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 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Jul 1

Los Angeles, California

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A celebration of life, death, architecture, and the patron saint of Los Angeles.
60-inch telescope
Jul 1


60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Old LA Zoo
Jul 8

Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of LA's old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jul 14

Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
Jul 22

Santa Monica, California

Church of Type

Discover a treasure trove of typography, tools, and techniques.
Adam Papagan
Jul 22

Los Angeles, California

Uncovering Olvera Street

Explore centuries of history on LA’s oldest block.
John Gaughan's Turk
Jul 27

Atwater Village, California

Meet the Turk, the Automaton Chess Player

An evening with one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century, and with the man who brought him back to life.
Jul 28


The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Join us at the birthplace of modern astronomy as we gaze through the same telescope used by Edwin Hubble to discover that the universe is expanding.
Jul 29

Los Angeles, California

Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Explore one of LA's oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights.
Aug 5

Downey, California

Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
MacArthur Park, 2001
Aug 13

Los Angeles, California

MacArthur Park

Experience an afternoon of historic architecture, forgotten public art, and hidden history.
Pee Wee Herman on Broadway
Sep 3

Glendale, California

Creatures Under Construction

These fascinating characters aren't born—they're built.

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