19 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week

National Pasta Day is upon us. (Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Sing in an impromptu choir at the Bootleg. Check out two companion exhibitions at the Getty that showcase True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900-50. Visit MOLAA's juried Día de los Muertos exhibition. Laugh at comedy festivals at UCB Sunset and the Westside Comedy Theatre. Listen to conversations with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler as well as Susan Rice with Eric Garcetti. Eat pasta...lots of pasta in honor of National Pasta Day/Month. There's also 45 Things To Do This Halloween In Southern California.

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a community-building event that creates choirs out of audiences. (Choir! Choir! Choir!)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14; 8:30 - 11 P.M.
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Bootleg Theater — 2220 Beverly Blvd., Filipinotown
Canadian artists Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman form choirs out of audiences, creating community among strangers. Show up ready to sing and they'll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. All ages.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Nights of the Jack
King Gillette Ranch — 26800 West Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas
The family friendly experience showcases hand-carved and illuminated jack o'lanterns through a half-mile trail around the ranch. Watch a live pumpkin carver, dine from top LA food trucks or belly up to the "The Spookeasy Bar" serving specially crafted Halloween cocktails (for those 21+). The ranch partners with Nickelodeon this year and features a special SpongeBob SquarePants installation, which brings SpongeBob characters and iconic Bikini Bottom venues to life.
COST: Tickets start at $22; MORE INFO

Included in the new exhibition, 'True Grit' at the Getty is 'Times Square / Broadway Composition' by Walker Evans, 1930. (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950
The Getty — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The museum presents two linked exhibitions — one of prints and the other of photographs — that highlight early 20th century city life. The works featured are drawn from local museums, a private collection and the Getty's own holdings, reflecting the massive social and economic changes that were happening in the U.S. between 1900 and 1950. View images of street life, leisure, industry and people during the period that encompassed wars and periods of boom and bust. Artists featured include Ida Abelman, George Bellows, Mabel Dwight, Edward Hopper, Peggy Bacon and Armin Landeck as well as photographers Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Lisette Model, Alfred Stieglitz and Helen Levitt.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Cyber Spirits
ROW DTLA — 777 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The eight-party immersive maze mixes humor and horror, following the presence of a spirit in digital devices. The 15-minute adventure includes CRT monitors, video art, projection, custom physical installations, Augmented Reality and speech synthesis. (People with light sensitivity should be aware of the light intensity.)
COST: $13; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15; 6 - 9 P.M.
Night in the City: L.A. After Dark
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) — 900 W. Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
This is the first installment of a three-part series that considers Los Angeles after dark. Shining a Light on the Night Shift examines the 24-hour economy through a screening of David Grabias' documentary that follows five nightshift workers. A panel discussion with Grabias and subjects follows the screening. There's a reception before the film with an opportunity to see rare collections on display. Other events in the series take place on Oct. 29 at NHM and on Nov. 16 with a conference at USC.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15; 8 - 10 P.M.
Tunes Of Terror - A String Quartet Tribute To Horror & Halloween
The Frida Cinema — 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana
Nostalgic Nebula presents a night of horror music performed live by a string quartet. Listen to movie themes and other killer tunes with intros by composers in attendance, including John Massari (Killer Klowns From Outer Space).
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15; 8:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The Ghost of Christopher Columbus Theater Smudging Spectacular
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Each year, Christopher Columbus rises from his grave to terrorize Native American people for Columbus Day, so this showcase means to scare him away for another year through laughter and jokes from indigenous performers. Watch standup from Kaitlyn Jeffers (Sisseton-Wahpeton), Monique Moreau (Saulteaux \ Cree First Nations), Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), Jim Ruel (Ojibwe); characters from Tai Leclaire (Mohawk + Mi'qmak), Timmy Mayse (Cherokee); storytelling from Taylor Orci (Sandia Pueblo) and William Jehu Garroutte (Cherokee); a short film from Joey Clift (Cowlitz); and Tiffany Midge (Standing Rock Sioux) reading excerpts from her book Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
De generación a generación: A subconscious lineage.
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) — 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
The museum's juried Día de los Muertos exhibition features art and altars by Southern California artists. With this year's theme focusing on how lineages have shaped people and communities, both directly and indirectly. The exhibition highlights familial, cultural and community-oriented beliefs and customs. An artists' reception takes place on Oct. 24 from 7 - 9 p.m.
COST: FREE - $10 ; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16; 6:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Morris Day Signing / Purple Rain Screening
TCL Chinese Theatres 6 — 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Musician Morris Day holds a book signing for his new book On Time, which focuses on his association and time with Prince. Day also participates in a Q&A before a 35th anniversary 8 p.m. screening of Purple Rain, beginning with the early days in Minneapolis. Fun fact: The film premiered at the Chinese Theatre on July 26, 1984.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16; 7 - 9:30 P.M.
Around the Block
El Cid — 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake
Listen to fresh beats from emerging hip-hop and music artists including Boogie Fresh, Hunner, Jae, Issachar, Johnny Hopkins, Triple EEE and Leeroy Jelks.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16; 9:15 - 11:15 P.M.
Jojo Rabbit with Filmmaker Intro
The Landmark — 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Rancho Park
Writer/director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) does a Q&A for the sold out 7:15 p.m. screening and sticks around to introduce the later show. The WWII satire features humor and pathos as it follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world is turned upside down when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided by his idiotic imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism and own prejudices.
COST: $11.50 - $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16; 7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Semolina Artisanal Pasta 5th Anniversary Dinner Party at Elysian
Elysian — 2806 Clearwater St., Atwater Village
It's National Pasta Month, and to celebrate, Elysian chef David Thorne and Leah Ferrazzani, pastaia/owner of Pasadena's Semolina Artisanal Pasta, team up to celebrate Semolina's 5-year anniversary. Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired, family-style dishes, including bucatini and strozzapreti with pork collar. Beer and wine are included in the ticket price.
COST: $75 per person; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
The Stalk of Fame
Foxhole Hollywood — 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Bring your friends to a new, live murder mystery. Travel back in time to 1947 as one of Tinseltown's most legendary directors is murdered on set. Try to find the killer to escape with your lives. The 30-minute experience combines immersive theater and a haunted history tour. The venue used to be the John Raitt Theatre and live scenes are performed throughout the space. After the event, guests can head around the corner for a free slice of pizza at the Elbow Room. While the experience is open to those 15+, you must be 21+ to enter the Elbow Room.
COST: Tickets start at $34.99; MORE INFO

It's National Pasta Day and Month. Go consume those carbs, especially the fresh, homemade kind. (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
National Pasta Day
La Pasta Fresca at Eataly L.A. — 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Eataly's recently opened pasta bar makes all the pasta being tossed, sauced and served using artisanal Italian methods. Celebrate the "holiday" by partaking in classic dishes like tagliatelle alla bolognese or quadrati con ricotta e spinaci. The walk-up pasta bar also offers specific wine pairings for each dish.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Westside Comedy Festival III
Westside Comedy Theater — 1323-A 3rd St., Santa Monica
The festival features improv troupes from all over the country as well as live improv podcasts and special drop-in guests. Shows and programs include The Rants and Rave Podcast (Live Podcast) with Modern Family's Dana Powell; TVunscripted (Denver) and The Crazy Uncle Joe Show with Stephanie Courtney (Mad Men/Flo From Progressive).
COST: $10 (shows are sold separately); MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival
The Second City Hollywood — 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
A few hundred performers from all around the country are participating in performances, panel discussions, film screenings and workshops during a weekend dedicated to diversity in comedy. Headliners include Stand-up Hosted by Valerie Tossi, Queer Window, The Black Version, Mama's Boy, The Katydids and a Tribe Called Jest.
COST: FREE - $10 ; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
West Angeles Cathedral — 3600 Crenshaw Blvd., Jefferson Park
The ALOUD series welcomes acclaimed author to celebrate and discuss his first novel. The Water Dancer explores enslavement and the separation of families, following the story of Hiram Walker who was born into bondage. Coates will be in conversation with Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther as two artists who have re-imagined race, history and politics in their work. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.
COST: $35 - $55; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17; 8 - 10 P.M.
Ambassador Susan Rice in conversation with Mayor Eric Garcetti
Peltz Theater at the Museum of Tolerance — 9786 West Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson
The former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations discusses her memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For with Garcetti. The ambassador's book examines complex political issues and her own personal history. Rice currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
COST: $20 - $55; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18; 8 P.M. - 1 A.M.
Dead Souls Bordello
Black Sheep Gallery — 231 N. First St., Burbank
For one night only, Noir Vixen Productions presents an immersive vampire bordello filled with witches, demons and vampires hanging out with humans. Guests are allowed to interact with the unworldly or just watch them and the performances. Costumes and "high-end night club couture" is highly recommended. This event is 21+.
COST: $25 - $45; MORE INFO