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

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, 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 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.

Dining &. Drinking

(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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