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31 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [1-4-16 to 1-8-16]

January 4, 2016 by Christina Champlin

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 features a tribute to Elvis at the Echoplex, free days at NHM, Kidspace and the The Page Museum, a throwback screening of Clerks, All Space Considered at The Observatory, and plenty more to choose from.

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

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Rose Garden Exposition Park

L.A.’s Natural History Museum and the rose garden in Exposition Park. Credit: Tracie Hall via flickr

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Monday January 4th, 2016

1. Elvis Tribute Show

Elvis would’ve been 81 years old this January, and to honor the king the Echoplex has a lineup paying homage this Monday night starting at 8:30pm. $5 with RVSP, $10 without.

2. Mostly Musicals At The E  Spot Lounge 

Shake off the holiday dulldrums with night of fun and uplifting songs at Musical Musicals presented by the E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Discount tickets available via our friends at Goldstar starting at $7.50.

3. SPiN Standard Open Ping-Pong Tournament

From 8:00pm to midnight Spin Standard inside of The Standard in Downtown Los Angeles will host a open ping pong tournament. For just $10 you get unlimited table time and an entry into the singles tournament.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your butt off for just $8 at the door.

5. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering free meditation class, Monday through Fridays at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

6. Nerdist Open Mic

Watch Kyle Clark and Caitlin Durante host this weekly comedy free-for-all. You’ll see new comics and familiar comics trying out new material. It’s free to sign up but do it at 5:00pm for the best chance to get selected! The lottery is at 5:30pm. They pull 25 names for the night plus 5 guaranteed spots for the following week. You get 3 minutes to make some comedy magic!

Tuesday January 5th, 2016

7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens At El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Lucasfilm “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” December 18, 2015 through February 7, 2016. Before the movie, El Capitan guests will be treated to an all-new Laser Lightsaber Curtain Show and can explore El Capitan’s exclusive display of costumes and props from the movie. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

8. Free Day At The Natural History Museum! 

On every first Tuesday of the month The Natural History Museum is free.

9. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens His Girl Friday

LACMA will screen His Girl Friday. This ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

10. Poutine Night At The Federal Bar In NOHO

Every Tuesday night NOHO hot spot The Federal turns into a “Poutinerie.” Enjoy a variety of poutines or create your own! Start with a base: French fries, sweet potato fries, or tater tots then select from a variety of toppings like cheese curds, pepper jack, gravy, buffalo sauce- the combination are endless. Starts at 6:00pm folks.

11. Free Day At Kidspace Children’s Museum 

Kidspace Children’s Museum is free from 4:00pm to close!

12. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

13. Free Day At The Page Museum

On the first Tuesday of every month the Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits is free!

Wednesday January 6th, 2016

14. The Contenders Film Series

Each year MOMA hand picks a section of films from the last 12 month they believe will stand the test of time for their annual The Contenders series. Each screening also includes a conversation with the filmmaker. The series takes place at the Hammer from January 6-20. Tickets are $15.

15. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1:00pm.

16. The Hateful Eight Costumes & The Autry

Quentin Tarantino is a master in elaborate costumes and his latest film, The Hateful Eight, is no exception. Costumes from the film will be on view in the Imagination Gallery of The Autry. Designed by Courtney Hoffman and on loan from Cine-Manic Productions, Inc., the display features costumes worn by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

17. Holiday Ice Rink In Pershing Square

From November 12 – January 18 Angelenos can skate in the heart of DTLA at Pershing Square. Each skate-session costs $9, and it’s $4 for skate rental.

Thursday January 7th, 2016

18. Broadway Sings Disney

Broadway Sings Disney is a powerhouse concert developed from the Walt Disney catalog’s 80-plus years of magical music. From Steamboat Willie, to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” Broadway Sings Disney is part of SiriusXM podcast, On Broadway’s Supper Club Live, a monthly broadcast sung by some of the brightest of stage and screen. Happening at the Rockwell Table & Stage. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

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19. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 

Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday!

20. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Clerks

The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

21. Iris Nights Lecture Series: National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore

As part of the Annenberg Space for Photography’s Iris Nights Lecture Series, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore discusses “The Photo Ark,” a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitats. This is a free event, RSVP here.

22. CHILL at the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary will once again be overtaken by a deep freeze for the fourth annual CHILL!  Experience the Ice Kingdom, glacier glide ice tubing, ice skating and plenty of holiday entertainment. P.S. The Ice Kingdom will be introducing the New Holiday Ice Bar for adults!  Runs until January 10. For more information and discounted tickets seven days a week, visit our friends at Goldstar.

23. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

24. Discada Night At The Briks

Every Thursday, Chef Mario Christerna cooks up his Discada right infront of his DTLA restaurant The Briks. What is Discada? To start, it’s a mixed meat dish made up of carne asada, bacon, chorizo, ham and hot dogs- The Briks seem to be the only restaurant serving this Northern Mexican dish and it’s delicious in their taco or on top of fries.

25. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

26. Puck & Play Menu At Nest At WP24 + L.A. Kings Home Game

Every day the Kings play a home game fans can dine on the “Puck & Play” menu ($40) a special three-course menu, offered at Nest at WP24 inside The Ritz-Carlton. Selections of dim such as Chili “Dan Dan” Dumplings and Pork Belly Bao Buns, are followed by Crispy General Tso’s Chicken and Thai Curry Noodles. Guests also leave with their choice of sweet treats like carmel corn packaged to go for the game. Check out Goldstar for more information and discount tickets to Kings games for the remainder of the year and 2016.

Friday January 8th, 2016

27. KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities At Dodgers Stadium

Step into the world of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS a place of wonders where your imagination can alter reality. Interested? Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar!

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28. All Space Considered

The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month (this month the event takes place on the second Friday of the month due to New Year’s).

29. 1984 At The Broad Stage

This smash hit straight from London’s West End, makes’s it’s U.S. debut at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. See George Orwell’s novel come to life through radical staging that blurs the line between the past and present and what’s fiction and reality.

30. The Farriers Package at Santa Anita

Wh y not spend a day at the races with a package that includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer from the Farriers bar. Get more info and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

31. Free Museum Day At The Long Beach Museum Of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!


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