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

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We found a number of notable happenings in November to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details. Did we miss something? Add your event in our comments section.

Nov. 1-30

30 DAYS IN LA (Music)
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA kicks off at Madame Tussauds on Sunday featuring a “celebration of all things waxy.” Guests can enjoy four DJ stages and special pop-up stores by Amoeba Music, Origami Vinyl and The Record Parlour. Red Bull’s headliners this month include Big Sean, Flume, Grimes, Joey Bada$$, Lion Babe, No Age, Tinashe and Vince Staples, who are each paired with Red Bull Sound Select artists including Gallant, Basecamp, In the Whale and The Suffers. There’s a special surprise concert at the end of the month. Tickets are generally $15 (and cheaper).

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Nov. 1-March 6, 2016

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad now has competition for the uber-coolest installation in LA: Random International’s Rain Room (2012) opens at LACMA on Nov. 1. The art piece that features perpetually falling water pauses wherever a human body is detected. “The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain.“ Ticket upgrade of $15 to LACMA’s admission is required. Reservations are highly recommended.

Nov. 3

CRIMINAL (Podcast)
We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re just a little obsessed with the Radiotopia podcast Criminal. (We think it’s an even better crime podcast than Serial.) On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 pm, host Phoebe Judge records five stories (two long, three short) about “people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught in the middle” live at The Regent. They’ll be mixing live on stage with visual components added. The band Elephant Micah performs crime-ish songs and interstitial music throughout the show. Tickets: 23.50-$26.50.

Nov. 3-March 20, 2016

The Getty Center presents In Focus: Daguerreotypes beginning on Nov. 3. The first form of photography was first announced in 1839 and immediately captured the attention of the public. The daguerreotypes provide rare examples of the early photographic process and are drawn from the Getty Museum’s collection alongside loans from the outstanding private collections of musician Graham Nash and collector Paul Berg.

Nov. 5

ArcLight Cinemas presents its first Women in Entertainment Summit on Nov. 5 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Hosted by ArcLight’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt, the daylong event features keynotes by actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman. Panels include: Social Change Through Storytelling; Are We Telling the Right Story?; Digital Game Changers and more. Tickets: $100.

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Nov. 5-12

AFI FEST (Film Fest)
AFI FEST runs Nov. 5-12 with screenings and events held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. The fest opens with the world premiere of the new Brangelina drama, By The Sea, buthere are 10 other films playing at the fest that we’d rather see, including Right Now, Wrong Then, Carol and The Lobster. There are free individual tickets to many of the screenings, but passes guarantee admission (and run from $375-$5,000).

Nov. 5-8

ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD (Music + Arts Festival)
The first Only In Hollywood Music + Arts Festival is being billed as a “walkable neighborhood open house” including five pop-up art galleries, and performances from Fall of Troy at the Fonda Theater; Island Apollo at The Library @ The Redbury; “Cancer the Musical” at Second City; Control presents Mayhem / Antiserum, Apashe, Thugli, and Dainjaa at Avalon; and Silver Needle and Mother Tongue reunion shows at Saint Felix. Things kick off with an opening reception on Thursday evening at Space 15 Twenty, the festival hub and closes Sunday with “Art in the Park{ing} Lot,” hosted by The Hollywood Palladium and curated by co-LAb Gallery. Buy a festival button for $1 that is good for discounts/offers at local Hollywood restaurants during the festival weekend, as well as a discounted parking rate. Prices vary by event.

Nov. 6

The Music Center holds part two of its Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours on Saturday night, beginning at 11:30 pm and running until 3 am on Sunday. It's free night of “immersive and multisensory programming,” being presented with the help of the dublab radio collective. Explore the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, watch projections, check out and more. The Nov. 6 date features acclaimed producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Daniel Lanois, who will “reimagine the penthouse floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a breakthrough ambient electro/visual experience.” He’ll be accompanied by special guest Rocco Deluca on steel guitar with visuals by Adam CK Vollick. Free, but online timed entry signup required. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on space availability. Parking is $5 after 8 pm.

Nov. 6-7

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America: Los Angeles brings a night of cocktails and dining to the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Nov. 6 with a tasting reception (individual tickets start at $100) followed by a four-course dinner (individual tickets start at $275). A free day of culinary events follows on Nov. 7 at Sur La Table at the Farmer’s Market on Fairfax.

Nov. 6-8

Los Angeles Music Video Festival (Film Fest)
The fifth annual LAMVF runs Nov. 6-8 with a series of screenings, panels and speakers at Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater. This year includes screenings curated from more than 600 submissions from 35 countries. Kimbra gives the artist keynote address. Tickets: $12 each session ($40 weekend pass). Free for Cinefamily members.

Nov. 6-8

THE ART OF FALLING (Dance + Comedy)
Comedy meets contemporary dance in the west coast premiere of The Art of Falling on Nov. 6-8 at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre. The production is a collaboration from two of Chicago’s most creative companies, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City, and focuses on three three interwoven storylines centered on relationships. Tickets for Hubbard Street + The Second City’s The Art of Falling start at $31.

Nov. 7

IRA GLASS (Radio + Dance)
A few tickets remain for the 10 pm show of Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Nov. 7. This American Life host Glass once again partners with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to combine his radio show and dance. 10pm ticket holders will be entered into a drawing for free valet parking and dinner for two at L.A. Chapter at The Ace. Tickets: $30-$68.50.

Nov. 8

Barnsdall Art Park’s Croquet, Champagne + Oysters fall fundraiser takes over the park on Sunday, Nov. takes place on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11 am to 3 pm. Time to get all bougie for a relaxing afternoon of non-competitive croquet with a three champagne flight selected by Silverlake Wine, Say Cheese selections and The Oyster Gourmet. Food trucks - Postcards Soul Fusion and Bar 1969 -will also be on hand to serve brunch. Guests are also welcome to bring their own blankets and picnics (no outside alcohol allowed tho). Tickets: $40, $10 for kids 3+.

Nov. 12

ADRIAN TOMINE (Graphic novelist)
Skylight Books presents Adrian Tomine reading from his new graphic novel Killing and Dying (Drawn & Quarterly) on Nov. 12 at 7:30 pm. He’ll be in conversation from Tunde Adebimpe (from the band TV on the Radio) to talk about his graphic novel and how he used the medium to examine “loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.”

Nov. 14

Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival takes over The Park at The Coliseum on Nov. 14. Performers include: Snoop Dogg + Tha Dogg Pound, Tyler, The Creator, OFWGKTA, A$AP Rocky, YG, Mac Miller, Flosstradamus,Jhene Aiko, Willow Smith, The Internet, Living Legends,Atmosphere, Taco, Prof, AMP Live, Pouya, TOKiMONSTA,Mr. Carmack, Trash Talk, Low End Theory Residents Daddy Kev, DJ Nobody, D-Styles, Nocando. Doors at 2 pm. Tickets: $89-$250.

Nov. 15

JUNUN (Film)
Paul Thomas Anderson holds the L.A. premiere of his documentary Junun on Nov. 15 at 7 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Co-presented with Cinefamily, the film tracks Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and talented musicians as they traveled to Northwestern India to record an album at the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. Tickets: $15.

Nov. 20-29

The Los Angeles Auto Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center and is open to the public from Nov. 20-29. Organizers are expecting nearly 60 debuts of new vehicles. Check out the trends and innovations in upcoming models and vehicle categories (luxury, performance, hybrid, electric, hydrogen fuel-cell etc.). Adult tickets: $12-$15, with passes at $85.

Nov. 21-22

DesignerCon 2015 returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Nov. 21-22 featuring two days of collectible toys, art, apparel, ephemera and more. The convention is a great mixture of pop, urban, street and underground art with more than 300 vendors. There are also art shows, panels, presentations and exclusive releases during both days (Saturday, 9 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm). Admission: $5-$7 per day or $10 for both days. (Pro-tip: This is the best place to get your Christmas shopping done early.)

Nov. 22

Marty McFly’s parents fell in love at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance and to commemorate the occasion, there’s a dance at The Complex in Glendale on Nov. 22 at 7 pm. (This is a second night added for the already sold-out first dance.) The night includes a costume contest, live entertainment, speciality drinks, raffle prizes and photo booth. Tickets: $12. 21+.

Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2016

L.A. ZOO NIGHTS (Holiday)
L.A. Zoo Lights returns to Griffith Park’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Nov. 27 with thousands of LED lights, projections, characters and more. The lights are open from 6-10 pm Mondays and Thursdays and 6-11 pm Fridays through Sundays and Dec. 21-23. There’s a holiday happy hour for 21+ on Dec. 10 and a family New Year’s Eve for all ages. The lights remain on through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Admission: $13-$16 for adults/seniors and $11-$14 for children ages 2 to 12 prices), and $16 for adults/seniors and $14 for children ages 2 to 12 tickets on Fridays through Sundays.

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