21 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend: Jan. 3 - 5

It's the Year of the Rat, and JANM holds a family celebration. LACMA closes out its season of lights and music. The Smell celebrates its 22nd year. There's a music tribute to David Bowie on what would have been his 72nd birthday. Comic Demi Adejuyigbe goes solo. It's Doors Day at the Morrison Hotel. And there are expos for fans of reptiles and yoga (at two separate locations).

LACMA closes out its holiday season celebration this weekend, featuring Chris Burden's 'Urban Lights,' with music in the afternoons. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3; 3 P.M.
Lights on at LACMA
LACMA — 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum wraps up its holiday installation on Sunday but has special activities planned throughout the weekend. On Friday, check out Allie Teilz's all-vinyl DJ set, followed by a special live performance from Sunburnt Mosquito Bite and a DJ set by KCRW's Mario Cotto. The lights of Urban Light turn on. Don't miss this only-in-L.A. moment.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
To Heck with Your Don'ts and Be Carefuls
The UCLA Film & Television Archive ushers in 2020 with a weekend of features from Hollywood's Pre-Code era (before the adoption of the Motion Picture Production Code that censored "immoral" content). These films are rife with sexual innuendo, debauchery and a little profanity. Friday's double feature includes Safe in Hell (1931) / Party Husband (1931). Saturday's films at 7:30 p.m. are 1933 Busby Berkeley-choreographed musicals 42nd Street / Gold Diggers of 1933.
COST: $8 - $10; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3; 7 - 9 P.M.
SMC's Drescher Planetarium Winter Show
John Drescher Planetarium — 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
The planetarium's winter season kicks off on Friday with the special observing event: The Moon's Straight Wall, The Seven Sisters, and the Hyades Cluster. The night features looks through various telescopes at the moon and its fault scarp Rupes Recta; the face of Taurus the Bull, composed mostly of stars in the Hyades Cluster; and the Pleiades star cluster. (If it's too cloudy, the program will stay in the planetarium with high-resolution images.) The night begins at 7 p.m. with The Night Sky Show featuring the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly "tour" of the constellations, and a Q&A session.
COST: $6 - $11; MORE INFO

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in 'Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood,' one of the films in contention this awards season. (Eric Charbonneau / © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3; noon
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
ArcLight Cinemas — 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
ArcLight and Collider's For Your Consideration series (FYC) continues, highlighting Hollywood's top awards contenders through screenings and live conversations with talent. Friday's noon screening of Quentin Tarantino's film features the director, actor Brad Pitt and special guests. This screening will be presented in 70mm in the Cinerama Dome.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 8 P.M. - 2 A.M.
The Smell's 22nd Anniversary
The Smell — 247 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The downtown staple celebrates more than two decades with two nights of music. Friday's lineup features: Together Pangea, Bob Baker Marionette, Whaja Dew, Poppy Jean Crawford, Mo Dotti and VerBS. No Age headlines night two with Ariel Rosenberg/John Wiese/Mitchell Brown, (Greg from) Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu, Dustin Wong/Brin, Le Face, Books On Tape, plus DJ sets from members of Mika Miko and Jive Baby. All ages.
COST: $20 per show; MORE INFO

Demi Adejuyigbe attends Pete Holmes hosts Comedians You Should & Will Know during the Vulture Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Demi Adejuyigbe is Going To Do One (1) Backflip
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The writer and comedian (from Gilmore Guys and The Good Place) has his first solo, hour-long show featuring original songs, presentations and a promise of one (1) backflip by a "very inflexible man who has not once ever done or even attempted a backflip in his entire life." This show is 18+.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

Comedian Jena Friedman performs at the premiere of Seeso's "Stand-Up Steaming Fest" at the Slipper Room on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Seeso)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Haha, Wow!
The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
Reductress, the satirical women's magazine, presents the latest installment of its new monthly comedy show. The night mixes comedy, female empowerment "and tips on how to sex good!" Hosted by Rekha Shankar and Janie Stolar, the lineup includes Jena Friedman, Madeline Wager, Samantha Ruddy, Marcella Arguello and Jenny Yang. This show is 21+.
COST: $8 - $10; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 8 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Sound & Vision: A Birthday Tribute To David Bowie
Alex's Bar — 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
David Bowie would have turned 72 this year (Jan. 8). To celebrate the life and music of the legend, this special night features performances by members of DRUGS, The Buttertones, JFA, Cowboy & Indian, Slaughterhouse, Rufrano, The Cineramas, LAW and other local musicians. This show is 21+.
COST: FREE, but $5 suggested donation; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 8 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Black Crystal Wolf Kids
The Hi Hat — 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park
BCWK celebrates 10 years in the music biz — as the first-ever indie-rock tribute act. Frontman Jeff Miller leads the outfit as they tear through favorite songs of the moment. Expect to hear Lizzo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Billie Eilish and MGMT. Beers for Fears opens the night. This show is 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Track 16 gallery presents a show of new work by Kathleen Henderson, including 'Long Arm,' 2019. (Courtesy of the artist and gallery)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Kathleen Henderson: Watch Me Make You Disappear
Track 16 Gallery — 1206 Maple Ave. Suite 1005, downtown L.A.
The artist's new work addresses "human folly in the face of extinction." Henderson's emotive drawings address moments of crisis, but often with a sense of humor. The opening reception takes place on Sat., Jan. 4 from 7 - 10 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
The 21st Annual Animation Show of Shows
The Frida Cinema — 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana
The curated selection of short films, presented by Ron Diamond, screens animations created by students and professionals around the world. This edition features 10 films that are "kid-friendly, life-affirming, funny, inspirational, purposeful and memorable." The shows take place at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
COST: $7.50; MORE INFO

A leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is pictured at the Tropical Farm (La Ferme Tropicale), a Paris-based store and website that sells reptiles and insects, and products related to them, on March 29, 2018. (FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Reptile Super Show
Anaheim Convention Center — 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim
Get ready to check out 100,000 sq.ft. of reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages and other supplies. In addition, reptile fans can learn about their fav cold-blooded pals through workshops and lectures. The show promotes conservation through education and captive breeding. Leave your own pets at home.
COST: $9 - $14 admission; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Yoga Expo
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
The largest yoga festival in North America returns to Pasadena, featuring dozen of classes taught by teachers from around the world, plus workshops and vendors selling merchandise, apparel and vegan food and beverages. Tickets include unlimited classes, a few of which are: Integrative Yoga for Healing, Sound Bath: Tune Your Nervous System, Maximize Your Mobility and Gentle Yoga is Not Your Grandma's Yoga.
COST: Tickets start at $35.; MORE INFO

Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho accepts an award during the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 3, 2019. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for HFA)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 1 - 4 P.M.
Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Panel 2020
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Hear from the creators/directors of some of the best foreign-language films of 2019 at this panel discussion presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and American Cinematheque. The roundtable features five directors of this year's Golden Globe-nominated films: Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Ladj Ly (Les Misérables), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell). Moderated by Silvia Bizio of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Doors at 11:30 a.m., and early arrival is recommended. RSVP does not guarantee admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception follows in the courtyard.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 5; 2 - 3:30 P.M.
My Neighbor Totoro
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Watch Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's classic 1988 film in 35mm (dubbed in English). Follow the adventures of two sisters who discover a mystical forest, filled with fantastical creatures.
COST: $8; MORE INFO

September 3, 1968: American rock band the Doors answer questions during a press conference at Heathrow Airport, London (left to right); drummer John Densmore, keyboard player Ray Mansarek, vocalist Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971) and guitarist Robby Krieger. (Central Press/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 3 - 11 P.M.
Day of the Doors
The Original Morrison Hotel — 1246 South Hope St., downtown L.A.
The fourth annual event celebrates the original hotel, where Henry Diltz took the iconic album cover for the legendary band. The facade will be restored to look just like the Morrison Hotel album cover. Take your picture in the window and recreate the shot with family, friends (or bandmates). There's a pop-up store with merch and apparel, a photo exhibit, food trucks, beer garden and DJs spinning tunes throughout the event.
COST: Free - $150; MORE INFO

A woman tastes red wine during at the Chateau Carbonnieux in Cadaujac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on April 2, 2019, during the official Semaine des Primeurs. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4; 5 - 9 P.M.
Uncorked: LA
Union Station — 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The wine festival returns for its fifth annual event, featuring 200 wines and champagnes from around the world. There's live entertainment in every room, gourmet food trucks and a custom photo booth. VIP admission starts at 5 p.m. and includes special, high-end selections from a handful of wineries during that first hour. General admission starts at 6 p.m. Wineries include 19 Crimes, Barossa Valley Estate, Squealing Pig, Mumm Napa and Chateau St. Michelle. Both tickets include all wine tastings; food sold separately. Cocktail or dress attire is requested, but not required. This event is 21+.
COST: $65 - $80; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
StoryCorps: MobileBooth
3rd St. Promenade & Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
If you've ever listened to the funny or gut-wrenching stories from the StoryCorps, and thought, "I have a great story to share...." Now's your chance. The nonprofit, dedicated to celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will park its Airstream trailer with a recording studio at the Promenade. Make a reservation to add your two-person interview to the 65,000 already collected from people in all 50 states.
COST: FREE, but reservations needed; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5; 9 - 10:30 P.M.
Pun-Off: A Musical Inside the High-Stakes World of Pun Competitions
Upright Citizens Brigade — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Watch this new hour-long musical about Pun Competitions — and grief and death. With a book by Joe Chandler (American Dad), Matthew Patrick Davis and Zach Paez (Community, Gravity Falls), and music and lyrics by Davis, the show is choreographed and directed by Emmy Award winner Kathryn Burns (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
COST: $7; MORE INFO

Usher in the Year of the Rat at the Japanese American National Museum's family fest on Sunday. (Courtesy of JANM)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5; 11 A.M. - 5 P.M.
2020 Oshogatsu Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum — 100 N. Central Ave, downtown L.A.
JANM celebrates the Year of the Rat with a family-friendly festival. Take part in craft-making, food sampling, cultural activities and watching performances. The day's schedule includes traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) from Kodama Taiko, a TaikoProject performance, lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen, a tasting of osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year foods) and fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) at the JANM Store. The museum's exhibitions are open for viewing to all guests during the festival.
COST: FREE admission with RSVP; MORE INFO

Runners with a pace-keeper.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5; 3 - 10 P.M.
New Year's Race
200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
If you haven't broken your new year's resolution to get in shape yet, then there's still time to take part in the races. Run either a 5k alone or a 9.3-mile run (a 5k and 10k back-to-back). The accompanying festival opens at 3 p.m. with a beer garden, food trucks and music.
COST: $50 - $95 for race registrations; MORE INFO