The transition to a brand-new year presents an opportunity for championing innovation.
We have been locked indoors for longer than any of us ever thought would be cool, but this new year and month stokes the flame of innovation, do-overs, and new ways of experiencing life. Here’s the month’s rundown of virtual events, art, music, and so much more. Just remember, support local businesses as often as possible because it matters.
The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro
Now–Jan. 20th | Virtual event | Free centertheatregroup.org
The Center Theatre Group will present Chicanx adaptations of classic Greek plays, Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada, in streamed readings filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience
Now–Feb. 28 | 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles | Tickets $59–$234 feverup.com
The Upside Down and Starcourt Mall circa 1985 is coming to life thanks to Netflix and the Duffer Brothers, who are bringing a fully immersive, multilevel experience over the next two months to Angelenos. Prices are per car and range from general admission to VIP.
420-Friendly Meditation Sesh- Ins
Jan. 5 & 19, 5 p.m. | Virtual event | Free (suggested donation $10–$20) Tickets on Eventbrite
Enjoy community virtually with cannabis wellness coach Victor Ung from Human Up. The meditation has three focuses: clarity, consciousness, and connection through cannabis guided practice.
Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp PitchForce
Jan. 7, 3 p.m. | Virtual Event | pitch-force.com
In this free event presented by Max Shapiro, PitchForce founder and People Connect CEO, companies deliver elevator pitches to a panel of VCs, angel investors, and successful start-up founders.
Celebrating Spike Lee
Jan. 14, 6 p.m. | Virtual event | Free one.bidpal.net/ americancinematheque/
Join this livestream presentation of the 34th American Cinematique Awards honoring filmmaker Spike Lee.
Rye Whiskey Tasting with Catoctin Creek Distilling
Jan. 14, 5 p.m. | Virtual event | Free thecraftycask.com
If you want to sip along with Becky and Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling in this Meet the Maker virtual tasting event of Virginia Rye Whiskey, buy the tasting pack ($50) ahead of time. The event is held in partnership with The Center for Culinary Culture, which is home to the Cocktail Collection and the Los Angeles Food & Drink Museum (formerly American Cocktail Academy Los Angeles). The center has relaunched and reinvigorated its programming to offer virtual tastings with incredible spirits.
The Black Index: Artists in Conversation
Jan. 15, 11 a.m. | Virtual event | Free getty.edu
The Getty Research Institute presents a special event with two conversations— artist Lava Thomas with professor Leigh Raiford, and artist Whitfield Lovell with curator LeRomm P. Brooks. The conversations will explore the role of Black artistic practice within the structure of our current social and political climate.
Cannabis Communion Cave Ceremony
Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. | Virtual meditation | Suggested donation, $10–$30 per person Tickets on Eventbrite
Restaurante Week 2021
Jan. 15–30 (LA)| Prices vary restauranteusa.com
Latin restaurants in Los Angeles will be offering specially discounted prix-fixe menus for takeout or delivery. Restaurante Week will continue in Orange County (Feb. 1–15) and San Diego (Feb. 16–28).
Entering Cannabis Summit
Jan. 27, 9 a.m. | Virtual event | Free enteringcannabis.com