Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles [1-19-2024 to 1-21-2024]

January 18, 2024 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
A overcast day at Vista Hermosa Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

With an inch or two of rain in the forecast for the coming weekend, our focus is decidedly indoors over the next few days. Still, lots to do!

From January 19-21 in Los Angeles, you’ll find the start of Shochu Month in L.A., the Cat Art Show at PetSpace, a new exhibition at the A+D Museum, the Oddities & Curiosities Expo at the L.A. Convention Center, the Drive-By Theatre Festival at Zombie Joe’s, a Ben Franklin Birthday Celebration, 826LA at The Hammer, and more. Hope you have (and safe!) weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend

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

Shochu Month Kick OffsTP 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.

We Are Here: Imagining Space in the 21st CenturyFA > This Friday, the A+D Museum hosts an opening reception for their first exhibition of 2024, We Are Here: Imagining Space in the 21st Century, a group show featuring works that address our world of unprecedented interconnectivity, weaving together themes of data collection, geography, and cultural dynamics. The opening runs to 6 to 9 p.m. Regular hours are Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend/visit. More info here.

Darkness Sounding – > 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.

KATE at Pasadena Playhouse – >  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 continuing on select dates through February 11. Tickets start as low as $44. More info here.

Mini Golf on Tap at Common Space BreweryFA > Mini Golf by F/C Golf Club stops by Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne on Saturday for a round of mini golf on a specially designed course, paired with the many selections of craft beer on tap. Free to play, just sign up. Runs 1 to 5 p.m. More info here

CURRENT: [INTI]MATE at MOLAATP > CURRENT: [inti]mate features a chamber program presented in collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Museum of Latin American Art. The series aims to highlight diversity and inclusivity through a program of music from the Latin-American diaspora, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tania León, Angélica Negrón, Violeta Parra, Camilo Gonzalez-Sol, and Marcos Balter, as well as a world premiere by figgis-vizueta and a new arrangement by Carolina Heredia of Parra’s Anticueca No. 4. Two concert are scheduled for the series, one this Saturday at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and one on Sunday at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Tickets start at $35 for general admission. More info here.

Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz at Central LibraryM FA > This Saturday at the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library, L.A. rock band Ozomatli shares their new children’s book Moose on the Loose followed up with a high energy family concert featuring Ozokidz, a branch of the Ozomatli collective that is dedicated to creating music that engages and entertains young audiences. The show is free to attend, appropriate for audiences 3+. Runs 1 to 2 p.m. More info here.

Drive-By Theatre Festival -> To kickoff the 2024 season at Zombie Joe’s Underground, the indie North Hollywood theater hosts their 21st annual Drive-By Theatre Festival on Saturday to Monday, offering a brand new, fast-paced collection of mini-plays all written, produced, and performed in two days (or less). Shows take place nightly at 8:30 during the three-day run. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get 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.


Oddities & Curiosities ExpoM > This Saturday and Sunday, a the Oddities & Curiosities Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center with an extraordinary showcase of over 150 vendors and artists providing a unique shopping experience for enthusiasts of the strange, offering rare and unique items such as antiques and handcrafted oddities. Beyond shopping, the immersive expo includes tarot readings, sideshow performers, and concessions throughout the day. Tickets start at $12 in advance, or $15 the day-of. More info here.

Ben Franklin’s Birthday CelebrationTP > On Saturday, The International Printing Museum in Carson celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s 318th birthday with a full day of activities that highlight Franklin’s life. Expect special tours of the museum, create your own colonial-era keepsake, including the Declaration of Independence. There will be a special performance of the “Inventive Ben Franklin” with a short Q&A session with both Dr. Franklin and children’s author Gretchen Woelfle, who has recently published How Benjamin Franklin became a Revolutionary in Seven Steps. Birthday cake and colonial punch will be served at 12:15 p.m. Admission cost $10. More info here.

Auschwitz Survivors and Honey CakeFA > On Sunday, experience the taste of honey cakes from the survivor cookbook, “Honey Cakes and Latkes,” created from family recipes by Auschwitz survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Holinstat. The family duo will also be in conservation with Dr. Maria Zalewska (ABMF) and the program concludes with a book signing of “Honey Cakes and Latkes” and Michael Bornstein’s autobiography, “Survivors’ Club.” Free to attend the event takes place at Holocaust Museum LA presented in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. More info here.

826LA@HammerFA > Educational non-profit 826LA is back at The Hammer this Sunday with a kids workshop entitled Collaging for Mother Earth where young artists can create works using recylced objects and found materials, all under the supervision and instruction of multimedia artist Morgan Moto. Recommended for ages 8-14, and free to attend. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week -> The third annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week kicks off this Sunday for an eight-day (January 21-28) run of celebrating African American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Explore Black owned businesses around the city through a number of special deals designed just for the event. More info here.   


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Smoked Barbacoa Taco at All Day Baby

Happy Hour at All Day Baby -> All Day Baby, the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in Silver Lake, hosts a happy hour available from Wednesday to Saturday, running from 3 to 6 p.m. The menu is delightfully Southern comfort with a California twist. Crafting a delicious meal is easy with options like the Half Wedge in buttermilk labneh dressing ($9), shareable bites such as Hot Fish Nuggets ($10), and main choices like the longaniza sausage taco ($7), Cheeseburger ($8), or Pork Check BBQ slider ($8). Indulge in $11 cocktails ranging from classics like the Mojito to inventive ones like the Flying First Class with persimmon and Thai tea-infused gin, Mommenpop Makrut Lime, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit bitters. For those who prefer straightforward drinks, a glass of wine or a beer paired with a shot is priced at just $10. More info here.

$3 After 3 p.m Specials at Maple Block Grand Central Market -> The Grand Central Market location of Maple Block has recently introduced a promotional offer called the “$3 after 3 p.m.” deal. Customers can enjoy sliders, select beers, brisket, or tri-tip tacos for only $3 each. This tempting offer is available every day. More info here.

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