Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

We're lucking out on weather right now on the Left Coast. It has (for the time being) returned to accurate fall levels, and there are all sorts fun Halloween events still in the mix. Combine all that with a few hearty gardening demonstrations for the industrious folks among us and at least one food festival for the rest of us, it's shaping up to be a pretty great week in and around Los Angeles.

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Up first is the one-year Smog City Brewing anniversary party, kicking off tonight at craft beer haven Tony's Darts Away in Burbank. While the Smog City team continues to work on putting down permanent L.A. roots with their own local brewing operation, their small batches have already garnered some serious attention, most notably with their gold medal win for their Groundwork Coffee Porter at the recent Great American Beer Festival. Of course, they weren't the only California breweries to bring home the gold. But if last weekend's still left you swimming with booze, drop into the KCET Cinema Series screening tonight in North Hollywood. The ongoing event offers same-day tickets as well as reduced rate packages for the entire series, with pre-release features screening regularly. Tonight's screening is The President's Analyst, with a Q & A to follow with producer Stanley Rubin.

Of course, if you've still got some party left in your veins, West Hollywood's annual Halloween Carnival is back and bigger than ever. Street closures may create some headaches for everyone avoiding the world's largest outdoor Halloween fest, but for anyone with a party bone in their body, this is certainly the place to be.

Or, you can wait a few days to exercise your brain a bit, with mind-bending discussions across Los Angeles. The first features award-winning director Oliver Stone at Book Soup, where he'll be discussing the companion book to his upcoming Showtime documentary series, "The Untold Story of the United States." Around the same time at LACMA, Paul Thomas Anderson will be speaking about his cinematic successes, and screening a couple of films that have inspired him.

For the weekend, it's all about festivals and demonstrations. Sunday plays host to the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival going down at Helms Bakery in Culver City, the Japanese Food Festival serving from 11am to 3pm in Little Tokyo and the pricey chef / market collaboration dinner Localicious at the Annenberg Beach House in the evening. If you prefer to source your food yourself, there's a Fall & Winter Gardening Seminar at the Grow Native Nursery in West L.A. on Sunday morning, and a Water Bath Canning class starting up at 1pm across town. There's a lot to enjoy this week, so thank your stars that we get to live in Los Angeles, and don't let these opportunities slip by.

For more weekly events visit kcet.org/events.

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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