A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: September 9–15

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Monday, September 9

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews
Television season is officially upon us, and Paleyfest Fall TV Previews is here to give you a first look at the pilots for dozens of new shows. The weeklong annual celebration of this golden age includes panel discussions with the cast and creators, as well. Tonight’s screenings feature fertility doctor drama Almost Family; Tom Payne’s new vehicle, Prodigal Son; and animated series Bless the Harts, starring the voices of Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Paley Center for Media, 465 North Beverly Drive,Beverly Hills

Tuesday, September 10

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May Contain Nuts! A Night of Comedy
Sometimes it takes a big-time benefit to gather a lineup of such stellar proportions as Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Howie Mandel, Alonzo Bodden, and Kira Soltanovich. Indeed, that is what’s on offer with the galalike comedy show, May Contain Nuts!, to benefit WeSpark Cancer Support Center. Odds are you won’t see a bill like this ever again. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard

Wednesday, September 11

Adam Pascal: So Far
On the heels of his acoustic tour with fellow Broadway stalwart Anthony Rapp earlier this year, original Rent cast member Pascal is striking out on his own for an intimate review of his career so far, featuring songs, stories, and interaction with the audience. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Boulevard

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Not a Genuine Black Man
The longest-running solo play in San Francisco theater history comes to Los Angeles for two nights only, as Brian Copeland tells his own story of moving to a California town known for its white supremacy and failing to fit into the racial conceptions of his neighbors as he struggled to define himself. Also September 18. Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, 5636 Melrose Avenue

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The Secret Society of Sisterhood
At the order of the full moon (for the most part), multihyphenate Trish Nelson assembles the Secret Society of Sisterhood, comprised of the best women storytellers, comedians, and artists of all types, to share their experiences while draped in wonderfully dark red cloaks (this date’s lineup includes Cameron Esposito, Mara Wilson, Akilah Hughes, Jackie Fuchs, and Kay Hanley). Though it is a gathering of sisters to the stage, you’re allowed to join in solidarity, even if you don’t identify as a woman, to enjoy this revelatory evening.  Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

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You Are Here
9/11 documentary You Are Here chronicles an inspiring outpouring of friendship and charity in the face of one of America’s darkest days, telling the story of a tiny Newfoundland town that took in thousands of displaced travelers when more than three dozen jumbo jets were rerouted to their airport in the rush to clear American airspace. Screening in various locations throughout Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 12

An Evening on the Beach
Sip and hobnob at the Jonathan Club right on the Santa Monica beach to help raise awareness and support for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to those who need it most. Chefs from some of L.A.’s top restaurants, including Bavel, Yours Truly, Kali, Angelini Osteria, and more will be in attendance, and wine and cocktails will be in abundance—ride sharing is the best option. Plus, you can’t beat the sunset. Tickets are $195; attendees must be 21 and over. 850 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica

Friday, September 13

Scored by Ovation Award–winning composer Ryan Thomas Johnson, this new musical finds its world premiere on the Broadwater Main Stage and is based on true circumstances in 1893 Chicago, where a cunning killer built a hotel to lure unsuspecting women to their doom. Opening tonight; through November 2. Sacred Fools Theater Company, 1076 Lillian Way

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Lezathlon Summer Camp
This wild, inclusive, unpretentious weekend is one-third nostalgic summer camp experience, one-third lesbian pride gathering, one-third sporting event, and 100 percent mayhem. The nonathletic will still find plenty to do thanks to parties, meals, and a general air of irreverent fun. Through September 15. Canyon Creek Camp, 41600 Lake Hughes Road, Lake Hughes

Saturday, September 14

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Open Arts & Music Festival
Don’t look now, but Glendale—yes, the same Glendale with all those chain restaurants and car dealerships—is secretly kind of cool. See for yourself at a free, family-friendly showcase of music, art, and community, highlighted by electro-R&B siren Kilo Kish, a climbing wall for the kids, and a beer garden for the adults. 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
One of the best and most heartwarming food events returns to UCLA’s Royce Quad in Westwood. Hosted by chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern) and Goin’s husband, David Lentz (Hungry Cat), it’s like a big backyard barbecue with some of the premier chefs from L.A. and around the country, including Nancy Silverton, Michael Cimarusti, Mark Vetri, Chris Bianco, Adam Perry Lang, and more. California winemakers and cocktailians bring their best sips, and there’s plenty of celeb sightings. All proceeds from ticket prices ($225 and worth every penny), T-shirt and poster sales, and auctions—definitely watch the live auction where people with the deepest wallets outbid each other for incredible culinary experiences—go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which helps battle childhood cancer. Royce Quad on UCLA Campus, 10745 Dickson Court

Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance
In this film, Native American WWII veterans make their way back to the sites of their heroics in the Pacific Theater, where their language served as the crucial, unbreakable code that helped turn the tide of the war. Director-producer George A. Colburn will join for a Q&A. Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way

Sunday, September 15

PokéBar Pop-Up
Feel like you’ve conquered Pokémon Go? Take your Poké-immersion to the next level at this pop-up, which promises a real-life version of Pokémon catching, complete with seven regions that you’ll explore throughout your two-hour session. Once you’re satisfied with your collection, kick back with cocktails, games, and a Pokémon burger so cute you might not even want to eat it. Common Space Brewery, 3411 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne

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Art Women Art Week
For the next five days, the gorgeous Melrose Rooftop Theatre gets even better, with programming focused on networking with powerful women. Each night revolves around a theme—entrepreneurs, food, art, fashion, and showbiz—with panelists and short films in addition to the usual feature presentations, consisting of female-led classics like Frida, A Star Is Born, and First Wives Club. Through September 19; see website for details. E.P. & L.P., 603 North La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood

The Hundreds Family-Style Food Fest
The founders of streetwear brand The Hundreds team up with some of their favorite chefs, artists, and musicians for their first food festival. Held just off the Fairfax drag that is now streetwear central, tickets ($40 for general admission, $120 for VIP) get you on the grounds, and food from restaurants like Jon & Vinny’s, Badmaash, Cofax, Slab, Tacos 1986, Uncle Paulie’s, and many more, will be sold separately. 130 North Fairfax Avenue