This week, we’re touring Union Station with the Independent Shakespeare Co., learning about tarot cards in Exposition Park, seeing photographs taken by a young Stanley Kubrick on display at the Skirball, enjoying the Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park, saluting mountain lion P-22 in Griffith Park and checking out the work of Shirin Neshat at The Broad.
Ghosts of Union Station
Metro Art Los Angeles is holding a Halloween art tour of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., from 4-6 p.m., Oct. 20.
Travel through the halls of Union Station on a journey led by Independent Shakespeare Co. in honor of Halloween. Performances will pop up as actors emerge and lead the audience on a haunting journey highlighting Union Station’s ethereal art and architecture, manifesting scenes from the works of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “Hamlet.”
The tour is free, no RSVPs required. Meeting point is at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.
Tarot and Lotería Cards
From 6-10 p.m., Oct. 18, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a new museum under construction in Exposition Park, presents “Lucas Nights: The Art of the Card — Tarot and Lotería.”
The program will feature tarot and Lotería card-making, conversations with experts on the history of imagery used in these decks, live tarot readings and Lotería games, raffles, a DJ, food trucks and a cash bar.
“Our museum is dedicated to visual storytelling, and the imagery of tarot and Lotería is closely related to artworks in our collections,” Erin M. Curtis, curator at the Lucas Museum, said. “Both tarot and Lotería cards were mass produced for broad audiences and have communicated powerful visual narratives across time.”
The imagery used in tarot and Lotería cards often incorporates media that are represented in depth throughout the Lucas Museum’s collections, including graphic and comic art, woodcuts and illustration.
This event will be held under the stars on Exposition Park’s South Lawn, 899 Exposition Park Drive, just South of the Natural History Museum and just East of the Lucas Museum’s construction site.
The event is free, but organizers ask that you RSVP. Note that the RSVP does not guarantee admission, but helps the organizers plan for attendance and speed the onsite check-in process. Access to the event will be first-come, first-served. In the event the program is at capacity, a standby line will form.
‘Through a Different Lens’
Through March 8, the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., is hosting the exhibition, “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs.”
Long before Kubrick directed such films as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange,” he was a photographer looking for human interest stories for Look magazine. Kubrick was 17 when he sold his first photograph to Look in 1945.
“In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained the camera on his native city (New York City), drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes and sporting events that made up his first assignments and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age,” Skirball.org says. “The exhibition follows along as he developed his talent for storytelling and honed his visual style in Look assignments that offer a kaleidoscopic view of city life, from the gritty to the glamorous.”
The Skirball is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
General admission is $12, tickets are $9 for those 65 and older, full-time students with ID and children over 12; tickets for children 2 to 12 are $7.
The annual Pumpkin Festival in Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., adjacent to the Kidspace Children’s Museum, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19-20.
Started in 1994, as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, the festival has grown into a family event, attracting 20,000 people each year. The event includes a pumpkin patch, carnival games, pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts and bounce houses.
Admission to the festival is free, with tickets required for various activities. Proceeds benefit the Kidspace Children’s Museum.
P-22, the intrepid mountain lion that crossed the 405 and 101 freeways to make his home in Griffith Park, will be honored with his own festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 19 at Shane’s Inspiration playground in the park, 4800 Crystal Springs Drive.
The event will include more than 100 fun and educational exhibits, talks from wildlife experts, a virtual reality cinema and childrens games. There will also be ranger walks.
New at The Broad
The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., is hosting a new special exhibition, “Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again.”
The exhibition, described as the largest to date of the acclaimed artist’s 30-year career, features more than 230 photographs and eight video installations. The works explore topics of exile, displacement and identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention and poetic grace.
“Beginning with her early photograph series, Women of Allah, the exhibition also features iconic video works such as “rapture, Turbulent and Passage, monumental photography installations including The Book of Kings and The Home of My Eyes, and Land of Dreams, a new, ambitious work encompassing a body of photographs and two videos that will make its global debut in the exhibition,” thebroad.org said.
Tickets for the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 16, are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID. Those 17 and under get in free.