As we tiptoe our way into the final weekend of of the first month of 2024, there is a ton on the agenda to look forward to. Need ideas?
From January 26-28 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a new exhibition at Japan House LA, L.A. Intersections at The Broad, Yoga on the Mountain, the Frogtown Flea Crawl, Winter Sounds in WeHo, Uncorked LA at Union Station, Happy Birthday Marion!, the Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park, and more. Scroll below to explore all your options. And enjoy!
Things To Do This Weekend
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick
Dance Camera West Festival -> This Thursday to Sunday, celebrate the art form of dance at this annual film festival at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre featuring a packed schedule of free and ticketed screenings and programs. More info here.
DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN – M FA TP > Beginning this Friday, the newest exhibition at Japan House Los Angeles feature’s six of Japan’s top creators, each selected to research and exemplify “design treasures” native to specific regions of their home country. The result of these investigations is at the heart of the exhibition, offering various display cubes, documentary videos, and an interactive “workshop” that encourages visitors to contribute to the gallery. DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN is free to attend during regular gallery hours. More info here.
Fourth Fridays in Long Beach – FA TP > Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.
Last Improv – M > This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts. GA tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day-of. Starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30. More info here.
Stand Up for Pups -> On Friday, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and Can’t Even Comedy present Stand Up for Pups, a dog-friendly comedy show to support animal rescue. Hosted by Caitlin Benson the evening includes a DJ set and a meet-and-greet with adoptable pups. Tickets start at $25. More info here.
L.A. Intersections at The Broad – M TP > This Saturday, enjoy an after hours event at The Broad for L.A. Intersections a two-part festival celebrating diverse music and spoken word scenes in Los Angeles, featuring punk, ska, jazz, rap, noise, and Filipinx artists. Iconic performers from The Desolation Center, The World Stage, The Good Life Cafe, and punk clubs Cathay De Grande and Raji’s are also in the mix. The first L.A. Intersection takes place on January 27, 2024, from 8 – 11 p.m., and showcases Fishbone, Aceyalone + Myka 9, Carlos Niño & Friends, Pedestrian Deposit, with readings by Keith Morris and Mike Watt, a slideshow by Pleasant Gehman, and a vocal performance by Micaela Tobin. Tickets cost $30. More info here.
Frogtown Flea Crawl – FA TP > The Frogtown Flea Crawl returns this Saturday with special activations adjacent to the L.A. River Path in Elysian Valley, including 50+ vintage curators, makers, chefs, and local brands. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Yoga on the Mountain –FA > On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. Starts at 10 a.m. More info here.
Winter Sounds in WeHo – FA > The City of West Hollywood kicks off their free winter concert series this Saturday at The Sun Rose with three time GRAMMY® nominated jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek. The series will also run on February 10 and 24 with new performers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.
Uncorked LA – M > The annual Uncorked LA Wine Festival returns to Union Station this Saturday. Expect over 150 wines and bubblies to sample plus live music, two DJs, and food trucks. Tickets start at $65 for general admission. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. More info here.
Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park – FA > This Saturday and Sunday, the city of Monterey Park welcomes the year of the dragon with a two day event featuring lion and dragon dancers (Saturday) as well as a street fair and various types of entertainment on both days. Free to attend. More info here.
Festival of Abilities -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Festival of Abilities is a two-day celebration (Saturday and Sunday) of the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities. AoP will feature special programming which includes live performances and workshops by dancers, musicians, and artists who have learned adaptive skills to hone their craft. This festival will include sign language interpreters, and the Aquarium will have visitor guides in Braille and audio tours available for guests. All activities are included with general admission, cost $29.95 for kids 3-11 and $44.95 for adults. More info here.
The poppi mart experience -> This Saturday and Sunday, the viral prebiotic soda, poppi, is set to host its inaugural pop-up event in Los Angeles to mark the launch of their newest flavor. The “poppi mart” promises a futuristic twist on the traditional convenience store encounter, providing the public with an exclusive opportunity to savor the latest flavor. The first 100 individuals in line will be rewarded with limited-edition merchandise. More info here.
Happy Birthday Marion! – FA > On Sunday, the Santa Monica Conservancy celebrates the life of silent film actress and socialite Marion Davies with a free day of festivities on the Garden Terrace at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The event runs 1 to 3 p.m. Get more information and register to attend here.
Hammer Family Flicks – FA > The Hammer’s Family Flicks series continues this Sunday with a screening of Paddington 2. The movie starts at 11 a.m. and is free to attend. Seating will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. More info here.
Terry Chatkupt: A Year – M FA TP > Beginning this Sunday, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena welcomes their first exhibition of 2024. Terry Chatkupt: A Year showcases works from the Pasadena-based artist who uses the locus of the San Gabriel Mountains to explore the relationships between natural and man-made environments. Sunday’s opening is at 1 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 31. More info here.
Venice Shorts of Los Angeles – FA > On Sunday, the finalists from the annual Venice Shorts of Los Angeles film festival will screen at the Fine Arts Theatre of Beverly Hills. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. More info here.
Dining & Drinking
(picks by Christina Champlin)
Maple Block’s Steak & Martini Night -> Maple Block is hosting Steak & Martini Night this Friday, when the Culver City restaurant transforms into a traditional steakhouse, offering iconic drinks such as the Old Fashioned and Martinis. Guests can indulge in prime steaks grilled and roasted over oak and mesquite, complemented by classic starters like a Wedge Salad and delectable steak side dishes like creamed spinach. Reservations are highly recommended. More info here.
A Tasty Mini Winter Market -> This Saturday, a mini market hosted by Just What I Kneaded and Kif Kefir Water comes to to Frogtown where the public is invited to discover, shop, and indulge in products from women-owned businesses. The offerings span from sustainably sourced tinned fish by Siesta Co. to Black Sesame Crunchy Butter from Rooted Fare. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.
Soul Food Sundays at Ubuntu -> Chef Shenarri Freeman’s West African-inspired vegan eatery, Ubuntu, presents a Soul Food Sunday menu showcasing dishes from her award-winning New York restaurant, Cadence. Every Sunday, guests can savor acclaimed dishes such as fried oyster mushrooms and waffles, Southern fried lasagna, and maple buttermilk cornbread with sage maple syrup and jam. More info here.
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