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The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week

By Time Out Los Angeles editors
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Michael Juliano

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, including concerts, comedy shows, happy hour dealsfree museum days—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

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Focus on Female Directors

American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica

American Cinematheque puts a spotlight on female filmmakers with an evening of directors panels and short films, many of which will make their L.A. premiere.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy the Theatre at Ace Hotel
Things to do, TV, radio and podcast recordings

‘The West Wing Weekly’ podcast finale

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core

You can witness the final recording of the world’s favorite West Wing-focused podcast here in L.A. when the recap show draws to a close with a live show at the Ace.

Photograph: Courtesy Lincoln Andrew DeFer

Whiskey Sour Radio Hour

Largo at the Coronet, La Cienega

Banjo-wielding comedian Ed Helms mounts the bluegrass-inflected Whiskey Sour Radio Hour, his own take on old-time, radio variety shows with guests Ben Harper, Willie Watson and more.

Egyptian Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia/Andreas Praefcke


Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Clearly a labor of love for co-writer, co-director and star Alex Winter (the other one in the Bill and Ted movies), this freewheeling, anarchic, gross-out comedy features the likes of Randy Quaid, Mr. T, Brooke Shields, William Sadler, Bobcat Goldthwait, Morgan Fairchild, Gibby Haynes and Keanu Reeves. See it at the Egyptian Theater, complete with occasional live accompaniment from Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and a post-screening discussion with Winter and co-writer-director Tom Stern, composer Kevin Kiner and others.

Women's March Los Angeles
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Things to do

Women’s March Los Angeles

Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District

Get fired up and ready to go at the Women’s March Los Angeles. Part of a day of nationwide demonstrations to support social justice, this solidarity march starts at 10am in Pershing Square and concludes with a rally in front of City Hall.

Getty Center
Photograph: Courtesy Sam Poullain

Sounds of L.A.

Getty Center, Westside

Catch sets from up-and-coming performers and local legends during this free music series at the Getty, which kicks off in January with 3MA.

DAPPER DAY + LACMA Swinging Soirée
Photograph: Courtesy LACMA/Steph P
Things to do

Dapper Day at LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile

Get out a bow tie and suspenders, and pull together a parasol and pearls: Dapper Day is headed to LACMA. Like the biannual Disneyland meet-ups, attendees are encouraged to dress up in (mostly vintage-inspired) sophisticated digs. You can dance at the Swinging Soirée, a free, after-hours dance party with DJ sets and a cash bar. And you can visit the rest of the museum galleries prior to the event, though you’ll need a general admission ticket (you can upgrade to a Swinging Soirée Plus ticket to cover both).

The Forum.
Photograph: Courtesy the Madison Square Garden Company
Music, Rock and indie

iHeartRadio ALTer Ego

The Forum, Inglewood

Billie Eilish, the Black Keys, blink-182, the Lumineers, Rex Orange County and SHAED top this radio-friendly fest at the Forum.

The Gold Rush
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Movies, Drama

The Gold Rush

Hollywood American Legion Post 43, Hollywood

The 1925 Charlie Chaplin flick is famous for its imaginative sequences, like Chaplin eating a Thanksgiving meal of an old boot and laces or being imagined as a chicken by a starving and delirious prospector. See a restored 35mm print at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, with a live score by Cliff Retallick and an intro by filmmaker Allison Anders.

Cirque du Soleil: Volta
Photograph: Matt Beard
Theater, Circuses & magic

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Volta’

Dodger Stadium, Echo Park

In its newest show, the French Canadian megatroupe Cirque du Soleil once again delivers the spine-tingling spectacle (this time around, with BMX bikes) that is its raison d’être.

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