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

Dax Shepard, L.A. Dance Project, and clean eating with Gwyneth Paltrow

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.

Gwyneth Paltrow Reads from The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal

Monday, January 14

The queen of all things goopy is back with a new book, The Clean Plate. The cookbook highlights her recipes for simple, “clean” foods like turkey meatball pho and chocolate chia pudding. She’ll be sharing the book with her devoted followers (and curious gawkers) at Barnes & Noble at the Grove.

Riverdale Night at Scum & Villainy Cantina

Monday, January 14

Fans of hit teen tv series Riverdale get their night at the typically-Star Wars-themed Scum & Villainy. Expect themed games, giveaways, and drink specials; your best Archie and Betty cosplay is encouraged.

L.A. Dance Project: I Fall, I Flow, I Melt

Tuesday, January 15

Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project debuts its newest work, I Fall, I Flow, I Melt, at 2245. This work continues Millepied’s explorations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach; the 12 dancers on stage are accompanied by violinist Etienne Gara of L.A.’s Delirium Musicum.

An Evening with Steven Pinker 

Wednesday, January 16

Influential cognitive scientist and author Steven Pinker comes to the Artani Theater in Little Tokyo for a discussion of his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Hear him talk about “corrosive fatalism” that threatens liberal democracy, and what he thinks can be done to change the direction.

“Why Ruscha?” Lecture and Film Screenings 

Wednesday, January 16

You may know Ed Ruscha is one of L.A.’s iconic artists, but this lecture and film screening series at USC wants to give you a little more insight into why. The screening series, running all week, features two rarely shown films by Ruscha. For deeper context, on the 16th, Mark Shiel and Amy Murphy–members of the Getty Research Institute team that oversees Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles archive–will answer that simple (or is it?) question: Why Ruscha?

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: Live

Thursday, January 17

Comedian and podcaster Dax Shepard brings his show to life on stage at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. His guest for the night has yet to be announced, but recent episodes of the show have included Conan O’Brien, Ira Glass, and Sophia Bush.

Milkshake at Mayfair Hotel

Friday, January 18

Stop by the first of what’s set to be a monthly night of music, fashion, and art at the Mayfair Hotel. Tunes come courtesy of DJs Marcus the Artist, KG Superstar, and She’s Kevin, plus live performances by Introverted Funk and Dom Elias. Other local creatives will be showcasing work, proceeds benefit Good Enough Campaign, and entry is free.

Jackie Brown 35mm Midnight Screening

Friday, January 18

The recently-reopened New Beverly Cinema is back to showing a packed program of cult classics and analog prints. Catch this midnight showing of 1997’s Jackie Brown, by the New Bev’s own proprietor, Quentin Tarantino.

High Tide Grand Opening Party

Friday, January 18

Craft beer, live music, glass blowing. You know, the usual makings of a new hangout in DTLA. All three are key components of High Tide, which celebrates its grand opening today. The space is a passion project of three partners who come from backgrounds in hospitality and the art world; Flynn Helper is the resident curator and live glass-blower.

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