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Things To Do In The San Fernando Valley, LA Area, Feb. 16-23

Presidents Day is celebrated on Feb. 20, 2023 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. In the file photo, Byron and Clare Delto visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Presidents Day with their children Evan, 7, and Grace, 9, while posing for pictures with Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by J.P. Wammack, in Simi Valley on Monday, February 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Feb. 16-23.

EVENTS Rummage sale: Granada Hills Woman’s Club holds the event, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 17-18. Location, 10666 White Oak Ave., Granada Hills. Yolanda, 818-363-9844.

Super Nintendo World – Universal Studios Hollywood: New theme area at the amusement park — with the ride “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” — opens on Feb. 17. Details: Park basic admission $109; see website for admission and passes; also, “early access” fee to Super Nintendo World (in addition to park admission). Location, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker: The 45th event has a number of types and lengths of races, Feb. 18-19. On Feb. 18: a 20/40-mile bike ride (8 a.m. for the 40-mile and 8:20 for the 20-mile), and a PAW’er Dog Run/Walk, 9 a.m. On Feb. 19: a 5K Run (8 a.m.)and 5K walk (8:20 a.m.); and the 10K Run/Walk (8:40 a.m.); and the 1K Kiddie Run (9 a.m.). Fees to enter races vary. Register for a race on the link on the website. Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza, 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles. and

The 41st Annual Black History Parade and Festival —  Celebrating Our Excellence, the Legacy of Councilmember John J. Kennedy: Southern California’s largest and longest-running Black History parade, 10 a.m. Feb. 18. The parade includes bands, drill and drum teams, community organizations and dignitaries. Sportscaster Jim Hill is the grand marshal. Parade route: Fair Oaks Avenue at Mountain View Street, on Fair Oaks to Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Following the parade, a festival features live bands, community booths, dance performances, guest speakers and food for purchase, noon-4 p.m. Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-744-7300. Details:

Tarzana Native Plant Fair: Event includes sale of plants and books, garden design advice, workshops and live music, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18. Rain or shine event. Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. West Valley Warner Center Chamber of Commerce’s notice:

Diversify Ice Foundation’s Skate Raiser California ’23: The nonprofit, aiming to bring diversity to ice skating, presents live skating performances from competitive skaters of color, including Starr Andrews, a meet-and-greet with Olympics ice skater Tai Babilonia, a guest appearance by 2018 Olympics bronze medalist Adam Rippon, a community skate — you learn how to skate — live music and food trucks, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18. The event is also a fundraiser with a portion of admission price going to support minority figure skaters on their Winter Olympic Games journey. Admission $30 (admission only available online). The Rinks Lakewood Ice, 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood.

Black History Month Celebration at Museum of the San Fernando Valley: The Pacoima Historical Society co-presents the event that includes oral and visual presentations on the history of Black Americans in the San Fernando Valley, entertainment, special guests and vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19. DJ/MC Eric Stewart is the host. Free admission. Reservations requested: The museum is located at the Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. Pacoima Historical Society, 818-646-8093 and Museum, 818-347-9665.

Los Angeles Black History Month Festival: Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center presents the event that includes a book faire, Afrikan marketplace, live performances, workshops and available social services information, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 19. The emphasis on this year’s festival is on financial literacy and wellness. Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex, baseball field, 5001 Obama Blvd., Los Angeles. Details on Facebook, scroll to Jan. 3 posting:

A Healing Space: Los Angeles County Justice Care and Opportunities Department presents the event that includes activities for children and teens, art classes, movement classes, an expungement clinic, pet adoptions and a mobile pet clinic, food give-away, voter registration, health screenings, meditation workshops, poetry and writing workshops, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19. Free to attend but a registration, on Eventbrite, is requested; see the website. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area, 905 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles. See the flyer on Facebook:

Presidents Day – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: The 30th annual event includes storytelling by president and first lady look-alikes, activities and crafts (including presidential bingo), carnival-style and picnic games (including 3-legged races and water balloon tosses) and music by the Los Angeles Police Concert Band and the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20 ( Rain or shine event. Presidents Day activities are free. Museum admission applies to exhibits and Air Force One Pavilion (current admission: $16; $13 ages 62 and older; $9 ages 11-17; $6 ages 3-10). Purchasing admission in advance is recommended but not required ( Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354. 

2023 West San Fernando Valley Preparedness Fair: Learn to be prepared for natural disasters at home or while driving, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 25. The event includes demonstrations on CPR, using a fire extinguisher and how to turn off utilities. Free admission. Use the college parking lot, 7, off of Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue. Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-347-4737.

Black History Month – Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills: The event kicks off with a community resource fair, networking and refreshments, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 25. A cornucopia of inspiring performances include dance, music, poetry and special guest speeches celebrating Black American culture, history and personalities, 6-7:30 p.m. An excerpt from the opera “Omar” is part of the presentation. Keynote speaker: Stephany Powell, PhD. Free admission. Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. and updates

CicLAvia – The Valley: CicLAvia returns to the San Fernando Valley for 5-miles of closed street for riding a bike, skate boarding, roller skating, jogging and walking, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Route: Sherman Way, from Shoup Avenue to Lindley Avenue (from Canoga Park, through Winnetka, to Reseda; or, the reverse). There is no set start or stop for the event; choose how short or long or round trip you prefer. Visit businesses along the way. The free event is not a race. Read the rules here: The map: Details on the event:

Casa de Lopez Adobe tours: The historic 1882 home to Catalina and Geronimo Lopez has docent-guided tours, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 26, and on subsequent fourth Sundays of the month. Docents discuss the Lopez family and their role in San Fernando Valley history. The adobe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free admission. Location, 1100 Pico St., San Fernando. San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department, 818-898-1290.

AlienCon: Lectures and panel discussions on unexplained mysteries and marketplace, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 4 and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 5. Autographs and photo opportunities are an extra fee (see the schedule). Schedule: Admission $65 for one-day pass; $120 Weekend pass; $349 Cosmic Pass (see the website for details and other passes). Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

ONGOING EVENTS Island Packers – Winter Whale Watching: Spot Pacific gray whales migrating through the Santa Barbara Channel as they journey from Alaska to Baja California. Cruise passengers may also see fin or humpback whales plus Common dolphins (no guarantees).  Two boarding locations: Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard; Ventura Harbor Village, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. February-April tickets: $44 ages 13-54; $40 ages 55 and older; $31 ages 3-12. Check the website for all prices, other cruising trip types and island destinations through the year. Check website for details on boarding locations. 805-642-1393. and

Titanic – The Exhibition: Take an immersive and interactive tour of the White Star Line ship that hit an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean. Dates: Feb. 16-19; 22-26; and dates in March. See re-creations of the interior and exterior, authentic White Star Line objects, recovered items and costumes and props from the 1997 film. Admission is by timed-entry and prices vary by day of the week (for weekdays $33.90 ages 13 and older; $30.50 ages 65 and older; $23.70 ages 4-12; VIP and VIP Plus admissions are also available. Beverly Event Venue, 4327 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. FAQs section: Details and purchase admission here:

Dinosaurs in the Valley: An outdoor, immersive walk-through to see life-size and life-like animatronic dinosaurs. Dates: Feb. 17-20; 24-26; March 3-5; and 10-12. Admission is by timed-entry; must be purchased in advance online; daytime or nighttime options. Admission $24.99 plus fees. Check the website for information on additional activities for children; additional fee for each; to be purchased at the venue. Parking $10 plus fees (when you purchase admission). Frequently asked questions: Pierce College, use parking lot entry at Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills.

Stranger Things – The Experience: The 45-minute immersion in all things based on the Netflix show. Dates: Feb. 16-19; 22-26; dates in March. Unlock your power in the Hawkins Lab, enjoy an 80s-style medley of locations and fan-favorite moments, including photo ops, food and drink, and interact with performers. Fun dress code: 80s. Minimum recommended age: 13. Tickets start at $49. Location, 1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello.;

ART LA Art Show: International galleries plus specialized sections (Modern + Contemporary; DIVERSEartLA; European Pavilion; Featured Exhibitions – immersive experiences; Project Space, solo exhibitions; Works on Paper). Hours: noon-8 Feb. 16-18; noon-6 p.m. Feb. 19 ($30 per day). Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Frieze Los Angeles: Contemporary art from more than 120 galleries from 22 countries. Hours: preview, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 17; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 18; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 19. Admission $76; $37 ages 13-18; $10 ages 2-12; $97 for access before 2 p.m. (purchase from here: Admission is by time and online-only purchase (no admission purchase at the door). Parking limited (see website for “getting there” instructions). Santa Monica Airport and Barker Hanger. Visitor information:

Photo Forward Los Angeles: Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles presents the art fair that includes contemporary and vintage photography, books and ephemera, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19. Free admission. Danziger Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. and

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Carrie Mae Smith: Four Plates and Four Cups.” Opening reception, 2-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 18. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:;

Art & Soul – Bergamot Station Arts Center: Gallery receptions, curator-led walk-through at galleries and live entertainment, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18. Location, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Details:

William Turner Gallery: “Julian Lennon: Atmospheria,” photography. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18. A portion of the proceeds goes to the White Feather Foundation. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through April 1. Location, 2525 Michigan Ave., Site E-1, Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email:

Ivan Art Gallery: “Martino Dorcé,” exhibit of the Haitian artist’s watercolors. Black History Month exhibits include Currier & Ives “Conflicts in Black Life,” vintage ethnic cards, and also an exhibit of movie posters. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday. Exhibits run through Feb. 28. Special event: Discussion of Black artwork sold from 1991-2017 at the Zambezi Bazaar, owned by sisters Mary Kimbrough and Jackie Ryan, in Leimert Park Village, and buying Black art as an investment, 5 p.m. Feb. 22. Location, 2711 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-533-6021. Facebook:

Topanga Canyon Gallery: Final reception, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 25 for the two solo shows: “John Couch: Mushin” and “June Kim: Divine Vision of Redthread.” Gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibits run through Feb. 26. Also, the gallery will be closing as its current location has been sold. As of this time, the gallery doesn’t have a new location. According to a press release, the gallery website will continue to be accessible with links to the various artist works. Location, 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-7909. For more information on the gallery closure, email: or

ONGOING ART LAUNCH Gallery: “Re-iterate,” group show with Lorraine Heitzman, Raghubir Kintisch and Monica Wyatt. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 18. Location, 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-899-1363.

William Grant Still Arts Center: “Fun and Games – 42nd Annual Black Doll Show,” with dolls, games, quilts and images that relate to historic Black American games. The exhibit also includes rare and vintage dolls donated by Sandra Campbell and artwork from contemporary artists. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 18. Location, 2520 S. West View Ave., Los Angeles. 323-734-1165. Email:

Regen Projects: “Elliott Hundley: Echo” and “Sonia Gechtoff: Guardian of the Green.” The latter exhibit is organized by the Bortolami Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Feb. 19. Location, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

Gagosian: “Jim Shaw: Thinking the Unthinkable.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 25. Location, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-271-9400. Email:

David Kordansky Gallery: “Bhabha Williams,” exhibit pairing art by Huma Bhabha and Michael Williams, and “Richard Tuttle: Calder/Tuttle — Tentative.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Feb. 25. Location, 5130 W. Edgewood Place, Los Angeles. 323-935-3030.

Corey Helford Gallery: “Art Collector Starter Kit IX: A Group Show of 12 x 12 Works” and “Richard Ahnert: While We Wait.” Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through March 4. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Arushi Gallery: “Komla Letsu Philip: Blissful Introspection,” a solo exhibit. Exhibit runs through March 6. Location, 1243 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 213-440-2700. Artist biography:

Kohn Gallery: “Alicia Adamerovich: This is the time of the hour.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through March 11. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

L.A. Louver: “Alison Saar: Uproot” and “The Wine Dark Sea,” a group show. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through March 11. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955.

Nonaka-Hill: “Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver: Synogenesis.” Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 11. Location, 720 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-450-9409.

Brand Library and Arts Center: “Nexus IV: RAIZ.” The new, contemporary art exhibit is a group show with 60 Los Angeles-based artists. Exhibit is presented by Thinkspace Projects, California Cowboys Collective and Tlaloc Studios. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through March 17. Location, 1601 W. Mountains St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. Details:

Artist Co-Op 7: “Windows of Our Minds,” group show on the natural world by local artists Rosemary Altshuler, Adria Becker, Selina Cheng, Karen Alpert Entous, Denise Yarfitz-Pierre. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed on Saturday-Sunday). Exhibit runs through March 27. Encino Terrace Lobby Gallery, 15821 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Roberts Projects: “Kehinde Wiley: Colorful Realm.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through April 8. Location, 442 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-549-0223.

Hauser & Wirth: “Zeng Fanzhi” and “Rita Ackermann: Vertical Vanish.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Exhibits run through April 30. Location, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles.

Women Painters West: “Portraits,” a juried exhibition. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through May 7. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica.

BOOKS Diesel, a Bookstore: Simon Van Booy reads from and signs “The Presence of Absence,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Gregg Hurwitz discusses “The Last Orphan,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Book Soup: Samara Bay discusses “Permission to Speak – How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You,” 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Ross Benjamin, translator, discusses “The Diaries of Franz Kafka,” 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Javier Sethness Castro discusses “Queer Tolstoy: A Psychobiography,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Bonnie Bartlett Daniels discusses “Middle of the Rainbow – How a Wife, Mother and Two-Time Emmy Winner Managed to Find Herself,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Hunter Hargraves discusses “Uncomfortable Television,” 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Jordan Harper discusses “Everybody Knows” and Winnie M. Li discusses “Complicit,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Chevalier’s Books: Shaun Anderson, PhD, discusses and signs “The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #blacklivesmatter,” 6 p.m. Feb. 17 (reservations, Location, 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-465-1334.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Caroline Choi presents “Love Without Bounds – An IntersectionAllies Book About Families,” 11 a.m. Feb. 18. Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt presents her children’s book “Good Night, Sister,” 1 p.m. Feb. 19 (ticketed event for one adult and one child, $18.99 plus fees; reservations here: Walter Mosely discusses “Every Man a King,” 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Tara Ison discusses her novel “At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf,” 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Local Author Day: Scott D. Dovale (“The Blue Leash – A Year of Mourning”), Alden Reimonenq (“The Upside-Down Tree”) and Nita Whitaker (“When Your Hand Is in the Lion’s Mouth – The Life and Wisdom of a Man Named Green”) discuss their books, 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Charlotte Maya discusses “Sushi Tuesdays – A Memoir of Love, Loss and Family Resilience,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28 (free to attend; pre-order the book on the website; talk is at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid St., Pasadena). Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch Library Used Book Sale: Items include children’s, cookbooks, fiction and nonfiction hardcover and paperbacks plus CDs and DVDs, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25. Friends of the Library pre-sale, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23 (join at the door for $15 or $20 per family). Proceeds from the sale benefit the branch library. Location, community room, 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Details:

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Sean Cridland signs “Brumos: An American Racing Icon,” 1-4 p.m. Feb. 25. Place an order for the book on the website. Location, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Author talk at Canoga Park Branch Library: Ghanaian American author Kwei Quartey discusses African literature and his own fictional crime series (the Inspector Darko Dawson and the Emma Djan Investigations mysteries), 1 p.m. Feb. 25. Discussion is for adults. Program is presented by the Friends of the Canoga Park Branch Library. Location, library’s community room, 20939 Sherman Way. 818-887-0320. Details:

CHARITY/VOLUNTEER Bash at Bootsy’s – Benefit for Healthy Humor: The fundraiser — raising money to keep humor programming to lift spirits of children at area hospitals — includes performances in the art of clowning, a DJ and celebrity appearances and a silent auction, 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets $175 and up. Event is chaired by David Arquette and Christina McClarty Arquette. Bootsy Bellows nightclub, 9229 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

Our House Grief Support Center’s Walk ‘n’ Run for Hope: Register for the “early bird” fee now through Feb. 28 for the 5K event around Lake Balboa, 7:30 a.m.-noon April 30. Early registration fee $35/$25 children (fee increases to $40/$30, March 1-30; $45/$35, April 1-29; event day $50/$40). The event location, Woodley Park, 6076 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys.

LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Clothing Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) jackets and sweaters, pants, shirts and socks for children, men and women are accepted through March 3. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed, however, on Feb. 20). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. See other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email:

Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization holds the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy-in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite:

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies,

DANCE Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles: Perform “Heroes, Sheroes and Eros,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18. Tickets $29 and up. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. 310-746-4000.

Malevo: Theatrical updated traditional Argentine folk dance and music performed by an all-male cast, 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets $36 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham: The contemporary dance company performs “Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth,” 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets $39 and up. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. Details and to purchase tickets:

DISCUSSION Chatsworth Chapter National Society Of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Meeting begins with a social time, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 18, followed by the meeting and a talk by guest speaker Joy Loree Sweger on “Native American Culture and What the Movies Got Wrong,” 10 a.m. Meeting location provided to anyone interested in attending as a potential DAR member or guest, contact Kathy Holland at

Hope for Our Future Abounds!: Dick Larson, from Share International USA/Southern California Region, discusses a movement to a “new and better future,” 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Free admission. Pico Branch Library, the Annex Community Meeting Facility, 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Details:

Southern California Garden Club: Meeting includes a plant market and country store plus a plant specimen display, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21; business meeting, 10 a.m.; club member Alexis Slafer gives a report on “Planting a Vine for Arbor Day,” at the 10:30 a.m. workshop; Amy Darvish, owner of the Sleepy Florist in Encino, gives a talk, “Flower Preparation Tips,” 11 a.m. Vines are the club’s signature plant to be displayed and studied at club meetings this year. Bring-your-own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-996-3530.;

Channel Islands Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: The group gives a class on blackwork embroidery, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Make a reservation to attend through the email. United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Email:

San Fernando Valley Historical Society: Guest speaker Marc Wanamaker discusses “Hollywood’s Trains and Trolleys – The History of the Southern California Transport System and the Motion Picture Industry,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Free/donations are appreciated. Location, New Life Church, 10650 Reseda Blvd., Porter Ranch. and

MOVIES Pan African Film Festival: Check the website for full schedule of films through Feb. 20. Tickets $10.50 and up. Films are shown at Cinemark at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4020 Marleton Ave., Los Angeles.

MUSEUM Descanso Gardens: Feb. 18: “Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art,” in the Sturt Haaga Gallery and runs through May 21. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The gallery is open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $15; $11 ages 65 and older and student with valid ID; $5 ages 5-12. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200.

Autry Museum of the American West: Feb. 24-25: “Masters of the American West,” through March 26. Special event weekend includes an artist reception and art preview (6-9 p.m. Feb. 24; panel discussions and lunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25; cocktail reception and art sale, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 (tickets: VIP Weekend, $500, for Feb. 24-25; $175 for daytime-only event on Feb. 25; $250 for evening-only on Feb. 25 (dress code: dressy American Western attire); $350 for all-day on Feb. 25; purchase tickets here: Details on “Masters of the American West” exhibit and events:  Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and older, ages 13-18 and students with ID; $6 ages 3-12. Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

The Getty Center: New: “Our Voices, Our Getty: Reflecting on Drawings,” written interpretations about drawings from the Getty collection that were personally selected by 23 interns enrolled in the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program, through April 30 (details here: Ongoing special exhibits: “Eighteenth Century Pastels,” through Feb. 26. “A Passion for Collecting Manuscripts,” illuminated manuscripts from the Getty Center’s collection, through April 23. “Connections – Asia,” five works of art are displayed near European artwork made around the same time (various galleries; on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), through May 7.  Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required for now ( Parking $20 ( Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: March 24: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away,” through Aug. 13.  Minimum age recommendation: 12. Purchase tickets in advance ($29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; details on the exhibit and tickets: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Regular admission: $16; $13 ages 62 and older; $9 ages 11-17; $6 ages 3-10. Purchasing admission in advance is recommended but not required ( Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

ONGOING MUSEUM Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibit: “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971,” through July 16. Timed advance admission tickets are available for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” Location, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000.

African American Firefighter Museum: Artifacts, fire apparatus, pictures and stories about African American Los Angeles firefighters. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Donation. 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730.

California African American Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Adee Roberson and Azikiwe: because i am that,” through May 7 (lobby gallery; all other galleries are closed for upgrades). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking $15 before 5 p.m.; $18 after 5 p.m. (in the blue structure parking lot; entrance to the blue structure is on Figueroa Boulevard at 39th Street.). Location, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. and

California Science Center: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “PAW Patrol : Adventure Play,” a hands-on and immersive exhibit, through May 14. This new exhibit is based on the preschool series of the same name on Nickelodeon (produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis). Ongoing: Hands-on exhibits make science fun. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $15.95 ages 15 and up; $13.95 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar.

Forest Lawn Museum at Forest Lawn-Glendale: Ongoing special exhibit: “Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 years of Joy & Wonder,” through March 19. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Exhibit runs through March 19. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 323-340-4782.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings,” through March 26. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. Parking directions: enter from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, turn left into the pay-by-space area of Lot 4 (198 Westwood Plaza). Location, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood.

The Getty Villa: Ongoing special exhibit: “Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan,” through April 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $20. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.

Grammy Museum: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission $18; $15 ages 65 and older; $12 ages 5-17 and college students with ID. Location, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-725-5700.

Hammer Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Hammer Projects presents “Eric-Paul Riege: Hólǫ́llUllUHIbI [duet],” the Diné artist’s installation of woven sculpture, performance and video, through Feb. 19 ( Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Museum admission is free. Location, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-443-7000. Email:

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “From the Danube to the Pacific: Reinventing Home, the Artwork of Dave Fox,” through April 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday and Thursday. Admission is by timed admission ticket. Location, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email:

Italian American Museum Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio,” through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free; donations requested. Location, 644 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-485-8432.

Japan House Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Designing With Disaster – Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities, Inspired by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,” through April 2. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission. The museum is at Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565.

Japanese American National Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Sutra and Bible — Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration,” through Feb. 19. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets required; no walk-ins). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook:

LA Plaza Cocina: Ongoing special exhibit: “The Legacy of Chocolate,” through April 30. The museum is dedicated to Mexican food and cuisine. The museum has a teaching kitchen and a store with culinary-related ingredients, cookbooks, decorative items and utensils used in making Mexican cuisine. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday). Free admission. The museum is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Location, 555 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 323-397-8365. Email:

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

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: New: “Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982,” through July 2. Ongoing special exhibits: “The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art,” through Feb. 19. “Reexamining the Grotesque: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection,” through March 5. “New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions,” through May 29. “Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938-1945,” through June 19. “Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany,” through July 22. “Afro-Atlantic Histories,” with six sections including Maps and Margins, Enslavements and Emancipations, Everyday Lives, Rites and Rhythms, Portraits, Resistances and Activism, through Sept. 10, 2023 (the touring exhibit originated in Brazil). Plan your visit information here: Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students ages 18 and older with a valid ID, free for ages 17 and younger (reserving/purchasing an advance, timed-entry online is recommended). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

Museum of African American Art: Current exhibit: “Aiseborn: From the HeArt,” art from the Inglewood-born, contemporary muralist and painter, now through April 30. Make a reservation to visit on the form here: The museum is located at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, third floor, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-294-7071.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free but an advance online timed-entry ticket is required. Special exhibits are $18; $10 seniors and students; free for ages 11 and younger. Locations: the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA , 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-633-5351.

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

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: Ongoing special exhibit: “L.A. Underwater: The Prehistoric Sea Beneath Us,” an immersive exhibit that includes fossils from ancient marine life in the Los Angeles region. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $15; $12 seniors and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Inside Tesla – Supercharging the Electric Revolution,” prototypes of Tesla vehicles, historical perspective and design study. “Electric Revolutionaries,” custom electric motorcycles, through Feb. 26. “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme, Part II,” through May 14.  Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19; $17 ages 62 and older; $12 ages 4-17. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

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

Santa Monica Art Museum: “Looking West,” emerging and established regional artists, through March 1. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $10 (purchase tickets online). Location, 1219 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

Santa Monica History Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Broadway to Freeway — Life and Times of a Vibrant Community,” through April 30. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for ages 11 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290.

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” through March 12. Also, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and the Quilting Corner” and Chloë Bass: Wayfaring.” Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays ( Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball,” ($18; $15 seniors and students with ID; $7 ages 2-12; Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18-19 (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys. Purchase tickets:;;

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University: Ongoing special exhibit: “To Bough and To Bend,” exhibition of trees by 30 artists and the ecological issues that the art brings up, through March 26. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4851. Details:

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibit: “(De) constructing Ideology: The Cultural Revolution and Beyond,” through March 12. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday ( Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email:

MUSIC Camerata Pacifica – Chamber music concert: Program includes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 and Schnittke’s Prelude in Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich, 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets $68. Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. This program will also be performed, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 (Hahn Hall, Music Academy, in Santa Barbara).

Ozomatli: Latin fusion from the Grammy Award-winning band, 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets $42 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

Jaimee Harris: Singer-songwriter performs music from “Boomerang Town” (to be released on Feb. 17), 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets $24. McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 310-828-4497. Details and to purchase tickets:

Pink Motel: The alternative/punk rock band performs, 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28. Redwood Bar x Grill, 316 W. Second St., Los Angeles.

The Canyon: Ace Frehley, with Evolution Eden and Eric Steckel, 9 p.m. Feb. 24 ($39). John Tesh, with KG Masden, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 ($28). Ticket price listed is standing room only; table tickets require dinner purchase. Check website for other ticket prices, added ticket fee, dinner options and reservations. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. 888-645-5006.

Culture Club and Berlin – One World One Love Tour: 7 p.m. Feb. 24-25. Tickets $84 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

Vieness Piano Duo: Eva Schaumkell and Vijay Venkatesh perform classical piano four-handed works, 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-340-9386. Details:

American Youth Symphony and National Children’s Chorus: Perform Britten’s War Requiem, 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets $16 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000.   Details:

Wagner Ensemble: The ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, performs The Slave Letters by Michal Dawson Connor, accompanied by pianist Robert Blake, 7 p.m. Feb. 26. The concert is a multimedia presentation with readings of historic letters written by slaves by Connor and with projected video images. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. St. Francis de Sales Parish, 13370 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. and and

El Portal Theatre: Dionne Lea, with Keith Harrison Dworkin, 7:30 p.m. March 2-3 ($35; $45). The Kingston Trio, 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 ($65 and up). Location, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. 

JD Souther: 7 p.m. March 9. Tickets $45 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. Details and tickets:

THEATER Calvin Berger, a Musical: The Colony Theatre presents the musical by Barry Wyner, based on the play of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, previews 8 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Opening night, 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; through March 26. Tickets $45 for previews; $75 opening night; $55 for other dates. Location, 555 N. Third St., Burbank.

How I Learned to Drive: The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paula Vogel about a teen girl, who lacks a father at home, whose uncle helps to teach her things, opens 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Minimum suggested age: 13 (adult themes). Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $30; $20 seniors and students with valid ID. Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-860-6569. Collaborative Artists Ensemble:

Under Construction 3 – New Play Slamfest: The Road Theatre Co. presents readings of new plays over three weeks, to March 5. “A True Tragedie” by Jason Gray Platt, about a theatre company trying to do something new in Elizabethan England, 8 p.m. Feb. 17. “Gentlemen & Ladies” by Alyssa Haddad-Chin, about a men’s rights group that finally meets in-person after being an online-only group, 8 p.m. Feb. 18. “Still” by Lia Romeo, about a man’s secret held for 30 years by a woman, 2 p.m. Feb. 19. “unconformity” by Mak Shealy, about three people who, affected by a loss, try to sort out our time on earth, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets $15. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.

Conjure the Spirits: A play by Hiro Jorsgaard about a “seance that goes awry,” 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18. Minimum age: 16. Tickets $20 online; $25 at the door. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120.

Hansel and Gretel: Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre presents a musical retelling of the fairy tale with book by Lloyd J. Schwartz and lyrics and music by Hope and Laurence Juber, opens 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through June 3. The show will be performed with American Sign Language on March 18. Tickets $15. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Love…Or Best Offer: The Group Rep presents a romantic comedy by Phil Olson, about online dating, opens 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Show runs 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students with ID. Upstairs at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

The Rub: A one-woman show, written and performed by Anzu Lawson, about her life as a stand-up comedian who supplements her income by having a secret job, 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Show will be taped. Tickets $25. (Show is part of the Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2023 that runs through March 19). Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

Theatre West’s New Works Play Festival 2023: Readings of full-length plays that were developed in the company’s Writers Workshop, 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through May 9. “Missing but Who’s Looking?” by Marc Littman about Native Alaskan women who go missing, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Masks are required. Free admission. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977.

Billie! Backstage with Lady Day: Theatrical show about Billie Holiday, written and performed by Synthia L. Hardy, 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Minimum age: 15. Tickets $25. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Details and to purchase tickets: or

ONGOING THEATER Katrina: Loft Ensemble presents a play by La Darrion Williams about two strangers who are trapped in an abandoned hospital during Hurricane Katrina. Show runs 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18; 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Check the website for tickets. Sawyer’s Playhouse at Loft Ensemble, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. 818-452-3153.

Beehive – The 60s Musical: Canyon Theatre Guild presents the musical created by Larry Gallagher. Show runs 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 18; 2 p.m. Feb. 19; 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 25; 6 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets $23; $19 ages 62 and older and ages 17 and younger. Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall. 661-799-2702.

Home Front: A play by Warren Leight about a soldier and a woman who fall in love as World War II ends and the issues they face afterward as a bi-racial couple in America. Show runs 8 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 4 p.m. Feb. 19; 8 p.m. Feb. 25; 4 p.m. Feb. 26. No shows on Feb. 24. Tickets $28; $40. Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-5421.

The First Deep Breath: A play by Lee Edward Colston II about an esteemed and proper church and “pillar of the community family whose secrets are going to be revealed.” Minimum age: 14; adult subjects. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18-19; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24; other dates through March 5. Tickets $39 and up. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles.

Twelve O’ Clock Tales with Ava Gardner: One-woman play performed by Alessandra Assaf and written by Assaf and Michael Lorre. Show runs 2 p.m. Sundays through March 5. (Show is part of the Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2023 that runs through March 19.) Tickets $25. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-687-8559.

Harold and Maude: The Group Rep presents a stage adaptation of the 1971 film by Colin Higgins. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through March 19. Tickets $35; $30 seniors and students with a valid ID. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

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Niles: Universal Studios Delivers The Playground That Grown-Ups Need

Adults need playgrounds, too.

I am not talking about metaphorical playgrounds, like golf courses, casinos, nightclubs or fancy beach resorts. I mean literal playgrounds, where you can move and push and pull things — places that invite you to use your imagination and share an experience with others. There’s something about a literal playground that unlocks primal joy in ways that its grown-up successors never quite can match.

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Theme parks sometimes can serve as all-ages playgrounds, but too often they become yet another passive entertainment experience — a place to wait to watch something happen on screens or stages in front of you. The desire to create attractions with massive capacities can undercut theme parks’ potential as places where people can make a story happen, rather than just have the story happen to them.

That’s why I am so thrilled to see two of Southern California’s biggest theme parks embrace new playgrounds for 2023. Disneyland will open its redesigned Mickey’s Toontown on March 8. I can’t wait to see how Disney’s Imagineers have reimagined this play area for 21st-century audiences — because Disney’s creative rivals at Universal have set a high standard with their new all-ages play area.

Most fans will rush through Super Nintendo World to get on the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge dark ride when they enter Universal Studios Hollywood’s land, which officially opens on Feb. 17, for the first time. Only after going on that ride will some of them discover the immersive play area that Universal has created for them around that attraction.

In addition to character meets, photo ops and a Chef Toad-themed restaurant, Super Nintendo World features abundant interactive play experiences for visitors to discover. Four of them offer you the chance to earn “Golden Keys” that can unlock a fifth experience, in which you can win back the stolen Golden Mushroom from Bowser Jr.

Maybe that sounds silly to some adults. But I loved getting to feel like a kid on a playground again. Two of the interactions even required me to play together with the strangers nearest me — something I did all the time on school and park playgrounds but too rarely have done since.

This joy does come at a price — $40 to buy the Nintendo Power Up Band that you need to track your scores throughout this game-themed land. Universal’s done this before, with the interactive wands that trigger “magical” animations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m not big into souvenirs and merchandise, but I will pay for stuff that delivers a better experience, and both the Power Up Band and interactive wands have done that for me.

Still, there’s that capacity issue. Playgrounds lose a lot of their fun when they get so crowded that you have to queue for everything. That’s been a problem for Super Nintendo World’s play activities during some preview periods. But with time, those lines should shrink, as they have for the Potter wand windows.

For now, though, I am willing to wait for any chance to feel like a kid on a playground again.

Robert Niles | Theme Park Insider reporter Robert Niles is the founder and editor of Follow him on Twitter @ThemePark.