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So far, the New Year has been full of events and happenings to keep anyone’s social calendar booked. There is a never-ending list of arts, culture, music and food activities across Los Angeles, especially as we move out of January and into February. Here are a few ways you can stay busy this week.

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Tuesday, January 31st

The majesty, movement and music of Cirque de Soleil’s shows continue to wow crowds worldwide. Lucky for us, Santa Monica is currently hosting Ovo under a Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier. The show creates a colorful and energetic imagination of a world of insects and their surroundings as they experience many of the common themes that show themselves in Cirque performances–love, happiness, discovery and playfulness.Tickets start at $31.50 for children and $45 for adults.

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Thursday, February 2nd

Author Tricia Tunstall discusses her book, Changing Lives, and the impact of arts education in society. She explores musical great Gustavo Dudamel’s powerful leadership of a youth orchestra in Venezuela depicted in the film El Sistema and how music has the ability to make positive changes in the lives of children. The event is free to the public, but a reservation is required. Reservations can be made online or via phone.

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Friday, February 3rd

Sadie holds the spot as one of Hollywood’s newest reinventions. Yes, it is in the space that was Les Deux and, most recently, Hollywood Gastropub. Those doors have closed, and now Sadie is the girl on the block promising sophisticated nightlife with New American food and creative cocktails. Sadie officially opened at the end of January, which means you’re one of the first to check it out if you venture that way this week.

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Saturday, February 4th

Kathy Griffin brings her signature upfront and blunt humor to Hollywood as part of her on-the-road tour. Due to high demand, this is the second show added to her Los Angeles stint. Spend your weekend doubled over with laughter. Tickets range from $45-95 and can be purchased online.

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Sunday, February 5th

The California African-American Museum kicks off Black History Month with a series of events, including the monthly program entitled Target Sundays at CAAM: Education, Living Our Legacy of Achievement. This month, local artist and educator Theresa Tolliver will lead a hands-on workshop for all ages. There will also be appearances from actors Hill Harper and Jeffrey Anderson Gunter and several musical, poetry and dance performances. Doors open at 11:00 am, and the program begins at 1:00 pm. It is free to the public.

Chrystal Baker is the co-editor of The Duo Dishes and a freelance food and events contributor.