Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 29-May 6 – Daily News



Zebra Longwing butterflies can be seen at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The museum begins its annual City Nature Challenge on April 30. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)



Here is a sampling of upcoming in-person and online things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.




Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices – Digital Spring Arts + Culture Fest: The online festival concludes, 6-8:30 p.m. April 29. Presentations include: A live workshop on “Musicians as Workers” by Josephine Shetty; a performance “Party in My Living Room” by hip-hop artist Thurz; journalist Samanta Helou Hernandez and Jimmy Recinos discuss gentrification of historically ethnic/working class neighborhoods; a dance performance of “Rasquachencias” and interview with Primera Generación Dance Collective; and members of the Chinese Dance Co. of Southern California perform “Love for the Prairie.” Details and how to watch the live stream here:

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Sixth Annual City Nature Challenge: Community scientists in Los Angeles County are invited to observe and take photos of wild animals and plants and fungi, April 30-May 3. Upload observations and photos on the free, mobile app iNaturalist. Tips on taking photos and logging the observations: The museum  suggests: “Find wildlife. It can be any wild plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) found in your neighborhood, home, backyard, or even through your windows.” Scientists will identify and sort the public’s information (May 4-9) and the results will be announced on May 10. San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences is a co-organizer. For more information on the world-wide event:;;

Aviation Career Day: Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, the Valley Economic Alliance and Van Nuys Airport present the online event, 10-11:30 a.m. April 30. Free. Register in advance here: 818-442-6526. Email: [email protected]

Granada Hills Woman’s Club Rummage Sale: Fundraiser for the group, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30-May 1. Masks and social distancing required. 10666 White Oak Ave., Granada Hills. Yolanda, 818-363-9844.

We Rise – A Celebration of Wellbeing for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month: A variety of activities and information related to mental health, May 1-31. Offerings include “Get Lit Poetry Contest,” “Love Letters in Light,” messages to be seen lit up on the exteriors at selected Los Angeles County Public Libraries (, neighborhood pop-ups, online presentations and “Art Rise” (that opens May 7). Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health information, resources and services: Details on the month of May events here:

Russian Arts and Culture Festival: The City of West Hollywood presents the 20th annual event online through May. Check Facebook here:, and website here: for presentations.

California Trout’s Trout Camp Gala – 50th Anniversary Celebration: The event is shown online with live entertainment and celebrates taking action for California’s fish, people and water, 6:30 p.m. May 7. The group’s online auction begins, April 30 and ends at 8 p.m. May 7. Free to attend the online gala but registration is required here: Email: Tracey Diaz at [email protected] 415-392-8887, Ext. 103. Read about the conservation nonprofit here:

Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tours: Recorded tours of two house each on two dates. Arroyo de Rey, a 1979 modern home by Conrad Buff & Don Hensman, and the Mosely House, a 1999 house designed by Don Hensman, May 30. The Lansing Beach House, a 1927 house designed by David Witmer and Loyall Watson, and a home to be named later, June 27. Tickets $18 (one day); $50 (all three days). Purchase tickets here: (a link will be sent for viewing).




Six Flags Magic Mountain: Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Check the website for details and tickets. Tickets are for California residents only at this time. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.

Universal Studios Hollywood: Tickets on sale — for California residents only — and scheduled to reopen on April 16. New ride: “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Some rides and attractions will open at later dates. More information and to purchase tickets here: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

Virtual Spring Craft and Gift Fair – Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center: Purchase items and support the center’s “Share the Arts Program,” through June 30. Vendors may still apply ($20 for a virtual table; application request and questions to Betsy at [email protected] or 805-583-7905).




Shulamit Nazarian: “Summer Wheat: Anything Can Happen.” Gallery hours: by appointment only: Exhibit runs through May 1. 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961.

LSH CoLab: “Michael Arata: Frantic,” paintings. Gallery hours: 1-6 p.m. daily and by appointment. Exhibit runs through May 2. 778 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles. 323-459-5342 or 323-665-4513. Email: [email protected]

The Japan Foundation: “11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan.” The online exhibit runs through May 5. View here:

Memorial Crane Project: Artist Karla Funderburk and San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center present a display of thousands of origami cranes that honor lives lost due to Covid-19 in the United States. Exhibit runs through May 8. View the exhibit outside of the center’s Art Along the Boulevard space, 18640 Ventura Blvd. (at Yolanda Avenue), Tarzana. Email the artist: [email protected] Email the center: [email protected];

Rele Gallery-Los Angeles: “Ameh Egwuh: Life After Life,” the Nigerian artist reflects on mortality and an afterlife. The gallery is the first international gallery established by Adenrele Sonariwo who opened Rele Gallery in 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. Gallery hours: By appointment only; book a time through the website. The exhibit runs through May 8. 8215 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. 949-516-8082. Email: [email protected]

Corey Helford Gallery: “Fifteen Years Anniversary Group Exhibition” (main gallery) and “Bao Pham and Redd Walitzki” (Gallery 2). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (12 people at a time; masks and social distancing required; check the website for updates on hours). Exhibits run through May 15. 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340. Email: [email protected]

Topanga Canyon Art Gallery: “From the Eyes to the Hand: Farideh Azad and Donna Geist Buch.” Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through May 16. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 424-326-6429.

Kohn Gallery: “Chiffon Thomas: Antithesis,” figurative artwork using collage, drawing, hand embroidered mixed media painting and sculpture. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday (timed reservations are required). Exhibit runs through May 21. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311. Email: [email protected]

Regen Projects: “Liz Larner: As Stars and Seas Entwine” ( and “Make-Shift-Future,” a group show curated by Elliott Hundley ( Gallery hours: by appointment only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday ( Exhibit runs through May 22. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

William Turner Gallery: “CrossCurrents,” group show with new art by Casper Brindle, Alex Couwenberg, Shingo Francis, Jimi Gleason, Peter Lodato, Andy Moses, Nellie King Solomon, Jennifer Wolf. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 22. 2525 Michigan Ave., E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909.

Galerie XII: “Mona Kuhn: Works,” an art photography retrospective. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment (masks required in the gallery). Exhibit runs through May 29. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite B2, Santa Monica. 424-252-9004.

BuildingBridges Art Exchange: “Cristian Castro: RobotiX: Intersections of Art & Technology.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through June 5. Reservations for opening and other days by email or phone. 2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2, Santa Monica. 323-893-3924. Email: [email protected]

Hauser & Wirth: “Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday with a timed appointment only. Exhibit runs through June 6. 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. 213-943-1620.

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University: “Escapism: Senior Art Exhibit 2021,” a virtual exhibit of art from graduating art majors at the university. Exhibit runs through Sept. 23.




Vroman’s Bookstore: Charles Seife discusses “Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity,” 6 p.m. April 29 ( Paolina Milana discusses “Committed: A Memoir of Madness in the Family,” with journalist Brenda Gazzar, 6 p.m. May 6 ( Register in advance for all online Crowdcast events. 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Book Soup: Laura Dave discusses “The Last Thing He Told Me,” 6 p.m. May 3 ( Noah Isenberg discusses “Billy Wilder on Assignment,” 6 p.m. May 4 ( Grace Miceli discusses “How to Deal: With Fear, Failure and Other Daily Dreads,” 6 p.m. May 7 ( Jean Hanff Korelitz discusses “The Plot,” 6 p.m. May 11 ( Sugar Rodgers discusses “They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood,” 6 p.m. May 13 ( Register in advance for the Crowdcast live streaming talks through the links. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Chevalier’s Books: Thomas Dyja discusses “New York, New York, New York – Four Decades of Success, Excess and Transformation,” 6 p.m. May 4 (purchase the book through the bookstore to receive a signed bookplate; Morgan Matson discusses “Take Me Home Tonight,” 7 p.m. May 6 (purchase a signed copy of the book through the bookstore; Register in advance for the online book talks. The bookstore is open, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-465-1334.

Diesel, A Bookstore: Jonathan Taplin discusses “The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and Roll Life,” with broadcast journalist Ian Masters, 6:30 p.m. May 4 ( Register in advance for all online Crowdcast events. 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.




Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Walk for the Wild: A fundraiser to save wildlife around the world with a fun physical fitness challenge to support the Los Angeles Zoo and the nonprofit GLAZA’s programs to support the zoo, through May 21. Minimum age 13. Registration fee $45; $65 (both levels include a tee shirt). Fundraising goal begins at $150. Register as an individual or as a team here and details on how the fundraiser works here:




The Groundlings – Cookin’ with Gas, the Online Edition: Improv with audience ideas, 7 p.m. April 29. Minimum age: 16. Tickets $12. Register for Zoom in advance to view the show.




CalArts Spring Dance Concert – Virtual Performance: 8 p.m. April 29-30. Tickets $15. A password will be sent upon ticket purchase.

Louise Reichlin & Dancers/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers: A narrated production of “The Patchwork Girl of Oz,” based on the L. Frank Baum novel, April 29-May 12. Free. Watch on Vimeo:

Benita Bike’s DanceArt – Outdoor Dance Show: Dancers Liza Barskaya, Sarah Gertler, Clare Kiklowicz and Trudy Niess perform duets from “Beaches” and “Schoenfield Dances, and “Entrelazadas” and “On Beat 3,” 10 a.m. May 1. Free but registration is required. Send an email to request a ticket to [email protected] The performance will be in Sunland (limited attendance, mask and social distancing required). 818-470-5734.

Los Angeles Ballet Gala 2021 – Online: The evening includes a 15-year retrospective of past performances, 7 p.m. May 1. The gala also includes a silent auction (now open for bidding). Tickets $600, includes a three-course, prix fixe dinner from Crustacean (pick-up from 468 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills) Purchase tickets here:




Live Talks Los Angeles: Sen. Amy Klobuchar discusses “Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age,” 6 p.m. April 29 ($39, includes a signed book; register at Julianna Margulies discusses her memoir “Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life,” 6 p.m. May 3 ($38, includes the book with a signed bookplate; register at Niall Ferguson discusses “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe,” 6 p.m. May 11 ($40, includes the book with a signed bookplate; register at Neil Gaiman discusses two novellas “The Monarch of the Glen” and “Black Dog,” 6 p.m. May 13 ($30-$220; see the registration page for books; register here: More upcoming Live Talks Los Angeles:

BTS – A Global Online Interdisciplinary Conference: Cal State University Northridge presents the conference on the South Korean supergroup that includes fan art, lectures on various topics, videos and workshops, beginning at 9 a.m. May 1-2. Tickets $8 and up. Register in advance here:

The Battle of Cinco de Mayo: Art and cultural history lecturer Gregorio Luke discusses the 1862 first battle of Puebla — an unexpected Mexican Army victory against the invading French Army — and what happened later as European countries were seeking repayment of debts from Mexico, 6-8 p.m. May 1. Tickets $7.50 plus a transaction fee. Check here to purchase tickets for the Zoom presentation:




SEEfest – South East European Film Fest Los Angeles: Online screenings of animated, documentaries, features and shorts from the region, April 29-May 5. Schedule here: Festival pass, $75. Check individual films for ticket price.

Lunafest Virtual Film Festival: Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach present the annual festival of short films by, for, and about women, 9 a.m. May 1. Tickets $25. Films will be available to watch over a 24-hour period. Purchase tickets and how to watch here:

Films.Dance: The Soraya, at Cal State Northridge, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in Beverly Hills, present fifteen international dance films that were filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Final film, “Weakness of the Flesh” (Los Angeles), 9 a.m. May 3. Free. Available to watch at Facebook:; on the website:

T-Bird Gang: The comedy duo Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (from Mystery Science Theater, and known as “The Mads”) riff on the 1959 movie, 5 p.m. May 11. Tickets $10. Register in advance here: A private YouTube link will be emailed to purchasers one hour before showtime. A portion of proceeds goes to the Friends in Need Food Shelf in Minnesota.




Museums that have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic are announcing reopening dates. Most museums are requiring timed-ticket entry and purchased in advance only (no tickets sold onsite). Check the website for tickets and safety requirements.


The Getty Villa: Open: See Greek and Roman antiquities and gardens. Special exhibits: “Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins,” through Aug. 16, and “Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq,” through Sept. 5, 2022. Closed on Tuesdays. Free, but an advance, timed-entry ticket is required: Parking, $20, purchase in advance is advised ( 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 310-440-7300.

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: New: “Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style,” through Sept. 12. Exhibit includes stained glass artwork, preparatory drawings, archival photographs and watercolors plus some of Forest Lawn-Glendale’s own stained glass collection. Free. Send an email requesting a reservation in advance to [email protected] (include your name, number of people in hour group, time and date when you would like to visit; a reply will be sent). The exhibit only allows for 15 people per half-hour and walk-ups may be turned away due to capacity. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 1712 S. Glendale Blvd., Glendale. 323-340-4782.

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Reopens May 1: The museum reopens by reservation only, Friday-Sunday in May (read the conditions and rules and make a reservation here: Two virtual exhibits: “Transformations: Living Room – > Flea Market – > Museum – > Art” and “See Thy Neighbor: Stern Photographers Thomas Hoepker and Harald Schmitt in the GDR.” The museum has a collection of Cold War art, artifacts, films and other materials from 1945-1991 Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Online items to explore include a coloring book, artwork, oral histories, music and historical videos. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. Online content:




Autry Museum of the American West: “When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California,” through Nov. 15 (more on exhibitions here: Purchase timed-tickets in advance ( 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. 323-667-2000.

California African American Museum: “Sula Bermúdez-Silverman: Neither Fish, Flesh, Nor Fowl,” through May 2; “Nikita Gale: Private Dancer,” through May 9; “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” through May 30; “Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection,” through July 21; “Enunciated Life,” through Aug. 15. Free admission but reservations are now required in advance. Check the museum’s Facebook for updates ( 600 State Drive (in Exposition Park), Los Angeles. 213-744-2084.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks: “Defining Beauty,” the museum’s third annual international juried exhibit with mixed media, paintings and video artwork (art from Zara Monet Feeney, Sungjae Lee and Francene Levinson), and “Jonathan Michael Castillo: Car Culture.” Both exhibits run through Aug. 8. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission free; donation $6. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, second level, Thousand Oaks. 805-405-5240. Email: [email protected]

California Science Center: “PERNiCiEM” The Endangered Species Connection,” a companion Lego brick sculptures exhibit to Nathan Sawaya’s “The Art of the Brick,” with photography by Dean West (included in the latter’s ticket). Timed-ticket entry is required. The center recommends making reservations online in advance. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. Current special exhibit: “The Art of the Brick,” sculptures made with Lego bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya. The IMAX Theater is open with the screenings of “Hubble” and “Under the Sea” (admission fee for movies). 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Japanese American National Museum: Two special exhibits: “Transcendients: Heroes at Borders,”  contemporary art by Taiji Terasaki, and “Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Atomic Bomb,” plus the permanent exhibit “Common Ground: The Heart of Community.” Current hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday (last entry at 4 p.m.). Tickets must be purchased in advance and by time (free admission for a limited time but timed in advance applies; 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Tickets must be purchased in advance (no ticket sales at the museum). Plan your visit information here: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Special exhibits include “Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form,” through June 30 and “afroLAinidad: Mi Casa, My City.” Check the website for a selection on online programs. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission is by timed-tickets and purchased online. 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-542-6259.

Mullin Automotive Museum: Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Timed-tickets must be purchased in advance ($16; $14 ages 65 and older and ages 13-17; $10 ages 3-12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. Email: [email protected]

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: “Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women” and “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A.” The museum now requires timed-tickets purchased in advance and online only. The museum’s Gem Vault remains closed at this time. Ongoing: The Butterfly Pavilion opens with timed-tickets bought in advance (limited tickets available for all dates), through Sept. 6 (pavilion tickets, $6, here: 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Petersen Automotive Museum: “The Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina,” highlights the Italian car design firm and coachbuilder on their anniversary year, through Dec. 5. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. All tickets must be pre-purchased. Check website for health and safety guideline for museum visits. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane with an “Open Air Museum Experience,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). Admission $15 and up. Temperatures will be taken before entry. Masks are required. Hangar door remains open. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys.;




Brooklyn Youth Chorus: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents an audio and visual online concert with spoken words “She Is Called  – Dear Stranger.” Free. Listen from the link here:

Bang on a Can – OneBeat Marathon: A global online event curated by Found Sound Nation, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2. Tickets free or $15 and up donation from here: Watch:

Naia – The Spirit of Hoyo Negro: Los Angeles Master Chorale presents an original oratorio written and performed by students at Van Nuys High School. The oratorio will be presented in episodes, 10 a.m. May 3-6 and the complete work, 10 a.m. May 7. Watch from here: on Facebook: or here:

Glendale Noon Concerts: Violinist Ken Aiso and pianist Valeria Morgovskaya perform music by Joseph Achron, Ernest Chausson and Karen Tanaka, 12:10 p.m. May 5. Free; donations welcome. 818-244-7241. Use the link for the concert from here:

Dayglow: The Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Opening act, Arlie. Doors open, 7 p.m. Tickets $25. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 323-464-6269.




Slow Food: International City Theatre present a play by Wendy MacLeod about a couple whose marriage may not survive an anniversary celebration at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs, April 29-May 16 (on demand Thursday-Sunday only). Tickets $30.

The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln: A history-based drama written and performed by Tom Dugan, 8 p.m. April 30-May 1. Performances are outdoors; bring a blanket; mask wearing required. Tickets $20. Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse (address given upon reservation). Send an email to: [email protected]

Magical Musical Mystery Follies – A Virtual Experience: West Coast Jewish Theatre presents an evening of stand-up comedy, magic, music and song, 7 p.m. May 1 and 8. Tickets $39. Purchase and register in advance here: (a link to Vimeo will be sent). 323-821-2449.

Father, Son and Holy Coach: Whitefire Theatre presents a play written and performed by John Posey about a father’s obsession about his son becoming a football player, 6 p.m. May 2. Tickets $15.99 ( 818-687-8559.

Ugly Lies the Bone: A play by Lindsey Ferrentino about a newly discharged soldier who deals with physical and emotional scars by taking part in a virtual realty video game therapy, 7:30 p.m. May 6. Minimum age: 16. Show also runs 7:30 p.m. May 7 and 2 p.m. May 8. Free but register in advance here: The play is presented online by Pepperdine University’s Fine Arts Division.

Astrologically Screwed and Other Psychic Revelations: Whitefire Theatre presents a play written and performed by Pam Levin about guardian angels, fear, love, predictions and self-fulfilling prophecies, 7 p.m. May 7. Tickets $15.99 ( 818-687-8559.

The Normal Heart: A virtual reading of Larry Kramer’s play about the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s in New York City, 5 p.m. May 8. The Tony Award-winning play has an all-star cast (see the website for performers). Tickets $10-$100. The reading is presented by ONE Archives Foundation — the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States. Funds raised go to the foundation’s LGBTQ educational programs.


Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] 818-713-3708.

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