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Wednesday, June 3

Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel

Getty Villa Malibu

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA


This installation of nineteenth-century pastels features one of Degas’s greatest late works, Russian Dancers (1899), on loan from a private collection. In an unusual departure from his depictions of ballet, Degas produced a monumental series based on the unfamiliar steps of Ukrainian folk dance. Inspired by the performances of traveling troupes he probably saw in Parisian cafés and theaters, Degas used the rich, powdery medium of pastel to capture their swirling movements and vibrant costumes. Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel sets this masterpiece in context with other works in pastel and colored chalks of Parisian popular entertainments.

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J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free

Getty Villa Malibu

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA


Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) produced his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art. Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major international loan exhibition is the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner's final years.

The exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Thursday, June 4

San Pedro 1st Thursday Art Walk

Downtown San Pedro

6th Street & Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA


Since 1996, both locals and cruise-ship tourists from the nearby Port of Los Angeles have flocked to the area to experience San Pedro’s tight-knit artists’ community, impromptu street performances and conversation-worthy art — all classic ingredients for a great art walk. The tour's 30-odd participating galleries include contemporary and textile art.

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Friday, June 5

Abbot Kinney First Fridays

Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Abbot Kinney Blvd. and California St., Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm to 10:00pm

(JUNE 5) Local merchants on or near Abbot Kinney, the thoroughfare that runs diagonally through Venice, come together every month to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music in the area. Local charities benefit as art junkies, couples and families descend on the always funky beach community. And, of course, beverages are available.

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First Fridays Long Beach

First Fridays Long Beach Art Walk

4313 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, 90807


The mission of First Fridays is to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Every first Friday night of the month, participating Bixby Knolls businesses will unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. In doing so we hope to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the community.

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Saturday, June 6

Hot Wheels Garage

Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, 90245


The event will be featuring a Hot Wheels® display of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels® tracks and cars to race with. The museum will be supporting C.A.S.E. - Community Alliance for Support and Empowerment. In addition, a face painter and balloon artist will also be available for the kid’s enjoyment. The ADM will also be featuring a special Hot Wheels® kids sundae in their new Ice Cream Station ice cream parlor. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA, 90245 (310) 909-0950.

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