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22 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

The Skirball's galleries stay open late on Friday for a party and a chance to catch the 'Notorious RBG' exhibition. (Image: Timothy Norris/Facebook)
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Choose from Día de los Muertos celebrations, fall art events and a bunch of off-the-beaten path happenings, like a Scent Fair and a concert at the Triforum. Plus, the holiday marketplace season begins with a Poketo pop-up and a cache of kinky gear. Film picks include "The Phantom of the Opera" (with live accompaniment) and stop-motion treasure "Jason and the Argonauts."

FRIDAY, NOV. 2; 7 - 9 p.m.
2nd Biennial Scent Fair LA: Preview Party
Craft & Folk Art Museum -- 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Devendra Banhart DJs a party where you can smell olfactory offerings before the Scent Fair opens this weekend. The fair celebrates independent and experimental scent practices. The first 30 attendees receive five sample fragrances from participating exhibitors.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Day of the Dead Festival (Photo by Bob Kent via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

FRIDAY, NOV. 2; 6 - 10 p.m.
12th Annual Día de los Muertos Street Festival
24th Street Theatre -- 1117 W. 24th St., University Park
The community festival includes performances by Louie Cruz Beltran, Space Sanchos, Jarochelo, Tierra Blanca Arts Center, Ballet Folklorico Sol de Fuego, Chinelos, Danzantes Aztecas, Mariachi Corazón de Magnolia, Mariachi & Calaca Guapachosa and Ella. The nearby Velaslavasay Panorama also features performances from the Bob Baker Marionettes and demos by Magnolia Tintype Co.

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Check out a bunch more Day of the Dead events in our Where To Celebrate Día De Los Muertos In Los Angeles guide.

FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 6 - 9 p.m.
Poketo x JOIN Holiday Market Opening Reception
Poketo Project Space -- 777 Alameda St., #134, downtown L.A.
Poketo teams with JOIN Design to get a jump-start on the holiday shopping season. The pop-up marketplace, located at ROW DTLA, features the work of 20 designers who are making housewares, accessories, gifts and tchotkes. The market remains open through Jan. 1, 2019.

The Triforium sculpture, created by Joseph Young, seen in downtown L.A. in 2012, decades after it was installed in 1975. (Britta Gustafson/Flickr Creative Commons)

FRIDAY, NOV. 2; 6 - 10 p.m.
Triforium Fridays Night 3
Triforium -- Temple and Main St., downtown Los Angeles
The Joseph Young-designed public sculpture opened in 1975 as a monumental musical instrument. The six-story, 60-ton structure has fallen into disrepair but this series of "Polyphonoptic Parties," curated by the band YACHT, allows the public to see, hear and experience the work as the artist intended. The final installment features THAO (of the Get Down Stay Down), TAIKOPROJECT, Molly Lewis and Restless Nites DJs.

FRIDAY, NOV. 2; 6 - 10 p.m.
Late Night! Notorious RBG
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
If you haven't had a chance to check out the exhibition "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," now's your chance. The galleries stay open late as dublab's Mamabear provides the soundtrack. In honor of the Supreme Court justice, the Skirball has invited a number of women-owned food trucks to the event including Mandoline Grill, Dina's Dumpling and Sugo Italian.

Guitar Center - Reopening Week
7425 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Catch the last two days of the week long celebration of the re-opening of Hollywood's Guitar Center. The iconic music store welcomes Angelenos to partake in workshops, clinics, and live performances. They are also offering deals on gear and musician's services. On Nov. 3, the renewed location will be throwing a block party with DJ sets, RockWalk inductions, and other special performances.

AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer
Throughout Pasadena and the greater L.A. area
The festival's 12 programs incorporate the concept of the "wunderkammer" or "cabinet of curiosities" to explore the intersection of art and science. Highlights include Australian artist Lawrence English's site-specific public sound artwork that re-appropriates the decommissioned Los Angeles Civil Defense System; a two-gallery exhibition of light works by Phillip K. Smith III at Claremont Graduate University; and an Election Day Parade: Grand Buddha Marching Band. The festival's opening reception is being held at the Armory in Pasadena from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
COST: Most programs are free; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grand Ave Arts: All Access
Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Arts and culture organizations open their doors for family-friendly activities, interactive workshops and tours during a day-long celebration. Go on a scavenger hunt at The Broad. Take part in musical activities at the Colburn School. Listen to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Participate in other diversions at the Los Angeles Public Library, L.A. Opera, L.A. Phil, MOCA, The Music Center and REDCAT.

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The Orange County Museum of Art opens its temporary space with a party this weekend in Santa Ana. (Image: Courtesy of OCMA)

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 12 - 5 p.m.
OCMAEXPAND-Santa Ana Open House
South Coast Plaza Village -- 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
The Orange County Museum of Art throws a party to celebrate its temporary digs. (The museum's new permanent home, at the nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is slated to open in 2021.) Meet exhibiting artists Rodrigo Valenzuela, Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, Valentina Jager, Alan Nakagawa and Kathryn Garcia. You can also listen to gallery talks and presentations while you enjoy live sets by local bands The Aquadolls & VENEER.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 8 p.m.
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Catch One -- 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Arlington Heights
The pop-up art event showcases more than 500 works by more than 150 artists. In addition to the art, there are free pancakes as well as craft beers and cocktails (cash bar). Live music and DJs help you get into the spirit of the season with a zombie fashion show. This event is 21+ only.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 10:30 a.m.
Jason and the Argonauts
Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz
The Secret Movie Club screens the 1963 adventure fantasy film in 35mm. Watch the Greek hero and his band of adventurers on their quest to find the Golden Fleece. Better yet, watch it for the stop-motion magic of the great Ray Harryhausen.
COST: $12.75 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3 - SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 8 p.m.
Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond
The Montalban Theatre -- 1615 Vine St., Hollywood
Tickets are scarce for these two shows but totally worth it if you can get them. Both events feature a live score provided by Mix Master Mike, readings and a conversation between Mike D, Ad-Rock and a guest moderator, followed by a Q&A. Fans can also check out a new Beastie Boys exhibit at the Montalban, curated by the band and Beyond the Streets.
COST: $75 (includes book); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3 - SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 11 a.m. (doors open)
Tropicália Music & Taco Fest
The Queen Mary -- 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
The festival's A+ lineup includes Morrissey, Mazzy Star, Kali Uchis, Toro y Moi, Albert Hammond Jr., Kero Kero Bonito (among many other acts) on Saturday and Cardi B, Mac Demarco, Chicano Batman, Allah-las, La Sonora Dinomita and Ronnie Spector on Sunday. No word on the taco lineup. The festival is all ages.
COST: Single-day passes start at $150; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sanctuary Marketplace 2018
Sanctuary LAX -- 10914 S. La Cienega Blvd., Lennox
For the fifth year in a row, the adult entertainment studio hosts a marketplace with dozens of BDSM, kink-focused artisans and vendors. A stage show will be hosted by comedian and podcaster Sir Gear.
COST: $10 admission; MORE INFO

Remembrance, The Faces & Places
Historic Southwest Museum (Mt. Washington Campus) -- 234 Museum Drive, Mt. Washington
The pop-up exhibition from the Arroyo Arts Collective features the work of 20 artists who are creating altars in the niche spaces of the portal tunnel and Sprague Hall. The works explore death, grief, love and loss, as well as the rituals of Halloween and Día de los Muertos. There are a number of exhibition-related programs throughout the run, including an opening artists' reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. with traditional African ancestral chants and a drum and dance salute/libation by Nzingha Camara and Rene Fisher-Mims.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 8 p.m.
The Phantom of the Opera
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
The performing arts center at CSUN screens the 1925 classic film starring Lon Chaney accompanied by a live score. Richard Kaufman conducts the New West Symphony, which features guest artists Dennis James on organ and soprano Kristi Holden.
COST: Tickets start at $34; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 5 - 8 p.m.
Art Salon Chinatown presents Kristina Wong
Realm -- 425 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown
The Ministry of Culture art collective presents the sixth edition of Art Salon Chinatown with L.A.-based performance artist Kristina Wong. As part of her campaign/show, "Kristina Wong for Public Office," she'll make her final campaign appearance before the 2018 midterm elections and the gallery will transform into her campaign HQ. The accompanying exhibition will be on view through Dec. 10.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3; 2 - 11 p.m.
HARD Day of the Dead
Los Angeles State Historic Park -- 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The music festival returns to the park after a six-year hiatus with headliners Justice, Die Antwoord and Knife Party. This festival is 21+.
COST: $79.99 - $159.99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, Nov. 3; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Over L.A.: Aerial Accounts
USC's Doheny Memorial Library -- 3550 Trousdale Parkway, University Park
Explore Southern California from an overhead perspective while keeping your feet on the ground. There ae panel discussions, interviews and presentations examining everything from Southland sunlight and the region's biodiversity to the relationship between helicopters andarchitecture.
COST: FREE, but RSVPs requested; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 3 - 4:30 p.m.
CAAM Reads! Parable of the Sower
California African American Museum -- 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
The museum's monthly book club continues with Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower," a sci-fi novel set in a dystopia where society has collapsed due to climate change, inequality and corporate greed. Research librarian Denise L. McIver will moderate the discussion. Titles are selected in conjunction with the exhibition, "Robert Pruitt: Devotion," which investigates the intersection of black identity, spiritual traditions and technology.

Iron Triangle Brewing believes that beer makes things better--even studying ballot propositions on a Sunday afternoon. (Image: Iron Triangle/Facebook)

SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 5 - 8 p.m.
Pints and Props Night
Iron Triangle Brewing -- 1581 Industrial St., downtown L.A.
Are you registered to vote in Tuesday's midterm elections but not sure what's on the ballot? Learn more about the props and measures at a civilized debate -- while drinking beer. The brewery is selling $5 beers all day long for anyone who promises to vote when they order a beer.
COST: FREE admission (beer tab's on you); MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 12 - 5 p.m.
Arts of Africa Festival
Fowler Museum at UCLA -- 308 Charles E. Young Dr. W., Westwood
The all-ages festival presents an afternoon of African-inspired food, music, storytelling, gallery talks and conversations. View the works in "Striking Iron" through the eyes of contemporary blacksmiths, who discuss the technical details and artistic expression of certain objects, and stick around for a live forging demonstration. Partake in a Mbira-Making workshop that shows you how to build your own five-note thumb piano. Then, learn how to compose and play short songs with world music educator Dr. Craig Woodson.

Abbi Jacobson speaks onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix)

SUNDAY, NOV. 4; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Abbi Jacobson in Conversation
Garrison Theater at Scripps College -- 241 E. 10th St., Claremont
The actor, writer, producer and illustrator Abbi Jacobson is best known as co-creator and co-star of Broad City but she also released a book, "I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff." The debut collection was inspired by a solo cross-country road trip. Each ticket includes a copy of the book. Waitlist only.
COST: $25 - $35; MORE INFO

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