Welcome to 2022! You’ve made it through another trip around the sun and we couldn’t be happier. Forget resolutions and just be a better and more interesting person by attending one of the events below. Go feel the new year vibes at a NYD party at ROW DTLA, or enter a nice cold, dark theater and escape for a couple hours while you watch a classic movie. There’s also crafting at Craft Contemporary, and a boozy ceramics class to attend. So go forth, my friends, and conquer!
Please note: most venues and events require masks, proof of full vaccination or negative test results, and may soon require proof of a booster shot.
Arts and Culture and Fun
If you’re more of a daytime party kind of guy or gal, then stay home on NYE and wake up fresh for Factory 93: ONE/1 as they make their return to Skylight at ROW DTLA on NYD, Saturday, January 1 from 2-11 p.m. Come out and breathe that fresh, post-rain air with DJs Charlotte De Witte, Eli Brown, Enrico Sangiuliano, ONYVAA, and Test Pilot. This is a 21 and over event. General admission ($65) and VIP ($150) tickets are still available.
And you’re the one that I want to spend NYD recuperating with at the movies (just thought you should know). Go see Grease at the New Beverly Cinema on Saturday, January 1, or catch another matinee on Sunday, January 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $10, so get ’em while they’re hot!
Next up, take part in LACMA’s Family Sundays Virtual Storytime this Sunday, January 2 at noon. In celebration of The Obama Portraits Tour, the museum will present a virtual reading of Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long. Dedicated to his daughters, this book is a “tribute to iconic figures throughout American history. Honoring our diverse nation, messages of courage and resilience inspire us to take pride in our dreams and achievements.” This is a free event, but an RSVP is required.
Right at this moment, I’m trying to think of a lovelier way to spend a Tuesday evening than listening to live clarinet music and I cannot. Great Clarinet Trios with members of the LA Philharmonic will be playing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 4 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$63.
Then, spend the weekend with Prokofiev and MTT, starting on Friday, January 7 at 8 p.m., with additional shows on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Conductor and LA native Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall with Sergei Prokofiev’s “inspiring war-time symphony,” and conducts his own Grammy-winning song cycle on lyric poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Tickets range from $63-$214.
On the Boulevard, Chevalier’s Books has a meet-and-greet on the schedule for Wednesday, January 5, but no further details have been given out yet. Peter Murrieta, fingers crossed, will be in-store signing copies of his book Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta from 5-6 p.m. Check the calendar for deets closer to the date.
Or opt to watch Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal on the big screen in When Harry Met Sally at the Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In on Wednesday, January 5 at 8 p.m. I’ll have what she’s having: candy, soda, and unlimited popcorn starting at $30 per car. Tickets are still available, but don’t wait!
Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies and the Craft Contemporary is offering up one of their fantastic Craft Workshops this week for the low low cost of $12. Come celebrate the return of in-person (outdoor) crafting nights with a Piñata Making Party on Thursday, January 6 from 5-7 p.m. Learn about the history of piñata making and its long legacy in Mexican and indigenous celebrations. Capacity is limited; advanced RSVP is required. The cost is free for members; materials, drinks and snacks included.
Yay, more crafting! Head back over to ROW DTLA this coming Thursday and Friday, January 6-7 and join the folks at Still Life Ceramics for one of their Happy Hour Classes starting at 5 p.m. This one-hour wheel throwing class will take place in their studio at ROW DTLA, and is a great way to dip your toes into pottery without any kind of commitment. They’ll even finish and glaze your bowl for pickup at a later date. The cost is $60 and includes all tools and materials. Newbs are welcome, and please feel free to BYOB! Classes are offered Thurs-Sat from now until Feb 26.
And if you haven’t yet visited The Broad, head over to the museum now-April 3 to check out, Since Unveiling, an exhibit highlighting artworks that have entered the Broad collection in the last decade, with some as recently as this year. Get a glimpse of what you’ve missed and just a fraction of the many works acquired during that time. Advance timed-entry tickets are free but required. Tickets are released on the last Wed of each month at 10 a.m., and do not include access to paid special exhibits and events. The Broad is open Wed-Sun.
Mid City West Neighborhood Council is starting off the year with four meetings, beginning on Monday, January 3 with the HRRRT (Homelessness, Refugees, and Renters’ Rights) committee at 6:30 p.m. Then Wednesday Walks on Wednesday, January 5 and two more on Thursday, January 6 for the Planning and Land Use Committee and one more HRRRT meetup this week to discuss Homeless Count planning. Click here to view Mid City West’s calendar.