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Fabulous Ways To Usher In 2021: Jan. 1 - 3

The Trader Joe's float participates in the 131st Rose Parade on January 1, 2020 along the 5.5 mile route along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
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Usher in the New Year with a virtual run or a hike. For more sedentary options, catch Tycho's sunrise set, a reimagined Rose Parade or an online black-and-white film fest. Celebrate the Year of the Ox. Learn about the history of Venice's canals.

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Friday, Jan. 1; 8 a.m. PST

The Rose Parade Reimagined
The Rose Bowl game has been moved to Texas and the parade is being reimagined this year. Watch a two-hour TV special that airs on ABC, Hallmark, KTLA, NBC, RFT-TV and Univision. The show, which benefits Feeding America, features music and marching band performances, equestrians, human interest segments, celeb appearances, Rose Bowl football highlights and floats from yesteryear. Unfortunately, we don't think Cord & Tish will be back as hosts.

Thursday, Dec. 31; 9 p.m. PST - Friday, Jan. 1; 8:55 p.m.

Black and White Film Festival
Watch select black-and-white films as the clock strikes midnight on the east coast. The lineup includes the short films El Pato Y El Burro (The Duck And The Donkey) and Estilo Americano as well as the romantic feature Love Is Not Love. Register through Eventbrite or by email at

Friday, Jan. 1; 12 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. PST

New Year's Day Virtual Bandit Run
The Pasadena Pacers running club continues its New Year's Day tradition by encouraging participants to run or jog anytime, anywhere for any distance on Jan. 1. Share a photo of the run on Instagram (tag @pasadenapacers and use the hashtag #pacersstrongertogether2021).

People watch a holiday film from their vehicles at a drive-in theater in the parking lot of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Friday, Jan 1 - Saturday, Jan. 2

2021 New Beginnings Drive-In Theatre
The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The hotel has transformed its valet parking lot into a drive-in with VIP, preferred and general spots. The weekend's screenings are Hairspray at 5:30 p.m. and La La Land at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets come with free popcorn. A full menu and bar are also available until 9:30 p.m. All guests are required to wear masks outside of their car and follow social distancing protocols. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
COST: Tickets start at $45; MORE INFO

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Friday, Jan. 1 - Sunday, Jan. 10 (select dates)

Insomniac's Electric Mile
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia
The creators of the Electric Daisy Carnival present a drive-through audio-visual experience for the whole family. Check out 500+ art installations, 5 million lights, seven Insomniac worlds, lasers, disco balls and music throughout the hour-long journey.
COST: Tickets start at $69.99 per car (up to eight people); MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 1; 7 a.m. PST

Tycho Sunrise Solo Ascent
The Grammy-nominated electronic artist holds a special sunrise livestream on New Year's Day. Each ticket gives you access to the stream for 48 hours. Taking inspiration from many sunrise sets at Burning Man, Tycho performs from a wooded location in Northern California's hills.

There's still time to catch the Electric Noel Holiday Drive Thru. (J. Holly Cheshier Photography)

Friday, Jan. 1 - Sunday, Jan. 3; 5 - 10 p.m.

Electric Noel Drive-Thru
SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park
5555 Hamner Ave., Norco
This 30-minute activation is a high-tech Christmas cruise that starts at Santa's command center and the elf village. Listen to the show and music via FM radio while driving down Main Street and Mistletoe Lane. Santa joins in the fun via hologram.
COST: $39 - $49 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 1; 7 p.m. PST

Fire Emoji: A comedy & strip variety show
Start the new year with laughs and performances for a cause. The show doubles as a benefiting for the Black Sex Worker Relief Fund and features comedy by Alison Stevenson, Dewayne Perkins, Ashley Ray, Dana Donnelly, Emily Whittemore, Anya Volz and Becca O'Neal. The night also features dance by Onyx Black, Cera Byer, Penelope, Naomi and Amaya J. Watch live on Zoom. COST: $10; MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 1 - Sunday, Jan. 3

Film at LACMA presents a screening of the animated feature film by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. A young hunter, Robyn, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands, Robyn meets a free-spirited girl who belongs to a mysterious tribe rumored to be able to transform into wolves by night. The film will be followed by a conversation with co-directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. RSVP to receive a link and password for this screening.

Friday, Jan. 1 - Thursday, Jan. 31

Fresh Air Challenge
Ramble the streets and trails of Redlands during January. Register then walk, run or bike any trail, path or sidewalk to help reach the challenge's million mile goal. Walk solo or with friends and family in your bubble. Please observe current public health guidelines while participating in the challenge. The registration fees will raise funds for the Redlands Conservancy, trails and open spaces.
COST: $25 - $40; MORE INFO

Friday, Jan. 1 - Sunday, Jan. 3

Starlite Movies
Irvine Spectrum Regal Parking Deck
670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine

Westminster Mall
1025 Westminster Mall
Watch movies on a giant inflatable screen from the comfort of your car. Make sure you have a good FM transmitter in your car or a portable radio. This weekend's Irvine movie lineup includes E.T. on Friday night, Jerry Maguire on Saturday night and Moana on Sunday. Starlite's Westminster location screens Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday night and The Secret Life of Pets on Sunday night.
COST: $35 per car in Westminster; $60 per car in Irvine; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 2; 7:15 p.m. PST

Odd Market Drive-In
Marshall H.S.
3939 Tracy St., Los Feliz
The drive-in happens on Saturdays, immediately after the Los Feliz Flea, screening Tenet. Face coverings are required when you are outside your car.
COST: $12 per person plus $20 per car; MORE INFO

Saturday, Jan. 2; 12 p.m. PST

Pershing Square Los Angeles: The History, Tragedy and Potential of Our Original Central Park, 1866-2020
Esotouric presents a virtual seminar on the urban, unshaded concrete park found in the middle of downtown L.A. on top of a parking garage. But at its design and inception at the beginning of the 20th century, the park was a lively green space. Political pressure and changing demographics altered the park with many saying not for the better. The multimedia lecture is hosted by Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave with guests Stephen Gee, author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles and Courtland Jindra, a World War I memorialist.

A man skateboards on the boardwalk as many come to the beach to escape the heat wave in Venice Beach, California on September 4, 2020. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Sunday, Jan. 3; 11:30 a.m. PST

Venice Boardwalk & Canals (Virtual Experience)
LA Walking Tours explores Venice Beach via its canals, bungalow courts and boardwalk. Learn a little history about the area during the 90-minute adventure. Advanced ticket purchase required.

Sunday, Jan. 3; 7 p.m. PST

Virtual Chocolate Sundaes
This comedy show used to take place at the Laugh Factory on Sunset every Sunday night then monthly in downtown Oakland. Known for bringing a diverse talent lineup every week, the series has shifted online. The donation-based show asks audience members to give what they can. Any donations over $50 will get a shoutout from the host.

The Japanese American National Museum celebrates 2021 and Year of the Ox with special virtual activities including origami frog-making. (Betsy Weber via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Sunday, Jan. 3 - Friday, Jan. 8

Oshogatsu Virtual Family Festival
The Japanese American National Museum celebrates 2021 and Year of the Ox with a five-day, interactive festival. Perfect for kids and families, kick-off takes place on Sunday at noon on YouTube. Activities throughout the week include multilingual storytime, a scavenger hunt and a conversation around traditional Oshogatsu foods, like osechi-ryori and ozoni. A few sessions require RSVP.

Laura Bell Bundy and Adam Devine star in the Pasadena Playhouse's in development production of 'Iceboy.' (Jeff Lorch)


The Pasadena Playhouse gives audiences a sneak peek into this still-in-development musical starring Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Adam Devine and Laura Bell Bundy. From the co-creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Urinetown: The Musical, the show follows the completely untrue story of a Neanderthal who's adopted by the biggest Broadway star of 1938. Iceboy then begins to upstage his (stage)mother.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

Bob Baker Marionette Theater's 'Holiday on Strings!' is still available to watch through PlayhouseLive. (Lisa Whiteman)

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

Holiday on Strings!
Bob Baker's holiday show was filmed in front of a live audience and features the Wizard of Fantasy and his sidekick Demitrius Nova Twinklestar III (Demi Star for short) as they embark on a magical tour of the holiday galaxies. They make stops at Santa's Workshop, celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah and visit Charles Dickens' world. The pay-per-view purchase allows for a 48-hour rental.

Vielmetter features paintings by Esther Pearl Watson, created during the pandemic, including 'October 8, Covid Test, Dodger Stadium," 2020.' (Photo: Jeff Mclane, Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles)

Through Saturday, Feb. 6

Esther Pearl Watson: Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings
Vielmetter Los Angeles
1700 S Santa Fe Ave., downtown L.A.
The gallery presents a diaristic set of paintings from the L.A.-based artist who started the series in March. In more than 100 paintings, Watson chronicles her and her family's experience over the last several months. The gallery is open by appointment only but the paintings can also be viewed through an interactive online tour.

Porto's launches individual Rosca de Reyes, the 'Roscita,' just in time for Three Kings Day. (Courtesy of Porto's)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Brunch is back at Botanica in Silver Lake. On New Year's Day, the restaurant is offering a one-day-only brunch menu (Turkish eggs, soft scrambles and multigrain waffles et al.) from chef Zarah Khan from 10 a.m. to 4p.m., for takeout or delivery.
  • Porto's launches the Roscita (Mini Rosca de Reyes) in time for Epiphany/Three Kings Day on Jan. 6. The sweet bread has an oval shape to symbolize a crown and is covered with dried, candied fruits to symbolize the many jewels on a crown ($2.45 each).
  • Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica and Hotel Casa Del Mar offer athree-course meal for delivery or takeout on New Year's Day. (Entrees include short ribs, roasted capon or vegetable pavé.) Reservations accepted until 10 p.m. the night before and it costs $95 per person.
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