Travel Column

In the Loop

Travel ColumnBy Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

April means fabulous opportunities indoors and out. To build itineraries for adventures far and near, check out this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops or longer trips around California.

To the northwest in Oakland’s Jack London Square, the April 10-13 Strictly Sail Boat Show features hundreds of sailboats, gear, accessories, 110 free seminars and hands-on workshops, free sailboat rides for adults and children and much more (www.strictlysail; 401-289-2540).

Down below, a beloved tradition since 1930 returns to Olvera Street in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 19, starting with a procession with Archbishop Jose Gomez and concluding with the annual Blessing of the Animals (213-625-7074 and 213-485-8372). Also in Los Angeles, “Harmony” with music by Barry Manilow continues at the Ahmanson Theatre through Sunday, April 13 (www.Center; 213-972-4400).

In Hollywood, El Capitan Theatre will screen Disney’s new “Muppets Most Wanted” through Thursday, April 17. Before every movie, feast your eyes on Kermit and Miss Piggy live on stage; afterward, visit Muppet props and costumes, including Miss Piggy’s Vivienne Westwood couture wedding gown. For an additional workshop charge, create a Muppet hand puppet and learn to operate it from a real puppeteer (www.elcap; 800-DISNEY).

On Pacific Coast Highway, “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collec-tions” begins four and a half magnificent months at the Getty Villa (; 310-440-7300) while the smaller “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” comes to the Getty Center in Brentwood through Sunday, June 22 ( visit/center; 310 440 7300).

To the south in Riverside, see Agatha Christie’s “Spider’s Web” through Sunday, April 13 at the Theater in the Round (www.River, 951-686-4030) and in Hemet, immerse yourself in pageantry and California’s past at the sumptuous outdoor drama “Ramona” on April 12, 13, 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 (; 800-645-4465).

In Palm Springs, less than two months remain for The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies’ last season, an extravaganza of glorious costumes, terrific tunes, variety acts and some of the best dancers anywhere, and headlining Darlene Love through Sunday, May 18 (www.psfollies. com; 760-327-0225).

Just over the Sierra Nevada, CSU Bakersfield has lined up one impressive event after another honoring the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” On Thursday, April 4, Bakersfield Museum of Art presents the “Dreams of the San Joaquin” – an evening of acoustic music and storytelling with acclaimed singer-songwriters Randy Sharp and Jack Wesley Routh; Arlo Guthrie and his band perform the music of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl era at the Historic Fox Theatre on Wednesday, April 9; former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso appears in conjunction with “Sowing the Seeds of Justice” at the Dore Theatre Thursday, April 17; and the “Horace Bristol: The Dust Bowl Series” of Great Depression photographs runs through Monday, April 28 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art ( ofwrath/events/index.html).

Ridgecrest resident Donna McCrohan Rosenthal covers travel stories for AAA, Bakersfield Magazine and several West Coast publications. The author of 14 books, she has appeared on Oprah and A&E Biography and lectured at the Smithsonian.

Story First Published: 2014-04-02