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 2014 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 125th Rose Parade starts at 8 a.m. This year also marks the 100th Rose Bowl Game. 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. 4, 8 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, Sunset Strip
What: Dubbing itself "the greatest show on surf," this totally Cali spectacle honors '70s soft rock with its apparently dead-accurate renditions of tunes by Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, and Steely Dan.
When: Through Jan. 6, 2014
Where: Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino
What: This show is the first in the country to explore how Flemish artists helped create the visionary, complex, and arresting works of the Italian Renaissance. It features 29 paintings and six illuminated manuscripts by major artists.
When: Jan. 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, W. Hollywood
What: California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps author David Kulczyk discusses and signs his book which profiles 45 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State's reputation for nonconformity.
When: Through Jan. 12, 2014
Where: Hammer Museum, Westwood
Where: Operating in the hybrid ground between painting and sculpture and traditional photography, James Welling has created beautiful and challenging photographs for over 35 years. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of his work.
When: Jan. 15-19
Where: LA Convention Center, South Hall, Downtown
What: In its 19th year, the LA Art 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. 18-19 and 25-26
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. 15, 17, 18, 22, 24-25
Where: The Forum, Inglewood
What: Don't tell Lebowski but The Eagles are back in LA for a multi-show run at The Forum.
When: Jan. 25-Feb. 17
Where: International City Theatre, Long Beach
What: Billed as "a new Cole Porter musical," this show features over 30 classic Porter tunes capturing the elegance, romance, wit and passion of the sophisticate maestro's musical legacy. This marks the California premiere of Let's Misbehave.