A Night Out

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

Photo courtesy of Getty/Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism. National Archaeological Museum of Naples – Restoration Office

Monday, October 14

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles City County Native American Indian Commission/Facebook

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

Photo by Matt Misisco/Courtesy of Judah Friedlander

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

Photo courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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

Photo courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

“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

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue

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