Things To Do

Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [1-8-2024 to 1-12-2024]

January 8, 2024 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Downtown Los Angeles skyline during sunset
Downtown Los Angeles skyline during sunset / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Honestly, events-wise it feels the city is easing into 2024 at a breezy pace… but we still have a few solid ideas for the week to come.

This January 8-12 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a women auteurs screening series at Vidiots, the SilentBook Club of Death in NoHo, the Comedy Patio at Grand Central Market, Building Bridges at the Holocaust Museum, Tolliver and the L.A. Times 404 team at Lodge Room, the Ivy Station Night Market, and more. Hope you have a great week!

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Things To Do This Week

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

New Women Auteurs of Contemporary World Cinema: TótemFA TP > Global Cinematheque’s Founder and Artistic Director Jacqueline Lyanga is helping curate a free screening series this month at Vidiots with a focus on auteur women of contemporary world cinema. On Tuesday, the series kicks off with a showing of Tótem (2023), directed by Lila Avilés. Starts at 7 p.m., and free with RSVP. More info here.

Free Second Tuesdays M FA > Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

Sketch Party at Benny Boy – M FA TP > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up comes to Benny Boy Brewing this Tuesday. They’ll hook you up with sketch paper, pens, pencils, and markers, then it’s up to you to create, mingle, hang out, and enjoy BB’s solid lineup of craft beers and ciders. All artistic levels welcome. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

Silent Book Club of Death M FA > This monthly meet-up at Lawless Brewing in NoHo beckons bookworms with decidedly existential vibe. The group gathers for a quick mix and mingle, spends some time in quiet reading of a death-themed book (your choice), then gathers afterwards for a post-read chat. Bring your own book. Buy your own beer. Starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. More info here.

Comedy Patio at Grand Central MarketFA > Free standup comedy comes to Grand Central Market this Wednesday in the form of The Comedy Patio, a showcase taking place at Maple Block. This week’s lineup features  Ian Karmel, Simon Gibson, Ever Mainard, Saul Trujillo, Sammy Weiser, William Cheng, Guy Hannah, and Jeff Buck. Free to attend, but donations happily accepted. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Sweat Sessions: Dance with Meagan Kong -> This Thursday ROW DTLA kick starts the new year with eight weeks of workouts on the rooftop. Week one, trainer, dancer and owner of Kong Fit Club Meagan Kong will lead attendees through her signature workout. Classes run 6-7 p.m. The following week will be yoga with The Athletic Club (Jan 18) and HIIT with Sanctuary Fitness (Jan 25). All classes are free to attend with an rsvp.

Building Bridges: Religious Leadership During Times of Unrest -> On Thursday, The Holocaust Museum LA and religious leaders unite in honor of MLK day. Representing diverse faiths, they’ll engage in a discussion on their pivotal role in supporting communities during tough times. The event is free to attend. Runs 6:30 to 8 p.m. More info here.

Tolliver + L.A. Times 404 at Lodge RoomM TP > We Like L.A. fave Tolliver stirs up a good time at the Lodge Room in Highland Park this Friday, bringing his signature brand of funk/soul/camp to the stage for an evening that’s sure to get you moving. Team members from the L.A. Times 404 squad (one of our favorite IGs) will be in house to mix and mingle, and you’ll also catch a reading from writer/artist Aiden Arata. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30. More info here.

Ivy Station Night Market – M FA > The Ivy Station Night Market returns this Friday fresh edition of the monthly night market on the Ivy Station lawn in Culver City. Shop 25+ local vendors, food trucks, craft beer, games, and music. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

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Dance The Line: Line Dancing Lessons at Trademark Brewing -> Grab some friends and head to Long Beach’s Trademark Brewing for a line dancing lesson on Friday. No experience is needed an instructors will guide you through the steps. $10 cover. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Jollof-Risotto-Ebi-Ayo-Supper-Club
Jollof Risotto at Ebi Ayo Supper Club. Photo credit Christina Champlin.

Chef Tayo’s Ebi-Ayo Supper Club offers something that goes beyond the typical tasting dinner. Blending his Nigerian heritage with a love for Italian cuisine, Tayo brings joy and family into focus with a truly shared communal dining experience, held at Ingredient Studios in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown).

At the inaugural edition of the supper club this past weekend, guests were treated to a five-course menu that kicked off with grilled shrimp seasoned with Nigerian Suya served Bruschetta style, joined by a comforting spin on pepper soup. The star of the show might have been the West African Jollof rice, presented as a creamy Jollof Risotto and served with perfectly seasoned chicken. The meal wrapped with the Nigerian fried Puff-Puff remixed with sweet ricotta cheese, honey, and lemon zest. It was, in a word, delightful.

The ticketed meal, priced at $140 per person, includes flowing wine, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Jikoni Recipe Archive—a non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting Africa’s diverse culinary traditions.

I found that the warm and inviting atmosphere, paired with Chef Tayo’s delightful anecdotes about each dish, the family-style serving approach, and the diverse mix of guests, created a truly human experience. Whether attending as a pair or solo, everyone feels included, and the clinking of glasses reverberated throughout the evening.

The pop-up runs from January 14-28. You can get more info and book your reservation here.


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