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Los Angeles This Week: Margaret Cho, Lost Landscapes, Emerging Artisans

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Five of the best things to do in and around LA this week

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This week in Los Angeles offers the chance to see the hilarious and challenging Margaret Cho on her psyCHO tour. You can also get a jump on your Christmas shopping by checking out the emerging artists on display at Dear Handmade Life's Patchwork Show, and learn about the rich history of Los Angeles through a very personal lens. And it's the one-year anniversary for Butchers and Barbers; they are celebrating with a tasting menu and by rolling out their fall cocktail menu. Cheers.

November 14 | Comedy
Margaret Cho - The psyCHO Tour
Margaret Cho isn’t afraid to confront hard topics head on. She’s no stranger to controversy, and her recent tweets discussing her life as a former sex worker are just one example. But she still remains ever-the-hilarious social commentator, and people are drawn to her witty dissections of everyday interactions. She is an artist of many mediums, be they comedy albums, television shows, or stand-up routines that are anything but routine. Her tagline for this show is “There’s no I in team, but there’s a CHO in psycho.”
8 p.m. | The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | 213-388-1400 | From $35 | website

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November 15 | Shopping
Patchwork Show
Get your holiday shopping on while supporting local businesses. Patchwork Show is a bi-annual event put on by Dear Handmade Life to showcase local artisans and their various wares. It’s a great way to scout new talent, because most of the artists are emerging and this is often the first time they are being featured. There will be jewelry, ceramics, clothing, home goods, and many other first-rate gift opportunities. In addition to the shopping, there will be live music, gourmet food trucks, and DIY craft workshops.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach | 562-570-3203 | Free | website

November 15 | Food
Butchers and Barbers
This Sunday, Butchers and Barbers goes all out with a special tasting menu to celebrate its one-year anniversary in Hollywood. Costing only $30, the menu will include smoked trout, crispy duck breast, and other favorite dishes of chef Luke Reyes. The restaurant will also be kicking off its fall cocktail menu, which is something it takes very seriously. The new drinks released under bar manager Avery Underhill include some interesting flavors. Vacation Forever is true to its name, with roasted pineapple, allspice-infused Coco Lopez, and whiskey. Concord Cobbler promises dessert-worthy tastes in a glass, with seasonal Concord grapes, freshly picked blackberries, rum, and sherry.
6 p.m.–2 a.m. | Butchers and Barbers, 6531 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles | 323-461-1464 | From $30 | website

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November 16 | Art
Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles
A fun game while driving past long-gone business establishments that still boast their original signs is trying to imagine the history the buildings hold—and what Los Angeles was like long before most of us were born. Now imagine you could have LA recreated by a historian who lives and breathes local history. You can! Rick Prelinger is professor who has done his homework. He’s a self-described “urban historian” and, using a variety of sources (actual home movies, newsreels, professional and amateur film reels), he invites the audience to learn about LA’s rich history with a real sense of belonging. That is, the audience is invited to participate and offer their own personal stories in addition to asking questions about all of the source material used.
8:30 p.m.| REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles | $11 | 213-237-2800 | website

Weekend Escape
When most Angelenos think of wine country, they inevitably think of Napa Valley. Northern California has certainly earned its reputation for wine, but it’s a bit of a trek from Los Angeles for a weekend getaway. That’s why Los Olivos in Santa Ynez Valley should be on your radar. The vineyards are award-winning, and the small town is filled with gorgeous historical architecture dating back to the late 1800s. Stay at Fess Parker Inn and treat yourself to a wine country cycling package that involves scenic views paired with seasonal wines. After a long day cycling, or if you'd rather just stay in and relax, make use of the inn's spa. For the truly adventurous, hot-air balloon rides can be arranged.

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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