18 Awesome Things To Do This Week in Southern California

Oysters are the topic of discussion — and on the menu — at Connie and Ted's this week. (Image: Courtesy of Connie and Ted's)

Music fills the fall air this week with Dirty Projectors, Joni Mitchell's birthday bash, a Bill Withers' tribute and avant-garde jazz. New films and restored masterworks screen as part of the AFI Fest and Il Cinema Ritrovato, plus the Cinerama Dome celebrates its 55th birthday. There's lots of food talk, too, from oysters to women in the kitchen. And, in honor of the midterm elections, you can come have a donut with KPCC on Tuesday.

MONDAY, NOV. 5; 10:30 p.m.
An Evening of Comedy & Magic with Turner and Brandon
UCBT Sunset — 5419 W Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Turner Barrowman and Brandon Scott Wolf host a night of comedians and magicians mixing it up on stage. Guests Aparna Nancherla and Megan Gailey provide the mirth while Robert Ramirez and Nick Paul provide the magic.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 - THURSDAY, NOV. 8; 9 p.m.
Dirty Projectors
Zebulon — 2478 N. Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
The latest iteration of Brooklyn band Dirty Projectors plays three nights at the small-ish club. Fellow Brooklynites Pavo Pavo open each show. These shows are 21+.
COST: Tickets: $35; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 6; 6 - 8 p.m.
Teddy's Talk: A Discussion of Oysters
Connie and Ted's — 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The New England-inspired seafood eatery presents a discussion about oysters with exec chef Samuel Baxter, in collaboration with Todd Rubenstein of Blue Island Oysters. Following the talk, the two lead a hands-on oyster demonstration followed by a sit-down four-course dinner with wine pairings.
COST: $95+ tax and gratuity; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7
JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Music Center — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Joni Mitchell gets feted on her 75th birthday with one helluva lineup. James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal and Rufus Wainwright. This is a hot ticket, so only balcony seats are still available. Please call 213-972-0711 to purchase.
COST: $50 (limted view); MORE INFO

Stop by KPCC on Tuesday to talk democracy and/or donuts. (Image: Will Culpepper/Flickr Creative Commons)

TUESDAY, NOV. 6; 7 a.m. - 2 p.m
Democracy and Donuts — An Election Day Drop-in
KPCC's Crawford Family Forum — 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Take a break from the midterm elections for treats and casual conversation with KPCC and LAist. Come get free coffee, donuts and pastries, and talk about your voting experience in KPCC's recording booth. There'll be DIY buttons and photo opportunities for the 'gram.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 6; 7 p.m.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Novo DTLA, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Calling all MSTies! The MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour features original host and MST3K creator Joel Hodgson back in the red jumpsuit alongside new host Jonah Ray. With help from the Bots, the duo screens and riffs on new movies with a few sketches thrown in for good measure. The show is all ages.
COST: $45 - $55; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 - TUESDAY, NOV. 20
32nd Israel Film Festival
Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills; Laemmle Town Center 5 Theatre, Encino and the Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood
The largest showcase of Israeli cinema in the U.S. brings more than 40 narrative films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows. The festival opens with a gala screening of "The Other Story," a drama about the divide between secular Israelis and ultra-Orthodox Jews as seen in the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter.
COST: $10 - $75; opening night gala $150; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7; 7 p.m.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Cinerama Dome — 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Built in only 16 weeks, the Cinerama Dome held its first public screening on Nov. 7, 1963. To commemorate the occasion, ArcLight Cinemas screens the same film with special guests Karen Kramer (wife of director Stanley Kramer) and Sandy Hackett (son of actor Buddy Hackett). It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World screened at the theater for more than 66 weeks during its initial run.
COST: $17 - $18; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7; 7:30 p.m.
Women and the Kitchen
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Food historian Lara Rabinovitch, examines L.A.'s restaurant culture through the lens of gender. For this installment, she welcomes Roxana Jullapat, chef and owner of Friends & Family, to share her stories and experiences. The conversation will cover their professional journeys, kitchen culture and some of their fave places to nosh in L.A. The night wouldn't be complete without sampling some of Jullapat's food.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

The Social Muscle Club comes to L.A. for the first time, trying to bring people together for fun, laughs and community. (Photo: Social Muscle Club)

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7; 7 p.m.
Social Muscle Club (SMC)
Bootleg Theater2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
SMC comes to L.A. for the first time ever. The social gathering, an antithesis to stress, loneliness and a "capitalistic, competitive working world," began with a group of Berlin-based artists. It's a way to meet new people and take part in a sharing game. Each person around a table offers something they can give away and makes a request for something they want to receive. These offers and requests can be for something material or something abstract. "The giving and receiving happens around tables, amongst performance, music, food and surprises."
COST: $5; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 - SUNDAY, NOV. 9
Valley of the Heart
Mark Taper Forum — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
With a focus on family, identity and dignity, writer-director Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit") tells the story of two immigrant families — the Yamaguchis and the Montaños — who are trying to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression. Sharing farmland in the Silicon Valley, the families' oldest children secretly fall in love. The stakes are heightened when the Yamaguchis are sent to an internment camp during WWII.
COST: $30 - $99; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7; 7 - 9 p.m.
Well-Read Black Girl: Glory Edim in Conversation
Balch Auditorium, Scripps College — 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont
Edim, founder ofWell-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club, Instagram and online community that celebrates sisterhood and Black literature, discusses her book, "Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves." Novelist Natashia Deón ("Grace") joins her for the conversation.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7; 8 p.m.
Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Troubadour — 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Earlier this year, jazz-hip-hop-soul artist José James released a tribute to his idol Bill Withers in honor of the legend's 80th birthday year. "Lean On Me," out on Blue Note, features a dozen classic songs, vetted by Withers' himself. James pays homage live on the Troub's legendary stage. This show is all ages.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOV. 8 and SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 8 p.m.
wild Up / of Ascension
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
The Jazz Club series returns with a program co-commissioned by The Soraya. Curated by composer Ted Hearne and wild Up's conductor Christopher Rountree, the musical journey is inspired by John Coltrane's legendary 1966 album, "Ascension." The night of avant-garde jazz features pieces commissioned in response to each track of Coltrane's album and includes works by Hearne, Bjork, Julius Eastman, Jen Hill and a U.S. premiere from George Lewis. For this performance, the mainstage is turned into a New York-style jazz club and with the audience in the middle of the action.
COST: $44 - $66; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOV. 8; 7 p.m.
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Performs 'Suspiria'
Catch One — 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Arlington Heights
Legendary horror film soundtrack composer Claudio Simonetti and his prog-rock band Goblin perform the score live during a screening of Dario Argento's 1977 supernatural horror film, "Suspiria." The band also performs a bunch of classic Goblin songs. Ages 18+.
COST: $30-$75; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOV. 8; 7 p.m.
Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
Vroman's Bookstore — 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The actor, who has led a colorful life, discusses and signs his new book about lessons he learned "while surviving the ups and downs of almost 50 years in Hollywood, a near fatal motorcycle accident, a drug overdose, two divorces, bankruptcy and cancer in the middle of my face... These are my life lessons, my B.I.B.L.E.—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth."
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Peter Farrelly's 'The Green Book,' which has a Gala screening at AFI Fest. (Photo credit: Patti Perret)

THURSDAY, NOV. 8 - THURSDAY, NOV. 15
AFI Fest
TCL Chinese Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt — Hollywood
Talk about binge-watching. The festival's offers movie lovers hundreds of hours of narrative features, documentaries and shorts. The festival's opening and closing films are Mimi Leder's "On the Basis of Sex," inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, and Josie Rourke's "Mary Queen of Scots." Other gala screenings include, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "Green Book" by Peter Farrell and Steve McQueen's "Widows."
COST: FREE - $500 (Packages also available); MORE INFO


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