Our Arts & Entertainment Calendar
Michelle McCarthy

Have you flipped through your calendar only to find a disconcerting amount of empty space staring back at you? Well, we can’t have that. The nights will soon get chilly, presenting the opportunity to show off your perfect layered look. There are tons of activities going on in L.A. on any given day. We’ve compiled a list of the city’s best arts and entertainment events to bring some culture to your days and nights through the end of the year.


fun. & Tegan and Sara
Sept. 3-4
fun. had a breakout hit last year with “We are Young” off of Some Nights (and the rest of the album is just as stellar). Lesbian Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have been churning out hit indie albums for the past decade, releasing Heartthrob earlier this year. Put them together under the stars at the Greek Theatre and you have the makings of a music-lover’s dream night. greektheatrela.com 

Steel Magnolias
Sept. 5 - Oct. 6
East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian-American theatre, presents this classic comedy-drama that later became a popular film about the bond among a group of Southern women. eastwestplayers.org

Los Feliz Village Street Fair
Sept. 7
Started in the early ’90s as a way for a few restaurant owners to thank customers for their business, the Los Feliz Street Fair has grown into a much larger celebration of the charming town. (Last year it welcomed 30,000 revelers.) This annual event invites everyone to sample from Los Feliz’ roster of eateries and shops, all while enjoying live music of diverse genres, dance performances and even a circus act or two. losfelizvillagestreetfair.com 

The Art of Carlos Estévez
Sept. 14 - Oct. 19
Cuban painter and sculptor Carlos Estévez returns to the Couturier Gallery to show his latest work, Living Apart Together, a collection of large paintings and sculptures that explore “the human psyche vis-à-vis a complex artificial world with metaphoric imagery and thoughtful witticism.” couturiergallery.com 

The Wizard of Oz 
Sept. 17 - Oct. 6
You’ve seen Wicked more times than you care to mention. Now it’s time to go back to the other side of the Yellow Brick Road. Reconceived for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this new production of The Wizard of Oz at the Pantages features everyone’s favorite characters, plus new songs by Webber and Tim Rice. hollywoodpantages.com 

Gunnar Hansen Book Signing 
Sept. 19
In preparation for All Hallows Eve, the original Leatherface from the horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will be signing copies of his book, Chain Saw Confidential, at Book Soup in West Hollywood. booksoup.com 

Out on the Mountain
Sept. 20
Now that we can (once again) get married in the Golden State, haven’t you always wanted to propose to your love at the top of Goliath right before you plummet 255 feet? How could he say no? This Magic Mountain gay night provides a fun event where we can be ourselves, scream like a bunch of Marys on rides and eat churros suggestively in peace. outonthemountain.com 

Radar L.A. 2013
Sept. 24 - Oct. 1
This international festival of contemporary theater at DTLA’s REDCAT brings together the work of L.A.–based artists and those from countries throughout the world, including Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand. Come check out a provocative program that will push the artistic envelope. redcat.org

The Sunshine Boys 
Sept. 24 - Nov. 3
Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch reunite for the first time since their days on Taxi in this Neil Simon classic direct from London. The Sunshine Boys follows Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis (Hirsch), an erstwhile Vaudeville comedy duo lured to work together one last time for a big payday. But can they get along long enough to pull it off? Find out at the Ahmanson Theatre. centertheatregroup.org 

Sept. 30
All-girl British post-punk band Savages has garnered comparisons to Siouxsie Sioux and Joy Division—the greatest of compliments in our book. The quartet is riding high on the release of its latest release, Silence Yourself, and followers will be flocking to the Fonda to hear the new material performed live. fondatheatre.com 


Depeche Mode
Oct. 2
Kings of the ’80s British invasion of electronic New Wave, Depeche Mode’s new music remains viable while always retaining that classic sound. At this Staples Center show, the band is sure to touch on old faves like “Master and Servant,” “Personal Jesus” and “Shake the Disease.” staplescenter.com

Through Oct. 6
L.A. Opera opens its 2013/2014 season with this revival of Georges Bizet's production, one of the world's most popular operas. No man can resist Carmen's gypsy charms, but when she's ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, returns in a thrilling production that brings the sights and sounds of Seville to life onstage with dazzling bursts of color. laopera.com 

Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson
Oct. 6
Collectively, these two acts have reigned supreme over the radio airwaves for the past decade. The hills of the Hollywood Bowl will be alive with the sound of hit after hit at this year’s Honda Civic Tour. Which will attract more attention—Kelly Clarkson’s fierce voice or Adam Levine’s tatted and toned body? hollywoodbowl.com

Fiona Apple
Oct. 7
In the past, Apple garnered just as much press for her odd antics as she did for her sultry voice. Now older and seemingly wiser, she appears to be allowing her amazing talent to speak for itself. Don’t miss this show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. laphil.com

L.A. Antiques, Art + Design Show
Oct. 9-13
Taking place at the beautiful 3LABS Studio in Culver City, this extravagant four-day event features premiere collections of more than 50 national and international exhibitors of antique decorative and fine arts, in addition to contemporary art and design. losangelesantiqueshow.com

Downtown Art Walk
Oct. 10
Every second Thursday of the month, DTLA comes alive with art lovers at this free, self-guided, public art event. Start at the galleries on Spring and Main between 2nd and 9th and take in the excitement around every corner. Festivities usually run from noon to 10 p.m. downtownartwalk.org

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
Oct. 11
Cirque du Soleil returns to L.A. with an all-new big top production, this one a fascinating acrobatic journey into the evolution of mankind. The New York Times asked, “What’s the next level after impressed?” Catch it at the Port of Los Angeles before it travels on to the Orange County Great Park Festival Site (Nov. 21) and the Santa Monica Pier (Jan. 17). cirquedusoleil.com/totem

Pet Shop Boys
Oct. 12
The Pet Shop Boys had a string of hits in the ’80s, from “West End Girls” to “Domino Dancing.” But their single “It’s a Sin” really resonated with young members of the LGBT community—even if they didn’t realize why at the time. The duo will be reaching into its super-strong catalog of music when hitting the Shrine. shrineauditorium.com

Oct. 12 & 13
P!nk has proven she has a voice that will knock you over with one note, and when she sings live, it only takes half a note. She also puts on one of the most awe-inspiring stage shows out there. Miss this outing at the Staples Center—the Truth About Love Tour—and you’ll surely regret it. staplescenter.com




Twelve Angry Men
Nov. 5 - Dec. 1
Reginald Rose’s classic drama will be presented as the second production of the Pasadena Playhouse’s 2013-2014 season. The presentation will be comprised of a mix of African-American and white actors, with casting and the creative team not yet announced. pasadenaplayhouse.org

Play Dead
Nov. 5 - Dec. 15
This interactive production includes disturbing images and nudity and is inappropriate for the faint of heart. We’re so there. At the Geffen Playhouse, Todd Robbins hosts a look at life, death and everything in between, telling his story with the use of illusion and telepathy. You are never so alive as when you are scared to death. geffenplayhouse.com 

Nine Inch Nails
Nov. 8
You want to do what? To whom? Like an animal? Never claiming to be a gentleman courter, Trent Reznor is back with his boys who put industrial music on the map. Reznor’s gone from ’90s Lollapalooza-playing, Courtney-Love-dating rocker to an Academy Award winner. We can’t wait to see what his latest incarnation looks like at the Staples Center. staplescenter.com

Alison Moyet  
Nov. 12
Who can forget the iconic cover imagery of Yaz’s 1982 release, Upstairs at Eric’s? Since the duo’s demise, singer Alison Moyet has forged an impressive solo career (and continues to look hotter every year). She’s now touring in support of her latest release, The Minutes, and will be making a stop at Club Nokia. clubnokia.com

David Sedaris
Nov. 15
With best-sellers like Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris has crafted the perfect blend of incredible wit and deep intellectualism. He has a great way of breaking down the crazy world we live in, forcing you to shake your head and laugh, and you’ll do just that at the Pasadena Civic. thepasadenacivic.com

The Magic Flute 
Nov. 23 - Dec. 15
Witness the first U.S. performance of this celebration of true love conquering all. The opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is presented in German with projected English translations, transporting the L.A. Opera audience “into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness.” laopera.com

Justin Timberlake
Nov. 26 & 27
He’s conquered the realms of boy band pop, live sketch comedy, film and now tuxedo’d R&B. Justin Timberlake seems to be able to do it all. He’ll be donning his suit and tie for the screaming masses yet again at the Staples Center this fall. staplescenter.com

It’s Magic!
Nov. 30
Now in its 56th year, It’s Magic! is a tradition for magic buffs and sleight of hand fans, having been seen regularly throughout the U.S. The upcoming production will take place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center and will be hosted by Michael Carbonaro of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. itsmagicshow.com


Selections From the Permanent Collection at MOCA
Month of December
This ongoing exhibition features selections organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson and presents significant works from the 1940s to the present. Artists represented include Richard Artschwager, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Willem deKooning, Mark Grotjahn, Franz Kline, Sherrie Levine and others. moca.org 

L.A. Artcore Art Exhibitions
Dec. 1-29
“L.A. Artcore helps develop the careers of visual artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, bringing innovative contemporary art to the public, and provides educational programs by professional artists for people of all ages.” This December, it will host art exhibitions by Hung Viet Nguyen, Eunsil Jeoung and Rebecca Edwards at its Brewery Annex. Vera Arutyunyan and Don McKinney will be showing at the Union Center location. laartcore.org

Dec. 3
Sasha Fierce doesn’t do anything on a small scale. Her latest tour is simply called The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring Beyoncé. We’d love to sneak a peek at her tour rider. Jay-Z’s better half will be working it big-time at this upcoming date. Caution: Don’t even think about trying to snap a photo—you may get put in Beyoncé jail. staplescenter.com

Margaret Cho 
Dec. 6
Cho’s latest tour, Mother, features the hilarious, boundary-pushing comedienne’s take on sex, queer politics, drugs, guns and identity madness. And with a name like Mother, she’s bound to share stories about her equally funny and beloved mom, Seung-Hoon Cho. Be prepared—it’s going to be off the rails and anything but politically correct. wilterntheatertickets.com 

Dec. 19-20
Get in the spirit of the holidays at the Haugh Performing Arts Center’s annual dance celebration, filled with enough jolly to make the greenest Grinch change his tune. Holidance! showcases the work of students and faculty members with holiday music, dancing, selections from The Nutcracker and general merriment. haughpac.com

Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture
Through Jan. 6
Constantin Brancusi’s groundbreaking use of space and material influenced a lot of 20th century sculptors. This exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum delves into the details of his legacy. It features 19 works from the museum’s collection of post-war art by Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John McCracken, Robert Irwin and more. nortonsimon.org

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