16 Fabulous Happenings In Southern California This Week: Nov. 12-14

Enjoy a nighttime adventure under the full moon. Watch documentaries on Blue Note Records or climate activists in Ecuador. Attend film festivals — one presented by the American Film Institute and other inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1949 film fest. Listen to Flea talk about his new memoir with Malcolm Gladwell. And Sleater-Kinney's in town with new music and a new lineup.

Join in the full moon hike in Orange County's Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. (Norberto Duarte/AFP via Getty Images)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 6 - 8:30 P.M.
Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve — Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area, Silverado
Hike three miles along the paved road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in the dark canyon. Experience the trails after sunset and learn about the night sky. Wear warm layers and sturdy shoes. Bring your own water and a red-tinted flashlight for the hike. Ages 12 and older with guardian.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 6:30 - 8 P.M.
Save the Gay! A Conversation with Writer-in-Residence Analisa Raya-Flores
Annenberg Community Beach House — 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. at Beach House Way, Santa Monica
Raya-Flores, the Beach House's current writer-in-residence, leads a conversation about the stereotypical representation of queer people in the media. The event unpacks the "Bury Your Gays" cliché and explores new ways of telling queer stories. Actor Emily Skeggs and journalist Sam Levin join the discussion.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 8 - 11 P.M.
Sellassie's The Rap Contest
Resident — 428 S. Hewitt St., downtown L.A.
The traveling original song competition series allows independent hip-hop artists to connect with new audiences. The format is a single-elimination contest, with 32 contestants competing with their freshest raps and lines for a cash prize of $1,000 at each show. If you can't make it to Resident, the show travels to The Federal Bar in Long Beach on Wednesday. 21+.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

A photo of jazz artist Bud Powell and son, photographed by Francis Wolff, is included in the documentary 'Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes.' ( © Mosaic Images)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13; 7 - 9 P.M.
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes
Grammy Museum L.A. Live — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The museum presents a screening of the film, Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a documentary film about the legendary Blue Note Records. The studio has been home to some of the greats like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Robert Glasper. There's a post-screening discussion with moderator Scott Goldman, the film's Director Sophie Huber and GRAMMY-nominated musician/producer Terrace Martin, who's featured in the film.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13; 8 - 10 P.M.
Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Flea
Palace Theatre — 630 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
KCRW's Broken Record Live series features author and podcast host Gladwell in conversation with one of the founding members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. They'll discuss Flea's music career and his just-released memoir Acid for the Children.
COST: $29 - $100; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13; 8 - 10 P.M.
The Crossword Show
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Zach Sherwin hosts panelists — Baratunde Thurston and Lauren Lapkus among them — who solve a crossword puzzle live on stage, with everything displayed onscreen so the crowd can follow the action. But of course, there's a twist: The clues happen to be rhyming hip-hop lyrics. So, there's music, trivia and audience quizzes throughout the night. This show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
AFI Fest
TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Hollywood Roosevelt
This year's film festival screens 142 titles (80 features, one episodic, 40 shorts and 21 AFI Conservatory Showcase Shorts). Bookending the festival are opening and closing films Queen & Slim by Melina Matsoukas and The Banker by George Nolfi.
COST: Individual tickets $9 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 8 - 10 P.M.
Two Dykes and a Mic
The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
This Thursday marks the last "Two Dykes and a Mic" show of the decade. Hosts McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlo bring audiences the funniest, hottest queer comedy around. The lineup features Taylor Tomlinson, Alice Wetterlund, Zainab Johnson and Emma Willmann. Happy hour runs through 10 p.m.
COST: $5 - $8; MORE INFO

The ice rink in Pershing Square opens this week for the holiday season. (Courtesy of Red Apple Photography)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - MONDAY, JANUARY 20; 12 - 1 P.M.
Bai Holiday Ice Rink
Pershing Square — 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
L.A.'s largest outdoor ice-skating rink returns with a number of free, seasonal and festive events. The rink begins its 22nd season with an Icebreaker Opening Celebration on Thursday at 11 a.m. featuring a live performance of the Oscar-winning hit "Let It Go" from the cast of the North American tour of Disney's Frozen the Broadway Musical with a skate performance choreographed to the song. Every Tuesday throughout the ice rink season will be Let It Go Tuesdays. The rink lights will be predominantly blue and every third song played will be from the Frozen Original Broadway Cast Recording during the 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (if applicable) sessions.
COST: $9 general admission, $5 skate rentals ; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 5 - 10 P.M.
BOLD Holidays Kick-Off
Rodeo Drive — 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills kicks off the holidays with a lighting celebration, marking the start of the BOLD (Beverly Hills Open Later Days) festivities along Rodeo Drive. There's live entertainment headlined by Matthew Morrison, fireworks, an interactive photography pop up, and later night holiday shopping.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Film Maudit 2.0 festival screens genre and experimental films like 'Happy Face' by Alexandre Franchi. (Courtesy of Big Time PR)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Film Maudit 2.0
Highways Performance Space and Gallery — 1651 18th St., Santa Monica
Highways' inaugural film fest is dedicated to outré films — shocking genre and/or experimental films. The program is inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1949 Festival Du Film Maudit, which "celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time." There are six features and 40 films from around the world, with each feature making its L.A. premiere.
COST: $10 per screening, $40 for film pass; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 7 - 11 P.M.
Sleater-Kinney
Hollywood Palladium — 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Watch the new Sleater-Kinney as vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker and vocalist/guitarist Carrie Brownstein move on without longtime drummer Janet Weiss. The band's on tour to support its ninth studio album, The Center Won't Hold, with new drummer Angie Boylan. Kaina opens.
COST: $41; MORE INFO

Inko Nito and Boomtown Brewery team up for an educational beer dinner. (Courtesy of Inko Nito)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 7 - 9 P.M.
Inko Nito x Boomtown Brewery Beer Dinner
INKO NITO — 225 S. Garey St., downtown L.A.
The modern Japanese eatery in the Arts District holds an education beer dinner with the local brewery. Chef Randolfo Vaz prepares a four-course tasting menu (including sashimi and panko-fried chicken) paired with 6-oz. beer pairings, described by Boomtown's Chase Hawkins. Ages 21+.
COST: $42; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 7 - 9 P.M.
Spears from All Sides
Orange County Museum of Art — 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
The museum's Cinema Orange series presents a documentary, directed by Christopher Walker, that follows the charismatic Waorani activist Opi as tribal communities fight the complexity of climate change and resist the Ecuadorian government and oil companies.
COST: FREE admission with RSVP; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 7 - 10 P.M.
The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration
Various locations in Southern California
Rod Serling's beloved sci-fi, supernatural and surreal TV series was way ahead of its time. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment present a one-night-only event in theaters nationwide. Out of the show's 156 episodes, these six will be screened: "Walking Distance" (Original airdate: Oct. 30, 1959); "Time Enough at Last" (Original airdate: Nov. 20, 1959); "The Invaders" (Original airdate: Jan. 27, 1961); "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" (Original airdate: March 4, 1960); "Eye of the Beholder" (Original airdate: Nov. 11, 1960); and "To Serve Man"(Original airdate: March 2, 1962). Also screening at the event is the all-new doc "Remembering Rod Serling."
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15; 8 - 10 P.M.
Sylvan Esso
Walt Disney Concert Hall — 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The electro-pop duo are on their "With" tour, collaborating and presenting their music with 10 musicians on stage. The ensemble includes Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver), Joe Westerlund (Megafaun), Meg Duffy (Hand Habits), Dev Gupta (Mr Twin Sister), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak & Flock of Dimes), Adam Schatz (Landlady), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Daughter of Swords) and Molly Sarlé. Hand Habits opens.
COST: Tickets start at $40; MORE INFO