Los Angeles Things to Do in January

dineL.A. Restaurant Week

dineL.A. Restaurant Week features specially priced menus from hundreds of the county’s best restaurants, Jan. 13-27.

From the Rose Bowl, dineL.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 2017 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tournament of Roses
Through Jan. 3. Rose Parade (Jan. 2, 8 am), Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 2, 1:30 pm) and a post-parade float showcase. Check website for detailed schedule. Free curbside viewing of parade on first-come, first-served basis; grandstand seats start at $50 on sharpseating.com. Rose Bowl tickets start at $150. Check website for schedule, locations and fees for other events. 626.449.4100. tournamentofroses.com

CHILL at The Queen Mary
Through Jan. 8. The Queen Mary hosts this annual winter wonderland, which features outdoor ice skating, ice tubing and more. This year’s immersive Alice in Winterland experience reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story with color and light. Check website for hours. $34.99-$49.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752, queenmary.com/chill

L.A. Art Show
Jan. 11-15. At one of the nation’s largest international art fairs, the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center transforms its West Hall into a public showcase of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations, displayed by more than 100 galleries hailing from as far off as China. The focus is on postwar modern and contemporary artworks, and this year also launches Roots, a curated display of 18th century European, contemporary realism, California Plein Air and Hudson River School paintings from historical dealers of the old Los Angeles Fine Art Show. One-day pass $30; four-day $60. Receive a $5 discount by booking online. 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.822.9145. laartshow.com

Photo L.A.
Jan. 12-15. For 26 years, photography enthusiasts and serious collectors have converged at the international art exposition—the city’s longest-running art fair—held at downtown’s Reef/LA Mart. This year’s highlights include a travel-photography workshop led by Mark Edward Harris and a curated display of images by Life magazine photographer Grey Villet featuring Richard and Mildred Loving, subjects of Jeff Nichols’ new film, Loving. This year’s fair coincides with the first four days of Month of Photography Los Angeles and kicks off Converge: 11 Days of Featured Photographic Programming, an initiative of Photo L.A. and the Lucie Foundation. Three-day Photo L.A. pass $40, seniors and students $35. Purchase tickets in advance for a $10 discount. 1933 S. Broadway, downtown, 323.965.1000. photola.com

Cirque du Soleil Toruk—The First Flight
Jan. 12-15. The new Cirque du Soleil touring show us inspired by James Cameron’s movie Avatar. Set thousands of years before Avatar, the show transports audiences to the world of Pandora through cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft and a soaring cinematic score. The immersive experience is an ode to the Na’vis’ symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the interconnectedness of all living things. When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, two Omaticaya boys fearlessly take matters into their own hands. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. cirquedusoleil.com

dineL.A. Restaurant Week
Jan. 13-27. Hundreds of the county’s top restaurants offer specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. See website for list of participating eateries. discoverlosangeles.com

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Through Jan. 16. Skate among the skyscrapers at this ice-skating rink, which materializes every holiday season at Pershing Square. See website for hours and skate-session schedule. $9, skate rental $4. 532 S. Olive St., downtown. holidayicerinkdowntownla.com

Ice at Santa Monica
Through Jan. 16. This 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Monica brings holiday spirit to the beach. M-Th 2-10 p.m.; F 2 p.m.-midnight; Sa 10 a.m.-midnight; Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, 310.260.1199. downtownsm.com

Riot L.A.
Jan. 19-22. Some 75 comedians, including headliners Mel Brooks and Ali Wong, perform throughout the weekend at this downtown alternative-comedy festival. Find podcasts, panels and more at venues like the Microsoft Theater, the Novo by Microsoft, the Theatre at Ace Hotel and the Orpheum. Check website for full lineup, schedule and individual tickets. Premium pass $159.50; VIP pass $349.50. riotla.com

Uncorked L.A. Wine Festival
Jan. 21. Sip wines from more than 50 wineries while enjoying live music at this second annual fest at Union Station. 800 N. Alameda St., downtown. uncorkedwinefestivals.com

A Prairie Home Companion
Jan. 21. The long-running radio show’s new host, mandolinist Chris Thile, brings A Prairie Home Companion to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green St, Pasadena, 626.795.9311. visitpasadena.com

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Jan. 26-29. In Santa Monica, the “International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast,” returns in its eighth iteration at the soaring Barker Hangar—an art piece in itself. This year’s fair lists newcomers including 313 Art Project (Seoul, South Korea) and Henrique Faria (Buenos Aires, Argentina/New York), as well as repeat performers such as 1301PE (L.A.) and Peres Projects (Berlin). Rounding out this global forum are talks and lectures, site-specific collaborations of local artists’ works and a new issue of the biannual Art Los Angeles Reader, which gathers prominent local writers and critics to consider the cultural and curatorial issues shaping L.A. One-day pass $25; three-day $30. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530. artlosangelesfair.com

Chinese New Year
Jan. 27. Celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year at the Taoist Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown, complete with blessings, incense, lion dancers and firecrackers. 756 Yale St., downtown. thienhautemple.com

Plasticity
Jan. 28-March 13. The multilayered, multimedia theatrical event that aims to take audiences on an often comedic tour of the collective unconscious. Ovation Award-winning co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill (The Common Air) team with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and two-time Emmy Award-winning editor/producer Peter Chakos (The Big Bang Theory) to examine how the brain is able to rewire and heal itself. In it, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while hovering family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over grave neurological decisions. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.960.7787. plasticitytheplay.com

Kings of Leon
Jan. 28. Nashville alt-rockers Kings of Leon take the stage at the Forum with special guest Deerhunter. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. fabulousforum.com

Rick Owens: Furniture
Through April 2. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents an exhibition of work by renowned Paris-based fashion and furniture designer Rick Owens. The show includes recent furniture, a new group of large-scale sculptures and installations and a video by Owens. Best known for the iconic, eponymous clothing label he started in Los Angeles in 1994, Owens has consistently drawn inspiration for his fashion collections and sculptural furniture from a vast array of historical sources that span modernist design, brutalist architecture, monochrome painting, minimal art and avant-garde dance. Since 2007, Owens has applied a punk and anarchist sensibility to furniture design as well, creating brutal and elegant forms out of marble, alabaster, bronze, ox bone, leather and plywood. 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.621.2766. moca.org

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Through Jan. 8. Visit Descanso Gardens for the inaugural interactive, nighttime experience that features a one-mile walk through 10 festive lighting displays. Highlights include “Pool,” an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to control the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. On-site restaurant Maple also serves dinner from 5-10 p.m. each night. 5-9 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200. descansogardens.org

L.A. Zoo Lights
Through Jan. 8. The holiday light experience combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and gold touches in celebration of the zoo’s 50th anniversary. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoolights.org

Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media
Through April 30. The new exhibition at The Getty Center features works by artists who turned to mass media—both print and television—for inspiration, starting in the 1960s. View photos and videos from artists who have used appropriation, juxtaposition and mimicry to create their art, commenting on the meaning of the images. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300. getty.edu

Diamonds: Rare Brilliance
Through March 19. Get your bling on. The U.S. debut of the gemstone exhibition at the Natural History Museum features a stunning 30+ carat Juliet Pink diamond, an exceptionally rare Argyle Violet diamond and other outstanding gems. Diamonds brings to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466. nhm.org

Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
Through May 7. See more than 100 paintings, etchings and watercolors by artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera at this new exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The exhibit examines how both artists evolved from their classical training into modernism, with one of the galleries featuring works they created while living in Paris where they became participants of the avant-garde movement. LACMA presents their works in dialog with with dozens of ancient Greco-Roman, Iberian and Aztec objects to explore how the artists were influenced by antiquity. See paintings like Picasso’s first monumental neoclassical painting, Three Women at the Spring (1921) and Rivera’s Cubist Composition: Still Life with Bottle of Anis and Inkwell (1914-15), a painting owned by Picasso and never before displayed publicly. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Through Jan. 21. Set in 1860s Bangkok, this musical tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, and features classic songs like “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Amelie, A New Musical
Through Jan. 14. This mesmerizing new musical is based on the beloved Oscar-nominated French film of the same name. Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as the quirky Amélie in this pre-Broadway production. Pre- or post-show, keep the Parisian theme by dining on French favorites from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, on-site at the Music Center. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

—With contributions from Marina Kay and the editorial staff of WHERE Los Angeles and Performances Magazines.
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