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In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal–

Finally! The spring blooms and the days grow longer. See what awaits in this monthly roundup of short hops and trips throughout the Golden State. Note that this time we’ve reached beyond this month into next to help you with advanced planning and hot tickets you might want to buy before they sell out.

Down below in L.A., the Hollywood Bowl follows one gem after another: “Disney’s The Lion King 30th Anniversary: A Live-to-Film Concert Event” on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25; the 35th annual Mariachi USA on Saturday, June 8; the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16; Juneteenth Celebration on Wednesday, June 19; “Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl: Henry Mancini 100th Celebration” Sunday June 23; and the July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with Harry Connick, Jr., on Tuesday July 2, Wednesday July 3, and Thursday July 4 323-850-2000). Meanwhile, the massive LA County Fair runs Friday May 3 to Monday May 27 (909-623-3111).

To the south at SeaWorld San Diego, step into the coming-soon “Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience,” the newest immersive and interactive aquarium at the park with three unique galleries (619-222-4SEA.).

On the coast to the southwest through Sunday, June 2 on Santa Monica’s Main Street, cultural enthusiasts can view the California Heritage Museum’s latest show, “Arte Chicano Hecho En Los Angeles.” This retrospective provides a glimpse into the origins of Chicano artwork in L.A. County, tracing its evolution over the past five decades, highlighting the artists who have shaped its journey and featuring over 70 works by artists such as Margaret Garcia and Judy Baca (310-392-8537).

In Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum just opened “Defending America and The Galaxy: Star Wars and SDI,” exploring the real-world technology of SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative, proposed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and popularly dubbed “Star Wars”), as well as objects from the movie phenomenon. The display will include original items from SDI, among them an authentic Command Launch Equipment Console, plus props, costumes, and concept art from the “Star Wars” franchise, a Landspeeder made for “A New Hope,” master replicas of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber created from the original mold of “The Last Jedi,” and an original script signed by Dave Prowse (actor who portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy (805-522-2977).

Across the Sierra: Tehachapi’s Friends of the Library holds its Spring Book Sale on Saturday, May 18 in the library courtyard, with prices dropping to $1 per bag at 2 p.m. (661-822-4938).

Closer to home north on Hwy 395: The Museum of Western History in Lone Pine presents Nashville’s Shawn Gerhard in his “Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute” in Lone Ranger Canyon for the Saturday, June 1 Concert in the Rocks, an annual party combining food and magnificent music 760-876-9909).