American photographer Lloyd Ziff introduces “New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015,” a collection of images of America’s two most interesting cities taken over 40 years.
5pm • Culver City • Info
Center Theatre Group and SuperCity present a play reading of “Hecho in East L.A.,” by Juan E. Carrillo.
6pm • Stevenson Branch Library • Info
Self-guided tour and open house for 40+ art venues in Downtown LA, incl. commercial galleries, museums, and non-profit spaces, with openings and music in many.
6pm • Downtown LA • Info
Vanta M. Black moderates a Sci-fi/Horror author panel.
7pm • La Cañada • Info
“Celtic Visions & Dreams” Joe Praml reads poetry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and the Gaelic festival Samhain.
7pm • Beverly Hills • Info
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” All the Bard in one hilarious evening, as originally created and performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
8pm • Thousand Oaks • Info
Friday Movie Matinees: “Moulin Rouge,” starring Nicole Kidman.
1pm • Pasadena • Info
Kick back with an evening of open galleries, outdoor bars, and live jazz from Hiroe Sekine.
6pm • LACMA • Info
Live music plus a screening of “STAR WARS: The Force Awakens.”
6pm • Santa Monica • Info
Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a concert featuring original works by student composers.
7:30pm • USC • Info
Screening of Nancy Buirski’s 2015 documentary “By Sidney Lumet,” in which the film legend (1924-2011) tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008.
7:30pm • Miracle Mile • Info
Join Alleluia Dance Theater for a participatory sacred dance workshop including non-Western sacred drumming as well as contemporary Christian liturgical dance. RSVP.
9am • Thousand Oaks • Info
Symposium | Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection – Experts from around the world examine Chinese art and culture of the 17th century. RSVP.
9am • LACMA • Info
The Beverly Hills Art Show fills 4 garden blocks with acres of art and artists. Fine arts, crafts, live jazz, and a wine and beer garden.
10am • Beverly Hills • Info
Latin American Transponder: 10 LA-based poets read the work of Latin American Poets, seeking to redirect the focus of Christopher Columbus Day so that it properly celebrates the people of Latin America.
2pm • Downtown LA • Info
Free art workshops on arts and crafts from world cultures, led by artists. This day, Congo: Ancestral Masks, with Sarah Hage.
10am • Los Feliz • Info
Opening day for “Experience 25: BRAIN,” which explores the connection between creativity and science, through photographs of Nobel Prize winners by noted photographer Peter Badge. Kids’ art-making, curatorial remarks, scavenger hunts, and more.
10am • El Segundo • Info
Machine Project and Beach=Culture present “Snorkel Dreams: A Machine Project Guide to Art Underwater,” a public art experience. RSVP.
12pm • Santa Monica • Info
Choreographer Natasha Norman will teach dance numbers she has choreographed from Sacred Fools Theater’s shows of the past, as well as from their current hit, “Skullduggery”.
1:30pm • Hollywood • Info
The Palisades Symphony, joined by violinist Armen Anassian, plays music of Stravinsky and Brahms.
7:30pm • Pacific Palisades • Info
Two Truths and A Lie – Storytelling with a twist, from Erick Barrientos, Cate Campbell, Samuel Stewart Hunter, Claire Kaplan, Adrian Lopez, and Tiger Moon.
8pm • Downtown LA • Info
On October 17-30th, for the first time, Santa Monica Playhouse is serving up The BFF: The Binge FREE Festival of THEATRE, which features at least three dozen artists, companies, and performances by local artists — everything from long-form improv to fantasy make-up and stage combat workshops, and family friendly shows like Cinderella. Check their website for details.