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This fall you have to prioritize: Forget the pumpkin-patch visit and opt instead to catch fantastic performances, eat great meals and even take a nighttime stroll through a psychedelic garden. Here’s what everyone is going to be talking about. Ready? Let's fall.

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See "Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A"

The new exhibition at the Skirball Center explores how Lichtenstein used printmaking to make fine art accessible to the masses. October 7 to March 17, 2017

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Browse the New Ralph Lauren Flagship 

Luxe interiors and the latest elegant-prepster fashions are on offer inside the luxe newly redesigned Rodeo Drive Ralph Lauren flagship, as well as some snacks a la New York’s sceney Ralph Lauren-owned Polo Bar.



Marvel at "Nimbus" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The art installation Nimbus mimics a man-made rainstorm—complete with synced experimental music and multicolored lights—that is activated when you step on the escalator at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Through 2017

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Immerse Yourself in "Thenardiers Inn"

Musical-theater geeks, history buffs and barflys will all enjoy this immersive cabaret version of Les Misérables at CAC Studios in Santa Monica. October 14 and 15, 2016

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Mingle at the Vegan Oktoberfest

Step away from the brats but still have lots of beer, enjoy oompah music, and enter a stein-holding contest at L.A. Center Studios. October 15, 2016

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Catch Bon Iver in Concert

Get ready for a sonic boom. Bon Iver’s polarizing and brilliant new record, 22, A Million, is the star of this Hollywood Bowl show, along with a guest appearance by Patti Smith. October 23, 2016


Walk Through "Electric Earth"

Lose yourself at the first North American retrospective of installation artist Doug Aitken, an important contemporary artist whose oeuvre includes multichannel video installations, transcontinental trains and projections of Cat Power as a postal worker. Through January 15, 2017

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Snicker at the "Puppetzilla Puppet Slam"

If you took to Avenue Q’s hilarious puppets, you’ll want to catch this at the intimate Steve Allen Theater. October 16, 2016

Shiver Through the Reign of Terror

Grab a steady-nerved pal and hit up Reign of Terror, a Thousand Oaks haunted house where scary clowns and quarantined zombies are sure to give you goose bumps. Through October 31, 2016

Cheer for the Transnation Queen 2016

Atlantic City beauty queens can wait. The cool kids are getting their tickets for this pageant that celebrates “the heights of transgender beauty, culture and identity” at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA. October 22, 2016  


Rock Out At the Beach Goth Music Fest

Get your concert on with an eclectic lineup of old (rockers the Violent Femmes) and new (rapper Gucci Mane). October 22 and 23, 2016


Catch the First Harry Dean Stanton Award

Grab a seat in the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA for an evening of film clips featuring this iconic independent actor-musician and performers such as Father John Misty, Kris Kristofferson and Karen O. October 23, 2016

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Watch Lucha VaVOOM

Masked Mexican wrestling, sexy burlesque dancers and funny commentary (Fred Armisen has shared his opinions in the past) are all happening at the Mayan Theater. October 26 and 27, 2016

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Experience a Gallery-Garden

California Continued is the the Autry Museum’s ambitious 20,000 square foot indoor-outdoor exhibition showing how First Californians took care of our land—and lessons today’s residents can learn from them. Through 2017


Mingle with Foodies in the Park

Bitten: A Food Conversation is a day-long series of speakers and noshing (courtesy of next-level vegan brasserie Plant Food + Wine) at Barnsdall Art Park. Don’t miss L.A. Times scribe Jonathan Gold expounding on our city's unique food history. October 28, 2016

Attend the Now Hear This Podcast Festival

It’s about time you see the people you listen to on your commute in person (Marc Maron, Lauren Lapkus, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider and more!). October 28 to 30, 2016

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Laugh at the Festival Supreme

Music and humor are a one-two punch at Jack Black’s annual daylong festival. This year, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman and Jenny Slate are among the performers. October 29, 2016

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Strut Your Mutt

Stop by this dog-walking party, a favorite of celebs like Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn, to raise money for no-kill animal shelters. October 22.

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Dine at Manuela

Indulge in a sinful white-gravy-and-biscuits brunch at Manuela and then stroll around the rest of the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel warehouse. Check out a gallery show, the Artbook shop and an outdoor chef’s garden space that includes the city’s cutest chicken coop.

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Catch "Girl Gods"

A stage full of women angrily dancing around and making us laugh. It’s just what we need in the run-up to Thanksgiving. November 3 to 6, 2016

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Watch Film Noir at Union Station

Downtown’s retro-glam train station hosts free screenings of movies shot in the building. Don’t miss Criss Cross, the 1949 film with sexy young stars Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. November 4, 2016

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Stroll Through Mercado Sagrado

You’re walking through a leafy glade, surrounded by sparkling crystals and willowy sprites. No, it’s not some ayahuasca daydream—it’s the annual craft and art fair in Malibu Canyon. November 5 and 6, 2016


Attend the American Film Institute Film Festival

A prestigious weeklong event with big-deal films (last year’s much-nominated The Big Short premiered here), discussions with filmmakers and, of course, big movie stars. November 10 to 17, 2016  


See "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Former Glee heartthrob Darren Criss has the title role in this awesome rock musical at the Pantages Theatre. November 1 to 27, 2016

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Check Out the Broad Museum's "Creature" show

Book an early ticket and get in line at 9:30 a.m. to be the first to sign up for the first-come, first-served entry to the Infinity Room. November 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017


Get Tickets to "Merrily We Roll Along"

The Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical is about three friends looking back on their lives from their days as aspiring musical-theater performers. Expect Tony-winning Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) to wow as a sharp-tongued drama critic. November 22 to December 18

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Take a Nighttime Walk Through a Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens debuts a trippy one-mile nighttime walk where tree trunks are glowing, greenery is multicolored and everybody’s smiling. November 25, 2016 through January 7, 2017

Enjoy Queen Mary Ocean Liner Ice Skating

Why miss ice skating outdoors just because the weather is in the 70s? Visit the Queen Mary ocean liner docked in Long Island—they’ll have a huge skating rink next to the water, and a tall ice luge to slide down. Just like Grandma’s house (in the song, anyway.) November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017

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Hear "Christmas in Vienna"

Um, hello, holiday spirit. You’ll be sure to catch it at a performance of the Vienna Boys Choir at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. December 2, 2016


Experience A John Waters Christmas

At the Comedy Store, the cult filmmaker and raconteur monologues on gifting, holiday disasters and an unhealthy urge to remake all of his own films into seasonal children’s classics. December 5, 2016

Order Steak Frite at Petit Trois

No more waiting forever for a counter seat to dine on perfect French fare like escargot and French onion soup: Petit Trois is opening a new spot with ample seating, including a patio, in Sherman Oaks. December 15, 2016

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Stretch Yourself at the L.A. Yoga Expo

You’ll want to attend this daylong series of classes, music, healthy eating and leggings shopping at the L.A. Convention Center. Because unwinding from all that holiday stress requires drastic measures. December 17, 2016

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See the Rams Play on Christmas Eve

Give yourself or the football fan in your life a Christmas Eve to remember by attending a highlight game of the Rams’ first season back in Los Angeles, playing the San Francisco 49ers. December 24, 2016

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Browse the Holiday Shop at Lincoln Café and Store

Nosh and simultaneously shop for gifts at the Lincoln Café and Store. The yuzu chicken salad bowl is to die for, and starting in December, there’s an old-timey pop-up that sells fancy packages of caramel, marzipan and chocolate tree ornaments.

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Dine on Cheese Puffs at Rosaliné

Peruvian fusion cuisine is trending hard, and star chef Ricardo Zarate’s new West Hollywood spot Rosaliné does it right. Don’t miss the camote frito, little sweet potato beignets stuffed with manchego cheese and stinging nettle. Opening Late December.