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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File: Scotland Beaver, left, and Mathew Spencer in the annual 'No Pants Metro Ride' walk in the Union Station on Jan. 10, 2016,  in Los Angeles.
File: Scotland Beaver, left, and Mathew Spencer in the annual 'No Pants Metro Ride' walk in the Union Station on Jan. 10, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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The new year is in full swing, and so is the weekend! It's time to attempt something new — whether it's trying your hand at standup comedy or braving a Metro ride in your underwear. Your choice. 


Pasadena Cheeseburger Week

Have your first cheeseburger of the year — if you haven't already — at this weeklong homage to the person who decided to put a slab of cheese on an already mouthwatering dish. Choose from several local joints in Pasadena, including Slater's 50/50, Kings Row Gastropub and plenty more. Then, make sure to vote your favorite!

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 8 - Friday, Jan. 13 
WHERE: Various locations in Pasadena 
COST: Prices vary 


Closing attractions and exhibitions 

As we welcome the new year, many beloved attractions are bidding farewell. This weekend will be your last to check out the interactive light exhibit at Descanso Gardens, the L.A. Zoo lights and the Queen Mary's waterfront winter wonderland. Perhaps the saddest goodbye will be to LACMA's adored yellow "spaghetti" installation that will be taken down in early February. 

WHEN: All weekend! 
WHERE: Locations vary 
COST: Prices vary 


Second City Hollywood's Open House 

If one of your resolutions was to finally make it as a comedic improv celebrity, this might be your first stepping stone. Attend as many free workshops and classes as you can cram into one day, from industry veterans like Tim Paul and Holly Wortell. If your comedic aspirations aren't that great and you just want a good laugh, a full roster of free shows is also on the schedule for the day.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 7 
WHERE: The Second City, Hollywood | MAP 


Oshogatsu Family Festival 

Ring in the Year of the Rooster at this all-day festival jam packed with everything from origami workshops, a live chicken petting zoo and a (yum!) mochi-making demonstration. Adults can also enjoy any of the various museum exhibits on display, including "Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II."

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
The Japanese American National Museum, DTLA | MAP 


Courtesy of Leo Gonzalez via Facebook

No Pants Metro Ride

This challenge is for a select group of brave Angelenos. Don your best (and cleanest) underpants and explore the city in a whole different light. You should probably wear all other types of clothing, but pants are prohibited for this mission. Good luck!

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 - 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles Metro System 
Day pass is $7 


File: Dogs at the Southern California Pet Expo.
File: Dogs at the Southern California Pet Expo.
Courtesy of L. Dene Olsen

SoCal Pet Expo 

Here you'll find everything your furry companion needs and wants, from snazzy new toys, snacks and fellow pups! Pet owners: make sure to take advantage of the free nail trimmings, obedience presentations and discounted vaccinations. If you didn't get a fur baby under the Christmas tree, plenty of rescue groups will be there to help you adopt.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sunday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
WHERE: The L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona | MAP 
COST: Free, $10 parking 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.