Fun Things to do This January in Los Angeles

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

January 2018 event highlights include a No Pants Metro Ride, a Rick and Morty Pub Crawl, Night on Broadway, a SoCal Museum Free-For-All, and MUCH more.

1. LA Phil’s Rooftop Music Series ‘The Garden’ (starts Jan. 5)

‘The Garden’ is a new series by the LA Phil offering complimentary pre-concert drinks and views of the DTLA Skyline followed by masterful performances. Taking place on select Fridays starting January 5 through June 1. -> More information – Discount tickets

2. Comedy Workshops & Shows at Second City Hollywood’s Open House (Jan. 6)

Open House at Second City Hollywood returns January 6 for a fun-filled day of free comedy workshops and shows. -> More information

3. LA Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show (Jan. 6)

The LA Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show comes to the Omni Hotel in DTLA on January 6. Some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in Los Angeles will offer confectionery treats to be paired with the world’s top champagnes, wines and spirits. -> More information – Discount tickets

4. Bricks LA 2018 at Pasadena Convention Center (Jan. 6-7)

Highlights include over 13,000 square feet of custom made models, a play area for kids of all ages (adults included) & vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets. -> More information

5. No Pants Metro Ride (Jan. 7)

Ready to join hundreds of fellow angelenos in annual excursion to ride our city’s public transit system… sans pants? Your Sunday afternoon Expo Line trip suddenly got a lot more interesting. -> More information

6. 2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival (Jan. 7)

Ring in the New Year and celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on January 7, with art, food, dance and more. -> More information

7. The LA Art Show (Jan. 10-14)

The LA Art Show comes to Los Angeles Convention Center January 10 – 14 for the West Coast’s most comprehensive art experience of the year. -> More information – Discount tickets

8. ‘Tijuana’ at the Skirball Cultural Center (Jan. 11-12)

Tijuana is a multimedia solo show straddling the line between fiction and reality which stars Gabino Rodríguez. Playing at the Skirball Cultural Center on January 11-12. -> More information

9. dineL.A. (Jan. 12-26)

L.A.’s restaurant week (it’s actually two weeks) kicks of 2018 with another round of exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. -> More information

10. Burger & Beerfest at Santa Anita Park (Jan. 13)

The Burger & Beerfest comes to Santa Anita Park on January 13 with the perfect combination for your taste buds! -> More information – Discount tickets

11. Anime Impluse (Jan. 13-14)

Fusing the world of anime and video games, Anime Impulse will feature celebrity appearances, esports, artist alleys, Kawaii fashion, and cosplay, all at the Fairple in Pomona. -> More information

12. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at The California African American Museum (Jan. 15)

Celebrate MLK Day by making quote-filled dream catchers, listening to a marathon reading of Dr. King’s speeches and spending time with the community. -> More information

13. Winter Snow Fest Hosted by the City of Diamond Bar (Jan. 20)

Enjoy a snow day in Diamond Bar at the annual Winter Snow Fest on January 20! Over 100 tons of snow will provide hours of sledding on four hills. -> More information

14. Art Los Angeles Contemporary in Santa Monica (Jan. 25-28)

The Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast will be held January 25-28 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. -> More information

15. stARTup Art Fair in Venice Beach (Jan. 26-28)

The Kinney Venice Beach will house work from 55 independent artists within over 50 hotel rooms, hallways and outdoor spaces during this immersive art fair! -> More information – Discount tickets

16. Night on Broadway (Jan. 27)

The annual community event is back with another year of live performances hosted at some of L.A.’s most historic theatres. Music guests include the B-52s, WAR and more. -> More information

17. Uncorked: Los Angeles Wine Festival at Union Station

Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to LA for the third annual Uncorked: LA Wine Fest at iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles on January 27. Sip more than 150 wines! -> More information

18. Rick and Morty Pub Crawl in Long Beach (Jan. 27)

Hundreds of Ricks and Mortys parading around the streets of downtown Long Beach? Count us in!  -> More information

19. DTLA PROUD Block Party 2018

The DTLA PROUD Block Party 2018 comes to the Broadway Theater District January 27 for its second annual celebration in front of Precinct at 4th and Broadway. -> More information

20. SoCal Museum Free-For-All (Jan. 28)

On the last Sunday in January over 30 museums will offer free admission at locations spread throughout the greater Southern California area. Participants for this year include many locations that are not normally free such as the Natural History Museum, LACMA, and the GRAMMY Museum, along with museums that regularly offer free admission such as both Getty campuses and The Broad. -> More information

21. Pickwick Vintage Show in Burbank January 28 (Jan. 28)

The Pickwick Vintage Show comes to Pickwick Gardens in Burbank January 28 for an array of vintage collections spanning all eras. -> More information

Article courtesy of We Like LA. 

Weekend Events: January 5 – 7

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for everyweekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (January 5-7) includes Second City’s Annual Open House, All Space Considered, a No Pants Metro Ride, the LA Chocolate Festival, Al Gore at The Hammer, and MUCH more.


Friday January 5th, 2018

1. ‘The Garden’ is a new series by the LA Phil offering complimentary pre-concert drinks and views of the DTLA Skyline followed by masterful performances. Taking place on select Fridays starting January 5 through June 1. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase to the actual concert.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

2. Greenbar Distillery will host their popular cocktail class this Friday. The theme is “Fresh Produce,” guests will get to experiment with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with a variety of Greenbar organic liquors. Must be a member to sign up for classes, membership is free.

3. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

4. The Smell is having a weekend-long celebration for their 20th anniversary. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with $15 tickets available online (or $20 at the door, unless it’s sold out).

5. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every Wednesday and Friday. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.

6. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Winter Fest continues at the OC Fairgrounds (Dec. 21 to Jan. 7) offering an all-new festival of lights, snow summit, winter bounce houses, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the season, Santa Claus. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

8. Discover the best in foreign-language cinema during the Golden Globe Nominees Series a week of special screenings from January 1–6 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. In addition there will be free panel discussion with the filmmakers, at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday.

9. CHILL Adventure Park returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach from December 13 through January 7. Come experience ice bumper cars, ice skating, an Alpine Zip Line and more chill themed activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) Starting December 24, 2017 all Firefighters can show their badge at the ticketing booth for a free Grand Expedition pass, and up to 50% off Grand Expedition passes for their families as well.

10. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. Happening this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

12. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. The Rink in Downtown Burbank returns with a festive ice-skating event from December 14 through January 7. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

15. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art. FREE

Saturday January 6th, 2018

16. Open House at Second City Hollywood returns on Saturday for a fun-filled day of free comedy workshops and shows. FREE

17. The LA Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show comes to the Omni Hotel in DTLA with some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in Los Angeles. Confectionery treats will be paired with the world’s top champagnes, wines and spirits. Check for discount tickets while supples last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The Yoga Expo heads to the Pasadena Convention Center for a full day of workshops, yoga experiences and namaste. Check for discount tickets while supples last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Bricks LA 2018 at Pasadena Convention Center (Jan. 6-7) will include over 13,000 square feet of custom made models, a play area for kids of all ages (adults included) and vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets.

20. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Old Pasadena Historical District is offering a walking excursion this Saturday.

Sunday January 7th, 2018

22. There’s a No Pants Metro Ride happening this Sunday. Get ready to join hundreds of fellow angelenos in this annual ride in our city’s public transit system… sans pants.

23. See former Vice President Al Gore engage in a Q&A about global warming after a screening of his latest film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at The Hammer this Sunday.

24. Ring in the New Year and celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles during the Oshogatsu Family Festival a day of art, food, dance and more.

25. Spend the first Sunday of 2018 challenging your body and fitness during the New Year’s Race. Starting in Grand Park, the race features a 5K and a 10K race with a pre- and post-race festival. Highlights include vendor and sponsor booths, music, live art, food trucks and a beer and wine garden.

26. 7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week  returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 7-12.

27. The 41st Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention will take place at The Reef in DTLA and will feature stars from The Walking Dead, Riverdale and more.

Schedule by We Like LA. 

The Best Art Supply Stores In L.A.

From the overflowing, overwhelming aisles of Moskatel’s downtown craft palace to the carefully curated shelves at Los Feliz’s Blue Rooster Art Supplies, Los Angeles is home to a wealth of great art supply stores. Here are some of our favorites, and their specialties.

Retna/El Mac mural across from Graphaids. (Photo via Graphaids via Facebook)


You know an art supply store is serious about street art when the side of their building serves as a canvas for El Mac and Retna, as is the case with Culver City’s Graphaids. The art supply mecca has since moved into a new store across the street, but the “Of Our Youth” mural remains at the original location (3030 La Cienega Boulevard). As you might guess, Graphaids has an impeccable and extremely large selection of spray paints. Other highlights include their professional drafting supplies (so many templates!), digital printing supplies and services, and marker selection.

Graphaids is located at 3051 S La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City. (310) 204-1212. They also have locations in Long Beach and Agoura.

Top’s interior. (Photo courtesy of Top’s via Yelp)


This Koreatown mom-and-pop shop is, quite literally, my neighborhood art store, and I’m extremely grateful to have it so close by. They have a wide array of high-quality supplies at reasonable prices. All of the employees at this family-owned store are not just extremely knowledgeable about their wares, but also friendly and helpful. Have a question about which brush would be best for achieving a specific effect? Just ask, and they’ll do their best to explain and point you in the right direction while being mindful of your price restrictions. Top’s is also basically Copic marker heaven—they have a giant and very well-priced selection that can rival any art superstore. Other specialties include their fashion and pattern-making supplies, handmade papers, frequent canvas discounts, and Japanese brushes. And there is a free parking lot in in back, which is basically gold in Koreatown.

Top’s is located at 3447 W 8th Street in Koreatown. (213) 382-8229


Originally located in a tiny storefront on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, Blue Rooster has since moved around the corner to a slightly larger Hollywood Boulevard location. The store is still small, but they pack an impressive amount of stock into their well-curated shelves. They may not carry every possible brand, but the supplies they do choose to carry are very, very good—and often include things you might not otherwise find elsewhere. I’ve discovered some of my favorite paints at Blue Rooster. Paint and pigments are one of their specialties, particularly spray paint and anything graffiti-related. They also have great sketchbooks. Check their calendar for upcoming classes, sales, and cool events held in the courtyard behind the store.

Blue Rooster is located at 4661 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz. (323) 302-5613

Some of the vast selection of faux florals at Moskatel’s. (Photo by Sylvia W. via Yelp).


Moskatel’s definitely veers more into the crafty side of arts and crafts, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention this warehouse-sized paradise of supplies. Located in downtown’s Flower District and owned by Michael’s, Moskatel’s literally has every possible craft supply you could dream of… and more. Most of the prices are bargain basement, and much is offered in bulk. But be forewarned: it is difficult to walk the teeming aisles without wanting everything in sight (including many things you previously did not even know existed), and also suddenly being quite certain that you should start making candles, or soap, or decorate your entire home in faux florals, or just become someone who has this eight-pack of specialty miniature [insert object here] on hand for your next party. And their Halloween decorations, as you might guess, are nothing short of epic. I want to live here.

Moskatel’s is located at 733 San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles. (213) 689-4830

Raw Materials exterior and their Handbook Journal Co. notebooks. (Photos by Raw Materials via Facebook)


Located on Main Street right by the Regent Theatre, downtown’s neighborhood art store is similar in size and scope to Blue Rooster. Raw Materials is relatively small and moderately priced, but they have an excellent supply of paints, art pens and paper. You won’t get lost in here, but you might just find the perfect sketchbook. The selection of mixed-media sketchbooks is particularly good—they even carry my favorite Handbook Journal Co. “trav•e•logue series” watercolor journals in sizes I hadn’t previously seen stocked anywhere else. The well-organized selection makes Raw Materials a perfect place for downtown worker bees to stop in on their lunch breaks. And FYI, they typically get new supplies in on Wednesdays.

Raw Materials is located at 436 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. (800) 729-7060

Blick on Beverly Boulevard in Mid-City. (Photo by Mike B. via Yelp).


Blick may be a big chain, but their numerous Southern California locations tend to have the personality of much smaller, indie art stores. I’ve made too many Blick visits to count over the years, and never encountered a salesperson who wasn’t knowledgeable about their wares (though they tend to have different specialties, most Blick employees are artists). Their stores carry a giant selection at a range of price points, regardless of your chosen medium.

There are Blick locations in Mid-CityPasadenaSanta Monica and West L.A.

Article courtesy of LAist. 

Arts District's Newest Museum Set To Open This Weekend

This weekend a familiar local art institution is opening in a fresh space, under a new name.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), will open the doors on a new 12,700-foot facility located on the south side of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

ICA LA’s new digs include 7,500-square-feet of exhibition space, a designated area for public programs, plus offices. Still yet to open is a cafe, which is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2018. And here’s the part you’ll want to note: Admission, both for the opening celebration and ongoing visitation, is free!

ICA LA Courtyard

“now I’m going to tell you everything” is the inaugural project for ICA LA’s courtyard wall on 7th Street. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

After opening in 1984 SMMoA had spent it’s final 17 years as a tenant of Bergamot Station before shutting down in May 2015. For the past two-plus years former employees of the museum have been focused on looking for a new home, along with a strategy to rebrand and generate the operating funds necessary for a new endeavor. Now, all the hard work has come to fruition.

ICL LA has defined it’s mission as to “support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other,” according to the museum’s new website.

To launch that vision the museum will open with three exhibitions, all running through December 31, 2017:

– Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation features approximately 50 drawings and collages as part of the artist’s first presentation in Southern California.

– Sarah Cain: now I’m going to tell you everything is the inaugural project for ICA LA’s courtyard wall on 7th Street (see photo above).

– Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter) will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Additionally, the opening weekend of Sept. 9-10 includes several special activities, tours and talks to welcome the public to the new space.

Saturday features:

  • Bilingual guided tours of Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation at 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m.
  • Matchsticks and Mashed Potatoes workshop on collage drawings and alternative image-making in the spirit of Martín Ramírez from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte (The Day Laborers of the North) at 5 p.m.

Sunday features:

  • Migrar storybook reading and art workshop with Spanish-language children’s bookstore LA librería and Book Arts LA from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • A conversation with leading scholars of Latin American art and culture: James Oles, Rubén Gallo, Josh Kun, and conservator Harriet Stratis, moderated by Elsa Longhauser, discussing the life and work of Martín Ramírez from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • An interactive dance class by Cambalache, featuring Maestro Cesar Castro, Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, and Juan Perez from 4 to 5 p.m.

ICA LA is located at 1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.

Opening weekend (Sept. 9-10) hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ongoing hours thereafter will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed. – Fri., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat.-Sun. Admission is free.

For more information on visiting ICA LA, or to help plan your visit, be sure to visit

Article courtesy of We Like LA.

Art Taking Over Old Pasadena This Saturday

This Saturday, August 12, Old Pasadena will have a free, one-day art takeover throughout its historic 22-block district.

BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena will feature 12-site specific installations from both established and up-and-coming artists.

In addition to the installations, event-goers will also find creative Art Stops at more than 30 participating shops and restaurants. A great opportunity for Instagram photos!

BoldPas will go from 12 to 8 p.m.  For those looking for a greater experience, Pasadena Walking Tours will have two tours on Saturday, one at 1:30 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tours will include temporary installations and Old Pasadena’s permanent public art. The $10 tours will also offer a chance to meet the onsite BoldPas artists.  Advance registration is required.

Remember, all installations are free and open to the public. For more details on the event, visit

Have fun!

Rodeo Realty sponsoring Brentwood Art Festival

Bring the whole family and get outside: the Brentwood Art Festival returns this Sunday, April 30, 2017 to San Vicente Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.

Rodeo Realty is proud to sponsor the event, which has grown into one of the highly acclaimed art festivals in the U.S. Our sponsorship not only provides those who are passionate about arts with a place to show their talents, but also helps Friends of the Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library.

Various artists will showcase their work, art, photographs and much more! This event is free and offers tons of activities for the family. The fun will be from 10a.m. to 6 p.m.!

The festival is expected to gather approximately 10,000 visitors and more than 120 most recognized local artists.

For more info, visit the event website or call (310) 473-3070.