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

Your best bets for January 8 to 12, 2018

Cure your January blues with a week of exciting things to do in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: Van William at Moroccan Lounge

We love a good residency, where up-and-coming artists play a series of free or low-cost shows at a single venue to workshop their material and build an audience. Moroccan Lounge is joining the ranks of local clubs offering these Monday night gigs, with a January residency by Van William, an Alaska-bred Americana artist likely to appeal to fans of Neil Young, or the Swedish duo First Aid Kit, with whom he recently collaborated.

Tuesday: “There Will Be Food: Latin American Cuisine in L.A.” with Jonathan Gold

Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold and KCRW’s Good Food host Evan Kleiman head to the Getty for a conversation on Latin American, particularly Mexican, food in L.A. with local chefs Ray Garcia, Carlos Salgado, and Bricia Lopez. The talk is part of the Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A. initiative, which wraps up this month.

Wednesday: Joe Biden at the Orpheum Theater

The internet’s favorite Amtrak-riding ex-V.P. Joe Biden rolls his American Promise Tour into L.A. this week. He’ll be discussing his recent memoir, Promise Me, Dad (a copy of the book is included with every ticket purchase), his 45 years of political service, and where he sees the country headed today.

Thursday: Women of Rock Oral History Project Launch Party

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The Women of Rock Oral History Project has organized an exciting night of talks and music. Your $10 ticket, which goes to support the project’s work, gets you an all-star panel conversation featuring Alice Bag, Patty Schemel, Brie Howard Darling, Phranc, Allison Wolfe, and other influential female voices, as well as live performances.

Friday: Club Soulside ’60s Dance Party at Resident

Shimmy and shake your Friday night away at this free dance party at Arts District fave, Resident. DJs Virginia Ann, Marv Mack, Glory Boy Kev, and others will spin their most beehive-worthy Motown, soul, reggae, and rocksteady.

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