21 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Santa Monica's Restaurant Week focuses on the kumquat. (aldeka via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Santa Monica restaurants highlight kumquats. The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies focuses on creepy films from Canada. A new book examines the artistry of The Man in the High Castle's alternative world. Plus, there's an Elvis and Little Richard dance party, Dear Jerry Seinfeld: The Musical and a performance inspired by Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Santa Monica Restaurant Week
Various locations in Santa Monica
Participating Santa Monica restaurants and their chefs offering dishes starring this year's special ingredient, the kumquat. Dishes include duck carnitas taco from Azulé Taqueria, koji fried California quail from Calabra, fluke kumquat sashimi from Sushi Roku and a kumquat kombucha margarita from Seaside on the Pier.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JANUARY 6; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Booksmart
ArcLight Cinemas — 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
ArcLight and Collider's For Your Consideration series continues, highlighting award-worthy movies with screenings and live conversations. After watching Olivia Wilde's feature film directorial debut, stick around for a Q&A with Wilde and actors Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Winterfest
Impro Studio — 1727 N. Vermont Ave. #211, Los Feliz
The theater's international improv festival returns, with nearly three dozen events of narrative improvisation. In addition to shows, there are improv workshops for all ages and levels. Impro Theatre's Main Company will perform their rarely seen show, Dorothy Parker UnScripted.
COST: Most performances start at $10 or $15, workshops start at $50 ; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JANUARY 6; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Northern Scars: The Foundations of Canadian Horror Cinema
Philosophical Research Society — 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents a lecture from writer and filmmaker Caelum Vatnsdal about Canada's horror film industry, examining works and characters from David Cronenberg to Lawrence Zazelenchuk. The lecture includes mind-twisting clips from movies like The Mask (Canada's first horror feature), The Corpse Eaters (its cheapest), Shivers, Black Christmas, Rituals and Spasms.
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

Blue Man Group comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa. (Lindsey Best)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Blue Man Group
Segerstrom Center for the Arts — 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
The blue-hued troupe performs several shows in Orange County with Jenny Koons directing her first collaboration with the group. Expect their signature drumming, comedy and absurdity.
COST: Ticket prices start at $26. ; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Southland Comedy Festival
Various locations
The standup festival includes both major and indie clubs as 20 comedians from around the country perform. Tom Segura's Trifecta features comics performing entirely in Spanish at the Bunker in Burbank. The Secret Show at the Blind Barber in Highland Park has a secret lineup. Performance Anxiety takes place at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. Shows are 21+ unless otherwise noted.
COST: Individual ticket prices vary, but passes run $49 - $59; MORE INFO

Singer Toshi Reagon performs at the 2009 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize special outdoor tribute at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3, 2009 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Octavia E. Butler's Parables: A Music Talk with Toshi Reagon
Rothenberg Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens — 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
This is the first of three events that focus on the influence of Butler, who bequeathed her papers to the Huntington. Watch performances related to composer and lyricist Reagon's adaption of Butler's novel Parable of the Sower. Listen to poetry by Sophie Kim, dramatic dialogue written and performed by Tamisha A. Tyler and Phil Allen, data visualization by Shelley De Leon and a multimedia presentation by Melodie Yashar.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

LACE's 2020's Emerging Curator exhibition, which opens on Jan. 8, uses silence as a tool of resistance. (Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorez, still from Silent, courtesy of the artists)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15
SOUND OFF: Silence and Resistance
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) — 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The gallery's 2020 emerging curator is interdisciplinary artist Abigail Raphael Collins, who curates an exhibition on silence as a tool of resistance. View works by artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Nikita Gale, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sharon Hayes, Baseera Khan, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Aliza Shvartz as well as documentation of silent protests throughout history. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday from 7 to 10 pm.

COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 9 - 10:30 A.M.
Yoga Hike
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park — 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Aliso Viejo
This 2.4-mile hike includes a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Bring water, a yoga mat and large beach towel. This is for ages 15+ and those under 18 need a signed waiver from a parent. Registration is required. Park on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). Watch the street signs.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 7 - 9 P.M.
The Man in The High Castle: Creating The Alt World
Barnes & Noble — 189 The Grove Dr., Suite K 30, Fairfax
A panel discussion celebrates a book about the art and designs on the Amazon TV show, which is based on Philip K. Dick's novel. Expected guests include producer Mike Avila, actor Jason O'Mara, executive producer Isa Dick Hackett, co-showrunner David Scarpa and production designer Drew Boughton. The show and novel delve into an alternate timeline in which Hitler won World War II. This event requires a wristbanded, which will be handed out to customers who purchase from the store on Jan. 8.
COST: Free with book purchase; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 7 - 10 P.M.
Hiking-with-Friends: Greek Theatre
Greek Theatre — 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
This is a relatively easy hike that covers three to four miles over the course of 2.5 to 3 hours. It's intended for first-timers with an active lifestyle. Dogs are allowed, strollers are not for this hike. If you have time constraints or if you plan on splitting from the group, then this hike isn't for you. Bring your own water. Meet in parking lot G, next door to the theater.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

David Bowie performs at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973, the last concert he performed in the guise of his spacerocker character, Ziggy Stardust. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Express/Getty Images)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 8 - 11 P.M.
GoldenYearz - A Bowie Celebration
Zebulon — 2478 Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
DJs Escargot and d'Animal spin David Bowie tunes all night long on the late musician's birthday.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Musicians Paul Lacques and Rob Waller of I See Hawks in L.A. perform at the 2014 Stagecoach music festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 27, 2014 in Indio, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 8 - 11:59 P.M.
I See Hawks In LA
Highland Park Bowl — 5621 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
Hawks — SoCal's leading alt country/psychfolk band — play the Bowl in Mr. T's room at 9:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Zachariah and Lobo Riders (10:30 p.m.) and Great Willow (8:30 p.m.). Doors at 8 p.m. and the show is 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
How to Be an Antiracist: Ibram X. Kendi
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
At this lecture, the Guggenheim Fellow and author discusses his 2019 memoir, How to Be an Antiracist. The book combines ethics, history, law and science and includes his "own awakening to antiracism."
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 10:30 - 11:30 P.M.
Dear Jerry Seinfeld: The Musical
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
This show mixes Seinfeld with a Broadway musical like Dear Evan Hansen. The book and lyrics are by Alex Lewis and Greg Smith (who also directs), with music by Lewis and Michael Teoli. "See Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer sing and dance about nothing!" (This show has no affiliation/endorsement from either the TV show or musical.)
COST: $7; MORE INFO

Dance Camera West 2020 Dance Media Film Festival from Jan 9 - 12 features more than 50 films at both REDCAT and Human Resources. (Still from 'From Knee to Heart' by Susanna Baranco)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Dance Camera West 2020 Dance Media Film Festival
REDCAT & Automata, downtown L.A.
DCW presents four days of screenings of more than 50 short, experimental and documentary films from Asia, Europe and the America. All the flicks explore ways representing movement and dance on film. The slate includes choreographer Edouard Lock, founder of the Canadian company La La La Human Steps; filmmaker Katrina McPherson of Scotland; Germany's Sasha Waltz (Kreatur); and Spain's Sol Pico.
COST: Free - $12; $72 for festival pass; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9; 7 - 9 P.M.
Candlelight Winter Classics: Featuring Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and More
Immanuel Presbyterian Church — 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Listen to classical music highlighting winter themes by candlelight. Performed by Orchid Quartet and Friends, the program includes Four Seasons by Vivaldi and themes from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 10; 9:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M.
Elvis VS. Little Richard: 50s Dance Night at Club 96 Tears!
Grand Star Jazz Club — 943 Sun Mun Way, downtown L.A.
Club 96 TEARS takes over the Chinatown venue for a 1950s dance party featuring the music of OG rock stars Elvis and Little Richard. Resident DJ couple Perksandkisses & Whitegoth and DJ Philly Freedom host the night, which also features their '60s and '70s catalog of disco, funk, soul to doowop. This party is 21+.
COST: $6 - $9; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Dinnerstein/Haimovitz: Beethoven/Glass
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
As the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth approaches, the Wallis presents pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz performing a "then/now" homage to the composer, pairing Beethoven's works with those of contemporary composer Philip Glass. The duo will perform both as soloists and collaborators.
COST: $39 - $99; MORE INFO

Comedian Margaret Cho hosts the Closing Ceremony of WorldPride NYC 2019 at Times Square on June 30, 2019 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Live at Dynasty
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Listen to an evening of comedy and music featuring guests Chinedu Unaka, Candice Thompson, Margaret Cho, Rory Scovel, Jessimae Peluso and musical guest Open Mike Eagle. Presented by Podcasts on Spotify, this show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9; 7:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Hotter, Drier, And On Fire: Will The IE Still Be Livable In 2100?
Glenn Wallichs Theatre, University of Redlands — 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands
The IE could be 8 to 14 degrees hotter by 2100 with landscapes more likely to burn. San Bernardino and Riverside counties are home to more than 4 million people who need to know what's coming and how they can react. Join KPCC In Person and KPCC's senior science reporter Emily Guerin as they dive into the climate discussion on stage with a panel of experts.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO