Museums offer live music, art projects and outdoor venues

| June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

PIANIST Makiko Hirata plays June 22 online.

Herald in the start of summer with live Latin music and jazz and art projects or head to outdoor venues at our local museums. But don’t do so in large groups (yet)!

Music programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art may not feature live bands you can dance or tap your feet to in person, but you can swing to the beat online.

“Latin Sounds: Meet the Musicians” will open its 15th season with some get-up-and-move salsa music by The Echo Park Project.

“Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians” kicks off the program with guitarist Roy Gaines and his Tuxedo Blues Orchestra.

Both programs’ playlists are Fri., June 5 and feature interviews hosted by series director Mitch Glickman. New episodes play every Friday in June.

Visit Latin Sounds at

Visit Jazz at LACMA at

While museums are closed at the time of this writing, some parts of their campuses are open to the public.

At LACMA you can stroll by “Urban Light” (an installation of 1920s-era streetlights), the 340-ton boulder “Levitated Mass,” and LACMA’s newest outdoor addition, “Miss Forest.”

A 26-foot-tall painted bronze sculpture, Miss Forest stands on Wilshire Boulevard and is part of the Yoshitomo Nara exhibit. (The full exhibit has been postponed because of the coronavirus.)

LACMA@Home taps into the museum’s digital archives, highlighting new features each week on its website as well as hands-on art-making videos.

TOUR THE GROUNDS of the La Brea Tar Pits, which includes the Lake Pit, where replica mammoths succumb to their fate.
PHOTO: page 1, section 1: “Miss Forest” at LACMA.

A self-guided walk around the Lake Pit at the La Brea Tar Pits reveals the 10,000-year-old history of the site and the ongoing paleontology research there.

Walk by pine, sage and other native vegetation of the Ice Age in the Pleistocene Garden. Visit

Learn to make your own mask and enjoy some retail therapy in the online gift shop at the Craft Contemporary.

Step-by-step craft tutorials include Printing with Leaves, Hammered Flowers and a No-Sew T-Shirt Mask. The Craft at Home site features weekly easy at-home projects, as well as artist talks. Visit the site at

Tour the vault digitally and see new content streamed daily at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Sign up for free tours and also to enter a digital monthly event: Global Cars & Coffee. To enter, submit a video of your car, and the selected entries will be compiled and air live on YouTube. See the website for more information,

Wellness Wednesdays at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles feature bilingual yoga classes on June 10 and June 24 at 12:30 p.m. Meditate with the soothing sounds of a Japanese singing bowl on June 17. Music Mondays feature pianist Makiko Hirata on June 22. Also featured this month will be ukulele and taiko performers. Visit and

Also find online programming at: Korean Cultural Center,, and Los Angeles Holocaust Museum,

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