The Five Best Things Going Down in L.A. This Weekend

From a free vinyl smorgasbord to a Hello Kitty pop up
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Pacific Standard Time: Live Arts LA/LA
January 11-21

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The Getty’s initiative uniting the art of Latin America and L.A. barrels onward with a blitz of live shows organized by REDCAT. This weekend, stop by Echo Park Lake on January 13 between 1 and 5 p.m. for FIESTA PERPETUA!, an event born from the mind of acclaimed experimental Mexican vocalist Carmina Escobar. Different performances will take place on Echo Park Lake (literally *on* the lake—Escobar and a 40-member Oaxacan youth brass band will be performing on rafts). You can also catch Salvadoran performance artist and activist Alexia Miranda—along with other festival artists and guests—at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Plaza on January 14 and 16 at 3 p.m. for a large-scale sonic performance.

Santa Monica Restaurant Week
Through January 14

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This appetizer to dineL.A. (January 12- 26) puts the focus on a single ingredient, and the humble pomegranate is the star this year. You’ve got one more weekend to sample eats like pomegranate Greek yogurt cake at Catch, scallops with pomegranate seeds and kiwi at Sushi Roku, and pomegranate masala ice cream at Scoops on the pier.

The Hello Kitty Café Truck Pop-Up
January 13


Hello Kitty is not a hobby. It’s a lifestyle. Fans of the precious Sanrio character can geek out when the Hello Kitty Café Truck rolls up to Westfield Culver City from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pepto-pink bakery-on-wheels sells adorable treats like rainbow colored macarons, Hello Kitty cookies, petit cakes, bow-shaped water bottles, and doughnuts, plus Hello Kitty mugs, T-shirts, and more (but only while supplies last). Guaranteed to be a Gudetama time, if you catch our drift.

Free Vinyl Record Day
January 13-14

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If you’re all, “I love vinyl but I’m so broke and so my record player is super sad,” the Record Parlour is here to help. Head to the Hollywood shop for one of their pseudo-semiannual free record events, wherein they unload more than 35,000 records on us, a grateful public, for no monies. Here’s how it works: Show up any time after 10:30 a.m. Make a $20 or more purchase in the store. Gain entry to the free record room, where you can take home up to 100 LPs gratis. It’s only going down while supplies last, so get there early if you’re hoping to score some sick analog tunes. Food trucks and drinks will be available, too.

Craft and Folk Art Museum Sidewalk Sale
January 12-14

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CAFAM’s gift shop is one of this city’s hidden gems, hawking everything from streamlined Japanese succulent planters to hand-thrown ceramics to leather goods to adorable greeting cards. The Mid-Wilshire museum is clearing out its stores to make way for more wares; stop by any day this weekend to pick up some goodies at anywhere between 50 and 75 percent off. Even better: All proceeds go to the museum.

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