23 Awesome Events In Southern California: Jan. 10 - 12

Oscar Oiwa's solo exhibition opens at USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena on Jan. 10. (Oscar Oiwa, Dreams of a Sleeping World, rendering, 2019)

Thinkspace Gallery celebrates 15 years with a group show. MOCA starts free admission. A CBD market does not want to get you high, a LEGO convention goes sky high and a lunar festival rings in the new year. Oh, and if you like riding subways without trousers, then the No Pants Metro Ride is back.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 - SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Oscar Oiwa
USC Pacific Asia Museum — 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
The museum presents a solo show from the New York-based artist, including a nearly 800-square-foot site-specific mural drawn with Sharpies. The piece will allow visitors to enter the mural and rest on a bed in the dome to look up at dreamscape.
COST: $7 - $10 for general admission, free for ages 17 and younger; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The American Cinematheque and Friday Night Frights presents the 1993 horror anthology with three segments based on works of writer H.P. Lovecraft. The stories were directed by Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko and Brian Yuzna. Stick around after the screening for a discussion with producer-director Yuzna.
COST: $8 - $12; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Rex Orange County
Shrine Auditorium — 655 W. Jefferson Blvd., downtown L.A.
The 21-year-old pop artist plays two shows in support of his latest album, Pony. The album was written, recorded and performed almost entirely by the musician himself at Strongroom Studios in East London.
COST: $24.37 - $69.37; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 10 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Roar
Spielberg Theatre at The Egyptian — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 28, USA
Did you know that Melanie Griffith once lived with lions? The 1981 film Roar, directed by Noel Marshall, stars her mother, Tippi Hedren (who was married to Marshall), and follows the family's visit to Tanzania to see their father, who lives with lions, tigers and other big cats. The family is left alone and eventually attacked by the four-legged creatures.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Tales of Little Tokyo
Japanese American National Museum — 100 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
Attend a live theatrical reading of memories drawn from more than 50 interviews with L.A. residents about their relationship to the oldest and largest Japanese American community in the country. The production was created by performance artist Dan Kwong in 2018 and this latest rendition includes new interviews and a multimedia component. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. and are included with museum admission, but Kwong offers free admission to seniors, students (18+), and youth (5-17) who are visiting JANM to attend this program. Please mention Tales of Little Tokyo when checking in to receive this promotion.
COST: Free - $16, RSVP requested; MORE INFO

Saturday marks National Hot Toddy Day but APL celebrates all winter long with this off-menu drink. (Courtesy of APL Restaurant )

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
National Hot Toddy Day
APL Restaurant — 1680 Vine St., Hollywood
Toast this food holiday with APL's hot toddy, made with Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey, spiced honey, lemon and allspice dram. (The drink will be available as an off-menu special throughout the winter.)
COST: $14; MORE INFO

A Lego sculpture entitled 'Yellow' is displayed at the Art of Brick Exhibition on September 24, 2014 in London, England. Eighty sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya are on display. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Bricks LA 2020
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
"Brick" (aka LEGO) fans of all ages can explore more than 19,000 square feet of fan-built models and shop for new and old Lego sets. Throughout the weekend, attendees can check out battles between brick robots, building competitions and panel discussions.
COST: Free - $5 admission; MORE INFO

Monterey Park holds its Lunar New Year festival this weekend. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Lunar New Year 2020
Garvey Ave. between Garfield Ave. & Alhambra Ave., Monterey Park
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with more than 50 food booths, performances and demonstrations including lion and dragon dances, Kung-Fu, Chinese music, folk dances and Chinese calligraphy.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Bad Bunny performs during the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 14, 2019. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Calibash 2020
Staples Center — 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The massive festival of reggaeton, bachata and Latin pop returns, headlined by Bad Bunny, Anuel AA, Karol G, Sech, Rosalía and Natti Natasha. Put on by local radio station Mega 96.3, it has, in past years, featured drop-ins from from Cardi B and Justin Bieber.
COST: $39-625; MORE INFO

A postcard issued some time between 1930 and 1945 reads: "A touch of Old Mexico, Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California." (Boston Public Library/Flickr Street Food)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Los Angeles County Vintage Postcard & Paper Show
Arcadia Masonic Hall — 50 W Duarte Rd., Arcadia
Browse postcards, photography and memorabilia from 30 dealers. The show runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. There's early bird admission on Saturday from 8 - 10 a.m.
COST: FREE general admission, $25 for early bird; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
15 Years of Thinkspace
Thinkspace Gallery — 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City
The gallery celebrates its 15th anniversary with a group exhibition that highlights more than 70 emerging, mid-career and established artists. All of the works included in the show were created on custom 15×15" panels. The opening reception takes place on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Roberts Projects presents a solo exhibition of work by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe. (Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: 'Portrait in Yellow,' 2019)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Black Like Me
Roberts Projects — 5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City
The gallery presents the Ghanian artist's first showing of work in the United States. Quaicoe's creates oil paintings of black men and women, some of whom he knows, others who he meets on the street. Also opening in the gallery's Project Room is the group exhibition Wish You Were Here. The opening reception for both shows take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Los Angeles LGBT Center South Grand Opening
LGBT Center South — 2313 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Leimert Park
On the heels of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 50th anniversary comes the grand opening of its new facility in South L.A. The 5,500-square-foot community space will include free and low-cost services including HIV testing, housing case management, mental health services, a computer lab and a drop-in safe space. After the opening ceremony and speakers, the community can take self-guided tours and participate in the celebration, which includes a resource fair, entertainment, giveaways and food.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is free, beginning this weekend. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images )

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 12 - 4 P.M.
MOCA Offers Free Admission
The Museum of Contemporary Art — 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) offers free general admission beginning on Jan. 11 at both locations (the main one on Grand Ave. and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo). The fee waiver has been made possible by a $10 million gift from MOCA Board President Carolyn Clark Powers. The first day features performances, music, artmaking activities and food at both locations.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 10:30 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Yelping the 1880s: L.A. Restaurants from Adobe Eateries to 24-Hour Gastro-Palaces
Mark Taper Auditorium at Los Angeles Central Library — 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A.
The Culinary Historians of Southern California presents a lecture about Los Angeles's late 19th century restaurant scene, beginning with Mexican and French restaurants, followed by Italian and Chinese one. "By 1900, the dirt roads were paved (at least downtown), there were electric street lights and two-story restaurants, Angelenos were known as the biggest salad-eaters in the country and we had started our first national food craze, the seafood cocktail." Writer Charles Perry leads the program, which will be followed by samples of fashionable restaurant foods of the period.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The first CBD Saturday Market in Hollywood takes place on Saturday. (Shane Lopes)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 12 - 4 P.M.
CBD Saturday Market
Academy LA — 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Check out favorite brands and hemp-based CBD products (that are THC-free), while enjoying CBD massages, infused bites and cocktails. A Blunt Talks panel features Josh Schmidt (Capital Hemp, Elevated Estate), Case Mendel (Cannadios), Michelle Clemens (Soji Health) and Kimberly Dillon (Plant and Prosper).
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Long Beach Comic Expo
Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S Pine Ave., Long Beach
Fandoms unite at an expo where they can view and buy comics, anime, manga and video games. Also, there will be cosplay. This con is a little smaller and gives the audience more space to move and meet creators, guests and exhibitors.
COST: $25 - $55; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 - TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Eurydice Found
Various locations throughout L.A. County
In anticipation of L.A. Opera's newest production — the world premiere of Eurydice by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl which opens on Feb. 1 — there's a festival of performances and conversations through March. Artists and performers will present works influenced by the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the free program Returning Soldiers Speak: Veterans Perform their Poetic Myth takes place at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion) is a multimedia performance at the Getty, created by David Wojnarowicz and Ben Neill in 1989. (Courtesy of the estate of David Wojnarowicz and P•P•O•W, New York. )

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion)
The Getty — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
Artist David Wojnarowicz and composer/musician Ben Neill created a multimedia performance that was first presented in New York in 1989. The work "binds the haunting urgency of Wojnarowicz's words to a sinister, elastic composition by Neill." An examination of history and power, the work integrates music, text and video.
COST: FREE, advanced ticket required ; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11; 8:30 - 10 P.M.
Mandolin Orange
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The acclaimed North Carolina folk duo kicks off their 2020 headlining tour in L.A. The band performs its acclaimed 2019 album, Tides of a Teardrop, as well as older material.
COST: $30 - $45; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 12; 1 - 3 P.M.
No Pants Metro Ride 2020
Various locations throughout L.A.'s Metro System
Ride the subway system for a couple hours sans pants — and keep a straight face while doing so. Six stations serve as rendezvous points: Del Mar station on the Gold Line in Pasadena, Atlantic station on the Gold Line in East Los Angeles, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station on the A Line (Blue) in Willowbrook, North Hollywood station on the Red Line in North Hollywood, Wilshire/Western station on the Purple Line in Koreatown and Culver City station on the E Line (Expo) in Culver City. Please note:You're required to use TAP on all rail lines.
COST: $7 - $9 for TAP cards; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 12; 1 - 5 P.M.
Donut Fest
Thompson Brewing Company — 9900 Indiana Ave. #7, Riverside
Donuts and beer. That's all you need to know about this event. Pace yourself for eight to 10 food and drink samples. Each donut sample will be at least 1/4 donut with some full donuts available. Guests 21+ will receive a ticket for a beer drink.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12; 2:30 - 5:30 P.M.
King Arthur
The Beverly O'Neill Theater — 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The Long Beach Opera has collaborated with Chicano theater troupe Culture Clash to re-imagine Henry Purcell's 1691 opera. Adapted by Andreas Mitisek with Culture Clash and Musica Angelica, Arthur returns as a superhero fighting a force that threatens humanity. There are only three performances scheduled for this world premiere run. (Additional performances take place on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m.)
COST: $49 - $150; MORE INFO