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LA Weekend Events Roundup November 2-5

Eataly photo by Christina Wiese
The hotly anticipated Italian culinary destination, Eataly, opens its doors on November 3.

From new restaurant openings to beer and wine parties, here are the top LA weekend events for November 2-5.

Edited by Christina Wiese.


Ice at Santa Monica 
Ice at Santa Monica 

Through Jan 15. This 8,000 square foot outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Monica brings holiday spirit to the beach. M-Th 2-10 p.m.; F 2 p.m.-midnight; Sa 10 a.m.-midnight; Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $15, includes skate rental. Corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, 310.260.1199. downtownsm.com 





Centennial Celebration: 7th Street Produce Market
Centennial Celebration: 7th Street Produce Market

Nov. 4. Originally known as the L.A. Terminal Market, the historic 7th Street Produce Market celebrates 100 years this weekend. The site—home to Smorgasburg LA on Sundays—has evolved from its horse-drawn carriage days to its now modern reincarnation as a fresh food mecca. Festivities for the day include live entertainment, performers, select offerings from Smorgasburg as well as strolling through 30 unique and independent brands housed at ROW DTLA. 2-6 p.m. Free. 1318 E 7th St., L.A. rowdtla.com



Grand Ave Arts: All Access
 photo courtesy of Grand Avenue ArtsGrand Ave Arts: All Access

Nov. 4. Now in its third year, Grand Ave Arts: All Access returns for a daylong, culture-filled event that showcases some of the best aspects of Los Angeles’ arts scene. DTLA’s premier cultural institutions—including The Broad, Center Theatre Group, Colburn School, Grand Park, L.A. Central Library, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, L.A. Master Chorale, L.A. Opera, L.A. Philharmonic, MOCA, the Music Center and REDCAT—open their doors for free family-friendly fun. Activities include interactive workshops and tours, granting behind-the-scenes access to the world-class arts and cultural organizations within the five-block area of Grand between Temple and 6th streets. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. grandavearts.tumblr.com


Fall for the Holidays Open House at The Original Farmers MarketSPONSORED
Fall for the Holidays Open House at The Original Farmers Market

Nov. 4. One spectacular day only! The entire Farmers Market will be in a festive mood to help you plan and shop for the upcoming season. Get in the holiday spirit with cooking demonstrations, seasonal recipes, gift ideas, live entertainment and more. You can also enter to win a $500 shopping spree! 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 6333 W 3rd St., L.A. farmersmarketla.com




Fall Beer & Wine Block PartyFall Beer & Wine Block Party
Nov. 5. Instead of snagging an extra hour of sleep during Daylight Savings, fall back with a beverage in one hand and a bite in the other. Try gourmet samples from The Front Yard’s executive chef, Larry Greenwood, while also sipping on some of California’s best brews and wines. Other activities include a photo booth, face painting and live music. All proceeds will benefit 2 Hands 2 Cans, an L.A. non-profit that empowers at-risk individuals to become self-sufficient through education and employment opportunities. 2-5 p.m. $30/pp in advance, $40/pp at the door. The Front Yard Patio at The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., L.A. Tickets


Downtown Día de los MuertosDowntown Día de los Muertos
Through Nov. 5. Spanning four city blocks, this celebration honoring the dead features 50+ community altars and commissioned works of art. Lunchtime tours will offered by artists Olivia Treviño and Robert Ramirez of LORE Productions. See website for full schedule and tour times. Free. Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave., downtown. grandparkla.org 





LA Dance ProjectL.A. Dance Project

Nov. 2-4. Artistic director Benjamin Millepied’s dance company begins its residency at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with a program of four works. 7:30 p.m. $55-$95. 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org





‘Nabucco’ photo courtesy of LA Opera‘Nabucco’
Nov. 2-19. Opera superstar Plácido Domingo takes center stage in Nabucco as it returns to the LA Opera stage. The powerful tale is loosely based on the historical and biblical figure of Nebuchadnezzar, a mighty king whose madness is cured by divine intervention. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 135 N Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001. laopera.org




‘Spamilton: An American Parody’ photo by Carol Rosegg
 ‘Spamilton: An American Parody’

Opens Nov. 5. Can’t score tickets to Hamilton? This play, touted by the New York Post as the “next best thing to seeing Hamilton,” is a hilarious parody of the musical from the comedic force behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org





Nov. 3. 
There are many things to be grateful for this November, but the opening of Eataly should be at the top of every Angelenos’ list. The authentic Italian culinary destination integrates restaurant eateries, a marketplace and La Scuola (the school) to empower guests to learn about dishes and then find the same ingredients in store to recreate the recipe at home. Other amenities include a dedicated area for house-made gelato, a traditional espresso bar and a cannoli station. The new Westfield Century City location marks Eataly’s first West Coast expansion. Opens at 6 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. eataly.com



Best Girl photo by Dylan + JeniBest Girl
Ongoing. On Halloween, The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles transformed its signature restaurant space (formerly L.A. Chapter). The new venture, helmed by award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti (Connie and Ted’s, Providence and Cape Seafood and Provisions), serves up an eclectic seasonal menu of meats and vegetables inspired by L.A.’s history and culture. The restaurant’s name, Best Girl, is an ode to cinema luminary Mary Pickford for her film My Best Girl which premiered at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 31, 1927, 90 years prior to the restaurant opening its doors. Su-Th 7 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 7 a.m.-midnight. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 927 S Broadway, downtown. bestgirldtla.com



Sweetfin Poke x Smorgasburg LASweetfin Poke x Smorgasburg LA
Nov. 5, 12, 19. Sweetfin Poke, one of the only chef-driven poke concepts in town, will showcase Chef Weiss’s monthly bowls and exclusive test kitchen items. New items to try include Korean Chile Spicy Tuna Poke in a cucumber and avocado wrap, and the Okinawan Potato Poke Bao Bun with a miso and black garlic paste, topped off with crispy onions. Sundays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown. la.smorgasburg.com 




Movember MilkMovember Milk
Through Nov. 30. Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery has joined forces with the Movember Foundation to offer a limited edition Movember Milk. Perfect for refueling and refinishing after a workout, the milk is packed with 16 grams of protein and an all-natural combination of almonds, dates, bananas, almond butter, plant protein, cacao, vanilla and sea salt. 30 cents of each bottle purchased will be donated to the Movember Foundation. pressedjuicery.com


Grand Ave Arts: All Access
 photo courtesy of Grand Avenue Arts. L.A. Dance Project photo courtesy of the Wallis. ‘Nabucco’ photo courtesy of LA Opera. ‘Spamilton: An American Parody’ photo by Carol Rosegg
. Eataly photo by Christina Wiese. Best Girl photo by Dylan + Jeni.

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