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20 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Need a distraction this week? Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A.

MONDAY, OCT. 2

SKYBAR’S DIVE IN THEATRE (Poolside screening)
Writer-producer-director Brett Ratner curates and hosts free horror screenings poolside for the Skybar's Dive In Theatre every Monday night at 8 p.m. leading up to Halloween. The October lineup starts with Red Dragon this week. Other titles this month includeAliens, The Shining and Beetlejuice.

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LOS ANGELES MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL (Music + film)
Los Angeles Music Video Festival (LAMVF) has returned for the 7th year to celebrate the art of the music video, through vibrant programming which includes a juried competition, music video showcases, learning workshops, dynamic presentations and special performances. Most of the festival’s action takes place at the Downtown Independent, unless otherwise noted. On Monday night, Nick Murphy (f/k/a Chet Faker) debuts his short film “Missing Link” at the festival. The screening also includes a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary exploring the context for his name change. A Q&A with Murphy and co-director Johann Rashid follows the screening. Tickets to the Nick Murphy screening are $12.

PRO/CON @ THE PIER (Political discourse)
PRO/CON @ The Pier, a nonpartisan debate series held on the west end of the Santa Monica Pier, has its final outdoor installment this season on Monday night from 6-7:15 p.m. Free and open to the public, this week’s topic is Housing in LA: Densification, Gentrification, and Why the Rent Is Too Damn High. Featured speakers: Jill Stewart, former Managing Editor of LA Weekly; campaign manager for "Yes on S" 2016 ballot measure; Gary Toebben, president & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; and Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB-UCLA; Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.

TUESDAY, OCT. 3

DINNERS FOR DACA (Food + politics)
Dinners for DACA series comes to L.A. in October, where Angelenos eat and take action to support Dreamers in jeopardy. Guests enjoy a delicious meal and then let lawmakers know they support DACA through calls, sending letters and spreading awareness on social media. On Tuesday, guests can partake of a meal at Sawyer ($55) at 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, the discussion and action moves to Button Mash ($35) at 7:30 p.m. There are other dinners scheduled for other restaurants later this month as well.

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There's a Gorillaz pop-up shop that's open on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. (Image: Courtesy of Gorillaz)
G FOOT (Pop-up shop)
In celebration of Gorillaz’s sold out Thursday show at the Forum, G Foot—the clothing and accessories collection designed by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett—sets up a pop-up shop on Tuesday and Wednesday at Freak City in Lincoln Heights from 5-10 p.m. on both days. Get a limited-edition Gorillaz “Hollywood" T-shirt created exclusively for the L.A. run.

SHEER MAG (Music)
Sheer Mag, whose sound meets at the intersection of punk, disco and rock, plays the Hi Hat on Tuesday night and The Echo on Wednesday in support of the band’s debut album, Need To Feel Your Love, which was released last month. Tickets for both shows are $15.

DR. LARS DINGMAN: COMEDIUM (Psychic + comedy)
There’s a live taping of the Psychic Circus podcast, hosted by Dr. Lars Dingman, on Tuesday night at NerdMelt Showroom. In his set, Dingman explores the future and past lives of subjects and callers. He’s foretold subjects’ futures simply by knowing the last three songs randomly played by their digital music players. The show at NerdMelt starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10.

BRANDON WARDELL (Comedy)
The Satellite presents a night of comedy featuring Brandon Wardell with Brent Weinbach, Aisling Bea, Mystiki, James Adomian, Andrew Michaan and Esther Povitsky. Doors at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets: $8.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: TRAVELING THE WORLD TO FIND THE GOOD DEATH (Book talk)
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books, mortician Caitlin Doughty discusses her book, From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. She explores the world's funeral traditions—from robotic graves in Japan to an Indonesian village where families live with the bodies of their dead for months, even years, prior to the funeral. Doughty’s work explains the “importance of the rituals that help us understand how a meaningful end can enrich our sense of what it means to be alive.”

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GEOGRAPHER (Music)
Geographer headlines the Moroccan Lounge on Tuesday night. Geographer brings its synth-pop sound from the band’s forthcoming Alone Time EP, out later this fall. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Ages 18+.

JUST DIVORCED (Sketch comedy)
Heidi Lux and Nikki Taguilas-Pierce each found themselves married—and then divorced—before age 30. They’ve turned their stories into the semi-autobiographical sketch comedy show, Just Divorced!, which takes place at Comedy Central Stage on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The cast of the show includes Chris Alvarado, Alfred Aquino II, Isabel Beatty, Graham Beckett, Carolyn Deskin, Gilbert Galon, Kale Hills, Heidi Lux, Jacquis Neal, and Nikki Taguilas-Pierce.

HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION (Cultural celebration)
On Tuesday from 6:30-9 p.m., The Huntington commemorates the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, traditionally celebrated by family and friends in Chinese, Vietnamese and other communities. Guests are welcome to gather in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, to snack on Asian-inspired cuisine from more than a dozen of the area’s top restaurants while enjoying traditional Chinese music. As a special bonus this year, Phoenix Bakery demonstrates how to make moon cakes, which are traditionally eaten to celebrate the abundance of life while admiring the harvest moon. Admission: $88 for members, $98 for nonmembers. The price includes access to the gardens, Chinese and Asian-inspired cuisine, and wine, beer, Baijiu and other beverages. VIP tickets, which ensure an entry at 5:30 p.m., are available for $148.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4

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The Fall Flux screening takes place on Wednesday at the Hammer Museum. (Image: Courtesy of Flux, via Facebook)
FLUX SCREENING SERIES (Art + film)
The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer Museum on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The series features innovative short films, music videos and visual art from around the world. This week’s program includes the U.S. premiere of Dann Parry's Birds of a Feather, David Lewandowski's Time for Sushi, Jessy Moussallem's Roman for Mashrou' Leila. The evening also includes new music videos for Beck, Moses Sumney, Com Truise, Manchester Orchestra and others. Expected in attendance are filmmakers Allie Aivtal, Karrie Crouse, Will Joines, Dori Oskowitz, Ry X and Dugan O'Neal with surprise guests. A courtyard after-party will follow after the screening and presentations.

BERLIN LAB (Arts + culture festival)
L.A. and Berlin celebrate 50 years of being “sister cities,” and this week, there’s a two-day festival to commemorate the occasion. A new event series, Berlin Lab, launches on Wednesday and Thursday at Lot 613 in DTLA, as a ”discussion about freedom and creativity” (#FreiheitBerlinLA). The kickoff festival includes cultural panels and workshops; a dance performance by The Flying Steps; live concerts by Simonne Jones, Black Cracker, and tunes from KCRW’s DJ Anne Litt. A community event called Lange Tafel takes place on Thursday with the public invited for food, art and dialogue. Most of the festival programming is free.

GRINGOS PRESENTS: EL CHISME! (Comedy)
Gringos Presents: El Chisme! Hispanic Heritage Month Edition at UCB’s Inner Sanctum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The show features comedy from Gringos, an all Latinx improv team. Free.

TAVERN + HABIT WINES (Food + wine)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne of Tavern in Brentwood welcome Jeff Fischer of Habit Wines in Santa Ynez for an informal sampling of current vintages. These new Winemaker Wednesdays take place on the first Wednesday of every month. Pricing is $20 per person and includes four, 2-ounce tastes of wines and a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and Larder Baking Company breads. Discounted bottles will be for sale to the public. Reservations not required.

THURSDAY, OCT. 5

MS. LAURYN HILL + NAS (Music)
Ms. Lauryn Hill + Nas headline the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night. Chronixx opens the show. 6:30 p.m. Since this is a lease event, no outside alcohol is allowed. Tickets start at $49.

CRAFTED KITCHEN + L.A. KITCHEN (Food + fundraiser)
The shared-use commercial kitchen company, Crafted Kitchen, holds an event on Thursday night to support the nonprofit L.A. Kitchen, which works to combat food waste, unemployment, workforce re-entry and senior isolation. L.A. Kitchen collects healthy, local food that would have been thrown away, and provides job training and supplies healthy meals to recipients. On Thursday, a Shared Plates dinner features three courses by Taste of Pace and Chef Michelle & Company. The dinner is being held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Thursday at Crafted Kitchen (672 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles). Tickets are $75.

HARPER WILDE PRESENTS THE SPECIAL OCCASIONALLY SHOW (Comedy + fundraiser)
Harper Wilde presents The Special Occasionally Show on Thursday at NerdMelt. The comedy show benefits Glamour’s The Girl Project, an initiative that’s working toward providing girls in 120 countries with the tools they need to get an education. Comics on the bill are Nikki Glaser, Sam Jay, Jenny Zigrino, Marcella Arguello, Sabrina Jalees, Scout Durwood and hosts Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus. Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

HEROIN(E) + LONG SHOT (Film)
Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of two films on Thursday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Heroin(e) and Long Shot are two new short documentaries produced by Netflix. Set in Huntington, West Virginia, Heroin(e) examines the area’s ongoing battle with the opioid crisis. In Long Shot, a young Latino is arrested and charged with murder. In the film, the “oppressive weight of the criminal justice system on people of color is given an unusual—and uplifting—twist in the short doc.” The night includes a conversation with directors Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Jacob LaMendola, and executive producer Jason Spingarn-Koff. The screenings are free with tickets.

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