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39 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [1-25-16 to 1-29-16]

January 25, 2016 by Christina Minh

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 January 25 to Friday January 29, features the LA Art Show, a Battle of the Mole, a Shake Shack pop-up, the Riot LA Comedy Festival, a William Shatner one-man show, and plenty more to choose from.

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

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Hollywood Sign

Checking out the Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory. Credit: Brian Champlin

[REMINDER: In some cases We Like L.A. does receive revenue when visitors click on ticket links and make purchases, however we maintain complete editorial control over the events we suggest. Basically, it only makes it on to the website if we think it is cool!]


Monday January 25th, 2016

1. dineL.A. 

Los Angeles restaurant week, aka dineL.A. , is a 14-day dining event showcasing over 300 of the city’s finest eateries. The diverse selection of restaurants participating this year will each offer specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus now through January 31. Check out our favorite picks for lunch and dinner deals here.

2. Golden State of Cocktails

The third annual Golden State of Cocktails will celebrate cocktail culture for three days at the Majestic Downtown. The event will feature seminars, demos, tastings and more. Special dinners will be held each night as part of the Munchies Dinner Series and organized bar crawls to some of the best cocktail bars will be held nightly.

3. Shake Shack One Night Pop Up

Shake Shack will host a pop up inside of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s restaurant Son of a Gun for one-night only. Get inline (there will most definitely be a line) and order up an original ShackBurger and their signature crinkle cut fries. They’ll be letting guests line up in advance but behind a stanchion. Orders start at 6:00pm from the back bar and no reservations will be taken, for this special event. Make sure to come before 11:00pm. when they close.

4. Burn Heal: A FREE Stand Up Comedy Video Game Show at the Comedy Central Stage

Burn Heal is a cross breed between a video game and a comedy show. Comics Brent Weinbach (Comedy Bang Bang!, Kroll Show, Another Period) and Matt Donaher (Conan, Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch) hit you with their best jokes, followed by playing 1 on 1 in some truly oddball video games (Mount Your Friends, Gang Beasts, Rocket League, Nidhogg). With every comic mic’d the whole way through, and the games carefully curated from the edges of the internet, the outcome is always unexpected. Come get weird with them for free, show starts at 8:0pm at Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson.

5. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar + Grill Launches New “Social Hour”

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Los Angeles at The Grove is launching Social Hour this week featuring inexpensive small bites and drinks of their signature menu items. The promotion which runs Monday-Friday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm is aimed at encouraging guests of the restaurant to mingle and socialize in the back lounge area while sampling dishes including various handrolls, teriyaki meatball skewers with spicy mustard, and a 3-piece seasonal sushi/sashimi platter.

6. National Irish Coffee Day at Tom Bergin’s Public House

Original owner Tom Bergin received a copy of the first-ever recipe for an Irish Coffee from San Francisco columnist Stanton Delaplane after he brought it over from Shannon Airport in Ireland, where the original Irish Coffee was created by chef Joe Sheridan in 1938. Now a staple on Tom Bergin’s menu  (since 1936), Tom’s signature Irish Coffee features Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, dark roast coffee, simple syrup, and chilled heavy cream. To celebrate Notional Irish Coffee Day Tom Bergin’s will serve their Irish Coffee from 5:00pm – 2:00am at a special price of $8!

7. Opening Ceremony’s Winter Sale

Opening Ceremony is having their Winter sale now through the end of this month. Save 30%-70% on apparel and accessories by Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and more.

8. $1 Cup Of Morning Joe At Otus Thai Kitchen

We spotted an awesome deal over at Otus Thai Kitchen on La Brea. As seen on their Instagram, they are trying out a new morning coffee happy hour that will run weekdays from 6:30am – 9:00am. Grab a coffee for just a buck and espresso drinks are half off during this time.

9. Live Band Karaoke at The Federal Bar

Starting Monday, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood will present LIVE BAND KARAOKE! Every Monday night starting at 9:00pm, guests will have the chance to belt out their favorite hits while taking advantage of the $5 drink specials and The Federal Bar’s special poutine menu. No cover!

10. Nerdist Open Mic

Watch Kyle Clark and Caitlin Durante host this weekly comedy free-for-all. You’ll see new comics and familiar comics trying out new material. It’s free to sign up but do it at 5:00pm for the best chance to get selected! The lottery is at 5:30pm. They pull 25 names for the night plus 5 guaranteed spots for the following week. You get 3 minutes to make some comedy magic!

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Tuesday January 26th, 2016

11. Battle of The Mole

This Tuesday We Like L.A. will host one epic mole battle between chef Katsuji Tanabe (Chopped, Top Chef) and Chef Adriana Solis Cavita (Pujol, El Bulli) 10 lucky We Like L.A. fans will get a chance to be a part of the night where dinner and mole from these top chefs will be on us. If you haven’t entered the drawing you better do it asap. We close the sign up Monday 1:00pm sharp. Drawing will be at 3:00pm live on our Snapchat, winners will be contact shortly.

12. Mamma Mia! at the Pantages

Mamma Mia! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and an unforgettable journey down the aisle all performed in ABBA music. Come see the hit musical with infectious ABBA songs like, “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and many more. Now playing at the Hollywood Pantages. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

13. 1984 at The Broad Stage

This smash hit straight from London’s West End, makes’s it’s U.S. debut at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. See George Orwell’s novel come to life through radical staging that blurs the line between the past and present and what’s fiction and reality. Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar have some discount ticketing options for this performance throughout the month of January (while supplies last).

14. Little Dom’s Celebrates Eighth B-Day With Eight-Cent Martinis

Local Loz Feliz Italian spot Little Dom’s celebrates it’s eight year anniversary by generously serving eight-cent martinis all night long on Tuesday, January 26.

15. One Down Dog 3 Year Anniversary FREE Yoga Event

To celebrate three years of awesome yoga One Down Dog will reward folks with a free class at 8:00pm led by owner Jessica Rosen. This signature sweat class, is fast flow with cardio bursts set to awesome music.

16. KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities at Dodgers Stadium

Step into the world of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS a place of wonders where your imagination can alter reality. Interested? Get more information and discount tickets on select days this week via Goldstar!

17. The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

Last year L.A. conducted the largest homeless census in the nation and this year they hope to get an even bigger showing of community engagement. With three days and 6,000 volunteers The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is on a mission to end homelessness. Over the course of three days and nights, staff and trained volunteers will count the number of homeless persons, identify their demographic characteristics and the locations where they reside. Once the numbers are in the organization will get a clear picture on how many people are in need in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Wednesday January 27th, 2016

18. LA Art Show

What was once a small regional event has grown to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, with more than 120 galleries from around the world in participation. Now in its 21st year the LA Art Show will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 27 through January 31 starting with a premiere party Wednesday night and a the four-day public exhibition Thursday-Sunday.

19. Puck & Play Menu At Nest At WP24 + L.A. Kings Home Game

Every day the Kings play a home game fans can dine on the “Puck & Play” menu ($40) a special three-course menu, offered at Nest at WP24 inside The Ritz-Carlton. Selections of dim such as Chili “Dan Dan” Dumplings and Pork Belly Bao Buns, are followed by Crispy General Tso’s Chicken and Thai Curry Noodles. Guests also leave with their choice of sweet treats like carmel corn packaged to go for the game. Check out Goldstar for more information and discount tickets to Kings games for the remainder of the year and 2016.

20. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

The critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written by and starring James Lecesne, the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Trevor, will have a limited 23 performance engagement at the Kirk Douglas Theatre from January 13 to January 31, 2016. Watch veteran New York actor and writer James Lecesne as he portrays every character in a small Jersey shore town as they unravel the story a 14 year-old boy who goes missing. Recently awarded the United Solo Special Award as well as being a New York Times Critic’s Pick, this is a show not to be missed. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

21. Grand Opening of Kali

Chef Kevin Meehan (Patina Group) and former Providence wine director Drew Langley’s new venture Kali will open for dinner service this Wednesday. Look for Michelin-level cuisine, wine and hospitality but re-imagined and stripped down to a more comfortable and casual setting. The a la carte menu will focus on locally-sourced ingredients, while the wine program will offer local affordable California finds as well as small production rare bottles sourced from collectors. Kali will be open for dinner from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Monday – Saturday.

22. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1:00pm.

23. The Hateful Eight Costumes & The Autry

Quentin Tarantino is a master in elaborate costumes and his latest film, The Hateful Eight, is no exception. Costumes from the film will be on view in the Imagination Gallery of The Autry. Designed by Courtney Hoffman and on loan from Cine-Manic Productions, Inc., the display features costumes worn by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Thursday January 28th, 2016

24. Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is a three day event showcasing works from artists currently making news in the art world, plus artist talks, curator-led panel discussions, film screenings and performances. It all takes place at the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport January 28 through 31. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

25Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

After decades as a private residence / venue rental, Pasadena’s Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is now open for public admission every Thursday.

26. Jordan Younger’s “Breaking Vegan” Book signing Party at Beaming Santa Monica

Santa Monica Superfood Café, Beaming will host yoga and wellness blogger Jordan Younger’s “Breaking Vegan” book signing party from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. During the signing Beaming will serve signature detox juices, baked goods, and vegan snacks for all attendees. Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque of Be Well By Kelly will be there to give a brief talk on the importance of detoxing for the New Year. This event is free to the public!

27. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 

Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday!

28. Taschen’s Winter Warehouse Sale

Happening at Taschen’s North Beverly Drive shop and online, the Winter sale is the perfect time to re stock your book shelves. The sale will take place over a four-day period concluding on Sunday and promises to discount 50 to 75% off display and slightly damaged titles in subjects like fashion, art, architecture, photography, music, interior design, pop culture, and more.

29. Discada Night At The Briks

Every Thursday, Chef Mario Christerna cooks up his Discada right infront of his DTLA restaurant The Briks. What is Discada? To start, it’s a mixed meat dish made up of carne asada, bacon, chorizo, ham and hot dogs- The Briks seem to be the only restaurant serving this Northern Mexican dish and it’s delicious in their taco or on top of fries.

30. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday. Check out Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams in association with the Japanese American National Museum on view now through February 21, 2016.

31. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

32. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

Friday January 29th, 2016

33. Riot LA

RIOT LA is a Los Angeles’ Alternative Comedy Festival that takes over one block and over six venues in Downtown over a single weekend. This year’s performers include Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, David Cross and more. Happening from January 29 – 31. We spotted discount tickets for Natasha Leggero, Janeane Garofalo and Maria Bamford co-headlining a triple-header bill at the Theatre at Ace Hotel via Goldstar.

34. Uncle Eddy’s Big Time Burlesque

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A comedian was so obsessed with burlesque that he went out and got a Ph.D in it, who knew there was such a thing? Andy “Doc” Davis tried to put on is first show in Burbank a few years ago, but the vice squad shut him down deeming the girls’ costumes too scandalous. Now, the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood is willing to give Davis another chance to bring his vision of old-school burlesque featuring vaudeville-style comedy, chorus line numbers and stripteases to life. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

35. Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It

William Shatner doing Shatner in a unique storytelling retrospective to take place at Club Nokia at LA Live on January 29. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

36. 2016 Golden State Tattoo Expo

Meet skilled tattoo artists from around the world during the Golden State Tattoo Expo taking place all weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. There will be burlesque show, live music and paid seminars and workshops for those who want to learn from some of the best artist in the world.

37. The Farriers Package at Santa Anita

Wh y not spend a day at the races with a package that includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer from the Farriers bar. Get more info and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

38. Free Museum Day at The Long Beach Museum Of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

39. Escape Reality at Magicopolis

Husband-and-wife duo Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel perform a vaudeville-style magic show that’s fun for the whole family. Expect optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-type escape called the Table of Terror! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.


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