The good news in LA this week is that beloved Tar and Roses restaurant is finally reopening after last year's fire. Matt Bennett and Moses Storm are hosting the raucous comedy variety show This Is Your Show at Nerdmelt Showroom, which promises to be a blast. Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the California African American Museum is hosting its annual Cake for King event. Sadly, there's another birthday memorial this week, but it's completely unexpected. David Bowie Nite at The Echoplex was going to be in honor of the artist's 69th birthday (January 8). Given the tragic news of his death, it is now a bittersweet celebration of his life and legacy.
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January 14 | Comedy
This Is Your Show
There’s a reason why Matt Bennett and Moses Storm are such prolific comedians and have their own show at NerdMelt—they’re funny as all hell. They bring many of their friends along for the ride, so expect a 90-minute show packed with stand-up, improvs and sketches, music, interviews, and more. Guests include Nate Bargatze and Brooks Wheelan. There’s no age restriction, but we can’t promise it will all be appropriate and child-friendly. Actually, we can assume it won’t be.
7–8:30 p.m. | Nerdmelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 851-7223 | $10 ($8 in advance) | website
January 16–17 | Escape the city
Foxen Canyon Wine Trail
Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is home to more than 15 world-class vineyards in the Santa Barbara region of California, producing wines ranging from syrah to pinot noir and from viognier to chardonnay. Hit a few of the vineyards, meet the winemakers who call Foxen Canyon home, and learn about viniculture from people who have dedicated their lives to their craft. Alamo Motel, a new member of Shelter Social Club (the team behind Ojai Rancho Inn, among others), is just a few minutes from Foxen Canyon and within walking distance of local restaurants and shops, including excellent antiques hunting. If you feel like staying put, it has its own winetasting room, a tree swing, a fire pit, and plenty of succulents. Ask for one of the newly renovated rooms.
January 17 | Music tribute
The Echo and Part Time Punks Present David Bowie Nite
David Bowie seemed immortal. He gave so much to his fans over so many years, which is why his death is such a blow to the music world. Join The Echo this Sunday night to pay tribute to Major Tom and all his many personas. The night is hosted by Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Jose Maldonado of Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and is particularly poignant because it was originally planned as a celebration of Bowie’s 69th birthday and his inspirational career. The stars do look very different today, but we can still honor the memory and legacy of a much-loved artist.
9 p.m. | The Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 413-8200 | From $10 | website
January 18 | MLK Day
Cake for King Celebration at CAAM
Join the California African American Museum in its annual Cake for King Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. A variety of events will honor the great man's spirit, including a gospel performance with a local youth ensemble, video screenings of his speeches, and drum circles and dances with audience participation. There will also, of course, be a birthday cake.
11 a.m.– 4 p.m. | CAAM, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles | (213) 744-7432 | Free | website
Tar and Roses
Angelenos have been waiting for Tar and Roses to reopen ever since it closed unexpectedly last year because of a fire. The sudden closure was hard to stomach for both Chef Andrew Kirschner and the regulars accustomed to his unique wood-fired cuisine. Oxtail dumplings and bone marrow are back on the menu and come highly recommended. Balsamic ribs are also a crowd favorite. Chef Kirschner has had no trouble getting back into the groove, and it’s good to see Tar and Roses bounce back with style.
Tar and Roses, 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica | (310) 587-0700 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.