16 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week: Jan. 21-23

The Tam O'Shanter celebrates Scottish poet Robert Burns. Sting takes to the stage for a theater production. The Zach and The Jess perform improvised musical theater. Heidi Duckler Dance celebrates 35 years and a new season. Grammy artists and musicians fundraise for the homeless. Torrance launches its own restaurant week.

Torrance is holding its own restaurant week, featuring savory and sweet options, like this dessert, from The Depot. (Courtesy: Discover Torrance)

Through FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Torrance Restaurant Week
Various locations
It's California Restaurant Month. Not to be overshadowed by dineL.A., the South Bay city is holding its own celebration of local restaurants, which are offering special menus and dishes. Participating eateries include cal-Italian spot Brio Coastal Bar and Kitchen andmodern British restaurant Snap Tin Eatery.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Through TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Eurydice Found
Various locations throughout L.A. County
In anticipation of the Feb. 1 opening of L.A. Opera's newest production — the world premiere of Eurydice by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl — there's a festival of performances, conversations and happenings through March. Artists will present works influenced by the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. On Jan. 23 and 25, The Hammer Museum hosts performances of Samuel Beckett's rarely performed Quad I and II.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Alex Borstein, seen here in Amazon's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' has two solo shows in L.A. this week. (Courtesy: Amazon Prime Video)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
Alex Borstein: Raw
Largo at the Coronet in Beverly Grove and Dynasty Typewriter in Westlake
The comedian, writer and actor, best known for her portrayal of fast-talking agent Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and for voicing Lois on The Family Guy, has two solo shows this week: Largo on Tuesday and Dynasty Typewriter on Thursday. Both shows are sold out online but where there's a will (and cash), there's a way.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Blackstract / Heritage
TAG Gallery — 5458 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The gallery opens two shows. Blackstract celebrates the works of black abstract artists including Deitra Charles, Patrice Fisher, Andrew Gray, Haliegh Nickerson and Brittney Leeanne Williams. The group show Heritage reflects the artists' personal, cultural, historic and artistic beginnings. The opening reception for both shows takes place on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 - THURSDAY, MAY 14
Through the Toy Shop & Behind the Curtain: The Artistry of Gina M.
Huntley Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona — 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona
Artist Gina M.'s toy shop won't give you the warm and fuzzies. The immersive installation features a sad and twisted "menagerie of misfits." Broken and rusted toys remind guests of a darker side of childhood. The opening reception takes place on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. with an artist talk at 3:30 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
Robbie Burns Celebration
Tam O'Shanter — 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz
Happy 261st birthday to Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote the poem, "The Tam O'Shanter." The restaurant toasts Burns with a supper that features a "slaying of the haggis," bagpipers, poems and step dancers. In addition to the three-course meal, special whisky flights to toast the haggis will be available for purchase. There are two seatings each night at 5:30 or 8:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to wear their finest kilts and other Scottish garb.
COST: $80 for the prix fixe meal, whisky flights extra; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21; 8 - 10 P.M.
Border Patrol - Pilot Screening
Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson — 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Watch live comedy performances and the pilot screening of a half-hour satirical comedy that follows a group of incompetent border patrol agents and the eccentric residents who live and work in the tiny border town of Aburrida. Written and created by Ernie Bustamante (Quibi's Flipped), the cast and creative teams are filled with rising Latinx talent.
COST: FREE, but reservations required; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21; 8 - 10 P.M.
Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride
Walt Disney Concert Hall — 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Pop meets avant-garde meets jazz in a performance that features Anderson's synths and violin, McBride's bass and Rubin Kodheli's cello.
COST: $48 - $130; MORE INFO

Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino host a night of musical improv at The Satellite. (Robyn Von Swank)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21; 8:30 - 10 P.M.
The Zach and The Jess Present: These Songs Have Jokes
The Satellite — 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
Each episode of Earwolf's podcast Off Book features an entirely improvised musical. Now, hosts Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino bring a live musical comedy to the stage. It features other improvisers including Erin and Melissa, the Sloppy Boys, Demi Adejuyigbe, the Apple Sisters and Every Place I Cry. The show is 21+.
COST: $8; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
Plus One
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre — 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
The theater troupe presents Micah Cover's comedy-drama about a suicidal stand-up comic, his therapist and his imaginary friend. It's based on a true story. The show is recommended for ages 13+. There are four performances only (Jan. 22, 23, 28, 29) at 8:30 p.m.
COST: $16; MORE INFO

Sting and the cast of 'The Last Ship' are performing at the Ahmanson for a five-week run. (Cylla von Tiedemann)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
The Last Ship
Ahmanson Theatre — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Sting's 1991 album, The Soul Cages, inspired this play, which tells the story of a prodigal son who returns home after 17 years at sea to find the town's lifeline, its shipyard, is closing. The musician himself stars as a foreman who rallies workers to take over the yard.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Roll Calls: The City is an Autograph Book
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles — 1717 E. 7th St., downtown L.A.
The institute and the Library Foundation's ALOUD series teams up to present a conversation between author-educators Josh Kun and Susan A. Phillips and graffiti artist Chaz Bojórquez about the politics and history of markings in L.A. The talk is part of a series that explores the LAPL's historic autograph collection.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 8 - 10 P.M.
The Boombox Project 2020
Art Angels — 9020 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
The gallery holds a 10th anniversary presentation of work by artist and pop culture junkie Lyle Owerko. Inspired by the big radio-tape-CD players (remember those?) of his youth, the show features sculptures, imagery and displays incorporating the boombox as the symbol of another generation, i.e., a long time ago. Limited spots available on the guest list.
COST: RSVP to show@artangels.net; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 8 - 10 P.M.
TSTMRKT
Theatre Asylum — 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The theater-performance art troupe (pronounced "Test Market") combines found film, film and sound collage, Brechtian theater and sketch comedy. They're currently on tour in support of their album Home Entertainment System.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 8 - 11 P.M.
Homeward Bound
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
It's Grammy week, so a lot of musicians and artists are in town to celebrate. This event doubles as a fundraiser for the homeless community in L.A. Listen to acoustic performances from Scarypoolparty, Jason Mraz, Fitz And The Tantrums, Ingrid Michaelson and Maddie Poppe, and The Doors' Robby Krieger and John Densmore, who reunite for the first time in 20 years. All proceeds will benefit PATH (People Assisting The Homeless).
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 7 - 9 P.M.
Heidi Duckler Dance 35th Anniversary
Bendix Building Rooftop — 1206 Maple Ave., downtown L.A.
For more than three decades, the troupe has been carving out its niche as one of L.A.'s premiere site-specific dance companies, performing in unexpected places. HDD's anniversary celebration and 2020 season kickoff is no different as dancers take to the rooftop. Guests will also see the newest reel and hear from several collaborators.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO