A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: October 21–27

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We’re creeping up to Halloween, so don’t forget to check our seasonal guide here for all things spooky for the entire family.

Monday, October 21

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Knock Down the House
When director Rachel Lears began her documentary on upstart political outsiders running for Congress, she couldn’t have known that one of her subjects, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would go on to lead one of the biggest political upsets of the decade. See her inspirational moment and others’ at the film’s screening, which includes a post-movie discussion with Lears. Landmark Theater, 10850 West Pico Boulevard

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Groundlings 45th Anniversary Show: 1974–1999
To mark 45 years of sketch and improv comedy excellence, the Groundlings is putting on a special retrospective show that revisits its favorite alumni and performances. Of course, the group has such a long, storied history that it has to do two separate shows, divvied up by era. This 1974–1999 edition covers many of its best years, which included the likes of Will Ferrell, Conan O’Brien, Paul Reubens, Lily Tomlin, Lisa Kudrow, and so many more. Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Avenue

Tuesday, October 22

What Can Everyday Angelenos Do About Homelessness
It’s a dilemma that every Angeleno has faced: When confronted with the realities of homelessness, how best to respond? What can we actually do to help? This discussion featuring Randall Kuhn (UCLA sociologist), Christine Margiotta (executive director, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles), Janey Roundtree (executive director, California Policy Lab at UCLA), and Chris Ko (managing director of homelessness and strategic initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles) will shed some light on the little things everyone can do to make our city a more humane home for all its residents. Downtown Independent, 251 Main Street

Wednesday, October 23

Modern Love: Daniel Jones
Modern Love, The New York Times column, features real-life tales of love, learning, and heartbreak, digging a little deeper into our everyday humanity. The column’s editor, Daniel Jones, joins writer (and erstwhile contributor) Terri Cheney to chat about the format’s evolution across mediums. Bring tissues; surely there will be moving anecdotes as well. Los Angeles Central Library-Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 West Fifth Street

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DTLA Film Festival
This five-day indie film wonderland taps into the heartbeat of urban Los Angeles for a diverse lineup of films, television shows, and more, many making their world, U.S., or L.A. premieres. New to the festivities this year is a lineup of 360-degree dome films, shown at two specially equipped immersive venues near the main fest venue downtown. Regal L.A. Live, 1000 West Olympic Boulevard

Thursday, October 24

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The Magician
Yes, this dressed-up DJ has been known to bust out actual magic tricks during his sets, but his most impressive sleight of hand is luring you into a reverie with one style of smooth dance flow, then switching to another genre so effortlessly you barely even know what’s just happened. Catch One, 4067 West Pico Boulevard 

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Originally choreographed by the world-renowned George Balanchine in 1967 and recognized as the first great work of abstract ballet, this jewelry-inspired three-act ballet, performed by the Mariinsky Ballet, has become the troupe’s celebrated calling card. Through October 27. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue

Friday, October 25

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Soulection: The Sound of Tomorrow
L.A.’s own Soulection lives two days into the future, bringing together forward-thinking musicians drowning their sounds in hypnotizing electronica, from EDM and ambient to rap and R&B. The collective’s showcase of its most promising up-and-comers is sure to bring the heat. El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard

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 time during this pie free-for-all. That’s right, we said unlimited pie—and Friday, October 25, is the last night to indulge! 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. 189 The Grove Drive

Saturday, October 26

Halloween Carnival at E.P. & L.P.
The buzzy rooftop bar with the best views in West Hollywood—of the surrounding Los Angeles and of its own fetching clientele, which seems to always be at least 75 percent models—will get downright wild for a Halloween bash, complete with a 90-minute open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Dress up in an all-out costume or dress up glamorous, just make sure to dress up. 603 North La Cienega Boulevard

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Saving Galileo
NASA’s scrappy little spacecraft that could was the second thing named Galileo to greatly expand humanity’s understanding of the stars. Learn all about the unmanned ship’s unprecedented trip to Jupiter—and many roadblocks along the way—in this documentary and panel discussion from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the makers of Galileo itself. Caltech-Beckman Auditorium, 332 South Michigan Avenue, Pasadena

Sunday, October 27

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In Sheep’s Clothing Record Fair
In Sheep’s Clothing, the cozy little hi-fi listening bar tucked behind a pizza joint, is always a good place to take in some high-quality vinyl. Now you can bring the audiophile experience home with you thanks to this outdoor record fair, featuring various labels and vendors and levels of obscurity, plus pizza and drinks—because you should never shop on an empty stomach. 710 East Fourth Place

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“With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985”
The first full-scale scholarly survey of this highly decorative and often logic-defying American art movement, featuring 50 artists from across the United States who have embraced the genre in all its intricate, dizzying, and even purposely over-the-top ornateness. The exhibition opens today and is on view through May 11, 2020. MOCA Grand, 250 South Grand Avenue