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7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

From election night parties to a showcase of L.A.’s female culinary talent, an exhibition of paintings by local Chicano artist John Valadez and a premiere event celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon, here are the 7 best things to do in Los Angeles this week.

Watch Democracy in Action

Women looking for a space to watch the election with others who value inclusiveness and equality in our local and federal government should head to Wildfang L.A. for “She Came, She Saw, She F*cking Voted.” The clothing store known for its outspoken statement tees will provide a safe environment to watch the midterm election results, where they’ll have pundits commenting on the action, free beer, wine and snacks, plus relaxation services such as massage and meditation. The event raises money for “She Should Run,” a nonprofit promoting women thinking about running for office.

Wildfang, 3430 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Tue., Nov 6., 5:30-10 p.m.

STARS of Cabernet 2018

Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon—the most cultivated grape in the world—is the product of a marriage between the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grape varietals? WineLA is hosting a premier tasting event at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on November 14 to celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon. More than thirty of the best Cabernet producing wineries in California and around the world will showcase their Cabs and other wine varieties, and tastings will be available for over one-hundred different wines hailing from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, France, Argentina, and Chile.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; tickets starting at $125.

John Valadez’s “Convertible Operas.”

“No One More Magical”

Local artist John Valadez has come to define an iconography of Chicano experience in L.A. over the past 40 years, using the city’s changing dynamics to invent mythical allegories that speak to his unique vision. He is to the visual arts what William Faulkner and Gabriel García Marquez are to literature, both defining and transcending a historical continuum with grace and precision all while conveying the regular people who make life in L.A. so rich and vibrant. His latest exhibition is called “No One More Magical,” and it’s on display at Castelli Art Space.

Castelli Art Space, 5428 W. Washington Blvd., Mid-City; opening reception Sat., Nov. 3, 7-10 p.m.; exhibit runs Thu., Nov. 1-Wed., Nov. 7, noon-6 p.m.

A dessert from Roxana Jullapat’s “Friends & Family.”

Trailblazers of L.A.

It’s never a bad time to spotlight the power of women in the restaurant industry, and Skirball’s “Women in the Kitchen: Trailblazers of L.A. Cuisine” hosted by food historian Lara Rabinovitch, Ph.D. is doing just that. On November 7, hear from Roxana Jullapat, chef-owner of the acclaimed seasonal café “Friend’s & Family” in Hollywood and former chef-owner of “Cooks County” in Beverly Grove. These open and honest conversations will cover everything from their professional journeys and bumps along the way to the politics of today’s restaurant kitchens and their favorite things to cook and eat in L.A. You even get to taste samples of their food!

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Wed., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $25.

Vote and Get a Free Beer

“Not Real Art Club” is a uniquely curated exhibition of inspiring creativity and art created organically in real time by their special guests, featuring a great mix of musicians, visual artists, dancers, artisans and more. Their founders, Man One and Scott Power also host an irreverent, anything-goes podcast called “Not Real Art” in which they exchange stories that keep the history of L.A. street art culture alive in addition to commenting upon the music of the day, photography, and just about anything else. Their monthly events are normally by invitation only, but they are honoring Election Day with an event offering free pizza and a rotating company of artists, designers, and augmented by music by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez. Since this edition falls on Election Day, your “I voted” sticker earns you a free beer.

Boomtown Brewery, 700 Jackson St., downtown; Tue., Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m.; tickets $10.

Spain’s Great Match: Wine & Food 2018

“From the lush green and rugged mountains of the north to the castle-flecked Maseta and azure Mediterranean coast, Spain’s wine regions offer something for everyone.” At least that’s what Wines of Spain believes—which is why they are pleased to host Spain’s biggest wine event in L.A., complete with delicious tapas and featuring over 200 world-class wines from one of the top wine producing countries in the world. Attend this event for a memorable night of Spanish wine and culinary fare by Jose Andres of The Bazaar.

The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048; tickets $70.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 announces the “MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour.”

Sci-fi Shocker

After a successful tour in 2017, “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is doing a MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour featuring, for the first time in 25 years, original host and MST3K creator Joel Hodgson back in the red jumpsuit as Joel Robinson. Alongside new MST3K host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), Joel, Jonah and the bots you know and love will bring new movies, riffs and sketches live to The Novo on November 6. Come for a night of offbeat vintage humor.

The Novo, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown; Tue., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

Have a great week.

By: Nico Picciuto
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