24 Of The Coolest Things To Do In SoCal This Weekend: Jan. 24-26

Celebrate the Pacific gray whale. Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day. Explore Brad Pitt's deep cuts. Check out an art show that urges us to think about how we look at size. Try your luck at vintage '90s video games. Fill your belly with arepas, donuts, beer and the assorted delights of Alhambra restaurant week.

Alhambra holds its own restaurant week, inviting diners to explore the city's local eateries. (Courtesy of Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week
Various locations
Here's a great reason to visit the SGV — the city of Alhambra showcases its eateries during California Restaurant Month. Participating establishments, including Limerick's Tavern, Mahan Indian, Panasia Sweet and Savory, Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine, the Chicken Koop and Yang's Kitchen, offering multi-course, prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner.
COST: $10 - $25 for lunch, $20 - $40 for dinner; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 8 - 11 P.M.
Strange Soirée #2 - An evening of shorts, puppets and music
Bob Baker Marionette Theater — 4949 York Blvd., Highland Park
La Collectionneuse, a film curator who used to screen awesome French films with Cinefamily, presents a new soirée at the puppet theater. The program includes animation by Suzan Pitt, work by Man Ray and other surprises with marionettes performing between the films.
COST: Standby tickets at the door; MORE INFO

Art abounds at the Golden State Tattoo Expo 2020, which takes over the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. (BORIS ROESSLER/DPA/AFP via Getty Images )

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
Golden State Tattoo Expo 2020
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
View the works of tattoo artists, ranging from photo-realistic black-and-gray portraits to colorful comic-like drawings. The expo also features vendors, music, contests, entertainment, celebrity guests and an art gallery.
COST: $30 - $60; MORE INFO

An arepa filled with cheese. (Gabriel Garcia Marengo/Flickr Creative Commons)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24; 5 - 8 P.M.
The Arepa Stand Pop-Up
Highly Likely Café — 4310 W. Jefferson Blvd., West Adams
Popular Mar Vista Farmers Market stand Highly Likely hits the road and serves up a variety of arepas, a tasty South American cornmeal pocket. Choose from the traditional queso de mano; the popular Westsider with chicken salad and smashed avocado; the 405 with braised beef brisket, black bean puree and plantains; or the vegan Hili with smashed avocado, s'chug sauce and shredded cabbage. Beer and wine specials complement the arepas.
COST: $11 - $14; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24; 9 - 11 P.M.
Comedians Cinema Club
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
When a comedy troupe recreates movies live on stage, you never know what might happen. Some of the comics might be under the influence while others might not know the film at all. This time, they present Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986).
COST: $12; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 9 P.M. - 1 A.M.
88rising x Johnnie Walker: Lunar New Year Celebration
Wisdome LA — 1147 Palmetto St., downtown L.A.
Listen to live music from the 88rising label artists including Dumbfoundead, YEEK and Deb Never while sipping signature cocktails from Johnnie Walker. This is a 21+ event.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Brad Pitt and Lupita Nyong'o attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 10 P.M. - 1 A.M.
Bottomless Pitt: A Celebration Of Brad
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
With Pitt winning all sorts of awards these days, hosts Stevie Palmer and Natalie Darrah take the audience through deep cuts of Brad's films, curating their fave moments in "Pittstory." This show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
Museums Annual Free-For-All Day
Various locations in Southern California
SoCal Museums presents a free day of art viewing at more than 40 museums and cultural institutions. Now it in its 15th year, the day allows guests to revisit an old favorite or discover some place new. The offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to parking fees or specially ticketed exhibitions*. (Except the Broad is offering free admission to the special exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again.)
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

For this art show, plus size artist Kristine Schomaker asked 60 artists to think about differences, especially in size. (Cynda Valle)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
'Perceive Me' by Kristine Schomaker
Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA — 5151 State University Drive, El Sereno
For this art show, plus size artist Kristine Schomaker challenges herself, society and the art world to think about and/or accept our differences, especially in size. She asked 60 artists to do nude portraits of her larger-than-average form, and they responded by celebrating rather than shaming. The show features paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and a 3D print. The opening reception takes place on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Market Market
ROW DTLA — 777 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Tartine has closed but the ROW just opened a new market that takes place every other Saturday through March 21. Check out makers and merchants showcasing jewelry, accessories, clothing, vintage goods and food.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Play Pac Man and other old school games at a '90s arcade bar pop-up. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 11 A.M. - 8:30 P.M.
'90s Arcade Bar
Secret Los Angeles location
This pop-up bar celebrates the '90s, when video arcades still had an edge over Game Boys and Super Nintendo. Battle it out on Dance Dance Revolution, try your hand at trivia, play live games like Hungry Hungry Hippos, pit your skills against Ye Olde arcade games and watch the "largest Pac Man game." There are four sessions throughout the day. Tickets include one drink and free play. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
COST: $40; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 1 - 5 P.M.
Chinese New Year
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The hotel presents a festive tea ceremony in the lobby lounge that features both sweet and savory offerings with Asian flavors. The dishes are paired with a number of Tealeaves tea selections. There's also live music throughout the ceremony. Reservations are recommended at 310-860-6700.
COST: $76; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 8:30 - 10:30 P.M.
50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre — 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
The whirlwind festival, now in its 19th year, features five short plays that were written, directed and presented in two days. The material is recommended for those ages 14 and older. Three performances only.
COST: $16; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25; 2 - 3 P.M.
5-Film Giallo Marathon
The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Cinematic Void screens five Italian horror-thrillers from the 1970s and '80s: Opera (aka Terror at the Opera) by Dario Argento, A Blade in the Dark (La Casa con La Scale Nel Buio), by Lamberto Bava, Torso (I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale) by Sergio Martino, The Black Cat (Gatto Nero) by Lucio Fulci and What Have They Done to Your Daughters (La Polizia Chiede Aiuto) by Massimo Dallamano. All films are screened in Italian with English subtitles.
COST: $17 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 7 - 8 P.M.
Every Person Has a Name
Pasadena City Hall — 100 Garfield Ave., Pasadena
The Jewish Federation and the city of Pasadena hold an event to commemorate UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The 25-hour vigil begins on the steps of City Hall with a commemoration ceremony that recognizes local survivors, includes prayers from local clergy and features a performances by the Federation's Jewish Youth Orchestra. After the ceremony, a 24-hour reading of names of those who died in the Holocaust begins. Volunteers will continue to read names in 30-minute blocks. Last year, more than 130 volunteers were only able to read the names and biographical information of 6,767 people — far short of the more than 6 million people who perished.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

A grey whale emerges from the waters of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Baja California Sur state, Mexico on March 3, 2015. (OMAR TORRES/AFP via Getty Images)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
51st Annual Whale Fiesta
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium — 3720 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro
The aquarium invites families to attend a festival that celebrates the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the start of SoCal whale watching season. The day includes music, games, puppet shows, guest lecturers and marine-themed arts and crafts for all ages.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Happy Birthday, Marion!
Annenberg Community Beach House — 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica
Marion Davies, silent film actress and mistress of William Randolph Hearst, was the original resident of the Beach House. The Santa Monica Conservancy celebrates her birthday with music, dancing, magic and a cake walk. Come in period attire or costume from the era. After the festivities are over, stick around from 2 to 4 p.m. for a screening of Peg o' My Heart, a 1933 MGM film produced by and starring Davies. Film historian Elaina Friedrichsen introduces the movie.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 7 - 10 P.M.
Stand Up For Australian Fires
The Novo — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The benefit features comedians Joe Rogan, Jim Jefferies and Whitney Cummings performing on Australia Day for the nonprofit Wildlife Warriors Foundation, which was started by Steve
"The Crocodile Hunter " Irwin and his wife, Terri.
COST: Tickets start at $50; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 12 - 8 P.M.
Australia Day Fundraiser
E.P. & L.P. — 603 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Australians Grant Smillie and David Combes, founders of the WeHo eatery, want to help their country recover from massive bushfires. On Australia Day, they'll donate 100% of the Great Aussie BBQ and 100% of lunch proceeds from E.P. to the relief effort. They'll also take voluntary donations and hold raffles throughout the day.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Walt Disney Concert Hall — 111 S. Grand Ave.
F. W. Murnau's 1927 film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, which won three awards at the first Academy Awards ceremony, is having a screening and performance. The Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform an entirely new score, composed by Jeff Beal (House of Cards).
COST: Tickets start at $29; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 1 - 5 P.M.
Donut Fest LA
Indie Brewing Company — 2350 Sunrise St., downtown L.A.
Donuts? Check. Beer? Check. Donut Bash curates the donuts, and guests can sample and vote for their faves. Those who are 21+ can pair the donuts with beer but coffee and other nonalcoholic options will also be available. VIP entry runs from 1 to 3 p.m. with general entry from 3 to 5 p.m.
COST: $25 - $50; MORE INFO

The Original Farmers Market celebrates the Lunar New Year with live music and cultural performances. (The Original Farmers Market)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 2 - 5 P.M.
Lunar New Year Celebration
The Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a chalk art presentation, a dragon puppet craft station, Chinese calligraphy, lion dances, a Kung Fu demonstration and a performance by magician Joseph Tran.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

A picture shows Burns Cottage ahead of the 2017 Haggis Hurling World Championships in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. (ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 5 - 9:30 P.M.
Robert Burns Sunday Supper
Lucques — 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
The restaurant honors the Scottish poet Robert Burns with Suzanne Goin's take on Scottish classics including cullen skink (a type of Scottish soup), Scottish salmon or duck "haggis" and a whisky flight. Supplemental wine pairings by Caroline Styne are also available.
COST: $52 for the meal only, $35 for supplemental wine pairings; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26; 5 - 6:30 P.M.
Paranormal Nights
Biltmore Hotel lobby entrance — 525 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Journalist Hadley Meares leads a Cartwheel Art tour of DTLA, discussing some of the serial killers and spooks who have lived and died in the area. Listen to scary, true histories of the Biltmore, Barclay, Cecil and Alexandria hotels. Other locations include the King Eddy Saloon and the new bar The Wolves. Advance tickets only.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO