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Our picks of things to do and places to go to make the most out of your October.

WATCH The Los Angeles Lakers take on their rival Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Tuesday, October 29 in the NBA regular season opener. Ever since the Clippers swept the Lakers to clinch their first Pacific Division title back in April, purple and gold fans have been anticipating sweet revenge; 1111 S. Figueroa St., DTLA, 800.745.3000.

medium_largeSAVE THE DATE  Lovechild, an LA-based Pop-Up studio, offers the chance to have professional photos taken in an environment that lets your child’s personality really shine. Morning or afternoon portrait sessions take place on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 at the Lightspace Studio in Culver City and can be booked online; $250.

GO HERE The Food Event, LA Magazine’s annual culinary extravaganza set in the rustic Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, is Sunday, October 20. Taste from over 25 wineries, feast on the likes of Bestia and Farmshop, and settle into your seat inside the Conversation Lounge as expert panelists like David LeFevre (M.B. Post) weigh-in on contemporary gastronomical issues; 2-5 p.m. For tickets, visit their website.

SEE THIS The Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show held from October 9 to 13 where 50 national and international exhibitors display antique furniture and decorative and fine arts; $20. 3 Labs, 8461 Warner Drive, Culver City.

ron-howard-jay-zDON’T MISS The “Made In America” documentary premiering exclusively on Showtime on Friday, October 11. Bearing the same name as his two-day 2012 Philadelphia music festival, the film is the result of Jay Z’s collaboration with famous movie director Ron Howard and appears appears just one month after their Toronto Film Festival debut to chronicle how “music succeeds where politics and religion fails” and explore the health of the American Dream.

RAISE A GLASS AT Lit Crawl, the bookworm-friendly social event that brings the “pub crawl” and “literature” crowds together for one unique night. Originally launched in San Francisco, this widely popular storytelling series has traveled as far as London and is making its LA debut this month at North Hollywood (NoHo) Arts District from 6-11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd. Authors will read their work from within dimly-lit restaurants, bars, and other hip venues; admission is free.