Top Los Angeles Things to Do in January

Jazz virtuoso Stanley Clarke returns to The Broad Stage on Jan. 19.

Edited by William Yelles.

Mehta’s Brahms
Jan. 3-6. On the first two nights, Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3 preceded by Brahms’ towering Violin Concerto, for which Mehta is joined by legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The final two concerts features Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and his magnificent Double Concerto. Mehta is joined by legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.

Chinese Lantern Festival
Through Jan. 6. The Chinese Lantern Festival lights up the night with the glow of more than 1,000 lanterns ranging in size from 12-23 feet tall. This year’s theme, “The Wild,” spotlights five different locations–America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa—with lanterns representing wild animals from each region. Also food, entertainment and a craft marketplace. 5:30-10 p.m. $13-$21. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 855.618.8188.

“Come From Away”
Through Jan. 6. This moving musical is set in the week following the Sept. 11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes carrying 7,000 passengers were ordered to land unexpectedly in a small, welcoming town in Newfoundland. See website for show times and ticket prices. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Through Jan. 6. Descanso Gardens’ popular light show is an interactive, nighttime experience featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting installations. New dining options and a whiskey bar will be open nightly exclusively for ticket holders. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.

Santa Monica Restaurant Week
Jan. 7-13. To celebrate California Restaurant Month and highlight the coastal city as an award-winning, health-conscious culinary destination, participating restaurants and their chefs offer custom dishes starring this year’s special ingredient: the persimmon. See website for a list of participating eateries and dish details.

“Linda Vista”
Opens Jan. 9. This smart and funny new play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) follows a divorced 50-year-old man going through a midlife crisis. Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company brings its production to L.A. See website for show times and ticket prices. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Rita Wilson’s Liner Notes
Jan. 10-13. Rita Wilson’s Liner Notes returns for a special limited engagement, marking its fourth tour at the Geffen Playhouse. Wilson will be joined by songwriters Billy Steinberg (Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” Cindy Lauper’s “True Colors”), the Warren Brothers (Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good On My Lips,” Dierk Bentley’s “Feel That Fire”) and additional artists for an intimate evening performing song sets and sharing the personal stories behind their biggest hits. Each show will be staged in the round, with audience members surrounding the artists. 21+. See website for show times and ticket prices. 10886 LeConte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Winter DineL.A.
Jan. 11-25. Over 400 of L.A.’s top restaurants offer specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner during this popular biannual dining event, which turns 11 this year. See website for list of participating eateries.

Pico Fitness Crawl
Jan. 12. Just in time for those 2019 resolutions, 17 fitness businesses on Santa Monica’s Pico Boulevard will hold 10-minute workouts, every 20 minutes. Participants will run, jog or walk along 2.5 miles from workout to workout. Experience traditional favorites like Pilates and yoga plus professional dance choreography onstage at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, resistance training at the Original Muscle Beach, Aztec dance and virtual golf. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Check-in at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets

National Geographic Photo Ark
Through Jan. 13. The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries through photographs—inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect animals from extinction before it’s too late. This new exhibit features a collection of stunning portraits of animals photographed by National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore. W-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.

Notorious RBG In Song
Jan. 13. The Skirball Cultural Center presents acclaimed composer-soprano Patrice Michaels in a performance of songs from her new album, Notorious RBG in Song. Hailed as “a formidable interpretive talent” by The New Yorker, Michaels will bring to the stage music and stories exploring the life and work of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in celebration of the Justice’s 25th anniversary on the high court. The concert is an offshoot of the Skirball’s exhibit exploring Ginsburg’s life, on view through March 10. 7:30 p.m. $30, includes museum admission. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.

Chris Cornell Tribute
Jan. 16. I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell features performances by members of the late Cornell’s bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, plus special performances by Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and more. 7 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. Tickets

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Jan. 19. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet celebrates the fourth year of its residency at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) with a program of works that celebrates the company’s commitment to creating new contemporary dance. ASFB will perform Tuplet by Alexander Ekman, Dream Play by Fernando Melo, and 1st Flash from world-renowned Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo. 8 p.m. $39-$94. The Soraya, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, 818.677.3000.

iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2019
Jan. 19. The concert features top artists popular with iHeartRadio alternative rock listeners Twenty One Pilots, the Killers, Muse, Weezer, Rise Against, Bishop Briggs and the Revivalists. 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. Tickets

“Enchanted: Forest of Light” is an interactive, nighttime experience.

The Stanley Clarke Band
Jan. 19. Four-time Grammy Award-winning bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke and his band performs with electric and acoustic ferocity, backed by a stellar troupe of exciting young musicians. Rolling Stone’s first Jazzman of the Year, Clarke’s creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable. 7:30 p.m. $79-$109. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

“The Black Cat”
Jan. 19-20. Long Beach Opera presents the U.S. premiere of The Black Cat in collaboration with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. The Black Cat is a cinematic, multi-disciplinary retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous story, comprised of dance, film and a musical mashup of English songwriter David Sylvian and J.S. Bach. Sa 7:30 p.m., Su 2:30 p.m. $49-$150. The Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.470.7464.

Slack Key Festival
Jan. 20. The Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace. 2 p.m. $20-$55. Marketplace: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 800.595.4849.

Kingdom Day Parade
Jan. 21. This year’s theme for the 34th annual parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy.” 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Arlington Ave. and Crenshaw Blvd., L.A., 844.454.6432.

The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Through Jan. 21. Skate among the skyscrapers at this ice-skating rink, which materializes every holiday season at Pershing Square. See website for hours, skate-session schedule and prices. 532 S. Olive St., downtown.

Ice Presented by The Plaza at Santa Monica
Through Jan. 21. 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. 1324 Fifth St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199.

“An Inspector Calls”
Opens Jan. 22.Director Stephen Daldry returns to his landmark Tony and Olivier Award-winning 1992 production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller, about a dinner party interrupted by a murder investigation. See website for show times and ticket prices. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

Indie Beauty Expo
Jan. 23-24. At celebrity esthetician Jillian Wright and entrepreneur Nader Naeymi-Rad’s expo, discover the world’s largest collection of independent beauty, lifestyle and wellness brands. Wednesday is open to consumers, and Thursday is for industry professionals. W 5-9 p.m.; Th 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $45; VIP $195; trade professionals $595. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Penthouse 10B, downtown, 718.928.9954.

L.A. Art Show Modern + Contemporary
Jan. 23-27. Touted as the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America, the L.A. Art Show celebrates the city’s diversity with border-transcending art, innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences. Over 120 galleries from 18 countries exhibit painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, design, video and performance—all available for purchase. Opening-night premiere party W 8-11 p.m.; Th-Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. One-day pass $30; four-day pass $60. Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 561.822.5440.

Celebrating John Williams
Jan. 24-27. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic for this series of shows featuring the composer’s iconic movie themes. Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.

“Link Link Circus”
Jan. 25-27. The Broad Stage presents Golden Globe Award-winning actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini in her new theatrical evening Link Link Circus, a comedic and scientifically informed look at the links between humans and animals via Darwin’s theory of evolution. F-Sa 7:30 p.m., Su 2 p.m. $69-$99.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Jan. 26. Fourteen traditional acts perform opera, dance, music, acrobatics and martial arts in celebration of the Year of the Pig. 3 p.m. $10. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.248.1015.

Ed Moses Exhibition
Opens Jan. 26. William Turner Gallery presents Ed Moses: Through The Looking Glass, showcasing a selection of work the acclaimed abstract painter produced over the last five years of his life. M-Sa 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite E-1, Santa Monica, 310.453.0909.

Uncorked: L.A. Wine Fest
Jan. 26. This fourth annual wine-tasting fest features over 200 wines and Champagnes from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live music, a custom photo booth and more. 6-9 p.m.; VIP entry 5 p.m. $60; VIP $70. 21+. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., downtown, 323.395.7263.

Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video
Opens Jan. 27. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present the juried exhibition Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video. Focus Iran is a series of biennial exhibitions that features distinctive perspective about Iran through photography and video works. This year’s theme puts a lens on Iranian youth culture. Tu-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $9 GA; $7 students and seniors. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

Through Jan. 27. The Broadway sensation is back by popular demand. Learn the untold story of the witches of Oz, the “wicked” Elphaba and good witch Glinda, in this smash-hit prequel to The Wizard of Oz. See website for show times and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

“Hello, Dolly!”
Opens Jan. 29. The national tour of the beloved Broadway musical—which won the 2017 Tony Award for best musical revival—arrives in L.A., with Tony winner Betty Buckley playing socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi. See website for show times and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Photos: Stanley Clarke by Raj Naik. “Enchanted: Forest of Light” courtesy Descanso Gardens.