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The city and county of L.A. are holding an all-day inaugural Indigenous Peoples Celebration on Monday, Oct. 8. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Take part in a day-long celebration in DTLA. For the foodies, there's a mezcal dinner, a "porktoberfest," an edible extras fundraiser and a discussion on women and kitchen culture in L.A. If you need a good laugh (and who doesn't?), check out a diversity in comedy festival, a live read of Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" or the launch of "Wet Hot American Summer's" annotated script.

MONDAY, OCT. 8; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in Los Angeles
Civic Center -- 200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
L.A. city and county have teamed up for the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, taking place all day at both City Hall and Grand Park. The festivities include a sunrise ceremony, 5K run, parade of nations, Native American powwow, fashion show, panel discussions and closing performance by Native American rock group Redbone.

TUESDAY, OCT. 9; 7 p.m.
Hecho Con Agave Dinner Series
Tallula's -- 118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica
The Mezcal Vago dinner includes a five-course Oaxacan-inspired meal by executive chef Saw Naing in the restaurant's private dining room. Dishes include chicharrones with chapulines salsa; carnitas tamale wrapped in hoja santa with pork consommé; carne asada with a beet, tamarind & chipotle sauce. Each dish will be paired with a different mezcal; Mezcal Vago co-founder Judah Kuper will be on hand to discuss his family's history with mezcal.
COST: $95 per person; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCT. 9; 6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Review
Annenberg Community Beach House -- 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
Santa Monica College celebrates the 30th anniversary issue of "Santa Monica Review," the college's national literary arts journal, with a Beach=Culture reading. Listen to stories and excerpts from "Review" contributors Stephen Cooper, David Ulin, Steve De Jarnatt and Katya Apekina.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9; 7:30 p.m.
King Lear
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Film at LACMA screens the latest Shakespeare adaptation starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. Set in an alternate 21st century, the 80-year-old king divides his kingdom among his three daughters based on their affection for him. Stick around for a Q&A with Hopkins, director Richard Eyre and executive producer Colin Callender.
COST: FREE, standby only; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCT. 9; 6 - 9 p.m.
Chefs to the Rescue
Long Beach Masonic Lodge -- 3610 Locust Ave., Long Beach
The nonprofit Food Finders challenges local chefs to create "edible extras," which are tasting samples and small plates made from rescued, recovered or repurposed food that would generally be tossed away. Participating chefs include Raquel Jubran from Lasher's Kitchen in Long Beach; Alfonso Ramirez from Catal in downtown Disney; AC Boral from Rice and Shine in Long Beach; and Samone Keo of Delightful Crepes Café.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10; 7:30 p.m.
Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor
Hollywood Heritage Museum -- 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the museum present a documentary by film scholar Alexa L. Foreman. The film recounts the 1936 child custody trial of movie star Mary Astor and the fallout after the release of her private diaries.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

'Wet Hot American Summer' is a cult classic. There's a launch party this week for the release of its annotated screenplay with director David Wain.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10; 7 p.m.
'Wet Hot American Summer' Book Release Celebration
UCBT Sunset -- 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Celebrate the release of the cult classic's annotated screenplay with behind-the-scenes notes and commentary from co-writers Michael Showalter and David Wain (who also directed the film). Wain hosts the evening and he'll be joined by a few cast members. Live music by Craig Wedren and the WHAS band. A book signing with Wain follows.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10; 7 p.m.
Mycroft and Sherlock
Vroman's Bookstore -- 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Lakers great Kareem Abdul Jabbar and screenwriter Anna Waterhouse present and sign "MyCroft and Sherlock," the follow-up to their first book, "Mycroft Holmes," which focused on Sherlock's older brother. This time, the authors reimagine the brothers' adventures and Sherlock's first case.

Lien Ta of Koreatown's Here's Looking at You talks about her career, foods and L.A.'s restaurant culture at the Skirball Cultural Center. (Image: Mussel chowda, courtesy of Here's Looking at You/Facebook)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10; 7:30 p.m.
Women and the Kitchen
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
This is the first installment of a three-part series that examines the "intersection of gender and L.A.'s restaurant culture." Food historian Lara Rabinovitch interviews Lien Ta of Koreatown's Here's Looking at You about her career, the politics of kitchens and her food. Attendees will also get a chance to sample her vittles.
COST: $25 ($15 for Skirball members); MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCT. 9; 8:30 p.m.
Hollywood Shorts
Ford Theatres -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood
The monthly series has been screening American and international short live-action and animation films for the past 20 years. On the program: "Bebé" by Ryan Zaragoza, "Magic Alps" by Andrea Brusa and Marco Scotuzzi, "Panic Attack!" by Eileen O'Meara and "Sam Did It" by Dominic Burgess. Get there early for a filmmaker happy hour at 7 p.m. and stay for the brief Q&A that follows. Bonus: Popcorn and parking are included in the ticket price.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10; 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Asian Gracefully
The Clubhouse (Main Stage) -- 1607 N. Vermont Ave., East Hollywood
Woody Fu's scripted, solo show about growing up not white makes its L.A. debut. The comedy tackles immigrant hoarders, turning into your parents and how the Asian male is the most marginalized group on PornHub. The night also features stand-up from from Sheng Wang ("Fresh Off the Boat").

THURSDAY, OCT. 11; 8 p.m.
Dana Gould - A reading of Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
Arguably the B-movie director's greatest work, Ed Wood brought an alien invasion and resurrected corpses to the San Fernando Valley for the 1959 film. Comedian Dana Gould assembles comics for a live read including Bobcat Goldthwait, David Koechner, Laraine Newman, Kevin MacDonald and Matt Braunger.
COST: $30+ fees; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCT. 11; 6:30 p.m.
Five Crowns & SideDoor -- 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
The seventh annual event offers a five-course, pork-centric meal. Each course is paired with a beer from Firestone Walker Brewing, including the limited edition Barrel Aged Stout. Call for reservations: 949-717-4322.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2018
Various locations throughout L.A.
This film festival started in New York 10 years ago and is held yearly in multiple cities. It comes to L.A. for the first time, screening films that promote the stories of people with different abilities. The opening night film (by invite only) is "The Rider." Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, the 2017 film follows a young cowboy after he suffers a near fatal head injury and searches for a new identity and what it means to be a man. The festival closes with "Sanctuary," a comedy-romance about two people with intellectual disabilities who fall in love; by doing so, they're breaking the law in Ireland. The festival also includes workshops and panel discussions.
COST: $10 per screening; MORE INFO

See the designs that get CANstructed out of canned goods in Long Beach, beginning Oct. 11. (Photo: CANstruction Long Beach)

Landmark Square Building -- 111 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The fifth annual event combines a canned food drive with a building competition. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, participating teams build structures -- up to 10x10x10 -- made entirely out of canned goods. This year's theme is "The CAN-dy Store" and the structures are expected to bring canned goods totaling more than 15,000 lbs. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to vote for their favorite structure. All the food collected will be donated a local nonprofit.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11; 8 p.m.
SILENCE! The Musical
Let Live Theatre (at The Actors Company) -- 916 N. Formosa Ave., Fairfax
Hannibal Lecter sings and dances in between dreaming about fava beans and chianti in this unauthorized parody of "The Silence of the Lambs." The Bucket List Theatre turns one of the scariest films into comedy and naughty satire, even featuring a singing and dancing chorus of lambs narrating the action. The production runs Thursdays through Saturdays to Nov. 3.

2018 Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival
Various locations around L.A.
Move over Louis C.K. The Second City Hollywood presents its third annual festival focusing on new voices and perspectives in comedy. The weekend features shows, panels and workshops. The festival opens with a party at the tiki bar Lono in Hollywood on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Black Version returns to headline Friday night at King King.

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