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Storytellers and performers gather under the full moon at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. (Image: Secret Society of The Sisterhood)
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Listen to stories about sisterhood by The Sisterhood under the harvest moon. Watch documentaries "Food, Inc" and "Salesman" courtesy of The Academy or catch genre flicks at Beyondfest. Feed your body at a pizza pop-up or with Sang's Six then feed your mind at a talk by Jose Antonio Vargas or a performance of Sarah Jones's one-woman show "Sell/Buy/Date."

MONDAY, SEPT. 24; 6:30 p.m.
The Secret Society of The Sisterhood LA
The Masonic Lodge in Hollywood Forever Cemetery -- 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The Sisterhood welcomes stories and performances inspired by the statement, "What in the HELL am I gonna do now?!" Guest storytellers include Hole drummer Patty Schemel, comedian Sasheer Zamata, punk rock historian Pleasant Gehman and comedian Sara Benincasa. Music from Reggie Watts. Stick around afterward for wine and hors d'oeuvres. Free parking.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

MONDAY, SEPT. 24; 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Free Vinyl Record Day(s)
The Record Parlour -- 6408 Selma Ave., Hollywood
The record store is giving away 30,000 records across all genres. It starts Saturday and ends Monday -- or whenever the stash runs out. If you spend $20 in-store, you can take up to 100 records for free. In addition to LPs, they're giving away more than 2,000 45s, 78s, cassettes, music magazines and promotional posters. Bring your own bag/box. If you want to DJ (vinyl only), sign-up sheets are available each day for one-hour sets.

Bespoke Plays
The Pico Playhouse -- 10508 Pico Blvd., Cheviot Hills
The new monthly series features play readings of works by L.A. writers with funds going to local nonprofits. Up first is the sci-fi, rom-com "Meet Cute," written by Christine Boylan ("The Punisher," "Cloak & Dagger") and directed by Gina Young ("Femmes: A Tragedy," "SORORITY"). The story follows two women who meet in a bar for the first -- or maybe the 12th -- time. Half of the ticket cost will benefit L.A.'s LGBT Center.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24; THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 7:30 p.m.
Food, Inc / Salesman
Samuel Goldwyn Theater -- 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Linwood Dunn Theater -- 1313 Vine St., Hollywood
The Academy teams up with the International Documentary Association's Getting Real '18 conference to screen two great documentaries and discussions. Up first (in Beverly Hills) is "Food, Inc," Robert Kenner's examination of the food industry. It's followed by a panel discussion with Kenner, producer Elise Pearlstein, film subject Carole Morison, chef Roy Choi and Food Forward founder Rick Nahmias. The panel is moderated by Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good Food." In Hollywood on Thursday, the Maysles brothers' classic doc about door-to-door Bible salesmen brings despair and pathos to the big screen (in restored 35mm). Special guest is Rebekah Maysles, daughter of co-director Albert Maysles.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24; 6 p.m.
LA Chefs for Human Rights
Cassia -- 1314 7th St., Santa Monica
Kim Luu-Ng and Chef Bryant Ng, co-owners of the popular Santa Monica restaurant Cassia, host their third annual fundraising dinner. They'll present actor-activist Martin Sheen with the Human Rights Hero Award. All of the proceeds from the evening benefit The People Concern, a nonprofit that helps improve the lives of homeless people, domestic violence victims and those who are food insecure. Rustic Canyon's Zoe Nathan, Rossoblu and Sotto's Steve Samson, n/naka's Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama and Taco María's Carlos Salgado will join Ng in the kitchen.
COST: Table sponsorships only; MORE INFO

MONDAY, SEPT. 24; 5 p.m.
Pizza Pop-up
Salazar -- 2490 Fletcher Dr., Frogtown
The Sonoran-style BBQ joint holds its first pop-up with La Morra Pizzeria, serving pizzas cooked in its mobile oven, alongside Salazar's full bar. Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett will serve Neapolitan pies until they run out.

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Florence + The Machine with Kamasi Washington
Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N Highland Ave., Hollywood
The band is currently touring to support its fourth studio album, "High As Hope." Jazz saxophonist Washington opens the night. This is a lease event, so no outside alcohol is allowed. To ease cut-through traffic from mobile and ride sharing apps, there are a number of street closures for this concert between 5 and 10 p.m.
COST: Tickets start at $37; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25; 8 p.m.
The Sunday Night Collective
Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson -- 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
A modern take on the classic '70s TV variety show, the night includes Bollywood dancing with Aathira Rajeev and comedy from Naomi Ekperigin. Kay Cannon, the director of "Blockers," returns to her comedy beginnings and does long-form improv with her duo partner and show host, Christina Gausas ("Difficult People").

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25; 7:30 p.m.
The Mash-Up Americans Live!
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Hosted by Rebecca Lehrer and Amy S. Choi, the podcast celebrates our cross-cultural, multi-hyphenate and messy society. For this live show, Lehrer and Choi take on the topic "On Language, Polyglots and the Porousness of Culture" with Vice News correspondent Dexter Thomas Jr., comedian Marcella Arguello and UCLA professor Keith Chen. A cash bar and music by DJ Sizzle happens in the courtyard before and after the program.

Beyond Fest
Egyptian Theater -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The largest genre festival returns in time for the Halloween season with 46 features and 24 West Coast premieres as well as a David Cronenberg retrospective. The fest opens with Gaspar Noe's "Climax" and closes with S. Craig Zahler's crime story "Dragged Across Concrete."

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26; 7 p.m.
Dear America: Jose Antonio Vargas in Conversation
Balch Auditorium at Scripps College -- 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist made headlines in 2011 when he revealed his undocumented status in "The New York Times Magazine." Vargas immigrated from the Philippines at age 12 and only learned of his status when he tried to apply for a driver's license at 16. He discusses his memoir, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," with KPCC's Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter Leslie Berestein Rojas.

**Trigger warning - this music video is intense.**

Childish Gambino
The Forum -- 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
Donald Glover's musical alter ego performs for two nights as part of the "This is America Tour." Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd opens this week and Vince Staples opens next.
COST: Tickets start at $49; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 4:30 p.m.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
The Greek Theatre -- 2700 North Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
NPR's news quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" is now in its 17th season, and host Peter Sagal leads a panel of humorists, celebs, journalists and listener contestants through a (funny-sad) review of the week's news.
COST: $20 - $135; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 6 - 9 p.m.
Sunset & Dine
Columbia Square -- 1538 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood
Guests to the seventh annual festival can sample food, wine and beer from more than 20 restaurants located near Sunset and Vine. Participating eateries include Delicious Pizza, Good Greek Grill, Loteria Grill, Paley, Soul Hollywood and Wood & Vine. Music for the night is curated by Amoeba Music. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament, which works to end homelessness in Hollywood.
COST: $40, free for children 12 and younger; MORE INFO

Chef Sang Yoon's new dinner series begins at Lukshon this week. (Photo: Courtesy of Lukshon/Facebook)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Sang's Six
Lukshon -- 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City
Chef Sang Yoon launches a new dinner series that features one-night-only, six-course menus with (optional) rare beverage pairings. The first installment, NorthEast in the SouthEast, mixes Southeast Asian favorites with a New England twist, like a lobster roll bahn mi and Thai clam chowder. Pre-paid reservations required.
COST: $75 per person; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 8 p.m.
California Soul
Walt Disney Concert Hall -- 111 S Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Phil opens its centennial season with a gala and concert that focuses on the Golden State's creativity. The program includes an eclectic program of music from John Adams and Frank Zappa. Gustavo Dudamel conducts while Chris Martin of Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae and the Los Angeles Master Chorale lend their vocals.
COST: $104 - $180; MORE INFO

In advance of this weekend's CicLAvia, Bike!Bike! holds an international convening of bike advocates in L.A. (Photo by Steve and Julie/Flickr Creative Commons)

Los Angeles State Historic Park -- 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Bicycle advocacy groups and riders from around the world convene in L.A. on the eve of this weekend's CicLAvia for a series of workshops, panel discussions and rides. Topics range from "Running a Trans*/Women/Non-Binary Bike Program" to "Bike Polo for Total Beginners." Camping is allowed in the park for this conference but preference will be given to out-of-town advocates/attendees. Registration includes two meals per day as well as housing and a loaner bike (if needed).
COST: Suggested registration is $50-$100; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27; 8 p.m.
Renberg Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center -- 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood
Previews begin for the remounting of Sarah Jones's highly acclaimed one-woman show inspired by real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. An advocate for the empowerment of women and girls globally, Jones presents insightful commentary through multicultural characters and humor.
COST: $20 - $75; MORE INFO

How are you spending your week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that contestants on "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" vie for a voicemail greeting from scorekeeper emeritus Carl Kasell.
They do not. LAist regrets the error.

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