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Weekend roundup

February 1-4


Lunar New Year Celebration at South Coast Botanic Garden

Starts Feb. 3. Celebrate Lunar New Year at the South Coast Botanic Garden by enjoying vibrant performances every weekend in February. Experience the cultural tradition with lion dancers, drummers and folk dancers showcasing their talents in half-hour performances dedicated to the Year of the Dragon. Alongside these performances, the garden will also be adorned with red lantern decorations and host a variety of activity stations, such as puppetry and tea ceremonies. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. southcoastbotanicgarden.org

Get Ziggy with it at the GRAMMY’S Weekend Party

Feb. 3. The music-themed Hotel Ziggy will host an exclusive GRAMMY’s party that features live performances and celebrity appearances. Immerse in the venue’s colorful atmosphere and rich music memorabilia, while mingling with music industry professionals. The evening will be complemented by a selection of signature cocktails and drinks, with the electrifying beats of DJ THE EC TWINS, setting the mood. Dress in your best attire. Saturday at 8 p.m. 8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Get Tickets Now

Chinatown’s First Fridays

Feb. 2. Chinatown in Los Angeles invites visitors to explore its vibrant evenings, where the district’s unique small businesses, contemporary art and cultural spaces stay open late. This historic neighborhood will feature local pop-up vendors, DJ-curated music and art galleries, welcoming visitors after hours. Adding to the lively atmosphere, musical performances will light up both Chung King Plaza and Gin Ling Way. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. For specific location visit More Information

GRAMMY Museum Free-For-All

Feb. 2. Sponsored by Roland, the Grammy Museum in Downtown L.A. offers a unique and engaging experience with free admission, featuring exhibition highlights such as the Shakira Experience, Hip Hop America Exhibition and Michael Jackson’s Thriller among others. Additionally, you can participate in two beat-making workshops scheduled at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., led by the acclaimed lo-fi artist, Sarah the Illstrumentalist. Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite A245, Los Angeles. grammymuseum.org

Griffith Park Run

Feb. 4. Participate in a duo of runs around the northeast corner of Griffith Park, featuring a flat 5K loop around the eastern half of the Wilson and Harding Golf Courses and a half marathon with a mostly flat course interspersed with a hilly midsection. There will also be sampling booths, food trucks and the REI experience on site. This event is dedicated to supporting the L.A. Parks Foundation, playing a crucial role in enhancing and preserving L.A’s parks. Half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. and 5K begins at 10 a.m. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. More Information

Food + Drinks

Parakeet Café

Now Open. Founded by Carol Roizen and Jonathan Goldwasser, a new cafe that focuses on ethically sourced ingredients has opened its doors in Brentwood. This establishment offers a menu of unique dishes, such as an activated charcoal Belgian waffle, truffle scramble toast and a burger made with grass-fed Australian beef. The beverage selection includes health-conscious options like lattes infused with blue spirulina, beet or matcha, catering to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences. Open daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 13050 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 112, Los Angeles. parakeetcafe.com

Red Room Reopens

Now Open. The beloved natural wine bar in Koreatown has welcomed guests back with a refreshed menu curated by Executive Chef Yoon Sung. This culinary update introduces seasonal offerings that include flavors from around the globe, such as Spanish sardine jorim, minari pesto noodle salad and bulgogi smashburger sliders. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert menu features options like dark chocolate orange cake served with hojicha ice cream. Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. 2580 W. Olympic Blvd Unit #2, Los Angeles. redroom.la


Now Open. L.A.’s first zero-proof cocktail lounge, marks a shift in the city’s nightlife, embodying a cultural movement towards varied lifestyles that offers an upscale social setting without alcohol. The lounge’s unique menu features handcrafted cocktails named after the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, utilizing ingredients like cold-pressed juices, fresh herbs and high-quality zero-proof spirits. It will also host a variety of events, including DJ sets, live music, art exhibitions and more. Thursday–Sunday, 5 p.m.–Midnight. 425 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles. stayzeroproof.com


New Emerging Chef Residency at Abernethy’s

Now Open. Chef John Cleveland from Post & Beam is set to begin his residency at Abernethy’s in Downtown L.A., where he will showcase a comfort food menu featuring favorites from Post & Beam as well as unique specials. Patrons can look forward to starting their meals with options like P&B cornbread and Dungeness crabcakes, followed by hearty mains such as Mary’s chicken and certified Angus beef short rib, blending familiar flavors with new culinary delights. Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary. t220 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles. abernethysla.com

Arts + Culture

Samora Pinderhughes and Friends The Healing Project

Feb. 1. The multi-talented Samora Pinderhughes engages audiences with expansive projects that scrutinize both the overt and covert aspects of daily life, aiming to spark social change. His latest endeavor, The Healing Project, delves into the U.S. prison industrial complex, elevating voices impacted by incarceration, policing, violence and detention. Thursday at 8 p.m. 10745 Dickson Ct., Los Angeles. cap.ucla.edu

A Century of Film Music 

Feb. 2-4. The maestro of films, John Williams, curates an exploration of cinematic composition featuring iconic Hollywood scores, highlighting the music that have defined the industry’s auditory landscape. Performed by the L.A. Philharmonic and conducted by David Newman, this journey showcases the soundtracks of Hollywood’s most memorable films, ranging from “Vertigo” and “The Godfather” to “Indiana Jones” and “Batman.” Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Baroque Bach + Burton

Feb. 3. L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Series stars with an all-Bach program led by Concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music, Margaret Batjer, featuring acclaimed bass Dashon Burton. It opens with Bach’s cantata “Ich Habe Genug” (“I Have Enough”), a piece reflecting on gratitude and perspective. The evening also includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 and Concertos for flute, violin and harpsichord, and for Three Violins. Friday at 7:30 p.m. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. thewalli.org

Adam and Eve

Now- April 21. The Getty and Norton Simon Museum have successfully completed an extensive, multi-year conservation effort on the 16th-century, nearly life-size wood panel paintings “Adam and Eve” by German Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder. These newly restored masterpieces will be showcased at the Getty Center’s North Pavilion in the “Conserving Eden” exhibition, before they return to the Norton Simon Museum. Tuesday–Sunday at 10 a.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. getty.edu

Photo credit: The Monkey Cocktail courtesy of Jen Rosenstein. The Norton Simon Museum’s nearly fully restored Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder inGettyMuseum’s conservation studio courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust. Wine pour courtesy of Red Room. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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