19 Essential Events In Southern California This Week: Jan. 27 - 30
Hungry? There are fried sandwiches, cheeseburgers, a new Norms and a Barolo wine dinner. Laugh along at Felipe Esparza's Spanish and English stand-up. Learn about black panthers, celebrate Lula Washington Dance Company's 40th anniversary, watch experimental Latin and Latinx films or dive into classics like Sunset Boulevard and Network.
MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 11:30 A.M. - 9 P.M.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken Pop-up
Pizzana -- 11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Co-owners and chefs Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski bring their Chicago fried chicken to the pizzeria. Diners can order a sandwich such as "The OG" with fried chicken strips, candied jalapeno mayo and crunchy slaw, or the chicken parm with jidori chicken. Sandwiches will be available for lunch and dinner (or until sold out).
COST: $16 - $18 per sandwich; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 7 - 9 P.M.
The Tasting Kitchen -- 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
The Abbot Kinney restaurant presents a dinner that showcases Italian Barolo wines. Executive chef Travis Passerotti creates a four-course meal paired with vinos from Conterno Fantino, Marcarini, Einaudi, Bongiovanni and Bricco Mondalino. Reservations required.
COST: $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
The Observatory -- 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana
The stand-up comic, podcaster (What's Up Fool) and actor (Superstore, The Eric Andrew Show) performs two English shows on Monday and two Spanish shows on Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. They're all being filmed as part of his new Netflix special. The shows are 18+.
COST: $30; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
Various locations in Pasadena
Pasadena claims the cheeseburger was invented at the Rite Spot in 1924 so, each year, the city celebrates the patty-and-cheese creation. The 2020 edition features 40 eateries offering their takes on the cheeseburger and invites diners to vote for their favorites. Participating restaurants include El Portal, Yahaira's Cafe, Mi Piace, Pie 'n Burger and Clearman's Northwoods Inn. Even Dog Haus gets into the game.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 7 - 9 P.M.
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Yes, that quote comes from this 1950 Billy Wilder melodrama, which stars Gloria Swanson as an aging silent film star and William Holden as a struggling screenwriter. Nancy Ann Olson Livingston, who portrayed ingenue Betty Schaefer in the film, will do a Q&A about the film in honor of its 70th Anniversary.
COST: $12.50; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Los Angeles Times Book Club: Ocean Vuong
The Montalbán -- 1615 Vine St., Hollywood
The author discusses his book On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous with arts reporter Carolina Miranda. The bestselling debut is an epistolary novel from a young Vietnamese American man to his mother. Vuong is also the author of the poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds. His writing has been featured in the Atlantic, Harper's, the Nation, New Republic and the New Yorker.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 27; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Echoplex -- 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
The '90s pop musician plays old favorites and select covers from her recent albums, Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John (2018) and Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police. This show is all ages.
COST: $16 - $21; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 - SUNDAY, MAY 31
In Focus: Platinum Photographs
The J. Paul Getty Museum -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
More than two dozen prints made with platinum and the related palladium photographic process are on display. Introduced in 1873 by British scientist William Willis, the process helped establish photography as a fine art. The works include a triptych of a mother and child by Gertrude Käsebier, an atmospheric nude by Edward Steichen and a view of Venice by Alvin Langdon Coburn.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28; 7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince
Los Angeles Convention Center -- 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The Grammy celebrations continue with a tribute concert to his Purpleness. The special features an all-star lineup including Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Chris Martin, Mavis Staples, St. Vincent and Usher as well as a joint performance by Prince's friends and musical collaborators. The live concert taping will be broadcast at a later date on CBS.
COST: Tickets start at $145; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29; 1 - 3 P.M.
Norms Inglewood Ribbon Cutting
Norms Restaurant -- 2960 W. Imperial Hwy., Inglewood
The 70-year-old chain's new diner holds a ribbon cutting, and the first 50 guests lined up at 1 p.m. will receive a free 4 Deuces breakfast. Inglewood residents with proof of address will receive 10% off all day. Also, radio station KJLH will be on-site, giving away Clippers tickets starting at 1 p.m.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29; 2 - 4 P.M.
New Beverly Cinema -- 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Four decades later, Paddy Chayefsky's dark satire of a corporate news network still resonates. Watch anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) melt down as he's told he's being let go because of poor ratings. His truth-telling rants -- because he's mad as hell and he can't take it anymore -- become a ratings bonanza for programmer Diane Christensen (Faye Dunaway) who milks every minute.
COST: $8; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
I Lost My Body / J'ai Perdu Mon Corps
Aero Theatre -- 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque continues its series of Oscar contenders, screening director Jérémy Clapin's animated feature about a young man who falls in love and a severed hand that's searching Paris for its owner. The film will be presented in French and English with English subtitles. Clapin does a Q&A after the screening.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29; 8 - 10 P.M.
Rockwell Sings: Broadway Showtunes
Rockwell Table & Stage -- 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Hear local talent and Rockwell regulars sing tunes from the Great White Way. Performers will take on classics as well as contemporary pieces. There is a two-item minimum (food or drink) required with each ticket.
COST: $20, plus two-item minimum; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Pursuit of the Black Panther with Shannon Wild
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage -- 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
The stage in Santa Monica (and not the museum in DTLA) presents the next installment of its National Geographic Live series. Wild, a photographer and cinematographer, will lead audiences trough a walk on the wild side. She'll discuss the challenges and dangers of her hardest assignment: documenting a rare and elusive black panther in the dense forest of southern India.
COST: Prices start at $59; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30; 6:30 - 9 P.M.
Cine Nueva Onda
Luckman Intimate Theatre at Cal State LA -- 5151 State University Dr., El Sereno
Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) opens its kicks off its 2020 season with an experimental Latinx and Latin American film program. The night features two films (Retiro and La Ruta) by artist and performer Natalia Lassalle-Morillo. A conversation with the filmmaker follows. This is an all-ages program.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 7 - 9:30 P.M.
Hotel Cafe -- 1623 N Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
The orchestral indie-pop duo celebrates their sophomore album, Suite No. 2: World Keeps Spinning: An Antidote to Modern Anxiety. The music mixes the Beatles, Jon Brion and classical composers. Brother James opens. The venue is 21+.
COST: $20; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The L.A.-based dance company celebrates its 40th anniversary with a program that explores social and humanitarian themes and includes world premieres of works by Christopher Huggins and Tommie Waheed Evans as well as a work-in-progress by co-founder/artistic director Lula Washington. A talk-back with members of the company follows the performance on Thursday, and a champagne toast follows the performance on Friday.
COST: $29 - $79; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Piper Kerman In Conversation with Rachel Kushner
UCLA's Royce Hall -- 10745 Dickson Ct., Westwood
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents the Orange is the New Black author conversation with Kushner (The Mars Room). Both discuss the challenges that incarcerated women face and the need for prison reform in America.
COST: Tickets start at $29; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
The Barker Hangar -- 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
The longest-running international photography fair on the West Coast returns to showcase works from dozens of galleries, dealers, artists and collectives. The weekend also includes lectures, panels, workshops and docent tours. The opening preview party takes place on Thursday from 6 -9 pm, celebrating the 2020 photo l.a. honoree, photographer Anthony Hernandez. Proceeds from the opening night benefit Venice Arts.
COST: $100 opening night tickets; Tickets/passes: $20 - $450; MORE INFO