Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File: Children and adults play amid streamers popping out of firing devices in Chinatown,Los Angeles, California on the third day of Lunar New Year celebrations on February 2, 2014 in the Year of the Horse.
File: Children and adults play amid streamers popping out of firing devices in Chinatown,Los Angeles, California on the third day of Lunar New Year celebrations on February 2, 2014 in the Year of the Horse.
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Choose from an extravagant Lunar New Year Festival or an art show with free pancakes and more for an epic weekend — despite the rain. 


FOODIE (SPLURGE) PICK

Attendees of an Uncorked Wine Festival pose for a photo.
Attendees of an Uncorked Wine Festival pose for a photo.
Courtesy of Uncorked Wine Festivals

Uncorked: LA

For wine lovers only. Schmooze with wine aficionados. Taste samples of more than 150 wines and help a LA-based charity: A portion of the proceeds go to benefit MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience), a young girls empowerment organization. Cocktail attire isn't required - but it's encouraged.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Union Station | MAP
COST: $60 for general admission


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

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"Until, Until, Until..." A Counter Inaugural Event 

Edgar Arcenaux’s film features an artist speaking out at the inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan in 1981 in hopes of affecting economic policies. More than 30 years after the events in the film, it will appear on the big screen — on inauguration night. You know, just a light night out to distract you from all the political hubbub.  

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. 
WHERE: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art | MAP 
COST: Free 


NERD-TASTIC PICK

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Riot L.A. Comedy Festival 

Unless you're planning on attending this festival, you might want to avoid DTLA this weekend. The annual alternative comedy extravaganza is taking over four major venues — the Microsoft Theater, the Novo, the Orpheum Theatre and the Theatre at Ace Hotel — to bring Angelenos three nights of tear-inducing laughter. Each show requires an individual ticket but notable comedians include Ali Wong, Rachel Bloom and Felipe Esparza, as well as industry newbies.  

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19 - Sunday, Jan. 22, times vary 
WHERE:
Various locations throughout DTLA | Festival schedule 
COST: Prices vary 


FAMILY PICK

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Lunar New Year Festival 

This shindig includes everything necessary to celebrate the Lunar New Year: a petting zoo, traditional dancers, Taiko drummers, face painting, calligraphy and brush artistry demonstrations — plus a surprise grand finale. The best part? It's free. Pro tip: If you're closer to San Gabriel, they'll also be throwing their own Lunar New Year bash

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 - 7 p.m. 
WHERE: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro | MAP 
COST: Free 


21+ PICK

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Pancakes and Booze Art Show 

Pancakes and cocktails seem like an odd combination, but in this scenario it seems so naturalThis pop-up underground art show will showcase over 150 local artists and free pancakes. Live music performances and body painting will also be on site for your late-night partying needs. Oh, and drinks. 

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 - Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. 
WHERE:
Lot 613, DTLA | MAP 
COST:
VIP tickets are $13, general admission is $10 | Get tickets 


KID PICK

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Celebrate LEGO Batman 

Why should the adults have all the fun? If they haven't gone back to school, treat the kids to one last outing that features a timeless pastime: LEGO blocks. To celebrate the release of the new LEGO Batman movie, they'll be able to build their own Gotham-inspired creation and embark on a scavenger hunt to win prizes and more. And, who are we kidding? Adults can totally play with LEGOs too. 

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21 - Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
WHERE:
Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Admission is $13 


SEASONAL PICK

Hikers pose for a photo in front of the Hollywood sign.
Hikers pose for a photo in front of the Hollywood sign.
Courtesy of Everyone's Hike

Hollywood Sign Hike

Reach the famous Hollywood sign on this early morning hike. This group has leaders who offer two options for reaching the sign: Beginner and Intermediate (one option is shorter than the other). Get detailed instructions on when and where to meet online. 

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 22, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
WHERE: The hike starts at 2960 Canyon Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068
COST: Free


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