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21 Of The Best Things To Do In Southern California This Week

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Your week's about to get busy. Get it together with a dive into baseball history, a set from Austin's hottest new soul act, a dissection of the 2008 mortgage crisis, a visit from Ronan Farrow, 70-cent breakfasts, an exploration of Pandrogeny and a twilight hike.

There's a twilight hike in Orange County's Fremont Canyon on Monday afternoon. ( 'Inspiration Point' by bdearth via flickr)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21; 3:30 - 6:30 P.M.
Twilight Hike: Fremont Canyon
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve (Lot P - Irvine Regional Park) -- 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
This fast-paced hike travels from the canyon, past an abandoned coal mine and then up to the Fremont Weather Station before coming back down. Each participant must carry his/her own day pack and water and be comfortable hiking an average pace of three miles per hour. Bring a minimum of 70 oz. (2 quarts) of water. For ages 18+. Registration is required.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

American baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919 - 1972) grounds a ball at first place while warming up for an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, Ebbets Field, NYC, 1950s. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
A Life Set To Jazz: A Hundred Years Of Jackie Robinson
The Crawford Family Forum at KPCC -- 474 S Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Although the Dodgers didn't make it to the World Series, KPCC In Person celebrates the team by honoring Jackie Robinson, who broke the MLB color barrier. IA hundred years after Robinson was born, All Things Considered host Nick Roman, one of KPCC's resident baseball experts, presents a night of jazz and conversation. Bobby Bradford and his ensemble start things off with a Robinson-inspired jazz piece, "Stealin' Home," commissioned by the nonprofit Baseball Reliquary. The event will not be livestreamed.

PUNK THE CAPITAL: A DC Punk Documentary Screening & Q&A
Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The documentary covers the punk scene in Washington D.C. from the mid-1970s until 1983. Using recently discovered Super-8 films, Punk the Capital explores the highly influential music scene and how it continues to inspire performers around the world. Featured bands include Bad Brains and Minor Threat. A Q & A follows with Henry Rollins, co-director James June Schneider and moderator Ian Svenonius. This event is 18+.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

Taco Tuesday
The Mixing Room at the JW Marriott -- 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The Lakers and the Clippers face off in the first regular season game. (It'a Clippers home game.) Watch at the Staples Center-adjacent bar with Taco Tuesday specials this week and every time the Lakers play at home on a Tuesday during the 2019-2020 season. Margaritas are $20/pitcher and tacos are $6 for two. The full menu will also be available. Taco Tuesdays specials will be offered on 10/29, 11/19, 1/7, 1/28, 2/4, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 4/7 and 4/14.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22; 8 - 10 P.M.
Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse + Q&A
Regent Theater -- 448 S Main St., downtown L.A.
Watch a 16mm screening of director Tobe Hooper's 1981 film about a group of teens who spend the night in a (not so) funhouse with a serial killer. This is part of the theater's Festival of Horror series, with cocktails available for those 21+. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The film's screenwriter, Larry Block, does a Q&A after the film.

A cyclist rides in the streets on Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Susanica Tam for LAist)

A CivSalon: Who Do LA Streets Serve?
La Kretz Innovation Campus, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) -- 525 South Hewitt St., downtown L.A.
CicLAvia and Strava present a night of cultural exchange and ideas around the issues of transportation and mobility. Moderated by Curbed LA's Alissa Walker, a panel discussion with thought leaders and community members examines how culture, technology and urban design inform aspects of civic life.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

Ronan Farrow speaks onstage at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Mike Pont/Getty Images for Peabody)

Ronan Farrow
The Orpheum Theatre -- 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
As part of the Los Angeles Times' Ideas Exchange, the journalist and author discusses Harvey Weinstein, #metoo and his latest book, Catch and Kill. VIP and main orchestra seating includes a copy of the book.
COST: $25 - $100; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Lost & Found at the Movies: True Lies
Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library -- 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A.
The ALOUD event explores the art of lying -- in cinema. Sundance programmer John Nein discusses The Farewell, a movie "based on an actual lie" that turns out to be true, with director Lulu Wang. When Wang's grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the family kept the diagnosis a secret in order to gather and say goodbye, under the guise of a wedding. Wang discusses her creative journey as well as the blurred lines between fact and fiction in cinema.

Judith Hill performs onstage at Warner Theatre on June 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Karrah Kobus/NPG Records via Getty Images)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Melissa Etheridge, Carnie Wilson, Judith Hill and Antigone Rising
Grammy Museum L.A. Live -- 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Teaming with the nonprofit Girls Rising, the museum presents a night of stories and music, starting with a panel discussion featuring Etheridge, Wilson and Hill, moderated by the alternative country band Antigone Rising. Learn how these performers got their start and hear about the highs and lows of their careers. To end the night, many of the participants will perform on stage.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22; 8 - 10 P.M.
James Poniewozik in Conversation with Mary McNamara: Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Poniewozik, the chief television critic for the New York Times, discusses his new book about the rise of Donald J. Trump. Along with Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara, he'll explore how Trump climbed from television personality to POTUS via popular media.
COST: $10, free to Skirball members; MORE INFO

Austin-based soul outfit Black Pumas play two shows in Los Angeles this week. (Scott Newton/KLRU)

Black Pumas
The Regent Theater in downtown L.A. and the Lodge Room in Highland Park
Led by creative partners Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, the band has emerged as Austin's hottest new act. They play The Regent on Wednesday and the Lodge Room on Thursday in support of their self-titled album.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

I Used To Be Charming
Skylight Books --1814 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Eve Babitz knew everyone,told the world about it through her writing. From the 1970s through the '90s, she wrote about pop culture, sex, drugs, ballroom dancing, perfume, body image and dozens of other subjects. Many of her previously uncollected nonfiction pieces have been combined into I Used To Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz. Writers Molly Lambert, Tosh Berman and Geoff Dyer will discuss the book and Babitz's legacy.

Tom of Finland Foundation and Lethal Amounts present the West Coast debut exhibition by artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. (Courtesy of the artist)

Pandrogeny I & II
Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park and Lethal Amounts Gallery in Westlake
Two venues present concurrent exhibitions that feature the works of artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Pandrogeny I at Lethal Amounts shows Breyer P-Orridge's evolution of gender while Pandrogeny II presents a survey of h/er artwork from 1986 to 2016. A selection of paintings, photos, sculptures and installations explore the ways gender has shaped the artist's work. There are two consecutive opening nights that run from 6 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 23rd at the Tom of Finland House and on Oct. 24th at Lethal Amounts Gallery. Each opening features a performance by Christeene at 7:30 p.m., and a tour and talk with Wes Eisold and the artist (health permitting) at 8:15 p.m.
COST: $23 - $40; MORE INFO

Mike Birbiglia speaks onstage during the 2018 DGA Honors Show on October 18, 2018 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for DGA)

Mike Birbiglia: The New One
Ahmanson Theatre -- 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Following its Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway debut, Birbiglia opens his one-man comedy in L.A. Seth Barris directs the show about "Birbiglia's reluctance to become a father and the revelations he experienced on the other side of parenthood."
COST: $35 - $145; MORE INFO

70 Cent Breakfast
Norms Restaurant -- various locations
Celebrate the diner's 70th birthday with breakfast for under a buck. (Don't forget to tip appropriately.) Dine in at any location and eat two hotcakes, two eggs and two pieces of bacon or two sausage links. Limit one order per person and no substitutions. Takeout orders are not included in the special.
COST: 70 cents; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The L.A. Moth StorySLAM
Los Globos -- 3040 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Brian Finkelstein hosts a night of five-minute tales around the "spooky" theme. Storytellers reveal the moments that made them jump, hide or run. From spiders to butterflies to night terrors, hear about the things that go bump in the night. The venue is 21+.

Catherine Keener and Dev Patel star in the Amazon series 'Modern Love,' which is based on the popular New York Times column. (Giovanni Rufino)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Modern Love
Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library -- 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A.
Daniel Jones, the editor of the New York Times' "Modern Love" column, discusses the complications of love, relationships and humanity. He chats with Terri Cheney -- author of Manic: A Memoir and a Modern Love essay, "Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am" -- about the essays, the podcast and the new Amazon series.

Occupy activists and the Hernandez family gather on the 14000 block of Leadwell Street in Van Nuys on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The family successfully fended off eviction after their home was foreclosed. (Watchara Phomicinda/LAist)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Homewreckers: Decoding The American Dream With Aaron Glantz
The Crawford Family Forum at KPCC -- 474 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena
KPCC and LAist housing reporter Matt Tinoco talks with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about the 2008 mortgage crisis, which is still impacting how and where middle-class Americans live. Glantz's new book, Homewreckers, examines how bankers foreclosed on homes then turned around and sold those houses to other bankers for pennies on the dollar -- at taxpayers' expense. The event will be followed by a book signing and copies of Homewreckers will be available for purchase.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Phantom of the Organ
First Christian Church of Whittier -- 6355 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier
The church closes its doors for good at the end of the year but before then, it will hold a swan song concert series showcasing its celebrated pipe organ, which was built by Manuel Rosales. In collaboration with the civic engagement nonprofit Sustainable City, the church screens Phantom of the Opera (1925) with live organ accompaniment by First Christian music director Blake Howard.
COST: $10, free for students; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful
Downtown Independent Theater -- 251 S Main St., downtown L.A. UCLA Film & Television Archive's Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019 continues with a screening of Yang Ya-che's feature, a "women-led crime drama built on a foundation of psychological manipulation rather than gunplay." Yang subverts the genre by taking a different approach to gender and representation.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24; 9 - 11:30 P.M.
Waxing Poetic - Stand-Up and Spoken Word Poetry Show
Beyond Baroque -- 681 Venice Blvd., Venice
The performance features comedians doing standup and poets pulling at heartstrings. Expect to laugh, reflect and catch all the feels. Nathan Mosher hosts a lineup that includes comics JR De Guzman, Emily Catalano and Sid Singh, with poets Alex Luu and Kito Fortune. Music by Beau Dawson and live DJ Yeiba.
COST: $7 - $10; MORE INFO

Centennial Birthday Celebration Concert & Gala
Walt Disney Concert Hall -- 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The LA Phil celebrates its centennial with a special concert featuring three of the orchestra's former and current conductors. Conductor emeritus Zubin Mehta leads the orchestra through Ravel's La Valse; conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the 4th Symphony by the late Polish composer Witold Lutosławski; and maestro Gustavo Dudamel takes on Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite. All three conductors are featured on the final piece--a premiere of a new work by Daníel Bjarnason.
COST: $105 - $324; MORE INFO

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