This Weekend: Alas, No More Caroling

— by Caroline on Crack

Coming down from the holidays? I know, I’m feeling a bit blue, too. No more sparkly lights or Christmas music or wonderful sales. Le sigh. At least this weekend, there are lots of music events to choose from to get your ass grooving again, from a drum-off to a mashup. Take your pick.

Friday, January 4

First Fridays featuring Sea Wolf
Nothing like music and taxidermy to start off a new year right. Enjoy indie fave Sea Wolf at the Natural History Museum’s series First Fridays. Also performing are Afternoons with DJ Hoseh and DJ Allen of spinning in the African Mammal Hall. Enjoy drinks at the three bars and the L.A. Weekly lounge.

  • $9. 5:30-10pm. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (213) 763-3466.

Saturday, January 5

Tree People’s Mountain Planting
Is making the world a nicer place to live one of your new year’s resolutions? Join the Tree People in restoring woodland by planting oaks, native plants and grasses in one of the ‘Bu’s prettiest parks. Contact Kristina Clark at or (818) 623-4846 to join in on the fun.

  • 9am-12pm. Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu (map).

Hive Gallery’s New Year Group Show Opening
The Hive Gallery is a-buzzing with a fresh crop of artists. Check out the opening reception where live painting, DJs and a full bar await you.

  • $7. 8pm-12:30am. The Hive Gallery, 729 S. Spring Street, Downtown (map). (213) 955-9051.

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Grand Finals
The nation’s best undiscovered drummers compete to be crowned the Drum-Off champion. The night will feature performances by the four Drum-Off finalists as well as Angels & Airwaves, “Go Get A Late Pass!!!” featuring ?uestlove of The Roots, Street Drum Corps with special guests Adrian Young of No Doubt, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion, Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, John Sawicki of Stomp and Byron McMackin of Pennywise.

  • $20. 7pm. Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map). (323) 464-0808

Bootie LA Returns to the Echo
L.A.’s mashup party returns to its original home, the Echo. Relish creative mashups from the likes of Foxy Cotton, DJ Paul V of Indie 103.1, and Bootie San Francisco creators Adrian & the Mysterious D.

  • $10, $5 before 10:30pm. 9pm-2am. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park (map).

Sunday, January 6

Last Day of Dali: Painting & Film at LACMA
I find Dali’s films disturbing but if you love that crazy surrealist (said affectionately, of course) and still haven’t visited his paintings and films at LACMA better check it out while you still can. Sunday is the exhibit’s last day at the museum.

  • $12-$20. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (323) 857-6000.