Things to do in Los Angeles today

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  1. Museum of Ventura County 100 E Main St
  2. Fri May 2 - Sun Sep 28
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  1. Forest Lawn Glendale 1712 S Glendale Ave
  2. Fri Jun 27 - Mon Jan 5
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  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Sun Oct 19
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  1. FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Sep 20
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Tonight's best film screenings

Wetlands.

Wetlands. Photograph: Courtesy Landmark Theatres

Wetlands screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Sep 12 - Thu Sep 18
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Tonight's best shows and performances

Dominic Hoffman and DeWanda Wise in David Mamet's "Race."

Dominic Hoffman and DeWanda Wise in David Mamet's "Race." Photograph: Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group

Race

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This is the LA premiere of David Mamet's much-talked-about play "Race." The play was first staged in New York in 2009 to mixed reviews. Five years later, it will play at the Kirk Douglas Theater, and it's the kind of play that will make for excellent conversation that extends long after the curtains fall. The play takes place entirely in a conference room, where three lawyers (two black and one white) consider the case of a white man accused of raping a young black woman, and their legal assistant (also a young black woman) who begins to play a major role. "I have never spent much time thinking about the themes of my plays, as, I have noticed, when an audience begins to talk about the play’s theme, it means the plot was no good. But my current play does have a theme, and that theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject," Mamet wrote in a New York Times editorial. We recommend reading it before you head to the theater.

  1. Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 W Washington Boulevard
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Sep 28
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Choir Boy

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

"Choir Boy" is making its way to LA with Jeremy Pope leading the performance as the talented Pharus Young. The play takes place at an all-boys black prep school where gospel music reigns as a school tradition. Written by award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, this coming-of-age story follows a charismatic young man who struggles to rise above others' jealousy and establish himself as the leader of the choir. Bring the family to catch this musical play before it packs its bags for another city. 

  1. Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue
  2. Tue Sep 16 - Sun Oct 26
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Today's best food and drink event

Nutella "Spread the Happy" Truck Tour

  • Critics choice
  • Free

We know—you can't buy a jar of Nutella for your own home, because then you'll just end up sitting at your kitchen table at dinner time with half the jar gone and a feeling of utter disgust/indegestion in your stomach. Fortunately, the Nutella "Spread the Happy" food truck tour is bringing reasonable portions of this delicious hazelnut spread to LA. On Saturday and Sunday, the truck will hand out samples of Nutella paired with a variety of foods at Olvera Street Plaza; on Monday, the truck will be at LACC, while on Tuesday, it'll be at the corner of Broxton Ave and Le Conte. Along with sweet samples, Angelenos can play interactive games, participate in Nutella branded giveaways, and tweet/Instagram to their hearts content. Check out the Nutella Tumblr page for exact info on the truck's location.

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Sat Sep 13 - Tue Sep 16
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Today's best arts and culture

Costumes on display from "Behind The Candelabra"

Costumes on display from "Behind The Candelabra" Photograph: courtesy of FIDM Museum & Galleries

The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Each year, FIDM lets the public get up close and personal with those duds you're now very familiar with, thanks to all those Netflix binges. This free exhibition applauds the work of Emmy-nominated costume designers from shows like Orange Is The New Black, Castle, Downton Abbey and more.

  1. FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Sep 20
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Photograph: Daughter of Art History, Theater A, by Yasumasa Morimura; Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Need an excuse to escape your daily routine and LA’s heat this summer? Take the tram up to the Getty and celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary with its new exhibition, “Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection.” Spend a leisurely hour with the 14 groupings of contemporary and historical photographs from the last century, which highlight the intersections between the Getty’s recently acquired photographs from photographers like Loretta Lux, Vera Lutter and Cindy Sherman, and their existing collection, which includes artists Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans and Man Ray. If you’re willing to venture outside the air-conditioned buildings, make sure to check out the museum’s famous gardens and Instagram-worthy view of the LA skyline. Though admission is free, parking costs $15 before 5pm and $10 in the evening. 

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Sun Oct 19
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