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Your Ultimate Guide To January: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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We found a number of notable happenings in January to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

Jan. 6

MUSIC + FILM: Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), and starring Scarlett Johansson, screens at the Regent Theater in DTLA accompanied by a live performance of the score. Performers from the Wild Up! ensemble and Wordless Music Orchestra will be conducted by the film’s composer Mica Levi for two shows at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. Tickets: $23-$38.

Jan. 5-10

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FILM: The five films nominated for the Golden Globes’ Best Foreign Language FilmForce Majeure from Sweden; Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem from Israel; Ida from Poland/Denmark; Leviathan from Russia and Tangerines from Estonia—screen at the Aero Theatre next week. On Jan. 10, the day before the Golden Globes ceremony, there’s a free panel discussion with the film’s directors at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at 1 pm.

Jan. 9-Feb. 21

ART: Gusford gallery presents the first solo exhibition by the Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller. Artists John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler “create sculpture, site-specific installations and public art environments that aim to provoke and engage, encouraging the viewer to really question the reality of what they are seeing.” The Gusford show Chasing that Neon Rainbow features bronze sculptural works of classic neon signs. The opening reception is on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6-9 pm. RSVP:

Jan. 9-18

FILM: In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund, is the first major traveling retrospective of the Swedish filmmaker (Force Majeure). The tour visits 15 cities, starting with a run at Cinefamily. The screenings focus on shorts and features from the first 10 years of Östlund's career, who got his start from skiing films in the 1990s.

Jan. 11

EXPERIMENTAL FILM: Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour (Program A), which screens the best new experimental works from around the world. A Series of Mysteries: The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour features nine films at the Egyptian’s Spielberg Theatre on Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm. (Including "Misterio"/"Mystery" by Chema García Ibarra Tickets, trailer posted above.): $10; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

Jan. 11-16

CHEESEBURGERS: Pasadena Cheeseburger Week runs mid-month to celebrate the accidental invention of the cheeseburger in Pasadena. More than 40 local eateries are offering specials, signature cheeseburgers and holding related events (like a wine pairing). Participating restaurants include: Green Street Restaurant, El Portal, La Grande Orange, Lucky Baldwin’s, Du-Pars, Pie ‘n Burger and Vertical Wine Bistro.

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Jan. 15

LIT: Skylight Books presents author, filmmaker and artist Miranda July, who reads from her debut novel The First Bad Man at a special event at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. Tickets for the Jan. 15 event (at 7:30 pm) are $30 and include a copy of the book. July’s reading and Q&A session will be followed by a book signing.

Jan. 15-March 8

THEATER: If you’ve ever wondered how William Shakespeare would have re-imagined Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, then get thee to Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction), which opens on Thursday, Jan. 15 and runs Fridays through Sundays through March 8 at Theater Asylum. “Pulp Shakespeare weaves the stories of a pair of murderers, their boss’ alluring wife, and a desperate knight, together in a style that only Tarantino (and Shakespeare) could conceive.” Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door.

Jan. 14-18

LA ART SHOW: The LA Art Show celebrates its 20th year in 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing artists from 22 countries. The LA Art Show also includes a number of special events, including an opening night premiere party hosted by Amy Adams and David LeGallo, lectures, tours and special exhibitions. General admission, single day tickets are $15; four-day pass: $35. Premiere party tickets start at $125.

Jan. 15-18

PHOTO LA: photo la—an international photography art show—returns to LA for its 24th year at The REEF in DTLA’s LA Mart. The 2015 edition features photographic art from the 19th century onward. In addition to exhibitions by dealers, galleries, museums and nonprofit organizations, photo la’s programming will also feature lectures, discussions, installations, tours and a special opening gala that honors artist Catherine Opie. Tickets/passes: $15-$450+ fees. Gala tickets: $80+ fees.

Jan. 15-18

MULTIMEDIA: REDCAT presents the world premiere of Half Life—a new work by the LA-based multimedia collective Cloud Eye Control (animator and media artist Miwa Matreyek; composer, writer and performer Anna Oxygen; and theater director Chi-wang Yang). The production is “inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. It features Cloud Eye Control’s signature hybrid performance style that mixes projected animation, live performance, and a live soundtrack of original electronic music.” Tickets: $16-$25.

Jan. 16

COMEDY: Comedian and actor Jenny Slate has had a banner year because of her breakthrough role in Obvious Child. (But even before that film, she was known as co-creator of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.") Slate brings some friends along to a show at Largo on Jan. 16 at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

Jan. 16-18

COMEDY FEST: RIOT L.A.—the alternative comedy festival—returns to DTLA on Jan. 16-18. More than 100 performers are expected, including Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Andy Kindler, Al Madrigal, Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff and more. Special events featured include live podcast tapings of shows like the Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon and storytelling of KCRW’s UnFictional Live at the Regent Theater. There are already 35 show scheduled throughout the weekend at seven venues (Downtown Independent, The Regent, Five Star Bar, The Smell, The Jalisco, The Lexington and The Lot Stage). Passes: $90; VIP: $500. Individual tickets available and all tickets and passes include entry to The Lot (an outdoor fest for adults).

Jan. 19-Feb. 1

EAT: dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week actually runs two weeks—but we're not complaining. And why should we? More than 300 restaurants around town offer both novice eaters and foodies alike specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants already include a.o.c., Blue Cow, Sugarfish, Hungry Cat and Ray’s and Stark Bar. Prices range between $15-$50.

Jan. 21-Feb. 1

THEATER: The Wooster Group presents its latest production—Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation—at REDCAT later this month. The performances are based on a 1976 LP of “Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.” All 20 tracks from side A will be sung by Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand and Suzzy Roche with accompanying ecstatic dances. Tickets: $50 for general admission.

Jan. 25

BEER: Bock Fest is a winter fest that celebrates some of the best German Bocks and winter warmers from around the world as well as local favorites at the Millennium Biltmore in DTLA.Two Beers will be crowned the Bock Fest - Winter Beer Festival Champion beer of the world. Tickets: $25-$85.

Jan. 25

MUSIC: Love him or hate him, everyone knows that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is a versatile performer. Now the song-and-dance man MacFarlanebrings his musical chops to the Catalina Bar and Grill on Jan. 25 joining Ron Jones and the 22-piece Influence Jazz Orchestra. Dinner or two-drink minimum required in addition to show tickets ($30).

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Jan. 28

STORIES: Frank Warren creator of the website PostSecret brings a live multimedia presentation to Royce Hall on Jan. 28. Warren will show some of the 500,000 anonymous postcards mailed from around the world. The cards bear secrets that their writers might never divulge otherwise. He’ll share funny stories behind the secrets and which postcards were banned from his books. Even the audience will get a chance to share secrets, too. Tickets: $19-$49.

Jan. 29-30

MUSIC TALK: Singer, songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith comes to The Theatre at Ace Hotel for two nights on Jan. 29-30 at 8:30 pm. She released her first album Horses in 1975, which became a defining moment during NYC’s punk heyday. Tickets: $39+ fees.

Jan. 31

LUNAR FESTIVAL: USC Pacific Asia Museum's 5th annual Lunar New Year Festival celebrates the Year of the Sheep on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 11 am to 5 pm with performances, crafts, a puppet show, artist demonstrations, access to the museum galleries and food trucks. The festival also includes a delegation of 42 performers and artisans from Guangdong Province in China. Not to be left out, the cultures of Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam (who all celebrate the Lunar New Year) will also be showcased. Admission is free and open to the public.

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