Moonlight festival

This week, we’re eating pancakes while viewing art in the Arts District, admiring lantern art at the arboretum, checking out Harry Potter-themed art in South Pasadena, sampling coffee in DTLA, buying Native American art at The Autry and learning about the effects of the atomic bombs that ended World War II at a special exhibition in Little Tokyo.

Pancakes and Booze

Art Show

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns to the Arts District, 613 Imperial St., for two nights — from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Nov. 8-9.

There will be more than 800 works of art on display, produced by over 200 LA-area artists. There will be DJs and live bands, live body painting and, of course, free all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Moonlight Forest

Moonlight Forest, the annual lantern art display, returns to the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia, 301 North Baldwin Ave. on Nov. 9 and runs through Jan. 12.

Moonlight Forest is described as a family-friendly walk-through event where colorful designs of animals, plants and Chinese culture come to life in the form of ancient Chinese lantern art.

“This family friendly and romantic event is a great opportunity to experience the gardens in the evening,” says. “Artisans from the Sichuan Province of China construct and design the lanterns and create a night full of light and magic.”

Lantern artworks include depictions of exotic fish and a giant shark and playful penguins and cuddly sled dogs. In addition to the lantern art, there will be acrobats and dancers.

Moonlight Forest is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. You will need a timed ticket. On Wednesday and Thursday, prices are $25 for adults and $20 for youth 3 to 17.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prices are $28 for adults and $23 for youth 3 to 17.

Muggle Magic

A Harry Potter-themed art exhibition will hold an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m., Nov. 9, at the SugarMynt Gallery, 810 Meridian Ave. in South Pasadena.

“Muggle Magic: Harry Potter Tribute” features artwork inspired by the eight films and seven books. The gallery will also have Potter-themed decor and photo ops.

Admission to the opening reception is $15. Admission during the rest of the exhibition’s run is $10. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday; noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday; and noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The gallery is closed Monday.

The gallery plans to hold Potter-themed events during the exhibition, including a screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Nov. 16 and a Knockturn Alley Vendor Pop-up on Dec. 7.

See for more information.

Coffee Festival

The annual LA Coffee Festival returns to the Magic Box, 1933 S. Broadway, on Nov. 9-10.

The event will offer the opportunity to taste dozens of varieties of coffee, attend workshops on brewing coffee at home and visit an interactive zone dedicated to latte art. There will also be a curated food market.

For Saturday, there will be three-hour sessions starting at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Sessions for Sunday start at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

American Indian Arts Marketplace

The Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, will host the American Indian Arts Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 9-10.

The event, described as the largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, features over 200 artists from more than 40 native nations. Artwork includes sculpture, pottery, bead work, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings and mixed-media works.

The event will include food vendors, performances, children’s activities, artist demonstrations and the annual Short Play Festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s award-winning resident theatre.

Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for youth 3 to 12.

The Atomic Bomb

“Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb,” a traveling exhibition, will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum beginning Nov. 9.

According to the museum, the traveling exhibition, which helps mark the upcoming 75th Anniversary, next year, of the atomic bombings, was conceived and prepared by the only two cities in the world ever to be subjected to nuclear bombs in 1945: Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9. Over 200,000 people died immediately, or by the end of the year and both cities were structurally ruined.

“Under a Mushroom Cloud” features the damaged possessions left by the victims. Hiroshima and Nagasaki collected and preserved these artifacts, including clothing and other personal items.

The exhibition is composed of photo panels and text panels that detail the histories of the cities, the development of the two bombs, their detonations and the immediate aftermath for the survivors, known in Japan as hibakusha, of both cities.

Artifacts on display include a rosary belonging to a group of parishioners who were attending mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki when the explosion occurred, a blouse belonging to a teenage girl killed by the Hiroshima blast and an origami crane folded by President Barack Obama in 2016, while visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

The exhibition runs through June 7.

The museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday. General admission is $16 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and free for museum members and children under age five.

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