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7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

The annual No Pants Subway Ride is coming to a Metro station near you this weekend.
The annual No Pants Subway Ride is coming to a Metro station near you this weekend.
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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.


FOODIE PICK

First Fridays in Abbot Kinney

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 5, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice MAP
COST: Free

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. 


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo MAP
COST: Free

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.


NERD-TASTIC PICK

Al Gore Q&A and Screening of "An Inconvenient Sequel"

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WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hammer Museum, Westwood MAP
COST: Free

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.


FAMILY PICK

Bricks LA

 

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WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6 - Sunday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena MAP
COST: $5

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.


QUIRKY PICK

No Pants Metro Ride

Started by Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Metro Ride happens in cities across the U.S.
Started by Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Metro Ride happens in cities across the U.S.
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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.


COMEDY PICK

Second City Hollywood Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Second City Hollywood, Hollywood MAP
COST: Free

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.


SEASONAL PICK

New Year's Race

 

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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.

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