Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

January 11-14


Hip Hop Til Infinity

Opens Jan. 12. Delve into hip-hop’s rich fifty-year history at a projection-centric show featuring a blend of footage and memorabilia from influential names like Death Row, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Delicious Vinyl and KDAY. Curated by Mass Appeal, the celebration delves into hip-hop’s profound history, emphasizing its impact as a global cultural movement. Starts this Friday at 12 p.m. 6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. hiphoptilinfinityla.com

Asian American Expo

Jan. 13-14. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the pan-Asian festival at Fairplex, featuring eight performance stages and an equal number of exhibition halls. This early celebration includes numerous food courts and diverse cultural attractions, including special events dedicated to sneakers, anime, cars and more. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Los Angeles. asianamericanexpo.com

Welcome to Night Vale

Jan. 12. In a live session of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” a fictional town created from the imaginations of David Lynch and Douglas Adams comes to life. Known for its eccentricities like two-headed quarterbacks and haunted dog parks, the show satirically mimics a public radio format. The performance features the smooth tones of announcer Cecil Baldwin and the sounds of the resident band, Disparition. Friday at 7 p.m. 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles. welcometonightvale.com

Funny AF Fridays

Jan. 12. Prepare for a night filled with laughter at Comedy Blvd. L.A.’s “Got Booked!” – a standout comedy show featuring a lineup of the city’s top local comedians. This event, part of the ongoing “Funny AF Fridays” series, showcases a comedy experience in an underground setting, making it a highlight among Los Angeles comedy clubs. Friday, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 7924 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Food + Drinks

Soul Food Sundays

Jan. 14. Chef Shenarri Freeman is hosting Soul Food Sundays at Ubuntu, a plant-based restaurant in West Hollywood. The menu includes popular dishes from her NYC restaurant Cadence, like biscuits & gravy, southern fried lasagna and fried oyster mushrooms & waffles. Additional specialties like collard green wraps and palm cake, along with seasonal desserts such as cobblers and lemonberry cake, complement the menu. Starts Sunday, 2-8 p.m. 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. ubuntula.com


Now Open. West Hollywood’s latest culinary addition, Amour, features an upscaled French brasserie by Chef Dani Chavez-Bello. Dishes range from beef tartare and shrimp carpaccio to whipped potatoes with caviar. One of their main highlight is the $150 seven-course tasting menu, featuring specialties like Kobe wagyu, lobster ravioli and a chicken dish, with dessert or cheese to finish. Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. amourweho.love

Twisted by Wetzel’s

Now Open. Wetzel’s Pretzels has expanded its newest concept with the opening of its second L.A bakery in South Gate’s Azalea Shopping Center. Reflecting the brand’s playful personality, the new concept introduces an array of unique offerings such as pizza bomb twistz, bacon ranch bitz, baja elote bitz and a horchata slushie, upscaling the traditional pretzel experience. Hours vary. 4635 Firestone Blvd., South Gate. twistedbywetzels.com

Arts + Culture

Mahler 6 with Dudamel

Jan. 11-12. The “Tragic” Symphony, under the baton of renowned Mahler specialist Gustavo Dudamel, offers an immersive journey into the composer’s emotional landscape through the Sixth Symphony. The performance is punctuated by striking percussion elements, from the pastoral nostalgia evoked by cowbells to the ominous hammer blows symbolizing inescapable fate. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. 11 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Batman 1989 35th Anniversary Concert

Jan. 13. Experience the 1989 classic “Batman” on the big screen at the Dolby Theatre, accompanied live by an orchestra performing Danny Elfman’s iconic score. Attendees are encouraged to embrace the superhero theme by wearing costumes of their favorite DC characters. Saturday at 8 p.m. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Last Call: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Until Jan. 29. The Getty Museum is showcasing a selection of manuscripts from the Book of the Dead, marking their first public exhibition. The ancient Egyptians created a comprehensive collection of religious texts known as the Book of the Dead, guiding the deceased to a blessed existence alongside the solar deity Re and the underworld god Osiris. Open Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. getty.edu

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

Open. In 1987, a carnival called Luna Luna, featuring rides decorated by famous artists like Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Basquiat, appeared in Germany and then vanished for decades. Now it has been reassembled in the Boyle Heights soundstage through the efforts of art world collaborators and musician Drake. While the rides are not operational, the venue offers a creative atmosphere for contemporary art enthusiasts. Thursday-Friday, noon–10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. 516 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles. lunaluna.com

Photo credit: Salvador Dalí, Dalídom courtesy of Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy. Soul Food Sundays by Skylar Muse and Ubuntu. Twisted by Wetzel’s courtesy of Wetzel’s Pretzels and Champion PR. Papyrus of Pasherashakhet courtesy of Getty Museum. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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