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

Lunar New Year, free museums day, ’Parasite’ with a live orchestra, and more

The weekend has arrived, and as always, there’s plenty to do in L.A. Here are some of the city’s best events, including Lunar New Year happenings, dozens of free museums, and Australia Day fundraisers.

Lunar New Year

Saturday, January 25

Lunar New Year ushers in the Year of the Rat (specifically, the Metal Rat). In many cultures around the world, Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year, and in L.A. there are plenty of opportunities to mark the occasion, from street festivals to special dining and more. Check out our entire list here.

Museums Free-for-All

Saturday, January 25

Get ready for one of the biggest days on the museum-lover’s calendar. On Saturday, dozens of museums are waiving the price of admission. From timeless works of art to dinosaur bones, there’s a lot to see, so plan ahead and check out the full list of museums here.

The Body, The Object, The Other at Craft Contemporary

Saturday, January 25

Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum) kicks off its second clay biennial, titled The Body, The Object, The Other and featuring ceramics made by 21 artists. “Clay is a distinctly malleable material and thus a medium particularly suited to broaden ideas of representation, whether physical, psychological, or political,” says co-curator Holly Jerger. “The mutable nature of clay parallels the blurred boundaries of the self, and how the construction of the self can encompass many things at once, contradictory and fluid.” Can’t make the opening? It’s on view through May 10.

Parasite: Live to Picture

Sunday, January 26

One of the best films of 2019—and the first South Korean film ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar—screens at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, with its score performed live. The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Jung Jaeil, who composed the music for the film, and director Bong Joon Ho offers a special introduction.

Stand Up for Australian Fires Benefit: Joe Rogan, Jim Jefferies, and Whitney Cummings

Sunday, January 26

Three major names in comedy get together for a night of stand-up at the Novo to raise money for the cause. The night will be hosted by Monty Franklin and proceeds will go to the Wildlife Warriors Foundation.

E.P. & L.P. Australia Day Fundraiser

Sunday, January 26

The cause is particularly personal for E.P. & L.P. founders Grant Smillie and David Combes as the pair are Aussie natives themselves. On Australia Day, they’ll be donating 100 percent of lunch and Great Aussie BBQ proceeds to relief efforts, and will have other opportunities for individual guests to make additional donations.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Sunday, January 26

In 1929 the very first Academy Awards hailed F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise. But the silent-era classic was not known for its music. Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards) plans to fix that with a new score, to be performed live by the Los Angeles Master Chorale (62 voices plus a chamber orchestra) alongside a screening at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

RELATED: Essential Concerts to Catch This Month in L.A.

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