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36 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [1-20-17 to 1-22-17]

January 19, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Jan. 20 to Jan. 22) includes the Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Riot LA, a wine festival at Union Station, Women’s March Los Angeles, an paella party at L&E, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday January 20th, 2017

1. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for an art exhibition offering a delectable mix of booze, flapjacks, and work from local artists.

2. 2017’s Riot LA Comedy Festival runs from Jan. 19-22. The lineup of comedic all-stars for this year includes Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, the return of Dr. Katz, plus a live chat with Mel Brooks followed by a screening of Blazing Saddles. For those interested we spotted a few discount deals via Goldstar you might also want to take advantage of for the following:

3. If you care about social justice, you’ll want to check out the newest exhibition at Subliminal Projects. Shepherd Fairey’s illustrious gallery, located in Echo Park, debuts American Civics with an opening reception from 8 to 11 p.m.

4. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Fight for democracy by singing your butts off during A Hamilton Singalong, join an audience of revolutionaries as they sing through the entire score of the hit musical Hamilton during this Inauguration Day defiance dance party taking place at Three Clubs. No cover, NOT MY PRESIDENT cocktail specials, $1 tacos and Cheetos for everyone!

6. Sure to be a devilish good time, “Helvis” and His Angels of Mercy will perform a song and striptease during Greaseland Rockabilly & Burlesque at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. dineL.A. Restaurant Week continues through Jan. 27. More than just a week, dineL.A. offers food-lovers two straight weeks to taste, explore, and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles.  Need a little help selecting places to go? Try our nifty guide to dineL.A. which includes our top picks 😉

8. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is New Orleans Cocktails.

10. The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will host free previews for the Koan Unit’s production of “BECKETT 5” five rarely seen, short plays by Samuel Beckett from Jan. 18 to 20 at 8 p.m. The public must call in advance to reserve a seat, and mention WE LIKE LA for this freebie 😉

11. It’s a Presidential themed Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Rockwell. Let broadway, film and TV stars dazzle you on stage to help you forget about the dismal election for just one moment. Show happens Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week continues through 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

14. The Completely Different Late Show put on by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company will have you LOLing in your seats while shouting ridiculous scenarios to a seasoned cast of improv. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Free admission day this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday January 21st, 2017

17. Uncorked: L.A. comes to Union Station on Saturday Jan. 21 for the biggest wine experience in the city. Come get your fill of more than 150 wines, a champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks.

18. Women’s March Los Angeles happens the day after Inauguration Day. Join Angelenos who support human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity and compassion in Pershing Square to march through DTLA. Post march there will be live entertainment, food trucks and informational booths to keep the fight going.

19. Experience the food, culture and history of Downtown Los Angeles through a three hour foodie tour this Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. Michael Rosenbaum, Theo Von and more will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Learn the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment provided.

22. Stop by Eagle Rock Brewery’s 7th Anniversary Party this Saturday featuring ticketed drink tastings, food trucks and more!

23. Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park is a two day street fair featuring live entertainment, art, street food and a carnival. FREE [UPDATE: Monterey Park’s Chinese New Year’s celebration is actually next weekend, Jan. 28-29. We regret listing it here in error. Apologies!]

24. Head over to Sunset Beach for the International Tiki Market Place. Score some tiki goods from over 50 vendors, the $10 admission even comes with a voucher for food & drink.

25. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be Venice Beach this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.

26. The Rookery 4th Anniversary Beer Fest in Pomona will offer 4oz pours of rare brews on tap in a pay as you go format.

27. The Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform Beethoven’s Missa solemnis on Jan 21 and 22 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This marks the first 2017 performance for the L.A. Master Chorale and will feature 120 singers, a full orchestra, and four soloists conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.

Sunday January 22nd, 2017

28. L&E Oyster Bar is celebrating five years of being one of the most beloved spots in Silver Lake with a paella party this Sunday, Jan. 22. starting at 5 p.m. Chef Spencer Bezaire will be serving paella, on the house, until it’s gone. Since L&E shucks up some of the best oysters in town the generous team will also serve FREE oysters… until they run out (which may be quick depending on how many people show). FREE

29. The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting a free screening of Goldfinger (1964) on Sunday. FREE

30. Ladyface Ale Company in Agoura Hills is celebrating their 7th anniversary with an invitational boutique beer festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to quench their thirst, try hard-to-find ales, and even savor the debut of the “The Shepherdess,” Ladyface’s barrel-aged Belgian barleywine.

31. The Aqualillies will lead a fun and creative synchronized swim class at the Annenberg Community Beach House where you’ll learn back layouts, ballet legs, torpedoes and more! The class cost $37 a person and comes with parking and hot chocolate.

32. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33Laughing Matters: The Inaugural Comedy Ball at The Improv is a night of stand-up benefiting nonprofits Human Rights Watch and Feminist Majority. Featuring Kevin Nealon, Carol Leifer, Erica Rhodes, Selene Luna hosted by Bruce Vilanch.

34. The Queen Mary is issuing a special Locals’ Annual Pass to make it easier than ever for SoCal residents to visit the world-famous cruise liner all year round. The pass includes complimentary three-hour parking and admission to the ship and exhibits. Grab yours for a special price on Goldstar! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. The Federal Bar presents another installation of Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series. The free show will feature Chuck Prophet and Mt. Joy this Sunday.

36. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and pay what you can at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. FREE


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Food

An Oyster Free-For-All, Free Gourmet Coffee & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 17, 2017 by Christina Minh

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I love free food. You love free food. Everyone loves free food. Did I mention this week’s round-up is about free food?

On Sunday L&E Oyster Bar celebrates their 5th year anniversary with an epic paella and oyster free-for-all. And don’t forget this Wednesday westside newcomer Espresso Cielo will give away free coffee all day in honor of National Gourmet Coffee Day.

Keep in mind several special parties (not free but still awesome!) are happening this week including a rare gin gathering at MiniBar plus a huge wine extravaganza at Union Station.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Happy Hour starts now until 7pm. #tgifridays

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L&E Oyster Bar’s five-year anniversary celebrates with free paella and oysters!

L&E Oyster Bar is celebrating five years of being one of the most beloved spots in Silver Lake with a paella party this Sunday, Jan. 22. Starting at 5 p.m. Chef Spencer Bezaire will be serving paella, on the house, until it’s gone. Since L&E shucks up some of the best oysters in town the generous team will also serve free oysters, until they run out! If you can’t make it this weekend, L&E will keep the party going from Jan. 23 to 27 in L&E’s upstairs bar with free oysters from 5 p.m. till they’re gone.

Save the date for this 5 year old's birthday party on January 22. More details soon… 🤡🎈🥂🍤🍷🎈🍺

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Calling all wine lovers, this is your week

Uncorked: L.A. comes to Union Station on Saturday Jan. 21 for the biggest wine experience in the city. Come get your fill of more than 150 wines, a champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks. Drink responsibly.

Carlitos Gardel Presents an Argentine Wine Pairing Menu

Continuing their 20th anniversary celebrations, Carlitos Gardel presents El Dia Que Me Quieras, a wine pairing menu for two served every Thursday now till the end of April. The menu features five courses of the restaurant’s most popular items paired with vintage Argentine wine selected by Sommelier Max Bozoghlians. The Prix Fixe menu is set at $300 for two.

Free Coffee in Santa Monica

Espresso Cielo will celebrate the grand opening of their second location at 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 with free small drip coffees all day this Wednesday, Jan. 18. Just mention “National Gourmet Coffee Day” to redeem.

American Tea Room Re-Opens its Flagship Location in Beverly Hills

SoCal tea purveyor American Tea Room has been under renovation since 2015, now they’re back and better than ever with a luxury retail store showcasing over 200 of the brand’s rare and premium teas from around the world. Freshly brewed teas, artisanal coffee and sweet and savory snacks will also be available on site.

american tea room beverly hills

Photo Credit: American Tea Room

MiniBar’s Rare Gin Tasting Event

MiniBar is partnering with Australian distillery Four Pillars Gin and K&L Wines to host a rare gin tasting on Thursday, Jan. 19. The event will feature a welcome cocktail and complimentary tastings of exclusive gins yet-to-be-released in the states, such as chardonnay solera aged gin and bloody shiraz gin accompanied by unique snack pairings. Admission cost $10 a person and can be purchased online here.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

Midori Matcha in Little Tokyo serves up some seriously good ceremonial matcha a.k.a. the good stuff. I was lucky enough to try the matcha filled beignet (new item!), eclair, matcha latte and soft serve!

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36 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [1-17-17 to 1-20-17]

January 17, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 20, features the Indie Beauty Expo, the Riot LA Comedy Festival, dineL.A. restaurant week, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show, a gourmet popcorn battle, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Tuesday January 17th, 2017

1. The Moth storytelling event returns to Los Globos in Los Angeles with LA StorySLAM: DEALBREAKERS.

2. The Indie Beauty Expo is coming to DTLA’s California Market Center from Jan. 17 through 19. This one-of-a-kind expo allows shoppers to discover the newest and freshest under-the-radar beauty brands. From cosmetics and skin needs to hair and nail care, a vast variety of brands will be represented.

3. dineL.A. Restaurant Week continues through Jan. 27. More than just a week, dineL.A. offers food-lovers two straight weeks to taste, explore, and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles.  Need a little help selecting places to go? Try our nifty guide to dineL.A. which includes our top picks 😉

4. The Queen Mary is issuing a special Locals’ Annual Pass to make it easier than ever for SoCal residents to visit the world-famous cruise liner all year round. The pass includes complimentary three-hour parking and admission to the ship and exhibits. Grab yours for a special price on Goldstar! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week continues through 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

6. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The LA Opera takes over Union Stations Waiting Room for a first look at Mozart’s Comedic Opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio” the experiential pop-up event is free to attend and will feature live jazz, 20’s era dancers, and LA Opera singers performing pieces from the upcoming show. FREE

8. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Hammer Museum presents Election Postmortem a discussion/reflection on the 2016 election moderated by journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host, Ian S. Masters with UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck, public policy scholar Theodore R. Johnson and political scientist Michael Tesler. FREE

10. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is “Japanese Pop”. FREE

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday January 18th, 2017

13. FLIXatFIG returns to the TASTE Food Hall at [email protected] with a free screening of Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. FREE

14. The Broad Stage and Sotheby’s Institute of Art kicks off their brand-new series of art talks this Wednesday with five of California’s major art legends. Titled Artists Talks: LA Legends, this series explores the living legacy of Los Angeles’ art scene via enlightening conversations with influential artists. The series opens with Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, and Ed Ruscha.

15. Join Los Angeles magazine at the A+D Museum in DTLA for their 4th annual Best New Restaurants Celebration as they highlight some of their favorite local restaurants, chefs, and culinary masters.

16. This week Glendale Arts POPUP! Intro to Music series continues with a intro to guitar workshop at Brand Library. Open to the public the event is free, but the organizers are encouraging a $5 donation from each participant.

17. The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will host free previews for the Koan Unit’s production of “BECKETT 5” five rarely seen, short plays by Samuel Beckett from Jan. 18 to 20 at 8 p.m. The public must call in advance to reserve a seat, and mention WE LIKE LA for this freebie 😉

18. The Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I comes to the Hollywood Pantages. Happening Wednesday through Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday January 19th, 2017

20. 2017’s Riot LA Comedy Festival runs from Jan. 19-22. The lineup of comedic all-stars for this year includes Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, the return of Dr. Katz, plus a live chat with Mel Brooks followed by a screening of Blazing Saddles. For those interested we spotted a few discount deals via Goldstar you might also want to take advantage of for the following:

21. The iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach is now a great place to see local live bands! Stop by every third Thursday of the month beginning January 19 for Local Band Hangout happening at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar.

22. Metalachi, the world’s only heavy metal Mariachi band will be playing at the Doll Hut this Thursday.

23. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Army of Darkness this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Rally to Save Roe will commemorate the 44th anniversary of the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case, Roe vs. Wade. Hosted by NCJW/LA and 24+ co-sponsoring organizations including Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) and the City of West Hollywood. The rally will feature speakers, performers and demonstrations and will also provide advocacy training.

25. SIP+MINGLE 1920’s Prohibition Party at Pattern Bar. The party will include an exclusive exhibit by photographer Yoshi Hashimoto, who documented the final days of the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, home to Al Capone. Guest are encouraged to dress up and complimentary gourmet bites will be served at the beginning of the party. Ticket cost $10 a person.

26. January 19 is National Popcorn Day and Spin PR will celebrate with a gourmet popcorn battle. Come see popcorn lovers compete in a Chopped-style competition with their best take on unique flavors. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, popcorn tastings and more. Tickets cost $20 a person.

27. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday and through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum (all day), Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday January 20th, 2017

29. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for an art exhibition offering a delectable mix of booze, flapjacks, and work from local artists.

30. If you care about social justice, you’ll want to check out the newest exhibition at Subliminal Projects. Shepherd Fairey’s illustrious gallery, located in Echo Park, debuts American Civics with an opening reception from 8 to 11 p.m.

31. Sure to be a devilish good time, “Helvis” and His Angels of Mercy will perform a song and striptease during Greaseland Rockabilly & Burlesque at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is New Orleans Cocktails.

33. It’s a Presidential themed Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Rockwell. Let broadway, film and TV stars dazzle you on stage to help you forget about the dismal election for just one moment. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Completely Different Late Show put on by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company will have you LOLing in your seats while shouting ridiculous scenarios to a seasoned cast of improv. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Free admission day this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art


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The Best dineL.A. Menus You Need To Know About For January

January 12, 2017 by Christina Minh

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DineL.A. is back for its winter edition featuring special lunch and dinner prix fixe menus from top resturants all over the Southland.

300+ resturants will be participating during the two-week event from Jan. 13 through Jan 27. All dineL.A. deals follow the same price plan: $15, $20, or $25 for lunch menus and $29, $39, or $49 for dinners. The only exception is a small set of experiential menus from the Exclusive Series which are priced at $95 (and up).

Now the question is, where to begin?

It’s a tough call. Luckily I’ve done the hard part for you and reviewed every single menu (seriously I read through them all). In the end, I’ve hand picked the most drool worthy menus to be a part this nifty dineL.A. guide.

Below you will find all recommended menus into sections for lunch, dinner and exclusives for easy viewing.

Bon appetite!

Top Lunch Deal Picks:

a.o.c. 

The Strand House

Sarita’s Pupuseria

Inotheke

The Church Key

church key stuffed avocado dine la

Photo Credit: Marcus Meisler / Church Key

Fishing With Dynamite

Connie and Ted’s

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Chang’anRestaurant

Hanjip Korean BBQ

Paley

popcorn ice cream paley

Photo Credit: Paley

Blue Plate Oysterette Santa Monica 

Maccheroni Republic

Citizen Beverly Hills

Spring

Top Dinner Deal Picks:

Rose Cafe & Restaurant

Mardi

Redbird

K Ramen. Burger. Beer.

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Same Same

same same khao soi dine la

Photo Credit: Same Same

E.P. & L.P.

Sotto 

Herringbone Santa Monica

Simbal

M.B. Post

Alimento

Lucques

Artisan House

The Bellwether

bellwether meatballs dine la

Photo Credit: Bellwether

Paley

barcito 

Hanjip Korean BBQ

Bettolino Kitchen 

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Fogo de Chao Churrascaria (Multiple Locations)

BOA Steakhouse 

The Church Key

Bourbon Steak Los Angeles

Brack Shop Tavern

brack shop patty melt dine la

Photo Credit: Brack Shop

Fritzi DTLA

Cafe Birdie

Chang’an Restaurant

Connie and Ted’s

KazuNori : The Original Hand Roll Bar (Multiple Locations)

Tam O’Shanter

SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa (Multiple Locations)

Baldoria 

baldoria fried chicken dine la

Photo Credit: Baldoria

Top Exclusive Series Picks:

ink.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

The Arthur J

Melisse

CUT By Wolfgang Puck


Interested in taking a look at the complete list of participating restaurants? Check out the lineup here.

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46 Awesome Things to do this MLK Weekend in L.A. [1-13-17 to 1-16-17]

January 12, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend (Jan. 13 to Jan. 16) includes the LA Art Show, the start of dineL.A., Anime Impulse, a Hello Kitty Food Truck appearance, The Kingdom Day Parade, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday January 13th, 2017

1. Feast your eyes on some amazing art collections from all over the world! The 2017 LA Art Show comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center from Jan. 11 through Jan. 15 for their annual civic celebration of the visual arts.

2. In need of some visual inspiration? Look no further than Photo LA. Returning to The REEF/LA Mart for its 26th edition, this photographic exhibition celebrates photography and how it fits within the realm of fine art. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. dineL.A. Restaurant Week is back from Jan. 13 through Jan. 27. More than just a week, dineL.A. offers food-lovers two straight weeks to taste, explore, and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles.  Need a little help selecting places to go? Try our nifty guide to dineL.A. which includes our top picks 😉

4. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Seasonal Cocktails.

6. The Queen Mary is issuing a special Locals’ Annual Pass to make it easier than ever for SoCal residents to visit the world-famous cruise liner all year round. The pass includes complimentary three-hour parking and admission to the ship and exhibits. Grab yours for a special price on Goldstar! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16. Check for discounted tickets throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Santa Monica Restaurant Week will take place from Jan. 9 to 15  and will feature 21 of the area’s best restaurants showcasing the beach city’s vibrant food scene through one selected ingredient. This year’s star ingredient is the radish!

9. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Learn the history of Mexico and its vibrant food and drink traditions with a cultural experience at La Experiencia Agave hosted at The Knotted Apron cooking school in Whittier. Tickets start at $75 a person.

11. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I comes to the Hollywood Pantages. Happening Tuesday through Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica is hosting a Grilled Cheese & Beer Night this Friday featuring a six-course meal four of which are grilled-cheese sandwiches. Tickets cost $60 a person.

14. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 13 to 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

15. The city of Pasadena will host Cheeseburger Week with 40 restaurants in participation offering burger specials all over the city from Jan. 8 to Jan 13.

16. Selfie Leslie is having a one day sample sale in Marina Del Rey. Shop their trendy and bohemian styles starting at just $10.

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday January 14th, 2017

18. Just an FYI for all the Sanrio fans out there: The traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will make an appearance at the Santa Anita Mall this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

19. Spend a day with burgers, beer and world-class Thoroughbred racing at Los Angeles landmark, Santa Anita Park during Burgers & Brewfest. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. GrubMarket will host Locavore Fest, a celebration of food and culture at Hatchet Hall in Culver City. The festival is free to attend and invites guests to meet and greet with their local farmers, hear their stories, and learn about the origins of their food. Guests will also sample food from local artisans, enjoy a drink at the wine and beer garden with live music, kids’ activities, and more.

21The Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex in Pomona on Jan. 14 and 15. Attendees can celebrate the Lunar New Year with food, art, and an immersive cultural experience!

22. Burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging? Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. The fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. So Cal Whisky Wonderland is a snow-filled, whisky-fueled fun festival at Roxanne’s in Long Beach. There will be plenty of great whiskeys to try, vendors to shop from, music, snow bowling, snowball bullseye and other “winter” games. Grab VIP tickets for a chance to try the elusive 10 Year, 12 Year, and 15 Year Pappy Van Winkle whiskey. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles Bus Tour is a four-hour guided tour by the folks at Esoteric Bus Adventures. The team will take you through the rough streets that shaped pulp-fiction author Raymond Chandler’s writing. Tasty Bonus! There will be a stop at ice cream favorite Scoops for a Chandler-themed gelato. Get discounted tickets while supplies last via Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Picture This! L.A.’s only live animated comedy show is back with a FREE show at The Virgil. FREE

27. Chris D’Elia, Anthony Jeselnik, Iliza Shlesinger, Dom Irrera and more will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29Shop Super Street is having a warehouse sale this Saturday featuring a mix of street and high end brands like Rodarte, Isabel Marant, Mochchino, Newbark, Stussy, The Great and more for up to 85% off.

30. Join the Culinary Historians this Saturday at the Central Library for a talk titled “Middle Eastern Cuisine is 500 Years Old” the event is free and open to the public with no reservations required. A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk. FREE

31. The Hammer is hosting In Real Life a month long curated film and video series that tie in performances in theater, dance, music and experimental recitation. This Saturday and Sunday the museum will host Trajal Harrell: Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church. FREE

32. Anthony Jeselnik and more will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Gabba Gallery will hold an opening reception party for New York based artist Jason Woodside with DJ Jonathan Williams spinning tunes and cocktails sponsored by Stolen Rum and Original New York Seltzer. FREE

34. The 1st Annual Comic Excitement Convention will land at the LA Convention Center Jan 14 to 15. The all-ages event will feature celebrity guests, cosplay stars, comic book creators, demos, games, vendors, and more.

35. Take a behind the scenes tour of the historic Egyptian Theatre this Saturday. Home of Hollywood’s first movie premiere, the docent-led tour will take guests through dressing rooms and other essential areas that make up the legendary theatre. Tickets cost $9 a person.

36. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be Venice Beach this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.

Sunday January 15th, 2017

37. Happy Birthday Marion! at The Annenberg Beach House celebrates actress Marion Davies’ 120th birthday. During this special afternoon, guests can explore Marion’s beautifully decorated guest house, dance to old-timey music, marvel at magician Tom Frank’s sleight-of-hand and watch Marion and Hearst in clips from their European-vacation home movies, along with Marion’s best film, the 1928 silent comedy Show People. Vintage attire is recommended, though not required.

38. Anime Impulse at the Asian American Expo at the Fairplex will fuse the world of anime & video games. Expect celebrity appearances, a maid cafe, artist alleys, Kawaii fashion & a cosplay masquerade competition.

39. The Aqualillies will lead a fun and creative synchronized swim class at the Annenberg Community Beach House where you’ll learn back layouts, ballet legs, torpedoes and more! The class cost $37 a person and comes with parking and hot chocolate.

40. The Fantastic Universal CityWalk Race will have your brains and athleticism put to the test. A cross between sight seeing, scavenger hunt and problem solving this race will have you work up an appetite which is perfect since the race ends at one of CityWalk’s restaurants where complimentary beverages and snacks await you. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. The Springs in partnership with Natives and Parsley Health will host a special wellness series called New Year’s Energy Reset offering a chakra lunch, yoga, aromatherapy, sound healing + reiki, a “Food is Medicine” discussion and more. Tickets cost $95 a person. This is a half day event from noon to 6:30 p.m.

42. Malibu Country Mart will host Fireball Tim’s Wheels & Waves a car meet up of eye-catching auto motives will line the streets from vintage, exotic, to rare cars of all types. This event will be an ongoing series every third Sunday of the month through June. FREE

43. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and pay what you can at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. FREE

Monday, January. 16th 2017

44. This Monday there will be a free Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the California African American Museum. The festivities include includes art activities, music and food trucks, plus a marathon reading of MLK speeches. FREE

45. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering free general admission on Monday for MLK Day, thanks to the folks by Target. FREE

46. The 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade is the largest parade in the county honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s edition will start at 11 a.m. on Monday morning near the intersection of Leimert Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd.


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DineLA is Back, It’s National Pizza Week, & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Get out your stretchy pants because it’s going to be one epic food week!

DineLA is back for 2017 starting this Friday with exclusive lunch and dinner menus from some of the city’s top restaurants at special prices.

If you can’t wait till the weekend to go on a food tasting adventure, then you’ll be happy to know Santa Monica Restaurant Week and Pasadena Cheeseburger Week are already in full swing (more details below).

Keep in mind there are also lots of food-centric parties going down this week, including Fat Tuesday at Sassafras and a Tiki themed-bash at Frankie’s Bar.

Oh, and perhaps the most important news of all… Monday marked the start of National Pizza Week!

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week is back from Jan. 13 through Jan. 27 with two weeks of special prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles. Check back to our website later this week as I’ll have a rundown of some of my top picks.

Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Santa Monica Restaurant Week will take place from Jan. 9 to 15  and will feature 21 of the area’s best restaurants showcasing the beach city’s vibrant food scene through one selected ingredient. This year’s star ingredient is the humble radish.

Redondo Beach Restaurant Week

Redondo Beach Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 13 to 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena

The city of Pasadena will host Cheeseburger Week with 40 restaurants in participation offering burger specials all over the city from Jan. 8 to Jan 13.

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A free food festival

GrubMarket will host Locavore Fest, a celebration of food and culture on Saturday Jan. 14 at Hatchet Hall in Culver City. The festival invites guests to meet and greet with their local farmers, hear their stories, and learn about the origins of their food. Guests will also hear about the latest food trends and tips for making healthy eating choices. There will be samples from local artisans, a wine and beer garden, live music, kids’ activities, and more.

Tiki party at E.P.&L.P.

Frankie’s Private Bar, the ultra-glamorous rooftop drinkery atop West Hollywood’s E.P.&L.P., celebrates the release of their new special-edition tiki mugs during a special evening called “Where Tiki Lives” on Wednesday Jan. 11. The launch party will feature classic tiki drinks all evening, and complimentary passed chicken sliders from 7 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate National Pizza Week

Yup pizza gets a week of celebrations! Wood in Silver Lake are offering up $9 Margherita pizzas all day, every day this week. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

You might also want to take a look at this handy guide of our top 16 Spots for The Best Pizza in Los Angeles to celebrate.

It’s Fat Tuesday every week at Sassafras Saloon!

NOLA inspired bar Sassafras Saloon will introduce a revamped cocktail menu and nightly events every Tuesday through Friday starting Jan. 24 with Fat Tuesday. The kick off party will be in true Big Easy style with exotic entertainment, sizzling live music, mind bending magicians, mystical absinthe fairies and Bourbon Street style cocktails.

Who needs a drink? #Hollywood #1933group

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FrankieLucy’s opens this Saturday!

Kristine de la Cruz of Crème Caramel LA and Annie Choi of Found Coffee have come together in a sweet way opening FrankieLucy Bakeshop on Sunset Blvd. The grand opening will take place this Saturday Jan. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and they’ll be giving away complimentary, mini ube pavlovas and offering $1 drip coffee. The BenAddictz will also be there from noon to 3 p.m. selling Chicken Adobo Benedicts and Mushroom Adobo Benedicts.

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Photo Credit: Jacob Layman/FrankieLucy

Taco Tuesdays and more at 33 Taps

Silver Lake sports bar 33 Taps is all about specials lately. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday with $9 all you can eat chicken, fish or veggie tacos. And, if you’re looking for a place with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s before 3 p.m. on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, look no further 😉

There’s a Janis Joplin Burger

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s will feature a Janis Joplin Burger available Jan. 9 to Jan. 22. The burger features a house made hemp seed patty topped with cheddar cheese, sunflower sprouts, avocado, basil pesto and horseradish honey mustard on a whole wheat bun. The seasonal special will only be available at the El Segundo and Playa Vista locations.

elysian includes dinner!

There is lots going on with David Thorne’s gorgeous project elysian. The Elysian Valley spot just remodeled their bar, expanded the cocktail program, introduced new hours and a seasonal dinner menu. The new schedule includes dinner service Wednesday through Saturday, an anti-#sad! time (aka happy hour) on Fridays and Saturdays (5 to 6:30 p.m.) featuring rotating drink specials and snacks. Look out for a handful of special events with non-profit partners, Clockshop, a monthly live music series, a weekly DJ series and guest chef dinners.

Insecure takes over The Den

HBO’s hit series is celebrating their season one digital release by throwing a party at The Den on Tuesday Jan. 10. There will be a special happy hour with themed out cocktails like “Bish Please” “Boozy AF” and “Insecuri-tea” and some AF photo booth opps. Event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Whiskey Dinner at Hudson House

Hudson House and Hudson Whiskey are partnering for a Whiskey Dinner on Monday, Jan. 16. Top Chef alumna Chef Brooke Williamson and her husband Chef Nick Roberts, will pair various Hudson Whiskey expressions with a 6-course tasting menu of seafood, fresh produce and Shepard’s Pie. Tickets cost $85 per person.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

The Tonkotsu ramen bowl at Oh Man! Ramen during a Feastly dinner in DTLA.

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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [1-9-17 to 1-13-17]

January 9, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Jan. 9 to Friday, Jan. 13, features the LA Art Show, dineLA, a ‘Night Out’ of Comedy with Time Out LA,  the DTLA Art Walk, Photo LA at The Reef , and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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1st Street Bridge at night. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday January 9th, 2017

1. Moonlight Rollerway will host a David Bowie Tribute Skate Night featuring DJ-spun tunes from Bowie’s catalog to honor the iconic rocker this Monday.

2. Santa Monica Restaurant Week will take place from Jan. 9 to 15  and will feature 21 of the area’s best restaurants showcasing the beach city’s vibrant food scene through one selected ingredient. This year’s star ingredient is the radish!

3. Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen at The Virgil. The Dec. 9 lineup features Wil Anderson, Kate Berlant, Jonathan Burns, Andrew Michaan, Andy Peters, and Ramon Rivas II.

4. Catch L.A.’s longest running weekly burlesque show Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Mondays. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The city of Pasadena will host Cheeseburger Week with 40 restaurants in participation offering burger specials all over the city from Jan. 8 to Jan 13.

6. Free screening of Nocturnal Animals followed by Q&A with screenwriter director Tom Ford, costume designer Arianne Phillips, composer Abel Korzeniowski at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. FREE

7. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16. Check for discounted tickets throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Runway Playa Vista presents Music Mondays a free weekly concert and music series. This week they are hosting an Indie Night. FREE

Tuesday January 10th, 2017

9. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screens at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Check out production props, models, costumes and more. There will also be a Stormtrooper meet-and-greet before the movie! Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening Tuesday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Amélie the Oscar-nominated French film is now a new musical. The pre-Broadway production is taking place at the Ahmanson all week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I comes to the Hollywood Pantages. Happening Tuesday through Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Check out a screening of Golden Globe-winning Moonlight at the Million Dollar Theater with a live orchestral accompaniment.

16. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is “So 80’s”. FREE

17. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Autry National Center of the American West and LACMA.

Wednesday January 11th, 2017

18. Feast your eyes on some amazing art collections from all over the world! The 2017 LA Art Show comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center from Jan. 11 through Jan. 15 for their annual civic celebration of the visual arts.

19. This week Glendale Arts begins POPUP! Intro to Music, a series of music workshops taking place at Brand Library that are open to the public. Events are free, but the organizers are encouraging a $5 donation from each participant.

20. A Night With Time Out will have some of the city’s most promising comics at the Downtown Independent Theater this Wednesday.

21. Frankie’s Private Bar, the ultra-glamorous rooftop drinkery atop West Hollywood’s E.P.&L.P., celebrates the release of their new special-edition tiki mugs during a special evening called “Where Tiki Lives.” The launch party will feature classic tiki drinks all evening, and complimentary passed chicken sliders from 7 to 8 p.m.

22. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Radio Picture Show , a monthly storytelling event, is back at The Virgil this week with tales inspired by songs and images.

Thursday January 12th, 2017

24. Head to the biggest art walk in our city! The DTLA Art Walk will also curate an exhibition entitled “We The People” an art event featuring submissions by local artists regarding the challenges currently impacting our country’s social and political landscape. FREE

25. Harry Potter Burlesque, Chamber of the Dirty Little Secrets will take the stage at Harvelle’s in Long Beach this Friday. Tickets to the show are $12, and no one under 21 is allowed. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Saturday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatres in Hollywood Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Time Bandits this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Friday January 13th, 2017

31. In need of some visual inspiration? Look no further than Photo LA. Returning to The REEF/LA Mart for its 26th edition, this photographic exhibition celebrates photography and how it fits within the realm of fine art. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. dineLA Restaurant Week is back from Jan. 13 through Jan. 27. More than just a week, dineL.A. offers food-lovers two straight weeks to taste, explore, and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles.

33. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Seasonal Cocktails.

34. Learn the history of Mexico and its vibrant food and drink traditions with a cultural experience at La Experiencia Agave hosted at The Knotted Apron cooking school in Whittier. Tickets start at $75 a person.

35. Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica is hosting a Grilled Cheese & Beer Night this Friday featuring a six-course meal four of which are grilled-cheese sandwiches. Tickets cost $60 a person.

36. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 13 to 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

37. Selfie Leslie is having a one day sample sale in Marina Del Rey. Shop their trendy and bohemian styles starting at just $10.

38. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art


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40 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [1-6-17 to 1-8-17]

January 5, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Jan. 6 to Jan. 8) includes All Space Considered, First Fridays, the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, a No Pants Metro Ride, the LA Chocolate Festival, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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The No Pants Metro Ride from 2009. Photo by Ryan Jesena via flickr cc


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Friday January 6th, 2017

1. This Friday Griffith Observatory kicks off their 2017 edition of All Space Considered with a 2016 year-in-review, a tribute to John Glenn, and a special book signing with Dr. David Grinspoon, a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.

2. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

3. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Prohibition Cocktails.

4. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatres in Hollywood this weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Get nocturnal at the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours. See ocean jellies light up, touch a shark and observe a variety of fascinating sea creatures. The entire aquarium is open and discount tickets can be found for Jan 3 through 6. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Oh Man! Ramen will exclusively debut their dinner menu through chef driven incubator Feastly this Friday. The six course meal cost $50 a person.

7. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. LA Zoo Lights is an after-hours event showcasing animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, and animated displays throughout the zoo. Check for discounted tickets all weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. The Rink in Downtown Burbank invites you to ice skate in a winter wonderland. Perfect for a date or family night, the festive outdoor rink is located right next to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden. Happening now through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE On hold until January 11 due to inclement weather.

12. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screens at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Check out production props, models, costumes and more. There will also be a Stormtrooper meet-and-greet before the movie! Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Satellite Nights presents Purple Friday, a Prince Dance Night with Micah James. FREE

14. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Queen Mary’s signature winter attraction, CHILL, returns with a holiday theme of Alice in Winterland, promising an interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets this weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Amélie the Oscar-nominated French film is now a new musical. The pre-Broadway production is taking place at the Ahmanson all weekend. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday January 7th, 2017

18. Free Open House & Workshops return to Second City Hollywood this Saturday. Join one of the many workshops offered or see a couple of shows on the house. This event is open to all ages. FREE

19. The Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention is back, and celebrating its 40th anniversary. Hosted at The Reef in DTLA Saturday and Sunday, this popular event will house exhibits, special guests and collectibles galore.

20. L.A. artist and muralist Erin Adams opens Brainworks Gallery in Mid City showcasing emerging artists. The first reception is for mixed media artist Thomas Adams showcasing his work titled The Southern California Suburb Project.

21. Joe Rogan, Nikki Glaser and more will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Join BuzzFeed and Amazon Prime Video for a magical family screening event to celebrate the second season of the Amazon Original Just Add Magic. In addition to the screening, there will be treats, a DIY station, delicious mocktails and photo booths. All ages are welcome but a parent or guardian must register for the party. RSVP here. FREE

23. The 5th Annual Southern California Pet Expo is a free all-ages event taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Happening Saturday and Sunday, guests are allowed to bring their pets (with proof of vaccination) to experience demos, free grooming, training sessions, and more! FREE

24. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be in the Arts District of DTLA this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.

25. CAN I KICK IT? invites fans of hip hop to be part of a hilarious new take on an old school tradition of watching music videos with buds. Expect a panel of entertainers to give comedic commentary to some of your favorite rap videos from the 70’s-90’s. Happening at the NerdMelt. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

26TheFitExpo will take place at the L.A. Convention Center providing an array of work out programs, competitions and a healthy eating & living pavilion.

27. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Saturday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday January 8th, 2017

28. The city of Pasadena will host Cheeseburger Week with 40 restaurants in participation offering burger specials all over the city from Jan. 8 to Jan 13.

29. Ready to join hundreds of fellow angelenos in an annual excursion to ride our city’s public transit system… sans pants? It’s called No Pants Metro Ride and your Sunday afternoon just got a lot more interesting…

30. The LA Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show comes to the Omni Hotel in DTLA this Sunday. Some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in Los Angeles will offer confectionery treats to be paired with the world’s top champagnes, wines and spirits. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Ring in the Year of the Rooster at The Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival happening this Sunday. FREE

32. Esotouric tours is celebrating their tenth anniversary with a couple of special events around town. The first special event takes place this Sunday with a 1950s Googie architectural celebration at Downey’s restored Bob’s Big Boy drive-in. There will be special guest speakers, informal walking tours, and memories shared from longtime patrons, preservation activists and historians. FREE

33. The Aqualillies will lead a fun and creative synchronized swim class at the Annenberg Community Beach House where you’ll learn back layouts, ballet legs, torpedoes and more! The class cost $37 a person and comes with parking and hot chocolate.

34. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16. On Sunday they will host a special curling pop up from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost $5.

35. The Amazing Los Angeles Race II is part scavenger hunt, part sightseeing tour. Spend your Sunday afternoon getting to know the city of angels by making your way through iconic L.A. sites while solving puzzles – it’s an active and fast pace way to visit all tourists areas on your bucket list. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Interested in drinking beer and eating cheese for five whole hours? Here’s your chance! The Cheese and Beer Hop is back and will take place in South L.A. featuring three breweries  (Three Weavers, Monkish and Smog City) with cheese and beer flights just for you. Tickets cost $80 a person.

37. Downtown’s chillest, monthly community brunch party is back for 2017. DTLA First Sundays (yes, they know it’s the second Sunday of the year) is hitting The Bunker Hill Bar & Grill this Sunday starting at 10 a.m.. If you’re looking to meet some quality locals in the downtown area, and get your grub on in the process, this is your jam.

38. The Annenberg Community Beach House is hosting a free beach walk to observe the Snowy Plover bird. The walk will be led by the Audubon Society from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Binoculars will be provided but you can bring your own if you wish. RSVP here. FREE

39. Held on the second Sunday of each month the Rose Bowl Flea Market has everything you can imagine from vintage tees, unique vintage jewelry and furniture you’ll find yourself browsing for hours.

40. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art, Pacific Asia Museum and pau what you can at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. FREE


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Mezcal Mondays, a Shipping Container Food Mall in Long Beach & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Happy 2017 everyone!

For the first week of the new year we’re zoning in on a new happy hour at Petty Cash and giving a little link love to a new food center in Long Beach comprised entirely of shipping containers (neat!).  Plus: A few of L.A.’s top food insiders give their personal predictions for 2017.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Master Prohibition Era Cocktails this week…

Greenbar Distillery hosts weekly cocktail classes every month. This week the theme is Prohibition Cocktails. Tickets are $40 a person.

Mezcal Mondays at Petty Cash

Patty Cash just launched a new Mezcal Monday program featuring $6 El Silencio Mezcal Margaritas during Happy Hour every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.

2017 According to some L.A. insiders

LA Restaurant Headline Predictions for 2017 according to Eater LA and a slew of other L.A. writers are worth a read. I’m hoping some of these actually come true (specifically the Hedgehog Cafe! 🙏)

Bixby Knolls receives a cool update

A food-focused shopping center called SteelCraft is set to grand open in Bixby Knolls the first weekend of February. Built with repurposed shipping containers you can “Think of it as a food truck, and we took the wheels off,” said Mark Turpin, president of Turpin Design Group who designed the space. Although the grand opening is a month away, Steelhead Coffee and Smog City Brewery are already open and serving the public. In the coming month we will see DeSano Pizza Bakery, from Santa Monica ; Waffle Love, from Utah ; Tajima Ramen House from San Diego; and Fresh Shave, serving Hawaiian shave ice open with more to come.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

The Al Pastor Taco at Petty Cash is made with succulent adobo-chile rubbed pork shoulder and topped with a generous slice of sweet pineapple.

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32 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [1-2-17 to 1-6-17]

January 2, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 6, features a post-parade float showcase, the Improvised Shakespeare Company, Greebar Distillery cocktail classes, free museum days, All Space Considered, First Fridays, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday January 2nd, 2017

1. The 128th annual Rose Parade returned to Pasadena this morning. If you missed it, don’t worry because the public is invited to the Post-Parade Float Showcase where they can view the floats up close. Tickets cost $13 a person, and the showcase will be on view Monday and Tuesday of this week.

2. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden. Happening now through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The Rink in Downtown Burbank invites you to ice skate in a winter wonderland. Perfect for a date or family night, the festive outdoor rink is located right next to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Karl Hess and Nick Rutherford hosts That’s Gold, a free comedy show at the Bootleg Theater. FREE

6. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16.

7. Soul Nite at the Ace Hotel Upstairs Bar offers resident Beyondadoub spinning vinyl tunes all night long. FREE

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017

8. The Improvised Shakespeare Company is back at Largo for two performances this Tuesday and Wednesday. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on both nights.

9. Get nocturnal at the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours. See ocean jellies light up, touch a shark and observe a variety of fascinating sea creatures. The entire aquarium is open and discount tickets can be found for Jan 3 through 6. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screens at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Check out production props, models, costumes and more. There will also be a Stormtrooper meet-and-greet before the movie! Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. 90s Game Night at Rivalry hosted by Be Kind Rewind. Come for happy hour, 90s board games and trivia! Participation is free.

12. Amélie the Oscar-nominated French film is now a new musical. The pre-Broadway production is taking place at the Ahmanson all week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is Afrofunk with DJ Panamajack . FREE

15. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.), Natural History Museum and Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits.

Wednesday January 4th, 2017

16. Step into Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Wednesday for Karaoke Night with KJ Beerbra Streisand. Fun happens from 7 to 9 p.m. FREE

17. The Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I comes to the Hollywood Pantages. Happening Wednesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The Alchemist’s Lab: A Victorian Escape Room happening Wednesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday January 5th, 2017

20. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatres in Hollywood Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Back to the Future this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. The Queen Mary’s signature winter attraction, CHILL, returns with a holiday theme of Alice in Winterland, promising an interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets this week before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Drag Queen Bingo takes place every first and third Thursday of the month during Grand Central Market game night! FREE

25. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Friday January 6th, 2017

26. This Friday Griffith Observatory kicks off their 2017 edition of All Space Considered with a 2016 year-in-review, a tribute to John Glenn, and a special book signing with Dr. David Grinspoon, a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.

27. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

28. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Prohibition Cocktails.

29. Want to get to know the DTLA food scene? Take a three-hour walking/eating tour! Grab a bite at some of the best bakeries, ethnic gems and culinary hot spots. The walking adventure will also touch on stories of the early Downtown settlers, architecture and more. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

31. Satellite Nights presents Purple Friday, a Prince Dance Night with Micah James. FREE

32. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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35 Awesome Things to do this New Year’s Weekend in L.A. [12-30-16 to 1-1-17]

December 29, 2016 by Christina Minh

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Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Dec. 30 to Jan. 1) includes a New Year’s countdown in Grand Park, Prohibition NYE at Union Station, a Rocky Horror NYE, Cleopatra’s NYE Ball at The Egyptian, a ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ countdown for kids , and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday December 30th, 2016

1. Pasadena Architectural Legacy Tours will host walking tours in the Pasadena Hillcrest neighborhood and South Orange Grove Boulevard. Explore one of Pasadena’s most beautiful neighborhoods, you’ll also see many grand estate mansions, along with Craftsman homes.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screens at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Check out production props, models, costumes and more. There will also be a Stormtrooper meet-and-greet before the movie! Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Kidspace Children’s Museum is hosting Snow Days through Dec. 30. The event will feature real snow, cookie decorating, magnetic ice skating, story time, daily amphitheater shows and more.

4. Winter Fest, the O.C. winter wonderland, is back from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1. This year’s holiday festival features a festival of lights, snow summit, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the hour, Santa Claus. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden. Happening now through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Studio Ghibli’s most iconic film My Neighbor Totoro will screen at midnight at the Nuart Theatre this Friday.

7. The Rink in Downtown Burbank invites you to ice skate in a winter wonderland. Perfect for a date or family night, the festive outdoor rink is located right next to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Queen Mary’s signature winter attraction, CHILL returns this Thursday with a holiday theme of Alice in Winterland, promising an interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets all weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Largest outdoor ice skating rink returns to Pershing Square for its 19th winter run. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16.

10. Can’t get enough of the holiday spirit? Head to “Knott’s Merry Farm” to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang celebrate the holidays the Peanuts way. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Satellite will host Remembering David Bowie a night of Bowie covers presented by Foxes Magazine. Tickets cost $10.

12. LA Zoo Lights is back! Now in its third year, the after-hours event showcases animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, and animated displays throughout the zoo. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets all weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Kick off your New Years weekend with a classic movie at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. This Friday they will screen a double feature: My Man Godfrey / Ruggles Of Red Gap. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. On Fridays Royce’s Arcade Warehouse hosts ‘Threeplay Fridays’ from 4 to 7 p.m. For $3 you get three hours of unlimited play of games such as Donkey Kong, Street Fighter 2, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and many more.

15. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Friday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Saturday December 31st, 2016

18. N.Y.E.L.A. comes to Grand Park + The Music Center for one of the most popular events in the city. Enjoy music, dancing, large-scale art installations, and a New Year’s countdown for free! Families are welcome. FREE

19. New Year’s Eve Black and Gold Soiree at the Viceroy Santa Monica will offer free-flowing champagne, music, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Cast Restaurant. Guests can dance the night away thanks to top KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Travis Holcombe spinning poolside.

20. Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena will be hosting a “Noon Year’s Eve” that includes sparkling cider, a noisemaker craft activity and a ballon drop at noon.

21. The Queen Mary is hosting a Hollywood-inspired party with entertainment from The Godfather, Dirty Dancing, Urban Cowboy, Goldfinger and more throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms and salons. After a night of dancing guests will be treated to an epic fireworks display over the ocean. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Ball at Wokcano will send you into the roaring ’20s with complimentary Asian fusion-inspired hors d’oeuvres, DJ, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast.

23. Prohibition NYE takes over Union Station for a roaring twenties extravaganza with live jazz, burlesque dancers, a premium open bar, nationally touring DJs and hundreds of swankily dressed Angelenos all ringing in the New Year at one of LA’s most historic venues.

24. Head to The Rockwell for a Rocky Horror NYE. Dine on a special New Year’s dinner and do the “Time Warp” during a special parody show of the cult musical. After, dine on a dessert buffet and toast with a glass of Champagne. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball at the Egyptian Theatre will feature some of Hollywood’s best DJs, two dance floors with a stage, five premium bars, a giant projection wall, and a light show with hieroglyphic animation. Guests are encouraged to wear Egyptian costumes.

26. Magicopolis’ New Year’s Eve Party in Santa Monica will feature the acclaimed “Escape Reality” magic show and a levitation, performance by Spill and Wrobel. In addition, the party includes a magic class, a swag bag, hats and noisemakers and a few other surprises, in addition to champagne to toast the new year.

27. The Cannibal will host an Old School Hip Hop House Party with an open bar from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Years Eve. Expect a whole animal feast with all the trimmings and a Champagne toast at midnight.

28. Comedian Chris D’Elia of Whitney and Undateable fame will headline a New Year’s Eve show at The Wiltern. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Bar 10 in West Hollywood will ring in the New Year with a live singing drag concert featuring Peppermint, Billy L’Amour and Anita Procedure. There will be an OPEN Champagne Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and $10 holiday themed shots. The cherry on top? no cover charge is needed.

30. Local L.A. comics will ring in 2017 at the J Spot Comedy Club with jokes and a full on party after the show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Brack Shop Tavern is hosting an 80s New Year’s Party complete with a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Free admission and 80s attire is strongly encouraged.

32. Want more New Years Eve ideas? Check out our top picks of the best parties, bars and resturants to ring in the New Year. Be safe and enjoy!

Sunday January 1st, 2017

33. Celebrate National Bloody Mary Day on Sunday, January 1 with our list of the Best Spots for Bloody Marys in Los Angeles 😉

34. Fancy a brisk ocean swim on New Years Day? Join the Venice Penguin Swim Club for a 500-yard swim around a buoy and back in Venice Beach. First-place winners will be crowned the Penguin Prince and Penguin Princess and all participants will get hot chocolate and snacks after. Registration cost $10.

35. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. UPDATE: No market this Sunday!


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NYE Cocktails, a Pancakes & Booze Art Show, & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

December 27, 2016 by Christina Minh

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The end is near! Not of the world, but at least the calendar year.

For foodies looking to ring in the New Year in style we’ve got a range of options from massive club parties to decadent dinners to local bars with free admission celebrations.

Already over 2016? Check out some of the food-related events happening in January 2017 you might want tickets to ASAP, including a wine festival at Union Station and the return of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Looking for Things To Do on NYE?

Check out our top picks of the best parties, bars and resturants to ring in the New Year. Be safe and enjoy!

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is Back in 2017

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in Los Angeles on January 20 and January 21 for an art exhibition featuring 150 L.A. based artist, loads of booze and stacks on stacks of flapjacks in a 10,000 square-foot space.

Uncorked: L.A. Wine Festival at Union Station

Uncorked: L.A. pulls into Union Station on January 21 for an epic wine experience. Over 150 wines will be available to sample plus a champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks to soak it all up.

L.A. Beer & Food Festival at Mack Sennett

L.A. Beer & Food Festival comes to historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on Jan. 28 with a sampling of beers from more than 40 independently-owned brewers from around Los Angeles County. Tickets get you unlimited tastings of 100+ beers and free snacks from notable local restaurants.

Still looking for more NYE options?

Bar 10 in West Hollywood will ring in the New Year with a live singing drag concert featuring Peppermint, Billy L’Amour and Anita Procedure. There will be an OPEN Champagne Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and $10 holiday themed shots. The cherry on top? no cover charge is needed.

Brack Shop Tavern is hosting an 80s New Year’s Party complete with a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Free admission and 80s attire is strongly encouraged.

A proper drink in a proper glass for some good & proper fun this Saturday night.

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National Bloody Mary Day!

Celebrate on Sunday, January 1 with our list of the Best Spots for Bloody Marys in Los Angeles.

Nikka Japanese Whisky Showdown

There’s a cocktail battle between Baldoria’s beverage director Matt Bostick and Big Bar’s bar manager Cari Hah Wednesday Dec. 28. The two will be whipping up cocktails with Nikka Japanese Whisky at Baldoria in DTLA to see who makes the best cocktails. Tickets cost $15 at the door and include samples of the creations and bites from 5 to 8 p.m.

cocktail battle big bar baldoria

New Years Day Brunch/Recovery Options

It’s inevitable most of us will have hangovers the next day, so head to a few of these places for some much needed nourishment…

Baldoria’s hangover brunch starts at 11 a.m. with $15 bottomless champagne and a Mrs. Croque Pizza that should cure the most stubborn of hangovers.

The Bellwether will be extending brunch hours hours till 3 p.m. on New Years Day which means guests can enjoy a Mama Betty’s Bloody Mary (served with a mini BLT) or the Easy Like Sunday Michelada and some Chili Cheese Fries made with The Bellwether’s steak style French fries that take a full three days to prepare, and topped with a fried egg.

All Dog Haus locations will be serving up a Hangover Haus Burger, featuring smoked bacon, haus chili topped with a fried egg, served along a brown-bagged PBR for just $5.99.

💥 New Years Day HANGOVER Special*! 🍔 Hangover Burger + 🍺 16oz PBR = $5.99 *at participating locations

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Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

The Taster Plate at Polish restaurant Solidarity in Santa Monica. The plate comes with two kielbasa, two cheese pierogi, two placki and a yogurt cucumber salad.

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