10 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, 10/9

It’s not too early to start decorating pumpkins, right?

MUSIC: Finland à la carte
Immerse yourself in the culture of Finland with an exclusive Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert at the Bel-Air residence of the Consul General of Finland. Associate principal cellist Armen Ksajikian will lead a string quartet celebrating Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s birth. The à la carte series, which benefits LACO’s artistic and educational programing, will continue with Turkey à la carte (November 7) and Iran à la carte (November 14.) More information (October 8)

ART: Zvi Hecker: Two Strips
Architect and artist Zvi Hecker has designed buildings in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Berlin, where he currently resides. The opening reception will be held at 7pm on Friday. More information (SCI-Arc, October 9-11)

BOOKS: The Last Spookstore
Visit DTLA’s The Last Bookstore all month long to check out 31 pieces of art inspired by gruesome literature, from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu to Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. More information (month-long)

CONFABS: Artisanal LA Fall Show
With more than 150 edible and home good makers, artisans, food crafters, and chefs (not to mention a pop-up urban farm with baby goats and calves—baby goats and calves!), this event at DTLA’s The Reef  puts all of the autumn vibes in one place. More information (The Reef, October 10-11).

KIDS: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
It’s October, which means it’s time for all thing pumpkin. While you’re there, check out the straw maze, pet some baby goats, and get your face painted. More information (West Los Angeles College, October 9-11)

SPORTS: Women’s All-American Tennis Championships
More than 100 Division One collegiate women athletes will compete in the first major tournament of the semester. A champagne brunch will be held for sponsors and donors on October 11. More information (Riviera Tennis Club, October 9-11)

MUSIC: Chinese Indie Night
An evening of Sino indie bands includes punkish noiseniks Hedgehog, pop rockers New Pants, and Miserable Faith, one of China’s biggest musical acts, now on its inaugural U.S. tour. More information (Regent Theater, October 9)

BOOKS: Star Wars Reads Day: Storytime & Activities
Grab the Jedi Knight closest to you and head to Vroman’s Bookstore to get your Star Wars fix. Readings and themed activities are planned. More information (Vroman’s Bookstore, October 10)

FILM: iFilmmaker: The Rise of Hand-Held Cinema
Part of this year’s No Budget Film Festival, this panel will explore how the iPhone and mobile technology has made filmmaking more accessible. The event will also include a scavenger hunt. More information (3rd Street Promenade Apple Store, October 11)

ART: Water: Our Thirsty World
Get a new perspective on the drought with a collection of images by photographers for National Geographic about freshwater resources locally and globally. This is the second Annenberg exhibition to be shown at the Aquarium. More information (Aquarium of the Pacific, October 9-11)