With the holidays behind us, January normally sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures. It's winter, after all; you can even still go ice skating. 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 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 2020 and 2021
Time Out loves
Find peace in chaotic dreamscapes at the premiere of this solo exhibition from Oscar Oiwa, which includes four large-scale surreal landscape paintings, plus an 800-square-foot site-specific mural. Using nothing more than a Sharpie (OK, actually about 120 of them), Oiwa and his four assistants will draw dreamy illustrations onto the side of an inflated, white nylon dome at Pasadena’s USC Pacific Asia Museum over the course of about two weeks.
L.A.’s only public showcase devoted to contemporary craft and community-based folk art mounts its second biennial focused on how artists are pushing the boundaries of works in clay. The 21 artists featured all use the human body as a means to challenge traditional ideas of representation.
Since the mid-1980s, Hsu’s minimalist works of colorful textures and screens have pondered the implications of technology and AI on the human body and mind. The Hammer Museum is bringing together roughly 30 such sculptures, wall reliefs, drawings and paintings.
It’s Britney, bitch, and she’s getting in on the pop-up game. “In the Zone” will recreate some of Britney Spears’s most memorable music video moments (think the locker room from “…Baby One More Time,” the Mars station from “Oops… I Did It Again” and the sleek airliner from “Toxic”) across 10 made-for-Instagram rooms. Is it just a wildly expensive photo op? Yes. Will you dance in the rainforest with a snake around your shoulders anyway? Yes.
L.A.’s star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $20 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature.