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January 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

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With the holidays behind us, January sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures for most of the country—but not so here in L.A. Sure, it’s chilly, relatively speaking, but the weather is still perfect enough to tackle most of our favorite things to do outside, even with a slight uptick in precipitation. In fact, take advantage of those clear, post-rain days with one of the best hikes in L.A. 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 events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2022

This January’s best events

  • Art
  • Prints & editions
  • San Marino

Dive into literary maps, both figurative in the case of a typescript draft of James Joyce’s Ulysses and literal with J.R.R. Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth, in this collection exhibition from the Huntington Library. Among the 70 items on display, other imaginary maps include Lewis Carroll’s 1876 edition of The Hunting of the Snark, Robert Louis Stevenson’s maps from Treasure Island and Kidnapped and Octavia E. Butler’s maps from notes for Parable of the Talents.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • USC/Exposition Park

Part singer and part Icelandic force of nature, Björk is returning to L.A. for three inventive nights of ever-astonishing shrieks and croons at the Shrine Auditorium. This time around, she’s teamed up with fimmaker Lucrecia Martel for Cornucopia, what’s being billed as her most elaborate and theatrical concert to date—a tall order considering that her recent tours have featured large all-female choirs, huge video screens, pipe organs, a “gravity harp,” a Tesla coil and narration from David Attenborough.

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Miracle Mile

This vibrant exhibition at LACMA puts the focus on over two centuries of vivid and vital portrayals of Black Americans in portraiture. A mix of mostly paintings with some photographs and sculptures mixed in, the 140 or so works on display all feature Black subjects, dating from as early as 1800 through emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras and into today.

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Miracle Mile

“Hayao Miyazaki” features over 300 storyboards, concept images and backgrounds, many of them on display outside of Studio Ghibli’s Tokyo headquarters for the first time. It pulls from the director’s 11 feature films, with a particularly strong tilt toward My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as his lush, enchanted forest settings. Find out more in our full preview of the exhibit.

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  • Art
  • Downtown

To mark a decade since the museum’s announcement, the Broad is pulling 57 key pieces acquired during that time period out of its vault. But the most exciting inclusion has to be the return of Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, a mesmerizing, nine-screen video installation of musicians performing simultaneously in separate rooms of a farmhouse. When you book your ticket, make sure to add on a reservation for Yayoi Kusama’s reopened Infinity Mirrored Room.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Downtown

More than 150 wines plus wineries, food trucks, music and a beautiful setting—sounds like a perfect Saturday to us. Uncorked Wine Fest returns to Union Station, sending wine fiends into a frenzy with some incredible varietals. General admission will be able to sip from 6 to 9pm, while VIP gets an extra hour to imbibe starting at 5pm. Tickets include all beverage tastings, with food sold separately.

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  • Restaurants

One fateful afternoon in 1924, Lionel Sternberger contemplated the hamburger he was cooking up at Pasadena’s Rite Spot and thought it needed a little something extra. A simple slice of American cheese later and the cheeseburger was born, spawning hundreds of variations across the country and inspiring Pasadena to celebrate its prodigal son with a week dedicated to all things cheeseburger.

Choose from a few dozen Pasadena restaurants to take advantage of burger deals and special creations and vote in the Cheeseburger Challenge. The annual week-long celebration—which is a mix of takeout and dine-in this year—only confirms what Sternberger knew all along: everything tastes better with cheese.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Little Tokyo

The Japanese American National Museum marks the 75th anniversary of artist Miné Okubo’s graphic memoir, Citizen 13660, with this visual exhibition. The 1946 illustrated novel captures Okubo’s life in two concentration camps on American soil, and this exhibition includes sketches completed during Okubo’s incarceration at the Tanforan and Topaz detention centers as well as drawings and manuscripts for the memoir.

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Westside

Space: the final frontier. This is the voyage of a traveling pop culture exhibition. Its latest mission: to stop by L.A.’s Skirball Cultural center. After missing its 2020 debut because of, you know, everything happening here on Earth, “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” has finally landed at the Skirball. The exhibition celebrates the sci-fi franchise’s impact on culture, art and technology and its futuristic vision of inclusiveness—but mostly, it shows off some particularly cool Trek relics.

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