By JIM SKEEN

Special to the Valley Press

Santa Monica’s annual COAST open streets festival is back from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15.

For this event, sections of Ocean Avenue, Colorado Esplanade and Main Street will be closed to cars, allowing people to bike, skate, run and walk along two car-free miles.

Along the way, there are a number of activities, art workshops and performances to take in, including a pop-up roller rink, skateboard demos and lessons, jump rope demos, shows by Beck and Col, whose work explores alternative universes populated with monsters and performances by the California Feetwarmers, masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing.

Proud Picnic and Movie Night

Grand Park and Outfest’s annual Proud Picnic and Movie Night returns from 5-10 p.m., Sept. 14 on the performance lawn, 200 N. Grand Ave.

The event will be a showcase of short films from Outfest Fusion Festival along with one full-length feature film. Filmmakers and actors will be on hand to introduce the films. This year’s feature film is “Changing the Game,” a story about three transgender high school athletes fighting for sports titles while also battling harassment.

Guests are encouraged to come early and picnic in the park. There will be DJs and food trucks.

Admission is free.

Off the 405

The Getty Center’s Off the 405 concert series will feature the band Ex Hex on at 6 p.m., Sept. 14.

The music of this female power trio has been described as “a powerful new take on the ebullient and nostalgic sounds of ’80s big-hair, glitter-covered hard rock, reclaimed for today’s generation.”

The band is fronted by Mary Timony, known for her bands Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag, and for her collaboration with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss. Timony is joined by Betsy Wright on bass and vocals and Laura Harris on drums. The band’s 2014 debut album “Rips” earned Best New Music honors from Pitchfork. Their second album, “It’s Real,” was released earlier this year.

More Getty

Among the exhibitions on display at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., is “In Focus: The Camera.”

On display through Jan. 5, the exhibition features a number of cameras manufactured in the 19th century to present day, including the simple camera obscura, a daguerreotype camera, a stereo camera, an early roll-film camera, a large portable camera, a miniature spy camera, an early color camera and the first digital camera marketed to the general public.

Cameras produced by well-known brands such as Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Hasselblad and Canon will be displayed.

The gallery will also include a number of portraits, self-portraits and images of artists at work by famed photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol and Edward Weston.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 15, the exhibition will have a drop-in program: Fun in the Sun: Photography Workshop.

“Harness the power of the sun to make one-of-a-kind photographic prints — called cyanotypes — by arranging flowers, leaves, letters, stencils and more on light-sensitive fabric,” getty.edu says.

Admission to the Getty and its performances and workshops is free, but parking is $20.

Glendale Open Arts and Music Festival

The Open Arts & Music Festival is presented by Glendale Arts and the Downtown Glendale Association, and is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Festival is free and family-friendly, with live music curated by Spaceland Presents, an arts market with workshops, a beer garden with local craft breweries, temporary public art installations and  all-day activities for children. The city block in front of the historic Alex Theatre in Downtown Glendale closes for the day and comes alive with the arts.

Glendale’s annual Open Arts and Music Festival returns from 3-10 p.m., Sept. 14 in front of the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd.

Headlining the main stage this year is Nick Waterhouse, a musician who fuses rhythm and blues, jazz and soul, with a mid-century inspired sound. Waterhouse pays homage to the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s while also subverting them with new twists.

Also performing on the main stage will be rhythm and blues artist and rapper Kilo Kish and Jen Awad, a Peruvian-Egyptian soul singer.

There will be artwork on display, food vendors, a beer garden and activities for the kids.

Tarfest

The annual art and music festival Tarfest returns to the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., from noon to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14.  

There will be art installations, live painting, DJs (KCRW’s Raul Campos, Jeremy Sole, and Valida), food trucks and kid’s activities. There will be a beer garden and a cocktail lounge and food trucks.

Admission is free.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn  Moon Festival

From 5 to 9 p.m., Sept. 14, Chinatown will host its 81st Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

The event will feature traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations, including a lion dance, demonstrations of calligraphy, dough sculpture and lantern making, a vintage market, food trucks, an Asian culinary corner and live music.

There will be telescopes for star gazing and a photo booth featuring vintage cutouts circa 1940.

Most of the activity will be around the Central Plaza, 943 N. Broadway.

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