Upcoming Events

A Night with Paula Prentiss and Allison De Fren

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Actress Paula Prentiss (The Stepford Wives, The Parallax View) and filmmaker and professor Dr. Allison De Fren will discuss the legacy and many readings of The Stepford Wives as part of the series Replacement Parts, a collaboration with Veggie Cloud.

Tickets $15 ($12 VPES members)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)

The discussion will be presented first, followed by a garden intermission and then a digital screening of the film.



In the come-down years after the 1960s, many films explored a rising sense of dread that perhaps our lives, desires, and even our newfound freedoms, were not our own. The Stepford Wives (1975) based on the pulpy novel by Ira Levin, takes the dread genre to an upscale Connecticut suburb, where the women are uniformly compliant, sexy (in floral sundresses) and enjoy ironing. Katharine Ross plays the new wife moving to Stepford, and the tall, ever-witty Paula Prentiss plays Bobbie, her Virgil in the underworld of the robo-suburbs.

Prentiss, fresh off her harrowing and memorable role in The Parallax View, was never more vivid or witty than she is here, at play among the fembots. A 1970s white-privilege-feminism variant of a contemporary film like Get Out, The Stepford Wives remains a classic of the “men who build artificial women” genre, insouciantly funny-creepy (and, some might say, eerie-sexy) to this day.  Pauline Kael felt that the film let women off the hook for participating in their own devaluing: “If women turn into replicas of the women in the commercials, they do it to themselves,” rejoining that “as a guilt-provoker for men, this picture may be peerless.” The discussion will be followed by a garden reception and a screening of the film. 

As part of our evening, Greg Iriart will play LPs from his archive of ambient background music.  Throughout the 20th century, entities such as the Seeburg Corporation and Muzak ("Specialists in the Physiological & Psychological Applications of Music"!) offered a range of moods and automated soundscapes to fill supermarkets, department stores and elevators, providing shoppers with reassuring sonic cues to buy, buy, buy. Thursday night attendees will experience first hand the joys of "Stimulus Progression" from the gardens surroundings of the Velaslavasay Panorama.




 Replacement Parts is a series of screenings and conversations about face replacements, fembots, and those who build artificial companions. Featuring both narrative and documentary film as well shorts, animation, and "theatrical interjections," the series is a collaboration between Veggie Cloud and the Velaslavasay Panorama and will take place at both locations this spring and summer.



Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:00pm


 The Velaslavasay Panorama welcomes the return of the LA Old Time Social for its 12th Ever annual show!


Performers Include:

Skillet Licorice (SF)
Bob Willoughby (TN)
Buck Ewe (Eric, Suzy & Allegra Thompson and Rafe Stefanini)

- House Band –
Paul & Emily (Santa Cruz)

- Special Cranky Performance –
Angelina Elise w/Kelly Marie Martin

Tickets Available Online

$20 General Admission / $18 VPES Members

The LA Old Time Social is an annual 3-day event of Old-Time fiddle & banjo music with a selection of workshops and dances culminating with the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest. Performers travel from all over the world to take part in this festival and the Velaslavasay Panorama is the regular one-night host of the tradition. For more information about the festival, visit the LA Old Time Social website.


This production is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

A Kid-Friendly, Matinée Film & Art Series

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am



Welcome to the second episode of The Minnow Show!

We'll watch movies, make movies, have popcorn for breakfast and do art instead of (home)work Sunday mornings at 11 A.M.

It's Sunday morning in the garden, not a critter is stirring until the Minnows of Penglai Pond rise to watch a flick & make a pic' at the Velaslavasay Panorama. Join Minnow & friends for The Minnow Show! A kid-friendly, matinée series of films followed by an Arts & Crafts workshop in the garden with treats for kids & adults alike.

Tickets Available Online
$20 General Admission (includes workshop & film)
$15 VPES Members
or 4 Tickets for $70

The Minnow Show!, Episode 2: Smokehouse Shorts in 16mm
Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 11 A.M.

We'll watch a variety of short films - including stop action animation and whimsical dramas - from the archive of Smokehouse Films. These will be projected on actual 16mm film and will include an overview of projection methods.  Archivist & Filmmaker John Cannizzaro of Smokehouse Films will lead a workshop on animation that will involve painting/drawing directly on 16mm film. These creations will then be projected.