Things To Do

Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [11-6-2023 to 11-10-2023]

November 6, 2023 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Exterior of The Hammer after dark. Photo by Christina Champlin

Has your November gotten off to a fast start? Or are you mired in a Halloween hangover? Not to worry, we’ll get you moving.

This week in Los Angeles, from November 6-10, you’ll find the California Festival at Disney Concert Hall, a Literary Death Match in WeHo, Technotitlan at The Hammer, Astra Lumina at South Coast Botanic Garden, the Comedy Patio at Grand Central Market, The Last Improv at Dynasty Typewriter, and more. Check out our full list below!


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Synth Night at Common SpaceFA > Every first Monday of the month, the LA Synth Club hosts a monthly meet-up and jam session at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne. Musicians are invited to bring their favorite synthesizers, drum machines, or any other electronic instruments to experiment / jam with. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

California Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall M > This month’s California Festival is a statewide showcase of new works featuring 100 participating organizations and ensembles, including symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, jazz ensembles, opera companies and choirs, all performing compositions created in the past five years. As part of the series, Walt Disney Concert Hall will be hosting a dozen concerts between Nov 7-19, including this Tuesday and Thursday. Get more info here.

Sketch Party at Benny BoyFA TP > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up returns to Benny Boy Brewing this Tuesday. They’ll hook you up with sketch paper, pens, pencils, and markers, then it’s up to you to create, mingle, hang out, and enjoy BB’s solid lineup of craft beers and ciders. All artistic levels welcome. Quanatine Pizza will be on hand selling slices too! Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

Pajama Drive at The Original Farmers Market -> Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry’s 3rd annual holiday kids pajama drive is back for the month of November. Donate new, unwrapped pajamas for kids aged 0-18 and receive a pound of ground beef, homemade sausages or a dozen eggs – it’s your choice. More info here

Literary Death Match – FA > On Wednesday, the City of West Hollywood and WeHo Reads host a free edition of Literary Death Match, which will be the event series’s first ever show in West Hollywood. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

The Comedy Patio at Grand Central MarketM FA > Free standup comedy comes to Grand Central Market this Wednesday in the form of The Comedy Patio, a showcase taking place at Maple Block. The lineup features Adam Ray, Helen Hong, Jesus Trejo, Asif Ali, James Davis, Carmen Morales, and M.K. Paulson. Free to attend, but donations happily accepted. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here

Astra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst The StarsTP > ​​Starting this Thursday evening, the South Coast Botanic Garden again morphs into a multi-sensory celestial pathway where guests will walk amongst the stars thanks to brilliant lights, cosmic visions, and astral song. The seasonal attraction runs on select evenings through December 31. Adult tickets start at $35 and there’s an additional fee for parking. More info here

Technotitlan at The HammerFA > This Thursday, as part of the programming supporting The Hammer’s Made in L.A. exhibition, artist / DJ Gary Ganas will perform a “electromagnetic mural” comprised of Latin-based techno and house tunes, all while the galleries stay open late for visitors to explore. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

Ice Santa MonicaM FA TP >The 8,000 square-foot ice rink pop-up at the intersection of Arizona Ave and 5th St in Downtown Santa Monica technically opened last week, but this Thursday they’ll be hosting an official grand opening event with an assist from Netflix. Expect live entertainment including a performance by ice hooper Mayumi Namikoshi, music from DJ Super Mario, and complimentary bites from Ugo Trattoria and Stefano’s Pizzeria. Free to attend, with free skate sessions beginning at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. More info here.


Drunk Theatre -> Bay Area import Drunk Theatre is exactly what it sounds like: A comedian downs five quick shots of whiskey and then sees if he/she/they can make through an improvised set with five sober counterparts. The is back this Friday at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person online, or it’s $25 at the door. Show begins at 9 p.m. More info here.

The Last ImprovM > This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts with special guests to Lauren Lapkus, Brandon Scott Jones, and Bobby Moynihan, plus guest monologist Pauley Shore. GA tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day-of. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Movie Fridays on the Third Street PromenadeM FA > Every second Friday of the month through December, Santa Monica hosts a free outdoor movie on the 1200 block of Third Street Promenade, between Arizona & Wilshire. This Friday, catch a screening of Jurassic World beginning at 7:30 p.m. No RSVP necessary, but you can get more info here. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The spread at Videre.

Videre Rooftop Lunch Menu -> The team behind Employees Only recently opened the rooftop restaurant Videre at Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire. Here you can enjoy an al fresco $30 lunch deal (with a stellar view!) from Monday through Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The three-course special includes a choice of salad, ranging from roasted corn to a Miso Caesar, and main courses like Zab’s Fried Chicken Sandwich, market fish, and a roasted chicken plate. For dessert, you can indulge in options like Pumpkin Spice Rum Cake or a Brown Butter Cheesecake. More info here

A Truffle Loaf at Ginza Nishikawa -> Ginza Nishikawa is leveling up their artisanal milk bread with a new Truffle Loaf. Available at Ginza Nishikawa’s Santa Monica location, the decadent creation infuses white truffle salt and white truffle oil into their signature dough. The Truffle Loaf is available daily (in limited quantities) at Colony for $15 per loaf. 


HomeState x Franklin Barbecue -> Texas’s famed Franklin Barbecue partners with LA’s HomeState for a limited-time breakfast taco, available from November 8-12. Celebrating HomeState’s 10th anniversary, the collaboration dubbed the Franklin features Franklin Barbecue’s chopped brisket with garlic tallow, paired with Vital Farms eggs, cheddar, and chile de arbol salsa in HomeState’s signature tortilla. Find it exclusively at HomeState’s original location on 4624 Hollywood Boulevard. Each taco sold contributes a dollar to the Southern Smoke Foundation, supported by Vital Farms, matching donations up to $10,000. 

West Hollywood’s Eat & Drink Week ->  West Hollywood’s 4th annual Eat & Drink Week highlights 40 establishments each offering some sort of promotion. Deals range from a $15 lunch menu at Zinc Cafe to a complimentary coffee with a pastry purchase from Bottega Louie. The best deals are in the cocktail specials at great bars like Bar Next Door and Schmitty’s.

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