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Best Things To Do This Week In Los Angeles And SoCal: Oct. 3 - 6

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Laugh along during a night of Monologues and Mayhem. Listen to the “poguetry” of The Pogues. Join Cecily Strong in a Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Mondays, Oct. 3 - 24; 8:30 p.m.

Monday Magick with Micah the Magician
Zombie Joe's Underground (ZJU) Theatre 
4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
As Zombie Joe’s Theatre Group celebrates its 30th season, they’re bringing an all-new interactive magic-séance show featuring Micah Cover to their stage. Audience members will act as both magicians and mediums. Ages 13+.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

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Monday, Oct. 3; 7:30 p.m.

Monologues & Mayhem
The Glendale Room
127 N. Artsakh Ave. Glendale
In this show, a cast of comics improvises scenes inspired by a guest's true stories. This month’s guest storyteller is Bob Bedore, a weather reporter from ABC4 in Salt Lake City. Improvisers include Rolland Lopez, Sophie Walter Delaney, Jessica Uhler, Leeann St. John, Seth Brown, and Rich Baker.

Tuesday, Oct. 4; 8 p.m.

In-Unit Laundry
The Lyric Hyperion
2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
The weekly comedy show, hosted by M.K. Paulsen and Simon Gibson, includes guests Atsuko Okatsuka, Laurie Kilmartin, The Puterbaugh Sisters and Joe Kwaczala.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Oct. 4; 7 p.m.

Clerks III: The Convenience Tour
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Screen the new Clerks movie with writer-director Kevin Smith and join him and a couple of guests for the post-show Q&A.
COST: $26 - $51; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Oct. 4; 8 p.m.

Poguetry: Songs of The Pogues
Teragram Ballroom 
1234 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
Listen to songs of the Anglo-Irish punk band by Spider Stacy & Cait O'Riordan with Lost Bayou Ramblers. All ages.
COST: $32 - $35; MORE INFO

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Wednesday, Oct. 5; 7 p.m.

Stand Up For Pups
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista
Attend a dog-friendly comedy show that supports animal rescue, with a portion of the ticket proceeds benefiting the PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund. Listen to comedy by Melissa Villaseñor (most recently of SNL), Ian Bagg, Claire Santangelo, Malik B, Sam Taha, and Julia Austin, with host Caitlin Benson and DJ VFRESH. Recommended for those 18+.
COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 6; 7:30 p.m.

Latina Drag Queen Bingo Game Night
Casa Vega
13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks 
The venerated Valley restaurant continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a Latina Drag Queen Bingo Night. Proceeds from bingo will be donated to the restaurant workers' fund, No Us Without You.

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Monday, Oct. 31

Pumpkin Palooza
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St, Santa Ana
Beginning this week, the science museum celebrates the Halloween season with a month of science-based thrills and chills. Explore more than two floors of fun, participate in an interactive dance party, bumper cars, life-size corn mazes and other activities. The palooza is open from Thursday to Sunday and is $5 with admission fees.
COST: Admission from $14.95; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 6; 7 - 10 p.m.

First Thursdays: Spooktacular
Westwood Village Farmers' Market
1031 Broxton Ave., Westwood
Join in a Thursday night block party that features food trucks, entertainment, face painting, photo experiences and a student-pumpkin decorating contest.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Cecily Strong holds Post-In Notes in both hands while onstage performing in an army green trenchcoat.
Cecily Strong in 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe' at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum through Oct. 23, 2022.
(Craig Schwartz )

Through Sunday, Oct. 23

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Center Theater Group / Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
SNL’s Cecily Strong steps into Lily Tomlin’s shoes, taking on Jane Wagner’s one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Wagner first brought the now-famed play—starring Tomlin—to Broadway in 1985. In a 90-minute show, Strong embodies many characters as she observes society through time and space as our tour guide Trudy.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 6; 7:30 p.m.

MUSE/IQUE: Grand Avenue 
The Huntington
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
The member-supported, nonprofit performing arts organization MUSE/IQUE continues its LA Composed series with an exploration of Grand Avenue. The guests joining the MUSE/IQUE orchestra are tap dancer Savion Glover and violinist Charles Yang, performing a crossover duet of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." There is another Grand Avenue concert on Oct. 9 at the Skirball.
COST: $75 (or membership); MORE INFO

Viewing Pick

Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book
Season 13 of KCET’s arts and culture show Artbound premieres this week with adocumentary on Love and Rockets,the alternative comic book series started by the Hernandez brothers in 1981. Praised for its diversity and nuance, the characters and storylines have continued (and aged) through time. The show airs at 10:01 p.m. on KCET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

An aerial view of Que Padre tacos, a single taco of different varieties on three separate plates.
It's National Taco Day on Oct. 4 and Qué Padre Tacos in Palisades Village celebrates with specials.
(Courtesy of Qué Padre Tacos)

Dine And Drink Deals

Check out the 411 on restaurant, bar, and food happenings in SoCal this week:

  • The wine bar Eszett in Silver Lake hosts “LEszett” — an LGBTQIA-focused night filled with a special selection of natural wines from Roni Selects on Monday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. There’s also an Indigo Girls Sing-a-Long and speed dating hosted by Kelly Jones, Therapist from Los Angeles Sex Therapy (L.A.S.T).
  • From Oct. 2 to 5, Bluewater Grill Redondo Beach celebrates its 20th anniversary by offering nine popular dishes for $20, including mussels with Caesar salad, Maryland-style crab cakes, beer-battered fish and chips; gemelli pasta with shrimp and bay scallops, rainbow trout amandine.
  • National Taco Day is Tuesday, Oct. 4, and to celebrate, Trejo's Tacos and Downtown Santa Monica team up for a Taco Crawl starting at 4 p.m. Start at Trejo’s Tacos' Santa Monica location to meet Danny Trejo himself and get a Taco Crawl punch card to enjoy free tacos (with purchase) at seven Santa Monica restaurants, including Trejo's, Tocaya, Lanea, Blue Plate Taco, Socalo, Cabo Cantina and Jameson’s Pub.

A few other eateries celebrating National Taco Day:

  • Qué Padre Tacos in Pacific Palisades also celebrates the holiday on Tuesday, from 3 to 5 p.m. All signature tacos — carne asada, pollo asado, carnitas, beef birria, hongos, camarón, pescado and al pastor tacos — are available for $5 along with $5 beers. 
  • Chicas Tacos is offering $3 tacos and $3 margaritas all day on Oct. 4 at their Culver City and West 3rd Street locations. 
  • All locations of Miguel’s Jr. will offer a full-size carne asada soft taco for $3 on Oct. 4. The deal is available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru and online ordering (but not delivery).