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

Your best bets for February 5 to 9, 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: Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine returns to the Theater at Ace with an all-new night of non-fiction storytelling, film, and music. If you haven’t attended before, imagine an episode of This American Life, performed live on stage. This edition includes contributions from Sloane Crosley, Bonnie Tsui, and David Guttenfelder, among others.

Tuesday: Shawnté Salabert, Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail: Southern California

Has our recent issue on hikes and walks inspired you to hit an even bigger trail this year? Join the Sierra Club as they present author Shawnté Salabert to discuss the fabled Pacific Coast Trail. Salabert spent two years hiking, photographing, and studying each twist and turn of the trail’s SoCal stretch, from the Anza-Borrego Desert to the peaks of the High Sierras, for her new book.

Wednesday: Ja Rule and Ashanti at The Novo

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It may not be Thursday, but that doesn’t mean we’re not down for a throwback. Early aughts hit-makers Ja Rule and Ashanti share the stage, performing their hit duets from the era, including “Mesmerize” and “Always on Time,” as well as selections from their solo catalogs.

Thursday: “Composer Salonen: Cello Concerto” featuring Yo-Yo Ma

The L.A. Phil kicks off a series featuring works by Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen with this West Coast debut of his “Cello Concerto.” In the soloist seat is cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma, who sticks around after the Salonen concerto for a performance of Beethoven’s exciting “Symphony No. 7.”

Friday: YACHT at Lodge Room

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L.A.-based YACHT are always up to something new and interesting. They’re a band, yes, but also multi-media artists, tech entrepreneurs, authors, and all-around creatives, once telling WIRED magazine that they consider their music “not as a thing in itself, but the beginning of a chain of experiences which had no edge.” But also? Really fun music.

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