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

February 2, 2023 by Christina 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 Christina 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 Christina 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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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [1-27-2023 to 1-29-2023]

January 26, 2023 by Christina 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.

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

January 23, 2023 by Christina 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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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [1-20-2023 to 1-22-2023]

January 19, 2023 by Christina Champlin
Lunar New Year 2022 at the Los Angeles Zoo. Photo by Jaime Pham

Well, the rain has stopped for the time being, but did anyone else have to swipe ice off their windshield this morning? Just us? Cool, cool…

Moving on! This weekend in Los Angeles, check out the Dance Camera West Festival, multiple Lunar New Year events (including at USC Pacific Asia Museum), a new art show at Brand Library, Zombie Joe’s Drive-By Theatre Festival, goat yoga in Burbank, an L.A. Made discussion at Central Library, and more. Grab a coat, find a to-do, and get to it.

Things To Do This Weekend

Dance Camera West Festival -> This Thursday to Saturday, celebrate the art form of dance at this annual film festival at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre featuring a packed slate of free and ticketed screenings and programs. Opening night includes a free sunset screening of short films screened outdoors at Barnsdall Art Park. See the full schedule and get more info here.

The Lucky Lefty Tour at Ace -> Emmy-nominated writer/comedian Nimesh Patel (Saturday Night Live, A Little Late with Lilly Singh) brings an evening of standup to DTLA’s Ace Hotel Theatre this Friday, starting at 7:30 pf.m. Tickets start at $32. Get more info here.

Monterey Jazz Festival -> This Friday evening, the Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes an iconic group of players from the Monterey Jazz Festival for a special one-night event. The touring ensemble features Grammy-winning vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling along with star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Christian Sands, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn. Tickets start as low as $49. Concert begins at 8 p.m. More info here.

Simone Forti at MOCA -> Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave, check out the first west coast exhibition documenting the career of artist, dancer, and choreographer Simone Forti. As part of the collection of works, visitors can experience “Dance Constructions” on select times on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays following the opening. The museum is normally open Tuesday to Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Get more info here.

L.A. Body Art Expo -> 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 featuring music, beer, plus 22 tattoo contests, and more. Tickets start at $25 for single-day admission. Get more info here.

Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park -> This weekend, the city of Monterey Park welcomes 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. Food vendors, cultural experiences and unique gift booths will also be part of the festival. Free to attend. More info here.

Lunar New Year at 2nd & PCH -> Long Beach shopping destination 2nd & PCH hosts family-friendly Lunar New Year festivities this Saturday, including lion dance performances, complimentary airbrush tattoos and balloons courtesy of Karen’s Face Painting, and print-making craft hosted by Able ARTS Work. Runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

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.

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.

“Let’s Play” at Brella -> 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. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is free to attend. Get more info and register 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 Plaza West Covina -> This Saturday, Plaza West Covina celebrates Lunar New Year with a range of family friendly activities, including Dragon and Lion Dancing, Wushu acrobats, a Chinese Face Changer, Shaolin Warriors and more. Free to attend. Starts at 2 p.m. More info here.

Lunar New Year at UPAM ->[UPDATE: This event has been cancelled in the wake of the mass shooting in Monterey 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.

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.

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.

From the Danube to the Pacific, Reinventing Home: The Artwork of Dave Fox -> 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. Fox, a Holocaust survivor originally born in Vienna, draws inspiration from from his childhood along with images from his adopted home in Los Angeles. The pairing of the two locations connects a reality of trauma, displacement, and ultimately reclamation. Sunday’s opening includes a conversation with Rabbi Karen Fox (the artist’s daughter), Curator Georgia Freedman-Harvey and Holocaust Museum LA Vice President of Education and Exhibitions Jordanna Gessler. Holocaust Museum L.A. adult admission is normally $15, but entry is free with advanced reservation on Thursdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

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The Waterfront Back Patio
The Waterfront Back Patio. Photo by Local LA.

The Waterfront Bottomless Brunch Buffet -> The Venice restaurant recently rolled out a brunch buffet every weekend where $35 gets you all-you-can-eat from different food stations set up in the back patio. Find Belgian waffles, an omelet station, breakfast burritos, smoothies and other treats at the buffet. Add on an all-you-can-drink option for $30. More info here.  

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week -> This Sunday, the second annual 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. Pop up events will take place next week at The Cove Hotel and Trademark Brewing with a handful of participants. More info here.   

Butcher’s Breakfast Club -> Trendy West Hollywood hotspot Butcher’s Daughter has launched an all-inclusive weekday breakfast bar from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. For $23 a guests a wide spread of morning treats will be offered including fresh pressed juices, fried chicken and waffles, vegan carrot lox and bagels, loads of pastries, parfaits, organic coffee and even zero proof espresso martinis ($9). Magazines and newspapers will also be offered to guests for a relaxing morning experience. Walk-in seats and reservations are both available. More info here

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week -> Did you know the cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena? 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. More info here.


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Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [1-17-2023 to 1-20-2023]

January 17, 2023 by Christina Champlin
A cloudy day at Vista Hermosa Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

The skies are clearing up, the holiday weekend is over, and we’re back with a fresh list to start your work week in Los Angeles.

This January 17-20 in L.A. catch Da Poetry Lounge at Zócalo, a new art gallery opening in West Hollywood, artist Chloë Bass in conversation at Skirball, the L.A. Body Art Expo, the Monterey Jazz Festival at Disney Concert Hall, and more. Whatever you decide, hope you have a good one!

Things To Do This Week

Da Poetry Lounge Comes to Zócalo Public Square  -> This Tuesday, spoken word poets take the Zócalo stage at the ASU California Center for a night that prompts the question, Does Democracy Need Poets? The lineup features with Beau Sia performing “We Voting,” and Sekou Andrews and Steve Connell performing “Water Stained Black,” followed by a conversation with the poets about the ways artists engage with politics, and fuel democracy. Free to attend. More info here.

Free Garden Days -> The South Coast Botanic GardenL.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited. If you miss this Tuesday’s free days, make sure to check out our big list of free museum days to see other upcoming options.

Simone Forti at MOCA -> Over the weekend the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave debuted first west coast exhibition documenting the career of artist, dancer, and choreographer Simone Forti. As part of the collection of works, visitors can experience “Dance Constructions” on select times on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays following the opening. The museum is normally open Tuesday to Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Get more info here.

Future Without Fear -> FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR is now open at Praz-Delavallade gallery on Wilshire Blvd. The new new art and culture exhibit features photography from myriad contributors, and centers on issues of mental health, young Black motherhood, alienation, individuality, intersectionality, poverty, and community. Free and open to the public during normally gallery hours following the opening, Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

A Conversation with Chloë Bass -> This Wednesday, multi-form conceptual artist Chloë Bass stops by Skirball Cultural Center for a conversation with museum curators about the roles of artists and institutions in preserving culture and memory. Co-presented with the California African American Museum. Tickets are $10. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Between You and Me -> West Hollywood’s newly-opened Mey Gallery hosts their first-ever exhibition starting this Wednesday. Between You and Me is a group exhibition featuring recent works by Kevin Douillez, Mia Weiner, Aryana Minai, Thérèse Mulgrew, Eric Stefanski, and Ally Rae Peeples. Works will be on view through January 25. Get more info here.

Dolly Parton Tribute at Desert 5 Spot -> If you’re feeling a little country this week, head to Desert 5 Spot in Hollywood this Thursday for a special birthday tribute to the one and only Dolly Parton. Expect live performances and plenty of libations, with 10% of their sales from select specialty cocktails going to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Starts around 9 p.m. More info here.

Dance Camera West Festival -> This Thursday to Saturday, Celebrate the art form of dance at this annual film festival at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre featuring a packed slate of free and ticketed screenings and programs. Opening night includes a free sunset screening of short films screened outdoors at Barnsdall Art Park. See the full schedule and get more info here.

Monterey Jazz Festival -> This Friday evening, the Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes an iconic group of players from the Monterey Jazz Festival for a special one-night event. The touring ensemble features Grammy-winning vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling along with star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Christian Sands, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn. Tickets start as low as $49. Concert begins at 8 p.m. More info here.

L.A. Body Art Expo -> This Friday to Sunday, the L.A. Body Art Expo brings 250 of America’s best tatoo artists to the L.A. Convention Center for a three-day affair featuring music, beer, plus 22 tattoo contests, and more. Tickets start at $25 for single-day admission. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Steep and tiger & horses Lunar New Year spread. Photo by Steep on Instagram.

Steep x tiger & horses Lunar New Year Menu -> Starting this Thursday, Steep in Chinatown kicks off a collaboration with tiger & horses on a Lunar New Year menu, to be available January 19-21 from 4 to 10 p.m. Expect modern Taiwanese faves like Tainan Fish Soup, Peads & Barnett Collar Steak, Baked Oysters and Strawberry Mochi Cake. Available first-come, first-served. More info here

Chinese New Year Specials at Woon -> Celebrate the year of the rabbit at Woon in Westlake this Friday Sunday, when the restaurant will offer Lunar New Year classics such as Stir Fried Rice Cakes, Pan Fried Pork Dumplings and Chinese Chive Moneybags and Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls. Guests who dine-in will be entered into the Red Envelope Roulette to redeem treats. More info here.  

Dear Bella Creamery Lunar New Year Ice Cream Kit -> In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, the plant-based creamy Dear Bella has released a Chinese New Year ice cream kit for in-store purchase from Jan. 16 through Feb. 11. The kit includes three pints of Asian inspired ice cream flavors including Dear Bella’s classic Taiwanese Pineapple Cake. A jar of Red Bean Sauce, a variety of Chinese treats, red envelopes and a Dear Bella insulated bag is also included. Price is $58.88. More info here


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Things To Do This MLK Weekend in L.A. [1-13-2023 to 1-16-2023]

January 12, 2023 by Christina Champlin
MLK Memorial overlooking DTLA at Kenneth Hahn Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

As we head into a holiday weekend, it looks like what’s in front of us is exactly what’s behind us: More rain. If that keeps you inside, we totally get it. If need you options, we’ve got those too.

This January 13-16 in Los Angeles, check out Future Without Fear, an Asian American Expo, The Circus at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a new Simone Forti exhibition at MOCA, the SoCal Slack Key Festival, King Day at CAAM, and more. Stay safe out there, and enjoy your weekend!

Things To Do This Weekend

Future Without Fear -> FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR opens this Thursday at Praz-Delavallade gallery on Wilshire Blvd (6 to 9 p.m.). The new new art and culture exhibit features photography from myriad contributors, and centers on issues of mental health, young Black motherhood, alienation, individuality, intersectionality, poverty, and community. Free and open to the public during normally gallery hours following the opening, Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Dead Serious Comedy -> The monthly stand-up show at San Gabriel’s Blossom Food Hall returns this Friday evening featuring an appearance by headliner Mike Falzone (Netflix is a Joke Festival, Final Space on Adult Swim). Tickets are $10 pre-sale, or $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Get more info here.

POP Presents Vivaldi Opera  -> To kick off 2023, Pacific Opera Project presents the U.S. premiere production of the rare Vivaldi opera, Ercole su’l Termodonte. The show takes place over three weekends in January, transforming The Highland Park Ebell Club into an 18th-century style Baroque opera house, complete with box seating. Performances continue this Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start as low as $20 for some seats. More info here.

The Slam at Yard Theater -> Three comedians vie for the attention of one real-deal poet at this sarcastically-minded evening of comedy, coming to The Yard Theater in East Hollywood this Friday. The lineup includes Camirin Farmer (Late Night Toke Show), Magi Calcagne (Forget About Spaghetti Festival), Dylan Adler (Late Late Show w/ James Corden), and host Annie Paradis. Tickets are $12. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

* Goldstar Discounts -> If you’re perpetually in search of savings, Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for exciting events happening this week in Los Angeles. Get savings of $5 on tickets to The Groundlings Completely Different Late Show, $8 off tickets to L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow, or savings of up to $10 on tickets to the Catalina Jazz Club.

Asian American Expo -> This weekend’s Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex in Pomona for two days (Saturday + Sunday) of celebrating Asian culture through five uniquely themed pavilions: Asian American Food Expo, China Food Showcase, ANIME Impulse, K-PLAY! FEST and Sneaker Expo. Tickets cost $20 per day. More info here.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner -> Theatre Forty’s stage production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? heads to the living room of the famed Greystone Mansion for intimate performances over two weekends in January. Catch the first shows this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 per person. More info here.

Long Beach MLK Parade -> The 35th Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration is back in Long Beach this Saturday after a two-year hiatus. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street, then a celebration is slated to go from noon to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. There guests can catch performances, a health and wellness area, a youth area, food and merchandise vendors, and information booths. Keep an eye on the weather though, as significant rain is forecasted for the day and may impact the schedule. Get more info here.

Westside Coalition’s MLK Events -> On Saturday, January 14 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Westside Coalition hosts the Santa Monica Symphony’s Annual MLK Concert at John Adams Middle School. Then on Monday, the national holiday celebration at the same venue includes special speakers, music, and dance. Both events are free, but the concert is ticketed, as space is limited. More info here.

The Circus at BBMT ->  Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s latest show is a bigtop bonanza featuring more than 100 handcrafted marionettes, including clowns, trapeze artists, and delightful animals. The Circus premieres this Saturday and Sunday, and continues on weekend dates through March 26. Tickets are $25. More info here.

Wuthering Heights at The Wallis-> This week, Director Emma Rice brings her vibrant adaptation of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights to The Wallis in Beverly Hills for a 12-day production. Seats start as low as $39 for some dates. Performances continue this Thursday to Sunday. Get more info here.

Elliott Hundley at Regen Projects -> This Saturday, Regen Projects hosts an opening reception for Echo, a survey of works by Elliott Hundley. This will be Hundley’s sixth solo exhibition at the gallery, and features an array of collages, freestanding and hanging sculptures, assemblages, paintings, photographs, ceramics, and works on paper, spanning the breadth of Hundley’s 20-year career. Opening night runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Art Lab at The Hammer -> This Saturday, The Hammer hosts a free all-ages drop-in workshop for kids to experience and create using works from the museum as inspiration. No materials (or skill!) required to participate. Runs 1 to 4 p.m. More info here.

Simone Forti at MOCA -> Beginning this Sunday, the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave welcomes the first west coast exhibition documenting the career of artist, dancer, and choreographer Simone Forti. As part of the exhibition, visitors can experience “Dance Constructions” on select times on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays following the opening. More info here.

SoCal Slack Key Festival -> This Sunday, the 16th annual Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the acclaimed hula dancers, guest performers and a free Island Marketplace. The concert takes place at 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and the marketplace runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get tickets and more info here.

Lunar New Year at Runway -> Runway Playa Vista celebrates Lunar New Year this Sunday with a community event featuring traditional Chinese arts and crafts, games, live performances, food trucks, and over a dozen local vendors. Free to attend. Runs 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

King Day 2023 at CAAM -> This Monday, celebrate the return of CAAM’s in-person King Day festivities! This year’s theme is “MLK: A Legacy of Service” and the program includes a performance by the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the King Study Group, family activities provided by the Los Angeles Public Library, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Sprinkles Gold Bunny Almond Red Velvet Cupcake. Photo courtesy of Sprinkle’s.

Moveable Feast -> Angelenos can now host an at home dinner party with the assistance of some of the nation’s most exciting chefs. Founded by restaurant owners and chefs, Moveable Feast is a food delivery platform that collaborates with top restaurants to create the perfect dinner party for four to twelve guests. Restaurants for the soft launch include Michelin star winner Dirt Candy from New York and San Francisco’s Earnest. Designed like a meal kit, the shipment comes with everything you’ll need to fix up a meal from snacks to starters, sides, family style entrees and desserts. a multitude of courses. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the items because everything has been pre cooked and the instructions are straightforward. Expect a monthly rotating schedule of exclusive feast-at-home experiences. 

Lunar New Year Cupcakes at Sprinkles -> Sprinkles teams up with API collective Gold House to release a Gold Bunny Almond Red Velvet Cupcake for Lunar New Year. The festive cupcake features an almond cookie crust, red velvet cake with almond slices topped with almond cream cheese frosting. The cupcake cost $6 a piece and come in a Lunar New Year Red Box. Available at Sprinkles bakeries nationwide from January 16 to January 29. 

Little Dom’s Celebrates 15th Anniversary -> Next week, Los Feliz’s neighborhood Italian restaurant Little Dom’s celebrates 15 years in business with a week-long culinary program that kicks off with a $15 Monday Night Supper (typically $25) and the return of some of the most popular cocktail and dish specials from the past from Tuesday through Sunday. 


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Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [1-9-2023 to 1-13-2023]

January 9, 2023 by Christina Champlin
Looking over Echo Park Lake toward Downtown. Jan. 18, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

Rain and thunder kick off our week in Los Angeles, hence we’re keeping it mostly indoors with our picks for the days ahead. If are willing to drive (or trudge) your way through the wet weather, here are some options…

This January 9-13 in L.A., catch the New Works Play Festival, free Tuesdays at LACMA and The Autry, Wuthering Heights at The Wallis, Nat Geo Live, a Mahler symphony at Disney Concert Hall, a more. Whatever you decide on, stay safe out there!

Things To Do This Week

CFP Championship Watch Party at Common Space -> On Monday at 4:30 p.m., TCU takes Georgia in the 2023 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Head over to Common Space Brewing in Hawthorne for a free watch party that includes a food truck onsite and plenty of indoor seating. Get more info here.

New Works Play Festival -> Starting this Tuesday, Theatre West presents weekly rehearsed readings of new full-length plays developed in its Writers Workshop.  This week, catch Trumpets and Table Tipping, the fictional account of Harry Houdini’s encounter with a clairvoyant. Reservations are not necessary to attend. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. More info here.

Free Second Tuesdays -> Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

* Goldstar Discounts -> If you’re perpetually in search of savings, Goldstar.com has great deals on tickets for exciting events happening this week in Los Angeles. Get savings of $10-$20 on tickets to Mean Girls at The Pantages, $12-$20 off tickets to Nat Geo’s King Tut Immersive Experience, or savings of up to $8-$100 on tickets to see the L.A. Clippers at Crypto.com Arena.

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Building Bridges at HMLA -> Holocaust Museum LA spotlights allyship of Black and Jewish communities this Tuesday with a presentation of Building Bridges: Civil Rights Then and Now, a panel discussion featuring civil rights advocates and local religious, presented in partnership with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California. Event starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Wuthering Heights at The Wallis-> This Wednesday, Director Emma Rice brings her vibrant adaptation of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights to The Wallis in Beverly Hills for a 12-day production. Seats start as low as $39 for some dates. Get more info here.

Beastie Boys EXHIBIT at Beyond the Streets -> Beyond the Streets and CONTROL Gallery have teamed up to create the most comprehensive Beastie Boys exhibition ever assembled in Los Angeles, which includes never-before-seen historical artifacts, ephemera, and photographs. EXHIBIT recently opened at the BTS flagship location on La Brea Ave and will run through January 29. This week, the exhibition is open Wednesday to Saturday. Reserve free advance tickets here.

National Geographic Live: From Shallows to Seafloor -> This Thursday, the latest edition of NatGeo Live at The Broad Stage centers on the work of Marine Biologist Diva Amon, whose deep-sea exploration has led to fascinating insights on the otherworldly environment that exists in some of the most remote depths on the planet. Tickets start at $55. More info here.

Mindful Awareness Meditation at The Hammer -> In person Mindful Awareness Meditation is returning to The Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater starting January 12. The art museum is always free to visit, the series runs every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and every session will be streamed live on the Hammer’s website for those who wish to participate online. More info here.

Weekly Trivia at GCM -> Join Geeks Who Drink for weekly trivia every Thursday on the Hill St. Patio at Grand Central Market. Enjoy themed trivia, food, and drinks at one of LA’s most historic venues. More info here.

Top Golf Live at Dodger Stadium -> The Top Golf experience at Dodger Stadium continues this Thursday to Sunday, transforming the space into a massive target zone for participants to drive balls off of the concourse level and onto the field. Tickets for the experience range $110 to $140 depending on the day. Spectator tickets run $10 a person. This will be the final weekend for the event. More info here.

POP Presents Vivaldi Opera  -> To kick off 2023, Pacific Opera Project presents the U.S. premiere production of the rare Vivaldi opera, Ercole su’l Termodonte. The show takes place over three weekends in January, transforming The Highland Park Ebell Club into an 18th-century style Baroque opera house, complete with box seating. Performances continue this Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start as low as $20 for some seats. More info here.

The Slam at Yard Theater -> Three comedians vie for the attention of one real-deal poet at this sarcastically-minded evening of comedy, coming to The Yard Theater in East Hollywood this Friday. The lineup includes Camirin Farmer (Late Night Toke Show), Magi Calcagne (Forget About Spaghetti Festival), Dylan Adler (Late Late Show w/ James Corden), and host Annie Paradis. Tickets are $12. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

MTT Leads Mahler -> This Friday to Sunday at Disney Concert Hall, 12-time Grammy Award winner Michael Tilson Thomas (Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra) conducts the LA Phil in a rousing performance Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Tickets for Terrace Seating start at $64. Get more info here.

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(picks by Christina Champlin)
The Vampiro Taco. Photo courtesy of Solita Tacos & Margaritas.

Solita Gives Away Free Chicken Vampiro Tacos For A Week -> Long Beach’s Solita Tacos & Margaritas is giving away their best-selling Chicken Vampiro Taco from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15. To redeem the offer, guests can simply mention the promotion and will receive a complimentary Vampiro (dine-in only). That’s it!

Open Market Chinese New Year Drop -> Open Market, the Koreatown community-driven cafe will offer a one-night dinner special available for pick up and limited dine-in on Thursday, January 26. Pre-orders for the experience start January 12 and will feature the team’s interpretation of Peking Duck. A half duck cost $90 and a whole cost $130, the meal includes dry aged and cured duck breast roasted with duck legs confit, served with duck fat fried rice, duck jus’ hoisin, flour tortillas from Mejorado, fermented salsa, scallion salad and smashed cucumbers. 

The Banh Chung Collective -> On January 14, celebrate Tet the Vietnamese New Year with Chef Diep Tran’s annual The Banh Chung Collective event. Taking place at Alma Backyard Farms in Compton, the day’s focus is on connecting with others while learning to make banh chung – a sticky rice dumpling filled with pork, shallots and mung beans, wrapped in banana leaves. Tickets cost $50 a person and includes a light lunch and finished banh chung (4) to take home. More info here


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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [1-6-2023 to 1-8-2023]

January 5, 2023 by Christina Champlin
Vista Hermosa Park
Overcast morning at Vista Hermosa Park. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A>

Will rain continue over the next few days or are we due for a brief respite from atmospheric river currently pummeling much of California. Here’s hoping for a pleasant surprise to the weekend!

This January 6-8 in Los Angeles, check out The Last Improv at Dynasty Typewriter, Afro Bowie at Teragram, Lunar New Year at L.A. Zoo Lights, the Oshogatsu Family Festival at JANM, the Yoga Expo in Pasadena, new exhibitions at Thinkspace, and more.

Things To Do This Weekend

The Last Improv -> This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, an A-list lineup of comedians perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts, with special guests including Bobby Moynihan, Nicole Byer, Paul Scheer, Paul Welsh, Jon Gabrus, Mary Holland, and Rainn Wilson. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 the day-of. More info here.

Top Golf Live at Dodger Stadium -> Starting this Thursday, Dodger Stadium transforms into a giant Top Golf space where guests will be able to hit golf balls off of the concourse level and onto the field aiming at various targets. Tickets for the experience range $110 to $140 depending on the day and spectator tickets just to watch cost $10. More info here.

Lunar New Year at L.A. Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s holiday lights programming pivots toward Lunar New Year with special activities every Friday to Sunday from January 6-22. Celebrate the year of the rabbit with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance parade, lion dance show, kung fu showcase and acrobatics, fan dancers, calligraphy, a Wall of Well Wishes, and a selection of food trucks. Tickets are $32 for children, or $39 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 to $16 on tickets to Lightscape at the L.A. Arboretum, $8 off tickets to L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow, or savings of up to $20 on tickets Descanso Gardens Enchanted Forest of Light.

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POP Presents Vivaldi Opera  -> To kick off 2023, Pacific Opera Project presents the U.S. premiere production of the rare Vivaldi opera, Ercole su’l Termodonte. The show takes place over three weekends in January, transforming The Highland Park Ebell Club into an 18th-century style Baroque opera house, complete with box seating. There will be 8 performances in all, beginning this Friday and Saturday. Tickets start as low as $20 for some seats. More info here.

Completely Different Late Show -> The Groundling’s signature evening of late-night improv comedy returns for 2023 starting with shows this Friday and Saturday, with Chris Eckert directing a group of Main Company performers. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Exhibitions Openings at Thinkspace (January 7) -> This Saturday, Thinkspace Projects kicks off 2023 with a slate of four new exhibitions, all debuting with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free to attend and includes DJ-spun tunes, refreshments, and live painting. Get more info here.

Yoga Expo -> The nation’s largest traveling yoga convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this Saturday with a one-day event featuring classes, panel discussions and a yoga marketplace.  A single all-day pass starts at $55 per person, and there is a three-ticket family pass at $99 for three tickets. Get more info here.

ReStart YOU 2023 -> Get a head start your 2023 fitness and wellness goals with free outdoor classes and experiences at Ivy Station this Saturday. Activations include a CycleBar class, a yoga session with YogaSix, and boxing with Mayweather Boxing + Fitness. All events free to attend, but RSVP required to reserve a spot. Get more info here.

Beer Yoga at Trademark Brewing -> Prefer your Yoga is a post-workout ale or lager? Start your Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. session at Long Beach’s Trademark Brewing led by a certified yoga instructor, followed by a recovery beer. $15 to attend, with one beer included. Bring your own mat. Get more info here.

Afro Bowie at Teragram -> a Sunday, Teragram Ballroom and Kentyah celebrate the legacy of David Bowie by pairing a funk-driven exploration of the Bowie catalog alongside a 3-D and VR immersive installation called The Cube. The talented lineup of performers includes Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Angelo Moore (Fishbone),Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Chris Dowd (Fishbone), and Tony Austin (Kamasi Washington) Tickets for the all-ages show are $32. Doors open at 6 p.m. More info here.

Oshogatsu Family Festival -> Ring in the Year of the Rabbit this Sunday at the Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival. Admission to the festival is free, and visitors will enjoy cultural performances, crafts, live art, candy sculptures, kids activities, and mochitsuki a traditional rice pounding demonstration. More info here.

Causeway at The Aero Theatre -> This Sunday, American Cinematheque hosts a free screening of the new Jennifer Lawrence film Causeway at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Lawrence stars as a U.S. soldier who suffers a traumatic brain while deployed in Afghanistan and then struggles to adjust to daily life upon her return to the states. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and will include special guests TBD. Note that a RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Seats are allocated first come, first served. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Irv’s Burger. Photo credit Wonho Frank Lee.

Irv’s Burger x The Menu Collab -> Historic West Hollywood burger stand Irv’s Burgers and Searchlight Pictures are teaming up to offering the special burger based off of The Menu. Available for the month of January, sample a “Just a Well-Made Cheeseburger For You” made with Irv’s sesame bun, two 3 oz patties, American cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce, served with a side of crinkle cut fries ($9.95.) The cheeseburger is available at Irv’s Burgers, Postmates and UberEats. 

Wagyu Meatball Curry Pizza  -> Little Tokyo neighbors Prime Pizza and Champion’s Curry have teamed up for a limited release pizza drop on Monday, January 9. Available at Prime Pizza the Wagyu Meatball Curry Pizza comes with Champions Kanazawa style curry tomato sauce, mozzarella, wagyu meatballs, pickled shallots and chives, served with a side of curry dipping sauce.

Kebab Shop Now Open in El Segundo -> San Diego-based The Kebab Shop expands its footprint to the South Bay with a selection highly customizable wraps, plates, salads and bowls with sliced chicken and mixed beef and lamb doner, fire roasted kebabs and golden saffron rice.

Smorgasburg Debuts 10 New Vendors this Sunday -> This Sunday, Smorgasburg LA returns for its 2023 grand reopening featuring ten new vendors on offer. Expect fresh squeezed lemonades, sourdough pizzas to refreshing mariscos. A few standouts include:  

  • Cambodian-influenced chicken wing shop Shlap Muan will bring their unique and delicious wing creations from Long Beach to DTLA. Having recently sampled Shlap Muan, my top flavors are the Dirty Elvis, Sweet Spicy Garlic, and Cambodian Dirt.
  • Taiwan’s craft boba operation Odd One Out Tea is expanding to Los Angeles with a stint at Smorgasburg. OOOT takes a mixologists approach to tea drinks and items are paired with handmade toppings such as mochi balls and jellies.
  • Rad Na Silom, Thai Town’s late only night Pad Thai stand situated outside of Silom Market, is wok frying up noodles at Smorgasburg. On the menu are classics such as Pad Thai and Pad See Ew.
  • Organic, family run cinnamon bun company All About the Cinnamon offers 25 different variations on the sweet treat. Using locally sourced  ingredients from farmers markets, the company also offers vegan and gluten free options. 

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Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [1-3-2023 to 1-6-2023]

January 3, 2023 by Christina Champlin
Los Angeles Zoo Entrance
The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

New week, new year. Still lots of rain on the forecast, including a “life threatening atmosphere river” that’s about to descend on Northern California. Whatever you do, stay safe out there!

For this week in Los Angels (January 3-6), we’ve got Ice Yoga in Santa Monica, a lecture on wolves at AoP, Top Golf at Dodger Stadium, the Pacific Opera Project in Highland Park, The Last Improv at Dynasty Typewriter, and a Cambodian chicken wing spot you need to check out. All that and more in our rundown that starts below.

Things To Do This Week

Floatfest: A Rose Parade Showcase  -> Following the 134th Rose Parade, visitors will have a chance to view the detail and design of float entrants up close at Floatfest, a ticketed ($20) showcase taking place at select times on the afternoon of January 2 and Tuesday, January 3. Get more info here.

L.A. Zoo Lights Pride Night -> The Los Angeles Zoo, in partnership with LA Pride, will host a family-friendly LGBTQIA+ edition of L.A. Zoo Lights this Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $34 per adult and $27 per child. More info here.

Ice Yoga -> First-ever Ice Yoga Classes pop at the Ice at Santa Monica skating rink on two dates this month, starting with this Wednesday. Instructor Austin Hollingshead leads participants in a one-of-a-kind healing experience, which will focus on the core and progress to full-body movements. Tickets are $5. Yoga mats will be provided.  More info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For January 4, Apex Protection Project directors Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell stop by to discuss the social link between humans and wolves, and how their group advocates for wolves in the wild through educational programming. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 the day of. Get more info and RSVP here.

Bear City Comedy -> Every Wednesday, you can catch free comedy at Que Sera in Long Beach presented by Bear City, featuring a rotating lineup of up-and-comers from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, and beyond. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Cash bar, but no drink minimum.a More info here.

Our Art LA Exhibition Opening -> Celebrate the opening of Our Art LA this Thursday at Angel City Brewery with an evening of drinks, conversation, music and poetry performances. This new exhibition features the works of over a dozen participating artists, all addressing the theme the of systemic racism and spotlighting/critiquing responses from within the arts community. Reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Top Golf Live at Dodger Stadium -> Starting this Thursday, Dodger Stadium transforms into a giant Top Golf space where guests will be able to hit golf balls off of the concourse level and onto the field aiming at various targets. Tickets for the experience range $110 to $140 depending on the day and spectator tickets just to watch cost $10. Run this weekend and next weekend only. More info here.

The Last Improv -> This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, an A-list lineup of comedians perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts, with special guests including Bobby Moynihan, Nicole Byer, Paul Scheer, Paul Welsh, Jon Gabrus, Mary Holland, and Rain Wilson. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 the day-of. More info here.

POP Presents Vivaldi Opera  -> To kick off 2023, Pacific Opera Project presents the U.S. premiere production of the rare Vivaldi opera, Ercole su’l Termodonte. The show takes place over three weekends in January, transforming The Highland Park Ebell Club into an 18th-century style Baroque opera house, complete with box seating. There will be 8 performances in all, beginning this Friday and Saturday. Tickets start as low as $20 for some seats. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

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A tray of wings from Shlap Muan. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Construction workers file out of Shlap Muan as I approach the humble North Long Beach storefront on the Thursday before Christmas. The satisfied grins on their faces hint at something delicious in my future. My pace quickens as I step through the doorway. Man it smells good.

Husband-and-wife team Hawk and Sophia Tea opened this spot in 2020, three years after successfully launching Shlap Muan in San Francisco. The SF restaurant eventually closed, but down in the LBC the line forming behind me indicates business is strong. This is no accident.

Shlap Muan literally translates to “chicken wings” in Khmer, so you can go in knowing exactly what to expect. This is not the kind of place where you’ll find buffalo or barbecue wings and definitely not something as blasphemous (for me anyway) as boneless wings. The operation features nine dry rubbed and sauced up wing flavors each tied into Hawk’s Cambodian heritage. In my opinion, there isn’t a bad option in the bunch.

You can mix and match for each order with the exception of the Dirty Elvis, which comes exclusively in sets of 20 ($25) or 30 ($36). Inspired by the traditional Khmer braised sauce, Elvis wings arrive wok fried until the chicken is encased in a thick caramelized coating topped with dried chillies and green onions. Equal parts sweet and savory, these little guys burst with intense flavors that I can only describe as a candied version of a chicken wing.

Shalp Muan’s most popular flavor is the Cambodian Dirt, a riff on lemon pepper seasoning that Hawk came up using Kroeung, a traditional spice/herb paste that is a staple of Cambodian cooking. Dry or sauced, all the wings have a crispy satisfying crunch, and not one is over dressed. In particular, I’m a fan of the Sweet & Spicy Garlic wings, fried then drizzled in a sauce of diced garlic and red chilies. By the end of the meal, the Umami punch had me dipping other flavors in the remnants of the garlic infused goodness.

Hawk suggests ordering a side of white rice as a palate cleanser between each wing flavor, and I also found rice to be the perfect vessel for leftover sauces on my tray. For me, a 16 piece order ($19) was more than ample to feed my partner and I for lunch.

Just make sure you get there before the rush!

Shlap Muan is located at 2150 E. South Street in Long Beach, California 90805. They are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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

January 1, 2023 by Christina Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding basin from the Griffith Observatory West Terrace. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

Need a head start to planning your January in Los Angeles?

Check out our rundown below for a bevy of inspired ideas, including Lunar New Year’s fests, new art exhibitions, the Pacific Opera Project, a guided L.A. River walk, MLK Day celebrations, Dance Camera West, Da Poetry Lounge, NatGeo Live, and more. And remember, if you want free museum ideas for the month ahead, check out our cheatsheet here. Hope you have a great start to 2023!

Things To Do in January

Oshogatsu Festival in Little Tokyo (January 1) -> Celebrate the start of the new year with a Oshogatsu Festival in Little Tokyo, put together by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. The family-friendly affair features traditional Japanese food, entertainment and special activities including a kimono fashion show and a shamisen (traditional three-stringed Japanese instrument) performance. The free event takes place at Weller Court and Japanese Village Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get more info here.

Disney 100 Movie Marathon (January 1) -> Disney celebrates a century of animation feature films to start 2023 with a four-movie slate on New Year’s Day at El Capitan Theater. Watch Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Frozen all back-to-back, starting at noon. Tickets start at $40, and include a 20oz bottled beverage, Disney 100 popcorn container with popcorn, a collectible print, and reserved seating. More info here.

Polar Bear Plunge (January 1) -> Greet New Year’s Day by bravely taking a plunge into the ocean at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. After a two year hiatus the annual Polar Bear swim, which dates back seven decades, and typically brings out about 800 people each year, will take place at Cabrillo Beach. More info here.

The Rose Parade (January 2) -> The 134th Rose Parade (never on a Sunday) returns for 2023 with its iconic assemblage of decorative displays, floral arrangements, eye-catching floats, marching bands and horse-drawn carriages, all traversing a 5 and a half mile route along (mostly) Colorado Blvd. The weather looks like it might be clearing up for the event, but keep on an eye on the forecast as rain is still a strong possibility. More info here.

Floatfest: A Rose Parade Showcase (January 2-3) -> Following the 134th Rose Parade, visitors will have a chance to view the detail and design of float entrants up close at Floatfest, a ticketed ($20) showcase taking place at select times on the afternoon of January 2 and Tuesday, January 3. Get more info here.

L.A. Zoo Lights Pride Night (January 4) -> The Los Angeles Zoo, in partnership with LA Pride, will host a family-friendly LGBTQIA+ edition of L.A. Zoo Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $34 per adult and $27 per child. More info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP (January 4) -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For January 4, Apex Protection Project directors Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell stop by to discuss the social link between humans and wolves, and how their group advocates for wolves in the wild through educational programming. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 the day of. Get more info and RSVP here.

Ice Yoga (January 5, 10) -> First-ever Ice Yoga Classes continue at the Ice at Santa Monica skating rink on two dates this January. Instructor Austin Hollingshead leads participants in a one-of-a-kind healing experience, which will focus on the core and progress to full-body movements. Tickets are $5. Yoga mats will be provided.  More info here.

Top Golf Live at Dodger Stadium (January 5-8, January 12-15) -> Dodger Stadium transforms into a giant Top Golf space where guests will be able to hit golf balls off of the concourse level and onto the field aiming at various targets. Tickets for the experience range $110 to $140 depending on the day and spectator tickets just to watch cost $10. More info here.

POP Presents Vivaldi Opera (January 6-21) -> This January, Pacific Opera Project presents the U.S. premiere production of the rare Vivaldi opera, Ercole su’l Termodonte. The production transforms The Highland Park Ebell Club into an 18th-century style Baroque opera house, complete with box seating. There will be 8 performances in all. Tickets start as low as $20 for some seats. More info here.

Exhibitions Openings at Thinkspace (January 7) -> Thinkspace Projects kicks off 2023 with a slate of four new exhibitions, all debuting with an opening reception on January 7. The event is free to attend and includes DJ-spun tunes, refreshments, and live painting. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Get more info here.

Yoga Expo (January 7) -> The nation’s largest traveling yoga convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this January with a one-day event featuring classes, panel discussions and a yoga marketplace.  A single all-day pass starts at $55 per person, and there is a three-ticket family pass at $99 for three tickets. Get more info here.

Oshogatsu Family Festival (January 8) -> Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with the Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival. Admission to the festival is free, and visitors will enjoy cultural performances, crafts, live art, candy sculptures, kids activities, and mochitsuki a traditional rice pounding demonstration. More info here.

New Works Play Festival (starting January 10) -> Starting January 10, Theatre West presents weekly rehearsed readings of new full-length plays developed in its Writers Workshop.  Reservations are not necessary to attend. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. More info here.

National Geographic Live: From Shallows to Seafloor (January 12) -> The latest edition of NatGeo Live at The Broad Stage centers on the work of Marine Biologist Diva Amon, whose deep-sea exploration has led to fascinating insights on the otherworldly environment that exists in some of the most remote depths on the planet. Tickets start at $55. More info here.

Wuthering Heights -(January 11-22) -> Director Emma Rice brings her vibrant adaptation of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights to The Wallis for a 12-day production. Seats start as low as $39 for some dates. Get more info here.

Mindful Awareness Meditation at The Hammer (January 12) -> In person Mindful Awareness Meditation is returning to The Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater starting January 12. The art museum is always free to visit, the series runs every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and every session will be broadcasted live on the Hammer’s website for those who wish to meditate online instead. More info here.

River Sessions -> (January 14) -> Starting in January, the LA River Public Art Project is launching a series of walks along the L.A. River to highlight the art, culture, history, and ecology the famed waterway. This month, the series kicks off with a jaunt near Mile 51 (the technical starting point of the river) in Canoga Park, to be preceded by performance from traditional Tongva singer Joe Calderon. Tickets start at $29 per person. Get more info here.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (January 14, 15, 19, 21, 22) -> Theatre Forty’s critically acclaimed hit stage production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? comes to the fabulous Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills on select dates in January. . Tickets cost $35 per person. More info here.

Asian American Expo (January 14) -> The Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex in Pomona for two days of celebrating Asian culture through five uniquely themed pavilions: Asian American Food Expo, China Food Showcase, ANIME Impulse, K-PLAY! FEST and Sneaker Expo. Tickets cost $20 per day. More info here.

Westside Coalition’s MLK Events (January 14 & 16) -> On Friday, January 14 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Westside Coalition hosts the Santa Monica Symphony’s Annual MLK Concert at John Adams Middle School. Two days later, a national holiday celebration at the same venue that includes special speakers, music, and dance. Both events are free, but the concert is ticketed, as space is limited. More info here.

Simone Forti at MOCA (starting January 15) -> This month, the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave welcomes the first west coast exhibition documenting the career of artist, dancer, and choreographer Simone Forti. As part of the exhibition, visitors can experience “Dance Constructions” on select times on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays following the opening. More info here.

Future Without Fear (January 16) -> Praz-Delavallade gallery presents FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR, a multimedia exhibit that explores the hopes and dreams of young people from underrepresented communities and asks the question “If you had no fear or barriers, who would you be?” The exhibit is free and open to the public. More info here.

King Day 2023 at CAAM (January 16) ->  Celebrate the return of CAAM’s in-person King Day festivities! This year’s theme is “MLK: A Legacy of Service” and the program includes a performance by the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the King Study Group, family activities provided by the Los Angeles Public Library, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Da Poetry Lounge Comes to Zócalo Public Square (January 17) -> Spoken word poets take the Zócalo stage at the ASU California Center for a night that prompts the question, Does Democracy Need Poets? The lineup features with Beau Sia performing “We Voting,” and Sekou Andrews and Steve Connell performing “Water Stained Black,” followed by a conversation with the poets about the ways artists engage with politics, and fuel democracy. Free to attend. More info here.

Dance Camera West Festival (January 19-21) -> Celebrate the art form of dance at this annual film festival at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre featuring a packed schedule of free and ticketed screenings and programs. More info here.

L.A. Body Art Expo (January 20-22) -> 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 featuring music, beer, plus 22 tattoo contests, and more. Tickets start at $25 for single-day admission. Get more info here.

Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park (January 21-22) -> The city of Monterey Park welcomes 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. Food vendors, cultural experiences and unique gift booths will also be part of the festival. Free to attend. More info here.

Nexus IV: Riaz (January 21) -> 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 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 (January 21-23) -> 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 during the three-day run. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get more info here.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week (January 22-27) -> Did you know the cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena? Head to the city during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week where 40 restaurants, lounges and casual spots will offer signature burgers, special creations made just for the occasion and deals. More info here.

Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology (starting January 27) -> The latest exhibition at Armory Center For the Arts in Pasadena grapples 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 the Exposure, which debuted at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe in 2021. Admission to Armory Center For the Arts is always free. More info here.

Exhibition Openings at TAM (January 28) -> 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.

Uncorked: Los Angeles Wine Festival (January 28) -> Uncorked Wine Festival returns to the iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles 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.

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival (January 29) -> The Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival takes over Main street with a day of fun that includes 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.

Mulyana: Modular Utopia (opening January 31) -> This January, the USC Fisher Museum presents the first solo museum exhibition featuring work by Indonesian artist Mulyana. In Modular Utopia, Mulyana builds massive kinetic environments composed of knit sculptures depicting marine life in an intricate underwater world. It’s set to run through April 8, 2023. USC Fisher Museum is always free and open to the public during visiting hours. More info here.


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