Visit a mu­seum for free this week­end

Antelope Valley Press - - SHOWCASE - BY JIM SKEEN

This week, we’re tak­ing ad­van­tage of free mu­seum day, get­ting fit at the LA Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, at­tend­ing a fam­ily-friendly opera at Occidental Col­lege, get­ting inked in Pasadena, tak­ing a look back 100 years at a Bri­tish ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fowler Mu­seum and watch­ing a Greek tragedy — West­ern style — at the Getty Villa.

Mu­se­ums free-for-all day

Over 40 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia mu­se­ums will have free ad­mis­sion on Jan. 25. This of­fer is for gen­eral mu­seum ad­mis­sion only and does not ap­ply to spe­cially tick­eted ex­hi­bi­tions. Reg­u­lar park­ing fees ap­ply at each mu­seum. Con­sult in­di­vid­ual mu­seum web­sites for hours, direc­tions and other vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion. Many of the mu­se­ums on the list have free ad­mis­sion all the time, any­way, but there are bar­gains to be found, in­clud­ing The Autry, the Ja­panese Amer­i­can Na­tional Mu­seum, Kidspace Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, the Nat­u­ral History Mu­seum of Los An­ge­les County and the Skir­ball Cul­tural Cen­ter. You can find a com­plete list and fur­ther de­tails at­cal­mu­se­

The web­site also has in­for­ma­tion about the reg­u­lar free days many mu­se­ums of­fer.

The Fit Expo

The Fit Expo re­turns to the Los An­ge­les Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 1201 S. Figueroa St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 25-26.

The event fea­tures over 25 free com­pe­ti­tions, work­shops, ap­pear­ances by top fit­ness celebri­ties and over 700 ex­hibits fea­tur­ing the lat­est in fit­ness, diet, nu­tri­tion, strength and well­ness prod­ucts and ser­vices with show dis­counts and tons of free sam­ples.

This event brings in thou­sands of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts rang­ing from body­builders and power lifters to jiu-jitsu and karate par­tic­i­pants, per­sonal train­ers, group ex­er­cise in­struc­tors, com­pet­i­tive ath­letes and even the week­end war­rior.

Day passes are $30 and a week­end pass is $45. Go to Th­e­fi­t­expo.

com for more in­for­ma­tion and a ticket link.

Pa­cific Opera Pro­ject

The Pa­cific Opera Pro­ject (POP) opens its 10th an­niver­sary sea­son on Jan. 25 with a dou­ble bill of fam­ily-friendly one-act op­eras — Puc­cini’s “Schic­chi” and Ravel’s “L’en­fant et les Sor­tiléges.”

“Puc­cini’s only comic opera, Gianni Schic­chi tells story of the Donati fam­ily,” POP’s web­site says. “Once one of Florence’s most in­flu­en­tial and rich fam­i­lies, they have fallen on hard times and their fate de­pends en­tirely on the will of Bu­oso Donati. When Bu­oso passes (spoiler alert) the fight is on. ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ in this hi­lar­i­ous com­edy.”

“L’en­fant et les Sor­tilèges” (“The Child and the Spells”) is about a young boy who is sent to his room alone, af­ter mis­be­hav­ing. Much to his sur­prise, his toys, fur­ni­ture and pets come alive to teach him a les­son about act­ing out.

The op­eras are sung in Ital­ian and French with pro­jected sub­ti­tles. Run time is a child-friendly 2 hours, 15 min­utes.

The per­for­mances will be held in Thorne Hall, Occidental Col­lege, 1600 Cam­pus Road. Per­for­mances will be at 3 p.m., Jan. 25; 7 p.m., Feb. 1; and at 3 p.m., Feb. 2. Tick­ets range from $15-$60 and can be pur­chased at paci­fi­c­op­er­apro­

Tat­too Expo

The Golden State Tat­too Expo 2020 will be held from Jan. 24-26 at the Pasadena Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 300 E. Green St.

The event brings to­gether some of the world’s top tat­too artists whose work verges on fine art. It ranges from photo-re­al­is­tic black-and-gray por­traits to col­or­ful orig­i­nal pieces, clas­sic tra­di­tional im­ages, new school comic-like il­lus­tra­tions and in­tri­cate geo­met­ric de­signs.

The event will also in­clude bur­lesque per­for­mances, an art gallery and per­for­mances by Freak­show Deluxe and Plomo the Ma­gi­cian.

Hours are 4 p.m. to mid­night, Jan. 24; noon to mid­night, Jan. 25; and noon to 7 p.m., Jan. 26.

Daily passes are $30 each and a week­end pass is $60. See www. gold­en­state­tat­ for more in­for­ma­tion and a ticket link.

Nigeria at the Bri­tish Em­pire Ex­hi­bi­tion

The Fowler Mu­seum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N. in West­wood, is pre­sent­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “Walled City: Nigeria at the Bri­tish Em­pire Ex­hi­bi­tion.”

It fea­tures 38 ob­jects from the Bri­tish Em­pire Ex­hi­bi­tion of 1924–1925 that was staged out­side of London to show­case Bri­tain’s wealth and supremacy. The works on view were orig­i­nally dis­played in the Ex­hi­bi­tion’s Nige­rian Pav­il­ion, which was part of “The Walled City” pavil­ions that were among its most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum.

Among the key ob­jects found, is a model of a royal al­tar from the King­dom of Benin, rit­ual and pres­tige ob­jects made by Yoruba, Igbo, Fu­lani and Ka­nuri artists and the doors to liv­ing quar­ters of African artists brought to demon­strate their skills to the Ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors.

“This glimpse back to a nearly 100-year-old ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers in­trigu­ing in­sights into the Bri­tish colo­nial en­ter­prise,” the mu­seum’s web­site said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play through March 8.

The mu­seum is open from noon to 8 p.m., Wed­nes­day; and from noon to 5 p.m., Thurs­day through Sun­day.

The mu­seum is closed Mon­day and Tues­day.

Ad­mis­sion is free. See for in­for­ma­tion on dropoffs and park­ing.

Cow­boy Elek­tra

The Getty Villa, 17985 Pa­cific Coast Hwy., Pa­cific Pal­isades, will present a the­atri­cal work, Jan. 2426, that is a mash-up of Greek tragedy and Cal­i­for­nia history.

The work, “Cow­boy Elek­tra,” is set in a sa­loon in 1869.

“Elek­tra’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of her fa­ther’s death leads to a tragic re­venge plot against her mother,” says. “This mod­ern, fem­i­nist tale ex­plores cy­cles of vi­o­lence and con­trol and fea­tures orig­i­nal songs, a mostly fe­male en­sem­ble, vin­tage pup­petry and mul­ti­me­dia. The Rogue Artists En­sem­ble de­buts a vis­ual, emo­tional col­lage that asks how much can we truly con­trol our fate.”

Per­for­mances are at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25; and at 3 p.m., Jan. 26.

The work was writ­ten by Meghan Brown and di­rected by Sean Cawelti with songs by Z. Lu­petin. Tick­ets are $7 and avail­able at

If you wish to view the Villa’s ex­hibits, ad­mis­sion is free, but a timed ticket is re­quired. The Villa is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ev­ery day ex­cept Tues­day, when it is closed.

Courtesy photo Over 40 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia mu­se­ums will of­fer free ad­mis­sion on Jan. 25.

Courtesy photo

The Fit Expo re­turns to the Los An­ge­les Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 1201 S. Figueroa St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 25-26.

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