The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

French Dip Day, a disco at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and more

The days are getting shorter as we hurtle toward the end of the year, but that just means you have longer evenings to spend out doing activities around the city. Here are a few of our favorites.


A Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

Monday, November 12

Jose Antonio Vargas returns to L.A. on his tour promoting his recent book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. This event finds him in conversation with journalism professor Christina Bellantoni at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.


Cole’s 110th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, November 12

National French Dip Day coincides with the 110th birthday of local French Dip icon (and, according to some, originator). Celebrate with a sandwich and martini combo for $10 and take in the historic atmosphere of one of the city’s oldest restaurants.


The Allusionist Live 

Tuesday, November 13

Popular podcast The Allusionist gets the word nerds going with its whimsical investigations of the English language. For the live show, expect to listen to never-aired segments and experience special visual and musical performances.


Club Puppet at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Wednesday, November 14

Bob Baker Marionette Theater will soon be moving out of the space the company has occupied for decades, but before they leave, they’re throwing one last big party. 5 Every Day helps them curate this “colorful late-night disco of red velvet, tinsel, and imagination.”


The Pretty Cult Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, November 14

Join local lifestyle brand the Pretty Cult for an evening of music–and a little mysticism–at Gold-Diggers. You’ll be able to shop the current wares, including a limited-edition lipstick collab, and have your tarot cards read, while listening to tunes from Holy Wars and Spelles at this free party.


The Romanoffs Screening and Conversation with Matthew Weiner and Cast

Thursday, November 15

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner returns to TV with The Romanoffs, a new anthology series for Amazon Prime Video. LACMA hosts an episode screening followed by a conversation with Weiner, Andre Jacquemetton, Marie Jacquemetton, Kathryn Hahn, Jay R. Ferguson, and Annet Mahendru.


SSION at the El Rey

Thursday, November 15

SSION started out as a punk band in Kentucky, before the project’s creative heart, Cody Critcheloe, decided to move in a different direction musically–and geographically, relocating to Kansas, then New York, then L.A. Critcheloe has since found acclaim as a director of music videos and visual artist, and still makes distinctive, art-pop-leaning, music under the SSION name.


30th Anniversary Holiday in the Park

Friday, November 16

Quirky Burbank ‘hood Magnolia Park is known for its assortment of local boutiques and small businesses. Pay a visit this evening when they welcome the holiday season with a nine-block-long party involving 28 food trucks, festive photo ops, family activities, and 75 participating retailers.


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