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20 Fun Things To Do In L.A. This Week

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We just really, really love this photo of Fictionist who play The Satellite on Wednesday. (Image: Courtesy of the band)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, OCT. 31

WEST HALLOWEEN CARNAVAL (Party)
West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval takes over Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard on Monday from 6-11 pm. Keep the kids and pets at home for this free party because things tend to get a little bit naughty. After the live entertainment and people watching along the boulevard are done, the bars along Santa Monica Boulevard and in WeHo keep the party going well into the night.

CANDY + WINE (Tasting)
On Halloween starting at 5pm, Vintage Enoteca in Hollywood holds its 7th Annual Halloween Candy & Wine tasting event on Monday in which participants get their own individual bowl of Halloween Candy that’s paired with a flight of four different wines. Course 1: Sour Patch Kids and Kit Kat are paired with Maison Vergnes Blanquette de Limoux Carte Noir, Languedoc, France, NV. Course 2: Skittles and Starburst with Encruzado: Lagar de Darei, “Darei Blanco,” Dao, Portugal, 2013. Course 3: M&Ms and Peanut M&Ms with Malbec: Domaine Cosse et Maisonneuve, Cahors, “Le Combal,” France, 2010. And Milk Duds and Twix with Pedro Ximenez: El Maestro Sierra Sherry, Cadiz, Spain, NV. Tickets: $30 (includes candy, four half glasses of wine).

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THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Film + Organ music)
The German Expressionist classic film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screens on Monday night at 8 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s part of the series, Horror in the Hall: Halloween Organ with Film. The 1920 film directed by Robert Wiene features organist Clark Wilson who’ll improvise an atmospheric soundtrack on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s pipe organ. Tickets: $31-$61.

SALEM: SEASON THREE PREMIERE (TV talk)
The Paley Center in Beverly Hills presents Salem: Season Three Premiere Screening & Conversation on Tuesday at 7 pm. Participating cast and creatives expected are actors Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Ashley Madekwe, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg, and co-creators/executive producers Adam Simon and Brannon Braga. General admission: $25.

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

CUR-ATE: DAY OF THE DEAD (Art + food)
The Cur-ATE dinner series at LACMA continues on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm with The Day of the Dead. Explore the myths, legends, and foods related to the afterlife while Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites leads a tour of LACMA’s collection of Latin American art. Following the art talk, the guests will enjoy a four-course meal created by Chef Fernando Darin to commemorate Dia de los Muertos.. Tickets: $90-$100. Wine and speciality cocktails available at additional cost.

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ONE LAST JOKE (Comedy)
One Last Joke with Iliza Shlesinger: A Stand-Up Comedy Show is at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake on Tuesday at 8 pm. Hosted by Jake Cannon, the new show stars Shlesinger, Chris Estrada, Danielle Perez, Rishi Arya, Jay Light and Eliza Skinner. Tickets: $5.

JOEL MCHALE: THANKS FOR THE MONEY (Book signing)
Comedian and actor Joel McHale is on a national book tour for his just-released memoir Thanks for the Money. “[He] reveals all that has molded him into the acclaimed comic actor he is today: a love of performance, a series of boyhood head injuries, and most importantly, a passion for financial compensation and free shoes.” McHale does a book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Tuesday at 7 pm. This is a wristbanded event.

PRO/CON @ THE PIER (Political discourse)
PRO/CON @ The Pier, the nonpartisan debate series held on the West End of the Santa Monica Pier, has its final installment on Tuesday night from 6-7 pm. Free and open to the public, this week’s topic is marijuana legalization, moderated by actor Alan Thicke.

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Abbi and Ilana sign copies of the OST on Tuesday. (Image:
BROAD CITY SOUNDTRACK (Music)
The Broad City Original Series Soundtrack was released on Friday and to celebrate the show’s music, show’s stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson join music supervisor Matt FX Feldman at Hollywood’s Urban Outfitters for a signing on Tuesday from 7-9 pm. Matt FX spins the tunes during the in-store meet-n-greet and the limited edition OST vinyl is available at Urban Outfitters now. KANYE WEST (Music)
Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour stops at the Forum in Inglewood this week, Tuesday through Thursday. Tickets: $29.50-$205.

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T.C. BOYLE (Lit)
Novelist and bestselling author T.C. Boyle is at ALOUD at the Central Library on Tuesday night at 7:15 pm to present his latest work, The Terranauts. The book follows the “high-pressured lives of eight scientists—four men and four women—closely monitored under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. With characteristic humor and sharp wit, Boyle plays out his real-life environmental concerns as he experiments with the future of humanity.” Boyle will be in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW's Bookworm.” Online reservations are full, standby tickets may be available.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

FICTIONIST + STEP ROCKETS (Music)
The four-piece Provo-based band Fictionist is currently on a co-headlining tour with Step Rockets, and the bands perform at The Satellite on Wednesday night. Satchmode opens. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. The show is 21+. Tickets: $10-$12.

MIRRORS OF THE MIND (Art)
Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist is a benefit art exhibition that takes over Art Share LA from Nov. 2-13. Both national and international psychotherapists have create artworks for the exhibition, which raises awareness of mental issues.The opening reception is being held on Saturday from 5-9 pm.

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30 DAYS IN LA (Music)
Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA begins on Tuesday, setting the stage for 30 days of great live music in LA at affordable prices. Things kick off at The Palace Theatre with performances by Sampha, Kelsey Lu and serpentwithfeet. Tickets are $15 for each of the shows, but you have to be a Red Bull Sound Select member to purchase.

THURSDAY, NOV. 3

POP-UP MAGAZINE (Presentations + performance)
Pop-Up Magazine returns to The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday at 7:30 pm as the first stop on a national tour. It’s a magazine with content created for the stage and screen and presented “live.” Storytellers use multimedia, illustration, animation photography, film or music to assist them in telling their tales. These nights aren’t recorded, so you have to be there to witness. The lineup in L.A. includes writers Joshuah Bearman, Jordan Kisner, Ben and Rhonda Partain; Mychal Denzel Smith and Ira Madison; 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun; This American Life Producer Stephanie Foo; and Los Jornaleros del Norte, a band comprised of former and working day laborers based in Los Angeles. Other surprises may “pop-up,” too. Tickets: $25-$45.

MY WILDEST NIGHT IN WEHO (Comedy)
My Wildest Night in WeHo is a comedy benefit for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles on Thursday at 8:30 pm at The Comedy Store. Hosted by Andy Dick, comics performing are Margaret Cho, Moshe Kasher, Jonathan Kite, Justin Martingale, Lachlan Patterson and Iliza Shlesinger. Tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. Doors at 7:30 pm.

THE STRUTS (Music)
UK rockers The Struts headline The Fonda Theatre
on Thursday night. The band’s touring in support of its debut album Everybody Wants. The Hunna and Bleeker open. Doors open for this all ages show at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $22.50. (The show’s sold out, so get them via alt methods.)

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR (Design Conference)
The WestEdge Design Fair returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from Thursday through Sunday, showcasing interior design brands and special programs. The WestEdge Opening Night Party is on Thursday and features a silent auction of one-of-a-kind designed Schwinn bicycles to benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. The evening includes live entertainment, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to preview and shop from hundreds of leading and up-and-coming design brands. New to the fair this year are live culinary demonstrations in the Fisher & Paykel Culinary Pavilion, featuring Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Chef James Trees of Superba Food + Bread, and Chef Luigi Fineo of Barilla, among others. Opening night tickets are $95; tickets/passes $20-$45.

PAPER BIRD AND THE BALLROOM THIEVES (Music)
The John Oates-produced band Paper Bird plays the Bootleg Theater’s Bar Stage on Thursday night with The Ballroom Thieves opening. The six-piece Americana/folk band from Denver are currently touring in support of its latest release. Tickets: $10-$12. 8:30 pm. The show is 21+.

GOLDROOM (Music)
Singer, songwriter, producer, and electronic pop artist Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) is currently on tour to support his debut feature-length album West of the West. He plays The Novo at L.A. Live on Thursday night with Autograf, Jason Bentley and Ben Phipps. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

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