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 8 to Friday, January 12, features the 2018 LA Art Show, Joe Biden at the L.A. Times Ideas Exchange, a live Kevin Smith podcast MLK at the Wallis, the start of dineL.A. 2018, and MUCH 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 8th, 2018
1. 7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 7-12.
2. Join Boomtown Brewery for Monday Movie Nights, a new monthly movie screening in their private event space set up with comfy couches, craft beers, popcorn and an option to order from Purgatory Pizza. This week they will screen Any Given Sunday. FREE
3. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.
4. Take refuge from the rain at Trivia Night at Southland Beer. 25 off your bar tab for first prize and $10 off for second.
5. Want more little related-advice from the We Like L.A. archives? Check out 17 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. on a Rainy Day
Tuesday January 9th, 2018
6. Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin will take over Hollywood geek bar Scum & Villainy Cantina to perform a live version of their Fatman on Batman podcast where they about the latest and greatest in the geek world.
7. There’s a Disney Trivia Night at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. Cosplay is encouraged.
8. The Annual David Bowie Birthday Party at The Hi Hat this year will include live music, face art and plenty of drinks.
9. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Wednesday January 10th, 2018
11. The LA Art Show comes to Los Angeles Convention Center January 10 – 14 for the West Coast’s most comprehensive art experience of the year. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to The Three Clubs in Hollywood this Wednesday. Travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition became American law. Learn the truth behind the mass propaganda that insisted that cannabis led to moral decay and debauchery, resulting in persecution of marijuana users.
14. Former Vice President Joe Biden will be at The Orpheum in DTLA for Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange. Listen to Biden share the biggest political moments of his career, his most challenging life choices and what has helped him persevere through life’s challenges.
15. See the duo behind fashion line BLESS during An Evening with BLESS, a discussion at The Hammer happening this Wednesday. FREE
16. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every Wednesday and Friday. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.
Thursday January 11th, 2018
17. Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The Wallis with three different programs of dance over the holiday weekend (January 11 – January 13.)
18. Tijuana is a multimedia solo show straddling the line between fiction and reality which stars Gabino Rodríguez. Playing at the Skirball Cultural Center on January 11-12. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. The Queen Mary hosts Ships & Giggles Comedy Night every second Thursday of the month featuring some of the best comedians aboard the majestic ship’s Observation Bar.
20. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.
21. Head to The Lyric Hyperion to watch some of the best local comedians join forces during Stand Up For Radio. They’ll be recording the show for satellite radio’s comedy channels.
22. The Feedback Monthly Film Festival will once again takeover Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas for an evening of some of the best short films from around the globe. Tickets are free or pay what you can, guests can reserve their tickets online.
23. Free admission at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) FREE
Friday January 12th, 2018
24. dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) kicks of 2018 with another round of exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries.
25. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio.
26. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week is back from January 12 to 26. Dozen of eateries from the beach city’s growing food scene will be participating by offering either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only special offers.
27. Enjoy a double feature and see Willem Dafoe in person at The Egyptian Theatre. The Florida Project and one of his most memorable performances Shadow of The Vampire. A discussion will be held between films with Willem Dafoe.
28. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
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