Things To Do

Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [1-16-2024 to 1-19-2024]

January 16, 2024 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Locals’ Night at The Santa Monica Pier. Photo via the Santa Monica Pier

Looks like rain is on the way for the coming weekend, but before the wet stuff makes landfall in Los Angeles, we’ve got a few winning ideas for how to get out and about.

From January 16-19 in L.A., you’ll find free botanical garden Tuesdays, Kate Berlant’s one-woman show at the Pasadena Playhouse, new exhibitions at L.A. Louver, Locals’ Night at the Santa Monica Pier, All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory, the Cat Art Show at PetSpace, Darkness Sounding at TreePeople, and more. Hope you have a great week!


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Free Garden Days – FA > The South Coast Botanic GardenL.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited. If you miss this Tuesday’s free days, make sure to check out our January cheatsheet to see other upcoming options.

Self-Help Graphics Wellness Wednesday – FA M > Self-Help Graphics Wellness Wednesday series pops up at Latinx Plants in Boyle Heights. Led by licensed therapist Nadia Paredes, the event begins with a body scan meditation to find artistic inspiration. Afterwards, attendees will participate in a watercolor exercise. Free to attend. Runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. More info here.

KATE at Pasadena PlayhouseTP >  Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Kate Berlant’s brings her one-woman show (directed by Bo Burnham) based on her life story to the Pasadena Playhouse, in a performance that Vulture called “exquisite, impeccable, and absolutely deadpan.” The Pasadena run begins this Wednesday to Sunday, with shows contining on select dates through February 11. Tickets start as low as $44. More info here.

JOJO ABOT: A GOD OF HER OWN MAKING FA > Venice’s L.A. Louver gallery opens two new exhibitions this Wednesday, including interdisciplinary artist JOJO ABOT’s A GOD OF HER OWN MAKING, a genre-bending multimedia exhibition that brings together themes of universal healing and and divine feminine power, drawing on her experience as an Ewe woman from West Africa The opening event runs 6 to 8 p.m., and includes a special activtation/ceremonial introduction by the artist. More info here.

Roguelike Rumbles -> Returning this Wednesday to Roguelike Tavern in Burbank, Roguelike Rumbles is a live, immersive (and oft hilarious) Dungeons and Dragons game where audience members cheer on their favored champion and offer support by purchasing potions, magical items, and more. Pre-game questing begins at 7 p.m., and the adventure begins at 8 p.m. It’s free to attend, but there is a two-item minimum. More info here.

Turtle Races at Brennan’sFA > Every first and third Thursday of the month, Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their signature turtles races (four decades and counting!), featuring five turtle-athletes who will be place at the center of a ring, then timed to see who can make it out first. Races start at 8:30 p.m. Get more info here.

All Space ConsideredFA > On Thursday, join the curatorial staff at the Griffith Observatory for their monthly discussion on the latest phenomena and news in the world of astronomy during this evening presentation at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The program is free to attend, but you’ll want to arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Locals Night at Santa Monica PierFA M TP > Every third Thursday of the month, Locals’ Night at the Santa Monica Pier presents special programming for locals, by locals. Expect live performances, a stage for salsa dancing, Books & Cookies musical storytime for kids, a car show, local DJs, art exhibits, and more. Free to attend. Programming runs from 4 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Shochu Month Kickoff EventTP M > The third annual Shochu Month in Los Angeles celebrates the Japanese spirit with a series of speciality cocktails and live programming at nine of L.A.’s top bars, including Accomplice Bar, Death&Co LA, Employees Only LA, Gold Line, Redbird, Steep LA, The Lincoln, The Semi-Tropic, and Thunderbolt. The action gets underway this Thursday with a pop-up party at Death&Co LA, featuring an appearance guest bartender Shuzo Nagumo (one of Bar World 100’s top 100 bartenders), and a special offer of two Shochu drinks for $25. Reservations are required. You can get more info and reserver your slot here.

Drag BingoM > This Thursday, Mama’s Kitchen the downstairs restaurant at Mama Shelter in Hollywood hosts Drag Bingo Night featuring Billy Francesca. Win prizes like Mama’s Kitchen gift cards, Fonda Theatre tickets, and a one-night stay at the hotel. Food and drinks available for purchase. Fun starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Popular Kids Club Comedy -> This Thursday at Permanent Records Roadhouse, Popular Kids Club Comedy returns for 2024 a lineup of stand-ups that includes Andy Kindler, Julia Hladkowicz, Ian Karmel, Haley Stiel, Ron Lynch, EJ Marcus and one suprise headliner. Tickets are $8 in advance. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.


Goth Nite at ACBFA M > Don your darkest garb and apply plenty of black eyeliner and nail polish for this Thursday’s Goth Nite at Angel City. Expect DJ-spun, dark wave tunes plus discounts on ACB brews. Music starts at 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Darkness SoundingTP > Darkness Sounding is a live performance series that examines how music and sound shape our understanding of the world. This Friday and Saturday, the series pops up at Coldwater Canyon Park for an evening of deep listening co-hosted by TreePeople, and co-produced by Floating and Wild Up. Tickets are $33, or $22 if you’re a Floating member. More info here.

Cat Art ShowFA > This Friday to Sunday, the tenth anniversary edition of the Cat Art Show returns to the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace with works from over 50 globally-recognized and emerging artists, working in mediums including paint, sculpture, jewelry, and mixed media. Admission is free, but ticketed by day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

The Yoga ExpoM > On Friday and Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, yoga and meditation expert gather for a two-day event featuring more than 150 conscious-exhibitors folded into activities, live music, dance, culture, art, food, and more. Single day tickets start at $60. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Raclette Night at Agnes. Photo courtesy of Agnes.

Raclette Night at Agnes -> Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery in Pasadena is hosting Raclette Night every Thursday until March. It’s been a chilly Los Angeles winter lately so spending an evening around a hot, melty cheese plate sounds like a great idea. The Raclette plate, served with potatoes, pickles, and garlic-brushed bread, costs $18 per plate. There’s also an option to add prosciutto for an additional $10. Reservations can be made on Resy, and walk-ins are also welcome.


Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Dinner with A Lot of Cookies -> Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are continuing their cookbook dinner collaboration series, and the next event features Nancy Silverton’s latest cookbook, “The Cookie That Changed My Life: And More Than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies That Will Change Yours.” The event will take place at Caldo Verde in downtown Los Angeles on January 17, inside the Proper hotel. The menu features a Farmer’s Market Vegetable Antipasto, Nancy’s Bread Basket, Suzanne’s Chopped Salad, and a choice of entree between Mussels and Clams and Brisket with potato, broccolini, and horseradish cream. After the dinner, Caldo Verde’s pastry chef Irene Widjaya will treat attendees to a spread featuring more than a dozen cookies from the book. Tickets are $85 per person. More info here

the baodega pop-up at Woon -> This Tuesday, the baodega from Brooklyn will be hosting a special Sichuanese menu at Woon Kitchen in Westlake. The featured dishes include Mapo Tofu, Sichuan Pepper Wings, and Butterfly Shrimp Vermicelli Noodles. Woon Kitchen’s regular menu will not be available, but they will be offering a collaborative noodle dish. Additionally, New York cheesecake will be on the menu. Guests can enjoy a selection of wine, beer, and sake from Woon’s regular menu throughout the evening. The pop-up event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., and it operates on a first-come, first-served basis for dine-in customers only. More info here.

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