Art Weekend LA: If you've ever gazed across the couch at your friend and said "should we take in some art this weekend? As part of our resolutions?" then you are in some kind of luck. January happens to be Art Month 'round this here metropolis, and the visual amazements are as plentiful as lookie-loos at a popular art walk. LA Art Show and photo la are two of the look-and-think goings-on around SoCal. And while the glitterati and makerati — those who make the art, of course — will be out in full force, people who just enjoy art are most welcome. Through Sunday, Jan. 18 at various locations.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: While the day honoring the civil rights leader is the Monday following the weekend — a day that will see the traditional Kingdom Day Parade — the weekend ahead of the day offers several ways to pay homage to the man who inspired so many. Both Gardena and Long Beach will host parades on Saturday, Jan. 17. And if you happen to be further afield on the actual day, all national parks with fees are waiving entrance admission in honor of Dr. King on Jan. 19.
Polar Splash: It's a nice thing to gather together with members of your community and clean up a stretch of beach together. It's a wacky thing to then strip down to your swimsuit and run into the Pacific Ocean on a January Saturday. Oh, it'll be chilly, even though high temperatures are expected to top out in the low '70s. The beach clean-up and Polar Splash are in Long Beach, at Granada Avenue. We can't recommend enough that you should have a friend there to take your picture as you're running into the waves (or out, fully drenched and teeth a-chatter). Saturday, Jan. 17
dineLA: Our biannual Restaurant Week, which is actually and factually a Restaurant Fortnight, can overwhelm, delightfully, like a large menu with Everything Under the Sun (or In the Pantry) can overwhelm. So zeroing in on what eateries appeal — there are over 300 of them, in just about every SoCal nook — is important, as is eyeing what dishes shall be offered at lunch and dinner and the price. Think "prix fixe" here and think a few courses, too. Good? Yay: It opens on Jan. 19.
Vintage Cartoon Dress-Up: It might be impossible to enter a cartoon world, outside of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" of course, but you can make a good go of it at the Steve Allen Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 17. That's when the 'toons of Max Fleischer will unspool, and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys will play, and the audience, fingers crossed, will be attired in black-and-white clothing (think polka dots, stripes, checks, chevrons, and such). Pretty droll, yes? Maybe we can step into an animated universe, just for an evening.