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Free Things to Do in Los Angeles in January 2014

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Are you looking for free events and free things to do in Los Angeles area in 2014?


January 24-26 – Grand National Roadster – Pomona – CLICK HERE Come and join us at the two oldest and longest running indoor car shows in the world. These premier events feature hundreds of the best hot rods, customs, muscle cars, motorcycles, street machines and classic trucks found anywhere in the world. These indoor shows offer a great opportunity to reminisce about the past, enjoy the present, and look into the future of hot rodding. These events are dedicated to those who spend long hours and considerable resources to create their automotive dreams. These craftsmen fashion with metal, fiberglass, fabric and chrome the automotive and motorcycle objects of art that enthusiasts of all ages can stand back and admire.

Through February 2 – “Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures From Church and Cloister” – This exhibbit brings rare masterpieces of medieval English art – CLICK HERE

February 8 – Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival – Alhambra – CLICK HERE

Through March 2 – “Flower at Fifty” – Eight unique exhibitions – CLICK HERE


Sun 1/26 8:30 am

Bird Walk at Malibu Lagoon

Visit beach, lagoon, marsh, riparian & urban habitats; bring binoculars. Special short walk for kids at 10 am.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach, PCH at Cross Creek, Malibu

310/393-6235 ~ www.nps.gov/samo


Sun 1/26 10 am

Nature Walk at Madrona Marsh

Take a guided walk on the Marsh Preserve & learn about the flora & fauna that live in our captivating vernal marsh.

Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance

310/782-3989 • www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com


Sun 1/26 10 am – 4 pm

Whale Fiesta in San Pedro

Celebrate the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale & the beginning of the whale-watching season with the building of a life-sized sand sculpture; + arts & crafts, puppet shows, arts & crafts, face painting, & more.

Cabrillo Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro

310/548-7562 • cabrillomarineaquarium.org


Sun 1/26 10 am – 6 pm (see 1/25)

Festival in Monterey Park


Sun 1/26 11 am

Kids’ Movie at the Hammer

Enjoy the documentary “Rivers & Tides: Andy Goldsworthy,” a mesmerizing portrait of art in the natural world for all ages. Tix avail. from 10 am.

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire, Westwood

310/443-7000 • hammer.ucla.edu


Sun 1/26 11 am – 8 pm

Crafts at Crafted

Check out the handmade offerings at LA’s new permanent craft marketplace, join a workshop, visit a food truck, & listen to music from Banjerdan (Dan Mazer, 2 – 5 pm).

Crafted At The Port Of LA, 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro

310/732-1270 ~ http://craftedportla.com


Sun 1/26 12 noon

Kids’ Stuff at the Hammer

“Animal Dream Theater” Inspired by fantastical animal sculptures from Mexico, kids write & perform dream-like puppet plays, led by teaching artist Karla Aguíñiga. RSVP.

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire, Westwood

310/443-7000 • hammer.ucla.edu


Sun 1/26 12 noon – 2 pm

Salon in Downtown LA

Kim Cooper & Richard Schave’s LA Visionaries Assoc. hosts a monthly salon with interesting people talking about their passions, visions, & fascinating doings. Today, Darrell Rooney speaks on “Harlow In Hollywood” & Marc Chevalier on “James Oviatt & the Making of Modern LA History.”

Les Noces du Figaro, 618 S Broadway, Downtown LA



Sun 1/26 12 noon – 8 pm

Art Walk in Leimert Park

The hub of Black culture in LA presents its monthly Art Walk, with the many stores & galleries welcoming visitors; a main stage of music in the park; progressive pop at Kaos Network, film at Cine Freestyle; dancing, storytelling & a more. Check website to verify.

Around Crenshaw & 43rd, Leimert Park



Sun 1/26 12:30 – 3:30 pm (see 1/5)

Family Arts at LACMA


Sun 1/26 12:30 – 4 pm (see 1/12)

Oral History in Monterey Park


Sun 1/26 1 pm

Gallery Talk at the Norton Simon

Join a Museum educator for a one-hour tour focusing on “All About Form: Masterworks of Sculpture.” Free w/admission; sign up at Info Desk.

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado, Pasadena

626/844-6905 • nortonsimon.org


Sun 1/26 1 pm

Family Walk in Topanga State Park

Join a family nature walk led by a naturalist-educator. 2 hrs.

Topanga State Park, off Entrada from Topanga (call for directions)

213/387-4287 ~ www.nps.gov/samo


Sun 1/26 1 – 4:30 pm

Ragtime in Monrovia

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club gets together to play on piano & other instruments. $2 donation for non-performers; call to verify.

Wang’s Place, 120 E Lemon Ave, Monrovia

818/766-2384 ~ http://www.roseleafragtimeclub.com


Sun 1/26 1 – 5 pm

Bluegrass in West Hills

The Bluegrass Assoc. of Southern California hosts a casual jam session – break out your instruments or just listen.

West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills

818/992-4142 • www.socalbluegrass.org


Sun 1/26 2 pm

Concert at the Nixon Library: Drew Tretick

Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda

714/993-5075 ● http://nixonfoundation.org/


Sun 1/26 2 pm

Gallery Talk at the Hammer

Curators Victoria Dailey & Cynthia Burlingham lead a walkthrough of “Tea & Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914” on opening day.

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire, Westwood

310/443-7000 • hammer.ucla.edu


Sun 1/26 2 pm

Poetry at Beyond Baroque

Nebraska Girl: Open reading with features hosted by Wyatt Underwood & Melissa Alvarado.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice

310/922-3006 • www.beyondbaroque.org


Sun 1/26 2 pm (see 1/9)

Dance at the Hammer


Sun 1/26 2 pm

Authors on Asia at PAM

Ruth Ozeki discusses “A Tale for the Time Being,” shortlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize. Free w/admission; RSVP.

Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena

626/449-2742 • pacificasiamuseum.org


Sun 1/26 2 – 4 pm

Family Arts at Barnsdall

Free art workshops on arts & crafts from world cultures, led by artists. Today, Poland: Folk Art Boxes with Helen Marish.

Junior Art Center, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA

323/644-6275 • barnsdall.org


Sun 1/26 2 – 4 pm

Taiko at the Fowler

Family Jam: Visit the Japanese textiles & samurai armor in the galleries, then welcome the winter sun & experience drumming by UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko. Make your own drum to take home.

Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA

310/825-4169 • fmch.ucla.edu


Sun 1/26 3 pm

Concert at the Colburn

Honors Recital from the talented students of the School of Performing Arts.

Colburn School, 200 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

213-621-1050 • colburnschool.edu


Sun 1/26 3 pm

Concert at 1st United Methodist Whittier

The 60-voice APU Bel Canto Women’s Choir brings to life a wide variety of contemporary Christian music, gospel songs, spirituals, a cappella arrangements, & classical music.

1st UMC, 13222 Bailey St, Whittier

562/698-0022 ● fumcwhittier.org


Sun 1/26 4 pm

Sports at Book Soup

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg presents “The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals & Changing the Game.”

Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hwd

310/659-3110 ● booksoup.com


Sun 1/26 4 pm

Poetry in West LA

Moonday Poetry presents readings by Gedda Ilves & Richard Weekley.

Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA

818/209-1051 ● moondaypoetry.com


Sun 1/26 4 pm

Writers at Vroman’s

Local Author Day: Layne Wong, Mark Bennett, & Cheverro Ananse Savage read from their new books – fiction, biography, & poetry.

Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena

626/449-5320 ~ vromansbookstore.com


Sun 1/26 4 pm

Freaks & Geeks at USC

Part I of a complete series retrospective of the influential but short-lived NBC comedy series Freaks & Geeks (1999–2000), with screenings followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast & crew. RSVP.

School of Cinematic Arts, USC

213/740-2330 ● cinema.usc.edu


Sun 1/26 6 pm

Concert at LACMA

Sundays Live presents music from the Chamber Ensembles from Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute.

Bing Theater, LA County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire, Miracle Mile

323/857-6234 • sundayslive.org


Sun 1/26 7 pm

Film at Beyond Baroque

Gerry Fialka hosts the 11th annual Venice Sponto Film fest, a review of films celebrating, honoring & chronicling Venice of the West.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice

310/922-3006 • www.beyondbaroque.org


Sun 1/26 7 pm

Documentary at the Hammer

The UCLA Film Archive screens “American Promise” (2013), in which filmmakers Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson capture 12 years in the lives of their son.

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire, Westwood

310/206-8013 ● www.cinema.ucla.edu




Mon 1/27 3 pm

Gallery Talk at the Getty Villa

Curator David Saunders leads an hour-long tour of the exhibitions “Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor” & “The Cyrus Cylinder & Ancient Persia: A New Beginning.” RSVP to visit; sign up fom 2:45.

Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades

310/440-7300 • getty.edu


Mon 1/27 4 pm

Reptiles at the El Sereno Library

For teens: See & touch an awesome assortment of reptiles including snakes, lizards, & more

El Sereno Branch of LAPL, 5226 Huntington Drive South

323/225-9201 ~ www.lapl.org


Mon 1/27 6 pm

Civil Rights at the Playa Vista Library

Actor & educator Charles Reese presents a multi-media lecture & discussion on James Baldwin’s meeting with Robert Kennedy, Lena Horne & leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Playa Vista Branch of LAPL, 6400 Playa Vista Dr, LA

310/437-6680 ~ www.lapl.org


Mon 1/27 6:30 pm

Architecture Talk at UCLA

Carsten Primdahl talks about the work of his Danish architectural design firm, CEBRA.

1302 Perloff Hall (Decafé), UCLA

310/267-4704 ● aud.ucla.edu


Mon 1/27 7 pm

Romance at Book Soup

Anna David presents her collection “True Tales of Lust & Love.”

Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hwd

310/659-3110 ● booksoup.com


Mon 1/27 7 pm

Military History at USC

Leading historian Victor Davis Hanson discusses leadership & strategy in “Civilization in the Balance: Saving Lost Wars.” RSVP.

Town & Gown, USC

213/740-6786 ● usc.edu


Mon 1/27 7 pm

Documentary at SMPL

Screening of “Urbanized,” about the design of cities, looking at the issues & strategies behind urban design & featuring some of the world’s foremost architects, planners & policymakers. Followed by a discussion with Scott Schonfeld & Julie Eizenberg.

Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

310/458-8600 • smpl.org


Mon 1/27 7:30 pm

Travel Talk at Distant Lands

Born & raised in Morocco, Kitty Morse is the author of nine cookbooks. “Mint Tea & Minarets” combines her love of food & Moroccan cuisine, but a touching memoir of returning home. RSVP.

Distant Lands, 20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena

626/449-3220 • distantlands.com


Mon 1/27 7:30 pm

Concert at USC

Colin Davin, alumnus of Thornton’s celebrated Classical Guitar Program, returns to campus to perform in an evening recital. RSVP.

Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC

213/740-2584 ● usc.edu


Mon 1/27 9 pm

School Night at Bardot

KCRW’s Chris Douridas brings the hottest upcoming bands & DJs together for a club night. Tonight: Andrew Ripp & more. RSVP.

Bardot, 1737 Vine St, Hollywood


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