Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Toro y Moi will perform at the Wiltern this weekend. Photo by Patrick Jeffords

Think of this week's top events as a showcase for those who like to mix it up -- whether by combining cuisines, melding musical genres, or blurring the lines between science and storytelling. Read on for details about the latest from chef Roy Choi, musician Toro y Moi, Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and more.

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Roy Choi Discusses "L.A. Son" at Central Library, Book Soup | Library event details | Book Soup event details
Kogi chef and co-founder Roy Choi, the man who launched a thousand food trucks, is currently making the rounds with his new book, "L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food." Part memoir, part cookbook, it traces his life from childhood afternoons spent at his parents' Korean restaurant to his days at the Culinary Institute of America to his meteoric rise to stardom. It also includes dozens of recipes near and dear to Choi, such as Korean fried chicken, tempura potato pancakes, carne asada and pork belly pupusas. This week Choi will be reading from, discussing and signing copies of "L.A. Son" at the Central Library and Book Soup. (He's also at Skylight next week.)

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square | Event details
Here in the Southland, outdoor ice rinks might just be the holiday counterpart to summer's alfresco movie screenings -- it seems like every neighborhood wants one to call its own. Santa Monica's opened last week, and now it's downtown L.A.'s turn. Pershing Square claims Los Angeles' largest outdoor skating rink, now entering its 16th season, and it's tough to beat the backdrop of twinkling lights and towering skyscrapers. Opening this week, Downtown on Ice runs daily through Jan. 20 and features special events such as a winter concert series, a holiday festival (Dec. 14), championship skating exhibitions, broomball games and more.

Chris Ware: 'Writing The Graphic Landscape' at the Fowler Museum | Event details
With his intricately drawn, multilayered comics, the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware continues to push the boundaries of his medium. It almost seems like shortchanging to call his work comics -- which perhaps explains the fancy title for this conversation with Ware moderated by Michael Silverblatt, the always insightful host of the radio talk show "Bookworm." Before the discussion, Fowler Out Loud will also present a spoken-word and literary event inspired by Ware and his most recent work, "Building Stories."

Radiolab Live: 'Apocalyptical' at the Saban Theatre | Event details
Radiolab is either the most entertaining educational program or the most educational entertainment program on the radio -- and it may well be both. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich have once again taken their unique mix of storytelling, science and music on the road, this time with "Apocalyptical," an exploration of cataclysmic destruction and surprising survival. Musical acts On Fillmore and Noveller will provide the cinematic live score, and comedians Patton Oswalt and Simon Amstell will also join the party.

Toro y Moi at the Wiltern | Event details
As is the case with many of the other folks mentioned in this roundup, the singer, songwriter and producer Toro y Moi's work defies tidy categorization. The man born Chaz Bundick made his mark as a purveyor of synthy, laid-back tunes ("chillwave," if you must), but has since expanded his sound to incorporate elements of funk, soul, hip-hop, dance music and alt-rock. This Saturday he'll get bodies moving at the Wiltern, with a warm-up from local DJ duo Classixx.

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Oliver Gettell is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles.


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