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

Your best bets for January 2 to 5, 2018

The celebrations are over and it’s back to regular life, but you don’t have to give in to the post-holiday blues—in fact, it’s a perfect time to make a resolution to enjoy the city more than ever. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Tuesday: Cirque du Soleil’s Luiza

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Running at Dodger Stadium through February 11, this dazzling new Cirque show is billed as a “waking dream of Mexico,” incorporating imagery and stories from Mexican folklore into the surrealistic performance.

Wednesday: #HealHer at Human Resources

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In 2017, we saw a cultural movement addressing sexual harassment and violence against women. To kick off 2018, a group of artists and performers will gather for events in cities around the world focusing on healing through storytelling, music, and spiritual practice. Bring a flower or small offering to the gallery and participate in this powerful, free workshop.

Thursday: Human Flow Screening with Ai Weiwei

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World-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei will be on hand at the Hammer museum to answer audience questions after a screening of Human Flow, a documentary he directed about the global refugee crisis. The film was the result of a year of traveling to 23 different countries to capture the human stories behind the statistics.

Friday: The Smell’s 20th Anniversary with Surf Curse, French Vanilla, and More

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Come out to support the cradle of L.A.’s DIY music scene, The Smell. A stacked line-up of local bands features Surf Curse, French Vanilla, Moaning, Wild Wing, Post-Life, and Small Forward. (The party continues to a second night headlined by Cherry Glazerr on Saturday, January 6, ticketed separately).

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