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Fun things to do this week: Nov. 4-10

by F Diaz
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It’s never too early to start planning for the weekend. Whether you prefer learning about different cultures, discovering new foods, shopping, watching live theater, or enjoying the adrenaline rush of a rollercoaster, read on to learn about the best entertainment and cultural happenings in the Southland this upcoming week.

Nov. 4

LA Fall Fair

La Prada Event Plaza | 1600 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte, CA 91733 | Nov. 4-6 | lapradaevents.com

Explore 12 acres of amusement park rides, live music, carnival games, local artisans and food in Whittier Narrows Park. 

Emo Nite

The Glass House | 200 W. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766 | Nov. 4 | eventbrite.com

More than just DJs or a performance, this is a party celebrating the emo scene.

John Williams: A 90th Birthday Celebration

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Nov. 4-5 | pacificsymphony.org 

Pacific Symphony performs some of the best John Williams hits from “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “Jaws,” and “Star Wars.” Dressing up is encouraged. 

Basiani – The State Ensemble of Georgian Folk Singing

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica | 1220 Second St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Nov. 4 | broadstage.org

Praised by The Wall Street Journal for their “bright, crisp voices,” this striking male acapella ensemble captivates audiences with a program featuring folk and traditional songs, monastic chants, religious hymns, and epic ballads full of complex harmonies and colorful melodies.

Basiani singers on stage. | Photo by George Mekvabishvili

‘Snow White’

South Coast Repertory | 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Nov. 4-20 | scr.org

Snow White is finally telling her own story alongside Dwarf Four, as six of the seven dwarves are missing. Two actors take on 14 roles in this fast, humorous and imaginative twist on an old tale. 

First Fridays Huntington Beach

Goldenwest College | 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647 | Nov. 4 | eventbrite.com

Head to Huntington Beach for this free nighttime farmers market featuring over 75 vendors, food trucks (with vegan options), sweet treats, live music, photo ops and family games like giant Jenga and Connect Four. 


Mountain View Mausoleum | 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 | Nov. 4–6 | eventbrite.com

Witch! Witch! You’re a witch! In this immersive experience inspired by the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, you might get separated from the people you arrived with as you meet witches and inquisitors around the haunted mansions and abandoned chapel. Goody Putnam might even accuse you of witchcraft. 

Nov. 5

Gloria Gaynor

Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA | 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032 | Nov. 5 | luckmanarts.org

Grammy Hall of Fame inductee and World Music Award’s Legend recipient Gloria Gaynor’s career spans over 50 years


Rose Bowl Stadium | 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103 | Nov. 5 | rosebowlstadium.com

Spread out a blanket on the grass and enjoy unlimited pours from over 50 Southern California breweries as Festmeister Hans entertains with his singing antics. There will also be food.

Long Beach Día De Los Muertos Celebration

Rainbow Lagoon | Shoreline Drive between Linden Avenue and Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Nov. 5 | longbeach.gov

This family-friendly celebration will include arts and crafts, dance, music and entertainment, and food and beverage offerings. A festive parade will work its way through the area.

Long Beach Día de los Muertos celebration. | Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

Adaptive Sports Festival

Brookside Park | 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Nov. 5 | triumph-foundation.org

The free Adaptive Sports Festival will feature wheelchair basketball, tennis, rugby, pickleball, hockey, golf, handcycling, archery, art workshops, a resource fair, and coaches/instructors on hand to teach you the games. The goal is to increase inclusiveness and awareness of people living with disabilities in the community.

Photo of kid finishing race at a previous Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival event. | Photo courtesy of the City of Pasadena

La Puente Día De Los Muertos Downtown Festival

Downtown La Puente | Nov. 5 | lapuente.org

The downtown festival will feature live music, a car show, community booths, a marketplace and more.

‘Warrior Queen Anahit The Brave’

Colony Theatre | 555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502 | Nov. 5-18 | imaginetheatreca.org 

Filled with song, multi-media, interactive elements and spectacle, “Warrior Queen” reinvents Ghazaros Aghayan’s 1881 fable “Anahit” to powerfully recount the transformation of a young, peasant rug weaver to sword-wielding Queen of the Armenian Highlands.

Nathan Mohebbi and Ani Marderosian | Photo by Gabrieal Griego

‘Alice And The Wonderful Tea Party’

Santa Monica Playhouse | 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Nov. 5-20 | santamonicaplayhouse.com 

This lively show follows a grown-up Alice who goes back through the looking glass at the invitation of the Queen of Hearts to visit the wonderful Wonderland of her youth.

Disco Trip

Grand Park | 227 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Nov. 5 | daytrip.la 

Insomniac presents Disco Trip featuring Purple Disco Machine, Jayda G, Derrick Carter Does Disco, Crystal Waters, Heidi Lawden, Rolando Murdoch, Adam Auburn and Hint of Lavender.

Nov. 6

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Pasadena City College | 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 | Nov. 6 | pasadena.edu

Shop for antiques, collectibles and other goods from over 400 vendors. 

Attacca Quartet

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Nov. 6 | scfta.org

Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble Attaca Quartet will perform pieces from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s “Orange.”

Nov. 7

‘Blurring The Color Line’ Screening & Talk With Director Crystal Kwok

USC Norris Theater Queens Courtyard |  3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 | Nov. 7 | eventbrite.com

In this documentary, director Crystal Kwok explores uncomfortable truths behind Afro-Asian tensions by digging into her grandmother’s past growing up in a Black neighborhood in Georgia during the Jim Crow era. 

Queer Shorts Double Feature

NAVEL | 1611 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 | Nov. 7 | eventbrite.com

The teams behind “Warsha” (winner of the Jury Prize for Best International Fiction at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival) and “Christopher at Sea” (which premiered at the 2022 Venice Biennale) invite you to a double feature screening followed by a Q-and-A with the filmmakers moderated by Mike Dougherty, senior programmer at Outfest.

Café Tacvba

House of Blues Anaheim | 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim, CA 92802 | Nov. 7 | houseofblues.com

Francisca Valenzuela will open for Café Tacvba, the Grammy-winning Mexican indie rock band behind hits like “Eres,” “Come te extraño mi amor,” and “La ingrata.”

Café Tacvba. | Photo by Mike Murga (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Lake Bell Presents ‘Inside Voice’ With Tig Notaro & June Diane Raphael 

Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth | 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057 | Nov. 7 | eventbrite.com 

“Inside Voice: My Obsession with How We Sound” by Lake Bell is a “humorous, insightful, and personal deep dive into our most outward-facing, least-appreciated trait: our voice.” Bell discusses the release of the audiobook with actor and stand-up comedian Tig Notaro and actress June Diane Raphael.

Nov. 8

Autumn Delights: An Evening Of Art & Korean Tea

LACMA Resnick Pavilion | 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Nov. 8 | lacma.org

Experience the art of painter Park Dae Sung, now on display in the “Park Dae Sung: Virtuous Ink and Contemporary Brush” exhibition, while sipping tea native to Korea with tea master Kioh. If you miss this 7 p.m. experience, there is another at 8 p.m.

Free Tuesday!

The Autry | 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Nov. 8 | theautry.org

Enjoy a free visit to The Autry Museum of the American West every second Tuesday of the month. While there, catch “A Word on Westerns,” an opportunity to hear stories from stars and filmmakers of forgotten classics. 

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park. | Photo courtesy of The Autry Museum

Jazz Combos Directed By Gary Fukushima

Center for the Arts – Room: West Patio | 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 | Nov. 8 | pasadena.edu

Part of Pasadena City College’s Free Outdoor Concerts, the public is invited to this showcase of student talent.

Nov. 9

Farruquito Flamenco: ‘Intimo’

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Nov. 9 | scfta.org

Farruquito’s “Intimo” recounts the origins and history of flamenco in which dance is shown in its purest state. 

Photo courtesy of Farruquito and Segerstrom Center for the Arts

‘The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of’

Grammy Museum | 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 | Nov. 9 | grammymuseum.org

Over a five-decade career, author and musician Andy Cahan has collaborated with artists such as Little Richard, Ringo Starr, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix. Cahan will be discussing his newly released illustrated memoir, “The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of,” followed by a performance and book signing. 

Holiday Boutique

Bargain Box Thrift Store | 64 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 | Nov. 9-12 | assistanceleague.org/arcadia 

The Assistance League of Arcadia will hold their Holiday Boutique daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The store will be filled with brand new gift items, and holiday treasures, including décor, clothing, toys, games, and tableware. The Holiday Boutique raises funds to provide new school uniforms and school supplies for underserved children through our Operation School Bell Program.

Lola Boutée Presents TRiPTease Burlesque

TRIP Santa Monica | 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 l Nov. 9 l eventbrite.com

Lower your inhibitions and see what’s hot at LA’s longest running weekly burlesque and variety show. Every Wednesday features a fresh new lineup of talent hosted by the original dame herself, Lola Boutée.

Nov. 10 

Fan Event Screenings for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

The El Capitan Theatre | 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028 | Nov. 10 | elcapitantheatre.com

The fan event screenings, hosted by Nerdist, will take place at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., each with their own exclusive items included with a ticket. Both groups will receive an exclusive mini poster, Wakanda Forever collectible tin with 64-ounce popcorn, event credential and a 20-ounce bottled beverage. In addition, the first group will receive an LE 1,000 stained glass pin and the second group will receive a Celebrate: Wakanda Coca-Cola® can. Arrive early to view a display of costumes from the film. Each fan event screening costs $60.

Still from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” | Photo courtesy of ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Harvest Day: Reconstructing Thanksgiving

Cal Poly Pomona | 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 | Nov. 10 | eventbrite.com 

The Natives Aiming to Inspire Values in Education (NATIVE) Pipeline at Cal Poly Pomona will deconstruct the westernized Thanksgiving through community panels, dance performances and samplings of native foods.

Sheldon Epps Discusses ‘My Own Directions’

Vroman’s Bookstore | 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Nov. 10 | vromansbookstore.com

Author Sheldon Epps discusses his journey as a Black man in American theater, including as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse where he made diversity on and off the stage a priority. 

Preservation Pasadena

Pasadena | Nov. 10-13 | pasadenaheritage.org

Celebrating great architecture in the city, Pasadena Heritage has created an entertaining and educational program highlighting different architectural styles.

Stitches SoCal

Pasadena Convention Center | 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Nov. 10-13 | stitches.events

If you’ve always wanted to learn about sowing, crochet and the like, this is your chance to do so. The schedule of 104 classes includes knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery, spinning, carding, dyeing and more. There will also be a market with yarn, fiber, fabric, tools and everything else you need for your next project.


‘Cindy & The Disco Ball’

Garry Marshall Theatre | 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank CA 91505 | Through Nov. 6 | garrymarshalltheatre.org

“Cindy & The Disco Ball: The Musical” is extending its run. The story unfolds at a SoCal High School in 1976 where art across the city is in jeopardy. The live band fills the theatre with a funky 1970s sound, the songs show off stunning vocals from the dazzling cast.

The cast of “Cindy & The Disco Ball.” | Photo Matthew Gilmore / Garry Marshall Theatre


Boston Court Pasadena | 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 | Through Nov. 6 | bostoncourtpasadena.org

See the development workshop of this humorous and moving eco-parable about humans, and goats, meddling in the Galápagos to the detriment of tortoises. 

Día de Los Muertos

Kidspace Children’s Museum | 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Through Nov. 6 | kidspacemuseum.org

The program includes music, art, and a community ofrenda where families can share memories of people and pets who have enriched their lives. The Día de Los Muertos celebration continues through the weekend with the music of Las Colibri, an all-female ensemble that plays a unique interpretation of traditional mariachi music on Nov. 4. Técnica Arte y Folklore will thrill guests with the colorful twills and lively steps of contemporary dance in Mexican folklore on Nov. 6.

‘Radio Golf”

A Noise Within | 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 | Through Nov. 13 | anoisewithin.org

“Radio Golf” is the final play in Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” decade-by-decade exploration of the Black experience in 20th century America. Harmond Wilks, Pittsburgh’s first Black mayoral candidate, finds himself on the verge of the business breakthrough of a lifetime. The arrival of an unexpected visitor with surprising news forces Harmond to choose between his personal aspirations and his integrity. With humor and courage, Radio Golf challenges the steep price progress can exact upon the soul.

Christian Telesmar, Matt Orduña, and Alex Morris in “Radio Golf”. | Photo by Craig Schwartz/A Noise Within

‘2:22 – A Ghost Story’

Ahmanson Theatre | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through Dec. 4 | centertheatregroup.org

Starring Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg, and Finn Wittrock, this award-winning supernatural thriller mixes mystery, comedy and a little horror.

(Left to right) Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg, and Finn Wittrock to star in the U.S. premiere of “2:22 – A Ghost Story” at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre October 29 through December 4, 2022.

‘(Re)Inventing The Americas: Repeat. Erase, Construct’

The Getty | 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049 | Through Jan. 8 | getty.edu 

Challenging European interpretations and often racist versions of history, “(Re)Inventing the Americas: Repeat. Erase, Construct” analyzes the creation of the mythologies that arose during the conquest and exploration of the Americas and reveals the influence that those myths and visions have had on defining the two continents. The exhibition will feature a collaboration with Denilson Baniwa, a contemporary artist from the Brazilian Amazon region who will generate different artistic interventions throughout the show.

‘Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971’

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures | 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Through April 9 | regenerationblackcinema.org

The exhibition explores the achievements and challenges of Black filmmakers in the US in both independent production and the studio system—in front of the camera and behind it—from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s to the early 1970s. A survey of the films and filmmakers explored in the exhibition will be shown until Sept. 29 and will feature more than 20 screenings. The Regeneration Summit, Feb. 3–5, 2023, will be a two-day celebration of Black cinema featuring artists, scholars, and filmmakers participating in conversations, workshops, and activations throughout the museum.

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