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 the Grove
By Time Out Los Angeles editors
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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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Hail Mary Pizza Fire Relief Benefit Dinner
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Fire-Relief Benefit Dinner at Hail Mary Pizza

icon-location-pin Hail Mary Pizza, Atwater Village
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If you want to lend a hand in helping fight California’s devastating wildfires, we suggest using your mouth. Tonight, Hail Mary Pizza in Atwater Village is hosting a community dinner, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Wildfire Relief Fund.

Gloria Gaynor at Live Talks Los Angeles
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Things to do, Talks and lectures

Live Talks Los Angeles

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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L.A.’s star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders. This week’s lineup includes Michael Connelly and Tom Hanks.

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Chinese Theatre
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Things to do, Film events

AFI FEST

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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See free, advance screenings of blockbusters and indie flicks about to hit it big during this Hollywood-wide film fest.

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E.R.B.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Bars, Cocktail bars

Wine Wednesday at Everson Royce Bar

icon-location-pin Everson Royce Bar, Downtown Arts District
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Wind down with a flight of three wines and a culinary creation during this weekday special.

Things to do, Talks and lectures

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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While a book talk at the Forum doesn’t exactly scream intimate, we’ll allow it: Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her incredible life experiences following the release of her upcoming memoir, Becoming.

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All My Single Friends
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Comedy

All My Single Friends

icon-location-pin The Copper Still, East Hollywood
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Partake in an evening that’s party comedy show and part live dating experience at the Copper Still.

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Things to do, Talks and lectures

A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr.

icon-location-pin Geffen Playhouse, Westwood
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Lin-Manuel Miranda will sit down with his father, Luis A. Miranda Jr., for a conversation at the Geffen Playhouse’s Gil Cates Theater, where they’ll discuss the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, advocacy and Hamilton’s run in Puerto Rico.

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Things to do

L.A. Zoo Lights

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Zoo | Los Angeles, CA, Griffith Park
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See the Griffith Park-area zoo illuminate after dark during this holiday tradition.

Long Beach Airport
Photograph: Courtesy Long Beach Airport
Things to do, Festivals

Festival of Flight

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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Get up close and personal with some aircraft at this annual Long Beach Airport open house.

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Photograph: Courtesy The Great Los Angeles Walk
Things to do, Walks and tours

The Great Los Angeles Walk

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
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Hundreds of walkers start the free urban hike on one side of the city and, nine hours and 17 miles later, end up at the other.

DHOP pancakes at 189 by Dominique Ansel L.A. restaurant anniversary party
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

“DHOP” Dominique Ansel Pancake Party

icon-location-pin 189 by Dominique Ansel, Fairfax District
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Every Saturday and Sunday in November, Ansel is turning his full-service restaurant at the Grove into “DHOP,” Dominique’s House of Pancakes.

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Things to do, Conventions

Vulture Festival

icon-location-pin Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood
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See Q&As, sneak peeks and table reads during this celeb-filled pop culture fest from New York Magazine’s Vulture.

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Festivals

Enchanted: Forest of Light

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Descanso Gardens’ light-up experience has ditched the kitsch in favor of a whimsical, wondrous, curiosity-driven display that’s among L.A.’s most stunning and, more importantly, most fun.

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DesignerCon
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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Designer Con

icon-location-pin Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
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Attention toy geeks, illustrators, underground-art lovers and anyone with a sense of humor and a love for plushy things: Find your inner child at the annual DesignerCon, where more than 700 vendors and artists will showcase toys, art, design and collectibles at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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