What To Do In March


The beginning of Daylight Savings Time and spring-like weather peppered with a few summer days coaxing us to venture out of the house in search of art, culture, and places to go.

Michelangelo’s work — The Sistine Chapel, The David, The Pieta, St. Peter’s Dome — seems fully sprung from the mind of a genius. And that is the way that he crafted his myth. The reality was that before putting brush to ceiling or chisel to stone, he meticulously planned out his work in detailed chalk drawings. Now The Getty Museum, in partnership with Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands, has brought together over two dozen studies and sketches. Entitled Michelangelo: Mind of the Master its designed to enable us to witness the artist at work, and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and his pioneering representation of the human form. Through June 7th. 

Don’t forget that the LA Marathon is this weekend. Starting at Dodger’s Stadium, with the first participants heading out at 6:30 am, it will wind its way through 26.2 miles of Los Angeles, ending in Santa Monica at Ocean Avenue. Here’s the course map so you don’t get stranded.

On Tuesday, March 10, Bonhams will present property from the Estate of trailblazing Hollywood icon, Diahann Carroll. The collection includes approximately 150 pieces of memorabilia and mementos including jewelry, furniture, personal items, photographs, clothing, shoes, and handbags. The actress’s personal collection will be featured in a dedicated exhibition and sale at Bonhams Los Angeles, open to the public starting March 6 at their LA outpost: 7601 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. 

Also taking place at Bonham’s, the auction house will present their Spring 2020 Modern Design|Art Sale on Sunday, March 29th, with pieces from the early 1900s to the present day and ranges in style from stark, modern design to bespoke high-style interiors. The sale includes items from a William “Billy” Haines-designed interior, Kelly Wearstler-designed custom pieces, and a wide array of rare works from icons including William Morris, Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Stephen de Staebler and June Schwarcz. To showcase the wide range of lots, Jason Stein and David Trujillo are collaborating with Angie Socias from Coppel Design to create enticing vignettes to preview the pieces. 

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS documents fire season in California, exploring the environmental, climatological, societal and philosophical impact of fire on the state and includes work by some of California’s top fire photographers

We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles at the USC Pacific Asia Museum aims to ignite understanding across geography and generation,culture and difference. Seven Los Angeles based female contemporary artists of diverse Asian Pacific heritages — Reanne Estrada, Phung Huynh, Ahree Lee, Ann Le, Kaoru Mansour, Mei Xian Qiu, and Sichong Xie — engage with and draw from their family’s experiences as refugees, immigrants and foreign nationals to create compelling works of art that invite visitors to think about their histories. Interwoven in their works are personal and universal narratives that give voice to the plural community we call home.

We hope you got out there and voted this week. It’s the best way we the people have to make a difference. That power of the people is underlined by a series of shows taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock, in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Power To The People brings together musicians, artists and activists for a series of musical performances, talks, participatory events and performance art running between March 5 and April 11 that celebrate humanity, solidarity and social movements at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at venues around Los Angeles.

Feel like you need a chance to start this year over again? Calendar March 8 to experience the Western Hemisphere’s largest celebration of Nowruz aka Iranian New Year with music, dance, food and children’s activities. The Farhang Foundation’s event is now in its 12th year takes place at UCLA

The Petersen Automotive Museum is showcasing “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” featuring 10 custom built from scratch vehicles from the personal collection of Metallica’s James Hetfield, a lifelong car enthusiast who sees his collection as a vehicle for his creativity. Among the never before seen cars are a 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl,” a 1934 Packard “Aquarius,” a 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper,” a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “VooDoo Priest,” a 1936 Auburn “Slow Burn,” a 1936 Ford “Iron Fist,” a 1937 Ford Coupe “Crimson Ghost,” and a 1932 Ford Roadster “Black Jack.” Along with the custom vehicles, Hetfield is sharing some of his personal memorabilia including an ESP Hollow Body guitar and a Mesa amplifier that are painted to match the Buick Skylark “Skyscraper.”  

Now through June it’s time for First Fridays at the Natural History Museum which will play host to a KCRW-presented evening of music. Each month offers a different lineup of musical guests and DJs, guided museum tours, and scientist-led talks. This Friday, in a timely discussion, check out The Future of Medicine.

On March 13th, Pasadena hosts their biannual ArtNight Pasadena with free shuttle buses providing transportation between site-specific installations and museums including the Gamble House, the Norton Simon Museum, Art Center College of Design and the Pacific Asia Museum and more. To fuel you up for the energetic evening, food trucks, including those from Pie ’n Burger, The Deli Doctor, Twohey’s, will be on hand to fill you up. 

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