DJ working the turntables at a past Saturdays Off the 405
The J. Paul Getty Museum offers a wide array of inspiring performances and films by world-caliber artists.

Reflecting the breadth of the collection, programs range from classic to contemporary—including concerts, theater, and cinema.

Event Highlights

All upcoming performances and films are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center

Friday Flights:
Ian Svenonius' Escape-ism

August 17, 2018,
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Courtyard

Free; no reservations required

This night of experimental performances includes D.C. punk icon Ian Svenonius, who brings his first solo project to the main stage; a fashion show by label NO SESSO with cello by Kelsey Lu; music by Tyler Matthew Oyer; and psych-folk band Gun Outfit in the Central Garden. UCLA professor Johanna Drucker lectures on artists' books and an Artists' Book Fest features creative independent publishers, while an original music and sound composition by Tom Krell of How To Dress Well plays on the Getty tram.

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At the Getty Villa

Outdoor Classical Theater:

September 6–29, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Ticket required, on sale July 1, 2018

Thursdays: $40 general,
$36 students & seniors
Fridays: $42 general
Saturdays: $48 general

Packed with striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, Bacchae endures as one of Euripides's greatest surviving works. Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, arrives in disguise at his birthplace in Greece. As revenge for a personal slight, he begins to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. King Pentheus, fearing the ensuing disorder, imprisons him. This misguided attempt to thwart divine will leads to catastrophe.

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Music, Dance, and Spoken Word

Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin performing at a past Getty Center concert
Saturday Nights at the Getty
The Getty Center
An eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, and spoken word. Learn more...

Off the 405
The Getty Center
Outdoor concerts by emerging bands and DJs. Learn more...

Selected Shorts
The Getty Center
Actors from stage, screen, and television read classic and new short fiction.
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Sounds of L.A.
The Getty Center
World music that reflects L.A.'s cultural mix. Learn more...

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Performance of The Wasps at a past Villa Theater Lab
Villa Theater Lab
The Getty Villa
New adaptations of Greek and Roman plays and contemporary works inspired by ancient literature. Learn more...

Outdoor Theater Production
The Getty Villa
The annual theatrical production in the Outdoor Classical Theater. Learn more...

Villa Play-Reading Series
The Getty Villa
"Script-in-hand" renditions of lesser-known Greek and Roman plays in translation. Learn more...

Villa Premiere Presentation
The Getty Villa
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Film and Video

Film Series
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa
Forgotten classics, crowd favorites, and new discoveries, along with occasional screenings of experimental films and videos by 20th-century artists.