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Best Events In Los Angeles This Week - November 7

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It's election week, which means Tuesday is the big day to finally get out and cast your vote. Whether you plan to spend the rest of the week celebrating a victory or mourning a loss, we've got you covered with plenty to keep you busy. A new ice cream shop opening, a wine dinner, and a studio food event are here to help you eat your feelings. If you want to laugh, a variety show with two comedy giants will have you rolling, or for a more introspective performance, a special Veteran's Day reading of Sophocles' Ajax will take place. For a little bit of everything, including stunning visuals and acrobatics, don't miss Cirque du Soleil's new show about the famous and fantastic world of Avatar's Pandora.

Monday, November 7
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New Shop Opening: Rori's Artisanal Creamery
8951 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 734-7418

A new ice cream shop just opened its uber trendy doors on West Hollywood's iconic Santa Monica Blvd. Rori's Artisanal Creamery scoops organic ice cream in a bevy of fun and different flavors. Cup O' Joe Spinelli, Wild Berry Chocolate Crisp, Maple Pecan, and Honey Almond Crunch are sure to be shop favorites this season, along with standard Vanilla Bean and Milk Chocolate Chunk. Along with ice cream, the shop serves cakes, malts, and shakes sure to cure any sweet tooth craving.

Tuesday, November 8
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Get Out And Vote!
Locations Around Los Angeles

Whoever you support in this election, today is the day to get out and vote! Once your ballot has been cast, take that fancy little "I VOTED" sticker to Messhall Kitchen, and receive the Ration of your choice with any entrée, or get a free order of Mick's Triple Cooked Fries at Hache LA. Plan Check will also be celebrating the day with two spicy burger specials (the Nasty Woman Burger and the Bad Hombre Burger), and will be pouring two candidate-themed cocktails as election coverage is broadcast live in the bar. If you're voting downtown, Cornerstone Theater Company is doubling as not only a polling place for the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District community, but an after party location, complete with poetry, art, conversation, and treats.

Wednesday, November 9
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Cielo Wineyards Autumn Harvest Dinner
Mastro's Thousand Oaks
2087 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 418-1811

Mastro's boasts one of the best steaks in Los Angeles, so it's fitting one of the city's best places to get wine join them for a special wine paired dinner. Malibu's Cielo Wineyards is partnering with the restaurant to present a six course Autumn Harvest Dinner. Courses include Mastro's favorites like Herb Crusted Lamb, Pepper New York Steak, and Warm Signature Buttercake paired with fine red and white wines from Cielo Wineyards.

Thursday, November 10
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Veterans Day Reading: Theater of War
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

In honor of tomorrow's Veterans Day, a special reading of Sophocles' Ajax will be performed at the Hammer Museum. The ancient Greek play tells the story of a great warrior's suicide, and will act as a springboard for a powerful public discussion about the stresses of combat, alcohol and substance abuse in the military community, and suicide. Acclaimed actor, writer, and producer Michael Imperioli will perform readings, along with actress Heather Goldenhersh, and founder of the innovative Theater of War, Bryan Doerries. A community panel and facilitated town hall discussion with audience members follows the performance.
Make sure not to miss any of the other Veterans Day Parades & Celebrations In Los Angeles this week!

Friday, November 11
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John Cleese + Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Monty Python's John Cleese and Eric Idle are teaming up once again to tour the country with a new, live comedy show. The duo will blend scripted and improvised bits with musical numbers, storytelling, exclusive footage, and "aquatic juggling," to create an experience unique to every show. An extended audience Q&A will follow a performance that's guaranteed to be absurdly hilarious.

Saturday, November 12
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Cirque du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight"
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(877) 234-8425

The world of James Cameron's blockbuster film Avatar is coming to life at the STAPLES Center this weekend, as Cirque du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" makes its Los Angeles debut. Set in the fantastical, jungle-like world of Pandora, Toruk takes place thousands of years before the events of the film. Through high flying acrobatics, incredible costuming, and stunning visuals, the show tells the story of two Na'vi boys as they attempt to save the sacred Tree of Souls from a natural catastrophe. The show runs at STAPLES November 11-13.

Sunday, November 13
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L.A. Food Studios
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(877) SCC-4TIX

The Skirball Center is transforming into an "open studio" this afternoon, as some of L.A.'s leading chefs gather for a special food event. The city's most creative and adventurous culinary masters will demonstrate how they create their signature dishes, offering mouth watering samples along the way. Learn how the greats make their masterpieces, and get all your burning questions answered as chefs converse with attendees. Stroll the studio at your own pace, as you enjoy samples of dumplings, pickled veggies, kombucha, assorted kimchi, jam tarts, and more.

Article by Kellie Fell.
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