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

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Now that the holidays are over, events are picking up again around the city. We found a number of notable happenings in January. Some of our favorite events this month include the LA Art Show, the Book of Mormon's latest run and the Riot LA comedy festival.

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Book of Mormon opens at the Pantages Theatre later this month. (Photo: Courtesy of the Book of Mormon)
Friday, Jan. 3

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MUSIC: The Echo and the Echoplex presents the Fomo (Fear of Missing Out) Fest featuring Avid Dancer, The Bogan Via, Fever the Ghost, Hindu Pirates, Kera & the Lesbians, Santoros, Soft Metals, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Lo! and Lo-Fang. Music performances take place in both locations for the all-ages concert. Tickets: $8-$10. 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

AWARDS: The People’s Choice Awards are one of the few award shows that you can buy a ticket to attend. 6 pm at the Nokia Theater. Broadcast live on CBS, the event is hosted by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (of CBS’s 2 Broke Girls). Expected attendees include Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres and LL Cool J. Tickets: $60- $170.

Thursday, Jan. 9

COMEDY: Riot LA—an alt comedy festival in DTLA—runs through Jan. 12 featuring 45 shows in four days. More than 100 comedians (including Kumail Nanjiani, Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Kyle Kinane, Morgan Murphy, TJ Miller and Paul Scheer) perform with podcasts, panels, shows and even The First Annual Rodney Dangerfield Award Showcase. The block party on 2nd and Main (in venues from the Downtown Independent to the Smell) also features astroturf lounges, vintage arcade games, DJs, food trucks, complimentary craft beverages and dance parties. Individual ticket price varies and passes are $85-$500.

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Friday, Jan. 10

FIRST FRIDAYS: The Natural History Museum’s popular First Fridays series returns technically on the second Friday of this month, but they’re putting on a great program that includes the tour: "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife"; the discussion What Dinosaur Cancer, Drunken Stallions, and Obese Dragonflies Can Teach Us About Being Human and performances by Youngblood Hawke, Conway and DJs Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole. Programs at 5 pm. Concert + museum admission: $18; museum admission only: Museum entrance only: $5-$12.

Saturday, Jan. 11

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FILM: The American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association present the Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Panel Discussion featuring nominated filmmakers in person for a roundtable discussion at the Egyptian. This year’s nominated films are: Blue is the Warmest Color, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Past and The Wind Rises. This is a free event. Doors will open at 11 am.

COMEDY: KPCC presents a late show of Wits—an evening of conversation, comedy, music and other surprises with host John Moe. Recorded live at Largo, the show features special guests Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins and Ellie Kemper. Doors at 10 pm and the show at 10:30 pm. Tickets: $40.

ART/DRESS: Designer Diane von Furstenberg celebrates the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress this year and to commemorate the iconic dress, the Journey of a Dress Exhibition opens in L.A. and runs through April 1. Housed in the historic Wilshire May Company building next to LACMA, the retrospective features a vintage and contemporary DVF designs through four decades of design.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

POSTERS: The Skirball Center opens an exhibition of posters by Dan Reisinger, one of Israel’s most prominent design pioneers Jan. 14 through April 20. The exhibition To the Point: Posters by Dan Reisinger includes posters that span the artist’s 50-year career, including ads, social and political protest posters and a 2012 series focused on “Tel Aviv’s changing architectural landscape from Bauhaus to postmodernism.”

MUSIC: The L.A.-based indie singer Sea Wolf has a special acoustic show at Hollywood Forever that doubles as the release party for his new Kickstarter-funded, stripped-down album. 8 pm. The show is sold out, so contact your favorite third-party distributor to buy tickets.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

ART: The 19th LA Art Show kicks-off with an Opening Night Premiere Party at the Los Angeles Convention Center 8-11 pm, with the Art Show running through Jan. 19. The event also begins the year-long collaboration of Bordeaux-LA 2014 that celebrates the French-American relationship with L.A. hosting Bordeaux-based artists and scholars. Patron tickets are $250 which get you into the party an hour earlier; Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125. For the LA Art Show, the day passes are $15 and the four-day passes are $35-$40.

Thursday, Jan. 16

MUSIC: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy embarks on a solo tour this month with a stop at the Fonda Theatre. John Roderick opens. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30. Tickets start at $28.50.

PHOTO: photo l.a. takes over a new venue from Jan. 16-19, moving from Santa Monica to Downtown at the L.A. Mart. The city is earning a place in the international art market and photo l.a. 2014 will showcase works from a larger group of galleries as well as programming and installations, but will also coincide with the nearby LA Art Show. A shuttle bus between the two venues will bring the art and photography communities even closer together. Single-day tickets: $15-$20 and weekend passes run $25 to $599.

Friday, Jan. 17

CIRQUE: Cirque du Soleil’s latest show Totem runs in Santa Monica from Jan. 17-Feb. 23. Tracing the journey of the human species from its “original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.” Borrowing ideas from science and myth, the show illustrates—through acrobatic and visual language—the evolution of a species. Tickets $50-$150. 8 pm. (Showtimes vary by day.)

ART: The Santa Monica Museum of Art opens its first exhibitions of the year: Xylor Jane: Sea Legs and Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie. The opening receptions on Jan. 17 features a members’ preview from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by the public opening from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The two artists’ abstractions “engage the eye with unique uses of color and form.” Both exhibitions run through April 5.

Saturday, Jan. 18

TRAVEL: Los Angeles Times Travel Show is at the L.A. Convention Center on Jan. 18-19. In addition to travel information, tips and deals, the 16th annual event features speakers Alyssa Milano, Adam Richman (author of America the Edible), Henry Rollins and Arthur Frommer. There are also presentations on international sports events, cooking demonstrations, major music fests and useful travel technology. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

THEATER: Book of Mormon opens an extended run through May 11 at the Pantages Theatre. The musical features book, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The latter duo are the creators of South Park, while Lopez is co-creator of Avenue Q. The touring production is directed by Casey Nicholaw and Parker. Tickets: $43.50-$175.70. No children under 5 allowed.

Friday, Jan. 24

MUSIC: The Echo presents the San Francisco-based band Wooden Shjips at 8:30 pm with the band Carlton Melton opening. Tickets: $12-$14. The show is 18+.

MUSIC: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue play an all-ages show at the Fonda Theatre. Doors at 8 pm. The band also plays a second show on Jan. 25 at the El Rey Theatre. Tickets are $28.60 for each shows.

Saturday, Jan. 25

MUSEUMS: Southern California museums join in a Museums Free-for-All in which more than 20 institutions are offering free admission on Jan. 25. The free admission applies to general museum admission only and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Check the following individual museums websites for hours and details: Annenberg Space for Photography, Armory Center for the Arts, The Autry National Center of the American West, California African American Museum, California Science Center, Fowler Museum at UCLA, The Getty Center, The Getty Villa, Hammer Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Pacific Asia Museum, The Paley Center for Media, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Skirball Cultural Center.

HOCKEY: The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series comes to L.A. featuring an outdoor ice hockey game at Dodger Stadium that pits the L.A. Kings against the Anaheim Ducks. KISS (yes, the band and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees) perform before the game and after the first period. 6:30 pm. Tickets: $58-$288.