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Tonight's best film screenings

20,000 Days on Earth.

20,000 Days on Earth. Photograph: Courtesy American Cinematheque

20,000 Days on Earth screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Oct 4
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Photograph: Chapman Baehler

Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Downtown Independent 251 S Main St
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Thu Oct 2
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Tonight's best shows and performances

Choir Boy

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

"Choir Boy" is making its way to LA with Jeremy Pope leading the performance as the talented Pharus Young. The play takes place at an all-boys black prep school where gospel music reigns as a school tradition. Written by award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, this coming-of-age story follows a charismatic young man who struggles to rise above others' jealousy and establish himself as the leader of the choir. Bring the family to catch this musical play before it packs its bags for another city. 

  1. Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue
  2. Tue Sep 16 - Sun Oct 26
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Sphaerae.

Sphaerae. Photograph: Courtesy Pasadena Arts Council

AxS Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Consider AxS Festival a celebration of curiosity: The two-week Pasadena Arts Council festival organizes events all over the Arroyo that examine the nexus of art and science. It might sound lofty—after all, this is the home of JPL and Caltech—but the festival is full of eye candy and interactive spectacles where architecture, music and theater meet cutting-edge technology. This year's highlights include Sphaerae, an inflatable pavilion that'll house ambient projections and performances, and the Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, a two-week run of tours and art installations in and around the Craftsman masterpiece. RECOMMENDED: AxS Festival 2014 (SLIDE SHOW)

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Oct 5
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Photograph: Courtesy Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

  • Price band: 3/4

If there’s one musical that will get you standin’, dancin’, and singin’, it’s Jersey Boys. The jukebox musical that made its debut in San Diego returns to LA to tell the story of Frankie Valli’s rise to fame through great harmonies and a piercing falsetto. Based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the show captures the essence of an era, so prepare to be plunged into the sixties. Fan or not, you’ll quickly recognize how many of the group's top hits you know, like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Sherry” and “December, 1963”. Buy your tickets in advance and get there early to avoid losing your seats. Ages 10 and up. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Oh, what a night!

  1. Pantages Theatre 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, between Argyle Avenue & Vine Street
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sun Oct 19
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Photograph: Courtesy Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created and hosted by the colorful Adrian Todd Zuniga, this combustive, competitive reading series pits acclaimed or burgeoning authors against one another to perform their best material in front of three chatty judges. The four authors have seven minutes each to knock our literary socks off, after which two finalists are chosen—on merit and "intangibles"—to duke it out for the evening's championship. Hilarious and booky, the LDM is a must-go, especially considering this month's lineup of judges, which includes the legendary Fred Savage and Kathryn Hahn, among others.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Today's best food and drink event

Oktoberfest at Wirtshaus

  • Price band: 2/4

The German gods smile upon us during the month of October, when Bavaria invades La Brea's Wirtshaus for six weeks of brew-centric debauchery. The Oktoberfestivities commence September 20 at 3pm when a celebrity guest (of German descent, of course) will tap the restaurant's ceremonial keg, from which entrée-purchasing guests will drink free until the barrel runs dry. Over the next month and a half, guests can expect on-theme food and drink specials, live traditional German music on weekends, plus Kraut-inspired décor and giveaways. Prost!

  1. Wirtshaus 345 N La Brea Blvd
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sat Nov 1
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Tonight's best comedy show

Literary Death Match

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created and hosted by the colorful Adrian Todd Zuniga, this combustive, competitive reading series pits acclaimed or burgeoning authors against one another to perform their best material in front of three chatty judges. The four authors have seven minutes each to knock our literary socks off, after which two finalists are chosen—on merit and "intangibles"—to duke it out for the evening's championship. Hilarious and booky, the LDM is a must-go, especially considering this month's lineup of judges, which includes the legendary Fred Savage and Kathryn Hahn, among others.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Today's best arts and culture

Photograph: Courtesy Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created and hosted by the colorful Adrian Todd Zuniga, this combustive, competitive reading series pits acclaimed or burgeoning authors against one another to perform their best material in front of three chatty judges. The four authors have seven minutes each to knock our literary socks off, after which two finalists are chosen—on merit and "intangibles"—to duke it out for the evening's championship. Hilarious and booky, the LDM is a must-go, especially considering this month's lineup of judges, which includes the legendary Fred Savage and Kathryn Hahn, among others.

  1. Largo at the Coronet 366 N La Cienega Blvd
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Photograph: Daughter of Art History, Theater A, by Yasumasa Morimura; Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Need an excuse to escape your daily routine and LA’s heat this summer? Take the tram up to the Getty and celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary with its new exhibition, “Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection.” Spend a leisurely hour with the 14 groupings of contemporary and historical photographs from the last century, which highlight the intersections between the Getty’s recently acquired photographs from photographers like Loretta Lux, Vera Lutter and Cindy Sherman, and their existing collection, which includes artists Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans and Man Ray. If you’re willing to venture outside the air-conditioned buildings, make sure to check out the museum’s famous gardens and Instagram-worthy view of the LA skyline. Though admission is free, parking costs $15 before 5pm and $10 in the evening. 

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Sun Oct 19
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