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January 2021 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our January 2021 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

No Pants Metro Ride 2014
Photograph: Joshua Thaisen No Pants Metro Ride 2014

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.

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Oscar Oiwa, Dreams of a Sleeping World, rendering, 2019
Rendering: Courtesy USC Pacific Asia Museum
Art, Drawing

Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World

Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Playhouse District

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging/Ryan Miller
Art, Sculpture

The Body, The Object, The Other

Craft Contemporary, Miracle Mile

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.

Tishan Hsu, Cell, 1987.
Collection of Ralph Wernicke/Hubertushoehe art + architecture, Berlin and Zürich
Art, Sculpture

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit

Hammer Museum, Westwood

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.

The Zone
Rendering courtesy the Zone
Things to do

The Zone

Location T.B.A.,

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.

Live Talks L.A.
Photograph: Courtesy Darlene Chan/ Live Talks L.A.
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Live Talks Los Angeles

Multiple venues

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.

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