(credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

(credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)


With January coming to an end and one 2015 month under our belt, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy and explore. This week features the return of an iconic L.A. play, “Chavez Ravine,” as well as other great theatrical performances, live music, and cultural attractions. Don’t miss Santa Barbara’s International Film Fest and accompanying Film Feast worthy of a mid-week getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Finish your week by watching the 2015 Super Bowl at one of LA’s best bars and restaurants.

Monday, January 26
(Credit: The Eveleigh)

(Credit: The Eveleigh)


Whiskey Dinner
The Eveleigh
8752 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 239-1630
www.theeveleigh.com

Executive Chef Jared Levy of The Eveleigh has teamed up with Bartender Cory James to put on a special, one-night-only whiskey dinner, a five course dinner with fabulous cocktail pairings. Special guest and Master Ambassador Wes Henderson from Angel’s Envy whiskey with finish the evening with a toast to Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, one of only 600 bottles produced.

Tuesday, January 27
Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Drew Gooden #90 of the Washington Wizards at Staples Center on March 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Drew Gooden #90 of the Washington Wizards at Staples Center on March 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)


Lakers vs. Wizards
STAPLES Center
1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100
www.staplescenter.com

Today, it’s your chance to catch the best ticket in town as Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards for a game that is sure to excite! Starting at 7:30pm, make sure to get there early to grab some of the best stadium food around!

(Credit: Visit Santa Barbara)

(Credit: Visit Santa Barbara)


Santa Barbara Film Feast
Various Locations
Santa Barbara, CA
www.SBFilmFeast.com

Take a short trip north for the 30th anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which begins today and fills the next 12 days with movie screenings, film reviews, and celebrity panels. The entire city is gearing up for the festival by participating in the Santa Barbara Film Feast, offering special restaurant menus, unique beverage options, and hotel packages celebrating “30 Years of Filmmaking.” For the FilmFeast, grab a meatball sandwich at Belcampo Meat Company in honor of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or pour a drink at the Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort including a Birdman Martini, Outstanding Carell Collins, or a Cousteau Margarita. Numerous dining and lodging packages are available.

Wednesday, January 28
(Credit: Craig Schwartz)

(Credit: Craig Schwartz)


“Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival”
Kirk Douglas Theater
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org/Chavez-Ravine

Previews begin this week for “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival,” directed by Lisa Peterson who was also at the helm during the play’s world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum. The highly anticipated return features energized material and music from the Rodarte Brothers and Culture Clash, in this urban exploration of the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles. With an official open date of February 4, the performances run through March 1st at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City.

Thursday, January 29
(Credit: Ed Krieger)

(Credit: Ed Krieger)


“Reborning”
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(323) 663-1525
www.fountaintheatre.com

The Fountain Theatre launches its 25th Anniversary with the Los Angeles premiere of “Reborning” by Zayd Dohrn. This darkly funny psychological thriller follows a young artist as she tries to unravel the mystery behind her abandonment at birth. Directed by Simon Levy and starring Kristen Carey, Ryan Doucette, and Joanna Strapp, the performance runs Thursdays through Sundays through March 15. Ticket prices start at just $15.

Friday, January 30
(Credit: Sonoma Wine Garden)

(Credit: Sonoma Wine Garden)


Sonoma Salon: Music Under the Stars
Sonoma Wine Garden
395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 214-4560
www.sonomawinegarden.com

Visit the Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica tonight for their inaugural live music series, taking place every other Friday night. Enjoy a sunset dinner and glass of wine on the restaurant’s patio and then enjoy the live music under the stars from a variety of both well-known artists, local talent, and up-and-coming featured artists, presented in partnership with music industry veteran Martin Flesichmann of Rum & Humble.

Saturday, January 31
(Credit: Los Angeles Master Chorale)

(Credit: Los Angeles Master Chorale)


Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7282
lamc.org
www.theatricum.com

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, in collaboration with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will present two performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion this weekend at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. With 13 soloists, including Pablo Corá, Tenor; Janelle DeStefano, Mezzo Soprano; and Arnold Livingston Geis, Tenor, this anticipated collaboration will present the historically informed performances under the direction of Grant Gershon. Written nearly 300 years ago, Bach’s musical interpretation of the biblical Passion is one of his most inspirational pieces.

Sunday, February 1
(Credit: Jamie Pham)

(Credit: Jamie Pham)


Superbowl Sunday
Dog Haus Biergarten
93 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 683-0808
www.doghaus.com

The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in today’s epic battle to be named football’s national champion. Numerous bars and restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area are featuring specials worth enjoying including Dog Haus Biergarten, featuring $1 sliders and $4 draft beers during the game. Additionally, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (various LA locations) gives you all-you-can-eat access during their Superbowl brunch with housemade Sangria and mimosas, and Preux and Proper, the hip, new scene in DTLA is boasting a New Orleans themed happy hour that can’t be missed.

Visit our full list of the Best Bars In Los Angeles to watch the Superbowl!

(credit: Rock Sugar)

(credit: Rock Sugar)


dineLA Restaurant Week
Various Locations

Today marks the last day of dineLA Restaurant Week. As one of the most popular foodie events of the year, there nothing bigger or better to experience some of LA’s top restaurants at a fraction of the cost. So, loosen that designer belt as this is your opportunity to try something new. A chance to dine like Hollywood royalty on a college student’s budget is rare, especially if it is a sampling of a special menu prepared by L.A.’s top chefs. Locals, transplants and visitors of the L.A. area have the opportunity to wine + dine while enjoying a special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a fraction of the normal cost.

For a full list of the best restaurants serving up special cuisines, visit What You’re Eating – The Best of dineLA 2015 Restaurant Week.

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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