March is here, and its Museum Stories’ first anniversary! What a fantastic year it’s been, filled with so many unforgettable museum adventures. There are exciting changes ahead to make next year even better starting with a new blog design. My monthly calendar will continue to keep you up to date on the best museum special events for kids and adults. Regularly scheduled museum kids activities, however, will be posted separately from now on.
MY PICKS FOR KIDS:
Festivals (all ages): Are your kids obsessed with cars? We’re headed to the Petersen Automotive Museum for Deuce Day (Saturday, March 3). They’ll be over 500 of the world’s finest deuces (1932 Ford hot rods) on display. We’ll also be checking-out the Petersen’s new exhibition on Italian sports cars Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design, and the ongoing exhibitions on super cool Scooters and Hot Wheels Hall of Fame with life-size versions of the most popular Hot Wheels toy cars.
Another March festival on our list is the Pacific Asia Art Museum’s Celebrating the Arts Festival (Saturday, March 24). This free family festival offers plenty of kid-friendly activities tied the Museum’s PST special exhibition 46 North Los Robles: A History of Pasadena Art Museum.
Younger Kids Workshops: (4-8 yrs): The Fowler’s Letters, and Numbers, and Boetti! Oh My! is a good choice for younger kids (Sunday, March 25). In this workshop, children will make collages inspired by beautiful large-scale embroidery pieces on view in the Museum’s exhibition Order and Disorder – a must see show.
Older Kids Workshops: (7 yrs +): The Hammer’s comic book workshop Heroes and Villains is my top pick for ages 8-13 (Sunday, March 25). Writer/producer Kuang Lee will teach participants how to create comic book characters and stories based on their real life experiences. Be sure to see the Hammer’s new exhibition Intimate Immensity with paintings and drawings by seminal artists like Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock – guaranteed to dazzle adults and kids alike.
This month the Norton Simon’s Stories in the Afternoon program highlights the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin (Sunday, March 4 and March 25). This workshop takes a close look at Gauguin’s painting Tahitian Woman and Boy and includes an art activity about color.
Free Matinee (6 yrs +): The Hammer’s Family Flicks film series presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Sunday, March 4 and March 25). This 1972 British adaption with Dudley Moore and Peter Sellars features an inventive production design and costumes, and original songs. Interesting to see how Tim Burton’s version compares.
MY PICKS FOR ADULTS:
Dinner Date: A Night in Argentina dinner show at the Museum of Latin American Art is my pick for foodies (Saturday, March 10). A wine tasting of six Argentinian varietals and a DJ tango mix kick off the evening. Then it’s time for an authentic Argentinian dinner with an aerial tango performance for entertainment. Now that’s what I call a night out.
Film Festival: LACMA Muse presents its 11th Annual Young Directors Night on Saturday, March 10. This special evening celebrates Los Angeles’ emerging film talent with a screening of seven short films. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion, judging competition, and reception. And the audience votes for their favorite films too.
The Clock: Back by popular demand, LACMA hosts another free 24-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock – an award-winning video collage of memorable film and television clips depicting the passage of time over the course of one (24-hour) day. Saturday, March 24 at 12 pm – Sunday, March 25 at 12 pm.
Tea Time: Visiting the Getty Villa Museum is always a treat for the senses. And their afternoon tea is no exception (Saturdays, 2-4 pm). Enjoy Tea by the Sea’s Mediterranean-inspired menu of sandwiches, pastries, fruits, cheeses, and fine teas. Then take a tour of the Villa’s gorgeous gardens and learn about the ancient Roman edible delights they contain.
Adult Courses: Want to learn more about mid-century design? Then take LACMA’s California Design exhibition gallery course exploring the work of Ray and Charles Eames and other period (1930-1965) designers (Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 am). The course includes an introduction with refreshments, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition before the museum opens to the public.
Tours: Learn more about L.A. history and folk art on the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s Native American Folk Art Walk through El Pueblo/Olvera St. on Saturday, March 31. The tour explores the artistic and cultural traditions of the region’s early Native American inhabitants focusing on the Gabrieleño Indians.
Good to Know: The Getty Center Central Garden is closed through May 2012 for improvements. LACMA’s Spring and Summer Art Camps are nearly sold-out, but there’s still space available for LACMA’s April Art Classes for adults and children.
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