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21 Things To Do In Los Angeles This Week

On Saturday: Human Resources in Chinatown opens the 'Who is Ken Sugimori?' installation by Johnnie JungleGuts that features Pokemon drawings, video with performances and a tournament. (Image: Courtesy of HRLA)
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Happy holidays! Here are 21 things to do in L.A. to do solo or with friends and family in tow this week. As you can imagine, it’s a little quiet on the event front—except for New Year’s Eve—but things pick up again over the weekend.


FLOATS + BANDS While the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade aren’t until Thursday, if you simply want toview the floats, there are tickets ($5-$15) available to the three Pasadena-located decorating areas. There are also Bandfest concerts on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at Pasadena City College from 1-4 pm featuring performances by the marching bands performing in the parade. Tickets: $15

FILM: The New Beverly screens a double feature of westerns in 35 mm on Monday night. Up first at 7:30 pm is William Wyler’s The Westerner (1940) starring Gary Cooper. It’s followed by Desert Gold (1936) at 9:40 pm, directed by James Hogan and starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe that’s based on a Zane Grey novel. The $8 admission includes both films.

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COMEDY: At 8:30 pm on Monday, UCB Sunset presents Married with John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory) and Jamie Denbo (The Heat, Ronna and Beverly). The two actors/comics met at UCB and got married and now they work out their issues on stage instead of couples counseling. What could go wrong with that? Tickets: $5.


COMEDY: Good Looks is a free monthly comedy show that takes place every last Tuesday at play in DTLA’s Arts District. Hosted and produced by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, there’s standup comedy by Nick Thune, Myq Kaplan, Jake Weisman, Emily Maya Mills, Barbara Gray and Ramin Nazer. Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8 pm. Cash bar available.

MUSIC: The Satellite presents a night of music featuring the alt-soul tunes of The Big Bang, Maceo Paisley and Animal Raps on Tuesday at 9 pm. Tickets: $8.


MOHAWK PARTY: Mohawk Bend presents a New Year's Eve Celebration tailor-made for vegans and nonvegans alike. For $40 per person (beverages not included), partygoers get unlimited Mohawk favs like buffalo cauliflower, banh mi pizza and desserts. Bedrock LA curates the music for the night, which also includes a Golden Road Brewing beer toast and NYE swag at midnight. Reservations:

MUSIC: The LA Phil’s Deck the Halls holiday concert series concludes on New Year’s Eve with two shows featuring Pink Martini and The von Trapps at 7 pm and 10:30 pm. Pink Martini’s repertoire includes Latin jazz, samba, ‘30s Cuban music, jazz, Parisian cafe, pop and other eclectic selections. Opening the shows are The von Trapps—the grandkids of the Captain and Maria from The Sound of Music fame. Tickets: $105-$216.

THEATER: The Eclectic Company Theatre presents a full-length feature play created by a group of writers and actors in 24 hours to ring in the New Year. Shows on Wednesday night at 8 pm and 10 pm. Tickets: $15 for first show. $20 for second show (includes party with light refreshments and Champagne toast.

COMEDY: L.A. Connection's Improv Comedy Theatre in Sherman Oaks presents two New Year’s Eve shows at 8 and 10 pm. The shows include a mix of award-winning movie-dubbing clips from LAC’s library of old movie classics, improv, classic sketches and fun surprises. No drink minimums, BYOB. All ages. Tickets: $35 one show, $50 for both shows.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2015!

PARADE + FOOTBALL: Pasadena once again puts SoCal in the spotlight on New Year’s Day as The Rose Bowl game is at 1:30 pm on Thursday. Tailgating for the college football playoff game between Oregon and Florida State begins at 8 am. Oh, and there’s a little parade winding its way through Pasadena, too. (So traffic is going to be a nightmare.)

MOVIES: The Aero Theatre continues its annual New Year’s Day tradition of screening the zany Marx Brothers’ double feature of Horse Feathers, followed by Animal Crackers. Tickets: $11.

FOOD + DRINK: Commissary at the Line Hotel presents an unlimited brunch and dessert buffet on New Year’s Day from 9 am to 3 pm for $50 for adults and $20 for kids. If you don’t get enough to drink on NYE, they’re also offering Unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Gin & Juice for an extra $15 (the cocktail deal is only available with the brunch buffet). DJ Droc2pus plays from 11 am-3 pm.


MUSIC: Foxygen plays two shows at The Roxy on Friday and Saturday with Tobias Jesso Jr. opening at 9 pm. The shows are sold-out, so contact your favorite purveyor for tickets (which were $20-$22).


POKEMON ART: Human Resources in Chinatown presents the installation event Who is Ken Sugimori? from 3:30 to 10:30 pm on Saturday. Artist Johnnie JungleGuts will showcase “nearly 800 drawings of every Pokemon and mega-evolution in the Nintendo canon.” The opening at Human Resources also includes a video screening from various Pokemon fandoms and artists. Of course, there’s a Pokemon tournament, too. (And the show’s title refers to the name of the art director for the Pokemon Universe). Video screening begins at 8:30 pm.

RUN: The Los Angeles at Night 3rd Annual New Year’s Race—a half-marathon, 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run—takes place on Saturday at sundown. They’re expecting up to 10,000 participants with the races beginning at 6 pm at the intersection of 7th Street and Grand Ave., while the Kids Fun Run will start at 4pm on Spring Street between 1st and Temple across from City Hall in DTLA. Races finish at 227 N. Spring St. at Grand Park. Registration for the race ends when capacity is reached. Entry fee: $55-$125. Kids run: $25.

TV: There’s a special preview screening of Downton Abbey’s fifth season opener at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Saturday at 2 pm. If you’re dying to know what happens with Lady Edith and her baby, who Lady Mary is dating and what the Dowager Countess will say next, then you need to go to this event. The ticket price includes a complimentary members to PBS SoCal, so you’re supporting public tv, too. Downton Abbey Season 5 airs Sundays on PBS' Masterpiece, Jan. 4-March 1, 2015. Tickets: $20-$25. VIP tickets: $80 and includes preferred seating and an afternoon tea at the Ace following the screening.

TEA + ART: Teapop is NoHo’s newest cafe and gallery that opens to the public next week. The cafe is a “cool urban fusion of tea & art, supporting local graffiti artists, performers, and dancers as entertainment.” Teapop holds a grand opening party on Saturday with an exhibition of works from local artist BlackBrain.


FAMILY FESTIVAL: The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo holds the 2015 Oshogatsu Family Festival from 11 am to 5 pm. The free festival celebrates the Year of the Sheep with arts and crafts, food, cultural activities and performances. There’s taiko drumming, a petting zoo with live sheep and goats, brought to you by Jessie’s Party Animals, mochi sampling and free sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year, courtesy of Kidding Around the Kitchen. Unfortunately the free festival admission does not include Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

FLEA MARKET: The Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market is held the first Sunday of every month from 10 am to 3 pm at the Regent Theater in DTLA. The RnR Flea promises to bring together vintage collections and antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. $2 cover, free if you eat at Prufrock (at the theater).

FILM + FOOD: The mystery/comedy The Search for General Tsoscreens from Jan. 2-8 at Arena Cinema in Hollywood, and on Sunday, there’s a Q&A with film producer Jennifer 8. Lee moderated by Zach Brooks (Midtown Lunch) and Evan Kleiman (KCRW's Good Food). It’s followed by a General Tso Chinese Food Dinner afterwards in courtyard. The $15 ticket includes film, dinner and complimentary drinks.

DOGS + COMEDY: 2 Girls 1 Pup—a comedy show that can bring your dog to—takes place on Sunday at 7:30 pm at Tailwagger’s Pet Store on Bronson Avenue. The evening features comedians Barbara Gray, Joe Kilgallon, Chris Bryant, Lauren Flans and Ross Bryant with host Monique Madrid and guest-host Debra Digiovanni. Proceeds benefit The Tailwaggers’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides funding to qualified 501c nonprofit organizations who supply life saving treatment to sick and injured animals. Free “pupcorn,” beer, giveaways and raffle prizes. Audience should arrive by 7 pm for the red carpet event in which the two-and four-legged stars strut their stuff. $5 suggested donation at the door.


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