We've survived another year in paradise. It's time to ring in the new year with resolutions, concerts, festival and shows. Here is a list of January 2013 events in Los Angeles that covers the areas of film, sports, books and music. And there is a whole lot of art happening this month in LA as well, courtesy of Los Angeles Arts month, and its related art events scattered throughout the month.
When: Jan. 1
Where: W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
What: This Southern-Californian time-honored tradition (since 1890) continues to usher in the new year for the nation, with pageantry and a purpose (honoring the Rose Bowl football game). See the amazing floral floats go by on Colorado Blvd. and wave to your new Rose Queen. The 124th Rose Parade starts at 8 a.m. All attendees require tickets.
When: Throughout January
Where: Various venues, from Santa Monica to South Bay
What: Join LA County officials and cultural arts leaders in celebrating Los Angeles Arts Month. Events will take place at venues all over town and cover different arts genres from hip hop jam sessions to free film screenings.
When: Jan. 5, 8 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, Sunset Strip
What: Nothing rings in the New Year like a tribute band and who better to pay tribute to than Jimmy Paige and the gang: Led Zeppelin? Tickets to this 18 and over show cost $20 advance purchase, $23.50 on the day of show.
When: Through Jan. 7, 2013
Where: Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino
What: This exhibit showcases 21 rarely shown silverpoint drawings by American artist Marsden Hartley, depicting his travels to the Bavarian Alps in the '30s.
When: Jan. 12, 13, 19, 20
Where: Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills
What: Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg founded the revered Dogme 95 cinematic movement. You never know what filmmaking brilliance might emerge from the Scandinavian creative pool. Find out at this annual festival (now in its 14th year) which showcases works from Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish film creators.
When: Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, W. Hollywood
What: He's dark, edgy and pretty brilliant. If you're a fan of Jerry Stahl's, you won't want to miss this in-person author event centered on his books Bad Sex on Speed: A Novel and The Heroin Chronicles.
When: Jan. 23-27
Where: LA Convention Center, South Hall, Downtown
What: In its 18th year, the LA Arts Show brings Los Angeles artwork 'from Rembrandt to Ruscha' in the form of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and works on paper from galleries around the globe. General admission day tickets are $15 advance purchase; $20 at the door.
When: Jan. 25-Feb. 17
Where: International City Theatre, Long Beach
What: Join Phileas Fogg on his epic journey in this play set in 1872. Fogg agrees to an outrageous wager which puts his fortunes and life at risk--but makes for great theatre! Five actors play 39 characters who cross seven continents in this Mark Brown adaptation of the famous adventurer's tale.
When: Jan. 21
Where: Staples Center, Downtown
What: See for yourself what all the hype is about. And, at the very least, enjoy the over-the-top theatrics and eye candy-esque costumes for which Gaga is known.
When: Jan. 24-26
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown
What: Those four famous notes from Beethoven's Fifth have been known to send chills down music aficionados' spines. Experience them for yourself at this LA Phil performance conducted by Ludovic Morlot. The orchestra will also play Mozart's piano concerto #25.