January 2014 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts.

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Festivals & events: Tournament of Roses Parade.

Festivals & events: Tournament of Roses Parade. Photograph: Courtesy South Pasadena Tournament of Roses

With the holidays behind us, January normally sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures, especially since you can still go ice skating in Los Angeles. But let's be honest, the weather is still pretty perfect, even with a slight uptick in precipitation. In fact, take advantage of those clear, post-rain days with one of the best hikes in LA. Or head to one of the city's best beaches while it's still deserted for the season. Start the year off right with the city's best activities and things to do in our January 2014 events calendar.


Wits

  • Price band: 2/4

Wits, the public radio live comedy show, leaves St. Paul for a short winter vacation at Largo, thanks to KPCC. Host John Moe leads two nights of improv, sketch and conversations from some of the best from LA's comedy crop, including Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd
  2. Until Sat Apr 12
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Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase

  • Price band: 1/4
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No need to camp out in the cold to see the 124th annual Rose Parade firsthand this New Year's Day. Instead, watch the LA tradition from home and mosey on over to Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street in Pasadena to view the floats post-parade. Once the crowds have died down, view the floats close up. The stunning float showcase is a unique opporutnity to see the intricate floral handiwork in person, from just a few feet away.

Tig Notaro

  • Price band: 2/4
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A master of dry humor and observational comedy, Tig Notaro’s years as a comedy writer helped her transition to the stand-up circuit. Whether it’s dragging a stool across the stage or a drawn out tale about run-ins with an obsolete pop singer, Notaro is sure to draw laughs.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Downtown on Ice

  • Price band: 1/4

LA doesn't typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and LA icons. Come glide and pretend there's snow on the ground at Pershing Square's outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city. Throughout the season, the square will play host to a plethora of free events, including a winter concert series, menorah lighting, holiday festival and champion skating exhibitions, to name a few.

  1. Pershing Square Park 532 S Olive St
  2. Until Mon Jan 20
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Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion

  • Price band: 3/4
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Santa Ana's Observatory ups its ante as it kicks off 2014 by playing host to the newly Rastafarian Snoop Lion himself. The Long Beach native will be performing his "classic smash hits" as well as, no doubt, some material from his latest album: 2013's Reincarnated.

  1. The Observatory 3503 S Harbor Blvd
  2. Fri Jan 10
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Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection

  • Price band: 1/4

Get a closer look at the Harari Collection—a group of paintings and drawings that constitutes one of the Pacific Asia Museum's most renowned and noteworthy collections—at this exhibit, which stretches into next year. Find an impressive accumulation of Japanese Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) era pieces, including ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"); paintings and sketches by Hokusai, Hiroshige and their schools; decorative paintings on fans and more. Some of the collection's finest paintings will be juxtaposed with other media in the museum that feature the same themes to give guests a better overall grasp of Japanese art and culture. Check out the show now, then come back after October, when there will be a full object rotation to accomodate more pieces. Be on the lookout for related programs to complement the exhibition, like installments of the Art and Coffee and Silk Road Storytime series.

  1. Pacific Asia Museum 46 N Los Robles Avenue, at E Colorado Boulevard West
  2. Until Sun Mar 30
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Rob Delaney

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Rob Delaney is one of those comics who found his voice on Twitter (@robdelaney) and, subsequently, a much bigger audience. He's got a likable persona, which keeps the crowd with him when he goes blue, and his talent for quip-writing carries into his act.

  1. Hollywood Improv 8162 Melrose Blvd
  2. Until Fri Aug 1
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Parquet Courts

  • Price band: 2/4
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Brooklyn's increasingly buzzy Parquet Courts do lo-fi, geek-chic, indie garage rock with a hint of punk. Brothers Max and Andrew Savage, along with their bandmates, are doing the once-a-generation job of stripping it all back to something tight and brilliant. Don't miss them as they play from their incredible debut album, Light Up Gold, at the Fonda. Also on the bill are White Fence and Destruction Unit.

  1. The Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd, between N El Centro Ave & N Gower St
  2. Fri Jan 17
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