St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles takes a little bit of planning—as far as drinking holidays in a car-centric city go—but with our guide, you'll be toasting the Irish in no time.
You've undoubtedly been bombarded with the same tired questions from non-Angelenos: How do you celebrate Christmas without snow? Don't you wish you had real seasons? With unwelcome weather patterns out of the equation, we like to think that LA's amazing events set milestones for us to look forward to. From homegrown festivals like FYF, CicLAvia and LA Pride to blockbuster bashes like Coachella, we've rounded up our favorite events throughout the year. Whether you're looking for something to do today, this weekend or in the coming months, look no further than our Los Angeles events calendar.
A clear-eyed West Coast MC, Staples eschews the glitz of mainstream hip-hop for biting critiques of life as a not-quite-famous rapper, backed by sinister beats from the likes of Kanye West, mentor No ID and electro crooner James Blake.
Oswalt, who starred as a nerdy tollbooth guy in Big Fan and a nerdy foodie rat in Ratatouille, is a dork-delighting stand-up. His carefully crafted turns of phrase have always revealed him to be as much a writer as a performer, but his blistering rants about food, film and the asshats of the world keep even the uninitiated in rapt attention.
The trip-hop icons celebrate the 21st anniversary of their Mezzanine album with what’s being billed as a totally new audio/visual production. Excitingly, they’ll be joined by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, who sang on three Mezzanine tracks including the hauntingly beautiful “Teardrop.”
A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra's swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of Michael Jackson at his peak, making magic night after night with an accompanying big band.
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at PaleyFest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 36th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 15 to 24. The Paley Center has announced its full lineup for shows for 2019, including a Parks and Recreation 10-year reunion. Showrunner Mike Schur and the beloved comedy’s creative team will join the full cast for a panel event. In addition to the first batch of shows, which includes Pose and This Is Us, Paleyfest has added The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Grace and Frankie, an evening with Stephen Colbert, RuPaul’s Drag Race, 9-1-1, The Walking Dead, Stak Trek: Discovery, The Twilight Zone, farewell celebrations for Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, plus a joint panel with Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. Multiple member presales begin on January 15 and 17, followed by general sale on January 18 at 9am.
Dark and absurd, this fresh tale by Taylor Mac about fresh starts brings us a son returning from doing battle in Afghanistan who finds his home in upheaval. He and his transgender sibling are now under the generalship of their mother, long abused by her husband, whose recent stroke has rendered him nearly speechless. Bart DeLorenzo directs.
This springtime spin-off in Insomniac’s Wonderland series takes its whimsical, carnival-like atmosphere to this trance-heavy festival. The dreamy, multi-stage experience includes the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, REZZ and more.
The trio of Westsider—who indeed named themselves after KCRW radio host Cherry Glaser—brings the band’s latest release and a bratty sensibility for poppy punk.
Legendary vocalist Nat “King” Cole faces the final broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show. Co-written by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor (who directs). Features Dulé Hill as Cole and Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr.
At the turn of the 20th century, three families pursue the American Dream as history jostles them in this magnificent musical. David Lee directs.
The acclaimed Chinese artist kicks off a flurry of activity in L.A. with this takeover of the Marciano’s massive theater gallery, including Ai’s floor-covering “Sunflower Seeds,” which features millions of porcelain seeds, as well as the similar but smaller “Spouts,” a pile of thousands of Song dynasty teapot spouts. “Life Cycle” also marks the premiere of its namesake work, a nearly 60-foot inflatable raft made entirely from bamboo. Inspired by the European refugee crisis, the work employs traditional kite-making techniques to create its passengers, which are often pulled from the signs of the Chinese zodiac—such figures also factor into the astounding mythological mobiles and creatures that surround the black box space.
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.
This fun neighborhood stroll highlights the numerous artists, musicians, shops and galleries of Mar Vista, where huge vivid murals brighten exterior walls everywhere you look. Since launching in 2015, the quarterly event has dramatically expanded, now featuring several clusters of activity along Venice Boulevard. Catch local musicians and performers throughout the evening, artists selling their works as well as creating new ones on the spot, grab food from trucks, and browse galleries and shops that stay open late. The walk takes place the first Thursday of March, June, September and November, each time featuring a different theme and the artists are curated by Monique Boileau and Mitchelito Orquiola.
The desert-spanning biennial premieres site-specific works from over 15 artists. For its second iteration, Desert X has added more public programming, film projects, process-driven works and an expansion toward the Salton Sea.
Language factors heavily into the works on display from the L.A. artist, including posters inspired by beat poetry and novels copied by hand, as well as photographs and immersive installations.
Forget about uptalk and tired clichés: 11:11 A Creative Collective is curating a group exhibition of the women shaping what it means to be a “Valley girl.” Artists at this Brand Library & Art Center show include Rachel Apthorp, Judy Baca, Hilary Baker, Lynn Coleman, Gioj DeMarco, Kathi Flood and others, plus a pop-up newstand by the San Fernando Valley Zine Fest. Swing by on January 26, from 6 to 9pm, for an opening reception that includes an opening ceremony by the Cihuatl Women’s Group, a pop-up shop from 11:11 ACC and VLY GIRL, free beer from 818 Brewing and their Valley Girl Blonde, music by DJ Lobo and more.
This early-career retrospective features more than 5,000 photos from the acclaimed portrait photographer’s 1970s practice, starting with her work for Rolling Stone. Portraiture subjects include some of Leibovitz’s photo world heroes: Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.
The exhibition focuses on the Italian avant-garde artist and early Conceptualist’s radical use of unconventional materials (including cotton balls, fur, straw and stones).