A Season of Programming Focused on Women

The Ebell of Los Angeles Announces ’23/’24 Season
of Programming Centered on Amplifying Women’s Voices

Local community will gather at The Ebell for inspiring performances, conversation, workshops, and celebrations, in its first-ever official season of programming

 

LOS ANGELES, August 28, 2023 – The Ebell of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women and building community through arts, culture and education, has for the first time, announced a full season of programming at its historic campus in the Hancock Park/Windsor Square area of Los Angeles. While The Ebell has hosted thousands of events serving the community for the last century, this is the first time the organization has announced a season in full, and with a specific focus on amplifying the voices of women in Los Angeles. The line-up bursts with opportunities for Angelenos to enjoy innovative performances, thought-provoking discussions, illuminating workshops, films, brunches and so much more, all focused on showcasing the accomplishments, challenges and stories of the women of Los Angeles. 

“Since its founding in 1894, The Ebell of LA has centered on supporting and inspiring women with a focus on arts, cultural and scholarship opportunities. Our iconic campus continues to serve as a gathering place for women and the larger community where culture, community, arts and education all intersect. Our historic building, gardens and theatre host Los Angeles’ most meaningful milestone celebrations and private events as well as some of the most inspirational performances, thoughtful discussions, informational classes and workshops, and much more,” said Laurie Schechter, President of the Board of Directors for The Ebell of Los Angeles. “We have connected with political leaders, musicians, writers, artists and enthusiastic partners to shine a light on local women and amplify their voices. We are extremely proud to present this season, bringing together some of the biggest names in music, theater, literature and scholarship to tell such unique and interesting stories.”

 

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 

Opening the Season

The season kicks off with Respect, an electrifying concert celebrating the music of the women’s movement, in partnership with MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit performing arts organization seeking to make radically engaging live music experiences accessible. Then, on September 24, The Ebell’s historic wrought-iron doors swing wide open to welcome all who have ever been curious about the magnificent campus and gardens with a Community Open House. Visitors can tour the grounds, meet the women of The Ebell and enjoy an informational fair with organizations from around Los Angeles representing music, dance, theater and visual arts. The Opening Day luncheon on Monday, October 9, continues the tradition of featuring inspiring women of Los Angeles, with special guest Susanne Whatley, host of LAist’s Morning Edition,” a native Angeleno and a powerhouse in Southern California and network news. 

Musical Offerings

Live musical performances featuring all female and other unique groups will take the various stages across The Ebell campus throughout the season. On October 19, the all-female mariachi group, Las Colibrí, kicks off the Live in the Lounge series, which will showcase musical performers in The Ebell’s historic and breathtaking lounge. The all-women Saltando Strings Ensemble will make multiple appearances with composer Nathan Wang, offering programs celebrating the music of movies (November 13) and Lunar New Year (February 5). Vox Femina Los Angeles, a choral performance group giving voice to women, presents Mosaics from the Middle East on February 25, a concert celebrating the beauty and diversity of the Middle East by interweaving the music of both the Arabic and Jewish cultures. African Americans for LA Opera returns to The Ebell presenting two annual recitals for both Black History Month and Father’s Day. Additional musical performers include: LA-Native lyric soprano Michele Patzakis, The Von Chaps, 6th Act, mezzo soprano Erin Alford with pianist Dr. Clara Chang and The Ebell’s very own all-female volunteer chorale group.

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, March at The Ebell will offer no shortage of opportunities to learn about and celebrate HER-story. The organization will host the inaugural Symposium on Women’s History in Los Angeles on March 7; this day-long seminar is the culmination of a series of free public scholarship programs all focused on aspects of women’s history in LA, curated by distinguished residents of the The Ebell Institute for the Study of Women’s History (TEI). Playwright and actress Amy Simon, will perform her one-woman show SHE’S HISTORY! a “her-storical and edutaining” one-woman show based on diaries, letters and interviews of significant women. Following its world premiere at the Wilshire Ebell last year, The Everywhere of Her, will offer six performances for students throughout the month. This musical dramatic interpretation is ideal for older elementary students, and highlights the stories of three influential and historical Los Angeles Women of Color.   

In Conversation

Scholars, artists, innovators and authors from all walks of life will participate in thought-provoking discussions throughout the season. The Ebell and Writer’s Bloc continue their collaboration with authors to discuss their latest works kicking things off with Amy Schneider, author of In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of  Curious Life. Next, Stories From the Front Line, an organization which aims to raise awareness to promote housing solutions by elevating stories of the lived homeless experience, will host a discussion on solutions for unhoused college students and young adults. In honor of Veterans Day, The Ebell and the Mindful Veteran Project join together in music and reflection to remember and acknowledge those who have served. And when spring arrives, gardeners and architecture enthusiasts from around the country will convene in Los Angeles at The Ebell for The Garden Conservancy’s Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Symposium, which will focus on the famed architect’s Southern California work and inspiration.  

From local government to health, discussions with female leaders will cover an array of current issues. Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, who was recently appointed to run LA’s Homeless Services Authority, headlines the Homelessness in Los Angeles — The Pathway Forward dialogue taking place in October. Attorney and Los Angeles City Councilmember currently representing the Fifth District, Katy Yaroslavsky, will partake in a discussion surrounding her unique experiences in city government and the approaches and partnerships giving way to long-lasting solutions for Angelenos. 

Several medical experts will be offering their expertise to various discussions throughout the season. Guests can join gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh for a cup of coffee and learn about the impact our genetics might have on the development of gynecologic cancers. Dr. Assal Habibi, of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, will review the latest research on the relationship between music and the brain, and the essential role music plays in health, wellness and development. Cardiologist and researcher, Dr. Noel Bairey Merz will dive deep into women’s heart health and the 50-year knowledge gap between what we know about heart disease for women, as compared to men. 

Focusing on the Arts

Nodding to its origins as one of the first places in Los Angeles to exhibit women’s art, The Ebell’s ‘23/’24 season also highlights important conversations and celebrations of the local arts scene and female storytellers. Arts for LA will host its annual State of the Arts Summit in October which features a keynote address from Snehal Desai, Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group, who will address recurring economic and social barriers and encourage bold collaborative approaches to revitalize and reimagine the creative economy. Artist, curator and MacArthur Award recipient, Julie Ault, will lead a discussion celebrating LA cultural figure and artist Corita Kent, specifically her photography, for Corita Day in November. 

In partnership with Writer’s Bloc and the Holocaust Museum LA, VILNA: A RESISTANCE STORY will tell the poignant story of the real-life Jewish resistance fighters and artists from the Vilna ghetto in an hour-long, special performance with the actors accompanied by piano. 

The Ebell Salon Series,  a set of spoken word and theatrical performances taking place in various locations around The Ebell, will kick off with award-winning storyteller and environmental activist, Vicki Juditz and her Adventures of the Green Housewife, a hilarious romp through one woman’s efforts to go perfectly green. 

Beloved Ebell Traditions

The signature celebratory gatherings that are beloved by both The Ebell members and the local community alike, also take their rightful place in this season’s line up. The annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon will serve as one of the best holiday shopping opportunities featuring the work of local makers and artists, along with a champagne lunch. In just a few weeks, members of The Ebell will celebrate the organization’s founding focusing this year on the 1950s, with the theme “Mid-Century Matters,” for the annual Charter Day luncheon and fashion show. Film favorites, Hocus Pocus and Clueless anchor fun-filled celebrations for Halloween and Galentine’s Day. A special screening of The Jessica Cabin, an award-winning “supernatural comedy,” will include a talkback with the filmmakers. And the annual Mother’s Day Brunch will once again offer a relaxing and beautiful setting to celebrate Mom, and other special women, with entertainment and a delicious meal in the garden.  

NEW! Monthly Docent-led Tours of The Ebell’s Historic Campus

Beginning in November, members of The Ebell will provide monthly free, guided tours providing a behind-the-scenes experience of the history, grandeur and quirks of the noted architectural treasure that is the Ebell of LA Campus. Registration will be required, and specific tour dates will be announced at a later time. 

MEMBERS OF THE EBELL OF LA

At The Ebell, women gather to learn, create, collaborate, innovate and champion one another to transform the lives of women. Members of The Ebell of Los Angeles are stewards of the mission and of the historic campus and art collections. Membership is volunteer-based and open to all. The volunteers participate throughout 18 committees responsible for various aspects of The Ebell’s mission including programs, publications, collections, house and grounds, archives, social service, communications and philanthropic and service efforts such as the Rest Cottage Association (RCA) endowment which awards annual grants totaling more than $100,000 per year to various nonprofits that assist women and children in need. As well as the 104-year-old Ebell/Flint Scholarship that has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships to local college and university students. There are no minimum volunteer hour requirements for participation. This ensures all who want to participate and enjoy supporting The Ebell and all of its programs, are free to do so. Members often receive discounted ticket prices for Ebell events. 

For more information on the members of The Ebell and to learn more about membership, please visit https://ebellofla.org/membership/membership/  or chat with a member during the Community Open House on September 24. 

 

THE FULL 2023/2024 SEASON AT THE EBELL OF LOS ANGELES:
(Pricing and dates subject to change)

 

MUSE/IQUE presents RESPECT: The Electrifying Music of the Women’s Movement
Friday & Saturday, September 8-9, 2023, 6:30 pm (Music begins at 7:30)
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street

Feel the power of this electrifying musical showcase and celebrate the strength of women’s voices. MUSE/IQUE pioneers musical experiences for people by creating curated live music events and community programs. From Marian Anderson to Dolly Parton, RESPECT highlights the singers and songwriters who fought for women’s rights and provides recognition through a multi-disciplinary performance. Immerse yourself in the anthems that are shaping the women’s rights movement, featuring vocal talents such as Suzanna Guzman, Crystal Starr and Rachel Gonzalez.

Price: Check Website| Tickets & more info: https://www.muse-ique.com/respect

Optimism Abounds in the Future of Female Cancer Care with Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Scientist-surgeon Sanaz Memarzedah, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, director of the G.O. Discovery Laboratory and the affiliate gynecologic Oncologist for the Ovarian Cancer Circle, will review the impact our genes play in the development of gynecologic cancers, exposures that can lead to the development of other women’s cancers and how genetic alterations in tumors can help guide new precision medicine approaches. 

Price: $40 | Tickets and more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/coffee-talk-optimism-abounds-in-the-future-of-female-cancer-care/ 

The Ebell of Los Angeles Annual Community Open House
Sunday, September 24, 2023, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4400 Wilshire Boulevard

A jam-packed day of free tours, entertainment and an informational fair featuring music, dance, theater and visual arts organizations from the local community. Attendees will be able to explore the main building, the luscious garden & courtyard and the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre, which together comprise the breathtaking 96-year-old campus, a noted architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a designated Los Angeles Cultural Monument. Performers will include students from LA County High School for the Arts and singer/songwriter Ariana Prappas. 

Price: FREE | Tickets & more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/the-ebell-of-la-open-house-2023/ 

Homelessness in Los Angeles —The Pathway Forward with Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, new CEO of the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority
Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 8:00 – 10:00 am
741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Dr. Kellum, recently appointed CEO of LA’s Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), will discuss the major components of homelessness in Los Angeles today and how local government, nonprofits and the private sector are collaborating on a strategic approach to create a viable path forward. Dr. Kellum will be joined in conversation by Ebell Member Jill Bauman (CEO Emeritus of Imagine LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the generational cycle of homelessness and poverty, and Co-Founder of Social Benefit), housing expert Janey Rountree (Executive Director of the California Policy Lab at UCLA) and Sarah Dusseault (Co-Chair of Blue Ribbon Commission on homelessness and a strategist with The Angeleno Project), as well as other dynamic female experts in the field.

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Opening Day with Susanne Whatley, Host of LAist’s Morning Edition
Monday, October 9, 2023, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

LA News powerhouse and host of LAist’s Morning Edition, Susanne Whatley opens The Ebell’s season of programming with a luncheon and discussion of her career in news reporting. Whatley has covered courts, crimes, earthquakes, fires, floods, politics and interviewed LA’s most elite personalities. She’ll be interviewed by her daughter and Ebell staff member, Holly Miller. Students from the LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) will provide live entertainment throughout the event. Ticket price includes lunch.

Price: $60 | Tickets and more information: https://ebellofla.org/openingday 

Writer’s Bloc Presents: In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life with Amy Schneider
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Amy Schneider’s impressive forty-game winning streak was accompanied by an even greater prize—the joy of being herself on national television and blazing a trail for openly queer and transgender people around the world. Join Amy as she shares her singular journey that led to becoming an unlikely icon and hero to millions. Tickets to this event include a moderated conversation with Amy and a signed copy of Amy’s book, In the Form of a Question.

Price: $25-$48 | Tickets & more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/writers-bloc-with-amy-schneider-10-12-23/ 

Live in the Lounge: Las Colibrí
Thursday, October 19, 2023, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Las Colibrí, or “The Hummingbirds,” is an award-winning all female mariachi ensemble with a flair for music, beauty and girl power. The unique group features the all-string instrumentation traditional to the early 20th century mariachi style and the colorful, feminine costumes reminiscent of the Mexican cinematic divas of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Aside from their unique interpretation of  traditional sones, huapangos and rancheras, audiences will also recognize sounds of jazz, rock, oldies and R&B through their innovative arrangements. With a lovely blend of vocal harmonies, beautiful smiles and traditional mariachi instrumentation, Las Colibrí will be sure to have you laughing, crying, singing, and most definitely dancing, to their contagious beats and melodies.

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Ebell Charter Day: Luncheon & Fashion Show
Monday, October 23, 2023, 11:00 am
741 South Lucerne Blvd. 

Members of The Ebell invite you to join this annual celebration of the organization’s founding and its work championing women in Los Angeles. The 2023 festivities, themed “Mid-Century Matters,” will focus on the specific triumphs and challenges of the women of The Ebell in the 1950s. The event will include a luncheon and an informative fashion show featuring Ebell members in apparel from The Ebell’s own costume collection accompanied by music.  

Price: $60 | Tickets & more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/ebell-charter-day-2023/ 

Arts for LA – State of the Arts Summit: Barriers to Bridges
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Featuring a keynote address from Snehal Desai, Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group, the summit organized by Arts for LA will host a full day of panels and discussions addressing recurring economic and social barriers faced by arts organizations, and encourage bold collaborative approaches to revitalize and reimagine the creative economy. 

Price: $30-$500 | www.artsforla.org/sota 

Halloween Family Film: Hocus Pocus (Rated PG-13)
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!” Our favorite trio of witches are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween, and are on the hunt for the souls of children in order to be able to live beyond the sunrise. Join us at The Ebell for a family-friendly screening of this 90s classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Concessions will be available for purchase, and costumes are encouraged!

Price: $15 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Film Screening: The Jessica Cabin
Monday, October 30, 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street

In this supernatural comedy, a young man and his boyfriend show up to a cabin, only to find that they aren’t truly alone, but being observed by two sassy entities with their own supernatural baggage. As bizarre occurrences start plaguing both the living and the dead, the line between the two becomes smaller and smaller. The screening will include a talkback with creatives behind the award-winning independent film.

Price: $15 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Stories From the Frontline: Solutions for Unhoused College Students and Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Experience powerful first-hand accounts of formerly unhoused college students and young adults aging out of foster care. This moving evening will explore solutions that allow them to thrive and the transformative impact of community support on their lives. Audiences will also hear from housing innovator Sam Prater and acclaimed author David Ambroz. Actor, producer, director and activist Shanola Hampton will emcee the evening. 

Price: $10 | Tickets and more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/stories-from-the-frontline-11-02-23/ 

Women Building a Better Los Angeles: Monday Lunch with Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky
Monday, November 6, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Attorney and Los Angeles City Councilmember currently representing the Fifth District, Katy Yaroslavsky kicks off a series of events featuring women leaders who are taking on the challenges that face our city. She currently serves as Chair of the City Council’s Energy & Environment committee, Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc Olympics committee and is a member of the Budget & Finance, Planning & Land Use Management and Transportation committees. In March 2023, Mayor Karen Bass appointed Councilwoman Yaroslavsky to serve on the LA Metro Board of Directors too. After completing nearly one year in office, she’ll discuss the unique obstacles she’s faced in the fifth district, as well as the approaches and partnerships that are leading to long-lasting solutions for Angelenos. 

Price: $60 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Veterans Day Memorial Project with Mindful Veteran Project
Friday, November 10, 2023, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Garden, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

The Ebell and Mindful Veteran Project welcome veterans, families and community members to join together in music and reflection to honor the more than 19 million women and men who have served in the U.S. Military. 

Price: Free (donations welcome) | Tickets and more information coming soon

Movie Music Night with all-women Saltando Strings and Nathan Wang
Monday, November 13, 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

The all-women Saltando Strings, together with Chinese-American pianist and composer Nathan Wang, will transport audiences into the musical world of movies with a program of various pieces from our favorite Hollywood and international films, past, present and future–but mostly past and present! 

Price: $15 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Celebrating Corita Day: An Evening with Julie Ault and Corita Kent’s Photography
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

November 20th is Corita Day, a celebration of the art and life of LA cultural figure and artist, Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita. Artist, curator, and MacArthur Award recipient, Julie Ault, will present a 35mm slideshow of Corita’s photography followed by a discussion with Corita Art Center Senior Curator Olivian Cha. Copies of the recently published photography book, Corita Kent: Ordinary Things Will Be Signs For Us, will also be available for purchase.

Price: FREE! | Tickets and more information coming soon

Live in the Lounge: Music from the Parlor with Michele Patzakis
Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Critically acclaimed soprano, Michele Patzakis, pays homage to the musical soirée with treasured songs of the Victorian era and the Golden Age of the American Songbook. 

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

The Ebell of LA Annual Holiday Boutique & Luncheon
Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4400 Wilshire Blvd. 

This annual holiday boutique brings together more than two dozen local artisans to conveniently allow shoppers to check things off of their holiday shopping list!. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go directly to benefit The Ebell of LA in one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year. If shopping racks up an appetite, attendees can also enjoy a premium lunch while taking in the gorgeous gardens and campus of the Ebell. 

Price: Free – $85 | Tickets and more information: https://ebellofla.org/event/holiday-boutique-lunch-2023/

The Ebell Chorale Concert & Tea
Monday, December 11, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Celebrate the joy of community and take in the beautiful music with one of the longest running female chorales in Los Angeles. The Ebell of Los Angeles Women’s Chorale, under the direction of conductor Yu Hang Tan, will delight listeners with an afternoon of traditional carols and seasonal music. A holiday tea will take place following the concert featuring luxurious treats, champagne and a variety of teas selected by The Ebell culinary staff.

Price: Free (concert); $70 (tea) | Tickets and more information coming soon

Live in the Lounge: An Evening with the Von Chaps
Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Family group, The Von Chaps, comprised of mom and dad, Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin, son, Jake Chapman, and daughter, Molly Chapman, will delight audiences at The Ebell with an evening of Broadway, classical, jazz and pop tunes. The multi-talented family has been performing together since 2007, including a 19-concert tour of China in December of 2019. 

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Live in the Lounge: Words of American Women
Thursday, January 25, 2024, 7:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

On what would have been Virginia Woolf’s 141’st birthday, Los Angeles mezzo soprano Erin Alford and pianist Dr. Clara Chang perform Words of American Women, an exploration of 20th century, American-composed songs set to the passionate poetry of Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jessie Lemont, as well as deeply personal diary entries of Woolf herself. The concert will feature the Pulitzer Prize winning  From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, an eight-part song cycle inspired by excerpts from the famed author’s diary, written by Dominick Argento in 1974. Alongside this work and others from Bernstein and Copland, are songs from African-American composer Margaret Bonds, most known for magnifying Black voices in spiritual arrangements and collaborations with Langston Hughes. 

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Lunch with Dr. Noel Bairey Merz Discussing Women’s Heart Health
Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. 

Cardiologist Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, is a leader in research on women’s cardiovascular health and the Director of the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai. She is dedicated to closing the 50-year knowledge gap between what we know about heart disease for women, as compared to men. Her TED Talk on this subject has garnered almost one million views. Join us for an informative presentation and luncheon with this dynamic expert on the single biggest health threat faced by women and the research and solutions she is pursuing for prevention and treatment. 

Price: $60 | Tickets and more information coming soon

African Americans for LA Opera Black History Recital
Sunday, February 4, 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunroom, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

African Americans for LA Opera (AALAO), a chapter of Los Angeles Opera’s Opera League, is dedicated to increasing the awareness of opera throughout the Los Angeles area and to providing a center for African American opera lovers in Los Angeles. Join AALAO and The Ebell for this delightful, annual celebration of talented Black voices. 

Price: $25 in advance and $30 at the door | Tickets and more information coming soon

Live in the Lounge: Lunar New Year Celebration featuring the Saltando Strings and Nathan Wang
Monday, February 5, 2024, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Together with Chinese-American pianist and composer Nathan Wang (On Gold Mountain), the all-women Saltando Strings will perform beloved traditional Chinese folk tunes in honor of the Lunar New Year Festival, which traditionally celebrates the beginning of spring and the arrival of the new year in many Asian cultures.

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

A Galentine’s Day Movie: Clueless
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art Salon, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Is there a better way to spend “Galentine’s Day”– the day prior to Valentine’s Day traditionally spent celebrating the love between “gals” – than with the most fashionable friend duo from Beverly Hills? Ugh. AS IF!? Grab your girl crew and join us for a special Galentine’s Day party screening of Clueless. The evening kicks off with a lively reception in our historic Art Salon followed by the screening of the ‘90s classic. While it does NOT say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty, be sure to get your tickets as soon as the RSVP links go live so you don’t miss out on this great party with your girls. 

Price: Coming Soon! | Tickets and more information coming soon

VILNA: A RESISTANCE STORY (In partnership with Writer’s Bloc and the Holocaust Museum LA)
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dining Room, 741 Lucerne Blvd. 

This exciting new musical is the inspirational Holocaust story you’ve never heard—the story of the real-life Jewish resistance fighters from the Vilna ghetto: Vitka Kempner, Abba Kovner, Hirsh Glick and Avram Sutzkever. In this concert reading, you’ll meet characters based on the young artists of the bohemian city of Vilna, who, in the face of being confined to the ghetto, form a secret brigade and find creative ways to resist. Led by a rebellious teenage girl and a young poet, the partisans escape the Nazis in the nick of time to the forest, where they take up arms and eventually reclaim their beloved city. Through the power of music, their revolutionary spirit lives on. This hour-long, special performance will consist of a selection of 16 songs with the actors accompanied by piano. A Q&A with the actors and creative team will follow the performance.
Pricing and more information coming soon

Vox Femina: Mosaics from the Middle East
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lounge, 741 Lucerne Blvd. 

Vox Femina Los Angeles, a choral performance group giving voice to women, interweaves the music of two distinct cultures to celebrate the beauty of the Middle East and all its diversity. Featuring music from both the Arabic and Jewish traditions of the region, VOX explores the shared experiences of love, joy, and grief through the most powerful instrument of all– the voice.

Price: Coming soon! | More information: https://www.voxfemina.org/current-season 

SHE’S HISTORY performance with Amy Simon
Monday, March 4, 2024, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lounge, 741 Lucerne Blvd. 

Alarmed when her ten-year-old daughter plans to do her women’s history report on pop stars, a mom gets inspiration and strength from the unknown, unheralded and forgotten women in history who overcame obstacles and fought for justice. Playwright, actress and “cultural HERstorian,” Amy Simon tackles multiple roles in her educational program, SHE’S HISTORY!, a one-woman show featuring the stories of significant women based on their own letters, publications and diaries. 

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

The Everywhere of Her
Six Performances, March 5 – 21, 2024
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street

From librettist Velina Hasu Houston and composer Carla Lucero, and an all-female creative team, this imaginative and musical celebration tells the stories of three women who each helped shape Los Angeles and women’s history: Charlotta Bass (the first Black woman to own and operate a newspaper in Los Angeles), Katharine Cheung (the first Chinese woman to earn a private pilot’s license in the United States), and Dolores del Río (the famous Mexican film actress credited with challenging hurtful stereotypes and establishing the Mexican film industry). The three women meet for the first time in Los Angeles, in 1932 at an event celebrating Amelia Earhart. They share their struggles with one another, confront whether they will be remembered and discuss the importance of recognizing the diverse history and ancestry they represent.

Free for school groups (best for grades 3-5)| Tickets and more information coming soon

Ebell Symposium on Women’s History in Los Angeles
Thursday, March 7, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lounge & Art Salon, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

The Ebell Institute for the Study of Women’s History in LA (TEI) will build and share knowledge of remarkable Los Angeles “SHEroes” whose contributions have been omitted from history books and ignored in public spheres. The program will also inaugurate residencies for distinguished and graduate scholars who will help curate a series of four, free public scholarship programs on aspects of women’s history in Los Angeles. This inaugural program is the culmination of those four series resulting in a full-day public symposium, diving deep into the crucial and often overlooked contributions of women in Los Angeles.

Pricing and more information coming soon

Ebell Salon Series: Adventures of the Green Housewife with Vicki Juditz
Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Vicki Juditz, “a born storyteller” according to the LA Times, has performed her original stories at theaters and festivals across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Aspen LAFF Festival. True to her eco-beliefs, she has served on the Sustainable Burbank Commission, a city commission advising Burbank City Council on environmental policy, since 2017. Adventures of the Green Housewife is a hilarious romp through one woman’s valiant efforts to go perfectly green. This green housewife battles foes both seen and unseen as she takes out her lawn, shops for a bookcase and attempts to engage in political action—all the while determined to remain true to her eco-beliefs.

Price: $20 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Symposium: His Southern California Work and Legacy
Presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy
Saturday, April 6, 2024, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street

Frank Lloyd Wright’s inaugural visit to Southern California initiated a new chapter in his career in which he embraced the Mediterranean climate and the surrounding deserts of the American Southwest, and experimented with new forms of architecture and landscape that responded to their arid environments. This conference will feature Wright’s projects in the region, examining the ways in which he and other architects responded to the California climate and landscape and how his work might invite us to think about contemporary issues of the 21st century.

Pricing and more information coming soon

Live in the Lounge: Twelfth Night (6th Act in partnership with The Ebell)
Friday, April 19, 2024, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Lounge, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

The 6th Act in partnership with The Ebell of Los Angeles presents Twelfth Night, an extraordinary night of live music and Shakespeare! Live jazz, featuring the music of composer John Allee, accompanies a spirited staged reading of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece. 

Price: $20 |  Tickets and more information coming soon

Monday Lunch with Dr. Assal Habibi
Monday, May 6, 2024, 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dining Room, 741 South Lucerne Blvd. 

Dr. Assal Habibi, assistant research professor of psychology at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute joins us to share her latest research taking a broad perspective on how biological dispositions and environmental factors interact with learning experiences during childhood and shape human development. During this Monday lunch, she’ll discuss her latest research on the relationship between music and the brain, and the essential role music plays in health, wellness and development. Ticket price includes lunch. 

Price: $60 | Tickets and more information coming soon

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Ebell
Sunday, May 12, 2024, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lounge & Garden, 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

Women have been championing, celebrating and supporting one another with The Ebell since 1894, and there’s no more perfect place to celebrate your mother and the other special women in your life. The Ebell’s chef offers the ultimate brunch spread in the lush garden setting, complete with live entertainment ensuring a relaxing and stress-free day that all but guarantees mom will feel loved and appreciated. 

Price: $45 – $85|  Tickets and more information coming soon

African Americans for LA Opera: Father’s Day Recital
Sunday, June 16, 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunroom, 741 South Lucerne Blvd. 

African Americans for LA Opera (AALAO), a chapter of Los Angeles Opera’s Opera League, is dedicated to increasing the awareness of opera throughout the Los Angeles-area and to providing a center for African American opera lovers in Los Angeles. Join AALAO and The Ebell for an afternoon of musical delights focused on celebrating Dad. 

Price: $25 in advance and $30 at the door | Tickets and more information coming soon

For more information on these and other events announced at later dates, please visit https://ebellofla.org/membership/club-events/.

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About The Ebell of Los Angeles 

The Ebell of Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization founded in 1894 by women for women. It is focused on providing a vibrant and inclusive arts and culture hub that fosters the educational, cultural and social growth of women. At The Ebell, women convene to learn, create, collaborate, innovate and champion one another to transform the lives of women. The organization’s philanthropic efforts include the RCA endowment which awards annual grants totaling more than $100,000 per year to various nonprofits that assist women and children in need, and the 104-year-old Ebell/Flint Scholarship that has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships to local college and university students. The group’s historic campus located in the Hancock Park/Windsor Square area is an iconic landmark listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

About The Ebell’s Historic Campus

The historic Ebell structure and theatre were built in 1927 and designed by renowned architect Sumner Hunt. The campus originally served as a central hub for learning and arts lectures in support of the education of women. The Art Salon was one of the first art galleries in Los Angeles to showcase the work of female artists. With three levels and over 80,000 square feet, the renaissance-inspired building is a noted architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated Los Angeles Cultural Monument. The building includes a grand dining room, art salon, courtyard garden, 1,238 seat Broadway-style theater and dozens of smaller rooms filled with historical artifacts and original design details.

 

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