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
Photograph: Courtesy Fresh Step
By Time Out Los Angeles editors
Advertising

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.

Time Out loves

Comedy, Musical

Jon Daly Kills It

See comedian Jon Daly tear it up on sax with Cyrus Ghahremani and Joe Wong during Jon Daly Kills It. The show at the Satellite also includes absurdist sets from Nick Kroll, Todd BarryMitra Jouhari and John Gemberling, plus a pre-show DJ set by Devendra Banhart.

Chris Cornell
Photograph: courtesy Press Here
Music, Rock and indie

I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell

Members of the late Chris Cornell’s former bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog—plus Foo Fighters, Metallica and Ryan Adams will come together for this special tribute show at the Forum.

Advertising
Photograph: Courtesy W Hotels
Things to do, Quirky events

W Costa Rica Launch Party

icon-location-pin Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
icon-calendar

You could take a relaxing ride on a Ferris wheel or a semi-thrilling run on a roller-coaster any day on the Santa Monica Pier, but for one night only, you’ll also be able to zoom over the pier on a candy-colored illuminated zipline.

Update: The event has been postponed due to rain. It’ll now be held on January 23; all previous RSVPs will honored

Photograph: Courtesy Hammer Museum
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Midterms Recap: Beyond the Headlines

icon-location-pin Hammer Museum, Westwood
icon-calendar

Listen to Pod Save America cohost Jon Favreau and Blavity politics editor Kandist Mallett at the Hammer Museum in what was supposed to just be a talk about the implications of the midterm elections, but we’re pretty sure will have quite a bit to say about the government shutdown.

Advertising
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Photograph: Courtesy Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Comedy, Podcast recordings

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

icon-location-pin The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core
icon-calendar

Shepard brings his popular, messy conversation podcast to the stage at the Theatre at Ace Hotel with what’s sure to be a spectacular guest to-be-announced.

Maggie Rogers
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/Bryan9026
Music, Pop

Maggie Rogers

icon-location-pin The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
icon-calendar

The YouTube sensation has become a bona fide pop star thanks to a transition from delicate folk songs to soulful dance pop.

Advertising
All My Single Friends
Photograph: Courtesy All My Single Friends
Comedy

All My Single Friends

icon-location-pin The Copper Still, East Hollywood
icon-calendar

Partake in an evening that’s party comedy show and part live dating experience during All My Single Friends.

Photograph: Courtesy Fresh Step
Things to do, Quirky events

Cats on Glass Gallery

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
icon-calendar

Gawk at fluffy tummies and jelly bean toes from below during this pop-up from Fresh Step, which puts cats atop see-through glass surfaces with viewing areas below.

Advertising
Comedy

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

icon-location-pin Largo at the Coronet, La Cienega
icon-calendar

The actors (including Thomas Middleditch) speak in faux British accents, employ Elizabethan-era speech and play up any number of Shakespearean tropes, yet this hugely popular Chicago show is anything but gimmicky.

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

Women’s March Los Angeles

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
icon-calendar

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 9am in Pershing Square and concludes with a rally in Grand Park near City Hall.

Advertising
Dawes
Photograph: Courtesy Dawes
Music, Folk, country and blues

Dawes

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Historic Core
icon-calendar

L.A.’s own rootsy folk-rockers play a homecoming show at the Orpheum.

Asian American Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Asian American Festival
Things to do, Festivals

Asian American Expo

icon-location-pin Fairplex, Pomona
icon-calendar

Get an early start to the Lunar New Year at this pan-Asian celebration, with eight performances stages and three food courts at Fairplex, plus celebrations of beer, anime and more.

Advertising
Tig Notaro
Photograph: Jennifer Henry
Comedy, Stand-up

Tig Notaro

icon-location-pin Largo at the Coronet, La Cienega
icon-calendar

Whether it’s dragging a stool across the stage or a drawn out tale about run-ins with an obsolete pop singer, Notaro is a master of dry humor and observational comedy.

Zoe Leonard: Analogue
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Art, Photography

‘Zoe Leonard: Analogue’

icon-location-pin Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Downtown Arts District
icon-calendar

A complement to MOCA’s retrospective, this gallery show assembles Leonard’s 412 photographs of storefronts and objects on the brink of obsolescence at the turn of the millennium.

Advertising
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Courtesy Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
icon-calendar

Glide around on ice skates with the Downtown skyline as your backdrop at this seasonal rink.

Wicked
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

‘Wicked’

icon-location-pin Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
icon-calendar

Forget Dorothy and her ruby slippers—head to Oz for the story of Elphaba and Glindaas Wicked opens at the Pantages Theatre.

Advertising