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     This page contains information on arts and special music/performance-related events and activities. Artwalk information and the listings of free museum days have been carried over from the summer "Extras" page, along with a couple of other categories of other "freebies." Special event notices begin at the top of the page. Other material and the most current updates can be found on the site's Twitter and/or Facebook pages. PLEASE REMEMBER: Although every attempt is made to bring you the most current event information possible, ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONFIRM ANY EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND. A phone number and web link are included if available. Also, if you'd like information on other free events, products and activities on an ongoing basis during the year, plus the latest site updates, follow www.dorothyswebsite.org on Twitter and/or Facebook. Visit www.twitter.com/dorothyswebsite and/or www.facebook.com/dorothyswebsite (the information also can be viewed near the top of the concert pages). And . . . if you'd like an event posted, please send an e-mail with the information along with a contact name and phone number to information@dorothyswebsite.org. Thanks!

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SPECIAL EVENTS/NOTICES

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - ADDITIONAL FEBRUARY ARTS/PERFORMANCE-RELATED EVENTS:

February 2 - UCLA Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series. Lectures take place from 1 - 3 p.m. in room B544, Schoenberg Music Building, on the UCLA campus Shannon Garland, Ethnomusicology postdoctoral scholar, will present a lecture titled "We Demand Love: Musical Affects and Political Transformation in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In her research she explores the formulation of political subjectivities through musically-mediated affects. Information: www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu, go to "events."

February 6 - UCLA Regents Lecture - Toshio Iwai. The UCLA Department of Design Media Arts will present a lecture by Japanese interactive media and installation artist Toshio Iwai at 6 p.m. in the Broad Art Center, EDA (Room 1250) on the UCLA campus (northeast corner of campus near Sunset/Hilgard). For about 45 years, Iwai has been creating media art in any imaginable form. He has created TV programs, game software, multimedia performances, musical instruments, media art installations, and more. As the lecture will demonstrate, his varied interests are informed by a personal vision that began developing already in the artist's childhood. Information: www.http://arts.ucla.edu/single/toshio-iwai.

February 7 - Whittier Art Stroll Uptown. The Whittier Art Stroll Uptown takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The event includes art from more than 40 artists, plus live music, treats, a variety of vendors and more. A variety of events are hosted primarily at local businesses. The event takes place in Historic Uptown Whittier, Greenleaf Avenue and vicinity (a map is available on the Facebook page). [A note to site visitors: this is the first time this event is included in the listings. After this month it will be included below in the list of monthly art walks.] Information: www.artstrolluptown.com or www.facebook.com/artstrolluptown.

February 11 - Sunday Studio at MOCA. Sunday Studio: Interviewing Artworks. Explore the mysterious world of "Adrian Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance" and create your own mini-documentary with friends and family. The afternoon will start with a screening of short interview-based films made by MOCA Teens in collaboration with artist-in-residence Carly Short. Workshop attendees will learn interview techniques that can be used to create investigative videos using their own camera phones or a borrowed iPad from MOCA. The program will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Information: (213) 621-1745 or www.moca.org.

February 13 - College Night 2018 at LACMA. College students - LACMA is hosting a free evening just for you! The event will take place from 7 - 10 p.m. in the BP Grand Entrance and galleries. There will be gallery discussions, curator tours, art-making workshops in jewelry design and printing patterns and a reception. The event is free but tickets are required, and capacity is limited. A valid college ID is required, and backpacks and large bags are not allowed. See additional/parking information on website. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire/Museum District. Information: (323) 857-6000, www.lacma.org/event/college-night-6 or www.lacma.org.

February 13 - UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology Lectures. "Perspectives on the Bolero" by Maria del Rosario Hernandez. Hernandez currently is Dean of the School of Music and a professor in the Department of Musicology at the Instituto Superior de las Artes in Havana, Cuba. Her presentation will take place from 1 - 3 p.m. in B544, Schoenberg Music Building, 445 Charels E. Young Drive East, on the UCLA campus. Priority for seating will be given to those making an Eventbrite reservation for the program via the link on the UCLA website. Information: www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu, go to "events."

February 14 - Jim J's Jukebox at the Beverly Hills Library. The winter/spring season of the lectures by American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro (founding president of The Disney Channel and current Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon) continues at 7 p.m. in the Beverly Hills library 2nd floor auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive. Lectures cover facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. Information: (310) 288-2244 or www.bhpl.org.

February 14 - UCLA Hammer Museum Programs. Screening of "Mahogany." Diana Ross plays a Chicago shopgirl who ends up in the glamorous world of modeling and caught in a romantic quadrangle. The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy. The UCLA Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or www.hammer.ucla.edu.

February 23, 24 and 25 - Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts. The 58th annual juried festival will take place on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Hillcrest Church, 2000 West Road in La Habra Heights. There will be a variety of sculpture, photography, paintings, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry and other works on display, musical entertainment and food available for purchase. Information: (562) 947-3755, www.hillcrest-church.org or www.hillcrestfestivaloffinearts.com.

February 24 - South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl. The South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. along Mission Street and the South Pasadena business district. There will be open galleries, art activities, live music, open houses, food trucks and more. The event will kick off Women's History Month in March with the theme of "Bad Girls," based on the book "Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World." Information: (626) 441-2339 or www.southpasadena.net.

March 1 - 4 - UCLA Opera Workshop Readings. Opera UCLA will present the premiere workshop readings of two new one-act operas by UCLA PhD in Composition candidates. Michel Klein's moving and beautiful "Akeidah," based on the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, is paired with Nicky Sohn and Amanda Hollander's comic "The Emperor's New Clothes." Readings will take place nightly from 8 - 10:30 p.m. in Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, on the UCLA campus. Information: www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu, go to "events."

BEVERLY HILLS - AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENTS IN TELEVISION: A BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT AT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA. The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, will present a variety of programming throughout the month celebrating African-American achievement. Programs which are free and open to the public include media exhibits, screenings, and student and family activities. Screenings include an Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration, comedies, a Scandal marathon, news/documentaries and family programs. Programs will take place Wednesday through Sunday from noon - 5 p.m. See website for full schedule and further details. Information: (310) 786-1000 or www.paleycenter.org/black-history-month-2018.

LOS ANGELES (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS) - AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAMS. Though information had not been posted as of the last site update, the list of African-American Heritage Month programs taking place in Los Angeles this month should be available soon at the website listed. Information: www.culturela.org/programs-and-initiatives/city-of-los-angeles-heritage-month-celebrations.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY(VARIOUS LOCATIONS) - L.A. OPERA "OPERA TALKS." "Opera Talks" are 50-minute inte ractive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly at a number of Los Angeles County libraries, and upcoming dates are listed here. Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. February 3 - Hyde Park Branch, LA Public Library, at 2 p.m. Topic: Candide, (323) 750-7241; February 6 - Redondo Beach at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Candide, (310) 318-0675; February 10 - Kauffman Brentwood Branch Library at 2 p.m. Topic: Candide, (310) 575-8273; February 10 - El Dorado Neighborhood Library, Long Beach at 2 p.m. Topic: Opera, Terror and the French Revolution, (562) 570-3136; February 12 - Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library, at 2 p.m. Topic: Candide, (310) 377-9584 x210; February 13 - Platt Library, Woodland Hills, at 6:15 p.m. Topic: Candide, (818) 340-9386; February 15 - Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library at 1 p.m. Topic: Candide, (310) 821-1769; February 17 - Santa Monica Public Library at 3 p.m. Topic: Orpheus and Eurydice, (310) 458-8600; February 17 - Cypress Library at 2:30 p.m. Topic: Orpheus and Eurydice, (714) 826-0350; and February 28 - Torrance Public Library at 7 p.m. Topic: Candide, (310) 618-5959. Information: (213) 972-3157 or www.laopera.org, go to "Community."

TORRANCE - ARTFUL DAYS LECTURES. The lectures on a variety of art-related topics take place from 12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m. at either the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, or the George Nakano Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive at the Torrance Civic Center. Lectures are presented by art historian Mary Drobny. Upcoming topics will be: January - no program; February 6 - Art of the Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1929. Information: (310) 618-2376 or www.torranceca.gov, search "Artful Days."

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - TARGET FREE MUSEUM DAYS. Target generously sponsors many free museum day programs throughout Southern California. The following locations offer free museum days sponsored by Target: In Los Angeles, there is the First Sundays program at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park (Information: (213) 744-2132 or www.caamuseum.org) and the Target Free Second Saturdays program at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo (Information: (213) 625-0414 or www.janm.org). Similar programs are also offered at the Children's Museum in La Habra, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The Children's Museum, 301 S. Euclid, offers Target Free 1st Saturdays. Information: (562) 905-9793 or www.lahabracity.com/section.cfm?id=41. At the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos, Target Free Sundays are every Sunday of the month with free admission and special programs. Information: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org. The Orange County Museum of Art offers Target Free Second Saturdays, with free admission and family-friendly activities. Information: (949) 759-1122 or www.ocma.net. Also, check the LACMA website for the next Target Free Holidays Monday at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org.

ART WALKS

The following is a partial listing of art walks. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events prior to attending since days and times may change periodically.

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. The next event will take place in February. Information: (714) 956-3586 or www.downtownanaheim.com, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations or other programs, and the event is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or www.collegescalendar.org

  • COSTA MESA - SOBECA District Art Walk. The first SOBECA District ArtWalk takes place on every last Tuesday of the month from 6 - 10 p.m. The SOBECA District Artwalk will include The Lab and The Artery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol, The Camp, 2937 Bristol, Memphis at 2920 Bristol, and the SOLO Building, 765 Baker. Information: www.thelab.com.

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. Information: www.covinaca.gov

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or http://www.fullertonartwalk.com

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or http://www.hbdowntown.com

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or http://www.artwalklb.com

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

  • LONG BEACH - 3rd Thursday Artwalk at Shoreline Village. Shoreline Village, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, holds an artwalk every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes art, music, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants. Information: (562) 437-3734 or www.shorelinevillage.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or www.downtownartwalk.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information: www.leimertparkbeat.com/events.

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, www.miraclemileartwalk.com or www.midcitywest.org

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information: www.nelaart.org

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Current exhibit through the summer is on country music. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or www.metropomona.com

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, www.riversideculturalconsortium.org or www.riversideca.gov/museum

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or www.villagesanclemente.com.

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 or www.sjcartfair.org

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625, www.aplaceforart.org www.santaanaartsdistrict.com, www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information: www.santiagoartdistrict.com

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. Information: www.1stthursday.com

  • TEMECULA - First Friday Art Showcases. First Friday programs in 2017 will take place on Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. Artist meet and greet from 6 - 7 p.m., plus display of featured artist works at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, and Art Off the Walls from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street. Information: (951) 694-6480 or www.temeculaca.gov

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No time listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 or www.ci.upland.ca.us

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information: www.veniceartcrawl.com.

If your city has a monthly or regularly-scheduled arts open house/art walk you'd like listed, please send an e-mail message to the site using the link at the bottom of the page. Information will be posted as it is received!

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FREE MUSEUM DAYS

The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - First Sunday of the month - family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Please note: museum admission is no longer free during the first Sunday programs. Information: (714) 567-3100 or www.bowers.org

  • BROAD MUSEUM - The Broad is LA's new contemporary art museum. It is located in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The museum is closed on Monday; hours vary on other days of the week. Advanced tickets may be reserved online, or there is an onsite standby line each day for admission on a first-come basis. See website for additional details. Information: (213) 232-6250 or www.thebroad.org

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every second Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or www.californiasciencecenter.org

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or www.lafdmuseum.org.

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but $10 after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or www.getty.edu

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Check for upcoming star party dates. Information: (213) 473-0800 or www.griffithobservatory.org

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or www.homesteadmuseum.org.

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 or www.huntington.org

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. Information: (714) 476-2565 or http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for upcoming dates. Information: (562) 905-9793 or www.lahabracity.com/section.cfm?id=41.

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or www.lbma.org

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and to LA County residents with ID after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information: www.bankofamerica.com/museums.

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information: www.moca.org.

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org/

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or www.nhm.org

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 or www.nortonsimon.org

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or www.ci.ontario.ca.us

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers free admission on Fridays. There also are Target Free Second Saturday programs with free admission and family-friendly activities. The Museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive near the Fashion Island shopping center. Information: (949) 759-1122 or www.ocma.net

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 or www.tarpits.org

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or www.skirball.org

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or www.theautry.org

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information: www.acapulcorestaurants.com.

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information: www.baskinrobbins.com.

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. Information: www.benihana.com.

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information: www.bjsrestaurants.com.

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information: www.boomersparks.com.

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus an iced coffee on your birthday. Information: www.cinnabon.com.

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday shake for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information: www.deltaco.com/connect.html.

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information: www.eltorito.com.

  • FAMOUS DAVES - Get a free burger or sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) e-mail club. Information: www.famousdaves.com or www.facebook.com/famousdaves.

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information: www.farrellsusa.com.

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information: www.goldenspoon.com.

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information: www.hooters.com.

  • JERSEY MIKE'S - Join Jersey Mike's e-mail club, get special e-mail offers and a free sub and a 22 oz. drink on your birthday. Information: www.jerseymikes.com.

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information: www.panerabread.com.

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. Information: www.rasushi.com.

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information: www.redrobin.com/redroyalty.

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. Information: www.rubios.com.

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (but also can be $5). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. Information: www.sanmanuel.com.

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information: www.schlotzskys.com.

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information: www.sonicdrivein.com.

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. Information: www.ilovesprinkles.com.

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information: www.tgifridays.com.

LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES

  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Fall listings are now available. Information: (213) 228-7025, www.lfla.org or www.aloudla.org.

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events usually run September through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. Information: (949) 721-2266 or www.voicesatbeckman.org.

  • "IRIS NIGHTS" LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Photography-related lectures and events. Thursday night IRIS Lectures, Slide Shows and other events are at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Reservations recommended. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org.

  • LAMPS PLUS FREE WORKSHOPS - Lamps Plus offers a variety of free 1-hour workshops throughout Southern California (Basic lighting, room makeovers, etc.). Register online by visiting the Lamps Plus website. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click "Workshops." Participants will also receive a $20-off coupon for Lamps Plus merchandise. Information: www.lampsplus.com.

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA - Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of classes in cooking techniques and junior chef sessions. No set time; check website listed for most current information. Information: http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/cat/learn/classes-events/.

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Reservations are required for most events. Information: www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND WEB OFFERS

Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. Information: www.benjerry.com.

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information: www.brueggers.com.

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information: www.bucadibeppo.com/eclub.

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. Information: www.cpk.com/pizzadough.

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information: www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information: www.wienerschnitzel.com.

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information: www.freecycle.org.

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information: www.godiva.com.

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. Information: www.ihop.com/pancake-revolution.

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information: www.ocw.mit.edu.

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information: www.carolinasauce.com.

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: www.herosalute.com or www.seaworld.com.


     

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