Things to do in Los Angeles today

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Tonight's best film screenings

Still from "Mary Poppins." Costumes from the movie will featured in the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition.

Still from "Mary Poppins." Costumes from the movie will featured in the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition. Photograph: courtesy of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Hollywood Costume

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 6067 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Mon Mar 2
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Giuseppe Makes a Movie.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie. Photograph: Courtesy Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Giuseppe Makes a Movie screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Oct 17 - Thu Oct 23
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Tonight's best shows and performances

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Monday night residencies at the Bootleg

  • Free

Head to Echo Park on Mondays for free residencies at one of the best venues on the East side, the Bootleg. Theater shows happen in the Gallery, and music in the Theater (in back) and the Bar (in front). Residencies take place in the bar, with high tables and stools in the back, a bar with great craft brews and a high, open-beamed roof with great acoustics. Check the Bootleg's calendar to see who's on the bill month to month.  

  1. Bootleg HiFi 2214 Beverly Blvd
  2. Mon Oct 20
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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

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The adorably cracked Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) and puppy-hugger Kurt Braunohler host their variety show, Hot Tub, every Monday night at the Virgil. Expect a fresh, oddball lineup each week of stand-up comics, sketch performances and new music.

  1. The Virgil 4519 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Mon Feb 17 - Mon Dec 29
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Today's best arts and culture

Still from "Mary Poppins." Costumes from the movie will featured in the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition.

Still from "Mary Poppins." Costumes from the movie will featured in the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition. Photograph: courtesy of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Hollywood Costume

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The last stop of this exhibition's world tour is at the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—in the Wilshire May Company building next to LACMA. It's a collaboration between the Academy and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. See some of the film world's most well known costumes in person, and get to know the designers who made them a reality. In addition to the 150 costumes in the original show, the Academy will add 50 more to this exhibition from its collection, including Dorothy's ruby slippers and her blue gingham dress. Watch the trailer (for the exhibition, of course—it is the Academy after all) and make sure to book your time-slot tickets in advance.

  1. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 6067 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Mon Mar 2
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Church & State

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  1. 1850 Industrial St
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The Factory Kitchen

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  1. 1300 Factory Pl #101
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Sadie Kitchen and Lounge

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  1. 1638 N Las Palmas Ave
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Papilles

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  1. 6221 Franklin Ave
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