The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

From a comedy game show with famous guests to stand-up comedy barrage at the Roosevelt, there’s all sorts of good stuff to do in L.A. this weekend

The holidays are over and life is sort of back to normal (save for the usual post-holiday post-traumatic stress). From a comedy game show with famous guests to stand-up comedy barrage at the Roosevelt, there’s all sorts of good stuff to do in L.A. this weekend. Here are our picks for the best weekend events in L.A.


Internet Explorer

January 4

Comedian Joe Kwaczala has a comedy special coming in 2019, but in the meantime check out his UCB game show Internet Explorer, in which audience members are quizzed on weird internet stuff. And he’s got some big-name special guests on tap: Diedrich Bader, Rich Sommer, and Marg Helgenberger.

Think Tank Gallery’s Soft Opening

January 5

After being forced out of its Fashion District loft, the artist collective/space Think Tank is on the move, specifically to a space in Little Tokyo where it can fulfill its mission of being the place for worthwhile (i.e. not Instagram bait) immersive art exhibits in L.A. The gallery launches this weekend with the group show Joint Venture, curated by the Bloody Gums collective.

Stars in Your Eyes

January 5

Start 2019 with a visit to the future. OK, it’s just the Temple of the Future, a meditation chamber by artist Laurie Shapiro but it’s still pretty trippy. Shapiro hand paints immersive environments that are as detailed as they are vast (an installation last year took her 1,000 hours to create). This event at PAM in Studio City also has musical performances (Tuff Ghost, Alexia Riner, and Clio Wilde) and hand-painted clothes for sale.

Retro City Festival

January 5-6

Step away from the PS4 and pay your respects to vintage video games, arcades, and pinball at the Fairplex in Pomona. More than 100 cabinets like Joust, Space Invaders, and Burger Time are available for free play all weekend long; once your thumbs are worn out, explore the on-site console museum.

Parker Day’s Possession Opening Reception

January 5

“What does it mean to possess a body? Do you identify with ‘your’ body? Regardless of what body we possess, do we share common human experiences, as well as feelings of potentiality and limitation?” These are the questions posed (pun intended) in photographer Parker Day’s newest series of images, on display starting Saturday at Superchief Gallery downtown. Day’s photos are like little horror comedies about the beautiful grotesqueries of being human, and we can’t get enough of them.

The 9th Annual 50 First Jokes

January 6

Hopefully it won’t constitute your first laugh of 2019, but a bananas lineup of 50 L.A. comedians takes the stage to each tell their very first joke of 2019. Solomon Georgio, Rhea Butcher, Kyle Kinane, Marcella Arguello, and our girl Nicole Byer take turns basking in laughter at the Hollywood Roosevelt.


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