Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weekly What To Do: Art and Culture Weekend, Anyone?

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
multiple locations
Price varies

Still going strong is the remaining time you can get deals at LA's restaurant scene.

Invader Zim Signing
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, and Aaron Alexovich, the creative minds behind Invader Zim, appear at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble to discuss and sign “INVADER ZIM: VOLUME ONE”

Lazer Team Screenings
Starts Jan 27
Multiple locations

Rooster Teeth, known for online comedy make its feature film debut with an extremely dumb team of possible heroes that each have part of a super suit designed to fight aliens invading Earth.

LA Art Show 2016
January 27-31, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm daily
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
West Hall A
$15, $20 at the door

Enjoy the weekend long look at art from all over the world and LA. Featuring artists and galleries that you might have to wait for for years before seeing again.

Animé Los Angeles 12
Jan 28-31
Ontario Convention Center
Full Weekend (includes all days) : $60
Single Day : $35/day (Fri/Sat/Sun)

This is a real fan's convention. Don't expect big names or a huge selection of stuff to buy, this is more about the anime community and just hanging out.

Fri, Jan 29, 8pm
800 W Olympic Blvd, Ste A335, Los Angeles, California 90015
$37.50 - $69.50 
An intimate evening of storytelling, jokes, and songs with William Shatner. It’s Shatner’s World, we just live in it!

Fri, Jan 29 at 8PM
Royce Hall

Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala presents a magical, multi-disciplinary adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall. The story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence and infatuated with a winsome office drone.

Meet Cute
Fri, Jan 29, 7-9pm
G1988 East
7021 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Meet Cute," the newest solo show from artist Nan Lawson.

Riot LA: Alternative Comedy Festival
Jan 29-31
Various location downtown
$110 for all-access, individual shows prices vary

Enjoy night of laughs of comedians who might be better off still being behind the scenes writing the shows than actually seeing them. It's alternative ... in no real way, it's just comedians doing some podcasts and shows live. The like of Patton Oswalt and other well-known comedians doesn't make it the most alternative comedy festival in LA at all.

Jan 30-31
19649 San Jose Ave, City of Industry, California 91748
Kind of blown away by this one, it's a retro gaming expo celebrating all the games and systems of the past. I just wish it was closer to LA, it's a bit of a drive out of the city. It may be worth for the gamer looking to expand their collection or meet some like minded game enthusiasts. Extras include their own Star Fox Competition and the host of Nick Arcade.

Museums Free-For-All
Sat, Jan 30
Multiple museums

A number of museums are free to scour and study at or just take selfies with classic art and priceless wonders.

David Bowie: Sound + Vision Screenings at The Palely Center for Media in Beverly Hills this weekend
Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 2016 
The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

 The Paley Center of Media will pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie by reprising its landmark screening exhibition, David Bowie: Sound + Vision. Originally presented in 2002, Sound + Vision was the first retrospective devoted to the groundbreaking career of the ever-changing Bowie. The five-part screening series was culled from archives around the world as well as Bowie’s own library, showcasing the iconic musician’s pioneering work in music video, rarely seen performances, outtakes, documentaries, and interviews.


Sat, Jan 30, 2pm
Barnes & Noble Events, The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
Stan Lee will be there to hand out presigned copies of "The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragons Return"

Stay Melty
Buff Monster Book Signing
January 30, 2016
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

In his latest monograph, Buff collects his works in progress, paintings, murals, posters, stickers, Melty Misfits trading cards and toys. As it’s hard to keep up with this energetic artist’s output, fans will be grateful to find much of his recent work in one compact volume. (Gingko Press)

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year
January 30 – February 14
Universal Studios

Special “Year of the Monkey” Festivities, Asian-Inspired Food, and a Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Character from the Park’s“Transformers: The Ride-3D” Thrill Ride. Unique to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome an exciting Shenzhen performance. "The Five Continents Arts Troupe” from Shenzhen, China entertainment will take place periodically throughout the afternoon for one day only on Saturday, February 13.

Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park
Jan 30-31
Garvey Ave in Monterey Park

Monterey Park's Lunar New Year festival features vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional  New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.

CoffeeCon LA 2016
Sat, Jan 30, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Reef

Coffee, coffee everywhere, but please don't drink so much that you'll be awake over the weekend. There's a reason it's just on Saturday, they want you to level off the caffeine. A huge selection of what'll keep you up awaits you.

Verdi Requiem
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2 pm, and
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 7 pm,
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Tickets range from $29 - $129

Written in memory of Verdi’s close friend, author and cultural icon Alessandro Manzoni, the Requiem combines virtuosic and deeply personal vocal solos, transcendent chorus parts and exhilarating symphonic writing, covering every operatic emotional range conceivable, from brittle tenderness and profound terror to bleak uncertainty.  The great composer Johannes Brahms called the Verdi Requiem “a work of genius,” a sentiment that continues to hold true.