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The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week

Photograph: Courtesy Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade. Lila Coogan (Anya) and the company of the National Tour of ‘Anastasia’
By Time Out Los Angeles editors

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, including concerts, comedy shows, happy hour dealsfree museum days—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

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Blind Barber
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Comedy, Stand-up

The Secret Show at the Blind Barber

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

It’s a secret-within-a-secret during this monthly stand-up show at Blind Barber.

Photograph: Courtesy Samuel Zeller
Things to do, Film events

The New Wave

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Watch film screenings and listen to keynotes and panels from cultural-change–inspiring filmmakers during Film Independent’s free cinema celebration held at both MOCA locations.

Drunken Devil Halloween Party Black Magick Los Angeles
Image: Courtesy Drunken Devil
Things to do, Quirky events

Drunken Devil's Black Magick Halloween Party

We don't need to consult an oracle to know that Drunken Devil’s Halloween soirée is going to be a good one: From the team that brought us Bloody Brunch and To Live and Di(n)e in L.A. comes Black Magick, a 1920s-themed evening of magic, Old Hollywood glamour and the occult.

Million Dollar Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Omar Bárcena
Movies, Horror

Cinema Phantasmagoria

icon-location-pin Million Dollar Theater, Downtown Historic Core

Street Food Cinema is supplementing its slate of outdoor movies with a Halloween-themed residency at Downtown’s Million Dollar Theatre.

Photograph: Courtesy Kidspace Children’s Museum
Kids, Festivals

Pumpkin Festival

icon-location-pin Brookside Park, Pasadena

Explore a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce castles, carnival games and seasonal crafts at this Pasadena pumpkin patch and costume parade. All proceeds benefit the Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Kidspace For All programs, which works to provide free and discounted admission for those in undeserved communities.

The Broad
Photograph: Courtesy Sam Poullain
Art, Photography

“Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again”

icon-location-pin The Broad, Downtown

The Broad surveys 25 years of Neshat, an L.A.-by-way-of-Iran photographer and videographer whose passionate work mines the ancient and recent history of Iran and its people.

Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood

The summertime cemetery screening series makes an autumnal reprise with a pair of Halloween movies.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema
Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

The outdoor screening series continues with movies at a pair of parks each Saturday night.

Jonas Brothers
Photograph: Courtesy Peggy Sirota
Music, Pop

We Can Survive

97.1 AMP Radio’s annual breast cancer research benefit show is bringing together a truly star-studded lineup for a good cause, with appearances from Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, Marshmello and Becky G.

Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Music festivals

All My Friends Music Festival

icon-location-pin ROW DTLA, Downtown Arts District

The second annual fest will arrive at ROW DTLA on October 19 and 20, with Justice, Idris Elba and Destructo (that’s Richards’s DJ moniker) atop Saturday’s lineup and Black Coffee, DJ Harvey and a special guest on Sunday.

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