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21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our October Guide and Spooky Screenings Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills welcomes the cast and creatives behind DirecTV’s mixed martial arts drama Kingdom on Monday at 7 pm. The night begins with a screening of a new episode, followed by a moderated panel discussion. Cast members expected to attend are Nick Jonas, Jonathan Tucker, Matt Lauria Joanna Going, Natalie Martinez, along with Creator and Executive Producer Byron Balasco. Tickets: $20.

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ROOFTOP FILM (Film screening)
The Rooftop Film Club continues screening films throughout the month on top of The Montalbãn in Hollywood. This week, the club screens: Dirty Dancing on Monday, Amy on Wednesday and Goonies on Thursday. Tickets are $15 (plus service charge). Doors at 6 pm and screening at 8 pm. Food and drinks available for purchase.


The Hammer Museum presents Open Projector Night on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. If you’re a filmmaker with thick skin, then this is the place to have your work screened. It’s been described as part “showcase and part showdown” where films and videos (of all genres) are shown to an audience not afraid to call a spade a spade. The awesome comedy duo, the Sklar Brothers, serve as emcees, and the Hammer provides free popcorn. If you’re interested in showing work, show up early because submissions are only accepted until 7:30 pm. Work under 10 minutes only. Accepted formats: VHS, DVD Mini DV & Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16mm film.


'Local/Not Local' is a traveling exhibition that showcases the works of Arabic and Iranian designers. It opens at CalState Dominguez Hills this week. (Image: Courtesy of Local/Not Local)
Local/Not Local: Arabic and Iranian Typography Made in California is an exhibition that runs Tuesday through Dec. 3 at the California State University, Dominguez Hills University Art Gallery. The show includes typography and calligraphy by award-winning Arab and Iranian designers, who hail from all over the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia but now base themselves in California. The opening reception for the artists is on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

VICTORY LAP (Comedy/variety)
The Victory Lap variety show returns to the Virgil on Tuesday 8 pm to celebrate Halloween. Hosted by Stuart Jenkins and Alex Dezen of the band Warp Drive, “the show with the wheel” has a lineup that includes The Fringe Riders, Ithamar Enriquez, Lizzy Cooperman, Dana Gould and Cass Bugge. Prizes and Halloween candy, too. There’s no cover and the Virgil has great premium cocktails.

The Ghandi Show was one of NYC’s most popular stand-up comedy bar shows, and now it comes to the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica every first and third Tuesday of every month at 8 pm. Hosts Christian Duguay, David Foster and Ryan Conner welcome guests Dave Waite, Louis Katz, Eddie Della Siepe, Kevin Camia and Cory Jarvis. Tickets: $5.

LIVE ARTS EXCHANGE (Performance festival)
The Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival—a performance series that features local artists in contemporary theater, dance, music and cross-genre works—continues this week at the Bootleg Theater. On Tuesday, the experimental chamber music / post-punk cabaret act Timur and the Dime Museum plays the Bootleg as part of the LAX Festival. The show’s an album release of songs from Timur’s show Collapse, an Environmental Requiem, which debuted at BAM's Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn last month. The album was produced by Nick Urata of DeVotchKa. Guest performances by Isaura String Quartet and Cardoo. Tickets: $20.

BLUR (Music)
Blur plays the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night at 8 pm. Courtney Barnett opens. Tickets: $10-$155.


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On Wednesday at 8 pm at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, musical legend Elvis Costello is in conversation with journalist Chris Connelly to discuss and sign Costello’s memoir Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink. From Book Soup: “[The memoir] describes how Costello’s career has endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.” Tickets are $38 and include a signed copy of the book.

The Super Serious Show with Chris Fairbanks takes over The Virgil starting at 7 pm. The evening features a happy hour, music, drinks and videos. Special guests include Marc Maron, Nina Daniels, Solomon Georgio, Kyle Kinane, Randy Liedtke and Sheng Wang. Videos by Good Cop Great Cop. Tickets: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door (cash only). 21+.

Tom Bergin’s hosts a “Get Schooled’ Craft Beer Dinner on Wednesday from 7-9 pm with San Diego brewery Ballast Point. The dinner features a four-course menu with six, 7 oz. pours/parings, and a meet-and-greet with the brewer. Cost: $40. Call Tom Bergin’s for reservations: 323.936.7151.

The 3rd Annual Lit Crawl L.A takes place on Oct. 21 throughout the NoHo Arts District. There are 40+ literary events scheduled at dozens of restaurants, theaters, galleries, bars and other venues over the course of three, 45-minute rounds. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 with the three rounds beginning at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. The after party is at 10 pm. Writers participating include Stephen Elliott, Janet Fitch, Jen Hofer, Mike "The Poet" Sonksen and some of our fav storytelling events like Shades & Shadows and Don’t Tell My Mother. Free.

FLIX AT FIG (Film screening)
The FLIX at FIG free film series returns to DTLA’s FIGat7th on Wednesday night, screening A Nightmare on Elm Street in tribute to late director Wes Craven. Live DJ and happy hour begins at 6 pm and the film begins at 7 pm. Buy food and drinks at the TASTE Food Hall, bring a blanket and enjoy the show for free.


WestEdge Design Fair returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from Oct. 22-25 to celebrate all things design, architecture and furniture. Thursday’s opening party benefits the A+D Museum of Los Angeles, and then for there are educational panels and discussions, and more than 150 exhibiting brands and products to keep guests busy through the rest of the weekend. Opening party individual tickets: $95. General admission tickets (Friday to Sunday for the public only): $20-$25.

YACHT (Music)
L.A.’s own Yacht plays the Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night to celebrate the release of its album I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (out Oct. 16). Opening the night are Larry Gus and Green Gerry. The show is all ages. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $25.

English singer-songwriter Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls headline The Mayan theater on Thursday night. Doors at 7 pm for the all ages show with Beans on Toast playing at 7:30 pm and Sonny Lister at 8:15 pm. Frank Turner takes to the stage at approximately 9:25 pm. Tickets: $25.

SUFFRAGETTE (Film screening)
On Thursday at 7:30 pm, LACMA, in conjunction with Film Independent, presents a free screening of Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron. Starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, the drama follows the lives of women who were willing to lose everything to fight for early-20th-century Britain. Standby tickets may be available beginning at 5:30 pm for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members.

L.A.'s own Airborne Toxic Event plays The Wiltern on Thursday night. Falls and Dear Boy open the night. Tickets: $25-$35. 7 pm.

MARGOT LEITMAN (Book launch)
Master storyteller Margot Leitman (MOTH GrandSlam champ) holds a launch for her book Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need on Thursday at 7 pm at Upright Citizens Brigade (Franklin). She’ll be joined by friends Dave Ross, Vanessa Marshall, June Diane Raphael and Dan Curry. Tickets: $5.

The comedy-drama Please Like Me (a two-time GLAAD Award nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series) recently began its third season on Pivot TV. The show’s inspired by the standup comedy and real-life experiences of its Australian creator, writer and star Josh Thomas. He’ll be in attendance at a Paley Center live screening event and panel on Thursday at 7 pm, along with writer/costar Thomas Ward. Tickets: $15-$20.

CEVICHE PROJECT (Food + cocktails)
The Ceviche Project Pops Up again on Thursday at Skybar at The Mondrian at 8 pm. The dinner series features a five-course seafood pop-up dinner, accompanied by handcrafted cocktail pairings from DeLeón Tequila. Each meal showcases founder Octavio Olivas' creation with ceviche and fresh fish and farmers’ market items. The menu, which always changes, includes ceviche variations, tiraditos, oysters on the half-shell and crudo preparations. Music by DJ Ganas. Tickets: $125.

Related:October Guide

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