Congrats. You slogged through the first week at work after the holidays. Treat yourself this weekend with our list of must-do's around town.
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 5, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice MAP
This is your annual reminder that you should hit up the food truck galore that is First Fridays. Your first chance of 2018 is this week. Food trucks will line up on one of Venice's hippest streets, bringing everything from churros to Chinese food.
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WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo MAP
Ring in the Year of the Dog at this festival full of cultural performances, kids' activities and even dog adoptions. Sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year and watch a mochi-making or candy sculpture-making demonstration. Authors Stan Sakai and Joel Nakamura will also be signing copies of their books.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hammer Museum, Westwood MAP
Between California's drought and devastating wildfire season, SoCal residents get plenty of reminders that climate change is real. See what kind of progress has been made to tackle climate change since the release of former vice president Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." He'll be there in person to tell you about it.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6 - Sunday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena MAP
LEGO lovers of all ages will get a kick out of this annual convention. Marvel at the intricate models that you'd never have the patience to build. Buy some unique and vintage LEGO sets. When you're feeling really inspired, you can construct your own creation in the play area.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: 6 L.A. Metro stations MAP
COST: $7 all-day metro fare
The annual, nationwide No Pants subway ride is coming to L.A. Grab your cutest undies and your Metro tap card and take on the challenge of riding Metro with a straight face. The theatre group GuerilLA has organized rendezvous points at 6 different stations so you can meet up with fellow pants-less people.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Second City Hollywood, Hollywood MAP
Try comedy. What do you have to lose? Nothing, if you attend one of the free workshops or shows at Second City Hollywood this weekend. There are workshops for kids and adults, and you can learn about topics like hip hop improv, stand-up or writing for TV and film. Reservations are recommended.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA
COST: $50 -$90
So running a 5K was one of your new year's resolutions? Well, you could check that off the list this weekend with a race in downtown. There's nothing like other runners to motivate you to the finish line. The price is a bit steep, but you get a shirt and a medal. And did I mention the two tickets to the beer garden? Happy New Year, everyone.