The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

An MLK Day celebration, an all-female comedy show, a skate party, and more

The New Year is here and it’s already shaping up to be full of music, theater, film, and other amazing things to do and see around Los Angeles. Here are a few of our top picks for the week ahead.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at California African American Museum

Monday, January 21

Spend today surrounded by Dr. King’s memory and words at this all-day event at CAAM. In addition to exploring the museum’s art galleries, there will be marathon readings of King’s speeches, workshops on contemporary civil rights activism, a performance by the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and family activities.

Footwork Skate Party at World on Wheels

Monday, January 21

Throwback roller rink World on Wheels hosts this party, featuring music from DJ Rashida and Natasha Diggs. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Underground Museum, an independently run art space in Arlington Heights.

Elton John at Staples Center

Tuesday, January 22

Elton John is (maybe?) retiring, so the arrival of this Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in L.A. is an event. Shows kick off tonight, and continue January 23, 25, and 30 (plus February 1 and 2 at the Forum, and September 10 and 11 in Anaheim). Sing along to all the hits and revel in the spectacle one last time.

“It’s Not Me, It’s Definitely You”: An All Female Comedy Show

Tuesday, January 22

Host Ariel Paredes brings together nine other female comedians for a night of laughs about love, dating, and life as a woman in L.A. Joining Paredes at Tangier at Hotel Figueroa are funny folks including Nicole Soul, Ariana Basseri, and Gabby Lamb.

Parquet Courts and Snail Mail 

Wednesday, January 23

Parquet Courts and Snail Mail join forces for this night of indie rock at the Novo. Snail Mail is the stage name of 19-year-old Lindsey Jordan, who’s record, Lush, was one of the most-talked-about debuts of 2018. Parquet Courts, by contrast, have been filling up playlists and concert venues for a decade, releasing Wide Awake!, their sixth album, last year.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet

Thursday, January 24

All of the Marsalis brothers are talented, but Branford might be the most well known. For years he was the musical director of Jay Leno’s iteration of The Tonight Show–but the New Orleans-based jazz cat has way more up his sleeve than talk-show theme songs. Hear for yourself as the sax virtuoso takes the stage at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts.


The Magic Show at the Roosevelt

Friday, January 25

Attend an intimate magic show, tucked away in an unmarked speakeasy-esque theater space inside the swanky (and possibly haunted) Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Your illusionist for the night is Justin Willman–he’s performed for President Barack Obama, and has his own Netflix series, Magic for Humans–and the show is produced by theory11, which works with Neil Patrick Harris and David Copperfield.

Rock on Film Presents Pink Floyd: The Wall

Friday, January 25

In 1987 Bill Graham hosted the first Rock on Film festival at the Wiltern. This year, the venue is revisiting that history by staging screenings of iconic rock and roll movies, starting with this 40th anniversary showing of Pink Floyd: The Wall. 

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