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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re lucky enough to live close to your dear maman, may we suggest an arty date with her? Plus, in case you need a bit of a familial buffer—remember, museums are quiet zones.

For the Nature Lover

The Arboretum in Arcadia has opened its annual outdoor exhibit, The Nature of Sculpture, in which 80 southern California artists choose spots to display their sculptures outdoors. Best part: the flock of peacocks wandering around and competing for attention.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; 626-821-3222 or

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For the classicist

Norton Simon Museum is currently hosting Tête à tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, a show that includes Whistler’s Mother, the iconic 1871 masterpiece that’s on loan from a Parisian museum.

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; 626-449-6840 or

For the Rocker

Does Mom love to talk about her time on the road? Take her to Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk, the new exhibit of musician Chris Stein?s photographs of his wife, Debbie Harry, and the '80s music scene, currently up at Paul Smith Melrose. Bonus: Shopping!

Paul Smith Melrose, 8221 Melrose Ave.; 323-951-4800 or

For the Photo Buff

At LACMA, Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of this California photographer’s wide-ranging career, including pictures of his retired parents in suburban splendor.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-857-6000 or

For the Edgy Mom

Interested in experimental fashion as well as installation art? Then check out Bernhard Willhelm 3000, a show at the MOCA Pacific Design Center that imagines a Mad Max-type dystopia. As part of the exhibit, fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm previews his summer collection.

MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood; 310-289-5223 or

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