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: PIANO-GRAPHS: New Music for the Player Piano

Saturday, May 26, 2018,
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Entrance Hall

Free; no reservations required

Join us for the debut of new compositions for the player piano by a unique range of contemporary experimental musicians. Translated into a visual poetry of dot-and-dash perforations, these scores on paper rolls push the almost-obsolete mechanical instrument to its limits. The player piano and photography–both invented in the mid-19th-century–illustrate the cultural impact of automation, reproduction, entertainment, and the representation of time. Complements the exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography.

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At the Getty Villa

Villa Theater Lab:
The Madness of Love Mixtape

Friday, April 27, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
3:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Can two brothers who access the world and their place in it with seemingly opposite approaches find common ground? The Madness of Love Mixtape, a remix of Plato's Phaedrus, explores themes of madness, the soul, love, and the art of discourse itself in the form of a hip-hop mixtape.

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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.