19 Awesome Events In Southern California This Week

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor opens for all you ghouls this week. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Queen Mary)

L.A.’s Francophiles say “je t’aime” to a festival of French films. TV show Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary with a big screen event. Carla Hall talks about soul food and justice. Beyond Fest and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor jump into the Halloween season. Pop-up Magazine returns with its fall edition. UCB Sunset hosts a Pun-off.

MONDAY, SEPT. 23; 7 p.m.
Friends 25th Anniversary
TCL Chinese Theatre — 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NBC sitcom, which launched in an area when you had to race home for “must see TV.” Watch Monica, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel and Phoebe on the big screen and take part in the “Central Perk” experience with selfies and coffee. Episodes screening are “The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate,” “The One with the Blackout,” “The One With The Birth” and “The One Where Ross Finds Out.” Different episodes screen at the theater on Sept. 28 and Oct. 2.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

MONDAY, SEPT. 23 - SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
23rd COLCOA French Film Festival
The Directors Guild Theater Complex — 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West
The largest French film fest in L.A. opens with the U.S. premiere of Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables. Not to be confused by the Broadway musical, the film is inspired by the riots of 2005 in the Paris suburbs and won the Jury Prize at Cannes. More than 25 films will premiere and compete for the COLCOA Cinema Awards. For sold out shows, some tickets may become available 20 minutes before each screening.
COST: $5 - $14 for regular screenings; $150 for opening night; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24; 7 - 8 p.m.
Carla Hall in Conversation
Garrison Theater at Scripps College — 241 E. 10th St., Claremont
Top Chef contestant and former co-host of The Chew Carla Hall, connects communities to the culinary world. As part of Hunger Action Month, Hall joins Rachel Ng, food editor for Westways, for a conversation on food justice, her eclectic career path and soul food.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Unnamed Press: Journalist to Novelist Discussion
Annenberg Community Beach House — 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica
Three L.A.-based journalists — David Ulin, Margaret Wappler and Adam Popescu — discuss their writing journeys fas well as “the differences between getting a great story and creating one.”
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 - MONDAY, OCT. 28
Short+Sweet
Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center — 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The world’s largest performing arts festival focuses on original short form theater, music and dance works. During the month-long event, short films will screen on Tuesday nights. Two weeks of theater works in English will be followed by two weeks of Latinx works. Oct. 23 features two new short plays by John Patrick Shanley, one of them a world premiere. Oct. 26 features a special matinee devoted to short dance works. The gala closing and awards ceremony takes place on Oct. 28.
COST: $17.50 - $35 per program; MORE INFO


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 - TUESDAY, OCT. 8
Beyond Fest
Egyptian Theater — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
One of the largest genre festivals returns in time for the Halloween season with a program of shorts and features including the West Coast premieres of Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Dolemite is My Name, Color out of Space, The Lodge and the world premiere of Mister America.
COST: $12 - $25 per screening, with some screenings FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25; 8 p.m.
Black Movie Soundtrack III
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood
The tribute to music in black film returns for its third installment. Hosted by Craig Robinson, the performers include: El DeBarge, Dionne Farris, Raphael Saadiq, BeBe Winans, Chaka Khan, Meshell Ndegéocello, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
COST: Tickets start at $1; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25; 11 a.m. - until out
Found Oyster Pop-up
Konbi — 1463 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Found Oyster’s chef/partner Ari Kolender (Hayden, The Ordinary) serves up a preview of what to expect at his upcoming restaurant. That includes his take on the classic lobster roll, made with bisque sauce and serrano chili.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch
Various theaters
Kino Lorber and the video streaming platform Kanopy bring the environmental documentary to more than 100 theaters nationwide for one day only to coincide with the U.N. Climate Action Summit. The film follows the research of scientists who argue that humans have had such a profound impact on earth that the Holocene Epoch has given way to the Anthropocene Epoch. The film is the third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013). If you miss the screening, the documentary will be available for streaming on Kanopy on Jan. 1, 2020.
COST: Ticket prices vary by theater; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Phil Neighborhood Concert
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex — 5151 State University Dr., El Sereno
For more than 20 years, the L.A. Phil’s neighborhood program has helped make music accessible to more people. Listen to Paolo Bortolameolli conduct the L.A. Phil as it performs works by Duke Ellington, Aldemaro Romero and Leonard Bernstein as well as commissioned works by Gabriela Ortiz and Paul Desenne. There are additional Neighborhood Concerts in Whittier on Friday (Sept. 27) and Inglewood on Saturday (Sept. 28).
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Everyone In: Stories From the Frontline, Mar Vista
Coffee Connection L.A. — 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista
Hear from community members who have experienced homelessness, or have worked to end it, as they share their “personal stories of strength and perseverance.” The program begins at 7 p.m., but there are refreshments and a reception before and after the screening.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Pop-up Magazine returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel for its fall edition. (Jon Snyder)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 7:30 p.m.
Pop-Up Magazine: Fall Issue
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The “live magazine” returns to L.A. for a mix of true stories, film, photography, art and music on stage. With the theme “escape,” the night’s lineup includes comedian Jordan Carlos, photojournalist Lisette Poole and musician Left at London. The presentations aren’t filmed or recorded, so you have to be there if you want to experience the magic.
COST: $39-$49; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 - SATURDAY, NOV. 2
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
The Queen Mary — 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
The ocean liner earned its nickname, The Grey Ghost, during WWI when it was nearly capsized by aa 92-foot rogue wave while transporting American troops. For the Halloween season, a new maze called Rogue will immerse guests in “the panic and chaos” of the wave’s impact “with deafening water effects, complete darkness, floor to ceiling seafoam, and even experience the feeling of being capsized.” Ticketholders will also have access to areas that were closed off to guests, including Door 13, dubbed one of the most haunted areas on the ship, and a secret bar in the boiler room. In all, there are six mazes, 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, zombies and other haunting experiences.
COST: General admission tickets start at $20; MORE INFO

This Thursday, Michael Cimarusti creates an Italian seafood dinner at Il Pesce Cucina - Eataly LA. (Courtesy of II Pesce Cucina )

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
Thursdays with Michael
II Pesce Cucina at Eataly LA — 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Chef Michael Cimarusti prepares a special, multi-course seafood dinner, inspired by his roots in southern Italy’s Puglia region, in the open kitchen. The menu includes black bass crudo, gnocchi al pomodoro and scorfano e fagioli.
COST: $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 6 - 9 p.m.
8th Annual Sunset & Dine Festival
Columbia Square Parking Lot — 1538 N. Centro Ave., Hollywood
Sample bites from neighborhood eateries such as Cleo, Delicious Pizza, Farm Fresh To You, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, 25 degrees, Urban Masala, Intelligentsia Coffee, Rubies and Diamonds and Wood & Vine
. Amoeba Music curates the night’s entertainment. Tickets include all food and drink.
COST: $50 - $75; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 8 p.m.
Unspooled LIVE
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — 700 W. 7th St., Ste. U240, downtown L.A.
Paul Scheer is a lifelong movie fan who has never seen many classic films. So on the Unspooled podcast, he teams with film critic Amy Nicholson to find out what makes films like Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver so special. During the live show, they’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road and examining the effect the Beatles had on the big screen.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

The Nourished Spirit Writing Workshop features and evening of cocktails and writing at the Hotel Palomar. (Courtesy of Double Take)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Age Statement, A Nourished Spirit Writing Workshop
Double Take at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar — 10740 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
At this “Age Statement” creative writing-cocktail workshop, attendees taste aged whiskies and write letters to themselves at ages 10, 21 and 100. Lead bartender Sarah Mengoni creates cocktails that pair with these life milestones and spark inspiration. Light bites from chef Paul Gregory will also be served.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 - SATURDAY, OCT. 19; 8 p.m.
King Lear
Brand Park — 1601 W. Mountain Ave., Glendale
Watch actors in modern costumes take on Shakespeare’s classic drama about an aging patriarch at the outset of dementia and the changing relationship with his daughters. Since the production is outdoors, dress in layers. Pack a blanket, a low chair and a picnic. The play runs Thursdays through Saturdays.
COST: Pay-what-you-can; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26; 8:30 p.m.
Pun-Off
UCB Sunset — 5419 W Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
The Quick & Funny Musicals company puts on an hour-long musical about Pun Competitions (which they swear is a real thing). Written by Joe Chandler (American Dad), Matthew Patrick Davis (who also wrote the music and lyrics) and Zach Paez (Community, Gravity Falls), the show is directed and choreographed by Emmy winner Kathryn Burns (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
COST: $7; MORE INFO


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