Events | Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In November

Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In November


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From holiday ice skating and craft beer festivals to world class theater, the L.A. Auto Show and more find the best Los Angeles things to do in November 2014 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Hello Kitty Con 2014
Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the world’s first official Hello Kitty Convention. Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty. Throughout the weekend, learn everything you need to know about Hello Kitty, vista a Hello Kitty workshop, visit panel discussions, shop for exclusive hello kitty merchandise and more. $20-$30. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., downtown.

Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 1. Celebrate the Day of the Dead at cultural hub Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The colorfully macabre festival is now in its 15th year, and marks the occasion with a quinceañera-themed event. Enjoy live music, dancing, arts and crafts, costumes, an exhibit of cathedral mausoleum art and Mexican cuisine. Noon-midnight. $20, under 9 and over 64 free until 4 pm. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.1181.

Hungry for Tokyo Restaurant Month
Nov. 1-30. Travel to Tokyo by dining around at Los Angeles restaurants where you can indulge on special “Hungry for Tokyo” menus. Participating restaurants—Asanebo, Katsu-Ya West Hollywood, Sotto, Picca, Superba Food + Bread, Hirozen, Sushi Roku and others—will feature a specialized Tokyo-themed menu item and when you order one of them you’ll receive a copy of the “Tokyo Gourmet Guide,” a booklet containing insider information on the best foodie-destinations in Tokyo.

Ice at Santa Monica
Opening Nov. 1. Holiday spirit by the beach. 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Monica. M–Th 2–10 pm, F 2 pm–midnight, Sa 11 am–midnight, Su 11 am–10 pm. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199.

Dido & Aeneas
Through Nov. 2, 6, 9, 12, 15. L.A. Opera presents a pairing of one-act masterpieces at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dido & Aeneas tells the story of two lovers cruelly torn apart by a sorceress, while Bluebeard’s Castle follows a woman as she discovers her new husband’s murderous secrets. The Frankfurt Opera production, which includes nudity, is presented in English and Hungarian, with projected English translations. 135 N Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001.

King Lear
Nov. 4-16. The U.K.’s masterful Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre offers a fresh take on the Bard’s tale about a mad monarch. Joseph Marcell—aka Geoffrey Butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air—stars. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Stop Kiss
Nov. 4-30. Playwright Diana Son’s critically acclaimed and GLAAD Media Award-winning work explores the depths of emotion after two women who share their first kiss on a New York street are brutally attacked by an angry bystander. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.

AFI Fest
Nov. 6–13. The American Film Institute’s annual film festival offers screenings and events at Dolby Theatre (p. 86), Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland Center (p. 93), Egyptian Theatre (p. 86) and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000). Tickets on website or box office. Free. Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.7600.

75-Cent Chili Dogs at Pink’s
Nov. 7-13. Pink’s is turning 75 years old and to celebrate they are offering hot dog fans 75-cent chili dogs for seven days for 75 minutes, starting at 7 p.m. Grab a coveted spot in line to grab a dog and support a good cause. 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223.

The Festival 2014
Nov. 8-9. Quality beer importers the Shelton Brothers bring their annual festival to the West Coast for the first time. Enjoy more than 90 craft beers from an impressive roster of participants, including sought-after international breweries and a dozen or so from California. All alcohol proceeds go to local nonprofit Sharefest. Sa-Su noon-4 pm, 5-9 pm. Admission $40-45, drink tickets $1. Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., #10, San Pedro, 413.323.7790.

Nov. 8. Sunset Strip nightlife hotspot, Rock & Reilly’s celebrates three years with a block party featuring live music, bratwurst food trucks, photo booths, face painting and they’ll be pouring festive Oktoberfest beers. On the same day they will also unveil the Barrel Room, an extension of the lower level. The new room will add 25 extra seats and feature a seven-seat bar with jumbo TVs. $20; tickets. 8911 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.360.1400.

Latin Festival
Nov. 9. The Natural History Museum of L.A. County celebrates the grand opening of its exhibition Grandes Maestros with a daylong festival, featuring activities, performances and more. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466.

Spain’s Great Match
Nov. 10. Discover the best of Spain at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Taste more than 200 world-class Spanish wines paired with tapas from the culinary imagination of Chef José Andrés and be immersed in Spain’s wine, culture, style and diversity. 6-9 p.m. $70/$15-off use code WhereLA. 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A.

Kinky Boots
Nov. 11-30. Everything about this 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical screams fun, including the thigh-high red boots alluded to in the title and the joyous music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Watch as a struggling shoe-factory owner and drag queen Lola teach each other the importance of open-mindedness and standing out. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Opening Nov. 11. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder now tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

What the Butler Saw
Opening Nov. 12. This classic farce—condemned as scandalous back in 1969—still holds up nicely. A psychoanalyst attempts to seduce his prospective secretary, but he’s married to a nymphomaniac who’s being blackmailed by her own illicit lover. Plot twists, mistaken identities and biting wit ensue. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Opening Nov. 13. A pristine ice skating rink materializes in the heart of downtown L.A. every holiday season, in Pershing Square. M-Th 11:30 am-9:30 pm, F 11:30 am-11 pm, Sa 10 am-11 pm, Su 10 am-9:30 pm. $9, skate rental $3. 532 S. Olive St., downtown.

Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama”
Nov. 23. Cameron Carpenter is among the elite organists featured in Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama” concerts celebrating Walt Disney Concert Hall’s pipe organ. The organ’s striking visual design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by musical visionary Terry Riley after a night of improvising. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.

L.A. Auto Show
Nov. 21-30. Premieres of production and concept vehicles from the world’s top automakers. Hours vary; visit website for details. $5–$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850.

Chill at The Queen Mary
Opens Nov. 21. Step into a magical holiday experience as the giant dome will be frozen over and transformed into an enormous igloo and home to The Ice Kingdom–an awesome exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations including breaking waves, dancing dolphins and a surfing Santa. Experience frozen scenes from The Nutcracker including sugar plum fairies and walk-through castles. Get lost in the life size candy cane forest, explore the penguin village and slip down three ice slides off of a 30-foot high replica of The Queen Mary. Enjoy ice tubing, ice skating, holiday carolers and more. Check website for hours and schedule. $30-$40. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Luna Gale
Opening Nov. 23. This hard-hitting drama centers around a veteran social worker faced with life-altering decisions to make on behalf of children who cannot make them for themselves. Namely, she must deem whether baby Luna Gale would ultimately be better off with her young, irresponsible birth parents or an estranged grandmother. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

Get Your Phil
Oct. 24, 30; Nov. 14. The Los Angeles Philharmonic continues its season at Walt Disney Concert Hall with their annual dinner and show program, partnering with some of downtown L.A.’s best restaurants. Dine on a $25 prix fixe dinner followed by a concert featuring the world-class LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The series kicks off this week with dinner at Chaya followed by Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius; future dates are Oct. 30, Eat. Drink. Americano and Zinc followed by Mozart & Beethoven; Nov. 14, Rivera and Faith & Flower followed by Ravel & Elgar. Look for more dates in 2015.

Kings vs. Blackhawks
Nov. 29. Hockey season is back in swing as the Kings aim for a repeat victory over Chicago’s team at Staples Center, downtown. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.

Masters of Harmony
Nov. 29. Southern California’s premier a cappella men’s chorus performs a pair of Christmas season programs at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $22.75-$45. 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 562.985.7000. 


Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt
Oct. 24-Nov. 21. Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more Hello Kitty in your life, Sanrio (the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon) has partnered with restaurants around L.A. to launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt. Dine at specially selected venues that will serve up everything from Hello Kitty Ramen (at Daikokuya Sawtelle), Hello Kitty Bento Boxes (Plan Check Kitchen + Bar Downtown) to Hello Kitty donuts (Cafe Dulce) and Hello Kitty Sausage (Seoul Sausage Sawtelle). As a bonus, each Hungry Hunt menu item will also include a collectible Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt pin featuring Hello Kitty enjoying a different treat from each of the participating restaurants.

White Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM at The Bazaar
Oct. 23-Nov. 23. It’s that decadent time of year again when white truffles are in season. SAAM, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, celebrates truffle season with a 16-course tasting menu that showcases with each course Italian white truffles hunted by the Truffle Brothers. Savor selections like Pumpkin Meringue with savory Chantilly cream and truffle salt; “Light & Shadow” little neck clams kissed with truffle butter air and truffle cream; and the Five Star Breakfast featuring an egg yolk bathed in sodium alginate so it bursts open into the surrounding bacon cream sauce that is accented with dehydrated piquillo pepper and chanterelles. Thurs.-Sat. evenings. $350/pp, additional wine pairings available. Reservations required. 310.773.5460.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
Through Feb. 1. In Los Angeles, we love to throw back to Prohibition times, whether it’s with cocktails, parties or nightlife venues. But currently at LACMA you can transport yourself to into the epicenter of African American culture during the Jazz Age with this full-scale survey of one the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Get a first hand look at Archibald Motley’s interpretations of black communities from the lively Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, to Paris just before and after the Great Depression and finally to Mexico when Motley traveled there in the 1950s. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Oct. 11-Apr. 26. Hello Kitty turns 40 this year, and the Japanese American National Museum is helping Sanrio mark the occasion with a special exhibition—the first large-scale museum retrospective in the United States devoted to the fan-favorite character. Since her very first appearance on a coin purse, Hello Kitty has developed into a pop icon and cultural ambassador. Head to JANM downtown beginning Oct. 11 to see a collection of rare and classic Hello Kitty products and contemporary art inspired by the character, including Konatsu’s “Kitty Negora” piece, above. Then, double your dose of cute at the four-day Hello Kitty Con 2014, kicking off Oct. 30 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA next door. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414.

Hollywood Costume
Oct. 2-Mar. 2. Multi-media exhibition includes more than 150 costumes from movies both classic and recent, including such favorites as The Hunger Games and The Wizard of Oz. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. M, T, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10–$20. Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.247.3049.

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s
Through April 26. Explore the height of German Expressionist film history through nearly 250 objects on view at LACMA’s newest exhibition. From the fantasy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) to the murder mystery M (1931), cinema during the liberal Weimar era was innovative in aesthetic, psychological, and technical terms. La Cinémathèque française partnered with the museum for the show and offers a vast collection of set design drawings to complement an array of film clips, photographs, posters, documents, and cameras on view; these artifacts represent 25 films, 20 artists, and 14 directors. Kino Ektoplasma—a three-screen installation created for the exhibition by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson—resurrects lost films of the Expressionist era in film sequences. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.