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In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal–
June reminds us of why we love the summer so much, from museums to concerts to festivals, as you will read in this month’s round-up of hops and short trips around the Golden State.

To the northwest from Thursday, June 6 onward on various dates, Oakland unites the community with a multitude of Juneteenth events and activities in the area, from a cookout to the world premiere of “The Ghost of King” about MLK Jr. (510-839-9000).

To the west until September, Torrance Summer Nights presents free concerts and movies in the park (310-328-5310); and  45 minutes from Hearst Castle in Paso Robles, explore Sensorio’s new dimension of immersive art experience, evenings beginning at dusk, Thursday-Sunday. Walk easy paths through more than 100,000 glowing bulbs, fields of illumination that seem both natural and otherworldly, with live entertainment onstage (805-226-4287).

Down below in Los Angeles at the California Science Center through Monday, September 2, “Leonardo Da Vinci: Inventor. Artist. Dreamer” reveals a world of wonder and innovation with 30 ingenious inventions including the Flying Bicycle. Also there, the IMAX theater runs “Blue Whales 3D,” “Cities of the Future 3D,” and “Deep Sky” through Sunday, June 30 (323-724-3623).

“Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl,” Sunday, June 23, brings the “Henry Mancini 100th Celebration” followed by the July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with Harry Connick, Jr. Tuesday July 2 – Thursday, July 4 (323-850-2000).

To the south in Santa Ana at the Bowers Museum through Sunday, September 8, “Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form,” the largest-ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics combine with their printed, mass-produced forms. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, characters, and publications (714-567-3600).

In Anaheim, Disneyland’s Fantasmic returns and the Pixar Fest continues through Sunday, August 4, with a nighttime show, daytime parade, and character encounters (714-781-INFO).

Closer to home up Hwy 395, four extraordinary nights in Bodie offer three tours each night to choose from, Saturdays June 29, July 20, August 31, and September 28 ( 760-932-7574).