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 Monday, January 7 to Friday, January 11, features Santa Monica Restaurant Week, Downtown Art Walk, Selena Night at The Wiltern, dineL.A., Free Hot Toddy Sundaes from Humphry Slocombe 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!
Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.
Monday January 7th, 2019
1. There’s a panel discussion with the founders of the new publication theLAnd at the Edendale branch of the Los Angeles Library. theLAnd is a magazine consisting of former writers and editors from LA Weekly, it aims to recapture the spirit of the alternative weekly before it’s corporate takeover last year. FREE
2. Santa Monica Restaurant Week returns January 7 to 13 with over 30 of the area’s best restaurants creating a unique dish with one unifying star ingredient, the persimmon.
3. There’s a Post Apocalyptic themed game night happening at Scum and Villainy Cantina. The night will include themed activities, giveaways, special menu items and more.
4. Bring a little meditation to your Monday at the Eastside/Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sitting Group
5. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.
6. 8th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 6-11.
7. Head to Burton Chace Park for a donation based morning yoga session under the pergolas by the marina. Your own mat is required.
Tuesday January 8th, 2019
8. There’s a Golden Girls Trivia Night happening at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood this Tuesday.
9. The Institute of Culinary Education Los Angeles will open to the public for the first time to give guests a complimentary culinary education centered on the “Taste of Korea.” Guests will learn from culinary experts from around the globe—including Michelle Choi, President of the NY Korean Culinary Association. Participants will learn to make “banchans,” tofu specialties and sauces called “Jangs,” as well as traditional tea service and Korean confectionery. FREE
10. Watch Doctor Who with your fellow Whovians this Tuesday night at Fox & Hounds. They’ll be showing the Eleventh Doctor episode “Cold War” on every TV as well as two big projectors inside and outside the bar. Drink special password is “TARDIS” and gets you $4 draft beer and $1 off wine and well drinks.
11. The Annual David Bowie Birthday Party at The Hi Hat this year will include live music, face art and plenty of drinks.
12. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.
13. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.
14. Free museum day: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry National Center of the American West
Wednesday January 9th, 2019
15. See comedians recreate Pulp Fiction live onstage while drunk at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood.
16. Burrito Project L.A. is looking for volunteers to help make burritos and distribute them to the hungry this Wednesday.
17. The Garvey Ranch Observatory will host an evening of astronomy with members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Guest will have a chance to go into the dome to view the stars, enjoy a star party on the lawn, and learn how to build their own telescope. The observatory is open to the public on Wednesday nights only. FREE
18. Hollywood Heritage and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents “Swanson on Sunset” an evening centered around the legendary star that will include clips of a forth coming documentary, a Q&A with the director, Jeffrey Schwarz and other special guests.
19. Every Wednesday The Continental Club in DTLA features live jazz hosted by Matthew Yeakley plus complimentary mini cupcakes from Big Man Bakes. No cover!
20. The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Thursday January 10th, 2019
21. The Mermaid bar in Chinatown will host a David Bowie/ Elvis Birthday Bash from 10 p.m. to midnight with DJ’s and visuals.
22. TechFair 2019 comes to UCLA for an interactive experience with online content creators and entrepreneurs. Highlights include e-scooter nest and flight school, a black light face painting dance party, a photo booth, giveaways and drawing prizes. FREE
23. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.
24. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities across the globe including Busby’s East in Los Angeles! Dubbed as “Discovery Channel with beer” folks will give fun and informative presentations about a variety of topics and the audience drinks along.
25. Award-winning rose hybridizer Tom Carruth, the E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections at The Huntington, will introduce a new rose ‘Huntington’s Hundredth’, developed to commemorate the institution’s upcoming centennial. The rose will be available for purchase following a talk, along with other bareroot varieties. This event is free and no reservations are required.
26. There’s a free mindful awareness meditation going on at the Hammer. Participants are welcome to stay for the entire 30-minute session or leave when they choose. FREE
27. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready experience located at Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Folks can expect 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room filled with sparkling disco balls. Party With runs through January 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Free museum day: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)
Friday January 11th, 2019
29. Celebrate the Queen of Tejano music, Selena at The Wiltern this Friday. Enjoy a screening of the film, a Selena tribute concert, vendors, photo ops and tacos. Check for discounted tickets via Goldstar while supplies last.
30. dineL.A. returns Jan. 11-25 for two weeks of exclusive lunch and dinner menus at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries.
31. National Hot Toddy Day is this Friday and chef driven ice cream shop Humphry Slocombe will be offering complimentary Hot Toddy Sundaes from 6-10 p.m. at their Venice location. The sundae features The Glenlivet a flavor made from the renowned Scotch whiskey brand. It’s also drizzled with clove caramel and topped with candied lemon. Artisan cocktails from The Glenlivet will also be offered on Friday.
32. Aquarium of the Pacific will host a family overnight where you can explore exhibits, touch marine animals, enjoy a pizza dinner, snacks and breakfast.
33. Highland Park’s neighborhood pub, The Greyhound Bar & Grill celebrates their fifth anniversary this Friday by offering each guest a free order of five signature Greyhound Wings (veggie wings also available) served with your choice of 19 house-made sauces.
34. The Groundlings Mix Tape is a “best of” show with a limited run of only-seen-once-before sketches. Brought back to life by director Deanna Oliver and her cast of Groundlings and Alumni. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
35. Join Descanso Gardens for a special Camellia Wine Dinner in honor of the iconic winter flower in bloom. The six-course menu will be curated by Executive Chef Philip Mack and includes kabocha squash with burnt onion, Chinese sausage, edible ferns, and a 36-Hour Imperial Wagyu beef brisket. The dinner cost $100 per person and reservations required.
36. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour allows guests to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of Greenbar Distillery’s portfolio. Happening every Friday through Sunday of this month.
37. Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP happening Friday through Sunday featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for its winter edition from January 11-25 for two weeks of special prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles. Here’s a quick rundown of places that should be on your checklist as you eat your way through the city:
Ma’am Sir (Silver Lake): Dinner menu that includes two appetizers, an entrée and dessert for $39. Highlights include sea urchin lumpia, crispy pork lechon and halo halo. You’ll also receive a complimentary glass of white or red wine with dinner. –> More information
Rappahannock Oyster Bar (DTLA): Lunch and dinner are both great options. For lunch you can get their famous Rapp Burger and a vegetable side for $15. Dinner is a three-course affair for $39. You’ll choose your starter (smoked trout deviled eggs, crispy oysters, bay scallops) and your main (roasted chicken, shrimp & grits, brown butter trout) then end with a warm chocolate brownie paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. –> More information
Robata JINYA (West 3rd): Five-course dinner menu for $49. Includes a plethora of starters, modern style sashimi and nigiri, blue crab truffle hand roll and your choice of entrée. Choose from garlic shrimp, beef hobayaki grill, or assorted grilled vegetables. White chocolate terrine will be served for dessert. –> More information
Bone Kettle (Padadena): Three-course dinner menu for $29. Includes you making choices from finish to start. I suggest the oxtail dumplings to start, braised oxtails with bone broth and noodles as a second and pandan crème brulee to end. A sake pairing for $19 a person is also available. –> More information
FARMHOUSE (Beverly Grove): Lunch and dinner are both great options. For lunch you can get three-courses for $25 that includes ricotta gnocchi in a tarragon pesto, grilled chicken breast with winter vegetables and more. Dinner also comes with three-course for $49 but an amuse-bouche will be served before your dining expereince begins. Appetizers are similar to the lunch options but the main courses have expanded to include a seriously delicious beef short ribs plus line caught cod and grilled tri tip. –> More information
bushi by JINYA (Mid-Wilshire): $15 menu available 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., includes choice of ramen (Spicy Creamy Vegan, Bushi Soul Black, Spicy Chicken) and choice of hand roll. –> More information
Castaway (Burbank): Three-course dinner menu for $59. Includes choice of starter (hokkaido scallop, steak tartare, grilled octopus), choice of entrée (steak frites, 8oz filet, ora king salmon, wild mushroom parpadelle) and dessert choice of tiramisu or Banana “Brûlée”. –> More information
Kali (Larchmont): Three-course lunch menu for $25. I suggest starting with the black barley risotto, then move onto the semolina spaghetti with local sea urchin and end with the meringue gelato. –> More information
Want to get our to-do lists straight to your inbox every week? Sign up for our email program.
Have an upcoming event you’d like suggest for listing? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org