36 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [1-17-17 to 1-20-17]

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 20, features the Indie Beauty Expo, the Riot LA Comedy Festival, dineL.A. restaurant week, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show, a gourmet popcorn battle, and LOTS more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

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

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Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Tuesday January 17th, 2017

1. The Moth storytelling event returns to Los Globos in Los Angeles with LA StorySLAM: DEALBREAKERS.

2. The Indie Beauty Expo is coming to DTLA’s California Market Center from Jan. 17 through 19. This one-of-a-kind expo allows shoppers to discover the newest and freshest under-the-radar beauty brands. From cosmetics and skin needs to hair and nail care, a vast variety of brands will be represented.

3. dineL.A. Restaurant Week continues through Jan. 27. More than just a week, dineL.A. offers food-lovers two straight weeks to taste, explore, and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles.  Need a little help selecting places to go? Try our nifty guide to dineL.A. which includes our top picks 😉

4. The Queen Mary is issuing a special Locals’ Annual Pass to make it easier than ever for SoCal residents to visit the world-famous cruise liner all year round. The pass includes complimentary three-hour parking and admission to the ship and exhibits. Grab yours for a special price on Goldstar! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Redondo Beach Restaurant Week continues through 27, and will feature 14 eateries from the beach city’s burgeoning food scene. All participating restaurants will offer either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only specials.

6. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The LA Opera takes over Union Stations Waiting Room for a first look at Mozart’s Comedic Opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio” the experiential pop-up event is free to attend and will feature live jazz, 20’s era dancers, and LA Opera singers performing pieces from the upcoming show. FREE

8. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Hammer Museum presents Election Postmortem a discussion/reflection on the 2016 election moderated by journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host, Ian S. Masters with UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck, public policy scholar Theodore R. Johnson and political scientist Michael Tesler. FREE

10. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is “Japanese Pop”. FREE

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday January 18th, 2017

13. FLIXatFIG returns to the TASTE Food Hall at FIG@7th with a free screening of Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. FREE

14. The Broad Stage and Sotheby’s Institute of Art kicks off their brand-new series of art talks this Wednesday with five of California’s major art legends. Titled Artists Talks: LA Legends, this series explores the living legacy of Los Angeles’ art scene via enlightening conversations with influential artists. The series opens with Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, and Ed Ruscha.

15. Join Los Angeles magazine at the A+D Museum in DTLA for their 4th annual Best New Restaurants Celebration as they highlight some of their favorite local restaurants, chefs, and culinary masters.

16. This week Glendale Arts POPUP! Intro to Music series continues with a intro to guitar workshop at Brand Library. Open to the public the event is free, but the organizers are encouraging a $5 donation from each participant.

17. The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will host free previews for the Koan Unit’s production of “BECKETT 5” five rarely seen, short plays by Samuel Beckett from Jan. 18 to 20 at 8 p.m. The public must call in advance to reserve a seat, and mention WE LIKE LA for this freebie 😉

18. The Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I comes to the Hollywood Pantages. Happening Wednesday through Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday January 19th, 2017

20. 2017’s Riot LA Comedy Festival runs from Jan. 19-22. The lineup of comedic all-stars for this year includes Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, the return of Dr. Katz, plus a live chat with Mel Brooks followed by a screening of Blazing Saddles. For those interested we spotted a few discount deals via Goldstar you might also want to take advantage of for the following:


21. The iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach is now a great place to see local live bands! Stop by every third Thursday of the month beginning January 19 for Local Band Hangout happening at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar.

22. Metalachi, the world’s only heavy metal Mariachi band will be playing at the Doll Hut this Thursday.

23. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Army of Darkness this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Rally to Save Roe will commemorate the 44th anniversary of the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case, Roe vs. Wade. Hosted by NCJW/LA and 24+ co-sponsoring organizations including Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) and the City of West Hollywood. The rally will feature speakers, performers and demonstrations and will also provide advocacy training.

25. SIP+MINGLE 1920’s Prohibition Party at Pattern Bar. The party will include an exclusive exhibit by photographer Yoshi Hashimoto, who documented the final days of the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, home to Al Capone. Guest are encouraged to dress up and complimentary gourmet bites will be served at the beginning of the party. Ticket cost $10 a person.

26. January 19 is National Popcorn Day and Spin PR will celebrate with a gourmet popcorn battle. Come see popcorn lovers compete in a Chopped-style competition with their best take on unique flavors. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, popcorn tastings and more. Tickets cost $20 a person.

27. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday and through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum (all day), Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday January 20th, 2017

29. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for an art exhibition offering a delectable mix of booze, flapjacks, and work from local artists.

30. If you care about social justice, you’ll want to check out the newest exhibition at Subliminal Projects. Shepherd Fairey’s illustrious gallery, located in Echo Park, debuts American Civics with an opening reception from 8 to 11 p.m.

31. Sure to be a devilish good time, “Helvis” and His Angels of Mercy will perform a song and striptease during Greaseland Rockabilly & Burlesque at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


32. Every Friday of January, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is New Orleans Cocktails.

33. It’s a Presidential themed Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Rockwell. Let broadway, film and TV stars dazzle you on stage to help you forget about the dismal election for just one moment. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Completely Different Late Show put on by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company will have you LOLing in your seats while shouting ridiculous scenarios to a seasoned cast of improv. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Free admission day this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

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