Apple pie with cinnamon for Pi Day in 2011. (Photo by Matman from Lublin/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)


Here is a sampling of upcoming arts and cultural events in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.



Atlas Obscura – Celebration for Pi Day: Four ways to observe Pi (3.14) on March 14: “The Secret Arts – Pie Art,” with Lauren Ko on how to make museum-worthy pie art, 4-5 p.m. March 11 ($15; “Accidental Discoveries – Mathematics, ft. Pi,” with Kelly Reidy, Ph.D., on how did humans discover mathematics, 2:30 p.m. March 12 ($10; Unboxing the Pie: The Strange and Wonderful World of Pizza,” pizza lover Scott Wiener discusses the topic, 2 p.m. March 13 ($15; “Gastro Obscura – 3.14 Peculiar Pies,” with Sam O’Brien and Anne Ewbank, noon March 14 ($12; Register in advance for the Zoom presentations (also, some have more than one date). Find more adventures here:

Tomatomania!: Get ready to grow your own heirloom and hybrid varieties of tomatoes at these upcoming seedlings events: Otto & Sons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12-13 (1835 E. Guiberson Road, Fillmore; 805-524-2123;; Tapia Brothers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19-21 (5251 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino; 818-905-6155; Check each individual website for details and rules. Updates on Facebook:

Wildflower Hotline from Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants: Find out where to see wildflowers with new reports every Friday through May, 818-768-1802, Ext. 7 (

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane with an “Open Air Museum Experience,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13-14 (choose from the 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.

Spring Art & Crafts Festival in Newbury Park: The Conejo Recreation & Park District presents the 34th annual craft marketplace, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13. Free admission. Rain or shine. Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road. 805-381-2791.

SoCal Wellness Summit: The 7th annual event is on-line this year, March 16-18. Christine Bullock hosts day one that includes information on body and beauty, fitness and food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16. Sophie Jaffe hosts day two that includes information on mind-body-spirit connection, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. Jacqui Saldana hosts day three that includes information on family and home wellness and motherhood, 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18. Attendees may choose from a variety of topics and speakers for each day. Tickets $10 and up are valid for all three days ( Register in advance. Details:

Sugar Rush – A Walk-Through Event: Experiential Supply Co. presents a walk-through event that includes performers, oversized displays, geodesic domes, installations and tunnels with a candy theme, April 2-May 2. Hours: 3-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $30 for one person; $55 and up for family groups (must be purchased in advance; event is rain-or-shine). Check the rules here: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills (Westfield Promenade site at Erwin Street). 805-719-1906.




dineL.A. Restaurant Week: The event invites the public to explore a variety of cuisines at restaurants onsite and al fresco or by takeaway or delivery, through March 14. Choose from lunch ($15-$35 options) and dinner ($25-$65 and up options) set menus. Beverages, tax and tip are extra. Grubhub is the official delivery partner: or use the phne app. See participating restaurants, menus and ways to dine:

Harbor Breeze Cruises: Long Beach Harbor tours and whale watching cruises available. Tickets online for harbor tours: $15 (ages 12 and older); $10 (ages 63 and older); $6 (ages 5-11); higher for walk-ups during the week and holidays. Whale watching cruises: $45 (ages 12 and older; Monday-Friday) and $50 (ages 12 and older; Saturday-Sunday and holidays). Check the website for dates, other pricing and Covid-19 restrictions. 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach. 562-432-4900.;

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). Half-day trips, 3-3.5 hours, board at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. from two locations: Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard; Ventura Harbor Village, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Tickets for half-day cruises begin at $40 adults; $36 seniors; $29 ages 3-12; all-day trips, $62-$84 for adults (check the website for all prices and other cruising location options). Check website for details including Covid-19 precautions and boarding locations. 805-642-1393.

The Music Center’s For the Love of L.A.: A series of new works in dance, music and visuals from Los Angeles-based artists, presented every Tuesday through April 20. Watch on Instagram here: or here:




Lowell Ryan Projects: “Stanley Casselman: 15 Degrees of Entropy,” large-scale abstract paintings. Opens, noon-6 p.m. March 13 (masks and social distancing required). Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; other times by appointment (; masks and social distancing enforced). Exhibit runs through April 24. 4851 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-998-0063. Email: [email protected]

Gavlak Los Angeles: “Jose de Jesus Rodriguez: Back on the Inside,” paintings, and “Traces on the Surfaces of the World,” group show, open March 13. Gallery hours: call or send an email to schedule an appointment. Exhibits run through April 24. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., #440, Los Angeles. 323-467-5700. Email: [email protected]

Four Videos With Rocks: Artist Neha Choksi presents the premiere of “Charge,” followed by three short films “Dust to Mountain” (2016), “Insurrection” (2017) and “A Stone’s Throw…(Los Angeles)” (2017), 6 p.m. March 17. Free. Watch on Zoom here: Videos are part of her art exhibit “Uncertain Allies,” through April 30, on

Topanga Canyon Art Gallery: “A Shot in the Arm,” group show of ceramics, paintings and sculptures. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; and by appointment; also, online. Exhibit runs through March 21. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 424-326-6429.

Wood Symphony Gallery: “Turned and Sculpted Wood2021,” fine contemporary wood art from international artists. Exhibit and sale runs through March 31. Voice mail, 818-720-7299. Email: [email protected] See the exhibit here:




Regen Projects: “Doug Aitken: Flags and Debris,” handmade fabric wall hangings and a multi-screen installation. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday by appointment. Exhibit runs through March 13. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424.

ReflectSpace Gallery – Glendale Library, Arts and Culture: Virtual exhibit of “Beyond the River: Free Zone-DMZ, The City that Lost the River.” A partnership between the gallery and GLAC and the City of Gimpo, South Korea, and the Gimpo Cultural Foundation, brings art from Korean artists who reflect on the once maritime city’s lost access to the Han river that is a border river between North and South Korea. Gimpo and Glendale are sister cities. Exhibit runs through March 15. View online here:

Nicodim Gallery: “Devendra Banhart: The Grief I Have Caused You,” drawings and paintings. Gallery hours: by appointment, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through March 20. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166.

Thinkspace: “Ken Nwadiogbu: UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are” and “Fumi Nakamura: Look Towards the Future, But Not So Far As To Miss Today.” Gallery hours: Saturdays by appointment only (masks and social distancing required). Exhibits run through March 27. 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375.

Corey Helford Gallery: “Seven-Artist Show: Andy Adamson, Zoé Byland, Yang Cao, Kozyndan, Travis Lampe, Rodolfo Loaiza, Helice Wen” (main gallery) and “Luke Chueh: Intensive Purposes” (Gallery 2). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (12 people at a time; masks and social distancing required). Exhibit runs through April 3. 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. Email: [email protected]

Diane Rosenstein Gallery: “Vanessa Prager: Static,” oil paintings. Gallery hours: by appointment only ( Exhibit runs through April 10. 831 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-462-2790. Email: [email protected]

Galerie XII: “Women.On.Women” group show, with art from Patty Carroll, Maia Flore, Ziqian Liu, Mona Kuhn and Anja Niemi, Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment (masks required in the gallery). Exhibit runs through April 10. Bergamont Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite B2, Santa Monica. 424-252-9004.

Social and Public Art Resource Center: “Why We Won’t Just Leave: What Alaska Is Telling the World About Climate Change,” paintings, portraits, stories and video profiles on artists and activists talking about climate change. Exhibit runs virtually through April 10. The gallery is in Venice. Email: [email protected] Free, but make a reservation in advance to see the online opening:

Masters of the American West – Virtual Exhibit: The Autry Museum of the American West presents the annual exhibit of paintings and sculptures from more than 60 contemporary Western artists (ballots for the Major Art Works – an online, fixed-priced, random draw; see the website). Register for special event discussions with artists here: Also, “Miniatures” paintings ( Exhibit runs through April 11.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: “Tristan Espinoza: Index, Interiors.” View the exhibit online through April 22.

Santa Clarita Artists’ Association: “Culture Club,” group show on the theme of aspects of different cultures. Artists: Jose Barba, Barbara Eisenman, Mardilan Georgio, Kathy Gonzales, Zony Gordon, Tony Hanna, Olga Kaczmar, Nadiya Little Warrior, Laurie Morgan, Dody Rogers. Gallery hours: by appointment only. Exhibit runs through April 25. Gallery, 22508 Sixth St., Suite E, Newhall.

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];




Bookish: Host Sandra Tsing Loh discusses books and other topics in a series of talks. First guests: Denise Hamilton, Leslie Lehr and Walter Mosley, 5 p.m. March 12. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting here:

Book Soup: Yaba Blay, Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University, discusses “One Drop – Shifting the Lens on Race,” 6 p.m. March 16 ( Amy Solomon discusses “Notes from the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art and Low-Grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy,” 7 p.m. March 18 ( Register in advance for the free Crowdcast live streaming talks through the links. Purchase books from the website. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Kareem Rosser discusses “Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever,” 6 p.m. March 18 ( Grant Farley discusses “Bones of a Saint,” 6 p.m. March 19 ( Chris Whitaker discusses “We Begin at the End,” 6 p.m. March 23 ( Register in advance for all online Crowdcast events. 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Diesel, A Bookstore: Tim Shriver, with Maria Shriver, discuss “The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening,” 6:30 p.m. March 18 (book is co-edited by Tom Rosshirt; register in advance Philippe Sands discusses “The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive,” 11 a.m. March 23 ( Alexander Nemerov discusses “Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York,” 6:30 p.m. March 24 ( Register in advance for all online Crowdcast events. 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Chevalier’s Books: William Deverell discusses “Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy That Transfixed the Nation,” 7 p.m. March 22 ( 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.




All Together Now LA – Online Concert and Telethon: Positive message and performances, 3 p.m. March 20. Entertainers pledging to support include: Christina and David Arquette, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Walter Egan, Kevin Eubanks, Rachel Flowers, David Garfield and the Cats (Steve Ferrone, James Harrah and Jimmy Earl), Ellis Hall, Rebecca Holden, the Immediate Family, Laurence Juber with T Bear and Tony Braunagel, Pablo Cruise, Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Cybill Shepherd, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Tin Drum (Burleigh Drummond and Mary Harris of Ambrosia), Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Jesse Colin Young. The event is presented by Rock Cellar Productions and Get Together Foundation. Donations from the event go to Covid-19 relief effort. Donations go to: the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles (, the Midnight Mission, Project Angel Food, Musicares and Valley Cultural Foundation. More information about the program: Watch the show here:




Midnight Mission’s Virtual Comedy Fundraiser: The nonprofit holds its 10th annual observance of Nowruz, Persian New Year, with a comedy show from the Laugh Factory that includes Max Amini, Alonzo Bodden, Maz Jobrani, Jamie Kennedy, Melissa Shoshahi, Tehran Von Ghasri and Harland Williams, 6-9 p.m. March 11. Tickets $25; $100 VIP. Proceeds from the event benefit the Midnight Mission’s programs that include a 12-Step approach to recovery, emergency services for men, women and children, education and job training. Purchase tickets here: A link will be sent on the day of the show.

Magic Asphalt – Drive-In Comedy: Two, live comedy shows, streaming through car FM radio, on March 13: 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Minimum age 21. Tickets per car begin at $130. Meals and candy available with purchase before 11 a.m. March 13 (no food sold on the property; purchase from the website link). Shows are presented from a parking lot at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. Click on the show link from here:

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill – Online: Entertainer Jason Love presents the show with Nick Guerra, Andy Hendrickson, Don McMillan and Andy Peters, 8 p.m. March 13. Minimum age: 18. Tickets $15 for YouTube or Zoom (links will be emailed; those who participate on Zoom will have their microphone open). Tickets available only online in advance. 805-381-1246. Register in advance here:

Danny Jolles – Six Parts: Watch the show on Amazon Prime or YouTube, March 23. Free.




Invertigo Dance Theatre: “After It Happened,” a dance performed in 2016 at the Ford in Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. March 11. Free. Register here: Watch on Facebook here:




Maria Felix – A Feminist Superstar: Art and cultural history lecturer Gregorio Luke gives the talk on the popular 1940-1950s Mexican actress 6-8 p.m. March 13. Tickets $7.50 plus a transaction fee. Check here to purchase tickets for the Zoom presentation:

Words and Ideas – Skirball Cultural Center: Photographer Lynsey Addario discusses her photographic coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic with writer Sheryl WuDunn, 11 a.m. March 14. Free. Register for the online talk here: View the online exhibit “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,” with photography by Addario and stories by WuDunn, through May 31 from the Skirball Cultural Center’s website:

Mexico’s Early Cookbooks: Maite Gomez-Réjon discusses the topic, 6:15-7:45 p.m. March 15. Talk is presented by Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library. Free. Register in advance and a Zoom link will be emailed 48-hours prior to the talk. Register here:

Zara Monet Feeney – Artist Talk: The abstract figurative painter discusses her art, influences and the creative process, with Erika Lizee, visual arts department chair and director at Moorpark College Art Gallery, 6 p.m. March 18. Tickets $6. Register in advance, make the ticket purchase for t he Zoom talk here:

Managing Stress Through Difficult Times – Prenatal and Postpartum Anxiety, Depression or Stress: Author, clinical psychologist and Holocaust survivor Edith Eva Eger discusses the topic, 5-6:30 p.m. March 21. Tickets $40. Proceeds from the talk benefit Miracle Babies‘ program “My Brain & My Body.” 858-633-8540. Register in advance for the online talk:




Asian World Film Festival: Festival runs online through March 15. Movies include: “Hive” (Turkey), March 11 (; “Alex in Russialand” (Russia), March 11 (; “Song of Love” (China), March 12 (; “Impetigore” (Indonesia), March 12 ( Tickets $6.

South East European Film Festival Los Angeles: Online showing of “The Key from Spain: The Songs and Stories of Flory Jagoda” (2000, documentary), a film about the late Bosnian Sephardic Jewish singer-musician, 11 a.m. March 13. Free/donations appreciated. Register in advance 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. New films debut on Mondays through May 3: “Another Serious Dance Film” (NYC, USA), 9 a.m. March 15. Upcoming: “Same Sky” (Los Angeles, USA), March 22; “Sit Still” (Montreal, Canada), March 29; “Galope” (Barcelona, Spain), April 5; “Xeno” (Montreal, Canada), April 12; “Torn” (Hamburg, Germany), April 19. Free. Available to watch at Facebook:; on the website:

Arab Film & Media Institute – Arab Cinema Re-Imagined: “6 Days-6 Nights: Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts” includes five feature films, six shorts, performance art, a poetry reading and artist talks, March 25-30. Tickets for individual showings: Passes for this festival, $35 and up, from here: Details on the festival:




Natural History Museum Los Angeles: March 18: The Butterfly Pavilion opens with timed tickets bought in advance (limited tickets available for all dates). Parts of the museum’s 3.5 acre nature gardens will also be open. The pavilion will be open through Sept. 6. Purchase tickets, $6, here: 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Museum of Contemporary Art: March 21: “For Families,” an art activity and tips for adults on how to talk about art with children, 1 p.m. March 21. Supplies needed: blank paper, drawing implement, glue and scissors. Register in advance for the free class here: The museum is in Los Angeles.




Craft in America Center: “Making Waves: Ocean Ecology & Craft,” a group show of artwork that reflects the natural underwater world and the challenges of water pollution. Exhibit runs through June 19. View the exhibit on the website. The center is in Los Angeles. 323-951-0610.

Japan House Los Angeles: “Nature/Supernature: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints,” through May 31. The exhibit has three sections: Woodblock printing shows the history and process of the technique; Nature shows Japanese landscapes; Supernature has supernatural images including animals, deities, demons, ghosts and trickster figures. View the online exhibit here:




Edendale Branch Library’s Up Close Concerts: Hurdy-gurdy musician Curtis Berak and harpsichordist Maksim Velichkin perform baroque compositions by Chedeville and Corrette, 2:30 p.m. March 12. Watch on Zoom: Edendale Branch is in Los Angeles.

We Banjo 3 – Live from Ireland: The Irish quartet performs traditional Irish music and American tunes, 2 p.m. March 13. Tickets $25. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. Purchase tickets and how to watch the live streaming concert here:

For the Love of Opera – Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Program of arias that the late United States Supreme Court Justice loved, 5 p.m. March 15. Co-presented by the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience. Register in advance for the free concert here and choice of how to watch:

Piano Spheres’ presents: Hocket, the piano duo of Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, perform music by Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Alan Shockley and Alex Weiser, 5 p.m. March 16.

Salastina presents Happy Hour: Composer and songwriter Alan Menken, 6 p.m. March 16 (register in advance for the Zoom event here: Program is free.

Glendale Noon Concerts: Pianist Traci Esslinger, flutist Asuncion Ojeda and oboist Paul Sherman perform music by Madeleine Dring, Alan Hovaness and Chinary Ung, 12:10 p.m. March 17. Free; donations welcome to continue the twice-a-month concerts. Concerts are streamed on Facebook and YouTube; see the links from the website. 818-244-7241. Email: [email protected]

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles – The California Sound: Concert with guests Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson, 8 p.m. March 20. Free/donation ( Concert will stream on YouTube Premiere. Register here:

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents the concert, 7 p.m. March 26. Hussain’s website: Free but donations appreciated ( Register in advance to watch the free concert:




Camping with Henry and Tom: The Beverly Hills-based theater company Theatre 40 presents a Zoom reading of the play by Mark St. Germain about Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and President Warren G. Harding taking a 1921 camping trip, 7 p.m. March 11. Free/donations appreciated ( Watch on Zoom here:

Whistleblower: A play written and performed by John Avila about a special education student who becomes a teacher and champions for his students’ needs, 7 p.m. March 11. Tickets $15.99. Part of Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2021 (through March 27). 818-687-8559.

Risk! True Tales Boldly Told: Kevin Allison hosts an evening of stories by Lisa Cantrell, Chetter Galloway, Jon Kinnally and Dana Norris, 6:30 p.m. March 12. Minimum age: 17. Tickets $15. Register in advance here for show on Zoom: Updates on Facebook:

Bold Faced Secret – The Skin of Your Teeth: Echo Theatre Co. presents a curated group of storytelling on the topic of close calls, narrow escapes, near misses or hanging by a thread, 7:30 p.m. March 12. Free. The theatre is located in Los Angeles. 310-307-3753. Email: [email protected] Click on the Zoom link from here:

Tonight’s the Night: The Group Rep presents the musical by Bruce Kimmel about a former couple who meet up 20 years later on Zoom, 5 p.m. March 13. Free or donations here: 818-763-5990. Facebook: Watch the show here:

Delejos (from afar): A live play, written and performed by Julie Piñero, that explores the question of do we lose something because we’re far from it, 7 p.m. March 13 and 18. Free. Additional dates through May to be announced. Register for the Zoom link here:

Dogs are Better Than People: A play written and performed by Sara Hunter with dogs narrating the story of a woman whose life is complicated, 7 p.m. March 13. Tickets $15.99. Part of Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2021 (through March 27). 818-687-8559.

Naturally Tan: A play written and performed by Tanya Thomas about Tanvi, a drag queen from Singapore sharing her perspective of life and the world, 6 p.m. March 21. Tickets $15.99. Part of Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2021 (through March 27). 818-687-8559.

IAMA Theatre Co.: Two solo plays exploring female identity: “Anyone But Me” by Sheila Carrasco about women who want to be what they’re not, and a dark comedy, “The Oxy Complex,” by Anna LaMadrid about loneliness, love and trauma. Both plays are on demand, March 21-April 18. Tickets $15 for one; $20 for both (in a single transaction).

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