stand out and quite possibly the most thoughtful dish. The base of the matter, a crusty slice of the restaurant’s famous bread, sturdily held onto the pretty pink liver, as well as dollops of kumquat puree and blood orange segments. Balance comes among the varied components, hitting the brightest of notes with just enough richness to bring it home.

Jame Enoteca

Location: El Segundo

Jame Enoteca is well on its way to becoming a new kind of standard for the city of El Segundo. The corner strip mall option makes all of its pastas in-house and keeps a cozy but refined sort of vibe. Of particular noteworthiness (though all of the pastas seem to be pretty delicious) is the off-menu occasional lasagna with assorted foraged mushrooms. Pair it up with some vegetables to start and maybe a glass of wine, and be well on the way to a very full and very relaxed time in the South Bay. 

Atrium

Location: Los Feliz

The chefs at Atrium have whipped up pristine dishes with flavors that are unique and strong, just the way Angelenos like it. The beef carpaccio, inspired by the chef’s love of carne asada, is topped with crispy potato matchsticks, a thick salsa macha, and avocado crema. Those crunchy, salty, and savory layers makes for fun eating, but one plate might not be enough.

 

Your Mardi Gras in LA Guide

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras!! While we can’t all hop a plane to Rio or New Orleans for a real celebration, we can have come close here in LA. With a bounty of Carnaval celebrations happening this weekend, grab your king cake and paint the town yellow,  purple and green!

 

Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park

When: Saturday, March 2nd

Long Beach Mardi Gras

When: Saturday, March 2nd

  • Join thousands of people for the Long Beach Mardi Gras happening at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. The afternoon will feature music, art, festivities, dancing, a parade and more.

The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras

When: Saturday March 2nd-Sunday March 3rd

  • The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will bring a taste of NOLA right to Los Angeles. A family-friendly celebration the day includes New Orleans’ food, a musical line-up of Cajun and Zydeco music and Mardi Gras activities. The Dog Bakery’s Annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade will also take place. The celebration commences on Saturday, March 2, running through Sunday, March 3 and ending on Fat Tuesday, March 5.

5th Annual Venice Brazilian Carnival Parade

When: Saturday, March 2nd

 

Weekend Events: March 1-3

Kickstart the month of March this weekend! Spend your time in the city of stars with so many fun activities and events. From Museum exhibits to Mardi Gras, your inner Angeleno deserves a day or weekend of fun!

Friday March 1st

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys 

Location: Start Los Angeles 

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will house over 100 items created by comedian Jeff Wysaski including fake toys, actual toys with new names, and actual toys with fake facts. The show runs March 1-17 at Start Los Angeles, in Harvard Heights. A free opening reception will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. Otherwise, tickets are $10 and can be reserved online. 

Click here for more info! 

Digital Nature

Location: LA Arboretum

Digital Nature has its final weekend at the L.A. Arboretum this  March 1-3! Stop by for a dazzling display inspired by nature and technology. Artists works will be projected onto the arboretums lush landscape during the evening hours with interactive works that can include live music . Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. 

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Beauty + Balance

Location: Westfield Topanga

Experience exclusive make-up tutorials, open air Yoga classes, or indulge in an evening of seasonal delights from Il Fornaio. A month of beauty, health & wellness await you at Westfield Topanga. Don’t miss out on the Beauty+Balance goals gift with purchase when you attend!

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Saturday March 2nd

Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: South Coast Botanic Garden

With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join South Coast Botanic Garden for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing!  As you stroll or picnic in the Upper Meadow, travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms! 

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The Old Man and The Old Moon

Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

“It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” –The New Yorker

Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. The Old Man and The Old Moon takes the stage March 2-7. Recommended for all ages.

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Colburn Orchestra

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Colburn Orchestra performs Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Walt Disney concert hall this Saturday. The performance will be led under the direction of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang. The concerto is followed by Scheherazade, a piece that brilliantly brings Rimsky-Korsakov’s powerful storytelling to life.

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Sunday March 3rd

6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Big Roast

Location: Clutch VeniceThe 6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Pig Roast is a block-party style event happening on Sunday March 3 at Clutch Venice. The party will feature BBQ, pig roasting, craft beer, whiskey tastings, beard and stache trims, cigar rolling, live entertainment and more in the mission to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.

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The Secret City

Location: Bootleg Theatre

Non-profit arts organization The Secret City comes to the Bootleg Theatre for an afternoon of over the top music, art, performances, food, storytelling, joyful interaction, community and kooky outfits. Event is free with a suggestion of a donation. Childcare is also free for parents.

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17th Annual Carnival at The Pier

Location: Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier

Play and laugh while giving back at the 17th Annual Angelic Auxiliary Carnival at the Pier! Admission includes private use of the park, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets, unlimited amusement park rides and more!! Come and enjoy one of Southern California’s leading attractions while helping raise funds for the Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse.

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Weekend Events: February 8-10, 2019

As we settle into the shortest month of the year, our weekends shouldn’t be cut short on lack of fun. With so many activities to chose from in and around LA, fill your time with the events we’ve rounded up below!

Friday Feb. 8th, 2019

Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys at Law

Location: The Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles

The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It’s an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious. Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys At Law Opening Night Party is Friday, February 8th. Tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets (specialty cocktails, beer, and wine), catering from The Darkroom, and an awesome show! This event is 21 and over only. ID required.

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One Love Cali Reggae Festival

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Lookin’ to groove right into 2019? One Love Cali Reggae Festival returns to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on February 8 – 10 for its fourth annual music fest with all of your favorite bands and artists. This three-day festival boasts a long line-up of musicians. Performers include Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, and more. Attendees can also enjoy nightly after parties on the water with Don Carlos on Friday, February 8, Collie Buddz on Saturday, February 9 and Fiji on Sunday, February 10.

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The Pan African Film Festival

Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, producer Will Packer and Kevin Hart arrive at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere of Screen Gems’ “About Last Night”.

Location: Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres, Baldwin Hills

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 7-18. Now in its 27th year, the 12-day festival is the largest black film festival in America. PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and talent who’ve contributed works to the festival such as Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Berry Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Ava Duvernay, and countless others. This year’s program features a robust schedule including the Filmmakers Brunch, ARTFest, PAFF Institute Panels, StudentFest, LOL Comedy Series, Children’s Fest, SpokenWord Fest, Seniors’ Connection and much more.

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Saturday Feb. 9th, 2019

Hammer Museum: Winter Exhibition Opening Night

Location: The Hammer Museum, Westwood

Come help the Hammer Museum celebrate their newest winter exhibitions with an opening-night party on February 9. From 8 to 11 p.m., attendees can view these brand-new exhibits during late-night hours, enjoy music by DJ Nubar and DJ ShyBoy from MaDonna Summer and Bootie LA/SF. See works by Los Angeles-based artist and view are newly acquired works. There will be a cash bar and The Original Grilled Cheese food truck will be parked on Lindbrook Drive if you want to grab a bite. As always, Hammer Museum events are free until they reach capacity.

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120th Golden Dragon Parade

Location: Chinatown, DTLA

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce presents the 120th Golden Dragon Parade along North Broadway in Chinatown on February 9. The celebration centers around the Lunar New Year, which is one of the biggest holidays of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. Gathering thousands of individuals, this parade will include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The overarching theme of the parade is ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses.

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Noah’s Ark After Dark Pajama Party

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your favorite PJs (adults, too!) and play with puppets, tell stories, make new friends, and celebrate the winter. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun!

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Winter Sounds Weho: Zetz Klezmer Ensemble

Location:City Council Chambers (at the West Hollywood Library) 

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018-19 Winter Sounds FREE Indoor Concert Series. Zetz Klezmer is a delightful ensemble whose show weaves together music, stories, history, educational demos, and jokes. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe.

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Sunday Feb. 10th, 2019

Second Annual Adam’s Forge

Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles

On Sunday, February 10 the second annual Forge Festival celebrates the art of blacksmithing through live demonstrations, hands-on activities, musical performances, tomahawk throwing, artisan metal and craft marketplace and other family-friendly activities. Hosted by Adam’s Forge, a blacksmithing school founded 2002, The Forge Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the and tickets are $25 (children 12 and under are free).

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From Rescue to Runway

Location: Annenberg Petspace, Los Angeles

Watch Healthy Spot’s Grooming team go paw-to-paw to transform some of Annenberg PetSpace‘s adoptable pets in hopes of helping them find their furever homes. This Japanese style grooming competition will be judged by celebrity guest, Kenichi Nagase! Kenichi is a renowned Japanese Pet Grooming Stylist, recently featured in the Netflix docuseries, Dogs. Your pet is more than welcomed to join you! Stop by and enjoy: A friendly grooming competition, Q&A with Japanese Style Grooming experts, Kenichi NagaseJess Ronaand Patricia Sugihara, Adoptable pets from Annenberg PetSpace, Treats and takeaways, Raffle prizes and giveaways!

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A Faery Hunt: Valentine Faery Tea Party

Location: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, Tarzana

Treat your little ones to A Fairy Tea Party! Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries. English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served; catered by their amazing Fairy Caterer. Come dressed in your faery; prince or princess finest attire. Enjoy circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises. Space is limited for the Fairy Tea Party, so get your tickets now for this catered event.

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Dance Sunday with Debbie Allen & Friends

Location: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen returns with the 4th season of FREE, outdoor dance events for the whole family. This weekends event will feature BREAK THE FLOOR: HIP HOP! An introduction to Hip-Hop class with a fun and energetic routine taught by Chantel Heath. 

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Out and About: Catalina Island Edition

From flying fish to laid-back luaus, here are our picks of the best things to do on Santa Catalina Island

Once a getaway for Hollywood elites to escape from paparazzi, Catalina Island has in recent decades become more of a not-so-secret treasure for everyday Angelenos and visitors looking for a simple, relaxing vacation. Cars are few and far-between on the island, and just about everything is either walking distance or a short golf-cart-taxi-ride away; whether you’re shooting for a family vibe, an outdoor-sports experience or a party-heavy hang, Catalina’s got something for everyone in both its port town of Avalon and out into the wild island interior. Here are the best things to do no matter your vibe once you hop off the hour-long boat ride from the mainland.

Flying Fish Voyage

Flying Fish Voyage

What is it: One of the only opportunities you’ll ever have to watch fish fly. Seriously.

Why go: For nearly a century, Catalina’s flying fish boat has been wowing visitors with a surreal experience that seems culled from a dreamworld. Every night over the summer, the crew lures Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus (otherwise known as flying fish) out of the water for not-quite-actual-flying-but-it-sure-looks-like-it glides up to 100 feet. Bring a jacket—it can get chilly —and keep your eyes out: the fish often end up landing inside the boat.

Wrigley Memorial and Gardens

Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens

What is it: A beautiful ode to the island’s famous founding father.

Why go: William Wrigley, Jr (yes, the gum guy) is responsible for the development of Catalina. So of course the garden and memorial that carries his name is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. It’s a moderate hike from the beach (you can also get up to it by renting a bike, or via golf cart—more on that in a bit). Once there you’ll be immersed in a 37-acre botanical garden focused on plants endemic to California and the Channel Islands. See breathtaking views from the tower overlook built from quarried rocks culled from the island itself.

catalina casino

The Catalina Casino

What is it: Not a gambling hall—rather, it’s a palatial special-events venue complete with a beautiful art-deco movie theater.

Why go: The sort-of-Roman-looking Catalina Casino is the most iconic building on the island, with walls full of stories. Steeped in over 90 years of history, your able to learn more about Catalina Casino on three different walking tours. If a tour’s not your thing, it’s still worth going to a movie there (first-run films show nightly at 7:30pm). The art deco theater is gorgeous, and there’s often pre-show music played through its 1920s-era organ.

Luau Larry’s

Luau Larry’s

What is it: A classic burger-and-drinks shack—with the best fries you’ll ever have.

Why go: First time visitors to Catalina can’t help but notice slews of tourists sporting straw hats. It’s because they’ve all had the Wiki Wack at Luau Larry’s. The fun signature cocktail comes with one of the ubiquitous headpieces. Grease the drink down with their curly fries, which are always perfectly crispy, and seasoned with—well, it’s a secret, but it’s gotta be magic, whatever it is. The burgers aren’t bad, and there are often live-music singalongs at night.

Descanso Beach Club

Descanso Beach Club

What is it: The ‘fancy’ beach on the island, with cabanas, booze and more.

Why go: You can set a blanket on Avalon’s main beaches for free if you’d like. But it’s worth taking a walk just past the Casino to Descanso. Here they offer rentable chaise lounges and cabanas. They’re also the only place on the island you can enjoy alcoholic beverages(for all you rose drinkers). There are also rentable paddleboards, snorkel sets and kayaks, and, over the summer, DJs and live bands on weekends.

Golf cart rental

Golf cart rental

What is it: The best way to see a large percentage of the island—and get a great view.

Why go: Sure, you could spend all your time on Catalina in town in Avalon. But if you want to explore more of the island, the best way is via golf cart. In about two hours you can see beautiful views, check out some of the historical structures and explore hidden spots.

Zipe Line Eco Tour

Eco Zip Line

What is it: A high-intensity aerial experience.

Why go: High-octane adventure seekers should seek out two Catalina experiences: the Ocean Runner boat tour, which blasts through the water at high-speeds on a ribcraft boat, and this high-flying tour, which descends over five ziplines, 600 feet above Descanso, from a unique vantage point to learn about the island’s unusual ecosystem if you’re not just in it for the thrills.

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Hiking trails

What is it: An outdoorsperson’s prime reason to visit.

Why go: Catalina’s inland is covered with hiking trails and camping spots. With over 165 miles of trails to explore, you’ll have options ranging from easy to expert. Obviously, it’s a way to get closer with nature: the island’s host to tons of interesting plants and animals. These include tiny Island foxes and imposing buffalo! With some luck, on an inland hike, you may see a herd peacefully grazing.

Catalina Room Escape

Catalina Room Escape

What is it: Avalon’s newest family-friendly activity.

Why go: Just opened in 2018, the island’s only escape room (pirate-themed, naturally). It is a challenging and fun way to spend an hour if you have one to spare. Just keep in mind: duck, and then look up. We didn’t, and needed to ask for a hint. You’re welcome.

Marlin Club

Bar-hopping

What is it: A time-honored nighttime tradition.

Why go: There’s not a ton of nightlife on Catalina, which can become part of the appeal of a visit. Stop by for karaoke at El Galleon, venturing later in the night to the Marlin, before hitting the dance floor at Club Chi-Chi. Then end the evening with a final nightcap at the Locker Room. The next night? Repeat.

Mt. Ada

Mt. Ada

What is it: William Wrigley Jr’s old mansion—and your fancy lunch spot.

Why go: Mt. Ada, once William Wrigley Jr.’s mansion, and now the fanciest hotel on the island, is also an ideal dining spot. It’s only open for lunch, with a three-course menu that’s not exactly formal, but does have an air of classiness.

The Best Lunar New Year Celebrations 2019

With the Lunar New Year quickly approaching, Los Angeles and it’s surrounding areas have already started on the celebrations. Mark the Year of the Golden Pig with these festive events happening in and around the city. Kicking off this weekend through February!

Lunar New Year Festival

Date: Saturday, January 26-Sunday, January 27, 2019

Location: Downtown Monterey Park

Event producer World Journal and a bounty of food vendors, entertainers and merchants invite you to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig in Monterey Park. The Festival will offer unique gifts and speciality items along with food booths. amusement rides and lots of live entertainment. Arrive early Saturday morning to view the arrival of the traditional New year lion and dragon dancers with firecrackers to kick-off the festival. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days with crowds of 50,000-100,000 expected to attend. Be sure to plan ahead, click here for more information.

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Location: Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) will host “Happy Chinese New Year, Charming Jing-Jin-Ji” in Beverly Hills on January 26, 2019. This is the eighth consecutive year of Beverly Hills hosting a Chinese New Year celebratory event. The 2019 Chinese New Year event will be divided into three parts: a variety show, a “Jing-Jin-Ji” photo exhibition and a cultural heritage crafts display and demonstration. The variety show will feature performance groups from Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, folk dance, Peking opera and more. The cultural heritage crafts display and demonstration will include Peking Opera costumes, ceremonial tea service, traditional folk music and more.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

Date: Saturday January 26, 2019

Location: Richard and Karen Carpenter Center, Long Beach

Don’t miss an afternoon of award-winning acrobatics and artistic form from world renowned troupe-Golden Dragon Acrobats. Hailing from Cangzhou in the People’s Republic of China, they represent a time-honored tradition that begun over twenty-five centuries ago. The troupe’s athleticism combined with ancient and modern dance and music present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

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Lunar New Year at The Americana at Brand

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Location: The Americana at Brand, Glendale

Similar to the celebrations taking place at the Caruso’s The Grove, The Americana at Brand will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig with a day of family fun. Enjoy complimentary entertainment and activities that focus on the rich history and traditions of the new year on The Green.

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Lunar New Year at The Grove

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Location: The Grove, Los Angeles

Taking places just a few days prior to the new year is the Groves Lunar celebration. Focused on the festive nature of the holidays, The Grove will highlight the storied meaning, tradition and symbolism through a dazzling display of decor and fun-filled entertainment. Enjoy lively performances and cultural activities on Gilmore Lane and The Plaza of The Original Farmers Market.

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The Huntington-Chinese New Year Festival

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Location: The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd.s Pasadena

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Huntington as the Year of the Pig begins. The festivities include lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts, music and more. Enjoy the days entertainment amongst the Huntington’s stunning botanical gardens.

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Santa Monica Place Lunar New year Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Location: Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place will be commerating the Year of the Pig with its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, festivities will include authentic cultural performances and activities. Enjoy an afternoon of traditional Chinese lion dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artists, and classical Chinese folk music.

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Shanghai Nights Aboard the Queen Mary

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Celebrate the Chinese New Year aboard the majestic Queen Mary with Shanghai Nights. The evening soiree will be a night of Chinese culture, cuisine and dragon dancing, along with Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guezheng ensemble and more! It is a limited seating event that will be a feast of the senes surrounded by stunning decor.

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Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Boar

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Location: Chinatown, DTLA

Don’t miss out on Chinatowns biggest party of the year! Celebrate the Year of the Boar with a parade and festival in Chinatown. Featuring Marching Bands, Floats, The Miss Chinatown Queen and Court as well as delicious food, music and fun.

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Weekend Events: January 11-13, 2019

 Now that 2019 is in full gear, don’t let you weekends fall short of well-deserved fun. In the city of stars there is no shortage of thrills. We rounded-up the best “Angeleno” approved events to enjoy this weekend!

Read below for events happening in and round LA January 11-13.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday Jan. 11th

Dine L.A.

Location: Los Angeles, Citywide

Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, dineL.A. returns with it’s 15-day dining event. The bi-annual dining showcase highlights the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. Enjoy a variety of special lunch and dinner menus at more than 400 restaurants. Tickets are not required but reservations are recommended!

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Once Loved. Twice Broken

Location: California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica

Join the California Heritage Museum for their opening of two exhibits: Chris Fraticelli’s Once Loved, Twice Broken and Gilena Simons Fortuna. The opening reception will takes place from 6-9pm with debut installations and over 24 sculptures from Fraticelli.

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Movie Night at The Wiltern

Location: The Wiltern, Los Angeles

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at The Wiltern this Friday with a showing of the 1997 beloved biopic, Selena. Relive her legacy on the theatre’s historical silver screen and enjoy vendors, photo ops and more.

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Saturday Jan. 12th

Dimitris Papaioannou: The Great Tamer

Location: Royce Hall, UCLA Los Angeles

Visual Artists and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou plays Royce Hall. A visually stunning and surreal pageant that grapples with the meaning of life, the mystery of death, time, destruction and reconstruction. Often referencing famous sculptures and paintings, Papaioannou uses the human body to create vignettes brimming with humor, horror, circus-like stunts and optical illusions.

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Winter Sounds WEHO: Danny Janklow

Location: West Hollywood City Council Chambers

The City of West Hollywood’s Art Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018-19 Winter Sounds free Indoor Concert Series. Saxophonist and multi-talented Danny Janklow brings his soulful and innovative voice to Weho for a night of energetic sound. Having inspired thousands of listeners from Japan to Holland, Danny has also shared the stage with legends such as Stevie Wonder.

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Nelaart Second Saturday Night

Location: Highland Park and Surrounding Areas, Los Angeles

The Highland Park and Eagle Rock districts of the northeast cluster of art galleries will collectively stay open late this Saturday and each second Saturday of the month. Discover new and known artists during this evening of arts and culture.

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Sunday Jan 13th

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Location: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University

Enjoy an afternoon of intimate music and ecstatic dance energy between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser and California cellist Natalie Haas. Over the last sixteen years, the duo has created a buzz at festivals and concert halls around the world .

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Rock 4 Relief- A Benefit For CA Wildfire Victims & First Responders

Location: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

Rock 4 Relief takes this stage this weekend at the Ace Hotel. The benefit concert will be in support of victims, fire fighters and first responders of the recent California wildfires. The concert will feature performances from Sugar Ray, REM, Billy Idol and more. VIP ticket includes premium seat + meet & greet and photo opportunity.

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Story Pirates

Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

What the New York Times is hailing a “Theatrical Treasure” , Story Pirates returns to the Wallis Annenberg for day of fun. This kid-centric company is a free outdoor musical sketch comedy. The stories are written by children and geared towards the tiniest of toddlers. Treat your little ones to a hearty afternoon of laughter and excitement!

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