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23 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Weekend

Providence participates in dineL.A.'s Exclusive Series. (Photo: Sharis Rostamian/MCPR)
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Get out there and eat your way across (dine) L.A. Check out pop art and conceptual art gallery shows or visit the Museum of Drunk History. Shop a punk flea market or dare to go sans pants on the Metro.

Winter dineL.A.
Various locations
Put off those resolutions for one more week because more than 400 L.A. restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus for lunch, dinner or both. Also back this year is the "Exclusive Series," which offers diners the chance to eat at some of the city's poshest restaurants including Providence, Mélisse, Scratch|Bar & Kitchen, Spago Beverly Hills, The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, APL and Tesse.
COST: $15 - $59, $99+ for Exclusive Series; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 6 p.m.
The Captive Mind and the War of Nerves
The Wende Museum -- 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City
The museum presents a lecture by historian and psychoanalyst Daniel Pick who offers a brief A-Z look at the "brainwashing" fears and theories that developed during the Cold War. He also reflects on the relevance of those ideas and stories to today's world.


FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 7 p.m.
Selena Movie Night
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
¡Viva Mi Gente! not only screens the 1997 biopic starring J-Lo as Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla, it also presents a panel discussion with director Gregory Nava, Tery Lopez of Writers Guild West, writer Gladys Rodriguez of the Selena Netflix series and Bianca Quesada of Live Nation. The night features a live mariachi band performance, photo opps and tacos for purchase.

COST: $12 - $22; MORE INFO

Humphry Slocombe celebrates Hot Toddy Day with a special sundae. (Photo: Courtesy of Humphry Slocombe)
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FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 6 -10 p.m.
Hot Toddy Night with The Glenlivet
Humphry Slocombe -- 1653B Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
It's been rainy and cold lately. That's perfect for Friday, National Toddy Day. The scoop shop offers a different twist on the hot whisky drink. All month long, it's offering The Glenlivet, a flavor made with 12-year-old single malt scotch, and the Hot Toddy Sundae, made with the special ice cream, clove caramel and candied lemon. At the Friday event, guests can enjoy free Hot Toddy Sundaes as well as other concoctions such as the Founder's Reserve Highball Float and the Glenlivet 12-Year "affogato" with your flavor of choice.
COST: FREE Hot Toddy sundaes; other items extra; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 9 p.m.
McCabe's Guitar Shop -- 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
The venerated westside music store celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special benefit solo show by musician-producer Beck. Proceeds will help the indie music shop continue to serve the L.A. community. Tickets are sold in-store only -- no phone or online orders -- and there's a two-ticket limit.

Two drunk race-goers make their way home after the last race of the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing week on June 19, 2003 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Through SUNDAY JAN. 20
Museum of Drunk History
The Paley Center -- 465 North Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The exhibition takes an inebriated trip through history, riffing on the popular Comedy Central show in which host Derek Waters and a cast of actors and comedians present history -- with a twist. The exhibition features dioramas that represent each episode of the new season of Drunk History, which premieres on Jan. 15. The scenes include "The Creation of Frankenstein," "The Occupation of Alcatraz" and "Murderess Row."


FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 6 p.m.
Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon Museum -- 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The late Sister Wendy Beckett, a Roman Catholic nun who became a star through a BBC art history series, toured the Norton Simon collection in 2001. The museum screens the film of Sister Wendy's tour of its collections, brought to life through her knowledge and humor.
COST: Free with admission $12 - $15; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 7 - 9 p.m.
First 2019 Night Hike
Parking lot #2 at the Merry-Go-Round -- 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park
Join the Griffith Park Hiking Group for an intermediate hike approximately four miles long. Bring a jacket, a bottle of water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Dogs are also welcome but they need to be on a leash.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 8 p.m.
Stand Up Science
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Comedian Shane Mauss presents his comedy and science show, featuring standup from Mauss and Pete Holmes, followed by interactive talks from local science professors Martie Haselton (a researcher on how ovulatory cycles influence women's sexuality) and Greg Bryant (whose special interest is in the evolution of human vocal communication and social behavior). Ages 18+.

COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 11; 7 - 9 p.m.
Franchise Too
Gallery 1988 -- 7308 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
One of our favorite pop art galleries opens a solo show by Scott Listfield, an artist who "paints astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs." The gallery also shows work by Alexander Wells and James Gilleard. The works will remain on view through Jan. 25.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12; 6 - 9 p.m.
Mind Body Soul
Lowell Ryan Projects -- 4851 West Adams Blvd., West Adams
The new gallery's first exhibition brings together works by three artists: Samuel Jablon, Spencer Lewis and Maysha Mohamedi. The artists explore the relationship between abstract painting and our everyday surroundings.

The Santa Anita Racetrack on July 30, 2018 in Arcadia, Los Angeles, California. (James Bernal for KPCC)
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SATURDAY, JAN. 12; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Burger and Brewfest
Santa Anita Park -- 285 Huntington Dr., Arcadia
While watching the horse races, you can sample sliders from some of SoCal's best burger joints and sip on craft beers from local breweries. The package includes four sliders, eight 3 oz. beer tastings, club house admission, $5 betting voucher, program, tip sheet and trackside/grandstand seating.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12; 4 p.m.
The Shyamalan-A-Thon
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Watch a triple-feature of the director's "Eastrail 177" super(anti)hero trilogy, starting with Unbreakable (2000), then Split (2016) and ending with a sneak preview of Glass. Attendance is required for all three films. RSVP does not guarantee entry but there will be standby lines.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12; 4 p.m.
L.A. Punk Flea Market
First Street Pool & Billiard Parlor -- 1906 E First. St., Boyle Heights
This isn't your grandma's flea market. Shop punk items from vendors including Anarcha-Feminism, Psycho Brigade, O.V.A.S. (Overthrowing Vendidx, Authority & the State) and Feedback Records. Bands and artists playing include Resist and Exist, Iconoclast and Civil Evacuation. There's also a fashion show by Audey Thunders Clothing. This event is ages 17+.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 - SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 4 - 7:30 p.m.
The Sowden House -- Los Feliz
This two-day immersive performance, music and film event engages the architecture, history and ethos of this house, built in 1926 by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright) at the commission of painter and photographer John Sowden. The striking interiors and exteriors are at once recognizable from films and TV, and more infamously, known for its association with the Black Dahlia murder of 1947. Participating artists include Rebecca Bruno, Low Leaf, Mak Kern, Emily Marchand and Odeya Nini.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 12; 7 - 11 p.m.
Four Solo Shows
Gabba Gallery -- 3126 Beverly Blvd., Rampart
The gallery kicks off the new year with shows from artists Nina Palomba, Stephen Levey, Jennifer Verge and Pastey Whyte. Palomba's work combines Japanese pop culture and Americana. Levey presents iPhone works. Verge focuses on mixed media and assemblage. Whyte develops his own style of "hand painted" imagery. The works remain on view through Feb. 2.

Benefit Concerts for Fire Relief and Recovery
King Gillette Ranch -- 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Two different concerts are being held for similar causes. On Saturday, The Wardens -- a trio of rangers fromBanff National Park in Canada -- play the Ranch to help support the post-fire recovery in the local parklands. The show begins at 7 p.m.

On Sunday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Rock 4 Relief features music by Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) and other special guests in a concert that benefits the victims, firefighters and first responders of the state's wildfires. The concert starts promptly at 6 p.m
COST: $25 suggested donation for The Wardens Concert; Rock 4 Relief tickets: $49 - $179; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 1 - 5 p.m.
Mobile Museum Fair
Los Angeles Central Library -- 630 West 5th St., downtown L.A.
This family-friendly event brings together more than two dozen bookmobiles, libraries on wheels, portable exhibits and museums for an afternoon of fun and discovery. Participants include The California Sneaker Museum, Self Help Graphics & Art Barrio Mobile Art Studio, Libros Schmibros, the Candy Wrapper Museum, Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Feminist Library On Wheels - FLOW. The Aquarium of the Pacific on Wheels is even bringing a mobile tidepool allowing visitors to touch sea stars, anemone and sharks.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 12 - 6 p.m.
East Los Angeles Art Walk
3501 - 3540 East 1st St., East Los Angeles
Come discover the 1st Street corridor and shop local businesses, artists and artisans at the monthly art walk. This family-friendly, drug- and alcohol-free event is easily accessible from the Metro Gold Line Indiana Station. For its first edition in 2019, the art walk features Michael Medina, Selek D'funk and collective spinning vinyl, a live performance by Shneaky, live silk screening by Cultivarte Gallery and participating artists Mexcalito Soul, Stephy Doodles and Guadalupe Pedraza.


Spend your Sunday riding on the Metro, sans pants, unironically and unapologetically. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 1 - 3 p.m.
No Pants Metro Ride 2019
Various Metro trains and locations
For the 11th year in a row, GuerilLA coordinates the L.A. edition of the pants-less party ride. In order to participate, you must: 1. Be willing to take your pants off on the Metro (duh); 2. Keep a straight face while doing so; 3. Have train fare or a TAP card. There are six rendezvous points to join the fun: Del Mar station in Pasadena, Atlantic station in East L.A., Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station in Willowbrook, North Hollywood station in North Hollywood, Wilshire/Western station in Koreatown and the Culver City station in Culver City. Meet your ride captains at 1 p.m. at your desired location.
COST: $7 - $9 for Metro day pass; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 7:30 p.m.
Notorious RBG in Song
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The jazz-classical-theater mashup features composer-soprano Patrice Michaels in a performance of songs from her new album, Notorious RBG in Song. The music and stories explore the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in honor of her 25th anniversary on the high court. Check out the complementary exhibition, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Center through March 10.

COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 4 p.m.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
Warner Grand Theatre -- South Pacific Avenue, at, 478 W. 6th St, San Pedro
The festival, which inspires activism through film and art, screens 11 short films about nature, animals and their habitats, and preservation. The program will be presented again on Jan. 27 at West High School in Torrance.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 13; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Smorgasburg LA Grand Re-Opening
Smorgasburg LA -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
After a short holiday break, the food market extravaganza re-opens for 2019 with new vendors including Moo's Craft BBQ, Tacos 1986 and Broad Street Oyster Co. The Smorgasburger Stand also returns with a different popup vendor creating burgers every week. This Sunday, Chef Darren Sayprahaj from We Have Noodles serves up a patty melt with dry-aged beef.

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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