Looking for inspiration and knowledge about our planet? Try the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. This incredible venue has some amazing permanent exhibitions that include ancient Latin American art, the Dinosaur Hall, gems and minerals, insect zoo, North American mammals, birds, becoming L.A. and more. Special exhibits at the museum include butterfly pavilion, dino lab, edible garden, and spider pavilion. This venue is perfect for all ages —especially the grandkids!
Rainy days are perfect for getting cozy with a good book! The New York Times bestseller list has some interesting new reads. John Grisham’s The Whistler is about a whistleblower on the mob. Hidden Figures is the book the new movie of the same name is based on. The Princess Diarist is sadly, Carrie Fisher’s last book. Discover her memories of being on the set of Star Wars. The Power of Habit reveals the science behind the habits we form. Happy reading!
On January 21, the year of the rooster begins. Monterey Park has one of the most popular Lunar New Year celebrations in Southern California that will include performances of the lion & dog dance, kung fu, Chinese music, and folk dances. There will be a folk art art with Chinese calligraphy and traditional dough sculpture. Of course, the food will be amazing too with popular snacks like BBQ corn on the corn with spicy powder and mayo, Taiwanese sausage, egg waffles, and dragon’s whisker candy. Learn more about the traditions associated with this holiday.
We all know the acting brilliance, legacy, and mastery that is Anthony Hopkins. His roles in Silence of the Lambs, Remains of The Day, and recently HBO’s WESTWORLD are unsurpassed. But did you know he is also a prolific painter? Hopkins is generous with color, dynamic in his portraits, and expressive in his compositions on canvas. The other thing of note is that he likes to use all mediums: acrylics, oils, markers, watercolors, etc. While many artists religiously stick to one medium only, Hopkins enjoys using any and every medium at his disposal. The lesson is to trust your instincts and enjoy making art like you did when you were a child. He’s 79 and there’s no slowing him down. There is no one medium that defines art. Explore and have fun discovering what suits your style and subject matter. Check out Anthony Hopkins’ art right now.
This Friday, the new season for the 2017 Archway Theatre begins with a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” This resident company is comprised of actors, directors, designers, techs, and artists dedicated to creating great performances and share their combined talents. They also offer classes that include Shakespeare studies, contemporary scene study, and yoga retreat days.
Start the new year off with something sweet! The Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show is coming up on Sunday, January 8 from 3-6pm at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. Meet the world’s #1 Chocolatiers, Pastry Chefs, and confectioners at this delicious show. There will also be yummy pairings with top champagnes, wines, and spirits. This is not only a fun event but it’s for a wonderful and deserving cause as well. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. These funds are granted to childhood cancer research experts worldwide to give all kids a real chance at beating cancer.
Begin the new year with one of the biggest art shows all year! The L.A. Art Show features 150,000 square feet of exhibition space of gorgeous art. Last year close to 70,000 people attended the show. This is the perfect show to get inspired, see the latest trends and meet some of today’s art industry movers and shakers. Over 10 countries, 90 galleries, and 20,000 works of art will be represented. This is a must for all artists and people who love art. Check out the yelp reviews.