In the Loop


The Feb. 23-24 LA Times Travel Show revealed an appealing assortment of travel possibilities, ranging from day trips in restored parlor cars aboard LA Rail (www.; 877-452-7245) to Asian adventures and African safaris. See highlights below, together with more tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the state.

To the northwest, head for the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park for grandstand viewing of the annual gray whale migration over the March 16-17 weekend (, 707-937-6122) and Petaluma over the March 22-24 weekend, where California’s 7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival combines seminars, tastings and gastronomic showdowns with a roaming feast (; 707-523-3728).

In San Francisco, the Tony and Grammy-Award winning “Jersey Boys” tells the true story behind the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, March 9-April 28 at the Curran Theatre (; 888-746-1799) and, until March 17, San Francisco’s “Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette” at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums exhibits exquisite treasures, some of which have never before left France (, 415-750-3600).

Down below, Cavalia brings the internationally acclaimed “Odys-seo” to Burbank, pushing the limits of entertainment with a stunning equestrian spectacle, awe-inspiring acrobatics and high-tech effects (; 866-999-8111).

In Hollywood, the majestic El Capitan Theatre accompanies screenings of Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in 3D with the March 8-31 “Mysteries of Magic” illusions show live on stage and a display of costumes from the movie (; 800-DISNEY6). In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Opera presents Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” (“only love can break the devil’s curse”) March 9, 17, 21, 24, 27, 30 (; 213-972-8001).

To the southwest in Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum offers the amazing “George Washington’s Acts of Congress” from March 1-19 with Washington’s original annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (; 800-410-8354) and “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Lunch & Tour” including a three-course meal and guest speaker on Wednesday, March 20 (; 805-577-4057).

On the coast, the March 13-17 Taste of Solvang Food and Wine Festival features a dessert reception Friday evening, Walking Smorga-asbord daytime Saturday, Walking Wine & Beer Tasting Room Tour Saturday evening and more (; 805-688-6144), and the Sunday, March 31, Ventura Flea Market and Swap Meet at the fairgrounds all but bursts with bargains and unusual finds (, 805-648-3376).

Contest news: Enter the Koalafornia Dreamin’ Photo Con-test to win a trip for two to the grand opening of the San Diego Zoo Australian Outback scheduled for May 2013. Print out Cooladdi the koala from, use it in a photo and upload the result to Instagram or Twitter. Tag it with #koalafornia, and you have entered the competition. Deadline: March 9 (; 619-718-3000).

Story First Published: 2013-03-06