Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles [1-20-2023 to 1-22-2023]

Lunar New Year 2022 at the Los Angeles Zoo. Photo by Jamie Pham

Well, the rain has stopped for now, but did anyone else have to pull ice off their windshield this morning? just us? Wonderful, wonderful…

moving forward! This weekend in Los Angeles, check out the Dance Camera West Festival, several Lunar New Year events (including at the USC Pacific Asia Museum), a new art show at the Brand Library, Zombie Joe’s Drive-By Theater Festival, and Yoga Goats in Burbank, Los Angeles had a discussion at the Central Library, and more. Grab a coat, find a mission, and go for it.


Things to do on the weekend

Western Dance Camera Festival -> this From Thursday to SaturdayCelebrate the art form of dance at this annual film festival at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater that features a menu full of free and ticketed performances and programmes. Opening night includes a free sunset screening of short films shown outdoors at Barnsdall Art Park. See the full schedule and get more information here.

Ace’s Lucky Lefty Tour -> Emmy-nominated writer/comedian Nimish Patel (Saturday Night LiveAnd A little late with Lilly Singh) brings an evening of stand-up to the stage at DTLA’s Ace Hotel Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., ticket prices start at $32. Get more information here.

Monterey Jazz Festival -> this Friday In the evening, the Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes a notable group of instrumentalists from the Monterey Jazz Festival for a special one-night event. The touring band features Grammy Award-winning singers Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling along with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Christian Sands, guitarist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Clarence Penn. Tickets start at $49. The party starts at 8 pm. More information here.

Simon Forte at MOCA –> Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave, check out the first West Coast exhibition documenting the career of the artist, dancer, and choreographer Simon Strong. As part of the collection of works, visitors can experience “dance creations” at select times on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays after opening. The museum is normally open From Tuesday to Sunday Starting at 11 am, admission is free. Get more information here.

L.A. Body Art Gallery -> this from Friday to Sunday, The LA Body Art Expo brings 250 of America’s best tattoo artists to the LA Convention Center for three days featuring music and beer, plus 22 tattoo competitions and more. Tickets start at $25 for a one-day admission. Get more information here.

Lunar New Year’s Eve in Monterey Park –> This weekend, the city of Monterey Park welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with a two-day event featuring Lion and Dragon Dancers (Saturday) as well as a carnival and various kinds of entertainment on both days. Food vendors, cultural experiences and unique gift stands will also be a part of the festival. Free to attend. More information here.

Lunar New Year on the 2nd & PCH -> Long Beach 2nd and PCH shopping destination hosts family-friendly Lunar New Year celebrations Saturday, including lion dance performances, free airbrush tattoos and balloons from Karen’s Face Painting, and print crafts hosted by Able ARTS Work. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. More information here.

Nexus IV: Riyadh -> this SaturdayGlendale’s Brand Library hosts an inaugural reception for the Nexus IV: Riyadha new group art show curated by Tlaloc Studios and Thinkspace Projects featuring about 60 artists. Nexus Featuring solo exhibitions from Anthony Clarkson, Ken Fleullen, Matthew Grabelski, Anthony Heard, and Cody Jimenez; In addition to site-specific murals of Brek, Love Yo Dreams, Mr. B Baby. The inaugural reception runs from 4-10 p.m. and will include food from Zavalas Pies, Sweet Life LA, and Bad Jimmy’s, as well as a cash bar and DJ. The exhibition runs until March 17th. Get more information here.

Lunar New Year at the Los Angeles Zoo -> this Saturday And SundayLos Angeles Zoo celebrates Lunar New Year With a full range of pop up activities and evening shows. Offerings include a wall of good wishes, a Zoo-diac mask craft station, a Red Lantern Photo O, and a Zoo-diac tour. All activities are included with zoo admission, which starts at $22 for adults. More information here.

“Let’s Play” in Brella –> The Brella Center, a childcare and early education center in Hollywood, is hosting an open event for the Family Fun Platform Saturday It features a range of children’s activities, including art, sensory play, HAMA musical instruments, family yoga and more. The event runs from 10 am to 1 pm, and attendance is free. Get more information and register here.

Theatrical Car Festival –> To kick off the 2023 season of Zombie Joe’s Underground, Indy Theater North Hollywood is hosting the 20th Annual Drive-By Theater Festival, a new, fast-paced collection of mini-plays written, produced and performed in two days (or less). Shows take place every night at 8:30 pm From Saturday to Monday. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get more information here.

Lunar New Years Eve at Plaza West Covina -> this SaturdayPlaza West Covina Deals. Attendees can watch the Dragon and Lion Dancing, Wushu acrobatics, Chinese Face Changer, Shaolin Warriors and more. Free to attend. It starts at 2 pm. More information here.


Lunar New Year at UPAM –> USC Pacific Asia Museum is celebrating this Year of the Rabbit Sunday With a day packed with family-friendly activities and performances, including traditional lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy, crafts, and food trucks. In addition, admission to the museum Free for this day. Keep in mind that this weekend is also the last chance to see her Postmodernism: Through the lens of Wayne Thom. Activities run from 11am to 4pm. Get more information here.

Goat Yoga + Hiking -> this Sunday In Burbank, Hello Critter Yoga hosts an all-rounder yoga session (with goats mingling in the audience), followed by a moderate hike (goats and all) through the nearby hills. Attendance tickets cost $40, exact location will be provided upon purchase. It starts at 11 p.m. More information here.

Made in Los Angeles: Gregory Bogorekez -> this Sundayformer Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez joins Los Angeles-born photographer Gregory Bogorquez in the Central Library’s Mark Tapper Room to discuss Bogorquez’s new book Eastsiders, which includes photographs spanning the artists’ work for 25 years documenting the scenes, stories, and people of East Los Angeles. Attending the discussion is free, and there will also be a chance to win a free copy of the discussion Eastsiders. It starts at 2 pm free to attend. More information here.

From the Danube to the Pacific, Reinventing the Home: The Artwork of Dave Fox -> start this Sunday At 3 p.m., the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum opens a new exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, silkscreens, and sculptures by artist Dave Fox. Fuchs, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor, draws inspiration from his childhood alongside photos from his adoptive home in Los Angeles. The juxtaposition of the two sites connects the reality of trauma, displacement, and ultimately reclamation. Sunday’s opening includes a conversation with Rabbi Karen Fox (daughter of the artist), Curator Georgia Friedman-Harvey and Los Angeles Vice President of Education and Exhibitions Jordana Gessler at the Holocaust Museum. Adult admission to the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum is normally $15, but admission is free with advance reservations on Thursdays and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Get more information here.

Eat and drink

(Christina Champlin picks)
Waterfront backyard
Waterfront backyard. Image via Local LA.

The Waterfront Brunch Buffet –> Phenicia recently introduced a brunch buffet every weekend where for $35 you get all you can eat from different food stations set up in the backyard. Find Belgian waffles, an omelet station, breakfast burritos, smoothies, and other buffet treats. Add an all-you-can-drink option for $30. More information here.

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week -> this Sunday, the second annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week (January 22-29) returns for an eight-day celebration of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Black owned businesses across town will offer a number of Special deal that range from $5 to $30. Popup events It will be held next week at The Cove Hotel and Trademark Brewing with a handful of participants. More information here.


Butcher’s Breakfast Club -> Trendy West Hollywood hotspot, Butcher’s Daughter, has launched a comprehensive weekday breakfast bar from 9am-noon Monday-Friday. For $23 guests will be served a wide variety of morning treats including freshly squeezed juices, fried chicken and waffles, carrot and veggie carrot cake, lots of pastries, parfaits, organic coffee and even an espresso martini ($9). Guests will also be offered magazines and newspapers for a relaxing morning experience. Both seats and reservations are available. More information here.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week -> Did you know it was a cheeseburger Invented in Pasadena? start this Sunday, honor the genius of Lionel Sternberger by visiting the city during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. 40 restaurants, lounges and casual locations will be offering signature burgers, creations and special deals just for the occasion. More information here.

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