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

Installation view photo by Brian Forrest, courtesy of MOCA

As 2013 ticks over to 2014, we might take a moment to reflect on the passage of time. This week presents New Year's traditions both old and new, from a century-old parade and sporting spectacular to an all-new outdoor public party in the heart of the city. There's also a celebration of an iconic American artist, including a look at some of his paintings before they're rotated out for conservation, and a marathon screening of everyone's favorite time-traveling film trilogy. Finally, speaking of time, ours is up for now, as this will be the last weekly events roundup for now. We hope you've enjoyed them. Read on for this week's picks.

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New Year's Eve L.A. at Grand Park | Event details
Angelenos have gone without a central New Year's Eve celebration for quite some time, but no longer. Grand Park will host a free, family-friendly event encompassing a 12-block area from Hope Street to Spring Street, featuring live musical performances, dancing, interactive art installations, roving performance artists, a photo booth, food trucks, and the main event: L.A.'s largest-ever 3-D digital-mapping projection, which will cover 22 stories of City Hall. There will be video screens throughout the event so attendees can watch from any vantage point, as well an early countdown at 9 p.m., in sync with the East Coast.

OMFG NYE at the Shrine Auditorium | Event details
Another New Year's option, for those looking to dance all night (or at least until 2 a.m.), is this pulsing EDM extravaganza presented by My Life Every Day. The lineup features Boys Noize, Madeon, GTA, DJ Snake, Brazzabelle and Feed Me. Revelers looking to go Metro -- which runs all night and is free from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. on New Year's Eve -- can take the Expo Line to the Jefferson/USC stop.

Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena | Parade details | Game details
The Tournament of Roses marks two landmark anniversaries this year: the 125th Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The parade, which this year is themed Dreams Come True, embarks on its 5.5-mile route on New Year's morning with floral floats, equestrian groups and marching bands. Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is this year's grand marshal. Following the parade, football enthusiasts will head over to the Rose Bowl Game, where Pac-12 Conference champs Stanford will take on Big Ten Conference champs Michigan State.

Celebrating Mark Rothko at MOCA Grand Avenue | Thursday details | Sunday details
Some of the most frequently sought works at MOCA are Mark Rothko's seemingly simple but always arresting paintings, large-scale washes of color arranged in blocky compositions. As the museum prepares to rotate its Rothkos on view out for conservation, MOCA will offer two programs illuminating the artist's life and work. On Thursday, head gallery educator Bonnie Matthews Porter will lead "A Closer Look," a viewing and conversation, and on Sunday conservator Tanya Thompson and senior curator Alma Ruiz will present "Preservation in the Public Spirit," an exploration of the history and experience of Rothko's paintings.

"Back to the Future" Triple Feature at the Egyptian Theatre | Event details
Just a few days into 2014, moviegoers can get a good look at what the future holds in 2015 -- as well as snapshots of what life was like in the 1980s, the 1950s and the 1880s -- when the American Cinematheque presents a back-to-back-to-back screening of the "Back to the Future Trilogy." According to "Back to the Future Part II," we have plenty to look forward to in the next year or two, including flying cars, hoverboards and self-lacing Nikes. We can't wait.

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


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