What to Do in L.A. This Week: October 14–20

Monday, October 14, 2019
Monday, October 14
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day The holiday Los Angeles (and a growing number of cities around the U.S.) celebrates today is full of events around town. See our guide here to find out where to join in. Various locations throughout Los Angeles Chris Fleming Few others can handily juggle stand-up, storytelling, multimedia, and delightful physical comedy quite like Fleming. Following Facebook Watch’s first comedy special, Showpig, Fleming returns to Largo for another groovy evening showcasing his unique talent. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard Tuesday, October 15
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In Her Chair: Spotlight on Women Directors in Film & TV: Queen Sugar Women in Entertainment follows up its excellent series celebrating female writers in showbiz by now turning the spotlight on the director’s chair, starting with progressive OWN drama Queen Sugar. After a screening of an episode from the show’s recent fourth season, series directors Victoria Mahoney, Salli Richardson Whitfield, DeMane Davis, and Shaz Bennett will join DGA women’s steering committee cochair Maria Burton for a discussion and Q&A. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard Wednesday, October 16 Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures From the Villa dei Papiri L.A.’s picturesque Getty Villa was itself modeled after Italy’s Villa dei Papiri, a lavish Italian residence buried in the same ancient eruption that erased Pompeii. Fitting, then, for the museum to host an exhibition of treasures unearthed from the original site, including impressive sculpture work and updates on the ongoing efforts to read the many damaged papyrus scrolls found there, from which the villa got its modern name. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades Thursday, October 17
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Pie Night Big 10. That’s the number of different delicious creations, sweet and savory, that you’ll be able to choose from during your 90-minute unlimited tasting during this pie free-for-all. That’s right, we said unlimited pie. Add free ice cream and bourbon-spiked apple cider to wash it all down, and you’ve got a night made in sweet-tooth heaven. Multiple days through October 25. 189 by Dominique Ansel, 189 The Grove Drive Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation With Ryan Coogler One of today’s foremost black voices in writing shares the stage with one of today’s foremost black voices in film, as Black Panther director Coogler sits down with author Coates to discuss Coates’s recent The Water Dancer, his first work of fiction. West Angeles Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard
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Judah Friedlander: Future President Tour! Wry comedy trailblazer Friedlander is largely improvising for these shows, so no performance of Future President will be the same. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard Friday, October 18 “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs” One of the things that’s helped Kubrick films endure as they have is his keen instinct for unforgettable compositions, from Danny wheeling through the halls of the Overlook to a spinning bone becoming a soaring spaceship. See his visual sense sharpen right before your eyes with this look at his early photography work, consisting of snapshots of New York culled from Look magazine. Through March 8. Skirball, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
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Lucas Nights: Art of the Card While George Lucas’s spaceship-like Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has yet to open, the inclusive institution’s programming celebrating storytelling across any and all mediums has already taken off. This event explores the stories conveyed by tarot and Lotería cards, giving attendees the chance to make their own; watch tarot readings; and play Lotería while enjoying DJs, food trucks, and a cash bar. Exposition Park South Lawn, 899 Exposition Park Drive Saturday, October 19
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“Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again” An unprecedented, career-spanning retrospective of artist Neshat, an Iranian expat whose photography and video work bursts with the tumultuous inner conflict of culture, gender, and persecution. The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue Polish Film Festival Los Angeles The country that unleashed the brilliance of director Krzysztof Kieslowski into the world has plenty more to offer cinema, and L.A.’s 20th annual Polish Film Festival aims to show you just how much. Things kick off with the star-studded Valley of the Gods on opening night (October 18), followed by six days of screenings spread across the Laemmle NoHo and Lammle Monica Film Center. Through October 24. Various locations throughout Los Angeles Sunday, October 20
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Pet Guinea Pig Fall Festival It’s all about the world’s cutest, roly-poly-est rodents at this festival from the Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue. There will be free health checks (guinea pigs only; sorry, humans), music (that one’s for the humans), vegan food (for both?), and plenty more. You might just head home with a new fuzzy friend. Farralone Farms, 10856 Farralone Avenue, Chatsworth
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Stand Up for Children Even for legendary venue the Comedy Store, the lineup of Patton Oswalt, Al Madrigal, Andy Kindler, Frangela, Janine Brito, and host Grey Griffin together in a single show is a special occasion. For this evening, you’ll get to enjoy the comedic stylings of this aforementioned monumental group in benefit of UNICEF’s efforts to support children and families at risk at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard