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

Sounds of L.A.: Cuba L.A.

Saturday and Sunday,
February 17 and 18, 2018,
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; reservation required

Cuba L.A. celebrates master conga player Francisco Aguabella's remarkable legacy with a concert featuring his compositions as well as Latin jazz standards and original works. Aguabella (1925–2010), played with luminaries from Peggy Lee to Carlos Santana. His deep knowledge of Afro-Cuban traditions and jazz, combined with abundant curiosity, inspired artists around the world. Cuba L.A., led by flutist Danilo Lozano, is a collective of West Coast musicians dedicated to Cuban music.

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At the Getty Villa

Villa Premiere Presentation:

Friday, February 2, 9, 16, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3, 10, 24, 2018
4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 4, 11, 18, 2018
4:00 p.m.
There are no performances on Saturday, February 17
There are no performances on Friday, February 23
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Tickets $20

Loosely based on Aristophanes' The Frogs, this play takes place in mid-1970s San Francisco, as a young Chicano band named SAPO—sporting afros, sweaty vests and bell bottom jeans—sets out to surpass Santana's success by making it big in the music industry with their own smooth acoustic Latin sounds. It's a slithery world of mischief, deception, and slippery hippy lily pads where anything goes. Adapted and performed by Culture Clash, with music by Buyepongo.

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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.