The To-Do List: October 2015’s Most Awesome Media Digestibles

What to read, stream, watch, and listen to this month

beasts STREAM: Beasts of No Nation
After redefining TV with such original dramas as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix is getting into features. In Beasts of No Nation (October 16), Idris Elba stars as a West African warlord who commands a group of child soldiers.

cygLISTEN: Call Your Girlfriend
The biweekly podcast Call Your Girlfriend, cohosted by Los Angeles contributor Ann Friedman and her best friend, Aminatou Sow, feels like eavesdropping on a witty gabfest that covers everything from midterm elections to female Viagra.

fresno2SEE: Addicted to Fresno
There aren’t a lot of comedies about Fresno, just as there aren’t a lot of comedies about a recovering sex addict who accidentally murders an Olympic athlete. Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne pull off a twofer in the film Addicted to Fresno (October 2).

sidewalkingREAD: Sidewalking
In Sidewalking (October 6), Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin roams the city and wrestles with the changing landscape. Ulin calls himself a “reluctant Angeleno,” but you’ll be skeptical after reading his odes to L.A.’s trademark sprawl.