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

Start strong in 2019

Happy New Year, L.A.! Time to bounce into 2019 and shake things up with some of our favorite things to do this week (assuming you ever recover from your NYE hangover, that is).

New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31

We’ve crafted a special guide to New Year’s Eve celebrations with top picks for everything from family-friendly nights for the early-to-bed crowd, to luxe dinners with all truffle everything, to wild late-night dance parties.

The New Over

Tuesday, January 1

The Do Over party series has a simple premise: They throw the cool, laid-back party you actually wanted to attend, on the days after everyone feels pressured to go out. And since no day comes with more party pressure than NYE, they’re pulling out all the stops with this afternoon-to-evening soiree in Hollywood.

Garvey Nights at the Garvey Ranch Observatory

Wednesday, January 2

Join the Los Angeles Astronomical Society for a night amongst the stars. At their “club house” in Garvey Ranch Park, they’re hosting a free, public event suitable for star-gazers of all ages. If you got a new telescope over the holidays, bring it along and they’ll have experts on hand offering free set-up, as well as opportunities to visit the observatory dome.

Vice and The Big Short Double Screening with Director Adam McKay 

Thursday, January 3

Adam McKay is known for films including Step Brothers, Anchorman, and The Big Short. His new work, Vice, is a biopic about former vice president Dick Cheney, starring Christian Bale. Head to the Egyptian for this free double feature of it and The Big Short, with a q-and-a session with the filmmaker in between the screenings.

Motown on Mondays Seventh Anniversary Party

Friday, January 4

Motown on Mondays has been gathering Angelenos to dance along with retro tunes for the last seven years, so they’re celebrating the birthday with this extra-large bash (on a Friday, so even the “I never go out on Monday” types can join in). The Echoplex will be bopping to DJs from NYC, Chicago, S.F., and L.A., all coming together for a big ole’ ode to soul.

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