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Your Ultimate Guide To November: 20 Fun Events Happening In Los Angeles

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We know you're prepping for the cold L.A. autumn chill (of 70 degrees), so we've combed through events in L.A. that will keep you warm—from beer fests to art shows and concerts.


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Friday, Nov. 1

HORSE-RACING: Santa Anita Park plays host to the 2013 Breeders’ Cup, the annual thoroughbred horse race series, now in its 30th year. Even if you’re not into horse racing, there are a number of ancillary and related events, including The Taste of LA, held in Seabiscuit Court, with tastes priced at $7 for those attending the races.

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COMICS: Looking to get closer to some Time Lords? Meltdown Gallery inside Meltdown Comics holds an opening reception from 8-11 pm for a Doctor Who-inspired art show—just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminal British sci-fi series. The show remains up through Nov. 23.

MUSIC: The 1975 play the Fonda with Linus Young. We can’t help but dig the catchy tunes from the Manchester, England-based pop-rock quartet. 9 pm. Tickets: $17.50.

COMICS: Let your inner nerd squeal. Stan Lee’s Comikaze comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center for a weekend dedicated to all things comic, sci-fi, horror, gaming, anime and pop culture. There are panels, celebrity appearances and more than 500 vendors. (Check out our photos from last year’s event.) Day passes: $25, weekend pass: $60. The event runs through to Nov. 3.

ART: Tap into L.A.'s creative side with Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood, a new retail pop-up project selected by the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 initiative on revitalizing Los Angeles. The Hammer fills some empty storefronts in Westwood, donated by the property owners to this project, with artisan vendors, including designers such as dosa and Iron Curtain Press, and organizations such as Homeboy Industries, and several UCLA student groups. There are several related events including letterpress printing workshops, salsa dancing lessons, sustainable food seminars, artist lectures, concerts, etc. It runs through to Nov. 24.

Saturday, Nov. 2

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Don't be sad Halloween is over because there are some Day of the Dead festivals to celebrate! Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 14th annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival—the largest Day of the Dead festival in the country. Vocalist and former lead singer of the bands Caifanes and Jaguares, Saúl Hernández, headlines the musical lineup, with additional sets by Ceci Bastida, Buyepongo, Chicano Batman and Quitapenas. Other stages throughout the cemetery will feature other music and dance performances throughout the day. People are encouraged to paint their faces and come dressed in their best calaca apparel, too. Admission: $15 (children under 8 and seniors 65 and older are FREE until 4pm). Gates open at noon.


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ART: Erotic art? Count us in! MOCA (at the Pacific Design Center) opens an exhibition dedicated to the art and collaborations of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland" (1920-1991). The two artists are noted figures in 20th century erotic art and Post-war gay culture. The exhibition closes on Jan. 26, 2014.

THEATRE: Things are getting sexy in November, even for theatre. Isabella Rossellini stars in the L.A. premiere of Green Porno: Live On Stage at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. campus. Originally created as a series of short films for the Sundance Channel, Rossellini and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière adapt their project—which explores natural mating rituals of animals. It’s an exploration of sex through the study of various species—from arthropods to pachyderms. 8 pm. Tickets: $35, $45, $50.

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MUSIC: Sure, there are other ways to celebrate the Day of the Dead, like going to a rave. HARD Day of the Dead 2013 sets up at the Los Angeles State Historic Park with Skrillex, Nero, Boys Noize leading Saturday’s lineup and Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Pretty Lights headlining on Sunday. Passes from $90 to $145 for each day, and VIP passes are also available for $170-$270 (not including fees). The two-day festival runs to Nov. 3.

ART + FILM: Here's a way to get your film history on. The Agnès Varda in Californialand exhibit opens at LACMA. Part of LACMA’s Art+Film program, it focuses on the “godmother of the French New Wave” and her narrative and documentary work. This is the first U.S. museum presentation of her work. The exhibit runs through June 22, 2014.


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CRAFT FAIR: Want to get off Etsy and shop in real life? There’s a new craft fair in Echo Park making its debut from 12-5 pm at Pehrspace L.A. SALT offers handmade goods (most for under $50) by local artists and craftspeople as well as handcrafted food and drink offerings. Free admission.

Thursday, Nov. 7

FILM: The AFI Fest 2013, sponsored by Audi, includes anticipated films like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Spike Jonze's Her. The films and corresponding events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel throughout the week. Just like the past five years—and this is what sets the fest apart from many others—AFI Fest offers free tickets to all screenings. (But only the Cinepass Express provides priority entry to all regular screenings and the cinema lounge.) The screenings run through to Nov. 14.

Saturday, Nov. 9

ART: It's bike-rider solidarity time. Artcrank—The Poster Party for Bike People—returns to LA with a show that features work by 30 local artists and designers at Space 15 Twenty from 4-10 pm. On view are hand-printed, bike-inspired posters, copies of which will be available for $40. Artcrank is also partnering with Widmer Brothers Brewing to offer a selection of beers in exclusive Artcrank pint glasses with proceeds benefiting L.A. Streetsblog.


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ART: Now in its 8th year, Designer Con 2013 takes over the Pasadena Convention Center bringing together the worlds of design, collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. Artists releases and signings to include 40Threads, Angry Woebots, Dez Einswell, Frank Kozik, Jryu, Luke Chueh, Mathew Curran, Noah, OG Slick, Scribe, Sucklord, Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Shing Yin Khor, Chris Ryniak, DrilOne, Travis Louie and Amanda Louise Spayd. Buy Online And Save: One day $5, two days $10 or $7 at the door. The event goes on until Nov. 10.

Thursday, Nov. 14

ART + MUSIC + FOOD: If there's one thing Angelenos love, it's beer and art. Angel City Brewery holds an opening night party from 7-10 pm during the monthly art walk for a gallery art show featuring work by Venice-based photographer David Zentz and Los Angeles-based artists Curtis Weaver and Restitution Press. There will be live music and food trucks. No cover, but the event is 21+.

Monday, Nov. 18

MUSIC: The Glasgow-based band Chvrches headlines a show at The Wiltern. Tickets: $31.50. Doors at 7 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

THEATRE: Simba's back! Disney’s The Lion King returns to the Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement. Check out your favorite film in live-action when the animals come to life on stage, and listen to the awesome score written by Elton John and Tim Rice, including songs“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” The show closes on Jan. 12, 2014. Tickets: $32-$174.95.

Saturday, Nov. 23

DRINK: We just can't get enough of beer fests in L.A. The Ultimate Beerfest brings regional craft brewers and craft brew lovers together for a day of tasting at the Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets need to be purchased in advance because there will be no onsite ticket sales. Meet the brewers while comparing and contrasting—and sampling—their wares. Tickets: $50, $75 with $15 designated driver tickets.


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OPERA: Get classy and go to an opera. The LA Opera opens its latest production—Mozart’s The Magic Flute, presented in German with English translation projections—for only six performances through Dec. 15. It’s the first U.S staging created by director Barrie Kosky in conjunction with the British theatre group 1927. Opening night tickets: $22-$325 with fees.

Sunday, Nov. 24

ART: The art exhibition Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic opens at LACMA, focusing on the work of an artist who revolutionized modern sculpture. The installation, designed by Frank O. Gehry, marks the first museum exhibition of Calder’s works in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run through July 27, 2014.

Listings compiled by Christine N. Ziemba and Jean Trinh.