Events | Los Angeles Things to do in January

Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things to do in January

L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project. Photo by Benjamin Millepied.

From the Rose Bowl, Dine L.A. Restaurant Week and ice skating to world class theater, a variety of art shows and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in January 2016 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tournament of Roses
Through Jan. 3. Locals and visitors flock to Pasadena for Float decorating, Bandfest, Equestfest, Rose Parade (Jan. 1, 8 am) and the Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 1, 1:30 pm). Check website for detailed schedule. Free curbside viewing of parade on first-come, first-served basis; grandstand seats $48-$95 on Rose Bowl tickets start at $150. Fees for other events vary. Rose Parade: Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena; Rose Bowl Stadium: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.449.4100.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1. At the 102nd Rose Bowl game, watch Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten against the Stanford Cardinal from the Pac-12.. 1:30-5 p.m. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100.

Jan. 1-3, 7-10. The Queen Mary’s adjacent dome is filled with 2 million pounds of ice for tubing, skating (in front of the ship) and more. Hours vary; visit website for details. $29.99-$49.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.

Salute to Vienna
Jan. 3. Experience music and dancing of a traditional Viennese-style New Year. The star-studded European cast will usher in 2016 with a concert of Strauss waltzes – including the Blue Danube Waltz and operetta favorites from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. Viennese soprano Patricia Ness and Canadian tenor Adam Luther will will perform  alongside members of the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 800.745.3000.

Bullets Over Broadway
Jan. 5-24. Written by Woody Allen, this 1920s-set musical comedy is based on Allen’s 1984 film of the same name and follows the making of a Broadway show. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

The Contenders
Jan. 6-20. For the second year running, the Hammer Museum plays West Coast host to The Contenders, the Museum of Modern Art’s annual exhibition of the year’s most noteworthy films, many of which likely will go on to win top honors this awards season or are fast on their way to becoming cult classics. Enjoy 10 nights of innovative films from the past 12 months, as well as talks with the filmmakers and stars. Highlights this season include The Hateful Eight, followed by a Q&A with Quentin Tarantino; indie sensation Room; and the Cate Blanchett-starring Carol, pictured here, with director Todd Haynes fielding questions. Consider the series your crash course for the Academy Awards before they take place in Hollywood next month. See website for screening schedule. $15. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.

Patti Smith and Her Band Perform “Horses”
Jan. 8-9. The punk poet laureate and singer/songwriter takes the stage at the Wiltern to play her acclaimed 1975 debut studio album in full. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.388.1400.

Opening Jan. 8. This new adaptation of George Orwell’s groundbreaking novel finds London’s Headlong theater company bringing the dystopian reality of Big Brother to life with a startlingly visceral experience. The staging marks the company’s U.S. debut. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Opening Jan. 8. The Office’s Rainn Wilson is the star of this acclaimed one-man play, written by Will Eno. As the tragic yet hilarious Thom, Wilson delivers a poignant monologue consisting of various ruminations on life. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square
Through Jan. 18. Skate among the skyscrapers at this pristine ice-skating rink, which materializes every holiday season at Pershing Square, in the heart of downtown L.A. See website for hours and skate-session schedule. $9, skate rental $4. 532 S. Olive St., downtown.

Ice at Santa Monica
Through Jan. 18. Holiday spirit by the beach: an 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink
in downtown Santa Monica. M-Th 2-10 pm; F 2 pm-midnight; Sa 10 am-midnight; Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199.

Dine L.A. Restaurant Week
Jan. 18-31. Hundreds of fine restaurants across the county offer specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. New Exclusive Series will feature a tier of experiential menus from the city’s top chefs. $1 from every reservation booked online will benefit the Midnight Mission. See website for list of participating eateries.

Photo L.A.
Jan. 21-24. Galleries, museums, universities, nonprofit organizations from around the world showcase their best works, from 19th Century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based work. The honoree for this year’s event is Los Angeles artist James Welling, and the exposition will include an installation celebrating his distinguished career and groundbreaking work. Also expect programming, including roundtable discussions, educational workshops, docent tours, and curated installations that foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its role in the art world at large. Opening gala, Jan. 21 $80/advance, $100/door. General admission $20/advance, $25/door; 3-day pass $35/online, $40/door; programs ticketed separately. The Reef/L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, downtown.

Golden State of Cocktails
Jan. 24-26. Trade show and festival celebrates the art of the cocktail and California’s cocktail culture in downtown’s Historic Core. Consumer events include seminars on topics like classic gin cocktails and Tiki culture, a Crown Royal dinner series and bar crawls in Hollywood and downtown. See website for full schedule. Seminars $40; bar crawls $65; dinner series $100. The Majestic Downtown, 650 S. Spring St., downtown.

Mamma Mia!
Jan. 26-31. The smash-hit musical based on the songs of Abba comes to Hollywood for a limited one-week engagement. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

L.A. Art Show & Los Angeles Fine Art Show
Jan. 27-31. New for 2016, the annual L.A. Art Show is showcasing only modern and contemporary art. More than 120 galleries feature art from 22 countries. In West Hall B, the Fine Art Show exhibits historic and traditional contemporary art. L.A. Art Show and Fine Art Show: opening-night premiere party Jan. 27 8-11 pm; Jan. 28-30 11 am-7 pm; Jan. 31 11 am-5 pm. One-day pass $20; four-day pass $40. West Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 561.822.5440.,

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Jan. 28-31. Contemporary art fair presents international blue-chip and emerging galleries, with a focus on L.A. galleries. A programming series features artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings. Opening-night reception Jan. 28 7-9 pm; Jan. 29-30 11 am-7 pm; Jan. 31 11 am-6 pm. See website for schedule and tickets. Parking $10, cash only. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530.

Riot L.A.
Jan. 29-31. More than 100 comedians perform throughout the weekend at this downtown alternative-comedy festival, presented by KCRW. Also find podcasts, panels and more at venues like the Downtown Independent, the Regent and the Smell. Check website for lineup, schedule and individual tickets. Superfan pass $110; VIP pass $375.

Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall
Jan. 29. DJ Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall—a robot’s love story—comes to life at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Directed by K.K. Barrett, recently Oscar-nominated for Spike Jonze’s Her, this live adaptation of the graphic novel unfolds via the real-time filming of more than a dozen intricately-crafted miniature stage settings in which a cast of puppets interact. 8 p.m. UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.825.2101.

L.A. Dance Project
Jan. 29-30. Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project takes the stage with an exciting program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Continuing. “Reality is relative” at Cirque du Soleil’s mind-bending new show, which follows an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension and turns the world upside down. Check website for schedule. $50-$280. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 877.924.7783.

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell—A Pirates Christmas
Through Jan. 3. Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan embark on a wild quest to foil the pirates’ plot to kidnap Peter for Captain Hook’s Christmas present. Boo the bad guys and cheer the good guys. Also enjoy the pre-show Winter Wonderland in the courtyard, with crafts, other activities. 39 El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.

The Christians
Through Jan. 10. On the anniversary of the megachurch he founded, Pastor Paul feels called to deliver a new message, though he knows it will shake the foundation of everything he has built. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown.

The Bridges of Madison County
Through Jan 17. See the new production of the Tony-winning Broadway rendition of Robert James Waller’s best-selling romantic novel. Bridges tells the story of a married Italian woman in the Midwest who has an affair with a National Geographic photographer. Tony winner for original score and orchestrations Jason Robert Brown will conduct the L.A. presentation. (photo Matthew Murphy) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Through Jan. 3. Broadway sensation and Tony winner Idina Menzel reprises her critically acclaimed role for the national tour of this thought-provoking musical that simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.