The Best Things To Do In LA And SoCal This Week: Nov. 1 - 4
Listen to orchestral arrangements of The Police’s classics hits. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Cuco. Watch recent films from Latin America and Spain. Check out a new tiki bar in Glendale and the latest Roscoe’s location.
With the COVID-19 Delta variant still out there, it's best to check ahead of time to make sure events are still happening as scheduled and vaccine requirements.
Monday, Nov. 1; 6 - 10 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos
24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th St., University Park
The theater’s annual block party returns in-person with a concert headlined by Mexican composer and rocker Jaime López. Other performers include Klezmer Juice, nueva trova musician/artivist Esteban León, cumbia band Gabriel y La Verdad, Mariachi Calilajara, Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli and ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego. The celebration includes tamale vendors, craft booths and a cemetery where families can make altars for departed loved ones. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos. Traditional costumes are encouraged.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Monday, Nov. 1; 8 p.m.
Shrine Expo Hall
700 W. 32nd St., University Park
The self-produced Chicano musician from Hawthorne plays a Día de los Muertos concert with special guest Boy Pablo.
COST: $42.50 - $50; MORE INFO
Monday, Nov. 1; 7 p.m.
10 Questions: If not now, when?
UCLA Arts’ public lecture-academic course series poses a different fundamental question to UCLA faculty members. This week, Safiya Noble, who teaches gender studies and African American studies and directs the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is joined by oncology chaplain Michael Eselun and artist Anna Sew Hoy to explore the question “How do we fail?” Victoria Marks, professor of world arts and cultures/dance, moderates the discussion.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Monday, Nov. 1 - Monday, Nov. 15
Kokoro Craft Show
The Japanese American National Museum’s annual volunteer craft show returns as an online boutique, featuring 60 vendors selling ceramics, apparel, jewelry, stationery, food and fashion. Proceeds benefit the museum's educational and cultural programs. Shoppers must write “Kokoro2021” on all orders at the time of purchase.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Nov. 1, 2 and 4
Live Talks Los Angeles
The literary interview series continues with Jamie Oliver taking to Kate Hudson in-person on Monday, Nov. 1 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, there’s a virtual event with Steve Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Martha Raddatz with Judy Woodruff. On Thursday, Nov. 4, there’s an in-person discussion with Kal Penn at the Aratani Theater. Tickets to each event include copies of the books being discussed by the featured authors.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Nov. 2; 7 p.m.
The KCET Cinema Series returns with host Pete Hammond, offering weekly screenings and filmmaker Q&As. This week, the series presents a virtual screening of King Richard, a biopic of Richard Williams (Will Smith) who has a clear vision for his daughters Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton). Q&A immediately following with producer/championship tennis player Tim White and producer Trevor White.
COST: $100 (for the monthlong series); MORE INFO
Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Saturday, Nov. 6
True Crime in Ancient Times
The Getty Museum holds its annual College Night online and expands it to five days. The theme appeals to all true crime fanatics out there and is open to anyone to enjoy (not just college students). Events throughout the week include art talks about murder, theft and curses from real life and mythology. There's also trivia, live-action-role-playing games and drawing classes.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Tuesday, Nov. 2; 7:30 p.m.
ABBA The Concert
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Watch one of the top ABBA tribute groups perform the Swedish band’s most iconic hits including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen.” Feel free to sing and dance along.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO
Wednesday, Nov. 3
700 W. 7th St. Unit U240, downtown L.A.
Alamo Drafthouse locations from coast-to-coast exclusively premiere the 4K restoration of Godzilla (Gojira), the 1954 Japanese monster movie that has spawned nearly 30 sequels.
COST: $18; MORE INFO
Thursday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 14
300 S. Mission Rd., downtown L.A.
The contemporary performance festival returns after a pandemic pause. In-person events take place at an airy warehouse space featuring artists in contemporary dance, theater, music and cross-genre performance. The lineup features work-in-progress from Gina Young (new musical), as well as new work from DaYun Jung (Korean dance in contemporary form), Liz Toonkel (magician), Anna Luisa Petrisko (new opera), Olivia Mia Orozco (theatrical performance) with Alexa Eisner (visual artist), Dorian Wood (sound & movement) and Amy O’Neal’s Hybrid Lab (for dance). The festival begins with Solo Voice, a vocal performance by Odeya Nini that explores the relationship between mind and body.
COST: $5 - 25; MORE INFO
Thursday Nov. 4 - Saturday, Nov. 6
GuadaLAjara Film Festival
Various locations in downtown L.A.
The 11th annual festival takes place both in-person and online with a slate of feature films, shorts and master classes. GLAFF celebrates the best of Latin American cinema and showcases BIPOC and Latinx creativess. Actor Danny Trejo will be honored for his film work and activism against drug use among youth. The festival opens on Thursday with a gala screening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel of Raúl Ramón’s The Mighty Victoria, about the villagers of a dying Mexican desert town who try and build their own steam train after their railroad stop is cancelled.
COST: Individual screening tickets start at $10; MORE INFO
Thursday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 7
The Tune In Festival
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents a four-day convening of more than 30 artists and ensembles dedicated to music and poetry. The opening day features performances by Sunni Patterson, the Thalea String Quartet, Mina Tindle with Bryce Dessner.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Thursday, Nov. 4 - Thursday, Nov. 11
Recent Spanish Cinema
Los Feliz Theatre
1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
The film festival returns in a hybrid format to showcase the variety of contemporary Spanish films. The lineup includes the gritty social realism of Ama, thrillers Ane is Missing and The House of Snails and the romantic comedy Polyamory for Dummies. The festival opens with free, in-person screenings of The Good Boss and The Cover on Nov. 4. Other films are available digitally.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
Thursday, Nov. 4; 7 p.m.
Father Gregory Boyle Book Reading
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena
Fr. Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, discusses his new book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, at this Vroman’s off-site event. The book shares stories on how Homeboy helps people overcome despair and remain hopeful even when they're struggling with systemic poverty and violence.
COST: $8 - $33 (includes copy of the book); MORE INFO
Thursday, Nov. 4; 8 p.m.
Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.
Stewart Copeland rose to fame as the drummer for The Police. Since then, he has composed film scores, operas, ballets, world music and chamber music. In this concert, he reimagines The Police’s catalog with orchestral arrangements.
COST: $41 to $109; MORE INFO
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City
The strangest museum in Los Angeles is open once again. Visit Thursdays through Sundays, by appointment only, and view a collection that includes a mix of art and science exhibits, interspersed with head-scratching histories.
COST: $3 - $12; MORE INFO
Taste the Nation
TV host, executive producer and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi, explores the diverse foods and cultures of various immigrant groups around the country in Taste the Nation. The show returns on Nov. 4 on Hulu for a four-part holiday edition where Lakshmi explores Korean New Year in L.A. and Cuban Christmas in Miami.
Dine and Drink Deals
Check out the 411 on other restaurant happenings in SoCal.
- Gabe & Corissa Hernandez’s Nativo (which took over the Sonny's Hideaway space in Highland Park), honors ancestors and celebrates Día de los Muertos on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7 - 11:30 p.m. Tickets to the festivities include admission, a tequila or mezcal flight, special performances, and pan de muerto.
- Owner and mixologist Amanda “Sassy” Sasser opened The Cantiki last week in Glendale. The cantina-meets-tiki cocktail bar features a piano, stage and DJ booth with a full bar and plant-based menu. Sip draft cocktails including Scorpion bowls and “LA River Water.”
- Zinqué, the French-inspired cafe group, has found a new Westside home. The formerly Abbot Kinney spot has reopened at 1430 Lincoln Blvd., offering ratatouille quiche, quinoa breakfast burritos and Basque chicken alongside Bellinis and Aperol Spritzes.
- Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles has opened its newest location at 1865 S. La Brea Ave., open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The longtime Pico Boulevard location, located less than a mile away, will turn into Roscoe’s new nonprofit, the Motivation for Change Foundation. (h/t Eater LA)
- Salad-forward chain Sweetgreen has expanded, opening a new outpost, in Encino (16403 Ventura Blvd.). The restaurant’s fall menu includes the popular chicken & brussels, a warm curry Cauliflower bowl and a new Buffalo cauliflower side dish.
- Neapolitan pizzeria Ronan in the Fairfax neighborhood is now open for service seven days a week. To celebrate, get a Margherita pizza (pictured, above) at half-price ($9.50, regularly $19) on Mondays, 5 - 9:30 p.m. The offer is only available for dine-in guests.
- El Pollo Loco honors Dia de los Muertos on Monday, Nov. 1 by giving away two personal sized loaves of its Pan de Muerto bread with every Familia Dinner purchase.
- Critic Brad Johnson of the Orange County Register has published his list of “The 50 best places to eat tacos in Orange County.” Among the choices are Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana, Fonda Moderna in Tustin and Puesto in Huntington Beach.
- Piccalilli, a Cal-Asian restaurant in Culver City, just launched its new seasonal craft cocktail menu. The Green Hornet features fresh Granny Smith apples, Ford’s Gin and Almanac Love Hazy IPA. Chengdu Nights showvases Rittenhouse Rye, Mekhong Thai Spirit, spiced brown sugar and house Szechuan bitters.
- Attention, fast foodies! The McRib returns to McDonald’s on Monday, Nov. 1, marking its 40th anniversary. If you’re unfamiliar with the sandwich, it features a seasoned boneless pork patty with BBQ sauce and topped with onions and dill pickles.