I was watching Jeopardy once, and the answer was, 'This leader did some sightseeing in a newly defeated Paris in June of 1940.' The contestant said, 'Who is Adolf Hitler?' and Alex Trebek replied, 'That is correct.' Really? That's the answer to the question 'Who is Hitler?': A guy who went antiquing through Europe? Because I feel like I know that name from something else.
Jane Borden performs at Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill on January 7th at 8pm, the Pleasure Chest on January 8th at 8pm and M.I. Westside Comedy Theater on January 9th at 10pm. Tickets are under $10.
Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market. The Brooklyn export has landed in the Arts District and become a hotbed of fantastic food and retail vendors, with some that are testing out their dishes before launching a full-blown brick-and-mortar in the city. Bonus: there is plentiful (and free, for two hours!) parking in the nearby parking garage.
Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of L.A., culminating at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. More than 25,000 runners will participate, and even if you aren't one of them, being a spectator can be an exhilarating experience as well. Dozens of bands will perform along the route and for an especially spirited experience, find a spot along Cheer Alley, between miles 17 and 18 just past Beverly Hills, where hundreds of local middle and high school cheerleaders will root on the runners. RECOMMENDED: LA Marathon guide
Every Saturday and Sunday, the UCB franchise's longest-running, most beloved showcase starts when a base cast of the theater's current top-brass—including founding UCB members Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts—takes the stage. Then they introduce the surprise celebrity alumnae and friends who will be joining them (think Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally). And finally, another special guest takes the stage, a non-improviser (think Flea, Cat Power, Rebel Wilson, Lena Dunham) who opens the show with a personal story, that's deftly mined for laughs by the players. But you have to go to find out who's there—that's part of the fun. Looking for a cheap night out? Sunday shows are free, but seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.
Name another major American metropolis where you can find coyotes, parrots and mountain lions running wild within city limits. We’ll give you a minute. In the meantime, the Natural History Museum is celebrating that amazing urban wilderness with garden tours, nature walks and early morning bird walks. Come out over two days for music and family-friendly performances, as well as crafts and animal presentations.
The newest flea market on the block, the Venice outpost of this artisan/craft-focused flea market mini-empire is bringing records, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more to the Westminster Avenue Elementary School. A handful of small batch confectioners provide sweet treats to snack on or take home, while food trucks and nearby restaurants provide heartier bites. Though relatively small in size, owing perhaps to its prime location bookending the neighborhood’s famed Abbot Kinney stretch, vendors hawk a diverse range of hand-made and expertly curated wares that seems to simultaneously fit in and stand out in one of the nation’s most unusual neighborhoods.
Silver Lake's legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night... for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who's on the bill each month. Acts often have a rotating cast of openers, so you can see different bands each week while watching the main act work on material, become more comfortable onstage and find their rhythm as the month goes on. Then a few years from now, you can say "I saw them when...."
It's free music every Monday when sponsored, up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.
Two arms negotiators—one Russian, one American—head out of the caucus room and into the forest. Tweeting and childish name-calling have no place in this play by Lee Blessing. Instead, reason and politesse, intellect and caring form the groundwork for true diplomacy.
If Melrose Ave is LA’s sceney-est street, then the Melrose Trading Post is the epicenter of that scene. Every Sunday, hundreds of stylish Angelenos head over to Fairfax High School for the beloved Melrose Trading Post ($3 entry, free parking). Smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles, it's much more than a mere flea market: live music, a food court, and expansive grounds bring people out to wile away the day, chat with old friends, and yes, be seen. Fortunately, the Trading Post is also a world-class flea market. With the right balance of new and old, expensive and affordable , the many vendors hustling artwork, succulents, and vintage jackets fill a startlingly expansive space in an urban epicenter.
Head to Echo Park on Mondays for free residencies at one of the best venues on the East side, the Bootleg. Theater shows happen in the Gallery, and music in the Theater (in back) and the Bar (in front). Residencies take place in the bar, with high tables and stools in the back, a bar with great craft brews and a high, open-beamed roof with great acoustics. Check the Bootleg's calendar to see who's on the bill month to month.
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 35th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year's lineup includes panel discussions with the cast and creators of Stranger Things, Will & Grace, The Good Doctor and more.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey's Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it's never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am, with free admission before 1pm. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.
Orpheus's young wife Eurydice has died, but he's not willing to let her go. Orpheus pleads with Cupid, the God of Love, to bring her back. Instead, Cupid allows Orpheus to go into the underworld to find Eurydice and bring her back with him, but first he must get past Pluto and his furies. Director, choreographer and designer John Neumeier creates a new production that showcases dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.
Witness the springtime bloom during this monthlong celebration of Japanese culture featuring origami demonstrations (Mar 3, 4, 10, 11 11am-3pm), a flower-arranging workshop (Mar 31 11am-1pm) and daily tours of the beautiful pink-flowering trees (Mon-Fri at 1pm; Sat, Sun at 11am, 1pm).
It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.
Head to Tam O’Shanter on St. Patrick’s Day for an epic celebration starting at 11am and ending, well, whenever the party dies down. A tented area in the parking lot will host live music as revelers clink pints of green beer, enjoy pub food and show their Irish pride.
There are plenty of St. Patrick's Day celebrations going on around town, but ones that last from 6am until 2am the next morning are hard to come by. Enter Tom Bergin's: an Irish pub mainstay and the best place to grab an Irish coffee in L.A. Celebrations on the 17th will start at 6am, when morning revelers can indulge in a traditional Irish Breakfast before heading to work. The party gets a little more rowdy at 11am, with a parking lot soirée that includes a Guinness truck, beer pong tables, a DJ, picnic table seating and all the beer you can handle. After midnight, drinkers will be ushered into the bar where they can carry out the remainder of their night with Old Fashioneds, Irish Car Bombs, Whisky and more Irish coffee. You might want to consider taking the next day off from work.
Through a mix of architectural and designed objects, this 20th-century-focused exhibition explores the movements both toward and against modernism on both sides of the border with an examination of luminaries like Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Clara Porset and Charles and Ray Eames.
It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.