DOWNTOWN ON ICE SOON TO MELT: Monday, January 19 is the final day for several of the holiday rinks around town; take one last glittery nighttime spin at Pershing Square. This weather has almost made us forget we're in the heart of winter... Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles.
THE LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY FESTIVAL: Hours and hours of comedians. Showtime is doing the taping, and wits like Kiki Melendez and Angelo Tsarouchas are doing the funny. How much hilarity can you take? January 18-19. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
AUSTRALIA WEEK BLACK-TIE GALA: Eric Bana, Rod Laver and Rachel Griffiths are the honorees. Many of the delectables are being flown in from Oz for the grand occasion (bonus: they'll be prepared by Australian chef Luke Mangan). The evening's focus? On film and art and commerce and more. Do we love Australia? Oh yes we do... Sunday, January 18. Renaissance Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood.