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Top 10 Weekend Events: Dia de los Muertos, Derby Dolls, Monty Python, Divine Fits, and More!
Since we’re turning back our clocks on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time (spring forward, fall backward and all that jazz), you’ll have one extra hour to check out this weekend’s happenings–whether that means watching an unconventional Monty Python biopic or soaking in the dad-rock among the oak trees. Or you could listen to sitarist Ravi Shankar kick out the jams with his daughter, Anoushka.
If Divine Fits sounds a little like Spoon, there’s a reason: The two bands share a lead singer, Britt Daniel. Sunday, Nov. 4. Fonda Theatre. More information
AFI Fest 2012
At the American Film Institute’s 26th showcase, the works of up-and-coming auteurs share the screen with those of big-time directors. This year On the Road, the new Jack Kerouac biopic, makes its L.A. debut. Through Nov. 8, various venues. More information
Good Food Festival and Conference
The second Good Food Festival and Conference strives to promote healthful, accessible food that’s sustainable, humane, and produced close to home—wherever that may be. More information
Día de los Muertos Celebration
The Eastside arts collective welcomes the community to its annual day of the dead celebration. Paint your face like a skeleton and remember that life is a dream from which we will one day awaken. Nov. 2, Self Help Graphics and Art. More information
L.A. Derby Dolls Championship Game
There’s nothing fake about the high-speed collisions of short-skirted hell’s belles like Gnarly Simon and Raven Seaward as they whip their jammer around the track. Saturday, Nov. 3, The Doll Factory. More information
A Liar's Autobiography
Before his death, Monty Python alum Graham Chapman recorded himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography. It returns as a feature film, using those recordings to weave a story about Chapman's bizarre life. In 3D, the film is even larger than life as Chapman works his way to becoming "the most prolific corpse since Elvis." Through Nov. 8. Aero Theatre. More information.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch returns to the Sunset Strip with Donovan Leitch and the rest of the cast kicking off their week-long residency. Through Nov. 7, The Roxy Theatre. More information
Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s not too late to watch a terrified Neil Patrick Harris headline the latest production from the interactive theater company Haunted Play. Follow Harris through this eerie West Adams house—built by a Hollywood special effects team—as he portrays a demented doctor who’s not of the Doogie or Dr. Horrible pedigree. Through Nov. 10. Haunted Play Mansion. More information.
It's all about hikes and mics at this oddball music fest where 20 bands will cover Fleetwood Mac songs off Rumours and Tusk. The event kicks off at noon with a lineup that includes One Trick Pony, Matt Van Winkle, and White Dove. Saturday, Nov. 3. Sage Ranch Park in Simi Valley. More information
Halloween keeps on going with this spooky electronic party with a view of the downtown skyline. Groove to more than 30 acts on four stages including Justice (Live), Knife Party, and Major Lazer. Saturday, Nov. 3. Los Angeles State Historic Park. More information