10 Things To Do To Beat The January Blues


After the long holiday season it can be hard to get back into work mode. Schedule some of these events into your calendar for something fun to look forward to!

Jumpstart your resolution to get in shape by taking a hike. While Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon’s the most well known (and dog friendly) with a great view of downtown once you reach the summit, Griffith Park’s a good choice for eastsiders. Those who live west of the 405 might want to set their sites on Los Liones (the challenging trail rewards with a bench looking out over Catalina). For more ideas, click here (For hikes in and around San Francisco, click here)

Fog Art + Design returns to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, January 16th through 19th (the preview gala’s the night of January 15th). Kicking off 2020’s fair season, it assembles 48 leading international galleries as well as prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers, a weekend of exciting programs; and 21POP, a special installation created by Stanlee Gatti.

January’s a great time for gallery hopping. If you’re in San Francisco this Thursday evening, January 9th from 6 pm to 8 pm, head to the opening of “Under The Knife,” a selection of new Impasto paintings by Carolyn Meyer and Gioi Tran. At ArtHaus Gallery & Consulting.

photo by Brica Wilcox

Milan-based Nilufar Gallery‘s first “SQUAT Los Angeles” presents more than 150 notable design pieces by over 40 modern masters and contemporary designers. The series of seven vignettes combine iconic vintage and contemporary signature pieces by designers including Derek Castiglioni, Hans Agne Jakobsson, Carlo Scarpa, Ignazio Gardella, Martino Gamper, Bethan Laura Wood and Massimiliano Locatelli, among others. Through February 20, 2020, 830 North Highland Avenue, Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm.

Sunday, January 25th marks the annual museum free-for-all day. While it’s unlikely you’ll hit all 40 of the participating spaces, most of Southern California’s museums offer at least one free day (and night) a month. Check out the full list of participating museums here and the schedule of free museum days throughout the year here.

Show of your legs this coming Sunday, January 12th, at the annual “no pants day” on public transportation. To participate in the San Francisco events, click here; if you’ll be in Los Angeles, you’ll find details about the 12th Annual Metro ride here.

With the gray whales heading south (you also might spot killer whales), January’s a good time to go whale watching. Lather on the sunscreen, grab a jacket and head to the water. We like Davey’s Locker and Newport Whales, which both operate out of Newport Beach.

Explore some of those Los Angeles restaurants you’ve been meaning to try courtesy of winter DineLA. This year’s week kicks off January 17 and runs through the 21st. With both lunch and dinner on offer, you can hit all those spots you’ve been meaning to try, from Audrey at The Hammer, to Gwen, to Red Herring to Redbird

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