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

Saturday Nights at the Getty:

Saturday, January 31, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free, reservations required

Body/Head is an electric guitar duo comprised of musician, artist, and boundless creative force Kim Gordon, best known as a member of the legendary alternative rock band Sonic Youth, and noise guitarist Bill Nace. Body/Head's unique form of improvisational performance reflects Gordon and Nace's gravitation toward an array of artistic material, from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and experimental folk musician Catherine Ribeiro, to the films of Catherine Breillat.

Learn more about this series and reserve tickets.

At the Getty Villa

Villa Theater Lab:
Tungsten (artery), A Modern Retelling of Persephone

Friday, February 20, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Tickets $7

Tungsten (artery) is a multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance that centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone whose annual return to the "upper air" has been the catalyst for spring. But her role, and the cycle of the seasons, are now in question. Directed and designed by Janie Geiser. Written by Erik Ehn.

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Music, Dance, and Spoken Word

Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin performing at a past Getty Center concert
Concerts at the Villa
The Getty Villa
Musical masterpieces inspired by ancient art. Learn more...

Gordon Getty Concerts
The Getty Center
Classical music to complement current exhibitions. Learn more...

Saturday Nights at the Getty
The Getty Center
An eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, and spoken word. Learn more...

Saturdays 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. Learn more...

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...

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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.