A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: September 30–October 6

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Monday, September 30

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Go Fact Yourself
If you’ve ever wanted to see how a podcast works up close and in person, Go Fact Yourself is a really fun way to get initiated into the world. Every two weeks cohosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong record a trivia challenge with two actors, comedians, intellectuals, or random people who claim to be experts in any given field. With special guests including Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Scott Thompson, Wil Wheaton, Paul F. Tompkins, and Susan Orlean, it can get weird  fast. This episode’s guests are Greg Behrendt and Quinn Cummings. Center for Inquiry, 2535 West Temple Street

Tuesday, October 1

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Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer
Comedian (and host of Nailed It!) Byer has been baring her soul for dozens of episodes, as have her guests, as she poses the show’s titular question: “Why won’t you date me?” This special 100th episode will likely be more honest, open, vulnerable, and hysterical, as you’ll be in the room with Byer and guests dissecting the trials and travails of online dating. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard

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Raveena
Indian-American singer Raveena makes silky smooth R&B with elements of South Asian traditional music. For a New York–based artist, it’s not just about merging her two worlds—it’s about creating a new one where millennial South Asian Americans can see themselves reflected. Roxy, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Wednesday, October 2

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Lexus All-Star Chef Classic
Stadium seating, blowout dinners, and live cooking action are the hallmarks of this four-day festival held around L.A. Live. Some of the biggest names in food come from Los Angeles and the world to cook, including Ludovic Lefebvre, Stephanie Izard, Michelle Bernstein, Daniel Boulud, Michael Voltaggio, and Sang Yoon, for sit-down dinners and walk-around tasting events. There’s even one special event for the littles. Tickets range from $115 to $495. L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court

Thursday, October 3

Team Coco House
For one long weekend, Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco will be taking over comedy clubs all across the United States for a stand-up comedy extravaganza unlike any other. Here in L.A., they’ll be taking the reins in both rooms at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and showcasing their absolute favorite comedians big and small (as well as their very own writers), including Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro, the Sklar Brothers, Bill Burr, Alice Wetterlund, Todd Glass, Jena Friedman, Levi MacDougall, and more. Through October 5. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Avenue

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Dominic Fike
Florida native Fike is currently most famous for scoring a major label deal of several million dollars when Columbia Records decided he was the next big thing. What he really is, though, is something akin to the world’s coolest lounge singer with a knack for making hook-y guitar and clap-clap beats. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard

Friday, October 4

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Grand Witches Ball Los Angeles
Get your Halloween month started right at this macabre masquerade of all things witchy: dancing, drinks, music, and a touch of the occult to put you under a spell. Costumes required—no mere mortals in normal human attire allowed at this party. El Cid, 4212 Sunset Boulevard

Pressure
A duel of words arises when two meteorologists, one Scottish and the other American, each try to convince President Eisenhower that they alone have predicted the weather that will challenge the D-Day invasion. Tonight is opening night; through October 6. UCLA-James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E. Young Drive West

Saturday, October 5

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Rare Books LAX
Whether you’re a collector of rare books yourself or just want to wander among the revered tomes, this fest of antique books and other printed materials (maps, photographs, etc.) has an air of wonder and mystery for the perfect little escape. Through October 6. The Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard

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Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience With Ramin Djawadi
The Game of Thrones withdrawal is real, and with the spin-offs who knows how long away, we have just the thing to get your fantasy fix: series composer Djawadi conducting a full orchestra through the high moments of the show’s score, backed up by an immersive visual presentation to warp you right to Westeros. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue

Sunday, October 6

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Los Angeles Italian Festival
We may not have a true Little Italy in Los Angeles (Brentwood doesn’t count), but we do have a lot of Italian food, which is reason enough to celebrate. The whole affair is rather food focused, with all the pizza, pasta, and meatballs your heart desires, but also live music (think: fake Dino, Frank, Pavarotti, etc.), shopping, and more. Entry is $5, with food and drink priced separately. 1900 North Vermont Avenue