Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Oct. 7-14


A large display of pumpkins at the Nights of the Jack carved pumpkin event featuring thousands of pumpkins at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA, Friday, October 1, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)



Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Oct. 7-14.




Dine LA Restaurant Week: Special set menus from participating restaurants for dine-in or take-away, daily through Oct. 15. Cost $15-$65 and up for the set menu offers. Find participating restaurants by cuisine, neighborhood and price here:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood: Take a tour of the working studio and enjoy seeing special attractions including sets from the television shows “The Big Bang Theory” and “Friends.” Minimum age 5 (children ages 4 and younger are not allowed). Also, ages 18 and older must show a valid government-issued photo ID. Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online: $57 (for Southern California residents through Oct. 31); $69 and up (non-Southern California residents). Parking, $15, at 3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank (follow the signs for tour parking). (Tour site is at 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank.) 818-977-8687. 818-977-8687.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms: The harvest festival has theme weekends: Farm Country, Oct. 9-10; Antique Tractors, Oct. 16-17; Wild West, Oct. 23-24; All About Pumpkins, Oct. 30-31. Attractions include: animal center, pumpkin house, corn maze and corn stalk labyrinth, pumpkin patch, hay pyramids, Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show and a gourd tunnel. Admission $16 on Oct. 30-31; $22 on Oct. 9-10 and 16-17 and 23-24. Farm market hours, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. FAQ page: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 805-529-3690.

Tailgate Jam Music Festival: Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Festival and Tiny Porch Concerts present the event that begins with jamming and workshops, 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Bands perform, 5-8:15 p.m. (Dustbowl Revival, AJ Lee and Blue Summit and Abby and the Myth). Bring a picnic or purchase from food trucks. Admission $55 per car (maximum of four people per car). Funds raised go to support the rebuilding of Paramount Ranch after destruction from the Woolsey fire. The event is at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills.

Carved – Descanso Gardens: Tickets are on sale for the walk-through display of hundreds of carved pumpkins that line a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and the Oak Grove plus a hay maze and a pumpkin house, Oct. 11-31. Tickets are by timed entry, 6:30-10 p.m.; $32-$35. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200.

Beware the Dark Realm: A walk-through Halloween haunt, opens 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15. Other dates: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 16; 22-23 and 29-30. Minimum suggested age: 10. Masks are required. Free admission; front-of-the-line tickets are $10 per person (purchase tickets here:; funds raised go to the nonprofit Family Promise Santa Clarita Valley). 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita.

Vegan Oktoberfest: Event includes craft beers, vegan food vendors, live entertainment, Oktoberfest dress contest and a stein-holding contest, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Food vendors will serve at least one German/European menu item. Minimum age: 21 and older only. Tickets not sold at the door. Tickets $50; $20 for non-drinker; $70 for VIP (includes one-hour earlier admission from noon-1 p.m.; German beer specials; access to the VIP lounge). LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles.

West Hills Optimist Club: The group’s annual get-together Italian dinner with door prizes, 6 p.m. Oct. 16. Tickets $30. Reservations required by Oct. 12. Event is a fundraiser for the group. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Kathy, 818-970-7200. Facebook:




Boo at the Los Angeles Zoo: Special Halloween-theme activities plus entertainments on weekends in October. Check the website for general code of conduct and Covid-19 requirements. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission $22 ages 13-61; $19 ages 62 and older; $17 ages 2-12 (purchase by date). 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles.

Haunt O’ Ween LA – An Immersive Halloween Experience: The all-ages event includes Halloween-theme walk-through tunnels, trick-or-treating, pumpkin-picking and carving area, a carousel, games, performances, food trucks and a Malibu Wines tasting garden. Fun dress code: costumes OK (see faqs page for guidelines on what is not allowed for costumes). Hours: 5-11:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 31 (last entry at 10:30 p.m.). Admission $30 on weekdays; $35 on weekends. Select a date and purchase tickets here: The event is located on the grounds of Westfield Promenade Mall, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills (entrance for parking is on Erwin Street).

LA Haunted Hayride: The event returns to Griffith Park venue and includes the “Haunted Hayride,” the scare zone “Midnight Falls,” and three attractions “Dead End Diner,” “Midnight Mortuary” and “Trick or Treat.” Minimum recommended age: 12. Dates include: Oct. 7-10, 13-17 and 20-31. Haunted Hayride has a queue line. Tickets $29.99 for Hayride only but with access to “Midnight Falls”; $39.99 (standard wait time); $54.99 (shorter wait time); $109.99 (immediate entry) for all the other attractions. The event address, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (check the website for parking directions).

Nights of the Jack: The Halloween self-guided, walk-through event includes thousands of hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns in larger-than-life installations on a 2/3 of a mile trail plus pumpkin carving demonstration, gift shop and food trucks. Hours: 6-10 p.m. through Oct. 31 (closed on Monday-Tuesday, except open on Oct. 25-26). Admission $34.99 weekdays; $39.99; $59.99 VIP on weekends; parking pass $9.99 (tickets are by time). Tickets, including parking, must be purchased in advance; no tickets sold at the door). Email: [email protected] King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: The walk-through digital art exhibit with well-known works of Vincent van Gogh, through Jan. 2. The exhibit was conceived and designed by Massimiliano Siccardi and the soundtrack by Luca Longobardi. Tickets $39.99 and up for adults; $29.99 children (tickets have added fees; price depends on peak and off-peak times and dates). Viewer discretion: sequences of bright flashing lights. The exhibit is at the former Amoeba Music building, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Mystic Universe at Wisdome LA Immersive Art Park: Immersive art across three domes with fractal, graphic, installation, meditative, projection and visionary art from artists Igor Baranko, Julius Horsthuis and Luminokaya. Hours: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 4-6 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Event runs through January. Tickets $50 and up. Wisdome LA, 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles.




Paint-out with the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore: Bring your own paint supplies and join the group, 9 a.m. Also, artist and instructor Annie Hoffman gives an oil painting demonstration. Click on Paint-Out Locations on the website. Fee for parking in the rear parking lot. King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Lightwave: An interactive art installation that demonstrates that “physical distance refuses to interrupt our social connection during the COVID-19 pandemic,” opening night 6-9 p.m. Oct. 9. Presented by 11:11 A Creative Collective, LightRiders and Glendale Arts and Culture Commission. Free. The temporary, interactive art sculpture runs through Nov. 12. The paseo outside the Museum of Neon Art, 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.;

Jo Mora – Mapmaker of the American West: See the exhibit of illustrated maps and ephemera at the Annenberg Gallery at Los Angeles Central Library. Library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 6. Peter Hiller, curator of the Jo Mora Collection, discusses the exhibit during a tour, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 (make a reservation in advance by email to [email protected]). 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. More on the exhibit:




Thinkspace Projects:Kayla Mahaffey: Remember the Time” and “Roos van der Vliet: Mirrors of Your Soul.” Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Oct. 9. 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375.

L.A. Louver: “Yvette Gellis: Verdure,” “Michael C. McMillen: A Theory of Smoke” and “No Mask Is Wholly a Mask,” group show by 20 artists on the topic of masks. Exhibits run through Oct. 16. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (30 minute appointments; call or email to schedule a time). 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955. Email: [email protected] Website:

Nicodim Gallery:Devin B. Johnson: My Heart Cries, I Set Out an Offering for You,” paintings. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Oct. 16. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166. Email: [email protected]

Luna Anaïs Gallery: “Amanda Maciel Antunes: Ithaca,” on view now. Gallery hours: by appointment, Wednesday-Friday; scheduled hours 1-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (chose an appointment time on the website in advance or send an email to: [email protected]). Exhibit runs through Oct. 23. Tin Flats, 1989 Blake Ave., Los Angeles. 323-474-9319.

Brand 49 – Brand Associates’ National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper: Brand Associates and the Brand Library & Art Center present an exhibition of 125 art pieces curated from more than 1,200 national submissions by Marvella Muro, from Self Help Graphics and Art in Los Angeles. Art work is available for sale; portion of sales goes to Brand Associates that supports free cultural events during the year. The catalog is also for sale. Exhibit is open during library hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibit runs through Oct. 29. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. Email: [email protected] Facebook:;

Corey Helford Gallery: “Mayuka Yamamoto: Monochrome, Apples and Animals,” oil paintings. Also, “Adrian Cox: Dream Country,” in Gallery two. Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Oct. 30. 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Shulamit Nazarian Gallery: “Miguel Arzabe: Tejido Cultural,” art weaving; “Coady Brown: Only in Darkness Can You See the Stars;” “Reuven Israel: W.A.L.L (Wooden Arrangeable Linear Lamellations.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Oct. 30. 310-281-0961. Email: [email protected]

William Turner Gallery: “Casper Brindler: Light/Glyphs.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Nov. 5. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. 310-453-0909.

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University: “Environmental Reflections: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation” is open to the public. Free to visit, but an advanced reservation is required. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 5. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4851.




Vroman’s Bookstore: Myriam J.A. Chancy discusses “What Storm What Thunder,” 6 p.m. Oct. 11 virtually on Crowdcast. Register in advance here: The bookstore is at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Mark Fletcher and Richard Truesdell sign “Hemi Under Glass: Bob Riggle and His Wheel-Standing Mopars,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16. Bob Riggle will be the special guest. Place an order for a signed copies of books online. 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Leimert Park Village Virtual Book Fair: The fair goes online, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Special guest is poet Nikki Giovanni, with interviewer Miki Turner, a photojournalist, 11 a.m. Book fair is free but registration is required to receive a link. Register in advance here: Updates on Facebook:




L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre: Schedule for Saturdays: comedy improv for kids by teens, 5 p.m.; Rookie improv, 6 p.m.; JV improv, 7 p.m.; “2001 An Improv Oydssey” veteran improv team, 8 p.m.; “Stranger Than Fiction” veteran improv team, 9 p.m., (these teams alternate with the two other veteran improv teams: “Consensual Emu,” 8 p.m.; “Less Than Flattering,” 9 p.m.; see planned monthly schedule here: Tickets per show, $10. 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-784-1868, Ext. 2.

Asphalt Comedy — Pop-Up Series: 7-9:15 p.m. Oct. 9 (performers subject to change). Minimum age: 21. Food available for purchase as a pre-order from Mona Lisa Kitchen ( Tickets $30 and up (includes alcoholic beverage). The series runs 7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30. Outdoors at 7763 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Vir Das: Comedy from the India-born actor-comedian, 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets $45. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Paula Poundstone: 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets $49.50 ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.




BalletX: Contemporary ballet based in Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets $25-$50 (plus fees). Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Smothers Theatre, at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. Purchase tickets here and more information:

Catapult: Dancers create shadow silhouettes, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The dance company was a finalist on the show “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets $22-$50 (plus fees). Smothers Theatre, at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. Purchase tickets and more information:

The Messenger: Performative Pop-Ups present a new dance theater performance by Olivia Mia Orozco, in collaboration with Julienne Mackey, 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets $50. The dance will be performed inside artist Laurie Shapiro’s private studio, 2684 Lacy St., Los Angeles. Tickets and details about the artists and the show:




Culinary Historians of Southern California: Culinary historian and historic cook Pamela Cooley discusses “Searching for Amelia: A Quest for the Author of the First American Cookbook,” 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9. Free. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting (reservations close 24-hours before meeting): Email: [email protected]

Neon – A Light History: Little Landers Historical Society presents Dydia DeLyser, PhD, and Paul Greenspan discussing neon signs and their impact on urban change, 1 p.m. Oct. 9. Free admission; $3 donation appreciated. Bolton Hall, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: [email protected]

Séances – From Necromancers to Mediums to Paranormal Investigators: A discussion by Lisa Morton (“Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances”) and author-screenwriter Jessica Landry (“The Mother Wound”) about the history of conversations with the dead, the interest in séances in the Victorian Age and modern psychics, 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Discussion is co-presented by Friends of the North Hollywood Library and Friends of the Woodland Hills Library. Register in advance for the Zoom link:

Gelson’s – A Virtual All-Reds Wine Tasting with Freemark Abbey: The market is holding a Zoom meeting with guest speaker Ted Edwards, winemaker emeritus, 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Wines to purchase in advance: Freemark Abbey’s Napa Valley Merlot ($32.99), Napa Valley Cabernet ($49.99) and Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.99). Pre-pay for the Cheese and Charcuterie Plate, $24.99. Pick-up the plate and purchase the wines (for special pricing) on Oct. 13-14. A Zoom link will be sent following payment. Last day to register and pre-pay is Oct. 10. Details on the website link:

Seeing Through the Trees – California Wildfires, A Native American Perspective: A discussion on Native American ecological practices, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Speakers: Jared Dahl Aldern; Josh Garrett-Davis and Heidi Harper Lucero. Discussion is part of “Burbank Reads 2021” (“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer) and co-presented by the Autry Museum of the American West and KCET. Register in advance for the Zoom link:




San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights by My Valley Pass: “Return to Oz” (1985), 7 p.m. and “The Craft” (1996), 10 p.m. Oct. 8. “Frankenweenie” (2012), 7 p.m. and “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), 10 p.m. Oct. 9. Check the website for movies on Oct. 15-16. Tickets $20 per person for one movie; $55 for a family group for one movie; $30 per person/$95 for a family group for both movies (every person must have their own ticket). Lake Balboa Complex, 6335 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys.

What Is a Western? Film Series at the Autry Museum of the American West: Adam Piron (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma), associate director of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program, introduces the film “Dead Man” (1995, R), 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Reservations advised due to limited space ( Tickets $14 (included in museum admission; check website for current admission prices due to some gallery closures). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

Women in Film and Lunafest: Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley presents a celebration of women in the film industry, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 (roof top at city parking structure, 22551 Ninth St., Newhall), followed by Lunafest, screening of seven short films made by women, 7 p.m. (Laemmle Theater, 22500 Lyons Ave., Newhall). Tickets $100 (purchase in advance). Also, “Get In and Get Ahead,” a conference about opportunities for women in the film industry, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 16 (free but a reservation is required; College of the Canyons University Center, Room 107, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road; details and register here: Email: [email protected]




Holocaust Museum LA: New: “Jack Boul: Reflections of a Post-War Europe,” through the end of November. Free admission but reservations are required. 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email: [email protected]

Skirball Cultural Center: Oct. 7: “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” the special exhibit includes a display of artifacts and props, costumes, set pieces, original scripts and storyboards from the original television series, spinoffs and films, through Feb. 20 (admission $18; $15 seniors; $13 ages 2-12. Museum admission is by advance time-entry ticket ($12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

The Autry Museum of the American West: Oct. 9: “The Silent West,” American West-theme posters from the silent film era. Ongoing special exhibit: “When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California,” through Nov. 14. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and older and students; $6 ages 3-12 (check website for current admission prices due to some gallery closures). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

Craft Contemporary: Oct. 9-10: “Clay LA 2021,” a ceramics sale and fundraiser, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10. Brunch preview for “Clay LA 2021,” 10 a.m. Oct. 9 ($35; purchase tickets here: Special exhibits: “Pouya Afshar – The Charm of the Unfamiliar” and “Moffat Takadiwa: Witch Craft – Rethinking Power” and “Consuelo Flores: The Roots of Our Resistance, Altar,” all three through Jan. 9. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $9; $7 seniors and students; free every Sunday. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.




Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: New: Timed advance admission tickets are available for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. The museum opens on Sept. 30. Exhibits include: “Stories of Cinema,” “Backdrop: An Invisible Art,” “The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection,” a temporary exhibit of objects created by Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and “The Oscars Experience.” Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000.

Bolton Hall Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Tujunga’s Mid-Century Modern Homes,” through January. The museum is operated by the Little Landers Historical Society. Potential volunteers for the museum or to assist the society are encouraged to apply. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420.;

California African American Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “April Bey: Atlantica, The Gilda Region” through Jan. 17; “Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch,” quilt-based artwork, through Jan. 23. “Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture,” through Feb. 27. “LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze,” the exhibit includes photography, a video and an architectural installation about the effects of the closure of the General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio, through March 20. Free admission. Check the museum’s Facebook for updates ( 600 State Drive (in Exposition Park), Los Angeles. 213-744-2084.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks: Ongoing special exhibit: “Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956,” is open to the public now through Jan. 9. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission free; suggested donation $6. The museum is at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, second level, Thousand Oaks. 805-405-5240. Email: [email protected]

California Science Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Art of the Brick,” sculptures made with Lego bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya, and “PERNiCiEM” The Endangered Species Connection,” a companion Lego brick sculptures exhibit to “The Art of the Brick,” with photography by Dean West (included in the ticket). Timed-ticket entry is required. The center recommends making reservations online in advance. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. “Secrets of the Universe 3D” is at the IMAX Theater (admission fee for movies; showtimes here: 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Craft in America: Ongoing special exhibit: “Pinatas: The High Art of Celebration,” through Dec. 4. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-951-0610.;

The Getty Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Paolo Veneziano – Art and Devotion in 14th-Century Venice,” through Oct. 3; “Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours,” through Feb. 20. Ongoing: “In Focus: Protest,” photography on the subject, through Oct. 10. “Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground,” photography, and “The Expanded Landscape,” photography from 1990 to today, through Oct. 10. See European art up to 1900, the gardens, modern architecture and scenic views. Hours: 10 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required for now ( Parking $20 ( Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: USC Shoah Foundation’s “Dimensions in Testimony,” a virtual and interactive conversation with Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone. Advance reservations are required. 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-661-3704.

Japan House Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “WAVE – New Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts,” art from 55 contemporary Japanese artists that was used for animation, books, comics, magazines, posters and other media, through Nov. 28. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free admission. The museum is closed Sept. 9-10 for exhibit installation; also, partially closed Sept. 11-17. The museum is at Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565. See an overview here:

Japanese American National Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660,” original drawings from Okubo’s 1946 graphic memoir of incarceration in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, through Feb. 20 ( Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed tickets required). 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography, 1870-1900,” through Nov. 7. “Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation Ink Collection,” an exploration on the impact of ink on contemporary art, through Dec. 12 ( Tickets must be purchased in advance (no ticket sales at the museum). Plan your visit information here: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. Ongoing special exhibit: “Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography, 1870-1900,” through Nov. 7. Tickets must be purchased in advance (no ticket sales at the museum). Plan your visit information here: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Bond in Motion,” exhibit of cars, motorcycles, boats, helicopters and submarines used in James Bond movies, through Oct. 30. “Pole Position: The Juan Gonzalez Formula 1 Collection,” through June 5. “The Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina,” highlights the Italian car design firm and coach-builder on their anniversary year, through July 17. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $16; $14 ages 62 and older; $11 ages 4-17. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Check website for health and safety guideline for museum visits. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda,” through Jan. 9. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Admission: $29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; $19.95 ages 3-10; purchasing tickets in advance is recommended but not required ( 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane with an “Open Air Museum Experience,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9-10 (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys.;;




JD Souther: The singer-songwriter performs, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets $20-$45. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Smothers Theatre, at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets $41 and up ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s – St. Matthew’s Music Guild: The guild’s 37th season opens with a program conducted by Dwayne S. Milburn, with guest cellist Antonio Lysy, performing music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Ginastera, 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets $35. 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. 310-573-7422. Email: [email protected]

WithOthers present – Activist-curated Concerts: Ella Rose and Bodacious Thang, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 ($35; benefit for anti- sexual violence — help and justice — with RAINN; Doors open, 8 p.m. Location is 2959 Finch St., Los Angeles. Find out more on activist-curated concerts and causes you want to support here:

Valley Ragtime Stomp: Amateur and professional musicians perform blues, boogie-woogie, stride and other vintage music, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9. Paoli’s Restaurant, 21020 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-439-9048. Email: Ron Ross at [email protected]

Viva La Tradición! México de Noche: Performers include Las Colibrí, Viento Callejero, Pepe y Susie and Ballet Folklorico Ollín, 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Gates open, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $50 and up. The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., E., Los Angeles.

Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble: The concert includes special guest Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Gates open, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and up ( The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., E., Los Angeles.

Spyro Gyra: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets $60. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Pan-American Hoy!: Performers iLe and Lido Pimienta, 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Gates open, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30 ( The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., E., Los Angeles.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Fandango at the Wall: Concert includes special guests the Villalobos Brothers and Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective, 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Free concert but a reservation is required. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-8800.

Karla Bonoff: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets $39; $49. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Niia and Ian Isiah: 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Gates open, 6:30 p.m.. Tickets $25 and up ( The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., E., Los Angeles.

Croce Plays Croce: A.J. Croce, son of the late Jim Croce, performs his father’s songs, 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets $25-$50. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Smothers Theatre, at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522.

Danny Elfman and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas — Live to Film Concert Experience: John Mauceri conducts the orchestra and choir, with songs performed by Elfman as Jack Skellington, 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Costume contest on each night. Tickets $39.50 and up. Banc of California Stadium, 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: The “Good to Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets $43 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.




Bipolar Mommy & Me: A play written and performed by Anita Maria Taylor about a mother and a daughter coping with mental illness, 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets $25. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Purchase tickets and more information,

Mamma Mia!: 5-Star Theatricals present the musical by Catherine Johnson (the book) and songs and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (from the band Abba), opens 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Show runs 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 16; 2 p.m. Oct. 17; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21; 8 p.m. Oct. 22; 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 23; 1 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets $30; $91. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

A History of Stand-Up Comedy – From the Civil War to Today, 160 Years of Stand-Up in 90 Minutes: A one-man multi-media show by Ritch Shydner, 7 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Doors open, 6:45 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Yard Theatre, 4319 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Details and purchase tickets: (for the Oct. 21 show) and (for the Oct. 22 show).

American Theatre Guild – Broadway Is Back in Thousand Oaks Series: “An Officer and a Gentleman” begins the season, Nov. 11-14. Check out other plays, pre-sale and season tickets on the website. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Hair: The 1967 musical with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, previews 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, and other dates through Dec. 11. Check the website for show schedule. Opening night, Dec. 12. Tickets for previews, $31 and up. El Portal Theater, Debbie Reynolds MainStage, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200.




The Sitayana (Or How to Make an Exit): East West Players present a play by Lavinia Jadhwani, adapted from the “Ramayana” but told from Sita’s viewpoint. The play, with nine interactive performances and with three different versions, will be live streamed, dates through Oct. 17. Tickets $9.99 for live stream and on demand (

Birthday Club: The Group Rep presents the play by Phil Olson about five women who celebrate their birthdays together and discussing their lives. Show runs 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 24. Tickets $20; $17 seniors and students. Upstairs at the Group Rep at Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-762-5990.

London Suite: The Group Rep presents Neil Simon’s four separate one-act plays about relationships set in a luxury suite in London. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 24. Tickets $30; $25 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

Our Man in Santiago: A comedy spy thriller by Mark Wilding. Minimum age: 12. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 24. Tickets $30; $15 seniors and students. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. Facebook:

Julius Caesar: William Shakespeare’s play. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; 4 p.m. Oct. 16; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24; 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets $26, $42, $60; $15 or $25 ages 65 and older; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.

The Root Bear Bandits – A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale: A family-friendly musical by Joseph Leo Bwarie, Rachael Lawrence and Lori Marshall. Show runs 6 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday; through Oct. 31 with a special show at 2 p.m. Tickets $40; $140 for a family of four. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101.

The Last, Best Small Town: A play by John Guerra about two neighboring families, one Latinx and one white, whose lives entwine. Show runs 4 p.m. Oct. 9; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 23; 4 p.m. Oct. 31; 4 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets $26, $42, $60; $15 or $25 ages 65 and older; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: William Shakespeare’s comedy. Show runs 4 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24 and Nov. 7. Tickets $26, $42, $60; $15 or $25 ages 65 and older; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.


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