Vulture, the arts and entertainment website created by New York magazine, is bringing an IRL celebration of all things pop culture, Vulture Festival, to L.A. next month. The fest has been a hit in NYC for four years, but this will be its first foray west. Over November 18 and 19, expect all the celeb-studded panels, talks, and sessions your culture-loving heart could want. There are almost 30 individual events on the schedule—they don’t call it “a pop-culture extravaganza” for nothing—so we’ve narrowed it down to ten must-sees.
The cast of the ground-breaking series Scandal, including Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, and Bellamy Young will gather for a conversation about the show’s tragectory and preview the final season. (November 18 at 11 a.m., $25)
Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reunites with actor Doug Jones, who played Pan in Pan’s Labyrinth, and now stars in The Shape of Water, which won ‘best film’ at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. (November 18 at 8:30 p.m., $25)
Ava DuVernay is joined by fellow auteur Ryan Coogler to discuss the state of Hollywood today, and their recent projects including A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther. (November 19 at 11:30 a.m., $25)
New York senior art critic Jerry Saltz will lead a private tour of The Broad before it opens to the public on Saturday morning. Tickets don’t include Kusama access, but do include the art expert’s commentary in an ultra-exclusive setting. (November 18 at 8:30 a.m., $150)
Authors and outspoken social critics Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay first launched their “Feminist As Fuck” reading series in 2014 to provide a platform to feminist-minded writers. After a successful staging a the last Vulture Fest, they’re bringing the event to L.A., featuring poet Rachel McKibbens and others. (November 18 at 11:30 a.m., $25)
Fans of HBO’s Insecure have come to love the “Wine Down” web video segments which follow each episode of the show in which creator and star Issa Rae dishes with her co-stars and collaborators, revealing juicy, behind the scenes insights. She’ll bring a version of that format to life for this live Q-and-A. (November 18 at 6:15 p.m., $25)
What is a Thanksgiving House? “A Thanksgiving House is like a haunted house, but for Thanksgiving,” according to the event website. This one from the quirky comedy minds of Funny Or Die and IFC takes place at a secret location in Beverly Hills and will include live actors and other surprises. (November 19 at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., free with RSVP)
James Franco produces, directs, and stars in The Disaster Artist, a film about the making of the so-terrible-it-spawned-a-cult-following film The Room. He breaks it all down in this talk. (November 18 at 5:45 p.m., $25)
Take a peek into the world of Stranger Things with this conversation with the show’s creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer and executive producer Shawn Levy. (November 18 at 1:45 p.m., $25)
Go on a scavenger hunt around Hollywood for the most dangerous game, people—specifically, the people in the cast of Search Party. Actors from the show will offer clues and send your team from place to place around town. If you complete the hunt, your prize will be an invite to an intimate post-hunt cocktail party. (November 18, 1 p.m., $60 per team of four)
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. on October 18. Most events take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and are $25 including access to the AT&T Vulture Lounge on the hotel’s pool deck. The Vulture Pass, including almost all events, a happy hour with Vulture editors, an opening night party, gift bag, and ten drink tickets, is available for $495.
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