Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your November.
DON’T MISS THIS → The Rain Room at LACMA, a large-scale light and sound installation created by London-based artist collective Random International, debuts on Nov. 1. Walk through this rain shower without getting wet (unless you walk too quickly as we discovered.) The 2500-square-foot space features sensors to adjust and pause ‘rain’ wherever a human body is detected. Rain Room runs Nov. 1 through Mar. 6. You will need a ticket upgrade ($15) to enter. Reservations and flat shoes are highly encouraged.
SUPPORT THIS → Movember, a cause-driven celebration where men grow mustaches to raise funds and awareness in the fight against disease. Joining the “Mo” community are select members of The Agency who have formed their own team to help in the fight against testicular and other cancers affecting our male population. AND CELEBRATE HERE → Movember’s Sunday Funday takes over the Santa Monica Pier on Nov. 29 with unique activities to celebrate the cause.
GO HERE → 24th Annual Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena is a tribute to the city’s unique contribution to the American Arts & Crafts Movement. It is the largest and most comprehensive celebration of the craftsman movement in the western US and will feature tours of significant neighborhoods, houses, historic sites, lectures and workshops, plus a sale and show at the convention center. Nov. 13 – 15.
BUY THIS → Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, to be released on Nov. 4 by the Los Angeles Times, is the much-anticipated annual guide to local dining that allows you to explore the mouth-watering diversity of food L.A. has to offer. The guide will publish on latimes.com and the L.A. Times app, allowing readers to chart their courses using an interactive map and sortable lists. The print edition will be delivered to Times’ Saturday subscribers on Nov. 7.
TAKE THE KIDS HERE → Disney’s Beauty and the Beast arrives in Hollywood at Pantages Theatre for a limited run Nov. 13 – 22. Expect the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score, plus some additional songs to accompany Belle’s revelation that love is blind.
GET FESTIVE HERE → The Grove’s Annual Tree Lighting is happening Nov. 14 with funnyman Seth MacFarlane set to host the spirited festivities. Expect performances by Meghan Trainor, the Top Hat Dancers and more soon-to-be-announced talents. Plan on attending? We suggest arriving early and even posting up at one of the restaurants surrounding the tree.
SWEAT HERE → Barry’s Bootcamp Hollywood is set to open this month, and will mark the brand’s first Southern California studio to open in 10 years. This new location will feature tons of exciting perks, including the brand’s signature Fuel Bar. Women’s and men’s locker rooms will be tricked out with fancy showers and a range of Malin + Goetz products. 6201 Hollywood Boulevard already features SoulCycle, Pressed Juicery, and Beverly Hills-fave Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, making it the ultimate health and fitness destination.
‘LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU’ HERE → Season of the Force debuts Nov. 16 at Disneyland park. Guests will have the chance to jump to lightspeed with Season of the Force, opportunities to meet Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on the all-time favorite Space Mountain and more. Disney Parks is also preparing the new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016, the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at Disneyland park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.