New adventures in the New Year

In the Loop


The New Year kicks off with opportunities galore for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California, as you will see in this month’s roundup.

To the northwest in San Francisco, the Presidio Officers’ Club has opened a new exhibition “EXCLUSION” that encourages guests to reflect on lessons learned from the choices that led to Japanese internment during World War II (; 415-561-4323).

At the Exploratorium, the Tactile Dome opens for special evening hours on Saturday, Jan. 13. Ages 7 and older crawl, slide and bump through total darkness using touch as their only guide through the chambers and mazes (; for required advance reservations, 415-528-4444, Option 5).

Down below in Los Angeles, the LA Opera presents Leonard Bernstein’s optimistic operetta “Candide” for six shows only, Saturday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Feb. 18. Kelsey Grammer and Christine Ebersole star (; 213-972-8001).

Buy tickets early for incomparable soprano Renee Fleming in recital one night only at the LA Opera Tuesday, Feb. 6. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, Itzhak Perlman plays violin and conducts with the LA Philharmonic, Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 11-13 (; 323-850-2000).

At 20 Los Angeles locations, more than 200 Latin American and Latino artists and performers create adventurous events with the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 11-21 (; 213-237-2800).

To the south, the red-carpet Palm Springs International Film Festival screens more than 150 films through Monday, Jan. 15 (; 800-898-7256), then adds to the excitement with the Jan. 13-14 Desert Art Festival featuring items ranging from paintings to jewelry (west; 818-813-4478).

San Diego rolls out marching bands, drill teams, and more for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Sunday, Jan. 14 (; 619-709-4259).

In Anaheim on Saturday, Feb. 3, the Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Faire honors heritage and contributions with floats, equestrian riders, entertainers, health screenings and youth activities


To the southwest in Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum in collaboration with Team Lab Kids, Inc., through Thursday, Jan. 18, introduces the international traveling exhibit “Future Park: Art + Technology.” Four different interactive areas engage children to exercise creative thinking; Hopscotch for Geniuses reacts with sounds and colors, and youngsters draw pictures to project on oversized floor-to-ceiling walls (; 714-567-3600).

Up Hwy. 395 in Mammoth Lakes, High Sierra Snowcar & Yurt offers guided, multiday backcountry skiing and snowboarding together with avalanche education courses (; 800-845-7922).

Closer to home and a very big deal: Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley, officially off limits to the public until as late as 2020 due to flood damage, has Special Flood Recovery Walking Tours escorted by a ranger on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Wednesday, April 18. Space is limited to 13 participants per group (

culture/scottys-castle; 760-786-3200).

Story First Published: 2018-01-05