This week, we’re getting our Bach on at Union Station, checking out new photo exhibitions at the Getty, experiencing nature in LA at the Natural History Museum, learning the science of our canine friends at the California Science Center and seeing a work in progress at the Skirball.
With Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday coming up, Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., is throwing the old boy a marathon birthday bash on March 16.
Union Station is hosting a 10-hour Bach marathon concert from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with performances at various locations throughout the building.
The event is a bit ahead of Bach’s actual birthday — he was born March 21, 1685.
Highlights include a noontime organ concert in the historic Ticket Hall featuring virtuoso Christoph Bull; principal oboist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Claire and soprano Anna Schubert will be leading LADY BACH, an all-female group; and the BACHESTRA joins with 20-member vocal group, CODEX LA.
This year will be the first to include electronic and alternative music ensembles, including UNPOPABLE and the Cal Poly Pomona Electronic Music Ensemble.
The marathon is the result of a partnership with Metro Arts Presents and See/Hear L.A., an organization dedicated to making classic music approachable by crafting projects with a sense of wonder and a lightness of humor.
New Photo Exhibitions
at the Getty Center
The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., has a pair of new photography exhibitions on display.
The first features Oscar Rejlander, often referred to as the “father of art photography.”
“Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing, his collaboration with Charles Darwin, and his influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll,” getty.edu says.
The exhibition is the first major retrospective on Rejlander, highlighting new research and a selection of works brought together for the first time, according to the Getty.
The exhibition features 150 photographs, including landscapes and portraits to allegories and witty commentaries on contemporary society, alongside a selection of his early paintings, drawings and prints.
The second exhibition is “Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography.”
“The re-staging of past events presents an opportunity for contemporary photographers to highlight underrepresented stories and to critique established narratives,” getty.edu says. “This exhibition brings together works by seven artists — Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Samuel Fosso, Yasumasa Morimura, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gillian Wearing and Qiu Zhijie — all of whom have utilized reenactment in their respective practices. Presented in three topics — personal history, political history and art history — the works showcase very different approaches to engaging with the past.”
Both exhibitions run through June 9.
The Getty Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except on Saturday, when it is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, when the museum is closed. Admission is free, but parking is $15, $10 after 3 p.m.
L.A. Nature Fest
The Natural History Museum, 900 W. Exposition Blvd., is hosting LA Nature Fest on March 16-17.
Festival highlights include meeting live animals such as falcons, owls, opossums and reptiles; building your own bird houses, seeing raptor flight demonstrations and getting a chance to meet and talk with scientists and nature experts who are excited to answer your questions.
“There’s a surprising amount of nature in Los Angeles and the more you know how to look for it, the more you’ll see,” nhm.org says. “You’ll be blown away by the plants, animals and the people devoted to protecting and studying them.”
In addition, there will be giveaways from the Tree People and seed packets from Big Green, over 35 exhibitor booths, hands-on nature crafts and activities and appearances by Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob characters.
The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Dogs! A Science Tail
Staying in Exposition Park, the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., has a new exhibition aimed at animal lovers — “Dogs! A Science Tail.”
“Through engaging and fun hands-on exhibits, explore the science behind the bond between humans and dogs,” californiasciencecenter.org says. “Find out how humans and dogs are both wired for social connection, which made it possible for dogs to nuzzle their way into human society and into our hearts. Discover dogs’ amazing senses and grab the chance to see, hear, smell and act like a dog. And enjoy the live demonstrations of working dogs in action, subject to availability.”
There will be demonstrations featuring rescue dogs, service dogs and companion dogs; a chance to interact with a playful virtual dog, a canine pop-culture quiz show and a chance to see how fast you can run compared to various canine breeds.
You can also role play as an archaeologist and dig up replica fossils to find out if they belong to wolves or dogs.
Visitors will also be able to learn how to care for dogs.
The California Science Center will also present “Dog Tales,” an exhibition featuring original artwork by Norman Rockwell, Charles Schulz and other artists. The artwork reveals humans’ close and enduring relationship with dogs, relating stories of the important roles dogs play in our lives and what they mean to us.
The works of art in this exhibition are on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children. For more canine fun, add a screening of “Superdog Power 3D” at the Science Center’s 7-story tall IMAX screen. A combo ticket including the screening costs $16.90 for adults and $12.70 for children.
The Science Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit californiasciencecenter.org for more information and tickets.
On the Other Side
At 4 p.m., March 17, the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., will present “On the Other Side – A Performance-in-Progress.
“Humans are territorial beings — marking lines that divide the world, delineate territories and divide property,” skirball.org says. “But how do these boundaries affect our bodies, our thoughts, our memories? On the Other Side is a documentary performance, challenging notions of borders and bordering in our present era.”
The work, by Marike Splint, features performers whose lives have been directly and deeply impacted by different borders at different times.
Admission to the show is free. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $9 for children over 12 and $7 for children 2 to 12.