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Freeway Funk Yard

Thursday, Nov 3

Come see LA’s top comics perform in an outdoor Playa Vista speakeasy. Freeway Funk Yard is a large hidden lot nestled near a secret Westside Los Angeles 90 freeway. Lineup includes Brandon Vestal (Last Comic Standing), Michael Gelbart (Amazon Prime), Daniel Eachus (Dry Bar), Ryan Churchill (The Mentalist) and Nick Hoff (MTV) plus special guests. Free beer and wine available. Tickets $15, available at the link below.

5300 Grosvenor, Los Angeles, 8 to 10 pm, tinyurl.com/2p895u9t

Neighborhood Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, Nov 5

Over 60 sellers will be opening up their garages to sell all kinds of collectibles, antiques, toys, electronics, games, funkos, clothing, furniture, jewelry, tools, car parts, baby gear—you name it, they have it. Easy parking at Marina Square off Lincoln or Mindanao; a 30-second walk to the neighborhood as well as limited street parking on La Villa Marina itself.

La Villa Marina, Marina del Rey, 9 am to 3 pm

Marine Park Community Garden Grand Opening

Saturday, Nov 5

Join as they celebrate the opening of their new Community Garden. Plant some seeds, take a tour, and get the dirt on worms. Demos and kids’ activities. RSVP by visiting santamonica.gov. Sponsored by City of Santa Monica Community Garden Program with the support of Santa Monica Roots. For more information contact [email protected].

1406 Marine Street, Santa Monica, 9 am to Noon

Nails & Nachas: Meet OPI Co-Founder, Suzy Weiss-Fischmann

Saturday, Nov 5

Anyone who has ever polished their nails is familiar with OPI. But discovering the story of its founding—and getting the chance to meet the Jewish mom who turned an ingredient in her family’s dental supply business into a fashion empire—is even better than a new manicure. During this Sunday with The Braid talk series, moderator Professor Maureen Rubin will dive into the fascinating and inspiring life of Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder of OPI Products, Inc. The event is free to attend, register at the link below.

Virtual, 11 am, the-braid.org/sunday

Venice Arts 29th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, Nov 5

Celebrate 29 years of transformative media arts education, college success and creative career programs—including the launch of Venice Arts’ new Center for Creative Workforce Equity. There will be live jazz, a photo auction of works by notable artists and Venice Arts’ students, delicious hors d’oeuvres and libations, plus tastings with Ampelos Cellars, Donelan Family Wines, Montage Vineyards, and Vineyard 511. Tickets $175. For more information about sponsorships and the event, contact Lydia at 310-392-0846.

13445 Beach Avenue, Venice, 5 to 8 pm, venicearts.org/gala

Riley Youth Foundation’s 4th Annual Fundraising Gala

Saturday, Nov 5

The Riley Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering and motivating youth through mentoring, fitness, sports, dance and educational programs, will host its fourth annual fundraiser gala “Golfing ‘Fore Good” at the new Topgolf in El Segundo. All proceeds will advance the mission of The Riley Youth Foundation and support the next generation of strong leaders. Inspired by the life of US Air Force veteran and Santa Monica police officer Rashad A. Riley, the foundation was founded by his wife, Maya, following his untimely death in April 2019. Hosted by award-winning singer Ranella Ferrer, additional special guests include former NFL player Marcellus Wiley, world-champion sprinters and twin-sisters Mikele ‘Mike’ Barber and Me’Lisa Barber, former professional boxer Zab Judah and more. Guests will enjoy a fun mix of golfing, dancing and coming together as a community. Attire is semi-formal in signature colors of white, purple or gold. Tickets available online.

400 S. Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, 6 pm, bit.ly/3UdmzRj

ETHOS Film Awards & Festival

Nov 9 to 13

The ETHOS Film Awards comes to Santa Monica in November. Official selections will be presented on an online platform starting on Nov. 1. All finalists will screen at the renowned Laemmle Monica Film Center or their co-producing partner facility at Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute as part of ETHOS’ live screenings and special event schedules with special guests and panelists from Nov. 10 to 13. Festival organizers pick circa 150 projects to screen and present 20 awards for genres that are atypical of other awards—with judges looking at outstanding achievements in film and written work in various categories. The kick-off Hollywood event will be held on Nov. 9. Opening weekend (Nov. 10 & 11) includes two red carpet special events. Audience choice winners will be announced on Nov. 13 during the award show at 6 pm For more information and tickets, visit the website.


Wine Dinner at The Tasting Kitchen

Wednesday, Nov 9

The Tasting Kitchen has a special wine dinner featuring two of the best wineries from Piedmont, Italy; La Mesma and Olek Bondonio. The special guest and host will be Paola Rosina, co-owner of La Mesma. She will share specific traditions in winemaking from this region. In collaboration with Biite, the dinner will include a curated five-course tasting by executive chef Travis Passerotti, accompanied by 5 premium La Mesma + La Berchialla, owned by Olek Bondonio wines. Tickets are $170, purchase online.

1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 6:30 pm, bite.club/products/la-mesma-olek-bondonio-wine-dinner-at-the-tasting-kitchen

Bay Cities Coin Club

Thursday, Nov 10

The Bay Cities Coin Club is meeting at the Westchester Masonic Lodge. Doors open at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6:30 pm There will be Show and Tell, auctions, 50/50, and a raffle. All ages are welcome. There will be gifts for kids. For more information, contact [email protected].

7726 West Manchester Avenue, Playa del Rey, 6 pm, baycitiescoinclub.com

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