The holiday season is upon us. That means eating, drinking, shopping, and general merry-making. Translation, in LA terms: loads of hot events, festivals and concerts in Los Angeles to keep you warm while you're chilling.
When: November 2
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
What: LA celebrates its Mexican heritage with the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration, for the 14th year in a row. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the site for the festivities which showcase altar creations, sacred ceremonial tributes, food and gift vendors and face-painters. General admission: $15 per person.
When: Nov. 1-30
Where: Various locations throughout Los Angeles
What: For the tenth year in a row, this film festival takes place, as part of North American Indian Heritage Month. It is purported to be the largest and most prestigious celebration of American Indian cinematic work in LA. It includes narrative screenings, documentaries, environmental films, world premieres, international features and film awards.
When: Through 3 November
Where: Staples Center, Downtown
What: Before all the drama and thrills of regular hockey season begin for the season, check out our local team’s pre-season home games.
When: Nov. 2, 9 p.m.
Where: Club Nokia, Downtown
What: Soul/R&B musical artist Janelle Monáe performs with Roman Gianarthur. Tickets range from $28.50 to $40
When: Nov. 7-14
Where: The Egyptian Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
What: This key film festival by the American Film Institute will showcase an array of movies and has included tributes to actors Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Plummer. Free tickets to the public are available for the third year in a row.
When: Nov. 9-Dec. 1
Where: LA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Downtown
What: This new production of Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff is being presented in connection with the composer's 200th birthday.
When: Nov. 9-10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
What: In its eighth year, this annual art and design convention puts the focus on collectible toys and designer clothing with urban, underground and pop art. Tickets are $5 through online pre-sale and $10 for two-day access ($7 at the door).
When: November 11, 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Last Bookstore
What: This event, hosted by KCRW's Garth Trinidad, showcases Ericka Blount Danois and her new book Love Peace & Soul, which tells the story of the beloved pop culture phenomenon that was Soul Train. The Decoders are also set to perform.
When: Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, W. Hollywood
What: Long-time LA Times music journalist Robert Hilburn reads and signs from his book about country music star Johnny Cash--who Hilburn knew well.
Where: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
What: Every year the Westside Volunteering program gives thanks by giving back as they encourage volunteers to help out before or during the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium’s community Thanksgiving celebration. This year, the organization is without a home. Check their website for status updates on their new location.