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

Your best bets for January 29 to February 2, 2018

There’s no excuse to be bored any night of the week when you live in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: The Radio Department at El Rey

Ease into the week by spending an evening with the dreamy Swedish pop of The Radio Department. This is the first night of their national tour in support of Running Out of Love. If you’re a long time fan of the band, stop by the merch booth for a special treat: They’ve reissued their beloved 2003 debut album as a limited-edition vinyl release that you can’t get anywhere else.

Tuesday: L.A. Mag’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants Event

If you liked reading about our food team’s top picks for the best dining of the year, you’ll love experiencing it all in one place. The city’s best chefs are gathering at ROW DTLA for a one-night-only celebration of all things hip and happening in L.A.’s food scene. Your ticket includes food, drinks, and the smug satisfaction of officially being more in-the-know than any of your friends.

Wednesday: Dinner for DACA at The Standard

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Here’s a way to make your activism easy. Sign up to participate in this edition of SameSide’s Dinners for DACA series. You’ll be fed a meal at the 24/7 Restaurant at The Standard DTLA, meet other people passionate about the issues, and take part in some citizenship by writing letters to Congress and participating in knowledge-sharing.

Thursday: CONSTRUCTED: Recent Works by L.A.-Based Artists

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Be the first to glimpse the latest show at Saatchi Art at tonight’s opening reception for CONSTRUCTED: Recent Works by L.A.-Based Artists. The show highlights the work of 13 artists who are both local and emerging, working in a variety of media, including Aili Schmeltz, Karen Clark, and Sasoon Markarian.

Friday: First Fridays at the Natural History Museum with John Doe & Exene and Phoebe Bridgers

The Natural History Museum kicks off their First Fridays season of nighttime museum visits and musical performances. The theme this year is “L.A. Invents: A Becoming Los Angeles Series,” so it makes perfect sense to launch it with a concert by John Doe and Exene Cervenka of the legendary early L.A. punk band X. Add in an acoustic set by Phoebe Bridgers, DJing by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez, and a program of tours and talks on city-centric themes, and you’ve got a not-to-miss night.

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