This week, we’re admiring digital art at the arboretum, seeing some dark humor toys, biking car-free streets in Culver City, learning about how fire is shaping California at the Natural History Museum and wrapping up the Lunar New Year at the Chinese American Museum.
Digital Nature 2019
The Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, is hosting “Digital Nature,” a multi-media art installation, March 1-3.
Digital Nature features video and sound installations projected onto the arboretum’s landscape. Artists featured in the exhibition explore themes as diverse as butterfly camouflage, bird songs and heavy metal and interactive digital wildflowers.
Some of the work is interactive, some with sound or live performances, while others are silent.
The exhibition is open from 6 to 9 p.m., March 1-3.
Admission is $16 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $18 for Saturday. For more information and tickets, visit Arboretum.org
Museum of Toys
For those who like their humor on the dark side, Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is the pop-up for you.
The “museum,” located at 2270 Venice Blvd., from March 1-17, is described as a walk-through of the “alternative history of toys.”
The museum features more than 100 toys and games with a twist. Toys include Hello Kitty Goes to Rehab and the Useless Man action figure.
The museum will also include interactive displays, including a photo op, where you step inside a life-size action figure box.
The museum is the work of Jeff Wysaski, who has been creating fake signs and toys since 2015. Los Angeles Magazine noted his previous acts have included posting a sign in Griffith Park with the rules “No littering,” “No hunting man for sport” and “BEWARE COYOTES: They have skateboards and can do sick tricks trust me they will steal your girlfriend I have seen it happen.”
The magazine also noted Wysaski once affixed an empty frame onto a mirror in the LACMA bathroom with a placard reading “Reflections of a Hideous Man” in museum font.
The museum has a free opening night from 7 to 11 p.m., March 1. You’ll need to RSVP at museumoftoys.org
The museum will be open from noon to 9 p.m., daily through March 17. Admission is $10. March 5 will be half-price day. For more information, visit museumoftoys.org
CicLAvia, the walking-biking event on car-free streets, returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 3. This time, the event hits the Culver City-Mar Vista-Palms area.
There will be activities and attractions along the way, including live music, dance performances, an opportunity to get a Los Angeles Public Library Card and food trucks.
Street Poets will be in their Poetry in Motion Van, a mobile performance venue and recording studio, allowing people to express themselves on the page and on the mic.
The main hubs include 8537 Washington Blvd., 13000 Venice Blvd., and 3370 Motor Ave.
Visit CicLAvia.com for a map and tips for a safe ride/walk.
The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., is starting its First Friday series at 5 p.m., March 1.
The theme for the opening event is “The Flames in our Future.” The event will take a deep look at the science behind fire.
“Discover the benefits, the devastations and how we humans impact California fires,” nhm.org says.
The event will also feature music from Pinky Pinky, an all-female teenage Proto-Prog band and Shannon Shaw, the Shannon of Shannon and the Clams.
Tickets are $20 and available at nhm.org
From noon to 5 p.m., March 2, the Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St., is hosting the 18th annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival.
This free event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music and arts and crafts. The event will include abacus making, calligraphy, traditional lion dances and folk music.
The festival will also have more modern elements, including a performance by an electronic pop violinist, hip hop dance demonstrations and performances by a couple of rock bands.
The Chinese American Museum is located in the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles, home to such attractions as Olvera Street, the Avila Adobe, Pico House (a former hotel turned arts venue), the American Tropical Interpretative Center and the Museum of Social Justice.
I highly recommend their free walking tours offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, Tuesday through Saturday.
Visit elpueblo.lacity.org for more information.