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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 9-16

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Hugo Rocha’s “Untitled, 2021, mixed media on paper, 12×18 inches” is part of the “Taking Up Space” exhibit, Nov. 11-Dec. 23, at Tierra del Sol’s new art gallery in West Hollywood. (Photo courtesy of Hugo Rocha and Tierra del Sol)

Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.

EVENTS

Veterans Day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: The event honoring veterans includes a Civil War encampment, a display of military vehicles and a Veterans Day program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10. The program, at 11 a.m., includes an honor guard, live music and remarks by keynote speaker Lt. Col. Scott Mann. The retired United States Army Green Beret signs his book “Operation Pineapple Express” at noon. Free for the program and outdoor events; admission charge for museum exhibits. Register for program seats and to reserve a book ($28.99 plus tax) here: tinyurl.com/munxp48e. Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Event details: tinyurl.com/4dbnzbku

Veterans Day in Burbank: A welcome reception with a concert by the Burbank Community Band, 10:15 a.m. Nov. 10, followed by a ceremony honoring all veterans, 11 a.m. A flyover by the Condor Squadron has been scheduled. McCambridge Park, War Memorial, corner of Amherst Drive and San Fernando Road. 818-238-5378. Details on the event flyer: tinyurl.com/46zhuka2

Los Angeles African American Male Wellness 5K Walk and Run: The African American Male Wellness Agency presents the family-friendly event, 7 a.m. Nov. 11. The agency’s goal is to bring awareness of the need, and to push for, greater medical and mental health help and resources for African American males and to increase their life expectancy with the help of free health screenings. Health screenings, 8 a.m., followed by the walk/run at 10 a.m. Honorary Chair for the event is Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr. Free to register and attend. Register in advance online or on event day. Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Obama Blvd., Los Angeles. Details on Eventbrite and to register online: tinyurl.com/2dxdh3r5. aawellness.org/los-angeles-california/

Veterans Day celebration in La Crescenta: American Legion Post 288 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 host the event that honors all veterans and active duty military, 8 a.m. Nov. 11. The program includes a Presentation of Colors by the Crescenta Valley High School Air Force JROTC, an armed forces medley performed by the Legion Color Guard and an American flag retirement ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 288. Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. Dick Chubb, 818-384-5761.

Veterans Memorial Park – Granada Hills: The opening of a time capsule that was buried in 1972 by members of the Granada Hill-Billies 4-H Club, 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The time capsule was placed at a pocket park memorial, designed and built by the 4-H Club members, to honor Granada Hills residents who had served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War and who died there. The capsule will be unearthed, opened and the contents cataloged. A new time capsule will be buried at the conclusion of the event. Location, corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue. Flyer: tinyurl.com/3y8897ss

Veterans Day at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills: The 64th annual celebration honors United States military veterans with a ceremony that includes a flyover by the Condor Squadron; invocation and benediction by the Rev. Msgr. Frank Hicks, from St. Basil Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles; patriotic music by the Los Angeles Police Concert Band and the Tonality Choir; a reading of the Veterans Day presidential proclamation by Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton; an honor guard gun salute by the Los Angeles Police Department, 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The keynote speech is by Dr. David Smith, United States Air Force. Emcee for the program is Michael Ellington, a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Free admission. Location, outside of the Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. 855-800-5296. www.facebook.com/forestlawn. forestlawn.com/events/veterans-day/

Malibu Veterans Day – Legacy of Generations in Service: The city celebrates veterans and currently serving military at its 24th annual event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans and currently serving military are asked to arrive at 10:30 a.m. to be greeted and escorted to VIP seats by the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council. The program includes a color guard, speeches by veterans, dance and musical performances, poetry and a visit from mini therapy horses. Lunch will be served. Students from Malibu schools, ROTC and Sea Cadets participate in the event. The celebration is hosted by International Protective Service, the City of Malibu, Malibu Navy League, Malibu Association of Realtors, Malibu Times and Pepperdine University. Malibu City Hall, Civic Theater, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. Ani Dermenjian, 310-738-0499. Details and flyer: tinyurl.com/ywn9sdj4

Veterans Day Ceremony in Newhall: The City of Santa Clarita co-hosts the event that honors veterans and includes Veterans Day remarks by local veterans and patriotic music, 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Master of Ceremonies Jan Daley sings the National Anthem. Korean War veteran Richard Myers is the keynote speaker. Jerry Rhodes gives a special reading for prisoners of war and those who are missing in action. Cantor Michael Freed and the Rev. Stephen Meadors also give speeches. Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St. 661-250-3787. Details: tinyurl.com/5n6hb6tw. santaclaritaveterans.com/

Veterans Day ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza: A salute to veterans with the theme “Looking to the Future,” 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Location, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. 805-526-6453. Details from Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District: bit.ly/3UDuZ4O

San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade: The parade begins, 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11. Grand marshal: State Sen. Caroline Menjivar (20th District). Retired Sgt. Menjivar served in the United States Marine Corps. Route: Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission boulevards (in Mission Hills), south on Laurel Canyon to Paxton Street in Pacoima. Contact Fred Flores for questions on parade entry application: 818-645-5699 or by email: fred.flores29@gmail.com. www.sfvveteransdayparade.com

Veterans Day at American Legion San Fernando Post 176: Veterans are invited to a complimentary meal after the San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 11. The event includes music by DJ Mario, and a program at 2 p.m. The post also presents music by Serge the Power and Charlie D, 4-7 p.m., and karaoke, 7-11 p.m. Location, 602 Pico St., San Fernando. 818-336-6776. www.facebook.com/SFpost176/

A Faery Hunt: An immersive, interactive and outdoor performance for children and their families, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 12. Tickets $15-$35 per ticket (depending upon the event and location). Children are encouraged to dress up as fairies or superheroes. Check the website for upcoming shows in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, Simi Valley and West Hills. Orcutt Ranch, 23600 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. 818-324-6802. afaeryhunt.com

Christmas at the Grove and Tree Lighting: The event includes a show with David Foster and Katharine McPhee, special guests, including an appearance by Santa Claus, plus a snowfall and a fireworks finale, 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Free to attend. Location, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegrovela. thegrovela.com/events/tree-lighting-at-the-grove/

L.A. Zoo Lights – Animals Aglow: The self-guided walking tour returns with dazzling wildlife lantern displays through different landscapes, opens Nov. 17 and runs various dates through Jan. 7. New additions this year include “Winter Wildlands,” with snow-loving animals, and “Dazzling Desertscape,” with live roaming entertainment. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Rain does not cancel. Tickets $29 and up for ages 13 and older; $18 and up for ages 2-12 (higher admission on “premium” nights; purchasing in advance online is recommended). Check the website for details on special event nights including “Family New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 ($90 ages 18 and older; $75 ages 2-17). Location, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoo.org/plan-your-visit/special-experiences/zoolights/

Los Angeles Auto Show: Enjoy hours of comparison shopping, the opportunity for test drives and rides, plus check out automotive brands, Kevin Hart Kollection, the Garage aftermarket showcase, Galpin’s Hall of Customs, Electric Vehicles Discovery Center and USA Street Foods, Nov. 17-26. Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 17-18; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 19; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 20-22; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day); 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 24-25; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 26. Admission: the “Any Day” tickets $27 (ages 13-64); $15 ages 65 and older; $10 ages 6-12 (also, check for early entry admission, VIP guided tours, and other special admission tickets). Not tickets sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased online. Facts: laautoshow.com/know-before-you-go/#faq. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. laautoshow.com

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Promenade at Westlake: Shop at the Holiday Market, 5 p.m. Nov. 17, and stick around for musical entertainment, the tree lighting ceremony, an appearance by Santa Claus and a fireworks finale, 7-8 p.m. Location, 140 Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks, 818-637-8923. www.shoppromenade.com/events/tree-lighting-celebration-2/

Christmas Tree Lighting – Shepherd Church: The congregation invites the public to the event, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the church’s Christmas toy drive. Location, 19700 Rinaldi Drive, Porter Ranch. 818-831-9333. www.facebook.com/shepherdchurch. www.theshepherd.org

Enchanted – Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens: An interactive walk-through display of lights including an area of stained glass creations, opens Nov. 19. Event is rain or shine through Jan. 7. Purchase of a timed-ticket in advance on the website is required for admission (time frame, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; no tickets sold at the door). Admission $45; $30 children (children under age two are free but must also have a ticket). Tickets are not refundable and cannot be rescheduled. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Details and purchase tickets: www.descansogardens.org/enchanted-tickets

ART

Beyond the Streets and Control Gallery: “Exhibition 009: Under Pressure,” a group exhibit of contemporary airbrush curated by Mister CARTOON. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23. Location, 434 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. www.mistercartoon.com/about. www.beyondthestreets.com. www.control.gallery

Nicodim Gallery: “Joshua Hagler: I Would Not Speak of the Mountain,” opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11. Also, “Ho Jae Kim: Ode to Joy” (in the annex). “Xinyan Wang: Metamorphosis” (upstairs gallery). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Dec. 22. Location, 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166. www.nicodimgallery.com/exhibitions

Tierra del Sol Gallery: “Taking Up Space,” the third annual exhibition of art work from Tierra del Sol’s Sunland and the Upland studio arts program and the first exhibit in its new gallery space. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23. Location, 7414 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 213-625-0935. Email: gallery@tierradelsol.org. tierradelsolgallery.org

Shulamit Nazarian: “Ken Gun Min: Sweet Discipline from Koreatown,” opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 20. Location, 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961. www.shulamitnazarian.com/exhibitions/

Hauser & Wirth: “Allison Katz: Westward Ho!” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Location, 8980 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 424-404-1200. Details: tinyurl.com/bdfzkdfj

ONGOING ART

Ace/121: “Corrie Siegel: Aphorisms.” Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 121 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Siegel’s Instagram: tinyurl.com/mv3ffjp6. ace121gallery.com

Corey Helford Gallery: “Lisa Ericson, Yulia Pustoshkina, Dena Seiferling: Bound by Nature,” and Kazuki Takamatsu: Parallelization Era,” “Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (coarse): Because I Wanted You to Know” and “Literartistry: Art Inspired by the Written Word.” Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through Nov. 11. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340. www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Galerie Lakaye: “Haiti Dreaming: Rare Works from the 60s and 70s,” with paintings and sculptures from 22 artists. Gallery hours: Call or send an email to make an appointment. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 1550 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles. 323-528-4076. Email: galerie@galerielakaye.com. www.galerielakaye.com

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Rachel Rickert: Wind and Rattlesnakes.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email: info@lowellryanprojects.com. www.lowellryanprojects.com; www.facebook.com/lowellryanprojects

It’s About Time: The subject of time is explored by 17 Los Angeles artists in the exhibit that is curated by April Greiman and Stacie B. London. Galley hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; closed on holidays. Exhibit runs through Nov. 22. Brand Library and Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. www.brandlibrary.org

ReflectSpace Gallery: “Hannah Kozak: He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard – A Story of Domestic Violence from a Daughter’s Point of View,” photography. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 10. Gallery is inside the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. 818-548-2021. www.hannahkozak.com. reflectspace.org

Regen Projects: “Glenn Ligon: Double Negative” and “Gillian Wearing: reflections.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits runs through Dec. 23. Location, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424. www.regenprojects.com

Michael Kohn Gallery: “Li Hei Di,” solo exhibit (Gallery 1 and 2) and “Faris Heizer: These days” (Gallery 3). Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311. www.kohngallery.com/exhibitions-2

L.A. Louver: “Terry Allen: Juarez: Then and Now,” drawings and prints, and “Matt Wedel: Pictures in the Garden” and “Red,” a group show by 15 artists on the color of red. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment (call to confirm hours). Exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955. Terry Allen: tinyurl.com/4cwat22c. www.mattwedel.com. lalouver.com

BOOKS

Book Soup: Alejandra Campoverdi discusses “First Gen – A Memoir,” 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Circe Moskowitz, editor of “All These Sunken Souls – A Black Horror Anthology” discusses the book with Ryan Douglass and Brent C. Lambert, 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Stephen Markley discusses “The Deluge,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Lilly Maier discusses “Arthur and Lilly – The Girl and the Holocaust Survivor,” 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Susannah Breslin discusses “Data Baby – My Life in a Psychological Experiment,” 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Fleur Pierets discusses “Julian,” 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Stephen Hilger discusses “Stephen Hilger: In the Alley,” photography of alleys in Beverly Hills, 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Cody Smith discusses “The Strokes – The First Ten Years,” 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Location, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110. www.booksoup.com

Vroman’s Bookstore: Sarah James discusses “Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen,” 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Scott Eyman discusses “Charlie Chaplin vs. America – Where Art, Sex and Politics Collided,” 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Lee Goldberg discusses “Calico,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Maria Bamford signs “Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere,” 6 p.m. Nov. 14 (ticketed event; $28.99 plus fees includes the signing line and one book; reservations here: tinyurl.com/5xsshe2b). Shibani Mahtani and Timothy McLaughlin discuss “Among the Braves: Hope, Struggle and Exile in the Battle for Hong Kong and the Future of Global Democracy,” 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. vromans.com

Sheila Johnson – Live Talks Los Angeles: The co-founder of Black Entertainment Television discusses “Walk Through Fire: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Triumph,” with Lee Daniels, 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets $20 admission-only; $48 admission and book. Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. livetalksla.org/events/sheila-johnson-with-lee-daniels/ 

April Showers: The author presents her “Afro Unicorn” series at an event that includes a story time with Chudney Ross, creator of Books and Cookies, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Free to attend but make a reservation on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/mw69zmjf. Matte Argyle, in the Runway Playa Vista shopping mall, 12775 Millennium Drive, Playa Vista. 310-751-6054. www.booksandcookiesla.comafrounicorns.com/pages/about-us

Diesel, a Bookstore: Marcia Withers and Kori Withers read from and discuss “Grandma’s Hands,” 3 p.m. Nov. 12. John Densmore discusses and signs “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Fleur Pierets discusses “Julian,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Joan Meyerson discusses “Who Needs Paris?” 3 p.m. Nov. 19. For all events: To reserve a seat, purchase one copy of a book. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960. dieselbookstore.com

Lori Gottleib: Temple Etz Chaim presents a talk by the author of “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” 7 p.m Nov. 12. Admission $36 and up. Reservations required. Location, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. www.templeetzchaim.org/speaker-series

David Brooks – Live Talks Los Angeles: The author of “How to Know a Person – The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen” discusses his book with actor-producer Larry Wilmore (“Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air), 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets $50 plus fee, includes a signed book. Reservations required. Aratani Theatre, 244 San Pedro St., Los Angeles. livetalksla.org/events/david-brooks

David Edward Byrd: Discusses and signs his memoir “Poster Child: The Psychedelic Art and Technicolor Life of David Edward Byrd,” with co-author Robert von Goeben, 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.larryedmunds.com

CHARITY/FUNDRAISER/VOLUNTEER

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles – Making Memories Festival: The fundraiser includes music by Grammy Award-winners Ozomatli, Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse, DJ Monalisa, La Misa Negra and J. Rocc, plus the UCLA ACA Lion Dance Troupe, information booths on brain health and healthy lifestyle and food trucks, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets $35; $40 at the door. Bring blanket or lawn chair for seating. Limited on-site parking, $30. Los Angeles Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. www.alzheimersla.org. Details and purchase tickets: www.alzheimersla.org/get-involved/events/making-memories-festival/

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com

COMEDY

2023 Kettle Kick-Off Night of Comedy – Salvation Army: Comedy by Rachel Bradley, Billy Gardell and Christopher Titus, 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets $50; $100; $125; $200. Fundraiser to help the Salvation Army fight homelessness in Los Angeles. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. Details on the Salvation Army Glendale-Burbank Facebook: tinyurl.com/27rwx2b2. Purchase tickets here tinyurl.com/mtf93njc or here elportaltheatre.com/kettlekickoff.html

Tom Papa 2023 Comedy Tour: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets $44.50 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. tompapa.com. bapacthousandoaks.com/show-details/tom-papa-2023-comedy-tour

Fritz Coleman: The “Unassisted Residency” show, 3 p.m. Nov. 26. Tickets $35; $45 for cocktail table seating (must purchase two tickets for this option). Also, upcoming shows: 3 p.m. Jan. 14, Feb. 25 and March 24. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. www.fritzcolemancomedy.com. elportaltheatre.com/fritzcoleman.html

Josh Thomas – Let’s Tidy Up: The Australian actor-comedian-writer performs a show, co-written with Lally Katz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets $35 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Josh Thomas’ Instagram: tinyurl.com/5b2n5mfc. bapacthousandoaks.com/show-details/josh-thomas-lets-tidy-up

Leslie Jones: 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets $45 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. iamlesliejones.com. bapacthousandoaks.com/show-details/leslie-jones

DANCE

Benita Bike’s DanceArt: The company kicks off its 43rd year of performances with “Griot Songs,” about three stages of womanhood, and “Aspects of Me” and “For Rose,” a remembrance of the choreographer’s mother and their “challenging” relationship, 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Free admission. Los Angeles Mission College, AMP Theatre, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. 818-470-5734. www.facebook.com/benitabikesdanceart. www.danceart.org

DINING

Smorgasburg Los Angeles: Explore the open air food and drink market, some are vegan, plus vendors selling creative, eclectic merchandise, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12 (and subsequent Sundays). Family-friendly beer garden. The market runs every Sunday. Check the website or Facebook for current vendors. Free admission. Absolutely no pets allowed at this venue. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles. la.smorgasburg.com and www.facebook.com/SmorgasburgLA/

Thanksgiving and Buon Gusto Ristorante and Bar: Dine-in or take-away Thanksgiving menu, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost $25.95 per person and up (depending on meal choice); beverages, tax and tip extra). The take-away menu selection is $19.95 and up (depending on meal choice; tax extra). Reservations required for either dine-in or take-away. Location, 15535 Devonshire St., Mission Hills. 818-893-9985. www.buongustoristo.com

DISCUSSION

Culinary Historians of Southern California – Online Meeting: Cookbook author Kitty Morse discusses “My Family’s Alsatian Wartime Journal, with Recipes,” 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11. The talk is based on her cookbook “Bitter Sweet: A Wartime Journal and Heirloom Recipes from Occupied France.” Free. Details and register for the Zoom link on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/4wjt72kb. www.facebook.com/chsocal. www.chsocal.org

Resisters – How Ordinary Jews Fought Persecution in Hitler’s Germany: Wolf Gruner discusses his book, 5 p.m. Nov. 12. Free admission but registration is required in advance. Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Details and to register: tinyurl.com/mpfy2dke

Care Court – What Is It and What It’s Not – Online meeting: National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys present guest speaker Linda Boyd, program manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, discussing the implementation of Care Court and how it differs from a similar court, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, 7-8:45 p.m. Nov. 15 online on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3bMNm1Y. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and # and Passcode: 692327. Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups, www.namisfv.org

FARMERS MARKETS

Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall. www.facebook.com/OldTownNewhallFarmersMarket/

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Rain or shine. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue. www.instagram.com/mainst.canogaparkfarmersmarket

El Nido Farmers Market – Pacoima: El Nido Family Centers and the City of Los Angeles present the market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, Pacoima Family Source Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. www.elnidofamilycenters.org/farmers-market

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook: bit.ly/44cFl0P

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway. www.facebook.com/CanyonCountryFarmersMarket/

MUSEUM

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Nov. 11: “Darling Godsonny: Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin,” and “Visions of Transcendence: Creating Space in East and West,” and “Ceija Stojka and Scenes from Roma Life,” and “Wende Times,” the work of six Los Angeles high school students, from their internships at the Wende Museum, on the topic of social media posts on conspiracy theories and artificial intelligence-generated fake news stories, all four exhibits run through April 7, 2024. Museum closed until Nov. 11. Hours upon opening for new exhibits: noon-4 p.m. Nov. 11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday (wendemuseum.org/about-us/visit). Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email: visit@wendemuseum.org. wendemuseum.org

Italian American Museum Los Angeles: New: “Louis Prima: Rediscovering a Musical Icon,” through Oct. 13, 2024 (tinyurl.com/mrrb4pbh). Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free; donations requested. Location, 644 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-485-8432. www.iamla.org

ONGOING MUSEUM

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibit: “John Waters: Pope of Trash,” through Aug. 4, 2024 (www.academymuseum.org/en/exhibitions/john-waters-pope-of-trash). Timed advance admission tickets are available (but not required) for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” Location, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000. academymuseum.org

African American Firefighter Museum: Artifacts, fire apparatus, pictures and stories about African American Los Angeles firefighters. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Donation. Location, 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730. https://aaffmuseumla.org/

Autry Museum of the American West: Ongoing special exhibits: “Sherman Indian School: 100 + Years of Education and Resilience,” through May 2024 (theautry.org/exhibitions/sherman-indian-school). “Imagined Wests,” how Southern California tells stories about the West through the museum’s collection of objects including art, clothing, pop culture and toys (theautry.org/exhibitions/imagined-wests). Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $16; $12 ages 60 and older, ages 13-18 and students older than 18 with ID; $8 ages 3-12. Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. theautry.org

Bolton Hall Museum: Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, but a $3 donation is appreciated. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: llhs@boltonhall.org. www.facebook.com/boltonhallmuseum; www.boltonhall.org

California African American Museum: Closed due to storm-related damage. Check website or Facebook for re-opening and also for off-site programs. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking $15 before 5 p.m.; $18 after 5 p.m. (in the blue structure parking lot; entrance to the blue structure is on Figueroa Boulevard at 39th Street.). Location, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. www.caamuseum.org and www.facebook.com/CAAMinLA/

California Science Center: Permanent galleries and the space shuttle Endeavor are on view. The Endeavor, however, will be on view only until Dec. 31, 2023, and then off-view for “several years.” Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits (bit.ly/3zfD8DA). Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. californiasciencecenter.org

Craft in America: Ongoing special exhibit: “Influences/Influencers: California Fibers,” group show, through Dec. 2. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free admission. Location, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-951-0610. www.facebook.com/CraftinAmerica. craftinamerica.org/page/center

Descanso Gardens: Garden hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $15; $11 ages 65 and older and student with valid ID; $5 ages 5-12. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200. descansogardens.org

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer,” the first-ever museum exhibit using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where children will have mental and physical challenges to solve puzzles, learn about balance and reflexes and creative problem solving, through Feb. 19 (tinyurl.com/4zcw78s7). Hands-on exhibits make science fun for children. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $18 ages 15-61; $17 ages 62 and older; $16 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. www.facebook.com/TheDiscoveryCube. www.discoverycube.org

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: Ongoing special exhibits: “Reina de Los Angeles,” photography of murals and shrines in Los Angeles that celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican culture from the photo archive of Nydya Mora, through Feb. 11 (tinyurl.com/bde5acsz) and “Shaping Gravity – Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane,” through March 10 (tinyurl.com/yk376nne). Also, an updated, 18-minute long documentary-style video that tells the background of the two “colossal” paintings in the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection — and information about the hall itself. The video is shown on the hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except no screening at 1 p.m.), Tuesday-Sunday. Free to see. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission to the museum. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. forestlawn.com

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibit: “The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond,” through June 2, 2024. “Janyak: Armenian Art of Knots and Loops,” through Feb. 2024. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Parking directions: enter from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, turn left into the pay-by-space area of Lot 4 (198 Westwood Plaza). Location, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood. https://fowler.ucla.edu/

The Getty Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Reckoning with Millet’s Man with a Hoe,” through Dec. 10 (www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/man_with_hoe/index.html). “Finding an Audience: Nineteenth Century Drawings,” through Jan. 7, 2024. “William Blake: Visionary,” on loan from Tate Britain, through Jan. 14 (tinyurl.com/rrat68ej). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required (bit.ly/2SbTzys). Parking $20 (www.getty.edu/visit/center/parking-and-transportation). Location, Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu

The Getty Villa: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Horse and Rider from Albania,” a bronze statuette, from about 500 BCE, found in 2018, and on display through Jan. 29. “The Gold Emperor from Aventicum,” through Jan. 29 (www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/aurelius). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $20. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. www.getty.edu/visit/villa/

Grammy Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Roxy: 50 and Still Rockin’,” through Jan. 7, 2024 (grammymuseum.org/event/50andstillrockin). “Hip-Hop America: The Mix Tape Exhibit,” through Sept. 4, 2024  “Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” through winter 2024. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission $18; $15 ages 65 and older; $12 ages 5-17 and college students with ID. Location, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-725-5700. grammymuseum.org

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Sweet Home Sweet: A Story of Survival, Memory and Returns,” photographs in the Galicia Museum in Krakow, Poland, that were taken by Richard Ores depicting his family and friends life in Krakow before World War II and in the Krakow Ghetto during the Holocaust. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday. Admission is by timed admission ticket. Location, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email: info@hmla.org. www.holocaustmuseumla.org

Japan House Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Pokémon x Kogei: Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft,” through Jan. 7. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission. The museum is at Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565. www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles

Japanese American National Museum: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets required; no walk-ins). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamuseum. janm.org

La Brea Tar Pits: Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except closed on the first Tuesday of the month and national holidays. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older and students with ID; $7 ages 3-12. Parking $18. Location, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3499. tarpits.org/

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “Eternal Medium: Seeing the World in Stone,” through Feb. 11. Plan your visit information here: bit.ly/2P3c7iR. Admission $21; $16 ages 65 and older and students ages 18 and older with a valid ID; free for ages 17 and younger (reserving/purchasing an advance, timed-entry online is recommended; prices are for residents of Los Angeles County). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. www.lacma.org

LA Plaza Cocina: The museum is dedicated to Mexican food and cuisine. The museum has a teaching kitchen and a store with culinary-related ingredients, cookbooks, decorative items and utensils used in making Mexican cuisine. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday). Free admission. The museum is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Location, 555 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 323-397-8365. Email: cocina@lapc.org. lapca.org/

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles. www.lapca.org

Martial Arts History Museum: The museum is celebrating 24 years this year. Explore the history of martial arts plus exhibits on Asian art, culture, dance and music. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $10; $8 ages 65 and older; $5 ages 6-17. Location, 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-478-1722. Email: info@mamuseum.com. www.facebook.com/martialartshistorymuseummartialartsmuseum.com/

Museum of Contemporary Art: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free but an advance online timed-entry ticket is required. Special exhibits are $18; $10 seniors and students; free for ages 11 and younger. Locations: the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-633-5351. www.moca.org/visit

Museum of the San Fernando Valley: Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665. themuseumsfvnow.org/

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: Ongoing special exhibit: “Spider Pavilion,” the museum’s annual open-air pavilion to view spiders and ask general questions about arachnids, through Nov. 26 ($8; visits are for 30-minute time slots; purchase in advance here, nhm.org/experience-nhm/exhibitions-natural-history-museum/spider-pavilion). Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $18; $14 ages 62 and older and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. nhmlac.org

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Hollywood Customs: Modified for the Movies,” the exhibit includes vehicles used in film and television. “Corvettes in Competition – Racing America’s Sports Car.” “Around the World on Two Wheels: Highlights from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum,” through March 2, 2024. “Inside Tesla – Supercharging the Electric Revolution,” prototypes of Tesla vehicles, historical perspective and design study, through April 2024. “Splendor & Speed: Treasures from the Petersen Collection,” through June 2, 2024. “We Are Porsche.” “Arsham Auto Motive,” life-sized vehicle sculptures and posters (www.petersen.org/exhibits). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19.95; $17.95 ages 63 and older; $12.95 ages 12-17; $10.95 ages 4-11. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277. www.petersen.org

Rancho Camulos Museum: Docent-led museum tours: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (tours are available on Sunday throughout the year). Donation $10. Rancho Camulos is the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County. Directions: from the 5 Freeway, take the exit to Highway 126, travel 3.5 miles west of the Ventura County Line. The entrance is on the south side of the roadway. The museum is two miles east of Piru. Location, 5146 E. Telegraph Road. 805-521-1501. Email: info@ranchocamulos.org. ranchocamulos.org

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away.” Minimum age recommendation: 12. Purchase tickets in advance ($29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; details on the exhibit and tickets: bit.ly/3ZnnHW1). This special exhibit has been extended to Jan. 28. Regular museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganfoundation.org

Santa Monica History Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Coming Out West: LGBTQ+ Elders Share Their Stories,” through Dec. 17. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for ages 11 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290. www.santamonicahistory.org

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through Feb. 25 (tinyurl.com/ad63ar52). Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays (www.skirball.org/visit). Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.” Admission $12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; www.skirball.org/visit). Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 10 a.m. Nov. 11-12. Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys. Purchase tickets: bit.ly/3kWHgjx. www.facebook.com/valleyrelics; valleyrelicsmuseum.org

MUSIC

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: A musical variety-type show with ragtime, swing, big band, country-western, doo wop and soul, 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets $47 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. bapacthousandoaks.com/show-details/scott-bradlees-postmodern-jukebox

Ukrainian Mosaic Orchestra – Benefit Concert for Ukraine: Music from Eastern Europe and world folk music, 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets $40; $50 (purchase on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/25v67pna). Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. kobza.org

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra: The concert includes Gershwin’s Cuban Overture for piano duet and percussion and music from winners of the Music Teachers’ Association of California 2023 Concerto Competition, 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Pre-concert lecture, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. sfvsymphony.com. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/hkehpwt

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas One and All!: Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets $119.95 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. www.hollywoodbowl.com/events/performances/2875/2023-11-17/mariah-carey

Deja Vu: A musical retrospective of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets $50 and up. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. www.facebook.com/CSNYTRIBUTE. elportaltheatre.com/dejavu.html

Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop: Philemon Young Group perform hit songs by the Coasters, the Drifters and the Platters, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Special guests: Cannibal and the Headhunters. Tickets $50 and up. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. elportaltheatre.com/rockrhythmdoowap.html

Always Tina and Friends: Big Oak Theatre presents Shar Wils performing with cast and a live band, 3 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Tickets $30. Location, 22200 Chatsworth St., Chatsworth. 818-998-0185. www.bigoaktheatre.com/AlwaysTinaAndFriends.html

Verdi Chorus: The chorus’ artistic director Anne Marie Ketchum celebrates 40 years as the director with sequences from Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” “Nabucco,” and “La Traviata,” and also Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Saint Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets $40; $30 seniors; $10 students; $50 (front and center seats). First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica. www.verdichorus.org

THEATER

The Barber of Seville – LA Opera: The opera by Gioachino Rossini is sung in Italian, with English subtitles. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets $29 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-8001. www.laopera.org/performances/202324-season/the-barber-of-seville/

Freight – The Five Incarnations of Abel Green: A one-man play written by Howard L. Craft, starring J. Alphonse Nicholson, about five versions of a Black American “everyman” who travels through time in different life roles, previews 8 p.m. Nov. 9-11. Opening night, 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday; through Dec. 16. Tickets $40; $45; $35 ages 6s and older (regular seats only); $25 students with valid ID. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com

The Talented Tenth: The Robey Theatre Co. presents the drama by Richard Wesley, borrowing a 1903 article title written by W.E.B. DuBois about the “likelihood of one-in-ten Black men becoming leaders of Black people by continuing their education, writing books or becoming directly involved in social change,” previews 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Show opens 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 10. No show on Nov. 23. Tickets $20 for previews; $50 opening night; $40 and $25 seniors, students and veterans with ID for the rest of the show’s run. Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre Four, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. 213-489-7402. therobeytheatrecompany.org

70, Girls, 70: The Group Rep begins its 51st season with a musical written by Norman L. Martin and David Thompson, based on the play “Breath of Spring” by Peter Coke, adapted by Joe Masteroff, and with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, opens 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 17. Tickets $40; $35 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main Stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com

Van Helsing’s Dracula: An immersive circus dinner theater experience, Nov. 11 and 18. Original story written by Kate Rediger and Corrin Evans. Doors and bar open, 6 p.m.; show and dinner (three-course Romanian-style), 6:30 p.m. Minimum age: 16. Tickets $225; $250; $275; $325 VIP. Ticket purchase and reservations in advance required: www.eventbrite.com/cc/van-helsings-dracula-2388819. Vatican Banquet Hall, 6913 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. www.madmannsplayground.com

A Family Business: The world premiere of a comedy written by Matt Chait about a couple who invite their parents over for dinner, previews 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16. Opening night, 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 31. No shows on Dec. 22-24. Tickets $20 previews; $35. Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/mrytxett

The Half-Light: The West Coast premiere of a new play written by Monica Wood about a woman who wonders if certain people can be trained to see the dead and her encounters with others in her quest, opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 17. Tickets $35. Parking: enter the driveway at the intersection of Durant and Moreno Drives; lot is beneath the theater. Theatre Forty at the Mary Levin Cutler Theatre, campus of Beverly Hills High School, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-364-0535. theatre40.org

Millennium Magic: Magicians and actors Jeanine Anderson and George Tovar present a show of magic and illusions, 8 p.m. Nov. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. The line-up of magicians varies by performance dates. Tickets $40; $25 ages 16 and younger (however, the show’s minimum age is 6 and children must be able to sit quietly); $50 seating near the stage. Purchase tickets online. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. www.theatrewest.org. Details and purchase tickets: theatrewest.org/on-stage/2023/millennium-magic-2023

A Christmas Carol: First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood presents the play based on the Charles Dickens 1843 novella, opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The play is directed by actor-director Jesse Corti and adapted and choreographed by actor Julietta Corti. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; dates through Dec. 16. Tickets $25; $20 seniors; $15 children and students; $35 VIP (tickets include refreshments after the play at “Fezziwig’s Christmas party”). Tickets are on sale now. Location, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. 323-928-7452. www.achristmascarolhollywood.com/

ONGOING THEATER

Birds of North America: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble present the Los Angeles premiere of the play by Anna Ouyang Moench about a father and daughter who connect over “birding” but not so much over contemporary issues. Show runs 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Nov. 19. Also, 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets $25-$40. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2. www.odysseytheatre.com

Lewis and Tolkien: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a play written and directed by Dean Batali about C.S. Lewis (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) and J.R.R. Tolkien (“The Lord of the Rings”) sparring with words in a pub in 1963 Oxford, England. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 3. Also, 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. No show on Nov. 24. Tickets $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students with ID and SAG-AFTRA and WGA union members. Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St., on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org

Aladdin, the Princess and the Magic Lamp: Storybook Theatre presents a musical for children and their families, book, lyrics and music by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 13, 2024 (no shows on Dec. 23 and 30). Tickets $15. Parking available at a privately-owned lot across the street; credit card-only). Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. theatrewest.org. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/3rtjjkxk

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