Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Ditch post-holiday gloom as we move into January with these dazzling destinations from this month’s roundup of short trips and longer hops throughout the Golden State. But exercise care and caution, and prepare for changes that the pandemic could trigger, including cancellations. Call ahead or check websites in advance before heading out.

To the northwest In San Francisco, the Exploratiorum invites you to connect with “luminous sculptures big and small as eight artists turn up the radiance” for “Glow: Discover the Art of Light” through Sunday, January 30 (; 415.528.4444); also in San Francisco, Friday, January 7, through Sunday, January 23, SF Sketchfest features two and a half weeks of comedy by well-known comedians, together with panels, workshops, and other activities that stretch out over multiple venues (

Down below, three exceptional events run through Sunday, January 9: “L.A. Zoo Lights” presents glowing animals and a nighttime journey that includes the “world’s largest illuminated pop-up story book” and a twinkling tunnel filled with swirls of color (; 323-644-4200); Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum continues its first annual Winter Frolic with a new Sock Skating Rink, a snowflake decorating station, animal encounters, and the Mighty Build Guild (; 626-449-9144); in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens conclude their illuminated extravaganza Enchanted Forest, “an entire town of magical stained glass creations” (; 8818-949-4200).

Observe Martin Luther King Day and the 37th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in LA on Monday, January 17, with the theme “Healing America” (; 844-454-6432).

In Los Angeles, the Natural History Museum through Sunday, April 17, offers “Becoming Jane: the Evolution of Jane Goodall,” a hands-on multimedia exhibition celebrating the world-renowned conservationist: “Her work studying the lives of chimpanzees in the wild captured the imagination of the world. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to know them as individuals with personalities and emotions—a notion once rejected by the scientific world, yet now considered revolutionary.” Highlights: “Envision yourself as a scientist as you explore a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent. Be immersed in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Hear from a hologram of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories in Gombe.” Member tickets available for reservation (; 213-763-DINO).

From Wednesday, January 19, through Sunday, January 23, and billed as “the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America, the LA Art Show packs the LA Convention Center with “over 80 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations from around the world exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, design, video and performance (; 310-822-9145).

Armchair travelers: Indulge your wanderlust with “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide” by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras (Workman hardcover, 2021) and imagine yourself savoring a beer made from fog in Chile, prehistoric cocktail cooler in Newfoundland, and rice pudding crafted by four million women.

Story First Published: 2021-12-24