14 things to look forward to in LA in 2022


Well, 2021 has certainly had some highlights (especially around a two-week post-reopening optimism period where anything seemed possible). But we’re ready to shift our focus forward and start talking about 2022, because we think there’s a lot about the year ahead in Los Angeles to get excited about.

We’ll confess: some of those choices were things we thought too Actually happen in 2021 and, well, they didn’t. So you’ll definitely see a few repeats this time around, and we wouldn’t be shocked if the same happened again next year. That said, we do think all of these events and openings are things in LA that you can in complete confidence we look forward to 2022.

Broadway is back in force

Although Hamilton returned in August 2021 was still a relatively quiet year for Broadway productions in LA. But that all changes in January when the Center Theater Group kicks off the year at Ahmanson with a coming-of-age drag queen musical. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, followed by the financial epic The Lehman Trilogy and myth turned musical Hadestown, as well as notable productions at the end of the season such as the return of Dear Evan Hansen and a dark and sexy version of Oklahoma! Up to the 101 you will find a brief engagement of To rent at the Dolby Theater and a few months of Red Mill! Musical comedy at the Théâtre des Pantages. Of course, as of this writing we are seeing scenes in New York temporarily halting their productions, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that LA does better.

Photography: Time Out / Michael Juliano

The Super Bowl and (hopefully) the MLB All-Star Game are coming to town

Pushed back first by construction delays and then by the pandemic, the Super Bowl should finally arrive at the prodigious SoFi stadium in Inglewood on February 13. Forget the football: The halsey show promises a memorable set from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, while a series of off-site official concerts will feature Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Green Day and Miley Cyrus at—deep sigh—Crypto.com Arena.

When it comes to baseball, Dodger Stadium also saw its hosting functions drop from 2020 to 2022, but its outlook is now a bit bleaker. Yes lockdown ends, then the MLB All-Star Game heads to Chavez Ravine on July 19.

Frieze LA moves chic art fair to Beverly Hills

This dream show of works from 100 international galleries returns from February 18-20, but this time around, it will leave Paramount’s surreal backlot behind for a bespoke space in Beverly Hills. Frieze LA will host its third LA Art Fair in a custom structure to be unveiled next to the Beverly Hilton, with a public sculpture park near the Beverly Hills brand.

Barbara Kruger, Artistic rendering of Untitled (This is how we do it)
Photo courtesy of the artist and the Art Institute of ChicagoBarbara Kruger, Artistic Rendering of Untitled (This Is How We Do It) (2011) at the Art Institute of Chicago.

And a bunch of major art exhibits are coming to LA museums

We’ve actually put together an entirely separate story on 11 art shows that we look forward to next year, but here we’ll name three of the biggest: LACMA will host an exhibition of Barbara Kruger’s videos and large scale vinyl films. in March and an Alexander McQueen exhibition in April that pairs his dresses with inspiring works of art, while the Academy Museum examines a vast, unrecognized period of noir cinema from 1898 to 1971.

Coachella will be back after a three-year hiatus

In the spring of 2020, Coachella was one of the very first major events to be canceled. When it returns in 2022, it will be three full years since its last edition. So what do we know about this next one, scheduled for April 15-17 and 22-24? Well… not a ton, as there isn’t a full lineup announcement yet. We know that Rage Against the Machine will always be in the headlines and that Swedish House Mafia, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are on the bill. But Frank Ocean has been pushed back to 2023 and, according to multiple reports, Travis Scott is out of the lineup.

Netflix is ​​a joke: Festival hosts an impressive number of huge comedy shows

Another pandemic delay (the initial release was unfortunate enough to announce its plans in March 2020), this 11-day comedy festival will host more than 130 comedians at more than 25 LA venues, with many shows due to be taped as a Netflix special. The lineup, as you would expect, is amazing. From April 28 to May 8, expect performances and conversations from Ali Wong, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Conan O’Brien, Nicole Byer, Dave Chappelle, Larry David, David Letterman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Eddie Izzard, Tig Notaro, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and many more.

LA National Women’s Soccer League’s newest team Angel City FC to make debut

The Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park will have another home team for next spring: Angel City FC, LA’s first professional women’s football team in over a decade, and backed by a team of star investors who includes Natalie Portman.

The Eagle Theater
Architecture + Design: Wick Architecture et Design / LAND Design Studio

Vidiots brings an old cinema to life in Eagle Rock

Cult movie rental store Vidiots closed its decades-old Santa Monica store in 2019, but for the past few years has been working on rehabilitating an over 90-year-old theater on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Like just about everything in the movie world, the opening date has changed a few times, but by spring 2022 you should be able to watch 35mm and digital movies and browse the rental archives of 50,000. films on the 200 restored seats. Yosemite Theater (now Eagle).

LA Pride will return to a mysterious place

West Hollywood’s annual LGBTQ + parade and festival had a hectic 2020 and missed 2021, but the huge event is set to return from June 10-12. However, he habit Be in WeHo: Organizer Christopher Street West announced a few years ago that he would no longer put LA Pride there, although he has yet to announce a new location in LA for its next edition.

Vegas comeback will get a little less miserable

Forget the 405: Driving south on 15 near the Nevada border at the end of a weekend is a special kind of automotive agony. By the end of next summer, however, there should be at least some relief. A five-mile stretch of highway south of Las Vegas will turn its shoulder into a traffic lane during peak periods, which will hopefully alleviate one of the region’s most notorious bottlenecks.

New Six Street Viaduct to Complete Construction

The Streamline Modern-style Sixth Street Viaduct said “so long ago” in 2016 after the octogenarian structure was deemed quite susceptible to collapse in a major earthquake. Now, in the summer of 2022, local architect Michael Maltzan elegant and quick replacement will accommodate cars, bikes and pedestrians across the LA River. Once the span is complete, construction will begin on a 12-acre park under the overpass.

Photography: Rozette RagoLorde

Barcelona’s excellent Primavera Sound to debut in LA

After having to push back its planned debut in 2020, the Barcelona-born music festival Primavera Sound is heading back to LA again, with Arctic Monkeys, Lorde and Nine Inch Nails at the top of its 2022 lineup. The three-day event , scheduled for September 16-18 at LA State Historic State Park, also features James Blake, Mitski, Clairo, Darkside, Khruangbin, Arca, Stereolab and Kim Gordon in its first batch of lineup announcements.

A pair of key Metro projects are about to start the service

Metro’s planned completion dates have been as slippery as the roads after the first rain of the season, but we’ll choose to be optimistic about major ongoing rail projects that are expected to be completed at some point in 2022. The line Crenshaw will connect the E Line stop at the West Adams and Leimert Park border with the LAX C Line stop (which will see a shuttle extension in 2023). Meanwhile, the regional connector will allow one-seater trips between Azusa and Long Beach as well as between East LA and Santa Monica by adding additional stations in downtown LA that expand and more seamlessly connect streetcar lines. to the subways.

Korean delicatessen opens in arts district

We always look forward to our next meal, and this is especially the case when it comes to the major restaurant openings of 2022, from a rooftop space by Stephanie Izard to the brick and mortar n / soto of Niki Nakayama at Mother Wolf, the Hollywood follow-up to Evan Funke’s Felix. But we’re more excited about Yangban Company, a grocery store and a Korean-American market in the Arts District. Owners Katianna and John Hong plan to bring their Napa Valley dining experience and Korean-inspired recipes to a unique and relaxed hangout.


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