Your Guide to All the Best Events in LA This January 2017

Films, food, music, and more all month long in Los Angeles. Check out LA’s best January events.

All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory
Friday, Jan. 6
Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory’s curatorial staff as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
Sunday, Jan. 8 – Friday, Jan. 13
During Cheeseburger Week from January 8th to January 13th,  Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger’s genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. Forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offered their signature burgers, some special creations and a deals  during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. Some, such as El Portal, Meat District Company and Kings Row Gastropub offer specially created burgers for Cheeseburger Week. Pie ‘n Burger and Meat District Company  offer special deals for Cheeseburger Week. Check out all the participants and see what everyone had on the menu for Cheeseburger Week by clicking here.

The Art and Vision of Nocturnal Animals
Monday, Jan. 9
This beautiful, sexy modern noir thriller comes to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown, which seems a fitting location.
Flux + Focus Features + The Theatre at Ace Hotel will present a screening of the Oscar hopeful with a special Q&A with Screenwriter/Director Tom Ford, Costume Designer Arianne Phillips, Composer Abel Korzeniowski. Doors at 630PM. This event is free with RSVP.

Moonlight with Live Orchestra 
Tuesday, Jan. 10
At 8 pm at the gorgeous Million Dollar Theater in downtown LA, you won’t want to miss a very special screening of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight with a live score with orchestra. Music by special guest (and composer) Nicholas Britell (piano/electronics), Tim Fain on violin and Mellissa Hughes, soprano. The Wordless Music Orchestra will be conducted by Ryan McAdams. A conversation with director Jenkins, Britell and cast member Mahershala Ali follows. Doors at 7 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets: $22.50-$57.50. The event is 17 and older.

LA Art Show
Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, January 15 
The 22nd edition of the LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center welcoming 90 galleries from 18 countries, with 70,000 attendees expected. One of the largest international art fairs in the United States, The LA Art Show embraces its role as the regions preeminent art fair and emerges as the annual civic celebration of the visual arts. The Openign Night party will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12 with a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Benefit tickets are: $125-$250. Show admission tickets: $25-$30; passes $55-$60. You won’t want to miss over 20,000 pieces of art in over 200,000 square feet. 

Photo LA
Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 15
photo la is L.A.’s longest running art fair and it will return for its 26th year at The REEF in DTLA’s LA Mart. The 2017 edition features photographic art from the 19th century onward, with featured curated installations from Pulitzer-Prize winning war photographer Tony Vaccaro, LIFE magazine photographer Grey Villet and works by artist Penelope Umbrico. A special opening gala will honor curator emeritus of the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs Weston Naef. Tickets/passes: $15-$35+ fees. (programming tickets extra). Gala tickets are between $80-$100 with proceeds to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation or the Lucie Foundation.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 27
Now’s your chance to try that hot, new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try! dineLA consists of two weeks of adventuresome dining experiences across Los Angeles with lunches ranging from $15 to $25 and dinners marked at $29, $39, $49, and $95. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner or both. Check out the dozens of participating restaurants then make a reservation. Here’s just a sampling of restaurants to whet your appetites: 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach offering dinner for $49, a dinner at A-Frame in Culver City for $29, a prix-fixe meal at Paley in Hollywood for $39 and many more! Check out the full list! 

RIOT LA Comedy Festival
Thursday Jan. 19 through Sunday Jan. 22
Riot LA returns to DTLA from Jan. 19-22 for its fifth year. Riot LA performers include Mel Brooks, Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, Thomas Middleditch, Dr. Katz Live! (w/ special guests Tig Notaro, Laura Silverman & More), Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Whitney Cummings, Anthony Jeselnik, David Wain, Todd Barry and many more. 843 Spring St. will serve as the epicenter of the festival and features performances, videos, arcade games, ferris wheel, food trucks, bar, etc.).

Uncorked: L.A. Wine Festival at Union Station
Saturday, Jan. 21
Uncorked: L.A. comes to Union Station in DTLA on Jan. 21 for a truly legendary wine experience. With tastings of more than 150 wines, a champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks, why not indulge a little!

The Night of Ideas at Bergamot Station
Thursday, Jan. 26
The Night of Ideas in Los Angeles will unfold from 7 pm to 2 am. The event seeks to offer audiences with a flux of ideas and creativity, through an eclectic array of discussions between leading thinkers from various disciplines (philosophy, history, literature, architecture, the visual arts, music, the sciences…) as well as artistic performances (dance, music, film screenings…). The event will take place in a key institution of the city: Bergamot Station, a consortium of 32 art galleries which will allow audiences to freely move between the debate sessions and the artistic performances. The event will bring together French and American thinkers from universities, research institutions and civil society, showing the impressive intellectual dynamism of the city as well as the depth of the Franco-American dialogue in Southern California.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s 8th Annual Art Fair at Barker Hangar
Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 29
This Santa Monica art fair features galleries from around the world and incorporates talks, presentations & performances by various artists.

MORE ART HERE: Open Studios at Santa Monica Art Studios
Saturday Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29
This free event will feature over 25 artists as they open their studios to the public & allow attendees to interact, speak with & watch the artists at work. During the weekend, art enthusiasts and patrons are encouraged to look inside the artist studio to see the creative spaces of our area artists. The artists will be on hand to talk about their work and their process. In addition to the open studios, there will special events daily from 1-3pm.

The L.A. Beer & Food Festival
Jan. 28
Sample beers from more than 40 independently-owned breweries from around Los Angeles County. With unlimited tastings of more than 100 beers, and free bites from some incredible local restaurants on the table.  A series of educational panels discussing beer and food pairings and the art of fermentation will also be on the schedule.

Flavors: Historic California Food Series
Jan. 27
The Autry Museum presents this new series of innovative pop-up dinners feature historical and environmentally sustainable ingredients in four farm-to-table food stations. The first installment—Historic California—presents a meal that would be familiar to Californians over the centuries. Guests will be able to meet and talk with chefs and other food experts as well as get exclusive access to the Autry’s exhibition California Continued galleries and garden. Tickets: $45 Autry members and $50 for nonmembers.

Night on Broadway; Downtown
Saturday, Jan. 28
Night on Broadway is a free arts and music festival produced in celebration of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative. Like never before, Night on Broadway awakens beautiful historic theatres and the blocks between them along the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles. L.A. is a mecca for creative talent of all kinds, and Night on Broadway is where it all shines – right in the heart of entertainment’s birthplace in Los Angeles. From emerging musical acts to national stars, artists to acrobats, and fashion designers to food trucks, Night on Broadway is all about the City of Angels.

Museums Free-For-All; Various locations
Jan 29
Check off a few items on your cultural to-do list as 30 SoCal museums open their doors for free.


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