A Night Out

What to Eat, Drink, and Do in L.A. This Week: November 11–17

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DO

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Wild Horses With Special Guest Mark Duplass
The improv quartet of Lauren Lapkus, Mary Holland, Stephanie Allynne, and Erin Whitehead is one of the most revered in all of comedy right now and has been for several years. While each comic has her own very fruitful career in movies and TV, they still assemble for unforgettable nights of long-form improv with a special guest, which, this time around, just happens to be indie comedy, film, and TV icon Mark Duplass. November 16; doors open at 9:45 p.m. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

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Program C
L.A. Dance Project’s third program of the season includes works from anthropologist-choreographer Madeline Hollander, who was also the mind behind the creepy undulations of the heroes and doppelgängers in the film Us. Various showtimes November 14–24. LADP, 2245 East Washington Boulevard

The Great Leap
Tony Award winner BD Wong directs this timely story of an American basketball team in China that find themselves enmeshed in an off-the-court conflict that runs as deep as their country’s challenging histories. Various showtimes through December 1. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena

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“Linda Besemer: An Abundance of Errors”
New large-scale paintings continue the artist’s investigation of abstraction. Her glitch-based disruption of order centers on a process of digitizing error and failure, then rendering it by hand in acid-colored paint. On view through December 21. Vielmetter Los Angeles, 1700 South Santa Fe Avenue #101

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Small Doses With Amanda Seales
You’ve probably enjoyed the presence of Seales on HBO’s Insecure and her own stand-up specials—but the real ones are in it for her podcast, Small Doses. This evening will be a special live taping, where she keeps it 100 and dishes out her bits of truth about life, love, and more in her own funny, unfiltered way. November 16; doors open at 7 p.m. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

Holiday Market at Hotel Bel-Air
’Tis the season already—might as well start it with festive drinks and pastries on the Hotel Bel-Air’s front lawn. Knock off your holiday gift list weeks ahead of time with this charming coterie of local artisans, who specialize in everything from candles to jewelry to baby apparel. Entry is free; food, drinks, gifts, and charity raffle tickets are available for purchase. November 17; 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Hotel Bel-Air Front Lawn, 701 Stone Canyon Road

DRINK

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Fizz Fight L.A.: A Hard Seltzer Festival
Everyone from recent White Claw converts to longtime carbonation connoisseurs can refine their palate for today’s trendiest alcoholic drink with a staggering lineup of more than 100 hard seltzers to taste, plus food trucks, art, and some friendly baby goats to keep you occupied between sips. November 16; entrance times at noon and 5 p.m. City Market South, 1118 San Julian Street

Stars of Cabernet
This showcase brings together some of the best producers of Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the world. Sample more than 100 of them, talk to winemakers and sommeliers, and enjoy a fancy buffet spread from the Peninsula hotel culinary staff. Grape-stained teeth are de rigueur here (it’s OK, everyone will have them). VIP tickets start at $195 and include early entrance, buffet, a tour of special older vintage and collectible wines, and access to the afterparty; general admission is $125. November 13; 6–10 p.m. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

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Burbank Winter Wine Walk
A free holiday street fair, live entertainment, wine and beer tastings, food specials, and snow. That’s right: the white stuff. Ticket holders get tasting glasses and maps to find samplings at businesses around downtown Burbank, and VIPs get access to Santa’s lounge, which offers great views of the spectacle. All ages welcome everywhere except where wine is served. Tickets range from $50 to $99. November 16; noon–8 p.m. 201 North San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank

EAT

Harvest Dinner With Nancy Silverton
If you can’t go to Italy with Silverton, this might be the next best thing. This special fall harvest dinner hosted by Billy Harris includes a four-course wine pairing dinner at Osteria Mozza, cocktails and Osetra caviar bumps beforehand, and a live auction benefiting the Trotter Project. Schmooze with fellow fans and meet the chef and overseer of the Mozza complex herself. Tickets are $350 per person. November 12; 6:30–9:30 p.m. Osteria Mozza, 6602 Melrose Avenue

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TenderFest
In a city rife with taco fests, burger fests, bacon fests, and every-other-food fest, the humble wonder that is the chicken tender is long overdue for its day in the spotlight. Enter TenderFest, a four-hour indulgence of unlimited beer and chicken tenders from some of the top tender slingers in town. Plus, celeb chefs Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, and Timothy Hollingsworth go head-to-head-to-head in a battle to see who can whip up the most delicious take on this great bar-food delicacy. November 15; 6–10 p.m. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

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Taste of the Rams 2019
L.A.’s top football and culinary talents touch down on taste buds to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Nosh on food from the likes of Barilla’s Gino Campagna, Border Grill’s Mary Sue Milliken, and more, as you tackle those photo ops with Rams players, cheerleaders, and mascot Rampage. November 18; 6–10 p.m. Universal Studios Hollywood, Globe Garden, 100 Universal City Plaza