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Weekend roundup

November 9-12


An Enchanted Starry Night Walk

Opens Nov. 9. South Coast Botanic Garden invites you to traverse Astra Lumina’s luminous trail, an immersive night experience where light, projection and sound interprets the stellar life cycle with interactive displays. Enjoy light-infused archways, stargazing lanterns, streaking shooting stars and a forest illuminated by glistening bulbs. Starts Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. Rancho, Palos Verdes. astralumina.com

Ice at Santa Monica

Opens Nov. 9. Downtown Santa Monica welcomes back its ice rink with a grand opening including a performance by ice hooper Mayumi Namikoshi and tunes spun by DJ Super Mario, and opening remarks from DTSM CEO Andrew Thomas. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Ugo Trattoria and Stefano’s Pizzeria, and guests can take advantage of free skating sessions at scheduled times. Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m. 1324 5th St, Santa Monica. iceatsantamonica.com

Boogie, Bunch & Spartacus: Ultra Cinematheque 70

Nov. 10-21. The American Cinematheque celebrates the grandeur of 70mm film with a homecoming festival at the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre with a diverse lineup of cinematic classics, including “Boogie Nights,” “West Side Story,” “Spartacus,” “The Master,” “The Wild Bunch,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” screened in the expansive large format. Starts Friday at 7 p.m. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. americancinematheque.com


Nov. 10-11. The annual celebration of independent video games returns to the Music Center with its signature Night Games event, showcasing the year’s most innovative indie developers. The event offers a wide range of activities, including solo play, multiplayer experiences, and opportunities to spectate the latest games. Friday-Saturday, 6-11 p.m. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. musiccenter.org

Food + Drinks

Si! Mon

Now Open. Venice’s new spot for Panamanian cuisine, led by Chef Jose Carles, features a menu rich in seafood with flavors from Chinese, Spanish and Afro-Caribbean roots. Food highlights include a tuna yuca tostada and a rich clam guacho, with a gluten-free fried chicken. Wednesday-Saturday, 6–10 p.m. 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. si-mon.la

Liu’s Cafe

Now Open. Koreatown’s recently opened café brings the essence of traditional Chinese mom-and-pop shops, with a menu featuring savory rice bowls, breakfast sandwiches and Asian-inspired pastries by Isabell Manibusan, formerly of Maude in Beverly Hills. They also serve a wide variety of coffees and tea-based drinks, such as iced strawberry rooibos tea adorned with torched strawberries. Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 3915 1/2 W. 6th St., Los Angeles. liuscafe.com

Sazon Latin Food Festival

Nov. 12. Celebrating cultural diversity, The Sazon Latin Food Festival returns, featuring over 12 popular Latina food vendors including Fuego Me Up, Masa’tlan Kitchen, and Boricua Empanadas. Alongside the culinary offerings the festival offers live music, family-friendly activities and back massages courtesy of Seal Beach Chiropractic. Free. Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 290 E. 4th Street, Long Beach. Get Tickets Now

Arts + Culture

Canto en resistencia

Nov. 10-12. Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil lead musical homages paid to activists Violeta Parra and Susan B. Anthony, with Silvana Estrada presenting her reflective songs. The concert’s focus is on dynamic movement- from Roberto Sierra’s classic fandangos to Arturo Márquez’s ‘jubilant escape’ danzón. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Vulture Festival

Nov. 11-12. Vulture returns for its tenth annual pop-culture festival featuring live actor interviews, exclusive screenings and sing-alongs. Activity highlights include an acting class from comedian Henry Winkler, an in-depth conversation with “Weird Al” Yankovic and TJ Mack live in concert. Saturday-Sunday, hours vary per event. 1541 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. vulturefestival.com

Give Peace a Chance

Now Open. Choice Contemporary’s exhibition features the artistry of John Lennon, encompassing sketches and lithographs dating back to the early 1960s. This collection chronicles significant societal issues and offers a glimpse into Lennon’s creative process. Sunday-Wednseday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 11706 Barrington Court, Los Angeles. choicecontemporary.com

CAP UCLA Presents Nella

Nov. 11. The Latin Grammy Award winner will grace The Nimoy Theatre with a performance that showcases her soul-stirring voice, shaped by her experiences from her native country. Singing in Spanish, her distinctive style weaves traditional Venezuelan folklore with modern and Andalusian influences. Saturday, at 8 p.m. 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets

Photo credit: Celestia Pathway courtesy of Astra Lumina.Ice at Santa Monica courtesy of Tanya Bruner. Sundance Spread courtesy of Liu’s Cafe. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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