The new year kicks off in the Melrose Arts District with some must-do events that illuminate the world-class creators that make us such a great destination for art and entertainment. From gallery openings to art walks, you’ll find yourself amused, excited, and inspired. And what better way to welcome in 2020?
Gallery 1988 starts 2020 much like it closed 2019, with fresh shows from the best pop-cult artists in the world. Opening January 10 are “30 Years Later” featuring artwork inspired by films from 1990, and “Memes” which is exactly that, but make them art.
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Did you see any of the weekly “Da Poetry Lounge” shows in Greenway last year? Yes? Well, you’ll be happy to know the 2020 edition starts on Tuesday, January 7. If not, make this the year to FINALLY experience LA’s most memorable open mic night.
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
If you think the art of Melrose is incredible to see, wait until you hear the stories behind the pieces. On January 25, spend ninety minutes with Mr. Felix, one of LA’s preeminent street artists, getting behind the scenes of the most ‘grammable art on the block.
MELROSE STREET ART TOUR
The U.S Comedy Contest is racing toward the February finals, so you’ll want to catch the best of the best funny people this month. Anthony Jeselnik, Sam Comroe, and Sally Mullins are past winner, so be assured this is primo comedy.
THE SECRET COMEDY CLUB @ SAL’S COMEDY HOLE
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
If you caught Sordid Lives at the Zephyr, you know what to expect from the return of award-winning playwright Del Shores’ new one. This Side of Crazy, a dark family comedy set in the gospel music world, opens January 31. Praise Jesus!
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046