28 Totally Fun Things To Do for Week in L.A. [1-21-20 to 1-24-20]

Griffith Park view from Mt. Hollywood
From Mt. Hollwood. Photo by Vahe Martirosyan via flickr cc

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 through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 features NYC’s Alter Ego-Vaudeville Surreal at ArtBarLA, a Women’s Beer Forum, Heidi Duckler Dance kick off party,  a Strange Soiree at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Dine Alhambra and MUCH more.


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

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

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Tuesday January 21st, 2020

1. The longest running punk cabaret variety show Alter Ego-Vaudeville Surreal from New York stops by Los Angeles at ArtBarLA in Mar Vista. The night will be filled with comedy, music, burlesque, fire dancers, performance art and more.

2. The acclaimed story telling series The Moth featuring true stories told by people in front of a live audience takes over Los Globos in Silver Lake this Tuesday.

3. Tony Darts Away in Burbank host Bingo Night. Prizes include pints, swag and bottles. Free to play.

4. Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin will perform a live version of their Fatman Beyond podcast this Tuesday at Scum & Villainy Cantina. Tickets for $25 and there is a $20 minimum bar purchase.

5. Escuela de Mezcal (Mezcal School) at Bar Calo in Echo Park is an opportunity for guests to discover, learn and taste different mezcals. Happening every Tuesday a different mezcal brand will be featured at half-off from 6-9 p.m.

6. Free museum day at Los Angeles County Arboretum (Advance tickets for the free day are now required. These are available online starting on the first of the month. Also note the tram does not run on the free day), South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens (Advance online reservations are now required for Descanso Gardens free admission day)

7. BONES UK comes to Amoeba Hollywood for a live performance promoting their Grammy-nominated self-titled release, and their new Unplugged vinyl EP. The acoustic set will be followed by an album signing afterwards. FREE

Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

8. Eagle Rock Brewery will once again host a Women’s Beer Forum where you’ll get to try a flight of beers from different breweries for $18.

9. Los Angeles State Historic Park hosts Arts in the Park, which provides creative therapeutic experiences through arts and crafts. This series takes place every second and fourth Wednesday of each month inside the Welcome Pavilion from 2-4 p.m. FREE

10. USC Pacific Asia Museum located in Pasadena is recognized as Southern California’s only museum devoted exclusively to art from Asia and the Pacific. For their first 2020 exhibition the museum presents Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World. On view from January 10 – April 26, 2020 guests walk into a dome that transports them inside a 360° dreamscape fantasy world. The site-specific piece was drawn with 120 Sharpie permanent markers and reveals hints of existential threats to the environment. Oiwa’s surreal paintings and a video documenting the creation of the mural dome greets guests before they embark into the dome.

11. The Future Boyfriends Show is a bi-monthly comedy show featuring live rising standup comics with digital shorts. Happening at the El Cid.

12. There’a a Quentin Taratino Trivia Night at The Mermaid bar this Wednesday. Game starts at 8 p.m. drink specials, prizes, and a bloody good time will be had. Free to play.

Thursday January 23rd, 2020

13. Heidi Duckler Dance is a site-specific company in Los Angeles creating memorable performances in unexpected places in the city and around the world. To unveil their 2020 season and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the company they’ll throw a free kick off party and performance at The Bendix Building in DTLA this Thursday. FREE

14. The Skirball hosts an evening screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film noir classic, The Killing. A panel discussion after the movie with The Killing’s producer James B. Harris, as well as actor Malcolm McDowell (star of A Clockwork Orange) on the relationship between Kubrick’s photography and his filmmaking style. The panel will be moderated by Turner Classic Movies host Alicia Malone.

15. Thursday is Retro Tiki Night at speakeasy Brandon’s on La Brea featuring Real McCoy Rum tastings, tiki cocktails, complimentary bar bites and music.

16. The Homeward Bound Concert is a benefit for the homeless community with performances by Jason Mraz, Robby Krieger & John Densmore of The Doors, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ingrid Michaelson and more. Happening at The Wiltern.

17. Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 23 to February 9 with cultural performances, special food offerings, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop from Kung Fu Panda, a Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON, Hello Kitty and Minions adorned in Lunar New Year Attire and much more.

18. Drunk Yoga comes to the rooftop of the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach for four days of namaste shenanigans. Each session includes a pre-class happy hour, 45 minute yoga and a post flow “wine down”. Classes are beginner-friendly. Bring your own mat.


19. OUE Skyspace hosts a happy hour every Thursday this month from 5-9 p.m. with $6 beer, $8 wines, $10 signature cocktails and $2 tacos. Guests will also enjoy music spun by KCRWs Anthony Valadez.

20. Free museum day at Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (all day),  Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday January 24th, 2020

21. This Friday evening La Collectionneuse and Bob Baker Marionette Theater presented Strange Soiree #2, an evening of shorts, puppets and music.

22. Take advantage of specially priced lunch and dinner menus at one of SGV’s best dining destinations during Dine Alhambra Restaurant happening January 24-31.

23. Comedians Cinema Club will recreate Labyrinth live onstage while drunk (or maybe high) at UCB Sunset in Hollywood.

24. Meet skilled tattoo artists from around the world during the Golden State Tattoo Expo taking place all weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center.

25. The Hammer with the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a film screening of Ang Lee’s romantic comedy The Wedding Banquet.

26. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE


27. Looking to LOL with a crowd of improv fans? The Groundlings has packed their best sketches into one hilarious comedy show called Mix Tape. The show runs Friday and Saturday.

28. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Playa Vista this Friday with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!

Food Pick for the Week


This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Tam O’Shanter’s annual celebration honoring the birthday of Scottish poet and “The Tam O’Shanter” author, Robbie Burns is a longstanding tradition that includes bag pipers, step dancers, something called “a slaying of the haggis”, a three-course feast and more. Whiskey flights are also available for an extra fee. Guests are welcome to come dressed in Scottish garb. The celebration happens Jan. 21 and 22. Tickets for the dinner cost $80 per guest with two seatings each night, 5:30. and 8:15 p.m. Purchase by calling the restaurant or via OpenTable.

Tam O’Shanter is located at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

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