Spring Guide 2018: Los Angeles

As winter recedes and warmer weather returns to the City of Angels, the spring events calendar comes to life with everything from award-winning musicals and cutting-edge theatre to global design and film festivals. Don’t miss a thing with this guide to the best spring events in Los Angeles.

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The Dinosaur Hall at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Featuring the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum is a particular draw for lovers of prehistoric animals. The new 14,000-square-foot space also showcases, among other exhibits, a 150-million-year-old Stegosaurus and a never-before-displayed, 66-million-year-old Triceratops.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007


20th January – 8th April 2018

Welcome to the Dollhouse at MOCA

Bringing together works from across the Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection – from sculpture and painting to video – the Welcome to the Dollhouse exhibition takes ideas of domesticity as its starting point. Some objects confront the domestic sphere, others simply document, but as a whole, the collection, which spans over 50 years from 1960 to now, is certainly arresting.

MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069


8th March 2018

Live Talks LA: An Evening with Amy Tan

As part of the Live Talks LA programme, which includes evenings with Pulitzer-prize winners and CEOs, renowned author Amy Tan – best known for fiction such as The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter – will be taking to the stage at the Writers Guild Theatre to discuss her illuminating and revealing memoir, Where the Past Begins.

The Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211


10th – 25th March 2018

Orpheus & Eurydice at LA Opera

Directed and choreographed by John Neumeier, Orpheus & Eurydice is a new co-production of LA Opera with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. A tragic story of love, death and madness, this performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s 18th century opera takes place in a modern setting and compellingly weaves in ballet to enhance the drama.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 35 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012


21st – 22nd March 2018


Showcasing global design at its best and most innovative, WESTWEEK 2018 at the Pacific Design Center brings together luxury furnishings and interiors from some of the world’s leading designers. This year’s two-day programme includes events, talks and showroom presentations, parties, product debuts and more.

Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069


25th March – 15th July 2018

City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan

The city of Teotihuacan in central Mexico was the largest urban hub in the Americas in the first millennium CE. This exhibition, created in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), brings to light some recently excavated finds from the city’s three pyramids – Sun, Moon, and Feathered Serpent – as well as from its residential compounds, shining a light on this early civilization and its civic identity.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


18th April – 3rd September 2018

Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions

One of the world’s best known classical philosophers, Plato is the central crux of the latest exhibition at the Getty Villa. Exploring the ways contemporary artists engage with his legacy, Plato in L.A. will include such works as Huang Yong Ping’s Caverne, which was inspired by Plato’s cave allegory, and Jeff Koons’s Play-Doh (1994–2014).

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


26th – 29th April 2018

TCM Classic Film Festival 2018

A much-anticipated annual film festival bringing restored, lost, and revered films to Los Angeles, this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival takes Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen as its central theme. The 70th anniversary screening of Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, the Howard Hawks screwball comedy, His Girl Friday, and the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn Oscar-winning classic, Woman of the Year, are particular highlights of this year’s programme.

Various locations


28th April – 12th May 2018

Ann Hamilton: The Theatre is a Blank Page

An immersive performance installation, The Theatre is a Blank Page takes the audience on a journey through the theatrical space, from the balconies and wings to the stage. The performance itself – with text taken from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse – is a collaboration between the acclaimed SITI Company and renowned visual artist, Ann Hamilton, exploring the nature of reading and being read to.

Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095


29th May – 17th June 2018

The Color Purple

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the musical of The Color Purple tells the triumphant but hard-won story of an African-American woman living in the American South. Featuring a blend of jazz, ragtime, blues and gospel, the musical won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival and is sure to win over hearts in Hollywood, just as it did on Broadway.

Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


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