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Our 15 Favorite Events Happening in Los Angeles This Week

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Here is your Weekly Agenda, LA. It’s a listing of our favorite events happening throughout the city this week, giving you more time to plan your extra-curricular schedule. We’ll be back later this week to help you plan the weekend. This week's column features a number of great music and film picks, including shows by Blitzen Trapper and Mazzy Star as well as the start of the AFI Fest. Read on for all the details.

Monday, Nov. 4

DINNER: CB2 presents a private dinner and drinks at the WeHo location from 8-10 pm to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative. The dinner is being catered and hosted by Top Chef Master Neal Fraser and co-hosted by blogger and photographer Bonnie Tsang. Tickets: $50 with all proceeds going toward Share Our Strength.

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MUSIC: Diego Garcia brings his romantic pop stylings from his new CD Paradise to the Troubadour tonight. LA’s own Kan Wakan, who mix classical, minimalism, neo-soul, open. The band has just released their debut EP Forever Found. Tickets: $15. Doors at 8 pm.

MUSIC: Night Terrors of 1927 (Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbe) begins its November Monday night residency at The Echo in advance of the band’s debut EP Guilty Pleas (out Nov. 11). The lineup includes Northern American, Avid Dancer and Parade Of Lights. 21+ show. And RSVPing for the free show gets you priority entry if the show is at capacity. 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

MUSEUM: On Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 5 and 6), the Natural History Museum marks its 100th anniversary as well as the anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct with two days of free admission for the public. Visitors during these two days will also receive a commemorative bottle of water (referring to the Museum’s 1913 sample of the Owens River Valley Aqueduct now on view inside the new Becoming Los Angeles exhibition hall). Visit to reserve free tickets. In addition, there’s a reception and conversation Tuesday night for the related exhibition Just Add Water: Artworks Inspired by the L.A. Aqueduct by Rob Reynolds.

MUSIC: Blitzen Trapper plays The Troubadour to support their seventh album, aptly titled VII. The Alialujah Choir opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

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Wednesday, Nov. 6

LIT: At 7 pm, Vroman’s welcomes Rebecca Eaton, executive director of Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, who talks about her new book Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! She’s worked on a number of popular shows for the weekly drama series including Prime Suspect, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

FILM: The Landmark Theatres’ Anniversary Classics Series presents The Right Stuff 30th Anniversary Screening at 7 pm. Director Philip Kaufman, actor Dennis Quaid and other guests will be in attendance. The film, based on Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name, is based on test pilot Chuck Yeager and the seven pioneering astronauts of the Project Mercury space program. 7 pm at the Landmark Theater.

LIT: Melissa Joan Hart discusses and signs her book Melissa Explains It All at Book Soup at 7 pm. Hart, a veteran of TV shows such as Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, discusses stories from her “extraordinary past and her refreshingly normal present.” 7pm.

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MUSIC: Aussies Atlas Genius bring their catchy pop tunes to the Wiltern. Also on the bill are Family of the Year and Dale Earnhardt JR JR. Tickets: $27-$34. Doors at 7 pm.

Thursday, Nov. 7

TALK: At 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum continues its Conversations series with Robert Thurman and Sharon Solzberg, co-authors of the book Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Whole Lot Happier. Thurman, an authority on religion, spirituality, Asian history, philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama (and Uma’s dad), advocates for the relevance of Eastern ideas in the West’s daily lives.

MUSIC: Divided & United—a collection of 32 Civil War songs reimagined by both established and emerging artists of country, bluegrass and folk—has its moment in the spotlight at The Grammy Museum. The project and event celebrates vital music in American history, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Lee Ann Womack, Chris Hillman and John Doe perform and there’s a panel discussion with the musicians and producer Randall Poster, best known for his work soundtracking all of Wes Anderson's films. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $15.

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MUSIC: David Roback and Hope Sandoval—better known as Mazzy Star—perform at the Wiltern. The band just released its fourth studio album Seasons of Your Day in September. Also on the bill are Mariee Sioux and The Entrance Band. Tickets: $47.35.

FILM: The AFI FEST opens with the North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks and runs through Nov. 14 to close with Inside Llewyn Davis. Between those bookends, there are dozens of films, including a slate of films curated by Agnes Varda, the Mother of French New Wave, and the festival’s Guest Artistic Director.

FILM: In advance of this weekend’s release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, the El Capitan Theatre presents a Marvel Marathon that begins at 2:30 pm. There are screenings of Thor, The Avengers and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” Tickets: $30, which includes all three films, reserved seating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, a drink, apple slices and Ghirardelli Squares.

ART: Former Disney and Pixar artist Ben Butcher has his first solo exhibition at iam8 gallery with an opening reception from 7-11 pm. His show Part of a Complete Breakfast celebrates Saturday mornings—with references to cartoons, cereal, toys and more. Free.

BOOKS: Tavi Gevinson, 16, created Rookie magazine by and for teenage girls in 2011. Now she's touring the country to celebrate the publication of the Rookie Yearbook Two compendium at Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm. She'll be joined by LA-based Rookie contributors Marie Lodi and Emily V. Gordon. They're expecting a big crowd for this, so if you want to get the book signed, you must buy it at Skylight.

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