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10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [2-4-2023]

February 4, 2023 by Brian Champlin
View of the Griffith Park trail
View of the Griffith Park during a cloudy morning. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Saturday’s lineup of to-dos is headlined by a big send-off for L.A.’s most famous big cat, but there’s plenty of other options on the table.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (February 4) in Los Angeles followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Hope you have a good one !

Things To Do For Saturday in Los Angeles

Celebration of Life for P-22 -> Saturday’s community celebration of life for P-22 at the Greek Theater is sold out, but you can head to Angel City Brewery during the event to catch a livestream of the service (noon to 2 p.m.) and get $2 off all 12oz pours of P-22 beer. Sounds like a great way to toast to the most famous cat that ever prowled the streets of Los Angeles! Oh, and if you’re looking for other options for where to watch the stream with a group, the Los Angeles Public Library will host community watch gatherings at 11 branch locations beginning at noon. The livestream link to watch at home can be found here. More info on ACB’s event here.

Puppy Bowl Pup Rally -> This Saturday, The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., and Animal Planet will host the official Los Angeles Puppy Pup Rally with sports-themed activations for dogs to enjoy ahead of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIX Sunday airing. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will also be providing complimentary coffee and pup cups for all attendees. Stadium snacks, dog bandanas and photo ops are in the mix as well. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival -> The City of San Gabriel celebrates the Lunar New Year this Saturday with a packed slate of cultural events in the Mission District, including traditional lion dancing, live performances, balloon art, guided walks, over 80 food and artisanal booths, and a kids zone. Events and activities run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [2-3-2023 to 2-5-2023]

February 2, 2023 by Brian Champlin
First Fridays 2022 Season: From Seeds to Psychedelics at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. July 1, 2022.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for the weekend!

This February 3-5 in Los Angeles, check out First Fridays at NHM, a Celebration of Life for P-22, Chinese New Year at The Huntington, the SoCal Museums Free-For-All, a Puppy Bowl Rally, Listening By The Moonrise, and more.

Things To Do This Weekend

Try/Step/Trip at The Wallis -> In Try/Step/Trip, Writer/Composer Dahlak Brathwaite takes inspiration from his own personal experience as a Black man exposed to the American criminal justice system to create a powerful and poetic spoken-word, musical told through the language of step dance. Part hip-hop and part dramatic performance, the show runs this Thursday through Sunday at The Wallis. Tickets start at $40. More info here.

Designing with Disaster -> Designing with Disaster: Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities is the latest exhibition at Japan House LA. Inspired by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the exhibit introduces the concept of “Regenerative Urbanism” through interactive illuminated wells that envisioning seven hypothetical regenerative cities. Designing with Disaster runs through April 2. Free to visit. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More info here.

11th Annual San Pedro Film Festival -> This Thursday to Sunday, screen a number of diverse films that celebrate the culture and community of San Pedro. Artist MOBY will also make his directorial debut during this time with Punk Rock Vegan. Free to attend. All tickets can be reserved online. More info here.

First Fridays at NHM -> Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns for 2023 on February 3 with Dragons, Lore, and More, a discussion between Dr. Yewande Pearse and Rebecca C. Thompson, author of Fire, Ice, and Physics; The Science of Game of Thrones. The pair dissect the fantasy world’s made-up science and see how it matches up to the real-world. The evening also includes live music by Black Belt Eagle Scout and Ari Rivera, DJ sets in the nature garden, and pop-up experiences throughout the museum. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Cosplay definitely encouraged! More info here.

“We The People” Billboard Exhibition -> Starting Friday, February 3, The Billboard Creative opens a new exhibition curated by Mona Kuhn that turns billboard advertising spaces into an open-air art for all to enjoy. The project features the work of 30 emerging and established artists working in a broad range of media – photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and collage. We The People runs February 3­–28. More info here.

Abruzzo Wine Tasting with Ciavolich Winery -> Stop by Eataly this Friday for an Abruzzo Wine Tasting with Ciavolich Winery. Tickets cost $65 a person and include the wine tasting, food pairings and a discount to the wines featured. More info here.

Grand National Roadster Show -> The O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand National Roadster Show is the longest-running indoor car show in the world, and this Friday to Sunday the event returns to the Fairplex in Pomona for its 73rd season of showcasing the country’s top custom cars. Expect over 1,000 of the best hot rods, customs, low riders, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles from across the nation on display. Tickets start at $30 for a one-day pass. More info here.

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach have returned, featuring an evening of pop-up activities, and a celebration of Black History Month with the “Strength Behind us, Greatness Ahead of Us” exhibit at Expo Arts Center plus live live music, art and special promotions at breweries and restaurants. More info here.

Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington -> Celebrate the Year Of The Rabbit this Saturday and Sunday at The Huntington’s serene Chinese Garden with a packed slate of traditional entertainment. Enjoy lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts demonstrations, live music, arts and craft demos, and dining specials throughout the two-day event. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $29 for adults. More info here.

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival -> The City of San Gabriel celebrates the Lunar New Year this Saturday with a packed slate of cultural events in the Mission District, including traditional lion dancing, live performances, balloon art, guided walks, over 80 food and artisanal booths, and a kids zone. Events and activities run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

Puppy Bowl Pup Rally -> This Saturday, The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., and Animal Planet will host the official Los Angeles Puppy Pup Rally with sports-themed activations for dogs to enjoy ahead of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIX Sunday airing. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will also be providing complimentary coffee and pup cups for all attendees. Stadium snacks, dog bandanas and photo ops are in the mix as well. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

Lunar New Year at the Original Farmers Market -> This Saturday’s LNY celebration at the Original Farmers Market includes lion dances, arts and crafts, balloon twisting and red envelope giveaways. Run at the plaza from 2 to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park -> On Saturday, Smorgasburg curates a unique dumpling experience at Santa Anita Park featuring pop-up dumpling vendors Shirley Chung, Mao’s Bao, Cali Dumpling and dumpLins. A dumpling starter pack cost $34 and the VIP version coast $55. More info here.

Celebration of Life for P-22 -> Saturday’s community celebration of life for P-22 at the Greek Theater is sold out, but you can head to Angel City Brewery during the event to catch a livestream of the service (noon to 2 p.m.) and get $2 off all 12oz pours of P-22 beer. Sounds like a great way to toast to the most famous cat that ever prowled the streets of Los Angeles! Oh, and if you’re looking for other options for where to watch the stream with a group, the Los Angeles Public Library will host community watch gatherings at 11 branch locations beginning at noon. More info on ACB’s event here.

Hike to Yoga -> On the first Saturday of each month, Hike to Yoga organizes a free beginner-friendly walk at Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area followed by a group breath and movement session. Free to attend. The group meets at  the East Trailhead of Kenneth Hahn at 8 a.m. More info here.

SoCal Museum Free-For-All -> This Sunday, 30+ museums and cultural institutions around Southern California band together to offer a free day of admission on February 5 during the SoCal Museums Free-For-All. Participants include museums that are free year-round (The Getty, Hammer Museum, Fowler Museum) along with many others that normally charge admission fees (The Academy Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum, Descanso Gardens). Get more information here.

Listening By the Moonrise ->  Clockshop’s quarterly cultural series Listening By Moonrise returns on Sunday to the green space of L.A. State Historic Park as a collaboration with Earth Sessions. The February edition features readings by environmentalist writer Leah Thomas and multimedia artist Mandy Harris Williams, plus a performance by vocalist/bassist Tonina. Runs 3 to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Nightmare Market LA -> This Sunday’s edition of Nightmare Market LA is a Valetine’s Day tribute bringing together 50+ vendors offering dark art-themed illustrations, paintings,, wet specimens, taxidermy, fine jewelry, fashion goods, merchandise, and oddities. The event also features DJ sets (mostly goth and industrial tunes) plus bites for purchase via Fuego Tacos and drinks from Barmaid Beauties. Runs noon to 6 p.m. at Monarch Studios in the Arts District. Tickets are $10. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

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The San Diego Wrap at The Kebab Shop. Photo credit The Kebab Shop Instagram.

Free Wraps At All Five Kebab Shop Locations This Sunday -> Fast-casual Mediterranean cafe The Kebab Shop celebrates its rapid expansion by giving away free wraps on Sunday, February 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at all five Los Angeles locations of The Kebab Shop (El Segundo, Burbank, Northridge, Encino, and Cerritos). The freebie offered is the most popular wrap on the menu, the “San Diego Wrap” stuffed with a Kebab choice (carved chicken or lamb and beef doner), fries, feta, greens, tomato-cucumber, red onion, and garlic yogurt sauce. No purchase is necessary to receive the complimentary wrap. More info here

Lucky 8 Specials at The Original Farmers Market -> Merchants at The Original Farmers Market are currently offering “Lucky 8” specials in honor of Lunar New Year. Happening now through February 5 the public can take advantage of $8 food and drink deals, $8 butcher promos to .88 cent produce from farm stands. 

Sunday Supper Series at Botanica -> Botanica in Silver Lake is launching a monthly Sunday Supper series featuring a vegetable focused multi-course menu. Kicking things off is a mushroom-themed dinner on Sunday, February 5 highlighting fungi producer Smallhold. Prepared by Botanica’s Chef Alex Weston Barkley, ‘shrooms will be front-and-center from appetizer to dessert. Two special cocktails made with Isolation Proof’s mushroom gin will also be available for the evening. The five-course supper costs $60 a person and reservations can be made through Resy or by calling the restaurant. Future guest chef collaborations for Sunday Suppers this year will include Bridgetown Roti, Woon, and Fly by Jing. 

My Lai Kitchen Anniversary Party -> Modern Vietnamese eatery My Lai Kitchen celebrate four-years of success in Mar Vista with a party on Saturday, February 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public can stop by for free banh mi sandwiches, giveaways, music, and other celebratory surprises. More info here

Looking ahead…

Mort and Betty’s Tu Bishvot Menu at Jewel ->  Mort and Betty’s Chef Megan Tucker will pop up at Jewel in Virgil Village on Monday, February 6 for a special Seven Spices menu in celebration of the Jewish holiday, Tu Bishvot (celebration of trees.) The a la carte menu includes Mort and Betty’s vegan creations such as a seasonal raisin, barley and olive Challah and Broccoli Knish, to classics like Matzo Ball Soup, Dill Pickle Latkes and Reuben Tacos made with seared beets. Reservations can be made on Resy. More info here


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A Big List of Things To Do This February in L.A. [2023]

January 31, 2023 by Brian Champlin
The Huntington's Chinese Garden
The Huntington’s Chinese Garden. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Lots going on this February in Los Angeles.

To start with, there’s the SoCal Museums Free-For-All, the L.A. Art Show, Lovers Rock at Grand Park, Bob Baker Day, CicLAvia in The Valley, a KCRW dance party at CAAM, the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington, a celebration of life for P-22, the L.A. Travel & Adventure Show and more. Has to be something in the mix you’re pumped about, right? Have a look, and enjoy your month!

Things To Do This February


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New Exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth (February 2) -> Hauser & Wirth’s Arts District location welcomes two new exhibitions starting this Thursday. Chinese artist Zeng Fanzh presents his first Los Angeles solo exhibition, featuring a series of large-scale, abstract landscapes in the South Gallery. Also debuting at the H&W will be Rita Ackermann Vertical Vanish, which will be on view in the North Gallery. Both exhibitions run through April 30. Get more info here.

First Thursdays in Westwood (February 2) -> UCLA First Thursdays come in two parts: First there’s the Westwood Village Farmers Market from noon to 4 p.m., then an evening block party from 7 to 10 p.m. This month, the nighttime portion includes Cosmos-themed activities including meteorites on display, telescopes to view the Moon and Mars, a photo booth, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

First Thursday Artwalk in San Pedro (February 2) -> The San Pedro Artwalk celebrates its 25th year on February 2 with open houses at studios and galleries on 6th and 7th street and live music on the corner of 6th and Mesa. The artwalk takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Try/Step/Trip at The Wallis (February 2-5) -> In Try/Step/Trip, Writer/Composer Dahlak Brathwaite takes inspiration from his own personal experience as a Black man exposed to the American criminal justice system to create a powerful and poetic spoken-word, musical told through the language of step dance. Part hip-hop and part dramatic performance, the show runs February 2-5 at The Wallis. Tickets start at $40. More info here.

11th Annual San Pedro Film Festival (February 2-5) -> This four-day event screens diverse films that celebrate the culture and community of San Pedro. Artist MOBY will also make his directorial debut during this time with Punk Rock Vegan. Free to attend. All tickets can be reserved online. More info here.

First Fridays at NHM (February 3) -> Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns for 2023 on February 3 with Dragons, Lore, and More, a discussion between Dr. Yewande Pearse and Rebecca C. Thompson, author of Fire, Ice, and Physics; The Science of Game of Thrones. The pair dissect the fantasy world’s made-up science and see how it matches up to the real-world. The evening also includes live music by Black Belt Eagle Scout and Ari Rivera, DJ sets in the nature garden, and pop-up experiences throughout the museum. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Cosplay definitely encouraged! More info here.

“We The People” Billboard Exhibition (February 3-28) -> Starting February 3, The Billboard Creative opens a new exhibition curated by Mona Kuhn that turns billboard advertising spaces into an open-air art for all to enjoy. The project features the work of 30 emerging and established artists working in a broad range of media – photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and collage. We The People runs February 3­–28. More info here.

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival (February 4) -> The City of San Gabriel celebrates the Lunar New Year with a packed slate of cultural events in the Mission District, including traditional lion dancing, live performances, balloon art, guided walks, over 80 food and artisanal booths, and a kids zone. Events and activities run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington (February 4-5) -> Celebrate the Year Of The Rabbit in and around The Huntington’s gorgeous Chinese Garden, alongside of an array of traditional entertainment. Enjoy lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts demonstrations, live music, arts and craft demos, and dining specials throughout the two-day event. Tickets start at $29 for adults. More info here.

Puppy Bowl Pup Rally (February 4) -> The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., and Animal Planet will host the official Los Angeles Puppy Bowl Pup Rally with sports-themed activations for dogs to enjoy ahead of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIX Sunday airing. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will also be providing complimentary coffee and pup cups for all attendees. Stadium snacks, dog bandanas and photo ops are in the mix as well. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park (February 4) -> For one day only, Smorgasburg curates a unique dumpling experience at Santa Anita Park featuring popup dumpling vendors Shirley Chung, Mao’s Bao, Cali Dumpling and dumpLins. A dumpling starter pack cost $34 and the VIP version coast $55. More info here.

Celebration of Life for P-22 (February 4) -> The community celebration of life for P-22 at the Greek Theater is sold out, but you can head to Angel City Brewery during the event to catch a livestream of the service (noon to 2 p.m.) and get $2 off all 12oz pours of P-22 beer. Sounds like a great way to toast to the most famous cat that ever prowled the streets of Los Angeles! More info here.

SoCal Museum Free-For-All (February 5) -> 30+ museums and cultural institutions around Southern California band together to offer a free day of admission on February 5 during the SoCal Museums Free-For-All. Participants include museums that are free year-round (The Getty, Hammer Museum, Fowler Museum) along with many others that normally charge admission fees (The Academy Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum, Descanso Gardens). Get more information here.

Listening By the Moonrise (February 5) ->  Clockshop’s quarterly cultural series Listening By Moonrise returns to the green space of L.A. State Historic Park as a collaboration with Earth Sessions. The February edition features readings by environmentalist writer Leah Thomas and multimedia artist Mandy Harris Williams, plus a performance by vocalist/bassist Tonina. Runs 3 to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Lucha VaVOOM’s Pasión de Fuego (February 8-9) -> Pasión de Fuego is Lucha VaVOOM’s two-night engagement at The Mayan Theater just in time for Valentine’s Day. Expect LVV’s signature extravaganza of masked wrestling, impressive aerialists, and sexy burlesque. General admission tickets start at $45. More info here.

Eataly’s Carnevale d’Amore Festa (February 9) -> Indulge in an evening of all inclusive bites, sips and Carnevale themed festivities. In celebration of Mardi Gras and amore, guests will have full access to savory and sweet stations as well as over 20 wines from sparkling, red to white. Tickets cost $70 a person. More info here.

Pan African Film & Art Festival (February 9-20) -> The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles for 12-days of showcasing over 200 new films and the talented artists who created them. Passes to the festival start at $65. More info here.

KCRW Open House Dance Party at CAAM (February 10) -> KCRW teams up with the California African American Museum for an evening of dance beats curated by KCRW DJs Francesca Harding and Tyler Boudreaux. Expect an outdoor beer garden, food trucks, and plenty of time to explore CAAM’s lobby exhibitions. Runs 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Get more info here.

Bloody Valentines Screening at Million Dollar Theatre (February 10, 11 & 14) -> Street Food Cinema celebrates Valentine’s Day with three bloody good movie screenings over three nights at the historic Million Dollar Theatre in DTLA. Slated films include Queen of the Damned, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Jennifer’s Body. Advanced tickets cost $28 for general admission and $31 for reserved sections. More info here.

CASETiFY x ROW DTLA’s Love Struck Gallery (February 10) -> Grab a partner and head to ROW DTLA for Creatives to Fall For: A Lovestruck Gallery. Free to attend and presented by CASETiFY the public is invited to experience a blooming art gallery brought to life by local floral designers using CASETiFY’s clear case collection as their muse. In addition, the pop-up will offer guests complimentary latte art, access to Valentine’s cases for friends and couples as well as a first-look at the brands new collection with the NY Times best-selling poet, Atticus. More info here.

Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective at LA Plaza (February 10) -> LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes kicks off their 2023 season of free events with a concert by the Grammy-nominated Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective. Starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Culver City Arts District Valentine’s Night Market (February 10) -> The monthly night market at Culver City’s Ivy Station gets a Valentine’s Day twist in February, offering date-nighters an array of local vendors, food trucks, drinks, games, and music. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

California Antiquarian Book Fair (February 10-12) -> Attention book lovers! The 55th California International Antiquarian Book Fair pops up at the Pasadena Convention Center this February, bringing together thousands of book lovers, rare book dealers, and scholars. Tickets are $10-$15 for one-day admission, and there is also free admission for librarians, curators, and related non-profit cultural institution workers who register in advance at this link. For all other guests, get tickets and see more info here.

Spicy Green Book Food Market (February 11) -> Celebrate Black History Month by supporting Black-owned businesses at Spicy Green Book’s upcoming Outdoor Food Market in Manhattan Beach. Over 40 vendors will be participation and there will be plenty of family friendly things to do including giveaways, games, inflatables, DJ tunes, and a photo booth. More info here.

Smorgasburg Super Vegan Sunday (February 12) -> This Super Bowl Sunday, Smorgasburg welcomes a special lineup of vegan food vendors and pop-ups to their weekly Arts District marketplace. The four finalists of LA Taco’s Vegan Taco Madness will also be on hand. More info here.

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 (opening February 12) -> Starting February 12, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982, and exhibition exploring the origins of digital art in the years leading up to the advent of the personal computer. The exhibition will be at the second level of BCAM through July 2. Included with museum admission. More info here.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis (February 12) -> The next edition of Sunday Funday at The Wallis offers another breezy morning of family-friendly entertainment. In February, catch children’s musician Parker Bent, a performance by the Broadway Babies, followed by a Flamenco dance class. The event starts at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. Get more info here.

Grand Park’s Lovers Rock (February 14) -> Do Valentine’s Day DTLA style with a romantic evening of entertainment at Grand Park. Expect live music, a photo booth, a pop-up art gallery by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a flower market with Poppy Lavender Florals, and more. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Felix Art Fair (February 15-19) -> The fifth edition of Felix Art Fair takes over The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and will once again feature an international roster of 60+ galleries occupying both indoor and outdoor spaces of the iconic hotel. Tickets run $40-$50 per day and a run of the show pass cost $80. More info here.

L.A. Art Show (February 15-19) -> The L.A. Art Show offers 180,000 feet of exhibition space at in the Los Angeles Convention this center over a 5-day event in DTLA. 120 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations will exhibit painting, sculpture, works on paper, installations, and photography from around the world. One-day admission is $30, and it’ll run you $250 to attend the opening night premiere. Get more info here.

Frieze Los Angeles (February 16-19) -> Frieze Los Angeles is back for 2023 with a new location at the Santa Monica Airport. The three-day presentation of art features some of the most renowned galleries in the world, and also includes special activations and pop-ups from a few of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Tickets start at $80.95 per adult. More info here.

Lizzie No at BroadStage (February 17) -> Singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No is one of the most talented emerging artists in contemporary folk music, and you can catch her on February 17 at BroadStage as part of the theater’s blackbox series. GA tickets start at $40. Get more info here.

Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival (February 18) -> The Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival begins at 10 a.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Drive and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The post-parade festival at Robinson Park includes live bands, dance performances, community booths, guest speakers, and food for purchase. Free to attend. Parade runs 10 a.m. to noon. Festival goes from noon to 4 p.m. Get more info here.

Photo Forward Los Angeles (February 18-19) -> The Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles will host Photo Forward Los Angeles a photo fair that features both vintage and contemporary works. Free to attend the fair takes place at Danziger Gallery located at Bergamot Station Arts Center. More info here.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (February 18-19) -> Hundres of the top travel brands from around the world head to the Los Angeles Convention Center for this two-day event packed with vacation tips, travel celebrities, show-only deals, destination ideas., and more. One-day tickets start at $11. Get more info here.

Broken Hearts Circus (February 19) -> If you’re feeling the post-Valentine’s Day blues, head to Angel City Brewery for an afternoon of aerialists, stilt-walkers, contortionists, jugglers, sword swallowers, and tarot card readers. There will be plenty of beers on tap, and guests can also enjoy specialty slushies along with flight and candy pairings (including vegan candy options). Doors open at noon, entertainment starts at 1 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Las Abuelitas Kitchen (February 19) -> Skirball Cultural Center’s Las Abuelitas Kitchen is an evening of film, food, and conversation featuring USC Food Scholar Sarah Portnoy. Guests will watch a short documentary about ten Mexican elders, enjoy live food demos with three abuelitas from the film and view a small exhibition of Mexican culinary artifacts. Runs 4-6 p.m. Tickets cost $30 a person. More info here.

Bob Baker Day (February 25) -> The 9th annual Bob Baker Day brings a festive carnival atmosphere to Los Angeles State Historic Park, including music, games, and puppets from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The event is free to attend, but suggested donations of $20 are happily accepted to support the theater’s mission. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP is required. More info here.

African American Festival at AoP (February 25-26) -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual African American Festival celebrates African American and African culture through an two-day affair featuring Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. All activities included with general admission, which starts at $36.95 for adults. More info here.

Mulyana: Modular Utopia (February 25) -> Mulyana’s Modular Utopia comes to the USC Fisher Museum of Art starting February 25 as part of the Indonesian artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles. Mulyana’s large kinetic environments are made of intricately woven knit modules of marine life sculptures portraying the beauty and wonder of a pristine underwater environment. USCFM is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is free to visit. More info here.

CicLAvia – The Valley (February 26) -> L.A.’s biggest and longest running open streets initiative heads to the San Fernando Valley this February, with a car-free course that covers a 5-mile stretch of Sherman Way, connecting Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Reseda. Runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival (February 26) -> Come celebrate the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America at MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival. Experiencing a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas including live performances, cultural exhibitions, local vendors, food, and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with reservation. More info here.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden (February 26) -> Once a month dogs are welcomed at the South Coast Botanic Garden for a morning garden stroll with their owners. Adult tickets are $15, and dogs are $5 each. More info here.


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Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [1-30-2023 to 2-3-2023]

January 30, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Designing with Disaster: Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities. Photo courtesy of Japan House.

Alright. New week. New month. New to-dos.

These next five days in Los Angeles, from January 30 to February 3, catch Designing with Disaster at Japan House LA, new exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth, Try/Step/Trip at The Wallis, First Thursdays in Westwood, First Fridays at Natural History Museum, the San Pedro Film Festival, and more. Enjoy your week to come!

Things To Do This Week

Designing with Disaster -> Designing with Disaster: Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities is the latest exhibition at Japan House LA. Inspired by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the exhibit introduces the concept of “Regenerative Urbanism” through interactive illuminated wells that envisioning seven hypothetical regenerative cities. Designing with Disaster runs through April 2. Free to visit. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More info here.

How Has Computer Code Shaped Humanity? -> This Tuesday, Zócalo Public Square’s latest discussion event takes aim at the computing age, both in how the digital revolution has shaped day-to-day activities, and on a deeper level how it has redefined what it means to be human. The panel includes Tech entrepreneur Nonny de la Peña, author Charlton McIlwain, and internet activist Ethan Zuckerman. Audience members are invited to stick around post-discussion for snacks and refreshments. Happening this Tuesday. Free to attend. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Whitney Houston Hotel -> The Estate of Whitney Houston and Primary Wave will honor the late singer’s career and life with a space inside the W Hollywood featuring a Sony 360 Reality Audio Immersive Listening Lounge, a memorabilia exhibit featuring personal photos and iconic gowns worn by Houston as well as a pop-up shop with exclusive merch. The official unveiling of the WH-Whitney Houston Hotel takes place Wednesday, and the public is welcome to check out the “hotel” through Sunday. More info here.

Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen -> This Wednesday the hilarious weekly variety show Hot Tub hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal stops by Permanent Records Roadhouse with a new group of comedians for a night of laughs, music and sketch comedy. Tickets cost $8 online in advance and $12 at the door. More info here.

Astra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst The Stars -> ​​The South Coast Botanic Garden morphs into a multi-sensory celestial pathway where guests will walk amongst the stars thanks to brilliant lights, cosmic visions, and astral song. Astra Lumina is the 17th experience in the Lumina Night Walk series created by Moment Factory. Adult tickets start at $34 and there’s an additional fee for parking. Open on select dates through February 19. More info here

Cirque FLIP Fabrique: Muse -> On Wednesday, the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University welcomes Québec-based Cirque FLIP Fabrique for an evening of contemporary circus performances that include acrobats, trapeze artists, aerialists and other engaging performers. Tickets range $10 – $50. More info here.

New Exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth -> Hauser & Wirth’s Arts District location welcomes two new exhibitions starting this Thursday. Chinese artist Zeng Fanzh presents his first Los Angeles solo exhibition, featuring a series of large-scale, abstract landscapes in the South Gallery. Also debuting at the H&W will be Rita Ackermann Vertical Vanish, which will be on view in the North Gallery. Both exhibitions run through April 30. Get more info here.

First Thursdays in Westwood -> UCLA First Thursdays come in two parts: First there’s the Westwood Village Farmers Market from noon to 4 p.m., then an evening block party from 7 to 10 p.m. This month, the nighttime portion includes Cosmos-themed activities including meteorites on display, telescopes to view the Moon and Mars, a photo booth, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

First Thursday Artwalk in San Pedro -> The San Pedro Artwalk celebrates its 25th year this Thursday with open houses at studios and galleries on 6th and 7th street and live music on the corner of 6th and Mesa. The artwalk takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Try/Step/Trip at The Wallis -> In Try/Step/Trip, Writer/Composer Dahlak Brathwaite takes inspiration from his own personal experience as a Black man exposed to the American criminal justice system to create a powerful and poetic spoken-word, musical told through the language of step dance. Part hip-hop and part dramatic performance, the show runs this Thursday through Sunday at The Wallis. Tickets start at $40. More info here.

Pop Cultured at The Lyric Hyperion -> Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny, Conan) hosts and judges three celebrity guests who compete to see who has the most pop-culture knowledge. Thursday’s lineup features Todd Glass (Netflix), Justine Marino (Comedy Central), and Daniel Van Kirk (Bob’s Burgers). Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info here.

11th Annual San Pedro Film Festival -> This Thursday to Sunday, screen a number of diverse films that celebrate the culture and community of San Pedro. Artist MOBY will also make his directorial debut during this time with Punk Rock Vegan. Free to attend. All tickets can be reserved online. More info here.

First Fridays at NHM -> Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns for 2023 on February 3 with Dragons, Lore, and More, a discussion between Dr. Yewande Pearse and Rebecca C. Thompson, author of Fire, Ice, and Physics; The Science of Game of Thrones. The pair dissect the fantasy world’s made-up science and see how it matches up to the real-world. The evening also includes live music by Black Belt Eagle Scout and Ari Rivera, DJ sets in the nature garden, and pop-up experiences throughout the museum. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Cosplay definitely encouraged! More info here.

“We The People” Billboard Exhibition -> Starting Friday, February 3, The Billboard Creative opens a new exhibition curated by Mona Kuhn that turns billboard advertising spaces into an open-air art for all to enjoy. The project features the work of 30 emerging and established artists working in a broad range of media – photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and collage. We The People runs February 3­–28. More info here.

Abruzzo Wine Tasting with Ciavolich Winery -> Stop by Eataly this Friday for an Abruzzo Wine Tasting with Ciavolich Winery. Tickets cost $65 a person and include the wine tasting, food pairings and a discount to the wines featured. More info here.

Grand National Roadster Show -> The O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand National Roadster Show is the longest-running indoor car show in the world, and this Friday to Sunday the event returns to the Fairplex in Pomona for its 73rd season of showcasing the country’s top custom cars. Expect over 1,000 of the best hot rods, customs, low riders, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles from across the nation on display. Tickets start at $30 for a one-day pass. More info here.

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach have returned, featuring an evening of pop-up activities, and a celebration of Black History Month with the “Strength Behind us, Greatness Ahead of Us” exhibit at Expo Arts Center plus live live music, art and special promotions at breweries and restaurants. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

The interior of Workshop Kitchen & Bar. Photo by Audrey Ma.

Last August, Palm Springs-based and James Beard Award-winner Workshop Kitchen & Bar expanded to Los Angeles, and has since made some exciting changes. After debuting with a single tasting menu, Chef Michael Beckman recently converted offerings to entirely a la carte dishes, allowing diners to create their own version of the perfect meal.

Beckman’s approach to California cuisine puts an experimental spin on some familiar dishes. Think Duck Confit paired with green kimchi lentils; whole oyster mushrooms fried southern style and served with a side of B&B pickles, buttermilk sauce and local spiced honey; a refreshing salad tossed with pomegranates in a salted plum furikake vinaigrette. It feels like Beckman’s ingredient choices are a nod to the diversity of Los Angeles.

Also, the place has a definite vibe. The futuristic space awes with 20-foot ceilings and mysterious egg shaped cocoons flanking both sides of the room. The “pods” are fitted with their own seating, and add some privacy to the dinner service. I think it’s the perfect setting for a date night, and it’s clear the restaurant was designed to impress. Most importantly, the food is superb. 

Workshop Kitchen & Bar is located at 127 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles CA, 90036. They are open Tuesday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


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10 Things To Do For This Sunday in L.A. [1-29-2023]

January 29, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Entrance to the Annenberg Community Beach House. Jan. 28, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

The rain is back, though it looks like with any luck we’ll make it through most of the day on Sunday without major downpours (the heavier stuff is forecasted to begin in the evening). Still, something to be mindful of as you plan our your day.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (January 29) in Los Angeles followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Stay dry out there, and enjoy yourself!

Things To Do For Sunday in Los Angeles

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival -> The Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival takes over Main St this Sunday with lion dances, kung fu performers, live candy sculpting, live Chinese character demonstrations, and other cultural performances. The festival will run in conjunction with the Alhambra Farmers Market, a great place to pick up independently farmed asian fruits and vegetables. More info here.

Free Flea at Common Space -> Common Space Brewery is cleaning house, and their loss could be your gain. This Sunday, the Hawthorne tap house hosts a “free flea market” where they’ll be passing along items to the public that they don’t have room for anymore. Think home brewing equipment, holiday decor, party supplies, and more. Check out a sneak peak of available via their IG, and remember that if you do plan to attend everything is first-come, first-served. Runs noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

[email protected]: Making Monster Manuals -> 826LA is back at the Hammer Museum this Sunday with another fun creative session for kids and teens. Author Kim Adelman leads a workshop where students will “create an illustrated manual for appropriate monster behavior.” Free to attend, and recommend for ages 8-14. Although the program is not ticketed, reservations are encouraged. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

* Goldstar Discounts -> Remember that Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for a range of upcoming events in Los Angeles. You can get $25 tix to the brand new Bob Marley One Love Experience, save $14 on tickets to LA Phil’s Green Umbrella Series, or get comp tickets to the L.A. Travel & Adventure Show.

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Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Festival of Abilities is a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) celebration of the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities.
  • Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology debuts this weekend at Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts.
  • The USC Pacific Asia Museum offers free admission all weekend (through Sunday)
  • At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts an evening performance of Girls of the Golden West, a two-act opera set California Gold Rush, with music by John Adams and a libretto by Peter Sellars.
  • After a two-week postponement due to the rain, the LA River Public Art Project’s new series of guided walks kicks off this Sunday.
  • The Santa Monica Conservancy celebrates the life of silent film actress and socialite Marion Davies with a free day of festivities on the Garden Terrace at the Annenberg Community Beach House, this Sunday.
  • Sunday is the last day to catch the Beastie Boys exhibition at Beyond the Streets.

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10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [1-28-2023]

January 28, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Union Station Old Ticket Room
The old ticket room at Union Station. Credit: Steve and Julie via flickr

Wine, art, cannabis, jazz, and dragons. Sounds like a hell of a Saturday, right?

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (January 28) in Los Angeles followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. You’ll definitely find something to your liking in today’s eclectic mix. Hope you have great day out there!

Things To Do For Saturday in Los Angeles

Golden Dragon Parade -> The 124th Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade returns to Chinatown this Saturday, bringing an afternoon of live performances, lion dance teams, marching bands, and more. The parade route starts north along Hill Street, looping around at Bernard St, then heading south on Broadway to the end point at the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Festivities are free to attend, but there are a limited number of grandstand tickets available for $40. Parade starts at 1 p.m., street closures begin at 10 a.m. More info here.

Exhibition Openings at TAM -> This Saturday, The Torrance Art Museum (always free to visit) hosts an opening reception for their two new spring exhibitions, which includes Rochelle Botello’s Free Fall along with Bridging The Pacific, a collection of works created by Japanese-American artists living in the SoCal area. Opening night runs from 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Art Collector Starter Kit -> A pair of new exhibitions arrive at Corey Helford Gallery this weekend, including the ninth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show (ACSK IX). Starter Kit features affordable, new 12” x 12” works from over 75 established and emerging artists from across the globe. Also debuting is a new solo show by Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert entitled While We Wait. Saturday’s opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

* Goldstar Discounts -> Remember that Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for a range of upcoming events in Los Angeles. You can get $25 tix to the brand new Bob Marley One Love Experience, save $14 on tickets to LA Phil’s Green Umbrella Series, or get comp tickets to the L.A. Travel & Adventure Show.

* We Like L.A. receives commissions on Goldstar purchases made through our affiliate links.

Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • This Saturday, the Fowler Museum celebrates the opening of “The Fallacy of Borders,” the first solo, LA-museum presentation of artist Amir H. Fallah.
  • Highway Cannabis Company is throwing an all-day block party on Saturday to celebrate their grand opening.
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Festival of Abilities is a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) celebration of the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities.
  • The City of West Hollywood kicks off a free indoor concert series this Saturday with a performance Jazz quartet The Essentials.
  • Uncorked Wine Festival returns to the iconic Union Station this Saturday with over 150 wines and bubbles from around the world, plus local food trucks, live music and a photo booth.
  • Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology debuts this weekend at Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts.
  • Santa Monica Place celebrates Lunar New Year with a special afternoon celebration this Saturday.

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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [1-27-2023 to 1-29-2023]

January 26, 2023 by Brian Champlin
In Chinatown on Broadway, looking towards City Hall. Photo by Brian Champlin

How are we already a month into the year? If you haven’t been much of a social butterfly to start 2023, no worries. There’s a lot going on this weekend in Los Angeles.

From January 27-29 in L.A., catch free admission at USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown, Art Collector Starter Kit at Corey Helford Gallery, Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place, a free flea at Common Space Brewery, Happy Birthday Marion! at the Annenberg Beach House, Uncorked Wine Festival at Union Station, and more. Keep an eye on possible rain showers for Sunday. And, as always, we hope you have a terrific weekend!

Things To Do This Weekend

Free Admission at UPAM -> Last weekend, USC Pacific Asia Museum cancelled their Lunar New Year celebration in the wake of the Monterey Park mass shooting. But now through Sunday, UPAM will offer free admission to all guests in order to create a space for reflection and gathering for the community. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get more info here.

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street -> Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

White Time at The Elysian -> Originally conceived for The Elysian’s Forget About Spaghetti Festival, Kristin Wallace’s White Time is now back at the Frogtown-adjacent theater for a three-day run this Thursday to Saturday. Wallace, a queer Black woman, dons whiteface and a full white skinsuit to deliver what she calls a “gift receipt to the Jim Crow era.” Tickets are $18. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Get more info here.

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> On Friday in Long Beach, catch another edition of 2nd & PCH’s Movies & Moonlight series, featuring a free outdoor showing of Disney’s Mulan beginning at 6 p.m. The evening includes free face painting on Seaport Way between 5 to 7 p.m. 5:00

Girls of the Golden West -> This Friday and Sunday, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts performances of Girls of the Golden West, a two-act opera set California Gold Rush, with music by John Adams and a libretto by Peter Sellars based on the memoirs of a woman who called herself Dame Shirley. Tickets start as low as $40. Performances begins at 8 p.m. at Friday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. More info here.

Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology -> This Friday, a fresh exhibition comes to Armory Center For the Arts in Pasadena, grappling with issue of toxic waste on indigenous lands through a mix of mediums that includes sculptures, video installation, photography, collage, glasswork, metalwork, fiber, paintings, and virtual-reality experiences. Some three dozen (mostly indigenous) artists contributed to Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology, which debuted at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe in 2021. Admission to Armory Center For the Arts is always free. Open Friday to Sunday. More info here.

Uncorked: Los Angeles Wine Festival -> Uncorked Wine Festival returns to the iconic Union Station this Saturday with over 150 wines and bubbles from around the world, plus local food trucks, live music and a photo booth. Early admission ($80) is at 5 pm and includes an extra hour of tasting with a smaller crowd for the first hour, and bonus pours from select wineries during that hour. General admission ($65) is at 6 pm and the event ends at 9 pm. Both ticket types include all wine tasting with food sold separately. More info here.

Exhibition Openings at TAM -> This Saturday, The Torrance Art Museum (always free to visit) hosts an opening reception for their two new spring exhibitions, which includes Rochelle Botello’s Free Fall along with Bridging The Pacific, a collection of works created by Japanese-American artists living in the SoCal area. More info here.

Golden Dragon Parade -> The 124th Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade returns to Chinatown this Saturday, bringing an afternoon of live performances, lion dance teams, marching bands, and more. The parade route starts north along Hill Street, looping around at Bernard St, then heading south on Broadway to the end point at the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Festivities are free to attend, but there are a limited number of grandstand tickets available for $40. Parade starts at 1 p.m., street closures begin at 10 a.m. More info here.

Art Collector Starter Kit -> A pair of new exhibitions arrive at Corey Helford Gallery this weekend, including the ninth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show (ACSK IX). Starter Kit features affordable, new 12” x 12” works from over 75 established and emerging artists from across the globe. Also debuting is a new solo show by Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert entitled While We Wait. Saturday’s opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Lunar New Year At Santa Monica Place -This Saturday, celebrate Lunar New Year on the westside with a free family-friendly event and enjoy cultural performances and art under traditional red and gold lanterns. The celebration, hosted by comedian Paul Kim, includes: Lion Dances with Bruce Wen and The Shaolin Entertainment Group, Chinese Dough Artist Chris Lee, a Balloon Artist and a live DJ. Runs 2 to 5 p.m. More info here.

Yoga on the Mountain -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

Winter Sounds in WeHo -> The City of West Hollywood kicks off a free indoor concert series this Saturday, to take place inside City Council Chambers. Jazz quartet The Essentials will provide the tunes for the first installment, which also includes events on February 11 and 25. Concert begins at 5 p.m. Get more info here.

The Fallacy of Borders -> This Saturday, the Fowler Museum celebrates the opening of “The Fallacy of Borders,” the first solo, LA-museum presentation of artist Amir H. Fallah. A moderated discussion with the artist followed by a reception. Starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Block Party at Highway Cannabis Company -> Highway Cannabis Company is throwing an all-day block party on Saturday to celebrate their grand opening. The public is invited to enjoy live musical performances and sample food from Alfredo’s Fruits and Speak Cheezy Pizza. A number of cannabis brands will also be interacting with the public and people can also explore a Highway experience with aromatic flower atomizers at a Blossom Bar and check out a Scorpion Dab Bar. More info here.

Festival of Abilities -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Festival of Abilities is a two-day celebration of the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities. AoP will feature special programming this Saturday and Sunday, which includes wheelchair dance, live music, art demos, sign language interpreters at all major shows, and educational sessions on adaptive SCUBA diving. All activities are included with general admission, which starts at $36.95 for adults. More info here.

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival -> The Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival takes over Main St this Sunday with lion dances, kung fu performers, live candy sculpting, live Chinese character demonstrations, and other cultural performances. The festival will run in conjunction with the Alhambra Farmers Market, a great place to pick up independently farmed asian fruits and vegetables. More info here.

River Sessions – Mile XX-51 -> After a two-week postponement due to the rain, the LA River Public Art Project’s new series of guided walks kicks off this Sunday. The program highlights the art, culture, history, and ecology the famed waterway, beginning with a jaunt near Mile 51 (the technical starting point of the river) in Canoga Park. This weekends event will be preceded with a performance/grounding by traditional Tongva singer Joe Calderon. Tickets start at $29 per person. Starts at 11 a.m. Get more info here.

[email protected]: Making Monster Manuals -> 826LA is back at the Hammer Museum this Sunday with another fun creative session for kids and teens. Author Kim Adelman leads a workshop where students will “create an illustrated manual for appropriate monster behavior.” Free to attend, and recommend for ages 8-14. Although the program is not ticketed, reservations are encouraged. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

Free Flea at Common Space -> Common Space Brewery is cleaning house, and their loss could be your gain. This Sunday, the Hawthorne tap house hosts a “free flea market” where they’ll be passing along items to the public that they don’t have room for anymore. Think home brewing equipment, holiday decor, party supplies, and more. Check out a sneak peak of available via their IG, and remember that if you do plan to attend everything is first-come, first-served. Runs noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

Happy Birthday Marion! -> The Santa Monica Conservancy celebrates the life of silent film actress and socialite Marion Davies with a free day of festivities on the Garden Terrace at the Annenberg Community Beach House, this Sunday. Expect live music, a 1920s dance competition, and a magic performance. It’ll all be capped off by a group photo, so be sure to wear Gold Coast era attire if you have it. The event runs 1 to 3 p.m. Get more information and register to attend here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
All’Antico Vinaio in Florence. Photo by Christina Champlin.

All’Antico Vinaio Pop-Up -> Florence’s most infamous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio is popping up inside of Mozza2Go this January 28-29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Items are first-come, first-served and include a number of popular sandwiches such as La Summer, L’Inferno and La Paradiso. Nancy Silverton will also create a special sandwich just for the occasion.

New Winter Menu at Venice’s The Tasting Kitchen -> Chef Travis Passerotti and his team at The Tasting Kitchen just launched a new Winter menu featuring local farmers market produce, sustainable fish and locally sourced meat. Highlights include Alaskan Scallops in seaweed jus, Trottole pasta with chanterelles and nettles; and persimmon glazed chicken wings. 

A Pre-Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer with Koreatown Wine Club -> On Saturday, Koreatown Wine Club operated by Open Market collaborates with influencer Sharon Lee (@helloimsharon) to host ’Single Varietal,’ a wine tasting mixer for solo Angelenos. Tickets cost $30 a person and include an afternoon of wine tasting, mingling, and group games to encourage new connections. More info here

The Macallan Harmony Café Pop-Up -> Scotch whisky distiller Macallan celebrates the release of their new limited edition whisky with a four-day whisky and coffee experience at Carrera Cafe. Happening January 26-29 The Macallan Harmony Café, the all inclusive pop-up features complimentary treats, custom coffees and cocktails, branded food pairings and tastings of the new whisky. Sign up to attend the event here


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Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For February 2023

January 25, 2023 by Brian Champlin
La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The big news for next month is that the SoCal Museum Free-For-All is back on the February 5. This year’s lineup of participants includes over 30 names, including The Academy Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, the Museum of Latin American Art, and Descanso Gardens, among others.

Word to the wise: “free” does not equal unlimited tickets, so I expect many of the bigger draws (like The Academy Museum) to sell out of freebie spots well in advance. It looks like all of the museums are doing their own ticketing for the promotional day, so you’ll have to poke around individual websites to see what’s available and what’s sold out. In any case, reserving beforehand will save you grief.

That said, if February 5 is a no-go and you prefer not to visit any of the places on the cheatsheet below, make sure to review our big list of free museum days here (including The Getty, The Broad, etc..). There’s got to be somewhere you haven’t been yet, right? Onward!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for February 2023

[FEBRUARY 2] The Huntington (free every first Thursday. Note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. Reservations for the February free day open on Jauary 26 at 9 a.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 2] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 2] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 3] Kidspace Children’s Museum (Free from 3 to 6 p.m. Advanced reservation required. Reservations usually open two weeks out from date of event).

[FEBRUARY 5] The SoCal Museums Free-For-All brings together 30+ institutions to offer free admission on one special day. Go here for the full list.

[FEBRUARY 5] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 5] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 5] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 9] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 9] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 9]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 9] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 12USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 12] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 12] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 12] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 14] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free on the second Tuesday of each month. Also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[FEBRUARY 14] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[FEBRUARY 16] Japanese American National Museum (free ALL DAY every Third Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 16] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 16USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 16] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 19] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 19] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 19] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 21Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting February 1)

[FEBRUARY 21]  South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[FEBRUARY 21]  Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting February 1)

[FEBRUARY 23] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 23] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 23]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 23] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 26] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 26] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 26] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)


As a reminder, it’s ALWAYS good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the official museum websites to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. For any errors, omissions, or corrections, please email us at [email protected]


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Monterey Park Community Vigil Scheduled For Tuesday Evening

January 24, 2023 by Brian Champlin

The shock of Saturday night’s mass shooting at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park weighs heavy for all of us here at We Like L.A., as it does for everyone who lives in Los Angeles. The more details that emerge about the incident, the more confused, angry, and sad we all feel.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter, Monterey Park has become a big part of my L.A. identity via my relationship to Christina and her family. Her dad lives barely a mile from where the shooting took place. We routinely gather for family meals and celebrations at restaurants along Garvey Ave. The neighborhood has become almost like a second home.

We are beyond grateful that no one we know suffered the violence directly, and at the same time there is a gnawing sense of guilt knowing that fellow community members are now dealing with an unspeakable nightmare. Nothing about it is fair. Maybe the first step forward is to confront our feelings.

In an effort to bring the community to together to mourn, the City of Monterey Park will host a vigil to honor the victims and survivors this Tuesday (tonight) at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall. If you feel the need to connect with others or find an outlet to vent your feelings, this may be the place.

If the vigil is not your thing, but you or someone you know needs, please keep in mind Monterey Park has set up a Survivors Resource Center at Langley Senior Center, open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here residents can find mental health resources, crisis response teams, and victim’s services.

To access resources remotely, you can call the senior center directly at (626) 307-1388 or the L.A. County Department of Mental Health at (800) 854-7771.

Whatever your relationship to the incident, and however you’re feeling, please remember there’s no shame in reaching out for help. Take care, and be well.

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Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [1-23-2023 to 1-27-2023]

January 23, 2023 by Brian Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles skyline from the West Observatory Trail. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

Today is a tough one. As more and more details emerge from Saturday night’s horrific shooting in Monterey Park, our hearts fill with sadness, anger and confusion. The question jabs at us over and over… why did this have to happen? And while we do have a job to do in informing our readers about arts and cultural happenings in the city, just know that our feelings are bent toward the victims and their families.

Now as for this week in Los Angeles, from January 23-27 you’ll find an underground jazz session, new exhibitions at L.A. Louver, Burns Night pub trivia at The Chap, a special discussion panel on space via LAist Studios, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, the Girls of the Golden West opera at Disney Concert Hall, a new exhibition at Armory Center for the Arts, and more. Stay safe out there. Be good to one another.

Things To Do This Week

Drive-By Theatre Festival -> Monday is the third (and final) night three of Zombie Joe’s 20th annual Drive-By Theatre Festival, which offers a brand new, fast-paced collection of mini-plays all written, produced, and performed in two days (or less). Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get more info here.

Funny or Die Lab -> On Tuesday, Funny or Die Lab comes to Dynasty Typewriter for a comedy variety / stand-up show packed with local up-and-comers, all looking to test out brand new material Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 on the day-off. Show starts at 7 p.m. Get more info here.

New Exhibitions at L.A. Louver -> Venice art gallery L.A. Louver opens two new exhibitions this Wednesday, including Alison Saar’s Uproot, which explores the complex history of Black womanhood and resilience in the United States through a mix of striking sculptures and paintings. The opening reception runs 6 to 8 p.m. L.A. Louver’s normal hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pub Trivia at The Chap -> Hollywood’s newest British Pub, The Chap, now offers a bi-weekly pub quiz game hosted by quizmaster TJ Ramin. This Wednesday, The Chap’s trivia night pays homage to Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet whose birthday falls on January 25. Teams of up to 6 can play. Starts at 7:30 p.m. You can reserve a team slot by emailing [email protected]

Space in LA: Exploring the Lasting Legacy -> This Thursday evening at the Crawford Family Forum, LAist Studios presents a special live discussion event hosted by M.G. Lord (LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets) featuring scientists and engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The group will discuss the outlook for new missions to space and how STEM education is prepping young students to be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. First-come, first-serve tickets are pay-what-you-will to RSVP, and you can purchase reserved seating for $15. More info here.

Underground Jazz Sessions -> Guitarist Matthew Yeakley hosts an intimate evening of live jazz every Thursday at DTLA’s Continental Club, featuring special guests and some terrific players. No cover to attend, plus they offer complimentary mini cupcakes (while supplies last). Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

White Time at The Elysian -> Originally conceived for The Elysian’s Forget About Spaghetti Festival, Kristin Wallace’s White Time is now back at the Frogtown-adjacent theater for a three-day run this Thursday to Saturday. Wallace, a queer Black woman, dons whiteface and a full white skinsuit to deliver what she calls a “gift receipt to the Jim Crow era.” Tickets are $18. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street -> Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> On Friday in Long Beach, catch another edition of 2nd & PCH’s Movies & Moonlight series, featuring a free outdoor showing of Disney’s Mulan beginning at 6 p.m. The evening includes free face painting on Seaport Way beteween 5 to 7 p.m. 5:00

Girls of the Golden West -> This Friday, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts an evening performance of Girls of the Golden West, a two-act opera set California Gold Rush, with music by John Adams and a libretto by Peter Sellars based on the memoirs of a woman who called herself Dame Shirley. Tickets start as low as $40. Performance begins at 8 p.m. More info here.

Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology -> This Friday, a fresh exhibition comes to Armory Center For the Arts in Pasadena, grappling with issue of toxic waste on indigenous lands through a mix of mediums that includes sculptures, video installation, photography, collage, glasswork, metalwork, fiber, paintings, and virtual-reality experiences. Some three dozen (mostly indigenous) artists contributed to Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology, which debuted at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe in 2021. Admission to Armory Center For the Arts is always free. Open Friday to Sunday. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

The patio space at Momed. Photo courtesy of Momed.

Momed’s New Early Supper Menu -> This longtime Mediterranean spot in Atwater Village just launched a new early supper promotion where, for $35, guests can enjoy a three course prix fixe menu from mezzes to beef and lamb meatballs and an Egyptian syrup-soaked semolina cake. The deal is available Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. Happy hour also runs at the same time with a selection of bites, cocktails, beer and wine ranging from $5 to $10. Wine enthusiasts can also take advantage of half-off bottles on Tuesdays and free corkage on Wednesdays. More info here

Otoño Launches Lunch -> On Wednesday, January 25, Highland Park’s Otoño launches lunch service with a day time menu that includes a Spanish Charcuterie board served with bub and grandma’s baguette, Croqueta Jamón Serrano, Bocadillos –  Spanish style sandwiches stuffed with brisket, jamon or anchovies and other bites. Lunch is served Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.  

The Hideaway Special Lunch Deal -> Beginning today,The Hideaway in Beverly Hills launches a special prix fixe lunch menu that costs $28 a person. The “Uno, Dos, Tres Menu” includes a guacamole starter and a three course menu featuring items such as Wagyu Beef Tartare, Fajitas and Churros with Oaxacan chocolate sauce. Lunch is available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here

Restaurant Weeks -> Just a quick reminder that Pasadena Cheeseburger week and Long Beach Black Restaurant Week continue through this coming weekend!


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10 Things To Do For This Sunday in L.A. [1-22-2023]

January 22, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Interior courtyard at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Photo by Brian Champlin
UPDATE – 8 a.m. – We just learned of the mass shooting which took place at a Monterey Park Dance Studio last night. According to reports, at least 10 people are dead, the suspected shooter is still at-large. This will likely affect gatherings in the area (like the Monterey Park New Year’s Festivities) so keep an eye out for cancellations of new year’s events. It goes without saying to be safe out there!

Gong hei fat choy, angelenos! As we begin this year of the rabbit, we’ve got another stellar list of ideas for how to fill your day.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for this Sunday (January 22) in Los Angeles followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Happy lunar new year! Hope you make it a good one.

Things To Do For Sunday in Los Angeles

Lunar New Year at UPAM -> [UPDATE: This event has been cancelled in the wake of the mass shooting in Monterery Park] USC Pacific Asia Museum celebrate the year of the rabbit this Sunday with a day of family-friendly activities and performances, including a traditional lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy and crafts, and food trucks. Plus, admission to the museum is free for the day. Keep in mind, this weekend is also the last chance to see After Modernism: Through the Lens of Wayne Thom. Activities run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get more info here.

L.A. Made: Gregory Bojorquez -> This Sunday, former Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez joins L.A.-born photographer Gregory Bojorquez at Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium for a discussion about Bojorquez’s new book Eastsiders, which includes images spanning the artists 25-year career documenting scenes, stories and people of East Los Angeles. The discussion is free to attend, and there will also be a chance to win a free copy of Eastsiders. Starts at 2 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Goat Yoga + Hike -> This Sunday in Burbank, Hello Critter Yoga hosts an all-levels yoga session (with goats mingling among attendees), followed by a moderate hike (goats and all) through the nearby foothills. Tickets to attend are $40, and exact location will be provided upon purchase. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

* Goldstar Discounts -> Some of the city’s best seasonal lights programming continues through January, and Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for select dates. Get savings of $8 on tickets to the L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Alglow or $10 off tickets to Mean Girls at The Pantages.

* We Like L.A. receives commissions on Goldstar purchases made through our affiliate links.

Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • This Saturday and Sunday, the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates Lunar New Year with a full lineup of pop-up activities and evening performances.
  • This Friday to Sunday, the L.A. Body Art Expo brings 250 of America’s best tattoo artists to the L.A. Convention Center for a three-day affair
  • Starting this Sunday at 3 p.m., Holocaust Museum L.A. opens a new exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, silkscreens and sculpture by artist Dave Fox.
  • To kickoff the 2023 season at Zombie Joe’s Underground, the indie North Hollywood theater hosts their 20th annual Drive-By Theatre Festival, a brand new, fast-paced collection of mini-plays all written, produced, and performed in two days (or less).
  • Long Beach Black Restaurant Week returns (January 22-29) for eight days of celebrating African American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Black owned businesses around the city will offer a number of special deals that range from $5 to $30.
  • Starting this Sunday, pay homage to the genius of Lionel Sternberger by visiting the city during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. 40 restaurants, lounges and casual spots will offer signature burgers, special creations and deals just for the occasion.
  • Looking to get active this Sunday? Follow along with the latest in the L.A. on Foot series via a 4.5 mile walk at Kenneth Hahn Park.

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10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [1-21-2023]

January 21, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Los Angeles Zoo Entrance
The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Feels like the first full-on sunny weekend we’ve had in L.A. in awhile. How are you going to spend it?

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (January 21) in Los Angeles followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Hope you find you something you like, and hope you have a great Saturday!

Things To Do For Saturday in Los Angeles

Nexus IV: Riaz -> This Saturday, Glendale’s Brand Library hosts an opening reception for Nexus IV: Riaz, a new group art show curated by Tlaloc Studios and Thinkspace Projects featuring some 60 artists. Nexus features solo exhibitions from Anthony Clarkson, Ken Flewellyn, Matthew Grabelsky, Anthony Hurd and Cody Jimenez; plus site-specific murals from Brek, Love Yo Dreams and Mr. B Baby. The opening reception takes place from 4 to 10 p.m., and will include food provided by Zavalas Pies, Sweet Life LA and Bad Jimmy’s, plus a cash bar and DJs. The exhibition runs through March 17. Get more info here.

Drive-By Theatre Festival -> To kickoff the 2023 season at Zombie Joe’s Underground, the indie North Hollywood theater hosts their 20th annual Drive-By Theatre Festival, a brand new, fast-paced collection of mini-plays all written, produced, and performed in two days (or less). Shows take place nightly at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday through Monday. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get more info here.

Lunar New Year at the L.A. Zoo -> This Saturday and Sunday, the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates Lunar New Year with a full lineup of pop-up activities and evening performances. Offerings include a Wall of Well Wishes, a Zoo-diac Mask Making craft station, a Red Lantern Photo O, and a Zoo-diac Tour. All activities are included with zoo admission, which starts at $22 for adults. More info here.

* Goldstar Discounts -> Some of the city’s best seasonal lights programming continues through January, and Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for select dates. Get savings of $8 on tickets to the L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Alglow or $10 off tickets to Mean Girls at The Pantages.

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Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • Monterey Park celebrates the year of the rabbit with a two-day event featuring lion and dragon dancers (Saturday) as well as a carnival and various types of entertainment on both days.
  • This Saturday, Plaza West Covina celebrates Lunar New Year with a range of family friendly activities
  • This Friday to Sunday, the L.A. Body Art Expo brings 250 of America’s best tattoo artists to the L.A. Convention Center for a three-day affair
  • Long Beach shopping destination 2nd & PCH hosts family-friendly Lunar New Year festivities this Saturday.
  • Dance Camera West Festival continues through Saturday at the Barnsdall Theatre.
  • Brella, a child care and early education center in Hollywood, is hosting an open house and family fun curriculum event this Saturday featuring a range of kid’s activities, including art, sensory play, musical instruments from HAMA, family yoga and more.
  • Culver City’s Ivy Station hosts a free afternoon of jazz music on the lawn this Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

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