A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: October 7–13

Monday, October 7

Dodsworth + Guest Panel
Dodsworth’s moving dissection of a crumbling marriage makes it one of the most mature flicks to come out of the 1930s, but the even bigger draw at this screening is the accompanying panel. Timeless Hollywood stars Diane Baker, Carole Cook, Angela Lansbury, Eva Marie Saint, and Robert Wagner will come together to discuss their friend Robert Osborne, the late TCM mainstay whose estate is sponsoring a new series of classic film screenings—starting with this one. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Tuesday, October 8

Photo by Kat Westerman/Courtesy of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company

The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s immersive experience, Terra, draws from the mesmerizing heartbeat of Mother Earth to turn arts space Stomping Ground L.A. into a kinetic panorama of light, dance, landscape, and music. Join for closing night on October 13 for an extra celebration of the new Stomping Ground space, complete with bites and drinks. Stomping Ground L.A., 5453 Alhambra Avenue

Wednesday, October 9

Photo courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography/Facebook

Light the Barricades
Artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves installed three walls representing emotional barriers around Los Angeles at Grand Park, the Natural History Museum, and the Annenberg Community Beach House, where they stayed until September 22. Now the three pieces—representing resentment, judgment, and doubt—have joined together in the Annenberg Space for Photography, a culmination of the institution’s first citywide public art installation. 2000 Avenue of the Stars 

Thursday, October 10

In Trousers
A prequel to William Finn’s Tony award-winning Falsettos, this play follows a man torn between servicing the needs of the three most important women in his life and his own hidden inclinations. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard

Talking to Myself
James Arnold Taylor shines a light on the work of voice actors by showing the audience precisely how the job is done, using modern multimedia, sound, and more than 200 distinct voices he’s accumulated over the course of his long and storied career. Through October 13. Colony Theatre, 555 North 3rd Street, Burbank

Photo by Dave Evanko/Courtesy of Desert Daze

Desert Daze 2019
Besides bringing a generally stacked lineup of under-the-radar acts you need to know to the shores of Lake Perris, Desert Daze has also become a haven for the album purist: Headliners Wu Tang Clan, Ween, and the Flaming Lips will all be playing their classic LPs in their entirety. Lake Perris, Moreno Beach

Friday, October 11

Photo by Laurie Shapiro/Courtesy of Radiant Space

Bad Traffic in the Alchemy Tunnel: Comedy in an Art Installation
You may have seen some great improv comedy in L.A. and you may have found your way into an experimental, fully immersive art exhibition at some point in your life. However, chances are that you have not experienced both at the same time. Join in for the singular experience of Laurie Shapiro’s Alchemy Tunnel art installation while enjoying the slick and nimble long-form improv of some of this city’s best, most beloved improv teams—Funk Shuffle, K3wlAzn420, and WILD—all hosted by Christiana Morgenroth. Radiant Space, 1444 North Sierra Bonita Avenue

Good Fishermen Know a Lot About Sex
This brand-new dramedy-musical tracks a family of four on a Hawaiian vacation meant to heal them after tragedy. But when they find themselves stuck on a fishing boat, the gloves come off and the truth comes out. Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard

Saturday, October 12

Photo by Taso Papadakis/Courtesy of Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy
Some of the city’s best pizza artisans (L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, DeSano Pizza Bakery, and more), pasta makers (Factory Kitchen, Drago Centro), new-school Italian (Union), old-school Italian (Colombo’s), gelato (Grom), winemakers, and espresso pullers convene to celebrate L.A.’s long-standing Italian community. Proceeds go to support the Italian American Museum, now open in a renovated 1908 building. Tickets: $65–$145. Pico House, 424 North Main Street

Fall Festival at the Original Farmers’ Market
With racing pigs, a petting zoo, kid-size pedal-powered tractor pull competitions, pie-eating contests, and more at the Original Farmers’ Market at 3rd and Fairfax, it’s like a country fair in the heart of the big city. All of the vendors get their autumn on; there are plenty of fall-inspired food and drink specials to be had; and there will be live music and other entertainment. Entry is free. Original Farmers’ Market, 6333 West 3rd Street

Photo courtesy of Dîner en Blanc – Los Angeles

Dîner en Blanc
Don your best white outfit—dress to impress!—fix a picnic basket, bring some chairs and candles, and create a magnificent tablescape for this annual end-of-summer bash. The location for the mass picnic is kept a secret until the absolute last minute (allowing time for typical L.A. traffic issues, of course), but the rest is up to you. Remember: No alcohol unless you reserve it via the website. You must register ahead of time ($53 per person). Address revealed upon ticket purchase.

Sunday, October 13

Bad Gyal
Bad Gyal is the current queen of dancehall and she’s been rightfully crowned: The Spanish singer first made a splash by reworking Rihanna’s “Work,” sung in Catalan. Her other songs blend English, Catalan, Spanish, and slang words of her own invention, popping against futurist electronic dancehall-reggae with trap trappings. Roxy, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine/Facebook

The Food Event
Los Angeles magazine’s annual food fest once again takes place in Malibu, with the rolling hills, zebras, and camels at Saddlerock Ranch in the background. Chefs from Wally’s, Yours Truly, Alta Adams, Homestate, Eataly, and more serve up tasty bites, and wines and cocktails are in abundance. There are cooking demos and panel discussions, but mostly just sunshine (sometimes rain, definitely check) and great food and drinks. Tickets are $135. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu