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What You’re Doing This Week: Jan. 20

January 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Joan Marcus)

(credit: Joan Marcus)

(credit: Petrossian)

(credit: Petrossian)

This week brings a myriad of activities including a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as well as a tasting of the culinary diversity of Los Angeles. In addition, begin a new Chinese New Year tradition by celebrating the Lunar New Year. There’s lots to do in LA this week. Let’s get started.

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Monday, January 20

Kingdom Day Parade
Western Ave. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Baldwin Hills, CA 90008
www.kingdomdayparade.org

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 85th birthday by attending the Kingdom Parade, which has taken place for the past 33 years in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us ‘Round,” will feature floats, marching bands, exhibitors, and food vendors. Beginning at 11am at Martin Luther King Blvd. and Western Avenue, it will travel west on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Crenshaw Blvd and then south on Crenshaw Blvd to Vernon Ave with a festival along Crenshaw at Leimert Park. Come out and celebrate a true icon and civil rights movement leader.

(credit: HollywoodPantages.com)

(credit: HollywoodPantages.com)


Tuesday, January 21

Book Of Mormon
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com

This Tuesday, the hilarious musical returns to Los Angeles for a five-month-run at the Pantages Theatre. The play, opening Tuesday evening was Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy Award winning duo of the television hit “South Park”. The Book of Mormon features hilarious and disrespectful humor you could expect from the pair. The play tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote village in Uganda where a warlord is threatening the local people. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries attempt to share the “Book of Mormon”.

(credit: The Eagles)

(credit: The Eagles)


Wednesday, January 22

The Eagles
The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
(212) 465-6741
www.eaglesband.com

Head to the Forum this week for the Eagles’ farewell “History of the Eagles Live in Concert” tour to hear all your favorite Eagles’ songs including “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Take It Easy.” What is even more exciting is the revamped iconic Forum, which officially opened its doors to the public after a $100 million renovation. Few tickets are remaining for this premiere music event taking place on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

(credit: Marie Buck)

(credit: Marie Buck)


Thursday, January 23

dineLA Restaurant Week
Various Locations Around Los Angeles
www.discoverlosangeles.com/dineLA

LA officially kicks off its first dineLA event of the year and from January 20-31st, you can taste your way through the diverse culinary scene. Newcomers to the lineup include Herringbone LA, Mud Hen Tavern, and Allumette. In addition, over 300 restaurants in total are offering specialty priced pre-fixe lunches and dinners starting at just $15. A brand new $85 tasting program is designed to give diners an even greater knowledge of popular menus. Visit www.discoverlosangeles.com/dineLA to book your reservation.

(credit: Whisky a Go Go)

(credit: Whisky a Go Go)


Friday, January 24

Whisky a Go-Go 50th Anniversary
8901 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-4202
www.whiskyagogo.com

This Friday, join the many fans to celebrate the world famous Whisky a Go Go which has been an L.A. staple for the last 50 years. To celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1964, the entire rockin’ month of January is boasting 50th anniversary shows and tribute bands to help you enjoy music history at its best. Visit www.whiskyagogo.com for more information

(credit: Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival)

(credit: Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival)


Saturday, January 25

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival
Garvey Avenue
(between Garfield and Nicholson)
Monterey Park, CA 91754
www.happychineseyear.com

This weekend, join the early Chinese New Year fun with more than 220 vendor booths, dragon dancers, a carnival area, food booths, and live entertainment. Take a lesson in Chinese calligraphy, make red paper envelopes, and be sure to make way for the dragon parading through the busy streets. 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday; Free.

(credit: City Race)

(credit: City Race)


Sunday, January 26

City Race Culver City
Culver City, CA 90016
(310) 360-6950
www.racela.com

The popular and fun City Race takes to Culver City to walk through movie history as you race “Amazing Race” style with other local participants and teams. This moderately challenging hunt requires a cell phone camera and advance registration as you search for hidden secrets, landmarks, art, and architecture in Culver City. The event starts at 11am and is $40/person.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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