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Get Out: Tet, Chinese New Year & Noodle Bowl Fest

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NEW YEAR: You can ring in the Year of the Snake at the Hammer’s Chinese New Year’s Day festival. You can make a paper lantern, learn how to write Chinese characters or listen to Jonathan Gold discuss the local Chinese food scene. There will be a concert provided by the Music of China Ensemble of UCLA, and there will be a selection of Asian teas and Chinese fare on sale. The celebration kicks off at 2 pm. For more information, visit the Hammer's website. For more places to celebrate the New Year, check out our round-up.

TET: Head down to Garden Grove to ring in the annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which includes carnival rides, games, live performances, a parade and over 200 different booths, many of which are dedicated to Vietnamese eats. You can find out more info for the event, which has just a $5 admission fee, here.

NOODLES: L.A.'s finest noodle-slingers are coming together to host the Noodle Bowl Fest at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Din Tai Fung, the iconic San Gabriel Valley purveyor of soup dumplings, is making Taiwanese Niu Rou Mian, otherwise known as beef noodle soup. Rodded, a 40-year family-run restaurant in Thai Town, will be making their traditional duck noodle soup made with stewed duck and bean sprouts in a cinnamon soy broth. And Tsujita will be brining their excellent tsukemen dipping noodles and their pork broth, which gets its richness from being slowly simmered for 60 hours. You can buy your tickets to the event that goes from 4 pm until 7 pm here.

GRAMMYS: The Grammys will be playing on all of the TVs on the 2nd floor lounge of Rush Street in Culver City. The bar will mix Grammy-themed cocktails, and the party starts on Sunday at 5 p.m. You can find out more info here.

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FABRIC: The Craft And Folk Art Museum is hosting a fabric workshop today between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Learn how to use fabric leftovers to create messages or art. You can drop in anytime and admission is $7 for adults. For more information, visit the museum's website.