Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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With the rain still whispering over Los Angeles, this week has seen fit to bring us events of the cozy kind. There are engaging book readings, in-person talks from some of the most fascinating Southern California characters, and a warming night of wine happening next to a fireplace in Echo Park. These are a few of the best events happening this week, but you can see plenty more at our constantly updated KCET Events page.

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First, a bit of business. With the mayoral race heating up, it's important to know which side of the ballot you stand on, so be sure to stop over to the Petersen Automotive Museum today at 2 P.M. for a live mayoral debate between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Topics will include education and the quality of life in Los Angeles, and the whole thing is moderated by public radio personality Warren Olney. After that's done, you can head down to the Wilshire Ebell Theater for a 7 P.M. Bob's Burgers Live stage show. The popular FOX animated series comes to life, with the comedians who voice many of the characters on hand for a table read, Q&A, and for a bit of their own personal brand of humor. Or, you can make your way up to Book Soup in West Hollywood with the intent to better yourself, thanks to a Jen Sincero book reading. The free event will showcase Sincero's latest work You Are A Badass, a self-motivational tome that falls in line with the positivity and inner-strength mantras of her previous works.

If you haven't gotten your fill of watching people speak in front of you, wait until Wednesday night for a Nathaniel Rich book reading. The author will be at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, reading excerpts from his latest novel Odds Against Tomorrow, a near-future tale that spins romance, thrills and a dose of science fiction into a single book. After that, it's a tasters choice of options for speaking engagements. Famed artist Ed Ruscha will be at the Getty Center at 7 P.M. on Thursday for a conversation with L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez and KCET's Madeline Brand. The free event will feature discussions on the current nature of art, as well as Ruscha's own bountiful portfolio. Or, if you're in the mood for a laugh, make your way to the Paley Center on Thursday at 7 P.M. for a night of Mel Brooks mania. The legendary funny man will be on hand for a screening of the first documentary about him, titled American Master Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Afterwards, Brooks will stick around to talk about his career in comedy, the film itself, and (as always) to crack a few jokes.

By the weekend, these gray skies should give way to sun and cool temperatures, which means: it's outdoor movie time. Showtime's own Eat | See | Hear series has put together a Raiders of the Lost Ark outdoor screening at a middle school in Brentwood, complete with food trucks and live music to kickstart the party. Then again, you could always join the masses at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for yet another Cinespia outdoor screening, this time of the film The Third Man, a classic British noir film that features Orson Welles. The screenplay itself was written by noted author Graham Greene, which itself may be reason to give the film a chance.

But, if you just can't manage to stay outside for that long, you could always make your way to The Federal Bar on Sunday night for the 10t anniversary of the New Short Fiction Series. Up-and-coming writers like Sue Coppa and Josh DuBose will have their works read and performed by a rotating cast of actors, for an interesting twist on the material. And, if it all goes to hell, there's a great cocktail menu at the bar to help you survive the night. Speaking of drinking, be sure to check out the Carr Winery Tap Takeover at Mohawk Bend that's going down on Thursday night. From the warm, firelit back bar, Carr Winery will be discussing their unusual kegged wines, five of which will be available for purchase from the bar. And of course, chef Erick Simmons will have a plate or two of vegan-friendly fare to pair with the night's wines.

Don't stay inside on account of the rain, there are too many great things going on this week. You can learn and experience and eat and drink all over town between now and Sunday, with or without the sun. If you'd like to see what else is going on this week, be sure to check out our < a href="http://www.kcet.org/events/">KCET Events page for more information.

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About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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