Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In January

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From dineL.A. Restaurant Week, the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl to top art shows, theater and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in January 2015 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tournament of Roses
Through Jan. 2. Jubilant throngs pack Pasadena to attend the world-famous Rose Parade and football game at Rose Bowl Stadium. View the floats up close after the parade. Free curbside viewing of parade on first-come, first-served basis; grandstand seats $48-$95 on Rose Bowl tickets start at $150 plus fees. Fees for other events vary. Rose Parade: Orange Grove, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena, 626.795.4171; Rose Bowl Stadium: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 213.365.3675.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1. At the 101st Rose Bowl game, watch no. 2 Oregon and no. 3 Florida State compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff Championship to be played on Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. 1:30-5 p.m. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100.

Salute to Vienna
Jan. 4. Experience the music and dancing of a traditional Viennese-style New Year. The star-studded European cast will usher in 2015 with a concert of Strauss waltzes – including the Blue Danube Waltz and operetta favorites from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. Viennese soprano Lilla Galambos, featured soprano in Vienna’s Salute to Vienna performances, Viennese tenor Eugene Amesmann, and Viennese baritone Thomas Weinhappel will perform alongside members of the Europaballett St. Pölten and international champion ballroom dancers.  Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 800.745.3000.

The Contenders
Jan. 5-8, 13. The Hammer Museum collaborates with New York’s MoMA for this film series that screens the year’s best films, followed by talks by filmmakers and actors. Highlights include indie vampire movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. See website for screening schedule. $15, $10 for Hammer Plus members. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.

Jack Lemmon Returns
Opening Jan. 7. Chris Lemmon, actor and son of Academy Award-winning actor Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot, The Odd Couple), recreates his father’s magic in a heartfelt one-man show. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

L.A. Art Show
Jan. 15-18. The L.A. Art Show is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Head to the L.A. Convention Center to find groundbreaking special exhibits and diverse art by established and emerging artists, including Zeinab Al Hashemi, whose work Pearl Tale is seen here. Then shop for one-of-a-kind gems, jewelry, tribal art, textiles and more next door at the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show. Opening-night premiere party Jan. 14 8-11 pm; Jan. 15-17 11 am-7 pm; Jan. 18 until 5 pm. $20-$40. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 561.822.5440.

Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show
Jan. 15-18. The sister show to the L.A. Art Show, this premier antiques expo debuted last year, showcasing 100 galleries and attracting A-list collectors like Barbra Streisand and Leonardo DiCaprio. Shop for one-of-a-kind gems, designer jewelry, furnishings and more. The show will also feature special exhibits, tours and lectures. Opening-night private preview party by invitation only Jan. 14; Jan. 15-17 11 am-7 pm; Jan. 18 until 5 pm. $20. Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall H, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 561.822.5440.

Photo L.A.
Jan. 16-18. 24th edition of this international photography fair features photographic art ranging from 19th century works to contemporary and innovative photography-based art. Catch the provided shuttle to the nearby L.A. Art Show for the complete artistic experience. Opening-night benefit gala Jan. 15; Jan. 16-17 11 am-7 pm; Jan. 18 until 6 pm. See for tickets. The Reef/L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, downtown, 323.965.1000.

Vanessa Williams
Jan. 16. One of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today performs all of her hit songs including “Dreamin,” “The Sweetest Days,” “Work To Do,” “Colors of the Wind,” and her signature classic “Save The Best For Last” at the Valley Performing Arts Center. $40-$110. 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, 818.677.8800.

Kings vs. Ducks
Jan. 17. L.A.’s team skates against the Ducks in this Freeway Face-Off game between the two SoCal hockey rivals at Staples Center, downtown. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.

dineL.A. Winter Restaurant Week
Jan. 19-Feb. 1. Discover more than 300 top Los Angeles restaurants (including newcomers Alimento, Butchers & Barbers, and Gracias Madre) during this biannual food event. This year expect a twist to the regular discounted three-course menus, in addition to $15, $20, or $25 lunch menus and $30, $40, or $50 dinner menus, participants have been challenged to either create an exclusive menu item or offer a menu that is 15% off the existing price.

Snow Days at the L.A. Zoo
Jan. 24-25. A blizzard hits the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens, allowing Cali kids and animals alike to frolic in the snow and explore a winter wonderland. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200.

Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Opening. Jan. 24. Australian entertainer Barry Humphries takes his hilarious and satirical alter ego, Dame Edna, for one last spin—he created the character back in 1956—during this critically acclaimed farewell tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Golden State of Cocktails
Jan. 26-29. Booze enthusiasts will love the trade show and festival celebrating all things mixology at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Find industry seminars and consumer events including a dinner series and bar crawls in Hollywood and the Westside. See website for ticket prices, hours and additional locations. Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. 7th St., downtown.

Chavez Ravine
Opening Jan. 27. Theater troupe Culture Clash—Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza—revisits its beloved play, Chavez Ravine, 12 years after its world premiere in L.A., with new insights into the ever-changing landscape of the City of Angels. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Contemporary art fair presents international blue-chip and emerging galleries, with a focus on L.A. galleries. Opening-night reception Jan. 29; Jan. 30-31 11 am-7 pm; Feb. 1 until 6 pm. See for schedule and tickets. The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530.

Hollywood Costume
Through Mar. 2. Multimedia exhibition includes more than 150 costumes from movies both classic and recent, including such favorites as The Hunger Games and The Wizard of Oz. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. M, T, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$20. Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.247.3049.

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Through Jan. 19. Strap on your ice skates and glide below the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles. Expect a season full of special events like DJ Spotlight Nights, Snoopy Skating Showcase, Hot 92.3 Old School Skate Night and others. See website for full details. M-Th 11:30 am-9:30 pm, F 11:30 am-11 pm, Sa 10 am-11 pm, Su 10 am-9:30 pm. $9, skate rental $3. 532 S. Olive St.

Ice at Santa Monica
Through Jan. 19. Get in the holiday spirit by lacing up your ice skates steps from the beach. The 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Monica offers skating all winder long, in addition to private cabanas perfect for parties, ice skating lessons and more. M–Th 2–10 pm, F 2 pm–midnight, Sa 11 am–midnight, Su 11 am–10 pm. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199.

Blithe Spirit
Through Jan. 18. Theater legend Angela Lansbury stars in this comedy by playwright Noël Coward. Following sold-out runs on Broadway and London’s West End, she reprises her Tony Award-winning role of Madame Arcati, a medium who channels a novelist’s dead wife. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Through Mar. 15. The award-winning theater phenomenon returns to L.A. with three months of performances. 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. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Jan 4. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder now tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

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