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The Weekender - Top 5 Things To Do In L.A. The First Weekend In November

Rebecca Kirkman |
November 4, 2010 | 6:49 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The Smiles open for Young The Giant at the Roxy Saturday. (Katherine Rose Cresto)
The Smiles open for Young The Giant at the Roxy Saturday. (Katherine Rose Cresto)
1. Young the Giant @ The Roxy
Spend Saturday night on the Sunset Strip where local bands The Smiles and Vanaprasta open for Young the Giant at the Roxy. All three bands offer refreshing sounds, from The Smiles' dance-worthy beach rock to the soaring experimental tunes of Vanaprasta and Young the Giant's soulful vocals and catchy melodies. You don't want to miss it.
Saturday, Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m.

2. AFI Fest
Check out Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" Friday night at Grauman's Chinese Theater. In this Sundance Film Festival classic, the two try to hold together a crumbling marriage. "Blue Valentine" is just one of many films screening for free around L.A. this weekend in the American Film Institute Festival. Get tickets ahead of time here.
Friday, Nov. 5 - Thursday, Nov. 11

3. Let Them Eat LACMA
More than 50 artists and collaborations come together Sunday at the final installment of Fallen Fruit's EATLACMA project. Entertain all your senses with a radio broadcast of people slurping oysters, a man roaming the museum wearing nothing but fig leaves, a 10-person tomato food fight, a prison-inmate cooking session and a watermelon-eating contest, to list a few. Find a full schedule of events here.
$15, $10 students
Sunday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

4. Spitz
Order Street-Cart Fries off this award-winning restaurant's secret menu and be rewarded with a delectable pile of goodness that is french fries meets greek salad, topped with kebab meat. Other dining options include delicious variations of the Döner Kebab sandwich. With the quality of high-dining and the speed and price of fast food, this eatery won't break the bank.
$9 for a sandwich
Sunday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight

5. Natalie Angiuli @ Room 5
The sweet ukulele-accompanied crooning of local singer-songwriter Natalie Angiuli at Room 5 Lounge Sunday night is the perfect way to end the weekend. The candle-lit atmosphere of this romantic venue at La Brea and Beverly makes for a great date night. Take the stairs up to Room 5, located above Amalfi.
Sunday, Nov. 7, 10 p.m.

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