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The Week Ahead – Events for January 15-21, 2022

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery star in Two Lost Souls at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thurs, Jan 20.

So, I know you’re all tired of hearing about Omicron and COVID and all that jazz, because I know I am, but with the surge in new cases a lot of events are either being postponed or cancelled. There is, however, still a plethora of online, outdoor, and even some indoor happenings to look forward to, including the LA Art Show, a two woman show starring Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery at The Wallis, and the magical sounds of the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hope you enjoy the show!

[Please note: most venues and events require masks, proof of full vaccination or negative test results, and some may soon require proof of a booster shot as well. Also, as the current COVID-19 surge continues, some in-person events may be canceled or rescheduled.]


Arts and Culture


Support the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center as they kick off 2022 with the 12th annual Youth Diversity Film Festival happening now – Sunday, January 30. More than 60 films written, directed and/or produced by the talented youth of Portugal, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Greece, Australia, the United States, and more nations across the globe, will be showcased. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. P.S. This is a virtual event and all films will be accessible 24 hours a day to view at your convenience. Filmmaker panel discussions will also be streamed at specific times.

On deck for A&C, the historic Hollywood Legion’s Drive-In Theater will be alive with The Sound of Music this Sunday, January 16 starting at 6 p.m. I’d explain the plot in my own words, but I’ve never actually seen this movie. Besides, a classic like this doesn’t need one anyway (and you can pick your jaw up off the ground now because I plan on watching it soon, scout’s honor). And you should really consider doing the right thing by seeing Spike Lee’s iconic film, Do the Right Thing on Monday, January 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 per car and include candy, soda, and unlimited popcorn.

Chevalier’s Books has another online book discussion scheduled to happen this week on Tuesday, January 18 from 6-7 p.m. Connect with besties multi-award winning author Jason Reynolds, and illustrator Jason Griffin as they discuss their book Ain’t Burned All the Bright. Described as a “smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right now.” The two friends and cohorts will confer with podcast host Traci Thomas of The Stacks. A link to this event has not yet been posted, so be sure to check Chevalier’s website closer to the date for more info.

Come witness the contemporary art world’s latest and greatest, displayed in a convention center sized space (180,000 sq ft to be exact), with plenty of room for gazing and social distancing at the 27th edition of the LA Art Show. The figurative elbow rubbing will begin at the LA Convention Center on Wednesday, January 19, with an Opening Night Premiere Party from 7-11 p.m. and, as all good things must come to an end, will end on Sunday, January 23. More than 80 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts orgs from around the world will be displaying works in a variety of media, with all works presented by galleries available for purchase. If you decide to attend the premiere party, at the cost of $250, you’ll also get unlimited admission all weekend long, with special early access. In addition, 15% of all ticket sales will benefit the show’s exclusive charity partner, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. General admission tickets are $30, but capacity is limited; hours vary.

And just some food for thought, I think we could all use a little more joy and laughter in our lives, so let Emmy Award-winning singer/actor Jane Lynch and The Office star Kate Flannery help you out with that. On Thursday, January 20, Lynch and Flannery will put their one-of-a-kind spin on songs from Broadway to The Barry Sisters to the Swingin’ Sixties in their two woman show, Two Lost Souls, at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are still available at the very reasonable cost of $39-$125. Hope to see you there!

The LA Phil at The Walt Disney Concert Hall has another full calendar of sweet sounds this week, including the Symphonic Ellington: New World A-Comin’ with jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton. According to the event page, the night will entail an “exploration of the symphonic range of Duke Ellington from the whimsical dances in Night Creature to his majestic ballet The River.” There will be two performances over two nights, Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21. Showtime will be at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$214 (depending on which night).


History and Community


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Constituents of LA’s 13th District will get a chance to meet their Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell at the 77th Councilmember in Your Corner community walk and cleanup event this Saturday, January 15 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The meeting point will be at Robert Burns Park on Van Ness Avenue in the Greater Wilshire area.

And the Holocaust Museum LA is presenting us with another fascinating story of survival and humanity, with How A Polish Diplomat Saved Jewish Lives on January 18 at 11 a.m. Ellen Meth never knew the name of the man who saved her life. She was just a child when she and her father, Jewish refugees who had fled to Turkey in 1940, were declared “Catholic” by a diplomat at the Polish Consulate in Istanbul, allowing them safe passage out of Europe. Decades later, Ellen’s son Robert, through diligent research and chance encounters, unearthed the story of Wojciech Rychlewicz, who saved not just Robert’s family, but hundreds of Jewish lives. This is a free webinar; click here to register. 

Lastly for H&C, enjoy an Evening at The Barn, Whatever Happened to Hollywood?, on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Join Dr. Richard Niles (Lasky’s stepson) and special guest, author, and historian Martin Turnbull, in person at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, as they discuss the new, expanded edition of screenwriter Jesse Lasky Jr.’s autobiography, which was first released in 1975. As a Hollywood insider, and the son of the man who produced Hollywood’s first feature film, Lasky Jr. tells his tales with “poetry, humor, and the heat of first-hand observation”. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. 

Local Government


Another full week of business for the Mid City West Neighborhood Council, starting Tuesday, January 18 with a Public Safety and Well-Being meeting. Next, on Wednesday, January 19 engage with your neighbors in-person for “Wednesday Walks”, and then with the Transportation and Sustainability Committee for a virtual meeting that same evening. The Outreach and Civic Engagement Committee, and the HRRRT’s Committee (Homelessness, Refugees, and Renters’ Rights) will both meet on Thursday, January 20. Click here to view Mid City’s calendar for details.

Greater Wilshire Neighborhood CouncilAnd the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council‘s Outreach Committee will meet on a special date this week, Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Outreach Committee meetings usually take place on the first Saturday of each month.) Click here for details.




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Julia Christiansen
Julia Christiansen
Julia is a native Angeleno and jack of all trades, having worked in television, visual effects, professional sports, health and wellness, and custom design. She currently resides in El Segundo.

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