This week, we have cats on glass, a dash of Asian-American culture, a bit of drunk history, some happenings at The Autry, a live performance of Animaniacs, a day-long tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and a photo exhibition about a very dark time in LA history.
Cats on Glass
I’m more of a dog person myself, but this pop-up looks fun. Cats on Glass is a pop-up with a purpose: have fun looking a cats in special themed rooms and, maybe, find a new furry friend to take home.
Cats on Glass is being held through Jan. 27 at 1147 Hope Street (near 12th Street) in DTLA.
The exhibit, sponsored by the cat litter people from Fresh Step, features a larger-than-life cat display, a yarn pompom room, a me-owm meditation center, an adoption lounge and the main event — cats in a glass playhouse.
Guests are encouraged to come, snap and share their cat love throughout the gallery, where an Instagram post will trigger a litter donation to shelter cats at spcaLA.
The first Cats on Glass was held in New York City last winter and drew 7,000 cat lovers.
Admission is granted on the hour, between noon and 8 p.m. It’s free, but a $10 donation to the spcaLA is suggested (and good form to support animal adoptions, I might add).
For more information, including video footage from the New York City event, and to RSVP, visit www.CatsOnGlassGallery.com
Asian-American Expo/Anime Impulse
I know the Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., in Pomona, is a bit of a drive, but this one is a twofer: the Asia-American Expo and the Anime Impulse.
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 19-20, the Asian-American Expo features six large exposition halls encompassing over 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 1,000 vendors, eight non-stop performance stages and three separately unique food courts. The Asian American Expo is hosted at the beginning of each year to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year Festival, with the goal of recreating the New Year celebrations found across Asia.
Tickets are $11 a day for adults and $9 for children under 13 and those over 65.
The Anime Impulse is running at the same time and showcases the world of anime and video games. The event will include appearances from celebrities, panel discussions, plenty of cosplay, vendors and an artist alley.
Tickets for one-day passes are $11 online and at the door. Two-day passes are $17 online and $22 at the door. Note that a pass to Anime Impulse also grants access to the Asian American Expo.
Museum of Drunk History
If you’re a fan of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” show, the Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Dr., has an exhibition for you.
The Center is displaying handcrafted dioramas from this season of the show, which producers call “the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history.” Scenes include “The Creation of Frankenstein,” “The Occupation of Alcatraz” and “Murderess Row” — the story that inspired the movie, “Chicago.” The dioramas are large in detail. Visitors are advised to keep an eye out for Easter eggs.
The exhibition is open from noon to 5 p.m., Jan. 18-20. Admission is free.
On every third Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., starting Jan. 18, and running through October, The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, will host Odd Nights.
This event covers two acres of Griffith Park with food trucks, mobile boutiques and over 60 pop-up shops. There will be a childrens area with a rock wall and massive inflatables. DJs will spin tunes all night.
Your $5 admission includes access to The Autry Gallery until 9 p.m.
Every third Sunday of each month, The Autry presents a Western Music Association Showcase from noon to 3 p.m., where musicians and cowboy poets perform stories and songs of the Old West, the open range and the all American cowboy. This event is free with your admission to the museum.
The guys behind the voices and music of the cartoon show “Animaniacs” will be perform live at 7 p.m., Jan. 19, at Luther Burbank Middle School, 3700 West Jeffries Ave. in Burbank.
Voice actor Rob Paulsen (“Animaniacs,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) will be joined by “Animaniacs” composer Randy Rogel for an evening of live voice work and music, while cartoons are screened.
Ticket prices are $15 for students, $35 to $45 for general admission, and $55 for VIP. There is also an optional $50 meet and greet that must be purchased in addition to a concert ticket. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.itsmyseat.com/LBMS/
MLK Day at California African-American Museum
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 21, the California African-American Museum (CAAM) will host activities in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
There will be drop-in family activities, including making your own megaphone and posters for change, a chance to hear a recording of King’s speech during a Los Angeles rally (more about that in a minute), a panel discussion on how to inspire the next generation to fight for civil rights, a performance by the Inner City Youth Orchestra and a childrens march around the Rose Garden.
There will be a keynote address by the Rev. Eddie Anderson, pastor of McCarty Memorial Church, co-chair of California Poor People’s Campaign and Black Lives Matter advocate.
While you’re at CAAM, you can check out the exhibition “Los Angeles Freedom Rally, 1963,” a civil rights rally that drew 40,000 people just three months before the famous “I Have a Dream” rally in Washington, D.C.
“Through powerful photographs and other ephemera, Los Angeles Freedom Rally, 1963 examines this significant civil rights gathering,” CAAMuseum.org says. “It also explores how and why Wrigley Field, LA’s first baseball stadium to the Los Angeles Angels, was a crucial locale for the event. Existing from 1925 through 1969, Wrigley Field is still remembered as the place where Dr. King stated, ‘Birmingham or Los Angeles, the cry is always the same. We want to be free.’ His efforts to desegregate and to connect Los Angeles to Birmingham helped to raise significant and desperately needed funds to assist the movement in supporting the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
The exhibition runs through March 3.
CAAM is located at 600 State Dr. in Exposition Park. Admission is free.
Free Holiday Monday at LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., will have free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 21. There will be bilingual tours and live music at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m. by the band Dream Phases. Dream Phases’ music ranges from noise pop to classic soul to dreamy folk.
in the City of Angels
If you were in LA County in 1985, you’ll remember the fear that accompanied the killings by “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez.
There’s a new photo exhibition at the LA Central Library, 630 West 5th St., that revisits that dark time. The exhibition is titled “Satan’s Summer in the City of Angels: The Social Impact of the Night Stalker.” The title comes from a new book by retired LAPD officer Glynn Martin (more about him in a minute).
The exhibition features photos from the library’s Herald Examiner collection, including a shot used by Martin for the cover of his book, of a woman at her door, holding a revolver for safety.
“His crimes activated insecurities previously foreign to Angelenos,” LAPL.org says. “Brutal and unthinkable killings moved millions to a state of near lockdown. Law enforcement’s simultaneous scramble aimed to calm the masses and catch a killer. The effect on the millions of innocents was patently unfair, but proved abundantly necessary. The exhibit and accompanying book explore the social impact of the serial killings and serial crimes committed by Richard Ramirez and the reaction of residents who bolted doors, locked windows and took up arms in the heat of just a single summer.”
The photo exhibition runs through July 14 in room LL4 of the library’s History and Genealogy Department.
At 2 p.m., Jan. 20, at 2 p.m., the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium will host a conversation between Martin and Gil Carrillo, the lead investigator on the Night Stalker case. Admission is free and no RSVP is required.